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February 27, 2015


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Character Trait for January: Sportsmanship - Pursue victory with honor, accept defeat with dignity. Fair play and respect for opponents, always -  this applies to fans of the game, as well as the participants. Go Rangers.

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Scholarship, Community, Opportunity and Tradition

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Dear Ranger Families, 

Nordhoff is very proud to serve you and your children, our students, on their last and final educational step here in the Ojai Unified School District. We believe that the phrase "Citizen-Student-Athletes/Artists" best describes our Rangers. We uphold the ideal of students as citizens first, and so we emphasize the importance of character, personal integrity and ethics. Second, we value a rigorous academic program, focusing on challenging students in all academic pursuits, particularly those that the student ultimately chooses as most relevant for his/her post-secondary goals and life. Third, what students do outside of the classroom with respect to athletics, music, drama, dance, community service etc. is central to our vision for our Rangers because so many aspects of personal growth and many life skills are developed beyond classroom walls.

Additionally, we believe Nordhoff High School can best be described in four words: Scholarship, Community, Opportunity and Tradition. We want our Rangers to exhibit the hallmark traits of scholarship, and so we challenge them to be the most thoughtful, skilled, articulate, knowledgeable, creative problem-solvers as possible. And, we always challenge our students to not merely attend Nordhoff High School, but rather to become a member of the community at Nordhoff  by being involved in the life of the school beyond the classroom, and we believe the core of the life of this school is in community. With Nordhoff's broad array of course offerings, clubs, athletic and artistic experiences available, Nordhoff represents many opportunities for our students to grow into the kind of people we would be thankful to have as neighbors, friends, coworkers and leaders. And, with over 100 years of history, Nordhoff has a rich, wonderful tradition and culture for students to find their place in, to benefit from, and ultimately pass on to the next generation of Rangers.

We welcome you to Nordhoff High School. Go Rangers!

Greg Bayless, Principal



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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Bell Schedule: Bell Schedule this week: Mon-Tues periods 1-6


Thurs double 1-3-5; Fri double 2-4-6


 a wonkweek schedule; Mon double 1-3-5; Tues double 2-4-6; Wed

  COLLABORATIOSCHEDULE periods 1-6, 1:45 dismissal; Thurs & Fri periods 1-6

(nodouble periods).  REMIND YOUR PARENTS!

Today: Attention Nordhoff students: Come to the yearbook room, F-6, on Thursday and Friday at snack and lunch for our "Photo Booth"! Props will be provided, so bring your friends and strike a pose for the yearbook!

Mock Trial: Students interested in participating in Mock Trial next year should consider attending this year's county final competition TONIGHT at the Ventura Superior Court from 5:30 to 8:00. See Miss Fitz in A-3 for details.

Sports: Boys’ Tennis home vs Channel Islands at 3:00p.m., excuse 2:00p.m.


All Boys Varsity and JV Soccer Uniforms need to be turned in to Rm D4 by March 13th to avoid a late fee.

Attention Nordhoff Rangers!!  Time has almost run out.  Don't miss this last opportunity to become a part of the largest team on campus.  This is the last week to join the Nordhoff Track & Field team.  Practices are at 3:00 pm at the track.  Bring a friend and join our family.  If you have any questions, please come and see Coach Settem in C-2 at snack or lunch.

Mikayla Miles will be competing  at the Girls Wrestling  State Championship tomorrow and Saturday. Mikayla has made a name for herself (as a Sophomore) in this sport and his ranked number 3 in California (within her weight division). She will be competing against some really tough seniors throughout the state over the next couple of days, many of them who have several years of wrestling experience. If you happen to see Mikayla on campus today wish her luck!

Congratulations to February’s Rotary student of the month Hudson Handel!

Seniors-important DIPLOMA request: Please write your legal name on the index card which will be passed out in your English/Gov’t/Econ class this week.  See Barbara in the office at snack or lunch if you have questions or need a new index card.

SENIORS: REMINDER THAT CAL GRANT AND FASFA ARE DUE MARCH 2ND- Submit your FAFSA electronically and drop off your Cal Grant paper to the counseling office before March 2nd.

SENIORS:  Ruben from Jostens will be on the quad this coming Tuesday at lunch to collect late orders.  Save money and order NOW.  You can also order online @



All students are welcome to sign up for Leadership and/or AVID when registering for classes.  Leadership is the class that plans all of our student activities and AVID helps you prepare for college.  If you have questions about either class, please see Mrs. Cull-Michels in B-3

Juniors, take advantage of this opportunity to jump start your SAT prep!

Nordhoff High School, in conjunction with SAT/ACT Experts Tried & True Tutoring, is hosting a 9-hour SAT Boot Camp.  This class is perfect for Juniors preparing for any of the spring SAT exams.

The class is taught by credentialed SAT teachers and will take place on the following dates:

February 28th, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

March 1st, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

The cost of the class is $169, which includes a full set of SAT prep materials that students will keep.  There are a limited number of scholarships available for students who cannot afford the cost but want to attend.  Contact for more information about scholarships.

There are 2-ways to enroll:


Phone: 747-444-9907 or 805-358-0397

Questions? The best way to get all of your questions answered is to call Tried & True Tutoring at 747-444-9907. We hope to see you in class. Here’s to a successful SAT!

Deadline Reminder:  Entries for the Ojai Valley Women’s Club art and photography contests will be picked up this week. SUBMIT YOUR ENTRIES BEFORE FRIDAY, FEB. 27TH.

Our next Science Guest Lecture is next Monday, March 2 presented by UCSB Professor Tommy Dickey about the Polar Bears of Churchill, Manitoba, Canada.


Polar bears are the top predators of the Arctic and warning symbols of global warming.   In this presentation, Professor Dickey will describe the environments, characteristics, and lives of polar bears.  Polar bears live alongside humans for a few months each year in Churchill, Canada, which resides on Hudson Bay and is a unique home for both species.  The polar bear subpopulation of Churchill is the most studied by scientists and most observed by tourists making Churchill the “Polar Bear Capital of the World.”  He will show photographs and videos illustrating how the Churchill polar bears feed, spar, compete for mates, raise their cubs, co-exist with nearby people, and sometimes even play with dogs!   He will conclude by discussing factors, which will be important for the long-term existence of these white furry giants of the Arctic. 

Ask your science teacher for a pass to attend next Monday's event from 9:00 - 10:00 in the I building. 

Mark your calendars for “A Talent Show”, A Variety Talent Show for Local Artists! Coming Fri., March 20 from 7pm-10pm at the Ojai Valley Woman’s Club, 441 E Ojai Ave, and Downtown Ojai.  Tickets are $5.  Questions for performers call Noreen at 652-1841.

ASB Hours:

Friday snack through lunch


The CCC will be closed Wednesday February 25th and Friday, February 27th. Hours are posted outside the door. Please plan accordingly.

New scholarship opportunities are available in the CCC. Come in today to pick up applications.


Seniors - If you are interested in attending a community college, vocational or trade school, joining the military or entering the workforce and would like to participate in activities to help you obtain these goals after graduation please visit the College and Career Center to sign up.

A Scholarship Application Workshop will be held in the CCC for seniors who need additional help filling out scholarship applications outside of regular school hours. The workshops will take place this Thursday evening in the CCC from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm and Saturday morning from 10 am - 11 am. If you would like more information please see Mrs. Escobar.

Ventura College is hosting a workshop at the Santa Paula campus Thursday February 27th from 6pm to 7:30 pm to learn about the California Dream Act as well as other financial aid resources and services available to students. This event is for both parents and students.

A separate event will be held Saturday February 28th from 9am to 11 am at the main Ventura College campus that will provide information on both the FAFSA and the Dream Act. Pick up a flyer in the CCC for more information on both of these events and a list of what you should bring with you to the workshops.


CSF is a state-wide organization that honors outstanding high school students. Qualifying for CSF will earn you recognition on your transcript, additional scholarship opportunities, and those that achieve Lifetime Member status will receive a gold seal on their diploma. To apply for CSF pick up an application in the CCC today.  Remember to make a copy of your report card showing your first semester grades to submit with your applications. There is a $5 membership fee that will be due with your application. The deadline to submit an application to Mrs. Escobar in the CCC with a copy of your grades and $5 membership fee is Friday March 6th before the end of lunch.  

Applications for the Ojai Valley Board of Realtors Scholarship and the Optimist Club of Ojai Scholarship are due next Tuesday, March 3rd. You can either bring the completed application to Mrs. Escobar in the CCC before 12:30 pm on the 3rd to have it delivered for you, or you can deliver it in person to Dawn Shook in the Ojai Valley Board of Realtors office at 338 E. Ojai Ave.

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Nordhoff's New Associate Teachers In Action
Watch this video introduction to Nordhoff's Associate Teachers. These high performing sophomore, junior and senior students provide one hour per week of direct reteaching to students during Thursday and Friday seminar in Spanish 1, Spanish 2, Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Algebra 2 Trig, Math Analysis/Calculus Intro P, Math Analysis/Calculus Intro Honors, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and History/English Writing Lab read more ...

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NHS 1913 Yearbook Online!
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Parent Connect to Zangle
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 SAT Bootcamp - Tried and True Tutoring 9:00am-2:00pm in E2  Feb. 28 & March 1
WASC Visit     Sunday - Wednesday  March 1-4 
 Science Guest Lecture Series "Polar Bears" 9:00-10:00 am I-wing  March 2
Wonky Week Alert    Dbl.Per. 1-3-5 (M)     Dbl. Per. 2-4-6 (T)      
Single Per. 1-6 (Wed-F)
March 2-6 
 NHS Registration Activities, Periods 1- 6 in the Library  March 4-13
Spring Musical, "Once Upon A Mattress" @ Matilija     7 p.m.  March 5,6 & 7
March 12,13 & 14
Spring Musical, "Once Upon A Mattress" @  Matilija     2 p.m. March 8 &15
 SAT @ NHS 7:00am - 3:00pm I wing & Library   March 14
 MJHS Registration Make-Ups for absent students  March 16
 Spring Dance Workshop 8:00am-Noon in the Gym  March 21
Wonky Week Alert   Single Per. 1-6 (M-T)  Dbl.Per. 1-3-5 (W)   DBL. 2-4-6 (Th)   Minimum Day (F)  March 23 - 27 
 End of 3rd Quarter - Minimum Day - Dismissal @ 12:00pm  March 27
 GPA Eligibility Check for Athletics & Performing Arts  April 2
 GPA Eligibility Check for Athletics & performing Arts  April 6
Spring Break    No School All Week  April 6-10 
Music Dept. Tour ---  to  San Diego April 23 - 26 
Testing Week & Senior Week  April 20 - 24 
Collaboration Day Schedule    Dismissal 1:45 April 29
 Spring Rally   9:32 a.m. in the Gym 
 may 1
 Prom @ the Limoneria ranch, in Santa Paula from 8-11:30p.m
 May 2
AP Testing   May 4 - 14 
CAHSEE    10th Gr. make-ups    11th & 12th Gr. retakes -  Periods 1-4       Tues. & Wed. May 12 & 13 
Spring Dance Concerts    @ Matilija Auditorium     7 p.m. May 15 & 16
 Minimum Day May 27 
Finals - Dismissal @ Noon each finals day  Per.1&6 (M)  Per. 2&4 (T) Per. 3&5 (W) June 8 - 10 
Last Day of Instruction  - Wednesday June 10, 2015
Graduation  - Thursday      6:30 p.m.      In the Stadium June 11, 2015

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Bayless, GregPrincipal (805) 640-4343 ext. 1750 
Hoj, KimDean of Academic Services (805) 640-4343 ext. 1751 
Monson, DaveAssistant Principal (805) 640-4343 ext 1752 

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