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CIHS Weekly Update 3.13.20

AVID

Channel Islands’ AVID-3 students, along with teachers Mr. John Grennan and Mr. Ramiro Mares, visited UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday as part of their college exploration unit. Students and a counselor from UCSB’s Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) made it a fun and informative day. The visit included a campus tour, a UCSB student panel, lunch in the University Center, and a walk through the dorms and down to the beach. Thanks to Ms. Griselda Sanchez of EAOP for helping make the day happen.


Picture 1: It’s always nice to see CIHS graduates on our tours. This is Janson Villanueva, a 2018 graduate now in his second year at UCSB as a mechanical engineering student. He was part of the EOP panel.


Pictures 2-3: AVID students enjoy the beautiful views at UC Santa Barbara.

Journalism

Tania Salceda, a senior and co-editor of The Isle File, took second place in Opinion Writing at the Los Angeles Journalism Teachers Association regional write-offs held Saturday, Feb. 22, at Cal State Northridge. Salceda and others in the news writing and opinion writing competition listened to a speaker who had produced a documentary on juvenile justice. Samantha Rios, the other co-editor, placed sixth in the same category, and Delilah Estrada, copy editor, placed seventh. Those placing in the top 10 qualified for the state journalism write-offs in March.


This past Wednesday, members of The Isle File, along with several members of the yearbook staff, took a field trip to the Los Angeles Times Olympic printing facility. After touring the vast building and learning about the newspaper’s history, the students, along with advisers Mr. John Grennan and Ms. Jenny Lopez, went to Olvera Street for lunch and a photojournalism assignment.

Mock Trial

This last February our CIHS Mock Trial team competed at the Ventura County Superior Courthouse. Although we did very well, we were not in the finals. We competed against Camarillo’s JV and Varsity teams, Santa Paula, and Ventura High Schools. Please help me congratulate all the Mock Trial team members on their fantastic season. 

Higher Education Week

Our annual Higher Education Week college fair (in collaboration with UCSB’s EAOP)  took place on March 5th and it was a HUGE success! We had the gym filled with students and had 20+ college representatives. Our students had the opportunity to learn about various systems of higher education (community college, CSU’s, private universities, and UC’s) as well as the many programs that they offer. A huge thank you to all the teachers who brought their class! 

Raider ROCKstar

Congratulations to Mr. Manny Lopez on being the Raider ROCKstar for 3/5-3/19!  Manny had multiple nominations!  One person wrote:
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Manny when he was a student teacher and now as a newly hired teacher. He has great energy, understands how to utilize different strategies to reach all students, and he is creative when implementing curriculum, and classroom activities. He is a dedicated teacher and gives his all in and out of the classroom.”


Thank you for all you do for our colleagues and students, Manny!  You ROCK!

Robotics

The CIHS FIRST Robotics Team, aka “the Iron Islands” and “the RoboRaiders,” have been diligently working on their robot for next week’s Ventura Regional. Their robot, RoboRaider Sam 3.0 is built for defense. The Regional was postponed until June due to COVID-19 but the kids are still having a banger year.


Physics at the Islands

AP Physics was working on linear collisions in the last week. Students are here pictured working with carts on an air track. Students will use analysis of slow-motion video capture of the collision of two metal carts to try to prove the conservation of momentum in the collision. Their lab results have been promising, but are not conclusive. Students are starting their “Special Cases” units as we appoach T-7 Weeks until the AP test. 

CP Physics have started working with electrical circuits and learning how to use multimeters. Students have been very good this year of not blowing up light bulbs with too much voltage.

CSF

CSF would like to congratulate Britney Solomon, Tania Salceda and Crispin Sandoval. They were each selected form a field of prestigious applicants to earn the following awards: Britney and Tania are Seymour Memorial Finalists for the South Central region, only 10 students are selected for this honor in each region, 50 students statewide, and each CSF chapter can nominate only 2 people. It is extremely rare to have both of our nominees chosen. Crispin has earned the Sealbearer Award for the South Central Region, There are only 5 students statewide that receive this award, each CSF chapter can only nominate 1 student. We have never earned every CSF award for our region in the history of CIHS CSF, WE ARE VERY PROUD of our students and their achievements!!!

On Saturday, March 7, CIHS had its first Spanish Debate team in 10 years for the 17th Annual Migrant Speech & Debate Tournament held at Oxnard College. Mrs. Favela and 3 of our MEP students worked hard on short notice to prep for the tournament. All in all, they did a wonderful job and got 3rd place! We are super proud of our students Ilse Maldonado, Brian Zamora, and Fabiola Gonzalez! Way to show grit and determination. 

17th Annual Migrant Speech & Debate Tournament 

On Saturday, March 7, CIHS had its first Spanish Debate team in 10 years for the 17th Annual Migrant Speech & Debate Tournament held at Oxnard College. Mrs. Favela and 3 of our MEP students worked hard on short notice to prep for the tournament. All in all, they did a wonderful job and got 3rd place! We are super proud of our students Ilse Maldonado, Brian Zamora, and Fabiola Gonzalez! Way to show grit and determination. 

 

Higher Education Week

Our annual Higher Education Week college fair (in collaboration with UCSB’s EAOP)  took place on March 5th and it was a HUGE success! We had the gym filled with students and had 20+ college representatives. Our students had the opportunity to learn about various systems of higher education (community college, CSU’s, private universities, and UC’s) as well as the many programs that they offer. A huge thank you to all the teachers who brought their class!