Surviving the Second Half of Senior Year (Senioritis)

Seniors! Your time here at JSerra is coming to an end as you are in the last semester of your senior year. We understand there are so many emotions involved with this part of your life. You are about to graduate high school, you are finishing up with your last high school courses, and your family is so proud and excited for your next adventure.

With being a senior one often comes down with Senioritis! This is the academic sickness making those infected less motivated and stricken with an inability to focus on their semester tasks as it is coming to an end.

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Here are some tips to combat avoid this plague and defeat if you happen to be struck with Senioritis:

Keep Up the Hard Work
Although you may have received a college acceptance letter, this doesn’t mean it is now the time to start falling behind in your classes. At the end of the year, you still have to submit your transcripts to the school you decide to attend in the fall. If your grades slip too much, colleges may revoke your admissions offer. Even with too many unexcused absences, this could lead to you failing a course. Keep up the hard work and strive for the academic excellence that makes the Lion Nation proud! And, don’t forget to complete all of the necessary requirements for graduation, like those service hours!

Apply for Scholarships
Since it is second semester of senior year, some of your classes may not have a lot of new material left. If you find yourself having more time on your hands instead of homework, use this time to apply for scholarships. Many scholarships are academic based and require an essay of some sort. This will keep you motivated in the classroom as well as you will be able to hone your writing abilities – a much needed skill in college and beyond.

Savor the Here & Now
Take it all in. After all, this will be the last time you will do many familiar things. This is the last time it will be so easy to hang out with your friends at your spot for lunch because once you all go off to colleges across the country, you will only have breaks to spend time with each other. Take the time to let your teammates know you appreciate them. This is the last year you will be on the team. Talk to your favorite teacher and thank them for everything they have done for you in your high school career. Make a list of a few of things you and your friends said you always wanted to do or try at JSerra. Then make it a goal of doing one each week! Make sure you are there enjoying every last minute of being the Big Dogs on Campus before embarking on your new adventure.

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With these three tips you can combat Senioritis! You all have worked so hard during your years here at JSerra. Keep up the hard work lions! The end is insight!

Lion Pride!

Planning Ahead: Unconventional College Majors

As we prepare to say goodbye to our graduating senior class, we want to remind our students that college is an experience meant for them to grow, learn, and find a career path that means something. There are traditional majors available at every school such as Business, Communications, Psychology, Pre-med and more, but there are also many other exciting options out there for students wanting to try something different.

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Do you dream of working with the stars? At USC, you can major in various facets of Theatre, numerous types of Performance, Dance, Animation & Digital Arts, and even Writing for Screen & Television!

If owning a bakery has been a life-long dream, then the Bakery Science & Management major at Kansas State University should be considered. The major trains students for research, administrative, production, or executive positions within the industry, or students can choose to study quality control and research and development.

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For the students who love binge watching their favorite shows on Netflix or obsessing over celebrities, the Pop Culture major at Bowling Green State University is a perfect match. This major prepares students for careers in journalism, mass media, public relations, and advertising.

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Do you work well with people and want to help them? You can help athletes by becoming an Athletic Training or PGA Golf Management major at UNLV! If you aren’t interested in sports, there are also majors in Restaurant Management and Meetings and Events to help you understanding of the significance of the hospitality industry.

There are also majors in Costume Technology at DePaul University, Floral Management at Mississippi State University, and Adventure Education at Green Mountain College. There is always an option to major in Business or Communications, but minor in Dance, Gender Studies, and more. The possibilities are endless with the help of your trusty counselors, so be sure to visit them early to plan out classes and get advice on majors and minors!

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College is a time to continue your education and prepare yourself for your future. Every major requires the same general educations classes of Math, Science, English, and History; all courses that will help you in the future. It is important to remember to find your passions while you’re there, too! No matter the major or minor, your JSerra family will always be rooting for your success!

Lion Pride!

Social Media Savvy: Parents’ Guide to Facebook

Parents, if you don’t already know what Facebook can do, you’re about to find out! Facebook is one of the most used Social Media platforms for both parents and children, and that’s because it’s a great way to connect with friends, family, and colleagues.

 

Now-famous Mark Zuckerburg and his fellow Harvard University colleagues launched Facebook in 2004. It was originally created as a limited membership for Harvard students, but has since allowed anyone who is at least 13 years old, depending on local laws, to become a user starting in 2006. Users can add “Friends” and separate them into subgroups such as “Close Friends” and “People from School/Work”. As of June 2014, Facebook has over 1.3 billion active users.

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It’s likely you or your student has a Facebook account, so here are a few basic rules for protecting your children online.

Be Aware of Who They’re Adding
If recent additions to their friends list look questionable, ask how they know this person. If they met anywhere outside of school, work, family, or extracurricular activities, they probably haven’t met in person. Warn them the dangers of adding strangers and be sure they delete them immediately.

Encourage Them Not to Post Anything They Wouldn’t Want to Explain to Grandma
If it’s not something they are comfortable talking about in person, there’s no reason for it be on Social Media. Make sure your student understands that everything on the Internet lives forever, so it’s important to keep inappropriate content off of Facebook.

Privacy Isn’t Protection
Of course it’s important to be sure their accounts are private, but explain that it doesn’t mean their content is safe. Anything that is liked by their friends can be seen on the newsfeed of others. While their future may seem far away, college admission teams and future job professionals would likely be able to find content with a quick Google search. Tell them to keep away from posting suggestive content, specific locations like home and work, phone numbers, and email addresses.

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These habits should be carried over onto other Social Media sites as well! It’s important to always appear professional, no matter where you are in your career.

Don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow our other accounts to stay up to date with JSerra news, tips for students and parents, and more!

Lion Pride!

Social Media Savvy: New JSerra Blog Series

At JSerra Catholic High School, we know it is important to be knowledgeable in all aspects of life, especially new technology. For this reason, you can find JSerra on Social Media! We are on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and even have our own blog in aspirations of letting our communities know what is going on in the world of JSerra.

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A key aspect to focus on is how we, as a learning institution, not only can educate our students on scholastic matters, but also in Social Media. It is now, and will continue to be a social world. Bottom line, social media is here to stay. Students need Social Media role models, and we can show them appropriate ways to communicate. Just as what you verbally say represents who you are, what you type and share on Social Media does the same.

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Showcasing good Social Media skills is preparing our children for the future. The world’s largest professional network is LinkedIn, a social media site with over 200 million members! 90% of employers surveyed said they planned on using social media to recruit and hire new employees. It is the way of the future, and if we can inform our students the appropriate ways to use it, we can help guide them in their future.

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There are certain precautions we take in protecting our students, such as not using their personal handles in Tweets or sharing instructor or coaches personal accounts. We will be utilizing our blog to share posts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and other new Social Media platforms. Be sure to follow along for insights to the platforms, best practices, how to monitor, and more.

Lion Pride!

History of Ash Wednesday & Easter Preparations

Coming up on Wednesday, February 18th we will be having an Ash Wednesday Mass. As Easter is quickly approaching, it seemed fitting to remind everyone about the history of Ash Wednesday in preparation for Easter.

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Before Ash Wednesday begins, there is a celebration of Fat Tuesday. Here at JSerra, these festivities will be on Feb. 17th. This is a time that marks the day of feasting before the fasting season of Lent begins.

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Ash Wednesday is the name given to the first day of the season of Lent and starts the beginning of the 40-day fasting period and abstinence. It is there that a priest applies ashes to the foreheads of individuals to indicate an inner repentance. Those who participate are invited to the alter to receive the imposition of remnants before receiving the Holy Supper. The Lenten period lasts for approximately six weeks. It begins on Ash Wednesday and continues until Holy Saturday, which is the Saturday before Easter.

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Although Easter may be associated with the Easter Bunny, the true meaning behind the Easter celebration has much more meaning. This is the day that Jesus rose from the dead. We are all actually celebrating His death for our sins and His resurrection. Many people often call Easter, Resurrection Sunday, because that is exactly what it is.

What will you give up for Lent this season?

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How To Find The Right University For You

The college application process is difficult; however, sometimes the decision process can be even harder. Yes, it is nice to have received an acceptance letter(s) to the school(s) of your choice, but now it is time to make the decision to where you will spend the next 4 years of your college career. We also understand that this choice can put a lot of pressure on you. If you’re having a tough time deciding where to attend in the fall, here are a few tips to choosing the right university for you!

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Think About What Is Important To You
This is a huge, important decision. It is smart to take a step back and breath for a minute. Ask yourself, why you initially choose to apply to these schools. What was important to you when you applied to them back then? Was it a program? A club? Close to home? These are all factors that will have an effect on your final decision.

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Visit The School
Many, if not most, colleges and universities offer campus tours. In fact, many campuses have special days dedicated to those students who have interest in attending their university. You may find yourself feeling out of place or not at home when you visit certain schools, but if you visit the school and it feels like home for you, it will narrow down your choices. The school you choose will be your home away form home for these next few years.

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Consider Curriculum and Your Future Career
College is a place to prepare you for your future. Look at the curriculum. Do the schools offer any classes you are yearning to take? Do they seem challenging and like a good learning experience for you? Do your research because it will help you determine which campuses will provide you with the classes to help pursue your career dreams.

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Think About Student Resources
Student resources will play a colossal role in your college successes. Do they have a career center? A library? A student union? Many college career centers have resume building workshops, provide lists of internship opportunities, and perform mock interviews to help prepare you for future interviews. A library is important because you will spend many hours studying there, this also goes for the student union. These often have study rooms, food restaurants, and places to relax while on campus.

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Deadlines for decisions are quickly approaching! Do the research now and go on campus tours. Now is the time to ask all the questions you have. Use the time you have left to research the different aspects of a college atmosphere that are truly the most important to you. Good luck!

Lion Pride!

Become a Lion – How to Apply!

Do you want to be a part of the Lion family but have no idea where the application process begins? Below you can find a step-by-step list on how to apply to JSerra Catholic High School. As an applicant, you have two different options to complete the application process.

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The first and most convenient method of Application for Admissions would be to apply online.

  1. Click here to complete and electronically submit the Application for Admissions form and Records Release form. You will also be able to pay the $65.00 application fee online.
  2. Incoming Freshman Only – Download the English Recommendation & Math Recommendation forms, and print the prospective student’s information at the top of each form. Submit the forms to the appropriate teachers, and be sure to include a self-addressed stamp envelope for each teacher to mail upon completion. Please mail to:

JSerra Catholic High School

Attn: Karen Testa

26351 Junipero Serra Road

San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

  1. Incoming Freshman Only – All 9th grade applicants are required to take the entrance examination. Plan for the entrance examination, which will take place on January 31, 2015 and February 7, 2015 from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. An Application for Admission must be on file in the Admissions Office prior to taking the entrance exam. There is no need to RSVP. The Entrance Examination administered is the High School Placement Test (HSPT), produced by Scholastic Testing Service. The exam measures: verbal and quantitative skills, reading comprehension, vocabulary. For more information on the Entrance Examination, please click here.

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The second method of completing the Application for Admissions would be to apply by mail.

  1. Download, print, and complete theApplication for Admission 2014-2015 or Application for Admission 2015-2016.
  2. Download, print, and complete theRecords Release 
  3. Mail the appropriate Application for Admission and Records Release forms with a check made payable to JSerra Catholic High school for $65.00:

JSerra Catholic High School

Attn: Karen Testa

26351 Junipero Serra Road

San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

  1. Incoming Freshmen Only– Download the English Recommendation and Math Recommendation forms, and print the prospective student’s information at the top of each form. Submit the forms to the appropriate teachers, and be sure to include a self-addressed stamped envelope for teachers to mail upon completion.  Please mail to:

JSerra Catholic High School

Attn: Karen Testa

26351 Junipero Serra Road

San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

  1. Incoming Freshmen Only All 9th grade applicants are required to take the entrance examination. Plan for the entrance examination which will take place on January 28, 2015 and February 7, 2015 from 7:30 a.m. to 11L30 a.m. An Application for Admission must be on file in the Admissions Office prior to taking the entrance exam. There is no need to RSVP. The Entrance Examination administered is the High School Placement Test (HSPT), produced by Scholastic Testing Service. The exam measures: verbal and quantitative skills, reading comprehension, vocabulary. For more information on the Entrance Examination, please click here.

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Here are some important dates for applicants:

  • Application for Admissions Deadline – Jan. 28
  • Entrance Exam #1 – High School Placement Test (HSPT) – Jan. 31 @ 7:30 – 11:30AM
  • Entrance Exam #2 – High School Placement Test (HSPT) – Feb. 07 @ 7:30 – 11:30AM
  • Incoming Student Information Night – April 16 @ 6:30 – 8:30PM

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We understand that the application process can be overwhelming. Please feel free to reach out for assistance at any point during this process by contacting a member of the Admissions Team.

Lion Pride!