Weekly Update, Friday, September 14, 2018


This week our elective classes have been finished up the lesson that centered around Focused Note-Taking.  These lessons introduce students on how to interact with their notes, use a variety of methods of note taking (Cornell, Two or Three Column, Interactive Notebooks) and how to use them as study tools.  Our AVID seniors have started working on their resumes and doing research on their link to personality and major.  Students are using RIASEC Holland Code referring to John Holland’s six personality types: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising and Conventional. Career Key organizes and scientifically classifies careers, college majors, career clusters, and career pathways by these personality types.



Consumer and Family Sciences

Seniors and juniors have learned the requirements and educational pathway to receive a multiple-subject, single-subject, or special education teaching credential.  They also examined the Labor Bureau’s statistics for careers in education.  They are continuing their units on Teaching as a Profession.

YES Academy

The YES Academy held our welcome assembly this Wednesday during second period.  We reviewed academic and behavior expectations, as well as our community service requirements.  Senior Michelle Gonzalez also spoke to her fellow academy students about her experiences at her summer internship with the City of Oxnard.  It was a positive start to our new school year. Many of our students began their community service this week working with the Prueter Library to help plan their annual Halloween event – Horror in the Stacks.


Faith DeLuca: English 1 students are currently reading a variety of articles about people’s journeys. They are working in groups to annotate the articles and using SOAPSTone an ERWC strategy to analyze them.  The students will be presenting information from their articles to the class in preparation for an analytical essay
Kara Bettencourt: Juniors are using the pilot textbooks to explore the idea of “Coming to America”.  We are starting with a look at early encounters between Europeans and Native Peoples and how that compares with modern stories of immigration

Ms. Hamman – English 11 students presenting their Iron Chef Slides Presentation


On September 8, 2018, a group of NJROTC cadets volunteered to serve as the clean-up crew for the 3rd Annual Oxnard Jazz Festival. Our cadets performed a various amount of tasks including maintaining the appearance of the Oxnard Beach Park and restoring its condition prior to the festival. Our cadets were also entrusted with the responsibility of driving a flatbed truck in order to facilitate the cleaning process. The clean-up crew from the festival was scarce, so the helping hands from Hueneme NJROTC was greatly appreciated by the Jazz Festival crew.                                                               C/ Lt. Castrejon, Nathaly, PAO



Biology students started this year with Dempsey’s Marshmallow & Spaghetti Tower Challenge 2018! We competed to see who could build the tallest one. This is a great student lead activity that helps foster those needed friendships at the beginning of the year and starts to develop the 4Cs (Critical Thinking, Creativity, Communication & Collaboration). This is a classic STEM activity done all over the world. The students loved it and built awesome towers!


Social Science worked with College and Career Readiness standards and had the opportunity to learn firsthand what it was like to be a School Psychologist. Ms. Johnson visited Psychology students and conducted a Q and A – helping students understand both college expectations and career realities. In addition, students in Social Science courses practiced their online research skills and were able to add more evidence to help them answer their unit and daily ELQ’s. For example, students in American Government practiced their research skills using Google Classroom, Common Lit and a guided research assignment to help them answer their ELQ’s that asked students to think about how people should be governed. (see picture) Students were asked to dig deeper this week when answering questions.  In addition to working online, students also practiced analyzing various primary source documents, including the Declaration of Independence.

Lastly, In AP Human Geography Students are learning about the basic concepts of geography. They are using the chrome books this week and are creating a flight itinerary for 6 cities they would like to visit each located in different continents. They have to include the latitude and longitude of the city they are visiting along with an explanation and two items of interests for each. They also have to take into account the flight leg from each city and time zones. They will be annotating maps showing the route and identifying countries they will be flying over.

For U.S. History (bilingual) students focused on a Sept. 11 activity. Students analyzed different documents and types of sources using the chrome books and discovery education. They analyzed 3 documents (video, picture, article) of their choice and answered the focus question for the day.