RMHS Updates – April 13, 2018

S P A R T A N     U P D A T E

RICK TORRES – CAMARILLO CHAMBER “TEACHER OF THE MONTH Mr. Torres was recognized as “Teacher of the Month” by the Camarillo Chamber at Faculty Meeting on Thursday, April 12. Present were Mr. Torres’ family, faculty, administration, Assistant Superintendent Thomas McCoy and dignitaries.
Each year, the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce Education Committee selects honorees to be designated “Educator of the Month” for the school year. As a part of this presentation, Mr. Torres was presented with a plaque, certificates, and donated items from Camarillo businesses.  Congratulations!
ANNUAL DISTRICT HIGH SCHOOL BAND NIGHT – The Rio Mesa High School Concert Band performed at this annual event on Monday, April 9, at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center. Rio Mesa’s Concert Band’s repertoire included: The Crown Castile, Critical Mass, At Dawn They Slept and Terminal Velocity. All District schools were represented at this annual event, which was well-attended by students, parents, staff, and administration…Bruce Edmiston, Music Director
ANNUAL DISTRICT ART EXHIBIT AT CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM kicked off with a Reception on April 12, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Participating Rio Mesa High School artists, include:

Jaylin Velasco. Adrian Velasco, Sheyla Hernandez, Gerson a Coyoy Guarchaj

Sheridan Chavira, Alina Schweider, Sierra Binney

                                                                     Kim Shi Young, Visual Arts, Department Chair

ADULT TRANSITION program students attended Diversity Fest at Ventura College on April 11th. This annual event is put on by the Educational Assistance Program and our favorite Ventura College teacher Steve Turner.  Fair events included, speakers, music, and vendors to help students and those with disabilities discover the services available to them.  It also provided opportunity to meet others in the community who might share a story or disability.  Rio Mesa High School Adult Transition Program students loved seeing old friends, who have previously graduated from the RMHS AT program.  Connie Westphal Brown, RMHS Adult Transition Program Department Chair
UCSB OUTREACHCollege Site Coordinator Karen Correa and Ms. Sanchez, UCSB Outreach Coordinator at Channel Island High School, presented to Freshmen English classes on College Readiness. Students participated in an interactive activity where they learned about college eligibility and the requirements to go to college. Ms. Correa also coordinated a Financial Aid Workshop with Ventura College on Wednesday, April 11, and supported Ms. Sanchez with Parent Nights at CIHS.  Thank you, Rio Mesa Counselors and Administration, for their support. Karen Correa, UCSB Outreach Coordinator
COUNSELORS met with current Juniors this week to finalize 2018-2019 and Summer School registration. Cuba Montero, Mentor Counselor
SPECIAL PROGRAMS – Counselor, Cuba Montero, presented the Spanish workshops of Opciones en Colegio y Carreras (Community College and Career Options) at the OUHSD Going to College Fair ON Saturday, April 7. About 15 Rio Mesa High School students, along with Mr. Bouffard, attended the College Fair and selected 3 workshops that appealed to their post-secondary questions and interests. Cuba Montero, Special Programs Counselor
ASB/LINK CREWASB is getting ready for next year’s officers to take over as petitions have been released. Students interested in running for office, can obtain paperwork from Mr. Melhorn. Link Crew Applications are being passed out and accepted by Mr. Melhorn for next year’s Crew. Juniors are getting ready for Prom – A Night of Enchantment on April 28 at CSUCI. Seniors are finalizing their Senior Newsletter and dates for Senior activities. Carl Melhorn, ASB/Link Crew Advisor
SCIENCEBiology CP, Honors, and AP completed the Amgen Biotechnology Labs for their biotechnology unit.  They learned how to use micropipettes, do gel electrophoresis, transform bacteria and produce red fluorescent protein!  Biology CP students have started their evolution unit…Beulah Espinoza, Science Department Chair
COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER – Fifty-Nine Seniors traveled to Ventura College for “VC Pirate Friday” on Friday, April 6. These students had completed the five steps required for application to Ventura College.  They were divided into groups by major and given a tour of the campus.  They reassembled and heard presentations by the departments of Financial Aid, Math and English, Counseling, and First-Year Experience. Each student received a review of his/her financial aid statement and provided lunch.  It was a useful and welcoming orientation to Ventura College.
Ventura College Outreach Department Reps Joseph Cordero and Victoria Nielsen led Community College Application Workshop during lunch on Monday, April 9.  Nineteen students took advantage of their expertise to submit online application to one of the three community colleges in the Ventura County Community College District.  One more application workshop will be held on Tuesday, April 17, by Oxnard College Representatives.
The Rio Mesa Scholarship Foundation met Tuesday, April 10, in the C&CC, to review applications submitted for Rio Mesa Scholarship Foundation  scholarships.  Eight scholarships will be awarded this year in amounts of $500 and $1,000.  Winners of these scholarships will be announced at the Senior Academic Awards Program on May 30 in the gym.
The April Scholarship List was distributed to students.  This month’s listing summarizes 50 different scholarships to which students may qualify to apply.  Many of those scholarships are available only to students who live in Ventura County.  All seniors and their parents are encouraged to review the Scholarship List and apply for this free source of money for college …Sally Anderson, College and Career Center Tech


 Summer School JULY 2 through JULY 27


    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

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



Counseling – Cuba Montero, Mentor Counselor

 Counselors will have make-up registration with current Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors week of April 17-20

 Attention Seniors! Did you complete your financial aid application for college?

You can still get help at Oxnard College every Tues., 3 to 6 p.m., in Student Services Building. Walk-ins welcomed!


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

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



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