RMHS Updates – February 16, 2018

S P A R T A N     U P D A T E

ROTARY CLUB OF OXNARD HONORS SPECIAL TEACHERS – The Rotary Club of Oxnard continues to recognize outstanding teachers in the Oxnard School District, the Oxnard Union High School District, and the Rio School District.  For the eighth year, the Rotary Club provides a gift basket and marble “apple for the teacher” in recognition of the recipient’s outstanding teaching and service to students, parents, and school.  In partnership with the County Schools Federal Credit Union, the recognition also includes a monetary award for the teacher to help cover the many out-of-pocket expenses teachers incur.  An additional corporate partner, the Courtyard by Marriott-Oxnard provides this special teacher a gift certificate for a one-night stay for two. The Teacher Recognition Program continues the efforts of the Rotary Club of Oxnard to thank those in the community who demonstrate outstanding Service Above Self, the motto of Rotary International.
On February 15, 2018, the Rotary Club of Oxnard was pleased to recognize Ms. Laurena Guizar, a truly exceptional Social Science teacher at Rio Mesa High School in the Oxnard Union High School District.  Ms. Guizar, now in her 11th year of teaching at Rio Mesa, is considered a model of Spartan pride and dedication to all students. She was nominated for this recognition due to her willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty to serve the school community in a variety of roles.  She has stepped-up to teach subjects within her discipline, as well as non-departmental offerings and extra-curricular roles whenever the student need presents itself. She has served as the Advanced Placement-European History teacher for the past seven years and more recently has added AVID and Peer Resource to her workload.  In her role as AP/international Baccalaureate teacher, she offers free night and weekend study sessions to her students. She also advises a variety of clubs on campus, including serving as the Model UN advisor,  as well as after-school programs such as Friday Night Live. Her time and dedication are a testament to what she enjoys doing–being a positive force on campus to provide students a variety of opportunities and connectivity to the school environment. She is without a doubt a true Spartan and a positive role-model for all students and the Rio Mesa community.

Pictured (l-r) are Rotarian Peter Marcus; Rotary Club Past President George Benz; Rotary Club Immediate Past President Kendall VanConas; Rotary Club Past President Dr. Gary Davis; Rotarian and Oxnard Union High School District Superintendent Dr. Penny DeLeon; Rotary Teacher Recognition Recipient Laurena Guizar; Rotary Club Past President Mark Spellman; Rio Mesa High School Principal Mark Contreras

ATHLETICS – Last Friday, February 9, Rio Mesa High School and Camarillo High School partnered again to raise funds for PSA and Mammograms in the Camarillo and Oxnard communities. This was the 10-year anniversary of the Ball It Up game.
New to this event was a modified basketball game, played earlier in the day with special needs students from Rio Mesa and Camarillo. It was a great positive event.  The gym was packed and had a lot of positive energy. Thank you to Ventura County Special Olympics for providing the grant money and assistance for the event on.
CIF Playoffs this week, Boys Basketball traveled to Ontario High School for First Round Playoff game on Wednesday.   Girls Water Polo played at home Thursday vs. the winner of a wild card game — Bonita High School.  Boys Soccer traveled Friday to Artesia High School.
UCSB EARLY ACADEMIC OUTREACHEAOP College Site Coordinator Karen Correa and Ms. Luna from Fillmore High School presented to RMHS Juniors on the A-G Requirements for college admissions. Students evaluated their transcript and reviewed validation rules for UC and CSUs.  Karen Correa, UCSB Outreach Coordinator



Mr. Weinerth arranged for group of Rio Mesa students to participate in Anacapa Island Restoration on Saturday, February 10.



Evergreen Pear Trees (Pyrus Kawakamii)

       In full bloom in quad

SCIENCEBiology CP students finished Mendelian genetics and are learning about DNA. They worked on DNA replication lab on Thursday.  Physics began Unit 4: Electrostatics and Circuits by investigating the effects of electromagnetic field…Beulah Espinoza, Science Department Chair
COUNSELORS Kristene Kenney and Cuba Montero, attended Legislative Update for Student Support Services Training at the VCOE on Tuesday, February 13.  The training addressed new Education Laws effective January 2018.  This week, RMHS Counselors went to Fremont, Curran, Monte Vista, and Rio Del Valle to present to the incoming Freshmen about RMHS 2018-2019 Registration.…Cuba Montero, Mentor Counselor


 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


Upward Bound recruiting Freshmen and Sophomores – for more information, see Mrs. Kenney, Counselor

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

Migrant Ed/ELAC Parent Meeting Tues, Feb 20, 6:30 p.m., RMHS Cafeteria.

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 – Financial Aid Deadline Mar. 2!

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 17 and practices are starting now!

Cuba Montero, Mentor Counselor



Sat., Feb. 24 – 9 am. To 1 p.m., Room 34

sign-up with 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.

Thirty-Third 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.

Incoming Freshmen – Enrollment, Registration & Information Night – Thurs., Mar. 1 or Thurs., Mar. 8

Acceptance completed enrollment & registration forms 5:30 p.m., Program 6 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




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


FACEBOOK:  https://www.facebook.com/RioMesaSpartansHighlightsEvents  

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