Monday, November 2, 2015


Spartans: The Latin American Student Organization wants to remind you that today is Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. This is the second of two days traditionally celebrated in Mexico to honor those who have passed away. The tradition is an ancient one, rooted in the practices of indigenous people of states like Oaxaca, Puebla, and Guerrero. In ancient Mexico, people like the Aztec believed that death was just another aspect of life, and so symbols like the skull were representative of new life–not of a permanent death. Today people throughout Mexico and in other countries like the US where Mexicans live celebrate November 2nd as a day to honor those who have passed away by visiting cemeteries, creating altars to honor their memories, attending religious services, and leaving symbolic offerings.

Spartan students, faculty, and staff: The Latin American Student Organization (LASO) starts its Butter Braid pastry fundraiser this week. LASO members are selling Butter Braid pastries starting today and ending November 13. The pastries come in six flavors, including apple, Bavarian creme, cinnamon, and raspberry. The pastries make a great breakfast snack, dessert, or even a sweet holiday gift. If you are interested in purchasing one or a few to support LASO club activities, please see a LASO member, come by Room 22, or– for Spartan faculty and staff, there is an order form in the copy room. Thank you for your support.


BOY’S BASKETBALL TRYOUTS TONIGHT night 6:30-8:30 in the gym. Must have a completed physical to tryout. Any questions please see Coach Ruffinelli in RM 19.

GIRL’S SOCCER TRYOUTS are this Wednesday – Friday 3:15-5pm (Nov 4-6). Must have athletic clearance packet completed to participate. Any Questions ask Coach Rodriguez, RM 67 during lunch.


KEY Club: Hey arctic foxes! Today, November 2, we will be having a Key Club meeting in the gym during lunch! If you’re attending fall rally, please go! See you there!

First Dance club meeting will be TOMORROW Tuesday (Nov 3) at lunch in the dance room. All officers and members must attend!

MESA Club: Hello! We will be having a meeting on Wednesday, November 4th at lunch in room 30. We will have a presenter for CSUCI to talk about a four year plan. For seniors Dr. G will be discussing college applications, and he will be answering any questions you may have. See you there!


Thursday, Nov. 5, lunch period—come to the College and Career Center to meet with the college representative from William Jessup University. This small, liberal arts university is founded on the integration of faith and academics and is located in Rocklin, CA. Stop by and ask about what it is like to go to school at William Jessup University.

ALL STUDENTS are invited to the VENTURA AREA COLLEGE FAIR on Thursday, Nov. 5, from 6-8 PM in the Ventura High School Main Street Gym (workshops begin at 5:30). More than 40 colleges will have tables of information for you to explore. Pick up a flyer with information in the RMHS College and Career Center.

OXNARD COLLEGE YOUTH CONFERENCE—FRIDAY, NOV. 6: Busses are filling up quickly! Be sure to turn in your completed permission slips for this field trip to Mrs. Anderson in the College and Career Center today! Students in all grades are invited to participate.

ALL STUDENTS: An updated listing of COLLEGE VISITS is now available in the College and Career Center (C&CC). Find out when college representatives are coming to RMHS and also when colleges are having an “Open House” on their campus. Stop by the C&CC and pick up a list.

NEXT MOVIE NIGHT November 10th!! Invite your friends and family!



SENIORS-SAT/ACT: Some colleges require applicants to take the SAT or ACT admissions test no later than the November test date (San Diego State University, for instance) of their high school senior year. Check the Office of Admissions website at the college to which you will apply for deadlines. Information about how to register for the tests is available in the College and Career Center.


VOLUNTEERSNEEDED: Studentsareneededtohelpleadgamesandactivitiesataretirementhomein Ventura on Saturdays or Sundays. The residents love to keep busy and compete in games. If you appreciate working with the elderly in fun activities, pick up information in the College and Career Center

VOLUNTEER/COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITY: Community Emergency Response Team needs volunteers to act as victims of a disaster so they can practice their rescue skills. They need help on Nov.
14. Giving volunteer hours makes you feel good by helping others, is important on scholarship and college applications, and is the right thing to do! Come to the C&CC today for information.


ATHLETIC PHYSICALS are required to participate in ALL sports, including TRY OUTS!. If you are planning to play a fall sport and have not yet turned in an Athletic Clearance Packet, please pick one up front office or print one from the Rio Mesa website found at http://www.riomesahigh.us/departments/athletics/.

Please return to the athletics secretary, Lauri Scott…not your coach!!


Message from the office to all Spartans: The policy for lunches being dropped off has CHANGED. If you ask a relative or friend to bring you lunch, they WILL need to wait to meet you in the lobby during your lunch break. No lunches can be dropped off to be picked up by a student later. This being said, please remind your parents of the later lunch time on Collaboration days, which is 22 minutes later than usual. Also keep in mind that anytime an item is dropped off for you (anything other than a lunch), you will need to come to the office during your passing periods and break times to pick that item up. We wish to keep class interruptions to a minimum, so you will NOT be called out of class to pick up something that is left for you. Please be kind to your thoughtful relatives who take time to bring your forgotten items, and share this message with them.