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January 18, 2017 | Volume 9, Issue 24

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.  We will meet at the Student Lunch area.  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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LEADERSHIP SYMPOSIUM

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ONLY 3 MORE DAYS TO REGISTER

 

Plan to drop your daughter off on Wednesday by 7:30 and then join us in the Holy Family Room for our Leadership Symposium.   You will enjoy a delicious catered breakfast and hear a very engaging speaker. (The girls will hear her later in the day.)  The timing is particularly meaningful being so close to Dr. Martin Luther King Day.  Hear from a first-hand participant who grew up with Dr. Martin Luther King's family and participated in all of the major civil rights actions.   She will speak until 9:00 and then you can be on your way to work – feeling inspired.  Tickets are only $40/person. All proceeds go to our Scholarship Fund.

 

Click here to purchase tickets or contact Genevieve Cerda in the Development office gcerda@ramonaconvent.org or 626-282-4151 Ext. 113.

TUITION ASSISTANCE

 

The tuition assistance portal is now open!  While returning students' applications are not due until March, if you have an eighth grader applying for next year, please meet the earlier deadline (February 10) and we will consider both girls at the same time. Click here to access the "Affording Ramona" page on our website.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS 

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The Peace and Justice Society and Ms. Clavin's drama class planned and implemented an amazing assembly on human trafficking.  Peace and Justice Vice President Carolina Barbosa delivered a short, informative presentation outlining basic information and statistics on human trafficking.  This was followed by a fantastic skit written by Mr. Richard Gallegos, directed by Ms. Tracy Clavin, and performed by Ms. Clavin's drama class.  Finally, Los Angeles Judges Catherine Pratt and Teresa Sullivan enlightened everyone about the judicial process for victims of sex trafficking and relayed the horrors and realities of girls as young as 11, 12, and 13 years old who have been trafficked from our own neighborhoods.  The assembly was followed by lunch in the parlor with Judges Pratt, Sullivan, and Soto, the Peace and Justice Society, and Ms. Clavin's drama class.  Additionally, the judges described their own experiences of how and why they pursued careers in law and how they have become advocates for victims of human trafficking.

 

This past Saturday, fourteen Ramona students, Sister Anna, Sister Daleen, Ms. Averill, and SNJM Associate Sharon Corbitt marched in the L.A. Freedom Walk against human trafficking.  Participants met with other Holy Names sisters, associates, students from other schools, priests and sisters from other communities, and many other advocates to walk around the Blessed Sacrament neighborhood in Hollywood and distribute information about human trafficking.  Additionally, a young man from India described his experience as a victim of labor trafficking in the United States, and a young women told her story of how she was sold into sex slavery by her parents here in Los Angeles to pay for her parents' drug habit.

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CHAMBER SINGERS PARTICIPATE IN HONOR CHOIR

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Over the weekend of January 6-8, two of Ramona's own Chamber Singers participated in the Honor Choir weekend at Cal State Long Beach.  Sponsored by the prestigious Bob Cole Conservatory, CSULB hosts this weekend for the best and brightest musicians from all over southern California; an intense rehearsal schedule that culminates in a spectacular concert.  This year, Chamber Singers Yessenia Castillo '17 and Rachel Rangel '18 (shown above in Chamber dresses with new friends) were selected to participate, and did a stellar job of representing Ramona.

 

As Rachel said, "I had an amazing time at the CSULB Honor Choir. I truly believe that it not only gave me a fuller understanding of technical skill, but also helped me become more confident both as a singer and a person. This weekend I volunteered and auditioned for things I never would have seen myself do without this experience. I spent many hours surrounded by people who were there for the same reason I was, for the love of choral music. Together, we came together and made beautiful music and formed beautiful friendships during those hours and hours (and hours) of rehearsal. Nothing will ever be able to replace the experience I had, and nothing will ever be able to replace the feeling of having a full balanced choir with a tenor and a bass section!"
 
Yessenia added, "I loved how we were able to work with not just college students but with students from other schools....I was pretty excited that I was able to join this festival again because I got to see friends that I met last year and I also made new friends. Overall it was an honor to participate again."

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Dr. Joshua Palkki (Conductor), Yessenia, Ms. Ballenger, and Rachel

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Joe Quick (Composer), Yessenia, Rachel, and Dr. Palkki during rehearsal

RAMONA RAMPAGE UPDATES & KRISPY KREME FUNDRAISER INFORMATION

 

The Ramona Rampage robotics team is on their second week of the season and have already prepared the main frame to get the robot running.  They've also worked on several prototypes that can shoot and pick up fuel and gears.

 

They are also hosting a Krispy Kreme fundraiser.  Glazed donuts will be sold for $12/dozen.  Please see Mrs. Flagan in Room 5 to place your order.  The last cay to turn in orders with payment is January 31st.  Donut delivery will be Friday, February 3rd, in front of the school gym from 7:30 a.m. - 7:55 a.m.
THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR SUPPORT! Click here for a printable flyer.

 

Stay tuned for our next update!

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

 

Students 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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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.

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:

 

Schools with an asterisk(*) have been recently added to the list. We will keep you updated as additional acceptances come in! 

Azusa Pacific University*

Biola College*

California Lutheran University*

Cal State Channel Islands

Cal State Fullerton*

Clark Atlanta University*

Creighton University*

Fairleigh Dickinson University*

Fordham University*

Grand Canyon University*

Holy Names University

Humboldt State University*

Iowa State University

Loyola New Orleans University*

Marymount California University*

Merrimack College

Mount St. Mary's University

New York University*

Northern Arizona University

Northern Oregon University*

Pace University New York*

Regis University*

Rhode Island School of Design

Saint Mary's College of California*

San Francisco State University*

Southern Vermont College*

Spelman College*

University of Arizona

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor*

University of Minnesota (Twin Cities)

University of Nevada (Reno)

University of New Mexico

University of Northern Colorado*

University of San Francisco*

Vanguard University*

Virginia Commonwealth University*

Whittier College*

DATES TO REMEMBER:

 

Thursday, February 19th

12:30 AP/Honors Workshop

Dollars for Scholars ends

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

 

Friday, January 20th

Winter Formal (8:00-11:00)

 

Saturday, January 21st

HSPT Bootcamp

 

Sunday, January 22nd

1:30 Memorial Mass for Sister MaryAnn Stark '48

 

Monday, January 23rd

Board of Trustees Meeting 4:30

Soccer v. Holy Family 3:00

 

Tuesday, January 24th

Fair Trade Chocolate Sale begins

Basketball v. Alverno 4:00/5:30

 

Wednesday, January 25th

Leadership Symposium

7:00-8:00 Breakfast

8:00-9:00 Program – Donzaleigh Abernathy - FRIDAY, January 20 is the last day to make reservations $20/person

New student applications are due

Soccer at San Gabriel Mission – 3:00

 

Thursday, January 26th

Basketball v. Sacred Heart (at Salesian HS) 4:00/5:30

 

Friday, January 27th

International Culture Café 1:30

 

Saturday January 28th

Lunar New Year

HSPT Exam

 

 

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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