February 8, 2017 | Volume 9, Issue 27

RCSS News & Events


Today is the World Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Trafficking of Persons.  Across the country and throughout the world many groups are uniting to end human trafficking by the year 2020.  As a religious community the Sisters of the Holy Names have a corporate stand against human trafficking.  Here at Ramona our girls have been made aware of the evils of human trafficking through their classes, through the efforts of the Peace and Justice society, through assembly speakers, and finally through their participation in the LA Freedom Walk a couple of weeks ago. The global number of children in forced labor is estimated at 168 million – ½ of  them doing hazardous work.  100,000 children in the US are exploited through sex trafficking.  Agriculture is the most important sector where child laborers can be found. On this international day of prayer we remember St. Josephine Bakhita who was sold as a child at the age of 7 and pray that her story and her resilience will be a model for all who struggle to be free. Learn more about this topic and discuss it with your daughters; visit There are also multiple videos available on YouTube which tell the horrible stories of trafficking.  The first part of prevention is to educate ourselves.




Re-enrollment packets were mailed out February 1st. Please be on the lookout for your packet. All completed forms (including parent signatures) and the $600 enrollment fee are due to the tuition office NO LATER than February 21st. If you do not receive your packet by February 8th, please see Ms. Castro. Thank you. 



Eleven valiant Ramona students, Mr. L, and Sister Anna braved the elements for the Homelessness Solidarity Retreat last weekend. Sister Judy Vaughn, CSJ, came to speak about the reality of homelessness in Los Angeles. Sister Judy is the director of Alexandria House, a homeless shelter for women and children. She brought a resident with her to tell her story of homelessness. Did you know there are over 90,000 homeless people in Los Angeles County and only 13,000 beds for them? Single mothers and their children are the fastest growing group of homeless people.  These brave retreatants slept outside in cardboard boxes in the English Wing and served food to food insecure families at St. Francis Center and St. Stephen Martyr Food Pantry.




On February 17, right after school, the Interact Club is sponsoring a baby shower for Holy Family Adoption Services.  This is not a shower for one child, but rather a way to collect items that can be used to help birth parents, adoptive parents, and foster parents – particularly for newborns.  Those who attend will be invited to bring an item to donate to Holy Family Services: onesies, baby wipes, pampers, receiving blankets, etc.  Besides bringing an item, those who attend will enjoy refreshments and play some fun baby shower games.  Donations are also welcome, even if you don't plan to attend the shower—maybe you have some brand new baby things that were never used.  If so, feel free to send them in.



Ramona teachers' innovation and collaboration were highlighted at the Archdiocese of Los Angeles All-High School In-Service this week. Mr. Alberto Chavarria shared best practices in guidance and counseling.  Mrs. Aulikki Flagan introduced science teachers to Ramona's innovative Engineering curriculum developed in conjunction with the National Science Foundation and NASA.  Dr. Matthew Vincent led discussions of gender studies as well as teaching young women of color, aided by Ms. Amanda Argueta and two seniors, Reanna Salvador and Nicole Vargas. With more than 2,000 teachers attending the conference, Monday's in-service was the largest gathering of teachers from Los Angeles area Catholic high schools in decades.




Next Wednesday, we will have the next in our series of Alumnae Speakers.  The girls who choose to attend will find her story and her career very interesting and maybe open up new horizons/ideas for them.  A graduate of the Class of 2008, Pricilla Cotton is an Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department.  Pricilla is responsible for ensuring the operational readiness of the Emergency Operations Center(EOC), the EOC responders, the information management system, and various technologies that support field emergency response in the City of Los Angeles.  Pricilla first fell in love with the field of Emergency Management during her freshman year at Loyola Marymount University where she served the campus community by conducting emergency management planning, training, and exercises for the Department of Public Safety.  Through a passion for public service, she completed a Master Public Administration degree and a Graduate Certificate in    Homeland Security and Public Policy from the University of Southern California, Sol Price School of Public Policy. Pricilla has proudly served the City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department since 2011.   



Because of a scheduling conflict with the contractor, work was unable to begin on the Durocher house as planned this week.  We anticipate that work will begin next Monday.  Please remain alert to signs that the upper campus is closed to vehicle traffic.   



"Helie Lee is the author of the bestseller Still Life With Rice and In the Absence of Sun, memoirs in which she chronicles her family's experience in war-torn Korea from the 1930s to 1997. In the Absence of Sun specifically details her risky attempt to rescue her uncle from North Korea.

Born in Seoul, Korea, Lee's family immigrated to America when she was four. She graduated from UCLA with a degree in Political Science." After college, she traveled "back to her birth country to rediscover her roots. After returning to the U.S., Lee began writing her first book while working on such shows as In Living Color, Saved by the Bell, and The Martin Lawrence Show.

As a bestselling author, Lee has been featured on CNN, NPR, The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, People Magazine, Today Show, and Oprah. She has spoken as a guest lecturer at Stanford, Yale, Harvard, Princeton, the Korean American Coalition, The Museum of Tolerance, and many other venues. Lee lectures around the country on her bi-cultural heritage and human rights issues for North Korea refugees.


Lee's recent project, Macho Like Me, details her six-and-a-half month journey living life as a man. The one-woman performance piece, which weaves Lee's monologue with interactive documentary footage, explores the dynamics of how society treats men and women differently."--


Stop by the Ramona Library and buy your books now and have them ready to be signed by the author on Feb. 22nd! Click here to learn more!



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:

Azusa Pacific U.

Biola College

California Lutheran U.

CSU Channel Islands

CSU Fullerton

CSU Los Angeles

CSU Stanislaus

Chapman University

Clark Atlanta U.

Creighton U.

Fairleigh Dickinson U.

Fordham U.

Grand Canyon U.

Hawaii Pacific U.

Holy Names U.

Humboldt State U.

Iowa State U.

Loyola New Orleans U.

Marymount California U.

Merrimack College

Mount St. Joseph University

Mount St. Mary's U.

New York U.

Northern Arizona University

Northern Oregon University

Pace University New York

Regis U.

Rhode Island School of Design

Saint Mary's College of California

San Francisco State U.

Southern Utah U.

Southern Vermont C.

Spelman College

Springfield College

University of Arizona

University of Cincinnati

University of Idaho

University of La Verne

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 U.

Virginia Commonwealth U.

Western Oregon U.

Whittier College

Xavier University



With Valentine's Day around the corner, you may be doing some shopping.  If Amazon is the way you go…remember to shop at and make Ramona Convent Secondary School your charity.



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.





Mr. Richard Gallegos, Theatre Program Director, lights up the stage in the MainStreet Theatre (Rancho Cucamonga) production of the classic play, The Secret Garden, showing weekends, February 4-12.  The cantankerous and orphaned Mary Lennox is taken away from her home in India to live with her reclusive uncle in the Yorkshire Moors. This award-winning adaptation stays true to the cherished book as Mary discovers a garden that changes her life, and that of those around her.

Click here for ticket information!



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.




Thursday, February 9th

3:30-6:30 Admission Interviews


Friday, February 10th

1:20 Faculty meeting

Tuition Assistance Applications due for new students

                                     8:00 Dance sponsored by the National Honor Society


Monday, February 13th

Spring Sports Tryouts begin (swimming, softball, track and field)


Tuesday, February 14th

Valentine's Day

Spring Sports Tryouts


Wednesday, February 15th

Assembly – scheduling classes for 2017-2018

Lunchtime – Ramona Goes to Work

Spring Sports Tryouts


Thursday, February 16th

Sophomore Retreat

Spring Sports Tryouts

Alumnae Pub Nights – Whittier, Huntington Beach, and Pasadena Locations


Friday, February 17th

1:30 Holy Family Adoption Service Baby Shower sponsored by Interact Club




If you have a daughter enrolling as a freshman for next year, your tuition assistance application and all accompanying paperwork for both girls is due this Friday, February 10.


Re-enrollment forms and the $600 fee for 2017-2018 are due in two weeks on February 21.  Students are also in process of planning schedules for next year; if you daughter is not re-enrolled, she cannot be scheduled for classes. This may impact her getting her first choices!


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.


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