Phoenix Flyer

February 28, 2022

Here Comes March!

Hello Phoenix Families,

As we say good-bye to February and hello to March, this is a good time to prepare for what lies ahead.

Our WASC visit will be here in three weeks. If you would like to participate (via Zoom) please contact Dr. Oplustic. The committee will take about 10 minutes of your time to ask questions about HSMC and your experience as a parent and your impression of your student's experience. We would appreciate you volunteering for this important service to our school.

We have one more information night schedules for next week. Spots are filling up fast so please tell everyone you know who may be interested to get their application in as soon as possible.

Other events we have to look forward to in March are the talent show on the 18th and Spring Break from the 28th to April 1st.

Have a great week Phoenix families.

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Volunteers Needed!!

HSMC is hosting a group of prospective students this Friday, March 4th. We need volunteers to help with the following:

  • Donate funds for us to purchase water and snacks for the visiting students
  • Help serve snacks to visitors
  • Help student visitors with their scavenger hunt
  • Go to the store beforehand and purchase the snacks to be distributed

Please call Mrs. Gaeta at 805-378-6312 if you are willing to help with any of the above.

Thank you.

Counselor’s Corner: February 28 , 2022

Mrs. Dyan McIntosh

HSMC School Counselor Mon/Wed & Alternating Fridays

Educational Plan Meetings:

9th Grade: Dr. Oplustic met with all 9th grade students on Thursday, Feb. 3rd.

10th Grade: Will start meeting this week M/W/F

11th Grade: Meetings with Mrs. McIntosh will continue this week M/W.

Deadline to submit your FAFSA/CADA is March 2nd!!!

One last workshop is Wednesday March, 1st.
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Relationships 101: Healthy Relationships For Teens

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After 2 years the Ventura County Fair is returning and we are calling for inspired young artists to participate in the annual poster art contest.

Youth in grades 5-12 from all over the County are invited to enter the Ventura County Fair poster art contest.

The Poster Contest theme is “VC Fair Rides Again” and will be the guideline to creating designs. The winning artwork will convey the artist’s personal interpretation of their favorite feature of the Ventura County Fair. It will be seen throughout the community in advertising and as a part of Fair promotions.

Cash prizes will be awarded and every entry will be prominently displayed in the Youth Expo at the Fair.

Entries are being accepted at the Fairgrounds beginning February 14, the deadline for submissions is April 15, 2022.

Entries can be brought to the rear of the Fairgrounds administration office at 10 W. Harbor Blvd. in Ventura. Monday through Friday from 10AM until 5PM.

We think this is a great way to give children an opportunity to dream, create and participate in the County’s most endearing and enduring legacy event. Past winners have used their work in portfolios and to further budding art careers.

Below, please find the contest rules and information, and an entry form for your convenience. These documents can also be found at

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Mask Requirements

Today, Governor Newsome announced that K-12 schools will have the option of wearing a mask (or not) indoors beginning March 14th.

As of right now, our students and staff will be required to wear masks indoors until the end of the Spring Semester. I do not anticipate a change as the Board recently voted to maintain the directive. If, however, there is a change, we will let you know immediately.

Thank you for your patience and support.

Senior Yearbook 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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St. Patrick’s Day Grams on sale March 7-10th

Students can purchase a St. Patrick’s Day gram to give their friends the luck of the Irish the week of March 7-10th! St. Patrick’s Day grams cost $0.50 each and will be delivered to the recipients on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th). Each gram includes a message and a piece of candy. Grams can be purchased in the office at lunch.
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HACKATHON By The Sea Is A Fun Activity For High School Students!

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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 4th-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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March Nutrition Lunch Menu

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8th Annual Phoenix Rising Talent Show and Silent Auction Friday March 18th at 6pm

Please join us for the 8th Annual Phoenix Rising Talent Show and Silent Auction Friday March 18th at 6pm to see our amazing students display their talents! The show will be held in the Forum at Moorpark College. Admission and parking are FREE! Please also participate in our digital Silent Auction March 18th-21st. You can check out our Silent Auction items starting the week of the event 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 14-31st 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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Senior Project Mock Interview Hosts WANTED!

HSMC Senior Project is looking for Job Shadow and Mock Interview hosts! If you are in one of the following career fields, and would like to help our seniors explore this career pathway, please contact Mrs. Sandoval at

  • Anesthesiologist

  • Biomedical engineer

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

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

Instagram: @thesunin.rags

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.