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Parents & Students



McMackin Bistro is open from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on regular school days.

  • Mon 10/21 - Chile verde with brown rice and black beans
  • Tues 10/22 - Roast chicken with vegetables
  • Wed 10/23 - Beef and mushrooms with whole wheat pasta and vegetables
  • Thurs 10/24 - TBA
  • Fri 10/25 - Pork loin with couscous and vegetables

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Daily Announcements


Oct. 17-24

Our school-wide fundraiser Uncorked: A Celebration of JSerra is replacing our traditional gala. Click here to watch a brief message from President Rich Meyer. Be sure to buy your tickets today at jserra.org/uncorked and don’t miss out on meeting Napa Valley's most exclusive wineries with top cult winemakers and local breweries. You'll also enjoy an exceptional culinary experience accompanied by entertainment and dancing. Funds raised will support students and teachers as well as scholarships, academic programs, arts, and athletics! Questions? Please email Mary Miraglia at mmiraglia@jserra.org.

Experience the Lion spirit at our Athletic Open House where head coaches, athletic administration, and student-athletes will be in attendance to answer questions about any of our numerous sports and club sports. We encourage you to invite prospective families who are interested in Lion Athletics! The event takes place from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Monday 11/4 in the Pavilion. Families are welcome to come at 6:00 p.m. to meet the coaches; the program begins at 6:30 p.m. The Athletic Open House is complimentary but registration is required. Register here today!

Is teen life really that stressful? Are adults over-diagnosing teen "anxiety?" On this episode of JSerra's very own podcast, Unplugged, host Pat Reidy has an insightful conversation with veteran teen therapist and speaker, Mary Naimie. Naimie gives us the real scoop on today's teen pressures, discusses their legitimacy, and suggests ways parents can navigate a whole new adolescent world. Tune in today here or download the podcast on iTunes.

Respect Life Week takes place next week Monday 10/21 through Friday 10/25. Many of the doors around campus will be colored to exemplify an awareness for a particular disease or syndrome that is near and dear to the adult in that room or office. Moreover, to show support and awareness, students may wear the following colors:

  • Monday 10/21 - Red shirt for Drug Awareness and Heart Health with uniform bottoms
  • Tuesday 10/22 - Green shirt for Mental Health Awareness with uniform bottoms
  • Wednesday 10/23 - Mass uniforms for a special Pro-Life Mass
  • Thursday 10/24 - Orange shirt for Leukemia Awareness with uniform bottoms
  • Friday 10/25 - Live for Others t-shirt or hoodie with jeans

Please note that only students who wear a Live for Others t-shirt or hoodie may wear jeans on Friday 10/25. The Live for Others Club will be selling items all week during both lunches in the Quad to prepare for this special day honoring the Live for Others Foundation and its founder, JSerra alumnus Tim Vorenkamp, who passed away in 2016 from synovial cell sarcoma.

Parents, check out Classof2020Shirt.com to order your graduating senior a cool long-sleeve black shirt with all of the graduating seniors' names on the back. Online sales will end on Sunday 12/8; your order will be mailed to your house before Christmas. This is a great gift for your graduate that they can wear on our monthly jeans days!

Dr. Courtney Harkins will be leading a round-table discussion for parents from 8:30-9:30 a.m. next week on Thursday 10/24 in the Center Room. A member of the JSerra Counseling Department, Dr. Harkins, Psy.D. is a licensed Marriage, Family and Child Therapist specializing in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and their families. RSVP's are not necessary. Bring a friend and feel free to come at 8:00 a.m. to socialize with your fellow Lion parents before the discussion begins. The topic will be "DIY Parenting: It's Not Just Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll." Coffee will be provided!

Parents, we are now offering a swim program for adults at JSerra! Join Capo Masters Mondays through Fridays from 5:45-7:00 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m. for a great low impact workout in one of the most beautiful, cleanest aquatics complexes in the nation. You'll enjoy swimming in water heated to a comfortable 80 degrees. Capo Masters is also offering Saturday workouts from 6:45-8:00 a.m. Coach Bee will tailor your workout to your specific needs and also add some CrossFit training to those who desire it. Beginners are welcome! Get more information here.

Parents of seniors, your senior students should already have this information but just in case they need a nudge:

  • Seniors must officially request their teacher recommendation letters to be sent to specific colleges in Naviance in order for their teacher recommenders to be able to send their letters. Click on the "Colleges" home page and scroll down on the left hand side to "Letters of Recommendation." Click on "add request," select the teacher from the drop-down menu, and choose specific colleges for that teacher's letter to be sent. Seniors can check the status of their teacher recommendations on that same page. Remember that CSU and UC campuses, ASU, NAU, and University of Arizona are among the many schools that will not accept teacher letters of recommendation. Check each college's requirements!
  • JSerra's school code is 053197. Seniors must check their applications before they submit to ensure that they have the correct school code.
  • Seniors need to check their "Colleges I'm Applying to" in Naviance to ensure that:
    • All colleges are listed.
    • They have completed the Common App Account Matching.
    • The submission method (i.e. Common App or direct to institution) is correct.
    • The deadline is correct (i.e. EA, REA, ED, RD).
    • They have requested transcripts for schools that require them (most CSU and UC Campuses do not require an initial transcript).

Parents, if you know families with middle school-aged children who are interested in learning more about JSerra, please help us spread the word that we have two Pride Receptions left this month from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday 10/23 and Tuesday 10/29. Pride Receptions are wonderful opportunities to talk to some of our teachers, students, coaches, and Admissions staff in a personal, intimate setting of a current family's home. RSVP here; click the option for "Attend a Pride Event," then select an event from the drop-down menu. Questions? Email Annie Phan at aphan@jserra.org.

The new and improved JSerra App is now available for both Apple and Google products! The new app has a more engaging interface, is easier to navigate, and has a new section called "Resources" that include ever-changing photo galleries and documents. Download it today in the App Store or Google Play!

Thurs 10/17 6:00-8:00 p.m. Pride Reception  
Thurs 10/17 7:30-10:30 p.m. Varsity Football vs Servite Orange Coast College
Fri 10/18 7:00-9:00 p.m. Choir Fall Concert St. Mark Presbyterian Church (Newport Beach)
Sat 10/19 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Law Magnet Mock Trial Tournament Center Room
Sat 10/19 4:00-6:00 p.m.
7:00-9:00 p.m.
Symphony Orchestra Fall Concert Winifred Smith Hall at UC Irvine
Sun 10/20-Tue 10/22   Junior Retreat Irvine Ranch (Orange)
Mon 10/21-Fri 10/25   Respect Life Week  
Wed 10/23 10:25-11:30 a.m. Pro-Life Mass Pavilion
Wed 10/23 6:00-8:00 p.m. Pride Reception  
Thurs 10/24 8:30-9:30 a.m. Coffee with Courtney: "DIY Parenting" Center Room (Bistro side)
Fri 10/25 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. AWE Fall Choir Festival St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church (Pasadena)
Fri 10/25 7:00-10:00 p.m. Varsity Football vs Orange Lutheran Santa Ana Stadium
Tue 10/29 6:00-8:00 p.m. Pride Reception  
Tue 10/29 7:00-8:30 p.m. TNL Pumpkin Carving Campus Ministry Room
Wed 10/30 3:00-5:00 p.m. International Student Halloween Party Lunch Tables
Thurs 10/31 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Trunk or Treat North Campus Parking Lot
Fri 11/1 10:25-11:30 a.m. All Saints Day Mass Pavilion
Fri 11/1 7:00-10:00 p.m. Varsity Football vs Mater Dei Santa Ana Stadium
Sat 11/2 5:00-9:00 p.m. Uncorked: A Celebration of JSerra Pavilion
Mon 11/4 6:00-8:00 p.m. Athletic Open House Pavilion
Tue 11/5-Fri 11/8   Kairos 43 Whispering Winds (San Diego)
Thurs 11/7 8:30-9:30 a.m. JSerra Presents (TBA) Center Room
Thurs 11/7
Fri 11/8
Sat 11/9
7:00-9:00 p.m. Fall Musical: Godspell (tickets available soon) Black Box Theatre
Mon 11/11   Veterans Day (Student Holiday)  

The calendar is subject to change. For the latest updates, please refer to jserra.org/calendar.

The Choir Fall Concert, A Sacred Mosaic, takes place at 7:00 p.m. tomorrow 10/18 at St. Mark Presbyterian Church (map). General admission is $10 and faculty, students, and children are $5. Purchase your tickets here.

Enjoy a very special musical experience at the Symphony Orchestra Fall Concert this Saturday 10/19 at 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students, seniors, and children. All seating is general. The deadline to purchase tickets is 11:55 p.m. next Thursday 10/17. Purchase your tickets online or at the door!

Don't miss next week's 6th Annual Respect Life Art Exhibit, which will be on display in the waiting area outside the Black Box Theatre (next to the main lobby in Building 1). AP Drawing and Painting students have created beautiful works that convey the dignity of the human person. All are invited to stop by to view these incredible works!

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The Varsity squads traveled to Clovis last Saturday to compete in the highly competitive Clovis Invitational (non-conference) with both teams coming home with boasting rights: the girls finished 3rd and the boys finished 6th.

Girls Cross Country competed in a pool of 26 teams in the Varsity Small Schools Division on the same course utilized for the CIF State Meet at Woodward Park in Fresno. Taking the lead for the Lady Lions was senior Rylan Engles coming in 8th in a time of 19:33 on the 3-mile course. Freshman Cameron Murphy finished in 19:42, freshman Hanna Barmettler in 20:11, freshman Sydney Paulsen in 20:29, and junior Therese McKeagney in 20:46.

Boys Cross Country competed in a pool of 29 teams in the Varsity Small School Division minus their number one runner senior Anthony Grover. Grover stepped up to the Championship heat finishing in 15:09, securing 5th place behind some of the fastest runners in the state. Taking out the lead for the Lions in the team race was sophomore Aiden Ermisch finishing in 16:34. Close on his heals was junior Kennie Arriola crossing the line in 16:40 with junior Seth Lewis trailing 2 seconds behind him in 16:42. Junior Tre Dessalines came in at 17:23 and junior Aidan O'Brien finished in 17:39.

Next up: The squads will compete in the Orange Country Championships at Irvine Lake at 8:00 a.m. next Saturday 10/26.

The Lions took it out hard scoring on their first possession, but St. John Bosco hit back harder taking the win 10-49 on JSerra's home field on Friday evening. Senior Chris Street dazzled the crowd, nearly scoring a touchdown on the opening kickoff. The Cal Berkeley commit carried the ball 86 yards to Bosco's 13-yard line before Bosco's defense put the stop on him. Street closed the deal on the next play with a 13-yard pass reception from junior General Booty, posting 7-0 on the scoreboard just 25 seconds into the game.

The Lions' defense scrambled to stop Bosco's offense with impressive tackles by sophomore Malaki Te'o (5 tackles, 1 assist), junior Jaden Genova (4 tackles, 2 assists), junior New Zealand Williams (4 tackles, 1 interception), and junior Siale Suliafu leading with 7 tackles and one sack assist (with Te'o). The loss lowers JSerra's record to 5-2 overall, 1-1 in League.

Next up: Varsity Football plays Servite in an away conference game at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Orange Coast College. Get your tickets here!

The Lady Lions took care of business on their home course (Arroyo Trabuco) in a convincing conference win over Orange Lutheran scoring 195 to their 201. Senior Krystina Wilson earned the title of medalist for the Lions with a low score of 36. Junior Heejo Hyun and sophomore Lolla Magran tallied the third and fourth lowest scores of the match with 37 and 38 respectively. Sophomore Joon Park added 40 to the JSerra score while freshman Lindsey Haines scored 44. Also playing were sophomore Isabella Moznett with 50 and freshman Morgan Heinig with 59. The win improves JSerra's record to 11-3 overall, and 5-2 in League.

Next up: Varsity Golf plays Santa Margarita in an away conference game at 3:00 p.m. today.

JSerra goes 6-0 with an away win versus rival Santa Margarita in a high-stakes conference match last Thursday. Junior singles players Taylor Barnes and Jenna Lee each swept their matches with Barnes going 6-3, 6-1, 6-1 and Lee 6-1, 6-1, 6-2. Doubles team of sophomore Claire Delaney and senior Katie Golbranson took two sets, coming from behind in the first set to win 7-6 and taking their third set 6-1. Doubles team of senior Hailey Moncur and freshman Gaby Basa added one set scoring 6-4 for JSerra. Tied in sets 9-9, the decision went to game count with every JSerra player contributing to the final count. The win improves JSerra's record to 11-5 overall and 6-0 in League.

Next up: The Lady Lions play Rosary at home in a conference match-up today at 2:30 p.m.

The Varsity team came out fighting 2-0 but fell to Orange Lutheran in a decisive fifth set in an away league game on Monday. Junior Melissa Foley led the attack with 22 kills, while sophomore Skyler Ohlmeyer added 10, and sophomore Britton Purcel and senior Sophia Jaroz each contributed another 5. Junior Charlie Bouquet served up 5 aces, Purcel added 3, and Foley delivered another 2. On defense, Jaroz contributed 3 blocks and 1 block assist, sophomore Hayley Hahn got in 1 block and 1 assist, and Purcel had 2 assists. Bouquet led in digs for the Lions tallying 44, followed by Foley with 23 and Ohlmeyer close behind with 20.

Head Coach Mike Murphy said, "It was an important victory for us even through we had the loss in 5 sets. There was so much that we accomplished — to watch our juniors step up and lead, and play like a bunch of seniors. I feel like it was a wealthy performance. They acted confidently and conducted themselves with poise."

Next up: The Lady Lions ended their season last night with an away conference game versus Mater Dei. JSerra took 1 set to Mater Dei's 3.

The Lions battled it out with the Servite Friars on Wednesday in an away conference game and came home victorious, edging their Trinity League rivals out of the win 13-12. Sophomore Connor Brough led for the Lions with 4 goals and 4 assists. Junior Lachlan Treister and sophomore Waylon Fox followed close behind, each contributing 3 goals and 1 assist to the win. Also scoring were freshman Johan Thrall with 2 goals and 1 assist, and freshman Andrew Vangrin with 1 goal. Junior goalie Jeff Muller tallied 7 saves and one steal, while freshman goalie Jack Hefler garnered 5 saves. The win improves the Lions' record to 16-2 overall and 2-1 in League.

Next up: Varsity travels to San Diego today to take part in the three-day San Diego Open Tournament. The Lions take on Valhalla at 3:30 p.m. in their first game and Canyon Crest Academy in their second of the day.

It's shaping up to be an amazing season! The JSerra Rugby Club is adding an assistant coach who is a 7's specialist; we also have commitment from a top USA Eagle 7's player to coach one or more sessions. In addition, the team will be hosting a preseason scrimmage tournament on Saturday 12/14 at JSerra. Last but not least, registration for this year's team is open online. No experience is required. Contact Head Coach Louis Mosconi at lmosconi@jserra.org for more information. (Don't forget: all student-athletes must qualify for athletic eligibility.)

All of our 23 CIF sports and two Athletics Club Teams have Instagram accounts. Follow your favorite team — or better yet, follow them all! Check out @jserraathletics on Instagram today!

The JV team earned wins on Thursday and Saturday last week defeating Newport-Mesa 7-4 and Pac Ridge 5-2, respectively.

Varsity fell to St. Mary's 5-1. However, the Varsity team defeated Damien last night by a score of 3-0. Sophomore Andrew Kiernan, senior Nathan Hill, and freshman JJ Dean all had goals. Senior Jeoffry Micalizzi stopped all 19 shots for the shut-out victory. Varsity's next game is this Saturday 10/19 against Cherry Creek (CO) at 6:30 p.m. at Great Park Ice. Come out and show your support!

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