February 6, 2019 | Volume 11, Issue 29

RCSS News & Events




Seventeen Ramona students, Mr. Laborie, Sister Anna, and Mrs. Lopez '11 spent most of their weekend learning about homelessness at the annual Ramona Homelessness Solidarity Retreat. Guest speaker Sister Judy Vaughan, CSJ, Director of Alexandria House, a shelter for women and children, gave a presentation about the reality of homelessness in L.A. She brought Gigi, a woman who used to be homeless who shared her story. Participants slept in cardboard boxes around the porch of the English Wing. All participants remained dry, but some boxes did not survive the rain unscathed! On Saturday, half of the retreatants went to Union Station in Pasadena and served lunch to the homeless. The other half went to St. Francis Center, a food pantry in L.A., and handed out food to food insecure families.




This weekend, Ramona Rampage Robotics team continued to work on the prototype for the hatch panel mechanism. The hatch panel is unique and no other team has been able to build one like it. A group of members worked on fine-tuning the pulley for the elevator. The media team is working on publishing the website and updating the social media platforms.




Thanks to a generous grant from the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation ($50,000) we took a huge leap forward and are about 85% towards our goal to put lights on the soccer/softball field. Now is the time for our Ramona community to step forward! Join us tonight at the Diner on Main in Alhambra. The Diner is generously donating 25% of their proceeds between 3:00 and 9:00 p.m. Whether you "dine in" or "take out" your orders will count. Just tell them that you are part of the Ramona fundraiser. The more people who attend, the more money we will make! The restaurant will take reservations although it is not necessary. Soccer team and fans, we are expecting you to show up after the playoff game! If you are unable to come, please consider making a donation by send in cash or a check or through Ramona's website.



Re-enrollment packets have been mailed out. All completed forms (including parent signatures) and the $600 enrollment fee are due to the tuition office NO later than February 20. If you have not received your packet, please see Ms. Castro in the Tuition Office.



Just a gentle reminder that Friday is the deadline for tuition assistance applications for new students. If you have a daughter already enrolled and an incoming freshman, please apply this week.. Click here to visit the Tuition Assistance page.


As the seniors are picking up their graduation dresses, we are reminded that this is an 80 year tradition. The first class to select and wear a white dress for graduation was the Class of 1939. As our oldest living graduate, Carmen Martinez Sandoval '39, was looking forward to joining us at Alumnae Weekend to celebrate her 80th anniversary. God had other plans: Carmen will be celebrating in heaven with her closest friends, both of whom died in the last couple of months. Carmen's cousin, who was a fashion designer, designed the dress that Carmen and her classmates wore. Carmen's daughter graduated from Ramona in 1974 and her niece Fatima Djelmane Rodriguez '97 was our speaker at graduation last year. Carmen was a cousin of Marina Dominguez '08 and Marina's father, Art Dominguez, serves on our Board of Trustees. 




Congratulations to Natalia Medrano '21 whose artwork received third place in the 2-D art contest sponsored by the California Art Education Association. Her piece entitled "A Thousand Words" was submitted by Ms. Averill and will be on display at the Canoga Park Youth Arts Center (7222 Remmet Ave, Canoga Park, CA 91303) until February 10th. She has been invited to attend a special awards ceremony at the center. Her artwork will then go on to the regional exhibit at the Riverside Art Museum.



We are currently in search of art work to use on the agenda cover, posters, and various displays. Top work will be displayed during the 18 - 19 Student Art Show. One piece of artwork will be chosen for the 2019-2020 agenda cover. The theme of artwork submissions should reflect and celebrate your experience or something you love about Ramona. Images that all community members can relate to are best. Click here to learn more.


Congratulations to Mrs. Amanda Lopez '11 for having a paper accepted for presentation at the Boston College Theology Department Engaging Particularities Conference in April. Her paper, "The Re-imagination of Jesus Christ through the Lens of Kuan-Yin," reflects her interest in comparative theology. Amanda's work on this topic in her graduate studies at Loyola Marymount University has been supported by the James L. Fredericks Fellowship, which supports joint student and faculty research in comparative theology.




Congratulations to our outstanding teachers who led workshops and shared aspects of their curricula with their colleagues in high schools throughout the archdiocese at the LA Archdiocese Faith Formation In-service on February 4. Their workshops were as follows: Tracy Clavin, "Frankenstein: What Makes a Monster?"; Brian Kays, David Gray, Eddie Cortez, Judy Alvarez and Francois Laborie on "Makerspaces: Building Depth in Social Science and Theology"; Sister Daleen, Amanda Lopez, Sister Anna, Francois Laborie, Judy Alvarez, Matthew Vincent-Carrillo, and Rebecca Lamas '06 on "Social Justice Across the Curriculum"; and Maggie Averill, "Using Psalms in the Ideation of Art."



This is the third year that Mrs. Markley (mother of KaitLynn '18) has brought her 4th graders from St. Thomas More Catholic School over to Ramona for a visit. They spend time in our Chemistry classes where Ramona students discuss chemical changes and polymers with the young chemists. Our students helped them make slime, silly putty, and polyurethane foam which they were all able to take home. After class they enjoyed a picnic lunch on campus and stopped by the Junior Living Room to visit the Music Department.




This Thursday, twenty of our highest achieving 9th and 10th grade math students will be taking the AMC10 exam. This is a 25-question, 75-minute exam which relies on a student's problem-solving skills. Over 300,000 students participate annually in this competition. The AMC 10/12 is the first in a series of competitions that eventually lead all the way to the International Mathematical Olympiad. Good luck to our Ramona mathematicians!


All right's the moment everyone has been waiting for all year!


Are you ready for the Ramona Rumble?


That's right, this years' improvisation match between our Faculty and our students will take place in the Holy Family Room on Friday, February 8th at 7 p.m. Come and see teachers and students duke it out in a fun, exciting, improv show! Who will win the championship belt? There's only one way to find out! Tickets are $5 at the door.




Our new Dance class starts today, February 6, in the JLR at 3:30 p.m. Students should bring their permission slip to class or give it to Ms. Averill or Ms. Mansell. Students who aren't sure about taking the class should come anyway and check it out. Dance is for everyone! There is no charge for this program.



Next week we welcome Bianca Quezada '08 as our speaker for Ramona Goes to Work. Bianca has had a very successful career first in theater and then in film producing and co-producing award winners. She now works on the network side, currently working for Live Nation Productions as Director of Development of TV, Film and Digital Content. Bianca we are proud of you and your accomplishments!



Alexander Hamilton, one of America's most visionary founding fathers, is with us every day, not only in our wallets, on the $10 bill, but also in the republic's most vital institutions. The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is bringing Alexander Hamilton to Ramona in the national traveling exhibition, "Alexander Hamilton: Immigrant, Patriot, Visionary." The exhibit will be on display in the Ramona Library through 3/7/2019.

The exhibition, funded in part by the Rockefeller Foundation, examines Hamilton's important role in the Revolutionary War and Founding period. More than any other founder, Hamilton foresaw the way we live now. In his Federalist Papers, he advocated ratification of the Constitution. As Treasury Secretary, he oversaw the adoption of a national currency; and, as an economist, he recognized the importance of trade and commerce in building a strong nation.


Nicole Gonzalez, '22, was excited to see the panels! Hamilton, the musical, inspired her to learn more about that time in history by reading the acclaimed biography Alexander Hamilton: Revolutionary by Martha Brockenbrough"I loved reading each panel! They tie together everything I learned in the book and heard on the Broadway soundtrack," exclaimed Nicole Gonzalez '22. 


For more information on the traveling exhibition "Alexander Hamilton: Immigrant, Patriot, Visionary," contact Director of Library Services, Aniko Tegtmeier, at 626-282-4151, ext. 115.



The Johns Hopkins Whiting School of  Engineering is offering an Innovation Summer (EI) Program. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to try college level engineering while still in high school. This is also a great way to help students determine if they want to pursue a course of study in engineering and which specific field is of the most interest to them. Programs will be held at Mt. San Antonio College (Walnut) and Pasadena City College. For more information, please contact Mr. Chavarria at or simply click here.



Bonjour! We are so excited to announce the upcoming visit from Friday February 8 - 12 of fourteen new French friends! During their stay, St. Jo's Students (click here to learn more about our partner school) will attend school with their Ramona partners, spend time with their Ramona host families, and explore the Los Angeles area on excursions of their own. We look forward to getting to know them and to sharing our daily life and culture with them. Thank you, Ramona faculty, staff and administrators for your enthusiasm and support, and many thanks to Ramona students and families for offering your hospitality to this lovely group of students! We know many Ramona students will enjoy making some wonderful new international friends! Any students who are not hosting, but would like to help us welcome the group upon their arrival after school on Friday February 8, please contact Ms. Ady (



We look forward to welcoming author, immigrant rights advocate, and former Wall Street executive Julissa Arce as a guest speaker on Wednesday, February 20, 2019. She will be signing copies of her books after her presentation. Books can be purchased via Vroman's, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Skylight Books, and other booksellers.Click here to learn more about our guest speaker.



Help The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History find outstanding K-12 teachers for the
2019 History Teacher of the Year Award. Each year they recognize first-rate K-12 teachers who find creative ways to bring history alive in their classrooms. Winners are selected from each state and US territory, and become finalists for the national award. State winners receive $1,000, an invitation to a 2019 Teacher Seminar, and free classroom materials. The national winner receives $10,000 and is honored at a ceremony in New York City. The deadline for 2019 nominations is March 31, 2019. Click here to learn more.



In an effort to increase enrollment in Catholic Schools across the Archdiocese, you are invited to participate by referring a student to Ramona or a younger child to your neighborhood Catholic School. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles is excited to announce a new Parent Referral Program sponsored by the Department of Catholic Schools. Effective immediately, any referrals submitted through the referral portal below will get you one step closer to winning some great incentives.


  • Tuition Discount: If your referral enrolls, both you and your referral will receive $100 off tuition, up to the first 100 referred enrollments
  • iPad Raffle: Every referral submitted through the referral portal counts as 1 entry into the raffle, 5 winners will be randomly selected


Also, the school whose parents submit the most referrals based on the student population will receive a $3,000 technology grant — so let's do this together!


A qualified referral counts as a friend, family member, or other acquaintance who has expressed interest in Catholic education. Once you submit a referral, both you and the referral will receive an email confirmation with the next steps.


I encourage you to participate as actively as possible, and please spread the word! Let's help keep our schools strong and our faith alive. Here's a special message from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and thank you for all you do!


Just in…soccer scarves for your favorite Ramona soccer player (or just for yourself)! The Tiger For Life soccer scarf is made of a soft knit material woven with Ramona's colors and motto on both sides. The cost per scarf is $30.00. You can purchase scarves through this link. The scarves can be picked up in Ms. Huntley's office in Founder's Hall.


Varsity soccer players Megan Valadez '19, Olivia Virgen '20, and Alysa Hurlic '21 had fun modeling  these adorable soccer scarves!




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.




Wednesday, February 6
Lunchtime – Celebration of the Lunar New Year
Softball Tryouts
Soccer Playoff Game v. Rancho Alamitos 3:15 - Game will be played at Bosco Tech
3:00 - 9:00 Dine out at the Diner on Main


Thursday, February 7
Softball Tryouts
Admissions Interviews 3:30 - 6:30


Friday, February 8
1:20 Faculty Meeting
7:00 Ramona Rumble
Tuition Assistance Applications due for new students


Monday, February 11
Sophomore Retreat
Swim and Track Tryouts


Tuesday, February 12
World Religious Field Trip
Swim and Track Tryouts


Wednesday, February 13
Assembly – Liturgy
Lunchtime – Ramona Goes to Work
Swim and Track Tryouts


Thursday, February 14
Valentine's Day


Friday, February 15
No School
Offices will be open regular hours


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.


1701 West Ramona Road • Alhambra, CA  91803 • (626) 282-4151

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