July 5, 2018 | Volume 10, Issue 46

RCSS News & Events


Lord, we stand today as our forefathers have stood before You
On this day we rejoice in the favor You have graciously given us.
We thank You for the blessings of liberty,
for our independence, peace and
for all those who have bravely given their lives in the defense of freedom and justice.
We thank You that Your gracious and provident hand has given us so much.

Yet as a nation and people we have not always chosen the right way.
We ask You to forgive us for these times.
On this day we commit ourselves to wholeheartedly honoring and serving You.
Make us a generous people and a holy nation,
for the sake of the land of the brave and free, and all the peoples and nations of this world.



Summer packets have been mailed. This packet contains all start of school year information that you will need to review prior to Business Day on Monday, August 13.  If you don't receive it by Monday, July 9, please contact the school office.



Ramona families may now purchase high quality Ramona-branded fan wear, including hats, sweatshirts, tee shirts, and polos in a variety of styles and prices from an online company through our website. Purchases will be shipped directly to your home. These items are not part of the school uniform but are a great way to show school spirit.




Used books and uniforms are available through other students and Campus Ministry.  The gym will be available on July 11 from 3:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. for students who wish to sell or purchase used books.  Campus Ministry sponsors a used uniform sale at the same time.


On July 11, all used book sales, including prearranged agreements between students, must take place in the gym.  No change will be available; buyers should bring small bills.  All sales are student-to-student.  The student seller will determine if she will accept checks or not.  Ramona is not responsible for returned checks.  Copy down the ISBN numbers for the books you wish to purchase so that you can be sure to purchase the correct book.  If you look up the book prices ahead of time, you will know that a used book should be sold for at least half of the original price.

Before you buy or sell a textbook please click here to check the booklist. The new books are noted with red text. Schedules will be available by July 1st, and the K12 online bookstore will open July 8th. If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Szymanski ( Have a wonderful summer!


The American Association of Physics Teachers, AAPT, has announced the Fellows selected for the 2018 Master Teacher Policy Fellowship, funded by the AIP Venture Partnership Fund. The 2018 cohort includes Mr. Brian Kays. During the fellowship, Mr. Kays will focus on promoting gender equity in physics. The fellowship begins with a Leadership Workshop from July 21-28 in Washington, DC, and concludes in July 2019. The purpose of this fellowship is to engage K-12 classroom teachers of physics and physical science physics as agents of change in physics education. Learn more about Mr. Kays and his project on the AAPT K-12 Portal.

This program will bring together educators with experience in high school physics and K-8 physical science teaching who are eager to develop strategic plans to positively impact policy as it relates to elementary and secondary physics education. The program aims to empower and support teacher-driven efforts to improve educational policy at the state and/or large district level as it pertains to the teaching and learning of physics. During the workshop, participants will learn about the resources and policy supports that can be provided by the AAPT and AIP for district and/or state-level work. Using a "problem-based learning" approach, Fellows will use the workshop to explore solutions to their identified policy issue, learn about case studies in science policy from experienced science policy leaders, and receive constructive feedback from high-profile "critical friends" in local, state, and national science education policy.

Congratulations to Mr. Kays!



From July 17 - 22, teams of students from the seven schools in the SNJM Network (including Ramona Convent) as well as three other teams from schools administered by SNJMs or closely connected to the SNJMs will gather to probe together the issue of social justice. Participants will learn about the SNJM charism and corporate stands. Students will share their experiences of justice work in their own school community or hometowns and will also have the opportunity to participate in shared service projects. It is hoped that the 5-day experience will be one of solidarity and fellowship among members of the extended SNJM community.


This year's Youth Justice Forum is being held at Holy Names University in Oakland, California. We invite you to join us in praying for open hearts and fruitful friendship during their week together. Ask that they may be given the inspiration to see how they might contribute further to the work of justice upon their return to each their little corner of the world!


Thank you to all who have supported the participants in their preparation for this event!


Remember to follow the Youth Justice Forum on Facebook starting July 17!




Join astronomy lovers from across the city for a week (July 14-22) of FREE and family-friendly space-themed events. On Saturday July 14 from 2 - 8 p.m., AstroFest kicks off the week with a festival of hands-on activities, robotics demos, creative art displays, planetarium shows, and evening star-gazing from 8 - 10 p.m. at both the Pasadena Convention Center and The Paseo. Together with scientists from all over the world who will be gathering during the same week for the 42nd COSPAR Assembly, they invite you to take part and explore our place in the Universe. Further information is available on their website:




Wednesday, July 11

Used Book and Used Uniform Sale - 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. in the Gym


Friday, July 20

Summer School Ends

Camp Ramona Ends


Monday, August 13

Business Day for ALL grade levels (required for all students)


Tuesday, August 14

New Student Orientation


Wednesday, August 15

First Day of Classes



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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