RMHS Bulletin for Friday, 1/18/19



LOCKDOWN DRILL: Rio Mesa High School will have a Lockdown Drill on Thursday, January 31. We will be holding a lockdown/active assailant training drill for all of our students. This will consist of a lockdown drill but will also include an evacuation to the football field. We are asking the teachers to show this video to their students prior to January 31. A link to the video is here.   After the video, teachers will have an opportunity to debrief with the students, then review possible scenarios and what students could do in those situations. If a student does not feel comfortable watching the video they may ask to leave and would be able to return for the discussion after the video is over.  The more we know, the more empowered and safe they will feel.  Please know student and staff safety is our number one priority.  This training is part of our safety effort that includes working closely with law enforcement to evaluate our safety plan and evaluating our school progress. (1/30)

GIRLS’ TRACK: The girls’ track team will be meeting today, during lunch, in room 45.

DRAMA CLUB PERFORMANCE: This weekend the Rio Mesa Drama Club will be presenting their first semester show: Hope and Heartache Diner at the RCHS PAC. There will be three shows: Saturday 1/19 at 7:00 PM, Sunday 1/20 at 2:00 PM, and Sunday 1/20 at 7:00 PM. Ms. Gina (in ASB) and Ms. Collins have tickets for sale now: $5/ticket. They will be available for $7 at the door. Tickets were printed with the old dates but will be honored. Hope and Heartache Diner: Diners are a special place. You can get your coffee, fall in love, and find light when the world is dark. Duke’s is a family diner four generations strong. Felix (18) wants one last hurrah before leaving for college. She’s doing the full run- open to close- just like her grandpa did when he was a teenager. But why? Everyone knows Felix can barely wipe tables. Why is she trying so hard to connect? And what happens when Felix’s parents announce they are selling the diner?  Themes: Family Expectations vs. Your Own Path; Connecting to Past Generations/ Family History; Teens Struggling to Cope with Impending Adulthood. Come check it out!

SENIORS: Oxnard Union High School District, in conjunction with the Oxnard Police Department, is now accepting applications for their SPRING Community Law Enforcement Academy.  If you are interested in a career in law enforcement, emergency services, security, or forensic science, this is a perfect opportunity for you! This opportunity is only available for 5 seniors.  You must be on track for graduation, have at least a 2.0 GPA, and have excellent attendance. Classes will be held at Pacifica High School on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4pm-6pm, for 12 weeks, including some Saturdays and students will earn 5 credits.  Students are required to provide their own transportation.  Students are selected through an application process and only 5 spots are available.  If you are interested in applying, please see Mrs. McDevitt in the counseling office or see Ms. Magana in the College and Career Center for an application.  Applications are due to Mrs. McDevitt by FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2019.

SENIORS: OUHSD Pre-Engineering Program is now accepting applications for their SPRING Program. If you are a SENIOR and have a strong interest in engineering, please see Mrs. McDevitt in the counseling office or Ms. Magana in the College and Career Center for an application.  The classes are held on Tuesday afternoons from 3:15-5:30pm at the Port Hueneme Division Naval Surface Warfare Center.  Selected students will have the chance to work with engineers and have hands-on experiences to explore the fields of electronic and mechanical engineering.  Students must be able to provide their own transportation to and from.  Applications are due Thursday, February 7, 2019 by 3:30pm, no exceptions.  There are only 2 spots available.  Class begins Tuesday, February 12, 2019.

JUNIORS AND SENIORS: Our district is providing an amazing opportunity to learn more about global trade and logistics at the Port of Hueneme.  If you are interested in a hands-on learning experience that will introduce you to the diversity of employment and operations of the Port of Hueneme, there is an after-school opportunity available for you called Global Trade and Logistics Program”. Students accepted into the program will hear from speakers in the Fresh Produce Industry, Automobile Transportation, Shipping and Logistics, to name a few, and what it takes to run such a Port and Shipping Lines. Be sure to take advantage of this program if you are interested in these career areas, or if you are not sure what career path to pursue. Students must be able to provide their own transportation one day a week (on Tuesdays 3:30-5:00pm).   If you are interested in this great opportunity, please see Mrs. McDevitt in the counseling office or Ms. Magana in the College and Career Center for an application.  Applications are due on Friday, February 8, 2019 by 3:30pm. Program starts Tuesday, February 12, 2019.  

What’s Happening?

AP EXAMS:  Advance Placement exams will go on sale starting January 30, 2019, in the ASB bookkeeper’s office. Please visit the College Board website for testing start dates. Also, check the schedule below (attached) to see if there’s a conflict with an IB exam you’ve already signed up for. If there is a conflict, you MUST GO SEE MS. ORTIZ ASAP! (3/7)

RMHS DANCE: The Rio Mesa Dance Students will be having their annual winter show “The ABC’s of Dance” on Friday, January 25th in the RMHS gym at 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm.  Tickets are $5 pre-sale and $7 at the door. Tickets are on sale now and until 12:16 pm on Friday, January 25th (day of the show). You may purchase tickets from the ASB office, from Ms. Scholler or from any advance dance student. Come out and support the Rio Mesa dancers!

RECYCLE FOR SIGHT BOX: The students from the Leo’s Club have placed a box in the office for eye glasses that you no longer want but can be recycled. If you have eye glasses that you no longer use but are still in good condition, we will take them. Lions club takes them all over the world for those in need.  The box is in the office, but you can send to room 75 as well.

LAST DAY! LOST & FOUND ITEMS: There are several lost and found items in the office (clothing, shoes, cleats, water bottles, etc.). Please come to the office if you’ve lost an item as we may have it. Items will be donated on Friday if they remain unclaimed.

SENIORS: If you missed out on ordering a Senior windbreaker, here’s your chance to get one. The ASB window has extras for sale. They are available on a first come first serve basis and cost only $45. If you already have yours and wish to exchange the size, again first come first serve.

Clubs / Athletics

SOFTBALL FUNDRAISER: Our JV softball coach, Victor Palazuelos is offering a fundraising opportunity. Please see the link below for more details. Our Hitters Need a Place to Call Home: Any contribution you make to our project will be doubled by Dick’s Sporting Goods. https://www.donorschoose.org/project/our-hitters-need-a-place-to-call-home/3868886  Coach P.

LACROSSE: The Camarillo Varsity Lacrosse season is starting, and new players are needed ASAP. Loaner gear is available for students that may not have any (helmet, gloves, sticks, pads). Practices are held M-W at either ACHS or Camarillo Soccer Fields 3:30-5pm. Friday’s are short practices. Games start February 23 thru May 19 and are played on Saturdays. Dues are $450. Registration closes January 22. Beginner players are welcome. For more information, please visit their website at www.CamarilloLAX.com or send an email to: TWN2@icloud.com.

BOYS TRACK AND FIELD:  See Coach Martinez in Room T-4 for more information.

GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD: Any girl interested in participating in Track and Field this year needs to see Coach Torres ASAP.  Please stop by room 45 for information.

FAITH HOPE LOVE CLUB (FHL): FHL invites everyone to join us as we pray for our school, the year, our country, etc. FHL will meet every Wednesday at lunch.

MESA: Attention students with an interest in STEM: You are invited to join the weekly MESA (Math Engineering Science Achievement) meetings in Room 12 on Wednesdays at lunch. Our club aims to shape scientific minds by introducing hands on experience with science projects and activities to nurture and strengthen your interests.

STUDENT NUTRITION COUNCIL: The Student Nutrition Council’s SNAC Club meets every Tuesday in room 47.  Help try new foods for the cafeteria, earn volunteer hours

College & Career      

JUNIORS & SENIORS: If you have a job and need elective credits, you can still sign up for the Spring Semester session of Work Experience. Your hours worked on the job can mean 5 or 10 elective credits.  It is a great way to make up missing credits or to be dismissed early, so you can get to work earlier.  See Ms. Wayne in Room 20 for more details and to get enrolled.

INTERESTED IN THE MEDICAL FIELD?  Career Education Center (ROP) will be offering a medical terminology course Semester 2 for 10th and 11th grade students.  This class is a prerequisite for all the medical classes held through the Career Education Center (ROP). The class will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30-5 PM at Oxnard Adult Education (1101 W. 2nd St.).  You must provide your own transportation.  The class will fill up quick, so register today online at:  cec.gosignmeup.com or see Mrs. McDevitt in the counseling office.

The JANUARY SCHOLARSHIP LIST is available in the College and Career Center.  There are at least six new scholarships including the Rio Mesa Scholarship Foundation Scholarship for only RMHS students with a GPA of 3.5 and above, and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation Scholars Scholarship for students who are leaders and have a minimum 3.0 GPA.  Be sure to pick up a copy of the Scholarship List and take a little time during the Winter Break to complete these applications for FREE money for college!!

COUNSELING NEWS: The end of the semester is coming at the end of January! Get ready and be prepared! Good luck, Spartans! You can do it!

After school online A-G repair and credit recovery classes for seniors and now juniors continue. Please see your counselor to see if you qualify.

This year, our RMHS Migrant Education Speech and Debate is getting a new coach and the new coach is Claudia Gonzalez. She is still accepting students on the team and practices have begun! For more information, please see Claudia Gonzalez or Cuba Montero in the front office.

JOB OPPORTUNITY:  Students aged 16 or older may apply for a file clerk position with Alamar Healthcare, Inc. located in Camarillo.  The position is for a student to file patient records in this medical office, during afternoon hours Monday – Friday, for a total of 15 hours of work a week.  If interested, pick up a flyer with contact information, in the College and Career Center.

SENIORS – Please come to the College and Career Center when you receive your student ID number (900……) from the community college to which you applied.  In the email you received from your college, there is a link to set up your portal.  Use a desktop computer (works better than using your smartphone) and click on the “Set-up Wizard” link to create your portal WITHIN 10 days or that link expires!  Congratulations on submitting your community college application.

College Application Workshops After School Tuesday and Thursday in Room 34, from 3:00PM – 5:00PM

ELD TUTORING:  ELD Tutoring will take place Mondays through Thursdays from 3:15 – 4:15.

KHAN ACADEMY: Stop by room 34 to get set up on Khan Academy any day During Nutrition, Lunch, or After school.

VOLUNTEER AT THE CAMARILLO LIBRARY:  Several opportunities are available to earn community service hours by volunteering at the Camarillo Library.  You might help by being a Homework Coach, a Technology Coach, be on the Teen Advisory Board, or help at Special Events.  A volunteer application is available in the College and Career Center.

ALL GRADES: Visit with college representatives.  Many colleges send representatives to Rio Mesa OR to our local area to give you information and answer all your questions.  Pick up a list of COLLEGE VISITS in the College and Career Center and make a point to visit with these college representatives.

TWITTER: Follow Counselors on twitter! @RMHS_Counselors

Ongoing Events

WHAT I NEED (WIN) APP: The “WHAT I NEED” app empowers homeless or resource-insecure youths and adults to locate free supportive services. WIN’s searchable database enables users to find and connect to hundreds of essential programs offering: shelter, food, medical care, crisis support, drop-in centers, government benefits, legal counsel, transportation, jobs, educations, and different hotlines. It is designed for vulnerable youths ages 12-25. All providers represented in the WIN directory offer assistance and services to unaccompanied youth who simply walk in, (allowing vulnerable youth to obtain essential services without pre-screening or referral). Also included are agencies who serve unique populations including foster youth, LGBTQ youth, youths struggling with mental illness, pregnant or parenting teens, and young veterans as well as victims of assault or sexual violence, sexual exploitation, and/or domestic abuse. The app serves as a valuable tool for the community at large.

ATTENTION STUDENTS! You need a pass from your teacher to go to the Health Office for medical care, except in the following instances:

  1. You are actively bleeding, or
  2. You are having an asthma attack with labor / difficulty breathing, or
  3. You are escorted by a staff member, or
  4. To take medication, or
  5. You have a true emergency.
AP and IB Testing 2019 – Rio Mesa High School

Specific times will be provided to test takers prior to the test date.

If you are taking an AP test other than those listed here, go to collegeboard.com for a full testing calendar.

                                                                                                                                  Morning                                                                   Afternoon

Thursday, March  ?? IB  Art Gallery Show begins at 4:30
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Monday, May 6


Tuesday, May 7


AP Spanish Language and culture


IB History HL paper 1 and 2
Wednesday, May 8


IB History HL paper 3 AP European History
Thursday, May 9 AP Spanish Literature


AP Psychology
Friday, May 10


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Monday, May 13


AP Biology


IB Math HL and Studies paper 1

AP Physics C: Mechanics


Tuesday, May 14 IB HL and Math Studies paper 2

AP Calculus AB


AP Human Geography
Wednesday, May 15 IB Math HL paper 3


IB Economics SL paper 1


Thursday, May 16 IB Economics SL paper 2


IB English HL/SL paper 1


Friday, May 17 IB English HL/SL paper 2


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Monday, May 20 IB Environmental syst’s paper 1

IB Design Tech SL paper 1 and 2


Tuesday, May 21 IB Environmental syst’s paper 2


IB Spanish paper 1
Wednesday, May 22 IB Spanish paper 2

(makeup for AP Physics)


IB Chemistry HL/SL paper 1 & 2
Thursday, May 23 IB Chemistry HL/SL paper 3


IB French paper 1
Friday, May 24 IB French paper 2



Schedule listed by test
IB exams AP exams
Chemistry HL/SL 5/22(pm) 5/23 (am) Biology 5/13 (am)
Design Tech SL 5/20 (pm) Calculus AB 5/14 (am)
Economics SL 5/15 (pm) 5/16 (am) European History 5/8 (pm)
English HL/SL 5/16 (pm) 5/17 (am) Human Geography 5/14 (pm)
Envir.Systems SL 5/20 (pm) 5/21 (am) Physics 5/13 (pm)
French SL 5/23 (pm) 5/24 (am)  {physics makeup} {5/22 am}
History HL 5/7 (pm) 5/8 (am) Psychology 5/9 (pm)
Math HL 5/13 (pm) 5/14 (am) 5/15 (am) Spanish Literature 5/9 (am)
Math Studies SL 5/13(pm) 5/14 (pm) Spanish Language 5/7 (am)
Spanish SL 5/21 (pm) 5/22 (pm)
Studio Art HL/SL tbd



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