12TH ANNUAL TUBA CHRISTMAS – VENTURA
On Sunday JI Lacambacal and Mr. Roque participated in the 12th annual Tuba Christmas in Ventura. Large brass instruments such as baritones and tubas played Christmas music in front of the Pacific View Mall. Tuba Christmas happens all over the world and some locations have up to 600 participants! The Tuba Christmas group in Ventura had about 40 participants ranging from 11 years old all the way to 60+. Merry Tuba Christmas!
COMPUTER SCIENCE EDUCATION WEEK – HOUR OF CODE ACTIVITY
On Wednesday Mr. Roque’s biology classes took a trip to the library to participate in an Hour of Code activity for Computer Science Education Week with Ms. Tahsuda. Students used blocks of code to create a dance party by making characters do dance moves like dabs and flossing in front of groovy backgrounds. The library was filled with sounds of dance music from Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, and more! To find out more about coding activities for students, go to code.org.
CIHS BFA STUDENTS ATTEND BUSINESS NETWORKING DINNER
On Tuesday December 4, 2018, eighteen CIHS Business and Finance Academy (BFA) students attended “Entrees to Employment”, a business networking dinner organized by VC Innovates. (For the fourth time in the last four years, CIHS again had the largest number of student participants from any one school/site.) The event was held at Cal Lutheran and was attended by a large number of students, educators, and business professionals. Students were provided question prompt cards and generous opportunities to learn and practice networking skills before, during and after dinner.
In addition to the great experience students gained at this event, their teacher, Ms. Powers, did some networking of her own, connecting with a representative from LinkedIn. The two plan to arrange for LinkedIn representatives to visit the BFA Junior and Senior classes to help students create their own (private for now) LinkedIn accounts so they are ready to network immediately upon graduation. Also discussed was a field trip to LinkedIn’s offices in Carpinteria later this year. The field trip may turn out to be a joint trip with Hueneme High’s teacher, Ms. Cole (also in attendance at this event) and her Business and Finance Pathway students, and Hilary Howard of VC Innovates offered to help put it together for us all. Does it get much better than this?!! (… Business, Communication, Collaboration, Education, Professionalism, …) We in the world of Business Education think not. 😊
BFA STUDENTS WITH PRINCIPAL ADAMS & A.P. SCOTT
ALL BFA GROUP JUNIOR BFA STUDENTS AT DINNER
Ms. Arellano submitted this report:
- 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 on campus because of low grades, credit deficiency, social-emotional support, and/or A-G repairs.
- CIHS Counselors will be attending the, “OUHSD Connection” event at Oxnard College (OC) on Friday, December 7th for an opportunity to interact with other colleagues within OUHSD, local districts, and VCOE. Oxnard College representatives will be sharing any updates relevant to student services, academic programs, and student resources available on campus.
- Counselors are busy scheduling Independent Study Short Term (ISST) meetings for students that will be traveling during the holidays for 5 school days or more.
- Counselors are in the process of meeting with the local middle schools for the coordination and planning of incoming 9th grade registration.
- 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 and SST meetings for their credit deficient Seniors to develop plans to get them back on track for graduation.
ALUMNI SHARE COLLEGE EXPERIENCE WITH AVID STUDENTS
Channel Islands High graduates Gabriel Sarmina and Elmer Torres, both class of 2017, visited Mr. Grennan’s AVID-3 class on Friday, Nov. 30 to talk about their college experiences. Both are products of CI’s AVIID program. Sarmina, a second-year student at Cal State Channel Islands, is majoring in Sociology with a minor in Chicano Studies. He plans to go into law enforcement. Torres, a second-year student at Cal State Northridge, is majoring in Kinesiology with plans to become a physical therapist. Sarmina said that he likes the small-school atmosphere at CSUCI where his classes are close together and he can make connections with his professors. He advised the students to join EOP (Educational Opportunity Program) in college, if eligible. Torres likes the diversity and vibrant student life at CSUN, where he joined the Kappa Sigma fraternity. Torres has lived in on-campus housing his first two years. During the Q and A session, both Sarmina and Torres cautioned the AVID students about procrastinating and encouraged them to pursue all forms of financial aid.
Elmer Torres, left, and Gabriel Sarmina