Weekly Update

Friday, May 5, 2017


ATHLETICSBoys’ Baseball defeated Oxnard yesterday by a score of 11-5. The Spartans clinched the Pacific View League Championship for the second year in a row.  Girls’ Softball dropped a tough game to Oxnard 12-9.  The Spartans are currently ranked number 3 in CIF Division 2.  Boys’ TennisSenior Zach Derse won the Pacific View League Championship. Congratulations to Zach. He will be one of two representatives at the CIF individuals.  Track and Field compete in league Finals this Friday at Rio Mesa. Field events start at 4 p.m. and track events start at 5 p.m.

World Champion professional fighter Maureen Shea presented to Spartan athletes on Wednesday, May 3, in the gym.   Over 300 athletes attended presentation about what it takes to be a success in sports and in life. Excellent Presentation…Chris Ruffinelli, Athletic Director

FARM TO SCHOOL PROGRAM LOGO DESIGN ART CONTEST  – Congratulations to RMHS Finalists:  Felicity Luna, Gus Melgoza, David Cruz, Brandon Townley, Jillian Seller, Joseph Vallejo, Tyler Klein, Carla Vasquez, Crystal Bravo, Lourdes Fernandez, Rosario Ramos

The winners will be announced at May 24th Board Meeting.  Over 300 submissions were received and narrowed down to 66 finalists.  Finalists’ artwork on display District Hueneme Conference Room until May 10thFaculty, staff, students, and families are welcome and encouraged to visit the District Office to vote for the final contest winners.

CAREER AND TECHNOLOGY EDUCATIONAlondra Corona and Hania Gerszewski-Arredondo participated in the C-CAP LA Final Competition on Friday, April 28th at Los Angeles Mission College. They prepared Sûpreme Poulet Chasseur avec Pommes Château et Crêpes Sucrées and participated in an interview. They both were granted scholarships of $2000.00 at the awards breakfast at the Jonathon Club in Los Angeles

In addition, Hania won the Nation-Wide Pics Peanut Butter Recipe competition with her recipe for Gluten Free, vegan Peanut Butter power balls. The recipe will be printed on cards and passed out at Whole Foods and Bristol Farms…Mary Wayne, CTE Department Chair

VISUAL ARTSProject Outreach, Skillify Greater Los Angeles Rep. Cassidy Risien presented in Ms. Bolton’s classes on Thursday, May 4.  Students were extremely attentive to her presentation about the Skillify program.  Skillify is a program that empowers high school students to explore their interests and pursue professional opportunities, like internships and mentorships. Their goal is for students to have the skills required to navigate a path beyond school, and for them to have a greater understanding of themselves and their value…Diane Bolton, Visual Arts   

ENGLISHSenior IB classes have begun testing this week.    Junior English classes have finished reading Gatsby and preparing for their final test.  They are also finishing their response essays.  Junior IB classes are in the process of finishing Gatsby and preparing for their second group of FOAs.  (Further Oral Activities) …Joan C. O’Reilly, English Department Chair

COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER – Twenty-seven senior students took a field trip to Oxnard College on April 28 for “OC Friday.”  They met in the Performing Arts Center, where they were welcomed and learned about various aspects of registering for classes at OC.  Some students toured the campus, while others took their English and Math Assessment tests.  Students met with counseling staff to set up their first semester’s Educational Plan of classes.  Lunch was provided, and they also met with financial aid officers.  They left having completed all steps in the application process.  Thank you to Adam Samples and Kristin LaBruzzo who served as chaperones.

Senior students expecting to attend Ventura College after high school graduation, traveled to VC for “Pirate Friday.”  Fifty-five students were transported by bus to Ventura College where they were welcomed by Dr. Damien Pena, Vice President of Student Affairs, toured the VC campus, met in group counseling sessions to set up their Education Plan of classes and were guided to the financial aid office to review their financial packages.  They were treated to lunch and browsed through a resource fair in the VC Quad.  Thank you to Mary Wayne and Adam Samples who served as chaperones…Sally Anderson, College and Career Center Guidance Tech

Military recruiters held informational tables outside the College and Career Center during lunch this week. Monday – U.S. Navy Petty Officer Paredes, Tuesday – Air National Guard TSgt Nazareth Quiroz, and Thursday – U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Harry Castaneda.

On Wednesday, The 20th Century Onyx Club Rep. Phyllis Alexander, spoke with approximately 20 sophomores, junior, and senior girls of African-American heritage, about opportunities available to them through participation in The 20th Century Onyx Club’s Debutante program.  She presented information and video of last year’s Debutante Ball.

ASB/LINK CREWJunior Class – Prom was successful team effort of the Junior officers — to the Seniors who gave advice, when needed — to all the chaperones who attended to help keep the fun under control.  The venue was amazing, as were the decorations and students.  Some of our chaperones had never seen live tap-dancing.  Yes, they had seen Christy’s group, but this was different…even the model A cars from their club…altogether, a great time was had by all.  Thanks to everyone who supported usCarl Melhorn, ASB/Link/Peer Resource/Spartan Spotlight



Visit Rio Mesa Spartan Highlights and Events




Access   http://gofan.co/app/school/CA8023 , click on game, provide payment information required

Ticket on your smart phone can be redeemed at door/gate. Questions, contact Gina Erickson

at ASB window or call (805) 278-5505


Rio Mesa Cafeteria offers free meals to anyone 18-years of age and younger – 3:30 to 5 p.m.

LATE BUS  – Monday through Thursday – departs from front of Administration Office 4:35 p.m.

ZAP (Zeroes Aren’t Permitted)

8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. – Library

Work on homework, computer research, make-up quizzes & tests – Meet in groups to plan & complete class projects or study for tests – Work on college and scholarship applications and essays…David Gonzalez


ELD TUTORING AVAILABLE – Monday throughThursday – Library – 3:15 to 4:15 p.m.

Tequio – MICOP Tequio leader Fatima Pena at Rio Mesa Wednesdays at lunch in room 80A to meet with students.  All welcome!


Advanced Placement Testing at RMHS  – May 1 through 19, 2017

ATHLETIC PHYSICALS – June 8 – RMHS Activity Room –  Cost $20 (checks to Rio Mesa Athletics)

Boys 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.  –  Girls 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.


SUMMER SCHOOL 2017 BEGINS JULY 5 ENDING JULY 28 – Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.


 Bussing available for summer school!

Migrant Education and ELD summer school enrollment is happening now!

See your Counselor or Ms. Montero to enroll – return your packet by Friday, May 12th. Bussing available for summer school!

Attention Juniors – Class of 2018!  Want to apply to a UC, CSU or private university and NOT have a stressful senior year?  RMHS EAOP is offering College Ready Academy (CRA) in August! It’s free – you can complete your college applications, review for the ACT and SAT and begin your college essays with experts!  If interested and want more information, sign up with Counselor Ms. Gomez. Spots are limited!

 Fee Waivers available for AP, ACT and SAT exams

See Counselor Cuba Montero for more information. Don’t wait until the last minute!



Oxnard Performing Arts Center

May 19 – 7:30 p.m. – Tickets $10 pre-sale & $12 at door


DISNEY GRAD NIGHT – Jun. 14, tickets on sale at ASB window




Friday June 23 – River Ridge Golf Course

Shot Gun Start 1 p.m. – Dinner follows

Contact: Larry Janssen Tournament Chairman –  Email: l.janssen@verizon.net

Single $125 single player (includes golf, cart, breakfast and lunch), Foursome $500 (includes golf, cart, breakfast, and lunch) Dinner $35 per person – Includes 5 raffle tickets –  Raffle and Silent Auction at Dinner