Time Management Skills and Tricks

Procrastination can get the best of all of us. But avoiding homework, studying or projects never ends well. High school students have extremely busy schedules and it is important to stay on task and take control of your time management. Here are a few time management tricks to help you develop good skills for your whole life.

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Create To-Do Lists
Making a to-do list can help you stay on track. Be sure to put the most important tasks at the top of the list and check them off as you go. Motivate yourself with rewards in between each task to keep you motivated.

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Know When To Say No
If you know you have a big test or project coming up don’t make plans with friends the night before. Instead, reschedule to do something on another night when you have more time.

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Find Your Productive Time
Pay attention to the time of the day that you are most efficient. Are you a morning or a night person? Once you’ve figured it out, plan your schedules accordingly and make time to get work done when you know you will succeed.

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Get Enough Sleep
Make sure to get enough sleep each night, especially when finals come up. A good night of sleep will help you from getting sidetracked during work time.

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Remember Lions, have fun, stay focused and get the job done!

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Christian Service & Activities in the OC

Did you know that at JSerra Catholic High School there is a Christian Service requirement? The Christian Service Program is an essential part of the JSerra experience. This aspect of a JSerra education is integral to the religious and spiritual formation of our students. The service experience will be fulfilled through projects done with the approval of the Head of Faith Formation. The service program is a requirement for graduation and consists of a minimum of 20 hours per year to be completed during the school year or during the summer. To help you out, here are a few examples of organizations you can work with.

 

Feeding America
Feeding America’s mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger. You can volunteer at a local food bank or even host your own canned food drive! For more information, click here!

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(Photo Credit: Feeding America)

RAD Camp
Serving adults and children with developmental disabilities, RAD Camp ensures that every participant is treated with respect, while encouraging independence, growth, and FUN! Most importantly, at RAD Camp we focus on each camper’s ability – not disability – and are dedicated to making sure each participant has a great time in a safe and caring environment. RAD Camp provides two summer camps each year. RAD Camp, held the first week of July, serves adults 18 years of age and older. RAD JR. is held the second week in August and serves children, 4 to 17 years of age. Ran by two Orange County Catholic High School alumnae, it is a wonderful opportunity to serve the Lord and give back to others. For more information on volunteer opportunities with RAD, click here!

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(Photo Credit: RAD Camp)

Host a Beach Clean Up
If you like being outside, then volunteering at a beach cleanup may be the thing for you! There are many organizations that perform beach cleanups! We were so excited to have the Rob Machado Foundation visit our school during homecoming week in the fall to help our students understand their contribution toward a healthy Earth. There are always opportunities for beach clean-ups and habitat restoration with their support! The HB Surfrider Foundation also has a list of several options for you to participate in different cleanup opportunities!

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(Photo Credit: Surfrider

These are just three of the many volunteer opportunities that are around you! The school provides a list of approved organizations with which the students are able to work. Students are welcome to suggest other organizations not listed on the school’s approved list, but such opportunities must be approved by the Head of Faith Formation in order for the hours to count towards the student’s requirement. Each student will be asked to include a reflection with the submission of their hours, which will discuss their successes, frustrations, and the values learned during their time of service.

 

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JSerra Winter Signing Day 2015

Every year, we see students reach their potential and show the world who they are as individuals. Our Lions are first and foremost students, but they are also outstanding in other aspects of their lives! We are proud of the following students who signed their letters of intent to the universities of their dreams in February 2015!

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Boys Soccer:

Ether Bustos – California State University at Fullerton

Ivan Canales – University of California at Irvine

Julian Font – University of California at Irvine

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Football:

Aaron Matthews – Lindenwood University

Brody Barrett – Appalachian State University

D.J. Bailey – Harvard

Nick Robinson – University of Georgia

Sam Philippi – University of Pennsylvania

Tucker Squires – University of Chicago

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Girls Soccer:

Brooke Kunzelman – Air Force

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Girls Volleyball:

Kayla DeMari – Hawai’i Pacific University

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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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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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