RMHS Updates – April 27, 2018

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FROLIAN GONZALES participated in the Annual Drawing Contest “Este es mi Mexico 2017.” His entry was one of 50 honorably mentioned from amongst 14,000 proposals from around the World. His drawing will also be included in a calendar. He will be recognized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Consulate of Mexico on April 30. Alexis Ortiz, Assistant Principal     http://www.ime.gob.mx/esteesmimexico2017/

MARY GUERRA RECOGNIZED – OUHSD Nutrition Services Spring Newsletter – Mary Guerra has worked at Rio Mesa High School for the past 18 years. As a Rio Mesa Alumni, Rio Mesa has an extra special place in her heart. She also met his husband, Mike Guerra, at Rio Mesa.
Doing her part to create a positive school community is important. Simply making people smile is her biggest joy, while working in the cafeteria. She always tells the students to, “Have a wonderful day and take care of yourself!” Mary believes it’s important to start each day by sharing a smile and positivity with students, since we are the first ones to serve them on campus by providing them food each morning when they arrive.
When not at school, Mary spends time with her two grandsons, or cooking tamales for her family.  Mary says that cooking tamales for her family is a gift, because it brings everyone together. “The kids at Rio Mesa are my family, too. I can’t wait to see how they grow up and go out into the world. I always think, one day I’ll see one of our former students on TV and say–I used to feed them lunch every day!”   If you see Mary at the grocery store or out about town, don’t be shy–she loves it when students say hello.
LIBRARY – All 28 junior IB Diploma Candidates went to CSUCI Library last Thursday, April 19.  CSUCI librarians provided an orientation to library databases and search strategy, and then students had the remainder of the day to conduct research on topics they have selected for their extended essays (a diploma requirement).  Ms. O’Reilly and Ms. Ricards were chaperones.   Margery Ricards, Librarian
CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION – Cynthia Allen’s Culinary classes participated in Ventura County Hospitality Week on Monday. Students toured all areas of the Marriott Residence Inn at River Ridge. They spoke with department heads and employees in each area, asking about career opportunities and requirements…Mary Wayne, CTE Department Chair
ADULT TRANSITION OPEN HOUSE – Held their Open House for incoming students ON April 25, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m..  Many students and families showed up to tour the Adult Transition Program.  Tours were given and parents saw the classrooms, talked to students, viewed the garden, and saw the flower business in action…Connie Westphal Brown, RMHS Adult Transition Program Department Chair
UCSB OUTREACH – College Site Coordinator Karen Correa supported Ms. Griselda Sanchez, UCSB Outreach Coordinator-Channel Island High School, as she presented to 10th grade English classes on college readiness. Students participated in an interactive activity where they reviewed the A-G Requirements. Ms. Correa also hosted University of California Success Night on Wednesday, April 18. Students who were admitted to a UC school were recognized with a dinner reception and award ceremony. Thanks to all RMHS Administration and Counselors and Administration for their support. Karen Correa, UCSB Outreach Coordinator
SCIENCE Earth & Space Science Honors is completing a plate tectonic unit with engineering project, “Earthquake Tower Challenge.” Students are using their knowledge of earthquake waves and applying engineering principles.  Environmental Science CP harvested carrots they grew from seed.  Students enjoyed eating some in class, taking some home, and giving the majority to the cafeteria for all to enjoy.  They were quite proud of their accomplishment!
IB Environmental Systems students are prepping and practicing for the IB exam. They are completing a group project investigating solutions to environmental issues, which will be presented to the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. They are also completing a fieldtrip to remove invasive species in a water shed. Marine Biology is looking at the phylum Mollusca. They did a squid and clam dissection and comparative anatomy.  Students also completed shell observation. They were asked to tell the life story of one shell, the abalone.  Students observed peculiarities of the abalone shell and then hypothesized why the abalone shell had this peculiarity.  Biology started an ecology unit. They will begin making ecology pyramids on which they will include important ecological concepts, such as: food chains, biological magnification, ecology terminology, and energy transfer within an ecosystem.  Other Biology classes are completing the evolution unit through the study of Rock Pocket Mouse Populations …Beulah Espinoza, Science Department Chair
COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER – Senior students have received their letters of acceptance from the four-year colleges or universities to which they have applied.  Also, community organizations are notifying students about scholarship awards.  Seniors are encouraged to bring copies of these letters of acceptance and awards to Mrs. Anderson in the College and Career Center, so students might be honored at the Senior Academic Awards Program (RMHS Gymnasium, Wednesday, May 30) …Sally Anderson, College and Career Center Tech



Rio Mesa’s Robotics Team “6553 “Roboticus” will demonstrate their competition robot!

May 5th, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at FIRST Lego League competition at Monte Vista Middle School in Camarillo.

Local teams, some from OUHSD and Ventura, will also be demonstrating their robots with a mini competition.

Teams will also lend a hand, where needed, to assist the FLL competition.

All team members are invited to participate. Everyone else is invited to check out what FIRST is all about.

Contact Mr. Trude in room 71 for additional details.





 May 18 – 7:30 p.m.

Oxnard Performing Arts Center

Tickets Presale $7 at Door $10


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

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!



Free OUHSD Family Health Fair Sat., April 28th, 11a.m. to 2 p.m., Pacifica HS.



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