A Year-End Message from Incoming Principal Freeh

Dear Friends,

With great excitement and gratitude my wife, Helen, and I look forward to joining the JSerra family and working together with you in continuing to make our school a model of Catholic secondary education.

We had the great privilege and blessing this past week of welcoming into the world our daughter, Theresa Bernice, an event that reminded me of the unique creation that each of us is. To anyone involved in the high and noble calling of educating the young – parents, teachers, coaches and counselors – the birth of a child urges us to reflect anew on the gift and mystery of all human life and to renew our commitment to helping our sons and daughters fulfill the destiny God intends for them.

In living out our commitment to education, the essential quality for each of us is nothing less than love, for love looks attentively at the other, discerns what is most needed, and works diligently towards that end – creatively, patiently and hopefully. As we end the current academic year and look forward to the year to come, may all who teach do so with love, for only through love can we educate those entrusted to our care.

And warm congratulations to the Class of 2012 and to their proud parents. Godspeed to all the graduates: In your future paths, may you share with others the gifts of learning you have received.

Warmly,

John Freeh

Fr. Spitzer Discusses New Proofs for the Existence of God

More than 150 students and parents filled the center room for a potluck dinner and to hear Fr. Robert Spitzer discuss points from his latest book New Proofs for the Existence of God as part of JSerra’s Distinguished Speakers Series.

Fr. Spitzer is not only JSerra’s rector, but also President of the Magis Center for Faith and Reason, which produces documentaries, high school, college and adult education curricula, and new media materials to show the close connection between faith and reason in contemporary astrophysics, philosophy, and historical study of the New Testament.  Fr. Spitzer  also served as the President of Gonzaga University from 1998 to 2009.

The presentation centered on an in-depth explanation of scientific proof of the creation theory that is core to the belief in God.

Fr. Spitzer also recommended Lisa Grossman’s article titled Why Physicists Can’t Avoid a Creation Event, which can be read here.

Thank you to Fr. Spitzer for leading us in this educational and enriching discussion.

To purchase Fr. Spitzer’s book New Proofs for the Existence of God, visit  www.magis.us.

A video of the entire presentation will be available.

International Students Participate in Beach Clean Up

JSerra’s International Student Program took to the beaches of Orange County in an effort to keep the beaches environmentally clean and friendly.

To watch the video of the day click here.

Senior Awards Mass Ends With a Splash

The Senior Awards Mass is a time-honored JSerra tradition, when we gather as a community to recognize the hard work academically, athletically, as well as spiritually from each graduating class.

This year,  Andy Sulick, JSerra’s Admissions Director, opened the ceremony by honoring JSerra’s Norbertine priests for their service and dedication to the JSerra community. Each Norbertine received a plaque and personalized jacket to commemorate their time at JSerra.

Sam Miller, JSerra’s salutatorian and the first Stanford admit in JSerra history, gave his final speech to the graduating class of 2012.

With all of the excitement from the graduates, the awards mass ended with a quick splash at the JSerra pool deck.

The class of 2012 had over 30 awards and certificates given out to recognize the accomplishments of the students, to see the complete list and photos  visit JSerra Alumni on Facebook.

Please join JSerra in our Graduation celebration on Saturday, June 2 in the JSerra Pavilion.*

*Tickets are required to enter the graduation ceremony.

Trevor Charpie Commits to Tennessee

Congratulations to Trevor Charpie for his commitment to play baseball for the University of Tennessee this fall. Charpie is the first JSerra athlete to play for Southeastern Conference (SEC).

Charpie was also scouted by University of California, Irvine and Loyola Marymount University.

“I am excited for this great opportunity, and thankful to my family for their support and for my coaches for always pushing me to be the best athlete,” said Charpie.

Charpie was a key member in the Lion Nation and plans to major in Kinesiology while attending the University of Tennessee.

For more on the Lions Baseball Program, click here.

Admissions Director Offers Tips to Freshman Parents

As your student approaches high school, their future is priority and it may be hard to keep your student focused. JSerra’s Admissions Director, Andy Sulick offers some tips for your student to help them succeed early in high school.

Advice from parents…of current students

 -Find ways to get on campus this summer!

-Establish clear guidelines when it comes to lap tops and cell phone usage.

-Make time to meet with your freshman counselor, Erin Watson in the summer, she is very helpful and can show you a   four year plan.

-Get very familiar with Edline, it is an effective way for you to hold your student accountable.

– LOVE your kids through these years, that is most important and that is what they need.