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Posted 10/13/2014 07:57PM
8th graders can experience being a Padre for a day!


Click Here
to register online for the 2014-2015 Serra Shadow Program.

Posted 10/13/2014 07:56PM
Walk Around Wednesday Campus Tours

 

Walk-Around-Wednesdays

Join us for Walk-Around-Wednesday
and get to know us better!

You will have the opportunity to meet and chat with President Lars Lund and Principal Barry Thornton in the company of a small group of other parents who also are considering Serra High School for their sons. And, you’ll enjoy a personalized tour of our campus. Tours are led by a member of our admissions team and a current Serra parent, who together can help you better understand the admissions process, the Serra community and the life of a Padre.

For your convenience, both morning and afternoon tours are available. Each tour, geared to parents and guardians of middle school boys, is limited to 10 guests. Tours fill up quickly, so register early!

Click here to register TODAY

 

 

 

      

 

Posted 10/20/2014 09:15AM
Tri-School Productions students tell powerful story

Tri-School Productions students from Serra, Notre Dame and Mercy will present The Diary of Anne Frank this weekend. The poignant play is a reminder of the horrors of war and the powerful courage of the human spirit as documented by 13-year-old Anne (played by NDB freshman Gabriella Fanucchi) in the diary found by her father, Otto Frank (played by Serra junior Mikey Takla) on his return to their hiding place, the Annex. For four nights, Director Darva Campbell will feature two years of the Frank and Van Daan families' seclusion and the European theater of Amsterdam during World War II, complete with Hitler and his Nazi army. 
 

The show runs Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m., October 24-November 1, in Serra's Gellert Auditorium. Tickets may be purchased by CLICKING HERE. (There will be special student pricing on Halloween night with the promo code, AFHALLOWEENEVENT).

Posted 10/14/2014 06:16PM
Bob Dugoni '79 releases "My Sister's Grave"

Serra alumnus Bob Dugoni '79 received incredible news this week - his latest novel is Amazon's number one download in America.

My Sister's Grave, which was released earlier this month, marks Dugoni's eighth legal thriller. According to Publishers Weekly, “Dugoni does a superior job of positioning [the plot elements] for maximum impact, especially in a climactic scene set in an abandoned mine during a blizzard—which is melodramatic but nevertheless effective.”

The plot revolves around Tracy Crosswhite, who has spent 20 years questioning the facts surrounding her sister Sarah’s disappearance and the murder trial that followed. She doesn’t believe that Edmund House—the man condemned for Sarah’s murder—is guilty. Motivated by the quest for justice, Tracy becomes a homicide detective with the Seattle Police Department and dedicates her life to tracking down killers. When Sarah’s remains are finally discovered near their hometown in the northern Cascade mountains of Washington State, Tracy is determined to find the answers she’s been seeking. As she searches for the real killer, she unearths dark, long-kept secrets that will forever change her relationship to her past—and open the door to deadly danger.

"When I set out to write My Sister’s Grave, I wanted to show the devastation that a violent crime has not only on the victim, but the victim’s family and community," Dugoni noted. "When that community is a small town and the family is prominent, the town never fully recovers. So I wanted a book that, while justice is seemingly served, there is always a haunting sense of loss that can never be fully healed."

My Sister's Grave is available at Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble. Congratulations, Bob Dugoni!

Posted 10/14/2014 04:06PM
Padres Participate in Prestigious Music Festival

The Serra High School Men's Chorus participated in the "Real Men Sing" festival on October 10 at San Jose State University. The annual event began five years ago to encourage high school boys to sing. The October 10 event featured nearly 400 students from schools throughout the Bay Area. Students rehearsed together during the morning and ended with a mini-concert that was open to the public.

New this year was the addition of "Real Women Sing" for high school girls. The Men's Chorus was joined by the Mercy Chorale under the direction of Pam Matthews. The Padres worked with SJSU Director of Choral Activities Jeffrey Benson, Ph.D., while the girls were led by Lou De La Rosa, the choral director from West Valley College.

"We have participated every year and I can't say enough good things about it,” said Serra Music Director Jay Jordan. “Our chorus members work with a real pro in Dr. Benson and get to be part of a choir of 400 singers. Dr. Benson has also come to Serra the past three years to work with our chorus one on one. That wouldn't have happened if we had not been part of the 'Real Men Sing' process."

Posted 10/08/2014 10:05AM
Serra Padres Help Art Students in Need

When Peggy Farrell's art students realized they had $150 extra from The Memory Project and Art Show sales, they decided to help underprivileged budding artists in Northern California. Padres were thrilled to receive thank-you notes from children of all ages.

Last year, Padres participated in the Memory Project. The organization enables students to create portraits for children and teenagers around the world who have been orphaned or neglected. Art students receive photos of children who range in age from newborn to 18. Serra was one of eight schools with the highest number of portraits created during the 2013-2014 school year.

This year, Serra Padres signed up to create 96 Memory Project portraits - 18 more than last year. Memory Project officials decided to give Serra a price break, which resulted in some extra cash. The Padres decided to support Bay Area schools through donorschoose.org, whose motto is "Teachers ask. You choose." The money will be used for art supplies for underprivileged elementary school children and Arts, Crafts, Glitz and Glam for children with autism. Serra students were able to choose which specific schools and programs they wanted to support.

“I love that our students were able to choose - it's the coolest idea in the world," Farrell said. "I'm so proud of our students, who shared their extra donations from the art show with kids in need. One nice thing about donorschoose.org is that they do the shopping for you. We were told that in one particular Kindergarten class, there had been a lot of tears (due to separation anxiety). But, the teacher said it was lovely that these children had toys and art supplies waiting for them in their first month of school. Art enables children to relieve anxiety and express themselves; it connects people of all ages."

For more information or to donate to donorschoose.org, please CLICK HERE.

Posted 10/07/2014 03:54PM
Padre pets visit campus
Fr. Tony Vallecillo blessed pets of all shapes and sizes last Friday in Mary's Courtyard. Padre pets and their humans were treated to snacks after the blessing. Junior Eric Mueller was spotted with his Great Pyrenees, Leopold.
Posted 10/07/2014 12:02PM
San Mateo Daily Journal features Head Coach Patrick Walsh and his players

The San Mateo Daily Journal featured this mission of Head Coach Patrick Walsh and the varsity football team in today's newspaper. CLICK HERE for the story and go Padres!

 

Posted 10/03/2014 03:46PM
Cameron Clapp spreads message of hope

“Impossible is an opinion, not a fact,” claims Cameron Clapp, a triple amputee who surfs, skis, runs marathons and mentors hundreds of people each year. Clapp, who recently spoke to Serra Padres, received a standing ovation at the end of his talk.

On September 15, 2001, four days after the 9/11 tragedy, Clapp’s life changed forever. While drinking with his friends beside train tracks near Pismo Beach, he was hit by a train. Clapp lost one arm and both legs above the knee.

“Remarkably, my head and body escaped the accident with hardly a scratch; for that I am very grateful,” Clapp noted. “What happened to me was a direct result of alcohol.”

When Clapp woke up in the hospital, he learned that his legs and right arm had been amputated.

“Thankfully, I had a strong support system,” Clapp remembered. “My parents, family and friends believed in me. I knew that I had to identify the challenges I had and take ownership. I developed a philosophy that it’s not what happens to you that matters the most – it’s what you do about it.”

Despite the fact that one doctor advised, “Buy a good wheelchair,” Clapp was certain that, somehow, he would walk again one day. Two years after his accident, Clapp learned to walk and became involved in sports for people with disabilities. Today, he runs, swims, surfs and golfs. He was interviewed as the "Remarkable Runner" by CNN Headline News. Each year, Clapp competes in running and swimming events at the annual Endeavor Games sponsored by Hanger.

In addition to mentoring others, Clapp has appeared on the My Name is Earl sitcom and has met celebrities including Robin Williams and Will Farrell. He uses his media presence to inspire other amputees – and to instill his belief that people with physical challenges can life exciting, productive, extraordinary lives.

“What is the purpose of life?” he asked. “I believe it is to find the truth. The truth will set you free. You know, good things come from tragic situations. I have met so many incredible people and have participated in athletic events that I didn't even know existed before my accident. It is very hard to go through life missing three limbs – very hard – but it gets a little easier every day. I would never give up; that's just not me."

Clapp endured another tragedy when his identical twin brother, Jessie, overdosed a few years ago.

“Whatever tragedies you go through, there’s always hope,” he noted. “Stay close to the people who care about you and uplift you. Don’t waste your life – make good decisions. Live life to the fullest. Be a peer mentor – being a teenager is hard. I hope to reach out to other so that they may prevent others from making a tragic mistake - like my brother and I did - and to motivate them to make decisions that empower them to live life to the fullest."

Clapp’s talk was sprinkled with surfer-style humor, serious vignettes and a positive message about living life to the fullest. He stressed that everyone has a purpose in life.

“He was so funny and inspirational,” said freshman Zach Smallman.

“Cameron is really relatable,” agreed junior Sloan Varunok. “He didn’t preach to us…he reached us and still remained true to himself.”

Posted 09/29/2014 11:49AM
Padres honor their madres

Serra freshmen and their moms spent Thursday morning at Mass, followed by breakfast in the cafeteria. It was a wonderful event for all, and many Madres said they were honored to be part of such a special event.

"I loved it," said Robin Casey, the mother of freshman Aidan Casey. I enjoyed listening to the student speaker's touching story and spending time with my son."

"My mom does a lot for me and she always helps to supervise my homework," Aidan said.

"My mom is always there for me," added freshman Denzel McCollum.

Freshman Evan Taylor gave a thought-provoking reflection. "Mothers, just like Hannah, you truly put your faith in Serra, hoping this would be the right school and fit for us," he noted. "It is only our fifth week, and I am already loving it here. Mothers, just as the prophet Eli taught Samuel how to become a great man, Serra will teach us how to become great men. At this school, we will become men of faith, wisdom and service. God will be with us and guide us no matter what. Just as a mother is with her child, God is with us."

Serra Chaplain Fr. Tony Vallecillo spoke about the roles of Biblical mothers - Hannah and the Virgin Mary - who are excellent examples of mothers who were dedicated to their sons and who wanted the best for them. "It was my own mother's fervent prayers when I strayed from the church that helped me to return and eventually find my vocation as a priest," Fr. Tony noted. "The mothers at Serra have that same dedication and should never cease praying for their sons. The Mother-Son Mass is so special for mothers and sons because it provides a wonderful opportunity to share their faith together."

Liturgy Coordinator Patrick Vallez-Kelly looks forward to the Freshman Mother-Son Mass each year. "This Mass is always special because the freshmen and their moms have such great enthusiasm for Serra," he explained. "The scriptures, Fr. Vallecillo and Evan Taylor, our student speaker, shared the theme of mothers entrusting their sons to God's care. I was happy for Evan - he put a lot of work into his reflection. I was also proud of the Praise Band - Joe San Filippo (organ) and Nicholas Madera (violin). Freshman Aidan Casey helped us to prepare for the Mass. The Class of 2018 has impressed me with its spirit, leadership and willingness to serve and get involved."

 

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