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The Weekly Round Up of Otay Ranch H.S. News and Updates

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Friday, April 9th

Principal's Message

Dear Mustang Parents and Students,

Our first [approximately] 200 students (Group A) who committed to in-person learning will return to school on Monday, April 12. We are looking forward to having them. Our other 200 [approximately] Students (Group B) will report on Wednesday to school. Pertinent information has already been E-mailed to them and their families. All teachers return on May 3, and we have planned for other teachers who have volunteered to host students whose teachers have not yet returned until the end of the month. We understand that there will be many adjustments that students returning will have to learn to ensure their and everyone else’s safety. We believe in the resiliency of students and adults. We will be able to adjust quickly.

I would like to also address what is foremost on every senior and senior parents’ minds at this time: GRADUATION CEREMONY.

I am still waiting for the district’s decision and direction with regards to a graduation ceremony. I have been informed that it will be sometime this month of April. I understand how disappointing it is to have to wait for so long. Thank you for your understanding and patience. I have conveyed the community’s desire to have something in-person. As soon as graduation information is released to principals, I will inform all parents and students.

On to GREAT news! At the District Art Show held last Friday, the following students were recognized for their artistry:

  • Ivan Medida won the Critic’s Choice Award for his artwork entitled, “Self-Portrait.”

  • Gabriel Figueroa won Principal’s Choice for his self-portrait.

  • Natasha Gehiken, Javier De Jesus, and Luna Carr won Teacher’s Choice.

Their art work and the art work of our students who participated in the District Art Exhibit can be viewed at Many, many thanks and congratulations to our Art teachers: Ms. Hennessey, Ms. Haines, Ms. Hamilton, and Ms. Fojtik!

Lastly in the GREAT NEWS Department: in this year’s Battle of the O’s, the Mustangs prevailed against Olympian High School and will keep the trophy for another year! Congratulations to Coach Lance Christensen, his coaching staff, and to all football players!



Ms. Peralta

KORtv Mar 17, 2021

Welcome back from spring break! We hope you were able to relax and recharge so we can finish our final quarter strong! Speaking of strong, our Speech and Debate team has been crushing the competition, tune in to see! We also take you to Hawaii in case you have been stuck at home, take an investigative look in to a mysterious disappearance, bake a carrot cake, and of course, go on an Easter Hunt with Rodrigo. Stay tuned and don't miss the fun!
KORTV April 7 2021

24th Annual Adelante Latino Conference

Every year, volunteers from the Sweetwater Union High School District and The University of California, San Diego coordinate a yearly outreach event to teach young Latinos the importance of seeking higher education. We are bringing the ADELANTE LATINO CONFERENCE to an online platform for 2021 and opening it to ALL students.

We will have a variety of speakers for professional orientation and speakers from UCSD on college topics to motivate students towards higher learning.

For conference information and to sign up go to this link:

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Scholarship Opportunities

Class of 2021-

Don't miss out on applying to the following scholarships that are only available to students in this school district. The scholarships below are due next week.


DUE: April 14, 2021 AMOUNT: $TBD

CRITERIA: High school senior, needs nomination by a school counselor, teacher, or community member. 2 letters of recommendation needed; student 500-word essay; and list of activities/clubs involved in. Application available at


DUE: April 16, 2021 AMOUNT: $1,000 (2 students will be selected)

CRITERIA: High school senior planning to attend a two or four-year college/university in Fall of 2021. Two students will be selected from Otay Ranch High to be recipients of this award, one will be selected for the Joseph Rindone Service Scholarship and one for the Bill Padelford Academic Scholarship. Application information is attached to this message.


DUE: April 16, 2021 AMOUNT: $TBD

CRITERIA: Be a high school senior of Filipino/Filipino American descent. Have a minimum 2.5 college weighted GPA. Have applied to a 4-year college or university as a full-time student. Application available at


DUE: April 21, 2021 AMOUNT: $1,000

CRITERIA: High school senior; Bilingual/Multilingual (speak, read and write in a language other than English - Seal of Biliteracy preferred, but not required); Overall G.P.A. of 2.5 or higher; Expressed financial need; Accepted by and committed to attending two-year or four-year college in the fall of 2021. Apply online at

Questions? Please contact Mrs. Romero, scholarship counselor.

Spotlight on ORH Photography

Check out the restaurant guide and recipe book assembled by Ms. Fojtik's photography class. Be warned, it will definitely make you hungry.

If you missed the Incoming Freshman Night...

You can still review the Powerpoint Slides as well watch the recording of the webinar. Take a look at the Course Offerings Page to help you make decisions about classes for next year. Also, explore the many electives and programs available to Freshman by browsing the Freshman Elective Fair. All incoming Freshman projected to come to ORH were sent an email with instructions for submitting a Google Form for course requests. If you or your child did not receive it, contact their counselor. You can find the ORH counselor alpha breakdown on the counselor center staff page.

Mustangs In the News

Check out the CBS 8 report on the Otay Ranch High School Yearbook...

Buy an ORH Yearbook

Dear Mustang Family,

We are happy to announce that the Otay Ranch yearbook is on sale now so get yours today. I know this has been a difficult year for everyone and our loved ones have missed out on a lot of the high school experiences that they so much looked forward to. That is why it is so important we give them the best Yearbook around.

These are the days your loved ones will want to look back on and share with their families for years to come. Help make the year unforgettable by purchasing a 2021 Otay Ranch Mustang Yearbook. These days it’s important you get the most value for every dollar you spend, so for the first two weeks Feb 19 to March 7 the yearbook will be sold for $70,00 + free shipping straight to you, just enter the code: ORHS (for the free shipping) and your loved one will have a book that will be enjoyed now and 20, 30 or even 50 years from now.

Here are the steps to purchase your yearbook today. You will buy it online this year with credit card, debit card or PayPal.

  1. Go to

  2. Once in the site, please type in Otay Ranch and our school will appear. Click on Otay Ranch High School

  3. Then click the Yearbook box.

  4. Next you will see some personalization options (you can select any of these options if desired) and the option to select yearbook home delivery. Click on the yearbook home delivery box.

  5. You must enter your home address in order to have a yearbook shipped to your house. Please complete the required boxes and then add the coupon code ORHS in order to receive free home delivery. (Do Not enter coupon code if you are not choosing home delivery). Don’t forget to hit apply after entering the coupon code.

  6. Confirm your information is accurate and then complete the payment procedure.

If you have any questions you can email Dan Kray at and I will make sure we get them answered.


Dan Kray

Yearbook Adviser

Otay Ranch High School

Free Virtual Tutoring

Our virtual tutoring services have expanded. Students can now get online tutoring services from both trained peer tutors and credentialed teachers. Sessions are open to ALL students. Whether a student needs support on a specific assignment, to prepare for an exam, or just to review a specific subject, we are here to help.

To access the tutoring schedule and links to tutoring sessions visit the school website at and click on the TUTORING square on the right margin.

Counselor Virtual Office Hours

Beginning February 22, 2021, ongoing virtual office hours -

Counselor Virtual Office Hours

Counselor Virtual Office Hours are EVERY Monday & Thursday from 2:30 - 3:15 pm on Zoom.
We are available to answer any questions you may have. This is an open forum.

Need an Individual Appointment? Please email your counselor.

Monday link:
Meeting ID: 889 4307 3333
Passcode: 858874

Thursday link:
Meeting ID: 884 9082 2718
Passcode: 008805

Holiday schedule (No Office Hours):
• March 22 - April 2 Spring Break
• May 31 Memorial Day

-ORH Counselors

College Admissions Decision

College admission decision season has finally arrived! Some campuses have started notifying students of their admission status and others will notify students later this month.

Check your email messages and campus portal accounts for your admission status news.

Financial aid award notices will arrive along with or soon after the campus admission status notices. Follow your campus instructions to view your offer of financial aid.

Check your campus admission website for helpful resources, next steps and important dates/deadlines.

Remember - May 1, 2021 is the deadline to accept your offer of admission.

SDSU applicants – visit the SDSU admission page for important dates and next steps.

‘I Have Applied’:

‘Important Dates’:

University of California applicants – see attached resource for the Fall 2021 Next Steps to Enrollment.

Reach out to your counselor if you have questions.

- ORH Counselors


Textbook and Laptop Pick Up

The Library will be closed during Spring Break. Starting the week of April 5th the following drive through times will be available again...


If you need to exchange a textbook complete the Textbook Checkout / Exchange Google Form

You can pick up the new book(s) on Thursdays from 10:00 -2:00 p.m. outside of the library. Drive through services will be provided. Please wear a mask.


If you need to get a laptop repaired or check out one for the first time complete the Technology Repair and Device Check out Form.

You can pick up or drop off a device from 10:00 -12:00 p.m. on Thursdays outside of the library. Drive through services will be provided. Please wear a mask.

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