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Course Catalogs are now available online here or here. A Schedule Worksheet will be included. Students and parents are strongly urged to review the student's planned courses for next year. 

 

The $300 nonrefundable Registration Fee is due prior to Registration. Payment deadline is March 10, either through your FACTS account or in person to the Main Office

On March 17th, the forms will be returned to the students to take home for parent's approval and signature.

REGISTRATION WILL TAKE PLACE ON:

On these days there will be a special schedule with early dismissal so that the entire staff will be available to work with the students in the registration process.

 

Next Years

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If parents have questions about the appropriateness of what the student has selected and do not wish to approve, it is essential that a counselor be contacted and the issue be resolved before the Registration days. In order to encourage students and parents to consider course selection seriously, make the most efficient use of available staff members, and help defer clerical costs, there will be a $25 fee for any schedule changes.

   
 

Beginning Fall 2017, St. Mary's offers a new course, Computer Science Principles, to students in grades 10-12 (see Course Catalog for details). This is an elective online course. Students complete assignments online according to the course calendar, and formal assessments are proctored on campus. This course is designed to introduce students to important concepts in programming. Students will learn about data abstraction, algorithms, large data sets, the Internet and cyber security, and other topics as time permits. Students will also learn to create programs in the JavaScript language.


No previous programming experience is required. Programming assignments may be completed on the iPad, via the Safari browser, or on any internet connected computer with a modern web browser. Sign up at registration for this exciting opportunity to learn programming concepts.

 

Cost $279

Sign ups at Christian Service Office or Ms. Aquilar's Art Room

 

St. Mary's Broadcasting To Cover Sac-Joaquin Playoff Games at UOP

 

 

SMRamsTV has been selected by the CIF Sac Joaquin Section and our parent company that we are affiliated with (the NFHS Network) to broadcast all 12 section championship basketball games live on March 3-4 from the Spanos Center at UOP.  This is a tremendous honor for our program.  The students who work on these games will be paid and they will be receiving experience they can list on their resume.  In addition, our broadcasting program is receiving an honorarium for our efforts.

These games will be available for viewing on the NFHS Network using the subscription card that was provided at the start of the year.

Ted Ravago Wins Ameri-Asian Lions Club Speaking Contest

 

Congratulations to Junior Ted Ravago who won the Amer-Asian Lion's Club Speaking Contest on Tuesday Night.  Ted will advance to the next level of competition to represent Saint Mary's High School.

 

Crystal Milk Honors SM Football Season on Milk Carton

 

Crystal Dairy has honored the achievement of the 2016 SM Rams Football Team for being the D1 section champions by imprinting their milk cartons recognizing the championship.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Junior Retreat

Half of the junior class attended a retreat on January 31 at St. Michael's parish in Stockton. The day began with Mass led by Father Mathew Isaac, O.S.F.S.. Following Mass, Director of Campus Ministry Mr. Kevin Costello and a team of senior Campus Ministry Team students led the juniors in a series of activities and talks centered on the theme  "Celebrating Our Diversity."    The rest of the juniors will attend their  retreat on February 7.

Drumline Celebrates Catholic Schools Week

 

The SM Drum Line, led by Mr. David Tanner, celebrated Catholic Schools week by giving a performance at Annunciation School on February 3rd to help cap off a week of recognizing the value of our Catholic Schools.

 

Men's Varsity Soccer Shows Spirit of St. Francis De Sales

 

The Rams' Men's Varsity Soccer Team donated over 600 pairs of socks to the Stockton Shelter for the Homeless. CEO Adam Cheshire accepted the donation on behalf or the residents. He thanked St. Mary's on Facebook, stating "that it is so wonderful to see so many young people interested in helping the homeless, and in a way that shows such compassion for the challenges of homelessness. Thank you, Saint Mary's High School - Stockton."

Catholic Schools Week Mass

 

 

Members of St Mary's Campus Ministry Team with Mr. Kevin Costello and Ms. Laura Howze represented the school at the annual Catholic School Week Mass held at Sacred Heart Church in Turlock.

 

Student Athletes Sign

 

 

Eight SM Student Athletes Signed their national letters of intent at St. Mary's on February 1, 2017 with a large crowd of supporters cheering them on.  They are

 

Popo Aumavae, Football, U of Oregon

Dewey Cotton, Football, CSU Sacramento

To's Heck, Football, Southern Oregon University

Parker Jory, Water Polo, Cal Lutheran

Natalie Kromm, Soccer, University of Jamestown

Cole Norgaard, Football, Washington University

Michael Prefling, Football, Tabor College

Alexis Vilarino, Soccer, UOP

 

SM Sports History Made: Newest Sport Begins

 

 

St. Mary's history was made with the first practice for the newest sport held at the Waterloo Gun and Bocci Club. Led by Coach David Tanner along with assistant coaches Greg Bahr and Dean Heath, more than 20 SM Student Athletes began practice for the Trap Shooting season in the CYSSA.

 

This organization is a Scholarly group, and values academics as well as shooting.  In fact, in the last 8 years, more than a dozen shooters from the CYSSA program were sent to 4-year universities (ASU, Purdue, Lindenwood University) on full or partial shooting scholarships.  The program has also produced several junior Olympians, as well as 2 shooters at these last Olympics in Rio.

 

Model UN

 

 

The St. Mary's Model UN Club, moderated by Mr. Bart Dykezul is joining 47 other high schools representing 55 nations for a two-day Model UN conference at Santa Teresa High School in San Jose.

 

Science Camp Volunteers

 

 

St. Mary's students volunteered at the annual San Joaquin County Science Camp in Santa Cruz. They assisted as camp counselors during the week, leading nature hikes, dorm monitors and helping instruct the students about natural sciences.

 

A Visit From Notre Dame and LA Lakers Star Tommy Hawkins

 

 

The Notre Dame Club of San Joaquin brought former Notre Dame and LA Laker's basketball star Tommy Hawkins to  Stockton on Friday, January  20th.

 

Mr. Hawkins came to town to meet with Allison Silva's ('04) fourth grade class. Mr. Hawkins stopped by St. Mary's to talk with some students about his own civil rights story, the value of education and Notre Dame's Fr. Ted Hesburgh.

 

Mr. Hawkins is a great motivational speaker and has a remarkable personal history which he was kind enough to share with St. Mary's students. He has a unique perspective on  civil rights  due to his life experiences as a prominent athlete at Notre Dame in the late 50's and  then as a pro player and public figure in Los Angeles in the early 60's.

 

A 6'5" forward, Mr. Hawkins played at the University of Notre Dame, where he became the school's first African-American basketball star. He was then selected by the Minneapolis (later Los Angeles) Lakers in the first round of the 1959 NBA draft, and he had a productive ten-year career in the league, playing for the Lakers as well as the Cincinnati Royals as he registered 6,672 career points and 4,607 career rebounds.

 

Mr. Hawkins later worked in radio and television broadcasting in Los Angeles and served as vice president of communications for the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team.

 

Crop Clothing Drive a Success

 

The generosity of St. Mary's Students, Faculty and Staff provided a large quantity of new and gently used  clothing for the poor during the annual CROP Clothing Drive. It will be given to St. Mary's Interfaith Dining Hall to distribute to the homeless and needy of our area.

 

 

 

 

 

Alisha Miller Gets Honor

 

Congratulations to Alisha Miller who has been selected as a 2016/2017 Cocal-cola semi-final scholarship recipient.   

 

Only 1914 were chosen from nearly 86,000 applicants this year because of their outstanding leadership, academic achievements, and dedication to their community.   

 

 

The Record Article Features Naje Murray

Thomas Lawrence

 

STOCKTON - She still performs special pregame handshakes with her teammates, wears her black Nike headband and spends every practice, game and moment she can with St. Mary's girls basketball.

 

But senior guard Naje Murray has been hurting - recently, more emotionally so than physically - for six months. Murray tore the ACL in her right knee in an AAU game in July at Oregon State, and is in the latter stages of recovery and rehabilitation.

 

While Murray plans on receiving and wearing her brace, and resuming to full-contact practice this week, she had to sit idly as the Rams competed in their annual MLK Showcase on Monday. Murray was a special addition to the pregame starting lineup announcements.

 

She even forced a smile.

 

And make no mistake, Murray said, she's made the feigned smile an art form during her recovery.

 

Murray learned it from former Rams forward Angel Johnson, who missed St. Mary's state championship game in March 2015 while academically ineligible.

 

"She said, 'Just keep faking a smile, which I've been doing,'" said Murray, donning a long-sleeved, green St. Mary's warmup shirt after the Rams' win on Monday. "There's nothing anyone can say or do ... there's nothing that can fill the void."

 

Murray has more than just the Rams' impending playoff run to consider. She's signed with San Diego State women's basketball, and has a scholarship and potential four-year college career awaiting her. Murray is still awaiting medical clearance to play.

 

Her love of hoops and her competitive motor are making her wait feel like an eternity. Those closest to Murray, whether it be her mother Natalia Murray, father Doug Murray, her friends or even Rams coach Tom Gonsalves, are trying to respect the medical process.

 

"I'm taking doctor's orders," Gonsalves said. "It is important that she's healed."

 

While Murray hasn't played with St. Mary's since last March, she has played since she tore her ACL.

 

The trainer at Oregon State believed it was a hamstring pull, and so Murray played AAU ball again soon after in Nashville, Tennessee. When she returned to California for Cal Stars (AAU) practice, and the pain lingered, she underwent an MRI which uncovered the devastating news.

 

"I was driving to a friend's house" when her mom called her to tell her the prognosis, Murray said. "I pulled over on the side of the road sobbing hysterically."

 

Once Murray made the news public on social media, word spread quickly. That night, Jacki Gemelos, a McDonald's All-American with St. Mary's in 2006 who's torn her ACL five times, called Murray for support.

 

"That was a very motivating call to have someone of that stature and experience ... call her and give her a little boost," Doug Murray said. "That was really nice."

 

Murray, Delta College football's defensive coordinator, has seen a slew of ACL tears and knee injuries in his career. So he's learned to stay grounded as he watches an athlete - this one happens to be his child - recover.

 

"We want to support her enthusiasm and excitement as it relates to expediting the rehab process, so that she stays on it, stays open-minded and on-track," he said. "...;Ultimately, it will be a medical decision."

 

Naje Murray began her physical therapy the day after surgery, and early on, did two physical therapy sessions per day.

 

"Which no one does. I had to," said Murray, who averaged 13 points per game as a junior. "I did aquatic therapy for awhile. My days are long."

 

Murray currently does one physical therapy session daily, and goes through non-contact drills in practice.

 

"The minute I hurt myself, I realized that I have to become fearless. I have to be able to play again, and I have to play like myself again. I have so many more years left of basketball," she said.

For four months, Murray's inner circle told her to call it a high school career and recover before college ball.

 

"A lot of my close friends and family were telling me just sit this year out. Be a leader from the sideline. Over time, they saw how much it was taking a toll on me," she said. "My teammates, they saw...; a lot of tears and heartache that come with sitting for so long."

 

Murray crouched at half court and surveyed those teammates before Monday's game, and sat near the coaching staff on the bench thereafter. While Murray is reserved in her temporary role, she occasionally bites her nails like teenage LeBron did.

 

Murray's future in basketball is uncertain. But Murray, who turned 18 on Jan. 7, refuses to be pessimistic.

 

"I'm just different. I don't have any fear," Murray said. "I trust that it was supposed to happen, and I did it the way I was supposed to do it."

 

Rampage Club Donates

 

The Rampage Art Club, made clay ornaments during December and donated them along with a Christmas tree to the InnerCity Action Center in Stockton. The club also held a Candy-Gram Sale with the $250 proceeds also going to the center.


InnerCity Action helps others through difficult times such as homelessness, poverty, addiction, and other life controlling issues.

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Cauldron Gets National Honor

 

The  2016 Cauldron Yearbook "Living the Legacy" received a First Class ranking from the National Scholastic Press Association. In addition, the 2016 Cauldron yearbook was honored with a Mark of Distinction for Writing and Editing as well as a Mark of Distinction for Photography.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CROP Soup Sales = Sleeping Bags For the Poor

 

CROP Club's "Soup Sales" that ask for a $1 donation from students, faculty and staff  are part of the Christian outreach on behalf of the St. Mary's High School community. The funds generated are used to assist the homeless and the poor of our community, This Christmas the CROP club, was able to purchase and deliver 80 sleeping bags rated to 5 degrees and deliver them to St. Mary's Interfaith for the homeless in the Stockton area. CROP thanks Big 5 Sporting Goods  and their manager Sean, (mother, Dorothy Blain '72)  who was kind enough to provide a discount to assist in the purchase. Pictured are CROP moderator Margo Kozina and her grandson, Andrew, delivering the sleeping bags.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sydney Marks Featured in Lodi News Sentinel

David Witte/Lodi News Sentinel

 

Sydney Marks used to be a softball kid. But by the time she hit high school, she was ready to hang up the cleats.

 

What she found instead was volleyball, and by her sophomore year at St. Mary’s in Stockton, she knew she belonged on the court.

 

Sydney was chosen for the 33rd annual Optimist All-Star Volleyball Game at Rio Americano High, where she helped the Division I South Team to a 25-22, 25-19, 25-22 victory on Saturday.

 

“It was really fun,” said Marks, the only player outside the Sacramento metro area selected to the game. “My team had a good time playing together, and we ended up winning in three games. They were pretty close.”  Read More >>

 

 

Campus Ministry Performs "Gloria"

 

 

The students at Annunciation and Presentation received a special Christmas treat as Kevin Costello and the members of the St. Mary's Campus Ministry team presented the play "Gloria" that tells the story of the one angel who, though not fitting in as a singer, not being able to quite accomplish all of the angelic tasks expected, was nevertheless given the honor of announcing the birth of Jesus.

 

 

Linemen Feature in The Record

 

Thomas Lawrence

The Record

You can drool over the Rams' speed and record-breaking offensive statistics all you'd like.

 

But the biggest (quite literally) reason why St. Mary's football is on the brink of a state championship is 1,925 pounds of pure brawn.

 

That near ton is the combined weight of the Rams' eight starting linemen, offensive and defensive, but sheer size isn't the key. St. Mary's has gargantuan players, sure, like 6-foot-4, 315-pound senior Popo Aumavae. But the more modest-sized Rams, like 5-8, 215-pound Jordan Stinhilver, pack as much venom as anyone.

 

Stinhilver, a rabid fan of Oakland Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack, has a team-high 12 sacks.

"'Stiny' is like a badger," said Rams coach Tony Franks, a former offensive lineman at St. Mary's High and UC Davis. "He's just a fierce, low-to-the-ground, hard-playing, coming-after-you, son of a gun."

St. Mary's and its ferocious lines face San Diego-Cathedral Catholic in the CIF State Division 1-AA championship at 8 p.m. Friday at Sacramento State.

 

Stinhilver and fellow senior Keller Salmon - the 6-3, 250-pound menace who teammates lovingly call "Killer" - hold down the end positions. On the interior are Aumavae, the Sac-Joaquin Section's Lineman of the Year, and junior Anthony Rosales Jr. (5-11, 225).

 

Rosales has a knack for the big play, like a first-half fumble recovery in St. Mary's section finals win over Folsom. Read More >>

 

Annual CHiPs4Kids Yields Fun and Toys

 

 

Both sides came ready to play and battle they did in a nip an tuck contest that ended up with a one point win for the Golden Bears of the CHP over the Rams of St. Mary's, 48-47.

 

The Rams were led into the game by Fr. Matthew Issac, whose on court prowess saw him battle for the ball, rebounding and getting assists. Mrs. Kathy Smith used her authority as principle to make the CHP back away, while Ms. Katherine Esau was hot on the outside shooting.

 

The Cheer and Drill Teams generously came to cheer the sides on and perform at half-time, something that was truly appreciated by the crowd.

 

In the end, the goal of getting more toys for the CHiPs4Kids Toy Drive was met as the generosity of the SM community filled up two CHP Patrol units. This in addition to a truck load of toys that was delivered to Stockton CHP from the Senate-Cabinet Toy Drive and given after the Blue Mass.

 

Thank you to all of the coaches, parent volunteers, the remarkable SM announcers and gym staff, bur most of all to Mrs. Barbara Harada who worked so very hard to get players, coordinate volunteers and helped to publicize the game. Thanks also goes to all of the Faculty who inspired students to attend the game in their own way.

 

Football: Rams Get Section Honors

 

St. Mary's Jake Dunniway was chosen as Player of the Year by the National Football Foundation's All-Sac-Joaquin Section team, while Popo Aumavae is Lineman of the Year.

 

First-team offensive honors went to  lineman Cole Norgaard, receiver Dewey Cotton and running back Dusty Frampton.

 

First-team defensive honr was given to  is cornerback Keaton Hampton.

 

Jenkins Twins Featured in The Record

 

Thomas Lawrence

The Record

 

Stockton. Drew Jenkins and Aaron "Tre" Jenkins III, junior defensive backs on the St. Mary's football team, were born at Dameron Hospital in central Stockton. The fraternal twins are the son of Aaron Jenkins Jr., a standout at Edison and a running back at the University of Washington from 1985-1988.

Their grandfather, Aaron Jenkins Sr., also an Edison alum, received a basketball scholarship to Iowa State.

 

Now, the 16-year-olds are pivotal parts of the Rams' defense, as St. Mary's faces San Diego-Cathedral Catholic in the CIF State Division 1-AA championship game at 8 p.m. Friday at Sacramento State.

 

"They're from a great sports family, a great Stockton athletic family, and to be involved with that lineage is quite an honor," said Rams coach Tony Franks  Read More >>

 

Dusty Frampton Featured in The Record

 

Thomas Lawrence

The Record

 

STOCKTON - Dusty Frampton speaks softly, and his touchdown celebrations are nonexistent. Frampton, a backbone for the St. Mary's offense, doesn't need to be demonstrative.

 

He shows his competitive fury through his relentless running.

 

Frampton and St. Mary's entertain Oakley-Freedom in the CIF NorCal Division 1-AA bowl game at 7:30 p.m. today at Sanguinetti Field. The junior tailback is one of the biggest reasons why the Rams (13-1) are still afloat.

 

"He's another very tough hombre," St. Mary's coach Tony Franks said.

 

Frampton used every drop of strength and endurance in his 5-foot-11, 214-pound frame, in taking 30 carries for a career-high 283 yards and three touchdowns last Saturday. As a result, St. Mary's manhandled Folsom 56-25 in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I championship for the third title in program history.

 

"When I woke up the next morning, I was probably the most sore I've ever been," Frampton said.

 

Frampton doesn't let fatigue bother him, but he couldn't help but notice the turf burns and stiff neck.

But he's handled it fine. After all, whether he knew it or not, Frampton forged himself into an gritty running back through his upbringing. Read More>>

 

Aquira DeCosta Named Athlete of Week

Thomas Lawrence

The Record

 

Aquira DeCosta wasted no time showing why she's ESPN's top-rated prospect for the Class of 2018.

 

DeCosta, a 6-foot-2 junior forward for the St. Mary's girls basketball team, was named the MVP of the Cardinal Newman Classic on Saturday in Santa Rosa. The Rams won the tournament by beating Menlo-Atherton, Chico-Pleasant Valley and Cardinal Newman in succession, and all by double digits.

 

DeCosta put up a combined 57 points and 42 rebounds over the three days, including a 20-and-20 game against Menlo-Atherton. The two-time, first-team All-Area pick has taken a more pivotal role this year as guards Mi'Cole Cayton (Cal) and Kat Tudor (Oregon State) graduated and Sierra Smith transferred to Richmond-Salesian. Her final six college programs that she's considering are UCLA, Tennessee, Washington, Baylor, Louisville and Oklahoma.

 

So DeCosta, who's averaging 19 points and 14 rebounds early on, is The Record's Female Athlete of the Week for Nov. 28-Dec. 3.

 

Jake Dunniway Featured in Record Article

 

Thomas Lawrence

The Record

 

STOCKTON - Technically, Jake Dunniway's football career could be on borrowed time.

 

Dunniway, a senior and the starting quarterback for St. Mary's, has yet to field a scholarship offer from a college program despite throwing for nearly 3,500 yards with 42 touchdowns for one of Northern California's most dangerous offenses.

 

His and his fellow seniors' home finale is this week, as St. Mary's entertains Oakley-Freedom in the CIF Northern California Division 1-AA bowl game at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Sanguinetti Field.

 

St. Mary's has seen its share of talented quarterbacks in the past 15 seasons under coach Tony Franks.

While Dunniway hasn't been sought after like Willie Tuitama - who quarterbacked the 2004 Rams to the program's first section title before starring at Arizona - Franks believes Dunniway is in that upper echelon.

 

That's why Franks, a former college assistant and recruiter himself with UC Davis, believes programs everywhere are underestimating Dunniway.

 

"Huge, huge, huge mistake. I find it hard to believe. I really do," Franks said after the Rams' Monday practice. "We've had a lot of quarterbacks who have come through this program ...; Jake is right up there with those guys, in terms of his skill level, his command of the game, his knowledge, his intelligence."

Sure enough, Dunniway succeeded Noah Righetti - The Record's All-Area Player of the Year in 2014 - and flourished quickly.

 

Dunniway was slowly but steadily brought along. Early on last season, St. Mary's focused more on a horizontal passing game - viable with the speed of guys like Dewey Cotton. It took the pressure off of Dunniway as he grew comfortable as a varsity starter. Read More>>

 

Julian Sepulveda Goes to FBI Academy

 

Julian Sepulveda, SM Class of 2018, recently experienced the FBI Teen Academy.  Julian was not able to take a camera or his phone into the FBI building so he didn't get many pictures. He had a really great time there and learned a lot. 33 kids were chosen out of the hundreds that applied from the 36 counties that the FBI Sacramento Headquarters covers.

 

The students had a full day of classroom and interactive experiences learning about the various departments and jobs at the FBI. They learned about terrorism, active shooter situations and current civil rights matters. They participated in controlled evidence response scenarios and bomb technology scenarios. Julian was very excited because he was able to drive a bomb retrieval drone. They also talked to them a lot about Internet safety. The level of security at the FBI Headquarters was very high.

 

Julian is ultimately not sure if he wants to make a career with the FBI but really appreciated the experience and learned so much. They did emphasize the fact that they have jobs for all college majors, not just the obvious ones.

 

The Wiz Cast Announced

 

The Wiz Cast In Order of Appearance

Aunt Em

Toto

Dorothy

UncleHenry

Tornado

1st Munchkin

2nd Munchkin

3rd Munchkin

4thMunchkin

5th Munchkin

6th Munchkin

Addaperle

Yellow Brick Road

 

Scarecrow

Crows

 

 

Cornstalks

Tin Man

Lion

Kalidah Queen

1st Mouse

2nd Mouse

Royal Gatekeeper

1st Citizen

2nd Citizen

3rd Citizen

4th Citizen

The Wiz

The Wiz Escorts

 

Evillene 

Lord High Underling

Soldier Messenger

Winged Monkey

1st Winkie

Glinda

Glinda's Quadling Escorts  

Abigail De Ocampo

Blackberry Hicks

Carina Barney

Kris Hidalgo

Janell Parnell

John Costello

David Stoner

Spencer Loewen

Thomas Hole

David Okekenta

Chibueze Nwabuzoh

Felicity Smith

William Brown, Tim McGuire, Logan Ramos-Fortes, Kwame Satterfield

Chris Chan

Kassidy Green, Becca Parrino, Payton Sandoval

Victoria Vicuna

Kellinne Fontanilla, Cicely Montesinos, Miriam Okekenta,

Madison Ramirez, Madeline Sahagun, Hallie Sullivan

Niko Navarro

Kaz Ustach

Victoria Vicuna

Hailey Crothers

Addie Duncan

Chibueze Nwabuzoh

Kassidy Green

Asante Azevedo

Kiersten Stevens

Jason Cutler

Weston Wheatley

Sophia De Ocampo, Lindsey Morrison, Uche Nwabuzoh,

Marissa Patrick

Abrefi Adubofour

Sean Gildea

Joey Grimaldi

David Stoner

Benji Albala

Addie Hicks

William Brown, Tim McGuire, Logan Ramos-Fortes

Kwame Satterfield

Ensemble

Tornado Dancers, Munchkins, Kalidahs, Poppies, Emerald City Citizens, Winkies, Monkeys, Strangers in Forest, Glinda’s Quadlings): Benji Albala, Asante Azevedo, William Brown, John Costello, Hailey Crothers, Jason Cutler, Sophia De Ocampo, Addie Duncan, Kellinne Fontanilla, Natalie Gil, Sean Gildea, Feliz Gomez de-Perio, Kassidy Green, Joey Grimaldi, Kris Hidalgo, Thomas Hole, Delenn Johnson, Spencer Loewen, Tim McGuire, Cicely Montesinos, Lindsey Morrison, Uche Nwabuzoh, David Okekenta, Miriam Okekenta, Janell Parnell, Becca Parrino, Marissa Patrick, Madison Ramirez, Logan Ramos-Fortes, Cassie Robinson, Madeline Sahagun, Payton Sandoval, Kwame Satterfield, Kiersten Stevens, Hallie Sullivan, Cy Ustach, Victoria Vicuna, Kelly Williams

 

 

Aquira DeCosta Gets Honor

 

Aquira DeCosta was named to the 2016-2017 Pre-season Girls Basketball All-American First Team by MaxPreps

 

According to the website: " DeCosta is a USA Basketball veteran and remains the anchor for St. Mary's, which was No. 1 most of last season before getting upset in the playoffs and is still one of the top teams in California. DeCosta is long, left-handed and unstoppable around the basket, and perhaps the most athletic frontcourt player in the country."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SM Football Players Featured in Media

 

St. Mary's senior football players Jarett Carl and Dewey Cotton were featured in The Record and Channel 3 regarding their commitment to play, motivation and accomplishments off the field.

 

Jarett Carl Story Link 

 

Dewey Cotton Story  Link

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CROP Canned Food Drive A Success Due to Student Generosity

 

The annual CROP Canned Food Drive was an overwhelming success with two van loads of food collected. The canned goods were given to Catholic Charities who will distribute them to the poor of our community.

 

Once again, students, faculty and staff of the St. Mary's High School Community showed a depth of generosity for others that follows within the school's motto: "Be who you are and be that well"

 

St. Francis De Sales Club Brightens Stockton Shelter for the Homeless

 

 

Members of St. Mary's St. Francis de Sales Club gave up most of their Veteran's Day holiday to paint and decorate the walls with murals so that the children who are at the center will have a bright and comfortable place to spend their time.

 

 

Congratulations to all of the St. Mary's students who participated in this wonderful event. 

Congratulations and gratitude also, to Mrs. Jean Aguilar for her hard work and dedication to these young artists.

 

Winning Artists

MIXED MEDIA CATEGORY

1ST PLACE - Kaelani Nawatami
2ND PLACE - Mackenzie Absher
3RD PLACE - Madeline Palmer

CERAMIC/3D CATEGORY
1ST PLACE - Elisabetha Johnson

PHOTOGRAPHY CATEGORY
1ST PLACE - Gabrielle Rodriguez
2ND PLACE - Lauren McEnerney
3RD PLACE - Madeline Martinez

HONORABLE MENTIONS
MIranda Walker
Julian Samonte

PERFORMANCE AT THE EVENT BY
SINGER/COMPOSER - Calli Grace

BEST OF SHOW
Elisabetha Johnson 

 

St. Mary's Welcomes Exchange Students

 

Jiayu (Lillian) Li  and Yushan (Fiona) Chen

 

Saint Mary's welcomes our international exchange students. Their presence and participation in the St. Mary's community enriches us and helps to build friendships around the world.

 

The students are:

  • Dominik Soos -  Hungary

  • Luiza Johannpeter  - Brazil

  • Jiayu (Lillian) Li - Shanghai  China 

  • Yushan (Fiona) Chen -  Fijian  China

Popo Aumuavae Named Athlete of the Week

 

Popo Aumavae has been named Record player of the week. they wrote:

 

 "Popo Amuavae epitomized a do- minating night for the St. Mary’s football team’s offensive and defensive lines.

 

Aumavae, a 6-foot-4, 315-pound senior, was unmerciful in a 69-13 win over rival Lincoln on Friday, as were his teammates. The reigning first-team All-Area pick Aumavae had two sacks, and was part of a run blocking scheme that led to a three-touchdown night for tailback Dusty Frampton.

 

Aumavae has been a juggernaut on both sides of the ball for the Rams, and is The Record’s Male Athlete of the Week for Oct. 31-Nov. 5."

 

 

CROP Club Featured in Record Article

The CROP Club and its garden were featured in The Record on Sunday, November 6, 2016 as unsung heroes. The club, moderated by Mrs. Margo Kozina, provides fresh produce each week to Catholic Charities to distribute to the poor.  Read Article  Video

 

Homecoming 2016

 

 

Homecoming King Christopher Chan, Queen Grace Lin-Cereghino

 

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 VocationNetwork.org for more information.

 

Are you ready to Wake Up the World?

 

 

Vocations Prayer Card

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Senior Transcripts

 

Seniors: If you haven't already done so please register for an account with parchment.com. 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.

 

Grace Lin-Cereghinio Nominated for Award

 

Grace Lin-Cereghino has been nominated for the NCEA Youth Valor, Vision and Virtues Award Program for her involvement and contributions to our CROP program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SM Students Help Raise Cancer Awareness

 

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.   

 

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 USAB.com, 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.

 

Chapel

 

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

 

Jim Brusa named as President

 

Jim Brusa, a native Stocktonian and current Athletic Director for St. Mary's has been named President by the Board of Directors to succeed Peter Morelli upon his retirement. Mr. Brusa, the current athletic director and has a long and respected association with St. Mary's and is the proud father of two SM graduates, Gianna '09 and Giovanni '12. He is married to Angela Parises and is a member of St. Anne's Parish in Lodi.

 

Mr. Brusa He received his undergraduate degree in business administration from California State University, Sacramento. He became the athletic director in 1996 leading a very successful athletic program that has produced nationally ranked teams. He also  developed the California Catholic Athletic Directors Association.

 

Quoted in The Record Mr. Brusa stated: "I feel great, it's a wonderful opportunity without a doubt…I look forward to serving in a new position with everybody to continue our tradition of providing Catholic education in Stockton and the surrounding areas."

 

Mr. Brusa, has worked closely with Peter Morelli for 20 years and considers him a great mentor. The respect is mutual as Mr. Morelli told The Record: "I've known Jim for a long time. He's very honest, resourceful, a good Catholic gentleman and an excellent leader," Morelli said. "He never loses sight of the students. Students are number one ... at the end of the day, he will do a wonderful role as my replacement as president."

 

Bishop Stephen E. Blaire made the announcement, stating "His love for the school, his organizational abilities, his experience in Catholic education, his communication skills with students, faculty, parents and people in the community qualify him for this leadership position.St. Mary's has long enjoyed a superb reputation," Blaire said. "It is crucial that the leadership of the school guide the students through excellent academic preparation and religious formation so that as graduates, they will be imbued with a deep sense of civic responsibility and spiritual values which form our Catholic tradition."

 

Principal Kathy Smith, speaking with The Record  "described Brusa as someone who is easy to work with and very pleasant to be around. "He's going to do a great job," she said. "I am looking forward to working with Jim to move St. Mary's forward."

 

 

 

On January 13th, the St. Mary's Faculty and Staff went into the community to volunteer and give back.  There was a Mass in the Chapel at 8:00 a.m. and then after a quick bite, the faculty & staff reported to the agencies for which they volunteered by 9:00 a.m.  At the Mass, Father Mathew's homily reflected on the Gospel which told the story of 4 men carrying a paralytic to Jesus, the source of health and life. 

Fr. Mathew likened community service to those 4 men.  He believes helping the poor, sharing a smile and/or a loving gesture with those in diminished circumstances can bring a little light to darkened lives, thereby bringing the hungry (physically or emotionally) closer to the presence of God.

 

By all accounts it was a great day of learning and fellowship providing all with gratitude for blessings and an appreciation for all those called to work in these ministries.    

 

Locations Served

Emergency Food Bank • Saint Mary's Dining Room

Gospel Center Rescue Mission • TLC Community One

Stockton Shelter for the Homeless

 

 

Coach Franks "Coach of the Year"

 

Coach Tony Franks was named large schools Coach of the Year by MaxPreps. He led the 2016-2017, called the "greatest team to have come from San Joaquin County" to a section and Nor Cal championship and to the State Championship game where the Rams got second place after an overtime loss on a field goal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Darien Fields Featured in Record Article

 

St. Mary's Development Department member Darien Fields, Class of  2011, was featured in The Record for his musical aspirations.  According to the article by Tony Sauro,  "Nashville isn't often equated with outer-space adventures. However, Darien Fields, a Stockton singer-songwriter who's just taking off, sensed an analogy while crafting his first full album: "Asleep in a Satellite."

 

The "whole" CD is "space-themed," Fields said. "The songs sort of tell a story about an astronaut's journey into outer space. I liken it to my experience in Nashville.

 

"Everything from the pre-launch excitement to exploring the unknown. Being there was a high. There also was a low point. I was 2,000 miles away from all my family and friends. The decision to move back had something to do with it. The inter-stellar part" paralleled it.  Read More >>

 

Mrs. Kozina And CROP Club Featured in Record Article

 

The CROP Club and its garden were featured in The Record on Sunday, November 6, 2016 as unsung heroes. The club, moderated by Mrs. Margo Kozina, provides fresh produce each week to Catholic Charities to distribute to the poor.  Read Article   Video

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Ms. Esau Featured in Magazine Article

 

SM faculty member and alumnus Katherine Esau, Class of 2006, and her business partner Edith Sumaquial, Class of 1998 are featured in The Records latest edition of The Current . They are the proud owners of Stockton's newest dance studio, Elevate Dance Studio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

David Bertocchini Featured For Detective 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

 

 

 

 

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April 2, 2017

5:30 PM Mass  6:00 Hosted Cocktails  7:00 Dinner

$45 per person

make payment online at greenandwhite.org/halloffame

or mail check payable to

St. Mary's High School

PO Box 7247 Stockton, CA  95267-0247

 

A Message About Tuition For 2017-2018

 

Dear St. Mary's Parents and Guardians,

 

As we begin the "Re-Enrollment" process for the 2017-18 school year, we are reminded and appreciative of the great trust you have placed in St. Mary's High School by your decision to send your son or daughter to our school. We are aware that this is a decision that involves sacrifice and commitment for our school families. The administration, faculty, staff, Board of Directors, and I are committed to providing the best Catholic education for all of our students. 

Evidence of this commitment is demonstrated:

  • 68 dedicated faculty members, 44% hold masters or advance degrees

  • Student to faculty ratio is 12 to 1

  • Average classroom size is 25

  • Every student takes 7 classes - each class meets 4x per week

  • We offer 23 Honors & AP courses

  • Last year, we gave 425 AP exams and our students surpassed the national and state averages

  • At the end of last school year, we had 67 national AP scholars

  • 92% of our juniors and seniors take upper division mathematics

  • 92% of our juniors and seniors take upper division science

  • We have a 100% graduation rate

  • About 99% of our seniors go onto college

  • Class of 2016 was offered $15,598,716 in scholarships

  • Of the Class of 2016, 75% went to a four-year college and 25% went to a two-year college

 

We are sensitive to increasing tuition, regardless of the amount, recognizing it sometimes presents hardships for families. We work very hard to provide a variety of ways to help families pay for tuition. You may know that St. Mary's tuition is very reasonable in comparison to other Catholic high schools.

 

Likewise, we are concerned for our teachers and staff that they are compensated fairly. We are making attempts to keep their salaries competitive.

 

The Board's Finance Committee in collaboration with the Board of Directors, has established the "Tuition and Fee Schedule" for the 2017-18 school year.  This schedule is also available online using the school website.  The Board of Directors, the administration, and Finance Committee have all worked very hard to limit the average increase in school tuition to approximately 2% increase or $170.00, which translates to an increase of approximately $17.00 per month.

Families of returning students will need to pay the $300.00 registration fee by March 10 online at www.factsmgt.com. Freshmen accepted to St. Mary's will receive Registration details in the coming weeks.

Tuition will also cover all class fees, turnitin.com, Schoology, PowerSchool and school- wide testing (PSAT, Kaplan's Practice ACT).


Catholic Students                            $ 8670.00

Non-Catholic Students                     $ 9070.00

 

You should know that based on current year figures our cost per student to educate each child is $11,000.00.  The difference is made up from tuition assistance, scholarships and fundraisers.  Because of our belief in the importance of Catholic education, we continue to provide families with many opportunities to help with tuition.

 

Please know that we will continue to do everything we can to be good stewards of the tuition and support we receive while adhering to Diocesan guidelines for compensation and other expenses.

 

Enrolling your child/children at St. Mary's High School indicates your commitment to nurture and provide your children with a quality Catholic education.  It indicates the value you place in having your child know and love their Lord, Jesus Christ; develop life-long Gospel values; to be people of faith; and assist in building the Kingdom of God here on earth.  

 

I remind you that in making your commitment to provide your children with a Catholic education here at St. Mary's High School, you are committing not only to a financial obligation but to also being a model to your children.

 

All of us at St. Mary's (faculty and staff), are dedicated to embracing the spirit, inspiring the mind, nourishing the soul, opening the heart, and celebrating the MOST in each child at St. Mary's High School. "Be who you are and be that well."

 

Respectfully in the Lord,

Peter Morelli

President

 

Mass Intention Requests

 

The tradition of offering Masses for others, particularly the dead, originates in the very early Church. Inscriptions discovered on tombs in Roman catacombs of the second century evidence this practice. The Church's reasoning was well explained by Pope Leo XIII in his encyclical "Mirae caritatis" (1902) emphasizing the connection between the communion of saints with the Mass: "The grace of mutual love among the living, strengthened and increased by the sacrament of the Eucharist, flows, especially by virtue of the Sacrifice [of the Mass], to all who belong to the communion of saints. For the communion of saints is simply ... the mutual sharing of help, atonement, prayers and benefits among the faithful, those already in the heavenly fatherland, those consigned to the purifying fire, and those still making their pilgrim way here on earth. These all form one city, whose head is Christ, and whose vital principle is love. Faith teaches that although the august Sacrifice can be offered to God alone, it can nevertheless be celebrated in honor of the saints now reigning in Heaven with God, who has crowned them, to obtain their intercession for us, and also, according to apostolic tradition, to wash away the stains of those brethren who died in the Lord but without yet being wholly purified."

 

If you would like to request that Mass be offered for a particular intention, a request form can be found at this <link>

 

Advanced Placement

 

Attention Parent of current Freshman, sophomore and junior students interested in taking an AP Class.

 

Please plan on attending one of the following mandatory meetings covering AP course content, commitment and requirements.

 

Thursday, February 23rd at 6 pm in the library

Monday, February 27th at 6 pm in the library

 

This year contracts are required for all AP courses and will be handed out at these meetings.* Attendance at this meeting shows an interest in an AP class, it does not commit the student to taking an AP course.

 

*Students whose parents do not attend this meeting will not receive a contract for the AP courses.

 

Art Adventure Camp

 

Week long Art Adventure Camp, taught by Jean Aguilar, includes a variety of techniques that teach students to express themselves through drawing, painting, mixed-media, print making and sculpture. Each week will offer new creative projects!

 

RSVP jaguilar@saintmaryshighschool.org

(209) 988-8298

June 5-9

June 12-16

June 19-23

June 26-30

July 10-14

July 17-21

9am to 12 noon grades 1st - 4th

1 pm to 4pm grades 5th - 8th

 

Cost $175 per session

 

 

Youth Music Camp

 

Taught by David Tanner, students will learn music appreciation, history, tinging, dancing, reading and writing music. Students will also learn to play recorder and various percussion instruments

 

RSVP dtanner@saintmargchighcchool.org

(209) 401-1662

June 5-9

l0am to 12 noon

Grades 4th - 8th

 

Cost $100

 

 

Cooking for Kids

 

A week full of cooking fun and creative recipes that kick can do on their own. Taught by Katherine Esau, kids will learn basic cooking skills that include utensils names, safety, and 30 different recipes.

 

RSVP dfieldg@saintmaryshighschool.org

June 5-9

9am to 12 noon

Grades 5th - 8th

 

Cost $175

 

 

Dancing with a RAM

 

Taught by Katherine Esau, students will learn different styles of dance including, Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical and Nip Pop. A mini performance will be done on the last day of camp.

 

RSVP dfieldg@saintmaryshighschool.org

June 12-16

9am to 12 noon

Grades 4th - 8th

 

Cost  $150

 

Safe Home Pledge

 

St. Mary's HIgh School would like to thank the following parent who have pledged to make their homes a "Safe Home" where they will not allow drinking and the use of drugs.

 

Mr. & Mrs. Dionisio Medina

Virginia Lavagnino

Lewis & Candice Gale

Martha & Julian Sepulveda

John and Rachael Quinn

Heather Campbell

Chris and Carey Madill

Diana Miller

Mary Schenone

Martha & Ricardo Rocha

Stacy Ramos

Juvy Asuncion

Brian & Erica Sarantos

Zulma Monroy-Aguilar

Dionisio G. Medina

Jorge Robles

Juan and Patty Herrera

Katherine

Tina and Peter Duncan

Gina Tadman

Janine Kaeslin

Helen Tsai

Greg & K. Sabrina Wheatley

Nancy Richardson

Cheryl Nisby

Michael & Sylvia Cassidy

Greg and Shannon Stephens

Paul and Rachel Bettencourt

Patricia Cruz Davis

Laura Cummings

Suzanne Fagundes

Suzanne and Jeff Podesto

Miguel & LaQuita Moscoso

Catherine Reyes

Michelle Morone

Paul Bettencourt

Don & Veronica Natera

Juan & Maria Avina

Heidi Plath

Tony and Rana Sheneman

Larry Mariani

Ursula Adames

Olufunke Somotun

Fernando/Alicia Zapien

Daniel & Belinda Gonzalez

Stacy Perez

Matt & Michelle Middleton

We. Renā Hampton

Carie Stahl

Judie Magsayo

Kevin and Elizabeth Costello

Michelle Aumavae

Joann Reed

Noreen & Marlo Molina

Don Guzman

Digna Balanag

Carolyn and Art Gonzales

Camilo and Mary Montesinos

Rob & Monica Selna

Michael & Marla McIntosh

Adam & Terri Perez

Chuka Okekenta

Ofelia Tapia

Scott & Janice Kyles

Trinidad Grimaldi

Lily Anunciacion

Marisela Ceballos

Janet Sanders

Angela Jones

Mistii Rocha Lagorio

Leon and Denise Walker

Estrella & Estrella Williams

Lynn Nguyen

Chip and Jean Salmon

Michael and Elizabeth Moreno

Mario & Jary Foronda

Troy Gotschall

Katie and Mike Miller

Annabel Roque

Jeff and Alyssa Wolters

Janette Lindholm

Theresa Semillo

Mary & Ken Lopez

Landriel Trotter

Lucy De la Cruz

Geoff and Joan Lin-Cereghino

Quan Q Pham

Pinki Goswami

Julie Tracy

Kathy Carruesco

Richard & Christina Pimentel

Orinda Fadal

Robert & Paula Case

Ellen Cerney

Melissa Delgadillo

Pat and Jamie Moso

Aisling Keane

Leo and Sylvia Warmerdam

Wendy & Phil Johnson

Rod & Heidi Saiki

Christina Fong

Candice & Lewis Gale

Michael and Susan Kautzer

Phillip and Julie Ramirez

Bill and Patty Duncan

Dennis & Sandra Hormigas

Blain & Dena Bibb

Dylan and Gina Thomas

 

Dedication of Statue of St. Francis De Sales

 

 

On January 26, 2017, Fr. John Fallon, O.S.F.S., the President Emeritus of St. Mary's High School dedicated the statue of St. Francis De Sales that now graces the courtyard of the school.

 

Fr. Fallon blessed the statue with this prayer:

 

"Let Us Pray

 

Almighty God, the St. Mary's school community comes before you on this celebration of St. Francis de Sales. We are grateful for the many blessings that you have bestowed upon us during these Many years of our history.

 

We are grateful to you for giving us Francis de Sales as our patron. The spirituality which he lived and taught has given us a sure way of living our lives all the while drawing closer to You .. The statue which we bless will be a daily and concrete reminder to each one of us to • Be who we are and be that well. In the days ahead, as we pass this likeness of St. Francis let us ask his intercession to help u to be true to who we are and in so doing draw closer to you Our God and Savior.

 

 

The sculptor and artist who designed and made the statue, Mr. Tony Ramirez, SM Class of 1969 was also present to celebrate the event, joining the Oblates of St. Francis De Sales who have served the school for 46 years.

 

Host Families Needed

 

For the 2017-2018 school year, St. Mary's High School will continue to admit students from China and Brazil to our school. This program is in partnership with Twinn Palms, a firm that organizes the homestay component.

 

As we look forward to the next school year, we need families to ensure that all our international students are well accommodated. For your consideration, host families will receive a stipend for each month that a student is in their home. In return, host families will provide meals, transportation to and from school and events, a bedroom for each student, and wireless internet connection. In addition, host families will be required to complete a safe environment training program and a background screening. Medical insurance, uniforms and other campus expenses are covered through the tuition and fees paid by the student's family.

 

If this program is of interest to you and you wish to receive more information and details on logistics, please email our Twinn Palms' Coordinator, Christina Gotelli Foo at christinagf@twinnpalms.com the following information and we will add your family to the interest list. 

 

  • Family name

  • Students' names and grades in Fall of 2017 (if applicable)

  • City of residence

  • Languages spoken in your home

  • Experience with international student or exchange programs

 

Please understand that this is not a commitment on your part at this time but an interest in your family to engage in a discussion about this wonderful opportunity.

 

Thank you for your support of this program.  If you have questions about this program or would like more information, please contact: 


Margaret Stephens Director of Admissions and Communications at 957-3340 or by e-mail

 

St. Mary's Mission Trip

 

Announcing the 2nd annual St. Mary' s High School Mission Trip!

 

WHEN

Monday, ApnI17. 2017 through Saturday, April 22. 2017 (Easter break)

 

WHERE

New Orleans, Louisiana

 

WHAT

This trip is provided by Catholic Mission Trips. Work projects in New Orleans are focused on disaster relief and assistance for !he elderly and underprivileged. Projects in New Orleans can include framing. roofing. siding. sheetrock, flooring, insulation, paining. and landscape work.

 

WHO

Current sophomores, juniors and seniors. Space is limited, so there will be preference to seniors. We will also need 2 or 3 parent chaperones

 

COST

Final cost will depend on our group's ability to fundraise and secure sponsorships, but our goal is $500 to $750 per person. which would include air and ground transportation. lodging and and meals.

 

For more information contact Director of Campus Ministry, Mr. Kevin Costello at kcostello@saintmaryshighschool.org or   (209) 951-3340, X 222.

 

Africa Trip - June, 2017

 

Greg and Susan Traverso will lead an adventure to Africa in June, 2017. Among the highlights will be a stay at the Red Rhino Orphanage where students will volunteer, a safari to see thousands of wild animals and much more. Space is limited.

 

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Blue Mass

The Record-Nick Filipas

 

STOCKTON — Dozens of San Joaquin County law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency personnel of all faiths were honored at St. Mary’s High School on Tuesday morning for the school’s third annual Blue Mass celebration.

 

Members of the Stockton Police Department, Stockton Fire Department, Lodi Police Department, San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office and California Highway Patrol gathered in the Morelli gymnasium along with hundreds of students.

 

“The administration, faculty, students and staff at St. Mary’s are here today to honor our local law enforcement officers who have dedicated their lives for our public health and safety,” Principal Kathy Smith said. “We recognize your self-sacrifice today. We pray for your safety and celebrate the dedication you have to serving others.”

 

The Blue Mass, which has a long history in the Catholic Church, reminds the faithful to be thankful to those who serve in the community as first responders and to those who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

 

That was in the mind of many of the officers on hand, their numbers smaller than usual because many Stockton police officers had gone to Modesto for the funeral of Stanislaus County sheriff's Deputy Dennis Wallace, killed last weekend in the line of duty.

 

Bishop Stephen E. Blaire delivered a touching sermon and referenced Wallace.

 

“Dennis was one of the most respected law enforcement officials in the area, where he served for over 20 years,” Blaire said. “I visited with his wife this past Saturday, and she told me what a wonderful and generous man he was,” adding that Wallace worked with youth in community and offenders during their rehabilitation.

 

During the sermon, Blaire noted that while many people in communities live in difficult and troubling times, without a belief in God, families can become weak and communities could further disintegrate into violence.

“I believe myself that at this time, we must give very serious focus and attention on the evils of racism and violence,” said Blaire. “Compassion and empathy need to be taught in our schools and be practiced by all public service. In our churches and in our communities, cultural diversity must be honored. … Unity is diversity.”

 

The Catholic Church practices that thought in various Masses. A White Mass celebrates doctors, nurses, caregivers and health care professionals; a Red Mass honors judges, attorneys and other government officials.

 

At the end of Tuesday's Blue Mass, St. Mary’s President Peter Morelli presented the officers with hundreds of toys for their holiday toy drive, headed to organizations such as Stockton Police Youth Activities, CHiPs for Kids, Karl Ross Post 16 and Taylor Elementary School.

 

“We ask God to bless all of you who wear the uniform in service to our city and communities,” he said. “We also ask for a special blessing upon your families, your spouses, children and parents who pray daily for your safety while you are at work, and who love and support you at the end of the day.”

 

Stockton Police Deputy Chief Rick Salsedo has attended all three Blue Masses. He said he continues to be impressed by the support from both St. Mary’s staff and students.

 

“The first year we were overwhelmed with the appreciation, and it was really special to see the students and how respectful they are,” he said.

 

“It’s really refreshing because it gives us hope for the future, as they are future leaders of our community.”

For San Joaquin County Assistant District Attorney Ron Freitas, Tuesday was his first experience. Standing outside the gymnasium after the ceremony, he said the Mass was spectacular.

 

“I think the outpouring from the school and the community is very well deserved, especially for these people who work so hard every single day protecting us,” said Freitas, who also serves on the Lodi Unified Board of Trustees.

 

“The bishop’s words were very outstanding. I felt very honored to attend and to be a part of it.”

 

 

St. Mary's Chosen as Best Private School by 209 Magazine

 

St. Mary's was chosen as the best private school by 209 Magazine that covers the entire 209 area code including San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Mariposa, Amador, Calaveras, Tuolumne along with the northern portion of Fresno and southern portion of Sacramento County.  In addition St. Mary's received recognition from the California State Senate for this honor.

 

St. Mary's is grateful to 209 Magazine and the California State Senate for the honor.

 

St. Mary's is proud of its Catholic identity and sets strong expectations for its students.

 

Saint Mary's High School graduates will to the best of their abilities:

 

-  respect and appreciate the differences and similarities of the human condition thus empowering them to understand people throughout their lives. 

 

- make moral decisions based on their understanding of Christian values and so apply the message and teaching of Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church.

 

- endeavor to experience prayer which fosters a personal relationship with God.

 

- participate in campus life beyond the classroom in order to develop and share their talents and gifts and to form a balanced outlook on life. 

 

- participate through curricular requirements and extra-curricular opportunities in Christian community service and so acquire a moral and social conscience.

 

- demonstrate the fundamental academic skills necessary to pursue post-secondary education and career opportunities and be able to read, listen, and communicate effectively.

 

- develop the necessary critical skills in order to apply basic knowledge and academic skills to new situations.

 

- participate in a variety of forms of physical activity and understand the importance of physical fitness in their lives.

 

- experience the support of a community that encourages each student to contribute to the long tradition of Saint Mary's High School.

 

Best of San Joaquin

 

St. Mary's was voted as the best high school in San Joaquin County in the annual survey by The Record of area schools for the second year in a row.

 

St. Mary's has  a long tradition of academic excellence fostered by the educational ministry of the Catholic Church. It strives to create students that are grounded in faith, focused on others, driven to achieve and be responsible, effective and contributing members of society. 

 

St. Mary's has incorporated  into it's very fabric, and sets a goal for its students, faculty and staff to truly follow  the motto of St. Francis de Sales: "Be who you are, and be that well."

 

EWE Draw Winners

 

And the EWE Draw Winners ARE:

 

$3000.00 - Giselle Llamas
$2000.00 - Norgaard Family
$1000.00 - B. Winchester

Student $100 Winners:
Jizelle Clay
Feliz Gomez-de Perio
Brooklyn Gribaudo
Daniel Nguyen
Lyndsay Wyatt

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all of our
St. Mary's families who support this worthwhile fundraiser

 

St. Mary's 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.

 

 

 

 

The Journey to the 150th Anniversary 

 

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.We have therefore established the Father Fallon Endowment so that current and future generations of students and their families can enjoy the benefits of a Catholic education at St. Mary’s. The Father Fallon Endowment is a permanent source of income invested for growth and stability by the St. Mary’s High School Foundation.  A maximum of 4.5% of the principal will be used for tuition assistance each year. 

St. Mary’s High School Annual Appeal

The Saint Mary's High School annual appeal invites your support for Saint Mary's High School on an annual basis.  We have persevered over the years to keep tuition affordable despite the reality associated with the growing costs of a Catholic education.  Your donation to the annual appeal goes towards tuition assistance to help our students who families struggle financially and who work hard to achieve academic excellence and grow in our faith filled environment.  Your gift will enable students to graduate from St. Mary’s and join the 99% of our students who pursue a higher education. In addition to the Father Fallon Endowment, our annual appeal allows for the option to give to immediate need tuition assistance.  Please go to http://www.greenandwhite.org/AnnualAppeal to designate your donation to either the Father Fallon Endowment (for tuition assistance) or tuition assistance for immediate need.

 

Three Ways To Make Your Donation To the Annual Appeal

 

1) Make a safe and secure online donation to: http://www.greenandwhite.org/AnnualAppeal

  

2) Mail check to:

 

St. Mary's High School

P.O. Box 7247

Stockton, CA  95267 

 

3) Or call us if you would like us to take your credit card information over the phone and answer any questions.  209-957-3340 ext. 180

 

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

 

Your kind donation in any amount is very much appreciated.

 

 

Respectfully in the Lord

Peter D. Morelli

President

Please contact Greg Traverso, Director of Development, at gtraverso@saintmaryshighschool.org or call 209-957-3340 ext. 180 for any questions about the Father Fallon Endowment or other ways to give.

 

Green and White Appeal

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jenifer Torres, a student in Design Exploration, gets ready to fire her clay mask in the new ceramic kiln that was purchased for the Art Department. Funds for the new kiln came from the 24 Hour Day of Giving 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

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

Principal

 

Rams TV

 

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

Subscriptions are available to smramstv.com, 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
smramstv.com then contact Paul Scheet at pscheet@saintmaryshighschool.org 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 saintmaryshighschool.org 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@ saintmaryshighschool.org or Phone: 209-957-3340

 

St. Mary's Chapel Hours

 

 

Daily Mass

Monday - Friday

7 a.m.

 

Saturday

7:00 a.m.

 

 

SchoolPoP Program Helps Support St. Mary's

 

Schoolpop’s name-brand online merchants contribute up to 20% of every purchase you make to Saint Mary's High School. Use the link to begin supporting the school.

 

 

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