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LETTERS: Fashion show, RCHS kids

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR —

March 7, 2012 — NEWS-LEDGER

Fashion show

Everyone is invited to join the fun when Yolo County celebrities “strut their stuff” Thursday night, March 29th at the West Sacramento City Hall Galleria.  Tickets for the Yolo County Children’s Alliance and Child Abuse Prevention Council annual celebrity fund raiser are $45 each and the proceeds will go to support the work of YCCA, including our child abuse prevention programs.

The 3rd Annual Yolo County “Celebrity Fashion Show” will feature many Yolo County elected officials, business community leaders while showcasing local boutiques and clothiers.  In past years, more than 200 government, community and business leaders have attended the popular event.  Of special note this year, Scott Moak, “Voice of the Sacramento Kings” will be the emcee, and special appearances are planned by the River Cats’ “Dinger,”; the Kings’ “Slamson,” and West Sacramento’s own “Mooie!”

Critical YCCA and child abuse prevention programs supported through this annual fund raiser include counseling support to pregnant women and families with newborns, Baby Steps, home visits through the Step-by-Step / Paso a Paso program; free food distribution of fresh produce, the Community Health Initiative, and Foster Parent Recruitment.  We also distribute free clothing, diapers, shoes and jackets to keep children adequately dressed and warm.

We live in stressful times, and stress, combined with substance abuse, often leads to a dangerous home environment for children.  We remind everyone who has the opportunity to influence the life of a child, that “It Only Takes a Minute” to have a positive effect on a child by showing him/her that you care and that they are important to you.

Celebrity Fashion Show tickets are available online at www.yolokids.org or by calling the Yolo County Children’s Alliance and Child Abuse Prevention Council at 530-757-5558.

KATIE VILLEGAS
Executive Director
Yolo County Children’s Alliance and Child Abuse Prevention Council

RCHS Interact members Dennison Ocampo, Terry Vang and Christine Maltez presenting carnations to RCHS counselor Catherine Grisaffi. (from Charyl Silva, Rotary)

Student volunteers

The River City High School Interact Club is a community service club sponsored by the two Rotary clubs of West Sacramento. This club has been successful since its inception three years ago. Each year the students must complete two community service projects and one International project.

This year the students will have been involved in at least nine community service projects.

The club must earn money for their international project. This year, Forever Yours Flowers on Merkley Avenue kindly donated carnations to the RCHS Interact Club to sell for Valentine’s Day. Christine Maltez, chairperson for this event, said this fundraiser was, “fantastic.” The students had fun delivering the carnations to students and staff at RCHS.

CHARYL SILVA,
Rotary Interact Advisor
BRANDON DUFF, Teacher Advisor

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Public jogging hours at RCHS track

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

The rubber track at River City High School is now open for public use during certain hours, for those who have an account with the city recreation department.

Char Ghio, the school’s athletic director, told the News-Ledger that the policy is new.

“It’s open Monday and Wednesday nights from 7:30-8:30 a.m., and Saturday mornings from 8:30-10:30,” said Ghio. “The schedule is going to change with my sports program schedule.”

The track measures a quarter mile around, she said.

How do you sign up to use it?

A representative at the city recreation department said you can do so by opening an account at the Recreation Center facility next to RCHS on Raider Lane. Getting a “rec card” costs $5, she said.

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RCHS students to compete in speech

Jacob Andrus, RCHS Speech Team Captain, and Beverly Harris, RCHS sophomore

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 7, 2012 —

For the first time in school history, RCHS will be represented at the California State High School Speech Association Championships.  Jacob Andrus, Team Captain, and Beverly Harris, a sophomore, will be competing against the top  56 teams in California in the Duo Interpretation event.

Their performance of “Doubt: A Parable,” was one of only four interpretations to qualify from the entire greater Sacramento area.  Jacob was instrumental in starting a team at RCHS after moving to West Sacramento two years ago.

The RCHS Speech and Debate Team is in its second year and is coached by Jared Andrus at the school. The state tournament will be held from April 27-29 at San Francisco’s Lowell High School.

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McNair hands RCHS playoff loss

RCHS sophomore Carmen Garcia in action for River City. Carmen was the high scorer in the game with 11 points (photo by DE’ONNA JACK)

NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 7, 2012 —

ONLINE UPDATE: The Raiders lost their match on March 7 against Pleasant Valley in a 49-47 finish.  That has ended the RCHS season. But the team’s regular-season record plus wins in the first two games of the playoffs marked the best girls’ basketball season in the history of River City High School.

The River City High School girls not only made it into the playoffs this season, but won their first two games.

Then, on February 28, the Raider squad traveled to Stockton to face McNair in the third round of CIF basketball playoffs.

River City kept the game close through 2 quarters of play, down by just six at the half. But in the third quarter of play, McNair went on a big run. By the end of the 3rd quarter, they were ahead by nine, and McNair would eventually go on to win by a final of 58-43.

Carmen Garcia was the high scorer for River City, with 11 points.

Although the team lost the game and will miss a chance to play at the Power Balance Pavilion next week, their season continues as they compete in tournament play. They will meet Nor Cal in Chico at 7 p.m. tonight (March 7).

River City boasted a 25-2 record over the regular season and by the end of their playoff run their record shows 27-3. Out of 234 California Division 2 Teams, River City is ranked fourth, behind St. Mary’s, Monache and Casa Grande.

(Facebook members can find up-to-the-minute info on RCHS sports at contributor De’Onna Jack’s Facebook page. Click here.)

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New RCHS football coach: DaPrato

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — MARCH 9, 2012 —

River City High High announced it has just hired Steve DaPrato of West Sacramento as new head football coach. DaPrato has coached at the high school and collegiate level, including Chabot College.

He will fill the post left vacant by former coach Arturo Bustamante, who is facing legal trouble following accusations of molestation by several female students.

DaPrato has filled the coaching position “effective immediately,” reports Principal Katie Nemer and her staff.

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College info for high schoolers

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River City High School plans a college information night for 9th-11th graders from 6-7 p.m. on March 7 in the school library. Students and their families are invited.

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RCHS students get a taste of the real world: mock job interviews

A River City student (left) faces an intimidating interview panel in a classroom full of spectators. Across from her are Michelle Vandeheetkamp, owner of Wicked West Pizza & BBQ; Bill Panos the city’s public works director; Michael Costello of “Brew It Up” restaurant fame; and Mayor Christopher Cabaldon (photo courtesy of Krysty Gaponov, River City High School student)

NEWS-LEDGER FEB 29, 2012 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Students at River City High School had a chance to practice their job interview skills last Wednesday, with help from Mayor Christopher Cabaldon and other guest interviewers.

The “guest grillers” visited two government civics classes of teacher Ronica Carlisle, interviewing about ten kids while others observed. Then, there was a debriefing to learn how to do better when they go out into the real world.

“The students in the class voted to do it and invited us to come,” said Cabaldon. “Given that the rates of teenage unemployment and youth unemployment have never been higher, and that so many high school students graduate with no work experience and into a tough employment market, this is important.”

  The kids “did great,” he added.

“It was a wide array of students – some with work experience, a couple of real go-getters, and a couple who were really shy. Afterward, we talked about things to do and things to avoid – not necessarily to sell yourself, but to present yourself and your skills in the best possible light.”

Teacher Ronica Carlisle said one of the goals is to help kids learn to handle such open-ended questions as
”Tell me about yourself,” “What do you do outside of school?” or “Do you have any questions for us?”, all of which can leave a young person stumped during an interview.

“(Cabaldon) talked about youth unemployment,” she said. “(The interviewers all gave real practical advice such as how to shake someone’s hand, look them in the eye, repeat (the interviewer’s) name.”

A number of the 70-or-so kids involved in the project said they learned some things.

RCHS journalism student Sam Urrea quoted interviewee Ryan Colen as saying he gained confidence from his practice interview:

“I was a little nervous at first, knowing these guys were important people, but as the interview progressed, I felt more and more confident about my answers to their weird questions.”

“I feel like I should have answered some questions better,” said fellow student Angelica Estrada, “but this will only help me for future interviews.”

She, too, was quoted by Urrea.

Teacher Carlisle says she hopes to bring the mock interviews back next year.

On the same day of the mock interviewers, Congressman Mike Thompson visited the RCHS campus to talk about youth employment and to tour the school’s new solar panel array.

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