WEEKLY UPDATE 05/04/18

May 4, 2018

STUDENT NEWS

Dance 

Dance Department- In honor of National Dance Week, the dance department performed at lunch on Friday, April 27, 2018.  Soloist Ramon Martinez got the crowd pumped up with his hip hop skills; Ashley Aceves and  Kevin Orozco spiced things up with a sizzling salsa duet.  After school the celebration continued with dance workshops.  Kris Lara ,2010 PHS Alumnus, taught a master hip hop class; Savannah Chapman, 2013 PHS Alumnus, taught an intermediate/advanced jazz dance class.

AVID

AVID students have been busy. AVID students attended the Going To College Fair put on by the district on April . We heard an excellent key note speaker and then students went to different workshops on financial aid, going to college out of state, how to take notes and improve grades — there were many different presentations and we had a fantastic time. AVID sophomores visited the Museum of Tolerance with Mrs. Ramos and Mr. Martinez in April. The students had an excellent learning experience regarding the Holocaust and saw artifacts from World War 2. The National College Fair was also in April at the Ventura County Fairgrounds and Mrs. Ramos took some students. Others were able to attend with their families. Over 150 Universities were there and our students got a lot of valuable information. They are starting to receive brochures in the mail and they’re getting emails from schools all over the US. Then on May 2, AVID freshmen visited UCSB with Mr. Calderon and Mrs. Ramos. The admissions presentation was by far the best UCSB has given to our AVID students. Did you know that their admissions review uses a 50/50 strategy — 50% of their application is based on grades and A-G completion.  The other 50% is based on non-academics, meaning volunteer hours, employment, leadership opportunities, etc. It really was full of valuable information. Thank you to Mr. Lawrence for supporting PHS AVID.

Our seniors have accepted the admission to the following schools: Ronaldo Cacerez, Humboldt State; Anel Hernandez, CSUN; Emily Zavala, CSUCI; Stephanie Posadas, CSUCI; Mauricio Juarez, CSUCI. Another 14 will be attending Oxnard College and Ventura College will be receiving 7 of our tritons. All of them are first generation college students. Come check out their acceptance letters posted outside E204. 🙂 – #GOTRITONS!

PTSA

At the most recent PTSA meeting on April 30, five wonderful Peer Resource/Friday Night Live students: Martin Gomez, Monique Malcom, Daisy Vasquez, Hanna Aparicio and Joshua Carranza presented to students, parents and staff valuable information about the dangers of drinking alcohol. These motivated students are working to change the social norms around alcohol  use and shared current statistics from the most recent California Healthy Kids Survey regarding teen alcohol use. These teens also informed everyone about Ventura County’s Social Host Law which can fine homeowners or even students up to $2500.00 for hosting a party where there is underage drinking. In addition, our Peer Resource/FNL students reminded the audience that the mission of Peer Resource is that they are, ‘teens helping teens with everyday growing up problems’ and want to be available to assist other students who may  wish to talk with another teen  in a safe, confidential way.

Peer Resource

On Thursday, April 26, seven students from our Peer Resource class joined MECHA from CIHS at the Ventura County Rescue Mission to cut grapes, set the table, serve food and to be an inspiration to our community. Mrs. Wolfe would like to thank, Johnny Fuentes, Jazlyn Bell, Evelin Coyomatzi, Nayeli Hernandez, Obed Cruz, Emil Espinosa and  Jesus Garcia for giving up their Thursday afternoon to help others.

The Alliance

The Alliance of Pacifica High School held an educational and entertaining event for over 100 people on Friday, April 27th called Break the Silence in support of our LGBTQ community. It took place in the PAC after school and hosted representatives from the VCOE, Rainbow Umbrella, the Coalition for Family Harmony, the Ventura County Center for Behavioral Health, Planned Parenthood, TayTunnel, and Diversity Collective. The event covered the LGBTQ terminology, new California Laws, & the Do’s & Don’ts of Best Practices. Our very own Mr. Mark Wingland spoke about his role as an educator and a parent and Ms. Naseem Naghdi helped and participated in the Drag Fashion Show.

COUNSELOR NEWS

Oxnard College was on campus this week to help Seniors who will be attending Oxnard College in the Fall of 2018 set up their portal accounts.

Lili Mejia conducted a classroom presentation to the 10th grade TECA cohort. Ms. Mejia emphasized the following: The role of a high school counselor, required education, confidentiality, skills and strengths needed, aptitudes and interests, and salary.

The Oxnard Union High School District affirms its commitment to equality of opportunity for all individuals. This commitment requires that no discrimination shall occur regarding admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, any program and activity on the basis of age, race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, citizenship, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, medical condition, religion, or marital status.