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Posted 09/29/2014 04:50PM
Saturday, October 4 - 9a.m.-4p.m.

E-Waste Drive Saturday, October 4

Members of the Serra Green Club will host the biannual e-Waste and Shredding Collection/Fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 4 on the blacktop behind the school. The money earned for bringing these items will benefit this year's environmentally friendly initiatives. Televisions, monitors, laptops, cell phones, flat screens and wires are free to recycle. The charge is $5 per item to recycle stereos, telephones, CPUs, printers, DVD players, radios, fax machines, small appliances etc. The charge is $15 to $30 for microwaves. Personal and business secured document disposal also will be provided for $10 per Bankers Box.

Please come out, support the Green Club, and get rid of your e-Waste! Click here for more information.

Posted 09/12/2014 02:27PM
Walk Around Wednesday Campus Tours



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 09/09/2014 05:33PM
8th graders can experience being a Padre for a day!

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

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."


Posted 09/09/2014 05:29PM
Freshmen introduced to Padre spirit!

Welcome Rally!

There's nothing like a Serra Rally!

Click here for pics from the 2014 Welcome Rally!

Posted 08/26/2014 10:22AM
New and transfer students and families join Serra community

On a bright Sunday morning, more than 280 new and transfer students, along with their families, gathered in the Morton Family Gymnasium to mark the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year.

Led by new Serra Chaplin Father Tony Vallecillo, the annual Welcome Mass, retreat and reception shared not only the word of God, but the hopes and prayers for the new school year.

Following Mass, members of Big Brothers and Retreat Leaders led a special retreat for the new Padres.

"This Mass is a wonderful way to introduce the class of 2018 to what we are all about at Serra - experiencing Christ in community and sacrament," said Director of Campus Ministry Billy Byrnes. "I am grateful that one of the first things our new students do is pray together. At the Mass, each new freshman was met his Big Brother and learned about life as a Padre. The freshmen are now officially part of the brotherhood at Serra."  

After Mass, families gathered in the cafeteria for a reception. They met members from the Mothers' Auxiliary and Fathers' Club, as well as members of the Serra faculty and administration.

Director of Admissions Randy Vogel reflected, "It was a great day, highlighted by senior Matt Gill's student reflection at the Mass and new students interacting with their Big Brothers for the first time."

The annual Welcome Mass celebrated the start of the new school year with the spirit of Father Junipero Serra and his motto, "Always forward."

Click here to view the 2014 Welcome Mass slideshow.

Posted 08/25/2014 04:21PM
Thursday, August 28

Dear Serra Parents and Guardians,

Serra’s Back-to-School Night will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 28. The evening is an excellent opportunity for Serra parents to meet their sons' teachers and learn about classroom expectations for the current school year. It also is a time for parents to reconnect with each other while learning more about the curriculum and extracurricular activities. Students need not attend, as the teachers’ presentations are for parents. Back-to-School Night usually is completed by about 9:30 p.m.

Unlike many other schools, Back-to-School Night will begin in the Serra auditorium instead of Serra classrooms. Please plan to arrive early, as parking on campus is limited. When driving to campus, please enter the campus from the 20th Avenue entrance toward Edinburgh. We also have secured overflow parking. Students will be on campus to direct you.

Please note that we will be on a tight schedule. Class presentations will be about 10 minutes in length and will proceed from 1st through 7th period in order. With this in mind, Back-to-School Night is not a time to have individual conferences with your son’s teachers – there will be opportunities for you to do that later in the semester. Back-to-School Night is intended to be an informative evening for you to learn about our teachers’ expectations and how to contact them as the year moves forward.

Prior to attending this event, you should log in to the PCR Parent Portal and either copy or print your son's class schedule. You can do this easily by logging on to

  • Click on Quick Links
  • Select PCR Parent Connect
  • Enter your User Name and password. For most parents your User Name is your email address.
  • Click on your son’s name
  • Select Student Information
  • Select Schedule from the list on the left
  • Print the page using your browser

While you are in the Parent Portal, please check out the new Teacher Websites tab, which contains links to our teachers’ Google sites where they post information for students.

If you are unable to login to the PCR Parent Portal, you can request a new password by clicking on the Forgot Password link from the login screen. If you do not receive a new password by email, please contact our PCR Help Desk: You will receive a response within one business day.

Important notes:

1. Only first semester classes will meet on Back-to-School Night, in 1-2-3-4-5-6-7 order. 3A and 3B meet, and 6A and 6B will meet as well.

2. Zero period, TA, independent study, lunch, and PE athletics classes will not meet.

3. Tri-School classes at Notre Dame and Mercy will not meet, but Tri-School classes at Serra WILL meet on Back-to-School Night.

4. During your son’s independent study period, please come to the gym or stop by the book store to purchase Serra gear.

5. Parents of students in PE Health will meet in the regular classroom, while PE 3 will meet in the auditorium.

6. There will be exhibits and other materials in the gym throughout the evening, with information about our parent education opportunities and how parents can get involved in the Serra community

7. Refreshments will be served after the evening concludes.

On behalf of the faculty and staff at Serra, we look forward to seeing you on August 28.


Keith Strange
Assistant Principal: Academics

Posted 08/05/2014 07:44AM
Required Summer Forms now available

Click here to complete the 2014-2015 Summer Forms.  

They are due no later than Friday, July 18, 2014.   

Only primary households need to complete these forms.

Posted 07/23/2014 02:29PM
Lou Seal surprises two birthday campers

San Francisco Giants mascot Lou Seal paid a visit to the Morton Family Gymnasium this week to surprise unsuspecting birthday twins.

Marco and Isabella Scafine never realized how exciting turning five could be! Their mother, Serra math teacher Sheila Scafine, surprised the pair with a special visit from Lou Seal.

Assistant Camp Director, Sean Bartlett shared, "They had a dance competition with Lou and we got to take a bunch of pictures! It was such a great surprise . . . our counselors were as excited as the kids."

Happy Birthday Marco and Isabella!

Click here to view slideshow.

Posted 07/11/2014 09:34AM
Ryan Callagy Shines in Joe DiMaggio League
Peninsula Joe DiMaggio League's Ryan Callagy pitched a no-hitter on Wednesday at Sea Cloud Park in Foster City, which resulted in a 5-0 win over South City. Callagy is a Serra junior who played junior varsity for Serra baseball last season. He became the first Foster City Joe DiMaggio pitcher to go the distance this season, with four walks and a fielding error the only blemishes on the pitching gem. He threw 102 pitches throughout. CLICK HERE for the San Mateo Daily Journal story. Congratulations, Ryan!
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