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The primary role of a cheerleader is to promote school spirit and a positive atmosphere on campus by fostering good relations among the students, both in the classroom and on the field. A unified spirit in the community is promoted through: cheering and performing at sporting events, pep-rallies, spirit week, Back-to-School Orientation and at Competitions. Together with Rosary High School, Connelly Cheerleaders cheer and perform at Servite football games in order to promote unity and spirit within the Tri-School Community. A Connelly cheerleader must maintain a GPA of at least 2.0 and must be in good disciplinary and academic standing. The student also needs to be registered for the upcoming school year and their tuition and fees account needs to be current.

The Art Club promotes interest in the Arts within the Connelly community as well as furthering the knowledge and interest in the Arts outside of the Connelly community. Members meet to discuss the Arts, plan trips to notable Art facilities, and organize art-based activities on campus. Members fundraise in order to support underprivileged schools in the Arts programs by providing supplies for students.

The Book Club promotes recreational reading among students and serves as an
advisory group to the school librarian. Members meet to share and promote their favorite books and choose books to read and discuss together.

In order to qualify for membership, a student must earn ten CSF points per semester. Any student who receives a grade lower than a "C" is ineligible for membership. Students who qualify for four semesters starting the second semester in the sophomore year, and including one semester in the senior year will receive the distinction of Seal Bearer. Seniors must be enrolled in a minimum of five courses from the CSF List 1 and List 2 to be eligible for special awards at Graduation.

Directed by the Admissions and Advancement Office, the Connelly Ambassadors
serve as official "hostesses" for the school. Ambassadors make visitors to Connelly feel welcome by giving tours, serving as guides, facilitating the shadowing program, as well as supporting all Connelly alumnae events. Ambassadors also make school visits to present information about Connelly. The Connelly ambassadors represent the Koala Spirit to the outside world.

The Campus Minister holds meetings once a week with students interested in
school ministry to prepare the masses and other events. Members of the team are expected to plan events and participate in roles such as scripture readers, Eucharistic Ministers, alter servers, and various other positions. They are a vital part of the spiritual atmosphere of Cornelia Connelly School.

The Garden Guardians help plant and nurture landscaping in the many gardens
on campus. They help students, faculty and visitors learn to recognize and appreciate our plant diversity. They prepare and serve nutritious home or campus grown food at bake sales, provide specimens for science experiments and visual studies for the arts.

Members of GAA support Connelly athletics and promote school spirit on
campus. Activities sponsored by GAA include the 8th Grade Volleyball Tournament and the Athletic Awards Dinner. Active GAA members can earn letter sweaters/jackets based on game attendance and/or sports participation. GAA strives to serve the school community and to encourage all students to show their spirit both on and off the playing field.

Connelly Cares, formerly Hearts in Hands which was founded in 1997, embarks
on a mission of Service throughout the community. The club provides various community service opportunities to the school and encourages everyone to join. They serve our community by opening their hearts and lending their hands to those in our community and proving how Connelly cares.

The Human Rights Club promotes the understanding and respect of all peoples of
the world. Within the Human Rights Club, members work with groups such as UNICEF and on projects like 'Free the Dalits', spreading knowledge and gaining support throughout the community. Members meet to discuss ways to promote Human Rights Day, participate in Global Solidarity Week, fundraise to support less-fortunate communities around the world, encourage the community to become more aware of the struggles other people live through, and try to find ways to help make a difference in the world.

Latin Honors Society encourages and promotes an interest in and an appreciation
of the language, literature, and culture of ancient Greece and Rome. Members meet to discuss their understanding of the importance of that culture and its influence on current cultures. In order for a student to be a member, one must be enrolled in Latin I or have completed Latin I. Members of the Latin Honors Society participate in the Southern California Regional Amici Madness and the Certamen Competition. These two events promote the knowledge of Latin grammar, derivatives, Roman Mythology, the classical civilizations, the peoples, and the cultures.

The purpose of the Make-A-Wish Club of Connelly High School is to fundraise
through various events in order to donate to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Orange County and to increase awareness of Make-A-Wish's goal to grant the wishes of children with life threatening medical illnesses.

The Constitutional Rights Foundation of Orange County sponsors Mock Trial.
Each year a case is written to allow students to learn firsthand what it is like to prepare and present a legal case before California courts. Professional lawyers volunteer as coaches to help students prepare their case, which is ultimately presented in front of federal and district judges at the Orange County Courthouse in Santa Ana in a competition against other private and public schools from Orange County. Bylaws, the legal system as a whole will become demystified.
Students learn to think quickly on their feet, to sharpen acting skills, to develop an ability to think and work as part of a team. Classes are scheduled after school and on weekends. Students are graded on a pass/fail basis.

Membership requirements:
Membership in the NHS is a faculty-awarded honor based on a clear and consistent pattern of exemplary character, service, leadership, and academic performance. All 10th through 12th grade students who have been at Connelly for at least one semester are eligible. In the spring of each year, students who have a cumulative weighted GPA of 3.7 or above and who are up to date on Connelly Service Hour requirements are invited to complete an application. The NHS faculty council reviews the completed applications, and votes for the students who demonstrate the qualities listed below, to be inducted into the NHS.
Character: The consistent demonstration of integrity, maturity, and behavior in accordance with Christian ideals.
Leadership: Actively holding offices in school, church, or community organizations as well as demonstrating leadership outside of elected positions.
Service: Valuable contributions to the school, church or community through volunteer work.
All faculty members will evaluate eligible students in the areas of Character, Leadership and Service. The students belonging to NHS provide a free tutorial program in all subject areas for Connelly students and also sponsor the Koala Bowl, an academic tournament for sixth, seventh and eighth graders.

The Outdoors Club strives to bring awareness to the beauty of nature and the
need to care for our Earth. The club takes hikes and goes on an annual camping trip to Joshua Tree National Monument. The club also promotes the four R's of Earth Care - Reduce, Re-use, Recycle and Respect of our natural resources. Members of the club coordinate the recycling program on campus and celebrate Earth Day each April. The club also promotes an interest in understanding the universe through astronomy. Members meet to discuss knowledge of the subject and plan events which help students explore the universe through star-gazing events.

The Random Acts of Kindness Club promotes true kindness to all in the
community. Members meet to discuss creative ways to promote kindness on campus and in the community. The acts of kindness are meant to be random in order to help show how small acts of kindness can make a difference. Members find creative ways to share kindness with their peers, faculty, and staff.

The Red Cross Club of Cornelia Connelly School is a Charter of the American
Red Cross Orange County Chapter. The club promotes and exemplifies the fundamental principals of the International Red Cross movement: Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Volunteer Services, Unity, and Universality. Members of this club work in conjunction with the school community, and the American Red Cross, to develop positive citizenship and improve human relations. This club also raises funds for various organizations in need and sponsors the Red Cross Blood Drive annually on campus.

SOCIEDAD HONORARIA HISPÁNICA (Spanish National Honor Society)
Students of the Spanish Honor Society are elected to membership based on their
high achievement in Spanish courses and their commitment to promote the Hispanic culture to the school community. Members of the Society have many opportunities to serve and participate in activities that will create a lasting enthusiasm for the Spanish language and the Hispanic culture. All members enrolled in a Spanish course are eligible to apply for scholarships and enter writing contests offered by the Society.

The Student Council is the governing board of the student body. Members are
elected each spring (ninth grade officers in the fall) according to guidelines established in the Constitution of the Associated Student Body. As leaders, each officer seeks to live out the philosophy of the School, bolster school spirit, organize and promote school events and traditions, and act as a liaison among students, faculty, and administration. Student Council members are enrolled in the Student Government Class and receive a letter grade each semester based on their attendance at meetings, participation in and organization of activities and other special assignments.

The Surf Club promotes the interest in the ocean and beaches as well as learning
how to surf. The Surf Club meets on weekends to participate in beach clean up and surf lessons. The Surf Club believes that our oceans are precious recourses which need to be respected, protected and appreciated. The ocean serves as a source of livelihood, relaxation, and enjoyment for many.

TRI-SCHOOL THEATRE: Connelly - Rosary - Servite High Schools
Tri-School Theatre is an educational theatre ministry that uses the performing arts as a way for students to discover themselves and to nurture their God-given talents through process-oriented training in a Christ centered environment. Tri-School Theatre has been recognized by the Educational Theatre Association, the California State Thespian Organization, The John Raitt Awards for Youth, National Youth Theatre, and the Music & Arts Commendation for Youth Organization for excellence in secondary arts education.
Tri-School Theatre classes are offered in a flexible class format! Serious theatre students may enroll in year-long "core" classes in performance or technical theatre. Students may also enroll in seven-week "elective" classes over the course of three terms: fall, winter and spring. You do not need to be enrolled in a core class in order to take an elective—anyone may take an elective!

  • Classes are non-graded, extra-curricular, and designed to be a fun, social and creative outlet for students to reduce the stress in their lives. Course Fees: Individual Elective class - $145 (after July 31st - $155). Yearlong Classes - $395 (after July 31st - $405).
  • To register for courses, please fill out a registration form/emergency form and mail with payment to Tri-School Theatre, 1952 W. La Palma Ave., Anaheim, CA 92801.
  • For more information, please call the Tri-School Theatre office at (714) 774-7575 x 1155, or visit the Tri-School website at www.trischool.org.

Dance Academy: Tri-School Theatre offers dance classes 4 days per week. Courses in ballet, jazz, tap and modern dance are offered at Servite and Rosary High School and open to students from Connelly, Rosary and Servite.
Productions: Tri-School Theatre produces three main stage shows, three showcases, and various student-produced projects each year. Participation in the Fall show is only open to students who are enrolled in a year-long or fall class. Participation in the Winter and Spring shows are open to all. All grade levels are welcome in all productions.
Comedy Sportz: We have a Comedy Sportz Improvisational Team that competes in matches against other schools.

Cappies Critics:

  • Cappies is a program in which students become theatre critics and view other high school theatre productions, discuss it amongst each other (with adult supervision), and write reviews.
  • Reviews from each selection are then chosen by adult mentors to be printed on the Orange County Register Online, as well as in local papers.

The yearbook staff assists in the production of the Connelly Yearbook. Students have the opportunity to write, photograph, edit, create art, and learn about graphic design and publishing. All students are encouraged to apply, especially if they have previous visual art experience, writing proficiency, word processing skills and the ability to work diligently to complete assignments in a timely manner. The application process occurs in the spring.

Associated Student Body Council (ASB)
Book Club
Art Club
Garden Guardians
Girls Athletic Association (GAA)
God Squad
Hearts and Hands
Spanish Honor Society
Robotics Team
Surf Club

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

"The dedicated and supportive teachers and faculty, the energetic and welcoming students, the openness and comfort of the campus, I knew Connelly was the school for me."
Katherine, Class of 2011

"Catherine has become a caring, lovely, confident, well-rounded young lady. We are grateful that she has received such an excellent foundation in her religious and academic education. She is well equipped to handle life's challenges."
Grandparents, John & Anna Wippler

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