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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?












Senior Yearbook Ads


1/8 page (business card size) 


1/4 page


1/2 page


Full page


Two students may share a full page ad for $440. The deadline to order an ad is October 21. Submit your payment, words of congratulations and four pictures to Mrs. Jo Ann Kirby in Room 72. Order Form




Application Workshop


Together, counselors and English teachers will offer two Application Workshops for students in need of assistance with completing their CSU, UC and Common Application. These will be held in the library right afterschool on Tuesday, November 15th. We will offer a workshop for community colleges in the spring.




The PSAT will be given to all 9th, 10th and 11th graders on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. This is a mandatory test. The exam will begin promptly at 8:15 a.m. and will conclude at approximately 12:00 p.m. All students received the booklet, "A Student Guide to the PSAT," which includes additional information and a full length practice exam.


On the day of testing, students SHOULD bring:

  • an approved scientific or graphing calculator

  • #2 pencils (mechanical pencils are not allowed)

  • student ID number

  • small snack if needed - the cafeteria and student store will be closed

Students should NOT bring:

  • phones

  • iPads

  • smartwatches

  • earbuds

  • backpacks

If you have questions regarding the exam, please contact your student's respective counselor.


Senior Transcripts


Seniors: If you haven't already done so please register for an account with You will need the registration code that was emailed to you last Thursday. 

This is mandatory as all colleges/universities (Jr. College included) require an official transcript.


Please sign up today for a Parchment account so your transcripts can be sent electronically to the college(s) of your choice!  You can also use Parchment to print your transcript for CSF.




Homecoming2016, October 24th -28th

Monday: Opening Ceremonies! - International day, dress where we are from

Tuesday: Doubles Events! - a twin day

Wednesday: Team USA! - red, white, and blue day

Thursday: Medal Podium! (Day of the night rally where we will crown a class winner) - dress as your favorite athlete, sport, etc.

Friday: Team Saint Marys! - green and white day


2016 Homecoming Court: Timothy McGuire, Grace Lin-Cereghino, Kayvan Ghavami, Lindsay Essoyan, Collin Dougherty, Julia Duncan, Christopher Chan, Julia Delucchi, Celesté Constancio, and Christian Beltran. Congratulations to all of the Princes and Princesses



Lexey Seligman Class of 2017 and  Mason Merin Class of 2019 helped with the "Kids Taking A Stand" program that helped countless people in our community and raising awareness for breast cancer .They are pictured with Mrs. Jackson.  

Seniors Feed the Poor

Mrs. Kozina's senior religion classes have been volunteering to feed and clothe the needy at St. Mary's Interfaith Dining room.  These visits have been productive for all involved. 

Great job students.  What a great way to live the Gospel.












Popo Aumavae to Play in Polynesian Bowl


Popo Aumavae has been selected to play in the The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame "Polynesian Bowl" a high school all-star football game that feature's the world’s elite players of Polynesian heritage and other ancestries. The Polynesian Bowl will be played Saturday, January 21, 2017, 6:00 pm HST at Aloha Stadium in O’ahu, Hawai’i as part of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend.






Multi-Cultural Club Wins SPUF Award


On October 8, 2016, the Multicultural Club participated in the annual  High School Friendship Games hosted by Kilusan Pilipino of UOP.  Students from various local high schools participated in friendly competition of picnic, relay games, and dance.  Students also received a presentation promoting higher education from a UOP college representative. 


St. Mary's Multicultural Club was awarded the "SPUF" award for displaying the most spirit, pride, unity, and friendship among all of the participants..


Sydney Marks Named The Record Female Athlete of the Week

Thomas Lawrence • The Record


Sydney Marks is a matchup nightmare for the St. Mary's volleyball team's opposition.


Marks is a 6-foot senior who plays middle blocker, but has the accuracy, power and timing of an outside hitter. She's the Rams' most dangerous blocker and attacker, and proved so last week in a pair of Tri-City Athletic League wins at Morelli Gym.


Marks posted a match-high 20 kills with 11 digs in a four-game win over Lodi on Oct. 5, and was dominant with 12 kills and four blocks in a sweep of rival Lincoln on Thursday.


That's why Marks, a returning second-team All-Area pick for The Record, is our Female Athlete of the Week for Oct. 3-8.





National Merit Scholarship Program 


Four St. Mary's students were designated as Commended Students in the National Merit Scholarship Program.  Their high selection index places all four of them them in the top 50,000 of over 1.6 million students who entered the 2017 National Merit Program Scholarship by taking the 2015 preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). 


These students are among approximately 34,000 Commended students nationwide who have shown exceptional academic promise.

Congratulations to Adriana Duncan, Grace Lin-Cereghino, Timothy McGuire, and Anais Tsai.   


Grace Lin-Cereghino Nominated for NCEA Award


SM would like to congratulate Grace Lin-Cereghino, Class of 2017. Grace has been nominated for the NCEA Youth Valor, Vision, and Virtues Award Program for her involvement and contributions to our CROP program. Grace is a true example of our Salesien motto... "Be who you are and be that well"- St. Francis de Sales















Profiles in Courage: Brooklyn Silva


From The Record: St. Mary’s junior Brooklyn Silva, center front, stands with teammates Sydney Marks, left, Marisa Flores, Lindsay Essoyan, coach Jayne McHugh, teammates Paris Sprague and Lucianna Salazar. Silva is battling, and seems to be beating, an incredibly rare form of pancreatic cancer. She’s gotten help from her friends, teammates and coach Jayne McHugh, who herself is a breast cancer survivor. CLIFFORD OTO/THE RECORD


St. Mary's has it's own role-models for courage in fighting cancer. Brooklyn Silva has fought a rare form of cancer with grace and fortitude, supported not only by her family, but her teammates and her coach, Jane McHugh, a cancer survivor herself.  A front page article explores Brooklyn's profile in courage. More…


Cooking Class Gets Alumni Chef Visit



Visiting Chef Lauren O'Leary, Class of 2007 who received her undergraduate degree from St. Mary's College of Moraga. joined the SM Culinary class to speak about her experiences as a private chef and sommelier. In addition, Ms. O'Leary gave a demonstration on how to prepare Mediterranean humus to the students.


Eric Madrid, '17, Helps Little Free Libraries


Eric Madrid has successfully completed his 3rd Annual Feed The Need To Read BookDrive and has donated the collection to Little Free Libraries in our community!

Here are the stats:

  • In 2014, Eric collected 1,056 books

  • In 2015: 1,212 books

This year, along with community partner Ben Mackie Fitness, he knocked it out of the park collecting a whopping 1,630 books from May through July!







Congratulations to Mr. Paul Scheet and the St. Mary's Broadcasting 1 class for being recognized by the NFHS Sports Network as an Elite School for the 2016-2017 school year. Elite schools are considered the best of the best when it comes to producing, broadcasting, promoting and covering their school’s activities. St. Mary’s program was distinguished as a leader among the 1,500+ schools across the nation involved in the School Broadcast Program. Congratulations!

St. Mary's Theatre received the following Elly nominations:


Nominations for "My Sister Eileen"

Costume Design for a Play (Annette Mackay)

Set Design for a Play (Brian Johnson)

Lead Actor for a Play (Joe Spooner)


Nominations for "Hello Dolly"

Supporting Actor for a Musical (Joe Spooner)

Choreography (Evelyn Barney and John Thiel)

Musical Direction (Josh Landin)

Direction of a Musical (Kevin Costello)

Overall Production of a Musical


SMHS Theatre has now received 90 nominations over the past 7 years!


Charles Washington Award Features Rams


Several St. Mary's Student Atheletes were honored by the Charles Washington Award Committee. They are


Baseball: Jarron Silva

Nickname: “Silky”

Accomplishments: Member of 2015 Area Code Games, All-Area Player of the Year

College plans: Playing baseball at UCLA

Where I hope to be in fi ve years: Anywhere playing baseball still

Favorite athlete: Derek Jeter

Favorite book: “Beyond Belief”

Favorite movie: “Step Brothers”

Favorite quote: “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” – Jeremiah 22:11

Favorite musical artist: Thomas Rhett

Favorite hobby: Fishing


Diving: Carson Guendert

Nickname: “Cars”

College plans: Attending Cornell University to dive and pursue a civil engineering degree

Where I hope to be in five years: Working or interning in New York as an engineer

Favorite athlete: Greg Louganis

Favorite book: “The Catcher in the Rye”

Favorite movie: “Good Will Hunting”

Favorite quote: “The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.” – Niels Bohr

Favorite musical artist: The Whale Watchers

Favorite hobby: Skywalking


Diving: Alisha Miller

Nickname: “Leesh”

Accomplishments: Qualifi ed for AAU Nationals for Junior Olympic

diving, competed in CIF State diving fi nals

College plans: Dive for NCAA Division I program, major in biomedical

engineering, minor as American Sign Language interpreter

Where I hope to be in five years: Completing bachelor’s degree and moving on to grad school, working as biomedical engineer at hospital or genetic research company

Favorite athlete: Jordan Spieth

Favorite book: “The Giver”

Favorite movie: “Forrest Gump”

Favorite quote: “I don’t know what the future holds, but I do know who holds the future.” – Tim Tebow

Favorite musical artist: Zac Brown Band

Favorite hobby: Golfing


Water Polo: Madasonne Butler

Nickname: “Sandwich”

Accomplishments: USA Women’s Cadet National Team, All-America

Honorable Mention, TCAL MVP

College plans: Cal State Northridge to play water polo and major in deaf education

Where I see myself in five years: Hopefully in Buffalo, NY, teaching or interpreting for the deaf

Favorite athlete: Jim Kelly

Favorite book: “No Limits” by Michael Phelps

Favorite movie: “Lion King”

Favorite quote: “Work like an underdog, play like a champion.”

Favorite musical artist: Carrie Underwood

Favorite hobby: Learning about the sign language culture


Students Share Salesian Spirituality



Michael Reyes, Alisha Miller, Grace Lin-Cereghino, Tim McGuire, and their moderator Mrs. Sharion Piasecki participated in the 2016 Salesian Leadership Camp. They were joined by other representatives from Salesian High Schools from across the country in Michigan. Thecamp provided a week of faith building, sharing ideas and new friendships.


The students will share share their new experiences with the St. Mary's student body. In true Salesian fashion they live out our school motto: Be who you are, and be that well" - St. Francis de Sales



Bronze Medal for Aquira DeCosta


Stockton's Aquira DeCosta capped a record-setting performance at the FIBA Under-17 World Championships with a bronze medal beating China 65-50. The team kept China from scoring in the last 3:34 of the game to cap off an excellent run. The U-17 Team USA record is 29-1.


DeCosta set the team mark with 71 rebounds in the tournament for USA Basketball, which beat China 65-50 on Saturday in the third-place game in Zaragoza, Spain.


She set the USA under-17 mark with 71 rebounds, including a squad record 17 in a 104-45 win against South Korea on June 22.


Aquira DeCosta broiught down six rebouinds, had two blocks and six rebounds along with 4 points to help Team USA beat France 59-45 in the quarterfinal round of the FIBA U-17 World Championships.


Prior Results


Team USA had a down day in the semi-finals, losing to Australia 73-60.

Team USA beat Brazil in Round of 16 play 79-62. The first quarter ended with Brazil ahead 20-18 but the intrepid women of Team USA owned the rest of the game to take the win. Aquira De Costa had only 4 points in 21 1/2 minutes of play but brought down 8 rebounds to help the American team win.

In Zaragoza, Span, Italy led at half time but Team USA came back strong with Aquire DeCosta scoring 10 of her 12 points in the 4th quarter to lead the USA Team to a 59-55 win. Aquira also contributed 12 rebounds to the win


Aquira Decosta came Through for USA in 72-63 Win Over Czech Republic With the USA leading 59-56 in the fourth period, Aquira DeCosta scored on an offensive rebound and then stole the ball, getting an assist by passing it to a teammate for an easy score to give the USA some breathing room, 63-56 at 5:17. Aquira   finished with 16 rebounds.


The 2016 USA Basketball Women's U17 World Championship Team (1-0) took advantage of its five-inch-average height advantage to overpower South Korea (0-1) 104-45 in its first game of the 2016 FIBA U17 World Championship on Wednesday night in Zaragoza, Spain. En route to its overwhelming victory, the Americans set four USA women's U17 records.


Aquira DeCosta  finished with 12 points, set a U.S. women's U17 record with 17 rebounds, during the USA win.


Aquira DeCosta led Team USA with 19 points and 13 rebounds  to a  58-46 win on Saturday evening at El Hogar gym in Anglet, France.


The first quarter saw the USA trail 11-6 before the team put together a 9-1 run to close the quarter with a 15-12 lead. In the first 10 minutes, In the second quarter DeCosta came alive for the USA, scoring eight points in the period to help the USA improve upon its lead.


Quoted in, Aquira said: “I’m excited. We played well. It was our first game. We can get better, but I’m really excited to play with this team and to see what could happen.”


In international play at Zaragosa, Spain, against Australia, Team USA was down 59-40 2:33 into the third quarter, but they fought back and took their first lead of the second half when Aquira DeCosta was fouled on an attempt after an offensive rebound and made both free throws to put the USA up by one, 68-67, with 15.2 seconds remaining in the game, leading to a 70-67 win.


Aquira DeCosta Featured in Sports Illustrated


Aquira DeCosta was fetured in the Faces In The Crowd section of Sports Illustrated for her record setting performance in the FIBA U-17 World Championship game between Team USA and Team Koriea where she snached 17 rebounds and 12 points in a US win.


SM Students in 4-H Competition


Christian Borges and Gianna Lagorio participated in the 4H Clubs at the 2016 AgFest, Junior Show & Auction at the San Joaquin County Fair Grounds.


The event includes the showmanship class and breeder class along with the market competition


The Lodi News Sentinel reported as follows: "Christian Borges, 17, a senior at St. Mary’s, showed his pig Bear. He said he took his pig home when it weighed about 40 pounds. Over the next few months he fed it and took care of it, which included daily walks to build muscle, and frequent baths to keep the hog clean.

“You want it to be long and lean in the belly, and more muscular in the rest, with big hams. The judge likes them stocky and stout,” Borges said.


The top placers in each category get prime spots when they go to market at Saturday’s auction.

After spending so much time caring for the pigs, it can be difficult to part ways.


“Last year was harder,” Burges said. “It’s almost like having a dog. People think pigs are dirty, but they are really caring. They are loving animals — they like to lick you and cuddle with you. They like to play around.”


Gianna Lagorio, 17, said raising her pig has taught her valuable lessons.


“It teaches life skills and responsibility for something other than yourself,” she said. “It’s almost like she’s my daughter — if I don’t feed her, no one will.”


Soyini Adams Advocates Health Issue Through Slam Poetry


Soyini Adam, a member of With Our Words, an 11-year-old slam-poetry group is involved with a competition to raise awareness of Diabetes Type 2 particularly with the level of sugar in soda and other process food that can lead to the disease.


Europe Trip Takes Off



St. Mary's students accompanied by faculty chaperones have taken off for a 2 week trip to Europe where they will visit England, France, Switzerland and Italy.  Bon Voyage and God bless.


Matt Hosmer Helps Team USA Get 2nd In International Play Championship



Matt Hosmer, who is on the USA Water Polo cadet team, scored 3 goals in the US 8-7 win over Dubrovnik in international competition in Hungary, which was then followed by wins over Szeged 10-5, and Szolnoki 13-9 to reach the tournament final. In the title match, team USA lost 12-5 to Team Hungary to take second place in the water polo tournament in Budapest, Hungary.




Campus Construction


Cortopassi Aquatics Center


The generosity of the Cortopassi family made it possible for St. Mary's to co nstruct a preier, top level pool center that, since its completion in 2007 has not only served St. Mary's but the surrounding community and has been the venue fo inter-collegiate and state water polo tournaments and games as well as the Stockton City League swimming championships.


Basso Family Tennis Complex


Due to generous donation by the Basso Family, the tennis complex at St. Mary's has been completely rebuilt with the courts completely redone.




St. Mary's venerable chapel remodeling began in the summer of 2011 thanks to the generosity of the school's alumni and friends.  The remodeling has been completed and the chapel of Our Lady of the Angels again serves as the focus of the campus.

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Chase Family Fitness Center


The Chase Family Fitness Center has been completed due to the generosity of the Chase family. This new building takes the place of the St. Bonaventure structure and provides a center for fitness training for the students with trainers, classroom and locker facilities.


Progress To Date


The Chapel has been remodeled and was re-dedicated in the 2012. The Cortopassi Aquatics Center is open The new upgrade of the football field is complete as are the tennis courts. The Lagorio  Administration, Library and Technology building is open. The groundbreaking ceremony took place on August 28, 2005 and construction was completed in September, 2006. The building was dedicated in February 11, 2007. The Chase Family Athletic Fitness Center is in full operation, dedicated in 2014.


The "Generations of Educational Excellence" project that will re-build and re-vitalize the Saint Mary's campus Three new portables were installed in the north side of the campus to provide additional classroom space and to house the Development Office. 


Prior to the official start of the project, the Sprague family  donated a new field house used by baseball, wrestling and cheer, the baseball field, through the significant efforts of Coach Pete Pijl, became a "Field of Dreams" and the Thompson family had generously donated funds to create the Thompson Sports Complex.



Faculty & Staff News


Mr. Morelli Announces Retirement



St. Mary's President, Peter Morelli has announced his intention to retire from his position in June, 2017. Mr. Morelli has been at St. Mary's for 33 years, becoming Principal in 1989 and then President in 2014.


Letter from Mr. Morelli

Channel 3 Interview


Coach McHugh Featured in News Article


McHugh is a national Hall of Famer

Mark Tennis, The Record


Many in Stockton know of St. Mary’s High girls volleyball coach Jayne McHugh from her exploits at Pacific and for playing on the 1988 U.S. Olympic team, but not many may be aware of what McHugh did when she was known as Jayne Gibson competing for Arvada West High of Arvada, Colorado.


McHugh was a three-time All-American middle blocker for the Tigers from 1979 to 1981 and helped set the stage for the program’s first of two NCAA championships in 1985.


In the Olympics, McHugh was on a U.S. team that finished seventh in Seoul, South Korea. This came after she did not play for the U.S. team at the world championships in 1986 and briefly considered quitting her training.


All of those later accomplishments were greeted with pride back home in Colorado, so much so that McHugh was promoted as a finalist for induction into the National Federation High School Hall of Fame and in 1996 she was voted in.


After doing some research, it’s been determined, in fact, that McHugh is the only head coach at a California high school in any sport who is actually a member of the National High School Hall of Fame for what she accomplished as an athlete.


When the National Federation of State High School Associations produced a 30-year anniversary program of its Hall of Fame in 2012, McHugh was mentioned right after NBA Hall of Famer Kevin McHale (who was a high school standout in Minnesota). That 1996 induction ceremony for the National Federation was held in Tarpon Springs, Florida, and among those joining McHugh as inductees in the athlete category were NBC broadcaster Cris Collinsworth (who was a football star in high school in Florida) and two time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin. She was the

only female inductee that year.


“I’m not sure if any of the athletes (at St. Mary’s) know anything about my career other than I played at UOP and in the Olympics,” McHugh said. “I do not like to blow my own horn.” Sure, there are some other local coaches who’ve had some unique experiences when they were athletes themselves, such as Reggie Camp, the football coach at Bear Creek, who was in the NFL and was at Cal during “The Play”; and La Te’f Grim, the first-year head football coach at Chavez, who starred at Pitt. It’s just hard to beat

someone who is in the National Hall of Fame. At Arvada West in her four-year varsity career in three sports from 1975 to1978, McHugh was part of four state championship teams, including two in track and field. The other two were in volleyball and basketball. In volleyball, she was the State Player of the Year as both a junior and senior and has been described “as one of the state’s all-time great multisport athletes.”


Perhaps McHugh’s signature performance in high school may not even have been in volleyball, either. In a state title win by Arvada West in basketball, she had 28 points and 20 rebounds. McHugh, who married Stocktonian Tom McHugh in 1984 and has stayed in the community ever since, began coaching the St. Mary’s girls varsity in 2013, although she was part of the program for four years earlier as the freshman coach, sophomore coach and assistant varsity coach. This was three seasons removed from when the Rams won the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I title and lost in the CIF Northern California final to eventual Division I state champion Palo Alto. McHugh’s first team at St. Mary’s finished 32-8 and lost in the Section D-I semifinals to Sacramento-St. Francis. She also enjoyed a 30-win season last year, but the Rams were only third in the Tri-City Athletic League behind both Lincoln and Tracy. This year’s Rams

improved to 16-10 with a win last week against West, but lost at home earlier this week to league leader Tracy.


“I tap into all of my experiences, good or bad, as an athlete and or coach to help any group of athletes that I am involved with,” McHugh said. “I may not get it right every time, but I work as hard as I can to make it happen.”


God Speed Fr. John


The St. Mary's High School community says goodbye and wishes a fond farewell to Father John George, O.S.F.S., who is returning to India after serving three years as our Sacramental Minister.


Father George came to St. Mary's as a result of a conversation which Father Fallon had with the Oblate Superior General, Father Aldino, during a visit to St. Mary's High School. At that time, Father Aldino mentioned to Father Fallon that the Indian Oblates were beginning to become involved in secondary education. It was offered that if the Indian Oblates could identify one of their members who would be interested in learning about an American Catholic high school, St. Mary's would welcome that person to come and spend some time learning.


As the first Indian Oblate, Father George came to us from the Oblate community in Bangalore arriving in the fall of 2013. Father George has officiated at our school-wide Masses as well as our morning masses in the chapel. He has been a member of the religion department, taught and assisted teachers in the department. In addition he has been a moderator of the St. Francis de Sales Club and has counseled students as well as provided for other sacramental needs. He was often the celebrant for Masses at O'Connor Woods.


He was a star member of the faculty team in the annual CHiPs 4 Kids basketball game, known as the Kerala Kid, playing in every matchup while here with his most memorable 3-pointer, a shot over the CHP's Ruthie Bolton (a two time Olympic Gold Medalist and member of the WNBA Hall of Fame).


As he leaves St. Mary's, Father George is heading home for a few days to Kerala, India, where his parents, his brother and family reside. From there he will reunite with the Oblates in Bangalore.


Thank you Father John George for being a friend and mentor. Our prayers go with you.


Coach Tom Gonzalves Featured in WBCA Article

September 7, 2016



Coach Tom Gonzalves, pictured second from right, was the subject of an article published on September 7, 2016 by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. The site wrote:


Gonsalves' passion for family and his students' success drives his career in high school basketball You are here To most people a 461-36 record, including a 57-game win streak, would be a remarkable demonstration of a basketball coach's desire to win. To Tom Gonsalves, head girls' coach at St. Mary's High School in Stockton, California, and 2016 United States Marine Corps/WBCA National High School Coach of the Year, it is proof that finding the right place and the right motivation makes all the difference.


Influenced by his own experiences as an athlete and by watching his uncles who were also high school coaches, Gonsalves knew early on that coaching at the high school level was something he wanted to do. Also, he knew that the additional time spent with his family would be something he valued more than climbing the coaching ladder.


"I really never looked into coaching college because I did not want to move my family around. My family has always been my top priority. Plus, having the opportunity to coach my three daughters was a great experience which I would not have had if I moved to the next level. All three of my daughters won at least one state championship."


However, prioritizing his family's needs does not mean that he lacks the passion and discipline needed to excel at coaching. "I do not think I've ever had to motivate myself when it comes to coaching basketball. When you're passionate about something - it is not work. When I have to motivate myself to coach, that is when it will be time to retire."


As for his student-athletes, he challenges them too push themselves to find balance with their academic work but also to excel on the court. "We work every day to get to the highest level possible so we have a chance to win a state championship. Our program has gotten to the level where if we do not win a state championship then it really isn't a successful season. That is all the motivation we need."  When it comes to them playing at the next level he tells his players, "If they can handle the intensity level in which I coach, there is no doubt they can handle any college coach."


Yet his intensity does not overshadow his desire to connect to his players as people. "I am an old school coach who is constantly trying to improve my relationships with my student-athletes. It is imperative that I develop a good positive relationship with them on and off the court. They must know that I care about them as a person, not just as a player."


And those relationships do not end at graduation. His alumni are so invested in the program that they regularly come back to practices and games and even play in an alumni game (against the varsity players) to a packed gymnasium.


When asked about his advice for other coaches Gonsalves says, "First of all, I believe it is important to coach your personality and do not try to be someone else.  Be passionate and enthusiastic about what you are doing. Make sure your players know you care about them on and off the court. Then make sure you are consistent with your discipline. This will allow you to push your team further than they have ever been pushed before. Make sure your players have fun and do not talk about winning or losing. Just stress that their goal is to maximize their potential. Lastly. I would suggest that they join coaching organizations such as the WBCA."


Tom Gonsalves won the 2016 United States Marine Corps/WBCA National High School Coach of the Year.


New Faculty and Staff




 Jennifer Cavagnaro

Alumnus, Class of 2003

Teaching English

B.A. in English, U.O.P.

MA in Educational Administration,  U.O.P.


 Kevin Costello 

SM Drama Director 10 years

Director of Campus Ministry

B.A. in Theater Arts, Pomona College, Claremont  

MA Pastoral Liturgy, Santa Clara University

Three sons are SM Alums; one son is currently an SM student


 Darien Fields

Alumnus, Class of 2011

B.S. in Business Administration, U.O.P. 

Marketing Coordinator in the Development Office











Tim Gildea

B.A. in History, University of Hawaii

Teaching History; Coaching Frosh Football

Son is an SM student


  Jeff Hoornaert

Alumni, Class of  2007

B.S.,  in Sports Sciences with a concentration in Pedagogy, U.O.P. 

Aquatics Director, Head Water Polo Coach


 Michael January

B.A in Communications, U.O.P.

Teaching Video Production and Computer Graphics











Octavio Lopez

B.A. in Spanish - Hispanic Language and Literature  

B.A. in Speech Language Pathology, College of the Pacific

Teaching Spanish


Kongsy Low

B.A. in Biological Sciences, U.O.P.  

Biology Credential, U.O.P.
Teaching Biology and Physical Science


Tara Mello

B.A. in  Communicative Disorders, CSU Fresno 

Teaching American Sign Language (ASL) 

Currently on staff at Modesto Junior College teaching ASL








Lynee Monckton

Alumnus, Class of 1981

Attendance Secretary 

Son is an SM senior; daughter is alumni, Class of 2015



Jacki Montijo

B.A. in Psychology, C.S.U. Stanislaus 

Teaching Math 

Son is an SM Senior; another son is an alumnus, Class of 2015



Rui Sousa

B.A. in Spanish, U.C. Berkeley  

B.A. in  Portuguese, U.C. Berkeley

M.A. in Education, Teachers College of San Joaquin

Teaching Spanish




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Lawrence Narron

B.A. in English, U.C. Berkeley

 M.A. in Writing, Pacific University, Oregon

Teaching English 11 CP & AP





Fr. Matthew Issac, O.S.F.S.



St. Mary's would like to welcome our newest Oblate, Fr. Matthew Issac, O.S.F.S. who will serve as Sacramental Minister and teach in the Religion Department. Fr. Matthew looks forward to being active in the St. Mary's High School community.











Greg Bahr Co-Produces "Hearts of Blue"


Mr. Greg Bahr, a member of Saint Mary's Computer Services team, has co-produced a documentary with John Alita in the Leadership Stockton Class entitled Hearts of Blue,  a documentary exploring the personal and professional lives of four Stockton Police officers.


The preview was  held on July 19th  at the Bob Hope Theatre in Stockton. Admission is free but attendees are asked, if possible, to bring and donate an unwrapped toy for the Stockton Youth Activities Annual Matt Smith Toy Drive benefiting local area children whose lives have been touched by violence.


The 2016 Leadership Stockton project is called P.E.A.C.E. - Police Encouragement And Community Engagement. The intent of the class project is both to show local law enforcement our appreciation for the safety they provide, and to improve communication and understanding within our community. The class completed a much needed facelift to the exterior of the Police Department including paint, landscaping, and a memorial rose garden. The class also supported the Police Officer Memorial Service event in May. In particular, the documentary seeks to further the conversation about Police and citizen interaction with the hope of building more trust and ultimately a more peaceful and equitable society.


Mr. Greg Bahr


Luigi Gherardi Honored For Years of Service


After 33 years of serving the St. Mary's community, Mr. Gherardi, or Luigi as everyone knows him, is leaving the position of full time Student Activities Director. In his many years of dedicated service, coming to school as early as 6 am and many times not leaving until after midnight, Luigi has embodied the motto of St. Francis de Sales: "Be who you  are and be that well." In his honor, the Student Activities Center was dedicated as The Luigi Gherardi Student Activities Center.


Mr. Gherardi will continue to assist part-time with Student Activities and teach Italian at St. Mary's.


David Bertocchini Featured For Detectivew Work


Mr. David Bertocchini, an alumnus of St. Mary's '74, and Introduction to the Administration of Justice teacher, is featured for his work as a San Joaquin County Sheriff's Detective and later a San Joaquin County District Attorney Investigator for breaking open the case of serial killer Roger Kibbe. Mr. Bertocchini worked on the case for 24 years, both initially identifying the killer and later in locating his many victims so that their families could be given closure. 


The Investigative Discovery channel (ID channel)aired “On the Case with Paula Zahn” on Sunday, May 8th at 7:00 PM and 10:00 PM. The title of this show was  “A Deadly Offer.” 


General Announcements



St. Mary’s High School, located in Stockton, California is a Catholic, coeducational, college preparatory high school, currently serving over 800 students.  The Board of Directors is seeking candidates, both locally and nationally, who are practicing Catholics, have a compelling desire for St. Mary’s High School to continue to be a beacon of excellence in Catholic education, a strong working knowledge of development and finance, and  excellent communication skills. The ideal candidate will honor the 140 year-old traditions of St. Mary’s High School while looking to secure its future for generations to come.


An applicant must be an active and practicing Roman Catholic and hold an advanced degree or equivalent experience. Please click Job Description for more details. The position begins July 1, 2017.


Qualified candidates must submit all application materials by December 1, 2016.  Click Here to Apply


Required documents are to be emailed to search director Marian Graham, Director for Catholic Schools

  • Letter of Introduction

  • Resume

  • Three Letters of Recommendation

Safe Home Pledge


Dear Parents


What can you do? As parents you can follow these guidelines when you host a party or hear of one:


Set your ground rules with your teen before the party.

Establish rules for your home and/or property. It will not be a site at which alcohol/drugs will be available, tolerated and/or served to young people (those under legal age of 21).

Always be home when young people are visiting your home.

Properly supervise any and all gatherings of young people in your home.

Welcome other parents to call or drop-by.

Notify the police when planning a large party.

Notify your neighbors of the party.

Limit party attendance and set starting and ending times. 


What is your homework? As parents, set the following rules for yourself when your son or daughter is attending a party.

  • Be sure you know where your teenager will be.

  • Contact the parents of the party-giver.

  • Set times teens are expected to return home.

  • Avoid spontaneous "sleep-overs" when possible.

  • Encourage your child to call if they need a ride home.

Click here to take the SAFE HOME PLEDGE online. We ask you to read the following pledge. If you agree to participate, your name will appear in the Tele'Ram. Thank you


In Mary's grace, 


Kathy Smith



iPad Program


St. Mary's High School has long been known for academic excellence and its commitment to preparing students for college and beyond. In that pursuit, we constantly strive to improve our programs and instructional strategies. Just last year, the iPad Program came to the SMHS campus. This year, the staff is examining ways in which we might enhance our efforts to develop 21st century skills and college / career readiness.

Our school has contracted with Paula Hundley of K12 DigitalWorks to assist us in the planning, development, and implementation of an overarching plan for teaching and learning. The process involves work on the SMHS vision for learning and two retreats with representative faculty members. Work will culminate later this year when we determine possible pilots or projects for the Spring Semester.


At a recent faculty meeting, teachers reflected on what they see as necessary for students to be college and career ready. Beyond content knowledge, here are several of the abilities or habits of mind they identified:   

  • Curiosity, vision, and forward thinking

  • Strong values and ethics

  • Toughness and perseverance

  • Critical, creative, and innovative thinking

  • Independence and self-direction

  • Strong interpersonal skills

  • Technological literacy

We welcome the challenge of pursing such a demanding agenda. St. Mary's has always led the way in educating students who possess both the skills and human compassion necessary to thrive in the future. We now look forward to adding 21st century skills and instructional strategies, and we'll keep you posted on our progress.





We need help BBQing hamburgers and hotdogs during home JV and Varsity football games. 


Home game dates are:  

  • October 28

  • November 4

Please contact the athletic office at 957-3340, Ext. 108 or email if you can help in this way.




National Vocation Awareness Week (NVAW) is an annual week-long celebration of the Catholic Church in the United States dedicated to promote vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life through prayer and education, and to renew our prayers and support for those who are considering one of these particular vocations
























St. Mary's Annual Blue Mass


The St. Mary's High School Community is proud to honor area Law Enforcement, Firefighters and First Responders who serve us with dedication, integrity and selflessness.


The first Blue Mass was celebrated on September 29, 1934 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Washington, DC by Rev. Thomas Dade, who had founded the Catholic Police and Firemen's Society.  On that day, 1,100 police officers and firemen dressed in blue uniforms processed into St. Patrick's to honor the fallen members of their ranks.

The Blue Mass began to spread to other cities in the northeastern United States from that day on.  Following the events of 9/11, the Blue Mass began to be celebrated in cities from coast to coast to honor the many law enforcement officers, firefighters, and emergency medical personnel who gave their lives so that others might live.  It is estimated that 25,000 people were saved on 9/11 as a result of their courage.


Please join us on November 22, 2016 at Morelli Gymnasium for this celebration.



An Autumn Message About Child Protection


Autumn means back to school for children and back to work for those who have been on vacation. Amidst the hustle and bustle of this season, let us all keep sight of the importance of keeping our children and young people safe from danger.


Training requirements to safeguard children have been established in parishes throughout the Diocese of Stockton. These training requirements help ensure that all children and youth experience a safe environment in all parish activities and events.


The Diocese of Stockton mandates that all people who work with children and youth in our parishes and schools must undergo child abuse prevention training through the guidelines established by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. This training includes being fingerprinted and background checked and completing an on-line training course entitled Shield the Vulnerable. If you are planning on helping or assisting in your child's school, you are required to complete this training.


For training information, contact your local parish/school Safe Environment Coordinator.


For particular help and questions you may call: Linda Dillen, Manager of Benefits & Safe Environment for the Diocese of Stockton, at (209) 466-0636.



The first annual Green & White Fundraiser was an overwhelming success as alumni from throughout the world contributed to a total of over $64,000.


We thank all of those who have made a commitment to St. May's High School so that it can continue to offer high quality, college prep education to the community within an environment of Respect • Academics •  Mission • Spirituality.


Special Thanks to  to Pacific HomeCare Services for matching all gifts to St. Mary's up to $24,000. Our thanks to Jorge '85 and Leticia Robles for their generosity.









St. Mary's has started a volunteer community of friends, families and alumni that help with special events and projects. Please join us! Contact Stefani Delucchi at (209) 957-3340, ext 195 or email.











Shadow Days allow future Rams to attend a class, tour facilities, meet faculty, guidance counselors and coaches. Lunch is on us in the student cafeteria where St. Mary's staff can answer questions. If you have any questions, contact Mrs. Margaret Stephens at (209) 957-3340 Ext. 187 or  E Mail

Shadow A Ram Form


St. Mary's has completed its 140th year as a leading provider of Catholic education. Our  challenge today is to keep Catholic education affordable and accessible to our families. I think you would all agree that in order to be successful academically, spiritually, creatively, socially and physically. we must be financially responsible and fiscally stable.


Adding to the existing Father Fallon and Legacy Endowments, we have created five new endowments t insure the future needs of our students, faculty and programs at St. Mary's High School continue to flourish. These permanent source of income are invested with a  percentage of the income supporting programs. The principal is invested for growth and the Endowments are managed for growth and stability by the school's Foundation The five new Endowments are:


Oblates of St. Francis de Sales Endowment

for Religious Studies


Dominican Sisters of San Rafael Endowment

for language and Fine Arts Programs


Computer Science Endowment

for Computer Science Programs and Technoloby


Faculty Endowment

for St. Marys Faculty


Endowed Chairs

In Honor of Specific Faculty Members


We are embarking on a 10-year assertive plan to increase the endowments by $5 million dollars each year for the next 10 years. This is a $50 million dollar legacy to be used as a resource to help with tuition assistance, faculty support, academic programs, facilities maintenance, increases in costs, enrollment fluctuations and to fund unexpected expenses. Endowment gifts can be cash, stocks, bonds, treasuries, mutual funds, real estate or personal property. Donors may choose to also include St. Mary's High School in their will or as a named beneficiary of a life insurance policy.


You've been a part of our past. We invite you to continue to be part of our futures. This is a historic endeavor and we welcome everyone to participle.


Your kind donation in any amount is very much appreciated.


Respectfully in the Lord

Peter D. Morelli



Safe Home Pledge


We need your help. An issue of vital importance that confronts our families today is teen drinking and drug use. High school years are a time of new challenges as well as new adjustments. In a society where the allure of drug and alcohol use may be quite compelling, we, as parents must help prepare our children to meet those challenges and to make those right decisions. Looking at our own values and behaviors is a primary step.


What can you do? As parents you can follow these guidelines when you host a party or hear of one:

  • Set your ground rules with your teen before the party.

  • Establish rules for your home and/or property. It will not be a site at which alcohol/drugs will be available, tolerated and/or served to young people (those under legal age of 21).

  • Always be home when young people are visiting your home.

  • Properly supervise any and all gatherings of young people in your home.

  • Welcome other parents to call or drop-by.

  • Notify the police when planning a large party.

  • Notify your neighbors of the party.

  • Limit party attendance and set starting and ending times. 

  • What is your homework? As parents, set the following rules for yourself when your son or daughter is attending a party.

  • Be sure you know where your teenager will be.

  • Contact the parents of the party-giver.

  • Set times teens are expected to return home.

  • Avoid spontaneous "sleep-overs" when possible.

  • Encourage your child to call if they need a ride home.

Click here to take the SAFE HOME PLEDGE online. We ask you to read the following pledge. If you agree to participate, your name will appear in the TeleRam. Thank you. 


In Mary's grace, 

Kathy Smith



Rams TV


Broadcasting is proud to announce that is the internet website that is affiliated with the new St. Mary's Broadcasting I class. broadcasts various sporting events and a magazine show twice a month entitled St. Mary's Today. 

Subscriptions are available to, just go to the website for information on how to join this network.  A third of your subscription fee goes back to St. Mary's Athletics. 

Broadcasting students are producing commercials that air during our sports broadcasts.  Prices are $20 for a single game appearance, $80 for appearances on eight different events, and $500 for an appearance on all sports events and also ads on all editions of St. Mary's Today. 

If you are interested in being an advertiser on then contact Paul Scheet at or call (209) 986-1916.


Code Of Conduct for Use Of Technology - General Statement


St. Mary’s High School is responsible for securing its network and computing systems in a reasonable degree against unauthorized access and/or abuse, while making them accessible for authorized and legitimate users. This responsibility includes informing users of expected standards of conduct and the punitive measures for not adhering to them. Any attempt to violate the provisions of this policy will result in disciplinary action.


  • Once the user accesses the network and computer systems the user is solely responsible for all actions taken.

  • Students are responsible for their work saved on library computers. A backup of work is recommended.

  • Deleting, examining, copying, or modification of files is prohibited.

  • Attempting to evade or change network security is prohibited.

  • Bypassing network security through cellular access or other means is prohibited.

  • Use of facilities for commercial purposes is prohibited.

  • Any unauthorized, deliberate action which damages, disrupts or alters a computing systems’ normal performance is prohibited.

  • The copying of copyrighted materials without express written permission is prohibited.

  • Attempts to gain unauthorized access or interfere with the regular operation of local or remote systems are prohibited.

  • Usage of technology for any purpose other than those prescribed or explicitly permitted by the high school is prohibited.

  • Sending harassing, obscene or other threatening messages is prohibited.

  • Users of technolgy shall obey the instructions of the supervisors.

  • Actions which disrupt or adversely affect other users are prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to: eating, drinking, excessive noise or playing games.

  • Representing Saint Mary's High School under false pretenses is prohibited.

St. Mary's Student E-Mail System


The purpose of the student electronic mail system is for students to communicate with school staff, outside resources related to school assignments, and fellow students to collaborate on school activities.


Students are responsible for messages sent from their accounts. Students should not share their passwords.


Use of the St. Marys student e-mail system is a privilege and the account may be revoked if used inappropriately. Use of the e-mail system aligns with the St. Mary's Code of Conduct as stated in the Parent & Student Handbook. Illegal activities on school e-mail may be referred to law enforcement authorities as well as subject the student to possible disciplinary action from the school.


Student e-mail accounts will be removed from the system upon graduation, in the event the student discontinues enrollment, regardless of the reason, or for inappropriate use while still enrolled.

Any technical problem with the student e-mail account should be brought to the attention of the Computer Services Director. Also, students must report any unusual activity such as "spam" communications, obscene e-mail, etc. Students must not forward chain letters, jokes or graphics files.


Students will not provide any personal information via the school e-mail account. Electronic e-mail sent or received through is not confidential and is the property of St. Mary's High School. St. Mary's High School reserves the right to retrieve the contents of user mailboxes for legitimate reasons, such as to find lost messages, to conduct internal investigations, to comply with investigations of wrongful acts or to recover from system failure.


St. Mary's High School scans all inbound and outbound e-mails, plus attachments, for viruses, but does NOT guarantee such messages to be virus free. St. Mary's accepts no responsibility for any damage caused by sending or receiving e-mails through our e-mail system.


All e-mails sent from school accounts have the following legal notice appended to the content:


"This e-mail is confidential and is intended solely for the use of the individual or group to whom it is addressed. Any views or opinions presented are solely those of the author and do not represent those of St. Mary's High School. If you are not the intended recipient, be advised that you have received this e-mail in error and that any dissemination, forwarding, printing, or copying of this e-mail is strictly prohibited. Please note that St. Mary's High School may monitor and intercept e-mail communications."


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


Parent E-Mail Communication


In conjunction with our "Go-Green" campaign, much of the school to home communication will be via e-mail. Therefore it is imperative that parents keep an accurate e-mail address in Powerschool.



Student Accident & Sickness Coverage


Along with providing a quality Catholic education, St. Mary’s does its best to protect the students from injuries. Even so, accidents happen. Should a student get hurt during school activities, School-Time Accident insurance is designed to cover many, but not all, of the possible costs. Details regarding this insurance can be found Here


Volunteers are needed in several areas for many school events. Come join our St. Mary's community.   It's a great way to meet new people while helping us make St. Mary's such a unique place. Attending our school events is a great way to support our students and build community.


Please click on the volunteer form (Click Here) and let us know if you are interested in helping with Athletics, Crab Feed, Dances, Development, Fundraising, Speech or Theater.


We invite you to explore ways that you

can join the St. Mary's family or strengthen your connections to SMHS. There are many more upcoming events on the horizon, so please watch your email. You can also get more information on this website


Student Handbook



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


St. Mary's Chapel Hours



Daily Mass

Monday - Friday

7 a.m.



7:00 a.m.



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