September 14, 2016 | Volume 9, Issue 8

RCSS News & Events




For the safety of all on campus, please observe the speed limit when driving through to drop off or pick up your daughter.  In the top parking lot, please full forward to the stairs or pull into a parking place to let your daughter off.  Do not stop at the top of the hill where the curb is painted red.  While it may save your daughter a few steps, it is not safe to stop there.


Ramona students are prepared for life as concerned and active citizens in a global community. To know that world is to encounter its cultural beauty and diversity.  The International Culture Society (ICS) is a new club that will give students many opportunities to experience the cultures of the world in fun and informative ways.  To initiate this world tour, ICS sponsored Ramona's first Amazing Race on Friday, August 26.  This event gathered over 70 Ramona students and faculty into smaller teams for a memorable race around campus where participants discovered cultural points of interest from select countries.  Their exploration took them to Egypt, Brazil, Italy, Australia, and Japan, where they were also challenged to complete a fun task, such as build a pyramid, score a goal, design a dress, complete a wildlife puzzle or make sushi.  The journey was wild yet bound by rules that permitted one team to be the victor!  It was an exuberant and hilarious race to the finish.  Now you too can enjoy the fun by watching a short recap of Ramona's first Amazing Race produced by ICS co-president Carolina Barbosa '17.


We are excited to share that the Fall Play, Our Town, will be performed on Friday, November 4th and Saturday, November 5th. Simply Put, Our Town is a great American play. The story takes shape in Grover's Corners -- an imagined and ordinary town rendered with extraordinary care. In a play stripped to its essence, Stage Managers welcome the audience and tell us the story of life in this small town. We are invited into the everyday lives of the town's inhabitants and through them, witness enduring truths of the human condition. We follow the lives of George and Emily, whose touching romance reminds us of the urgent need to live each moment.


First produced in 1938, this Pulitzer Prize-winning drama became an American classic and is Thornton Wilder's most renowned play.


We are looking forward to seeing the cast on stage!

Stage Manager 1 - Mackenzie Lough

Stage Manager 2 - Dana Do

Stage Manager 3 - Emily Leyva

Dr. Gibbs - Angeline Chavez

Joe Crowell - Anneliese Deusch

Howie Newsome - Cherry Liu

Mrs. Gibbs - Thaies Quezada

Mrs. Webb - Victoria Garcia

George Gibbs - Emma Frias

Rebecca Gibbs - Suzanne Tadros

Wally Webb - Starla Martinez

Emily Webb - Tiffany Guzman

Professor Willard - Roseline Duong

Mr. Webb - Krystal Chau

Woman In The Balcony - Allison Hernandez

Man In The Auditorium - Angel Chan

Lady In The Box - Connie Wu

Simon Stimson - Angela Reyes-Gomez

Mrs. Soames - Samantha Alarcon 

Constable Warren - Samantha Gonzalez

Si Crowell - Paulina Sanchez

Baseball Players - Starla Martinez, Anneliese Deusche, Frederica Liu, Yujia Han, Erica Cai

Sam Craig - Christine Nguyen

Joe Stoddard - Emily Stevenson

Soda Pop Man - Eva Chen


As the new season of Saturday Night Live opens, we have learned that Melissa Villasenor '05 has been added to the cast.  With all the news about diversity in the entertainment industry, the fact that she is the first Latina and only the third comedian of Hispanic descent to be on the show is noteworthy.  Melissa began her career in stand-up comedy soon after graduating from Ramona and began to make a name for herself in local comedy venues.  Many of us enjoyed watching her on "America's Got Talent" a few years ago; she reached the semifinals and then went on to do voice overs for the cartoon Network, among other things.




On Tuesday, September 20, the counselors will be holding evening meetings at 6 p.m. for parents of sophomores in the JLR and juniors in the HFR.  Mr. Chavarria will be meeting with the parents of juniors, and Mrs. Bonn will meet with the parents of sophomores.  These meetings are designed to introduce college preparation tips at each grade level. We hope to see you here!


This year we are promoting the college representative visits through our Naviance program.  We encourage regularly checking the "Colleges" tab on the Family Connection page to see the updated list of colleges and dates that representatives will be visiting Ramona.  Beginning this week there are already ten colleges scheduled to visit.  Colleges visiting this month include Whittier, Holy Names, Dominican, and Occidental.  Check back for new additions.



Dear Parents,


I want to thank you for attending the parent meeting as I believe that parent support is a key component to a student's academic success.   I am hoping that you came away from the meeting knowing that your daughter has many great resources and wonderful support available to her.  Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me (  Also, if any parents missed my meeting, you can download a copy here.


On Thursday, I met with all ninth grade students during their Theology classes. I discussed strategies for success at Ramona, including topics like how to improve communication with teachers, how to get involved early and demonstrate authentic service, how to prepare for AP/ Honors courses, and how to begin the college planning process. Students received important handouts, so please encourage your daughters to share with you the information that was presented. Please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions.


- Mr. Alberto Chavarria, Director of Guidance & College Admission


Saturday, September 24, 2016



In the spirit of Smithsonian Museums, which offer free admission every day, Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Ticket! Get your tickets ASAP!


Treat yourself and someone special-maybe a dear family member or friend-- to a memorable day spent at one of the many participating museums, such as:

  • The Pasadena Museum of California Art
  • The Autry National Center
  • The Chinese American Museum
  • California Science Center
  • National Museum of the Holocaust
  • Fowler Museum at UCLA
  • Otis College of Art and Design, Ben Maltz Gallery
  • American Museum of Ceramic Art, and more!


HOW? -- Download tickets for a Museum near you at

QUESTIONS? --  See Mrs. Tegtmeier in the Library




Our seasons are off to a good start!  We highlighted the volleyball team a couple of weeks ago. Today we want to recognize those students we see running laps around the school and through the neighborhood each day -- and sometimes all the way to Cal State LA -- to prepare for cross country meets under the watchful eye of Coach Ramiro Virgen. Our Cross Country runners are

Freshmen:  Gloria Fernandez, Abigail Ocampo, Gwen Rath , Kaitlyn Sosa, Olivia Virgen             

Sophomores: Melanie Aguilar, Nathalie Castanos, Nathalie Diaz, Veronica Duarte, Maria Esquivel,

Stevie Garcia, Samantha Gonzalez, Cyan Granillo, Sara Monroy, Megan Valadez                   

Juniors: Emily Echeverri, Priscilla Fierro, Madeline Karam, Amber Mercado, Daniela Salatino,

Seniors: Vanessa Campos, Ysabelle Cruz, Madeline Garcia, Nicole Vargas, Destiny Zelaya


Our tennis players travel to Whittier Narrows for practice and their home matches and have been practicing hard with Coach Ron Kao:

Freshman: Helen Lao

Sophomores: Isabella Rea, Araceli Seager, Alessandra Soto, Haylie Zelaya            

Juniors: Natalie Acosta, Marie Gatchalian, Karla Gochi, Tiffany Hirokawa, Subashni Rajiv, Analisa Vanegas                                

Seniors: Angela Domingo, Destiny Zelaya

2016-2017 Yearbook Memory Page Information


Purchase a dedication page and the memories will last forever! A limited number of full, half, and quarter memory pages are available for purchase. Pages are reserved on a first-come first-served basis and the deadline for reserving pages is Friday, October 14th. An order form can be downloaded here. Please contact Mrs. Fernandez ( if you have any additional questions.


Thursday, September 15th

    Volleyball @ San Gabriel Mission 4:00

    Tennis vs. St. Joseph's, Lakewood Country Club, 3:00


Friday, September 16th

    Welcome Dance 8:00-11:00


Saturday, September 17th

    Board of Trustees Retreat 9:00-2:00


Monday, September 19th

    Volleyball: Sacred Heart of Jesus @ Salesian, 4:00


Tuesday, September 20th

    Los Angeles Catholic Prayer Breakfast

    Tennis: Pomona Catholic, Ramada Tennis 3:00

    Volleyball: Bishop Conaty at HOME, 9/20/16, 4:00


Wednesday, September 21st

    International Day of Peace

    Honors Assembly - Dress uniform

    Cross-country: Horizon League: Eaton Canyon, 4:00


Thursday, September 22nd

    West Coast College Tour

    Tennis: Bishop Montgomery at BMHS, 3:00


Friday, September 23rd

    West Coast College Tour

    Frosh overnight retreat


Saturday, September 24th

    West Coast College Tour

    Frosh Retreat closes

    Alumnae and Friends Retreat



Sr. Kathleen Callaway, SNJM, President


Ms. Mary E. Mansell, Principal



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.

Ramona Convent Secondary School

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