Weekly Update

Friday, April 7, 2017


DRAMA PRESENTED “CYRANO DE BURGERSHACK” on Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1,  at Rancho Campana PAC.  Congratulations Ms. Olliff and her talented thespians and stage crew, and Jackson Queen, Caleb Myers, and Jessica Dicke as the audience pick for best performer in their respective category!  Special thanks to Eric Ochoa for stepping in during the last week and performing the part of Jean Pierre on Saturday evening. The performances were enjoyed by all!

TWENTY-SIXTH ANNUAL OXNARD UNION HIGH SCHOOL ART EXHIBIT April 3 through 30 at the Channel Islands Maritime Museum featuring artwork from District students.  Opening reception took place on Thursday, April 6, 5 to 7 p.m.   Rio Mesa High School artists include:  Ellyzel Ramirez, Kristine Havens, Aliah Alegria, Sierra Binney, Sheridan Chavira, Charity Custance and Marus Meijer…Shi Young Kim

BOYS’ STATE –  Spartan Eli Moore was chosen to represent Rio Mesa as Boys State Delegate this summer at the Boys State Conference to be held at CSU Sacramento.   Neal Thompson was chosen as alternate to attend the summer program, in the event an opening becomes available.   Also, congratulations to the following young men who were selected as finalists to be interviewed for Boys State 2017 amongst over 40 nominated students by faculty and staff:  Thomas Corey, Alfred Genavi, and Kevin Kujiraoke.  All finalists were interviewed this week, and are an amazing representation of Rio Mesa High School!  Carri McDevitt, Counselor

ELL SHADOW PROGRAM – On Wednesday, April 5th, several students were selected to be shadowed throughout their day by a teacher that observed and noted their academic behaviors as part of the ELL Shadow Program.   The students were not aware that they were selected and the observing teacher did not interact with the student or teacher.    Thanks to Erick Gonzalez, Verity Olliff, Michelle Martinez and Ingrid Brennan that shadowed the students and to the teachers who were so gracious…Sandra Tchiprout, ELL

KEY CLUB completed the “Pennies for Patients” campaign and raised approximately $400 this year!    Jeff Holloway, Advisor

MERIT ACADEMYFreshmen students are using Inventor to create complex solid models (windshield, tires and wheels, body, axles) to assemble a model car. Some of the parts have already been 3-D printed from student files.  Sophomore students are building and programming machines to accomplish varying tasks, such as a three- story operational elevator, a robotic arm assembly, and a two-stage automated assembly line. Each task has constraints and criteria that must be met, but the students have the freedom to design, build, and program within those parameters. There are no instructions on how these devices must be built or programmed.  Junior students are building robotic arm kits for the next phase, which is integrating robotic automation with CNC machining operations. Junior students are also expanding their knowledge of manufacturing by designing and making a presentation piece for the robotics club…William Trude, MERIT Academy

ATHLETICS – Boys’ Volleyball – Tuesday, March 28 –  Rio Mesa 3 Hueneme 0 25-18 25-5 25-21 – JP Arbon 34 assists and 5 kills, Christian Escobal 10 kills and David Contreras 8 kills.  Thursday, March 30-  Rio Mesa 3 Oxnard 2 18-25 25-16 28-30 25-13 15-12 – JP Arbon 41 Assists 15 digs, Justin Roque 11 kills 15 digs, Eli Moore 35 digs.  We are now 8-6 overall and 3-0 in PVL, Ranked T-10 in Division 3 of CIF.   JP Arbon was named VC Star Male Athlete of the WeekChris Holdsworth, Head Volleyball Head Coach

Girls’ SoccerCarina Cardenas was selected 2nd Team All-CountyGonzalo Rodriguez, Coach

Boys’ Tennis continues to compete well with recent wins over Hueneme  (14-4) and Oxnard H. S. (12-6)   League record is 4-0 and 7-4 overall.   Strong, consistent play by senior Zack Derse and Sophomore Jeremiah Hoppe have continued to lead the wayTennis – On Saturday, April 1, seven boys and girls from our tennis team traveled to Ojai to participate in a High-Performance Tennis Clinic at Libbey Park.  Our athletes were instructed and coached by some of the best tennis coaches in the County.  It was a fantastic full day of learning and competing with and against other high school players…Ron Edwards, Coach

Boys’ and Girls’ Track Teams – Congratulations in defeating Oxnard on April 5.  That victory gave us the Championship in the Boys’ Varsity, Girls’ Varsity, Co-Champs Boys’ JV, Champions in Girl’s JV.    Scores:  Boys’ Varsity RM – 86   OX – 41, Girls’ Varsity RM -98   OX – 29, Boys’ JV    RM – 83  OX – 40, Girls’ JV    RM – 110  OX – 17…Rick Torres, Coach

Girls’ Water Polo – Congratulations to Linda Wright for being selected as the Southern California Girls’ Water Polo Coach of the Year for 2016-17.  The award will be presented on June 17, at a dinner in Sacramento.  

Congratulations on another successfulSpartan Relays” event. Thank you to all the coaches, athletes and volunteers who made this a successful event! Go Spartans!    Mark Contreras, Principal

ENGLISH –  Ms. O’Reilly’s junior students took the opportunity to attend the art show and the drama production to experience art and literature in action, culminating with an art or play review, written for extra credit.  The juniors are gearing up for the CAHSEE, which begins later in the week after Spring Break, and the junior teachers are busy trying to coordinate a schedule to accommodate their students’ access to computers…Joan C. O’Reilly, English Department Chair

COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER – Many local organizations are offering scholarships this month, to which senior students are actively applying.  All seniors are being encouraged to inform Mrs. Anderson about any scholarship awards they receive, as well as provide a copy of their letter of acceptance to the four-year college they plan to attend.

On Thursday, April 6, College and Career Center Tech Mrs. Anderson, attended the day-long “Educator Day” at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM).  Students are invited to review the materials she collected and ask questions about a career in many aspects of the Fashion Industry…Sally Anderson, College and Career Center Guidance Tech



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PROM “Great Gatsby –  Apr. 29, CSUCI, tickets ASB window

 DISNEY GRAD NIGHT – Jun. 14, ASB window now through Mar. 21, $130 w/ASB, $140 w/o

GRADUATION – June 16 – 2 p.m.