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Connelly Coders Take 2nd

Connelly Coders Take 2nd Place!

Connelly students, Juliana Resong '17 and Maggie Laton '18, participated in an All Girls Robotics Showcase in Thousand Oaks on April 9, 2106. 32 teams competed, including teams from Mexico City, Great Britain, and Puerto Rico, as well as teams from Northern and Southern California. Representing the Connelly Coders, Juliana and Maggie placed 2nd! Congratulations!


Congratulations Channing Lee!

Channing Lee Takes 2nd Place at OC Science & Engineering Fair!

Congratulations to Channing Lee '19, for taking 2nd place in the category of Biological Product Science at the Orange County Science and Engineering Fair on April 17. Her project was titled: Battle of the Beverages: Sports Drinks vs. fruit juices. Which has a higher conductance, meaning the most electrolytes? Great job, Channing!


Kudos Connelly Volunteers!

Praise for Connelly Students!

We received many kind words and letters from the venues we volunteered at for All-School Service Day on Tuesday, April 12. This is just one that we received, but it really represents all the students at all of the venues.

"I just wanted to thank you for coordinating the visit of Connelly students here at John Marshall Elementary.

WOW! They were incredible! They listened to many of my students read, and asked the most intelligent, thoughtful comprehension questions afterward. They helped the kids organize their thoughts into great written answers also. My students enjoyed their attention tremendously, and had a great time with them.

I want to compliment their maturity, poise, and enthusiasm. They are clearly the cream of the crop, so any time they would like to come and help out (service hours??), please send them here to my classroom. They truly did a great community service here yesterday."

Education Specialist
John Marshall Elementary School
Anaheim Elementary School District

Meet Kathryn Krebs

Meet Kathryn Krebs

The OC Catholic has done an athlete feature on Connelly junior, Kathryn Krebs. Please click on the link below to read the article and to watch a short video.

OC Catholic Feature

Academic Decathlon Congratulations

Congratulations Academic Decathletes!

Cornelia Connelly School competed in their first Academic Decathlon in late January. Students spent two Saturdays testing their knowledge against 600 competitors from over 30 schools in Orange County. Although this was the first year Connelly fielded a team, they did exceptionally well within their Division winning over 32 individual medals.

On February 17, the students were awarded medals at the awards ceremony. The areas that the Connelly students particularly exceeded in and won the most medals were in the areas of Interview, Language and Literature, and Social Science. Four students received first place medals in Interview. In the division in which they competed, the Connelly team earned third place in SuperQuiz, and ultimately won the First Place Overall Team award!

The United States Academic Decathlon (http://usad.org) and its regional branch in Orange County (http://www.ocde.us/Decathlon/) is dedicated to promoting academic excellence in high schools. In the program, students study and learn material covering ten different subjects that revolve around a yearly curricular theme; this year was India.

Members of Connelly's Academic Decathlon team included Viviana Gonzalez, Catherine McIntosh, Isabella Nguyen, Sarah Ortiz, Isabelle Panganiban, Juliana Resong, Tatiana Sanden, Diana Solis, Katherine Tinio, Christine Vu, Veronica Wareham, and Colleen Wolfe. They were coached by Connelly science teacher, Mr. Franklin Parmar.

To read the OC Register's article on our achievement at this event, click here

Good Citizen Award Winner

Good Citizen Award Winner - Noelle Fischer

Congratulations to Connelly senior, Noelle Fischer for being chosen as the winner of the Good Citizen award from Daughters of the American Revolution. This award recognizes and rewards individuals who possess the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism in their homes, schools, and communities. These students are selected by their teachers and peers because they demonstrate these qualities to an outstanding degree. Noelle's essay was chosen as the winner from entries from public and private high schools, winning the Mojave District award. Congratulations! Noelle was presented the award by State Assembly person Young Kim at a ceremony that was held at the Fullerton Library on Saturday, March 19. 

California Youth in Theatre Day

California Youth in Theatre Day

Joanna Juarez, a Connelly sophomore and Tri-School Theatre member, attended California Youth in Theatre day on March 15 in Sacramento. California Youth in Theatre is a statewide celebration honoring the youth of California for their accomplishments in theatre arts and to acknowledge the many individuals and organizations that support and contribute to theatre education for all grade levels - school administrators, teachers, parents, legislators and other officials. Joanna Juarez was one of four Tri-School students chosen to meet with different legislative offices, senators and assembly member to advocate equality of the arts in education, specifically Senate Bill 916, which would establish single-subject teaching credentials for Dance and Theatre in California. It was a great experience for all the students, who did a great job promoting the arts. Joanna even performed a song at the general assembly to an audience of over 300 students and teachers from around the state!

National Honor Society

National Honor Society Welcomes New Members

Congratulations to the newest members of Connelly's National Honor Society! Eligibility for membership into the National Honor Society is determined by a cumulative grade point average which must meet or exceed our chapter's standard for Scholarship, which is currently set at 3.7 on a 4.0 scale. Students must also be up to date with their service hours. The following girls have met, and/or exceeded these high academic standards, and are current with their service hours. They are to be commended for this accomplishment!

Members listed by grade:


Anna De La Rosa

Isabelle Panganiban 

Amy Borbridge

Lauren Conser 

Brenda Ceja

Bryte Wood

Tiffany Lubrino

Christina Tomas 

Emily Lee

Colleen Wolfe 

Vanessa Maldonado

Aimee Jimenez

Brianna Hernandez



Zihan (Pepper) Yang 

Vy Lam



Eden Ong

Boston-NY College Tour

College Tour

Dear Parents of the Class of 2017 and 2018,

This is a reminder that Cornelia Connelly School will be offering our inaugural college tour this June. The college search and application process can be an incredibly exciting, overwhelming, and at times stressful experience for families. This trip is not designed to take the place of visiting schools as a family, as we know family visits are an important part of the search process, but rather is meant to supplement those visits. Our goal in offering this tour is to make the college search more efficient and enjoyable for the entire family. 

We have extended the final deadline to enroll until March 15.  To enroll, or for more details, please go to http://www.efexploreamerica.com/tour-website/1818730bj or call EF at 888.333.9756 and reference our tour ID: 1818730BJ. You will need to be able to pay in full when you enroll. The late fee will be waived within 48 hours.

Here are five reasons why we think our college tour should play an important role in your daughter's college search:

  1. Fit: By visiting a wide variety of schools - large, small, public, private, urban, rural, religious, secular - students gain a better sense of the types of schools that will be the right fit for them. There is no better way for students to know what kind of schools they're looking for than visiting in person and getting a "gut feeling" on campus. Future visits as a family will be more meaningful by focusing on the schools that are the right fit. 
  2. Demonstrated interest: Colleges are increasingly aware of how much interest a student has expressed in their campus. They want to know what kind of contact a student has had during the admissions process, and how serious each applicant is about attending their school. Visiting a college once with counselors and again with family can be a great way to show demonstrated interest.
  3. Motivation: College visits will help students understand the college admissions process and what's required of them to be successful. Visiting campuses can light a motivational fire, as students have seen first-hand the experience that awaits them at various colleges, and hear what it takes to get accepted.
  4. Community knowledge: We will be traveling with a local tour guide, who will help students understand more about the unique culture of each city we're visiting, and how the colleges play a role in that community. We'll also be visiting historical and cultural sites in Boston and New York.
  5. Confidence: Visiting campuses will give students a better grasp of the vocabulary used in the college admissions process. This will help students clearly articulate their preferences. Traveling with a group of her peers will allow your daughter to gain confidence in herself and her ability to navigate this process.

Our tour will be visiting Boston & New York City from June 13-17, 2016. We will be taking guided tours of each campus, and learning more about Christian life on campus. We encourage you to strongly consider this opportunity for your daughter

New IDEAS Center

Bishop Vann Blesses Connelly’s New IDEAS Center

Cornelia Connelly School is pleased to announce the opening of the new IDEAS Center on Wednesday, January 13, 2016. The IDEAS Center, an acronym for Innovation, Design, Energy, Artistry, Synergy, was designed to be an innovative space for active learning where students develop new skills through the creative use of technology. Every space was designed with the thought of peer-to-peer learning and collaboration. The aesthetics and furniture combine to create a learning atmosphere that is engaging for both student and teacher.

Connelly’s graphic design teacher, Gustavo Madrigal, was instrumental in the design concept of the IDEAS Center. "The IDEAS Center was designed to be an innovative space where students learn essential skills for today's success, such as critical thinking, problem, solving, communication, and collaboration," Madrigal said. “It is equipped with top-of-the line iMacs and MacBook Pros that will be able to keep up with the extensive processing power needed for graphic design, 3D development, and other multimedia capabilities. The Center will also be a hub for all things Maker and robotics. As technology is always changing and moving forward, Connelly will continually explore newer technology as it relates to teaching and learning.” 

The Most Reverend Kevin Vann, JCD, DD presided over a special Mass held in Connelly’s Gunther Auditorium, which was filled with students, faculty, staff, parents, Board members, donors, and alumnae. Other guests present included Fr. Jerry Horan, O.S.M., Vicar for Faith Formation for the Diocese of Orange; Gregory Dhuyvetter, Superintendent of Catholic Schools; Shirl Giacomi, Chancellor of the Diocese of Orange; Teresa "Tita" Smith, Executive Director of Catholic Charities of Orange County and Mayor of Orange; and Steve Perales of Shea Family Charities.

Bishop Vann expressed his delight at being on the Connelly campus for the occasion. After Mass, Bishop Vann and the congregation processed across the campus to the new IDEAS Center, where Connelly’s ASB officers held a red ribbon to cut. Priscila Forbes, Chair of Connelly’s Board of Trustees, talked about the IDEAS Center and then invited Bishop Vann to join her and Sister Francine to cut the ribbon and officially open the new Center.

After the ribbon cutting, Bishop Vann prayed a blessing for the IDEAS Center, and then went inside to bless the room. The students, Board members, parents, alumnae, and special guests were then welcomed to enter the IDEAS Center to try out all of the new technology at their fingertips. The excitement in the air was palpable as everyone, especially the students, eagerly went from one technology station to the next while the two 65” and one 70” video display panels above cycled through various messages welcoming everyone to the IDEAS Center.

Bishop cutting ribbon Bishop blessing Center
Girls School Advantage

The link below is to the NCGS website (National Coalition of Girls’ Schools), which is a leading advocate for girls’ education with a distinct commitment to the transformative power of all-girls schools. The Coalition acts at the forefront of educational thought, collaborating and connecting globally with individuals, schools, and organizations dedicated to empowering girls to be influential contributors to the world.

Here's a great video about the advantage of an all girls school!




Please join us Friday, April 25, for our annual Spring Concert. The program begins at 7 p.m. in Gunther Auditorium. This year's theme is "From Past to Pop!" 


2014 Welcome Back Dance
Posted on: September 7, 2014
Welcome Back Dance is this Saturday, September 13, at Servite from 7-11 p.m.

Congratulations Connelly Athletes
Posted on: May 1, 2014
Student athletes were honored at the April 30 Girls Athletic Association Banquet in Gunther Auditorium.

2014 Sports Banquet Starts at 6 p.m.
Posted on: April 29, 2014

Tomorrow is the Last Day to Buy Sports Banquet Tickets
Posted on: April 24, 2014

2014 Sports Banquet Tickets Available
Posted on: April 22, 2014

News Archive:
YOU could WIN an iPad!
December 7, 2012
Mock Trial Team wins
November 14, 2012
Connelly seniors commended
September 24, 2012
Robotics workshop: Saturday
September 20, 2012
First Semester Honor Roll
February 17, 2012
College Night: Oct. 18
October 4, 2010
A Wish Comes True
March 30, 2009
Career Day 2009
February 11, 2009
Photos from China
August 27, 2008
All-School Service Day
October 3, 2007

"I teach at Connelly because this school empowers its students to become strong, confident thinkers in a joyous and happy learning environment. I have a special privilege to see God every day in the faces and actions of my students."
Michael Ambrose,
Math teacher

"I feel privileged to go to a school where I know everyone there cares about me and supports me. Connelly has helped me grow in my faith and build my confidence. I could not have picked a better school for high school."
Raynee, Class of 2013

"I had a pretty remarkable experience at Connelly. I think it was the catalyst for my university acceptance. I owe the rest of my life decisions and career choice to that experience at Connelly." 
Sally Polk-Garcia '73

School office hours are
7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Monday through Friday

Reminders for the month:
APR 4 - Edline course registration begins
APR 4-5 - ASB Officer Campaigning
APR 6 - Parents Association Meeting @ 6:30 p.m.
APR 6 - Junior Class Performs Play @ Servite 8 a.m.-noon
ASB Officer Speeches & Elections 
 - 5/7 SAT Registration Deadline
APR 9 - ACT Testing
APR 11 - Ambassador Applications Available 
APR 11-13 - Cheer Tryouts
APR 11-15 - Global Solidarity Week
APR 12
All-School Service Day
APR 13
 - Academic Council Meeting @ 3:15 p.m.
APR 14 - Global Solidarity Day
APR 14 - Comedy Sportz Match @ 6:30 p.m.
APR 15 - Ambassador Applications Due
APR 16 - Spring Fling Dance @ Rosary - 7-11 p.m.
APR 18-20 - Senior Exit Interviews; Classes begin @9:45 a.m.
APR 19 - Spring Concert Dress Rehearsal
APR 19 - Graduation Orders - Pickup @ Lunch
APR 21 - Early Dismissal
APR 21 - Spring Open House @ 6 p.m.
APR 21 - Spring Concert @ 5:30 p.m.
APR 22 - Earth Day Mass; Formal Uniform Day
APR 22 - Comedy Sportz Match @ 6:30 p.m.
APR 23 - Family Gardening Day 8 a.m.-noon
APR 24 - National College Fair
APR 25 - Spring Pep Rally
APR 25-26 - Class Officer Campaigning
APR 26 - AP Pre-Admin for all AP Students
APR 27 - Class Officer Elections
APR 27 - GAA Banquet @ 6 p.m.
APR 28 - Int'l Student Meeting
APR 28-30 - Tri-School Theatre Spring Musical @ 7 p.m.
APR 29 - Edline Course  Registration Ends

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