Parents & Students
McMackin Bistro is open from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on regular school days.
Please note that the Bistro is closed during this time that school is entirely online.
Mar. 26-Apr. 2
JOIN US FOR WEEKLY MASS — ONLINE!
Coronavirus may be keeping us away from life on campus, but it can’t keep us away from our weekly Mass! During this period you can tune into JSerra’s YouTube each Wednesday for all-school virtual Mass, which is filmed in the private chapel of our very own Dominican Sisters and features none other than Fr. Damien as the celebrant. Make time with your family to watch yesterday's Mass. Special thanks to Film Teacher Lamar Sulaka for generously offering his time and filming finesse to make this weekly event possible!
AP EXAMS WILL BE OFFERED ONLINE
Due to COVID-19, the College Board has decided to offer online exam testing for all AP exams. No on-campus AP exams will be held for 2020 exams. The dates for testing are not yet posted but we recommend that your AP student bookmark this College Board page so they can keep up with the changes occurring this year.
AP Drawing students will still submit a physical art portfolio. The new deadline for submission of both the digital art and the physical portfolio is now Tuesday 5/26.
Information about AP exams is always updated in Schoology on the AP Students Group Page so students may also refer to it for information. Questions? Please email AP Coordinator Jeanne Swedo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOLLETT TEXTBOOK BUYBACKS
Due to a change in services provided by our textbook company, Follett Virtual Campus, on-campus buybacks of your textbooks will no longer be offered. Parents and students will now be able to go online to Follett's used book website (valorebooks.com) and submit ISBNs for books you wish to sell. You will receive an instant quote from their website, which will also provide a prepaid shipping label — you just need to provide the box! Please note that not all books will be bought back. Now you won't have to come to campus and stand in line!
JSerra will still be offering our textbooks for sale through Follett beginning in July. Textbook information is always available on our Textbooks page. If you have any questions, please email Librarian Jeanne Swedo at email@example.com.
STUDENTS CAN ATTEND TNL ON ZOOM
This past Tuesday Campus Ministry brought TNL to the homes of numerous students who attended virtually via Zoom. It was so fun, we're doing it again! Students can attend another TNL via Zoom this Tuesday 3/31 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Mrs. Sarah Abdulla will send out the link to all students at 6:45 p.m. that evening. It'll be a fun hour to chat with your fellow students and Campus Ministers!
THE LION REPORT IS BACK — QUARANTINE-STYLE!
The Lion Report students have been working hard to create content for the "Quarantine Edition." They won't have a broadcast every day of the week like they typically do, but they hope to produce two shows every week during this period of distance learning. Enjoy the first online edition!
COLLEGEWISE MARCH MADNESS
Collegewise will be doing two live events every day for the next three weeks — including in-depth webinars and AMA's to help keep students up-to-speed on all things collegebound. Feel free to join any or all of them! This past week's sessions included "Instagram, Reddit, and VR: Creative College Research Sleuthing" and "How to Make a Final College Decision in the Wake of a Pandemic." Tomorrow's webinar ("Avoiding Brain Drain") takes place at 10:00 a.m. Learn more at go.collegewise.com/covidadmissions!
IMPORTANT MESSAGES FOR SENIORS
Parents of seniors, please let your senior know that the National Candidate Reply date is Friday 5/1. The National Candidate Reply date is the final date students must notify their chosen college of their intent to enroll. Due to the current situation, many colleges are extending this deadline to Monday 6/1. Seniors should check with their colleges if they are concerned about meeting the 5/1 deadline.
JSerra College Counselors want to hear about seniors' scholarship offers and acceptances! Please email all scholarship information to Mrs Michele Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org. Counselors will be checking in with seniors in early May regarding their chosen college and acceptances. However, if assistance is needed prior to 5/1, please email your counselor at any time.
IMPORTANT MESSAGES FOR JUNIORS
Parents of juniors, please remind your junior that rising senior meetings are now underway during this virtual education period. For meetings taking place during virtual education, your junior's Counselor will send them a calendar invitation with a link to their JSerra email to join the meeting via Zoom. Zoom is a cloud platform for video and audio conferencing. Your junior will be able to see their Counselor, who will also be able to see them and their screen. Download this PDF for the reference materials used during the student/counselor meeting. Juniors will receive a copy of their transcript via email prior to their meeting. If your junior missed their meeting or did not schedule a meeting with their counselor, please refer to the email their counselor sent in February with the link to schedule the meeting.
If juniors have been unable to ask a teacher in person if they are able to write a letter of recommendation prior to the transition to virtual education, please have your junior email their chosen teacher their request. Once they receive a yes, be sure to complete the Teacher LOR/Brag Sheet Form for each teacher recommender. Requests will not be fulfilled if they fail to complete this step prior to Friday 5/1.
An important requirement for all juniors is to complete the Counselor LOR Survey Questionnaire in Cialfo. They can find the "Questionnaire" tab at the top of their Cialfo home page. We encourage students to be thorough and descriptive in answering these questions as this is a critical part for their counselor letter of recommendation. Please complete this questionnaire ASAP (no later than Friday 5/1).
The College Board and ACT have postponed or cancelled some of the upcoming official SAT/ACT tests. Visit the College Board and ACT websites for current information regarding these standardized tests.
COURSE PLACEMENT FOR THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR
Challenge Exams (placement tests) for current students will be cancelled at this time until further notice. Students will be placed into their desired upper division, honors, and/or AP courses based on meeting prior grade prerequisites. If students do not meet the prerequisites, they may petition those courses online this May. A link will be sent to students' emails once the petition process is open.
NEED TO CONTACT A COUNSELOR?
Due to the transition to virtual learning this week, Counselors will be available by email only. If your student needs any counseling assistance, they must email their Counselor directly.
MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT AVAILABLE
While our nation continues to tackle the COVID-19 crisis and our campus remains closed, it is expected that mental health issues may arise. Our Marriage and Family Therapists will continue to be available to support our students and parents during this time. If you would like to speak with a therapist, there are two options available:
- Via phone - You may call one of the following numbers and leave a voicemail. The appropriate Personal Counselor will return your call at their earliest convenience: Cara Morales, M.A., LMFT, LPCC at 949.493.9307 Ext. 1020 or Courtney Harkins, Psy. D, LMFT at 949.493.9307 Ext. 1021.
- Via video conference - Please email Cara Morales (email@example.com) or Courtney Harkins (firstname.lastname@example.org) to set up a meeting time and they will coordinate the video conferencing platform with you.
TECHNICAL SUPPORT REQUESTS
Parents, if you or your student needs technical support regarding virtual learning, you may contact our IT Department at email@example.com or call 949.493.9307 Ext. 2147. They will be happy to assist you directly.
|Tue 3/31||7:00-8:00 p.m.||TNL via Zoom||Online|
|Wed 4/1||Posted in the afternoon||All-School Mass||YouTube|
|Thurs 4/9-Fri 4/17||Easter Break|
The calendar is subject to change. For the latest updates, please refer to jserra.org/calendar.
None at this time.
WINTER SPORT TRINITY LEAGUE HONORS
Congratulations to all of our winter sports athletes who recently received All-League Honors:
- Boys Basketball - First Team All-League: Ian Martinez (12), Justin Williams (12). Second Team All-League: Max Bowman (11), Hugo Clarkin (12).
- Girls Basketball - First Team All-League: Alex Iemsisanith (12). Second Team All-League: Hosanna Walker (11), Sarah Shaw (12).
- Girls Soccer - Offensive MVP: Samantha Williams (12). Defensive MVP: Kendyll Fritts (12). First Team All-League: Samantha Williams (12), Kendyll Fritts (12), Bella Beltran (12). Second Team All-League: Ryan Campbell (12), Preseley Easton (11).
- Boys Soccer- MVP: Carson Kendall (12). First Team All-League: Carson Kendall (12), Creighton Braun (12), Sean McTague (10), Max Carvalho (11), Jalen Calloway (10). Second Team All-League: Keenai Braun, Nicollo Rudisill (9), Colm Cohen (10), Nicolai Dejbakhsh (12), Jake Lazarus (12).
- Girls Water Polo- First Team All-League: Katy Belle Sauers (10). Second Team All-League: Sophie Kempf (12).
Baseball has been such a big part of pitcher Eli Robles' life that when it came time to pick his Eagle Scout service project, he knew exactly what he wanted to build. Robles planned to construct a scoreboard for the Little League organization he grew up playing for, San Juan Capistrano Little League. As a senior, Robles was supposed to be playing his first season of Varsity Baseball for JSerra — a team firmly in the hunt for a Division 1 Southern Section championship. "It's a really difficult time for all athletes, but it's a good time to count our blessings and look at how beautiful high school sports and sports in general really are," he said. "They connect so many people across the world. I hope everyone stays safe and finds something fun to do in these tough times." Read the full story at Scorebook Live.
Let's welcome Kaila Ames, who joins JSerra Athletics as Beach Volleyball Head Coach after serving in the same role at TStreet Volleyball Club the last three years. Ames also served as Head Coach of Beach Volleyball at Crean Lutheran from 2015-2018.
A native to south Orange County, Ames graduated in 2012 from Calvary Chapel, where she was a dual-sport varsity athlete for both soccer and volleyball and was honored as Female Athlete of the Year. She later attended Concordia University Irvine, where she earned her B.A. degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology, graduating with a 3.5 GPA. Ames competed in Concordia's Division I Beach Volleyball program for three years and served as the team captain.
She furthered her beach volleyball career after college, professionally representing P1440 and competing in the AVP Tour and CBVA Opens. She worked at Crean Lutheran between 2015-2019 as Director of Beach Volleyball and assistant coach for Girls Varsity Indoor Volleyball. She led the team to the final four in CIF and second round in State finals in 2017.
FOLLOW YOUR FAVORITE SPORT ON INSTAGRAM
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!
That's right, parents — fencing is coming to JSerra! With enough interests from students, we hope to bring JSerra Fencing to our school this fall. It's a fun and engaging activity that can be done year-round that promotes individual initiative and discipline as well as respect and sportsmanship. Plus, it's a well-rounded form of mental and physical exercise essential for total health and wellness. And don't even get us started on the number of prestigious NCAA Division I programs that actively recruit fencers — such as Harvard, Princeton, Duke, Notre Dame, Stanford, Brown, Yale, and more! Complete the online interest form so we can keep your student up-to-date on our newest club sport. Questions about the sport of fencing? Contact Mr. Nick Dino at firstname.lastname@example.org.