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!

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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.

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Senior Class Parking Spots

We have many traditions at JSerra, one being our seniors having their annual paint day at the school parking lot! Senior students have the chance to get creative and crafty for this classic tradition at JSerra.

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Each senior is assigned their own parking spot and has the opportunity to paint it however they’d like. This is a special opportunity for the graduating seniors to make their mark at JSerra. It is a tradition at JSerra that has been a huge success!

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We love seeing all of the unique and fun designs that students come up with! Senior Paint Day is a fun event that brings all of the students together to make senior year one to remember!

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Each spot is unique, just like each Senior! What would you paint on your parking spot?

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Getting Back Into the Grove of School After Christmas break

The Christmas break has sadly come to an end, but after a lovely break from the books how can you possibly get back into the school groove? After all of the moaning, groaning, and eye rolling students are forced to come to terms with the fact that they will once again have to wake up before 11:00AM. It may seem like a daunting task, but rest assured, it can be done!

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Make it easier on yourself and make the transition back to school as easy as possible. Before break officially ends, let the transition begin. Go to bed at a decent hour the last few days of break, that way your body does not go into shock when that 6AM wake-up call goes off on Monday morning.

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Collect and organize your school supplies back together, that way you are ready to go. Try to establish a time schedule to plan homework and upcoming projects that you will be faced with, that way you are ahead of the game and know what to expect.

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Review the basics of what you have been covering in your classes so that you are prepared and up to speed as the semester continues. Remember to get excited! Sure break may be over, but you get to hangout with all of the friends that you haven’t seen since last year!

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Good luck lions and welcome back to school!

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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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HOMECOMING UNDER THE BIG TOP

Come one, come all to the JSerra Catholic High School Homecoming Circus! Join us under the big top for a week full of activities!

JSerra CHS Blog_Under The Big TopWe are so excited for the many events homecoming week brings! Theme days all week, a Homecoming rally with surf legend Rob Machado, and Memory Lane tailgate all lead up to the big game against St. Paul and everyone’s favorite fall dance on Saturday! This week will sure be one to remember!

JSerra CHS Blog_Under The Big TopOn Tuesday, get ready to show your spirit with a ringmaster and animals theme. Get ready for Midway and Carnies after Mass on Wednesday. Thursday will be fun to see all the mimes and clowns. Don’t forget to sport red and white on Friday at the big game!

JSerra CHS Blog_Under The Big TopLions are a ringmaster’s favorite, and our Lions are a sure favor to win on Friday. We cannot wait for the fun to begin and are thrilled to showcase our school spirit with a circus twist!

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