April 4, 2022
Hello Phoenix families!
I hope you all had a restful Spring Break filled with family and friends. As promised, we are in the VERY BUSY home stretch of the year. Just this week, we have our Chipotle fundraiser (please come support our students), prom ticket sales, grad bash ticket sales, and our Poetry Night.
Please read this edition of the Phoenix Flyer carefully as it has a ton of important information.
Have a wonderful week!
Update on SAT / ACT Exams
The CSU Board of Trustees unanimously approved the Committee on Educational Policy's resolution to amend Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations to remove SAT and ACT standardized tests from undergraduate admissions. The board's action eliminates standardized tests in the university's undergraduate admissions processes.
The CSU is now TEST FREE!
Attention 10th-11th Grade Students
Please send your choice of college courses to Dr. Oplustic and Mrs. McIntosh for Summer and Fall. Suggestions for a smooth registration on April 28th
Meet with Mr. Trevor Hess - MC Counselor
Search for desired courses outside of HSMC school day 12:00-4:30 PM
Look up Professors/Instructors on ratemyprofessor.com
Send an email to Dr. Oplustic and Mrs. McIntosh with your course codes (Do MOU)
After you receive your DE MOU, complete and sign and submit to MC Admissions for approval.
Register @ 6:00 AM on April 28th (April 18th for ACCESS students)
Prom ticket sales END THIS FRIDAY APRIL 8TH!
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. Please email Mrs. Sandoval at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Please remember that your graduation speech or performance must be submitted to Mrs. Sandoval and Dr. Oplustic by Friday May 6th.
Please be prepared to be called into the office to talk more about your submission afterwards.
We would like to have student(s) sing the national anthem and lead the pledge of allegiance.
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 above to ensure that 33% of the proceeds goes to benefit HSMC student activities. Online ordering code is: VAXWN92 Hope to see you there!
The 5th annual Ventura County Office of Education's "Hackathon" was held before Spring Break and HSMC students took home one of the top 3 awards.
Team Knohow won the Best Concept award for their web based app that lets anyone write, share, and remix journals with other users. Hersh and Alex, along with two other students, created a collective space to create, whether it is for taking notes, drawing art, or creating challenges. Users can remix other journals to add onto them, offering a new perspective on previous work, discuss class notes with a study group, add a caption to a funny drawing, or share a new solution to a difficult math problem. The possibilities for this app are endless!
Congratulations to Hersh and Alex for their win and representing HSMC so well. We are all proud of you!
PARENTING SKILLS PRESENTATIONS
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):
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.
Greg Gillespie, Ph.D.
Ventura County Community College District
COVID TEST KITS
We will have at home COVID test kits available again for your use. Each student will be able to collect two test kits. As before, we are not able to give the kits to a student, please come in to the office beginning Thursday, April 7th to pick up your child's test kits. Please remember to bring the student ID of all students for whom you are picking up tests.
Remember, these are antigen, not PCR tests.
If you have any questions, please call the office
Our 11th graders will be taking their CAASPP test April 25th through May 2nd.
Please see button below for letters from our district regarding the testing and its importance to our student community.
Please make sure your 11th grader comes to school those days fresh and ready to shine!
Community Service Hours for Seniors due May 2nd
Community service hours for seniors are due to the office by MONDAY MAY 2ND. Seniors have been sent a list of volunteer opportunities and can also visit volunteermatch.com and filter through opportunities that are virtual or in person locally. Student must submit a Form-D that to the office by MONDAY MAY 2ND.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by March 31st to be eligible to perform.
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 https://www.universalyouthprograms.com/graduation/grad-bash-2022 .
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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 treering.com 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: www.treering.com
Deadline to customize and order: April 8, 2022
Purchase price: $50
HSMC Code: 1014109872723234
Please contact Mrs. Sandoval at email@example.com with questions.
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 https://meet.google.com/caq-gakg-ogr . If you have any questions, please contact the club's Founder, Ashley Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 (https://discord.gg/mH7zCM3beB) or contact one of the club leaders (Alex Sherbrooke - email@example.com, Hershraj Niranjani - firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 https://meet.google.com/gaq-xxpx-aoe 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 email@example.com.
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 https://meet.google.com/hqa-kacy-soo
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Film and Photography Club
The film and photography club on the HSMC campus will have weekly themes, as well as an opportunity to present your photos/films every week. You can make them as funny or as serious as you would like. This club will differ from Mr. Hoobs' film class in that we will not be watching films, but shooting them, or, if that's not your style, just taking photos. The club will be meeting in TR-3 every friday from 12:00 - 12:40. This is a place where you can express your personal identity, while also creating a laid back environment to destress every week. For questions, please contact Mars at email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.