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February 19, 2018

Santa Susana High School - Monday Message

February 19, 2018

Food and Drink Deliveries Recently, students have begun ordering food and drink deliveries to school through apps such as "Uber Eats." When the food arrives, students have been receiving text messages to meet the drivers and collect their food. In other circumstances, unknown drivers come on to campus to deliver food to the main office.

In order to protect students from interacting with unknown individuals, to protect students' learning time, and to prevent random deliveries and individuals from coming on to campus, students may not order food or drinks to be delivered to campus by delivery services. Parents, however, are always welcome to deliver food to the main office for their child. If you do deliver food to the main office, please be sure that it is labeled with your child's name. Also, please let your child know before school that food will be awaiting them in the main office. While we do not want students leaving class to retrieve the food, they may collect it during passing periods or at lunch.

On behalf of the Santa Susana High School staff, thank you for your support in keeping our school safe and for helping us to value instructional time.

Jerry Block
 KUDOS  Academic Decathlon 2018
Congratulations to Santa Susana's Academic Decathlon Team.
This year the team consisted of 18 students from 9th - 12th grade: Bryson Xiao, Sasha Avakyan, Aryan Agarwal, Sai Kacham, Vanesa Kawasaki, Chandni Sakthi, Clarissa Gomez, Richard Wang, Emily Tran, Adrean Pokala, Alison Huerto, Vivek Tarapara, Mahathi Ryali, Arjun Damerla, Nathan Miranda, Nikita Pokala, Shreya Agarwal and Rohan Saklani.

This year we won 8 medals in the white division for the catagories of Speech, Science, Math, and Economics.
Bryson Xiao scored a perfect score in Math and won 1st place, 1st in Science and 3rd in Economics.
Vanesa Kawasaki won 1st place in Economics, 3rd place in Science and her Speech.
Aryan Agarwal won 3rd place in Speech and scored the highest overall points for SSHS
Adrean Pokalo won 3rd place in Speech.
Chandni Sakthi won the team spirit award.
Simi Valley Youth Summit

Students, make a difference in your community by sharing opinions and working towards solutions about issues you care about at the annual Simi Valley Youth Summit! The Summit will be held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum on Friday, March 16, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 2:45 PM. Your attendance is approved as school business by the School District. The day will be filled with fun activities for teambuilding and leadership development. Plus you'll have the opportunity to speak with influential community leaders about the issues YOU care about! Breakfast and a catered lunch will be provided.

Register online at Youth Summit or pick up an application in the front office. You must register before Wednesday, February 21, 2018 for this FREE summit. Space is limited to the first 170 students, so don't delay and register today!

Comic Con
Senior Project

On March 16, 2018, Santa Susana High School will be having their first Comic Con! This will be held in the MPR from 5 - 8 P.M. We will be having a cosplay contest as well as a panel from members of the entertainment industry. Confirmed so far are:

  • Sound Director, Randy Coppinger
  • Lead Software Engineer of Overwatch, Bill Warnecke
  • Voice of Dr. Krieger of Archer, Lucky Yates

  • We will also be featuring projects from students 10th to 12th grade throughout the Convention.

    To sign up to have your project displayed or be featured in the cosplay contest, click on the links below.
    Cosplay Link
    Student Project Link

    From the Library

    FREE Career Resources

    More Than Just Test Prep:

    In last week's Monday Message, we shared about a database, Testing & Education Resource Center (TERC), that has free online study guides and practice tests for AP, SAT, PSAT, and ACT preparation. However, this same database offers even more remarkable resources. One of our favorite modules within this database is called Virtual Career Library. In this module, students (and parents) can receive career resources, such as: a resume builder, a cover letter generator, career inventory tests, advice for preparing for a job interview, resources for changing careers, and even help with negotiating salary.

    The TERC database can be found at the bottom of our school's database page Gale Database Page. You can find Virtual Career Library in the Career dorp-down menu. The school's password is susana. If you need any help, please stop by the library.

    We hope you find the resource helpful. We urge parents to feel free to use this career database and to encourage students to use it, too. This could be an invaluable resource for summer job searching or for new grads as they prepare for their future and search for a career.

    Peer Tutoring Students at Santa Susana will be tutoring other students for free after school.

    Tutoring will take place from 3:00-4:00 in the following locations:
    Room 410 — Mondays and Tuesdays
    Room 408 — Wednesdays

    There is a math/science focus but all subjects are welcome including AP subjects.
    Peer tutors wanted! Earn volunteering hours!
    Applied Science Series  This year, SSHS will be hosting its first Applied Science Series to show case student achievements in the STEM field through research projects and presentations.
      There are four events:
    1. The Science Fair - January 23, 2018. **Completed**.
    2. Astronomy Night - April 16, 2018 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM. Astronomy Night will let students explore the field of astrophysics through direct viewing of the night sky with high-power telescopes.
    3. Med-X Speaker Symposium - March 17, 2018. The Med-X Speaker Symposium will feature presentations from future innovators who are using their education to change the field of medicine as well as a keynote speaker from the medical profession.
    4. STEAM Expo - April 20, 2018. STEAM Expo combines the arts and sciences to highlight the myriad of ways creativity can be applied to STEM.
    All events are open to the community and we invite everyone to attend! For more information on each of these events and photographs of last year's events, please check out our website: SSHS Applied Sciences Series
    Med-X Speaker Synposium Call for Presenters

    We are looking for six Student Presenters to present at the Med-X Speaker Symposium with a 10-12 minute slide presentation on medical technology and the effect of that medical technology on disease. Contact Chandni Sakthi, SSHS Senior, for information on auditions at chsakthi@hotmail.com

     Mock Trial Fundraiser  Mock Trial is selling "World's Finest Chocolates " in Room 307. Come and get your chocolate (crisp, dark, milk, caramel, or almond) for $1/bar after school. The money goes to fund the Mock Trial competition held at the Ventura County Courthouse at the end of February. All chocolates are available while supplies last.

    Grief & Loss Counseling Groups
    In response to the emotional needs of our students, the Counseling Department will be providing short-term (8-week) groups on Grief and Loss, beginning in February. If you have a student to refer to these groups, please email your Counselor directly. The Counseling Department will then meet with each student individually to discuss this opportunity and provide parental consent forms for their participation.

    If you took the PSAT last October, and have not picked up your score report please pick it up in the Counseling Office by Friday, March 2nd.

    Counseling Department Web Page and Contacts

    College & Career Center

    College Planning
    During ACE, the College and Career Center is hosting a variety of college planning workshops for 9th - 11th grade students. Topics include: Roadmap to College; Resumes; ACT vs SAT; How to approach Essays & Personal Statements; Open Sessions for Q & A, and more. See flyer in Attached Announcements at the bottom of this message or visit College & Career Website

    Community College Information Night
    This evening is for Juniors & Seniors: 6:30 PM at Royal High School's MPR. Representatives from Moorpark will be presenting on the admissions and registration process, financial aid, counseling, special programs, and more.

    Seniors! Whether you are attending a 4-year or 2-year community college, or thinking of attending a vocational school, please make sure to apply for the FAFSA no later than March 2nd. Even if you don't think you will qualify, this is a way that colleges will consider you for need, merit, or other institutional aid and can help you qualify for the federal loans that generally have a better rate than the private loans you may need.

    College Tours
    Free College tours hosted by the Boys and Girls Club of Simi Valley
    UCLA 3/9/2018 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
    Tours include a full campus tour, presentation, and a Q&A session. Please see the attached flyers.

    Contact Mrs. Wigdor in the CCC with any questions.

      Upcoming Events  
    Friday, February 23 Secret Garden 7:00 PM Blackbox Theater
    Saturday, February 24 Secret Garden 2:00 and 7:00 Blackbox Theater
    Friday, March 2 Shakespeare's Merry Wives of Windsor
    7:00 PM in the PAC
    Friday, March 2 My Story - Dance Level II 7:00 PM in the Blackbox Theater
    Saturday, March 3 Shakespeare's Merry Wives of Windsor
    2:00 PM and 7:00 Pm in the PAC
    Saturday, March 3 My Story - Dance Level II 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM in the Blackbox Theater
    Friday, March 16 Comic Con 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM in the MPR
    Saturday, March 17 Med-X Speaker Symposium
    Friday, March 23 Animal Farm 7:00 PM in the PAC
    Saturday, March 24 Animal Farm 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM in the PAC
    March 30 - April 6 Spring Break
    Friday, April 20 STEAM Expo
    Click here for attached announcements.