Information For  SM Students




2017 Summer Reading List





9TH GRADE:              THE PEARL by John Steinbeck

in 2017-18


10TH grade  

CP:                             SARAH'S KEY by Tatiana DeRosnay 

Honors:                      LOST CITY RADIO by Daniel Alarcon

       in 2017-18                          



11TH grade:              OF MICE AND MEN by John Steinbeck

in 2017-18


12TH grade:              BRAVE NEW WORLD by Aldous Huxley

       in 2017-17



All students (10-12) must read a second

book of their choice from the elective list.



*I am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World " by M. Yousafzai & P.McCormick:

     *Young Readers Edition



*Classic Palmer by J. Feinstein



*The Book Thief by Markus Zusak


Science Fiction:

*The Martian by Andy Weir



*Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions by Ben Mezrich 


*The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot


The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw


Historical Fiction:

*All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren



*Leaping at Shadows by Megan Atwood


     All students EXCEPT incoming freshmen are expected to read two books for summer reading. One book is from the required list above by grade level. Incoming freshmen are to read the REQUIRED book only.


 The second book is the student's choice from the elective list above.


All books will be a major part of the student's first quarter grade in English. The required book will be tested and it will be 5% of the student's first quarter English grade.



 The elective book will also be tested and it will be 5% of the first quarter English grade.  


The above books are available at Barnes and Noble.  St. Mary's High School will not stock these books either in the main office or in the Ram Center.





The Ram Center has a variety of used books for sale. These books are all used next year. If you are interested in purchasing any of the books listed below for a cost of between $1.00 and $40.00, these books will be sold on August 2 & 3 from 8:00 am - noon in the cafeteria.  All sales are final there will be no refunds and no returns. All books will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis, while supplies last.



Revelation of Jesus

Jesus Christ: His Mission and Ministry


Mission of Jesus

Jesus Christ: Source of Our Salvation


Mission of Jesus

Jesus and the Church: One, Holy, Cath, Aptlc


Sacraments & Morality

Your Life in Christ: Found. of Cath. Morality


Sacraments & Morality

Meeting Jesus in the Sacraments


Church History

This is Our Church: A History of Catholicism


English 9 Lit. (H)

Glencoe Lit. - The Readers Choice


English 9 CP Lit.

Glencoe Lit. - The Readers Choice


English 9 CP Lit.

Lord of the Flies


English 9 CP Comp.

Glencoe Lit. - The Readers Choice


English 9 CP Comp.

Lord of the Flies


Eng. 11 CP Am. Lit.

American Literature


20th Century U.S. His

America: Pathways to the Present 5th edi.


Intro. to Economics

Economics: Principles in Action


Geom./Algebra (H)

Algebra: Structure & Method Book I CA   Edi.


Geom./Algebra (H)

Geometery 2011 Edi.


Algebra 1

Algebra: Structure & Method Book I CA   Edi.


Algebra 1A

Algebra: Structure & Method Book I CA   Edi.


Geom./Trig. (H)

Geometry 2011 Edi.


Calculus (AP)

Calculus of a Single Variable 10th Edi.



Geometry 2011 Edi.


Algebra 2

Algebra 2


Geometery Essentials

Geometry 2011 Edi.


Physical Science

Physical Science Concepts in Action w/ E & S


Physical Science B

Physical Science Concepts in Action w/ E & S


Biology (H)

BSCS Biology: A Molecular Approach, Blue V



Biology, The Dynamics of Life


Biology B

Biology, The Dynamics of Life


Spanish 1

Avancemos 1


Spanish 2

Avancemos 2


Spanish 2 (H)

Avancemos 2


Spanish 3

Avancemos 3


Spanish 3 (H)

Avancemos 3


American Sign Lang. 2

Signing Naturally Level 2


American Sign Lang. 2

Signing Naturally Unit 7-12


American Sign Lang. 3

Signing Naturally Level 3


St. Mary's also has a variety of school supplies at a reasonable price.  Your purchase at our student store directly supports our school.


Senior Photos


Prestige will be on our school campus August 4, 5, 10, 11 and 12 to take your official picture for the senior section of our 2018 Cauldron yearbook. Please go online to and book your appointment with the 8-digit code provided in your packet or call Prestige at 916-844-1227 for assistance in making an appointment at St. Mary's. Thank you!




Senior class parents and students are reminded to log on to and to register for the SAT and ACT Tests.


Students and parents are advised to read and study the requirements for initial eligibility formulated in the Guide for the Collegebound Student Athlete.  Access to this guide is available on the NCAA website at


SAT / ACT Junior class parents and students are reminded to log on to and to register for the SAT and ACT Tests. 


Each year the master (SMHS) calendar includes the dates of the ACT and SAT.  These college admissions tests are not offered on the SM campus.  We promote the dates as a courtesy to our students for planning purposes.  Students are required to register for these tests through an online portal.  At that time, test takers may choose a location that serves as a national testing site.


Kaplan Test Prep is offering St. Mary's High School free access to their Online Prep Courses for the PSAT, SAT and ACT.  Information on how to register is provided on each counselor's faculty website. If you need further assistance with any of these programs, please contact Kaplan at 1-800-KAPTEST or contact our Kaplan representative, Katherine Plommer via email at  


Do You Have A Vocation?


Is God calling you to be a priest, a brother or a  member of a religious community?  Have you felt a need to serve God's people, to minister to their needs and help them find out about the love of God?

Ask Fr. Matthew Issac or go to for more information.


Are you ready to Wake Up the World?


Vocations Prayer Card











Christian Service


The program is designed to encourage and facilitate students’ active involvement in service, faith development, personal leadership and giving back to the community. Students will be required to complete 10 hours of Community Service during their freshman year, and continue with annual service hours throughout their 4 years at St. Mary’s. Sixty hours of service must be completed to participate in graduation. All sixty hours must be completed by the end of the Fall Semester, of the senior year. Requirements per year are as follows: Freshmen-10 hours; Sophomores-10 hours; Juniors-20 hours; and, Seniors-20 hours. Christian Service Link


When You Turn 18 Guide


As students turn 18 years old, the law views them differently with respect to both rights and responsibilities. This publication offers an overview of how your world changes when you become a legal adutl.


To order the guide free of charge, send an email to Please specify the number of guides desired and include a complete mailing address (p.o. boxes are not acceptable). There is no charge for the guide or for shipping, nor is there a limit on how many can be ordered.




St. Mary's High School Handbook


The St. Mary's High School handbook contains information of academics, athletics, clubs, organizations, Honor Code and academic requirements, regulations and expectations regarding use of technology and media, disciplinary and dress code matters, along with valuable information related to the school community.  Handbook.pdf



We are working to create a positive game environment for our student athletes and our student spectators. We would love to see students from every grade level involved in the campus life at St. Mary's and this is one of the best ways that we can offer such an experience. Here's what every member of The Machine will receive.

  • Free admission to all home, non-CIF games for ALL sports, all year.

  • Choice of one of three, limited edition Green Machine t-shirts in green, white, or black that can be worn to school on Fridays and, of course, to games.

  • Be eligible to take advantage of give-a ways like free food, free t-shirts, free play-off tickets, even some free play tickets and much more. 

  • Priority seating in our student section - the whole Ram Fam is welcome there!

  • Getting the most out of your high school experience and creating life-long memories. 

You can stay updated on everything Green Machine by following us on Twitter, Instagram, and Vine @SMGreenMachine. We post game updates and pictures to showcase the Rams and their fans. 


*These links are not not officially sponsored  nor under the control of St. Mary’s High School. The links are provided solely as a convenience to the user. The inclusion of this link is not a recommendation of nor an  endorsement of the views expressed within them. The views and opinions are solely those of the authors of the content contained therein. St. Mary’s is not responsible for the accuracy or content of information contained in the site.

The cost for the Green Machine is $30 but it will save you lots of money over the course of the year. The more you get involved, the more you save.  If you attend only 4 football games and 2 volleyball games in the fall you will already have participated in more than $30 in SMHS activities.



Refer a Student


Current students, parents, alumni, and friends play an important role in our student enrollment. We encourage you to e-mail or call us directly to recommend a prospective student to St Mary's High School. Once we receive the information from you, we will send the prospective student all of the appropriate admission information. Email: aknowles@ or Phone: 209-957-3340


Scholarship Information


Several private universities require the PROFILE form. The PROFILE application form can be completed online at GPA verifications will be sent automatically for all seniors.


Parents wishing to receive periodic announcements and updates from the Scholarship Counselors may join a group email through our school website at the scholarship page.


Volunteer Opportunities


St. Mary's students have many opportunities to volunteer to help the community, the world and themselves. Some possible opportunities include:



Catholic Charities

Provides strong leadership and support to enhance the work of the local agencies in their efforts to reduce poverty, support families, and empower communities.




Saint Mary’s Interfaith Dining Room

Serving the needs of Stockton's poor and homeless by providing food, medical care and clothing.





Red Rhino Orphanage Project


The Red Rhino Orphanage Project’s mission is to house and educate some of the most desperate and unfortunate children in Kenya, enabling them to become contributing members of society and leaders of the next generation






Your Local Catholic Parish


Numerous volunteer opportunities present themselves from youth ministry to liturgy.




News For And About SM Students


Matt Hosmer to Compete, Coach Hooneart to Lead Team in Junior Olympics

Matt Hosmer will compete on behalf of the Big Valley Waterpolo Academy, directed by St. Mary's own aquatics director, Jeff Hoorneart in the Junior Olympics, the largest water polo tournament in the world. Teams from around the world will meet in San Diego for the competition.




Incoming Freshman William Bensch and Skyler May in Golf Teen World Championship'


Incoming Freshman William Bensch and Skyler May are competing in the U.S. Kids Golf Teen World Championship from July 27-29 in Pinehurst, North Carolina.


According to the Record they met at Annunciation school in kindergarten and have been friends since. They do play golf together, but also competitively and both have been playing golf since the age of 5.


Prior to this Bensch and May took part in the U.S. Kids Invitational regional competition this June in Stockton. Bensch was eighth in the boys 13-14 division and May was ninth in the girls 12-14. The event featured golfers from California, Hawaii, Nevada, Florida and the Philippines


Aquira DeCosta Gets Gold Medal In International Competition, Named MVP


Aquira DeCosta was tournament MVP in the U18 World Cup playing for the 2017 USA Women's 3x3 U18 World Cup Team in Chengdu, China. USA Women defeatedHungary and Japan to start the  FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup with a record of 2-0. Aquira was the leading scorer in game vs Japan. USA then dominated both Australia and Switzerland winning both games on July 1st. The US completed play with statement wins against France and the Czech Republic to capture teh gold

Aquirra's Interview with USA Today High School Sports:


Q: How did you get involved in 3×3 and being part of Team USA?


DeCosta: My coaches and I were discussing 3X3 Basketball at a point in time so I was very interested in trying it out and seeing how it goes. When I found out that USA Basketball had a 3X3 team for U18, I was immediately wanting to be a part of it. And when they picked me I was very excited to see how it goes.


Q. How is 3X3 basketball different?


DeCosta: 3X3 basketball in general is very fast-paced and more dependent on defense over regular five-on-five basketball. I’m more focused on defending my defender one-on-one and trying to score and beat people off the dribble and look for the open shot.


Q: Does playing 3X3 help you when you return to the more traditional five-on-five game?


DeCosta: It most definitely helps me when I return to regular five-on-five basketball because I’ll be quicker both offensively and defensively. Also, my communication is improving because of 3X3 basketball so I should be able to become more of a leader on the court.


Salesian Camp


Kevin Costello led five St. Mary's students, members of  Campus Ministry to a week long camp in Michigan run by the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales. The week featured time for retreat, spiritual growth, discernment and offered important information on how to best serve the St. Mary's High School Community.





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