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Posted 06/29/2016 04:37PM
A special evening for the Class of 2020

Padres from Serra's Class of 2020 and their dads joined together for an exciting evening of trivia and raffle prizes on June 22. They enjoyed watching the San Francisco Giants win while they ate pizza and socialized.

"It was a really good experience," said Eric Anchartechahar, who recently graduated from St. Charles. "The energy of the Big Brothers made it fun and I enjoyed the trivia games."

Eric is the brother of Brett Anchartechahar '17. He attended the event with his dad, Roger Anchartechahar '89.

"It was great to see the enthusiasm of our incoming freshmen as they met new classmates, participated in some games and enjoyed pizza together," said Director of Admissions Randy Vogel. "The Class of 2020 showed a lot of spirit! At the same time, their dads made connections and I even noticed a few alumni dads reminiscing together about their days at Serra."

Posted 06/02/2016 11:07AM
Athletic clearance forms for all incoming freshmen, transfer and current students.

Appryse Online Clearance Forms

All incoming freshmen and transfer students must complete the physical form and upload to Appryse. All students trying out for a sport must complete the required forms and upload to Appryse. Please read the entire page by clicking on the link below and follow instructions accordingly. 

Posted 06/01/2016 10:48AM
Doors of Mercy Honor Pope Francis

Just outside the Class of ’59 Fine Arts Courtyard, an astonishing mural of Pope Francis makes a splash over a narrow pathway. The mural is a tribute to Pope Francis’ Year of Mercy. Passersby stop for a moment, astounded by the precision and talent.

Art student Marco Hernandez explained that “The Doors of Mercy” mural was inspired by Serra’s Mass of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8.

“The Doors of Mercy are symbols of the unconditional and forgiving love that God has for his children,” Hernandez said. “The doors are not simply about feeling God’s mercy for us, but also showing mercy to others. We are called to open the Doors of Mercy to those who are most vulnerable in our society. Coincidentally, December 8 marked the passing of my grandfather. I recognized this as a direct opening of the Doors of Mercy to my grandfather, a person who suffered in this life. The Doors of Mercy give me faith, hope and guidance–especially for the suffering that we illustrated in the mural.”

Hernandez and his fellow Serra artists, Jonathan Garcia, Nathaniel Liganor, Carlo Cardinale, Gianni Cardinale, Jonathan Rabang, Dylan Rojo Cagadoc and Sepehr Pazoki, brought the Doors of Mercy to life.

Hernandez participated in the Serra enrichment trip to Italy during his spring break. After entering the Doors of Mercy at St. Peter’s Basilica, he was filled with a sense of community and tranquility.

“These doors were open to all, without discrimination,” Hernandez recounted. “No person entered alone. The physical act of entering the doors revealed the truth that mercy is open to all of us when we aim for that sense of community.”

Hernandez added that the spirituality he felt inside St. Peter’s Basilica led him to create the incredible mural at Serra. On the giant wall, Pope Francis is joined by a rabbit, a lamb, fawn, gazelle and a couple of meerkats.

“The animals that wait in front of the Doors of Mercy serve as symbols of people in our world who are attacked, and who are most need of our mercy,” noted Hernandez, who will study animation and illustration at San Jose State University. “The key for us to enter through these doors is to abandon our apathy for the vulnerable. We must replace our arrows with love that will heal the hearts of the broken. There is always room for improvement in this world."

Posted 06/01/2016 09:20AM
Enrich your family, stipend included

Serra is entering its fifth year as an International Student Program provider. New international students will join our community in August, and will be accommodated in a homestay environment. We are currently recruiting new homestay host families.

Hosting an international student is a great experience! Each student selected to participate in Serra's International Student Program has been chosen because of his hard work, academic accomplishments and genuine enthusiasm.

Families hosting an international student are compensated $11,500 for the 2016-2017 school year.

Please email Sean McMillan or contact him by phone at 650.345.8207 ext. 137 for more information! 
CLICK HERE for an application.
Posted 05/18/2016 03:55PM
Yearbook Staff recognized at San Francisco-Peninsula Press Club's High School Journalism Awards
Members of the Serra Yearbook class won first place this week in the San Francisco-Peninsula Press Club's High School Journalism Contest.

They will be honored tomorrow afternoon at the San Mateo County History Museum in Redwood City.

"We were thrilled to hear this good news," said Yearbook teacher Jackie Schroeder. "Our students have worked so hard to produce a quality yearbook that represents Serra's personality." 

In the Yearbook Content category, Serra and Mills High School won the following awards: 

* First Place: 
Serra High School, "Midweek Chic" by George Anagnostou, Cole Moscaret
* Second Place: 
Serra High School, "The Final Yard" by Cole Moscaret
* Third Place: 
Mills High School, "Back on Track" by Mills Staff

In addition, George Anagnostou won third place for his photo, "Light Shapes Our Way (title page).

This year, there were nine Padres in the Yearbook class. The boys learned everything from writing feature stories and choosing a specific angle to layout and design to expert photography. 

Congratulations to Ms. Schroeder and her yearbook team from all of us at Serra!
 
Posted 05/06/2016 03:00PM
NOW OPEN!

Enrollment deadline was March 21, 2016.  A $50.00 late fee will be added to the accounts of students who enroll after the deadline.

Posted 05/06/2016 06:48PM
Support Serra's Annual Fund by shopping at Amazon!
Do you shop at Amazon?
If you do, please remember to make it a point to log in to Amazon through the Serra website. This is a super easy way to help support Serra's Annual Fund and Endowment. By entering Amazon through Serra's website, anything you purchase will automatically provide a percentage of cash back to Serra.
You will not to sign up for anything, or spend an extra dime. By clicking on SHOP FOR SERRA, Amazon will recognize that you were directed to them from our site. Please note that you will need to enter Amazon through Serra's website each time you shop.

Pass the link along to famly and friends!  Support the Padres! Shop for Serra!
Posted 05/03/2016 04:08PM
Get a jump start on college apps!
Want to get a jump on your college essay this summer? Students entering their senior year can do just that with Serra's one-week College Essay Boot Camp. This course is a five-day intensive workshop designed to tackle the part of the admissions process that helps you to distinguish yourself in the application. Boot camp includes: 
  • Five days of three-hour workshops in a small group setting
  • Individualized instruction from our counselors
  • Guidance on strategic topics for the Common Application Essay and UC Personal Statement as well as short answer questions
  • Assistance with essay brainstorming, writing and revision
  • Editing and feedback on first drafts 
"This class is well worth the money," said Serra parent Joanne Regalia. "My son received guidance, instruction and advice on subject and structure. He happily completed a well-written paper. By completing his essay during the summer, applying to college was a little less stressful knowing that his paper was completed and ready to be sent off."
 
College admissions essays are a new challenge for college applicants. Students will start by reflecting on their own experiences, values and relationships - which will become the basis for a number of essays that tell the writer's unique story. Senior year is busy enough, so get a head start on this critical part of the college application process. No boring lectures here - this is a highly interactive and participatory course. Come prepared to be involved! Please CLICK HERE for more information.

Session One June 6 - 10 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. CLOSED
Session Two June 6 - 10 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.  
Session Three August 8 - 12 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.  
Session Four August 8 - 12 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.  

Posted 04/27/2016 01:54PM
Student-athletes commit to college

 

Serra's Morton Family Gymnasium was packed on Wednesday afternoon, when the families of 12 Serra seniors celebrated their sons' commitments to universities across the United States during a special signing ceremony.

"We proud to honor these student-athletes, who will be competing at the next level," said Serra Director of Athletics Dean Ayoob '92. "We congratulate them and their families as they prepare for college."

The following student-athletes signed letters of intent:

Chris Apecechea - Baseball - University of Hawaii
Ricardo Barraza - Baseball - University of Puget Sound
Hunter Bishop - Baseball - Arizona State University
 
Matthew Bruton - Crew - Santa Clara University
 
Ryan Callagy - Baseball - Chapman University
 
Nick Gennaro - Crew - University of California, San Diego
 
Jordan Kenison - Track & Field - Seattle University
 
Thomas Kish - Crew - Drexel or Northeastern
 
Ryan Lowenstein - Crew - Santa Clara University
 
Jack Munsey - Football - Eastern Washington University
 
Armon Plummer - Track & Field - Fresno Pacific University
 
Nick Von Tobel - Baseball - California State University, Chico
"Twenty two students have signed letters of intent this year," noted Serra President Lars Lund. "These students have excelled on and off the field, and we are so proud of them. We also thank their families for the sacrifices they have made. Serra High School moves the dial in a young man's heart, mind, body and soul."
 
Posted 04/26/2016 11:59AM
Serra Padres and their dads make a difference

More than 100 Serra Padres and their dads delighted a 63-year-old single mom this month, when they transformed her east Menlo Park home into a tranquil oasis. Rebuilding Together is held every year in April. Serra dads and sons spend two days hammering, sanding, painting, nailing and landscaping.


The woman whose home the Padres worked on this year suffers from a chronic disease, and she is constantly in pain. Because of that, it is difficult for her to move around and complete usual household tasks.


"It is difficult for her to do daily chores around her house," said Serra Fathers' Club President Jaime Huerta '90. "The home needed sewer repairs, exterior and interior painting, a new fence and gates, new front porch railing, new carpet, a new furnace, thermostat and smoke detectors. The landscaping needed to be cleaned up, so we trimmed a redwood tree and removed two debris boxes full of ivy. This is by far my favorite activity at Serra. It brings the Serra community together to improve the home of a low-income homeowner who is in need."

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