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Posted 05/02/2016 03:23PM
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 05/03/2016 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

Posted 04/20/2016 12:52PM
Ali Jafri and Dan Whelan recognized for Mock Trial contributions

Two outstanding Serra students have been named San Mateo County Bar Association Certificate of Excellence winners for their exemplary achievements in Mock Trial.

Sixteen San Mateo County high schools participate in the County's Mock Trial League Competition. During the San Mateo County Bar Association Law Day Luncheon on April 29, Ali Jafri and Dan Whelan will be honored with other meritorious participants.

“We are very proud of our entire team this year and want to congratulate Ali and Dan for this recognition,” said Serra Mock Trial Team Head Coach Dominic Campodonico ’86, partner at  Gordon & Rees LLP in San Francisco. “They both earned solid scores in all of our competitions and were outstanding leaders for the team throughout the season.”  

“It is truly an honor to receive this award,” said Jafri, a Serra junior. “It gives credit to all the hard work I have put into Mock Trial and all the support I have had behind me. Even more important than an award are the lessons of leadership, critical thinking, public speaking and brotherhood–all intertwined into one team that I am truly grateful to be a part of.”

Senior Dan Whelan gave credit to his coaches, Dominic Campodonico and his dad, Jim Whelan ’69. “Mock Trial has been an extremely worthwhile experience for me,” he said. “I have greatly increased my public speaking skills, critical thinking, and overall confidence. I know that what I have gained from Mock Trial will be very helpful to me in my future.”

Posted 04/19/2016 11:34AM
Mayor Joe Goethals commends Padres

Our Serra varsity basketball state champions received a commendation from San Mateo Mayor Joe Goethals last night at San Mateo City Hall.

Pictured are Jeremiah Testa, Head Coach Chuck Rapp '86,  Cole Galli, Lee Jones and Jake Killingsworth, who led the Pledge of Allegiance and carried the flags before the meeting. They were joined by Serra President Lars Lund and Principal Barry Thornton, Ed.D. Congratulations, Padres!

Posted 04/15/2016 02:27PM

Serra senior Hunter Bishop has been steadily gaining notoriety as a possible top selection in the upcoming Major League Baseball Draft.  The 6’4” outfielder was recently listed as the 44th prospect overall in ESPN’s latest ranking.  Also a standout football player and honor student, Bishop had been considering playing wide receiver for the University of Washington before committing to play baseball for Arizona State University next year. 

According to ESPN, “The younger brother of Mariners’ farmhand Braden and another commit to Arizona State University, Hunter is a high-upside athlete who has just begun to emerge as a legitimate hitting prospect.”

Bishop’s status as a prospect picked up steam last summer when he played in the prestigious Area Code Games in Long Beach and started in centerfield in the Under Armour All-America Game. The MLB Draft will be held on June 9th, 2016 in Secaucus, New Jersey and will be aired live on MLB Network. 

Posted 04/13/2016 07:58PM
Open House welcomes incoming Padres

If Serra Student Body President Andy Black could share one snippet of advice with the incoming freshmen, it would be this: get involved.

Black talked to the Class of 2020 during two action-packed evenings this week and last. More than 200 incoming freshmen and their parents attended high-energy orientation meetings.

Each night, the boys and their families were greeted by Serra juniors and seniors, who spent time with the new Padres, shared their high school experiences, and taught them the traditional Padre Whisper

"The orientation was a lot of fun," said Tommy Barrett, an eighth-grader at St. Matthew's Catholic School whose dad and uncles graduated from Serra. "I met many new friends and teachers. I was also informed about all the options we will have for extracurricular activities next year. It was a nice event that helped me to prepare for the next chapter in my life." 

After the orientations, the boys enjoyed stocking up on Serra T-shirts, sweatshirts and Serra gear. 

"The Class of 2020 brought a lot of energy and enthusiasm to our orientation," said Serra Admissions Director Randy Vogel. "They seem ready to accept the challenges ahead and to get involved at Serra in a variety of ways. It was interesting to see a large number of Serra alumni who will be sending their sons to Serra in the fall."

(PHOTOS BY PAT ZURCHER)

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