RMHS Updates – 12.1.17

S P A R T A N     U P D A T E

ATHLETICS –    Varsity Football had an incredible season come to an end last Friday night in the CIF Semi-Finals vs. Antelope Valley High School. The Spartans dropped a hard-fought decision by score of 70-56. The Spartans finished the year with a 12-1 record, setting many season and career school records. Congratulations to the team and Coaching Staff on an outstanding season…Chris Ruffinelli, Athletic Director
SPARTANS OF THE QUARTER were recognized by administration, faculty and parents on Thursday, November 30 at 7:30 a.m., in the Library, for their outstanding work in and out of the classroom, and for generally modeling what being a Spartan is all about.  Please join in congratulating the following students:


Kailyn Schettler

Alexandra Benke

Yelena Ayala

Veronike Loza

Justin Lan


Zachary Schneider

Elisse Weinerth

Sam Hoyt

Jeremy Rodgers

Kimberly Rice


Mary Rodriguez

Jorge Martinez Lopez

 Aurelio Cruz-Salvador

Adrian Araujo


Kelly Rodriquez

Ulises Angles

Julie Castanon

Valeria Virgen

ADULT TRANSITION PROGRAM students and Ms. Chavez’ Adaptive P.E. class have been busy creating ornaments to be donated to the Ronald McDonald Foundation’s annual holiday party they provide to children and their families.  The Ronald McDonald’s staff decorate entire tree’s, which are raffled off for families to take home after the party.   One less worry for their parents.
The Adult Transition Knitting Club students are busy knitting hats they will donate, so that anyone at the party, may feel free to choose one.  They are all one-of-a-kind, and knitted by hand by students and staff!   We hope the party is a wonderful success and that the children and families can forget their troubles for the afternoon.  Our students understand they contribute to the festivities, however are not part of them.  A true lesson in giving back, and our students are proud to volunteer.  Connie Westphal Brown, Adult Transition Department Chair
SCIENCEHealth students will be doing 12 sessions from TND curriculum.  Honors Biology students are designing their own yeast experiments to study alcohol fermentation, following their lactic acid fermentation lab.  College Prep Bio will do a leaf stomata lab at the end of the week.  Integrated Phys/Chem students just finished a unit where they had to make movie trailers that included chemical or physical changes for special effects. Many of them turned out good…. Beulah Espinoza, Science Department Chair
CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATIONFood Service & Hospitality Career Pathway: CCAP (Careers through Culinary Arts Program) students were invited to soft opening of Michael Hungs XO on Beverly over Thanksgiving Break. They tasted wonderful California Asian Cuisine (the Kimchi Mac and Cheese was a favorite), and evaluated front house operations… Mary Wayne, CTE Department Chair
ASB made posters for PVL Championship Football team that will also be used in the Oxnard Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 2…Carl Melhorn, ASB Advisor
ELDEnglish 101 (I. Brennan) working through a great new textbook they are piloting, and continuing to practice independently with Rosetta Stone.  English 102 (M. Martinez) learning to annotate informational text on Newsela, an online program we are piloting.  English 103 (S. Tchiprout) working on drafting their first essay based on the short story, “The Confrontation.”   Michelle Martinez, ELD Department Chair
ENGLISHIB 4HL (S. Tchiprout) continue to read and analyze Eavan Bolan Poetry and create Adobe Spark (thanks Verity) presentations as a form of a “Teach Back.”  English 2H (V. Oliff) beginning second unit of the semester “An Unjust World” and discussing civic responsibility versus personal rights within a democracy. This week, they began discussing Antigone by Sophocles.  IB 3HL (V. Oliff) concluding in-depth study of The Scarlet Letter, with a student created and moderated IOC practice so that students can see marking procedures in action.   English 3 are finishing reading the last act in The Crucible and later preparing to write an essay on the play. SH In English 9 (V. Renteria) finished reading OMAM, reviewing the themes, and will soon start the research-based essay on the American Dream.   Chicano Lit. (V. Renteria) halfway through Bless Me Ultima and going over archetypes and author’s development of the story. English 101 working through a new textbook they are piloting, and continuing to practice independently with Rosetta Stone. IB English 3HL finishing The Scarlet Letter by engaging in Socratic Seminar, listening to sample IOCs, and doing their own partner IOC practice…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, November 28, during lunch.  Included was Information about the application process, Oxnard College Promise, and answered students’ questions.
ASVAB permission forms were due to Mrs. Anderson on Wednesday, November 29.  The ASVAB is a comprehensive skills and interests inventory to help students explore careers.  ASVAB will be given on December 6 in the RMHS Gym.
U.S. Army Recruiter Sgt. Zaragoza, hosted a table of information during lunch on Thursday, November 30.  He discussed opportunities available through enlistment in the Army.
College and Career Technicians from throughout Ventura County attended the Ventura College High School Counselor Exchange Conference on Friday, December 1, at Ventura College.  Mrs. Anderson received information on several topics, including changes to the application process, financial aid, and special programs available at Ventura College …Sally Anderson, College and Career Center Tech
INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATEMay 2018 IB Exams – 180 students registered to take this exam.  This represents a 44% increase in the number of registrants!   Lori Wrout. International Baccalaureate Coordinator
COUNSELORS met with juniors in need of being signed up for after school credit recovery classes.  Counselors attended the Oxnard College Counselors’ Exchange Conference on Friday, November 17.  They learned about the latest changes in enrollment process, new programs for future teachers, engineering, counseling, new transfer center, and career/technical education. Counselors Sylvia Gomez and Christian Zuniga attended the Ventura College Counselors’ Conference on Friday, December 1.  Topics covered included, Ventura College’s enrollment process, new programs, and latest developments…Cuba Montero, Mentor Counselor
SPECIAL PROGRAMS Migrant Education and ELAC Parent Meeting was held Tuesday, November 28.  Assistant Principal James Harlow presented parent training on the importance of student attendance and procedures, RMHS ELL services, classes offered, and annual state testing (CELDT and new ELPAC) for ELL students.  Counselor Montero presented college and career planning and trained parents on how to read a transcript.  Next meeting will be Tuesday, January 23, 2018Cuba Montero, Special Programs Counselor


December 25 – 29   Winter Break

December 22, 25, 29   Winter Holiday

January 1 – 5     Winter Break

January 1     New Year’s Day Holiday


Rio Mesa Winter Dance Show “Bravo!” Friday, January 19, 2018 – Virginia Bennett Gym, 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.  Tickets on sale week of show –  $5 pre-sale, $7 at door



Yearbooks will be pre-sale only this year. Purchase yours for $100 at the ASB Window before March 1, 2018


FINANCIAL AID WORKSHOP (English & Spanish) – Tuesday, December 5

6-8 p.m.,  – Room 34 (Computer Lab)

Seniors & their parents can receive 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


Juniors and Seniors – The ASVAB Career Assessment Inventory will be given on Wednesday, Dec. 6 in the RMHS Gym.  See Mrs. Anderson in the C&CC


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