The Weekly Jr. Oiler

October 4, 2019

A Visit from The Red Arrows

The deafening sound of jets could be heard over Dwyer on Wednesday afternoon. It signaled the arrival of the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team known as The Red Arrows. We were treated to a special visit from the team on Thursday for assemblies!


Students experienced a video presentation as well as hearing from pilots and engineers. They showed us great pictures from their North American tour, including flying over the Golden Gate Bridge and HB Pier. Two of my favorite facts that I learned from them are: they all wear "anti-G trousers" which help keep blood from pooling in their legs when doing aerobatic maneuvers, and height and weight have nothing to do with specifications for being a pilot. One of the most important metrics is the length from the hip bone to the knee due to the ejector seat.


It is certainly a great week to be a Jr. Oiler and a Huntington Beach resident!

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

For the third year, the HBCSD Board Members passed a resolution to recognize

Dyslexia Awareness Month in October. HBCSD is continuing to raise awareness

through sharing information on the website, Constant Contact notifications at the school

site, professional development for staff, and the West Orange County Consortium for

Special Education Community Advisory Committee.


The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) provides the following definition of

dyslexia, which was adopted by the United States National Institutes of Child Health and

Human Development:


Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.


Below is a link to the new California Dyslexia Guidelines prepared by the California

Department of Education in August 2017 and revised in October 2017. This is a rich

source of information including describing dyslexia, assessment, and best practices to

support students that are struggling with dyslexia.


California Dyslexia Guidelines


If you would like further information about dyslexia, please contact your school site or

the Special Education Department at 714-378-2046.

What's Happening in October?

October 7 - Boys Volleyball, 3:30 PM, Harbor Day

October 10 - Fall picture re-takes

October 10 - Girls Basketball, 3:30 PM, Harbor Day

October 11 - PTSA Meeting, 8:45 AM, Media Center

October 15 - HBCSD Board Meeting

October 16 - Boys Volleyball, 3:30 PM, CMHS

October 17 - Girls Basketball, 4 PM, TeWinkle

October 22-24 - Parent Conferences

October 23 - No School for conferences

October 23 - Boys Volleyball, 3:30 PM, EHS

October 24 - Girls Basketball, 3 PM, Ensign

October 29 - Girls Basketball, 3:30 PM, CMHS

October 30 - Boys Volleyball, 3:30 PM, Ensign

October 30 - Haunted Basement Event, 5 PM

November 1 - No School, teacher development day