Weekly Update, Friday, December 14, 2018

ENGLISH

Mr. Moody: 10th grade – Analysis and Breakdown of author, Louis J. Rodriguez who used literature to leave a life of gangs, drugs and addiction. 11th grade – Tattoos on the Heart by Jesuit Priest Father Greg Boyle. Students are working on a Letter to a Homie.

Mr. McGee: All 9th grade English classes are completing Historical Research Presentations to relate the historical context of To Kill a Mockingbird to the events of the book. Presentations will be in class throughout next week. Reading class is completing the Middle of the Year progress review test.

Landreth/Font English 4 class is working on senior Pro-Con research papers, as are Landreth’s English 4 classes.  The English 4AP class continues to analyze poetry.  Last week the class collaboratively wrote an essay dealing with the literary elements in THE CONVERGENCE OF THE TWAIN by Thomas Hardy, and this week the class worked in groups to analyze perspective in “Not My Best Side” by U.A. Fanthorpe. They took an in-class College Board practice AP exam yesterday.  Today they will read and score student essays from a College-Board released AP exam comparing the use of darkness in a poem from Emily Dickinson and ”Acquainted with the Night” by Robert Frost.

PERFORMING ARTS

Band has had a busy season with six field show scheduled. Due to fires and other disasters beyond our control, we were only able to compete in four of the six. At one point we were in fourth place and in line for the Southern California Championships, but with the two missing scores, we ended our season clear back in 29th place. Most of the Ventura County schools lost momentum toward the end due to lost practice time outside and show cancellations due to the bad air quality conditions and the fires themselves. Our sister schools in Division 1A were Rio Mesa finishing 27th and Oxnard finishing 30th. Our parade season was short and a little disappointing with a fourth place out of six bands competing The Camarillo Band Review yielded our Viking Band and Auxiliary a 2nd place finish with drum major Daniel Barrera taking home the 2nd place Drum Major trophy. The highlight of the year though, was being awarded the first spot for the coveted Walter Brennan Award for the fourth consecutive year. This is awarded to the band who displays the best spirit and costume interpretation of the parade theme. This year “A Fairytale Christmas.” The band would like to send a HUGE shout out to our HHS Letterettes for a tremendous job in the capacity of the front banners and rear drill team in all three of our parades this year.

Everyone is invited to come experience the excitement of our season as we feature highlights from our competition show “Paris Cabaret” featuring our incredible HHS Auxiliary (who captured 2nd place at the 50th Annual Simi Valley Band Spectacular early in our season) at our Holiday Concert. Also, in the lineup is the Symphonic Band and our HHS Concert Choir to sing a mix of modern and classic favorites along with some Holiday favorites sure to lift your spirits. The concert is scheduled for Thursday, December 20, at 7:00 pm in the HHS Gym. We hope to see you there! Happy Holidays from the entire HHS Music Department!

ROTC

Hueneme NJROTC CyberPatriot

In the past week, the CyberPatriot teams HueAlpha, HueBravo and HueCharlie competed in Round 2 of the U.S. Air Force Competition.  HueCharlie, the all-female team, is very close to earning a spot in the Platinum Tier of the competitions, meaning they have a chance at making it to the Nationals.  HueAlpha and HueBravo are currently in the Gold Tier of the competition. This is the Hueneme NJROTC’s first year competing as a Cyber Patriot team; so needless to say, the teams have exceeded all expectations. C/LT. Castrejon, Nathaly, Public Affairs Officer

SOCIAL SCIENCE

Seniors in Social Science were busy this week, lots of digging deeper and collaborating. For example, Government students became judges this week and evaluated Supreme Court decisions. Students participated in online research, Cornell note taking, marking the text and academic group discussions that helped them determine their final opinions or in this case, verdict (see picture). In addition, AP Government students participated in a Socratic seminar and students used their voices! Lots of energetic and motivated future politicians!

Santa to the Sea

The 11th annual Santa to the Sea half marathon and 5K was held this past Sunday, and Hueneme High School was well represented.  Student groups such as the cross-country teams, ASB, KIWIN’S, and the YES Academy volunteered at the event.  They helped with everything from setup, registration, aid stations, course marshaling, and tear down.  Many teachers, alumni, and students also competed in the races.  This was a great event for the community of Oxnard.  Special thanks to Holiday Buen for being our point person with the race officials.

HHS AcaDeca

HHS AcaDeca team competed in the Venture County Scimmage Saturday, December 8th.  Pictured waiting for the next test to begin are:  Bailey Braxton, Chastity Braxton, Alfredo Morillon, and Emma Richardson.  Not pictured:  Fernando Lupian, Kevin Rangel, and Maribel Solis.  The Competition will be held on January 26th and February 2nd.