Christmas Break Reflection: What are you most grateful for?

“It is not happy people who are grateful. It is grateful people who are happy.” Christmas break is here! From loving friends and family to a wonderful education to amazing extracurricular opportunities, Christmas is the perfect time to take a moment to reflect on the breathtaking life moments we are given and spend time with your loved ones.

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As you’re on Christmas break, take the time away from school to relax and enjoy the time you have to spend with your family and friends. It is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of day to day life. As students, you have so many things going on that it’s easy to forget about the people and things that you have been blessed with. As parents, there are countless details of life to focus on, whether it’s work-life, home-life, or your students’ lives. Be sure to take a moment to tell loved ones how grateful you are to have them in your life!

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It is important to remember the reason for the day. Take advantage of a break away from your hectic schedule to think of all of the things you have to be grateful for.

What are you grateful for Lions?

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College Applications 101

Winter is here! That can only mean one thing for our juniors and seniors, college applications. Now is the time to start working on those essays, applying to the schools of your dreams, and signing up for financial aid. College applications can be stressful and overwhelming, but follow this easy guide and you will be set for success!

Start early and get organized!
You might think you have plenty of time, but those due dates will sneak up on you quicker than you think! Start early, make a plan and stick to it!

Tip: Create a calendar with the schools and their deadlines so you give yourself plenty of time to work ahead.

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Remember, you are more than your test scores!

Colleges are looking to see which students have earned strong grades and high test scores, but they are also trying to learn about your character by seeing what you have done outside of the classroom. Be sure to let your personality shine and take advantage of the application essay to show more of who you really are.

Tip: Create a list of your strongest attributes, your passions and pastimes. Make sure they are included in the essay.

Stay in charge and stay focused.
This is YOUR future! You are in control of how much effort and time you want to put into these applications. Yes, the process is overwhelming, but if you take charge and stay focused you can make it happen.

Tip: Set aside time each day or each week to work down your list. Make it routine!

Shoot for the stars
Don’t skip out on applying for your dream schools because you think you won’t get in. Apply! You may have a better chance than you think. Worst-case scenario, you don’t get in, but at least you know you tried!

Tip: When researching schools, categorize them into an A, B and C list. Put your favorites in the A list and work down your list from there.

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You’re not in this alone.
If you are confused about anything remember you have teachers, counselors and staff at JSerra that are here to help. Applying can be confusing and stressful so, if you are ever unsure about something with your application, just ask!

Tip: Make an appointment with your counselor today to get on the right track and to take advantage of all the services that are available from application workshops to scholarships and financial aid support

YOU GOT THIS!

JSerra Signing Day 2014

We are always proud of our Lions. Every year, we see students reach their potential and show the world who they are as individuals. They are first and foremost students, but our Lions are also stellar in other aspects of their lives! We are so proud of the following students who signed their letters of intent to the universities of their dreams!

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Girls Basketball:

Megan House – Pepperdine

Coco Miller – University of California at Santa Barbara

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Baseball:

Jake Pries – University of California at Los Angeles

Quentin Longrie – University of Southern California

Sam Cohen – University of California at Santa Barbara

Kyle Stewart – NAVY

Christian Molfetta – Stanford

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Swimming:

Karli Thuen – University of Arizona

Kaitlyn Albertoli – Stanford

Brittany Kahn – Duke

Sonia Wang – Harvard

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Boys Lacrosse:

Nick Georgagi – Colorado Mesa

Logan Olmsted – Colorado Mesa

Kennedy Solomon – UMBC

Yuta Murata – Colby College

James Yanes – Hofstra University

Jake Schleppy – High Point University

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Girls Golf:

Halie Lasken – Siena College

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Congratulations! Always remember that everyone at JSerra will be rooting you on in your future endeavors. We know you will make us proud!

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Lion Pride!