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May 23, 2018 | Volume 10, Issue 42

RCSS News & Events

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PRAYER FOR THE CLASS OF 2018


Loving God, we ask for your almighty hand to be upon our graduates.
Bless their lives with goodness and love.
Help them to stay true to their dreams, to use their gifts wisely,
and to walk into the future with faith, hope, and great love.

SNJM YOUTH JUSTICE FORUM

 

In July, four Ramona students will travel to Holy Names University in Oakland with Sister Anna Keim and Ms. Maggie Averill. Kamila Campos, Laurencia Botts, Alyssa Macias, and Hilda Barraza will represent Ramona ant the week-long SNJM Youth Justice Forum. They will be joined from students from other SNJM's in Canada and the United States as well as Lesotho. The focus of the week will be on the Sisters of the Holy Names Corporate Stands on water, immigration, and human trafficking. They will receive input, share ideas with their peers, participate in service projects and come back to Ramona prepared to share what they learned and take a leadership role in peace and justice activities here at Ramona. On Thursday after school we will hold a special prayer service to bless them and send them forth as our representatives.

CONGRATULATIONS TO SPRING ATHLETES

 

Last Wednesday, our softball players, runners and swimmers enjoyed a festive luau thanks to our athletic director, Deb Drury, and her assistant, Rebecca Lamas. Upon entering the Holy Family Room, the girls and their parents were transported to Hawaii and served a delicious dinner by Emma Huerta Perez '95 and her crew from El Camino restaurant. After everyone enjoyed the dinner, the following athletes received special recognition.

 

Connie Parker Athletic Award: Nathalie Castanos and Ariel Velzazquez

 

SOFTBALL
Best Defensive Player: Melissa Rodriguez '18
Most Improved Player: Analisa Vanegas '18
Coach's award: Kiley Kraft '20
Most Valuable Players: Ariel Velazquez '19 and Daryanna Ductoc '20
All League Firsts Team: Ariel Velazquez '19, Daryanna Ductoc '20, Analisa Vanegas '18

 

TRACK AND FIELD
Most Improved: Lauren Knapp '21
Coach's award: Olivia Virgen '20
Most Valuable: Lidia Perzyna '20 and Nathalie Castanos '19

 

VARSITY SWIM
Coach's award: Katelyn Navarette '18
Most Improved: Breeanna Gallardo '18
Most Valuable Blanca Sanchez '18

 

JV SWIM
Most Improved: Laura Ortiz '21
Coach's award: Patricia Salazar '21
Most Valuable: Abigail Ocampo '20

 

The following individual swimmers qualified for Del Rey League finals:
400 Freestyle Relay: 2nd place: Kennedy Mendoza, Blanca Sanchez,

Winnie Wen and Flor Sanchez

200 Medley Relay : 4th place: Flor Sanchez, Winnie Wen, Blanca Sanchez, Breeanna Gallardo
200 Individual Medley : 3rd place: Flor Sanchez
100 Butterfly: 3rd place: Winnie Wen
100 Freestyle: 4th: Flor Sanchez
Alternate and Team Captain: Katelyn Navarette

 

TRIATHLETES
Freshmen: January Nava, Alyssa Macias, Laurentia Botts
Sophomores: Abigail Ocampo, Bryanna Lopez, Catherine Sanchez, Kaitlyn Sosa, Olivia Virgen, Daryanna Ductoc, Mikayla Medina
Juniors: Nathalie Castanos, Megan Valadez, Ariel Velazquez, Haylie Zelaya,
Seniors: Kala Mock, Daniela Salatino, Amber Mercado, Katelyn Navarette, Analisa Vanegas

RAMONA CONVENT ARTS MAGAZINE NOW AVAILABLE

We are very excited to announce the official release of this year's Ramona Convent Arts Magazine - featuring our Annual Ramona Convent Writing Contest winners Araceli Seager '19, Celine Vazquez '20, and Stephanie Varghese '18!


With well over one hundred submissions, this year's competition was as fierce and compelling as ever, and work in poetry in particular seemed to dominate the field.


The Arts Magazine features a selection of the best of the overall submissions, along with excellent photography and comics, and is now live online! Click here to check it out!

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TWO SOPHOMORES EARN FRENCH NATIONAL EXAM AWARDS

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On Saturday May 19th, Ramona French students, Emily Leyva '20 and Desiree Nunez '20 attended the "Remise des Prix" - French National Exam Awards Ceremony and received medals for their outstanding performance on the French National Exam "le Grand Concours". Over 80,000 students take the exam in the U.S. Congratulations to Desiree and Emily!

EXAM PERMITS

 

All accounts must be cleared in order for your daughter to receive her exam permit and be ready for final examinations. If you have a question or concern about the payment due please contact the appropriate office immediately. Do not add extra stress to your daughter's life by waiting until the first day of exams. Seniors must clear all accounts this week; those with outstanding debts will not be allowed to practice for graduation and, therefore, will not be in graduation.

PARKING FOR GRADUATION

 

If you need a special handicap space reserved near Rose Heath for our graduation program, please contact Mrs. Szymanski (hszymanski@ramonaconvent.org) to make arrangements.

ATTENTION JUNIOR PARENTS

As many of you know, the Common Application is officially open and available through Naviance.  This application will be shared with all private colleges/universities to which your student applies.  Mr. Chavarria highly recommends for students to get an early start. Although there will be time during the College Boot Camp in August to work on the Common Application, it wouldn't be a bad idea to start now. It's important to get a head start so as to minimize the stress level that may occur when completing the many steps of the college application process.  The link to the Common Application is:  www.commonapp.org.  For more information, please contact Mr. Chavarria (achavarria@ramonaconvent.org).

RAMONA ALUMNA RECOGNIZED FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS 

Congratulations to Sabrina Avila '17 who was recently featured in the St. Mary's College of California IMPACT! e-newsletter.

Sabrina received recognition for her academic success. This year, Sabrina is one of six students who received the Moonlight Scholarship to benefit undergraduates in the High Potential Program (HP). Sabrina is taking advantage of all that Saint Mary's offers and is trying new things. She surprised herself by joining the Women's Rugby Team when she learned about it at the Involvement Fair during Weekend of Welcome. She is looking forward to playing intramural softball this spring and taking a Jan Term travel course in the future. She is also grateful for her Saint Mary's College experience that has led to her deepening faith in the Catholic Church. Click here to read the full story!

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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 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.

SUMMER FINANCIAL LITERACY BOOTCAMP AT LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY (LMU)

Financial Literacy is the ability to understand how money works in the world: how someone manages to earn it or make it, how that person manages it, how he/she invests it (turn it into more), and how that person donates it to help others. The Save it Forward Initiative at LMU will be offering a four-day educational program introducing students to the fundamentals of saving, budgeting, and investing money. Four different sessions held in June, July, and August are offered. Their mission is to build a happier and more prosperous world through financial literacy education! Click here to learn more and register.

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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, May 24
Exam permits will be distributed to those who have cleared all accounts
Senior Faculty Luncheon
6:15 - Junior Senior Banquet

 

Friday, May 25
No school for seniors
Locker Cleanout
7:00 Baccalaureate Mass (gym)

 

Saturday, May 26
5:15 Graduation at Roseheath
Admission by ticket only

 

Monday May 28
Memorial Day – School Holiday

 

Tuesday, May 29
8:00-10:00 G Block Exam
10:30-12:00 F Block Exam

 

Wednesday, May 30
8:00-10:00 E Block Exam
10:30-12:00 D Block Exam

 

Thursday, May 31
8:00-10:00 C Block Exam
10:30-12:00 B Block Exam
5:30 Faculty/Staff End of Year Celebration

 

Friday, June 1
8:00-10:00 A Block Exam

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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