News Flashes
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

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

(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