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Channel Islands High School Weekly Update 11.2.18



Taylor Fair combined CI’s Harvest Week and activities with Breast Cancer Awareness Month and brought the “Kiss the Pig” Fundraiser to the Islands.  Several candidates were nominated, with a donation, to kiss the pink pig, and our fearless leader, Principal Roger Adams, was the winner.  Also, anyone else could donate $1 and kiss the pig, as well.  Thank you to all that participated, as it was a great turn out, and for a very good cause. Other activities during Harvest Week were pumpkin painting, pie eating contests, and music. 


Principal Adams,“Kiss the Pig” winner

DAY of the DEAD CELEBRATION (Dia de los Muertos)

The Day of the Dead will be celebrated on Friday, Nov 2, from 5p-8p.  The World Language Dept teaches the students about this cultural celebration.  Part of the celebration will be the display of masks, alters, food (you can purchase a plate of tacos) and pastries.  Also displayed will be a sand “tapete” which is a colorful sand sculpture.  There will also be performances by the Aztec dancers, Folklorico, and a banda, that everyone can dance to.

Cost of a taco plate will be $8, so come and get your grub on!  

There will also be a limited amount of T-Shirts for sale for $15.   


Homeless Care Packages, snacks & water for the Red Cross, beanies & socks for Key Club, are just a few of the things that CSF is getting donations for.  Also, in partnership with Kona Ice, support CSF and come by to get Hawaiian Ice fix.  You can find the Kona truck outside the gym on the following days:  Nov 15, Dec 6, Jan 10, and Feb 14.  Support CSF!



On Saturday, Oct. 27, at Pacifica High School, the Family Conference was held.  Thank you to Dr. McCoy, Dr. Cervera, and Hilda Gomez who were there to welcome the families.   Students and their families participated in workshops for financial aide and college and university options, with representatives from Oxnard College, Gloria E. Lopez, Marcos Lupian;  CSUCI Sonia Zuniga & Jose Delgado, Financial Aide Dept, Javier Licea, Admissions, Sandra Birmingham, STEM Program and Student Panel; OUHSD Dr. McCoy, Dr. Cervera, Gabriel Valdez, Vanessa Calderon, Teresa Telles & Mona Pinon.  Families were then offered a huge lunch, courtesy of the Oxnard Union High School District and provided by Panera – Yum!



As part of their college research projects, Channel Islands’ AVID-3 students visited Cal State Northridge on Tuesday, Oct. 30. The campus tour included several highlights: the Oviatt Library, the Student Recreation Center, the University Student Union, the Oasis Center and the Matador Bookstore. Students had lunch and then explored the campus a bit on their own. They were accompanied by AVID teachers Mr. John Grennan and Mr. Ramiro Mares and AVID tutors David and Val. We also ran into Lesly Fernandez, a CI and AVID alumna who is now working on her teaching credential at CSUN.



On Tuesday, 10/23, CIHS held its 2nd Migrant parent meeting and ELAC parent meeting. Mr. Campos, School Counselor, was able to provide migrant parents with information on how to read and evaluate a high school transcript and A-G requirements. During ELAC, Principal Mr. Adams provided the parents an update on our School Site Council and budgets for support and services for our EL students. Parents were also notified about the ELLRT team action plan. Our ELAC parents were very pleased to hear about the ELLRT student interviews and provided positive feedback.

On October 24, 2018, CIHS Counselors, CLU Talent Search, and Oxnard College representatives collaborated with Mrs. Sanchez, UCSB College Coordinator, by facilitating a workshop on campus that provided students the opportunity to complete the FAFSA or Dream Act application.    

Counselors continue to work with Seniors; focusing first on off -track Seniors who are at risk of not graduating and A-G validation. They have also been setting up parent conferences for their credit deficient Seniors to develop plans to get them back on track for graduation. Counselors are also assisting seniors who have started their college application process by writing letters of recommendation for their Common App and various scholarships.

Shirley Fernandez, Counselor at CIHS, presented to 12th grade students in the MSA Academy with information regarding financial aid, college applications, and additional resources for college.

Counselors continue to identify and refer students in grades 9-12 to our school’s Raider Response Team.  For the Raider Response Team, Counselors are targeting students who may need extra support through a mentor because of low grades, credit deficiency, and/or A-G repairs.


Ms. J reports she had fun making up for Halloween 2018.  She usually never gets dressed for this day, but as she is counting down to retirement, she thought about it and decided to have some fun!!  A student even took her pic for the yearbook!!  Great Job!  


So, the Islands got their spook on at the Annual Haunted House.  There was so much participation for the Island’s Haunted House, and it showed.  The haunting did not disappoint!  There was everything from the mood music to blood and guts.  The costumes were very well thought out and gruesome.  Great Job ASB!   




Radio Lazer DJs were in the house playing a variety of Spanish language music, which our students enjoyed.  The DJs also offered prizes for dance participants, which included soccer jerseys and gift cards to Starbucks, Walmart and Target.  Students had a great time line dancing and showing off their moves with banda music.  There was a Best Dancer prize and also the student body chose another winner rated by applause.



The students of Channel Islands High School had the opportunity to attend a 3 day mask workshop organized by the World Language Department along with El Instituto Estatal de la Cultura de Guanajuato and the local Club de Uriangato. Mexican artisan Raymundo Gonzalez Nieto, instructed a workshop on Mexican folk art in preparation for the Second Annual Day of the Dead Celebration, which will take place this upcoming November 2nd from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the school’s quad area. Students learned about the importance of the celebration as well as the meaning behind the distinct aspects that compose some of the artistic shapes and figures that accompany the decorations that day. The World Language Department would like to thank everyone that made this happen, and will continue to work to provide students more opportunities to immerse in cultural exchange opportunities. 





Nov 1st were the Cross Country PVL Finals that were held at College Park.  Congrats to the Girls and Boys Cross Country teams for their exciting finish at PVL Finals yesterday.  The boys clinched second place led by Alex Cerero, Isaiah Slagboom, Kevin Tapia, Bryan Navarette, and Noah Castro.  The girls clinched 3rd place led by Delaila Juarez, Wendy Rivera, Olivia Martinez, Maria Texis, and Marisol Munoz.  Great job everyone and good luck at CIF next weekend.

Girls Varsity Cross Country



College Site Coordinator Griselda Sanchez, met with many seniors this week to provide them with individualized feedback on their college responses for the UC’s and essays for private institutions. 


Ms. Jones’ biology students are working on their first project of the year, so she hosted two “Project Parties” after school this week in her classroom. These “parties” gave students time, space, materials, and, If needed, help, to work on their projects before they are due next week. To add to the party atmosphere, Ms. Jones provided juice boxes and snacks for these hard working freshman who choose to come in on their own. Thirteen students attended the Project Party on Wednesday, and eight students attended on Thursday. Since the freshman football players couldn’t make either date, they requested their own Project Party on Friday!


Oct. 27, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  CSU help a CSU Application Workshop for our seniors, which was provided by real CSU students.  The group was shown the CSU application process, talked about the college transition and included live advice, and shared EOP information and the application.  The funding for the event was provided by a US Department of Education, HIS STEM Title III Grant and Mr. Corona helped with the sign ups. 






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