S P A R T A N U P D A T E
ATHLETICS – Champions in Girls’ Tennis! Congratulations to our Girls’ Tennis Team for their outstanding individual performances in PVL Singles and Doubles Championships held at RMHS last week. Persevering through a long, hot week, they won championships in both Singles and Doubles! Junior Jupneet Singh completely dominated singles play in the tournament; the number one seed shredded the competition, not losing one game in three matches. In doubles, Juniors Precious Cabanban and Jessika Viveros outlasted their competitors in thrilling fashion during the semifinals and finals. In the semi-finals. Our girls had match points against them, but played some clutch shots and points to defeat Pacifica’s number two team. In the finals, our number one seeded team defeated Pacifica’s number one team in straight sets, 7-6, 6-4 to win! All three girls now receive automatic entrance to CIF individual competition on November 20th at Cate and Carpinteria High Schools. Other team members including Sophie Wong, Ally Hess, Jeanette Viveros, Katherine Gonzales, Halli Smith and Mia Rodrigo also had excellent results. Congratulations to all! Coach Ron Edwards
Office Staff on Halloween! (left to right – Game of Thrones, Men in Black & Crayons)
LATIN AMERICAN STUDENT ORGANIZATION (LASO) – The second annual Dia de los Muertos cultural celebration, Friday, November 3, 6-8 p.m. The celebration and remembrance of loved ones who have passed away included music, dancers, activities, student art & projects, vendors and taquero. Ben Todd, LASO Advisor
SCIENCE – MESA Club attended USC College and Career Day on Saturday, October 28th. They attended excellent workshops, met representatives from over 30 colleges and did fun, hands-on activities!
Biology Honors and Biology CP students had fun making a model of a cell using candy on Halloween. Honors Biology will start their egg osmosis lab. IB ESS completed field trip at Matilija Dam where they tested the water for dissolved oxygen, pH, conductivity/salinity, turbidity Algae coverage, phosphates, nitrates. Students compared different locations before and after a town to evaluate how these parameters might be changed…Beulah Espinoza, Science Department Chair
SOCIAL SCIENCE – Voter Registration – Rio Mesa Social Science participated in Voter Registration Education month last week, by registering over 400 interested Seniors in social science classes…Jeff Holloway, Social Science Department Chair
VISUAL ARTS – Visual Art (Caroline Basden) students just finished up their latest project. They created tessellations to focus on the element of art, SHAPE! IB Visual Arts SL students are wrapping up their self-portraits. Digital Photography students finished creating their panoramic images using the Photoshop.
Eleven IB Visual Arts students attended the National Association for College Admission Counseling Fair for the Visual and Performing Arts at UCLA on Sunday October 29. They met with admissions counselors from private and public universities, and could ask specific questions relating to portfolio review, financial aid, study abroad, internships, job placements, and more! Kim Shi Young, Visual Arts Department Chair
ENGLISH – English 4IB SL (Joan O’Reilly) have begun Hamlet and are deeply engrossed in reading, interpreting, and writing logs about it. 2H and IB 3HL (Verity Olliff) classes worked on CAASPP. Drama (Verity Olliff) students had a successful first production of the year — Horror Movie 101! Sandra Tchiprout, English Department Chair
COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER – Oxnard College Representatives Cassy Marcum and Luke Menchaca, hosted a table of information outside the C&CC on Tuesday, October 31st, including information about the year of free tuition “Oxnard Promise.” Syracuse University Representative Janet Recchia hosted a table of information about this college located in upstate New York, and planning when considering an out-of-state college.
The November Scholarship List was completed and made available to students and teachers, and is accessible on Rio Mesa webpage, under “Departments” and “College and Career Center.” Also available on the website is an updated listing of Contests and Competitions. Students of all grade levels can enter contests to win cash and other prizes…Sally Anderson, College and Career Center Tech
DISTRICT SUPPER PROGRAM
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 BUS – Departure 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
YEARBOOKS 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
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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