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Posted 05/17/2016 09:51AM
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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 07:06PM
Open to alumni, current parents, alumni parents, faculty/staff and friends of Serra!

 Monday, June 20, 2016
Peninsula Golf & Country Club 

 Click here to reserve your spot TODAY!

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 05/18/2016 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 05/03/2016 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."

Posted 04/26/2016 11:33AM
Proceeds support The Memory Project
Serra art students made a significant difference once again by participating in the Memory Project. In December, they sent spectacular portraits to children in Madagascar. 

The Serra Art Show will be held at 7 p.m. on April 28. Come and support the Padres and view beautiful masks, paintings, drawings and ceramics. Artwork will be for sale, and it will help to fund next year's Memory Project. 
CLICK HERE for to watch an inspirational Memory Project video.
Posted 04/20/2016 04:14PM

It was a magical moment on the field on Tuesday afternoon, when the Bellarmine Bells and the Serra Padres lined up on the field to honor Sofia Rodriguez, the 3-year-old daughter of Bellarmine Head Baseball Coach Mike Rodriguez.

Sofia was diagnosed with leukemia on November 10, less than two months after the birth of her younger brother, Michael.

“Sofia is extremely playful,” Mike Rodriguez said. “She has an amazing spirit. Pediatric cancers need more support; they only get 4 percent of funding.”

Serra Head Baseball Coach Craig Gianinno wants Rodriguez and his wife, Gina, to know that they have a lot of community support and prayers from the Padres.

“Looking at Sofia’s page is hopefully an avenue for people to increase awareness of pediatric cancers,” Gianinno said. “It becomes a reality when more people are aware of the cause or can relate to someone battling the disease.”

Sofia’s target completion date for her treatment is March of 2018. On Tuesday, the Padres presented Rodriguez with a colorful gift bag for Sofia, as well as a sign that read “Sofia strong.” A “Sofia strong” donation box circulated in the stands, which raised several hundred dollars.

Serra Head Soccer Coach Jeff Panos, his wife, Polly, and twins, Ellie and Timmy, attended the ceremony to show their support. Ellie was diagnosed with the exact same cancer and was treated at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, just like Sofia. Ellie, now 6 and in remission, threw out the first pitch.

"Within the pediatric cancer world, those of us who have been through a life-changing diagnosis with our own children - who have barely learned to walk and talk let alone fight a deadly disease - feel very connected to any new parents who join our ranks. You want nothing more than to start walking this path beside them. Hearing about Sofia Rodriguez and knowing Mike was a fellow educator and coach within our greater WCAL family, it immediately took me back four years ago when my wife, Polly, and I were surrounded for months by prayers of support and helping hands from friends, colleagues and parents who hav been through this whom we didn't even know until they reached out to say hello. With Ellie now being off treatment and, by the grace of God, cancer free for the past 2.5 years, it's our turn to pay it forward with infinite hope and support for Sofia.

“Moments like this bring true perspective and remind us that it’s bigger than a game,” Gianinno added. “We had an opportunity today to do something for a family that’s going through a challenging time. At the end of the day, the WCAL is a big family and we will all continue to support Mike and his family.”

For more information about Sofia Rodriguez or to contribute to her fund, visit posthope.org/team-sofia

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