Weekly Update

Friday, December 12, 2014

YES Academy students Alejandra Navarro, Laura Hilgarda, and Angelo Cinco represented the Youth and Education Services (YES) Academy at the Alliance for Linked Learning event at Rio Mesa High School on Tuesday, December 2.  The threesome shared information about academy events and linked-learning projects with individuals from business and industry, community organizations, and educational institutions.

YES Academy students hosted 60 students from Haycox Elementary School of at a soccer game after school at HHS. Goals for the event were: to create a connection to HHS for Haycox students who will attend our school in the future;  to serve as role models and buddies; to cheer on the soccer team; and for Haycox students to have fun!   Academy students taught the younger students cheers.  Lupe Torres, an academy student and a HHS cheerleader, performed several acrobatic stunts.  Some of the Haycox students helped “shag” balls during the game.  Mr. Castaniero, assistant principal at Haycox, reported that the children “had a blast”.


This week many students and teachers participated in a school-wide bonding activity called, Challenge Day. In addition to the three day activity, AP Psychology students worked on a collaborative informal assessment for their Learning and Cognition unit. YES academy Psychology students completed a English, Psychology and Economic project for their Motivation and Learning unit.


The world language department continues to  finish the last few details for the Language Lab. French 2 classes will be making crepes before Christmas. French 3 and 4 classes are making videos of a cooking show. They will demonstrate French cuisine. 


Students looking at VSEPR models of molecules to determine polarity.


PE continues strength training in weight training classes and general PE classes. Also cardiovascular training in all classes.


AVID Seniors are going into the computer lab to research and apply for scholarships.  AVID junior class is working on the College and Careers project.  The AVID sophomores are working on their perfect college collage project. AVID freshmen are working a Writing Lesson  through a Sequence activity, detailing a logically ordered series of steps which lead to an identifiable result, followed by group presentations.  Additionally, Ms. Cynthia Lopez is visiting Mr. Garrett’s and Mr. Zamora’s AVID 2 classes, to go-over PSAT results, and individual transcripts to ensure our AVID students are A-G compliant.


This week, Mr. Kaplan’s class visited my 6th Period Oceanography class that has many newcomers in it.  We enjoyed spending time together creating 3D models of rip currents.  Rip currents are very dangerous.

  • If caught in a rip current, remain calm to conserve energy and think clearly.
  • Don’t fight the current. Swim out of the current in a direction following the shoreline. When out of the current, swim towards shore.
  • If you are unable to swim out of the rip current, float or calmly tread water. When out of the current, swim towards shore.
  • If you are still unable to reach shore, draw attention to yourself:  face the shore, wave your arms, and yell for help.


Curriculum taught this week:

  •           NS1: Support-a-Cadet Letters
  •           NS2, 3 & 4: Support-a-Cadet Letters

Weekly Activities:

  •           Precision Drill (Marching)
  •           Physical Fitness
  •           Uniform Inspection
  •           6 Dec: 60 Hueneme NJROTC Cadets participated in the Oxnard Christmas Parade and took home the 1st Place Trophy
  •           11 Dec: 35 Cadets attended an orientation visit to NBVC Ventura County and  got some hands on training on military equipment


  • 9th grade (Lane) – My classes are working on Annotating fictional text and writing summaries and personal reflections.
  • 11th grade (Bettencourt) – We are in the middle of reading Huck Finn
  • 12th grade (Landreth) – After finishing research papers, Landreth’s class is into some heavy drama with Macbeth.