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CIHS Weekly Update 2.8.19

Students watch on something in the gym

Open House

Open House began with a breath taking music performance from our award winning CIHS Band as parents, students, and faculty entered the gym.  Mr. Adams addressed the audience with a warm welcome and informed them of the showcases available for the evening.  Our PFSO president, Mirita Schuman, informed the parents of the vision of PFSO and invited them to join and be part of the organization.  In addition, Drill and Short Flags gave a jaw dropping performance and the program in the gym ended with two outstanding seniors (Helen Rincon and Andrew Calderon) inviting all students to participate in as many extra-curricular activities as possible to make their high school experience rewarding and fun. 


Following the gym presentation, everyone gathered around the quad area to see a display of the academic departments, special programs, community partners, and presentations from counselors.  Food and live performances from Song Pom, Banners and Ballet Folklorico made the night sensational and entertaining.  


Renaissance Rally

ASB hosted the 2019 Renaissance Rally honoring CI academic achievers. Honored were Top 10 from each class, All A’s & B’s and .5 improvement on gpa. And of course our Valedictorians! The squads performed and rally was capped off.


Academic Decathlon

I want to take a moment to brag on what our Academic Decathlon team accomplished this year at  the County competition.  I have a lot of exciting news on how our team’s 2nd year.

Our student participation was a high for CI as we had three teams with  total of 27 students competing, the most again for another year compared to any other school.  If you see any of these students, please congratulate them on their hard work.


Kairo Hernandez

Hairo Hernandez

Jasmine Escobedo

Alessandra Gotico

Denise Abille

Natasha Springer

Tristan Sy

Enoch Ashong

Evelyn Sanchez

Matthew Mendoza

Jimmy Toriz

Sameeh Olipani

Jesus Ramos

Nahdia Lopez

Savannah Gamboa

Lizbeth Lopez

Tania Salcedo

Itzuri Loza

Kalani Rozet

John Isaac Lacambacal

Anahi Madrigal

Nikki Sincero

Vanessa Melgoza

Cecilia Lopez

Grace Rojas

Dominic Garcia

John Casiano


  • I want to say that each of these students have truly stepped up for this year’s competition. We had practice almost every weekday until early evening as well as weekends (these practices were run by the students themselves). Since last year, our team has made tremendous improvement.
  • The students were able to have more time to study. While we only had 2 months last year, we are able to get at least 6 months this year (some schools get at least 9 months). The difference in time does show on our scores. Overall, our A team earned 31,065.2 compared to last year’s score of 26,672.3 (4392.9 improvement). They also ranked 14 out 32 overall compared to 22 last year. In our division, we ranked 6th out of 14, but were only 4117.1 below the first place team in our division. Last year, we were 10,000 points off.
  • In total, we walked away with 22 medal. We doubled our number compared to the 11 we brought home last year. Explanation of competition below*
    • Alessandra Gotico: 2nd in Speech. White Division Honors
    • Tristan Sy: 2nd in Essay & 2nd in Speech. Blue Division Scholastic
    • Denise Abille: 1st in Essay, 2nd in Speech, 3rd in Music, 2nd in Econ, 3rd in Social Science, 2nd in art. Green Division Honors Alternate
    • John Isaac Lacambacal: 2nd in Music. Blue Division Varsity
    • Evelyn Sanchez: 3rd in Essay, & 3rd in Speech. Blue Division Scholastic
    • Grace Rojas: 2nd in Speech. Blue Division Varsity
    • Savannah Gamboa: 1st in Speech. White Division Scholastic
    • Cecilia Lopez: 2nd in Literature. White Division Scholastic
    • Hairo Hernandez: 3rd in Literature. White Division Varsity
    • Jasmine Escobedo: 3rd in Literature & 2nd in Social Science. White Division Honors
    • Kalani Rozet: 3rd in Econ & 2nd in Social Science. White Division Scholastic
    • Tania Salceda: 2nd Social Science. Green Division Scholastic Alternate
    • Kairo Hernandez: 3rd in Social Science. White Division Honors

Our highest scores by team were Jasmine Escobedo on A team (she also earned highest score overall for our school), John Castiano on B team and Nikki Sincero on C team.

As always, a BIG SHOUT OUT to these awesome students who sacrificed weekends, and evenings to prepare for this competition. I also want to note that they represented this school well during awards night by proudly showing that Raider Spirit (I don’t think any school cheered as loudly as we did or gave their coach a standing ovation) while still cheering on other schools. If you see any of these students, tell them congrats on all their hard work and spirit!

Shout outs:

Thank you to all the teachers who let me pull out these decathletes for about 5 minutes to discuss business for those not in my class.

Thank you to Ransom, Roque, and Corona for helping the students in econ, music and physics, respectively.

Thank you again to Roque or Corona for covering some practices on the days that I had conflicts.

Thank you to Ms. J for dealing with all my questions about fundraising.


Mock Trial

On Wednesday, January 30th the CIHS Mock Trial hosted Carp High in our library. We had a great scrimmage and we can’t wait to put our skills to the test. A huge thank you to Mr. Julian Roque, my former four-year Mock Trial student, who was able to use his previous experience as a trial attorney to act as a judge for our scrimmage when our guest judge was unable to make it. Our team is gearing up for our big county competition coming up February 25th and 26th at the Superior Courthouse on Victoria Ave. We hope to see you there. Go Raiders!


On Saturday students in the STEM Club worked with CSUCI student mentors to work on fun science activities. Students learned about each other, created lava lamps from simple materials, used candy to understand finances, and worked on building an underwater drone. If you know any students who are interested, have them come talk to Mr. Roque in room 39 or Mr. Corona in room 61. We meet most Saturdays from 9am-1pm.

Counselor Corner

Counselors have been busy balancing, looking over semester 1 grades, and making schedule changes as needed to ensure that all students are in the appropriate classes.

Counselors began their visits to the 8th grade feeder schools. First visit was at R. J. Frank where counselor had the opportunity to meet some of our future Raiders and provide them with valuable information such as Graduation requirements, A-G requirements, going over course selection for 9th grade, and Online Enrollment process.

Student Intervention

During Open House, Straight Up VC provided parents with an interactive informational presentation on the negative effects of Alcohol and Drugs and the possible warning signs of youth involvement. Presentations were done in both English and Spanish.


This week in sports was highlighted by wrestling and boys’ soccer. The Lady Raiders did a great job on the wrestling mat this weekend at a tournament at Glenn High School in Norwalk. Maria Ramirez, a sophomore, was named MVP of the tournament. This weekend the lady wrestlers will continue their success at CIF. Also, doing well are the boys’ wrestlers. This weekend, the PVL Championships were held at Ventura High School. Channel Islands wrestled away three individual champs: Marcos Barranco, Constantino Barranco and Osvaldo Pantoja. The boys will send six total wrestlers to CIF this weekend.

Boys’ Soccer is making a run at the Division II CIF Championship. This Thursday we survived a game against the Camarillo Scorpions. The game went into penalty kicks (PK) when we pulled off the victory with a score of 4-3. The goal keeper, Adrian Contreras, was the hero game with two saves during PK.

Congratulations to all the CIF athletes! GO RAIDERS!



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