RMHS Updates – March 16, 2018

S P A R T A N     U P D A T E

SPRING OPEN HOUSE – This year’s Open House Showcase on Tuesday, March 13, focused on the various programs available to students at Rio Mesa High School. Parents of incoming freshmen were also invited to attend. Special thanks to parents and students who took the time to come out on a rainy evening to see what Rio Mesa is all about. Performances were held by RMHS Mariachi, Concert Band, Ballet Folklórico and Cheer.  A self-guided tour to programs, departments, and class and club food sales followed program in the gym.
SEVENTEEN-MINUTE OBSERVANCE took place in classrooms at Rio Mesa High School on Wednesday, March 14, from 10:00 to 10:17 a.m., in remembrance of the 17 students who died during the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School in Florida last month. At the end of the moment of silence, we will invite any student wishing to speak on the issue to feel welcome to Walkout of class and walk towards the quad to join any other students who might want to speak, at the stage and/or the cafeteria…Mark Contreras, Principal

CATAPULT – Rio Mesa High school conducted training on Thursday, March 15, for all staff to include Condor, West campus and the main campus. Alicia Ryan, Production and Support Director conducted the training during the faculty meeting.  Staff were able to sign into Catapult, check-in safely, set location with Google maps, and check-in students during a practice drill. This was a successful safety training. After this training, a lockdown/shelter in place drill was conducted.  All staff were to check-in safe and account for any students. This trailer began at 9:50 a.m. and adjourned at 10:30 a.m. Thank you to all who participated today. You all did a great job and took safety seriously. Alexis Ortiz, Assistant Principal
BOYS STATE DELEGATECongratulations Joseph Cervantes! He was chosen Boys State Delegate to represent Rio Mesa High School this summer at the Boys State Conference, CSU Sacramento! Jeremiah Hoppe, was also chosen as Alternate to attend the summer program, in the event an opening becomes available.
 Congratulations Steven Staback, Kevin Sclar, Jason Phan, Drake Moody who were selected as one of 27 finalists interviewed for Boys State 2018 (nominated by faculty and staff): All finalists were interviewed on March 14 and are an amazing representation of Rio Mesa High School!    Sylvia Gomez, Counselor
EARLY ACADEMIC OUTREACH PROGRAM (EAOP) worked in collaboration with UCSB to bring Transfer Making It Happen (TMIH) to Rio Mesa High School. This event consisted of a Parent Session on Monday, March 12, and Student Session on Wednesday, March 14. UCSB Transfer Services Admissions Counselor Julio Zamarripa discussed the process of transferring from local community college to four-year university.  EAOP College Site Coordinator Karen Correa hosted Family Night for EAOP Juniors. Parents were introduced to the program and services EAOP provides students at the high school. Ms. Correa received support from EAOP College Site Coordinator at CIHS Griselda Sanchez.  Karen Correa, UCSB Outreach Coordinator
SCIENCE Earth and Space Science CP students working on mineral ID lab and Honors students focusing on chemical bonding. Biology Honors pollinated flowers on Thursday, as they continue learning about heredity.  Biology CP have been learning about blood groups, as they explore genetics. Chemistry CP and IB learned how to make paint doing a precipitation lab. Environmental CP are completing final lesson on rainbow trout, which will be released into the wild on Saturday. IB Environmental Systems completed lab on ocean acidification. Marine Biology CP began unit on marine worms, starting with Platyhelminthes. Physics CP used power and work formulas to determine if LED lights save energy. Beulah Espinoza, Science Department Chair
COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER – Seventy Rio Mesa High School students traveled by bus to the Oxnard Performing Arts Center for the 33rd Annual OUHSD Student Career Expo, sponsored by Career Technical Education at the District Office and organized by all the Career Techs in the District. They were joined by more than 500 students from throughout the District. They met business representatives and obtained information about the careers represented.  This year, students also attended a workshop to hear about soft-skills, such as: work ethics, resume writing and techniques, and effective communication.  The event was also attended by Superintendent and School Board members,  and highlighted in the VC Star newspaper. 
Pictured above L to R: Judith Isaac (ACHS), William Martin (CIHS), Julie Varde-Gonzales (FHS), Teresa Telles (DO), Rosa Castellanos (PHS), Sally Anderson (RMHS), Sherry Creager (HHS), Pamela Seibel (CHS) and Colleen Nagel (RCHS)
Ventura College Assessment Victoria Nielsen from Ventura met with senior students in the C&CC on Wednesday, March 14, during lunch.  She collected students’ transcripts and verified their completion of the application process assessment portion.  Students were provided flyers with dates to schedule group counseling sessions at VC, the last of the application steps…Sally Anderson, C&CC Tech


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


DISTRICT SUPPER PROGRAM – Monday thru Friday – Student Cafeteria – 3 to 5 p.m.

Minimum days 12:18 to 12:45 p.m.

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

   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




Counseling – Cuba Montero, Mentor Counselor

Attention Migrant Ed Students! See Cuba Montero.to sign up for Migrant Ed Speech and Debate Team!

Seniors interested in Seal of Biliteracy – applications due. Mar. 22 – see your World Languages Teacher or Counselor

Summer School – Month of July Only –  Sign-up information forthcoming late March and April


College & Career Center – Sally Anderson, C&CC Tech

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


 Rio Mesa High School’s “Le Salon des Refusés”

IB ART SHOW – Wednesday, March 21st – Camarillo Ranch House – 4:30-6:30 p.m.



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