RMHS Updates – 10.27.17

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HEAT DAYS – October 23, 24 and 25 were designated “Heat Days” (minimum days) for all OUHSD schools, except Frontier.  All families and employees received all-calls informing them of the school day ending at 12:18 p.m.   Mark Contreras, Principal
VOTER REGISTRATION – Rio Mesa participated in Voter Registration Education month, by registering over 400 interested students in social science classes…Mark Contreras, Principal
ATHLETICS –  Cross-County – Elisse Weinerth finished 3rd overall in the City of Angels Invitational this past weekend. It was a 2-mile course in which she ran a time of 11:55 (Coach Rick Torres)
Girls’ Golf – Nicole Kim played in the CIF individual golf championship at Soule Park golf course on Monday.  She shot 85 in gusty winds and 105 degrees and had the lowest score of any OUHSD player in the tournament.  Great job, Nicole!  (Coach Tod Deardorff) …Chris Ruffinelli, Athletic Director
SCIENCEBiology CP students are using AR to explore DNA and RNA and extracted strawberry DNA.  Other biology classes have begun exploring the parts of the cell.  Integrated Physics and Chemistry students are starting a new unit where the students must write a movie scene that involves special effects utilizing chemistry to produce the effects.  Physics students are solving a digital escape room using the 4Cs and physics knowledge…Beulah Espinoza, Science Department Chair
ENGLISHDrama (Verity Oliff) is performing on Friday and Saturday at Rancho Campana the 5-act production “Horror Movie 101.”  WE Club and English 2H students are hosting Action Plan conference to help students develop project-based learning and community action skills.  Freshmen (Veronica Renteria) classes are Synthesizing- Analyzing a subject told in different mediums.  Seniors are working on determining theme or central idea of a text, how they build on one another, and Day of the Dead masks and altars.  IB 4HL is completing their external assessment: Written Task 2, a critical response to one of six prescribed questions. English 103 continues to do close reading using informational texts from Newsela…Sandra Tchiprout, English Department Chair
UCSB OUTREACH – On Thursday, October 26, EAOP College Site Coordinator Karen Correa, facilitated a UC Application Workshop after school.  Students continue to work on their UC Application, and received guidance in the application and Personal Insight Questions. Also, EAOP Academic Services Coordinator, Luis Melgoza, continued to present to all Senior English classes on the Personal Insight Questions for the University of California.  Karen Correa, UCSB Outreach Coordinator
COUNSELINGCounselors, Stephanie Ceballos, Sylvia Gomez, Kristy Kenney and Carri McDevitt, attended the California Association of School Counselors (CASC) Conference this week in Riverside. They participated in a variety of workshops, including:   Restorative Justice, Helping EL Learners, Resiliency, College and Career Readiness and Emotional Interventions…Cuba Montero, Mentor Counselor
SPECIAL PROGRAMSELAC/ Migrant Ed Parent Meeting was Tuesday, October 24, 6:30 p.m.   Assistant Principal James Harlow presented on District Uniform Complaint Process, and ELAC Elections took place. Cuba Montero presented high school graduation requirements, A-G requirements, RMHS support services and Parent Vue instructions Congratulations to ELAC President Alicia Arriaga and Vice President Elvira Castaneda!  “Your Future Starts Here” Family Conference took place on Saturday, October 21 at Pacifica High School.  Rio Mesa Seniors and Juniors and Counseling Guidance Tech Maria Luna attended.  Over 50 Spartans participated in workshops about college and career options, financial aid, and preparing for college…Cuba Montero, Special Programs Counselor
COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTERVentura College Rep. Reylene Sanchez, assisted students during a Community College Application Workshop held in the library on Monday, October 23.  Students received information brochure on how to apply to Ventura College.  Several students completed their application during the session.  On Tuesday, October 24, Larissa Freeman, Master’s degree in Counseling student, interviewed Mrs. Anderson to learn about the operations of a high school College and Career Center.    On Friday, October 27, Mrs. Anderson attended a District focus group meeting to discuss the continuation of Naviance software.  Further meetings will be held before a decision is made.  Permission slips were distributed for students to sign-up to take the ASVAB Career Assessment Inventory at Rio Mesa on December 6.  Interested students must return completed permission forms to Mrs. Anderson by Wednesday, November 29…Sally Anderson, College and Career Center Tech
 LIBRARY Library orientations have been completed with nearly all freshman English classes.  The orientation includes a presentation, scavenger hunt activity, and sometimes a “quiz” with Kahoot.
US Hist 3 HP (Guizar) students conducted a mini historical investigation utilizing of a variety of source types including the Internet, library databases (Gale Student Resources in Context) and books (!), and emphasizing correct citation.  IB Economics students searched the databases and Internet for news articles relating to current economic issues and trends to for analytical commentary (Moody).  In other library research, Eng. 3 students (O’Reilly) investigated the Red Scare, McCarthyism and the Salem witch trials in association with reading The Crucible.  These students also utilized the Internet and databases.  Mexican Chicano Lit class researched family heritage and customs related to the Day of the Dead holiday (Renteria), and other English classes conducted various research activities utilizing the databases from their classrooms using the COWS. In addition, students in IB Visual Art HLA (SY Kim) researched still life techniques and sample artists.
Other library projects over the last several weeks include, Econ 4 students preparing personal budget plans, and beginning an online stock market game (Phillips).  Geography students reviewed for unit tests by utilizing an online interactive map game.  World Language classes used the computers and TV display to engage in online textbook activities, and complete reviews with Quizziz.  Video Productions students utilized Adobe Premier for film editing (Melhorn).  Finally, a few English classes used the computers to complete essays.
Seventeen of the senior IB Diploma candidates went to CSUCI Library on October 10th – their second visit to the library – where they continued research on topics they are investigating for their 4,000-word Extended Essay, one of the requirements for the IB Diploma…Margery Ricards, Librarian



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.

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 – Meetings every Tuesday during lunch in room 80A.


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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