Performing Arts- The PHS Dance Department presented ANIMAL PARTY: A WALK ON THE WILDSIDE on Fri. Dec. 7 & Sat. Dec. 8, 2018. The company consisted of 130 dancers representing all dance classes: Dance Rhythmics, Street Jazz, Dance Technique, and Advanced Dance. The 90 min. show exposed the audience to many different dance genres: ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, contemporary, prop/novelty, African, salsa, swing, and waltz. Dance Teachers Mrs. King and Mrs. Simpson surprised the audience with a cameo performance to “The Fox”. There was also a scout from Oregon State University present Saturday night to evaluate our senior female dancers.
Congratulations to our Marching Band and Color Guard who finished their season with several extraordinary performances. On Saturday, December 2nd, The Triton Band and Guard scored second place at the Oxnard Christmas parade! Drum major Rosa Contreras earned a third-place trophy with her mace routine! On Saturday, December 8th, the Band and Guard swept their division scoring first place for Band, Guard and drum major Genre Transfiguracion for her mace routine. The Triton Marching Band and Color Guard received an honorable mention for the Walter Brennan award for outstanding music, marching maneuvering during the main parade and costuming to the theme of a Fairytale Christmas. Way to go Band and Guard!
On Tuesday, December 11, our Jazz Ensemble I hosted their annual winter concert. The evening featured swing, blues and some holiday tunes too with many students soloists! On Thursday, December 13th our Triton Jazz Band traveled to Ramona Elementary performing two assemblies for the entire school! This was an interactive concert in which Ramona students had to name the holiday tune. Proudly, each group of assemblies figured out each one! A huge thank you to Claudia Casillas-Zuniga and Dr. Andres Duran, principal of Ramona Elementary, for coordinating this event!
- Counselors attended the OC Connect event at Oxnard College. Topics of discussion included the following: Financial Aid, STEM paths, EOPS, dual enrollment, athletics, new 4-year pathway at CSUCI, and Assembly Bill No. 705. This event provided a great opportunity for professional development and allowed counselors the opportunity to learn about new updates taking place at Oxnard College.
- On December 12th and 13th the Counseling Department held their annual Sophomore surge intervention. Counselors presented to over two hundred and seventy at-risk 10th graders who are currently failing a class and are already credit deficient. During the presentation, counselors went over the graduation and A-G requirements, tutoring schedule, community service and additional opportunities to earn credits. In addition, counselors reviewed strategies to improve current grades and worked on setting short and long-term goals.
- On Wednesday, December 12, 2018 the ASVAB test was administered to 17 11th and 12th grade students that signed up. The ASVAB is the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, a standardized test used to rate an individual’s aptitude for service in the United States Armed Forces. Schools use this test to assist students in identifying and developing future educational and career plans.
- Vista Del Mar generously sponsored a PHS family in need. They provided gifts for all members of the family to lighten up their holidays.
- Counselors started wrapping Christmas gifts for the young children in the Cal-Safe Teen Parent Program. The toys were donated to the program by Toys for Tots. Toys will be delivered next week.