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March 9, 2017 | Volume 9, Issue 31

 
 

RCSS News & Events

 
 
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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY AT RAMONA

 
 
 
 

In honor of International Women's Day, Paulina Sanchez '18 and Sofia Cerros '18 organized a small march in solidarity with women around the world. Paulina kicked it off with inspiring words about empowering women and staying united. Sofia followed with a heartwarming poem about the beauty that comes from within. Students, faculty, and staff then proceeded to march the perimeter of the campus proudly displaying signs and loudly chanting while several of them spread awareness through social media on Facebook Live, Instagram Live, and Snapchat.  Globally and Nationally, women's groups wore red today as did the Ramona community.

 
 
 
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MORE EXCITING NEWS FROM THE OFFICE OF ENROLLMENT & PUBLIC RELATIONS

 
 
 
 
 
 

Last week, acceptance notifications were sent out to our new Tigers!  Families were delighted to receive an acceptance e-mail with a video prepared by our Digital Multimedia Design Class. We are happy to share this video with you since so many Ramona students were the stars.

 

If you helped bring a new family to Ramona, please reach out to them and join us in sharing the excitement! Tonight we will be celebrating with new students and families at the Welcome Night Rose Ceremony. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

LA FETE: ANNUAL AUCTION DINNER DANCE

 
 
 
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Looking for a way to fulfill your auction obligation?  How about taking a trip with us "Around the World in 80 Days"?  One way to fulfill your mandatory auction obligation is to attend the event on Saturday, April 29, 2017.  Tickets are $100 a person and include dinner, dancing, and auctions.  Tickets may be purchased directly from the Development Office with Ms. Cerda or online at ramonaconvent.org/lafete.  If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Cerda at 626-282-4151 ext. 113 or gcerda@ramonaconvent.org.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

OUR LENTEN LESOTHO DRIVE IS UNDERWAY!


The Sisters of the Holy Names have close to 100 sisters in Africa.  They work in many schools and clinics.  The SNJMs have five high schools in Lesotho.  They also started an HIV project which grows produce and raises animals to help feed hungry people with HIV so their medications work better.  Did you know that over 50% of people in Lesotho live under the poverty line?  Additionally, 1/4 of all men and 1/2 of all women have HIV.  We are asking students to give 1 to 2 dollars (or more!) to our Lesotho Drive during Lent.  All proceeds will go directly to the Sisters of the Holy Names in Africa and their work fighting poverty.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

THIS FRIDAY, MARCH 10 – DEADLINE FOR ALL TUITION ASSISTANCE APPLICATIONS


Please do not jeopardize your daughter's chances for tuition assistance by missing the deadline.  Be sure that your daughter turns in her part of the application to Sister Kathleen's office by Friday.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

BEST SELLING AUTHOR AND DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER VISITS RAMONA

 
 
 
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Recently, the Ramona Community had the privilege of hearing an inspiring presentation by best-selling author and documentary filmmaker Helie Lee. Her captivating presentation illustrated how the hopes, struggles and sacrifices, unconditional love, and determination of three generations of her Korean-American family gave her the "wings" to fearlessly create her own path and make a difference in this world.

 

Helie Lee is the author of the highly acclaimed memoirs, Still Life with Rice, which chronicles the incredible life experiences and resilience of Lee's maternal grandmother; and, In the Absence of Sun, which gives a stirring account of what it was like for Ms. Lee to rescue her long-lost uncle from Communist North Korea.

 

"Through her writings, Helie Lee has sought to tear down walls and to reveal truths."—Sophia Reyes (Class of 2018)

 

Her inquiry into the dynamics of how society treats men and women prompted her to go undercover and live as a man for 6 ½ months.  Her amazing experience and humbling discoveries were chronicled in the documentary Macho Like Me, and in the celebrated one-woman show by the same name.

 

In anticipation of her visit, Book Club members read Ms. Lee's memoirs; and, drama students, under the direction of Ms. Tracy Clavin, wrote and performed original one-act plays based upon themes from Still Life With Rice.

 

"I was inspired by her humility and genuine passion. I will never forget her stories or her empowering motto:  I can! I will! Just watch me!"—Starla Martinez (Class of 2020)

 

Helie Lee encouraged Ramona students to celebrate their cultural heritage and to learn their family history. As a world-renowned advocate for the rights of immigrants and North Korean refugees, Ms. Lee advised students to continue informing themselves and others about the humanitarian crises that exist in our world today.

 

Following her visit to Ramona, Ms. Lee exclaimed, "I was so inspired by the diversity of your students, and would have loved to have heard all of their (family) stories!"

 
 
 
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RAMONA GOES TO WORK

 

We are happy to welcome Michelle Del Rio '99 back to our campus for this month's presentation of Ramona Goes to Work.  Michelle, a licensed attorney, is the AMC Network's coordinator of Legal and Business Affairs.  Her unique experience and skill set work well across a diverse range of legal practice areas including: entertainment(drafting, negotiation, contract analysis) immigration (federal appeals), employment (drafting, discovery motions and complaints) and corporate law (compliance, due diligence, acquisitions).  She has experience on both transactional and litigation matters.

 

Michelle's passion and drive are evident in both her professional and educational career. During law school, she was selected to represent a client in an immigration appeal before the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (via Loyola's Pro Bono program).  Prior to law school Michelle worked for almost ten years for some of the biggest media companies in the world. During her tenure at the global media company, Viacom, she was promoted twice in less than five years because of her strong work ethic, results, and value to the company.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

SPORTS AWARDS:

 

Last Thursday evening our soccer and basketball players, their coaches, and their families enjoyed a wonderful evening of celebrations.  All three teams did well during the season, and the varsities advanced to CIF Playoffs. In addition to the team accomplishments, the following individuals were recognized for their individual achievements:

 
 
 
 

Soccer:

Coach: Ramiro Virgen

Assistant: Amanda Argueta

 

Coach's Award:

Emma Frias '17

Most Improved Player:

Nathalie Castanos '19

Best Defensive Player:

Andrea Magallon '18

Most Valuable Player:

Kyrene Beltran '17

Second Team All League:

Kyrene Beltran '17

First Team All League:

Nicole Vargas '17

Erica Smith '17

 
 
 
 

JV Basketball:

Coach: Henri Lee

 

Coach's Award:

Suzanne Tadros '18

Most Improved Player:

Liliana Romo '20

Best Defensive Player:

Haylie Zelaya '19

Most Valuable Player:

Maria Esquivel '19

 
 
 
 

Varsity Basketball:

Coach: Alma Garcia

Assistant: Lori Z

 

Coach's Award:

Victoria Garcia '17

Most Improved Player: Sabrina Avila '17

Best Defensive Player:

Destiny Zelaya '17

Most Valuable Player:

Ariel Velazquez '19

Second Team All League:

Sabrina Avila '17

Destiny Zelaya '17

First Team All League:

Ariel Velazquez '19

Most Free Throws in Practice:

Helen Cabrera '17

Most Free Throws in Games:

Ariel Velazquez '19

100% Attendance:

Victoria Garcia '17

Robyn Suarez '18

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

ROBOTICS PANCAKE BREAKFAST

 
 
 
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Ramona "Rampage" Robotics Team will be hosting a pancake breakfast at St. Thomas Aquinas.  If you are interested in purchasing tickets, please see any Robotics team member or contact Mrs. Flagan (aflagan@ramonaconvent.org).

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

SCIENCE OLYMPIAD NEWS

 
 
 
 
 
 

The Science Olympiad tournaments are rigorous, academic, interscholastic competitions that consist of a series of individual and team events which students prepare for during the year.

Each year there are 24 challenging and motivational events that are drawn from the various disciplines of biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, computers, and technology. There is a balance between events requiring knowledge of science facts, concepts, processes, skills and science applications. 126 schools competed this past Saturday in the Los Angeles County Science Olympiad at Occidental College.  Please click the photo above for some highlights of the competition.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

CPR WORKSHOP AT RAMONA 

 

The Pre-Med Club will be hosting a two hour CPR workshop at Ramona Convent on Friday, March 24th at 2:00 p.m. CPR instructor Alberto Ortega will direct the workshop. After completing the workshop, participants will become certified with the American Heart Association for two years. If at least 15 people sign up, the training session will cost $35 per person. Please contact Mrs. Angelica Seager (aseager@ramonaconvent.org) for more information.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

SHOW YOUR RAMONA PRIDE WITH A NEW T-SHIRT DESIGN

 
 
 
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Our parent group has been hard at work designing a new t-shirt for you to wear with Tiger pride! Various sizes are available for only $15. Don't wait! We WILL sell out!


Limited sizes of other designs are also available.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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:

 
 
 
 

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

Pennsylvania State U.

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

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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DATES TO REMEMBER:

 

Thursday, March 9th

7:00 New Welcome Night Rose Ceremony (HFR)


Friday, March 10

End of the third Quarter

Tuition Assistance Applications due

Junior Class Retreat (overnight)


Saturday, March 11th

Junior Class Retreat


Sunday, March 12th

Daylight Savings Time begins!


Monday, March 13th

Faculty Work Day – no class for students


Tuesday, March 14th

Spirit Week

Archdiocesan Christian Service Mass


Wednesday, March 15th

Spirit Week

Chamber Singers Tour begins

Third quarter grades will be posted

2017-2018 Course request forms online are due

Assembly – Pep Rally – Spirit Free Dress

12:00 Ramona Goes to Work


Thursday, March 16th

Chamber Singers on Tour – Northern California

Lunch Time – International Food Festival

Academic Review


Friday, March 17th

St. Patrick's Day

Chamber Singers on Tour

Spirit Week Concludes

1:20 Faculty Meeting

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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.

 
 
 
 
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