The FOTA board is rebuilding this year! There are several positions available that all include getting to work with other parents and school leadership, receiving your service hours, and supporting our extraordinary arts faculty and visual and performing artists at FSHA. If you would like to find out more, please come to our first meeting of the year on Monday Aug. 27 in the school library at 6 p.m. If you have questions about the kind of work we do or the positions we have available, please email FOTA President Annette Ricchiazzi firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our frosh/soph volleyball team went 5-0 in pool play and the championship bracket. They then beat Bishop Amat 25-11 to win the Ayala Volleyball Tournament. This is a great start for our Tologs! Congrats to our young ladies and Coaches Ryan and Trent.
Have you purchased your textbooks yet? You must do so by Friday, August 17.
The textbook store is now open, and you can complete your entire textbook purchase at K12sd.com!
ALL families must go to K12sd.com to pay the mandatory book fees for English, math and world language classes.
For textbooks required in other classes, you may also purchase them from K12sd.com.
If you would prefer to shop around, please reference thisGoogle Sheet, which lists all departments, required and optional text books, ISBN numbers, and if the fee must be paid atK12sd.com.
For instructions on how to set up an account with K12, pleaseclick here.
Additional fees may be required for certain classes (including honors chemistry, environmental science, AP statistics and PE/health), please checkK12sd.com or theGoogle Sheet for what each course requires.
Deadline for Textbook Purchases: August 17 - Registration Day All fees must be paid for before books, codes and other resources will be distributed to students in August. English books will be given out on registration day, so please make sure to pay all fees by registration day, Aug. 17.
The Parents' Guild is hosting the Third Annual Parents' BBQ on Saturday, August 25 at 6:30 p.m. Senior Lawn $28 per person Twohey's Food Truck & Ice Cream Sundae Bar Beer and wine host bar (included in price) Register now!
We welcomed our new students to Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy on Sunday by hosting two special events-- New Resident Brunch (for our new boarding families) and the New Family Social (for all new families).
THE FALL PLAY IS A DOUBLE-BILL OF TWO ONE-ACT COMPANION PLAYS: "The Giver" and "Gathering Blue." Both are adapted by Eric Coble from the novels by Lois Lowry. All roles will be played by girls. Detailed information regarding auditions and audition workshops can be found at this link:
Flintridge Sacred Heart supports students with financial need through the Johansing Scholarship, which is awarded to students each year. All proceeds from the Harry G. JohansingGolfTournament& Dinner go to the Johansing Scholarship, the largest endowed scholarship at Flintridge Sacred Heart. You can support future Johansing Scholars like Nia Harris '17 by participating in the 44th Annual Harry G. Johansing Golf Tournament and Dinner on Sept. 10 at the San Gabriel Country Club.
"At FSHA, I learned to be an independent, strong, confident woman. FSHA taught me that my opinions matter, that all woman are important and can create amazing things in this world. Without FSHA, I would not have met my amazing friends and the amazing adults that have mentored me to be who I am today. Without FSHA, I would not be attending Northwestern University and would not have been prepared for the rigorous (but fulfilling) life of a student-athlete. So I am forever grateful for the Johansing Scholarship because, with this scholarship, I was able to attend FSHA–the place that sparked my leadership and curiosity for change." -- Nia Harris '17
Congrats to Rebecca Salvo '06 and Rachel Salvo '06! They were named to theCentennial Conference's Silver Anniversary volleyball team.
The Centennial Conference is celebrating 25 years as an elite small college athletic conference by announcing Silver Anniversary teams, which highlight the best of the best over their first quarter-century. You can read more here.
I wouldn't be the person I am today had it not been for the Dominican Sisters finding ways to support me and my family so I could attend San Gabriel Mission High just a few short (50 years!) ago.
Flintridge Sacred Heart supports students with financial need through the Harry G. Johansing Golf Tournament & Dinner. Every event features a scholarship recipient speaking of her accomplishments and gratitude for the Johansing Scholarship, which keeps her dreams alive and her heart on fire. Each year, I have been duly impressed and moved by what benefactors and generous hands can provide. Oh, how I’ve enjoyed the fun of the sisters’ putting challenge and the pressure to score for my sponsors and our Tolog families!
I won't be able to have memorable fun at this year's tournament, so I’m asking you to fill in for me by supporting the Harry G. Johansing Golf Tournament & Dinner on Sept. 10. Sign-up now to golf, toast, put your money down and raise that paddle to support our Tologs!
Join us for the Harry G. Johansing Golf Tournament & Dinner on Monday, Sept. 10 at the San Gabriel Country Club. All funds raised support scholarships at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy! Register now: http://www.fsha.org/golf
We’ve dug a large hole in Crane Field to prepare for the installation of an underground reservoir. The hole is so large we can fit a truck and excavator in it. Where has all the dirt gone? The Palmerstone Lot! Much of it will return to the field and serve as backfill once the reservoir is in place.
We held our final celebration of the Class of 2018 with Sunday's graduation. Grduates and their families heard from Juli Roginson-Goodwin '87, this year's commencement speaker, and Lauren Risha, FSHA's valedictorian.
Greetings from Residential Life at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy!
It's hard to believe the end of the year is here! May has been a month full of joyful celebration for our upcoming graduates, as well as a month of fun and planning for what is to come next year. Keep reading to see what we've been up to...
In Mr. Buxman's engineering class, teams of students were tasked with creating innovative prototypes that could solve real world problems. Projects included an automatically refilling dog bowl, an automated pancake flipper, a car that can be driven by someone with missing limbs, an alarm clock that wakes people with a gesture rather noisy buzzer and more.
On Thursday, the FSHA community gathered together for one last Mass before the school year ends. During the traditional Candle Rose ceremony, juniors and seniors exchanged lit candles and roses, symbolizing the transfer of wisdom and leadership to the younger class.
Mr. Buxman's physics students competed in the ever popular Physics Regatta today. With only cardboard and packing tape as their boat-building supplies, students carefully crafted their boats by applying the skills learned in physics class.
Running of the Seniors is a time honored tradition on the Hill. It's the one chance our seniors get to run screaming through the high school building, across campus and then jump into the pool for a quick dip!
We wish you a wonderful summer! Please save the date for Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy's golf tournament next year, which will take place on Monday, Oct. 15, 2018 at a new location, the San Gabriel Country Club. More details to follow.
Join us on May 23, 2018 at 7 p.m. for Student Research Showcase! Find out what our talented student researchers have been up this year during the evening's poster session and more in-depth presentation sessions of select projects. The event will feature research conducted as part of FSHA's Senior Research Project and Honors Scientific Research course. Alumna Kelly Fradet '17 will return to give the keynote address.
Seating will be limited and provided on a first come-first served basis. The keynote address will be streamed in the Arts Center lobby for anyone who does not get a seat in the theatre.
Student Research Sneak Peek
Check out just a couple of the student research projects to be featured at the Student Research Showcase
Website by Erin Cross
Mushi: Why Americans Reject the Wonderful World of Eating Insects
While the rest of the world practices entomophagy (eating insects), America’s western ethnocentric views prevent Americans from regularly practicing this. Most Americans have a preconception that entomophagy is disgusting and bizarre. It becomes easy for Americans to look down on and judge the people of a culture that eats insects. Unaccepting of this foreign practice, Americans continue unsustainable, impractical, and unbeneficial practices that fail to efficiently feed people.
SciSearch Project by Cate Doud, Lauren Risha & Claire Villegas
Fueling the Future: Inducing Stress in Chlorella Sorokiniana to Optimize Production of Microalgal Biofuels
Starving microalgae of essential nutrients causes it to stockpile fat (oil) that can be harvested for transportation fuel. Can growing it in wastewater save money and allow ‘biofuel’ to compete at the gas pump?
It's hard to believe, but we are now in the sixth year of our 1:1 laptop program at FSHA. We have made small tweaks over the years, but our devices, policies and management practices have remained relatively unchanged since we rolled it out back in 2012.
Now is a good time to take a critical look at the program to see if the devices, policies, management and even ownership model are still meeting the needs of our community. As part of that effort, we are asking current parents a few questions to gauge your satisfaction with this program. Please take a few moments to participate in this very brief survey. Your thoughtful responses will help us shape the program moving forward.
Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy recognized eight faculty and staff members for their outstanding performance during the 2017-18 school year by awarding them each the Distinguished Employee Award. Award recipients were chosen by Sr. Carolyn McCormack, O.P., president, and Sr. Celeste Botello, O.P., principal, from nominations made by department chairs and other employees.
This year's recipients include:
Liz Krider - honors scientific research Kathy Desmond - academic dean Gina Sandoval - administrative assistant Kristina Ortega - religion teacher and department chair Drew Eisenstein - English teacher Bridgit Johnston - admissions Janis Tista - business office Heather Kent - visual arts teacher
Our novices (first-year participants) competed at our league’s Novice Champs Tournament and represented FSHA very well --- Our team took 2nd place in our Division C.
Ella Kitt took fifth place in impromptu speaking out of 42 competitors, while the public forum debate team of Lily Jiang and Victoria Hernandez placed fourth in a strong field of 18 competitors.
Our varsity team members were such a great help over the weekend encouraging our novices and judging in other categories to cover our team’s judging obligation– special thanks to Samantha Godinez, Daniella Gurrola, Hannah Douglas and Cinthya Hernandez!
April was another busy month in residential life, with two fun weekend outings and an intentional focus on celebrating our planet in honor of Earth month. Keep reading to see what we've been up to!
On Saturday, April 14, we went on an outing to Santa Monica—we were able to enjoy the beach, hang out at Santa Monica Pier, and do some shopping at Third Street Promenade. The next day, we enjoyed an afternoon of hot pot with Ms. Katie.
Check out this TEDx talk by Jennifer Miranti '17, former speech & debate team captain. She was the only freshman from Santa Clara University's engineering school chosen to give a Ted. Her topic is an important issue that few have ever heard about, and she presents it in a clear, entertaining, yet informative fashion. This talk grew out of her Senior Research Project at FSHA.
I'm excited to invite you to our Student Research Showcase, taking place on May 23 at 7 pm! Space is limited, so make sure you register as soon as possible.
I am so proud of our seniors for tackling a wide range of research topics and creatively completing their final projects. I hope you will join us in celebrating the work of our senior researchers.
At the event, we'll highlight some of the most exciting research conducted for the SRP and Honors Scientific Research course by the students listed below.
Amelia Andrews Angie Zhao Audrey Ciampa Bobbie Byrne Caitlin Bury Chloe Gudino Cinnia Smith Cinthya Hernandez Clara Fermanian Clare Boldt Claudia Ruder Ellis DeJardinÂ Cate Doud Elizabeth Patterson Erin Cross
Gina Guan Michelle Liu Marina Francis Megan Gmelich Mia Hanlin - Valencia Darcy Michero Morgan Sarno Lauren Risha Sophis Pappas Genevieve Spiotto Stephanie Emrey Claire Villegas Vivian Ji Zoe Drobenko
Kelly Fradet '17 will be on hand to give our keynote, followed by a poster session and more in-depth student research presentations. Read on for a sneak peek of some of this year's research topics. Hope to see you there!
Here's an excerpt from the article quoting Ms. Ortega:
That is certainly true for Kristina Ortega, a Los Angeles mother of two young boys, whose father immigrated to the United States from Mexico. “So much about being Catholic is cultural for me,” Ms. Ortega said. “I don’t know how to separate my Catholic-ness from my Mexican-ness.”
Catholicism, for her, includes assembling altars for the Day of the Dead with her children and praying novenas after the death of a loved one. The family is part of a mostly Latino parish, another way of keeping the children connected to their culture, and the boys, who are 5 and 8, attend Catholic schools, as she and her husband did.
But the family is also intent on introducing practices of their own. “Part of Latino culture is that religion is something women do,” Ms. Ortega said. “It’s important to me that my children see my husband is engaged.”
Both she and her husband firmly believe that a big part of being Catholic is not just believing in something but acting on those beliefs, something Ms. Ortega credits to her Jesuit education at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. They know their family is, in her words, “incredibly privileged,” and they want their children to “see what the rest of the world is like.”
Gala is sold out, but there's still an opportunity to volunteer at Gala! Please consider volunteering your time and/or that of your daughter. Gala service hours may be put toward either this year’s or next year’s total. Visit the Sign-Up Genius link to see the available volunteer opportunities.
FSHA's Gala, Fiesta on the Hill, is right around the corner, and we need your help to pull it all together. Please consider volunteering your time and/or that of your daughter prior to or on the day of the event. All Gala service hours received may be put toward either this year’s or next year’s total, so sign-up today to fulfill your commitment or get a jump start on next year (The Gala Volunteer chair will handle all reported hours. Please do not report Gala hours to Tolognet).
Visit the Sign-Up Genius link to see all of the available volunteer opportunities. We thank you in advance for helping to make this event a success!
Two of our student athletes have committed to playing a sport on the collegiate level− Zoe Drobenko will attend St. Francis Brooklyn for water polo and Maddie Pernecky will attend Southern Methodist University for volleyball. Congratulations!
Join FSHA's Renaissance club on Friday, May 18 for FSHA Fair 2018! Free admission! Featuring a jump house, blowup obstacle courses, raffle, DJ stages, jumbo screen, bingo, food trucks, carnival games and more.
Congratulations to the students in Vocum Veritas, FSHA's choir, for competing in their first ever national competition. They performed on the historic stage of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by nationally renowned directors while competing against more experienced choirs. Our choir, the smallest in the competition, has demonstrated so much growth and development in a few short years under the leadership and guidance of Mr. Mosley.
Our alumnae gathered at the LA Athletic Club last Thursday for our annual Professional Women's Network event. While mingling with fellow Tologs, attendees also had the opportunity to get complimentary professional head shots taken and had first access to our new Industry Insider Series.
Our new Industry Insider Series offers exclusive opportunities to meet with industry experts for personal Q&A sessions this spring. Space is extremely limited, so interested alumnae should register now!
Industry Insiders include:
Rene Fradet, CFO: JPL (Past Parent)
Juli Goodwin Roginson 87, Former Executive Vice President, Domestic Publicility: Warner Bros.
Christine Longo Navarro '82, Associate Partner, Pacific Union International
Amy Heller Onderdonk '00 and Kim Heller '03, Speech-Language Pathologist and RN, CHLA
Colin Tom, Owner, New Moon Restaurants (Past Parent)
John Lombardo, Attorney, Partner: Arnold & Porter (Parent)
The FSHA student body is invited to attend a Memorial Service at La Cañada Memorial Park, tomorrow evening, from 5:30 - 6:30 pm. This gathering is hosted by the ASB boards of La Cañada High School, Flintridge Prep and FSHA. It will be to commemorate the 17 lives lost at the Parkland, Florida High School. There will be booths available to register and pre-register (16 year olds) to vote (NOT for a particular issue but as public participation awareness). This is a collaborative effort of high school students for high school students, with adult community members invited to attend as they wish. As with our morning memorial event, this is an "attend by choice" service that is grounded in our Catholic, Dominican roots about grief and against gun violence; not a political statement.
In order to facilitate security for this event (follow up with appropriate permission slips as necessary), we are limiting online purchases to two tickets per purchaserand requiring name fields to be filled in. This mirrors the hard ticket sale process where names are recorded manually to create the door check-in and guest list. If you need additional tickets, please see Mr. Cramer and/or Mrs. Johnston. Thank you in advance!”
March 15 - 18 (Thursday-Sunday) -- $85 (15% off)
March 19 - 23 (Monday-Friday) -- $90 (10% off)
April 9 - 11 (Monday-Wednesday) -- $100 (full price)
IMPORTANT: You must pick-up your physical tickets from Mr. Cramer in Room 23 the day following your online purchase. You MUST turn in your Prom Permission Slip at the time of ticket pick-up, and any girls with library fines of any kind will not be allowed to pick-up their tickets. You must have the physical tickets with you in order to be admitted to the event.
Our advanced theatre class performed is a talented bunch! They produced "21 Chump Street," a 15-minute musical that they performed during lunch today. This completely student driven show starred Maggie Maguire, Megan Alle, Clara Fermanian, Bella Silva, Christine Grimes, Emilie Olmsted and Olivia Pieterse. With music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the show is about a high school student who falls in love with a new student who has a secret. It is based on the story by Robbie Brown, which originally appeared on WBEZ's "This American Life."
In the documentary film American Creed, former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David M. Kennedy come together from remarkably different life experiences, backgrounds, and points of view to investigate the idea of a unifying American creed. At a time of sharp political and social tensions, their spirited inquiry frames the stories of a wide range of citizen-activists striving to realize their own visions of America’s promise across deep divides.
“In times like this, we need stories that remind us of the ideals that hold us together.”
Pulitzer Prize-winning Historian, David Kennedy
A national identity is more than a list of diverse qualities and characteristics of the citizenry, it is also a collection of knowledge and values shared across the nation. In thinking about the stories and ideals that unite us as something larger than a collection of individuals, Facing History hopes to inspire young people to engage deeply in a conversation about who we are, and who we want to be. After watching one or more clips from American Creed, respond to the following in 500 words or less:
Tell a story that you believe shows the power of uniting people, building bridges, or orienting us to what we share and the common good.
Your story can be one from history or from your own community. You can choose to tell the story of an upstander (A person who speaks or acts in support of an individual or cause, particularly someone who intervenes on behalf of a person being attacked or bullied) or the story of a group that faced challenges and made a positive difference through their actions. Please tell us your story and explain what you hope people will learn from it.
More than 30 alumnae returned to the Hill yesterday to serve as panelists for FSHA's annual Career Day. Juniors and seniors attended three sessions and chose among six panels, including STEM, entrepreneurship, marketing, medical and health, arts and entertainment, and business. Alumnae were excited to share with students their experience and answer their questions. We are so grateful to our alumnae who generously shared their time on the Hill to meet and chat with students.
Maggie Maguire '18 was awarded the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award during a luncheon last Friday. She is pictured with her parents, Dennis and Karen Maguire, and with fellow awardees from local high schools, CV High School, Flintridge Prep, Clark Magnet and La Cañada HS.
The FSHA community is accepting the invitation to advocacy with participation in the nationally discussed National School Walkout. Our involvement in this event was proposed by our Student Body Officers and Student Council Representatives. Observed on March 14th, from 10:00 -10:17 am, this period of silence is a statement of respectful memorial of the lives lost in Florida at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and an action of advocacy protesting gun violence. As always, our support is apolitical. We are acting from our Catholic Dominican roots, 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. We wanted to be sure that you were informed about this event in advance. Please know that both of our administration advisory bodies (Admin Team and Academy Administration) and our President and Principal approve and support this action. As organizers and leaders of the event, our student body officers have determined to keep things simple. There will education by them for the student body in the time leading up to the walkout. Morning Prayer on the 14th will include a roll call of the names of those killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School concluding with the Dominican Blessing. At 10:00 am, those students and adults on campus who wish are invited to gather on the upper parking lot, standing in a circle beginning and ending at our Peace Pole. There will be no media coverage of this event out of respect for the integrity of the Walkout. Students have also asked that this not be an open event (we are not inviting parents, etc.) and our gates will be closed for privacy and traffic issues.
The ASB has included some informational links below.
21 Chump Street, performed by the students in the block F advanced theatre class, is a show about a high school student who falls in love with a new student who has a secret. The show is 15 minutes long and will be performed on March 8 at lunch in the theater. Admission is $2 and our goal is to raise $300.
Career day is taking place this Monday during Flex Block. There will be more than 30 alumnae who are eager to come back to the Hill and share information on their careers with you. There will be six panel options for the afternoon: arts and entertainment, business, entrepreneurism, medical and health, STEM and marketing. You will have the opportunity to visit three panels of your choice.
Please take a moment to review the brochure before Monday to plan which panels you would like to attend. Also, feel free to ask the panelists as many questions as you would like. Remember, they were once sitting where you are and can relate to anything you are wondering!
Challenge Success | Dr. Denise Pope, Challenge Success Co-Founder
Monday, March 5, 2018 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
La Cañada High School Auditorium 4463 Oak Grove Drive.
This Family Learning Services event welcomes Dr. Denise Pope to La Cañada Unified and invites parents, guardians, community members, and students in grades 7-12 to hear her speak about raising well-balanced children and the many myths about getting into college.
For questions or additional information about Challenge Success in LCUSD, please contact email@example.com.
Sophomores and seniors collected the most number of dresses during this year's Prom Dress Collection. All dresses will be donated to Salvation Army's "Cherished Memories" campaign, which provides dresses to girls in the Pasadena area, so they can attend prom.
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.
The application for Boeing Summer Engineering Internship is now available. Application should be completed and submitted to Mr. Buxman by Monday, 3/19. Please contact Mr. Buxman with any questions (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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!!
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 High School Office: 626-685-8300 Admissions: 626-685-8521