Weekly Update

Friday, October 17, 2014

Students in the senior Engineering Academy went to the Army Boat dock to board and explore one of the Army ships, and to learn about opportunities afforded to them in the Army including firefighter and engineer.  They were also given some great tasting MRE’s to eat.

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A group of 12 students and 4 staff from the SH department received a store tour of In & Out Burger on Oxnard Blvd from Chris, the assistant store manager.

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This week our ELD Department has been testing for the CELDT. There was an assembly on Monday to go over the importance of the exam, for all students who are testing. The counselors also had test chats with all students to go over, remind, ease up their fears and the importance of the CELDT exam. Next week we will continue with the CELDT. Ms. Ortiz has been AMAZING at organizing and making sure all students were present to take the exam.

  • Mrs. Casillas also had her Parent Night, parents were invited to join her to learn about how to access their children grades. She also invited her students to help out with the class and they would receive Community Servive.
  • In spanish NS-2 we are continuing to read the novel “Marcelino Pan y Vino” and going over grammar.
  • In spanish NS-3 we are continuing to read the novel “Like Water for Chocolate” and taking notes Cornell style and highlighting with a purpose.

English Department:

  • Grade 9 and 10:  Administering CAHSEE diagnostic exam.
  • Grade 11 (Ehlers):  Students are finishing Huck Finn and preparing to compose essay focusing on the changes in Huck.
  • Grade 12 (Ehlers):  Students have determined research topic and will begin research on Monday.

Social Science Students participated in State Farms,”Celebrate My Drive-Commit to Safe Driving” and we could win $100,000 for HHS! News from VAPA (Visual/Performing Arts)

  • Illustration Class is making high-contrast drawings
  • Visual Art is completing colored pencil “montage”
  • Art Appreciation is creating gargoyles
  • In the digital photography class we are:
    •  going lo-tech by making our own shoe box cameras (camera obscura)
    • going hi-tech by learning how to use the Office 365 products that the district has provided every student
    • learning how to edit photos on-line as we wait for photoshop to be re-instated

On Tuesday, YES Academy students took a field trip to UCSB where they were provided with a presentation about applying to UCSB and financial aide, then were given an excellent tour of the campus.  A few HHS graduates, currently attending UCSB, met up with our group as well! On Wednesday, Marnie Melendez, Oxnard College counselor, visited the ECDHS classes to help students enroll in the community college system. Academy counselor David Ramos also helped prep the students to enter correct data into the community college website.Through an articulation agreement with Oxnard College, students who receive an A or B in Development Psychology and the Teaching and Learning course, can earn 3 units of college credit for each course. Students can also receive credit at CSUCI. On Friday, the YES Academy team- teachers, counselor, and aligned administration- will meet with Mr. Rose, the new Coordinator of Career Pathways and Community Partnerships. Also on Friday, YES Academy students will serve as coordinators and hosts for a “Fun with the Soccer Ball” event for visiting 4th and 5th graders from Haycox Elementary School.  Haycox students will work with selected members of the HHS Soccer team in fun warm up, skill practice, and drill practice games!  The event is being coordinated with Mr. Engelmann, soccer coach and science teacher in the YES Academy.  This is the first event planned with Mr. Castaniero, AP at Haycox, who reached out to HHS to develop a connection between our two schools.  In the near future YES Academy students will serve as Pen Pals and visit Haycox to read in classrooms!

AVID Elective Teachers Danika Briggs, Rosa Soliz, and Lupe Zamora did an AVID presentation to teachers on 10 Effective Ways for Students and Teachers to use planners, how to WICORize a lesson plan, and binder/notebook checks and rubrics.  Also, all 10th Grade AVID students took the PSAT Wednesday, October 15th.  Our goal was for students to get an indication on their areas of strength, but also so they are aware of areas they need to practice on before taking the SAT junior year.   AVID Senior and Junior class have their first field trip to USC this November.

The counselors continued working with Seniors doing academic reviews.  Attended SST’s, participated in Senior Naviance in the Career Center. Attended the District Counselor meeting held at Oxnard College. Prepared to administer the PSAT .

NJROTC Curriculum taught this week:

  • NS1: The Navy as a Career
  • NS2, 3 & 4: Effective Conversation Skills

-Weekly Activities:

  • Precision Drill (Marching)
  • Physical Fitness
  • Uniform Inspection
  • 10 Oct: Color Guard will present colors at HHS Football Game


Science teacher, Elio Avalos, used his connections to order plankton from the Aquarium of the Pacific.  Marine Biology students used microscopes to observe and identify plankton!

    Students from Mr. Kaplan’s class joined the 6th Period Oceanography class to create models of waves. Students worked together to create fantastic projects!

Here is a picture of Joe Fort and Hailee Lawheed looking at the plankton through their microscopes.

Hailee plans to major in Marine Biology at UC Santa Cruz next year!

Marine Biology and Oceanography, Room 70, Mrs. Sell

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 Our Girl’s Golf team is in 2nd place in the PVL with a record of 4-2. They beat Pacifica yesterday by 5 strokes. They have defeated CI twice and OXNARD once. Oxnard HS has 2 golf courses across the street!! Congrats to our own coach Barry Long and the girls. This is a testament to their hard work great coaching and the girls’ natural athleticism.