Phoenix Flyer

March 21, 2022

Happy Spring

Even though yesterday was the first day of Spring, we had to keep one more week with the St. Patrick's Day theme! Remember next week is our Spring Break, both high school and college classes will be on break Monday-Friday. We will see you all back on campus April 4th.

Don't forget today is the last day for you to bid on the Silent Auction, there are still many wonderful items available. All proceeds go to our student ASG account to support student activities here at HSMC.

This week we will have our PSSA meeting and our WASC visit. Thank you to all parents and students who have volunteered to speak to our WASC committee. If you would like to participate, please contact Dr. Oplustic.

Our calendar for next year will be on the Board's agenda for approval in April. Our first day of class is tentatively scheduled for August 3, 2022. We will publish the entire calendar once it is approved.

Mark your calendar for our graduation ceremony to be held May 20th at 3:00pm.

There is some information regarding the VCCCD mask requirement currently in effect. The target date to make masks optional is April 11, 2022. Up until that time, all students and staff must wear masks while indoors.

Have a wonderful and restful Spring Break Phoenix Families.

Riding Off Into The Sunset

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It is with mixed emotions that I announce that our absolutely wonderful counselor, Mrs. McIntosh will be retiring at the end of the year.

While I am sad that HSMC is losing such a wonderful, hardworking, caring, professional counselor, I am happy to know that a person I love as a dear friend will be spending more time with her family and new grandson.

I cannot lie, Mrs. McIntosh will be nearly impossible to replace. I can assure you that whoever does come to HSMC as counselor next year will be of the highest caliber and ready to take on the counselor duties on day one.

Please join me in thanking Mrs. McIntosh for ther 34 years of service to MUSD and all the hard work she has done while here at HSMC.

Good luck and God speed Dyan, you will be sorely missed.

Dr. Shirleen Oplustic

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Counselor’s Corner: March 21, 2022

Mrs. Dyan McIntosh

HSMC School Counselor Mon/Wed & Alternating Fridays
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Congrats to our seniors: You all should be hearing this month if you have been accepted to the colleges you applied to. For students who applied to a UC see the Freshman events happening at each UC:

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UC Campus events for admitted students

UC Campus events for admitted students

Admitted students will have a range of options to engage with campuses this spring. Campuses are planning multiple events beginning in late March and continuing throughout April. Events may include (but are not limited to) presentations on financial aid and scholarships, choosing a major, student organizations, support resources, and housing.

Freshman admitted student events:

UC Berkeley: April 23 (In-person)

UC Davis: April 9 (In-person)

UC Irvine: April 16 (In-person)

UCLA: April 1, 2, 8 and 9 (Hybrid)

UC Merced: April 23 (In-person); March 8 — April 28 (Virtual)

UC Riverside: April 9 (In-person)

UC San Diego: April 2 (In-person); March 28 — March 31 (Virtual)

UC Santa Barbara: April 9 (In-person)

UC Santa Cruz: April 16;Divisional Welcome Events April 18 — 22 (All virtual)

Accepting a UC offer of admission

Students can accept an admission offer by agreeing to the provisions/conditions outlined in the offer and submitting their Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) with the SIR deposit to reserve their space at a campus. The SIR deposit is $250. Some important things to keep in mind about accepting a UC admission offer:

1. Students can accept only one admission offer from one UC campus.

2. The SIR deposit is applied to the student's first enrollment term tuition.

3. Students that qualified for the UC application fee waiver will have the SIR deposit deferred until financial aid is disbursed.

4. The SIR deposit is nonrefundable and non-transferable.

5. A Statement of Legal Residence (SLR) for tuition determination purposes may be required.

Attention all Students attending Malala Yousafzai

When: Tuesday, May 17

Where: Meet at Civic Arts Plaza drop off in front of parking structure

Time: 7:00-7:15 PM Drop off / Pick up @ 9:35 PM

Who: all student who turned in a permission slip

Mind Out Loud

Middle & High School students from the U.S. & across the globe lead the mental health discussion!

Access the recordings below

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Attention Seniors: Community Service Hours

This is a reminder to submit your community service hours Form-D to the office by MONDAY MAY 2ND. Attached is the list of community service opportunities. Please CALL the organization before going there to see how you can help and what COVID restrictions they have in place.

You can also visit and filter through opportunities you are interested in that are virtual or in person locally.

Also attached is a Form-D that you need to fill out. Please make a copy of your Form-D and submit to the office by MONDAY MAY 2ND.

Seniors need 15 total or 10 if this is your first year in MUSD.


8th Annual Phoenix Rising Silent Auction Ends Tonight!!

The silent auction will end tonight at 11:59pm. Don't miss your last chance to bid on the wonderful items we have up for auction! Lunch with the counselor? You can have it! Some wonderful terra cotta pots? They can be yours! Those and many more are available by scanning the QR code below or going to .

Happy Bidding!

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Moorpark Education Foundation Instrument Donation Drive

Do you have a musical instrument you would like to donate? The Moorpark Education Foundation supports our wonderful music programs at the Middle Schools and MHS.

Please see flyer below for more information.

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Mask Mandate

VCCCD has named April 11th as the target date for a change in the mask mandate. Please see letter sent to students (below in italics):

Dear Student,

We are fortunate to be at a point where COVID-19 seven-day PCR testing positivity rates and COVID hospitalizations in Ventura County have continued a steady decline. The CDC COVID-19 guidelines and state and local public health orders have modified the wearing of face masks indoors from mandatory to highly recommended. Ventura County is currently categorized in the “Low” COVID-19 community level, according to CDC parameters. The wearing of face masks indoors is optional in counties at this level, and the Ventura County Public Health orders align with this change. The K-12 system and other higher education institutions in the county have already or will soon make the wearing of face masks indoors optional.

Throughout the pandemic, our colleges have made adjustments in protocols based upon current data and guidelines, orders, and regulations from appropriate agencies. We are now able to consider a change to the requirement to wear a face mask indoors at all VCCCD locations. We have set a target date of Monday, April 11, 2022, to lift the mask mandate and move toward highly recommending the use of masks indoors at all VCCCD locations for all employees, students, and visitors. Communications and signage will strongly recommend the wearing of face masks indoors for everyone. The District will continue to have face masks available upon request. Individuals who have received an exemption from the vaccine mandate should continue to follow the required safety provisions according to their exemption.

There will be a range of feelings and perspectives regarding this change, and I would ask that you accept individual decisions regarding the wearing of face masks indoors.

We will continue to monitor COVID-19 rates and will reinstate the mask mandate if we return to unsafe levels — though we remain hopeful that COVID-19 rates remain low.

We would like your feedback: Please complete a short survey to help us understand how to support you through this change in protocol and learn your perspectives from the last two years.

Best regards,

Greg Gillespie, Ph.D.
Ventura County Community College District


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Changes To Our Lunch Menu

Based on feedback from our students, the following changes will be made to our lunch menu:

  • Starting Monday, April 4th parfaits will be offered as an alternative entree to what is on the menu
  • Penne Pasta w/vegetables will replace the tacos so we will have another vegetarian option
  • The Orange Chicken Bowl was added back to replace the Bean & Cheese Burrito

Contact the office if you have any questions.

Virtual Wellness Center

Check out MUSD's virtual wellness center at

New training have been added for staff an families here:

Also, on the SEL page there are several great resources toward the bottom of the page.

We hope you enjoy this great resource.

HSMC Chipotle FUNdraiser Wednesday April 6th

Please join us for a night of food and fun Wednesday April 6th at the Moorpark Chipotle! Present the flyer below to ensure that 33% of the proceeds goes to benefit HSMC student activities. Hope to see you there!
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Senior Dedications Due Friday March 25th

Senior families have the opportunity to purchase a senior dedication that will appear in all students’ HSMC 2022 yearbooks. Please see the flyer attached for information about pricing for each page size. Already-formatted dedications can be emailed to and payment is due to the HSMC office by March 25th. For questions, please email Mrs. Sandoval at
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HSMC Poetry Night Thursday April 7th at 6pm

Please join us for a night of amazing poetry to celebrate national poetry month! Students can perform original poems for the crowd. Students, please submit your poems to by March 31st to be eligible to perform.
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Grad Bash Universal Friday May 13- Saturday May 14 (Juniors and Seniors)

Grad Bash Universal is celebrating our Juniors and seniors! Students will have access to most rides and attractions at Universal Studios Hollywood, along with live DJs and multiple dance parties throughout the park. There will also be special graduation-themed photo ops throughout the park.

This is an overnight event that will run from Friday May 13 at 4pm-Saturday May 14 at 2am. Tickets for Grad Bash will go on sale in the HSMC office April 4-27th for $80 each. Tickets include bus transportation to the park. Students who purchased Grad Bash tickets with a Spirit Pack in October will not need to purchase additional tickets. Please see more about safety guidelines and access at .
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Prom at the Reagan Library April 22, 2022 6-11pm (Juniors and Seniors)

This year our junior and senior prom will be held on the Ruwe Terrace of the beautiful Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley on Friday April 22nd from 6-11pm. This year’s theme is Balle Classique (Classic Ball). A tour of the Reagan special exhibits, as well as beverages, coffee, and desserts will be included in admission. Prom tickets can be purchased in the HSMC office March 14-April 8th for $75 each. Students who purchased prom tickets with a Spirit Pack in October will not need to purchase additional tickets. HSMC students who wish to bring guests to prom will need to fill out a guest form that can be obtained from the HSMC office for each guest. Guests must be under 21 years old. COVID-19 GUIDELINES: To enter the event, attendees must bring proof of vaccination, either a physical vaccination card, a picture of their vaccination card, or a digital vaccination record, or health care document showing vaccination status, along with photo ID. Children under the age of 12 and unvaccinated persons must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within three days prior to the event they’re attending at the Reagan Library or Reagan Institute. This policy also applies to all speakers and performers associated with the event, as well as all staff. Any attendee who arrives at registration check-in without proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test performed within the past 3 days will not be admitted into the event. Please email Mrs. Sandoval at with questions.
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Social Media

Do you LOVE The High School at Moorpark College? Let us know! Help us spread the word about this incredible and successful school. Please follow these links and tell us your experience with our wonderful school.

  • Facebook Officialhsmc

  • Twitter OfficialHSMC

  • @officialhsmc on Instagram

  • TikTok @hsmcofficial

Yearbook Purchasing Information

This has been a year like no other! Make your memories last by ordering an HSMC Treering yearbook. It is quick and easy! Visit to customize your TWO FREE PAGES and order your yearbook online. Use our school code below.

Please see attached yearbook information for instructions on customizing and ordering a yearbook. For every yearbook purchased, Treering will plant a tree on behalf of HSMC students. Information for Senior Dedications will be coming soon!

  • Yearbook website for customizing and ordering:

  • Deadline to customize and order: April 8, 2022

  • Purchase price: $50

  • HSMC Code: 1014109872723234

Please contact Mrs. Sandoval at with questions.

Debate Club

Are you interested in learning more about debate and engaging in interesting discussions? Join the HSMC Debate Club! The next meeting will be held virtually Thursday Sept. 9th at 5PM at . If you have any questions, please contact the club's Founder, Ashley Kim at


Ever wanted to learn how to code? The HS@MC Coding Club is right for you! We are a club that focuses on teaching, competing, or simply having fun with code and computer science. We host lessons during our meetings, and coding challenges for each member to participate in! Our club intends to be a welcoming and inclusive space for everyone, whether you're a beginner or a fully-fledged hacker!

Our meetings are every Friday, 5 - 6 PM. Join our Discord server for more information ( or contact one of the club leaders (Alex Sherbrooke -, Hershraj Niranjani -

HSMC Art Club

Bring your artistic talents and passion for art and meet virtually with other artists and art lovers on Friday Sept. 10th at 4:30pm Each week the art club's work is featured in the HSMC newsletter! Art club also has wonderful opportunities for scholarships, collaboration in school events, guest speakers and showcasing art in the community! We hope to see you there. For more information, please email the club's founder Emily Fisher at

LGBTQ+ History and Book Club

Discuss books with LGBT+ themes or authors and their historical context. LGBT+ people and allies are welcome! Meet every other Friday 3:00-3:30pm in person in Ms. Pistone's room. First meeting will be Friday September 17th. Google Meets link is

Tabletop Roleplay Game Club (TTRPG)

TTRPG is a club that promotes creativity through playing games like Dungeons and Dragons. You can play an exotic spellcaster who wishes to rule the world with an iron fist or you can play Bob who wants to settle down on a farm with a loving family. No Experience with TTRPG? Doesn't matter! Our main goal is to just have fun so we welcome anyone who is open to playing no matter their experience!

Meetings every Friday from 12-1pm in Ms. Pistone's room. Questions? Email Ryan McCombs at

Chess Club

Are you a Grand Master of chess? Or maybe just a pawn? Come to Chess Club in person to learn more and practice your skills! Chess club will be meeting Thursdays from 11:40 to 12:40 in Mr. Hoobs' room. For more information, contact Hersh Niranjani at

About Us

The High School at Moorpark College is one of California’s more than sixty-five Early and Middle College high schools. The term “Middle College” refers to a unique collaborative program that enables 9th through 12th grade students to obtain a quality high school education while concurrently receiving direct access to college courses and services through dual enrollment. Our students come together to create a dynamic learning environment with a culture that strengthens both the group dynamic as well as the individual person. Students enter our classrooms every day feeling valued as individuals and respected for their opinions, skills, and talents.