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March 12, 2018

Santa Susana High School - Monday Message

March 12, 2018


Congratulations to the SSHS Mock Trial teams! The Varsity team placed 8th and Junior Varsity placed 9th out of 34 teams with 600 participating students during the Ventura County Mock Trial Competition. Our students also brought home 13 awards!

Saachi Kotia: Pin Design
Jasanpreet Pandher (JP): 3rd place pretrial attorney
Rucksana Visakan: 3rd place defense attorney
Danielle Efrat: 3rd place and 2nd place witness awards
Ruthie Kim: 3rd place witness
Tashya Vakil: 3rd place witness
Elisabet Lindskog (LJ): 1st place prosecution attorney
Rebecca Schwabe (Becca): 3rd place witness award
Purush Sundaram: 1st place witness award
Nicole Kano: 3rd place witness award
Julianne Han: 3rd place award for bailiff
MVPS: Riley Shapiro and Julianne Han
Commitment to Excellence: Riley Shapiro, Jasanpreet (JP) Pandher, Alexandra (Alex) Holran, Saachi Kotia, Rucksana Visakan, and Neha Upponi.

Seniors on Mock Trial who are graduating: Austin Tenn, Rebecca Schwabe, Joey McCabe, Anushka Vakil, Jasmine Moreno, Riley Shapiro, Jasanpreet (JP) Pandher, Alexandra (Alex) Holran, Saachi Kotia, Rucksana Visakan, Neha Upponi

Honorary Service Awards

It's that time again to recognize someone for all that he/she does to go that extra mile to help!

The Honorary Service Awards are open for nominations. The nomination form and description of each available award is in Attached Announcements at the bottom of this message. Please take the time to nominate a parent, teacher, or administrator that you feel deserves extra recognition for their involvement in our school community. Nomination forms can be printed, filled out and turned in to the Santa Susana Main Office or you can send an email to Erin Garrett at erin.garrett94@gmail.com with the nomination information.

Nominations are all due no later than Monday, March 12, 2018. The HSA committee will then met to choose those to be honored at the annual banquet this spring.

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
  • Pink Power Ranger, Catherine Sutherland

  • 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

    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. 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.
    3. 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.
    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
    Expert on Youth Sports Brain Injuries

    On March 17, come explore the complexities of the human brain with Dr. Mayumi Prins, as she reveals how technology has transformed the treatment of the body's most intricate organ in a talk titled The Neuroscience of Brain Injuries: How Technology is Shaping the Future.

    Dr. Mayumi Prins is a Professor of Neurosurgery at the Brain Injury Research Center of the University of California, Los Angeles. She is also the director of the BrainSPORT program at the Steve Tisch Institute. Dr. Prins specializes in the field of sports medicine and effects of brain injury on the human brain. Dr. Prins will take questions at the end of her talk. The lecture series will also feature seven students from Santa Susana High School who will present research on the influence of technology within the medical field.

    Students, parents, and other community members are all invited to attend. Doors to the SSHS Performing Arts Center will open at 11:00 AM. Admission is free to all attendees.

    STEAM Expo

    The STEM with GEMS club will be making a water bottle rocket to launch at the STEAM Expo. For this project, we are asking for empty two liter bottle donations. If you can donate, please drop off the bottles in Mrs. Hazlewood's room. Additionally, if you would like to participate in building the rocket, please email jpkaur37@gmail.com.

    If you would still like to submit a project or volunteer for the STEAM Expo, please fill out one of the following links as soon as possible. The STEAM Expo is going to take place on April 20, 2018 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM.

    STEAM Expo Project
    Steam Expo Volunteer Form

    at the Studio Movie Grill

    The SSHS Film Program is hosting a Filmstock at 7:00 PM on Thursday, March 29 (evening before Spring Break) at the Studio Movie Grill.

    Tickets are $14.00 and go on sale March 5! If you want to buy tickets, bring cash or check to Room 604 Monday through Thursday 3:00 - 4:00 PM. Act soon, seats are limited!


    Seniors: If you are attending Moorpark in the Fall, please take advantage of the opportunity to take the Moorpark College Counseling M03 course. It is a .5 unit course that will "introduce college services and requirements in order to help students define and achieve their goals. Investigates a variety of topics such as: associate degree and transfer requirements, basics of time management, planning a career and major, financial aid and scholarship opportunities, etc.

    If you complete this course, along with your math/english assessments and your educational plan (which you will work on in this course), you are eligible for registering for Fall 2018 classes on April 23. If you don't complete the required steps, you will be unable to register until June 4.

    The class takes place on Monday, March 19 from 4:00 - 7:50 at SSHS and Wednesday, March 21 from 4:00 - 7:50 at Moorpark College (transportation is provided).

    Please see the office for the required forms. DUE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14.

    Counseling Department Web Page and Contacts

    Advanced Placement Tests

    A friendly reminder from your Advanced Placement Department: Don't forget to order your AP Test! The deadline is fast approaching. Tests are $99.00 and must be purchased by the March 23 deadline.

    See Mrs. Fernandes if you have questions.


     Seniors are visiting the library during their English class this month to participate in a unique lesson. Since graduation is right around the corner, 12th graders are learning about how to use the distinct and extensive resources they will find at their college library. During this week-long unit, students learn skills, such as: LOC classification, subject area specialists, periodical databases, scholarly research techniques, union catalogs, etc. They also learn how to use several web tools that will help them as they complete college assignments.

    When the unit is complete, students will have created their own Personal Learning Space (PLS) for college resources that is housed on a website they have built for college searching. We suggest that you ask your senior about his/her PLS and take a look at the materials they have created during this unit. The seniors are creating some amazing projects.

      Upcoming Events  
    Friday, March 16 Comic Con 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM in the MPR
    Saturday, March 17 Med-X Speaker Symposium 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM in the PAC
    Saturday, March 17 Talent Show 6:30 PM in the MPR
    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
    Thursday, March 29 Filmstock 7:00 PM at the Studio Movie Grill.
    March 30 - April 6 Spring Break
    Saturday, April 14 Senior Prom
    Monday, April 16 Astronomy Night 7:30 - 9:30 PM
    Friday, April 20 STEAM Expo
    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!
    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 Essay & Personal Statements; Open Sessions for Q & A, and more.

    Next Session: Resumes! Creating your resume for college, employment, and scholarships! What should you include, how to format, and more! Wednesday, 3/14 (Juniors); Thursday, 3:15 (Freshmen and Sophomores). See flyer in Attached Announcements at the bottom of this message or visit the College & Career Website.


  • Financial Awards Letters: How to decipher, compare, and possibly appeal to the colleges.
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  • As your acceptances start rolling in. Please make sure to let the counselors know! We want to celebrate with you! Additionally, you can fill out a card in the CCC for EACH of your acceptances! That information will go on our "ACCEPTED" map bulletin board! (Community college, trade school, and military count, too!

  • Simi Valley Youth Employment Services (YES) 31st Annual Job/Career Expo [FREE]
    Saturday, March 24, 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM, at the Boys & Girls Club, 2850 Lemon Drive, Simi Valley. This free event is provided as a community and business service by the City of Simi Valley and sponsored by the Boys & Girls Club of Simi Valley and the Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise.

    Young adults who attend the event should be dressed professionally, bring polished resumes, and be prepared to complete employment applications and possible interview, as each year some employers interview and extend offers the day of the event. For more information, visit the YES Webpage.

    Scholarships for Seniors are really starting to roll in! Please keep checking Naviance and the Scholarship page on the College & Career Center Website for up-to-date info. Many of the local scholarships award at least one to each high school in Simi Valley! Your student could be one of them!

    Some of the local scholarships include:
    --Santa Susana Performing Arts Boosters: the SSPAB 2017-2018 school year scholarship application is now available. A copy of the application is in Attached Announcements at the bottom of this message. Copies are also available from Mrs. Wigdor in the CCC, and posted on Naviance. The deadline for submission is Wednesday, April 11. Please submit applications to Mrs. Wigdor.
    --National Latino Peace Officers Association (Student need not be latino, but merely promote diversity in school/work-place).
    --12 District PTA
    --American Association University of Women
    --Santa Susana High School PTSA
    --Simi Valley PTA-PTSA Council
    --Simi Valley Elks Lodge 2492
    --Simi Valley Education Foundation Scholarship
    --Simi Valley Education Foundation : Endowment Award
    --Valley View Middle School PTSA

    Contact Mrs. Wigdor in the CCC with any questions.


    Student Testing Support

    PTSA would like to support our 11th grade students during state testing April 16 - 19. Students will be testing 2 hours a day and we would like to support them with small bottles of water, a fruit, and a granola bar (without nuts) each day of testing.

    Please help us by donating small bottles of water and granola bars (without nuts). We would appreciate donations from all parents. For more information and to donate, please contact Danielle Riggen, 805-587-6545.

    Join PTSA
    It is that time of the year to decide which college or university you'll be attending next fall. Please join PTSA today and help support the programs, events, and activities that SSHS PTSA provides. Membership is only $6 per person. Please visit our website, for more information and to sign up using a credit card. Remember, in order to qualify for Senior Graduate Scholarships, students must be a member for 2 years.

    No Frills Fundraiser
    Santa Susana High School PTSA Presents: The No Frills Fundraiser!! We need your help! Let's make this simple so your students don't have to sell anything... We're simply asking for a tax deductible donation of $50 per student (or more, if you are so inclined) in order to provide all of the programs and services that PTSA makes available to our students throughout the school year. Your donation is 100% tax deductible. It is easy to donate, make checks payable to: SSHS - PTSA or visit our sebsite to register and donate.

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