Mustang Corral

May 21, Ranch News Round-Up and Important Information

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Principal's Message

Dear Mustang Families,

This week, seniors will be taking their Final exams. Finish strong even as you are looking forward to Senior Sunset, Senior Awards, Grad Nite, and Graduation. Make the right choices and LET NOTHING get in the way of participating in your graduation ceremony and earning your diploma.

I am sending the same message of finishing strong to the rest of the underclassmen. One more week of instruction and then Finals. KEEP on GOING!


  • To our 16 students who received awards at the District’s Digital Media Showcase this year. Otay Ranch High School earned five 1st places, including Portrait Photography, Color Photography, Photo Essay, and Photojournalism: Amelie Anchondo, Portrait; Juliana Claudio, Color Photography; Maya Munoz, Photo Essay; Connor King, Photo Essay; and Andres Olmos, Photojournalism. Here is a link to all the awardees and their winning work:
  • To all our seniors who committed to a 4-year university or college and were celebrated at the College Signing Day Celebration held at the Theater Tuesday. Former alumnus and now teacher and coach Mr. Julian Valdez was the special guest speaker.
  • To Marlon Abarca who will be recognized as the SD Union-Tribune Athlete for May. Both Marlon and his brother, Adrien were featured in Sunday’s Union Tribune:
  • To our Girls Softball Team who will be moving on to the 4th round of CIF playoffs. They will be playing Cathedral Catholic at Otay Ranch High School starting at 3:30 PM. Tickets are available for purchase through this link:
  • To our Girls and Boys Track Teams for a stellar showing at CIF Finals. Boys Track placed 3rd in Division I while Girls Track tied for 8th place. The following Track athletes will be competing at the state level next Saturday: Zamaria Mack (ranked #2 in the county), 100 Hurdles; Jacob Juden (ranked #4 in the county), 1600 Meters; Kaleb Bowler (ranked #3 in the county), Discus; and AJ McIlwain (ranked #2 in the county), Triple Jump.
  • To Zoe Rachow and Jacob Juden who were recognized as scholar athletes by the High School Sports Association.

Celebrations…MANY, MANY THANKS!

  • To our Dual Language, Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano Aztlan (MEChA), and Black Student Union (BSU) advisors, officers, and supporters who celebrated their seniors at their Annual Senior Celebration (Class of 2023) held last Friday.
  • To our School Site Council (SSC) parent, staff, and student representatives for their participation in the process of ensuring our accountability in implementing the current Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) and approving next year’s SPSA that reflects the continuing work to build our culture of achievement and culture of belonging.
  • To our 25 student representatives and 11 staff members who attended the Mustang Coalition retreat this past Saturday to bring their voices in reimagining Otay Ranch High School as a place where each student belongs and thrives.
  • To our Yearbook Advisor, Mr. Dan Kray, and his Yearbook Staff for the 2022-2023 edition of the yearbook that has been distributed to all students who bought them. Please see the ASB if you want to buy extra copies (if there are any left)!


  • The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and Graduation Reminders will be published through the Corral and also sent to all students and families. Thank you for your support and cooperation to ensure that graduation is a success for every Mustang senior.
  • The counselors will be contacting all students for distribution who have qualified for a CTE and/or SDSU sash. Make sure to listen for announcements or check your emails!



Mary Rose Peralta

Campus News and Activities

This Week's Schedule

(click the image below to access our school and sporting events)
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Senior Finals: May 22 & 23

At this point all computers need to be ready for final exams. If you have not done so already, download the lockdown browser if you are using a personal computer or school issued Windows laptop. If you are using a school issued Chromebook (Chromebooks have a key with a lock symbol on the upper right hand corner), follow the link below to see how to access the lockdown browser. Personal Chromebooks are not compatible and cannot be used to take final exams. Use the appropriate links below based on the type of devise you have.

School issued Windows computer (download):

School issued Chromebooks (log off by pressing the lock key and access the apps menu lower left corner of the screen):

Personal Windows/Mac Computer (No Personal Chromebooks):

If you need assistance with the process, fill out this google form and Mr. Alfaro will call you into the library.

Senior Computer Returns May 23 & 24

Seniors, if you have a district issued computer, you will be returning the device to the library through your government or economics class. Below is the schedule for returns:

May 23--Period 6 Government/Economics classes after your final

May 24--Periods 1, 2, 3 Government/Economics classes during your respective periods

May 24--Periods 4 & 5 Government/Economics classes, call slips to the library delivered during 1st period

When returning your computer, please ensure the following:

  • computers are fully charged
  • computer covers are on
  • no stickers on the computer or computer cover
  • cords are wrapped according to the image
  • Click on the image to see additional information.

Important Class of '23 Events to Close Out The School Year

Click the image to view all of the Senior events.

Graduation Time Slots for May 31, 2023

Click the image to verify your graduation time.

Class of 2023 Mugs

Order your Memory Mug now at our ASB.
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AP African American Studies Starting Next School Year!!!

If you are currently a 10th or 11th grade student and you are interested in taking the class, see your counselor ASAP.
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Although the flyer emphasizes the City Heights community due to the location of the program, all students in San Diego are welcomed to participate as long as they can secure their own transportation. Some key features of the program include:

· Field trips (e.g., SDSU tour)

· Free daily lunch

· Fun STEAM activities

· College admissions workshops

Please feel free to reach out to me at if you have any questions/concerns.

ORHS Support Groups

ORHS student support groups recently began to meet and will continue to meet next semester. Click the image below to view the different groups, their meeting dates and meeting times.

College and Career

Seniors: Southwestern College Summer Readiness Program

Southwestern College's EOPS Summer Readiness Program (SRP) is now accepting applications for their Summer 2023 cohort.

High School seniors that plan to attend SWC this Fall semester are encouraged to apply for the SRP Program. SRP is a college immersion program geared to prepare our local high school student to successfully transition from high school to college. Over the summer, SRP students will take a Personal Development and Communication or Ethnic Study courses at SWC. They will get an opportunity to meet with their counselor, make new friends, and participate in social and cultural enrichment activities all while getting to know the ins and out of Southwestern College.

Eligible students will receive weekly meal cards, transportation support, textbook and supplies, and a $400 education grant upon completion of the program.

Student may fill out an interest form online:

Please feel free to share the attached flyer and promo video.

SRP Promo Video:

Important Information


Hello Mustang Families! Flu season is upon us. As a reminder, if you anticipate being out 5 or more consecutive days, please email Ms. Leivas at and request a short-term Independent Study Contract. An IS contract is available when a student will be out between 5-15 days and supports the student keeping a positive attendance record.

Please use the LINK to report an absence or click the "Attendance Matters" image to the right.


In our effort to promote a Culture of Achievement, students need to get to class on time. We have implemented random tardy sweeps and students will be issued a Saturday School if they are not in class when the final bell rings. We will only be making ONE announcement at the one minute bell that there is a tardy sweep that period.

Academic Support

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After-School Tutoring

Tutoring takes place in the library on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons from 3:45 to 4:45 pm. Tutoring is provided by 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students with excellent grades who can provide support in a variety of subject areas. If you have any questions, please contact our Targeted Support Resource Teacher, Mrs. Ojeda, at
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Archived Mustang Corrals...

Do you need information from the past? Here are some links to previous newsletters.

Why We Do What We Do


All students will graduate with the skills, knowledge and commitment to be college and career ready.


Our mission is to prepare students for post-secondary education and career options by fostering a culture of achievement, developing critical thinking skills across all subject areas, instilling a sense of commitment, and creating a community where everyone belongs.


  1. Students will be able to apply math skills to real-world phenomena and problems.

  2. Students will be able to use academic language in all subjects to support analysis for specific purposes and audiences.

Nondiscrimination Statement/Declaración de no discriminación:

The Sweetwater Union High School District prohibits discrimination, intimidation, harassment (including sexual harassment) or bullying based on a person’s actual or perceived age, ancestry, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, immigration status, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. For questions or complaints, contact Equity Compliance Officer, Dr. Vernon Moore at 1130 Fifth Avenue, Chula Vista, CA 91911, (619) 691-5564,; Title IX Coordinator, Susan Park at 670 L Street, Suite G, Chula Vista, CA 91911, (619) 600-4900,; and Section 504 Coordinator Sonia Picos at 1130 Fifth Avenue, Chula Vista, CA 91911, (619) 691-5564,

El distrito Sweetwater Union High School District prohíbe la discriminación, la intimidación, el acoso (que incluye el acoso sexual), o la intimidación escolar (bullying) en función percibida o real de edad, ascendencia, color, discapacidad, género, identidad de género, expresión de género, estado migratorio, nacionalidad, raza, u origen étnico, religión, sexo, orientación sexual, de la persona; o por asociación con una persona o un grupo con una o más de dichas características percibidas o reales. En caso de preguntas o quejas, favor de comunicarse con el Dr. Vernon Moore, Director de Cumplimiento de Equidad en el 1130 Fifth Avenue, Chula Vista, CA 91911, teléfono (619) 691-5564,; o con Susan Park, Coordinadora del Título IX en el 670 L Street, Suite G, Chula Vista, CA 91911, teléfono (619) 600-4900,; y con Sonia Picos, Coordinadora del Artículo 504 en el 1130 Fifth Avenue, Chula Vista, CA 91911, teléfono (619) 691-5564,