Week at a Glance

Semester 2: Week 9


Student and Parent Handbook

ORH Week at a Glance (ORH WAAG)

There is always a lot happening at Otay Ranch and our goal for the WAAG is to inform parents and students of important events and provide important announcements. For the Daily Schedule and other important calendar information please CLICK HERE.

incoming freshman parent night and Advanced placement information night on Wed. March 11th

Ever been interested in taking a AP class but were unsure what it takes? Please join us on Wednesday, March 11th for an informational meeting about the ORH Advanced Placement Program for incoming 9th graders and student thinking of enrolling in AP for the first time. The AP Information portion of the evening will run from 5:30-6:30 PM. Get an overview of what AP is, meet AP teachers, and talk to AP students.

The incoming 9th grade parent night portion of the evening will run 6:30-7:30 PM. This presentation is designed to give incoming 9th graders and their parents an overview of the programs at Otay Ranch and welcome them to the Mustang Family.

The evening is designed so parents and student can attend both parts of the evening or just the one that applies to them. We hope to see you there.

An Evening with UCSD on March 11th

Please CLICK HERE for more information about a parent and student meeting about the enrollment process at UCSD. The event will be hosted at San Ysidro High.

6th Annual ORH culture night on Friday, march 20th

The ORH Bayanihan Club invites you to attend our 6th Annual Culture Night on Friday, March 20th at 6:00 PM in the ORH Theater.

2020 is a census year - make all kids count

In March, 2020, SUHSD families can begin responding to the 2020 Census online at www.2020census.gov and replying by email or phone will also be options. The census website is available in multiple languages and will provide downloadable materials, answers to frequently asked questions, and other pertinent census information for families and staff.

As a reminder, Census responses are completely confidential and cannot be used against respondents in any way by any government agency or court – not by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), not by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), not by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and not by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Answers can only be used to produce statistics. CLICK HERE for additional information and resources regarding the census. These resources are in both English and Spanish.

UCSD Summer 2020 Camps and Workshops at the San Diego Supercomputer Center

Our summer 2020 program offerings are better than ever! With our continued focus on STEM learning, there is plenty to challenge and entertain students this summer! Students in grades 5-12 can choose from beginning and advanced programming courses, Star Wars and Minecraft themed coding camps, robotics with Legos, Sphero and Raspberry Pi challenges, drone technology, web development and our new project-focused UCSD High School Computer Science Master Class series for high school students.

What we offer:

  • 15 years of STEM-focused summer programs at UCSD
  • small class size (no more than 16 students)
  • innovative, skilled instruction by educators in the Sweetwater, San Diego Unified and Poway Unified school districts
  • 2-3 undergraduate and high school teaching assistants per course
  • non-profit status that keeps pricing competitive
  • an inspiring setting on the UCSD campus
  • a highly regarded reputation for summer programs

How to Register

Complete course information listed by week and registration links can be found at



If you have questions about our summer programs or the registration process, please contact

Ange Mason, SDSC Education and Outreach, via phone at 858 534-5064 or

email at amason@ucsd.edu<mailto:amason@ucsd.edu>.


The Hispanic Business Student Association (HBSA) at San Diego State University is pleased to announce its Annual High School Conference taking place on March 7, 2020 from 8:30am to 4pm.

HBSA’s mission for our Annual High School Conference is to bring diverse students, particularly those from underprivileged backgrounds that may not have the necessary resources, onto a college campus and instill higher education into their minds. We hope to invoke professionalism and leadership development that will help students succeed throughout their academic and individual careers. With education as our main purpose, we will instill students into pursuing a higher education; whether through a Community College or a 4-year University.

We would like to extend an invitation to students at your school to join us for our FREE High School Conference. It will be a great opportunity for students to learn about San Diego State University and what it has to offer. This conference will include guest speakers, workshops, a campus tour and complimentary breakfast and lunch.

In addition, We are pleased to announce that this year we will be offering two scholarships, open to any grade level, each worth $250. All scholarship applications must be turned in by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1st.

If you have any questions please feel free to email us and we will gladly respond in a timely manner. Additional information regarding parking, room locations, and further details will be sent out as the conference date approaches.

HBSA: http://www.hbsa-highschoolconference.org/

Link to RSVP: https://forms.gle/UCziS6C48jBY6F4u5

Scholarship Application: https://forms.gle/Fhij6KADGD9g94vS8

2020-2021 Course Selection is Underway!

Parents and students,

Course selection for the 2020-2021 school year has started. Counselors will visit grade level classes to review course offerings and distribute forms on the following dates:

11th grade classes on January 27

10th grade classes on February 10

9th grade classes on February 24

Please take time to review course selections with your student and sign the form. Please be mindful that we build classes based on student request. Once classes are created, it may not be possible to honor requests for changes.

Students will have an opportunity to meet with their counselor to review and collect forms as follows:

11th grade – Individual student meetings the month of February. Counselor will review graduation progress and course requests.

10th and 9th grade – PE classes on the following dates:

February 20 – PE Ballet Folklorico, Hassan (period 1)

February 25 – PE Dance, Swanson (period 1 and 2)

February 27 – PE 10, Anderson (period 1)

February 27 – PE 9 and PE 10, Rachow (period 2 and 3)

February 28 – PE 9 and PE 10, Rachow (period 4 and 6)

March 3 – PE 9 and PE 10, Redmond (period 1 and 2)

March 4 – PE 9, Redmond (period 4 and 5)

March 5 – PE 10 and PE 9, Suda (period 1, 2, and 3)

March 6 – PE 10, Suda (period 4, 5, and 6)

March 10 – PE 10 and PE 9, Christensen, (period 1 and 3)

March 12 – PE 9, Sherman (period 1 and 3)

March 13 – PE 9, Sherman (period 4, 5, and 6)

Please note: course placement is not guaranteed as course offering is subject to enrollment/funding and subject to change. Revisions may occur to ensure proper placement in graduation requirements.

Students - make sure your student accounts are Secure

In an effort to improve internet security, we are asking all students to create security questions on their online account. If not done promptly, Wi-Fi on student laptops may suddenly stop working without notice.

  1. Click on the link below
  2. Sign into your Office 365 account with these credentials:
  3. User ID: your sweetwaterschools.net e-mail
  4. Password: 8 digit birth date
  5. After you sign into Office 365, you will immediately be prompted to set up your security options. If you are not prompted, go to the security options page.
    • Click on “set them up now”
  6. Click on the drop-down list, select security question and type an answer to each question. Minimum of 3 questions are required. Do not duplicate your answer. Save them.
  7. Click “Finish”

Asian Pacific Student Alliance Conference

The Asian Pacific Student Alliance annual High School Conference is set on Saturday March 7th, 2020. The conference is a free, full day event beginning at 9:00 AM and ending at 9:00 PM; lunch and dinner will be provided. Our conference will revolve around the presentation of Educational, Cultural, Political and Leadership workshops, with the addition of an Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) presentation and Admissions workshop. The theme for this year’s High School Conference is: “Write the Unwritten” and there will also be a talent show in which students can express themselves through dance, song, or poetry.

For more info, click on the link below

2020 APSA Conference

need tutoring support?

There is tutoring available in the ORH Library before and after school. Stay ahead of the game and start going early!

  • Before School: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday - 6:35 - 7:20 AM
  • After School: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - 2:45 - 4:00 PM

Are you a Military Connected Family?

If you are a military connected family we wanted to make you aware of a new partnership between the Department of Defense and the Sweetwater Union High School District designed to provided added support to Otay Ranch students with a family connection to the military.

A child and youth behavioral military and family life counselor (MFLC) is now on campus and available to support military connected students. MFLCs offer briefings and presentations for service members and their families. In addition, the counselor is also able to offer confidential, in-person, non-medical counseling when needed.

In order for your child to access this service you must a permission slip and and return it to the main office.

This is a great opportunity for the children of military connected families to receive extra support and we hope you will allow your child to participate.

National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI)

We are currently in year three of our NMSI Grant. The NMSI grant is intended to increase the number of students taking college-level English, Math, and Science courses to prepare them for the 21st century economy. The program also places an emphasis on increasing access and achievement among traditionally underrepresented students. One of the services provided by the grant is Saturday Study Sessions to help prepare students for the AP Exams.

NMSI Saturday Study Sessions run 8:00 AM - 12:15 PM

The English Sessions are scheduled for October 12, 2019; December 14, 2019, and February 22, 2020 at Eastlake High. Bus transportation will be provided for Otay Ranch students who need it. Buses leave from the flag pole at the front of the school at 7:00 AM and return at 12:45 PM.

The Math Sessions are scheduled for October 19, 2019; January 25, 2020; March 7, 2020 at Bonita Vista High. Bus transporation will be provided for Otay Ranch students who need it. Buses leave from the flag pole at the front of the school at 7:00 AM and return at 12:45 PM.

The Science Sessions are scheduled for November 16, 2019; February 1, 2020; and March 14, 2020 at Otay Ranch High School.

In order to attend these study sessions students must register on-line and complete a permission slip. Please click here to access the registration links and print out the permission slip.

Non-Privilege List (Click Here to check your status)

Students on the Non-Privilege List will NOT be able to participate in any school-sponsored event (like Prom and Grad Night). A paper copy of the Non-Privilege List is also posted in the Main Office (across from the attendance office). You MUST clear your name from the non-privilege list by attending Saturday School.

We will be holding Saturday School every Saturday in February 22 - March 14

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM.

Please CLICK HERE for a list of all Saturday Schools that will be held during Semester 2.

Counseling Center

There is a wealth of information available on the counseling center page of the school website. CLICK HERE to take a look.

The counselor alpha breakdown is listed below:

  • Raquel Lopez (A-CARRE)
  • Betty Camara (CARRI-GALAN)
  • Karla Alvarez (GALAO-LAB)
  • Sonia Bringas (LAC-NG)
  • Monica Duprat (NI-SAND)
  • Cendejas, Amelia (SANE - Z)

Please feel free to contact your child's counselor via email, Jupiter Grades, or by calling(619) 591-5020

Wear your college gear every Monday!

Adding Money to Your Child's Cafeteria Account

The Sweetwater Union High School District uses a service called PayPAMS, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This service allows you to make payments to your child’s cafeteria account using a Visa, MasterCard or Discover card. This service has additional features that allow you to receive e-mail reminders when your child’s account is getting low or to set up automated payments. You can register to utilize these other features on PayPAMS without making online payments. Deposits made on PayPAMS can take up to three (3) school days to process. Please CLICK HERE to access PayPAMS.

Work Permits

Mustangs did you just get a new job? Students obtain the application in the counseling office and fill out the paperwork. Once paperwork is filled out, return it to Ms. Prieto (school receptionist) in the main office for further processing.

Once the form is verified by the Attendance Coordinator (Ms. Glasco) for grades and attendance, student will be called in to pick up the permit. There is a 3 day turn-around for the permit to be issued. For any questions or concerns please contact Ms. Glasco at nora.glasco@sweetwaterschools.org.

Attendance Information

If your child is absent please clear his/her absence within ten school days. Absences can only be cleared by providing the school with a written note, unfortunately phone calls cannot be accepted to clear attendance. Failure to clear absences could result in your child being marked truant. CLICK HERE for a tutorial that shows how to check attendance on Infinite Campus. For any questions regarding attendance please contact the attendance office at (619) 591-5039 or (619) 591-5004.

Independent Study Contracts

If your child will be absent for more than 5 days please contact our Attendance Coordinator, Nora Glasco, BEFORE the absence will begin so we can place your child on a short-term independent study contract. Ms. Glasco can be reached by email at nora.glasco@sweetwaterschools.org or by phone at (619) 591-5033.

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