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.

 


 
Vol. #6
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

 

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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

 

Camarillo, CA - The Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics at CSU Channel Islands (CI) is pleased to announce 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 http://business.csuci.edu/events.

Scott Zolke, Partner, Loeb & Loeb, LLC
Friday, Oct. 3, noon to 2 p.m. in Malibu Hall 100
Scott Zolke focuses his practice on media, entertainment, sports and intellectual property law. His diverse clientele includes both talent and institutional clients in all areas of television, radio and new technologies. In the area of sports law, he handles matters including media rights, venue, and sponsorship and naming rights. One of his most notable clients is the Los Angeles Clippers professional basketball team, which he represents in media rights, licensing and sponsorship matters.

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 http://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.

 

Camarillo, CA - CSU Channel Islands (CI) sophomore Teresa Castillo is the winner of a prestigious 2014 CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement. The annual awards are the CSU system’s highest student distinction, providing scholarships to one student at each of the 23 CSU campuses who has conquered hardships to become a distinguished scholar.

Castillo’s $6,000 scholarship is a gift from the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, awarded for the first time to two exemplary students recommended by the CSU Foundation selection committee. Castillo and the 22 other recipients were honored on Sept. 9 at an awards ceremony hosted by the CSU Chancellor in Long Beach.

“I am eternally grateful for this opportunity,” Castillo said. “It is an honor to have been selected out of the entire University and to know that others view my accomplishments as remarkable.”

Castillo, 19, is the first in her family to attend a university. She grew up in Oxnard, the oldest of four children, encouraged by her Mexican immigrant parents to pursue educational opportunities they never had. She distinguished herself as a scholar and student leader, excelling in honors and AP classes at Oxnard High School and serving as Student Body Vice President and Senior Class President.

During Castillo’s junior year of high school, her mother was diagnosed with cancer and underwent surgery and intensive radiation. Castillo stepped up to support her family, balancing the demands of household duties while also working to fulfill her college ambitions.

“My family was counting on me to help out during an emotionally, physically and financially difficult time,” Castillo said. “It meant a lot of long days, late nights, and waking before dawn to keep up with homework and household duties. But the responsibility I gained helped me grow as a person and allowed me to help my parents, who have made so many sacrifices for their children’s success.”

Now in her second year at CI, Castillo is working toward a double-major in Liberal Studies and English. She continues to contribute to her family by living at home and working as a paraprofessional supporting special education students in the Hueneme School District. Castillo maintains a 3.4 GPA while also balancing her busy work schedule. After graduating from CI, she hopes to work as an elementary school teacher while pursuing her master’s degree in English, and eventually become an editor or writer for a magazine or newspaper.

“I love teaching and writing because I can use my words to inspire people to empower themselves through education,” she said. “If I can help one student understand more than a simple subject and see that they have great power between their ears, then I have done my part in this world.”

For information on the CSU Trustees’ Awards and 2014 honorees, visit calstate.edu/foundation/trusteesawards.

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.

 

This week, athletics were in full swing. Football and Girl’s Volleyball were well represented. The student athletes of Fillmore High School exhibited sportsmanship and fine play which were the result of long practice hours spent during the summer.

In the classroom, quality education continued and the students and staff remained dedicated to learning and achievement.

The FFA hosted the Buyers Banquet last night. Awards were given out and appreciation was conveyed to all the buyers that supported the FFA and Fillmore High School at the Ventura County Fair.

On Wednesday there was a good turnout for the PTO meeting. Many items were discussed and there was a full representation of the school and community. The PTO wanted to convey that it is not too late to join.

Fillmore’s Finest
(The best of the best)

Staff: Luis Herrera and Annette Fox
Athletes: Mike Townsend and Taylor Flores
Academics: Brian Jimenez and Angelica Mercado
Volunteer: Debbie Curnett

Classroom Corner
In Mr. Overton’s Drama class, students participated in an activity entitled “First line, last line”. The challenge was for students to fill in dialogue between a set first line and last line that was given to everyone.

The story lines were as varied as the backgrounds of the students in the class. The exercise helped to develop creativity, connectivity and relevance through the creation of a scene. In the above photo, Annelise Ebell and Robin Mchammel act out their well developed script to perfection.

Sometimes the traditional class is taught in a predictable manner, in part due to the content and the limitations of the curriculum. Not so in Ms. Kennedy’s Geometry class. Students took part in a mathematical scavenger hunt in which they answered questions and looked for the answers on blue posted worksheets posted throughout the room. Eventually by answering all the questions the students maneuvered around the whole class to complete the assignment. The addition of movement added excitement and novelty to a traditional lesson.
Athletes in Action

Fillmore’s JV Football team in white pictured vs. Grace Brethren last Friday at Grace Brethren High School. The Fillmore JV team was victorious in a nail biter 14-12.

The Freshmen Volleyball team opened their season at home yesterday vs. Louisville. The freshmen team showed tenacity and enthusiasm before falling in consecutive games to Louisville.

9/5 JV FB vs CI @ Fillmore 4:30 PM
9/5 V FB vs CI @ Fillmore 7:30 PM
9/6 XCountry @ Fastback Shootout MT. SAC
9/13 Santa Paula Volleyball Tournament
9/16 GVB @ Pacifica High School 6PM

Activities
9/11 Back to School Night Gym 5:30 PM
9/15-9/19 Santa Paula Game Spirit Week

Flashlites
(Fillmore’s Newest Staff)

One of the newest Fillmore teachers, Lucas Rosenkrantz is the Flashlite of the week. Lucas teaches Math in the Special Education Department. When asked about why he chose to be a teacher, Lucas intimated that he always wanted to help students that needed the extra attention. Having a special needs family member has opened his eyes to the challenges and potential of those with learning and emotional disabilities.

Lucas enjoys teaching so much that he does not feel like it is a job in the sense that it is something he has to do. He looks forward to his job each day with passion and interest. In his leisure time Lucas likes to surf and hike. His favorite thing to eat is anything organic and nutritious.

Important Dates
9/8 Music Booster Meeting
9/9 Department Meetings
9/9 AG Boosters Meeting
9/10 Renaissance Night
9/12 Central Station Alumni Club Event
9/16 Faculty Meetings

 

Camarillo, CA - CSU Channel Islands (CI) invites the public to sample the innovative work of its faculty in a free lecture series at libraries in Thousand Oaks, Ventura and Simi Valley. The lecture series offers community members the opportunity to hear from some of CI’s most dynamic speakers and experts; engage in discussions on a variety of timely, thought-provoking topics; and be a CI student for an evening in the free, convenient setting of their local library.

Fall 2014 speakers, locations, dates and times are listed below. Please visit go.csuci.edu/librarylectureseries for more information and links to prior recorded presentations.

Simi Valley Public Library – 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley

Culture-Bound Syndromes – Thursday, Sept. 11, at 6 p.m.
Join Psychology Professor Dr. Kevin Volkan to explore behaviors and mental illnesses often found at the extreme edge of the human repertoire, including ones that might be considered normal in one culture while appearing bizarre or pathological in another.

Social Barriers to Taking Paid Family Leave in California: Lessons for Proposed Federal Paid Family Leave Legislation – Thursday, Oct. 9, at 6 p.m.
Early research on California’s new paid family leave statute indicates that despite wage replacement, some workers who need leave nevertheless do not take it. Surprisingly, these workers tend to be low-wage workers for whom California’s limited wage replacement would be most valuable. What explains this pattern? Join Dr. Lindsey Trimble O’Connor for a surprising, in-depth look at the financial, institutional, and interpersonal barriers to using paid family leave in California.

Information Literacy and the Public Sphere – Thursday, Nov. 13, at 6 p.m.
How do we find reliable information in an Internet-driven world where information is easily obtained, but not always up-to-date or trustworthy? Librarians Monica Pereira and Janet Pinkley from CI’s John Spoor Broome Library share their expertise in Information Literacy, a crucial skill that drives successful research and offers ways to find and evaluate valid information.

E.P. Foster Library – 651 E. Main Street, Ventura

CI Weekend – Saturday, Sept. 27 – Sunday, Sept. 28
Join us for a weekend of CI-related activities at E.P. Foster Library, including:

Student Recruitment and Outreach – Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon

CI English Program Faculty Author Reading and Discussion – Saturday, 2 to 4 p.m.

Natural Habitats Around CSU Channel Islands Before and After the 2013 Springs Fire – Sunday, 1 – 3 p.m.
Biologist/zoologist Dr. Stephen Norris shares research and observations on post-fire ecology and recovery in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Grant R. Brimhall Library – 1401 E. Janss Rd., Thousand Oaks

Emerging Identities in Evolving End-of-the-Century Empires – Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m.
Join historian P. Scott Corbett, Ph.D., for a detailed look at the disintegration of empires and other imperial orders in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Corbett examines the Ottoman and Russian Empires; the identities of residents who morph from subjects to citizens; and the impact of ethnicity and culture in creating new nation states.

Beyond the Latino Sports Hero: The Role of Sports in Creating Communities, Networks and Identities – Wednesday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m.
Professor Jose Alamillo will focus on Latino sporting experiences in the U.S., from the late 19th century up to the present, with emphasis on professional, school-based and amateur sports. Dr. Alamillo will highlight specific sports in which Latinos have participated prominently, along with the national origins of the players, and the communities with a supportive network and fan base that helped them excel.

Globalization, Niche Ports and the Local Economy: A Look at Port Hueneme and the Southern California Logistics Industry – Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m.
California is well-known for its coastline and the “beach life” that lures tourists and influences popular depictions of the state. But residents of Ventura County may also associate another image with California’s coastline: the bright lights, massive ships, and complex machinery of the Port of Hueneme. Dr. Elizabeth Sowers will discuss the logistics industry, its rise to prominence in the last few decades, and its role in both global and local economic processes.

Visit go.csuci.edu/librarylectureseries for more information.

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.

 

For the first time Fillmore High School will be offering a Flashes Fan Card for $75 that will get you into every home game for every sport! (Tournaments and CIF Playoff Games are exempt.) We hope this helps to reduce the cost for people that attend a lot of games, and also increases the amount of fans we see in the stands. This is a cost savings of over $140. For more information you can contact Lynn Cole at #805-524-8491 or stop by the Student Store at FHS.

 
 

This past week marked the second full week of school. All classes were rolling out their curriculum to various degrees. Some courses were combining pre-assessments with reviewing the basics while others were in full gear powering through the curriculum.

Loose tardy sweeps were run with only 1 student being caught in the sweeps. Campus will be continued to be cleared each period by staff.

New teacher meetings continued this week. The new teachers or “Flashlites” have responded well to the early morning meetings and continue to hone their instructional skills.

The FLASHES (Families Liaisons And Staff Helping Educate Students) continue to meet to work collaboratively towards ensuring that the policies, procedures and initiatives are community based, meeting the needs of all stakeholders.

Looking ahead to next week, the Cross Country team led by Coach Kim Tafoya travels to Mt. SAC to run in the Fastback Shootout on Saturday September 6th.

Fillmore’s Finest
(The best of the best)

Staff: Erin Sebek and Wynona Cronin
Athletes: Gil Sandoval and Jessica Manginelli
Academics: Justin Coert and Giselle Lozano
Volunteer: Sherri Wright

Classroom Corner

With a full week to work with, teachers were in full swing. In Ms. Byrne’s Algebra 2 class, the students were solving Chemistry based problems as a way to review over the basics as related to Algebra 2. This is a great example of cross departmental curriculum. Students in both Chemistry and Algebra 2 see the same concepts and gain a better understanding of the importance of the content.

Athletes in Action
8/29 V FB vs Grace Brethren @MP College 7 PM
9/4 GFVB Louisville @ Fillmore 4PM
9/4 GJVVB Louisville @ Fillmore 5PM
9/4 GVVB Louisville @ Fillmore 6PM
9/5 JV FB vs CI @ Fillmore 4:30 PM
9/5 V FB vs CI @ Fillmore 7:30 PM
9/6 XCountry @ Fastback Shootout MT. SAC

Activities
Last Friday, ASB held the Welcome Back Rally in the Gym. By all accounts it was a great success. The rally was well organized and the students in attendance were well behaved. Kudos goes out to the ASB and ASB Director Darby Schieferle for a great rally.
9/3 PTO Meeting Library 6:30 PM
9/11 Back to School Night Gym 5:30 PM

Flashlites
(Fillmore’s Newest Staff)

Leanna Legere is one of seven new faces working at Fillmore High School this year. Leanna came over to the United States at the age of 12 from Russia. She rapidly assimilated into American culture, learning English and excelling in academics and athletics at Adolfo Camarillo High School.

She went on to college earning her degree in mathematics. Leanna wanted to be a teacher to give back to others and inspire students the way she was inspired by her teachers. As a former English Language Learner she understands the challenges EL students encounter on a daily basis.

On her spare time Leanna enjoys hanging out with friends and hiking.

Important Dates
9/2 Board Meeting D.O. 6:30 PM
9/2 Leadership Meeting
9/9 Department Meetings
9/16 Faculty Meetings

 

A new year and another successful rally for Fillmore High School. The first rally of the year is traditionally called the ‘Welcome Back” rally in which Fillmore High School students and staff welcome each other back to a new school year, one filled with excitement, hope and promise. The rally was held on Friday, August 22nd in the gym with delightful decorations done by ASB. The rally started as a flood of smiling and laughing students and their teachers took their place in the bleachers. Games and cheers were followed with blustering yells. One new yell introduced this year was the “ra-ra-ra” yell which instructed each class to holler “RA-RA-RA-RA” followed by their class title. Along with the new chant, new teachers were introduced as well as our new principal, Mr. Tom Ito. The rally ended with the ASB president, Kyle Medina, reciting our fight song. This year the senior class won the Welcome Back rally.

 

Join community members in developing a feeling of unity with the school, parents, students and the community and create a positive school environment.

Meetings are held the first Wednesday of the month at 6:30pm.

First Meeting – Wednesday September 3rd
Location – FHS Library (Enter at North Side of campus)