CIHS Weekly Update 10.11.19

AVID

AVID-3 students, as part of their college exploration unit, spent the day at Cal State Northridge on Tuesday. The visit included a presentation from an admissions counselor; a tour led by a campus ambassador; and then lunch on their own with some time to explore the campus. Highlights of the tour included stops at the five-story Oviatt Library, the three-story recreation center and the Oasis – a student relaxation center. AVID teachers Mr. John Grennan and Mr. Ramiro Mares, along with AVID tutors Juan, Sergio and Val, accompanied the students. We also ran into Noelia Rodriguez, a CIHS and AVID alumna who is in her second year of studying business at CSUN.
 

Last Friday, Ms. Lesly Fernandez, a first-year English teacher, visited Mr. Grennan’s AVID-3 class to talk about her college experiences at Cal State Northridge. Ms. Fernandez is a 2014 Channel Islands graduate and former AVID student. A first-generation college student, she talked about her CSUN experiences as a University Ambassador, peer mentor and supplemental instructor in a freshman writing class. Her advice to the AVID students: “Organization is key — use a planner!” 

Cross Curriculum

On Friday, October 4, Mr. Graham Gurney went to speak to Mrs. Adrian’s Academic English 102 class about South Africa and its culture.  Mr. Gurney is South African and the E102 class is learning about the global village, cultures around the world, food traditions, and ethnicity. Mr. Gurney informed the students about South Africa’s economy, animals, language, foods, and most importantly the apartheid they dealt with for many years. He also spoke to the students about Mr. Nelson Mandela and Cape Coloureds. The students were highly engaged and had a lot of questions. They also learned a few words in Afrikaans (Mr. Gurney was bilingual growing up) and were very thankful to have had the opportunity to learn about his culture. 

CABE Conference

Channel Islands High School, Condor High School, Oxnard Adult School, and District Office personnel attended the annual CABE (California Association of Bilingual Educators) conference at the Ventura Marriot last Friday. It was a great opportunity to learn from other educators about new ELD strategies and visit vendors.

Physics at the Islands

This past week students in both AP and CP Physics investigated accelerated motion in the marble lab. Students measure the amount of time it takes for a marble to roll different distances down a ramp and then use the data to chart the relationship between time and speed as the marble rolls farther and farther. Some groups chose to use a toy car instead of a marble and this led to some unique PSAs on street racing in between trials. 

Next week AP Physics students will be learning about projectile motion. In order to prepare them to think about this three dimensional motion, they are participating in inquiry activities like this bean bag game.

CASC Conference

Several counselors attended the California Association of School Counselors 2019 Fall Conference in Riverside. The conference consisted of experts from around the state and nation providing the latest information, techniques and strategies related to the school counseling profession.

Early Academic Outreach Program

Early Academic Outreach Program coordinated the Financial Aid Night that took place on Thursday, October 10, 2019. One hundred Students and parents received assistance with the FAFSA/Dream Act applications. Financial Aid Advisors from Oxnard College took the lead on assisting our parents.  Special thanks to the CI Counseling Team and CI Upward Bound for the assistance and support.  

 
Early Academic Outreach Program provided seniors in the AP English class and after school on Monday and Tuesday with an important workshop on how to write a college response, essay or scholarship essay. Also, one on one feedback was provided for students that attended the after school workshop. The presentations were provided by Academic Services Coordinators Daniel Cortez and Britney Luebeck.

Raider ROCKstar

A big CONGRATULATIONS to our Raider ROCKstar, Ms. Kimberly Tahsuda!!!  Ms. T. had multiple nominations!  One of the  responses stated:   
“Ms. Tahsuda carries herself with grace and confidence. She walks in a field of positive vibes and a quality of ease. She is welcoming and goes to great lengths to serve the needs of students an her fellow colleagues. As a teacher new to CI, I have found her to be super accommodating and generous with her time. Ms. Tahsuda exemplifies living in “island time”, here on the islands. She seems to honor a value for time that is not based on Greenwich Mean Time, but rather a human quality of time, that acknowledges and activates a vibrant life-force energy; reaffirming a multidimensional approach to caring for the health and well-being of her island family. I always feel comfortable asking her for assistance, and her demeanor communicates a natural joy for engaging in community of our lives together at CI.”


Way to go, Ms. Tahsuda!   Thank you for your dedication to the students and staff of CIHS! Our next Raider ROCKstar will be announced on 10/24! Keep those nominations coming in!  

Great Race

Cross Country competed last Thursday in the 2nd PVL meet in Mission Oaks Park in Camarillo.   JV Girls once again placed 2nd behind Ventura. CI’s Delaney Scales had her best race of the season placing 5th overall followed by another sophomore, Miwa Plascencia 9th place.  On the JV Boy’s side senior, Kevin Tapia took the lead from the start and held on to it winning the the race with teammate Noah Castro not far behind in 4th place.  This resulted in the JV Boy’s earning an overwhelming victory.     In the 1st PVL meet CI Varsity Girl’s placed 3rd, only 6 places behind Buena. This time Rio Mesa placed 2nd, CI 3rd and Buena 4th.  Now CI Varsity Girl’s are in a three way tie to be decided at finals on 11/7. The Girl’s were once again led by JR, Maria Texis in 5th place and Marisol Munoz in 11th.   Varsity Boy’s placed a strong 2nd behind Ventura.  Last PVL CI boys were victorious but with our number 2 man out with a minor injury and Ventura gaining one of their top boys back, the odds were stacked against us even placing 2nd.  Boy’s like Sam Buenaventura and Omar Rivera made huge improvements and helped the boys secure 2nd place.  Isaiah Slagboom took 2nd place overall in a close back and forth battle.   If the CI boys win the 3rd and last PVL meet on November 7th, they will be league champs.