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Dear Parents/Guardians and Friends of sJhs
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Dear Parents/Guardians and Friends of SJHS,
Important Dates
to Remember
In This Issue
2
Mother/Daughter Brunch
Progress Reports due
5
5-7 Kairos XVI
12 Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration
13 Advent Liturgy
14 Faculty/Staff Christmas celebration
14-15 Choir Concert
17-18 Dance Performance
19 See schedule, 1pm dismissal
20 Christmas break begins
School resumes 1/7
•
DECEMBER
News
5825 North Woodruff Avenue
Lakewood, CA 90713
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Fax (562) 925-3315
www.sj-jester.org
Attention Alumni
JANuary
Fall/Winter 2007
Volume 43, Number 3
7
School resumes from Christmas break
Faculty Meeting
8
10 Winter Sports Rally
11 Incoming 9th Grade Applications due
14 College Financial Aid Night
16-18 SEMESTER EXAMS
21 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
No school in session
22 1st Semester Grades due
2nd Semester begins
24 Senior Panoramic picture
25 Sophomore Lock-in
26 High School Placement Test
28-2/1Catholic Schools Week
28-30 Incoming Frosh Interviews
31 Catholic Schools Week Liturgy
2
Honors
Received
3
Junior Rings
Student Inservice
4-5
Things Spooky
& Saintly
6
Jesters Sports
7
Alumnae
Class Acts
8
In Closing
Special thanks to Rick Poccaro at Rent-A-Tux for supplying all the tuxedos for the Mother Daughter Brunch.
MAY THEY REST IN PEACE
Please keep these members of the SJHS family and their loved ones in your prayers. A Mass of Remembrance will be celebrated in the school
chapel for each of the following members of the SJHS school family. We remember:
Bob Evans, pressman at OPM, the
design and printing company that assists
SJHS
Maria Gonzales, mother of Carmen
Gonzales Flores, ’76 and grandmother of
Alinna Flores, ’07
Charles Moening, father of Sarah
Moening, ’79 and Shannon Moening, ’79
(deceased)
Shannon Moening, class of 1982,
sister of Sarah Moening, ‘79
Published six times a year
for the students, parents,
alumnae, and friends of
Saint Joseph High School.
Photography:
Sister Nancy Munro, CSJ
Mary Muszynski, grandmother of
Writing/Editor:
Sister Nancy Munro, CSJ
Helen Tatum, grandmother of Ronnie
Layout, Design,
and Illustration:
OPM Design Group,
Burbank
Merissa, ’06 and Clarissa Muszynski, ’11
Ebner, ’11
It is hard to believe
Classic League (Latin),
how quickly this year is
Spanish Honor Society and
passing us by!
National Honor Society
I hope all of you had
have all had their induction
a Thanksgiving filled with
ceremonies. So many activcountless blessings, and
ities in these parts! What a
that you were able to stop
wonderful school we are…
the rapidly passing days
academically sound, socialof this school year to slow
ly engaged, and spiritually
down and enjoy family and
alive! Thank you, for giving
friends.
us this opportunity to be
As quickly as time
a part of it all by sending
passes, activities continue to
your daughter to SJHS.
crowd our calendar.
At Thanksgiving and
You have been won- Professor Dumbledore, alias Dr. Mendoza (center), is at Christmas, as I always do,
derful supporters of each surrounded by Professor McGonagall and Snape.
I especially thank Almighty
activity. Seeing all of you at
God for each of you. It is
Back to School Night, at the fall plays and sports games because of you that we have such a wonderful school. It
was great. Although your daughters may pretend not to is also through your prayers that we have been able to
notice your presence, I can affirm that they are pleased maintain the quality Catholic education in the CSJ trato see you at their events. So, please keep coming!
dition that we offer. Please know, too, that the Sisters of
I would love to see more of you at our liturgies, St. Joseph of Carondelet in our local community always
and at our assemblies. Just check the calendar, or call keep each of you and your families in their prayers.
the office to find out the day and time of each event. The CSJs have given us a charism of unity, reconciliaWe had three moving events on campus, and if you tion and service to the dear neighbor. Let us take that
were present you know what I am talking about. charism to heart this holiday season.
November 1st, we remembered our deceased students
En el Dia de Gracias y Navidad, como siempre
and graduates, whom we consider our very own Saint suelo hacerlo, doy gracias a Dios por la presencia de
Joseph saints. We also remembered deceased family cada unos de ustedes en mi vida. Es gracias a ustedes
members and friends of Saint Joseph High School, que contamos con una escuela ejemplar. Por igual, graas well as the entire communion of saints of whom cias a sus oraciones hemos podido mantener un nivel
we are all a part. Your deceased loved ones are also de alta calidad educativa basado en nuestros principios
remembered at our daily morning masses. Thank you catolicos y el carisma y tradicion de la orden CSJ. Por
for sending us their names. Our Thanksgiving liturgy, favor sepan, tambien, que las Hermanas de San Jose
too, reminded us that the “dear neighbor” is very close, de Carondelet y nuestra comunidad local siempre los
and we should do what we can, not just at the holidays, tienen en sus oraciones a cada uno de ustedes y sus
but throughout the year to make their lives just a little familias. Las Hermanas de San Jose de Carondelet
bit nicer. Finally, our Veterans’ Day prayer service was a nos han dado su carisma de unidad, reconciliacion y
terrific tribute to our service men and women, our fire servicio a nuestro projimo. Tomemos este carisma y
and police who risk their lives daily for us so that we vivamoslo en nuestros corazones durante este tiempo
can live in freedom, and walk safely on our streets.
de fiestas.
Our winter sports have begun, preparations for our
Sincerely,
Christmas concert, and Kairos XVI retreat for another
group of seniors, and Virgen de Guadalupe celebration have been made, and our honor societies—Junior
Dr. Mendoza
Helen Ulwelling, mother of Erin
Ulwelling Chapman, ’77
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SJHS Celebrates Great Work
NMSQT COMMENDED STUDENT:
Christina Brehove
Recently Dr. Mendoza received word
that Christina Brehove has been named a
National Merit Scholarship Commended
Student. Of the more than 1.4 million
high school students who entered the
competition, Christina was among the top
five percent (one of 34,000 students) in
the program. The NMSQT is considered
one of the more important competitions
for high school students in the United
States. “The young people named as Commended Students in the
2008 National Merit Scholarship Program are distinguished by
their strong academic performance in this rigorous competition,”
commented a spokesperson for NMSC.
From the Women Formerly
Called the “Mean Deans”
2
No longer called the Mean Deans, Elayne Haven and
Michele Rodriguez, may now be called “Deans in Support of
Good Choices.” Their number one priority is to help the students be all they are meant to be, but basics come first. Keep in
mind—school dress does make
a difference and little things do
count. With that in mind your
deans advise the following:
We don’t want to rub it in,
but we need to work on dress
for school. October was a sort of
semi-disaster. (Remember? We
lost free dress privileges for the
month of October.) Please, let’s
all work on socks, blouses, sweaters and skirt lengths. Look at the
uniform guidelines you have received—we really do want you to
receive free dress next month and on, and on. It’s no fun taking
free dress away and a lot more fun to enjoy free dress.
Performing Arts Competition
On Saturday, October 27, the Saint Joseph High School
Drama Club participated in the Drama Teacher’s Association
of Southern California (DTASC) Festival. Forty-five students
competed in three technical theatre events—in costume, set and
graphic design—and in seven acting events.
The acting groups range in size from two to ten people depending on the event. These scenes are student-adapted, studentdirected, and student-performed. For the first time in Saint Joseph
High School’s history every single team advanced to the semi-final
round. This is quite an accomplishment in a competition with
sixty-two other schools. The Jesters placed seventeenth overall and
won individual event honors in: Set Design—Honorable Mention
Costume Design—Third Place
Audition Monologue—
Honorable Mention—
for senior Lianne Salcido
Congratulations, Drama Jesters, and
faculty moderator, Brian Bozanich!
On October 26th more than 300 eighth grade students visited SJHS during
the school’s annual DAY IN THE LIFE OF A JESTER. And again that evening
more eighth grade students and their parents attended Open House. Tours of the
campus, visits to classrooms while actual classes were in session, participating in a
spirit rally and lunch on campus made the day very busy and full. In the evening
students and parents met faculty members, heard from administrators and advisors
and experienced SJHS firsthand.
An Honor Received
The presidents of Creighton, DeSales and Gonzaga
Universities and Catholic University of America are members of
the advisory board for the Acton Institute. Recently the institute
released its annual Catholic High School Honor Roll. The honor
roll, made up of the top 75 Catholic High Schools in the United
States rates schools in the areas of academics, civic education and
Catholic identity.
Saint Joseph High School has been named as one of top 25
U.S. Catholic high schools with an outstanding Civic Education
program. “The primary goal of the Catholic High School Honor
Roll is to acknowledge those schools that maintain high academic standards, uphold their Catholic identities, and prepare their
students to actively engage the world,” said the Acton Institute
as the names of the top high schools were published.
For a complete list of Catholic high school honorees, go to:
www.chshonor.org/roll/2007/cat_leaders.php
For Mission Effectiveness
When the school year began, Sr. Karen Wilhelmy, CSJ
joined the staff as the Liaison for Mission Effectiveness and Staff
Development. What, you might ask, does this mean and what
does Sister do: The retreats, strategic planning sessions, the weekly
bulletin for faith formation for faculty and staff, the latest addition
of a family faith development missive weekly now that the e-mail
system can handle it! Friday afternoon adult faith formation classes, helping people apply for and explaining
what an annulment is, and being available for spiritual
direction and counseling are the most obvious things
Sister Karen does. She will have a regular article in the
newsletter which should provide some more adult faith
formation. Her ministry here is growing daily, and
Day in the Life of a Jester
there will be more items added to her list as the year goes along.
In October Sister began her Friday afternoon series on prayer.
People come from a number of parishes, some even from the
Diocese of Orange! Some of our faculty members also attend.
If you would like information about the post-Christmas classes,
please contact the school. There is no charge!
Please feel free to contact Sr. Karen (562-9255073, ext. 113 – [email protected]) with any or your
faith questions and take advantage of what is available
to adults here at SJHS. If you wish to be put on the list
for e-mailing to families, give her your e-mail address.
We look forward to being of service to the larger Saint
Joseph High School family.
SAINT JOSEPH HIGH SCHOOL
3
Junior Ring Ceremony
What Goes Around
On Friday, October 5th the
Junior Class celebrated their ring
ceremony. Their rings were blessed
and juniors officially celebrated the
beginning of their junior year.
Meet members of the Junior
Class Board: Lauren Parker, Jessica
Reiner, Jacqueline Braceros, Jamie
Hermosura (kneeling), Lindsay Pallares, Gabby Cantos, Victoria
Casas (class president), Nicole Marabe, Macy Kiefer, Karla
Pallwitz (class moderator), and Alexis Baello.
Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre Programs
will present “What Goes Around” to the entire SJHS student body on Wednesday and Thursday, November 28th
and 29th. This important one-hour program will focus
on sexually transmitted diseases, how they are transmitted, consequences of risky behavior and the importance
of abstinence as the most effective means of avoiding an
STD.
“What Goes Around” is a program shown at public
as well private schools throughout the nation. Needless to
say AIDS, HPV and other sexually transmitted diseases
are at a pandemic level, especially among youth. This
program, like no other, places emphasis on health and
well-being but does not address certain teachings of the
church. Therefore the day following the live presentation,
all religion classes will meet with a panel of educators from
SJHS who will address issues surfaced in the presentation
with respect to the church’s teaching. All SJHS students
are required to have a signed parent permission form to
view this program.
If you have any questions about the program, feel free
to call Mrs. Karen Barnes at (562) 925-5073, ext 181.
C H A L L E N G I N G T H E M I N D , C U L T I VAT I N G T H E S P I R I T
SJHS Celebrates Great Work
NMSQT COMMENDED STUDENT:
Christina Brehove
Recently Dr. Mendoza received word
that Christina Brehove has been named a
National Merit Scholarship Commended
Student. Of the more than 1.4 million
high school students who entered the
competition, Christina was among the top
five percent (one of 34,000 students) in
the program. The NMSQT is considered
one of the more important competitions
for high school students in the United
States. “The young people named as Commended Students in the
2008 National Merit Scholarship Program are distinguished by
their strong academic performance in this rigorous competition,”
commented a spokesperson for NMSC.
From the Women Formerly
Called the “Mean Deans”
2
No longer called the Mean Deans, Elayne Haven and
Michele Rodriguez, may now be called “Deans in Support of
Good Choices.” Their number one priority is to help the students be all they are meant to be, but basics come first. Keep in
mind—school dress does make
a difference and little things do
count. With that in mind your
deans advise the following:
We don’t want to rub it in,
but we need to work on dress
for school. October was a sort of
semi-disaster. (Remember? We
lost free dress privileges for the
month of October.) Please, let’s
all work on socks, blouses, sweaters and skirt lengths. Look at the
uniform guidelines you have received—we really do want you to
receive free dress next month and on, and on. It’s no fun taking
free dress away and a lot more fun to enjoy free dress.
Performing Arts Competition
On Saturday, October 27, the Saint Joseph High School
Drama Club participated in the Drama Teacher’s Association
of Southern California (DTASC) Festival. Forty-five students
competed in three technical theatre events—in costume, set and
graphic design—and in seven acting events.
The acting groups range in size from two to ten people depending on the event. These scenes are student-adapted, studentdirected, and student-performed. For the first time in Saint Joseph
High School’s history every single team advanced to the semi-final
round. This is quite an accomplishment in a competition with
sixty-two other schools. The Jesters placed seventeenth overall and
won individual event honors in: Set Design—Honorable Mention
Costume Design—Third Place
Audition Monologue—
Honorable Mention—
for senior Lianne Salcido
Congratulations, Drama Jesters, and
faculty moderator, Brian Bozanich!
On October 26th more than 300 eighth grade students visited SJHS during
the school’s annual DAY IN THE LIFE OF A JESTER. And again that evening
more eighth grade students and their parents attended Open House. Tours of the
campus, visits to classrooms while actual classes were in session, participating in a
spirit rally and lunch on campus made the day very busy and full. In the evening
students and parents met faculty members, heard from administrators and advisors
and experienced SJHS firsthand.
An Honor Received
The presidents of Creighton, DeSales and Gonzaga
Universities and Catholic University of America are members of
the advisory board for the Acton Institute. Recently the institute
released its annual Catholic High School Honor Roll. The honor
roll, made up of the top 75 Catholic High Schools in the United
States rates schools in the areas of academics, civic education and
Catholic identity.
Saint Joseph High School has been named as one of top 25
U.S. Catholic high schools with an outstanding Civic Education
program. “The primary goal of the Catholic High School Honor
Roll is to acknowledge those schools that maintain high academic standards, uphold their Catholic identities, and prepare their
students to actively engage the world,” said the Acton Institute
as the names of the top high schools were published.
For a complete list of Catholic high school honorees, go to:
www.chshonor.org/roll/2007/cat_leaders.php
For Mission Effectiveness
When the school year began, Sr. Karen Wilhelmy, CSJ
joined the staff as the Liaison for Mission Effectiveness and Staff
Development. What, you might ask, does this mean and what
does Sister do: The retreats, strategic planning sessions, the weekly
bulletin for faith formation for faculty and staff, the latest addition
of a family faith development missive weekly now that the e-mail
system can handle it! Friday afternoon adult faith formation classes, helping people apply for and explaining
what an annulment is, and being available for spiritual
direction and counseling are the most obvious things
Sister Karen does. She will have a regular article in the
newsletter which should provide some more adult faith
formation. Her ministry here is growing daily, and
Day in the Life of a Jester
there will be more items added to her list as the year goes along.
In October Sister began her Friday afternoon series on prayer.
People come from a number of parishes, some even from the
Diocese of Orange! Some of our faculty members also attend.
If you would like information about the post-Christmas classes,
please contact the school. There is no charge!
Please feel free to contact Sr. Karen (562-9255073, ext. 113 – [email protected]) with any or your
faith questions and take advantage of what is available
to adults here at SJHS. If you wish to be put on the list
for e-mailing to families, give her your e-mail address.
We look forward to being of service to the larger Saint
Joseph High School family.
SAINT JOSEPH HIGH SCHOOL
3
Junior Ring Ceremony
What Goes Around
On Friday, October 5th the
Junior Class celebrated their ring
ceremony. Their rings were blessed
and juniors officially celebrated the
beginning of their junior year.
Meet members of the Junior
Class Board: Lauren Parker, Jessica
Reiner, Jacqueline Braceros, Jamie
Hermosura (kneeling), Lindsay Pallares, Gabby Cantos, Victoria
Casas (class president), Nicole Marabe, Macy Kiefer, Karla
Pallwitz (class moderator), and Alexis Baello.
Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre Programs
will present “What Goes Around” to the entire SJHS student body on Wednesday and Thursday, November 28th
and 29th. This important one-hour program will focus
on sexually transmitted diseases, how they are transmitted, consequences of risky behavior and the importance
of abstinence as the most effective means of avoiding an
STD.
“What Goes Around” is a program shown at public
as well private schools throughout the nation. Needless to
say AIDS, HPV and other sexually transmitted diseases
are at a pandemic level, especially among youth. This
program, like no other, places emphasis on health and
well-being but does not address certain teachings of the
church. Therefore the day following the live presentation,
all religion classes will meet with a panel of educators from
SJHS who will address issues surfaced in the presentation
with respect to the church’s teaching. All SJHS students
are required to have a signed parent permission form to
view this program.
If you have any questions about the program, feel free
to call Mrs. Karen Barnes at (562) 925-5073, ext 181.
C H A L L E N G I N G T H E M I N D , C U L T I VAT I N G T H E S P I R I T
Y
Y Oktoberfest &
Family Fun Festival
Y Halloween
Y All Saints Day
4
Jester Folklorico &
Mariarchi—Las Reinas!
It seemed as though the month of October and beginning of
November were days filled with mixtures of entertainment, fun, and
the celebration of the lives of those closest to us.
The SJHS Oktoberfest and Family Fun Festival brought together
parents, faculty and students and their friends in support of the school.
Rides, entertainment, a wide variety of foods—not the least of which
was a dinner prepared by the faculty—and lots of gaming booths dotted the campus and magically filling every nook and cranny of the field
and Flynn Center. October also meant Jesters playing and dancing at
the Office Depot Center for Chivas USA — all under the direction of
our faculty moderator, Carlos Osorio.
On Halloween the Homecoming Rally brought Bosco Boys to
campus, and the recognition of SJHS Golf Team as first ever league
champions. Appropriately garbed, and singing to the music of
“Ghost Busters,” the SJHS Academic Advisors put on quite a show
at this year’s Homecoming Rally. And that was only the beginning—a
Halloween costume contest followed and a variety of games to test the
willing, hardy and able.
But no one will ever forget those whacky and entertaining
GRADE BOOSTERS….SJHS’s own academic advisors, shooting
away at those culprits that rob students of great grades, and dancing
to the strains of:
Mariachi las Princesas de San Jose and the
folklorico group Flor de San Jose held a fundraising evening at the Home Depot Center to benefit
both Jester clubs. Princesas San Jose and Flor de San
Jose played and danced for the soccer crowd during the
major league soccer game between Los Angeles’ own Chivas
USA as they played the Houston Dynamo on October 20th.
Under the moderatorship of faculty member Carlos Osorio, both
groups have gone from small clubs on campus to highly recognized
professional troupes.
On December 12, beginning at 6:00 pm for the feast of Our Lady
of Guadalupe, both the folklorico and mariachi groups will host a celebration on campus with a Mass, dinner and evening of music and dance.
Typical music and dances from various parts of Mexico will be performed.
All are welcome to this event! Bienvenidos!
Y
5
YY
When there’s something strange with your academics
Who ya’ gonna call? Grade Boosters!
If you’re way below a 4.0
Who ya’ gonna call? Grade Boosters!
I ain’t afraid of a test—
I ain’t getting an F,
You got a schedule change you must arrange
Who can ya’ call? Grade Boosters!
If ya wanna sound like you’re college bound
Who ya’ gonna call? Grade Boosters!
SAINT JOSEPH HIGH SCHOOL
C H A L L E N G I N G T H E M I N D , C U L T I VAT I N G T H E S P I R I T
Y
Y Oktoberfest &
Family Fun Festival
Y Halloween
Y All Saints Day
4
Jester Folklorico &
Mariarchi—Las Reinas!
It seemed as though the month of October and beginning of
November were days filled with mixtures of entertainment, fun, and
the celebration of the lives of those closest to us.
The SJHS Oktoberfest and Family Fun Festival brought together
parents, faculty and students and their friends in support of the school.
Rides, entertainment, a wide variety of foods—not the least of which
was a dinner prepared by the faculty—and lots of gaming booths dotted the campus and magically filling every nook and cranny of the field
and Flynn Center. October also meant Jesters playing and dancing at
the Office Depot Center for Chivas USA — all under the direction of
our faculty moderator, Carlos Osorio.
On Halloween the Homecoming Rally brought Bosco Boys to
campus, and the recognition of SJHS Golf Team as first ever league
champions. Appropriately garbed, and singing to the music of
“Ghost Busters,” the SJHS Academic Advisors put on quite a show
at this year’s Homecoming Rally. And that was only the beginning—a
Halloween costume contest followed and a variety of games to test the
willing, hardy and able.
But no one will ever forget those whacky and entertaining
GRADE BOOSTERS….SJHS’s own academic advisors, shooting
away at those culprits that rob students of great grades, and dancing
to the strains of:
Mariachi las Princesas de San Jose and the
folklorico group Flor de San Jose held a fundraising evening at the Home Depot Center to benefit
both Jester clubs. Princesas San Jose and Flor de San
Jose played and danced for the soccer crowd during the
major league soccer game between Los Angeles’ own Chivas
USA as they played the Houston Dynamo on October 20th.
Under the moderatorship of faculty member Carlos Osorio, both
groups have gone from small clubs on campus to highly recognized
professional troupes.
On December 12, beginning at 6:00 pm for the feast of Our Lady
of Guadalupe, both the folklorico and mariachi groups will host a celebration on campus with a Mass, dinner and evening of music and dance.
Typical music and dances from various parts of Mexico will be performed.
All are welcome to this event! Bienvenidos!
Y
5
YY
When there’s something strange with your academics
Who ya’ gonna call? Grade Boosters!
If you’re way below a 4.0
Who ya’ gonna call? Grade Boosters!
I ain’t afraid of a test—
I ain’t getting an F,
You got a schedule change you must arrange
Who can ya’ call? Grade Boosters!
If ya wanna sound like you’re college bound
Who ya’ gonna call? Grade Boosters!
SAINT JOSEPH HIGH SCHOOL
C H A L L E N G I N G T H E M I N D , C U L T I VAT I N G T H E S P I R I T
At a recent Mayfair High School
Volleyball Tournament Saint Joseph
High School Jesters (and sisters)
Justyn and Jianna Bonomi received
All Tournament honors and team
Co-Captain Christine Edwards
was named Most Valuable Player.
Congratulations, Jianna, Justyn and
Christine!
SENIOR CALENDAR
December
2
5-7
Mother/Daughter Brunch
Kairos XVI Retreat
Financial Aid Applications distributed
Order Graduation announcements
January
14 Financial Aid Night for Parents
Kairos XVII Parent Meeting
16-18Semester Final Exams
24 Senior Panoramic photo
28 Powder Puff Coaches
(Parent Meeting)
JESTER VARSITY GOLF CHAMPIONS
Setting their Own Par
6
For the first time ever the Jester Golf team has secured a league championship.
Congratulations are due to the team and their coaches for all their hard work this
past season. With lots of hard work, practice and talent, they did very well this
season.
Golf Varsity members include: Julie Ann Aguinaldo, Grace Gail Cara, Zahra
De Los Santos, Kristin Grimes, Jona Lao, Courtney Ortiz, Lauren Poissant and
Christina Rosenbloom.
JV Golf team members worked hard this season as well. Their members
include: Francesca Baldi, Briana Castenada, Jessica Coria, Carina Gonzalez, Ashley
Kubachka, Barbara Moore, Lianne Nelson, Jessica Ohde and Mallory Romero.
JESTER VOLLEYBALL
Setting Up for
Victory
As this newsletter goes to print the
Jester Volleyball varsity is close to having
one of their best seasons in recent memory.
Updates
Class Acts
Mayfair Tournament
Honors Received
Let Us Know!
Seeing Life from a Different Perspective
During an early fall visit to the Los
Angeles area for her brother’s wedding,
Josephine Alonzo, ‘90, told her friends at
SJHS that she would soon be returning
to Spain. She also told of her many experiences as a teacher in her own English
School in Leon, in the province of Leon,
Spain.
Josephine attended Cal State Fullerton after she graduated from SJHS.
She earned a BA with a double major in
Spanish and Criminal Justice, graduated
with honors and was a president’s scholar.
She also had the opportunity to study in
Salamanca, Spain for a year. Josephine
also earned an MS in education with emphasis on teaching English to speakers of
other languages and she taught 4th and
5th grade in the Downey Unified School
District for one year.
In 1997 Josephine moved to Spain.
Since her parents were originally from
Spain and she had traveled there during
summers, it was not a difficult transition.
At first she thought it was like living between two worlds, but she decided to give
it a try and the “try” has lasted ten years.
For three or four years Josephine
worked with the Spanish Air Force and
Army teaching English to non-commissioned officers. The class is part of a
two-year program for those who wish to
become sergeants. They must achieve fluency to graduate and gain the rank.
Josephine sees Juan Carlos I, the
King, and Queen Sofia each year and they
know her by name. The King, during his
visits, has stayed in her classroom.
In 2001 Josephine opened her own
English academy. With 400 at the base in
the armed forces, about 20-30 attend her
language academy. Her academy is decorated in an American style. She teaches
classes privately in her academy and she
has three to four teachers who help out
as needed. Whenever possible she usually
works with American teachers.
“Living in a foreign country can
open up a whole new horizon and perspective on life,” says Josephine. “It helps
as one becomes a well-cultured person to
see life from a different perspective.” Josephine is also very proud that her interest
in Spanish culture has continued at SJHS.
Her niece Jeanette Alonzo, 11th grade at
SJHS, has visited Josephine every summer since she was born.
A Proud Dad Writes to SJHS
Tom Jerou, father of Gabrielle Jerou,
’92, writes to all of us letting us know how
Team Co-captains: Natalie Girard and Christine Edwards have provided the student leadership needed to keep the team working together cohesively and successfully.
SAINT JOSEPH HIGH SCHOOL
proud he and his family are of Gabrielle.
Gabrielle graduated from USC with a degree in creative writing (not film making)
and has been working hard in film making. On November 21st this year, Thanksgiving week, she will have her first screen
credit for a major US movie release with
“August Rush,” a Warner Brothers picture
and she is the associate producer. “August
Rush” will appear in 2400 theatres nationwide and, from the clips released thus far,
it looks like a hit.
Dad Tom Jerou says that the Associate Producer, in this case Gaby, has been
involved with the original story, the hiring
of writers, actors and production personnel,
managing the filming in New York City, and
in post production work: editing, music co-
ordination, studio liaison and much more.
Gaby will also receive credit on the
Sony album for the movie. Her proud father adds, “She worked her way up without
any movie industry inside help or family
influence. The movie is a musical fantasy
with 30 original songs by John Legend and
others.” It stars Freddie Highmore, Keri
Russell, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Robin
Williams, Terrence Howard, Jamia Simone
Nash, William Sadler and Leon G. Thomas III. “Our family is very proud of her accomplishments and as a human being.”
The movie is rated PG and is quite
unique when compared to most recent releases. It is a family film. The preview for
the film is in theatres now and in selected
advertising. To see a clip or learn more
about the film, go to http://augustrushmovie.warnerbros.com/
In our last issue we asked our
alumnae to write and brag about
anything important in their lives—
either their accomplishments, their
spouse’s or their children.
We received a great response.
Here are a few and more will follow
in our next issue. Be sure to let us
know what’s happening in your life.
More Great news!
Judi Hemingway Robinson, ’69, writes
to say that after graduating from SJHS
she received her AA degree in Business
Management from Cerritos College in
Norwalk. She says she has “three beautiful grandchildren” Samantha, 15 and
Sean, 5 who live in Washington. Also
she has Zane, 6 months old, who lives
in Long Beach.
Diane Moshenrose, ’72, lives in
Downey. She graduated from CSULA
after leaving SJHS. She received her
BA in psychology and then earned a
MA in special education and has been a
teacher of the visually impaired for the
last 30 years. And now she enjoys her
nieces and nephews and their children.
She also feels that accomplishments at
mid-life seem different from jobs and
education. She says her accomplishment has been to finally learn that “I
can’t control life.” And she has learned
to rely on God through prayer.
Linneberger Beyl, ’75,
received her B.S. degree from Cal State
Long Beach. At present she is the
director of the Hands On Program,
at the Volunteer Center of Orange
County. Her husband Thomas is the
director of Global Travel Services at
Fluor Corporation. They have two
grown daughters and “four beautiful
grandchildren.” Cynthia serves on the
Board of Directors of St. John Bosco
High School and Stop-Gap. In addition Cynthia has a private philanthropy
consulting practice.
Cynthia
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At a recent Mayfair High School
Volleyball Tournament Saint Joseph
High School Jesters (and sisters)
Justyn and Jianna Bonomi received
All Tournament honors and team
Co-Captain Christine Edwards
was named Most Valuable Player.
Congratulations, Jianna, Justyn and
Christine!
SENIOR CALENDAR
December
2
5-7
Mother/Daughter Brunch
Kairos XVI Retreat
Financial Aid Applications distributed
Order Graduation announcements
January
14 Financial Aid Night for Parents
Kairos XVII Parent Meeting
16-18Semester Final Exams
24 Senior Panoramic photo
28 Powder Puff Coaches
(Parent Meeting)
JESTER VARSITY GOLF CHAMPIONS
Setting their Own Par
6
For the first time ever the Jester Golf team has secured a league championship.
Congratulations are due to the team and their coaches for all their hard work this
past season. With lots of hard work, practice and talent, they did very well this
season.
Golf Varsity members include: Julie Ann Aguinaldo, Grace Gail Cara, Zahra
De Los Santos, Kristin Grimes, Jona Lao, Courtney Ortiz, Lauren Poissant and
Christina Rosenbloom.
JV Golf team members worked hard this season as well. Their members
include: Francesca Baldi, Briana Castenada, Jessica Coria, Carina Gonzalez, Ashley
Kubachka, Barbara Moore, Lianne Nelson, Jessica Ohde and Mallory Romero.
JESTER VOLLEYBALL
Setting Up for
Victory
As this newsletter goes to print the
Jester Volleyball varsity is close to having
one of their best seasons in recent memory.
Updates
Class Acts
Mayfair Tournament
Honors Received
Let Us Know!
Seeing Life from a Different Perspective
During an early fall visit to the Los
Angeles area for her brother’s wedding,
Josephine Alonzo, ‘90, told her friends at
SJHS that she would soon be returning
to Spain. She also told of her many experiences as a teacher in her own English
School in Leon, in the province of Leon,
Spain.
Josephine attended Cal State Fullerton after she graduated from SJHS.
She earned a BA with a double major in
Spanish and Criminal Justice, graduated
with honors and was a president’s scholar.
She also had the opportunity to study in
Salamanca, Spain for a year. Josephine
also earned an MS in education with emphasis on teaching English to speakers of
other languages and she taught 4th and
5th grade in the Downey Unified School
District for one year.
In 1997 Josephine moved to Spain.
Since her parents were originally from
Spain and she had traveled there during
summers, it was not a difficult transition.
At first she thought it was like living between two worlds, but she decided to give
it a try and the “try” has lasted ten years.
For three or four years Josephine
worked with the Spanish Air Force and
Army teaching English to non-commissioned officers. The class is part of a
two-year program for those who wish to
become sergeants. They must achieve fluency to graduate and gain the rank.
Josephine sees Juan Carlos I, the
King, and Queen Sofia each year and they
know her by name. The King, during his
visits, has stayed in her classroom.
In 2001 Josephine opened her own
English academy. With 400 at the base in
the armed forces, about 20-30 attend her
language academy. Her academy is decorated in an American style. She teaches
classes privately in her academy and she
has three to four teachers who help out
as needed. Whenever possible she usually
works with American teachers.
“Living in a foreign country can
open up a whole new horizon and perspective on life,” says Josephine. “It helps
as one becomes a well-cultured person to
see life from a different perspective.” Josephine is also very proud that her interest
in Spanish culture has continued at SJHS.
Her niece Jeanette Alonzo, 11th grade at
SJHS, has visited Josephine every summer since she was born.
A Proud Dad Writes to SJHS
Tom Jerou, father of Gabrielle Jerou,
’92, writes to all of us letting us know how
Team Co-captains: Natalie Girard and Christine Edwards have provided the student leadership needed to keep the team working together cohesively and successfully.
SAINT JOSEPH HIGH SCHOOL
proud he and his family are of Gabrielle.
Gabrielle graduated from USC with a degree in creative writing (not film making)
and has been working hard in film making. On November 21st this year, Thanksgiving week, she will have her first screen
credit for a major US movie release with
“August Rush,” a Warner Brothers picture
and she is the associate producer. “August
Rush” will appear in 2400 theatres nationwide and, from the clips released thus far,
it looks like a hit.
Dad Tom Jerou says that the Associate Producer, in this case Gaby, has been
involved with the original story, the hiring
of writers, actors and production personnel,
managing the filming in New York City, and
in post production work: editing, music co-
ordination, studio liaison and much more.
Gaby will also receive credit on the
Sony album for the movie. Her proud father adds, “She worked her way up without
any movie industry inside help or family
influence. The movie is a musical fantasy
with 30 original songs by John Legend and
others.” It stars Freddie Highmore, Keri
Russell, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Robin
Williams, Terrence Howard, Jamia Simone
Nash, William Sadler and Leon G. Thomas III. “Our family is very proud of her accomplishments and as a human being.”
The movie is rated PG and is quite
unique when compared to most recent releases. It is a family film. The preview for
the film is in theatres now and in selected
advertising. To see a clip or learn more
about the film, go to http://augustrushmovie.warnerbros.com/
In our last issue we asked our
alumnae to write and brag about
anything important in their lives—
either their accomplishments, their
spouse’s or their children.
We received a great response.
Here are a few and more will follow
in our next issue. Be sure to let us
know what’s happening in your life.
More Great news!
Judi Hemingway Robinson, ’69, writes
to say that after graduating from SJHS
she received her AA degree in Business
Management from Cerritos College in
Norwalk. She says she has “three beautiful grandchildren” Samantha, 15 and
Sean, 5 who live in Washington. Also
she has Zane, 6 months old, who lives
in Long Beach.
Diane Moshenrose, ’72, lives in
Downey. She graduated from CSULA
after leaving SJHS. She received her
BA in psychology and then earned a
MA in special education and has been a
teacher of the visually impaired for the
last 30 years. And now she enjoys her
nieces and nephews and their children.
She also feels that accomplishments at
mid-life seem different from jobs and
education. She says her accomplishment has been to finally learn that “I
can’t control life.” And she has learned
to rely on God through prayer.
Linneberger Beyl, ’75,
received her B.S. degree from Cal State
Long Beach. At present she is the
director of the Hands On Program,
at the Volunteer Center of Orange
County. Her husband Thomas is the
director of Global Travel Services at
Fluor Corporation. They have two
grown daughters and “four beautiful
grandchildren.” Cynthia serves on the
Board of Directors of St. John Bosco
High School and Stop-Gap. In addition Cynthia has a private philanthropy
consulting practice.
Cynthia
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you would like a yearbook please contact
Karen Kravitz-Castillo at 562-925-5072, ext. 125.
ADDRESS SERVICE REQUESTED
Dear Parents/Guardians and Friends of SJHS,
Important Dates
to Remember
In This Issue
2
Mother/Daughter Brunch
Progress Reports due
5
5-7 Kairos XVI
12 Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration
13 Advent Liturgy
14 Faculty/Staff Christmas celebration
14-15 Choir Concert
17-18 Dance Performance
19 See schedule, 1pm dismissal
20 Christmas break begins
School resumes 1/7
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JANuary
Fall/Winter 2007
Volume 43, Number 3
7
School resumes from Christmas break
Faculty Meeting
8
10 Winter Sports Rally
11 Incoming 9th Grade Applications due
14 College Financial Aid Night
16-18 SEMESTER EXAMS
21 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
No school in session
22 1st Semester Grades due
2nd Semester begins
24 Senior Panoramic picture
25 Sophomore Lock-in
26 High School Placement Test
28-2/1Catholic Schools Week
28-30 Incoming Frosh Interviews
31 Catholic Schools Week Liturgy
2
Honors
Received
3
Junior Rings
Student Inservice
4-5
Things Spooky
& Saintly
6
Jesters Sports
7
Alumnae
Class Acts
8
In Closing
Special thanks to Rick Poccaro at Rent-A-Tux for supplying all the tuxedos for the Mother Daughter Brunch.
MAY THEY REST IN PEACE
Please keep these members of the SJHS family and their loved ones in your prayers. A Mass of Remembrance will be celebrated in the school
chapel for each of the following members of the SJHS school family. We remember:
Bob Evans, pressman at OPM, the
design and printing company that assists
SJHS
Maria Gonzales, mother of Carmen
Gonzales Flores, ’76 and grandmother of
Alinna Flores, ’07
Charles Moening, father of Sarah
Moening, ’79 and Shannon Moening, ’79
(deceased)
Shannon Moening, class of 1982,
sister of Sarah Moening, ‘79
Published six times a year
for the students, parents,
alumnae, and friends of
Saint Joseph High School.
Photography:
Sister Nancy Munro, CSJ
Mary Muszynski, grandmother of
Writing/Editor:
Sister Nancy Munro, CSJ
Helen Tatum, grandmother of Ronnie
Layout, Design,
and Illustration:
OPM Design Group,
Burbank
Merissa, ’06 and Clarissa Muszynski, ’11
Ebner, ’11
It is hard to believe
Classic League (Latin),
how quickly this year is
Spanish Honor Society and
passing us by!
National Honor Society
I hope all of you had
have all had their induction
a Thanksgiving filled with
ceremonies. So many activcountless blessings, and
ities in these parts! What a
that you were able to stop
wonderful school we are…
the rapidly passing days
academically sound, socialof this school year to slow
ly engaged, and spiritually
down and enjoy family and
alive! Thank you, for giving
friends.
us this opportunity to be
As quickly as time
a part of it all by sending
passes, activities continue to
your daughter to SJHS.
crowd our calendar.
At Thanksgiving and
You have been won- Professor Dumbledore, alias Dr. Mendoza (center), is at Christmas, as I always do,
derful supporters of each surrounded by Professor McGonagall and Snape.
I especially thank Almighty
activity. Seeing all of you at
God for each of you. It is
Back to School Night, at the fall plays and sports games because of you that we have such a wonderful school. It
was great. Although your daughters may pretend not to is also through your prayers that we have been able to
notice your presence, I can affirm that they are pleased maintain the quality Catholic education in the CSJ trato see you at their events. So, please keep coming!
dition that we offer. Please know, too, that the Sisters of
I would love to see more of you at our liturgies, St. Joseph of Carondelet in our local community always
and at our assemblies. Just check the calendar, or call keep each of you and your families in their prayers.
the office to find out the day and time of each event. The CSJs have given us a charism of unity, reconciliaWe had three moving events on campus, and if you tion and service to the dear neighbor. Let us take that
were present you know what I am talking about. charism to heart this holiday season.
November 1st, we remembered our deceased students
En el Dia de Gracias y Navidad, como siempre
and graduates, whom we consider our very own Saint suelo hacerlo, doy gracias a Dios por la presencia de
Joseph saints. We also remembered deceased family cada unos de ustedes en mi vida. Es gracias a ustedes
members and friends of Saint Joseph High School, que contamos con una escuela ejemplar. Por igual, graas well as the entire communion of saints of whom cias a sus oraciones hemos podido mantener un nivel
we are all a part. Your deceased loved ones are also de alta calidad educativa basado en nuestros principios
remembered at our daily morning masses. Thank you catolicos y el carisma y tradicion de la orden CSJ. Por
for sending us their names. Our Thanksgiving liturgy, favor sepan, tambien, que las Hermanas de San Jose
too, reminded us that the “dear neighbor” is very close, de Carondelet y nuestra comunidad local siempre los
and we should do what we can, not just at the holidays, tienen en sus oraciones a cada uno de ustedes y sus
but throughout the year to make their lives just a little familias. Las Hermanas de San Jose de Carondelet
bit nicer. Finally, our Veterans’ Day prayer service was a nos han dado su carisma de unidad, reconciliacion y
terrific tribute to our service men and women, our fire servicio a nuestro projimo. Tomemos este carisma y
and police who risk their lives daily for us so that we vivamoslo en nuestros corazones durante este tiempo
can live in freedom, and walk safely on our streets.
de fiestas.
Our winter sports have begun, preparations for our
Sincerely,
Christmas concert, and Kairos XVI retreat for another
group of seniors, and Virgen de Guadalupe celebration have been made, and our honor societies—Junior
Dr. Mendoza
Helen Ulwelling, mother of Erin
Ulwelling Chapman, ’77
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