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Weekly Update August 30,2019

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Welcome to our first official weekly update of the 2019-2020 school year! The Oxnard Middle College Griffins have been back to school for 2 weeks now, and we have been very busy building relationships, learning content, as well as navigating both high school and community college! Here are a few highlights from the last couple of weeks: 

  • Every student received their own laptop. 
  • Oxnard Middle College now officially has it’s own strong wifi signal! Thank you to our partners at Oxnard Union and Oxnard College for all the help in this! 
  • We officially moved over to the JCC buildings so all of our school is located in the central area around the main office. 
  • We welcomed Dr. Stephenson to our staff! She is teaching AVID and Academic Enrichment.
  • We are offering 3 clubs so far: Leadership, Yearbook, and Crochet. We encourage all Griffins to get involved with clubs, community service, or other co-curriculars that interest them. 
  • All students are dual-enrolled in high school at OMC and college at OC. Freshmen are taking Art 101, which is an art appreciation course and sophomores are taking a wide range of college offerings including ASL, World History, Spanish, Political Science, Biology, and more! 
  • All students are enrolled in AVID and we are using AVID strategies in every class. Our whole faculty attended the AVID summer institute together, which was a great professional development and team-building experience!
  • We are all looking forward to a great year! Please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any questions or concerns. 

For our weekly updates this year, we are going to spotlight a department each week, rotating through English, Math, and AVID.   We will start with a spotlight on English.  Here is a look inside our English courses for the last 2 weeks! Please reach out to Mrs. Guthrie with any questions or comments.

English 89 (Freshmen): 

Our Freshmen are focusing on rhetoric this quarter with an emphasis on the essential question: What is the impact of technology on communication? To start the year with a bit of inquiry, we used a small group gallery walk to get students talking to each other and engaging in the essential question (see image).

We also took some time for a station rotation! In one station, students recorded a short flipgrid video for Mrs. Guthrie introducing themselves and pronouncing their name so that we can build the learning community quickly and respectfully. In another station, students explored YA books that they may read this year. At a third station, students filled out an interest survey and a fourth station was a syllabus scavenger hunt! 

Freshmen students also worked hard setting up writing portfolios, reading articles with flipped lectures and paper annotations, and creating collaborative google slide presentations! 

With all the hard work, we did not forget to have some fun! Here is a picture of the Freshmen having fun playing a team-building game called “pens of destiny”! 

English 99 (Sophomores): 

Our OMC Sophomores are also working hard in English during the first couple weeks of school! They are focusing this year on the essential questions: What does it mean to be free and what factors impact freedom. Here they are thinking critically and speaking collaboratively in a gallery walk around these essential questions (see image): 

During our second week, we focused on the subquestion of emotional freedom, reading poetry from Emily Dickinson and an NPR article about the rise of depression in teens as well as writing “I am from” poems in a collaborative station rotation model. 

Our sophomores are also modeling such great AVID focused note-taking in all their classes! We love seeing the fruit of their habits paying off in grammar and so much more! 

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