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Weekly Update, Friday, December 20, 2019



Jesse Vasquez, Class of 2005, came to speak to Mrs. Anestos’ Senior AVID and French 3 classes.  His intention was to inspire the students and show that a person from HHS, actually from this classroom, could aspire to higher education and to achieve their dreams.  Jesse earned his BS in Biology from UCSB and his Master’s in Biology from CSUCI.  He currently works in Research and Development doing research to fight cancer for a biotech firm in Carpinteria.  Besides his personal academic and work story, he had three key points he wanted to address: personal development, elevating other’s potential and helping others with their personal journey. 

On Thursday, Fernando Lupian, Class of 2019 and currently a student at UCLA will come speak to the AVID seniors. 

AVID 9 students are working on their out of state university research project and students will do a presentation once we return from break and AVID 10 students are completing their majors research project.

Freshman AVID students listened to a presentation by Ms. Vasquez. Informing them about A-G, GPA, and extracurricular activities they could be doing as freshman to be candidates for UC and CSU schools.


Mr. Moody:

11th Grade-Tattoos on the Heart

10th Grade- Farewell to Manzanar

Mrs. DeLuca & Ms. Hernandez:

The freshmen are beginning their Personal Odyssey Projects. As they read through the Odyssey, they will be making personal connections from the text to themselves.  They will then create presentations to share personal odysseys with the class.

Students were also introduced to Joseph Campbell’s “Monomyth” structure and worked in groups to apply the structure to one of their favorite movies.

Mrs. Bettencourt:

Juniors are finishing a short drama unit, 12 Angry Men, and discussing the themes of tolerance and justice.  Seniors are reading A Doll’s House and The Awakening in preparation for another literary research paper.  

Mr. Ehlers:

AP Language and Composition

Students in our junior AP sections are working on argument essays.  This week, we focused on how to present the counterargument effectively.  Through examining a past prompt, we anticipated potential audience responses and determined whether it would best strengthen our argument to concede or refute the counterargument.

English 3 YES

In addition to our weekly vocabulary study, we are concentrating our efforts on finishing our reading of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.  After Winter Break, we will be spending the week composing an essay utilizing popular developmental theories studied in our CTE class to analyze the development of Huck throughout the novel.

Mr. McGee:

All Eng 1 classes used the HHS LMC website to do some research on a hero who affected their society. The article they chose will be part of their final essay for the class.

Eng 1H: Class discussion on heroism and the effect on society. Fictional Hero Research Project reminder, due at the end of break.

Eng 1 RCP & CP: Using their articles to write part of their essay, grade checks for December assignments, completing NoRedInk.com assignments.

Mr. Ripley:

This week the freshman class has been practicing supporting a claim with evidence. They are also reading Of Mice and Men. Reading Tech is working on interactive readers and SSR. Seniors are in the final stretch of research papers practicing how to use an outline to create a final submission draft. 

Ms. Muro:

Mexican/ Chicano/a lit is putting their knowledge of MLA citation and format TO USE! The research paper is such a great way to get ready for college. Students are using their chrome books and the Library Media Center to research using the latest databases, websites, books, and even movies and interviews. Students have been challenged to make reference to formats for citation and to use the terminology of MLA to ask questions for clarification. Skills are definitely being challenged, acquired, and fine-tuned! Nice job seniors!!!!!

English 2H has completed two Socratic Seminars on topics related to Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. Students have enjoyed the themes and the action of this book, and we have analyzed our own biases towards books and our use of technology and social media. But what compels people to make a change? Students will write their 4th essay of the semester during Christmas break exploring the ideas of change in relation to the book.

Mrs. Gomez-Font:

English 4: My seniors are working on finishing up the research paper on a controversial topic.

English 3: My juniors are using Vocabulary.com to work on SAT words and tierre 2 vocabulary found in CAASPP as well as core classes.  These are words such as inference, imply, analyze, etc.  Students receive a new list of 20 words every other week and do practice activities online daily as their homework and as an anticipatory activity at the beginning of class. The day before the test, students are excited to test their word knowledge by playing a vocabulary review game online.  Students are also reading Huck Finn and analyzing a variety of passages for their meaning and to better understand the growth of the characters. Students are encouraged to follow in the book and use the free audio on YouTube or Librivox. 


Mr. Ripley: In 9th grade, we are reading Of Mice and Men and working on finding contrasts and contradictions in the characters of the story. Seniors are writing their research papers and developing their paper in an outline (provided by Mrs. Gomez-Font). In reading, we are wrapping up Last Book In The Universe and working with contrast and contradiction in the short story “Thak you Ma’am” by Langston Hughes. 

Mrs. Bettencourt: Juniors are doing a reader’s theater performance of Twelve Angry Men.

12AP students are doing historical research on the Victorian Era and participating in Socratic seminars while reading and studying the drama A Doll’s House.

Ms. Hernandez: Freshman students have finished reading Of Mice and Men and are using their analytical skills to complete a test on the characterization and themes of the novel.

Ms. Wright: Reading: Classes are really loving the freedom of choosing their own books and are figuring out what their favorite genres, styles, and interests are. They are gearing up to take their middle of the year assessments in ILit soon.

English 1 RCP: Students are comparing and contrasting the fictional character of Lennie to some very real people, as well as the rules around the death penalty and people with intellectual impairment. They will settle on what their opinions are and write an argumentative essay using both examples to draw from.

English 2: Students are beginning to draft their essays for Fahrenheit 451. They are talking with their family and friends about how and why people change their beliefs. Some topics students brought up were marriage, religion, and political affiliations.

Below are three paragraph guidelines from Ms. Hanrieder’s class. Students used these as a guide to draft their essays. Not all paragraphs are depicted. See Ms. Hanrieder for the remaining paragraph outlines for the rest of the essay, or for additional essay help.


Math 9 (Santiago): Students are learning multiple representations when solving multi-step problems.

Math 1A Bil (Zamora): Students are learning to graph data collected from labs, and analyzing patterns and graphs. They can describe if graphs are linear or nonlinear, and increasing or decreasing. They are learning to analyze situations and decide if their data should be represented by continuous or discrete graphs.

Math 9 Bil (Diaz): Students are learning how to simplify algebraic expressions by combining like terms and using the distributive property.

Math 2 (Mingus & Neos): In our final week before break, having wrapped up our investigation of probability with spinners, dice, cards, blood types and shooting percentages, the Math 2’s will be testing on Chapter 3 and looking forward with much anticipation and joy to Trigonometry when we return. 

Math 2 Honors (Deckrow): Math 2H students have just begun to discover the relationship between slope ratios and the slope angles. This will lead them into using the tangent function to calculate missing parts of a triangle.  

Math 3 (Britton): Students in math 3 are learning about the relationship between exponential functions and logarithms using their understanding of inverse functions.

Math 3 Apps (Medrano): Students are practicing adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing polynomials before winter break in preparation for graphing polynomial functions.

Math 3 Honors (Bettencourt): Math 3H is working to understand that the log function is the inverse of an exponential function and they will rewrite expressions and equations using the definition of logarithms. 

Precalculus (Diaz): Students are learning how to analyze and graph Rational Functions.

Precalculus Honors (Morales):  Students are learning about the definition of derivative and the connection between Pascal’s Triangle and the Binomial Theorem. 

College Algebra (Medrano): Students have been adding, subtracting, and multiplying complex numbers. They are also simplifying square roots to find exact values.

AP Stats (Corona):  Students are learning about data collection and study design. 

AP Calculus (Morales):  Students are applying 1st and 2nd derivatives to optimize calculus problems.


On October 25th and November 15th, the Hueneme NJROTC CyberPatriot teams (HueAlpha, HueBravo, HueCharlie, and HueDelta) competed in the 1st and 2nd rounds of the Airforce Cyber Security Competition.  CyberPatriot is a National Youth Cyber Defense Competition in which students from middle school and high school participate as positions of newly hired IT professionals tasked to find vulnerabilities in different systems such as Windows 10, Ubuntu, and Server 2016.  Our cadets have been competing since 2018, continuing to improve since.  This year, three teams garnered scores reaching the Gold tier to contend in the state-round.  One team reached the Platinum tier, the highest tier to be in the running for the state-round.  Our teams completed the state-round competition on 6th December.   

C/Lieutenant Enad, Elizabeth


AP Human Geo students worked on a 4 level map analysis that showed Catholicism in the United States.

Geography students continued working on Unit 4 Latin America. They focused on the physical geography of Latin America and completed an activity on Discovery Education.

Government students completed an evaluation of court decisions that related to high school students. After the reading, analysis and write up students participated In a small group academic discussion. This helped prepare them for the class debate on whether the verdicts were justifiable. The students were takes in identifying what amendment violations (if any) were in involved in each case. (pictures below)

In addition, US students practiced writing with evidence and responded to their 11.3 ELQ-that asked them to investigate, to what extent American Imperialism was necessary. 

Finally, Psychology students began working on their Memory, Thinking and Emotions unit. They began with examining case studies on mental illnesses related to memory. Then they began their understanding of the psychological importance of understand emotions with a Google Classroom activity involving Cornell note taking.


We have the most amazing staff here at HHS. Thanks to the generous donation from Dr. Jivraj at Anacapa Dental Art Institute we were able to give our special needs students a holiday extravaganza!! 

We couldn’t have done it without the help and support of so many compassionate coworkers and the constant support of Dr. De Leon and Dr. Ruffin. 

Thank you, Joel Graves, for the use of our library, Matt Ramirez who has faithfully been Santa for many years.

James Loughrie for including the Yes Academy in the festivities and for all your help coordinating the students’ entertainment. Thank you, Dominic Rivera, for bringing the Mariachi band to perform awesome music and getting some dance moves on. Seven, the therapy dog was so precious and patient with all of us. Cristina Rojas and all the paras!


On Dec. 4 the ROP Digital Broadcasting Class visited ABC Channel 7 Eyewitness News Studio.

Producer Chris Gordon led students on a tour of the newsroom, the sports department, the meteorology department (weather), a sound stage, the news trucks, and the set where they saw a live broadcast of the news and the weather. Our Viking Vision Weatherman, Enrique Silva, met ABC Weatherman Dallas Raines and got to pointers on delivering the weather. Students also met and talked with Anchors Michelle Tuzee, David Ono and Coleen Sullivan. For the record Viking Vision uses the graphics from ABC Channel 7 weather for their weather forecast on Tuesdays and Thursdays.


Hueneme High School Art Students are working with Jose Mendoza “The Gardener” again for the Avenue of Arts. This year’s theme is Role Models. The students had to create a work of art that relates to their role model as well as how they are going to be a role model to others. HHS will be having an art show to showcase the students work in the library on January 10, 2020. Jose also had role models come into the classes to talk about their personal stories and how they achieved their goals. These are the names of our guest speakers as well as Guadalupe Reyes who is the director for English Learner Services for OUHSD.  


Spanish NS3 are finishing their lesson on Mexican muralism by either creating their own piece of art or copying a masterpiece from one of the six painters they learned about. Students still need to digitize their images by creating a video on Spark Video. These videos will then be shared on our Spanish NS3 webpage for everyone to see. 

ELD 101 students created video tutorials on Flipgrid to practice reading, intonation, and pronunciation. Please watch our Mixtape by clicking on the blue arrow, located on the top right hand corner. Click on the following link How to make a paper snowflake  or, scan the code: Don’t forget to follow @hhsmaestra on Twitter for more classroom updates.  

Felices fiestas!


The YES Academy had a busy week with our friends in the SH department.  On Monday, our sophomore class worked with the SH students on holiday crafts. Our juniors planned a cookie decorating event for Tuesday.  The YES Academy seniors presented our friends with holiday gifts on Wednesday.  All items and gifts were paid for through our academy fundraising.  We had a great time bringing joy our friends and gaining valuable workplace learning with special education students.


The Migrant program had a very successful Migrant meeting with over 73 people present. Mrs. Ultreras reached families through personal calls and Mrs. Martínez talked about progress grades while at the same time setting up parent meetings. The ladies also had a presenter inviting families to the family conference at CSUCI.