RMHS Updates – February 23, 2018

S P A R T A N     U P D A T E

SCIENCEEarth & Space Science Honors are presenting PowerPoint on astronomy topic research in cooperative groups.  Earth & Space Science Honors and CP are completing and reviewing unit on geologic time, absolute dating, and radioactive half-life.  Biology began protein synthesis with the intention of understanding how proteins make living things what they are and then transitioning into species changing over time (evolution).  Chem Study conducted dehydration lab working with several unknown hydrates and collected data to determine the chemical formula of the unknown hydrates.  There are also other Chem Study students studying mole.
Environmental Science are studying Aquatic Ecosystems with a project raising rainbow trout from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.  Students have been making observations and taking data since receiving trout eggs on January 16.  It’s been exciting watching them hatch and start to swim!  Integrated Physics/Chemistry is studying motion graphs.  Marine Biology began a unit on animal kingdom by looking at the simplest of all animals– sponges.  Students observed several examples of local sponges as an inquiry and then learned how sponges can be classified as animals.  IB Environmental Systems are finishing their individual experiments after peer reviews…Beulah Espinoza, Science Department Chair
COUNSELING – Principal Mark Contreras chaperoned 20 Rio Mesa High School students to CSUN for Harambee Field Trip on Friday, February 23.  Students attended free workshops about higher education and were inspired and encouraged by African American students and professors to continue their education.
This week, RMHS Counselors presented “RMHS 2018-19 Registration” to incoming 9th grade students at feeder schools, Rio Real, Mesa Union and Rio Vista.
Upward Bound representatives visited during lunch on Friday, February 9.  They spoke with students about the program.  They also provided several classroom presentations on Wednesday, February 14.  Pre-Screening questionnaires were turned in by 35 students, who will be hearing from Upward Bound about next steps…Cuba Montero, Mentor Counselor
SPECIAL PROGRAMSMigrant Ed/ELAC Parent Meeting took place on Tuesday, February 20, 6:30 p.m., in the cafeteria.  MICOP representatives shared information in Mixteco and Spanish about community services and support available.  AP James Harlow and Special Programs Counselor Montero presented LCAP Goals of California and the OUHSD and asked for input and suggestions from parents and students about services at Rio Mesa High School. .…Cuba Montero, Special Programs Counselor
COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTEROxnard College Reps. Cassy Marcum and Luke Menchaca visited classrooms on Tuesday, February 13, to encourage senior students to apply to Oxnard College, and submit permission slips to attend OC field trip on Friday, February 23.  They also held an application workshop during lunch.
On Wednesday, February 14, Mrs. Jimenez-Ito four sophomore classes visited the C&CC to learn about the services available, including:   community service opportunities, websites to explore scholarships, materials to help them prepare for standardized college entrance tests, career exploration websites, and the work permit process.
Ventura College Rep. Aundrea Roberts, provided information to students on Thursday, February 15, outside the C&CC, during lunch, about the “VC First Year Experience” (FYE).  This program helps incoming freshmen with many services, including:   tutoring, early registration, and questions about the college-going experience.
Ventura College Outreach Rep. Joseph Cordero, led a community college application workshop on Tuesday, February 20.  Senior students began or completed the online application to VC, OC, or MC.
On Thursday, February 22, Ventura College Assessment Office Rep. Victoria Nielson, met with students to review their transcripts for placement in Math and English classes.  Those students were then asked to make appointment to attend group counseling session at VC.
On Friday, February 23, seniors who had submitted application to Oxnard College took a bus to OC to attend “OC Friday.”  While there, they completed application process, met with department chairs, and toured the OC campus…Sally Anderson, College and Career Center Tech


LATE BUS – Departs from in  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 Recruitment Freshmen and Sophomores – for more information, see Mrs. Kenney, Counselor

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

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 Monday and Wednesday afternoons in the library

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


 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 Family Nights – Enrollment, Registration & Information – Thurs., Mar. 1 or Thurs., Mar. 8, 6 p.m. in gym

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




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