The Weekly Round Up of Otay Ranch H.S. News and Updates
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December 10th, 2021
We are entering FINALS WEEK and the end of the FIRST SEMESTER! Please review our daily calendar…for the last week of the semester, we will have two days of instruction followed by Finals on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Please note that the last day of the semester, Friday, December17, is a Finals day (Periods 3 & 6). Semester Grades will be available on Infinite Campus starting at 5:00 PM on Friday.
On behalf of the Otay Ranch High School Faculty and Staff, I want to thank you for your support throughout the semester for our students and staff as we all navigated in-person learning after one-and-a-half years of being virtual and online.
We have learned lessons this semester and in past years that have made it to our WASC accreditation report. We are aligning our plans to build not only a strong academic culture but also a culture in which each student will believe they belong to Otay Ranch High School. Aside from course content, we are united and committed as a staff to teach and re-teach our students how to be Mustangs and the Mustang Way of Respect, Dignity, and Spirit.
We cannot be successful without you as partners and look forward to your continuing support and involvement.
Have a great Winter Break! The second semester will begin for students on Tuesday, January 11, 2022.
Happy Holidays to you and yours!!
Mary Rose Peralta
Next Week's Schedule: December 6th - 17th
First Day of Semester 2: January 11th
Tutoring and Study sessions will be available leading up to finals. Let's finish strong and take advantage of the opportunities available.
Final Semester Grades will be available December 17th
• What has this school year taught you about how you best learn and study?
• Which grade are you most proud of and why?
• Do these grades support your pos-secondary goals?
For directions on how to access the grades click on the directions below:
For information on how grades impact athletic eligibility see the
You can also track your child's progress to meeting SDSU's Compact for Success Requirements here: SDSU Compact for Success Requirements.
Last Chance for Senior Portraits...
Dear Seniors and Parents of Seniors,
As your final semester of high school quickly approaches we want to make sure you don’t miss out on purchasing your Senior Yearbook. As of right now 274 seniors have purchased a yearbook out of 600 and at the pace the books are selling we will likely be sold out before every senior has a chance to order a book. That is why we are recommending you purchase a yearbook before we go on Winter Break. You can purchase the yearbook for $80 dollars at the A.S.B. (Cash, Check). Unfortunately, once the yearbooks are sold out we will not be ordering any additional yearbooks.
Also, the yearbook is offering one last opportunity to take your Senior photo for the yearbook if you have not taken it as of 11/30/21. You will need to contact Prestige Photography at 858-693-9197 to set up an appointment. When you call to make an appointment please be sure to mention you are from Otay Ranch High School. On the day of your scheduled appointment you will need to choose the photo you want to go in the yearbook before you leave the studio. Failure to do so will result in Prestige selecting a photo for you so please make sure you select a photo before you leave. You do not need to purchase a Senior Photo Package in order to have your photo appear in the yearbook.
ORH Yearbook Staff
Support Band, Choir, & Orchestra
12/16: Band, Choir, and Orchestra Winter Concert @ 6:00 PM @ ORH Pavilion
Attend the next Scholarship Night (virtual event) on November 18th, 6 PM
The San Diego Foundation 2022 – 2023 Common Scholarship Application will open December 1, 2021! Scholarships are available for students pursuing higher education locally and nationally. Visit the website and see attached resources for more information.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Important Reminder –
Students must have a completed FAFSA or CA Dream Act and Student Aid Report (SAR). This is necessary for all applicants. Complete your financial aid application ASAP as this information is needed to complete the Common Scholarship Application.
Questions? – Reach out to your counselor today:
The Next Saturday Academy will be in January...
Check out the new Athletics page on the school website by clicking below...
Parent Volunteers Needed
Getting involved is a great way to send a positive message to your child that you consider school a worthwhile cause.
Here are some of the ways a parent volunteer can help Otay Ranch High School:
volunteer in the ELP or after school tutoring center
help organize, or work at fundraising activities
assist with a specific club or interest group (if you have an interest in an activity that isn't currently available to students, offer to help get a group started — for example, a chess club or cycling team)
hold a workshop for students in trade or technical programs
attend school board meetings
work as a library assistant
sew costumes or build sets for theatrical and musical productions
work with the school band or orchestra or coach music students one-on-one
help out with visual arts classes
volunteer to speak in the classroom or at a career day, if you have a field of expertise that you'd like to share
help with teachers with lesson preparation (cutting, stapling, etc.)
BREAKING NEWS! Due to popular demand, Monday is COLLEGE DAY! We encourage our students to wear their COLLEGE gear every Monday!
AP student Mustangs! Review this bulletin every week for information and updates about your AP Classes and AP Exams. November 5, 2021 - Deadline to add AP Course/AP Exam to student's AP Classroom account ($40.00 late fee will apply after this date) Make sure to use your PERSONAL EMAIL to log in.
NEXT Deadline to ORDER an exam and pay with a late fee is December 31.
How do I register for AP Courses?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for enrollment codes
Returning AP students- you can access College Board Student Account Help-HERE . If you forget your user and password or are having trouble logging into your College Board account, you need to contact College Board at (888) 225-5427. Students should NOT create a new account. This will create conflict when later trying to access scores and provide them to colleges.
How can I access my scores from 2021?
Get Your AP Scores-HERE
AP Scores have all been released
How can I qualify for the $10 reduced fee for my AP exam?
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Testing
What is pooled testing?
Pooling can test 25 people using one test. All students in a team, band, or class swab their own noses and place their swabs in a single tube (that’s the pooling step). The samples in that tube are then run as a single sample, using one test. See it in action here. https://www.concentricbyginkgo.com/how-it-works/
Why pooled testing? Why should my student participate?
You know the old saying: “knowledge is power.” Tools like pooled testing empower us to make great decisions. Without knowing the specific prevalence of COVID-19 in our school, it’s tough for us to make informed decisions about safeguarding our school community, returning to school, or continuing in-person learning.
Only students with completed consent forms are able to participate in testing. As you are aware, to participate in Athletics your family has already consented to comply with all district specified COVID protocols, including testing.
Testing empowers us to make these informed decisions about in-person learning and allows students, teachers, and staff to come to school with peace of mind.
To learn more about pooled testing, read the attached overview of Concentric’s pooled testing program and watch thisvideo from another school using this service. https://www.concentricbyginkgo.com/#salem
Will this Testing Satisfy the Requirement for Providing a Test Result to Continue In Person Instruction if My Student Received a Close Contact Letter?
Yes, only one consent form is needed. Concentric will be on campus twice a week to provide rapid antigen testing for students who were in close contact during the period of their modified quarantine, so you will no longer need to take your child to receive a separate COVID test to comply with the requirements of this quarantine. During this period, however, since students may not participate in extracurricular activities they will not need to also pool test with their team.
Click on Images Below for Info on Pooled COVID 19 Testing
After School Homework Center and Peer Connection Tutoring Program will begin on August 16, 2021 in the library. Services will be open after school on Mondays 1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. and Tuesday-Thursdays from 2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The homework center is open to all students to work on homework, group work, conduct research, and use computers. Students are under the supervision of a certificated teacher, who also offers one-on-one tutoring, research support, and online resources.
After-school peer tutoring is available to ALL students for all content areas and foreign languages. All of our peer tutors have been trained and have demonstrated capacity with exemplary grades and study habits. No appointment is necessary, walk-ins are welcome. If you prefer an appointment please contact Ms. Aracely Cervantes for guidance.
In school tutoring is also available during ELP for language learners and students on free or reduced lunch. Contact Ms. Cervantes for more details. aracely.cervantes @sweetwaterschools.org
Assistant Principal's Expectations Video
Free meals are available to ALL students for the 21-22 school year due to the USDA extending this opportunity to students.
The following rules regarding lunches are in place at Otay Ranch High School:
Lunches MAY NOT be dropped off in the main office nor may lunches be handed off to students in any of the parking lots.
Students will not be permitted to enter the parking lot to retrieve lunches from parked cars.
Food delivery services such as Uber Eats are not permitted.
Our top priority is the safety of all students and staff on campus. In order to limit access to our campus while students are in outside areas and ensure that the food students receive is safe, please adhere to these policies.
Textbook and Device Distribution
Textbook distribution concluded for most classes on Friday August 6th. If you are missing a book for a class, ask your teacher to go to the library at the beginning on the period for the book you are missing.
Students, please remember to bring your school ID or your locator card so that we may scan your barcode. If you do not have either of those, you may find your barcode in the Student Portal when you click on the More in the menu tab.
Device Deployment and Repair
Device deployment is complete. If you have not checked out a device and need yours repaired, complete the Google Form to request a device (if you don't have one checked out) or a repair. At this time we are not able to fulfill same day requests. But, we will respond to requests in the order they are received. Students will be contacted when it is time to come to the library.
If the problem is not with the hardware, online assistance from the SUHSD IT department is also available. Check here for support options: https://sites.google.com/sweetwaterschools.net/studentresources/home
The Counseling Center Scholarship Bulletin is updated monthly! Be sure to check the school website for new opportunities!
Please see below for the new counselor alphabet breakdown:
A-B: Ms. Romero, email@example.com
C-ESCA: Ms. Camara, firstname.lastname@example.org
ESCE-HERN: Ms. Alvarez, email@example.com
HERO-MARTINA: Ms. Jacobo, firstname.lastname@example.org
MARTINE-PARQ: Ms. Bringas, email@example.com
PARR-SD: Ms. Duprat, firstname.lastname@example.org
SE-Z: Ms. Cendejas, email@example.com
To ensure availability, please e-mail or call your student’s counselor to schedule an appointment.
Students, join your grade level Counselor Google Classroom for announcements!
Counseling Center Google Classroom Codes
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Class of 2023 34txo56
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Follow Us On Instagram: @otayranchcounseling
Check out this SMORE with some great college resources:
Tour the Campus
Learn the Fight Song!
To request an Official Transcript be sent to your college/university you must submit a request.
Instructions are posted on our school website:
Important: Please submit your request as soon as possible to allow sufficient processing time.
Note: If you completed courses through Southwestern College, you must request your Southwestern College Official Transcript be sent to your college/university. Instructions for ordering the Southwestern College Official Transcript: