The Guidance Department will sponsor several
evenings devoted to college preparation and
assistance with researching financial aid
opportunities. Future emails will describe
the time and place of these evenings as well
as upcoming guidance related events.
Questions may be directed to school
counselors at 957-3340.
Each year the master (SMHS) calendar includes
the dates of the ACT and SAT. These
college admissions tests are not offered on the
SM campus. We promote the dates as a
courtesy to our students for planning purposes.
Students are required to register for these
tests through an online portal. At that
time, test takers may choose a location that
serves as a national testing site.
Students and parents
are advised to read and study the requirements
for initial eligibility formulated in the
Guide for the
Collegebound Student Athlete.
Access to this guide is available on the NCAA
WHEN: Monday, April 22,
2019 through Saturday,
April 27, 2019 (Easter
WHERE: Camden, New
WHAT: We are returning
to Camden, New Jersey
for a Service Retreat
with De Sales Service
Their service retreats
offer an opportunity to
get away, reflect, pray
and serve people in
need. The retreat theme
is rooted in the core
teachings of St. Francis
de Sales and involves
teaching, prayer and
opportunity to celebrate
Eucharist. Camden is
consistently ranked as
one of the poorest
cities of its size in
the nation. We will do
service in an urban area
that is poor, tough, and
WHO: Current sophomores,
juniors & seniors. Space
is limited, so there
will be preference to
COST: Participants will
pay full cost up front
of $1,000, which
includes air and ground
and all meals.
Participants agree to
help fundraise and
secure sponsorships. Any
collected funds raised
will be refunded back to
There will be an
for interested students
and parents on Tuesday,
January 22, 2019 at 7:00
p.m. in the Student
For more information
contact Director of
Campus Ministry Mr.
Kevin Costello at
or (209) 957-3340, ext.
photos of children who
are facing very
in Columbia, such as
violence or family loss.
The children live in
orphanages, slums and
refugee camps and most
have very few items of
personal value to call
their own. This group
reached out to our art
teacher, Jean Aguilar,
asking our Art 3-4 and
AP Studio Art students
to study the children's
photos and turn them
into works of art. The
portraits were sent to
the children as special
gifts. Thank you to our
students and Ms. Aguilar
for going above and
beyond to communicate
kindness, peace and
friendship on behalf of
Saint Mary's High School.
Join us as we gather each Wednesday, at
the foot of Our Lady's statue in the
front of our school. We invite you to
join us in praying a decade of the
rosary for our community and the world.
The St. Mary's Community will come
together to celebrate the feast of St.
Francis de Sales whose spirituality is
imbued in the school's philosophy "Be
who you are and be that well.".
St. Francis de Sales is the patron of
the deaf, the press, journalists and of
adult education. He has been declared a
Doctor of the Church. He was born to a
noble family at Chateau de Sales in the
Kingdom of Savoy near Geneva,
Switzerland on August 21, 1567. Francis
was both intelligent and gentle. He knew
for years he had a vocation to the
priesthood, but kept it from his family.
His father wanted him to enter a career
in law and politics. In 1580, Francis
attended the University of Paris, and at
24-years-old, he received his doctorate
in law at the University of Padua.
All the time, he never lost his passion
for God. He studied theology and
practiced mental prayers, but kept quiet
about his devotion. To please his
father, he also studied fencing and
riding. God made his will clear to
Francis one day while he was riding.
Francis fell from his horse three times
that day. Every time he fell, the sword
came out of the scabbard, and every time
it came out, the sword and scabbard came
to rest on the ground in the shape of
the Christian cross.
After much discussion and disagreement
from his father, Francis was ordained to
the priesthood and elected provost of
the Diocese of Geneva, in 1593, by the
Bishop of Geneva.
In 1602, Francis was consecrated Bishop
of Geneva, although he continued to
reside in Annecy. In 1604, Francis took
one of the most important steps in his
life -- the step toward extraordinary
holiness and mystical union with God. In
Dijon, Francis saw a widow listening
closely to his sermon -- a woman he had
seen already in a dream. Jane de Chantal
was a dedicated Catholic Christian on
her own, as Francis was, but it was only
when they became friends they began to
During this time, it was wrongly thought
that achieving real holiness of life was
a task reserved for only for the clergy
and those in religious life, and not for
lay men and women. In addition, that
only contemplatives, people who withdraw
from active participation in the world,
could really achieve holiness.
Francis insisted that every Christian
was called to holiness and sanctity,
lived within their own state in life. In
holding that belief, he reflected the
teaching of Jesus and the early Church
Fathers. Francis laid the groundwork for
the teaching of the Second Vatican
Council on what is now called the
universal call to holiness. Francis gave
spiritual direction to lay people who
were living real lives in the real
world. He had proven with his own life
that people could grow in holiness while
involved in a very active occupation. He
also recognized that Christian marriage
and family life is itself a call to
His most famous book, Introduction To
The Devout Life, was written for
ordinary lay people in 1608, not just
the clergy and religious.
For Francis, the love of God was like
romantic love. He said, "The thoughts of
those moved by natural human love are
almost completely fastened on the
beloved, their hearts are filled with
passion for it, and their mouths full of
its praises. When it is gone, they
express their feelings in letters, and
can't pass by a tree without carving the
name of their beloved in its bark. Thus,
to those who love God can never stop
thinking about him, longing for him,
aspiring to him, and speaking about him.
If they could, they would engrave the
name of Jesus on the hearts of all
The key to love of God was prayer. The
test of prayer was a person's actions.
"To be an angel in prayer and a beast in
one's relations with people is to go
lame on both legs." He believed the
worst sin was to judge someone or to
gossip about them.
He died on December 28, 1622, after
giving a nun his last word of advice:
"Humility." St. Francis de Sales was
beatified on January 8, 1661 and
canonized on April 19, 1665 by Pope
Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed
Sacrament is an extension of our
celebration of the Eucharist which
happens at every mass. It is not only a
very old devotion in our Church, but one
that highlights the fundamental mystery
of the Holy Eucharist- that our Lord is
truly present, body and blood, soul and
divinity in the Blessed Sacrament. In
his 1980 Holy Thursday letter to
priests, Dominicae Cenae, Pope John Paul
II wrote, "Since the Eucharistic mystery
was instituted out of love, and makes
Christ sacramentally present, it is
worthy of thanksgiving and worship. And
this worship must be prominent in all
our encounters with the Blessed
What happens: following morning mass in
the chapel, Fr. Mathew will place a
consecrated host (the Blessed Sacrament)
in a "display vessel" called a
monstrance on the altar. Throughout the
day individuals and/or classes sign up
to fill time slots, so that someone is
present at all times while our Lord is
present to us in this way. If you go you
can pray, read, or simply sit quietly
and open your mind and heart to whatever
our Lord wishes to say to you! Towards
the end of school Fr. Mathew will
conclude with a special Benediction
(blessing), and return the Blessed
Sacrament to the tabernacle.
All members of the St. Mary's community
are welcome to visit the chapel at any
time throughout the day and/or to attend
Benediction at dismissal.
Financial Aid is available for eligible
families to help make tuition more
affordable. St. Mary’s High School
contracts with FACTS Management to
evaluate the applications and verify
supporting documents. An application
fee of $35 is charged per family payable
to FACTS. Financial Aid must be applied
Apply online at
factsmgt.com between Dec.1, 2018 and
Feb.1, 2019. Deadline to apply is Feb.
1, 2019. Late applications may be
considered after all on-time
applications, if funds are still
Supporting documentation must also be
submitted to FACTS (2017 Taxes, 2018
W-2’s). They can be uploaded or faxed to
New students must have a student
application on file with the Registrar,
along with the $75 application fee.
Notifications will be mailed in March,
Questions? Please call 209-957-3340
Jenni Giannini ext. 121 or Chris Kilby
The college application process is
becoming increasingly selective. It now
becomes even more crucial to keep
abreast of relevant requirements and
deadlines. To do so, students and
parents must be able to create a viable
plan to see their way through this
time-intensive process. For this reason,
the Guidance Department has scheduled
the following events.
PreACT will be given to all freshman,
sophomore, and junior students in the
spring. This is a standardized, practice
college entrance exam that measures a
student's knowledge in the areas of
math, science, reading and English. This
is a mandatory test and it will be
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 8:15am.
will offer a workshop for community
colleges in the spring. We recommend
students take advantage of this
opportunity if they plan to pursue
eTranscripts are here!
St. Mary's High School
is making the college
Are you getting ready to
start the college
application process? St.
Mary's has teamed with
Parchment to make the
process easier for
One of the required
documents you will need
when applying to college
is an official high
school transcript, a
record. St. Mary's High
School has a new, online
service where you can
request an official high
school transcript and
send it to the college
of your choice with just
a few clicks.
Parchment sends your
confidentially to any
college or university.
The best part is you
can request your
transcript anytime from
anywhere. Just click
the "order transcript"
link on the SM website
to visit Parchment.com.
Just follow these 3 easy
steps to get started:
1. Register for a free
account at parchment.com/register
2. Request your
3. Track your
The fee for eTranscripts
is $5. When registering
with Parchment you will
be prompted to put in
your payment of choice
Sending the transcript
easier, safe and saves
money! Because it's
online, it is processed
much faster; your high
school can send it
instantly, and the
college or university
receives it immediately.
You no longer have to
wonder if your
transcript was sent by
St. Mary's, or received
by the college or
university to which your
child is applying. Now
you can track it all
online at your account
That's peace of mind!
University of California
campuses do not want a
transcript until final
grades are complete in
June. CSU campuses and
private and/or out of
state colleges will
vary. Please check with
each campus and check
all emails sent by the
applying via the Common
automatically have the
initial and midyear
transcripts submitted by
their counselor. In
June, ALL seniors must
request a final
transcript to be sent to
the college they will be
*Pending determination by
SMHS as to accepting funds from State of
addition to various drills, our
faculty/staff are instructed to report
to the administration, any potential
threats to a student or to his/her
safety and well-being. We encourage all
members of the school community to
contact school administrators with their
concerns in order to help maintain a
safe and respectful learning
Saint Mary's is very
grateful for the support of our
community along with the service and
support of our first responders in
partnering to keep our children,
teachers and staff safe.
Stop by and see all the new Ram
merchandise for alumni, students
and the whole Ram Family.
St. Mary's also has a variety of school
supplies at a reasonable price.
Your purchase at our student store
directly supports our school.
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
Always be home when young
people are visiting your home.
Properly supervise any and
all gatherings of young people in
Welcome other parents to
call or drop-by.
Notify the police when
planning a large party.
Notify your neighbors of
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
Set times teens are
expected to return home.
"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
Thank you to the following
parents/guardians who have already taken
to reduce or eliminate your
No time to come in and
purchase scrip cards?
We have the solution for
you! Introducing the
BENEFIT MOBILE app!
Simply download the app on
your smart phone.
Assign St. Mary's High
Sports Association as your
Register your preferred
method of payment (payments
made through your checking
account will maximize your
See the huge list of
For more info, please
contact the athletic office
at 957-3340, Ext. 108
the world that you are proud to be a SM Ram.
These ties are beautifully designed and appropriate
for business, and for those special occasions when
you would like to show that you support St.
Mary's High School.
A great way to help SM and your business is by
purchasing scoreboard ads that will be seen at
athletic events on the football field.
Contact SM Athletics for more information on this
great way to get your message heard.
St. Mary's High School proudly
announces a new venture with its
new video Broadcasting I class,
and that is smramstv.com. We
will broadcast every varsity
football game (including
playoffs), home TCAL volleyball
games (and all playoff games),
home varsity boys and girls
basketball games (including
playoffs), home TCAL baseball
games (including playoffs) and
at least one event for every
single varsity sport. Starting
in the 2nd quarter, we will
broadcast a magazine show called
St. Mary's Today. This show will
be aired twice a month
throughout the rest of the
school year. We will also
broadcast special events such as
the 140th Anniversary Mass and
the Blue Mass live.
How can I watch these events?
Log on to smramstv.com and sign
up for a subscription in order
to watch events live.
Subscriptions cost $35 for an
entire school year or $9.95 to
watch a single event live.
Events may be viewed for free,
one week after the event has
Where does the subscription
Most of the revenue goes to the
which is the official video
partner of the CIF Sac-Joaquin
section. A third of your
subscription is rebated back to
Saint Mary's Athletics and helps
to defray other athletic costs.
Can I advertise on these events?
Yes, there will be reasonable
commercial advertisements available
on all broadcasts. For more
information contact Paul Scheet at
(209) 986-1916 or email him at
unbelievable to realize that soon our
student's journey here at St. Mary's
will be complete. Many exciting things
will be coming up for this class and we
wanted you to put a few dates on your
calendar. We will be providing the
seniors with some fun surprises this
year so that their last year on campus
will be an exciting and memorable one!
2019- Senior Surprise Theme: "Seniors
are on the Home Stretch"
2019- Senior Surprise Theme: "We Love
2019- Senior Surprise Theme: "Seniors
Shine Like Gold"
If you are
interested in volunteering with any of
these Senior Surprises with your time,
talent or treasure, please contact:
This is one of the biggest
events that the senior parents hold for
the graduating class. It is an annual
tradition which includes the seniors
having breakfast together complete with
a festive theme and hundreds of raffle
prizes. Senior Breakfast does require
considerable fundraising and donations
of prizes from the senior families as
well as several volunteers to help pull
it off. If you are interested in
chairing/co-chairing this event, please
contact the senior class advisors, Mrs.
Aguilar or Mrs. Pijl.
In order to implement the
special events listed above, we are
asking each senior family to please
consider making a donation of $25.00.
Cash or checks made payable to St.
Mary's High School Senior Class can be
left with Mrs. Aguilar in Room 12 or
Mrs.Pijl in the Christian Service
Office. You can also mail them to: St.
Mary's High School c/o Jean Aguilar PO
Box 7247 Stockton, CA 95267. We are very
fortunate to have support from the
school, Mrs. Howze, and our advisors to
be able to provide these special events.
Looking forward to a wonderful senior
year. Thank you
The Blessed Virgin Mary, patroness of
our school, was obedient fully to God's
will, was a humble and supportive mother
of our Savior Jesus Christ and has been
recognized as the most powerful woman in
history as noted in a National
Geographic article: How the Virgin Mary
Became the World's Most Powerful Woman.
"Mary barely speaks in the New
Testament, but her image and legacy are
found and celebrated around the world. .
that is victimized can go into any San Joaquin
County McDonald's. The staff is trained to provide
immediate contact with the appropriate authorities
and to provide a safe space. San Joaquin County
Regional Transit has a policy that anyone who is a
victim of Human Trafficking may go to any bus,
inform the driver who will immediately alert the
police and if there is a delay will go off route in
order to bring the victim to safety.
future can be decided by the choice of
high school. A supportive, yet rigorous
academic program, excellent college
counseling and a school wide commitment
to excellence in all pursuits, a
grounding in faith and the tradition of
Catholic education are the hallmarks of
Our students graduate prepared to take
on the rigors of college and of life.
Our Alumni are diverse yet are leaders
in areas of medicine, law, education,
engineering, sciences, the military, the
arts and most importantly in their
communities. St. Francis de Sale
"Be who you are; and be that well"
is exemplified in the daily lives of our
individual alumnus. Join us in our