CI graduate Elma Del Aguila (class of ’17) visited Mr. John Grennan’s AVID-3 class on Friday, Sept. 7, to talk about her first-year experiences at UC Davis. A Political Science/Public Policy major, Del Aguila was an active member of CAUSE (Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy) while in high school. She told the AVID students that she felt her community activism and volunteering were major factors in her getting accepted to UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara, among other universities. In addressing the cost of college, Del Aguila said that, based on her family income, she qualified for the UC’s Blue and Gold program, which will cover tuition and fees for four years (over $14,000 a year!). She also advised students to apply for scholarships. Del Aguila encouraged students to “try new things” now and in college. At Davis, Del Aguila joined Sensual Daydream (a Rocky Horror-themed club), the Harry Potter Alliance, and the Argentinian Tango Club. A first-generation college student, Del Aguila also shared her thoughts on the academic rigors of college and adapting to life in the dorms. The AVID-3 students are preparing to visit Cal State Northridge in October.
This week AP Physics and CP Physics had their first labs of the year. AP Physics was getting first-hand experience with accelerated motion recreating Galileo’s classic marble experiments. They will be using graphical methods in their analysis to understand basic graphical integration and rates of change. CP Physics is in the first week of their Bungee Barbie Lab. Student groups are tasked with designing a bungee cord out of rubber bands for their assigned doll. They were collecting data in order to make a model that allows them to predict using graphical extrapolation. The in-class data relates drop height to bungee cords of up to 5 rubber bands. The first practice jump will be off the first floor. The final jump will be next week off the bleachers.
Dual Language Immersion Institute
Mr. Ramos, Ms. Placencia and Mrs. Zepeda-Chavez attended the Dual Language Immersion institute at the OPAC. It was full of strategies to help the newer wave of DLI students coming into our high school. Currently, DLI students are taking Geography, Health, and Spanish as part of the DLI cohort at CI.
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Marine Science Academy
A small group of Marine Science Academy seniors took time out of their evening Thursday 9/13 to attend a screening of the documentary ‘Straws’ at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center. The documentary focuses on the problem of single use plastic straws in our communities. After the film, a Q&A session was held with leaders of many local environmental organizations. We learned so much at this event!