Class of 2020

Class of 2020
 
You did it.
It's time to take a bow.
 
Saint Mary's High School
Class of 2020 Commencement Ceremony
June 20, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.
 
 
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DIPLOMA
If you were unable to pick up your diploma on Saturday, June 20th at your scheduled time, please stop by the front office during the summer business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to get your diploma.
 
 
 
 
 

Disneyland Grad Nite Refund Update:

To our valued travel partners,

 

We hope this email finds you well as we all continue to work through this uniquely challenging time period (both personally & professionally) and look to optimism for things to get back to normal soon.  As we head into June we wanted to reach out and give you an update on our Company and our effort to refund your Class of 2020  graduation trip registrants or school if payments on the trips have been made.

 

Overall (10 weeks after the crisis first began) we find that most things still remain challenged and uncertain, especially within the travel industry, which has all but come to a complete stop.  As you can reason, COVID-19 has significantly impacted our travel company and our standard business operations.  In these last 2 months, we have closed all our US offices, furloughed half our company and required the remaining staff to work from home with reduced technical, physical and communication resources.  The COVID-19 virus and its related challenges happened so SUDDENLY AND IMPACTFULLY, that we found ourselves in an unequalled crisis situation, with tens of thousands of trips cancelled all at once and millions of dollars of pre-paid monies paid out to a multitude of vendors (motor coach companies, theme parks, restaurants, etc.).  As a business, this was nothing we have ever encountered or trained for.  A difficult situation, yet although we are still enduring these challenges, we are grateful to report that we continue to operate and continue to strive with all our ability to meet all our Company’s refund obligations. 

 

As the national COVID-19 challenges unfolded, we had hoped we could quickly collect all pre-paid monies to effectively complete our refund process within 6-8 weeks. However, while hopeful, unfortunately the COVID-19 consequences continued to impact our vendors as well (with their own shelter in place directives, office closures, company layoffs, bankruptcies, etc.)  and our ability to timely resource these funds due to us was, and frankly continues to take significantly more time than estimated. 

 

Even as we write this, although we are making progress, we still have millions of dollars of pre-paid client money yet to be received.   All this, disappointingly and frustratingly, has caused us to revise our refund time frame.   This committed time frame is 6-8 weeks from the originally scheduled travel date.  To ensure this will be met, our company continues to work on supplement financing including insurance claims, government assistance, bank loans and other financial resources we can access to ensure we can fully complete all refunds regardless if our vendors come through or not.  Of course, as your travel partner we are pushing to shorten that time frame and are hopeful to be able to do so. But for now, we wanted to make sure you had this current information in the event you have questions.   Of course, we are here for those refund questions, so please feel free to have concerned parents reach out to us for further clarifications and updates.  We recognize and respect their money is hard earned and needed as soon as possible.  We assure you they will receive it back!

 

We thank you for understanding that both the world and our Company are temporarily in a state of turmoil.  As your travel partner, we recognize your difficult role with this cancellation and close out and sincerely thank you for your continued support, patience & understanding as our Company navigates the remaining challenges, to ensure we stay viable and refund each of the students as timely as possible.

 

What we can assure you is that we are going to make it through this challenging situation, get all your students refunded and then help get our only world… back to normal.

 

Thank you for your partnership.

 

Rip Hunter                                  Virginia Hunrath

Senior Vice President               Program Director USA Student Travel

 

 
Any questions, please contact:  Mrs. Aguilar @ jaguilar@saintmaryshighschool.org 
To Our Senior Class and Families:

Class of 2020 and families, it has been an unprecedented year of the unexpected. We would like to thank you for your patience, prayers and support throughout this long process of pursuing commencement on our campus.  These unprecedented times have resulted in many challenges and circumstances beyond our control, but we kept faith alive and persevered with hope that a graduation ceremony on our campus would be approved.  

I cannot begin to describe the efforts behind the scenes that took place over the past several weeks to try to make this happen for us. The school submitted a graduation plan that incorporated proper social distancing protocols and all aspects of orchestrating a safe environment for our seniors and their parents to the County Health Department. We enlisted the help of our Board of Supervisors, as well as several higher elected officials and attorneys, who have all done their best to influence the County Health Department to allow us to move forward. I am extremely disappointed to share that the State of California and County Health are still denying our opportunity to hold an in person graduation on our field. As such, we have no choice but to move forward with our Plan B, which is our Virtual Graduation.  

Our Administration, Faculty, Staff, Board of Trustees and the Catholic Diocese of Stockton are just as disappointed as you are to have to deliver this news today, however, nothing can take away the pride of accomplishment for our Class of 2020 and the great things they are going to go out and do in our world.

Class of 2020, you have the tools to make your future everything you dream it will be and you have the resilience to weather any storm that comes your way. I wish you every success. It has been an honor and a pleasure to be a part of your journey.

Respectfully in the Lord,  
 
Jim Brusa 
President 
 
 
 
 
UPDATED 6/8/2020
 
Dear Senior Parents/Guardians and Graduates:

High School graduation is a momentous occasion in our students' lives. We at Saint Mary's are doing everything possible to ensure that a beautiful and memorable commencement ceremony will occur. As previously communicated, we are preparing for three possible options - a virtual ceremony (to be filmed 6/8 - 6/10), a live ceremony with students only (6/20) or a live ceremony with parents and siblings in attendance (6/20).

While we are very hopeful that the live ceremony will occur, we must prepare for the possibility of a virtual graduation ceremony. Please review the following set of guidelines and filming schedule for our graduates:
 
1) Required forms for participation in graduation ceremony
The following form is due by June 3rd. In order to participate, ALL graduates and parents/guardians must complete and submit the following form by June 3rd.

 

2) Dress Code Guidelines
  • Girls: In addition to your cap and gown*, you are required to wear a dress or skirt/slacks of appropriate length and a blouse under your graduation gown. Dress shoes are required. No Uggs, flip-flops, or casual type sandals. Hairstyles which attract undue attention, such as dyed hair, are not allowed. Facial piercings are not allowed.
*On Friday, June 5th, 10am - noon, please come to Saint Mary's to pick up your white graduation gown. Gowns will be available to pick up in front of Lagorio.
  • Boys: In addition to your cap and gown, you are required to wear a shirt and tie under their gown. Slacks, socks and dress shoes must be worn (no tennis shoes, flip-flops or sandals). Hairstyles, including those with hair beyond collar length, dyed hair or those which draw undue attention are not allowed. Boys must be clean-shaven. Earring or facial piercing are not allowed.
 
We reserve the right to exclude from the ceremonies anyone who is not properly dressed according to the guidelines described above or whose conduct is such that it may bring disgrace and discredit to Saint Mary's and the rest of the graduating class.


3) Dates for Filming for Virtual Ceremony
Monday, June 8th - Wednesday, June 10th - Filming of students for virtual graduation in Morelli Gym. Please carefully review the Schedule of Filming of the Virtual Graduation and identify when you are scheduled to arrive for filming. We ask that the graduates be flexible with their schedule on the day of their filming. If we find that filming goes faster than expected, we may request students scheduled for later in the day arrive earlier. Due to the strict time frame, please make every effort possible to be available for filming during your schedule time slot. If you are absolutely not available on your scheduled time, please reach out to Mrs. Howze at lhowze@saintmaryshighschool.org
immediately to reschedule. 

 
 
4) Live Graduation Ceremony on June 20th at 8:30am 
  • Thursday, June 18th at 8:00am - Mandatory Graduation Rehearsal for ALL Graduates at Saint Mary's. Graduates - please go directly to the Senior Lawn at 8:00 a.m. Students only - no parents - at rehearsal.
  • Saturday, June 20th at 8:30am - Commencement Ceremony at Saint Mary's High School on Sanguinetti Football Field - see Dress Code Requirements listed above. Graduates must arrive to Saint Mary's High School by 7:45am. 
All parents, graduates and any siblings over the age of 18 must complete and print the following waiver to bring to the ceremony on June 20th. Parents and siblings over the age of 18 - THIS IS YOUR TICKET TO GRADUATION - every adult must bring their own printout to the ceremony. You will not be allowed in to the ceremony without a completed form.
 

Thank you for your patience. We are excited to celebrate the Class of 2020! The past few months have been a challenging time for all of us, as well as our students, families and community. If you have any questions regarding this email communication, please contact our Director of Student Life and Student Leadership, Mrs. Laura Howze, at lhowze@saintmaryshighschool.org.
 
 
 
Baccalaureate Mass
Streamed live on May 20 at 6:00 PM
Our Lady, Queen of the Angels Chapel

 

 

The Saint Mary’s High School Baccalaureate Mass is a privileged time of thanksgiving to God for many blessings received, as we continue to pray for our graduating seniors. In preparation for the upcoming commencement ceremony, the Baccalaureate Mass is a spiritual, serene, and more reflective moment. The administration, faculty and staff of Saint Mary’s consider this celebration to be our spiritual gift to the Class of 2020.

We pray and ask for God’s grace and guidance upon our seniors
who are graduating and beginning this new chapter in their lives.

 

Watch the Baccalaureate Mass live below or click here to watch on YouTube

 

 

 

 

CLASS OF 2020 AWARDS CEREMONY
May 14, 2020
 
 
 
 
 
GRADUATION UPDATE
May 12, 2020


To the Class of 2020 and Senior Parents,
 
High school graduation is a true milestone in our students' lives. The past few months have been a challenging time for all of us, as well as our students, families and community.  As the school year comes to a close, we are working hard to give our students - most importantly, our seniors - the proper sendoff.
 
The subject of graduation has been thoughtfully discussed by our team, Bishop Cotta and the Diocese of Stockton. We have been working with San Joaquin County Public Health Services and our County Supervisor, Tom Patti, in our efforts to host graduation in our stadium.  Bishop Cotta approved the graduation date being moved out to June 20, 2020, which gives San Joaquin County time to meet the re-opening requirements and should allow our students (and hopefully parents) celebrate graduation on our football field.
 
We are working on three options for the June 20 graduation ceremony:
 
Option 1  
June 20, 2020 at 7:30pm, Sanguinetti Football Field,  
with students, faculty, staff, speakers and immediate family.  
  • Arrival times for students and families will be staggered to avoid everyone entering through stadium gates at same time. 
  • Families will be directed to assigned seating sections in bleachers.
  • Families required to wear masks and gloves.
  • Students will assemble in small groups in classrooms before proceeding onto field.
  • Students seated on field, 10' apart.
  • Students will approach podium as their name is announced, "elbow bump" Bishop Cotta, take their diploma from tray and take photo.
     
Option 2  
June 20, 2020 at 7:30pm, Sanguinetti Football Field,  
with students, faculty, staff and speakers.  
  •  Same as Option 1, but no family in attendance.
 
Option 3
Fully pre-recorded ceremony
  • Speakers will be recorded at staggered times.
  • Students will be scheduled at staggered times to arrive in cap and gown, receive diploma and take photo.
 
We should have an answer from the County Health Department by late May or early June. The coordination of this year's graduation requires a big effort from all of us to make this successful. We thank you for your patience and continued support of Saint Mary's High School, and we continue to hold all of you in our thoughts and prayers.
 
 
Looking Forward to Class of 2020 Celebrations
Senior Awards Ceremony celebrating the achievements of the Class of 2020 will be posted to our Class of 2020 web page on Thursday, May 14, at 6:00pm. Please tune in as we honor your soon-to-be graduate.
 
Baccalaureate Mass on
Wednesday, May 20, at 6:00pm will be livestreamed and can be viewed on our Class of 2020 web page. The main celebrant for this Mass will be The Most Reverend Myron Cotta, Bishop of Stockton.
 
UPDATE Curbside Locker Pickup for Seniors 
On May 20th and 21st, Saint Mary's will distribute all available graduation items to the graduates. This will include appropriate awards, senior time capsules, senior commemorative boxes, the senior edition of the Kettle and graduation gowns for the boys. 
Graduation gowns for the girls will be distributed early-mid June. We hope to distribute yearbooks at graduation rehearsal, pending delivery from the company.  
 
 
Wednesday, May 20th 1 - 4:30 pm - Seniors with last name A - N 
Thursday, May 21st 1 - 6 pm - Seniors with last name O - Z
 
In Mary's Grace,
 
Jim Brusa
Kathy Smith
President Principal
   
   
 
 
 
Seniors, you may have noticed on the school calendar that Signature Check-Off Cards
were scheduled to be distributed this week to clear you for graduation. Given the current
Shelter-In-Place requirements, this process has changed. While you will not be
collecting these signatures, we will still be clearing every senior. You will individually be
contacted next week if you have any outstanding issues. To ensure that you are cleared
for graduation, please make sure that there are no outstanding issues with any of the
following. If you think you might have any outstanding items, please contact the
appropriate person to take care of the issue as soon as possible.
• Outstanding Tuition Fees/Graduation Fees (Mrs. Danette Curtis)
• Outstanding Library Books or Fines (Mrs. Gianna Stephens)
• Parchment Registration (Mrs. Su Towne)
• Outstanding Athletic Equipment (Mrs. Barbara Harada or Mr. Adam Lichter)
Saint Mary's needs to track your college acceptances and college decision. Please update you SCOIR account asap.
 
Students should have historical email inks in their SM email accounts from SCOIR as well, if you want to log in that way. Questions? Contact your academic counselor.
 
UC Information:
 
Information for freshmen
  • Fall-term freshman applicants who received waitlist offers have an opt-in deadline of April 15. 
  • Students can accept waitlist offers from multiple campuses, but can only accept one offer of admission.
  • Even if a student accepts a waitlist offer at a UC campus, that student should submit a Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) to ensure a place to attend in the fall.

Multiple SIR
Students are only allowed to submit a Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) to one UC campus. Students who submit more than one SIR will be contacted directly by those campuses to clarify their intent to enroll by withdrawing from all campuses except the one which they plan to attend.

Waitlisted students
Students who accept a UC admission offer from the waitlist and have already submitted a SIR at another UC campus must cancel their SIR at the campus which they no longer plan to attend. The SIR deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable.
 
For the most current information on upcoming virtual and online programs and events for admitted students, as well as campus updates, please contact individual campuses. The contact list below includes links to websites for admitted student virtual events or the public website for admitted student virtual/online programs and services. Please keep in mind that information for these sites will be updated throughout the coming weeks. 

UC Berkeley: Admission Office | Admitted Student websiteCounselor Information
UC Davis: Admission Office | Freshman Decision Day | Transfer Decision Day | Virtual Tour
UC Irvine: Admission Office | Celebrate UCI Day | Virtual Tour
UC Los Angeles: Admission Office | Bruin Bound | Virtual Tours
UC Merced: Admission Office | Webinars and Videos | Virtual Tours
UC Riverside: Admission Office | Highlander Day | Virtual Tours
UC San Diego: Admission Office | Triton Day | Transfer Triton DayVirtual Tour
UC Santa Barbara: Admission Office | Webinars and Online Events | Virtual Tour
UC Santa Cruz: Admission Office | Admitted Student website | Virtual Tour
 
 
Dear Seniors,

This is supposed to be your year. The year that you have been waiting for since you first stepped on campus wearing a Saint Mary's polo. But it was taken away from you because of the coronavirus pandemic. You have every right to be upset. I know many of you would like to know what we are planning to do. At this point, it is somewhat premature to make any final decisions until we know more. We want to leave the doors open to any possibility, and we are working behind the scenes to assure that your graduation and other traditional senior celebrations will be memorable and special.
 
  • If Prom is postponed - Mrs. Howze will be working with Brookside Country Club to secure another date.
  • Senior Brunch - we are hoping to coordinate with the senior moderators and parents a date to be determined once we return to campus.
  • Senior awards ceremony - this will be looped into the graduation ceremony.
  • Baccalaureate - we will coordinate a date with Presentation parish.
  • Graduation - we will be working with UOP to try and secure a date, even if we go into June, to hold our graduation ceremony. At practice you will receive your cap and gown. After Easter, I will be calling all seniors via your parent or guardian's cell phone so you can walk me through the pronunciation of your first, middle and last name.
 
Saint Mary's High School has many traditions and celebrating your senior year is of the utmost importance. We all want what is best for you and will do what we can to make this happen. Please remember that we are as eager to have this information and decisions made, just as much as you are.

On behalf of myself and Mr. Brusa, our dedicated administration, faculty and staff, I want to say that we are so proud of our graduating seniors. You are a class who will be known for your generous spirit, adaptability and resilience. In the words of St. Francis de Sales, "Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength." Go RAMS and thank you to the Class of 2020!

In Mary's grace,

Kathy Smith
Principal
 
 
 
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Ram College Showcase on Social Media
We would love to showcase our Rams and their college commitments. Please send in a highresolution picture of your graduate wearing their college shirt to Mrs. Delucchi at sdelucchi@saintmaryshighschool.org
 
If using your iPhone, please set on portrait. The social media campaign will run all summer long. Include your graduate's name, college,  major/minor, and permission for Saint Mary's High School to share.
 
 
 
 
College Info:
Please make a point of reviewing this website thoroughly and researching the schools that you are seriously considering. Many have updated communication procedures, opportunities for visits, provided important deadline (housing, enrollment, etc.) changes, and more! 
 
 
College Financial Aid Update:
Colleges understand that students and their families may be financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic now or in the coming months. Students and families who believe that their situation requires a re-evaluation of their financial aid should be advised to:
1.  Utilize the campus financial aid calculators to determine if the change in their finances would affect the amount of financial aid they are eligible to receive.
2.  If the calculator shows a change in financial aid eligibility they should contact the campus(es) that they have been admitted to for available appeal processes.
3.   Contact information, including the best way to reach the financial aid office during remote operations, is available through the student's portal or on the financial aid website. Follow-up to students will be handled by email responses, or telephone calls or virtual meetings as needed.
 
Please be aware that such evaluations of financial aid are likely to occur later this summer, are considered on a case by case basis, and that process requirements can vary from campus to campus.