Weekly Update

Friday, April 21, 2017



On Thursday, April 20th, Hueneme HS held an assembly as a part of High School Voter Education Weeks and was honored with the visit of the Secretary of State, Alex Padilla.  The visit was arranged through the Deputy Secretary of State, Roberto Negrete.  With elections approaching it is important that all students become participants in our democracy and encouraging/motivating was a major reason for his visit.  Welcoming our visitors were Trustee Wayne Edmonds and Superintendent Dr. Penelope DeLeon.  Trustee Karen Sher and the Ventura County Registrar’s office were also present.

 To start the assembly HHS  El Mariachi Mi Tierra played while the 11th and 12th grade students filed in.  The Presentation of Colors was presented by the NJROTC and the HHS band played the National Anthem.

HHS’s Litzy Hernandez, “Latina Student of the Year’ had the honor of introducing California Secretary of State Alex Padilla.  Our Student Body President  Erica Ramirez presented him with an HHS sweatshirt.  The students were afforded time for question and answers for the Secretary.  The assembly closed with a group photo and a student voter registration drive.

EL – A few of our EL Students attended the Immigrant Empowerment Conference at UCSB on Saturday.



AP Language and Composition – AP Language and Composition classes are continuing to examine the synthesis essay prompts in preparation for the upcoming AP exam.  Students also utilized Shmoop drills over spring break to better prepare for the multiple choice section of the exam.

ERWC – Students are currently enjoying reading Into the Wild.  This module focuses a great deal on characterization and how this nonfiction novel was compiled from various sources.

English 3 YES – Students are finishing up the last of the readings from our literature anthology before exchanging books for The Great Gatsby.  Former Viking  and current credential student Alysha Cordova has been observing the class and will be presenting a lesson on the short story “Winter Dreams” by F. Scott Fitzgerald (the inspiration forGatsby).  This class will be taking the CAASPP exam next week.


English 2H is working on modern-day versions of Julius Caesar – they’ll either be performing live or presenting recordings on Tuesday/Wednesday of next week. Modern scripts are due Tuesday.

ERWC is about two readings into the Language, Gender, and Culture unit, learning about the differences between boys and girls in the classroom, and differences in communication style (and the way it is perceived) between men and women.


English 3CP students are starting a unit on the novel The Great Gatsby after finishing their research paper project last quarter.  We are exploring the idea of the American Dream this quarter.  Juniors are also preparing to take the CAASP test next week.

English 4CP are finishing the year studying the the impact of the Neo-Classical and Romantic  eras on modern literature and art.



Eng.  4 –  Working on “Their Eyes Are Watching God”

Eng. 2-  Just finished up Core Lit with “Night”  Now working on  cross-curricular articles and analysis of Healthcare in America.


English 1RCP is currently reading Romeo and Juliet. They are currently finishing up Act 3 and are focusing on plot structure and development as well as different types of conflicts in the play and how each conflict affects the plot. They are also learning how to recognize dramatic irony in the play.

Reading 9 has just finished reading their first novel as a class;The Last Book in The Universe. They are making connections to the story’s dystopian society and the futuristic technologies present in the novel. They are also focusing on furthering their vocabulary learning new words weekly (this week: deactivated, hobbling, and bunker). Currently they are drafting an explanatory essay as part of the iLit program where they will write about a historical event they have learned about in another class.



Mock trial class took on a second case and will compete next week when the scoring attorneys will finish real-life trials.

English 4 class is reading Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston.

Eng 4 AP is busy reviewing for the upcoming AP test.

Drama is working hard on the spring production, Arsenic and Old Lace, which will be preformed on the quad stage in May.



Eng 3 – This class finished reading Great Gatsby before break and completed a project focusing on characterization by choosing one of the main characters (besides Gatsby) and explaining how they develop the theme of pursuing success/dreams in America. They are currently getting CAASPP-style review questions about the theme and how it is developed throughout the story.

Eng 2RCP – These students finished reading Julius Caesar, taking notes and answering discussion questions, before the break. This week they are going to use their work to write an essay about what qualities make a leader, one of the characters and how that person shows leadership in the story, and a comparison to a modern leader of their choice.


English 3 just finished their research paper and is reviewing for the Smarter Balance test by carefully  looking at directions, practicing thesis writing, and giving evidence for their opinions.
English 4 ERWC Just finished Into the Wild and is working on the structure of the text in the Juvenile Justice articles, looking at the development of teenage brains, and discussing some of the challenges with incarcerating juveniles as adults.


English 1 is reading Romeo and Juliet and analyzing the different types of conflict found in the text.  This is preparing them for the summative assessment they will work on next week; a project on the different conflicts and how they could have been avoided.


Math 2 has started working on collaborative investigations for finding interior and exterior angles of polygons, which will then lead students to develop a process for find the areas of regular polygons using a very cool process that the students will discover.

Pre-calculus is completing Chapter 6, Unit Circle/Trig Functions and will begin applying the material in Ch 7, Analytic Trig.

Calculus is studying the Volume of a Solid of Revolution.

SOAR students showing off their letter grades for graduation credits recovered.  Great job, Vikings

Social Science

Students practiced a variety of Social Science Literacy Standards including writing with supporting evidence. In addition, Students participating in the KEY Course had their last week of instruction.  Students will be assessed next week.


Room P8:

English students are currently exploring growth mindset and how it applies to their educational and life long success. Following discussions, Ted Talks, and reading blogs about Growth Mindset, students are writing a piece that describes how GMS will play out in their personal life in school. Following the writing, students will create a cardboard sculpture that has both words and images that portray their written response.

Biology students have created models for Mitosis and Meiosis and due to the availability of Squid from the Science Department, we will dissect a squid. Students have been front-loaded with information about the squid and have generated many questions they have. While they dissect the squid they will seek to answer these question, take photos and videos and will create a presentation on what they learned using a webtool.

 Yes Academy

Yes Academy Students worked together to organize and clean our Viking Closet. They cleaned, washed, folded and organized community donations for our students in need. If you would like to make donations please see Mrs. Wayne or Mrs. Martinez.

Through the Ventura County Office of Education, juniors and seniors participated in a 4-day workshop with a facilitator from “Captivating Speakers”.  The facilitator provided strategies for public speaking, for making presentations, and for connecting with others.  Students found the experience powerful, moving, and helpful and stated that they have already incorporated the skills and knowledge into their communication style and will definitely use the information and skills in college and in their future careers.






  • Weekly cooking club update:
  • Frances Adams – HHS Health Care Coordinator
  • On Wednesday, students learned how to make a balanced breakfast by building their own yogurt parfaits in the quad! Yogurt provided a punch of protein, granola gave them whole grains and fresh fruit fueled them with fiber!  The cooking club held challenges this week and staff members voted on which version of the recipe they liked best. Congratulations to Melyssa Ayala, Vanessa Ambriz and Lizbeth Villafana who were the winners as chosen by their peers! Try the recipe yourself!  One- Pan Mexican QuinoaServes 4. Time to prep: 10 minutes. Time to cook: 25 minutes.Ingredients:
    • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 jalapeño, minced
    • 1 cup quinoa
    • 1 cup vegetable broth
    • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
    • 1 (14.5oz) can fire roasted diced tomatoes
    • 1 cup corn kernels (frozen, canned or roasted)
    • 1 teaspoon chili powder
    • ½ teaspoon cumin
    • Kosher salt and pepper – to taste
    • 1 avocado, halved, seeded, peeled and diced
    • Juice of 1 lime
    • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves


    1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and jalapeno, and cook, stirring frequently until fragrant, about 1 minute.
    2. Stir in quinoa, vegetable broth, beans, tomatoes, corn, chili powder and cumin; season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer until quinoa is cooked through, about 20 minutes.
    3. Stir in avocado, lime juice and cilantro.
    4. Serve immediately.

    Frances Adams

    Health Coordinator, Hueneme High School

    HealthCorps, Inc.