Weekly Update

Friday, September 8, 2017

Late start Tuesday began early in the morning with the Leadership Team meeting at 7:00 a.m.  Principal Urias conducted his first Leadership Team meeting, which is comprised of the department chairs, academy advisers, and administrative staff, and shared his vision and philosophy regarding how to improve student achievement, promote a culture of caring, and ensuring that both our students and staff feel supported with all endeavors.  In addition, the following agenda items were discussed:  17-18 Game Plan, Principal’s/Categorical budgets, Instructional Leadership Team, Attendance/Workday, Tech/Content Lead Stipends (Richard Urias), Balancing, Testing (Guillermo Lopez), SPED, WASC (Lisa Venable), Athletics/Activities, PBIS (Shannon Scott), Building/Blacktop Lock Down, Gainful Employment (Oscar Verdin).  At the conclusion of the Leadership Team meeting, all certificated staff members met to focus on collaboration by departments.

The STING team aka the PBIS Team would like to honor and acknowledge our staff and students who are finding ways to “step it up” and make OHS an even better place to be every day.  The STING team is taking nominations of deserving staff and students with no limit to the number of people you can nominate.  So please take a moment to nominate our Jacket stars!

Congratulations to our recent recipients:  The amazing staff dance team of Kailey Pettersen, Adriana Ipatzi, Constina Baylor, Crystal Murillo, Elizabeth Botello, and Tiffani Castro who were awesome at last Friday’s rally.  Thank you to Percy Datcher and Tirza Estrada for being stupendous chaperones at our first back-to-school dance.  Congrats to the ASB, All-Female, All-Natural, Short Flags, and all the sports teams on a great first rally!  Thank you to Campus Supervisor Roland Martinez for helping to make the textbook distribution smooth as silk!  And, thank you to all the teachers outside during passing period adding to the culture of caring; so shout out to the Spanish Department Karina Zamarippa, Cynthia England, Maria Lobo, Tim Murray, and Claudia Sanchez.  Ms. Ladan Amin sent a shout out to Eduardo Reyes for being so helpful and friendly to all.  Andrew Mostowa sends a shout out to Marcell Brickey for being the raddest dude who is “always looking for a way to improve people’s days”!

The Saturday Academic Enrichment Tutoring program is back by popular demand! This is great opportunity for our students to make-up any missing assignments or get that special individualized tutoring needed to be successful in the classroom!  Beginning September 16, the Academic Enrichment Tutoring program will be staffed with four teachers:  Larry Hartman, Science; Yvette Luna, English; Jaime Moreno, Social Science, and Nicholas Peterson, Math.  

The Mock Re-Validation began 7:00 a.m. Wednesday morning in front of the Hive with AVID Club Officers greeting our visiting team of Carmen Serret-Lopez and Robin Kisinger.  After a brief meeting with Principal Urias they were off to observe senior tutorials.  Members from our AVID Site Team, as well as Connie Cervera and Maricruz Hernandez joined the site team and reviewed our progress based on recommendations from their previous visit.  We shared our progress, our current status, and where it is we want to be regarding leadership, instruction, systems and culture for moving AVID teaching practices and philosophy school-wide, to ensure all of our students have powerful futures and are productive members of a global society.  The visiting team then went from class to class where they observed engaged students and effective teaching strategies in all classrooms.  A huge thank you to Erick Garcia, Maria Romeo, Tirza Estrada, Linda Ohlrich, Vance Claycamp, Kristina Roberts, Andrew Mostowa, and Kathleen Curran for stepping up by opening their classrooms early in the semester!  The day ended with a debriefing and a plan to return late February or early March to complete the National Demonstration Re-Validation process.

Leaders and Decision- Making in School and District Principal Urias, along with OHS staff members and parents, as well as our sister schools, attended a special presentation Wednesday evening at the District Office, regarding the objectives of parent committees in schools and the district. The presentation, sponsored by the office of Lupe Reyes Castillo, focused on how to establish an agenda and write the minutes, as well as conducting the meetings, understanding the role of the legal profession, implementing the process and procedure for an effective meeting, and to understand the role of leadership and the responsibilities of being a leader in committee school and district for the respective School Site Councils (SSC), District Advisory Council (DAC), English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC), District English Learners Advisory Committee (DELAC), and District Parent Advisory Committee (DPAC).  

COLLEGE & CAREER CENTER BUZZ

September 14 – USC Admissions Rep – Period 1

September 21 – Santa Clara University – Period 3

September 25 – Life Pacific – Period 4

September 25 – ROTC Scholarship Information – Lunch Period

September 26 – University of Arizona – Period 3

September 26 – UC Davis – Period 5

WHAT’S HAPPENING AT THE HIVE?

September 9 – ACT

September 18-19 – ID Pictures

September 19 – Late Start (9:10 a.m.)

September 28 – Back-to-School Night (6:00 p.m.)

September 29 – Minimum Day

Oxnard High School is Committed to the Highest Standards of Academic Excellence and Powerful Futures for all Students!