MSA visits Channel Islands National Park
Last Thursday (9/21/17) the Marine Science Academy students and teachers (Mr. Haynes, Mrs.Harrell, Mrs. Lujan, Mr. Mares, Mr. Schlesinger, Mr. Gurney, Mr. Porter, and Mr. Urwick) attended their annual Academy Kick-Off Day at the Channel Islands National Park Visitor Center in the Ventura Harbor. Students were organized into groups of mixed grade levels so that they could get to know each other. Many of the senior students acted as mentors and group leaders throughout the day. Students moved through 6 different stations that included team-building activities, an Ocean Zone Relay, Sandy Beach Monitoring (counting sand crab abundance), a Native Garden walk, A tour of the visitor center, and a film about the Channel Islands National Park. Team-building activities were led by the Wilderness Institute. Lunch was a potluck feast provided by students and teachers. Thank you to all the staff that ran stations and attended to make this one of our most successful events yet!
Images – MSA Students share impacts @ end of day , MSA Feast, Students participating in Ocean Relay Race
In the two weeks the library has been open, we have hosted 43 classes ranging in focus from library orientation, book check out, and research across multiple subject areas. During library orientation, students participate in a fun, engaging Library Breakout Challenge, where team collaboration, creativity and critical thinking lead to cracking the codes of four “locks”. The learning activity is a riff on the popular Escape Room adventure games.
The library is now open before school at 7:20 with Mr. Grennan and after school until 4:10 with Mr. Schlesinger. We’ve been averaging close to 100 patrons every lunch period, with students making use of the space to work on assignments, use computers, charge their device, or relax with a board game.
Pop b and visit. We have coffee and tea and a copy of the VC Star for faculty and staff.
On Friday, 9/22/17, Ms. Greaves celebrated her daughter Amy Greaves’ birthday while attending CABE 2017 Conference in Ventura.
Congratulations to the Boys’ Varsity Cross Country Team for winning the Raider Invitational last Friday at College Park. Raider Invitational hosted 16 teams. The varsity team was led by Ricardo Torres, who took first place for the second year in a row. The Boys’ Frosh/Soph team took second place behind Cabrillo HS led by Bryan Navarrete who took second overall. Girls Varsity was led by Junior, Lizbet Alvarez, who placed a strong 32nd place.
Girls Volleyball had a tough two weeks in league, losing to both Oxnard and Pacifica. In both games, the Lady Raiders were competitive and split sets with Pacifica. However, Wednesday night the team beat Providence of Santa Barbara in three straight sets. The team will host Rio Mesa next Tuesday at 7pm.
Girls Golf had split week; beating Hueneme and Losing to Rio Mesa. The team is young, made up of mostly Freshmen and Sophomores. Coaches Rada and River are excited about their progress and development.
Football bounced back last Friday night with a win against San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara. The score was 28-10. Running back, Tylor Blake, led the offense with 161 rushing yards. Defense had some offense, as Jake Garganta ran back an interception for a touchdown. Tonight, the team will go against the Pioneers of Simi Valley at their home.