April 5, 2017 | Volume 9, Issue 35

RCSS News & Events




Our second annual celebration of the arts was a huge success. The talents of our singers, dancers, actors, and artists, the warm spring evening, our beautiful campus, and (of course) the food truck all combined for a celebratory event.  The night took off with stunning performances by the Drama class, Chamber Singers, and Ramona's Dance Team.  Following the performances, the Visual Arts Department invited the audience to gather in the library to view artwork made by Ramona students in Visual Arts and Ceramics.  Student docents were also present to provide insight on certain pieces of art. The Art Show will be open until April 13th, so come visit the library. You still have a chance to see the artwork of our talented Ramona students! Digital Multimedia Design (DMD) students Ambar Gutierrez '18, Taylor Cobian '18, and Liana Limeta '17 (also the event photographer) have prepared a video of Art Show highlights. For those who were unable to attend, this will give you a flavor of the evening – and for those of you who did attend, enjoy the highlights again. Congratulations to our teachers and to our students in the Arts Department. 




We are excited to share some big news!  A couple of months back we applied for a grant from the Ahmanson Foundation to purchase equipment for our MakerDen.  Two weeks ago a representative from the Foundation visited and toured the space to find out more about the program we plan to offer. Since then we have anxiously awaited their decision which came this past Friday.  In an unprecedented move, the Ahmanson Foundation was so pleased with our program that instead of granting us the $15,000 dollars we requested,  they granted us our entire equipment budget of $58,200!  Mr. Kays, his NINJAS (Need Info Now Just Ask), and the Ramona community were blown away by their decision but excited to fast forward our timeline!  This will allow for the purchase of CNC machines, laser cutters, 3D printers, and more!


TheMakerDen is currently up and running with a wonderful staff of NINJAS. These fabulous student volunteers are comprised of two Supervisors, Emily Echeverri and Christine Nguyen, and a support staff of Celine Vazquez, Frederica Liu, and Claire Sauter.  These young ladies are trained to assist students with ANYTHING they want to build.


The Den is open to all on Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. for open build time where students can come 3D print, sew, construct, and program any personal project they want. ALL THIS IS FREE!!!


Our new grant can only be used on equipment and not expendables. Thus, with the timeline accelerated we now also have some needs that we are hoping the Ramona community can accommodate and help round out our space.  Currently we need build materials like screws, nails, bolts, washers, plywood, lumber, and PVC pipes plus fittings 2" and below.  They can be new or very gently used and stored.


Wood Screws (100 each of the following types and size): 

#6 x 1/2", 5/8", 3/4", 1", 1-1/4", 1-1/2" screws

#8 x 3/4", 1", 1-1/4", 1-1/2", 2", 2-1/2" screws


Bolts and Nuts

M4 / 5 / 6 Stainless Steel Phillips Pan Head Bolts, Screws, Nuts, Flat and Locking Washers

Stainless Steel Flat Washers M2 M2.5 M3 M4 M5 M6 M8 M10

M2 M3 M4 Male Female Brass Spacer Standoff Screw Nut



4 packages of Ansen Tools AN 104 Nail Assortment Value Pack



Two ½" thick 4' by 8' sheet



8 each 1" x 2" x 4'

8 each 1" x 4" x 4'

8 each 2" x 4" x 4'


If you have these in excess from a project you completed or want to donate them we would greatly appreciate it!  It is an exciting time for the MakerDen which we hope to turn into the premier All Girls workshop for creativity, design, and entrepreneurship. 




Talent was surely the operative word last week.  Audience members were treated to quite a display of talent with acts including singing, dancing, and instrumental performances.  Senior Yessenia Castillo, first time Talent Show performer, shared"I was so nervous because this was my first time participating. It was a song that I never expected to sing and I really challenged myself vocally. As my mood transitioned from nervousness to satisfaction, I was ecstatic to hear the entire gym roaring.  I was so happy that I was able to get through it.  All the acts were fantastic but it totally made my day when I saw my teachers perform." The show was organized by Ms. Laura Dumas and members of the student council. Ms. Dumas always loves being part of the planning and performances in the talent show because she "loves that Ramona girls have the confidence to share their talents with the community and are supported and encouraged by their Ramona sisters." A clear sign of the Ramona sisterhood comes through in the spontaneous applause, cheering, and standing ovations, as well as coaching from the audience if the performer forgets the words to a song.  A special thank you to Angela Domingo '17, Ambar Gutierrez '17, and Reanna Salvador '17 for video footage of the performance!






Yesterday, Ramona's senior class had a wonderful visit to a local Buddhist Temple in Hacienda Heights called the Hsi Lai Temple. During the temple visit, the senior class was split into two groups, both being led by docents. The docents talked about the building's construction and the history of the Buddhist religion. There the senior class learned about the different Bodhisattvas that look over that specific temple. They visited the Main Shrine and learned that every human being has Buddha qualities. They also visited the gallery, which showed the original Sanskrit of the Buddhist religion and the beautiful statues that are there. After their tour, the seniors had lunch which consisted of numerous vegetarian delicacies. The food was very different and unique to those students who choose not to eat the way vegetarians do.  After lunch the students attended an information session where they were able to ask questions and converse with a Buddhist nun. Some questions that were asked were "What made you choose the monastic life? What were her thoughts on Christianity's God?"  Sherry Deaquino said that "the answers we were given were very enlightening and really helped me understand the religion itself."  Thank you to Digital Multimedia Design student Yessenia Castillo '17 for all photos!




The deadline to turn in Hawaii Raffle tickets is Friday, April 14.  If you misplaced your ticket form, there are extras in the main office or you can just order on line.  Several times in the last few years, parents have been the winners…this may be your year…but if you don't buy a ticket you don't have a chance to win!




Thank you to those parents who have sent in your auction donations.  There will be lots of wonderful baskets for attendees to bid on.  If you are a senior parent, this is your chance to bid on front row seats at graduation!  Other live auction items include a luxury box at the Staples Center for a game or tickets to the 2018 Rose Parade…and many more interesting items.  Again, if you don't buy a ticket, you can't bid on these items!  The deadline for purchasing tickets to attend LaFete is Friday, April 21.



To the parents of students taking AP Exams 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!




Members of the Book Club and the Dead Poets Society proudly present the Poetry Café. Students, teachers, parents, and alumnae are invited to stop by the Library at Lunch on Wednesday, April 12th, to read an original poem or to channel the voice behind their favorite poem or verse.  All are welcome to just sit back and enjoy the creativity in the company of our Ramona students.  Bring your lunch and join the fun! Attendance is free and open to everyone!  All student participants will receive a small prize!  Students who wish to participate need to sign up in the Library and provide Mrs. Tegtmeier with a copy of the poem they wish to perform by 3:00 P.M., Tuesday, April 11th.​​ Click here for a printable flyer with additional information!




Playing this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday is an event you won't want to miss.  Shows start at 7:00 p.m. in the Holy Family Room all three nights.  Tickets are just $8.00. Thursday will be Ramona v. Rowland Heights High School, Friday will be Students v. Faculty, and Saturday will be the Red Team v. the Blue Team.  Ramona is still the Southern California defending Champions. The next round of Comedy Sportz March Madness (in April) will be Saturday, April 15. Stay tuned for more information.  Never shy, our team made several commercials to entice attendance. Enjoy one of them by clicking the photo above!




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, April 6th

Algebra Proficiency Test & Blazer Fitting for incoming 9th graders

7:00 Comedy Sportz (HFR)

Friday, April 7th

1:20 Faculty Meeting

7:00 Comedy Sportz (HFR)

Saturday, April 8th

7:00 Comedy Sportz (HFR)

Sunday, April 9th

Palm Sunday

Wednesday, April 12th

Assembly – Holy Week Liturgy

Lunch – Poetry Café (Library)

Thursday, April 13th

Holy Thursday

All School Service Day

Friday, April 14th

Good Friday - No School

Saturday, April 15th

Holy Saturday

Sunday, April 16th

Easter Sunday

Spring Break Begins

Monday April 24th

School Resumes



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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