Annette Knowles, A-Go
Nicole Rosado, Gr-O
Misty Chapman, P-Z
The Guidance Department will be open on
August 2nd from 8:00 a.m. - Noon in order to
assist with schedule changes and general
No schedule changes will be made during the
summer other than on this day or during
registration on August 7th.
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.
A-Go: Annette Knowles, Ext. 125
Gr-O: Nicole Rosado, Ext.126
P-Z: Misty Chapman, Ext. 123
Scholarships: Jenni Giannini, Ext. 121
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.
Please notify the
of any change of address, phone and/or email address.
for the list. If you know the address for
someone on the list, please send us an
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?
We ask the St. Mary's community to
please pray for the speedy recovery of
Fr. John Fallon, O.S.F.S. who suffered a
medical emergency on Thursday, January
18, 2018 and is being treated at Mercy
San Juan Hospital in Sacramento. Fr.
Fallon, pictured here in his office on
January 10th, has served St. Mary's as a
teacher, principle, president and
president emeritus for over 45 years.
The St. Mary's Campus will be closed to
the general public to permit the
California Highway Patrol to conduct an
Explorer Competition on the weekend of
January 21st and 22nd. Please note the
Mary's has released the "Opportunities
for Students With Specific Learning
Disabilities" handbook to assist
students. parents and faculty. Use this
to access this publication.
St. Mary's Princeton-bound Nina Young
has been named the Athlete of the Week
by The Record, sponsored by Chase
Chevrolet. The accompanying article
stated the following:
St. Mary’s girls basketball head coach
Tom Gonsalves described senior forward
Neenah Young as an intelligent
individual with a true competitive drive
on the court.
It goes without saying, then, that
Young’s hobbies outside of basketball
would fit the bill. “Can it be another
sport? Then volleyball,” Young said.
“And then reading, if that works.”
Young, along with fellow seniors Aquira
Decosta and Ariel Johnson, have led the
Rams to a 17-2 mark so far on the
season, including back-to-back wins in
St. Mary’s MLK Showcase of the weekend.
In the tournament, Young had games of 21
points and 18 points, respectively as
the Rams beat the top-ranked team in
Nevada followed by a win over Los
Young, a Princeton commit, has been
playing basketball since the fifth
grade, when Johnson’s father was her
first coach. The part of the game she
loved the most, Young said, was the
opportunity to compete against the best
players on the court. Now, as a Ram,
she’ getting to do just that.
“She’s very competitive,” Gonsalves
said. “She’s such a good shooter and a
real solid rebounder. She’s got so much
to offer, and she’s a really good
athlete. She will be battle tested for
It seems that even with what’s ahead,
Young hasn’t looked past her senior
season. She said the team’s holiday road
trips to Arizona and Washington DC
helped St. Mary’s see what needs to be
improved as it searches for a state
title. As for Young, she said she’ll do
whatever’s necessary to help the Rams
get there. “I’ve been trying to do the
little things, rebounding, improving my
shooting,” Young said. “Anything that
can help my team.
Aquira De Costa, star forward for the
St. Mary's women's basketball Team has
been named to the McDonald's All-Ameircan
West Squad for 2018. Aquira has played
internationally in Europe and last
summer in China, helping Team USA win
the gold. A Baylor University commit,
Aquira is to be congratulated for her
She joins SM Alumni European
Basketballs's Jackie Gemelos, WBNA Star
Chelsea Gray and Afure Jemerigbe as Ram
McDonald All Ameicans.
Biography from Diocese of Oklahoma City
An Oklahoma farm boy, Blessed Stanley
Francis Rother was born March 27, 1935,
in Okarche, Oklahoma. Ordained a priest
for the Diocese of Oklahoma City and
Tulsa, he served in the diocese’s
mission in Guatemala for fourteen years.
Seeking justice in the midst of a
protracted civil war, Blessed Stanley
fought courageously for the well-being
of his people in combating a culture
that was excessively hostile to the
The oldest of four children born to
Franz and Gertrud Rother, Blessed
Stanley grew up in Okarche and attended
Holy Trinity Church and School.
Being a normal child raised on a farm,
he worked hard doing the required
chores, attended school, played sports,
was an altar server and enjoyed the
activities associated with growing up in
a small town.
While in high school he began to discern
the possibility of a vocation to the
priesthood. He was accepted as a
seminarian and was sent to Assumption
Seminary in San Antonio, Texas.
The journey to ordination was not
without its challenges. More practical
than academic by nature, young Stanley
struggled with Latin which at the time
was critical due to the fact that the
entire curriculum was being taught in
that language. Due to his difficulties,
he was asked to leave the seminary as
his grades were inadequate.
He sought the counsel of Bishop Victor
Reed. It was decided that Stanley would
be allowed a second chance enrolling at
Mount Saint Mary Seminary in Emmitsburg,
Maryland. Through trials and
tribulations he graduated from the Mount
and was ordained a priest on May 25,
As an associate pastor, Blessed Stanley
Rother served five years in Oklahoma.
Heeding the call of Pope John XXXIII, he
sought and received permission to join
the staff at the Diocese’s mission in
Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala.
Blessed Stanley's connection with the
people of Santiago Atitlan was
immediate. He served the native tribe of
the Tzutuhil who are decedents of the
Mayans. In order to serve his people,
Fr. Rother had to speak Spanish and the
Tzutuhil language. He not only learned
both languages but his working knowledge
of Tzutuhil enabled him to celebrate
Mass in their language. To that point,
Tzutuhil was not a written language
until the Oklahoma mission team arrived
and so despite his past issues with
Latin what he accomplished was nothing
short of remarkable.
As the years past, Fr. Rother tried to
live a simpler life to be in communion
with his people. His was surrounded by
extreme poverty, as the Tzutuhil lived
in one room huts, living off what they
could grow on their small plots of land.
Blessed Stanley ministered to his
parishioners in their homes; eating with
them, visiting the sick and aiding them
with medical problems. He even put his
farming skills to use by helping them in
the fields, bringing in different crops,
and building an irrigation system.
While he served in Guatemala, a civil
war raged between the militarist
government forces and the guerillas. The
Catholic Church was caught in the middle
due to its insistence on catechizing and
educating the people. During this
conflict hundreds of thousands of
Catholics were killed.
For a time the violence was contained in
the cities but it soon came to the
highlands and Santiago Atitlan.
Catechists began to disappear, people
slept in the church for protection and
death lists begin to circulate in the
Eventually, Fr. Rother’s name appeared
on the list. For his safety and that of
his associate, Fr. Rother returned home
to Oklahoma. Determined to give his life
completely to his people, he stated that
“the shepherd cannot run.” Returning to
Santiago Atitlan (despite advice to the
contrary), he continued the work of the
Within days of his return, three men
entered the rectory in the dead of night
and executed Fr. Rother. His death
shocked the Catholic world and many
questions arose that have yet to be
answered; such as why Fr. Rother and who
The people of Santiago Atitlan mourned
the loss of their leader and friend.
His memory continues to stir the passion
of the people he served with dignity and
vigor. Because of the affection and
veneration the people of Santiago
Atitlan displayed for the priest, it was
requested that Fr. Rother’s heart be
kept in Guatemala where it resides
From the onset of his death, the people
of Santiago Atitlan, the Archdiocese of
Oklahoma City and the Diocese of Tulsa
have believed that Blessed Stanley died
for the faith. In 2007 this Cause for
Canonization was opened.
In June 2015, the Theological Commission
at the Congregation for the Causes of
Saints in Rome voted to formally
recognize Oklahoma’s Servant of God
Father Stanley Rother a martyr. The
determination of martyrdom is a critical
step in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma
City’s Cause to have Fr. Rother
beatified, the final stage before
canonization as a saint.
On Dec. 1, 2016, Pope Francis recognized
Blessed Stanley Rother a martyr,
clearing the way for his beatification.
On Sept. 23, 2017, Cardinal Angelo
Amato, prefect of the Congregation for
the Causes of Saints in Rome, celebrated
the Rite of Beatification for Blessed
Stanley Rother at a Beatification Mass
in downtown Oklahoma City. Concelebrants
included Most. Rev. Paul Coakley,
Archbishop of Oklahoma City, and Most
Rev. Eusebius Beltran, Archbishop
Emeritus of Oklahoma City.
In the annual faculty service day, the
staff, administration and faculty of St.
Mary' spread out across Stockton serving
the poor at St. Mary's Dining Hall,
TLC, Gospel Mission, Shelter for the
Homeless, and the Emergency Food Bank to
show that they are, as Fr. Matthew Issac
stated at the Mass that kicked off the
day, the face of Christ.
Dear St. Mary's Families,
In keeping with the
educational tradition of the Oblates of
St. Francis de Sales and the Dominican
Sisters of San Rafael, St. Mary's makes
every effort to help families receive a
Assistance is available for students
whose families are unable to pay the
full cost of tuition. Financial Aid and
Scholarship applications for
the 2018-2019 school year are available
now and due by February 1, 2018.
Families need to complete the
applications online and submit the
necessary supporting documents by
February 1. No documents are submitted
to St. Mary's.
For Financial Aid:
Apply online by clicking
factsmgt.com. Submit to FACTS your
2016 Federal tax forms and 2017 W-2
forms (when available). Documents can be
uploaded to FACTS or faxed to
After you've applied to
FACTS, go to the
Scholarship website and apply online
for up to 10 scholarships.
Watch for notifications
through the mail in early March.
Any parent who needs
assistance completing the online
application can contact Mrs. Jennifer
Giannini (Ext. 121) or Mrs. Chris Kilby
(Ext. 111) at St. Mary's High School by
phone at (209) 957-3340 or by email at
They will also be available to help in
the library on December 6 and January 17
from 5:00-6:30 p.m.
The St. Mary's High School
Financial Assistance Committee, will
review the application and determine
what amount of financial assistance can
Respectfully in the Lord,
James N. Brusa
WHEN: Monday, April 2,
2017 through Saturday, April
7, 2017 (Easter break)
WHERE: Camden, New Jersey
WHAT: This year we are
going on a Service Retreat
with De Sales Service Works
in Camden, New Jersey. 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 direct
reflection, presentations on
Catholic social 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 much-needed,
practical service in an
urban area that is poor,
tough, and needs hope.
WHO: Current sophomores,
juniors and seniors. Space
is limited, so there will be
preference to seniors. We
will also need 2 or 3 parent
COST: Participants will
pay full cost up front of
$1,000, which includes air
and ground transportation,
lodging and all meals.
Participants agree to help
fund raise and secure
sponsorship. Any collected
funds raised will be
refunded back to
more information contact
Director of Campus Ministry
Mr. Kevin Costello at
or (209) 957-3340, X 222.
for the Shadow-A-Ram program for the
school year 2017-2018 are as follows:
Margaret Stephens, Director of
Admissions and Communications at
209-957-3340, Ext., 187 for more
The Guidance Department works
diligently to promote communication with
parents and students.
The Teleram provides
information about important upcoming
Please visit the Guidance
link on the St. Mary's High School
website to stay up-to-date with all
information pertaining to college
planning, standardized testing and
general guidance-related information.
The Guidance Department
provides a committed and unique service
to our parent and student community. We
are very pleased and proud to work with
you this school year. If you have any
questions, please do not hesitate to
contact your child's counselor.
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
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.
Avoid spontaneous "sleep-overs"
Encourage your child to
call if they need a ride home.
Click here to take the SAFE
HOME PLEDGE online. We ask you to
read the following pledge. If you agree
to participate, your name will appear in
the Tele'Ram. Thank you.
In Mary's grace,
Thank You Parents Who Have
Felipe & Marci Arredondo
Rudy & Leticia Mendoza
Doug & Natalia Murray
Paul & Rachel Bettencourt
Mario & Rosa Caballero
Robert & Paula Case
Phil & Julie Ramirez
Anthony & Angela Contreras
Jeff & Suzanne Podesto
Kevin & Elizabeth Costello
Kevin & Mila Dal Porto
Brian & Erica Sarantos
Steven & Rita Seeman
Rob & Monica Selna
Victor & Christina Fong
Julian & Martha Sepulveda
Lewis & Candice Gale
Steve & Stacie Sherbondy
Eloy & Michelle Galvan, Sr.
Adeyinka & Olufunke Somotun
Mr. & Mrs Torres
Earl & Julianne Harper
Greg & Denise Heli
Leon & Denise Walker
Leo & Sylvia Warmerdam
Scott & Janice Kyles
Greg & Sabrina Wheatley
Jim & Athena Willis
eTranscripts are here! St. Mary's High
School is making the college application
Are you getting ready to start the
college application process? St. Mary's
has teamed with Parchment to make the
process easier for families
One of the required documents you will
need when applying to college is an
official high school transcript, a
student's academic 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
Parchment sends your transcript
securely, accurately and 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
1. Register for a free account at
2. Request your transcript
3. Track your transcript
The fee for eTranscripts is $5. When
registering with Parchment you will be
prompted to put in your payment of
Sending the transcript electronically is
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 on
Parchment.com. 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
universities. Students applying via the
Common Application will 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 attending.
If you have questions about
e-transcripts you can contact the
appropriate school counselor or
Registrar. Don't delay!
Sign up for your Parchment.com account
A - Go Ms. Nisby (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Gr - O Mrs. Rosado (email@example.com)
P - Z Mrs. Chapman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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to reduce or eliminate your
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Assign St. Mary's High
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Register your preferred
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made through your checking
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See the huge list of
For more info, please
contact the athletic office
at 957-3340, Ext. 108
Show 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.
St. Mary's High School
partners with Three W International to
provide comprehensive international
student enrollment management to
students from China, Brazil and Vietnam.
Together, we are able to provide
unparalleled support and service to our
international students, from general
admissions to post-arrival and beyond.
If you are an international student
interested in applying to St. Mary's
High School, please use the following
link for contact information:
St. Mary's High School is continuing 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.
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 contact
Twinn Palms (424) 239-6367 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org the following
information and we will add your family
to the interest list.
Students' names and current grades (if
City of residence
Languages spoken in your home
Experience with international student or
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:
Director of Admissions and
St. Mary's High School
209-957-3340, Ext. 187
8 S2 classes begin
22-25 S2 Final
Please contact Luigi Gherardi at
957-3340, Ext. 106
for more information
Mary's has 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
Class of 1958 Reunion
The Class of 1957 celebrated their 60th
class reunion on our campus. They
gathered in our Mary, Queen of the
Angles Chapel with our guest celebrant,
Fr. Bill Kraft. After mass they went on
a school tour, then gathered for guest
speaker Greg Traverso, our Director of
Advancement followed by dinner catered
by Angelinas. It was a great night of
memories , friends and fellowship.
Fun fact , the Class of '57 attended SM
at our Lincoln Street location
(currently Annunciation School) was the
first senior class to graduate from our
current El Dorado Street campus.
St. Mary's Class of 1987 held its
30th Reunion September 9, 2017 at the
Ave. Everyone attending had a great time
reminiscing about their years at St.
Mary's and reacquainting themselves with
For more info please contact the
SM Development Dept. 209-957-3340 ext. 195
St. Mary's Brother James Ram Center has a variety of school supplies at a reasonable
price. Your purchase at our student store directly supports our
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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
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Anyone can support us - all they have to do
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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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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.
Upcoming Green Machine Events
Wednesday, January 17 v. West
Green Machine Theme: Hippie/Tie Dye
Wednesday, January 19 v. Tracy
Green Machine Theme: Silent Night
Saturday, January 27 v. Lincoln (@
Green Machine Theme: ESPN/Jersey
Friday, February 9 v. Lodi (Senior
Green Machine Theme: Merica
Anyone 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.