September 2012   
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OUHSD to Announce Big Increase in API Scores on Oct. 11       


OUHSD logoThe Oxnard Union High School District invites members of the community, civic organizations and parents to share in the celebration of the dramatic increase in the Academic Performance Index test results at a 1 p.m. press conference on Thursday, Oct. 11, at Pacifica High School's Robert Q. Valles Center for Performing Arts.
OUHSD has demonstrated significant increases during the 2011-2012 school year in student academic performance, as measured by the California Standard Test. Superintendent Gabe Soumakian will share the official results the California Department of Education is releasing to the public on the same day. Dr. Soumakian also will share specific growth targets that were met and how the district is closing the achievement gap with all sub groups, including: English Language Learners, Special Education students and Socially Economically Disadvantaged.
"The future looks bright for our district as we redesign the high school experience for the 21st Century Learner," Dr. Soumakian said.
OUHSD also will announce the Education Foundation Board members who will support the implementation of the 21st Century Skills linking learning to students' college and/or career pathways. Business and community leaders have an opportunity to collaborate and help improve the quality of education for OUHSD students.
Pacifica High School is located at 600 East Gonzales Road in Oxnard.

Read "Harbor Views," the Ventura Port District's Newsletter


Ventura Port District's Summer newsetter The Ventura Port District's second newsletter came out this summer as part of the Port District's ongoing effort to keep local residents informed about news and happenings at the Ventura Harbor and Ventura Harbor Village.

The Port District seeks to promote the harbor, a unique attraction and business district in Ventura, and inform the community about issues relating to the harbor community. Harbor Views comes out each season in an online format and in a limited print version.

Stories in the summer issue introduce the newly appointed Port District Commissioners and report on the Aug. 19 passing of Commissioner Keith Turner. Other articles discuss the Port District's continued efforts to secure federal funds to dredge the Ventura Harbor entrance; the 36th Annual Parade of Lights, which sails in to the harbor on Dec. 14-15; the 30th anniversary of Andria's Seafood at the harbor; and an exciting new public art and landscaping project that is coming to Ventura Harbor Village as part of the Port District's ongoing efforts to beautify the harbor and its surroundings.

Stan Whisenhunt, Cindy Daly and Amy Bentley of Whisenhunt Communications work with the commissioners and Port District General Manager Oscar Pena to report the news to the community.

CMHS Offering Low-Cost Mammograms in October


CMH Breast Center logo In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Community Memorial Health System is offering low-cost early breast cancer detection services to women who schedule a screening mammogram during October through The Breast Center at Community Memorial Hospital and Ojai Valley Community Hospital. The cost is $65.
In addition, CMHS's Healthy Women's Program provides early breast cancer detection and surgical intervention for uninsured or underinsured women who qualify.
Early detection and awareness are keys in the battle against breast cancer. To schedule a mammogram, call CMH at 652-5093 or OVCH at 640-2250. Digital mammography is available in Ventura.

Harrison Industries Maintains Climate Registered Status


Harrison Industries logos Harrison Industries continues to take important steps to measure its carbon footprint and to help its client cities meet anticipated tight future regulations.
As a result, Harrison, one of the largest and oldest private trash-hauling companies in the U.S., has again received the Climate Registered status, awarded to members of The Climate Registry that measure their greenhouse gas emissions according to the Registry's rigorous voluntary reporting program.
"Climate Registered organizations understand that there are both environmental and economic benefits to understanding and managing your carbon footprint," said David Rosenheim, executive director of The Climate Registry. "Harrison Industries has become part of a powerful community of Climate Registered organizations, with substantive data guiding and supporting its sustainable activities."

By understanding what emissions are being generated by the operations at Harrison, which serves over 90,000 residential and commercial customers in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, and its business partner, Gold Coast Recycling and Transfer Station, the company can see where processes can improve and emissions can be reduced - through fleet fuel changes, energy efficiency at its offices and other management practices.
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Email Etiquette


Let's face it, who in business today can live without email?
We send and receive dozens or even hundreds of emails per day, and while sometimes we bemoan the fact that we have to go through so many emails in a day, it's the easiest and most time-effective manner of communication in business today.
Sometimes busy people forget, however, that this fast and convenient method of communication does require some etiquette to remain professional.
 Here are a few tips when emailing:
*    Email and emotions don't mix well. If an email makes you mad, don't shoot off an emotionally charged, nasty response. Step away from the computer for a minute and pause. Measure your response carefully. Emails (and texts) can be forwarded and misinterpreted, and after they are sent, they usually can't be taken back.
*    Remember that when writing an email, generally if you write something in all capital letters it's considered the same as shouting in a conversation. So if you're not looking for that kind of emphasis in your email, maybe italicize your words instead for emphasis so you won't be misinterpreted.
*    Be aware that "replying to all" involves all the recipients in the entire email string, so check to make sure your response isn't private and supposed to be seen by the sender only.
*    Don't use a lot of Internet slang and abbreviations (LOL!) in a professional setting, even when emailing. Say what you want to say, and say it clearly.
*    It's usually considered rude not to respond to an email within a day or two.
*    If someone helps you, send them a "Thank You" email. 

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Community Memorial Health System
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