RMHS Updates – February 9, 2018

S P A R T A N     U P D A T E

UCSB EAOP OUTREACH -. EAOP College Site Coordinator Karen Correa has been meeting with the EAOP Junior cohort throughout the week of February 5 – 8 during lunch to review college requirements, including A-G requirements, SAT March 7 test date, and brag sheet.  Ms. Correa has also been working closely with Dr. Gil and Ms. Scott to support the Oxnard Union High School District with their goal of 100% Financial Aid completion at all high schools in efforts to ensure equity and access to higher education. The deadline for financial aid is March 2, 2018.  Karen Correa, UCSB Outreach Coordinator
ASB/LINK CREWASB Spirit Week this week included, Tie Dye Day, Crazy Hair Day, Denim Day, Cancer Awareness day and Groovy Friday!  ASB also held Mini-Rallies for incoming Freshmen on Wednesday and Thursday during Bus ToursLink Crew helped with the Bus Tours by guiding the incoming nines on a brief tour around the campus.  Carl Melhorn, Activities Director, ASB/Link Crew Advisor
LIBRARY – The library was awarded two virtual reference sets: Gale Historic Events for Students – the Great Depression, and Literature and its Times, from the NSHSS 2017 IB Grant Competition (National Society of High School Scholars).  These will give students online access to reliable, curriculum-aligned academic resources
CTE – TRANSPORTATION TECHNOLOGYRio Mesa Alumnus Brian Johnson (Class of 1987) visited Transportation Technology classes on February 9.   After graduating from Rio Mesa, Mr. Johnson attended and graduated from Universal Technical Institute and worked for a local automobile dealer as an automotive service technician.  He then embarked on a career with his current employer Exxon-Mobile. Mr. Johnson’s presentations focused on Career Technical Education, his career, and his Super Gas drag race car. He is currently working in Africa as a technician trainer and technical supervisor. The students asked Mr. Johnson many questions about careers, the work he does, and his race car.  Mr. Johnson also currently has a sophomore and a senior student at RMHS!  Darell Cleveland, Transportation Technology Teacher
SCIENCEEarth & Space Science CP & Honors students are learning about evidence for the age of the Earth using absolute dating, radioactivity, and half-life. Students simulated half-life and radioactive decay by doing an M&M half-life lab.  Biology students are learning the new vocabulary of genetics and putting their knowledge of words to use answering genetics word problems.  They also completed “Make a Baby” lab to show how meiosis produces genetic variability in offspring.  Marine Biology students studying about plankton and strategies for prevention of sinking.  They started observing four types of plankton in the microscopes and then drawing one of each.  Students designed their own plankton and had a competition to see whose dropped through the air the slowest.  Chem Study students are learning about chemical quantities, the mole concept, and Avogadro’s number by writing their names using sidewalk chalk and calculating the number of atoms used to write their names…Beulah Espinoza, Science Department Chair
COUNSELORS – Counselors made presentations to incoming freshmen about RMHS 2018-19 registration at CAPE, PVSEA, UPCMS, Las Colinas and Los Primeros school this week…Cuba Montero, Mentor Counselor
COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER welcomed many visitors this week.  On Monday, Reylene Sanchez from Ventura College assisted with an application workshop.  Students began or completed the first step of the application process to community colleges.  On Tuesday, Victoria Nielson from Ventura College met with students to complete their Assessment portion of the application process.  Those students are now ready for group counseling at VC.   California National Guard SSG Marcus Amendola, provided students information during about the National Guard and how to become involved. lunch period.  Several students asked for information about what the National Guard does and how they become involved.  On Wednesday, Cassy Marcum and Luke Menchaca from Oxnard College led an application workshop and answered questions about the application process.  Air Force Sgt. David Davenport and SSG. Harry Castaneda provided students information during lunch about opportunities offered by enlistment in the U.S. Air Force.  On Thursday, Carol Pillado spoke to students about volunteer opportunities available through Project Understanding.  They need students to volunteer as tutors for children in grades K-5.  On Friday, United States Marines Sgt. Pedro Hernandez presented information to students during lunch about opportunities available through enlistment in the Marines.
The OUHSD Student Career Expo, which will be held at OPAC during the morning of Friday, March 9, was announced and advertised.  Permission forms were made available to Juniors and Seniors.   Students were encouraged to sign-up.  This year, in addition to 90 representatives of various careers, businesses, and colleges participating, there will be a session for students to learn soft skills, such as effective communication and work ethics.  RMHS plans to send 90 students to the Career Expo…Sally Anderson, College and Career Center Guidance Tech



 LATE BUS – Departs from front of Admin. Office at 4:35 p.m. – Monday thru Thursday

 DISTRICT SUPPER PROGRAM – Monday thru Friday – Student Cafeteria – 3 to 5 p.m. – on minimum days 12:18 to 12:45 p.m.

Anyone from community 18-years or younger may participate at no cost


Yearbooks pre-sale only this year. Purchase yours for $100 at the ASB Window before Mar. 1!


     ZAP (Zeroes Aren’t Permitted)

       Saturdays beginning – 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


NEW FREE Parent Project Spanish & English classes begin Feb. 6 – Contact counselor for more information.

Attention – Freshmen & Sophomores

UPWARD BOUND, Cal State Lutheran Program Reps at RMHS Feb. 9 and Feb. 14, during lunch

 Visit their information table on Feb.  9 or 14, or see Mrs. Kenney in Counseling Office

This program assists first generation, low income students prepare for and complete college.  Students accepted in program attend free 6-week program at CLU

 Includes life in dorm, taking classes, experiencing life as college student.  Throughout remaining high school years, students also receive benefits including, tutoring, workshops, college and career guidance, field trips, and college tours.

FREE Cash for College Financial Aid Workshops – Sat., Feb. 10, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Oxnard, Moorpark and Ventura Colleges

LAST Financial Aid Workshop (English and Spanish) – Feb. 22, 6 p.m., rm. 34 (computer lab)

Seniors and parents can get one-on-one assistance with the FAFSA or California Dream Act

Attention Migrant Ed Students!  See Ms. Julissa Vasquez in the main office to sign up for Migrant Ed Speech and Debate Team!  First competition is March 17th and practices are starting now!

Cuba Montero, Mentor Counselor



SAT ACADEMY Saturday Feb. 24, 9:00 a.m.  –  1:00 p.m., Room 34 Signup with Ms. Correa,

Financial Aid Workshop – Thursday, Feb. 22, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Room 34 English / Room 24 Spanish

Higher Education Week – Thursday, Mar. 8 all Juniors will be taken to the gym for a college fair during their second period

Transfer Making It Happen: Parent Session –  Monday, Mar.12 at the Library 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Spanish, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM English

Transfer Making It Happen: Student Session Wednesday, March 14 during lunch in Rom 34

Ms. Correa, College Site Coordinator Early Academic Outreach Program in Room 34  karen.correa@ouhsd.k12.ca.us


 “OC Friday” field trip for seniors who have applied to OC – Fri., Feb. 23, 7:50 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

33RD Annual OUHSD Career Expo for Junior and Senior students– Fri., Mar. 9, 9:30 a.m. – 12 noon, OPAC

VC Pirate Friday” field trip for seniors who have applied to VC – Fri., Apr.  6, 7:50 a.m. – 1 p.m.

NACAC College Fair – Tues., Apr. 17, 5:30-8:30 p.m. – Ventura County Fairgrounds

For additional information, contact Sally Anderson, College and Career Center Tech 


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