RMHS Updates – 11.09.17

S P A R T A N     U P D A T E

ATHLETICSFootball – When the CIF Division 8 playoff bracket came out last Sunday, Spartans were awarded the number 1 seed. They will start their quest for a CIF title at home this Friday night at 7 p.m. vs. Royal HS.  
Girls’ Tennis ended their season last Wednesday with a tough fought match vs. Brentwood HS. This was a first round playoff game. The Spartans were once again led by the outstanding play of Jupneet Singh went 3-0 in Singles.
Girls’ Cross Country won the Pacific View League Championship going undefeated on the season. Elisse Weinerth League Champion winning by over a 1 minute. They travel to Riverside this Saturday for CIF prelims – race time is 10:10.
Boys Water Polo had an exciting quarterfinal match last Saturday.  They defeated Alta Loma HS by a score of 8-3. They will be playing this Wednesday in the CIF semi-finals at Lakeside High School in Lake Elsinore vs. Temescal Canyon HS – game time is 5 p.m.
Girls’ Volleyball won first CIF playoff game in school history last Tuesday defeated San Luis Obispo HS 3 games to 0. They then lost tough hard fought second round game to La Mirada HS, 3 games to 2.
Boys’ Cross-Country had a young team this year and finished league with a strong fight. They will have everybody returning next year– the future looks bright.  Girls’ Golf wrapped up their season at CIF Team last week.
Congratulations to all our fall sports as they earned multiple Pacific View League Championships!  Save the date for Fall Sports Awards Night – December 18, 6 p.m.!   Chris Ruffinelli, Athletic Director
PFONew Co-Presidents for remainder of 2017-18 school year:  Rosa Balderrama and Helene Lugo
CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATIONBusinessMultimedia students worked on a Photoshop project called “Fantasy Quad” which involved bringing in new features to pictures of the school quad.  At the end of the project, students exhibited their projects for their classmates to vote on best theme, Photoshop skills and fan favorite…Mary Wayne, CTE Department Chair
UCSB OUTREACH – On Wednesday, November 8, EAOP Juniors received an informational presentation on UCSB Pre-College Research Programs, research focused programs for high school students who are interested in STEM. Also, EAOP College Site Coordinator Karen Correa collaborated with RMHS Counselors and Oxnard College to facilitate a Hands-on Financial Aid for Seniors and their families. Families received information on Financial Aid applications (FAFSA and CA Dream Act Application) and were able to begin the application. Karen Correa, UCSB Outreach Coordinator
LIBRARY  In their study of Steinbeck’s novel, Of Mice and Men, freshman English students used the Internet sources and the Destiny online book catalog to find books related to the 1930’s and the Great Depression, writing brief summaries and recognizing the information as primary or secondary source material (Renteria).  Geography students reviewed for unit tests by utilizing an online interactive map game.  Econ 4 students preparing personal budget plans, and beginning an online stock market game (Phillips).  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 (O’Reilly, Stancil).
SCIENCEEarth and Space Science is learning about nuclear fusion in stars.  On Tuesday, the students built the different elements that the Sun will make during its lifetime using play dough.  The students modeled hydrogen, helium, beryllium, carbon, and oxygen.  Biology CP is continuing to learn about cells and did a diffusion lab where they measured changes in the mass of a shell-less egg placed in different concentrations of salt water.  Some Biology CP students also did the dialysis tubing osmosis and diffusion lab.  The Biology Honors students are doing the dialysis tubing lab as well.
Marine Biology is starting a unit on marine ecosystems.  On Wednesday, students made observations on the California Spiny Lobster and what adaptations it must survive in its environment…Beulah Espinoza, Science Department Chair
COUNSELING – Counselor Christian Zuniga attended Synergy Conference November 1-3, on the latest applications, reports and updates for 2017-2018.  All RMHS Counselors attended Special Populations Conference at the VCOE on Thursday, November 9.  They participated in workshops from local community members and providers to help meet the needs of the homeless, Foster, Migrant Ed, and other at-risk students and their families.
SPECIAL PROGRAMSVentura County Indian Education Consortium Counselor, Lindsay Smith, met with RMHS Native American students on Thursday, November 9, to discuss high school graduation and college and career planning.
COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTERU.S. Air Force Airman Clint Mayes provided information to students about opportunities available through enlistment in the Air Force on November 6.  California Lutheran University Diana Hernandez, spoke to students about this four-year liberal arts college located in Thousand Oak on November 7.   Oxnard College Reps Cassy Marcum and Luke Menchaca, talked with students about applying to this local community college, and the Oxnard College Promise on November 7.  On Wednesday, November 8, Ventura College Rep. Reylene Sanchez, assisted students with community college applications during lunch.  She also assisted with a second application workshop after school.  Many seniors were able to complete their application during these sessions.  U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Matthew J. Zaragoza, provided information to students about enlistment during lunch on November 9…Sally Anderson, College and Career Center Tech


November 10 – Veteran’s Day Holiday

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

Seniors – 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.

TEQUIO Club from MICOP – Meetings every Tuesday during lunch in room 80A.

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!


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 WORKSHOP – 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



Monday, November 20 –  Moorpark Country Club

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

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