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March 28, 2018 | Volume 10, Issue 35

RCSS News & Events

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Risen Jesus,

compel us to
share the good news of your
life wherever we go.
May our hearts overflow with
joy at your Resurrection.

May our faces shine

with the light of Easter.

May our joy be an
infectious invitation for others
to come and see the tomb
lying empty.

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LA FETE

 

Many thanks for all of your support with our major fundraiser last Saturday.  By all accounts it was a great success.  We received so many compliments on the convenience, ambiance, and service of the venue, we are planning to reserve it immediately for next year.  The lively bidding "wars" showed appreciation for the baskets provided by your donations.  Once again, a Ramona parent won the trip to Hawaii. Congratulations to Janet Walldez, mother of Alyssa Walldez '21. We are still going over expenses and receipts but hope to provide you with financial information by the next newsletter. We did raise almost $15,000 for scholarships in the "Fund a Student" bidding.  We had thirty more people in attendance this year and hope to have even more parents next year.  Again, thank you.  Congratulations to Genevieve Cerda '01, Associate Director of Development and Special Events, for the planning, coordination, and attention to detail that went into the event – and to our parent and alumnae committee who were so generous with their time both before and during the event.  You made a difference!

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR RAMONA RAMPAGE ROBOTICS TEAM

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With 5 wins, 4 losses, and 1 extremely tight tie, this year Ramona Rampage took 18th place after all qualification matches were played. 52 teams attended this regional and brought intense competition with them. With each match, our robot, "The Flaganator," improved and was capable of doing more and more. The drive team consisted of Celine Vazquez '20 and Celeste Vazquez '20, Drivers, Subashni Rajiv, Coach, Vanessa De La Rosa, Human Player, and Alexis Chin, Technician. The team did an excellent job strategizing with our alliance members and playing the matches. The extra time they put in to practicing with the old robot after the official robot was bagged was evident in how well they were able to maneuver the playing field and play to our advantage. It was thanks to our alliance that we were able to defeat a previously undefeated team, causing them to drop down to 2nd place! We are proud of the excellent performance of our team. Even though they did not advance to the final tournament bracket, they showed everyone there that girls in STEM are not to be messed with or told what to do. Ramona Rampage Team 1159 did well this year and we're ready to do even better in 2019.

 

Click here for a competition recap video!

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RAMONA RAMPAGE DIGITAL MEDIA TEAM WINS PHOTO CONTEST

Congratulations to Ramona Rampage's Digital Media Team  who entered in a "Girls in STEM" Photography Contest for a chance to win a swag bag from Team 812: The Midnight Mechanics. The Digital Media posted an inspiring quote and a photo (shown right) to enter the contest through Instagram and won the prize. The Digital Media Team also took the amazing photos shown above and kept us informed on progress throughout the season on Social Media. Congratulations to Ramona Rampage's Digital Media Team!


Media team members include Nyah Austin '19, Arada Button '19, Briana Dominguez '20, Gaebrianne Masayon '19, and Elizabeth Velez '19. 

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Join us on Thursday, April 12, for a celebration of the creative spirit that flows throughout our campus. The evening, which is hosted by our Visual & Performing Arts Department, begins at 6:00 p.m. with music and dance on the stairs followed by theater under the stars. The art show and gallery walk will officially open at 6:45 where you can view a variety of art work created by our students. A food truck and bake sale with delicious snacks will be available throughout the evening. All are welcome!

AP EXAM FEE REMINDER FROM THE BUSINESS OFFICE:

 

To the parents of students taking AP Exam in May, your exam fee(s) will be automatically debited from your bank account on Wednesday, April 11.  If you have any concerns, please contact Ms. Castro at 626-282-4151 ext. 120 or via email at lcastro@ramonaconvent.org

CONGRATULATIONS TO TWO OF OUR OUTSTANDING EDUCATORS

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Sister Kathleen Callaway, SNJM, has been named a 2018 Woman of Achievement by State Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez for her contributions to educating young people, especially young women, for so many years here in the San Gabriel Valley. She received this well-deserved award from Dr. Hernandez yesterday at a Women's History Month ceremony recognizing her achievements and those of the other honorees.

Mr. Brian Kays has been selected for the American Association of Physics Teachers / American Institute of Physics Master Teacher Policy Fellowship. As a Master Teacher Policy Fellow, Mr. Kays will join a cohort of teacher leaders, educational researchers, and policy makers tasked with improving science education and influencing science education policy for our nation. Mr. Kays will continue teaching here while traveling to Washington D.C. occasionally for workshops and policy/advocacy engagement.

MARCH MADNESS IN THE MUSIC DEPARTMENT
Students in the music department have had a very busy and exciting March. Here are some of the highlights:

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On Friday, March 2, members of Chamber Singers traveled to Mt. St. Mary's University for a fantastic high school choral festival. We participated in some amazing rehearsals and workshops, learned three extremely challenging pieces in a short time, and then performed in a choir of more than 90 students at the end of the day. Chamber Singers had the privilege of working with Dr. Sebastian Vallee, a noted Canadian conductor. Senior Blanca Sanchez said, "I think that the festival was a great experience because we got to work with another choir and we found that we could memorize and learn new repertoire in less than a couple hours when we applied ourselves.

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On Tuesday, March 6, all of our wonderful Ramona musicians performed at the annual Spring Mid-Semester Concert, wowing the audience and each other with their skilled performances. Dolcissima Ringers offered a commanding performance with two beautifully-played pieces, both Forza Chorale and Graziosa Chorale sang, Chamber Singers offered solos and duets, and at the end of the concert, all of Ramona's singers combined to "make a joyful noise unto the Lord," singing a lively arrangement of Psalm 150. Cyan Granillo '19 shared, "I enjoyed the Mid- Semester Concert because I was able to see what the other ensembles were working on and I had fun listening to their performances." It was a wonderful evening!

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On Monday March 12, instead of taking a day off, Chamber Singers traveled to Disneyland to participate in a workshop on performance excellence and group dynamics. We got to go "backstage," to where Disney cast members rehearse, spending time working on improvisation, trust, and learning to "play to the edge." After the workshop, Mackenzie Lough '20 noted, "At the workshop I learned a lot about physically expressing myself through music and not being afraid to step outside of my comfort zone.

All of us in the music department are looking forward to a wonderful Spring Concert on Thursday evening, April 26,

and we hope to see you there!

TIGER SPORTS NEWS

This past weekend several Track and Field team members ran in the annual Bell Gardens Invitational. This invitational allows for co-ed team collaboration, so we ran with fellow Tigers from Don Bosco Technical Institute for the 8x200 relay. Thank you to all those that were in attendance to cheer us on! In league competition, we currently stand 2-0! Great job, Tigers!

 

Photographed: Nadia Ramos '19, Catherine Sanchez '20, Kristina Ramos '20, Olivia Virgen '20, and Megan Valadez '19.

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CELEBRATE NATIONAL WOMEN'S "HER"-STORY MONTH AT THE RAMONA LIBRARY

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Showing their Ramona "can-do" spirit in honor of National Rosie the Riveter Day (March 21st) are (from left to right) Madeline Karam '18, alum Elizabeth Carrera, '13, and Johanna Pineda-Gonzalez '18.


Catch the can-do spirit! Ms. Elizabeth Carrera, '13, and Johanna Pineda-Gonzalez,'18 collaborated to create a special Women's History Month display in the Library. The display features inspiring quotes, such as the following:

 

"We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced."—Malala Yousafzai (youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate and activist for the rights of all women and children to an education).

 

Join the Legion of Literary Ladies (Ramona's Book Club), in celebrating the extraordinary achievements of women who have paved the way towards a better future for every man, woman, and child. The Legion members encourage you to take a moment to thank the special women in your life who inspire you!

LATINA PUBLIC SERVICE ACADEMY - APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED

The Latina Public Service Academy provides government and public policy training and instruction to high school Latinas. The curriculum includes skills training as well as campaign and organizing modules to prepare them to run for elective office or to work for elected or appointed officials.

 

If you identify as Latina, reside in Los Angeles County, are in the 10th, 11th or 12th grade, and have an interest in public service and leadership, then you are eligible for the Latina Public Service Academy! The program is completely FREE but requires full participation in the three full-day workshops.
Participants can expect a comprehensive experience that will include the following:

 

  • Government and public policy training
  • Fundraising experience
  • Career and skill training sessions
  • Special visits to different municipal government chambers to see public officials in action
  • Internship matching with a local female elected official or an opportunity to participate in a voter registration or political campaign
  • Lifelong friends


Application Deadline: April 4, 2018 at 11:59 PST
Click here to learn more and apply.

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SHOW YOUR TIGER PRIDE!

Get your Ramona spirit shirts and show that Tiger pride. The black t-shirts are now available in all sizes and limited sizes are available in white. Don't miss out on the opportunity to spread Tiger spirit wherever you go. These will sell out quickly!

 

SALE! SALE! SALE! The white t-shirts are on clearance and priced to sell for only $5! What a deal!

 

Click here for an order form.

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DATES TO REMEMBER:

   

Thursday, March 29
Holy Thursday
Service Thursday – Dismissal at 12:30

 

Friday, March 30
Good Friday
No School
School offices will be closed

 

Saturday, March 31
Holy Saturday

 

Sunday, April 1
Easter Sunday

 

Monday, April 2
East Coast College Tour leaves for the week
School offices will be open regular hours during the week
Easter Break

 

Monday, April 9
Classes resume

3:30 - 7:00 ComedySportz Tech Week

 

Tuesday, April 10
Lesotho Drive Ends
3:00 Track Meet v. Mission at Occidental College
3:30 Softball v. Bishop Conaty (Home)
3:30 - 7:00 ComedySportz Tech Week

 

Wednesday, April 11
Speeches for ASB officers for '18 -'19
1:00 League Swim Meet -- Brenda Villa Aquatic Center
Algebra/Spanish Proficiency Tests
Blazer Fitting - incoming 9th
AP Exam Fees will be debited
3:30 - 7:00 ComedySportz Tech Week

Sincerely,

Sr. Kathleen Callaway, SNJM, President

Ms. Mary E. Mansell, Principal

MISSION STATEMENT

 

Ramona Convent, a welcoming and inclusive Catholic college-preparatory high school sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, graduates young women characterized by academic excellence and spiritual depth, open to the wisdom of other cultures and prepared to lead and serve in an evolving, interdependent world.

 
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