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May 24, 2017 | Volume 9, Issue 41

RCSS News & Events

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PRAYER FOR OUR GRADUATES


May God's blessing follow you all as you find new paths to travel.

May you walk safely along the pathways of your dreams.
May his gentle hand guide the decisions you will make and the passions that you follow.
May your hearts and lives always reflect his love and truth,
And may hope be a light within you that you carry into each new day.

As Ramona women, in the spirit of Marie Rose Durocher, may you

Go Forth, Cast Fire, and Liberate Life!

 

MISSING SOFTBALL SENIORS FOUND!

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Yesterday after graduation practice, our seniors were gathered for a group photograph in their college attire. While the picture was being taken, it was discovered that there were several seniors missing. It was our softball players who were battling on the field in an exciting second round CIF Playoff game. They deserve their moment to shine for all their hard work and dedication both on and off the field. Congratulations!

 

EXAM PERMITS

 

All accounts must be cleared for your daughter to receive her exam permit.  Please do not add extra stress to your daughter's life by waiting beyond this week to clear your accounts.  Exams or parts of exams missed because of delinquent accounts cannot be made up and will impact your daughter's grades.

 

RAMONA SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS HOSTS COLLEGE INFORMATION SESSION

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The Society of Professional Engineers (SHPE) Leadership Council has been looking for a way to give back to the Ramona community one last time before the end of the school year so they decided to host a truly insightful experience for all students about the college search and application process.

 

The panel consisted of seniors Samantha Gonzalez, Samantha Rivera, Dora Lu, and Taylor De Luna. Topics covered included choosing the right college, personal statement writing, preparing for the application, time management, and scholarship opportunities. Students also shared how the Guidance & College Counseling Department has helped them and the resources that are available to all students at Ramona. They all joked about the dreaded personal statement writing process that had been introduced by the English Department when they were in their early years but all agreed that they are so grateful that their English teachers helped them through it. The session closed with Q & A from the audience where questions came up pertaining to undergraduate class scheduling, housing, appealing financial aid decisions, and more.

 

As students were exiting, one said "It was so helpful that I was able to ask questions of students that have gone through the process and I'm a little less nervous knowing what to realistically expect next year when I start applying."

 

President Samantha Rivera hopes that "the Class of 2018 and our Guidance & College Counselors will be inspired to continue this great opportunity and host a college panel next year and for many years to come."

 

AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE CLASS PUBLISH POETRY COLLECTION

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Mrs. Barnheiser's AP English Language Class has published a collection of their poetry entitled Our Lives Are Poetry. This collection of poetry includes found poems from the students' own first attempts at their college essays and from other articles and stories, poems inspired by incongruous noun/verb pairings, and poems containing heroic couplets from the perspectives of people in early American history. The book is available on Amazon for only $8.00.

 

SPRING SPORTS AWARDS

 

Students who participated in track, swimming, and softball and their families enjoyed a delightful "fiesta" on Monday evening. At the conclusion of dinner, our coaches presented the traditional awards.  Congratulations to our talented and dedicated athletes.

 

TRACK AND FIELD

Coaches Ramiro Virgin and Amanda Argueta

Coach's Award – Kyrene Beltran 12th

Most Valuable Player – Nathalie Castanos 10th

Most Improved – Lidia Perzyna 9th

 

SOFTBALL

Coaches: Steven Garcia and Melvin Sharpe

Coach's Award -- Daryanna Ductoc 9th

Most Valuable Player – Sabrina Avila 12th

Most Improved – Valerie Acosta 12th

Best Defensive Player – Ariel Velazquez 10th

First Team – All League: Sabrina Avila, Ariel Velazquez, Daryanna Ductoc

Second Team – All League – Annalisa Vanegas

 

VARSITY SWIMMING

Coach: Deb Drury

Coach's Award: Blanca Sanchez 10th

Most Valuable – Vanessa Campos 12th

Most Improved – Katelyn Navarette 11th

 

JUNIOR VARSITY SWIMMING

Coach: Deb Drury

Coach's Award - Hailey Barrientos - Gonzalez 10th

Most Valuable - Caitlyn Oxford 9th

Most Improved - Claire Sauter 9th

 

TRIATHLETES

The following students participated in three sports this year

Seniors: Madeline Garcia, Nicole Vargas, Destiny Zelaya, Kyrene Beltran, Sabrina Avila

Juniors: Breeana Gallardo, Amber Mercado, Katelyn Navarette, Daniela Salatino, Analisa Vanegas Sophomores: Vanessa De La Rosa, Nathalie Castanos, Samantha Gonzalez, Isabella Rea, Araceli Seager, Megan Valadez, Ariel Velazquez, Haylie Zelaya

Freshmen: Abigail Ocampo, Kaitlyn Sosa, Olivia Virgen, Daryanna Ductoc, Catherine Sanchez

 

CONNIE PARKER SCHOLARSHIP

Awarded in memory of Connie Parker to a triathlete to pay all athletic fees for the senior year.

This year's winner is Analisa Vanegas.

 

A BIG "WIN" FOR RAMONA CONVENT ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT AND VOLLEYBALL PLAYER

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Congratulations to Taylor Rodriguez De Luna who has officially signed on to play volleyball for Mills College next year!  Her signing ceremony was held yesterday in the Parlor where her fan club of family and friends joined her in celebration of this amazing accomplishment. Way to go, Taylor!  We look forward to seeing you dominate as a Mills College Cyclone!

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INTERNATIONAL CULTURE SOCIETY (ICS) SENIOR FAREWELL

 

Last week International Culture Society members celebrated with a Senior Farewell luncheon! Members recognized seniors on their commitment and dedication to the club and wished them success in their future goals. Jenny Huang, Julia Nie, Erica Zhang, Regina Mao, Erica Cai, and Lincy Cai were all all commemorated and thanked for their work with the International Culture Society.

 

Here are some things students had to say about the seniors:

 

"Jenny is an artist and she is fascinated by the world of architecture. She looks forward to studying her passion at the Rhode Island School of Design next year."

 

"Julia loves to challenge herself to grow and change, and will no doubt continue to do so next year at the University of Washington in Seattle."

 

"Regina shared some of her passion for fashion when she led our Amazing Race to Italy where she facilitated a fashion design contest. Regina plans to study fashion accessories and jewelry design next year at Rhode Island School of Design."

 

GRAD NIGHT 2017 AT THE HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH

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This past Saturday our seniors headed to Disneyland to celebrate their annual GradNite! Along with several other high schools, the seniors spent the day at both California Adventure and Disneyland theme parks. They left Ramona at 11:00 a.m. and arrived back at Ramona at 3:00 a.m, truly making most of their time with their classmates before they graduate! 

 

SENIOR PORTRAIT INFORMATION - CLASS OF 2018

 

Senior portraits will be taken at Ramona on Monday & Tuesday, June 5 & 6, 2017 in the Student Life Center (SLC) from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The purpose of senior portrait appointments is for the yearbook and the senior composite that will be on display at graduation and in the library where all composites are stored. Specific information regarding appointment times was sent on Monday by Sanford Studios. 

 

CLASS OF 2017 COMMENCEMENT INFORMATION

PARKING FOR GRADUATION

 

If you need a special handicap space reserved near Rose Heath for our graduation program please contact Mrs. Szymanski (hszymanski@ramonaconvent.org) to make arrangements.

CLASS OF 2017 GROUP PHOTO

 

Sanford Studios will be at Ramona to take a group photo of our graduates in their beautiful white gowns before the ceremony.  Seniors have been given an envelope with information about how to purchase an 11 x 14 copy of the photo.  If you need an additional envelope, please contact Mrs. Fernandez (vfernandez@ramonaconvent.org).  Order forms may be turned in now or on the day of graduation to Mrs. Fernandez. 

 

EAST COAST COLLEGE TOUR UPDATES 

 

ATTENTION ALL PARENTS! THERE IS ONLY ONE SPOT LEFT for the East Coast College Tour.  This is a wonderful opportunity for your daughter to learn what colleges outside of California have to offer.  For more information, please contact Mr. Chavarria (achavarria@ramonaconvent.org)

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INNOVATE! CREATE! COLLABORATE! 

Our Summer Session curriculum is designed to prepare students for junior high and high school as well as to provide opportunities for enrichment for all students.  Over the summer, students can be found throughout our 19-acre campus, engaged and learning in our garden, our kitchen, our arts studios, science labs, and classrooms.


  • Read a novel through the eyes of a young scholar
  • Join other incoming freshmen as you delve into your 9th grade summer reading
  • Sharpen your math skills and learn something new
  • Make new friends that you will cherish
  • Explore our campus
  • Cook in our kitchen
  • Plant and harvest in our farm
  • Create in our Art Studio
  • Play and compete in sports


Ramona's summer session is available to young women and men who are entering grades 5 - 12 and is a co-educational summer school.  Click here to learn more about the Summer Session Curriculum or contact Mrs. Szymanski at hszymanski@ramonaconvent.org or ext. 137. You may also visit our summer session website for additional information.

Click the photo above for the full catalog.

 

BASKETBALL CAMP FOR GIRLS AND BOYS

MONDAY, JUNE 19TH - FRIDAY, JUNE 23RD

1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

COST: $150

 

Open to girls and boys, entering 6th - 9th grades. Campers will be taught the fundamental skills in basketball: ball handling, dribbling, passing, shooting, and defense in small groups, with plenty of opportunity for repetition. Groups will be rotated to various stations to practice skills and will have the opportunity to play challenging and fun games which will re-enforce each day's skills and concepts. Each camp day will end with a refreshing open swim session in our sparkling pool!

 

Instructors are our own Ramona Varsity coaches: Ms. Garcia and Ms. Zuczek

 

CLICK HERE FOR A PRINTABLE FLYER

Click the photo to register.

 

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.


SALE! SALE! SALE!

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!

 

DATES TO REMEMBER:

 

Thursday, May 25th

Exam permits will be distributed

to those who have cleared their accounts

Senior Faculty Luncheon

Junior Senior Banquet -- 6:15


Friday, May 26

No school for Seniors

Baccalaureate Mass – 7:15

Admission by ticket only


Monday, May 29

Memorial Day – School Holiday

Campus will be closed


Tuesday, May 30

Semester Exams

8:30-10:00 G Block

10:30-12:00 F Block


Wednesday, May 31

Semester Exams

8:30-10:00 E Block

10:30-12:00 D Block


Thursday, June 1

Semester Exams

8:30-10:00 C Block

10:30-12:00 B Block

Faculty Staff End of the Year celebration – 6:00


Friday, June 2

8:30-10:00 A Block

End of semester 2

 

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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