March 30, 2017 | Volume 9, Issue 34


RCSS News & Events




Imagine combining the action of a major sporting event such as football and the rhythm of a rock and roll concert, but with a mechanical engineering twist. The FIRST Robotics Competition provides an educational and engineering environment for students to learn skills that aid in future job placement. It couples international teams made of students and professional engineers to overcome design and functionality obstacles. FIRST's competition brings out the competitiveness of life with the fun of learning.


Hard work will soon pay off! Each FIRST Robotics Competition season culminates with district and regional events where qualifying teams compete for awards and a spot at the FIRST Championship. Events at every level offer students an amazing experience as they celebrate their hard work, have fun, make new friendships, and are exposed to ideas and ideology that will enhance their lives for decades to come.


Competition will be held at the UCI Bren Events Center (100 Mesa Road, Irvine, CA 92697) from March 30th – April 1st.  The FIRST Robotics Competition is open and FREE to the public! We encourage anyone to come by to see all the action and cheer on our Robotics Team. You can also watch live matches from home!




Ramona's all-girls' robotics team was invited to be an exhibitor at SPACEPORT LA on March 18, 2017.  Advertised as "Let's Celebrate Women in Space," the event was a panel presentation and project exhibition.


The panel speakers included Angela Wallace, Vice President of Booz Allen Hamilton, Brigadier General Pamela J. Lincoln of the Air Force Space Command, Virgin Galactic Founder Astronaut Loretta Whitesides, NASA Chief Medical and Safety Officer Sheyna Gifford, and Amy Shira Teitel, moderator and host of the blog Vintage Space.


Our robotics team members represented both Ramona and FIRST Robotics well as they answered questions from the  over 200 guests who visited their booth. As part of the exhibit, the girls demonstrated our award-winning robot from last years' competition.




All are welcome to join us as we celebrate the Visual and Performing Arts at Ramona. Performances and displays will sample works from the following: Music, Improvisation, Theater, Painting, Digital Design, Photography, Ceramics, Drawing, and Dance.

The evening begins at 6:00 p.m. 




6:00-6:45 p.m.

Music on the stairs

Dance & Theatre under the stars


6:45– 7:30 p.m.

Art Show Gallery Walk



Food Truck and

Bake Sale


The Art exhibit will remain open from March 30 - April 13 during regular library hours. 




Looking for a way to fulfill your auction obligation?  Purchase $100 or more from our Amazon Wish List found here:  We will be notified that you have purchased from our list and the items will be sent directly to us.  There is nothing more for you to do!  These items will be used to make amazing silent auction baskets. Please keep in mind that every family is required to fulfill the auction obligation.  If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Cerda at 626-282-4151 ext. 113 or



To the parents of students taking AP Exam in May, your exam fee(s) will be automatically debited from your bank account on Tuesday, April 11th. If you have any concerns, please contact Ms. Castro at 626-282-4151 ext. 120 or via email at Thank you!




This past weekend, our Track & Field Team participated in the Bell Gardens Relays Invitational and had a great experience. This invitational, now in its 18th edition, is unique in a few ways - the most obvious being in that all races are "relays." Coach Virgen added that "this invitational promotes partnerships among all the schools competing. If a school does not have enough student-athletes to fill a particular relay team during the event, it is encouraged to find student-athletes from other schools to fill the team. There are also coed relays that require runners to find male runners from other schools to enter in those particular races."


Our Tigers were able to compete in all forms that this invitational offers. We competed just as Ramona Tigers, partnered with San Gabriel Mission High school on various races as well as field events, and partnered with San Gabriel High School to field teams in the 4X800 and the 8X200. In the coed relays we partnered with Don Bosco Tech. Results varied as the competition was strong but we represented ourselves well, earning medals in the 4X400 that we partnered with Mission as well as in the Shot Put that we partnered with San Gabriel High. Our shotput team combo with San Gabriel High also medaled in the throwers 4X100 relay (4X100 only open to throwers).


Coach Virgen was proud to share that "all in all, we represented ourselves well, with the effort and energy that competition deserves, the dignity and grace that sportsmanship teaches, and the beauty of "COMMUNITY" that sports, when promoted correctly, allows us to enjoy."




This past weekend, the Ramona ComedySportz team competed at March Madness where an improv battle brewed among three schools.  Ramona, the Reigning Champs, played in the first half.  It began with a Ramona vs San Dieguito Academy match. From the moment our competitors set foot on stage, we came on strong and were an audience favorite with games such as What you got?, Emo Party, and Foursquare. The other teams put up a very strong fight. In the end, the score was SDA - 5 and Ramona Convent - 15.  We now move on to defend our March Madness title on April 15!


ComedySportz High School League Matches will also be held on April 6th, 7th, and 8th.  Join us for the fun!




Each year one senior is named for the Archdiocesan Christian Service Award based on the quality and extent of her service to the school and wider community during her years at Ramona. On Tuesday, March 14th, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles honored 76 high school seniors during this year's Christian Service Awards Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. These students together logged in a combined total of 52,000 hours of service. This award given by the Archdiocese recognizes the significant contributions made by these students in service to their church, school and community. During the Mass, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez encouraged those in attendance "to make service the hallmark of our lives and to follow the example of Jesus Christ." 


Among these special young people was our very own senior, Carolina Barbosa, who was invited to read an intercession during the Mass.


During Carolina's four years at Ramona, she has contributed over 1000 hours of verified service while participating in the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church Religious Education program, Camp Ramona, the Interact Club, and more. Congratulations and thank you, Carolina, for your generous service and outstanding example. We are so proud of Carolina, who has given over 2000 hours of service.




Last Thursday, the Arts Appreciation classes visited the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena.  Home to a large and quite impressive group of European masterpieces, the Norton Simon offered students a fantastic opportunity to gain insight on paintings that fell into the categories of baroque, renaissance, and contemporary. Students were truly enlightened as they were able to view about 1,000 works, some of which were painted by artists such as Rembrandt, Fragonard, Goya, Degas, Vuillard and Picasso.




We are happy to welcome Xochil Johansen '09 back to Ramona.  After graduating from Ramona in 2009, Xochil went on to study at Pitzer College, a small liberal-arts school within the Claremont Colleges. Throughout her undergraduate years, she pursued her passion for working with kids through Jumpstart, a program that taught literacy to young children in preschools. After graduating in 2013 with a double bachelors in Psychology and Chicano/a Studies, as well as a minor in Sociology, she decided to pursue teaching full-time, back in her hometown. As part of the Teach for America in Los Angeles program, she went on to earn her teaching credential and Masters In Special Education from Loyola Marymount University in 2015. Since the summer of 2013, she has been working as a Resource Specialist Teacher at Stern Math and Science School, a charter high school in East LA, advocating for at-risk youth, students with disabilities, and their families.  She is also a volleyball coach and the Social Justice Club Advisor.




The Durocher House will be demolished on Friday and Saturday with clean-up work being finished on Monday.  This project is purposely planned for days when the students will not be here and classes will not be disturbed.  Since that area will be roped off for the safety of the workers and our school community, on Monday, students should be dropped off in the gym parking lot.




Financial Literacy is the ability to understand how money works in the world: how someone manages to earn it or make it, how that person manages it, how he/she invests it (turn it into more), and how that person donates it to help others.

The Loyola Marymount University Save-It-Forward initiative provides an intensive four-day educational program introducing high school students to the fundamentals of saving, budgeting, and investing money. Its mission is to build a happier and more prosperous world through financial literacy education.

Last summer, over 75 of our fellow Catholic high school students participated in this great program on the LMU campus. It is a four-day Financial Literacy program, subsidized by Paul Orfalea, founder of Kinko's. The camp, workbook, parking, and daily lunch are included in the $20.00 registration fee.


For more information and to register visit



The Sisters of the Holy Names have close to 100 sisters in Africa who 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.




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.


Last year's t-shirt's are NOW on SALE (the white and the black "parent" t-shirt). They are only $5! What a deal!


Click here for an order form!



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




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, March 30th

Softball v. Sacred Heart 3:30 (home)

6:00 Arts Night / Art Show Opens

Robotics Competition – UC Irvine

Friday, March 31st

Faculty Retreat

No Classes for Students

Robotics Competition – UC Irvine

Saturday, April 1st

Robotics Competition – UC Irvine

Monday, April 3rd

Department Chairs Meeting – 3:00

Comedy Sports Tech Week 3:00-7:00

Tuesday, April 4th

Lesotho Drive Ends

Softball at San Gabriel Mission High School 3:30

Wednesday April 5th

Assembly – Speeches for '17-'18 ASB Officers

Ramona Goes to Work – 12:00

Swim Meet at Brenda Villa Aquatic Center - 1:00

Track v. Holy Family at Occidental College – 3:00

Algebra Proficiency Exam – incoming 9th grade - 3:00 PM

Blazer Fitting for New Students

Comedy Sports Tech Week 3:00 - 7:00

Thursday, April 6th

Softball V. Alverno Heights (3:30 (home)

Algebra Proficiency Exam – incoming 9th grade - 3:00 PM

Blazer Fitting for New Students

Comedy Sportz – 7:00 (HFR)

Friday, April 7th

Faculty Meeting – 1:20

Comedy Sportz – 7:00 (HFR)

Saturday, April 8th

Comedy Sportz – 7:00 (HFR)



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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