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April 11, 2018 | Volume 10, Issue 36

RCSS News & Events

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RAMONA STUDENTS EXPLORE THE EAST COAST


Several of our college bound sophomores and juniors recently returned from the East Coast College Tour where they visited several top college campuses (Northeastern, Boston College, Wellesley, Babson, Mount Holyoke, Smith College, Marist College, Vassar College, and Columbia University).


The main focus of the trip was to explore the educational opportunities that open up for students willing to consider out of state schools. Not only did students learn about the admissions process and the extraordinary programs each school offered, they also had a chance to explore Boston, Poughkeepsie, and New York. They did everything from walking around Faneuil Hall in Boston to attending a Broadway play in New York. Overall, our Ramona girls walked away completely captivated and excited knowing that there are other options to choose from when they broaden their geographic reach.


Mr. Chavarria plans to visit additional regions next school year so feel free to contact him (achavarria@ramonaconvent.org) if you are interested in finding out more about our annual college tours.

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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!

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

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Members of Dolcissima Ringers had the privilege of performing at the High School Invitational Handbell Festival at Concordia University, Irvine. Although a few ringers were unable to attend, we were fortunate to have three charming college students from Concordia agree to play with us; they learned our repertoire in about 45 minutes and we had a wonderful time performing with them. The concert ended with 5 handbell choirs (about 100 ringers!) joining together to perform a piece. It was a wonderful experience, and we have already been invited back for next year's festival!

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Last month, Composer Amy Gordon visited Ramona to hear the progress on her piece "Lotus Flower," which she composed especially for Chamber Singers. Ms. Gordon set lyrics written by Analisa Vanegas '18, who joined us to hear her words transformed into music. Ms. Gordon said, "I had an absolutely wonderful time meeting the Chamber Singers and getting a chance to workshop 'Lotus Flower,' the piece Ruth Ballenger commissioned for the Spring Concert. I had the pleasure of meeting lyricist Analisa Vanegas, who wrote the text. The choir sounded amazing and blew me away with their expression, craft, and excitement. Thank you for a wonderful visit and I cannot wait for the concert in April!"

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!

2018 ARCHDIOCESE CHRISTIAN SERVICE AWARDS

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Senior Marie Gatchalian has been honored as the recipient of the Archodiocese Christian Service Award for her hard work and dedication to service and social justice both here on campus as well as for the outside community. This award was presented at a special Mass presided by Archbishop José H. Gomez at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Congratulations, Marie, on this amazing accomplishment. 

JOIN US FOR SUMMER SCHOOL - TAKE ARCHERY, VISUAL ARTS, OR TRIGONOMETRY

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Become an archer this summer!

 

Archery Champs is bringing their program to our campus. Each day every student will learn and practice a new archery skill and then finish the day off with an exciting game like Exploding Balloons and Archery Tic Tac Toe. Bring your friends and learn a new skill! This class is open to both junior high and high school students.

Are you entering PreCalculus next year?

 

Join our summer trigonometry class to improve your critical thinking skills and problem-solving abilities. This class will meet only three times per week, giving you plenty of free time to continue to enjoy summer vacation! Be a more confident math student next year by continuing to strengthen your skills.

Would you like to take visual arts this summer to satisfy one semester of your arts requirement?

 

Take Visual Arts and develop your drawing skills and techniques. Most of the assignments focus on drawing from observation. Students will be able to express their creativity with projects using a variety of media including pencil, charcoal, pastel, ink, and prisma color. The extended class time enables students to maintain their focus and work through an assignment in one or two classes rather than having to start, stop, and clean up at short intervals.


Students who have taken VA I and II may enroll for a single semester of VA III in the summer.

 

Click here to learn more about these classes

and the rest of our summer program

 

Please contact Mrs. Szymanski (hszymanski@ramonaconvent.org) if you have any questions or would like to register for a class.

TIGER SPORTS NEWS: SOFTBALL

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Congratulations to Coach Eddie Cortez and our Softball team who won an exciting game yesterday afternoon. Though we led the whole way, the final inning was a nail biter with a final score of 8-5. Thanks to a great cheering section of Ramona parents and students, the team kept their spirits up and were able to keep more runs from scoring despite loaded bases. Our Tigers are now 2 - 0 in league play. Let's keep that momentum going strong!

ANNUAL LESOTHO DRIVE ENDING SOON


The Lesotho Drive ends this Friday! We have asked students to donate one or two dollars to our annual Lesotho Drive. Proceeds will go directly to the Sisters of the Holy Names ministries in Lesotho.

ALUMNAE NEWS: THE HUMMINGBIRD PROJECT

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We are excited to share that the research work of Melissa Morado '15 (shown above) was highlighted in the Winter edition of the Loyola Marymount University magazine. Melissa is working with LMU's Center for Urban Resilience (CURes) as the lead student researcher on a project that examines the the nighttime metabolic state of nesting female hummingbirds. Their goal is to understand whether those birds go into torpor at night. Torpor is a hibernation-like state that hummingbirds enter when they must conserve energy. Click here for the full story.

RAMONA CONVENT: THE GIRLS' SCHOOL ADVANTAGE

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Ramona has been invited by the National Coalition of Girls' Schools (NCGS) to participate in an advocacy outreach event where prospective families will learn about the effectiveness and unique environment of all-girls schools. The program will take place at Occidental College and will feature a school fair and moderated panel of students from Ramona and other local girls schools.


Do you know a family that wants to learn what all-girls' schools do best? Invite them to join us and find out!


The Girls' School Advantage
April 29, 2018
1:00 to 3:00 PM
Occidental College

Click here to register to attend this free information session.


ROBOTICS TEAM FUNDRAISER: COMEDY CALIENTE

The Ramona Rampage Robotics Team is hosting a Comedy Night Fundraiser this Friday, April 13, at Azul in Alhambra. 

 

Parents, friends, and alumnae are invited to attend a night of fun, laughter, and celebration for a good cause.

 

Get your tickets now for only $10 from Ms. Yip (cyip@ramonaconvent.org) or you can purchase them at the door.  

 

Please note this is an adult comedy event for adults 21 and over.

 

We hope to see you all on Friday night! Click here for the official Facebook event page.  

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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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CELEBRATE NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK AT YOUR RAMONA LIBRARY!

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DATES TO REMEMBER:

   

Thursday, April 12
Algebra/Spanish Proficiency Exams for Incoming 9th graders
Blazer Fitting – incoming 9th graders
6:00 p.m. Arts Night
Art Show Opens
3:30 Softball at Sacred Heart


Friday, April 13
1:20 Faculty meeting


Monday, April 16
12:15 National Honor Society Meeting
3:00 Department Chairs Meeting


Tuesday, April 17
Softball v. San Gabriel Mission (Home)


Wednesday, April 18
3:00 Track v. Holy Family at Occidental College


Thursday, April 19
3:30 Softball at Holy Family


Friday, April 20
Junior Retreat


Saturday, April 21
Junior Retreat


Sunday, April 22
Earth Day

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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