Camarillo, CA - CSU Channel Islands (CI) invites children and their families to launch air-powered rockets, catapult marshmallows, create glow-in-the-dark slime, dig for artifacts, and experience the thrill of hands-on science in the Sixth Annual Science Carnival. The fun, free event is open to all kindergarten through eighth-grade students, and will be held Saturday, Nov. 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School, 2900 Thurgood Marshall Dr., in Oxnard.

This year’s Science Carnival will feature more than 70 hands-on science activities and demonstrations conducted by CI faculty, students and community volunteers.

Organized by CI Professor of Chemistry Phil Hampton with the help of colleagues and more than 300 volunteers, the Science Carnival is a multi-partner effort to interest and engage more young students in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Last year’s event attracted over 1,600 K-8 students and family members.

Kids can experience the following magical science activities and more:
• Air Rocket Launchers
• Marshmallow Cannon
• Giant Bubbles
• Cosmetic Chemistry
• Mechanical Arm Egg Toss
• Dissecting Sheep Eyeballs
• Pig’s Lungs
• Liquid Nitrogen Effects
• Make-Your-Own Bath Fizzer
• Dark Knight Radar
• Archaeological Dig
• DNA Extraction from Strawberries and Bananas
• Colored Flames
• Screaming Balloon
• Glow Powder Drawings
• Haunted Suitcase
• Elephant Toothpaste
• Sugar Pyrotechnics
• Gummy Bear Sacrifice
• Bed of Nails
• Self-Carving Pumpkin

“When kids experience science as play, it opens up a whole new world of possibility and opportunity,” Hampton said. “Each year, we add more activities to ignite their passion for science and inspire their interest in scientific education and careers.”

The Science Carnival also allows children to extend their Halloween celebration for one more day. The event features science-themed music, spooky refreshments and activities, and encourages children to wear their costumes.

Free parking is available at Oxnard High School and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, both nearby on Gonzales Street. Courtesy shuttles will run between the two parking areas and the Science Carnival.
Families are invited to bring a picnic dinner or purchase food at the event. Spanish-speaking volunteers will be on hand to lead and translate activities.

Event sponsors include CSU Channel Islands, Naval Base Ventura County, California Los Padres Section of the American Chemical Society, Oxnard School District, Oxnard City Corps, and Party Pleasers. Opportunities are still available for corporate and individual sponsors and for volunteers at the event.

For more information, visit www.csuci.edu/sciencecarnival or contact Phil Hampton, Professor of Chemistry, Director of Project ACCESO, 805-437-8869, Philip.Hampton@csuci.edu.

About California State University Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands (CI) is the only four-year, public university in Ventura County and is known for its interdisciplinary, multicultural and international perspectives, and its emphasis on experiential and service learning. CI’s strong academic programs focus on business, sciences, liberal studies, teaching credentials, and innovative master’s degrees. Students benefit from individual attention, up-to-date technology, and classroom instruction augmented by outstanding faculty research. CI has been designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is committed to serving students of all backgrounds from the region and beyond. Connect with and learn more about CI by visiting CI’s Social Media.

 


 
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Vol. #7

The pageantry and traditions of Homecoming Week are not only valued but also passed on from generation to generation. One such tradition is the Homecoming Court. It is the one school activity that is voted on by the student body and thus carries more weight than the others. The following photos were taken during the halftime game versus Hueneme High School.

Parade Grand Marshall Trina Tafoya and Family

The Homecoming Court

Fillmore’s Finest
(The best of the best)

Staff: Kim Tafoya, Allasyn Beloff
Athletes: Alexis Tafoya, Jose Rodriguez
Academics: Donald Trinidad, Kaeli Almaguer
Volunteer: Annette Fox

Classroom Corner
FFA is a comprehensive program that includes opportunities for its members to practice public speaking and to develop leadership. An FFA activity that combines both is the Open/Closing event. Students practice their dialogues in AG classes and compete against other FFA programs during Open/Closing day.

Athletes in Action
Last week both the JV and Varsity Football teams dismantled their counterparts from Hueneme High School with a combination of punishing defense and a bruising running game. With the victory, the Varsity has moved into the top ten rankings of the Northern Division of the CIF SS. The boys in blue and white play during the Fall Break at home against a determined Rio Hondo High School team. It will also be Cancer Awareness Night and Fillmore Unified Night. All students K-8 get in free with a paid adult admission.

Hayden Wright carries the ball for a sizeable gain vs Hueneme High School.

Activities

Here are some shots of the completed floats as they were being judged on the morning of the parade. The Senior Float was first followed closely by the freshmen float.

The Homecoming Dance was held last Saturday in the Fillmore High School Gym. By all accounts it was a big hit. There were over 300 students in attendance and they danced the night away. Several seniors remarked that this was the best dance they had been to in their four years at Fillmore High School.

Fillmore High School’s Project Unify Club is dedicated to creating inclusive friendships between students with and without intellectual disabilities as they work together to create communities of caring and respect.
FHS Project Unify Club is committed to a movement advocating for youth as change agents by participating in activities like “Spread the Word to End the Word”, Unified Sports, Special Olympics youth as volunteers, “A Night to Remember” prom as a catalyst for fostering a positive school climate.

 


 
California State University Channel Islands
California State University Channel Islands

Camarillo, CA - The Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics at CSU Channel Islands (CI) will host the next speakers for its Fall 2014 Speaker Series, “Contemporary Topics in Media and Entertainment.” The presentations are free, open to the public by reservation, and include lunch. All events will be held from noon to 2 p.m. in Malibu Hall 100 on the CI campus. Please register at business.csuci.edu/events.

Marty Albertson, Chairman of the Board, Guitar Center, Inc.
Friday, Oct. 17, noon to 2 p.m. in Malibu Hall 100
Marty Albertson joined Guitar Center as a salesperson and rose through the ranks in various positions of increasing responsibility, serving as Advertising Director, National Sales Manager, and VP of Sales and Marketing, to name a few. In 2004, he became Chairman of the Board
and CEO. Though he retired as CEO in 2010, he remains a non-executive Chairman of
the Board.

Kelsey Timmerman, Author of “Where Am I Eating?” and “Where Am I Wearing?”
Friday, Nov. 21, noon to 2 p.m. in Malibu Hall 100
Fueled by passion and curiosity, author/speaker Kelsey Timmerman tells the story of the
items we often take for granted and how they connect us to the world as global and
local citizens. His latest book, “Where Am I Eating?” (2013), confronts slavery in
the Ivory Coast cocoa industry and explores Fair Trade coffee farming in Colombia,
as he uncovers the realities of the global food industry that is supporting our
"all-American" diet. In his first book, “Where Am I Wearing?” (2nd Edition, 2012), he traveled the world from Asia to Latin America to find out where his clothes came from and tell the stories of the people who made them.

The Fall 2014 Speaker Series is presented and sponsored by the Business Advisory Council of the Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics and by Mission Wealth. Complimentary campus parking will be available for all events. Once on campus, follow signs to the designated lot.

For more information or to register, visit business.csuci.edu/events or contact jennifer.iden@csuci.edu.

About California State University Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands (CI) is the only four-year, public university in Ventura County and is known for its interdisciplinary, multicultural and international perspectives, and its emphasis on experiential and service learning. CI’s strong academic programs focus on business, sciences, liberal studies, teaching credentials, and innovative master’s degrees. Students benefit from individual attention, up-to-date technology, and classroom instruction augmented by outstanding faculty research. CI has been designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is committed to serving students of all backgrounds from the region and beyond. Connect with and learn more about CI by visiting CI’s Social Media.

 
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Vol. #7

Homecoming Week is an exciting time and a vital part of fall activities in high school. The start of autumn, with the change in weather, calls to an innocent time, a time of one’s youth. For all of us the age old traditions of float building, rallies, dances and Friday night football connect the young and young at heart. Who can deny the importance of Homecoming Week to school spirit, generational connectivity and student morale? At Fillmore High School the students, staff and parents helped to prepare what promises to be a memorable, meaningful and special night. You are all invited to share in a slice of Americana this Friday.
Fillmore’s Finest
(The best of the best)

Staff: Deputy Vazquez, Tim Waddell
Athletes: George Tarango, Daniela Cisneros
Academics: Colton Farrar, Antoinette Ruiz
Volunteer: Bob Hammonds

Classroom Corner

Mr. Brian Ricards’ science classes used sunlight to cook food. Their solar ovens were a hot item and scorched the competition. The students assembled their ovens outside and left them there until the end of the day. By then their food was cooked and ready to eat. This lesson on the various sources of energy was interesting, thought provoking and proved to be engaging for the students.

Athletes in Action

The JV football team suffered their first loss in 3 years at the hands of a determined Santa Ynez team 21-28. The Varsity won their game 31-8. They moved into the top 12 in the CIF Southern Section Northern Division. The Flashes remained in control throughout the game as their masterful game plans on offense and defense kept the host Santa Ynez team baffled and off balance.

The Girls JV Volleyball team came up short against Cate High School but battled hard throughout their match. All three levels continue to improve each week.

The Cross Country team represented Fillmore High School well in their first league race in Ventura. The highlight of the meet was provided by the JV Boys team as they finished first among the eight teams in league.

The freshmen girls as they line up at the starting line at Camino Real Park in Ventura.

Upperclassmen, after they had just given their all in the race.

Members of the Girls JV team compete in their first league meet of the year.

10/3 Homecoming FB vs Hueneme
10/7 Girls Golf vs Foothill
10/7 Girls Volleyball vs Carpenteria
10/8 Cross Country @ Lake Casitas
10/9 Girls Golf at La Reina
10/10 Cross Country at the Clovis Invitational

Activities

Preparations for Homecoming were in full swing this week. Float building took place from 4:00 PM-9:00 PM nightly this week at the bus barn. Students gathered to build grade level floats with this year’s theme being Disney.

Senior Nick Cadena is part of the “molding” process as the 12th graders work diligently to craft the potential winning float.

The sophomores are ready to upset the seniors with their special creation. The various grade levels used so many napkins that they had to go to Ventura and Moorpark to purchase more for their floats.

10/3 Homecoming Rally/Parade
10/4 Homecoming Dance
10/25 FFA Barn Dance
10/31 Halloween Costume Parade

Important Dates

10/6-10/8 Quarter Exams
10/7 Leadership Meeting
10/7 School Site Council
10/7 & 10/8 11th, 12th Grade CAHSEE
10/8 DELAC Meeting
10/9 Secondary Advisory Meeting

 

Written By Mrs. Helmer

Fillmore High School’s Project Unify Club is dedicated to creating inclusive friendships between students with and without intellectual disabilities as they work together to create communities of caring and respect. Special Olympics Project UNIFY is funded by the U.S. Department of Education created to eradicate the social and environmental walls to inclusion.

FHS Project Unify Club is committed to a movement advocating for youth as change agents by participating in activities like “Spread the Word to End the Word”, Unified Sports, Special Olympics youth as volunteers, “A Night to Remember” prom as a catalyst for fostering a positive school climate.

Join us in creating a school and community climate fostering respect, dignity, and advocacy for people with intellectual disabilities. You can make a difference by joining the Project Unify Club, volunteering to help with club sponsored events, making the pledge to stop using the r-word at r-word.com, or following social media for Special Olympics and Project UNIFY.

Fillmore HS has been recognized by the Special Olympics of Southern California in leading the way towards creating a school climate of respect and tolerance for all students and more specifically those with intellectual disabilities. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram at FHS Project Unify.

FHS “Spread the Word to End the Word” event is featured on the r-word.org website.

 
Yellow Ribbon awards for qualified students increased

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - California Lutheran University is stepping up its commitment to veterans by working with the government to cover all tuition and fees for an unlimited number of qualified undergraduate and graduate students.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill covers a maximum of $20,235 a year in tuition and fees for veterans attending private colleges. Through the Yellow Ribbon Program, universities and the Department of Veterans Affairs can work together to provide additional funding. Last year, Cal Lutheran covered $2,500 in additional costs and the VA provided a matching amount. The program was limited to 45 students.

Cal Lutheran is now contributing 50 percent of the tuition and fees not covered by the GI Bill, and the VA will match that amount for an unlimited number of qualified undergraduate and graduate students taking classes at the main campus in Thousand Oaks, at the centers in Oxnard and Woodland Hills, and online. For undergraduate students, that means Cal Lutheran’s total tuition and fees of $36,690 will be covered for all qualified veterans.

This is the latest of many steps Cal Lutheran has taken to support veterans. In recognition of this, U.S. News & World Report ranked Cal Lutheran third among regional universities in the West in the Best Colleges for Veterans list released in September. The university moved up one spot from its ranking in the inaugural list released last year.

To qualify, universities had to score well in the 2015 U.S. News Best Colleges rankings. Cal Lutheran ranked 15th among regional universities in the West. Universities also need to be certified for the GI Bill, participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program or charge in-state tuition to out-of-state veterans, and belong to the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Consortium. There are a total of 29 institutions in 15 Western states on the regional universities Best Colleges for Veterans list.

Cal Lutheran has a veterans coordinator who organizes events and helps with enrollment, financial aid and academic issues. In early 2014, the School of Management offered a Veterans Entrepreneurship Institute to help former service members start their own businesses or improve their prospects in the job market. On campus, the university has a Military Veterans Club that helps students connect with and support one another. Online, the California Institute of Finance has an interactive website where veterans and active duty personnel can meet, exchange ideas and learn about an online MBA program.

For more information about Cal Lutheran’s Yellow Ribbon Program and other veterans programs, contact Jenn Zimmerman at 805-493-3648 or veterans@callutheran.edu.

 
Forum brings students and business leaders together
Panel Moderator Michael Panesis
Panel Moderator Michael Panesis

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - California Lutheran University students will connect with business leaders over dinner and discussions at the 2014 Mathews Leadership Forum on Wednesday, Oct. 22.

The event will be held from 5:45 to 9 p.m. in Lundring Events Center on the Thousand Oaks campus.

Round-table and panel discussions will focus on the theme of “Career Development: Technology’s Impact on Employees and Employers.” Participants will talk about the skills employers look for to foster innovation and address future technical needs and the best way to educate a workforce for jobs that don’t currently exist.

To begin the evening, students will be matched with business and community leaders and university faculty and staff for round-table discussions. The format helps build relationships between students and employers and provide mentoring opportunities.

Dinner and a panel discussion will follow. The panelists will be MBA alumnus Anthony Aker, the co-founder and vice president of Westlake Village-based technology company Tranzologic; Ventura County Chief Information Officer Mike Pettit; and Catharine Reznicek, educational technology specialist at the Ventura County Office of Education. Michael Panesis, the new executive director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at Cal Lutheran, will moderate.

The panelists and other business and community leaders will facilitate the round-table discussions. The facilitators will include Cal Lutheran alumnus Austin Aker, co-founder and chief operating officer of medical technology company NexGenic; Dr. Matteo Dinolfo of UCLA Health; Dianne McKay, vice president of operations for Mustang Marketing; and Tracy Noonan, attorney for the city of Thousand Oaks.

Cal Lutheran revived the forum in 2012 after a six-year hiatus. Former university President Mark Mathews started the event as a classroom seminar in 1970. Keynote speakers have included Kinkos founder Paul J. Orfalea, The Body Shop International founder Anita Roddick and the late UCLA basketball coach John Wooden.

The Cal Lutheran Community Leaders Association and UCLA Health are presenting the event. John A. Short III of UBS Financial Services Inc. is the chair. Sponsors include the Area Housing Authority of the County of Ventura, the Pacific Coast Business Times, University Village Thousand Oaks and Wells Fargo.

Business leaders are invited to attend. Tickets are $55. Sponsorships are also available. Reservations can be made at callutheran.edu/cla. For more information, contact the University Relations office at 805-493-3151.

 
Gold award winner Salvador I. Brito conducting gene research . Photo credit: Megan Stone/California Lutheran University
Gold award winner Salvador I. Brito conducting gene research . Photo credit: Megan Stone/California Lutheran University
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5 will receive awards at annual research symposium

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - Thirty-six of California Lutheran University’s top undergraduates will present their research findings at the 11th Annual Student Research Symposium on Saturday, Oct. 18.

The event, which will include presentations of awards to five students, will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Ahmanson Science Center on the Thousand Oaks campus.

With guidance from faculty mentors, the students conducted research in the fields of biochemistry, biology, chemistry, computer science, exercise science, global studies, mathematics, psychology and religion. Most of the students spent the summer working full time on their projects.

Three students will receive awards for dedication and excellence. Gold award winner Salvador I. Brito, an Oxnard resident majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology in addition to psychology, deleted particular genes in human cells infected by hepatitis C virus to determine if that affects the ability of the virus to grow in the cells or the expression of the cell. Silver award recipient Su Ji Hong, a mathematics and physics major from Ventura, created mathematical models to describe the queuing system of Cal Lutheran's Centrum Cafe. Bronze award winner Sharena Rice, a Simi Valley resident majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology and minoring in psychology, researched when certain proteins that regulate lipid transport appear during the development of the retina.

Carla De Lira of Los Angeles and Alicia Vanessa Nuñez of Canoga Park will receive the symposium’s first leadership awards. They served as peer leaders for the summer researchers and organized weekly gatherings. De Lira, a computer science major now serving as the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship (OURCS) assistant, studied the efficiency of using Live Code to create software for multiple operating systems including desktop, laptop, tablet and smartphone devices. Nuñez, a psychology and Spanish major, explored the cognitive mechanisms used in forgiveness in older adults.

After the presentation of awards, six students will give oral presentations from 9:15 to 10:30 a.m. in Richter Hall. All the students will present their results in demonstrations and posters and talk to visitors from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Atrium. Refreshments will be served.

Original results shared at the symposium are presented at professional conferences throughout the country and may be published in peer-reviewed journals.

Ahmanson Science Center is located at 3260 Pioneer Ave. Admission to the symposium, which is sponsored by the OURCS, is free. For a complete schedule, visit www.callutheran.edu/OURCS. For more information, call 805-493-3796 or email OURCS@callutheran.edu.

 
Now one of the nation’s fastest-growing universities, CI is expanding enrollment and offering new tuition reductions for some out-of-state students
California State University Channel Islands
California State University Channel Islands

Camarillo, CA - CSU Channel Islands (CI) will accept applications from new students for the fall 2015 term during the months of October and November. The application period begins Wednesday, Oct. 1, and ends at midnight on Sunday, Nov. 30.

High school seniors, community college transfer students and others intending to apply must visit www.csumentor.edu to complete the online application as early as possible. CSUMentor also offers detailed information about the CSU system and campuses, admission requirements and financial aid.

Thanks to its recent admission to the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE), a program of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), CI is now able to offer out-of-state students in 14 western states a reduced tuition rate – amounting to 150 percent of regular in-state tuition. The WUE tuition rate is considerably less than regular non-resident tuition and is open to students from Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

To qualify for reduced out-of-state tuition, students must submit an application through CSUMentor during the application filing period and also complete a WUE contract noting they are seeking the WUE tuition rate. In addition to meeting CSU minimum requirements, incoming WUE freshmen must have a GPA of 3.13 or higher, minimum SAT score of 1000, and minimum ACT score of 22. Transfer students must have a 3.0 GPA or higher. Interested students can visit CI’s WUE admissions webpage at www.csuci.edu/admissions/wue for more information and to apply for the WUE program.

“Our entry into the Western Undergraduate Exchange is a great step that will help provide CI more exposure to students from out of state and increase the quantity and diversity of applicants and enrolled students,” said Ginger Reyes, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs and Director of Admissions & Records. “Whether they come from another region, state or country, students from outside our community enhance the exchange of learning on our campus. They also get to experience a world-class education on one of the country’s most beautiful campuses at a bargain rate.”

The newest of the CSU’s 23 campuses, CI is one of the fastest-growing universities in the nation. For the fall of 2015, CI projects an enrollment of 6,210 full-time students and continued growth of approximately 500 new students each year. Currently, just over 2 percent of CI students and 3 percent of applicants are from out of state.

CI hopes to expand awareness of its picturesque campus, acclaimed academics and growing enrollment through online college fairs and participation in national college fairs, as more travel and recruitment funding becomes available.

The Admissions office will host a series of evening application workshops at the end of November to assist students in applying to CI. Check the admissions website at www.csuci.edu/admissions for details.

Midway between Santa Barbara and Los Angeles and minutes from the Pacific Ocean, CI is nestled in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains. Established in 2002 as the newest of the 23 CSUs, CI offers a uniquely friendly, scenic and innovative public campus with 24 undergraduate degree programs, six graduate degrees, and a wide variety of teaching and service credential programs. For more information, visit www.csuci.edu or contact the CI Admissions & Recruitment office at admissions@csuci.edu or 805-437-8520. For information on WUE, visit http://www.wiche.edu/wue.

About California State University Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands (CI) is the only four-year, public university in Ventura County and is known for its interdisciplinary, multicultural and international perspectives, and its emphasis on experiential and service learning. CI’s strong academic programs focus on business, sciences, liberal studies, teaching credentials, and innovative master’s degrees. Students benefit from individual attention, up-to-date technology, and classroom instruction augmented by outstanding faculty research. CI has been designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is committed to serving students of all backgrounds from the region and beyond. Connect with and learn more about CI by visiting CI’s Social Media.

 
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Matt Seegan
Matt Seegan

Last week, Isela Larin organized the College Information Night. The event was well attended and the presenters were informative and helpful. Presenters were from all three levels of advanced public education. The UC, CSU and Community Colleges presented information to parents in English and Spanish.

(Bilingual presentation)

Fillmore’s Finest
(The best of the best)

Staff: Ros Mitzenmacher, Jeanne Cantaro
Athletes: Daniel Tafoya, Daniela Cisneros
Academics: Victor Prado, Elizabeth Castaneda
Volunteer: Lynn Edmonds

Classroom Corner

Most of us have vague recollections of our high school days. We might remember a special teacher or participating in a sport, the band or activity but we remember very little about class work unless it was special. In Mr. Gurkweitz’ class students are treated everyday to a novel way of learning. Sasha’s class has been transformed through a style of teaching called Gamification. Instead of grades, points are given and rewards and perks are earned at certain cutoffs. Students level up to various rankings much like in a video game.

Students are routinely witnessed becoming very enthusiastic when earning points for math activities. They work together collaboratively because their success, much like in cooperative based video games, hinges on teamwork. This

is a research based method of teaching with plenty of data to show that student learning increases exponentially much like the points earned in class.

Athletes in Action
It was a successful night all the way around for our boys in Blue and White. The JV won handily stretching their record this season to 4-0. The Varsity won in a nail biter 20-17 to reclaim the Old Leather Helmet. It was a hard hitting and unpredictable battle with the outcome of the game being decided in the final minutes. The energy was high and the air was electric as the clock ran down and the Flashes prevailed before a sellout crowd.

The varsity about to pull ahead for good in the fourth quarter!

Another JV Touchdown!

9/26-9/27 Cross Country at Stanford Inv.
9/26 Football vs Santa Ynez
9/30 Girls Golf vs Nordhoff
9/30 Girls Volleyball vs Thatcher
10/2 Girls Golf vs Carpinteria
10/2 Girls Volleyball vs Santa Clara
10/3 Homecoming FB vs Hueneme

Activities
The Mecha Club sponsored an event to celebrate Mexican Independence Day. The event featured Mexican music and dancing. Ms. Juarez has a very active club and is planning several cultural and educational field trips this year.

One of the highlights of the 104th meeting of Santa Paula- Fillmore football classic was the dance off between the Flash and Cardinal mascots. Both mascots had crowd pleasing moves and displayed exuberance during their competition.

The Fillmore High School Cheer Squad unveiled a new routine that was exciting and high energy. They got the crowd revved up during halftime for what became a prelude of things to come on the field in the second half.

ASB sponsored another standing room only rally. This rally was much anticipated and the students delivered a well organized event. The crowd enjoyed the games and cheering competition.

9/29-10/2 Homecoming Float Building
10/2 Homecoming Food Day
10/3 Homecoming Rally/Parade
10/4 Homecoming Dance

Flashlites
(Fillmore’s Newest Staff)

This week’s featured Flashlite is Matt Seegan. Matt, a recent graduate of UC Santa Barbara, teaches ELD at Fillmore High School. The reason why he chose to teach started back at UCSB. Matt helped tutor students in English and he derived so much satisfaction from helping others that decided to choose teaching as a profession.
He likes working with the students at Fillmore and enjoys the energy they bring to class. Matt’s favorite color is blue and his favorite dish is Mabo Tofu.

Important Dates
10/1 PTO Meeting
10/6-10/8 Quarter Exams
10/7 Leadership Meeting
10/7 School Site Council
10/9 Secondary Advisory Meeting

 

 
California State University Channel Islands
California State University Channel Islands

Camarillo, CA - CSU Channel Islands (CI) will welcome award-winning writer Luis Urrea for the 10th Annual Campus Reading Celebration, Thursday, Oct. 16, at 6:30 p.m. in the Grand Salon.

The Campus Reading Celebration is an annual event that unites the campus, community and notable authors in a shared intellectual experience. This year, students nominated and selected Urrea’s 1996 non-fiction work, "By the Lake of Sleeping Children: The Secret Life of the Mexican Border," as the Campus Reading Celebration book. Fitting CI's dedication to an interdisciplinary curriculum, the book touches on topics and issues studied in Environmental Science & Resource Management, Political Science, English, Biology, Sociology, Psychology, History, Communication, Spanish, Economics, Business, Global Studies, and Chicana/o Studies.

Urrea is a prolific and award-winning writer of 13 books. He is a master of language and a gifted storyteller who uses his dual-culture life experiences to explore greater themes of love, loss and triumph. Born in Tijuana to a Mexican father and an American mother, Urrea grew up in San Diego. Like many great writers, he got his start in literature writing poems to impress girls in junior high. His early heroes were all rock stars, but not being especially musically gifted, Urrea chose to follow in the steps of his literary role models. A fanatical hunger for reading pushed him at the age of 13 "to do what my heroes were doing," he has said.

Urrea attended the University of California at San Diego, earning an undergraduate degree in writing, and did his graduate studies at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Aside from his Fellowship at Harvard, he has also taught at Massachusetts Bay Community College, the University of Colorado, and the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. Urrea is currently a professor of creative writing at the University of Illinois-Chicago. He lives with his wife Cinderella ("Cindy") and their youngest daughter in Naperville, Ill.

The event will include Urrea's presentation, a Q&A session with the audience, a book signing, and a light reception. Registration is required online at www.csuci.edu/crc. Admission is free for CI students, faculty and staff; $5 for all other students; and $10 for the public. Copies of Urrea's book will be available for sale and signing at the event and in advance at the Cove Bookstore on the CI campus for $15.

Complimentary event parking is limited and only available in the designated parking lot on campus. Free parking is also available at the Camarillo Metrolink/Lewis Road parking lot with bus service to and from the campus. In order to waive bus fares, riders should present their event registration confirmation when boarding the CI Vista Bus; otherwise, the cash-only bus fare is $1.25 each way. Buses arrive and depart from Camarillo Metrolink Station every 30 minutes, Monday through Friday. For exact times, check the schedule at: www.goventura.gov.

For additional information, visit www.csuci.edu/crc or contact Merissa Stith, Events Coordinator, at 805-437-8548 or merissa.stith@csuci.edu.

About California State University Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands (CI) is the only four-year, public university in Ventura County and is known for its interdisciplinary, multicultural and international perspectives, and its emphasis on experiential and service learning. CI’s strong academic programs focus on business, sciences, liberal studies, teaching credentials, and innovative master’s degrees. Students benefit from individual attention, up-to-date technology, and classroom instruction augmented by outstanding faculty research. CI has been designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is committed to serving students of all backgrounds from the region and beyond. Connect with and learn more about CI by visiting CI’s Social Media.

 
Company employees, volunteers, staff and students will join in a tree planting day Oct. 4

Camarillo, CA - The CSU Channel Islands (CI) campus will soon be a lot greener, thanks to the gift of 500 trees from Alcoa Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Alcoa, a global leader in lightweight metals technology, engineering and manufacturing As part of its Global ReLeaf pledge, partnering with the nonprofit organization American Forests, Alcoa Foundation awarded CI $25,000 to purchase the trees and more than 80 volunteers will help plant them on campus Saturday, Oct. 4.

From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., employees from Alcoa Fastening Systems, a business unit of Alcoa located in Newbury Park, along with their families, CI staff, students and friends, will gather to plant the trees throughout campus. As a special thank you, the University will honor the Alcoa team by dedicating a large tree with a plaque bearing the company’s name.

“This is a gift that will significantly help us achieve our goals of making the CI campus more beautiful, sustainable and hospitable,” said Raudel Banuelos, CI’s Director of Facilities Support, who applied for the Global ReLeaf grant. “In addition to increasing the tree canopy by more than seven percent, these trees will encourage wildlife habitats and further enhance our campus as a destination for environmental education and recreation. Alcoa’s desire to engage their employees as volunteers and to better the community makes this a valuable partnership for the University.”

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Vol. #5

Vol. #5
NewsFlash

On September 11th, Yanelli Cobian was honored by Sonrise Pre-School during its Hero Day Celebration. Just a few weeks earlier, Principal Tricia Gradias had been hit by a car before the start of the school day. An alert Yanelli called 911 and reported the accident while she was on her way to school. Due to Yanelli’s decisive action, Mrs. Gradias was able to receive immediate medical assistance. Fire Chief, Rigo Landeros commended Yanelli on her quick thinking and told the many pre-schoolers in attendance that they too can be heroes.
Fillmore’s Finest
(The best of the best)

Staff: Nichia Huxtable and Joe Woods
Athletes: Erica Ruiz and Jose Rodriguez
Academics: Ismael Dominguez and Montserrat Infante
Volunteer: Mr. Fitzgerald

Classroom Corner
One of the newest additions to Fillmore High School is the weekly Fillmore High School News (FHSN) report. Every Friday, students and staff tune in to watch highlights of the week in academics, activities and athletics. The FHSN is made entirely from students in the Video Production class. Students work in various teams to produce this weekly show. The teams range from camera and lighting, production manager, reporter, animations and editing, makeup, to script writer.
In addition to the weekly news show the Video Productions class will be putting out an online newspaper with articles written by students regarding school and teen activities. Videos and the online newspaper articles will be archived on the Fillmore High School website for everyone to view.

Dominique Alamillo-Diaz and Mr. Dehn work on creating a back drop for the Fillmore High School News

RJ Jauregui, Valeria Garcia, Omar Lara, and Mr. Greg Dehn edit the first installment of the Fillmore High School News.

The Fillmore High School News being filmed live on the set of “Studio 49”.

Athletes in Action
On September 12th, the Fillmore Flashes took on the Oak Park Eagles in the continuation of a longtime rivalry. The Varsity Football team struck first and often like a streaking bolt of lightning lighting up the scoreboard. The scoring was attributed to stellar line play which led to over 500 yards in rushing yards. The stingy Blue Dart defense held its opponent scoreless until the final minutes when the game was out of reach. The Varsity now has a 2-1 record as it takes on arch rival Santa Paula this week.
In other sports action, the JV Football team now has a perfect record of 3-0 after it dominated play on both sides of the ball versus the JV Eagles. The game was close at the half until the JV wore down its opponent with a lethal ground attack.

The varsity football final score.

Pregame varsity stretch routine

JV Head Coach Tafoya speaks to the team after its big win.

The JV football final score.

The JV football team lining up to run a play from scrimmage.

Girls Golf was victorious over visiting Pacifica High School last week at Elkin’s Golf Course. The girls played well and used team consistency to defeat the Tritons of Pacifica.

9/19 Cross Country @ Woodbridge Invitational
9/19 Football Santa Paul @ Filllmore
9/23 Girls Golf vs La Reina
9/23 Girls Volleyball vs Foothill Tech
9/24 Cross Country at Tri-Valley League Meet 1
9/25 Girls Volleyball vs Cate
9/26-9/27 Cross Country at Stanford Inv.
9/26 Football vs Santa Ynez

Activities

Last Thursday was Back to School Night. Parents were greeted by a presentation in the gym featuring the Mighty Fillmore Marching Band. After the presentation, parents and families visited their student’s classes and learned about the course expectations.
The night was considered a success by many due to a marked increase in attendance over last year’s Back to School Night.

9/15-9/19 Santa Paula Game Spirit Week
9/19 ASB Food Day
9/29-10/2 Homecoming Float Building
10/2 Homecoming Food Day
10/3 Homecoming Rally/Parade
10/4 Homecoming Dance

Flashlites
(Fillmore’s Newest Staff)

The Flashlite of the week is Lacey Cassidy. She is a graduate of Fillmore High School and is very excited about returning to serve her alma mater. Lacey knew she wanted to be a teacher since the age of five. She enjoys the tight community of Fillmore and the wholesome values that are emphasized here. Lacey’s favorite color is blue and she likes to eat Mexican food.

Important Dates
9/23 School Site Council
9/24 ELAC Meeting
9/24 Secondary Advisory Meeting
10/1 PTO Meeting

 

Parents and Guardians,

Fillmore High School is forming the English Language Advisory Committee, (ELAC). The purpose of ELAC is to advise the principal and school staff on programs and services for English learners. In addition, the committee advises and assists the school principal, staff, and School Site Council as follows:

1. The school’s program for English learners.
2. The development of the School Plan for Student Achievement.
3. The school’s needs assessment.
4. The school’s annual language census.
5. Efforts to make parents aware of the importance of regular school attendance.

This is a great opportunity for parents and guardians to participate actively in the education of your student.

Please come and join us on Wednesday, September 24 at 6:30 pm in the FHS conference room.
Refreshments will be served.

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Estimados padres y tutores,
La escuela secundaria de Fillmore está formando el comité consejero del desarrollo de ingles como segundo idioma (ELAC).
El propósito de ELAC es para aconsejar el director y el personal escolar de programas y servicios para estudiantes aprendices de ingles. Además, el comité aconseja y asiste el director, personal escolar y el concilio escolar de la siguiente manera:
1. El programa escolar de aprendices de ingles.
2. El desarrollo del plan escolar para los logros estudiantiles.
3. Los exámenes de las necesidades escolares.
4. El censas anual de lenguaje escolar.
5. Esfuerzo para alertar a los padres de la importancia de asistencia en la escuela regular.
Esta es una gran oportunidad para padres y tutores para participar activamente en la educación de su estudiante.

Por favor venga y reúnase el miércoles, 24 septiembre de 2014 a las 6:30p en el salón de conferencias en la secundaria de Fillmore. Se servirán refrescos.

 
Public series examines biomedical and agricultural technologies from cultural and ethical perspectives
California State University Channel Islands
California State University Channel Islands

Camarillo, CA - CSU Channel Islands (CI) is pleased to announce “Seminars on Ethics, Culture & Biotechnology: Perspectives on the GMO Global Food Fight,” a series of talks at local public libraries exploring the ethical, cultural and legal implications of new biomedical and agricultural technologies. Organized by CI faculty member and biotechnology law expert Panda Kroll in conjunction with DK Law Group, Ventura County libraries, Ventura County Bar Association, and CI, the seminars are free and open to the public. Attorneys pay a nominal fee to receive continuing education credits.

The series expands on last year’s popular biotechnology law forums, co-hosted with the Ventura BioCenter, by focusing on the cultural, religious and psychological perspectives that influence the public’s decision to embrace or reject advancements in biotechnology.

“Ventura County is the home base of several biotech companies, as well as a large community of farmers, both conventional and organic,” Kroll said. “These seminars confront the ‘Big Question’ in biotechnology: ‘Should we embrace or fear scientific advances?’ The public debate on GMOs is a complex dance of politics and science that can be characterized as a conflict between scientific and humanistic culture. We hope that people on all sides of the issue will join us for lively and civil dialogue on controversial topics that affect our common future, in spite of diverging values.”

Mark your calendars for these upcoming seminars at Ventura County libraries:

OMG, Here Come the GMOs
Tuesday, Sept. 30, 6:30 p.m., Camarillo Library Community Room, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd.
Biotechnology law expert Panda Kroll discusses disputes that have made recent headlines, including gene patents, farm wars and GMO labels. Kroll is a practicing attorney and adjunct faculty in biotechnology law and regulation for CI’s Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics and Chair of Ventura County Bar Association’s Bioethics Section.

Culture, Food & Biotechnology - An Anthropological Perspective on the GMO Controversy
Saturday, Nov. 8, 3 p.m., Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave.
Join anthropologist Angela Kirwin, co-founder of Kirwin International Relief Foundation, for an exploration of cultural identity influences our views on food and biotechnology.

Mixing Species, Is it Kosher? Perspectives in Jewish Law - A Biblical Perspective on GMOs
Sunday, Nov. 9, 3 p.m., E.P. Foster Library, Ventura, 651 E. Main St.
Rabbi Elihu Gevirtz, co-spiritual leader of Zimrat Yah in Santa Barbara, examines biblical perspectives on biotechnology.

Our Innate Cognitive Biases - How Emotion and Tribalism Divide Us and How to Avoid Bias, Prejudice and Hype
Sunday, Nov. 16, 3 p.m., E.P. Foster Library, Ventura, 651 E. Main St.
Join Tom Krause, Ph.D. Psychology, for a look at the psychological perspectives shaping public opinions of biotechnology. Krause is a management consultant, founder and former Chairman of Behavioral Science Technology, an Ojai-based global consulting firm specializing in organizational culture and safety management.

What Do We Mean When We Talk About 'Nature'? - A Catholic Perspective
Saturday, Dec. 13, 3 p.m., Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave.
Join Karen Zedlick, Ph.D., Philosophy, and faculty member at Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula for an exploration of biotechnological advances from the Catholic perspective.

GMO Label Legislation and the Court of Public Opinion
Sunday, Dec. 14, 3 p.m., E.P. Foster Library, Ventura, 651 E. Main St.
Biotechnology law expert Panda Kroll takes a look at the influence of the public on GMO labeling.

For more information, contact Panda Kroll, Lecturer, CSU Channel Islands and Chair, VCBA Biotech Law Section at panda.kroll@csuci.edu or pk@dk4law.com.

About California State University Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands (CI) is the only four-year, public university in Ventura County and is known for its interdisciplinary, multicultural and international perspectives, and its emphasis on experiential and service learning. CI’s strong academic programs focus on business, sciences, liberal studies, teaching credentials, and innovative master’s degrees. Students benefit from individual attention, up-to-date technology, and classroom instruction augmented by outstanding faculty research. CI has been designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is committed to serving students of all backgrounds from the region and beyond. Connect with and learn more about CI by visiting CI’s Social Media.

 
Cal Lutheran event marks 200th anniversary
Hilde Skorpen
Hilde Skorpen

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - A seminar and dinner celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Norwegian Constitution will be held on Friday, Oct. 3, at California Lutheran University.

The free seminar, “The Norwegian Constitution – 200 Years: Inspiration, Drama and Lasting Legacy,” will be held from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Samuelson Chapel. The dinner reception will follow from 5 to 8:30 p.m. in Lundring Events Center.

The Norwegian Constitution is the oldest surviving written constitution in Europe. Talks at the seminar will examine inspiration for the document, the high drama surrounding it and its implications both inside and outside of Norway, including the United States. A panel discussion will then focus on where, how and to what extent the constitution inspired the liberal movements in Europe and the early politics of U.S. states, especially those with large Norwegian and Scandinavian populations.

This Nordic Spirit Seminar will feature prominent speakers from California, Washington and Norway. They include Frank Aarebrot, a member of the Department of Comparative Politics at the University of Bergen; Terje I. Leiren, the Sverre Arestad Endowed Chair in Norwegian Studies at the University of Washington; and Hilde Skorpen, the Royal Norwegian Consul General in San Francisco.

The constitution was signed at Eidsvoll on May 17, 1814, in an effort to stave off a forced union with Sweden after the Napoleonic wars. Although it did not halt the union, it did grant rights to the Norwegian people and power to the Norwegian Parliament that eventually made it possible for the country to peacefully gain its independence in 1905.

The Scandinavian American Cultural and Historical Foundation and Cal Lutheran are presenting the event with sponsorship from the Royal Norwegian Consul General’s Office in San Francisco. The Norwegian American Chamber of Commerce Southern California, Sons of Norway headquarters, Sons of Norway-Norsemen Lodge, Association for Norwegian Students Abroad-Los Angeles and Moods of Norway are providing additional support.

Samuelson Chapel is located at 165 Chapel Lane on the Thousand Oaks campus. Lundring Events Center is inside the Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center at 130 Overton Court.

Tickets for the buffet dinner are $25.26. A discount is available for members of sponsoring organizations. For more information or to register, visit www.naccsocal.org/event/200 or call 805-669-7032.

 
Vol. #4
Veronica Ruiz
Veronica Ruiz
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Marching Band
Marching Band
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Football
Football
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Girl’s Volleyball team.
Girl’s Volleyball team.
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Ismael Dominguez
Ismael Dominguez
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Jackie Chavez
Jackie Chavez
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JV Football team
JV Football team
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Marching Band
Marching Band
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Mr. Murphy’s English class.
Mr. Murphy’s English class.
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Renaissance Night
Renaissance Night
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This past week was highlighted by excellence in the classroom and the athletic field. I witnessed some very outstanding teaching in the classrooms. Students were challenged to learn at a high level with engaging activities and research based teaching methodology.

On the athletic field, fans were treated to a home football victory as our boys in blue and white triumphed of the Raiders of South Oxnard in a physical battle. Cross Country, Girl’s Golf and Girl’s Volleyball also had impressive showings.

Looking ahead, last night’s Back to School Night will be covered in the next edition of Fillmore Friday Focus. Also featured next week, one of our own is recognized as a hometown hero.

Fillmore’s Finest
(The best of the best)

Staff: Mark Kandel and Lynn Cole
Athletes: Xavier Medina and Breanna Berrington
Academics: Kyle Medina and April Cruz
Volunteer: Karen Ashim

Classroom Corner
In Mr. Murphy’s English class students stand by what they learn. More specifically they stand and learn. In the above photo students are associating certain words with movement. This method of teaching, known as Total Physical Response (TPR) is proven to increase retention of vocabulary as well as engagement.

Athletes in Action
The Fillmore Varsity Football team evened its record to 1-1 with a hard earned 21-3 victory over the Channel Islands Raiders. They were led by a staunch defense and a strong individual effort by cornerback/wing back Haden Wright.

The JV Football team continued its winning ways with a 34-0 victory over Channel Islands to run its record to a perfect 2-0.

Ismael Dominguez and Jackie Chavez (both pictured) were the Fillmore High School Cross Country Runners of the Week. Both runners ran well at the Fastback Shootout Cross Country Invitational held at Mt. SAC last weekend. The course was less than a traditional 3 mile course measuring around 2 miles in length. The top Filllmore High School times are posted below by grade level.

Fastback Shootout 2014
Boys
Name Grade Race Time Place
Ismael Dominguez Junior 11:17.11 19th
Jorge Hurtado Senior 11:26.73 28th
Johnny Martinez Sophomore 11:55.06 39th
Enrique Gutierrez Freshman 11:56.28 12th

Girls
Name Grade Race Time Place
Jacqueline Chavez Freshman 13:54.27 11th
Maria Perez Junior 14:07.36 26th
Alexis Tafoya Senior 14:21.57 21st
Luz Ruiz Sophomore 14:26.11 47th

The Girl’s Volleyball team showed marked improvement as it pushed Channel Islands High School to the brink before falling to them in consecutive games. The Lady Flashes showed a newfound intensity and focus in this game.

9/12 Football @ Oak Park
9/13 Santa Paula Volleyball Tournament
9/16 GVB @ Pacifica High School 6PM
9/16 Girls Golf vs Carpenteria
9/18 Girls Golf vs Foothill
9/18 Girls Volleyball vs Santa Paula
9/19 Cross Country @ Woodbridge Invitational
9/19 Football Santa Paul @ Filllmore

Activities

Renaissance Night was held Wednesday with eighty three students qualifying to receive a certificate of academic achievement. To qualify these students had to have a 3.5 grade point average or higher for two consecutive semesters. Twenty one students were in attendance while the others were at home studying.

Last Friday the Mighty Fillmore Marching Band performed at the first home football game. They played a stirring rendition of the school fight song and the National Anthem before the start of the game. The halftime show was punctuated by stellar band play and a stunning visual display from the auxiliary.

9/15-9/19 Santa Paula Game Spirit Week
9/18 Santa Paula Rally
9/19 ASB Food Day

All in attendance at last week’s football game were treated to an outstanding performance by the Fillmore High School, Raider Youth Football and Bear Youth Football cheerleaders. They performed a coordinated routine to various songs from different decades.

According to Fillmore High School Cheer advisor extraordinaire Lynn Cole, the routine was made possible through the efforts of her own cheer squad. The cheerleaders split up into two groups and taught both youth football program’s cheerleaders the complicated and highly entertaining routine.

Flashlites
(Fillmore’s Newest Staff)

Veronica Ruiz is this week’s featured Flashlite. Veronica came to the United States with her family at the age of 12. She credits her teachers with preparing and motivating her to apply for college. In fact, the reason why she went into education is to give back to her students much the way her teachers did for her. She enjoys teaching at Fillmore High School and says that the students and staff have been very nice to work with. She likes Italian and Mexican food. During her spare time she likes to hike, run and hang out with friends.

Important Dates
9/12 Central Station Alumni Club Event
9/16 Faculty Meetings
9/23 School Site Council
9/23 ELAC Meeting
9/24 Secondary Advisory Meeting