RMHS Updates – 10.20.17

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PIZZA WITH THE SUPT.Superintendent DeLeon visited with faculty and staff on Wednesday, October 18, during lunch in the Faculty Dining Room.  The visit provided an opportunity for faculty and staff to ask questions and provide input.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ELIZABETH BENKI & JUPNEET SINGH who earned Excellent Delegate Awards in their Model UN Committees at the Cerritos HS Model United Nations Conference.   Hundreds of students participated at this conference.  Great job by our students who participated and fought hard to get resolutions passed!  Go Spartans!  Mark Contreras, Principal
DISTRICT “SHAKE OUT” – Rio Mesa High School participated in District-wide drill on Thursday, October 19, during period 2…Alexis Ortiz, Assistant Principal
CELDT testing was completed this week.  Thank you to the teachers Michelle Martinez, Sandra Tchiprout and Ingrid Brennan…Alexis Ortiz, Assistant Principal
ATHLETICS –  Football – Varsity had exciting victory last Friday night over Oxnard High School. The “Legion” (student cheering section) was rocking and helped lead the Spartans to a 41-35 victory. This helps the Spartans remain undefeated this season. Team currently ranked number 1 in CIF Division 8. They travel to Hueneme High School this week to battle the Hueneme Vikings.
Girls’ Volleyball – Congrats for beating powerhouse OHS in both match-ups this season!   RMHS Girls Varsity Volleyball 2017 Pacific View League Champions!   Go Spartans!
 Boys’ Water Polo Varsity posted current record 15-6, with a League record of 7-0.   Since their last loss, the team has rattled off 9 straight victories. They are currently ranked number 7 in CIF Division 5.
Girls’ Golf won 4th consecutive PVL title going 8-0 in League this year!  Nicole Kim will go to CIF Individual Championships on October 23, and team will go to CIF team on October 30.  Nicole Kim is 1st Team All-League, and Joyce Sung is 2nd team All-League.…Go Spartans!  Tod Deardorff, Coach
Girls’ Cross-Country Varsity and JV 8-0 in League!!  Photo taken at Pleasant Valley Fields, Camarillo PVL Meet #2…Rick Torres, Coach
Chris Ruffinelli, Athletic Director

ADULT TRANSITION program has been busy starting their very own ASB!  Andrea Baehne is the ASB Advisor.   The students are also busy deciding and working on their Halloween festivities.  Last week, AT implemented a College Transition group.  This group goes to Ventura College, by way of the city bus, and explores the various options college offers without the stress of taking a class.  Then, if the students are so inclined, they may enroll in a college class…. Connie Brown, Adult Transition Department Chair
SCIENCEHealth students are finishing chapter 5 on Family with Mrs. Edgeworth (student teacher).  Students used COWS to access Quizlet live to prepare for Thursday’s test.  Students compete using terms from chapter.  Earth and Space Science CP moving into stellar life cycle and properties of stars.   Looking forward to a lot of lab work next week.  Mr. Jackson’s students started new unit on Stellar Evolution.
Earth & Space Science Honors used pinhole viewers to conduct parallax lab to determine distance from Earth to Sun.
Biology talked about enzymes and did a cow liver/catalase enzyme lab demonstrating the presence of catalase in cow liver.  Other food stuffs were tested for the presence of catalase, as well.   Liver was then treated with heat and acid to see if these two conditions would change the effectiveness of catalase to promote the breakdown of peroxide.  Other biology students did the celery enzyme lab and beef liver lab.  A few sections will participate in Google’s virtual lab:  DNA.  Marine Biology completed unit on waves, and starting unit on ocean currents.  Chem Study CP students are learning about nuclear chemistry, balancing nuclear reactions, and half-life calculations.  Integrated Physics and Chemistry students are investigating how ionic bonds are made using paper puzzle pieces…Beulah Espinoza, Science Department Chair
HIKING CLUB met for their first hike last weekend.  Club goal is to promote making friends and positive life choices. They had 18 students and 4 adults make the trek to Lizard Rock and Paradise Falls…Troi Metzger, President, Anna Binney, Advisor
ENGLISHInternational Baccalaureate exam registration for May 2018 is in progress. IB registration materials were distributed the week of October 2.  Materials can also be downloaded from the IB page on our RMHS website.  The last day to register for May 2018 exams is Tuesday, November 7. (LW)
Rio Mesa’s Drama Club competed in the First Annual Drama Festival. The dramatic and the comedic portions were well-performed by the strong young women. Special thanks to the RMHSbackstage crew (Lindsay Erdmann and Jackson Queen – Class of 17), and spotlights (Ayden Sabharwal and Dante Head) that helped all the schools (VO).  IB English 3HL and English 2H are in the middle of their intensive literature study for The Scarlet Letter and Fahrenheit451 (VO).  Eng 1 is beginning the Rio Mesa Writing Project analyzing the structure and argument of a nonfiction text, “Starvation Under the Orange Trees” by John Steinbeck. (RZ).  Eng 2 have started reading the novel Fahrenheit 451 (RZ).  Eng 3 CP students in Tierney’s and O’Reilly’s classes are currently working onPowerPoint presentations concerning the Salem Witch Trials and 1950’s Red Scare (JT/JO).  IB 4HL/SL students are working on their written tasks and SL is also wrapping up their study of The Handmaid’s Tale (JO).  Eng I is wrapping up synthesizing with Edgar Allen Poe (fiction and non-fiction) and planning to begin Of Mice and Men (VR)…Sandra Tchiprout, English Department Chair
UCSB OUTREACH – On Tuesday, October 17, EAOP College Site Coordinator, Karen Correa, collaborated with RMHS Counselors and facilitated a Common Application Workshop for Seniors. Students began their Common Application, received guidance, and asked questions. Also, EAOP Academic Services Coordinator, Luis Melgoza, is presenting to all Senior English classes on the Personal Insight Questions for the University of California. He will also facilitate the SAT Academy after school for this week and the start of next week…Karen Correa, UCSB Outreach Coordinator
COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER – On Tuesday, October 17 the recruiter for the U.S. Navy Recruiter Petty Officer Miguel Paredes provided brochures and answered student’s questions about opportunities in the U.S. Navy outside the C&CC during lunch. On Thursday, October 19, U.S. Marines Recruiter Sgt. Pedro Hernandez, of the U.S. Marines, spoke with students about opportunities through enlistment outside the C&CC on Friday, October 20.  Teacher Erlinda Logue brought two classes to College and Career Center, where information about services provided through the C&CC Center and distributed handouts about community service opportunities, college admissions information and timelines, financial aid and scholarships, and career exploration websites was provided by Mrs. Anderson.  A lively discussion followed about the importance of planning for the students’ future…Sally Anderson, College and Career Center Tech
COUNSELORS finished meeting with every senior individually to review their graduation status, assign Cyber High classes, as needed, and discuss post-secondary plans. Each senior received their TES form and RED Senior Packet with college deadlines and free workshop information. Go Class of 2018!  Cuba Montero, Mentor Counselor
SPECIAL PROGRAMS – Counselor Cuba Montero and Counseling Guidance Tech Maria Luna presented “Student Success” parent workshop on Thursday, October 19, in the library.  Parents learned about high school graduation requirements, grades, A-G and colleges and Parent Vue…Cuba Montero, Counselor



Anyone in the community, 18-years and younger, may participate –  3:00 to 5:00 p.m., M-F, cafeteria

Minimum Days supper offered at 12:18 to 12:45 p.m. every day.


LATE BUSDeparture Monday – Thursday from in front of Main Office RMHS at 4:35 p.m.


ZAP (Zeroes Aren’t Permitted)

Saturdays beginning September 16th – 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. – Library

Students can work on homework, computer research, make-up quizzes & tests

Meet in groups to plan & complete class projects or study for tests

Seniors can work on college scholarship applications & essays.

Additional information, contact David Gonzalez  david.gonzalez@ouhsd.k12.ca.us


Seniors – Sign-ups for workshops are starting now! RMHS offers UC Application, CSU Application, Common Application, Community College Application and SAT Prep Workshops!   Please see Karen Correa, EAOP College Site Coordinator in Room 34 for additional information.

Seniors –  Do you need an ACT and/or SAT fee waiver?  See Ms. Montero in the Counseling Office during nutrition, lunch or after school only.    Colleges accept test scores through December 2017.

Attention IB Test Takers – Please see Ms. Montero, Counseling Office, during nutrition, lunch or after school only for IB test waiver by November 7th deadline.

Spartans – Are you a member of a Native American tribe or have a certificate? You may qualify for Ventura County Indian Education Consortium services – see Ms. Montero for information and application.

ELD Tutoring after school in library, Monday through Thursday, 3:15 to 4:15 p.m., with Mr. Erick Gonzalez.  ¡Si se puede!   Yes, you can!

TEQUIO Club from MICOP started this Tuesday, October 10. Meetings every Tuesday during lunch in room 80A.

SAT ACADEMY starts October 19 and 21and continues next week October 23 and 24 – after school, 3:15 – 4:15 p.m., room 34 – no sign up required.

Your Future Starts Here!” Family Conference on Saturday, October 21- PHS

Juniors/Seniors and Families – see Ms. Maria Luna in the office to sign up for the free bilingual conference

First ELAC/ Migrant Ed Parent Meeting – Tuesday, October 24 – Cafeteria – 6:30 p.m.



Pre-order Sales Only this school year before March 1

$85 w/ASB card, $95 w/o ASB card, $100 after October 31 – ASB office


Latin American Student Organization (LASO) second annual Dia de los Muertos cultural celebration, Friday, November 3, 6-8 p.m.  Join in celebrating and remembering loved ones who have passed away — music, dancers, activities, student art & projects, vendors and taquero.  Gracias!  Ben Todd, LASO Advisor


FINANCIAL AID WORKSHOPS – Wednesday, November 8 and Tuesday, December 5 – 6-8 p.m., English – Room 34, Spanish – Room 25

Assistance in completing FAFSA & CA Dream Act Applications – Bring personal & financial information to complete applications

For additional information, contact Karen Correa, EAOP College Site Coordinator in Room 34


Rio Mesa Athletics Booster Club’s 16th Annual Spartan Golf Classic

Monday, November 20 –  Moorpark Country Club

Additional information, refer to website:   www.spartangolfclassic.com

SPARTAN ALUMNI visit new “official website” of the Rio Mesa Alumni Association www.spartanalums.org


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