This month's Family Gardening Day is scheduled for Saturday, March 19, from 8 a.m. - noon. No gardening experience is necessary. Tools, gloves, and light refreshments will be provided. If you would like to bring some additional snacks, please feel free. Everyone is welcome to attend. Students will receive Ecology hours and be awarded spirit points, and parents will earn volunteer hours as well. Hope to see you there!
If you have any questions, please contact our Garden Beautification Coordinator, Mr. Jueneman, at [email protected]. We look forward to seeing you there!
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
Zihan (Pepper) Yang
Boston-NY 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
"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,
"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: MAR 7-11 - Class Plays Rehearsal 3-6:30 p.m. MAR 9 - Early Dismissal 12:55 p.m. MAR 9-10 - Mandatory Class Plays Rehearsal 1:30-6:30 p.m. MAR 11 - Class Plays 8:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (students); 6 p.m. (parents) MAR 13 - Daylight Saving Time Begins MAR 14 - ASB & Class Officer Petitions Available MAR 15 - Progress Reports on Edline MAR 15 - NHS Induction Ceremony MAR 15 -MAR 16 - Formal Uniform Day MAR 16 - Reconciliation Service MAR 17 - St. Patrick's Day MAR 17 - Early Dismissal Day 12:55 p.m. MAR 18 - Course Pre-Registration Meetings MAR 18 - ASB & Class Officer Petitions Due MAR 18 - Comedy Sportz Match 6:30 p.m. MAR 19 - Family Gardening Day 8 a.m. - noon MAR 20 - Palm Sunday MAR 21-22 - ASB Candidate Interviews MAR 22 - International Student Meeting MAR 23 - Rice Bowl Lunch MAR 23-25 - Softball Tournament @ Sullivan-Henry Field MAR 25 - Good Friday MAR 27 - Easter Sunday MAR 28-APR 1 - Easter Break MAR 28-31 - NCEA Conference in SD