What’s New?

AP TEST TAKERS: The ASB office will be closed for the rest of this week. If you have put off purchasing your AP test, you now have until Tuesday, March 5th to purchase your tests. March 5 will be the absolute last day, NO EXCEPTIONS; please make plans accordingly.

 What’s Happening?

ATTENTION SENIORS: Are you planning on participating in Senior Activities like Gradnite? You will NOT be allowed to purchase tickets if you have 3 or more Unverified Absences. See Attendance Advisor, Mrs. Ramirez, in the office to check your attendance!

AP EXAMS:  Advance Placement exams will go on sale starting January 30, 2019, in the ASB bookkeeper’s office. Exams are $94 each. Last day to order is February 28, 2019. 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)

TODAY! BILITERACY SEAL: Did you take the same language for 4 years?  Did you earn a 3, 4 or 5 on a language AP exam?  Did you earn a 4 or above on the Spanish French or Spanish exam?  Do you speak Mixteco?  Then you might just qualify for the Biliteracy seal!  Applications are now available from your world language AP and IB teachers.  Please see your Spanish or French teacher as soon as possible since they are due on February 27th.

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.

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.

ATTENTION ALL AP TEST TAKERS!  Please see Mrs. Montero for a fee waiver during nutrition, lunch, or after school.

ATTENTION AP TEST TAKERS:  If you have not purchased your AP tests yet, please do so ASAP! ASB will be closed Wednesday February 27 – March 1 of next week. Please come to the ASB window with form filled out and if you are paying with a check the check should be made out to Rio Mesa. If you have an income verification form, please make sure you have both required signatures.

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

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

TEQUIO MEETINGS: During 2nd semester, the Tequio Club will be meeting every Friday, at lunch, in room 80A, and all are invited. Junta de Tequio Cada viernes durante el almuerzo en salón 80A y todos están invitados.

College & Career     

SENIORS: Spots are quickly being filled for Pirate Friday! Please be sure to complete your permission slip form and turn in to Ms. Magaña in the College and Career Center ASAP. Last day to turn in these forms is Monday, March 4th. (Again, Pirate Friday is a trip to Ventura College for seniors considering attending next fall. Pirate Friday is on March 8th.)

JUNIORS: The Career Expo on March 22nd is an opportunity to meet with professionals in various fields and find out what steps are needed to pursue these careers. It is an opportunity for you all to discover your passion.  The interaction with these professionals and their career paths can help with big decisions you will have to make next year such as what major you choose to pursue. Permission slip forms can be found in the College and Career Center.

SENIORS: Oxnard College is having an upcoming event called “OC Friday” taking place on April 5, 2019. At this event students will meet with an Oxnard College counselor (individually) to plan one to two semesters of courses as well as meeting ALL of the remaining enrollment requirements needed to become a student at Oxnard College. Please pick up a permission slip form in the College and Career Center if you are interested in participating.

UPWARD BOUND: The first part of the Upward Bound application is now available. Upward Bound is a program through California Lutheran University that helps first generation, low income, 9th and 10th grade students, prepare for and complete college. If you are accepted in to the program you will get to attend a free 6-week program at CLU where you will live in the dorms, take classes, and experience life as a college student. Throughout your remaining high school years, you will receive many benefits, including tutoring, workshops, college and career guidance, field trips, and college tours. If you are interested, please see Mrs. Kenney in the counseling department.

SENIORS: Students is you have already completed the Financial Aid Application (FAFSA or California Dream Act) please create a WEBGRANTS4STUDNETS account. Please stop by room 34 if you need additional help.

Rio Mesa High School Sophomores:  Want to learn more information about colleges and universities? The A-G requirements? Visit College Campuses in California? Are you interested in joining the University of California, Santa Barbara Early Academic Outreach Program?! See Ms. Correa in Room 34 for more information. 😊

Rio Mesa High School Seniors: Have you been admitted to schools? Please check in with Ms. Correa in Room 34.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

May 6-10 and
May 13-17, 2019

Exam Dates

Week 1

Test Date Morning (8 a.m.) Afternoon (12 p.m.)
May 6
AP United States Government and Politics AP Chinese Language and Culture

AP Environmental Science

May 7
AP Seminar
AP Spanish Language and Culture
AP Japanese Language and Culture
AP Physics 1: Algebra-Based
May 8
AP English Literature and
AP European History
AP French Language and Culture
May 9
AP Chemistry

AP Spanish Literature and Culture

AP German Language and Culture
AP Psychology
May 10
AP United States History AP Computer Science Principles
AP Physics 2: Algebra-Based

Studio Art: May 10, 8 p.m. ET is the last day for your school to submit digital portfolios and to gather 2-D Design and Drawing students for the physical portfolio assembly. Students should have forwarded their completed digital portfolios to their teachers well before this date.

Week 2

Test Date Morning (8 a.m.) Afternoon (12 p.m.)
May 13
AP Biology AP Physics C: Mechanics

Special Exam time.
AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
is the only exam given at 2 p.m.

May 14
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC
AP Art History
AP Human Geography
May 15
AP English Language and Composition AP Italian Language and Culture
AP Macroeconomics
May 16
AP Comparative Government and Politics
AP World History
AP Statistics
May 17
AP Microeconomics
AP Music Theory
AP Computer Science A
AP Latin


2019 AP Late-Testing Dates
  Morning 8 a.m. (Local Time) Afternoon 12 p.m. (Local Time)
May 22
English Language and Composition

European History


Physics C: Mechanics



Art History


Computer Science A

Japanese Language and Culture

Music Theory

Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism


May 23

Computer Science Principles

Environmental Science

Physics 1: Algebra-Based

United States History

World History

Chinese Language and Culture

French Language and Culture

Italian Language and Culture


Physics 2: Algebra-Based


May 24
Calculus AB

Calculus BC

English Literature and Composition

Human Geography


United States Government and Politics

Comparative Government and Politics

German Language and Culture


Spanish Language and Culture

Spanish Literature and Culture


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