The Weekly Round Up of Otay Ranch H.S. News and Updates
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October 11th, 2021
Dear Parents and Students,
It has been a very busy first quarter. Students and staff all adjusted to (and are still navigating) in-person learning and being together as a school. We are rediscovering Mustang culture and spirit through the challenges of facilities and this pandemic. Our student leaders have been creative in finding ways to hold activities and build spirit without the use of a stadium that is being repaired right now while keeping in mind the safety of all. I encourage every student to unite behind building a positive Mustang culture by participating in activities, communicating ideas with students leaders and school leadership, and espousing the Mustang Family code of respect, dignity, and spirit. Many of our students--those who work hard at their academics, participate, and take learning risks; the athletes who play with dignity and honor; the student-leaders who work hard to deliver a great school year to all students; the club members who advocate for their causes and share their talents with the community; those who show kindness and respect to their peers at school; those who acknowledge their missteps, take responsibility for them, and take the steps to repair the damage created--are the best representation of being part of the Mustang family everyday, and I know you join me and the staff in being proud of them.
It is the last week before Fall Break. Then we will be on a two-week break. Students will come back on October 5. The two-week break will be a time to rejuvenate, rest, and reflect on the last nine weeks. Students, come back re-energized and resolved to continue what is working towards a successful school year for you. If the last nine weeks were challenging and not what you wanted it to be, then come back re-energized and resolved to take steps to turn the tide towards finishing strong for the semester.
Starting Monday, September 13, pooled testing will be held during the school day for selected VAPA classes and starting at 1:45 for athletics and extracurricular activities. Pooled testing will continue during Intersession for all athletes and students whose extracurricular activities practice during the break starting at 1:45 PM. Coaches, teachers, and advisors will be informed of the schedule so they can inform their athletes/members. I want to thank all of you for your support in our efforts to keep our students safe. And as always, I want to continue to reiterate the need to continue with practicing safety protocols such as masking and sanitizing.
And finally, it is the 20th Anniversary of the 9/11 Attacks. We remember and honor those whose lives were lost…
Mary Rose Peralta
Next Week's Schedule: October 11th -15th
Save the Date
October 14th Senior Parent Night
October 15th Homecoming Game @Southwestern College
October 29th Progress Report #2
November 5th AP Invoice Payment Due
Progress Report Grades #2, Coming October 29th...
• What has this school year taught you about how you best learn and study?
• Are there any surprises for you on this progress report?
• Which grade are you most proud of and why?
For directions on how to access the grades click on the directions below:
For information on how grades impact athletic eligibility see the
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.)
Senior Parent Night
Apply for Financial Aid! The window to submit a Financial Aid Application is now through March 2 (California Priority Deadline). Click here for District Financial Aid Information Events: https://www.smore.com/fmkyw-financial-aid-workshops?ref=SamsungSmartFridge
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.
How do I register for AP Courses?
NEW AP students- Create a College Board Account - HERE (Use a personal email with your College Board account. Your Sweetwater email will most likely block communication from the College Board.)
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?
Your parents need to log into the Infinite Campus Parent Portal to complete the Alternative Household Income Survey. The directions on how to do this are below:
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: