For the first time in the history of Hueneme HS, we will have 5 valedictorians and one of the biggest classes of graduates to receive their diplomas. We are brimming with pride. The top scholars had the highest GPA also. HHS Scholarships monies currently are estimated at $1, 280,000.00 which includes what the students joining the Military will get. This amount surpasses last year’s scholarship dollars and does not include those seniors who have yet to hear back on official amounts. Congratulations to our graduates for their outstanding work. Hueneme HS is very proud of the hard work our students have done and the amazing teachers that helped our students achieve their goals throughout their four high school years. Thank you staff and thank you grads. VIKINGS CAN DO!!!!
This past Thursday, Social Science department chair Amy Roth was awarded the prestigious Social Science Scholar award for 2017. During Amy’s tenure as the social science department chair, she has consistently moved the department forward with the highest level of respect and professionalism. Amy is a true leader and it was wonderful to have her recognized. Amy was joined with many members of the social science department (See pictures above), students, social science learning design coach Joshua Chancer, and Principal Gary Mayeda (pictured above).
On Wednesday Evening 8 Hueneme Students proudly graduated from the DRAGG program. The program is a partnership between OUHSD, Oxnard PD and the Ventura County Office of Education CEC/ROP. Drag Racing Against Gangs and Graffiti began 5 years ago as a community outreach effort to help youth focus on a positive venture. It has grown over the years and this year was a triumphant year for HHS. Having gone from 1 student involved 5 years ago to an amazing 8 this semester.
The student who received the Outstanding Student Award overall was our very own Emilio Castańeda who has been with the program for 2 years. He was also a recipient of a $10,000. scholarship from UTI. Mr. Mayeda was on hand to congratulate our students as well as CTE Counselor Liaison Ms. Cynthia Bogan.
Katalina Martinez, and Denise Rodriguez of the HHS counseling team invited parents and students to evening counseling hours on June 5th and 6th. They will be holding another counseling evening on June 12th from 5-7:30pm. The counseling team wanted to target the fourth goal on the LCAP, which is parent and family involvement focused on 4-1-1 and 4-3-1 and with the use of an All Call, we could outreach families and students in the appropriate home language. They increased family participation in the afternoon at our school site with most the parents being Spanish speaking. They provided information on topics including: ParentVue, high school graduation requirements, academic counseling, social emotional counseling, A-G, summer school enrollment, career readiness opportunities and other topics as requested. The counseling team provided services to 26 families and their goal is to reach another 10 families during the June 12th meeting.
Through the Career Education Center partnership in Camarillo with HHS, we will be offering College and Career Camp. Thanks to Ms. Bogan who will be teaching it.
The summer CEC College and Career Camp is a fun 5 credit of electives for students to explore their interest and career options. We will be exploring personality types coupled with Career interests and industry sectors. Looking at goals and aspirations. There will be arts and crafts involved and creating stories. College and career goals will be developed along with lifelong expectations for success. A plan will be developed and the students will be using programs on the internet that have helped define a clear direction for each individual student. Most of all we will be having fun while doing this very important exploration. All grade levels are invited to apply. The course will begin July 5th and meet from 9 am until noon until July 28th. Applications are in the main office.
The Academy of Engineering & Design had their 2nd Annual Boat Competition today! The sophomores, and their fabulous teachers, Mrs. Deckrow, Ms. Hanrieder, Ms. Rafaelli, and Mr. Robnett, started this project way back in March when they visited the Channel Islands Boat Center to learn about:
- water displacement
- the structural integrity of the boat
- parts of a boat
- the basic physics of a boat and sailing
- basic sailing techniques
Over the course of the past few weeks, students have created small-scale models, tested those models, and built real boats using only cardboard and duct tape. Today was the testing of these boats, and we had some great successes! (Check out the first picture of the pontoon-style boat! They could have made it across the pool, but their rowing skills could have used a little help.) Students were timed to board their craft, paddle to the other side, and perform first aid on one of their team members. It was exciting to have all the academy students out there to cheer the 10th graders on! The seniors even made score cards. Thank you to Ms. Martinez, Coach Gibbs, and Mr. Mayeda for coming to check it out. If you see any of these students, give them a high five for a job well done! ✋?
Also, this week, the juniors completed their organic chemistry unit with a chocolate project! Students gathered in room 20 to roast their cacao beans, winnow them (remove the husk), grind them, ferment them (no alcohol involved), temper their fermented chocolate, and pour into candy molds. At lunch on Wednesday, teachers came to sample 12 chocolate concoctions, including a mole dish! Students were only able to bribe one judge (not to name names, but it was Robnett) with their coconut, peanut butter, and almond creation. No one died by eating too much chocolate, but everyone left more than a little caffeinated.
(No sophomores were hurt or injured during this competition, however, lots of smiles and laughter were to be had)
Last Friday night, June 2, our Hueneme High School KIWINS Club helped with the registration of an iconic community event on, “The Tower to Tower Run”. The event took place on Saturday, June 3rd, at the Morgan Stanley Building in north Oxnard (where the “Twin Towers” are right off the 101 freeway and Vineyard Ave.). Our KIWINS Club was there Saturday to volunteer at the event. Several of our HHS Coaches/Teachers/Staff members, along with several of our student-athletes participated in the race. The event serves as a major fundraiser for our City of Oxnard Fire Explorers Program, the City of Oxnard, & the Kiwanis Club of Oxnard.
Pictured here are our HHS student KIWINS Club members, & KIWINS Advisors, Coach Gallegos & Garrett.
Migrant Awards Night. This year we are graduating 27 Migrant Students. Many with a 3.0 and higher
NJROTC Final Review 2017
On June 1, 2017, the 23rd Hueneme High School Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) held Its Final Review and Change of Command Ceremony. OUHSD Superintendent, Dr. Penelope DeLeon, Mr. Gary Mayeda, Hueneme HS Principal, Mayor Tom Figg, City of Port Hueneme, CAPT Doug King, Chief Staff Officer of Naval Base Ventura County and other distinguished guests attended this event.
Every cadet present at the ceremony was awarded for their hard work throughout the year in the Hueneme NJROTC Program. In addition, most of the senior graduating cadets were given other medals and certificates of recognition for their outstanding performance in academics, leadership, and athletics. Highly deserving senior and junior cadets received scholarship grants from the Navy League, Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), ALTRUSUS International of Oxnard, City Mayor of Port Hueneme, and Port Hueneme Chamber of Commerce. Beachport Cleaners donated polo shirts to senior cadets and $1,200 vouchers for dry cleaning services for unit military uniforms.
For the Change of Command, Cadet Captain Matthew Olitoquit relinquished his command over to Cadet Lieutenant Commander Jesus Martinez as the new Commanding Officer of the Hueneme High School Navy Junior ROTC Unit.
-Cadet CPO Enoc Chavez
30 students joined on a walk to the beach on Wednesday with Mr. Callaway, Mr. Gotts, Ms. Martinez and Ms. Gomez after school for a beach field trip.
Students participated in activities, including: counting sand crabs, studying the ecology under the pier, measuring waves, measuring sand, and identifying beach features.
This past Thursday, Social Science department chair Amy Roth was awarded the prestigious Social Science Scholar award for 2017. During Amy’s tenure as the social science department chair, she has consistently moved the department forward with the highest level of respect and professionalism. Amy is a true leader and it was wonderful to have her recognized. Amy was joined with many members of the social science department, students, social science learning design coach Joshua Chancer, and Principal Gary Mayeda.