Weekly Update

Friday, September 22, 2017


This week the Counseling Department met with the Special Education Department and spent time teaching them about Graduation requirements and how to read the transcript. A discussion ensued regarding the new Class of 2018 World Languages/Visual/ Preforming Arts and or CTE course requirement (20 credits).


The Engineering Academy teachers are starting  to meet by grade level to plan and make improvements to cross-curricular WBL projects. The first grade level to meet was the 10th grade cohort. Those teachers are on fire with their creativity! They’ve got an awesome environmental engineering project that includes a trip to Santa Cruz Island in the works!! The senior cohort will be meeting next Tuesday.


Classes were doing a variety of activities this week.  In Ms. Reveles’ s AVID EL class, students were working collaboratively on assignments from classes students had together and had also signed up for Khan Academy to begin practicing for the PSAT.

AVID 2 -4 classes continued working on tutorials this week, as well as being starting the resume process in AVID 4.



 Mr. Garrett’s AVID 2 class took their weekly vocabulary test on Thursday and he explained the process for writing the entire definition of words and how he would be grading those tests.



Math 1 conducted 3 different labs where they looked at different situations, used manipulatives to model the situations, collected data and will create multiple representations modeling the situations.


During their regular club meeting, Mathletes worked collaboratively on higher-level enrichment problems, and presented justifications of their work.


Statistics estimated the width of their classroom, in meters, and created a dot plot of the data. They performed transformations on their data by subtracting their answer from the correct answer and plotting that data above their guess. The students then had a comparison of the two plots shape, outliers, center, and spread. Finally, students converted their estimate to feet and plotted the data.



On September 16, 2017, between the hours of 0900 to 1200, the Hueneme High School Navy Junior ROTC Cadets, along with other organizations, helped out in the efforts of California to clean our pristine beaches and shorelines.  About 75 NJROTC cadets made their 2-mile walk to remove trash and recyclables at Ormond Beach, Port Hueneme, CA. Before the cleanup, everyone received a safety brief to ensure all volunteers would follow safety procedures for removing trash along the shorelines. This event is part of the International Coastal Cleanup, organized by the Ocean Conservancy.  California Coastal Cleanup Day is the largest volunteer event in the US.  At the conclusion of the clean-up, our cadets played in the water at the beach, then proceeded to receive lunch sponsored by California Coastal Commission.

Hueneme HS Navy Junior ROTC (NJROTC) Official Website: huehsnjrotc.com


Tania Hespenheide is a new HHS Viking in the Science department.  We wanted to have her give us a little bit about herself so the rest of the school can get to know her.  She writes:

“I spent the first 13 years of my life living in Los Angeles. When I was 14 we moved to Ventura and I attended St. Bonaventure High School and graduated in 1993. After High School, I attended UCSB and graduated in 1998. After college, I took some time off and worked as an Emergency Medical Technician in the ER at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura. After several years of working in the ER, I decided to become a Science Teacher. I earned a multiple & single subject science credential from Azusa Pacific University and then earned my Master’s Degree shortly afterwards. I started teaching Middle School Science for OSD in 2006. Shortly after starting my career, I met my amazing husband Matthew. He is a Civil Engineer for the County of Ventura. We have 3 beautiful and amazing daughters, Frances Mary 4, Grace Mary 6, Hope Nancy 10. I feel so blessed to have my family and be apart, of the Viking Familia. I have wanted to teach High School for a long time and I am thrilled to be teaching at Hueneme.

HHS welcomes Mrs. Hespenheide to the Viking Family.

Social Science

World Civ. Students engaged in a Socratic Seminar this week. Students, used language stem cards, listened to each other, challenged one another, discussed Essential Questions, cited text to prove their opinions, utilized a variety of AVID strategies and learned about Socrates!

What a great experience!


SH students are once again selling holiday pins. We will start selling fall, and Halloween related ones on October 2nd.

YES Academy

The YES Academy had a busy week.  This past Saturday, many of our academy students and teachers participated in the coastal cleanup of the Ormand Wetlands Preserve.  Many interesting items were found and disposed of, and we worked very hard cleaning up this heavily-polluted section of our coastline.