Grade 12 (Muro): Seniors are prepping for their Brave New World in class essay, using ERWC quotation templates, transitional words, and brainstorm and outlining skills. Next week, they will begin two full weeks of research paper prep!
Grade 11 (Newman): We are working on grammar, vocabulary, punctuation and starting Huckleberry Finn.
Grade 11 (Lane): AVID 3 students continue to focus on weekly tutorials and tutor training.
Grade 10 (McKenna): Group projects and finishing short story unit.
Grade 9 (Lane): In the 9th grade classes we are reading Of Mice and Men. This unit is centered around the essential question,”Am I My Brother’s Keeper?” Along with the reading, we are exploring this idea of taking care of others and whether or not we are responsible for each other. This unit includes historically relevant poetry, song lyrics, current events and a persuasive writing piece.
Algebra RS classes and a handful of other students are proving their mettle by taking the CAHSEE on Wednesday. We know with their knowledge and hard work that they will be successful! Math 1 students are discovering the substitution method of solving systems of equations through an investigative approach. All Math 2 sections did the homemade trig table activity to calculate the 3 trig ratios of sine, cosine, and tangent before comparing them to the actual table.
This week in Social Science Psychology students participated in a blindfold walk for their Sense and Perception unit. European History AP, students are covering “The Transatlantic Economy, Trade Wars, and Colonial Rebellion” (Ch. 16), and we are working on our first Document-Based Question (DBQ) responses. The students were given an outline of how to write one, a sample response that we organized into parts using our English CCSS standards for paragraph writing, and we also went-over the grading rubric.
ENGINEERING AND DESIGN ACADEMY
This week started our very first Dodge Ball tournament! So far, the teacher team is kicking bootay! The money fundraised is to go toward field trips and sweatshirts for the senior Engineering and Design students. Also, members of the Rotary Club hosted an informational meeting last week for students interested in getting the Interact Club started back up at HHS. We had a great turn out – the career center was packed! Future meeting dates will be announced at a later date. There is an opportunity for students and staff to sign up to help decorate floats for the Rose Parade. If you are interested, see Mrs. Deckrow or Mrs. Soliz.
Spanish NS classes: it was a great pleasure to welcome home our very own Espiridion Magaña (Class of 2008). Piry has become a celebrity as he is a participant in Spanish program on Univision,”Va por ti” on channel 34 on Sunday nights at 7 PM. The students were very happy to meet him and most of them took pictures and got his autograph to share with their family. Piry also sang to the classes and the students really enjoyed it. Thank you Espiridion for being such a charismatic person!
HHS AVID Juniors and Seniors visited USC this Wednesday, and will be participating in Oxnard College Youth Conference on Friday. AVID 10th Grade classes have done their first Philosophical Chairs activity. Additionally, our AVID Club has started to volunteering at Heritage Square every Saturday during the month of November to beginning Christmas Decoration of the historic homes for the Downtown Oxnard Holiday Tours.
In Integrated Math 1A the students are combining like terms and solving one and two-step equations. In the English 10 SDC class the students wrote journal entries about how they were affected, and how they might change as a result of today’s assembly. The students then shared and discussed their journal entries.
Curriculum taught this week:
- *NS1: Family Feud Followership
- *NS2, 3 & 4: Qualities of an Effective Leader
- *3 Nov: Former Cadet Marcus Flores (Active Duty Navy) spoke to the Cadets about his experience in Boot Camp and the Navy.
Precision Drill (Marching)
- *Physical Fitness
- *Uniform Inspection
- *12 Nov: National Guard Recruiters will give a presentation to the Cadets
- *17 Nov: 20 Cadets will visit the Reagan Presidential Library
- *6 Dec: NJROCT Field Meet at Santa Ana High School
A group of students from HHS and the YES Academy, visited CSUCI last Thursday evening to experience a live interview with Sandra Day O’Connor, first women on the U.S. Supreme Court. Justice O’Connor’s story about being only 1 of 2 women in her law school classes at Stanford, and then not being hired into a law firm because of her gender, was surprising to our students. Our students commented that her perseverance facing inspired them to continue to follow their dreams of graduating from college and establishing a career.
Last nights match was a huge success. Our students and staff came out and filled the stands. The CI section, with a band and all, couldn’t compare to the Viking student body. As I was walking through the quad this morning, I had students telling me what a great game it was and how much they had fun last night. Our girls had an amazing time and it was a true night to remember.
CROSS COUNTRY MATCH
Cross Country team went out to Lake Casitas to compete in the 2014 Ventura County Cross Country Championships. Here are some highlights from our CC meet:
- *Luis Villapando won the Freshman Boys race in a time of 16:33. He is now ranked 8th All-Time at HHS, and is our first county champion since Anthony Williams (1986).
- *Rosio Villalpando took 12th in the Varsity Girls race, earning All-County Honors in the process. She ran a personal best of 18:51, and broke her own school record.
- *Juan Martinez took 3rd place in the Sophomore in a time of 16:39, and is now ranked 10th All-Time at HHS.
- *Ricky Hernandez ran a personal best of 16:25 in the Varsity Boys race to rank him 5th All-time at HHS.