Mustang Corral

November 13, Ranch News Round-Up and Important Information

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Principal's Message

Dear Parents and Students,


CONGRATULATIONS! The Mustang Community Stands Proud With YOU...

  • Our Girls Volleyball (Head Coach: Mr. Michael Pandaan) competed at the State CIF Playoffs and traveled to Huntington Beach High School on a rainy Tuesday. Through they did not prevail and will not move on to the next level of competition, they gave us a great season and a league championship!
  • Our Girls and Boys Cross Country (Head Coach: Mr. Julian Valdez) competed in the CIF Playoffs. Our Girls Cross Country Team finished 12th and our Boys finished 6th overall. Aviva Devore and Jake Shorey were our top finishers. Jake Shorey earned 2nd Team Honors.
  • Mustang Robotics, under Coach Chad Pearson, traveled to Foothill High School in Santa Ana, which brought together many of Southern California's best VEX Robotics programs to compete in the 2022 Excalibur Robotics Challenge. They came home with the Judges Award and both Tournament Championship Banners! After 5 hours of qualifying rounds, all 5 of the Mustang Robotics teams made it to the playoffs. Team 507E received the Judges Award. Teams 507A and 507B teamed up as the #8 Alliance and proceeded to win their remaining matches to become Tournament Champions. Both 507A and 507B now qualify for the 2023 VEX Robotics California State Championships that will be held in March of 2023.

  • Our Mustang Entertainment Corps (Band and Guard, under the direction of Mr. Shafer Burnett, competed in the Chula Vista Field Show this past Saturday. They were awesome on the field! They placed FIRST overall in their division. Percussion also placed 1st and Guard placed 2nd. These results, plus all the other successes they have had in their other competitions ranked them 12th (out of 32 bands) in their division here in San Diego and have qualified our Mustang Entertainment Corps to compete in the Southern California Field Championships in Los Angeles. They will be competing this Saturday, November 19!


IMPORTANT REMINDERS--Let's finish STRONG!

  • Qualifying at least 40% of our students for Free and Reduced Lunch means almost $500,000 in Title I supplemental monies for Otay Ranch High School. This has translated to Professional Development, supplies, materials, more direct services such as tutoring, and experiences benefitting not only staff but most especially students. This money has been instrumental in helping us realize our plans to build a culture of academics and belonging at The Ranch. We need 7% more to get to 40% and to guarantee Title I supplemental monies for next school year. Please...if we have reached out to you, please help us by turning in your lunch application. We have until November 30 to reach our goal. We are grateful for your assistance.
  • The window to pay for Advanced Placement (AP) exams without a late fee has closed and ORH has a whopping 2100+ exams paid for by the deadline! Students may still pay to take the AP exams but The College Board will now be charging a $40.00 late fee on top of the AP fee/s.
  • Before we know it, Finals/EOC will be here. All students will be taking Final Exams starting Wednesday, December 14, 2022. The last Final Exams will be on Friday, December 16. Grades will be available via Infinite Campus starting at 5:30 PM on Friday, December 16. Transcripts with December 2022 final grades will be mailed to all families sometime in January 2023.
  • To prepare for Finals, all students will have to download the lockdown browser on their device they will be using for the Final exams (teachers have been guiding students on how to do this). On November 16, we will be running a schoolwide practice test during Period 5 ELP. This will allow us to identify any potential problems and address them well in advance of our actual Final Exams days (and to also alleviate stress and concern).
  • Next week is Thanksgiving Break. The Main Office will be closed all week. I understand that there will be athletic practices and tournaments during that week. Custodians will be on duty from Monday to Wednesday (November 21-23). The school will be closed starting Thursday, November 24 (Thanksgiving Day) and will reopen on Monday, November 28 (when all return from the break).
  • It is FLU season. The district has sent correspondence regarding flu shots. In addition, please do not send your child to school sick. Safety and wellness are important...


On behalf of the Mustang Staff, I wish you and yours the very best of Thanksgiving. We are grateful to and for our students and community.


GO MUSTANGS!


Sincerely,


Mary Rose Peralta

The Week...Some Pictures 😊

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Campus News and Activities

This Week's Schedule

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Meal Application Deadline Extended: We need your help!

The district has extended the deadline to submit your Meal Applications. Please help Otay reach the 40% we need to qualify for full Title 1 funding! You can submit your application online through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal (https://campusportal.sweetwaterschools.org/campus/portal/parents/sweetwater.jsp) by selecting: More > Meal Benefits


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Sports Physical Form

Click the image to access your sports physical forms.

ORHS Safety Committee

Otay Ranch High School is in the process of recruiting parents/guardians, students, and staff for our safety committee. Some of the responsibilities of the committee are reviewing and refining our emergency procedures, monitoring campus climate, evaluating systems that support our students' physical and emotional safety, and reviewing our current dress code policy. Meetings will take place on designated Wednesdays from 4 to 5 pm. We are looking for 5 parents/guardians and 8 students to join the committee. If you are interested , please fill out the following form. https://forms.gle/1yVkVV29AjJyVycy6

Parent Engagement Opportunity: Internet Safety Presentation (hybrid)

SYHS is hosting a Hybrid Internet Safety workshop for parents presented by the San Diego Police Foundation, Monday November 14th at 9:00 am. Parents and community members are welcome to attend.

College and Career

PSAT

If your child took the 10th/11th grade offered PSAT/NMSQT this October, their scores will be available online in mid-December. If your child has a College Board online account, they'll get an email saying their scores are ready to view on the Student Score Reports website. If they don't, they can talk to their school counselor to get their scores or check here for more information. https://parents.collegeboard.org/college-board-programs/psat-nmsqt

Important Information

Attendance

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 irene.leivas-howard@sweetwaterschools.org 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.


REPORTING AN ABSENCE:
Please use the LINK bit.ly/ORHabsence to report an absence or click the "Attendance Matters" image to the right.

Tardiness

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.

Class of 2023

Seniors: College and Financial Aid Workshops

If you need help with your college application or financial aid application, sign up to attend a workshop.

The Application Workshop is with ORHS Counselors during ELP.

Deadlines are approaching and it's best not to procrastinate. The next workshop date(s): Tuesday, November 8th ELP 6
Wednesday, November 16th ELP 5

You can sign up by following this link docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfsUB1wHey-zGU1ZP1kcI-u8xZVrdyuoEIHIcOD0Ijj1wK6Mw/viewform or click the image below.

Space is limited and is on a first come first serve basis. Confirmation will be sent to you the day before with the location and with the information you will need.

Click the image below to place your cap and gown order.

Financial Aid Events and College Workshops: Class of 2023

Did you know that seniors must complete a Financial Aid Application by state mandate? See the flyer below for FREE workshops and information sessions to help you with your application.
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Class of 2023: SUHSD Financial Aid Nights

Attend a workshop to learn general information about the financial aid process and types of aid and/or receive one on one assistance to get started on your application. No registration
required.

Wednesday, December 7 from 6 pm - 8 pm at Eastlake High School will be our closest workshop!
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Academic Support

Saturday Academy

All student are welcome to attend Saturday Academy. Saturday Academy allows a quiet space for students to work and/or clear any unexcused absences or tardies. Saturday Academy runs from 8am - noon. Please see dates below:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1K1AIEi3wI8jtun7kQngO5kDGafLcBx5JOwnj-3eN1AE/edit?usp=sharing

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Tutoring Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the Library

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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

VISION

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


MISSION

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.


SCHOOLWIDE LEARNER OUTCOMES

  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.