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March 27, 2019 | Volume 11, Issue 36

RCSS News & Events

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PARENT GROUP MEETING - MONDAY, APRIL 8

 

All parents are invited to join us for our Parent Group Meeting Monday, April 8, at 5:30 p.m. in the Faculty Dining Room. Sister Daleen, Theology Department Chairperson, will guide us through the steps in adolescent faith development. 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 Thursday, April 11th. If you have any concerns, please contact Ms. Castro at 626-282-4151 ext. 120 or via email at lcastro@ramonaconvent.org

RAMONA'S GOT TALENT

Thank you to our students, faculty, and staff that shared their talents with the community during the annual talent show. Much work was put into the preparation and rehearsing for all acts. Our audience expressed their excitement by applauding and cheering throughout the entire show. They were kept on the edge of their seats in anticipation for the faculty/staff finale. Click the photo above to see a re-cap of the show. Special thanks to Digital Multimedia Design students Lydia Nunez '19, Jessica Quintanilla '19, and Elizabeth Miranda '20 for their work on filming and editing the recap video. 

BRIDGE BUILDING COMPETITION

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Two teams from Ramona attended the American Society of Civil Engineer's Annual Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition at Cal Poly Pomona. The event brought together hundreds of local high school students from Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Bernardino/Riverside neighborhoods to participate in a full-day competition to celebrate the engineering profession and highlight student achievements. This year's mission was to Provide a Safe, Sustainable, Integrated and Efficient Transportation System to Enhance California's Economy and Livability. The task was to develop a lightweight, strong, and functional bridge that bikers and commuters can use during their daily commute to Downtown Los Angeles.

 

Prior to the event day, teams had to prepare technical reports and display boards, practice presentations, and build Popsicle Stick bridges. Every year the rules and specifications for the bridge design change so the students had to follow the instructions carefully.

 

This past Saturday, bridges were put to the test. Volunteers from the civil engineering profession and local college campuses served as judges. They tested the bridges for strength and scored the technical reports, display boards, and presentations. Ramona's Tacoma Bridge team consisting of Christina Au, Alynne Wong, and Porsche Ocampo, received a Second-Place Award in Craftsmanship. Congratulations to our bridge builders.

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RAMONA SOPHOMORE SELECTED AS 4-H AMBASSADOR ALL-STAR

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Congratulations to Anissa Foster '21 who was selected as a California 4-H County Ambassador All-Star, the highest level of leadership at the county level. The California 4-H County Ambassador Program is a leadership development opportunity for teenagers from 14 - 19. Anissa went through a selective application and interview process in the month of February and was honored to be selected. All-Stars are the champions of the 4-H program in their community as they exemplify strong qualities of leadership, maturity, composure, and overall excellence. All-Stars are responsible for developing a service learning project on their own. Anissa has chosen to work on a STEM-related project and will be presenting at the county level in May.

CHOIR  STUDENTS SING AT HIGH SCHOOL FESTIVAL

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On Friday, March 22, Ramona's choir students participated in the annual Pueri Cantores High School Festival. Pueri Cantores is an organization that celebrates music in Catholic schools, and they sponsor festivals all over the country every year. Ramona's students prepared two pieces to sing on our own, and we also prepared two pieces which we sang with all of the other participants. There were more than 100 singers total with both female and male voices, from 4 Catholic schools. Catholic educator Melanie Malinka conducted the combined pieces, and she also worked with each ensemble who performed, offering suggestions and guidance about vocal pedagogy, tone, and other musical elements.

 

Ramona's singers gained experience and insight during the day, and made some new friends, too. Christina Echeverri '21 said, "The festival gave us opportunity to look at what our choir as a group could improve on." Francesca Terramani '21 added, "It was amazing to hear their repertoire sung with all their different voices. It was especially cool to hear what a choral ensemble sounds like with young men." Graciela Salinas '21 stated that "I gained a great understanding of what can be improved upon, what combined concerts are like, and how the diction or pronunciation of words can really affect how the song sounds.

 

The festival was a great way to grow in our art, step outside of our comfort zones, and have fun, too!

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POETRY CAFE'

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The time has come for our much-loved, annual Poetry Cafe'! All are welcome to join the fun on Wednesday, April 3rd, in the Library! Recite a poem, or just sit back and eat lunch while relaxing with friends and enjoying the creative vibe.

 

This year, we have two Ramona students who are published authors! Join us in congratulating Angel Chan '20 and Araceli Seager '19 for their excellent literary debuts!

 

Click here to purchase a copy of Angel's book.

Click here to purchase a copy of Araceli's book.

 

If you've already purchased a copy, be sure to show your support by sharing a review!

 

Our Ramona Library also has a copy of Araceli's book of short stories and Angel's book of poems that you can check out!

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HELP US RAISE SOME DOUGH - DEADLINE EXTENDED

The Robotics team is selling Krispy Kreme donuts! Order your conveniently packaged donuts for friends, family and co-workers. Get one dozen for $12.00. We are counting on you for your support! Place your order by April 4th with Mrs. Flagan (aflagan@ramonaconvent.org) Donuts will be delivered on Tuesday, April 9th, at the gym entrance before and afterschool. Thank you in advance for your support!

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Join us on Thursday, April 4th, 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, dance, and theatre in the open. The art show and gallery walk will officially open at 6:45 p.m. 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! Click here for a flyer to share with friends and family.

SPRING SERVICE PROJECT DEADLINE APPROACHING - UPDATED

 

The due date for spring service projects in theology classes is fast approaching! All students are required to complete a service project. Freshmen AND SOPHOMORES (this is a change to what was previously stated) must complete 5 hours of service while juniors and seniors must complete 10 hours. All students except freshmen must do at least part of their service off campus. Students should be halfway done with their projects. Please check with your daughter to see how many hours she has completed so far and where. Service projects are due Wednesday, May 1st.

SUMMER SCHOOL AT RAMONA

 

Our summer program is growing! The summer booklet is NOW online and registration has begun. Summer school will start on June 24th. We have some amazing new classes this year open to our own Ramona students: SAT Math prep class, Honors Geometry,  Trigonometry, Visual Arts, Dance, Basketball, a one-week Pre-College bootcamp, and Softball Camp!

 

Returning again this summer are: Volleyball, Archery, Baking, Cooking, Reading, Writing, Study Skills, Digital Design, and Arts

 

Space is limited, and some classes will fill up quickly. Please contact Mrs. Szymanski with any questions at hszymanski@ramonaconvent.org.

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EAST COAST COLLEGE TOUR

 

There are only a few spots left for our upcoming East Coast College Tour. Schools that we plan to visit are Boston College, Lasell College, Amherst College, Mount Holyoke, Brown University, Trinity College, Fairfield College, and Pace University. This tour is scheduled to take place October 27 - November 1. We encourage all students to take advantage of this opportunity. A $250.00 deposit is required to guarantee a spot. For more information, please contact Mr. Chavarría (achavarria@ramonaconvent.org).

LATINA PUBLIC SERVICE ACADEMY 2019 - DEADLINE EXTENDED

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This program is designed for young Latina women in grades 9 – 12 and aims to ensure that women are represented fairly and equally in the workforce. Through leadership and empowerment workshops, and partnerships, the academy equips Latinas to embrace their identity and represent the community in all industries, beginning with Public Service. The deadline to apply has been extended to April 20th.  Click here to download an application.

 

The Academy location is USC, and dates are:
Academy Day 1 Saturday, April 27, 2019 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Field Trip Tuesday, April 30, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Academy Day 3 Saturday, May 4, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

NOMINATE AN OUTSTANDING HISTORY TEACHER - DEADLINE COMING SOON

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Help The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History find outstanding K-12 teachers for the
2019 History Teacher of the Year Award. Each year they recognize first-rate K-12 teachers who find creative ways to bring history alive in their classrooms. Winners are selected from each state and US territory, and become finalists for the national award. State winners receive $1,000, an invitation to a 2019 Teacher Seminar, and free classroom materials. The national winner receives $10,000 and is honored at a ceremony in New York City. The deadline for 2019 nominations is March 31, 2019. Click here to learn more.

ARCHDIOCESE SPONSORS PARENT REFERRAL PROGRAM

 

In an effort to increase enrollment in Catholic Schools across the Archdiocese, you are invited to participate by referring a student to Ramona or a younger child to your neighborhood Catholic School. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles is excited to announce a new Parent Referral Program sponsored by the Department of Catholic Schools. Effective immediately, any referrals submitted through the referral portal below will get you one step closer to winning some great incentives.

 

  • Tuition Discount: If your referral enrolls, both you and your referral will receive $100 off tuition, up to the first 100 referred enrollments
  • iPad Raffle: Every referral submitted through the referral portal counts as 1 entry into the raffle, 5 winners will be randomly selected

 

Also, the school whose parents submit the most referrals based on the student population will receive a $3,000 technology grant — so let's do this together!

 

A qualified referral counts as a friend, family member, or other acquaintance who has expressed interest in Catholic education. Once you submit a referral, both you and the referral will receive an email confirmation with the next steps.

 

I encourage you to participate as actively as possible, and please spread the word! Let's help keep our schools strong and our faith alive. Here's a special message from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and thank you for all you do!

SHOW YOUR SOCCER SPIRIT!

Just in…soccer scarves for your favorite Ramona soccer player (or just for yourself)! The Tiger For Life soccer scarf is made of a soft knit material woven with Ramona's colors and motto on both sides. The cost per scarf is $30.00. You can purchase scarves through this link. The scarves can be picked up in Ms. Huntley's office in Founder's Hall.

 

Varsity soccer players Megan Valadez '19, Olivia Virgen '20, and Alysa Hurlic '21 had fun modeling  these adorable soccer scarves!

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RAMONA FAN GEAR

 

Ramona families may now purchase high quality Ramona-branded fan wear, including hats, sweatshirts, tee shirts, and polos in a variety of styles and prices from an online company through our website. Purchases will be shipped directly to your home. These items are not part of the school uniform but are a great way to show school spirit.

 

DATES TO REMEMBER:

 

Thursday, March 28
Softball v. Sacred Heart (Home) 3:30
Swim v. Gladstone High School 3:00 - Richard Alatorre Pool (4721 Klamath St, Los Angeles)
Senior Sunset/Luau

Friday, March 29
Faculty Meeting/WASC In-Service

No Class for students

Saturday, March 30
La Fete 6:00 - Doubletree Hotel, Rosemead

 

Monday, April 1
Junior Retreat
Spring Play Tech Week

 

Tuesday, April 2
Spring Play Tech Week
Softball v. Bishop Conaty (away) 3:30

 

Wednesday, April 3
Lunch: Poetry Café
Track v. Bishop Conaty Occidental College 2:00
Swimming League Meet - John Argue Swim Stadium 1:00
Spring Play Tech Week

 

Thursday, April 4
Algebra/Spanish Proficiency Tests (incoming 9th)
Blazer Fitting (incoming 9th)
Softball v. Alverno (Home) 3:30
Spring Play Tech Week
Arts Night 6:00 p.m.
Art Show Opens
Campus Ministry Meetings

 

Friday, April 5
Spring Play Tech
Art Show

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.

RAMONA CONVENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

1701 West Ramona Road • Alhambra, CA  91803 • (626) 282-4151

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