February 21, 2022
Happy Presidents' Day
We hope you are all enjoying your three day weekend and have had some time to relax and recharge. Last week, we enjoyed a fun filled week full of spirit, the freshmen enjoyed a fun and educational field trip to Ventura, and many of our students enjoyed a movie night under the stars with friends, popcorn, and other goodies.
Here at HSMC, we have a busy week coming up. Our PSSA/WASC meeting was postponed to March 1st to allow Dr. Oplustic to accompany the outreach committee at MUSD's Future Freshmen night, the MUSD LCAP Parent Advisory Meeting Wednesday, and we will begin meeting with students to discuss their educational plans. Applications for next year are coming in fast and furious, if you know anybody who is considering applying to our school, please have them do so ASAP as slots are filling up fast.
Our HSMC students continue to impress us with their accomplishments, the latest being Serena Lee who was invited to play in an honor ensemble over the weekend. Tryouts for this year's talent show were held last Friday, the level of talent displayed was incredibly impressive! Mark your calendar's for this year's talent show on March 18th, you will certainly experience an evening of entertainment and fun with friends.
Have a wonderful week, Phoenix families!
PSSA/WASC MEETING POSTPONED TO MARCH 1ST!
Understanding and Managing Stress
I wanted to share this free VCBH webinar Understanding and Managing Stress: Positive Self-Care for our Times. It is free to anyone in the community!They are in both English & Spanish - both from 12-1:30pm on February 24th.
Universal Scholarship Opportunity (Local Donors Due April 14th)
Every year local donors give money to seniors for their future endeavors. Don’t miss this opportunity for FREE money! See the link for the Google application to the Universal Scholarship for HSMC and MHS seniors. Students must use their school gmail account.
CSMAR 2022 Patron Scholarship (FREE Money-Due April 15th)
The Conejo Simi Moorpark Association of REALTORS® (CSMAR) provides five (5) scholarships in the amount of $2,500 each based on the applications submitted, which have already been provided to you for circulation to the seniors at your campus. We understand that there are many students who may not be able to compete academically, or which don’t have the time or resources to pursue extracurricular and community service, to have an opportunity to win one of these scholarships. CSMAR is excited to announce we have approved two (2) additional scholarships in the amount of $2,500 each based on financial need and other disadvantages and hardship of high school seniors to assist in their costs of higher education, trade school, or adult career oriented educational pursuits. This new application is formatted differently and called The Conejo Simi Moorpark Association of REALTORS® Patron Scholarship.
If you would please forward the attached Patron Scholarship application and opportunity to all seniors on your campus. For convenience, an online copy is also available here.
Any questions, please feel free to reach out to Jay Lieberman, the Chair of the Scholarship Advisory Council.
Applying for financial aid: Why it matters
Students should apply for financial aid, even if they don’t think they will qualify. There are lots of options out there — and UC wants to make sure our students get every penny they deserve. Our financial aid program takes the pressure off students paying for their studies, so that they can concentrate on what’s important: their education. There’s plenty of help available for students from all walks of life.
The first step is to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), or the California Dream Act Application (CADAA). The priority deadline is March 2. Students should apply for financial aid as it's the only way to guarantee they'll be considered for every type of aid possible, regardless of income level. More than half of UC undergraduates pay no tuition and 71 percent receive grants and scholarships, and it all starts with submitting the FAFSA or CADAA.
Cash 4 College
Workshop for parents and students on Saturday, February 26th at Moorpark College 9:00 AM-12:00 noon. Very important and helpful information about Free money for college! Check out the link:https://www.vcccd.edu/students/financial-aid-information/cash-for-college-workshops.
MUSD Parent and Family Engagement Policy
Please call the office if you have any questions.
One of our students, Serena Lee, was invited by the California Music Educators Association (CMEA) to play in their Honor Ensemble at the California All-State Music Education Conference (CASMEC) this past weekend.
It is a huge honor for her to be part of the ensembles with other talented and dedicated musicians from all over the State of California.
Congratulations, Serena! We are so proud of you!!!!!!
8th Annual Phoenix Rising Talent Show and Silent Auction Friday March 18th at 6pm
Silent Auction Donations Needed
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 .
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
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 email@example.com.
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.
@officialhsmc on Instagram
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
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
LGBTQ+ History and Book Club
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org