Annette Knowles, A-Go
Nicole Rosado, Gr-O
Misty Chapman, P-Z
Senior class parents and students
are reminded to log on to
to register for the SAT and ACT Tests.
Each year the master (SMHS) calendar includes
the dates of the ACT and SAT. These
college admissions tests are not offered on the
SM campus. We promote the dates as a
courtesy to our students for planning purposes.
Students are required to register for these
tests through an online portal. At that
time, test takers may choose a location that
serves as a national testing site.
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
Scholarship Descriptions for
2017-2018 are on line now.
St. Mary's Chapel
Monday - Friday
Friday Rosary at dismissal time.
First Friday Exposition of the Blessed
First Friday of every month when school is in
Decade of the
Rosary at the
Statue of Mary
Wednesdays at 8
Please join us!
Send Donations in memory of loved
P. O. Box 7247
The alumni office needs your help
locating addresses for lost but not forgotten
alumni. Please check the lists to see if you
know of any lost sheep.
for the list. If you know the address for
someone on the list, please send us an
Please notify the
of any change of address, phone and/or email address.
The Traditions Magazine is looking for
your stories -
your accomplishments and adventures,
your memories and thoughts.
We'd love to hear from you!
E-mail your alumni news
or call (209)
957-3340, Ext 187
Do You Have A Vocation?
Is God calling you to be a
priest, a brother or a
member of a religious community?
Have you felt a need to serve
God's people, to minister to
their needs and help them find
out about the love of God?
Ask Fr. Matthew Issac or go to
for more information.
Are you ready to
Wake Up the World?
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.
The STEM club engaged
studendts in experiments involving water
rockets and paper bridge challenge.
We've also done 'potions class' playing
with chemical reactions, laser challenge
where they had to shoot lasers off
mirrors to go around an obstacle and hit
a target and the paper bridge challenge
is using 5 pieces of paper to support
the greatest number of weights.
The STEM Club moderated by Ms. Lasiter,
brings together students that
enjoy learning about science,
technology, engineering and mathematics.
The goal of this club is to promote
science and math through fun activities,
such as engineering design challenges
and exploring the world of coding. This
club will build members' confidence in
their knowledge of science and math,
their problem solving skills, and give
them an opportunity to explore their own
ideas and interests in STEM.
Catalogs are now available
A Schedule Worksheet will be
included. Students and
parents are strongly urged
to review the student's
planned courses for next
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
REGISTRATION WILL TAKE PLACE
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
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.
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
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.
St. Mary's Parents and Guardians,
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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,
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
9am to 12 noon grades 1st -
1 pm to 4pm grades 5th - 8th
Taught by David Tanner,
students will learn music
tinging, dancing, reading
and writing music. Students
will also learn to play
recorder and various
l0am to 12 noon
Grades 4th - 8th
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.
9am to 12 noon
Grades 5th - 8th
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.
9am to 12 noon
Grades 4th - 8th
seniors will participate in mock
interviews on Monday, March 6. This is a
great opportunity for students to
develop interview strategies and improve
communication skills. Professionals from
the community are volunteering to be a
part of this career event.
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
Thursday, February 23rd at 6 pm in the
Monday, February 27th at 6 pm in the
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.
Soyini Adams on New Parent Night
Hello, my name is Soyini Adams and I
am...awkward. This is the absolute
truth. I feel awkward waking up, I feel
awkward going to bed. I feel awkward
even crossing the street or ordering
what I want on my Subway sandwich. This
has been the case for me for as long as
I can remember. Making brand new friends
have not been a natural skill for me.
Speaking to new people had to be
practiced for a while by a subtle push
from my family.
I have always felt different from my
other peers. For instance, I listen to
different music. At a young age, when
many other kids prefered to listen to
hip hop music or MTV, I actually
preferred to listen to jazz. Or, when
kids were into reading the Diary of A
Wimpy Kid series, I was trying to read
classics like Little Women. As you could
imagine, fitting in has never been a
strong suit of mine.
I actually transferred during my
sophomore year. It was time for a change
from my previous school, and after much
prayer, we felt led by God to enroll
into St. Mary’s. Unlike you upcoming
Rams, I didn’t attend this school during
freshman year. This was another way I
did not exactly fit in.
Everybody already seemed to know each
other pretty well, have bonded and
formed their own social circles, and
were pretty established. Coming into St.
Mary’s, I did not know a single person.
Not a single one. I was out of my
comfort zone. Old anxieties of “fitting
in” and “being accepted” from my middle
school years seemed to briefly return.
Plus, I had never EVER been at a
Catholic school before. So, yes, you
could imagine all the possible ways I
was confused and internally panicking. I
started to eat by myself or spent my
lunches in the library.
On top of that, I did not know it at the
time, but I was about to lose one of the
most important, if not the absolute most
important person in my life. My
grandmother was in the hospital.
To give some background context, this is
the woman who practically raised me, who
instilled my morals and my faith. To
lose her was so earth shattering in ways
I could not begin to describe. This was
during only the second month of the
school year, during September. And so
this lead me further away from being
social and “out there”, if you will. I
was planning to keep to myself.
This point, however, things started to
change for me. I remember sitting at a
table in the cafeteria all by myself
(just a normal morning for me really)
and all of a sudden, there was a group
of girls that just came and sat with me.
They wanted to know everything about me,
my name, my grade, how I was feeling,
how I was adjusting. They were just so
nice and open that my first thought was,
“Are these the kind of popular people
you see on teenage movies like the movie
Actually that was not the case at all,
because the difference was that they
were genuinely interested in
me. They were not fake at all, unlike
the Plastics. I started to eat in the
cafeteria with them during lunch and
made more friends. This was a huge step
for me because, up until that point, I
was still in the library, and was really
hungry from not eating during lunchtime.
Another huge step was when I had joined
the fall play, “My Sister Eileen.” There
was a day where I missed a performance
because I was attending a funeral for my
grandmother and I was so surprised the
next day to find out that they had
prayed for me and my family while I was
Ladies and gentlemen, this is a very
significant and unique trait to this
school. Coming to St. Mary’s you are
joining a family. What is different here
than from other high schools is that you
will walk into open arms, which is
Christ-like when you think about it.
People care. The teachers care, the
administration cares, the coaches care,
the students care for one another. I
promise you the community here is pretty
tight. It took me a little while to come
into to it, but once I was in, I was
There was another point I wanted to
bring up. This whole, “Be who you are
and be that well” quote we seem to have
everywhere. It’s always about “Be who
you are and be that well.” There was a
slight problem I realized when I saw
this quote for the very first time- I
had absolutely no idea who I was. I just
wasn’t too sure. And it has always been
like that for as long as I could
remember. I guess this has in some way,
contributed to my chronic awkwardness.
So, in my sophomore year, I tried new
normally would never do. And some I have
even ended up liking. Trying theatre
during the fall forced me to go out and
be in front of an audience, which is not
always an easy thing to do.
I also joined the St. Mary’s symphonic
band and played the clarinet. I was not
exactly….good at playing the clarinet. I
only knew five notes. To be perfectly
honest, I was scared in band class. I
felt like a phony because I didn’t know
as much as the other students, but I was
able to redirect that fear and I
practiced a lot at home. I progressed
pretty well, which is a common outcome
of hard work and dedication.
And, as it turned out, I was not the
only one who was shy in my lack of
musical knowledge. Other students felt
the same way- they just all happened to
be the freshmen.
Another thing I tried was Track and
Field. Now, anyone who truly knows me
knows that I am truly not a sports
person. But I thought I would give this
sport a try. No way was I exactly
talented at track and field, but I was
proud to be doing something outside of
my comfort zone. I even got my first
sports related injury! However, out of
my own personal preference, this sport
was something that I may not return to,
but at least I tried it and know with
certainty an athlete is not “who I am.”
Parents and students, you are about to
enter into a complex, confusing, and
life changing rites of passage in
life-high school. If you thought you
were done with it all in middle school,
you are sadly mistaken.
All the awkwardness of puberty and
middle school does not end. It carries
on into high school, college, your
career and for the rest of your life
unless you truly find out who you are
and become comfortable in your own skin.
In all honesty, this is not always easy
for everyone. It certainly hasn’t been
for me. I can tell you right now, when
you become a freshmen, though everyone
is trying to act cool, everyone is
secretly afraid. It’s natural as a
freshmen, I promise. But the awkwardness
and uncertainty ends when you grow
comfortable with yourself, when you
decide that you are a unique and
important individual with greatness that
the world is waiting for you to share.
St. Mary’s High School is a place where
you could grow in your potential into
whatever it is you have to offer. Our
arts and music programs are also very
highly qualified. Our math and science
clubs have so much to offer to cultivate
young geniuses. We have excellent sports
programs and are leading in some of the
biggest championships. We have so much
to help you find you. And on top of
that, though many students have
different interests, we still end up
like a family, which truly is unique for
a high school. St. Mary’s is one of a
kind and so are you. In my opinion, that
is a perfect match.
St. Mary's High School is accepting
applications for the 2017-2018 school
year. Please join us for Parent
Information Night on Thursday, January
26, 2017 at 6:00pm in the Morelli
Gymnasium. Eighth Grade Day is Friday,
January 27, 2016. All prospective
students must apply to take a placement
test. The first placement test will be
given on Saturday, January 28, 2016.
St. Mary's is a Catholic, co-educational
college preparatory high school
dedicated to value-based instruction and
a challenging academic environment. St.
Mary's enrolls approximately 830
students and strives to develop the
total person -- intellectually,
spiritually, creatively, socially and
physically. St. Mary's draws students
from 133 elementary schools located in
28 different cities, some as far as 45
miles away. Out of 68 dedicated faculty
members, 44% hold masters or advanced
degrees in their related fields of
administration, teaching or counseling.
Student-to-faculty ratio is 12 to 1.
Average classroom size is 25.
At St. Mary's High School, students are
encouraged to get involved. We offer 23
Honors and AP courses, 18 visual and
performing arts, 17 athletic programs
and more than 30 student-organized
clubs. We have also introduced a
Composition and Speech course for
incoming freshmen and an AP Physics1 and
AP Spanish Language & Culture courses
for upperclassmen. There is something
for everyone at St. Mary's High School.
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
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.
Sign ups at Christian Service Office or
Ms. Aquilar's Art Room
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
the following information and we will
add your family to the interest list.
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
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
Shadow-A-Ram Group December 7, 2016
Shadow Days allow
future Rams to
attend a class, tour
coaches. Lunch is on
us in the student
cafeteria where St.
Mary's staff can
answer questions. If
you have any
Stephens at (209)
957-3340 Ext. 187 or
Shadow A Ram Form
a.m. 4 days per week.
changes, 8-12 noon
Registration, all students
8 Frosh &
Transfer student orientation
retreat and short classes
begin, all students
18-21 S1 Final
8 S2 classes begin
22-25 S2 Final
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
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
spiritually, creatively, socially
and physically. we must be
financially responsible and fiscally
Adding to the existing Father Fallon
and Legacy Endowments, we have
created five new endowments t insure
the future needs of our students,
faculty and programs at St. Mary's
High School continue to flourish.
These permanent source of income are
invested with a percentage of
the income supporting programs. The
principal is invested for growth and
the Endowments are managed for
growth and stability by the school's
Foundation The five new Endowments
Oblates of St. Francis de Sales
for Religious Studies
Dominican Sisters of San Rafael
for language and Fine Arts Programs
Computer Science Endowment
for Computer Science Programs and
for St. Marys Faculty
In Honor of Specific Faculty Members
We are embarking on a 10-year
assertive plan to increase the
endowments by $5 million dollars
each year for the next 10 years.
This is a $50 million dollar legacy
to be used as a resource to help
with tuition assistance, faculty
support, academic programs,
facilities maintenance, increases in
costs, enrollment fluctuations and
to fund unexpected expenses.
Endowment gifts can be cash, stocks,
bonds, treasuries, mutual funds,
real estate or personal property.
Donors may choose to also include
St. Mary's High School in their will
or as a named beneficiary of a life
You've been a part of our past. We
invite you to continue to be part of
our futures. This is a historic
endeavor and we welcome everyone to
Your kind donation in
any amount is very much appreciated.
Respectfully in the Lord
Peter D. Morelli
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Volunteers are needed in many
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.
click here for the volunteer
form and let us know if you are
interested in helping with Athletics, Crab Feed,
Dances, Development, Fundraising, Speech or
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 our website at
to do some guilt-free shopping for a great cause?
We need your help! Mixed Bag Designs is helping
St. Mary's H. S. reach our fundraising goals this
Anyone can support us - all they have to do
is shop online at
www.mixedbagdesigns.com and use
our ID# 17336 to give us 40% of the
Mixed Bag Designs has tons of
products for everyone in the family including
reusable grocery bags, travel totes, shopping
bags, accessories and more! Go to the
and start shopping! Every purchase helps us!
Forward this email on to your friends and family
too, we need all the help we can get and the more
Remember, you can feel free to
forward on this email to other friends and family
- we are happy to reach out to other communities!
Thank you for your support!
St. Mary's H.
are working to create a positive game environment
for our student athletes and our student spectators.
We would love to see students from every grade level
involved in the campus life at St. Mary's and this
is one of the best ways that we can offer such an
experience. Here's what every member of The Machine
Choice of one of three,
limited edition Green Machine t-shirts in green,
white, or black that can be worn to school on
Fridays and, of course, to games.
Be eligible to take advantage
of give-a ways like free food, free t-shirts, free
play-off tickets, even some free play tickets and
Priority seating in our
student section - the whole Ram Fam is welcome
Getting the most out of your
high school experience and creating life-long
can stay updated on everything Green Machine by
following us on Twitter, Instagram, and Vine
@SMGreenMachine. We post
game updates and pictures to showcase the Rams and
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the control of St. Mary’s High School. The links are
provided solely as a convenience to the user. The
inclusion of this link is not a
recommendation of nor an endorsement of the views expressed within
them. The views and opinions are solely those of the
authors of the content contained therein. St. Mary’s is not responsible for the accuracy or
content of information contained in the site.
cost for the Green Machine is $30 but it will save
you lots of money over the course of the year. The
more you get involved, the more you save. If
you attend only 4 football games and 2 volleyball
games in the fall you will already have
participated in more than $30 in SMHS activities.
Saint Mary's Scholarship Fundraiser
All Proceeds Will Go Towards
When: Wednesday March 8, 2017 5:00 -
Where: In front of the Morelli Gym
For each complete book of 10 tickets
sold $70 will benefit the seller's
Tickets available from the Scholarship
Office 957-3340, Ext. 121.
Please make checks payable to St. Mary's
Meal includes: Angelina's Chicken,
Pasta, Salad, Bread/Butter and Cookie
April 2, 2017
5:30 PM Mass 6:00 Hosted Cocktails
$45 per person
make payment online at
or mail check payable to
St. Mary's High School
PO Box 7247 Stockton, CA 95267-0247
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 so
apply as early as you
are able to.
Announcing the 2nd annual St. Mary' s
High School Mission Trip!
Monday, ApnI17. 2017 through Saturday,
April 22. 2017 (Easter break)
New Orleans, Louisiana
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.
Current sophomores, juniors and seniors. Space is limited, so there
will be preference to seniors. We will
also need 2 or 3 parent chaperones
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
For more information contact Director of
Campus Ministry, Mr. Kevin Costello at
(209) 951-3340, X 222.