Weekly Update

Friday, November 17, 2017

HAPPY MONDAY AT OHS – began with an email to staff about all the great things happening at the Hive!  College acceptance letters are coming in! One of our LAPS seniors, BRIANNA STORZ, has been accepted to Eastern Washington University!  The English Department holds their own appreciation vote for every department meeting.  Congratulations to October’s recipient KRISTINA ROBERTS and November’s recipient TOM MCGUIRK!  Way to Step It Up!  Did you know that students have banded together to talk about BOOKS OUTSIDE OF CLASSSIERRA KAVAL’S students are looking forward to reading 10% Happier and/or The Happiness Project.  Staff is also WELCOME to read, talk, and enjoy books!  Ms. Kaval has also started a MINDFULNESS CLUB for students to come for quiet time, discussion, etc.  Have you stopped by the RECORDS OFFICE lately?  MAYRA VIVEROS (new to OHS) and SUZIE GARCIA are ROCKSTARS!  They work daily to make sure student records are updated and they are the front line for parents and students new to OHS!  So much happening at the Hive to be “thankful” for!

TUESDAY’S COLLABORATION began with a traditional Faculty Meeting. Certificated staff reported to the Performing Arts Center where they sat in designated areas to discuss the site’s PBIS plan and student behavior.  OHS administration is reevaluating current discipline procedures to create a more positive effect regarding student conduct.  During the meeting, our PBIS teacher leaders guided staff toward commonality with our approach to student discipline. Before the Faculty Meeting began, the entire OHS faculty and staff were treated to yummy delicious treats which consisted of sweet potato pie, oatmeal chocolate chip cranberry cookies, gingerbread, pumpkin muffins, streusel bars with pecans and pepitas, and pumpkin pies prepared by MARI VOGT and her World Cusine Classes/Baking & Pastry classes as well as homemade pies from our ASB Coordinator Elizabeth Botello and our Librarian Jennifer Brickey.  

THE COUNSELING STAFF met with approximately 100 9th and 10th grade students who earned at least one D/F for the quarter, along with their parents Tuesday evening, to discuss different options to improve their grades.  To accommodate all of our parents both an English/Spanish presentation was conducted.  Both the parents and students learned how to use and navigate ParentVue and were encouraged to load the OHS APP in an effort to improve communication between the parents and teachers.  In addition, our parents/students were afforded an opportunity to meet with the respective counselors who shared various strategies to improve their academics such as attending the after school Homework Center or the Saturday Enrichment Program.

PBIS and ASB hosted its 3rd “Step It Up” Speaker Series panel with the Oxnard Police Department last week.  Our special guests were:  Police Chief SCOTT WHITNEY, Detective CRYSTAL WALKER, Community Affairs Manager MELISSA VALDEZ, and our very own RSO NICHOLAS CURTIS.  It was an awesome turnout!

THE 2nd ANNUAL LOCAL AUTHORS FAIR feathered none other than our very own Paraeducator JAMES LADIANA!  Sunday, November 12, over 40 local authors from the Ventura Santa Barbara County areas gathered at the Camarillo Public Library to talk about their work with one-on-one patrons in an informal setting.  These authors represented a wide variety of genres in fiction and non-fiction, including mystery thriller, memoir, poetry, young adult, children’s stories, cookbooks, and more.  As a music journalist, Mr. Ladiana’s book, STRINGS OF MEMORIES, tells the hidden story of the Golden Age of Hollywood Recording Studio Guitarists!  

OHS HANDBALL COMPETITION, organized by Assistant Principal LISA VENABLE, was held Tuesday, during lunch, between students PETER MORALES and DANIEL QUESADA for the title of OHS HANDBALL KING!  Congratulations to Daniel as our reigning champion. 

Oxnard High School Reluctantly Says Good-Bye to our Beloved Counselor DR. SCOTT MCNUTT!

Both staff and students gathered in the big gym Thursday during the lunch period to wish Dr. McNutt the very best as he begins his new journey as the Frontier High School Dean.  As the saying goes, Oxnard’s loss is Frontier’s gain!

Good Luck Dr. McNutt!  You will be sorely missed!

THE OHS DRAMA CLUB, UNDER THE DIRECTION OF DRAMA TEACHER JENNIFER NAVARRO, PROUDLY PRESENTS:

CHECK PLEASE!

November 17 – 6:00 p.m., November 18 – 2:00 & 6:00 p.m., and November 19, 1:00 p.m.

WHAT’S BUZZIN AT THE HIVE?

November 20 – 24 – Thanksgiving Holiday Week

December 2 – SAT

December 5 & 12 – Late Start – 9:00 a.m.

December 7 – FAFSA & Dream Act Application Workshop – 6:00 p.m.

December 9 – ACT – Santa to the Sea

December 12 – School Site Council – 5:00 p.m., School Library

December 15 – Rally Schedule

December 22 – January 5 – Winter Recess

We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have!