Transportation: Meet at St. Bede’s in La Cañada at 6:15 a.m., we will be back at St. Bede’s by 5 p.m. Who: Open to all interested 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th graders About: Youth Day is the first day of the Religious Education Congress. Held annually, Youth Day is a day for young people from across the Archdiocese and beyond. More than 14,000 young people (9th-12th graders) and their chaperones gather for a rally, keynote, liturgy, workshops, music and more . It will be held at the Anaheim convention center, and will be tons of fun! Cost: $35 How to Sign-Up: Please turn in permission slip and $35 to Ms. Davitt by March 2! Click here to download the permission slip.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has announced that Monday, February 26 will be a day on which the faithful of this country are encouraged to call their elected officials to urge them to support legislation that would protect “Dreamers”, young people who are currently undocumented and were brought to this country as children by their parents. The bishops remind us that "Our faith compels us to stand with the vulnerable, including our immigrant brothers and sisters. We have done so continually, but we must show our support and solidarity now in a special way. Now is the time for action."
On February 26, the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy community is invited to participate in this action by gathering in room 26 at lunch where teachers and students will be on hand to show their colleagues and classmates how to find the names and numbers of their Congressional representatives and Senators. Scripts will also be provided (see sample below) to help with important talking points. Our parents and alumnae are also encouraged to make calls. We are acting in accordance with our USCCB, speaking from our Catholic Dominican Foundation, supporting the tenets of Catholic Social Justice and our own Charism of Veritas. And, sensitive to the strong emotions surrounding the involved issues, adult and student community members are invited – NOT required – to participate as they wish.
For more information, please see this news release from the USCCB. To find your senators, use this site. And, to find your representatives, use this site.
“My name is _________________ and I am a concerned constituent and agree with the U.S. Catholic bishops in seeking change. I ask that you support legislation that protects Dreamers from deportation, provides them a path to citizenship, and avoids any damage to existing protections for families and unaccompanied minors in the process. Our families and communities cannot wait!”
FHSA's speech and debatet team had another exciting weekend, this time at UC Berkeley for the Cal Invitational. This is one of the largest speech and debate competitions in the US with over 2,000 students from across the United States, plus some from other countries.
Our impromptu speaking students, again, shown brightly at the Cal Invitational. Please congratulate freshmen, Abigail Toth and sophomore, Nikki Godinez, for breaking to octafinals and sophomore Samantha Godinez who reached the semi-finals (top 14)! 194 students competed in this category of competition.
Our novice public forum debate team of freshmen Lilly Jiang and Victoria Hernandez suffered a heartbreaking "cut" from outrounds, with a record of four wins and two losses. They ranked in 37th place out of 119 teams and the hard cut was at 32.
We love hosting grandparents each year for our annual Grandparents Day, which took place on Tuesday, Feb. 6. Grandparents experienced student performances in the Arts Center, frisbee golf on the field, class time and lunch with their granddaughters. This event is surely one to be remembered.
SAVE THE DATE! On behalf of Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy we invite you to participate in our 41st Gala, FIESTA on the Hill, to be held on Saturday, May 5, 2018. Gala is a community celebration that raises funds to maintain a financially strong foundation in support of our students’ learning experiences. This year, the proceeds from the event will benefit the high school classroom renovation project. We hope we can count on your support.
Our speech and debate team traveled to the 26th annual Stanford National Invitational over the weekend. We brought our impromptu speaking squad to compete The seven team members worked hard all semester and encouraged and helped each other to attain the following results against stiff competition from some of the finest teams in the country.
There were 69 competitors from 28 schools in JV impromptu speaking. Quarterfinalists: Izabel Mah y Busch ‘20 and Ella Kitt ‘21 Finalist: (5th place overall): Abigail Toth ‘21. Congratulations to our girls and coach Leilani McHugh!
We welcomed alumnae back to the Hill on Saturday to celebrate our Alumnae Cocktail Party! With more than 130 people in attendance, we especially recognized classes ending in 8 and 3. Thank you to everyone who joined us for the event!
We kicked off 2018 with a busy month in Residential Life, which included everything from our first-ever student-run intentional program to a magical day at Disneyland. Read below to see what we've been up to...
On February 10, we gathered in the chapel for our monthly prayer service— a guided meditation that focused on the people in our lives who offer us laughter, unconditional love, and support.
We welcomed our newest boarding student, Chelsea Shoobridge, to the boarding hall on Friday, February 12. We’re excited to continue to get to know Chelsea, and so excited to have a student from Brisbane, Australia in the halls. On Sunday, January 14, we took a small outing to Skyzone Trampoline Park—we were able to jump on giant trampolines, play dodgeball on a trampoline court, and play in a foam pit.
On January 22, we had our first intentional program run from start to finish by a student leader, Valerie Cheung. In November 2017, Valerie Cheung came to residential life staff with an idea--she wanted to share what she had learned during her summer internship at a hospital with her peers by planning and running one of our intentional programs. In December, Valerie met with staff to brainstorm ideas for the evening, and landed on the idea of keeping the night fun and active. Valerie spent December finalizing what she wanted to share, and created a Jeopardy game to run as the main component of the program. On January 22, students competed in dorm families, with one dorm family winning by a landslide. The winning dorm family won dinner off the Hill at Boiling Point with Ms. Katie.
We ended our month with a "Beauty and the Beast" themed boarding birthday dinner on January 24, and our annual outing to Disneyland on Saturday, January 27.
With February in full swing, we have a lot of fun things planned this month that will include exploring and celebrating cultures around the world.
The Southern California Private Schools Academic Decathlon Competitions were held on Saturday, January 27 and Saturday, February 3. We are proud to announce that FSHA's students did extremely well in spite of the tough competition from other, larger schools.
There were 48 teams (from 20 schools) competing. FSHA fielded two teams. Our “Team 2” won the overall Division 3 Gold Medal; our “Team 1” won the overall Division 2 Silver Medal. Our “Team 2” also won the Bronze Medal in the SuperQuiz part of the competition.
Congratulations to our students who spent August through January studying, understanding and reproducing a ton of academic material on a very fascinating theme, “Africa.” Their dedication, hard work, and perseverance paid dividends!!
Click here to purchase tickets to FSHA's Dance Concert.
The 2018 Dance Concert, “Voices,” will explore the connection between dance and literature as it weaves movement and language into art. Inspired by their favorite books and authors, our “storytellers” will show how literature can be illuminated through music and dance.
Competition was fierce at this year's Spirit Assembly, FSHA's competition between the classes. Competitions ranged from Cheetos tossing and life-sized Hungry Hungry Hippos to all-class songs and a dance contest.
The Renaissance Leadership Organization is a nationally recognized program— thousands of schools all across the nation have incorporated the Renaissance values and programs into their own school communities. The main goal of Renaissance is to encourage and celebrate school unity and identity, so although it is a nationally-recognized organization, there are plenty opportunities for schools to individualize their Renaissance programs to the school’s unique identity and values.
Because FSHA is a Dominican school, the Renaissance Leadership Organization aims to emphasize and encourage one of our four Dominican pillars: community. Our school already has plenty of means by which community is celebrated, such as Big and Little sisters and school-wide mass celebrations.
However, the Renaissance Program hopes to create more opportunities for everyone in the FSHA community--students, faculty members, and staff members-- to further develop this sense of community. The Renaissance leaders have experimented with different ways to increase the sense of community in our school.
Art Club Outing: Museum of Neon Art (MONA) Friday February 16, 2018 1:30-3:00 pm
General Admission – $10 Glendale residents (with ID) – $5
Open to all FSHA students/community members! Students are responsible for their transportation to/from the museum.
We will meet in front of the museum at 1:30 p.m. Mrs. Kent will be supervising from 1:30-3:00 p.m. Parents/Guardians, please be aware that students who stay later than 3:00 p.m. will be without FSHA organized supervision from that point on.
The museum is located across the street from the Americana at: 216 S. Brand Blvd. Glendale, CA 91204
If you are interested in signing up for stage crew for Dance Concert and/or "Jesus Christ Superstar," there was an error in the original link provided for the sign-up form. Here is the correct link: https://goo.gl/forms/YxADz4pJRItLczFS2
It is in the spirit of priceless high school memories that FSHA partners with the Salvation Army in their annual Cherished Memories Campaign. Sponsored by the Parents' Guild, FSHA's prom dress collection will take place Feb. 20 to 27. Please donate your gently worn prom, bridesmaid or other formal dresses during the collection. Dresses will then be distributed by the Pasadena Salvation Army to local high school girls, helping them create cherished prom memories.
This year you have the opportunity to purchase a dedication for your daughter in the Dance Concert program.
There are four options for dedications or business ads:
$25 – business card size (4" w x 3.5" h)
$50 – 1/4 page (4" w x 5.5" h)
$100 - 1/2 page (8" w x 5.5" h)
$200 - Full page (8" w x 10.5")
You can include a photo(s) and/or text, and our designer will create the dedication for you. Or if you’d like to design the dedication yourself, you can submit a high-resolution PDF of your dedication.
All orders must be received by Feb. 12, so please do not delay in placing your order. To purchase a dedication, please click here.
You will need to provide the text for your dedication during the checkout process. After you purchase your dedication, you will need to email any photos (high resolution only) or your fully designed dedication to Alizabeth McQueen at email@example.com.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Mary Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity, which will be a wonderful memory of FSHA dance for your daughter.
Please congratulate the following young artists for having their work exhibited in the 2018 Robert Graham Student Memorial Exhibit at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels:
Lauren Anastasia (Art 3)
Alyssa Galang (Art 3)
Gracie Tighe (Art 3)
Cierra Thompson (Ceramics 2)
Morgan Sarno (Ceramics 2)
The exhibit is open to schools within the archdiocese of Los Angeles and asks students to address the theme of spirituality. Taking an abstract concept and making it tangible is a challenging thing; each young artist had to take the time to reflect, define, and deeply explore their spirituality. It is powerful to see them do so and learn more about themselves through the process. The exhibit will be on display through April 7.
Additionally, all ceramics 2 students created work based upon their definition of spirituality. Their work is currently on display in the Arts Center lobby with their artist statements. They have worked very hard (many of the ceramics students worked on their piece for 2+ months) to create some exceptional work, come by and take a look at them!
Hope Sadahiro '18 partipated in Girls Who Code, a free 7-week summer program for 10th–11th grade girls (rising juniors and seniors) where they learn computer science, gain exposure to tech jobs, and join a supportive sisterhood of thousands of girls across the US. She is featured in the Girls Who Code video below. The Summer Immersion Program is an introductory Computer Science course, and no previous experience is required. If you are interested in applying for the program, click here.
In addition, Cinthya Hernandez '18 and Amelia Andrews '18 both won National Honorable Mention for the NCWIT Aspire IT awards. They were selected as part of the top 10% of applicants out of 3,600 applications! They were both regional winners last year. For more information, click here.
On Thursday, FSHA held its first ever Poetry Out Loud competition, organized by English teacher Mr. Eisenstein. Poetry Out Loud is a national program that encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. Seven students participated in the competition and our judges included Ms. Murphy, Ms. Wilkinson, Mr. Eisenstein and Mr. Diblee. Winner Daisy Cushenberry '20 will go on to compete at the state level competition.
The mission of One life LA is to unite communities and inspire positive action through an annual event that promotes the beauty of every human life from conception to natural death.
We partner with organizations that feed the homeless, liberate trafficking victims, find adoptive families for foster children, provide life-affirming services for pregnant women, and accompany the dying through their final days.
The event will begin at La Placita Olvera, with a walk for life culminating in a family festivities with live music, food trucks, and exhibits from community organizaton.
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles' Requiem Mass for the Unborn
January 20, 2018 | 5:00 PM
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
This mass will be celebrated in memory of all who have died from abortion in the past year. Women and men who have experienced the pain and anguish of having had an abortion - or being involved in one - find the annual archdiocesan liturgy for the unborn to be a source of hope and grace. ALL are encouraged to attend this beautiful Respect Life Mass and Ceremony of Light, celebrated by Archbishop Gomez, Auxiliary Bishops, Priests, Religious and the faithful of Los Angeles.
FSHA is pleased to host this year’s winter formal, "Saturday Night Fever," on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 from 8 to 11 p.m. at the Student Activities Center. Tickets will be sold during the week of January 22 during break and lunch on the Senior Patio. Tickets are $30 per person. Please make checks payable to FSHA.
Information regarding appropriate attire and conduct, as well as a permission slip for non-FSHA guests who do not attend a Catholic high school, is posted on the TologNet class pages.
Lifetouch photographers will be at the event to photograph individuals, couples, or groups. There is no charge in advance to pose for photographs. Lifetouch will provide students with online access codes for the photos, which will be available to view in low resolution a few days later. Prices for prints will be available when viewing the photos. Parents and students may carpool to the event, but students are not allowed to ride in party buses or limousines to campus. We look forward to a very special evening!
Last night, we invited prospective families to the Hill for an in-depth look at our academic programs. The event opened with a poster session where students enthusiastically discussed the research they conducted as juniors and seniors as part of our Research Program. Several Veritas Scholarship recipients then shared what they loved most about attending FSHA. To demonstrate what it's like to actually take classes at FSHA, our passionate faculty led 20-minute mini master classes in a variety of subjects, including math, science, world languages and our Research Program.
We are pleased to share that our students in Honors Scientific Research (aka SciSearch) have been awarded three Archer STEM Research Grants, which is a STEM initiative sponsored by the Archer School for Girls on the west side.
More than $20,000 was available through the merit-based application process; all of our girls who submitted proposals received funding, for a total of $5,500. The institutional support from FSHA is the primary source of funding for our students’ projects. This year the outside funding makes it possible to purchase a major analytical instrument and expensive reagents that extend the scope of the work proposed by these eight students.
Combating Antibiotic Resistance
Amelia Andrews, Michelle Liu and Genevieve Spiotto -- “Thwarting Bacterial Communication: Curcumin’s Pathway-Specific Inhibitory Effects on Bioluminescence, Biofilm Formation and Motility in Vibrio harveyi”
Ellis DeJardin and Darcy Michero – “Silencing Bacterial Communication: The Inhibitory Effect of Quercetin on Quorum Sensing in Vibrio harveyi”
Deriving Transportation Fuel from Microalgae
Cate Doud, Lauren Risha and Claire Villegas – “Fueling the Future: Inducing Stress in Chlorella sorokiniana to Optimize Production of Microalgal Biofuels”
They will conduct the experiments in the coming months and present their findings at the FSHA Research Night and Archer STEM Symposium events in May.
All students are invited to participate in a school-wide debate competition on March 30. By participating, you will learn the basics of formal debate, argue an important and timely topic and WIN valuable prizes (gift cards!!) This is limited to eight teams of two, so sign-up now! Sign-up sheet is on the speech and debate team bulletin board in the freshman hallway.
To prepare, FSHA’s assistant debate coach will offer weekly debate workshops starting Wednesday, January 10. You will learn about the debate format and skills required. Workshops will take place from 3:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in room 35. You do NOT have to attend the practices in order to compete.
When: March 20, after school Who: The competition is open to any FSHA student. Why: Learn the basics of formal debate, argue an important and timely topic and WIN valuable prizes (gift cards!!). This competition will follow the Big Questions debate format. Click here to find out more about this format. How: Sign-up by Jan. 31 to compete in teams of two (see the sign-up sheet on the speech & debate team bulletin board in the freshman hallway). For resources that will help you conduct research and prepare your argument, please visit the speech & debate competition resource page in TologNet.
The topic: Resolved: Humans are fundamentally different from other animals. Click here to read more about the topic.
Delaney Miller '21, a Spanish 2 student, wrote a story in Spanish for Revista Literal, a digital magazine, and it was just published in the recent January edition.
As part of our new Spanish 2 curriculum, students spend a few minutes each class reading. And last semester, well-known World Language/Comprehensible Input Leader Martina Bex introduced a free, monthly e-zine with texts created by novice-level Spanish language learners and for novice-level Spanish language learners, Revista Literal. Each month students can submit short stories in Spanish that they have written (in class or on their own) and then selected stories are published for language learners to read on their own. Our Spanish 2 students have been reading this e-zine and have been very engaged with it.
Parents, you won't want to miss this special presentation! You'll learn all about the social media life of your teen. Regine Muradian, Psy D. and Julie Oktanyan, Esq. will return to Flintridge Sacred Heart on Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. in the Arts Center. During this parent education presentation, you will learn about the following topics:
~ Understanding the teenage brain
~ Detaching and decreasing conflict between you and your teen
~ Understanding cybersafety and their digital world
~ Communicating effectively with your teen
~ Talking to your teen about substance abuse
This is a parent only event. Parents will earn TWO SERVICE HOURS for attending. For more information about our guest speakers, please visit generationec.com.
Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy is an all girls' Catholic, Dominican, independent, college-preparatory day and boarding high school in the hills of La Cañada Flintridge. Overlooking Pasadena, FSHA educates girls from Los Angeles, Southern California and around the world for a life of faith, integrity and truth.
Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy
440 St. Katherine Drive La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011 Phone: 626-685-8300