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January 11, 2017 | Volume 9, Issue 23

RCSS News & Events

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WE'RE HAVING A PLANTING PARTY AND YOU'RE INVITED!

 

Join the Ramona Parent Group on Saturday, January 21, from 9 a.m. until noon, for a morning of planting roses, having fun, and enjoying a delicious lunch.  Bring a shovel and a rose plant (see suggestions below) and we will refresh the areas around Rose Heath with new roses and drought-tolerant plants.

 

We are in need of white iceberg roses (bare root or in a container), yellow lantana, and assorted succulents.  If you prefer to make a cash donation, we're glad to accept it.  Plants may be dropped off at the student lunch area any day beginning next week or they may be brought to campus the morning of the event.  Bring your check or cash donations to the Main Office in an envelope addressed to Parent Group Planting Party.  Students who participate will receive service hours.  TO be sure we have enough food, RSVP to Ms. Mansell at mmansell@ramonaconvent.org. If it rains, the party will be postponed to Saturday, January 28.

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CURRICULUM NEWS

 

We have been working as a faculty and administration this year to review Ramona's graduation requirements and what we believe are the courses that will continue to prepare our young women for both their college careers and lives while continuing to be true to our SNJM mission.  As a result of our review we have made some exciting changes that we would like to share. Click here to learn more.

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Ramona Convent Secondary School

3rd Annual Leadership Symposium

Wednesday January 25, 2017

 

featuring 

Donzaleigh Abernathy

(Daughter of Rev. Ralph Abernathy,

Civil Rights Leader)

 

Breakfast and Networking 7:00-8:00 AM

Program at 8:00 AM

$40.00 per person

Ramona Convent Campus

1701 W. Ramona Road – Alhambra, CA 91803

For reservations, please contact Genevieve Cerda at

(626) 282-4151 Ext. 113  or  gcerda@ramonaconvent.org

The deadline to register is Friday, January 20th

Ms. Abernathy was born in the midst of the American Civil Rights Movement to Mrs. Juanita Jones and Reverend Dr. Ralph David Abernathy, who, along with their best friend, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., created a nonviolent social campaign that changed the course of American History. Her in-depth knowledge and participation in all of the major civil rights marches, as well as her witnessing integral decisions that helped to shape American laws and society, make her a powerful voice in today's discussions on race and equality.

 

Ramona parents and friends are invited to attend.  It is not necessary to purchase a ticket for your daughter.  Ms. Abernathy will speak to the students later in the morning.

ALUMNAE SOCCER GAME

 

Over the winter break, the Varsity Soccer team hosted an exciting game against our Ramona alumnae.  Alumnae from the classes of 2002 - 2016 were represented.  Our Varsity team battled hard but it just wasn't enough to beat the alumnae who were pumped to prove "they still got it." The alumnae reigned victorious with a final score of 5 to 1 and were happy to stay and chat with current students about where their journey after Ramona has taken them.

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RAMONA GOES TO WORK

 

On Wednesday, January 18th, we will welcome Genesis Contreras '10 back to campus as our speaker.  Genesis is a Media Consultant with the  LA Times.  After graduating from Ramona, Gensis attended Loyola Marymount University to pursue a bachelor's degree in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Journalism.  As an undergrad, she interned in various companies such as NBCV Universal and Univision.  To further develop the skills she learned during her undergraduate studies, Genesis decided to pursue her Master's Degree at USC.  She chose Marketing Communication Management, where she would learn to relate and adapt strategies to real-world business situations.  At the same time as she started the program she was hired full time by the Times as a Media Consultant, where she strategizes and partners with businesses to meet their marketing needs both digitally and in print.

CHOOSE TO SUCCEED!  

CHOOSE HONORS & AP!

 

Students who are planning to take an AP or Honors class next school year must attend a mandatory orientation to review the expectations and requirements for these courses.

 

Students are required to attend one of the following AP/ Honors Orientation sessions, which will be offered at lunch in the Library on the following dates:

 

·        Tuesday, January 17th (12:30 - 1:05)

·        Thursday, January 19th (12:30 - 1:05)

 

Students can choose which session they wish to attend, and they will be able to eat their lunch during the presentation. (Please note that drinks other than water will need to be left on the front counter.)

 

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Tegtmeier, AP Coordinator, at ategtmeier@ramonaconvent.org.

 

Click here for a printable flyer.

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GUEST ARTIST JAMIE MURPHY VISITS CERAMICS CLASSES

 

Ms. Averill's Ceramics classes welcomed ceramicist Jamie Murphy to demonstrate technique. Mr. Murphy encouraged students to pursue excellence in every aspect of creating art. "You can make something good out of anything you create," he said, "as long as you stick to high standards."  A teacher at Cathedral High School, Mr. Murphy has also taught at the University of Southern California, where he earned his MFA.

KEY CLUB MEMBERS LEND A HAND AT THE PASADENA ROSE PARADE

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On December 26th, six of Ramona's Key Club members and Ms. Argueta were among the first volunteers to decorate the floats for Pasadena's annual Rose Parade.  With the throng of Key Clubs from Southern California, they were enthusiastically ready to contribute their time by decorating vibrant and elaborate floats.  Ramona's Key Clubbers and Ms. A worked together on Duarte's City of Hope float, which echoed the message of "The Miracle of Science with Soul."  Together, Ramona's Key Club was ardent about decorating the float because it was a symbol of their gratitude to the doctors of City of Hope as they continue to save countless lives with the discoveries of science.  At the end of the day, the students were honored to decorate the float for seven cancer survivors and two doctors who waved for victory during the Rose Parade.

CLUB SPOTLIGHT: REVIVAL OF THE DANCE CLUB

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The dance club began this year and was founded by Stevie Garcia '19 and Melissa Valenzuela '19, who are co-presidents.  At the beginning of the school year, they asked Ms. Dumas and shared their vision for starting up a Dance Club on campus and asked her to moderate their club.  Stevie and Melissa started dancing at ages 6 and 7, respectively, and they have both danced at the Jayvee Dance Center and competed in various dance competition teams.  They choreographed the first performance that debuted at the Winter Pep Rally.  Other members of the dance club include Gloria Fernandez '20, Faith Salinas '20, and Lydia Perzyna '20.  These girls have had experience in dance studios, theater work, and dancing for fun.  The dance club is open to all grades.  All you need is a love for music and dance and a willingness to learn and perform!  The Dance Club meets on Thursdays of Week 2 at lunch in the fitness room.  The next scheduled performance will be on Arts night in April!

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CALIFORNIA SCHOLARSHIP FEDERATION MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION PERIOD BEGINS

 

As we start our second semester, students are encouraged to apply for membership into the California Scholarship Federation, CSF.  The CSF recognizes a student's academic accomplishments based on each semester's grades. Membership in CSF is based on a point system, giving the most points to earned grades of A's and B's.  Applications are available in Mrs. Szymanski's office or on our website (Student Life page) and are due back on Wednesday, January 18th. Students that earn membership as a result of their first semester grades will be recognized at our Honors Assembly in February.  Seniors that have earned Life and/or 100% membership are also recognized at graduation and our Senior Assembly!

UPDATES FROM THE COLLEGE COUNSELING DEPARTMENT

 

ATTENTION ALL PARENTS: There are still a few spots left on the East Coast College Tour.  This is a wonderful opportunity for your child to learn what colleges outside of California have to offer.  For more information, please contact Mr. Chavarria.

 

ATTENTION 9TH GRADE PARENTS: Mr. Chavarria will be going into classes to explain and help 9th grade students understand the PSAT scores.  The PSAT is an important component of the college admissions process and helps your daughter to gauge her strengths and areas of growth. Please encourage your daughter to go online and take advantage of free resources offered by the College Board, sponsors of the PSAT.  For more information, please contact Mr. Chavarria.

 

Mr. Chavarria introduced Naviance to all 9th grade students on Monday.  Naviance is an online college and career readiness program that allows students to get a head start with college searches, scholarship searches, and career awareness.  I encourage parents to spend time with their student and learn the great tools Naviance has to offer. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mr. Chavarria.

RECENT COLLEGE ACCEPTANCES

 

The college preparation and selection process is a personal four-year journey of exploration, self-discovery, hard work, and growth.  The mission of our College Counseling team is to empower our students to prepare for and select the college that's the best fit for them.  They make sure that students have the information and support they need for success.

In recent years, Ramona students have been accepted to more than 135 colleges and universities across the United States, each student finding the school that's the best fit for her.

Our seniors are beginning to receive decision letters from various schools and we are excited to share that our Ramona girls have been accepted to the following:

 

  • Cal State Channel Islands
  • Holy Names University
  • Iowa State University
  • Merrimack
  • Mount St. Mary's
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • University of Minnesota (Twin Cities)
  • University of Nevada (Reno)
  • University of New Mexico

 

We will keep you updated as additional acceptances come in!

DATES TO REMEMBER:

 

 

Thursday, January 12th

Basketball at Bishop Conaty

 

Friday, January 13th

1:30 - Faculty Meeting

3:00 - Soccer v. Bishop Conaty

 

Saturday, January 14th

HSPT Bootcamp

9:00 Human Trafficking Walk (begins at Blessed Sacrament Church in Hollywood)

 

Monday, January 16th

Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday – no classes; all offices will be closed

 

Tuesday, January 17th

Lunch: AP/Honors Workshop

Basketball V. San Gabriel Mission 4:00/5:30

 

Wednesday, January 18th

Lunch: Ramona Goes to Work

Soccer at Alverno

 

Thursday, January 19th

Lunch: AP Honors Workshop

Dollars for Scholars Ends

Basketball v. Holy Family 4:00/5:30

 

Friday, January 19th

Winter Formal 8:00 - 11:00

 

Saturday, January 21st

HSPT Bootcamp

 

TELL A PROSPECTIVE STUDENT TO PENCIL IN THE DATE!

All admission applications for the 2017-2018 school year must be submitted online by Wednesday, January 25, 2017. Click here to access the admission portal.

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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