JSerra Photography Debuts at the Laguna Beach Art Museum

Saturday, October 28 marks a great accomplishment with JSerra’s Artists In Residence program. Opening Night of the Laguna Beach Art Museum’s exhibit “The Best Kept Secret,” featured a selection of JSerra’s photography students.

Under the direction of Regina Stehney, the students had the opportunity to show their work in this retrospective art show-featuring artist from 1965 to 1971 that were also on faculty of UCI.

Hosting JSerra students in the downstairs gallery and displays student photography work from their book “Beauty Perceived” that was recently published through the JSerra Fine Arts department.

The exhibit at the Laguna Beach Art Museum is opened to the public until January 21.

Read the review in the OC Register here.

Master Marathoner Olivia Huie Takes a Break to Chat with JSerra Blog

Director of Counseling, Olivia Huie

Climbing the Great Wall of China not once but twice, JSerra’s Director of Counseling Olivia Huie sat down with JSerra Blog to offer some interesting fun facts about this anteater alumnus.

How long have you been an Academic Counselor?

I’ve been a counselor for six years and at JSerra for three years.

What is your favorite topic to cover during the year? College and purpose

Were you involved in any clubs in high school or college?

I was the associated student body treasurer, secretary and president (not at the same time). I was also the founder of our drama club, so I was the drama queen.

What do you hope to accomplish before you retire?

I’d love to travel to at least a dozen different places out of the country. I’d also like to obtain a doctorate degree at some point.

What was your first job? I worked retail at a men’s clothing store in the mall.

What was your favorite high school memory?

Hanging out with friends at the same lunch table and eating chili cheese fries from the food truck that came everyday. We didn’t have a bistro or a cafeteria for that matter.

What was your childhood dream job? I wanted to be a pediatrician.

Were you voted anything in high school? I was voted class clown and best smile.

What’s your favorite sports team?

Notre Dame football is my favorite and only because I married into the cult.

If you could live in any time period other than now, what would it be?

The 60’s because it seemed groovy.

Who or what was your inspiration that drove you to become a Counselor?

I wanted to become a counselor when I worked with underprivileged youth in downtown LA. I figured they needed a good role model and a leader to help guide them to opportunities.  I felt like I needed to be that person to be the “change I wanted to see in the world.”


Food: Yogurtland, wine and cheese

TV Show: American Idol and HGTV

Animal: turtles and owls

Sports team: Chicago Bulls and ND Irish

Color: Purple

Vacation spot: Costa Rica

Author: I love Paulo Coehlo

Who is your celebrity crush? You’ll have to ask me this in person I’m not sharing. I don’t want him to find out.

Favorite band growing up: Milli Vanilli, until they got caught lip syncing at their own concert, and I saw it on TLC.

Fun Facts and Random Acts

In grad school, I decided to pick up running and had this goal to run a marathon before the age of 30. So, I joined Team in Training, an organization that raises money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I had a special connection to blood cancer, so I thought it would be a great idea to train and give back at the same time.  I ran my first marathon in 2006 and have since completed four marathons and eight half marathons including Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago. I’m currently training to complete the Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco this fall. I not only do it for the medals, but mainly to help those in need.

I also love photography and have won two contests where my pictures have been placed on the front pages in magazines.

Lastly, in the short time I’ve been a counselor I have been promoted twice to director of counseling.

Former Toshiba VP Carol Chaffee to Lead New Business Magnet Program

JSerra announced that math teacher and former corporate senior executive Carol Chaffee will lead JSerra’s new business magnet program.

Chaffee, a former vice president of sales for nationally-renowned public companies such as Toshiba America Information Systems, said she looks forward to preparing students for the rigors of collegiate business education.

“JSerra is revolutionizing the high school experience,” said Chaffee, who will hold the title Business Magnet Program Director. “Its partnership with Mission Hospital to train the next generation of medical professionals is cutting edge. And now, our affiliation with UC Irvine’s highly ranked Paul Merage School of Business will help prepare students for business school in a way unheard of until now.”

Carol Chaffee featured in OC Metro's Movers & Shakers

Chaffee has worked as a top sales executive, an executive recruiter and as an entrepreneur. She founded “C” Enterprises, Inc., a computer parts manufacturer that she sold in 1991.

Mark Simons, President and CEO of Toshiba America Information Systems, said Chaffee’s diverse experience and knowledge make her the perfect candidate to lead the new program.

“With Carol’s teaching experience coupled with her business acumen, the program will offer students a sound business education background as well as real-world business situations,” he said. “JSerra, this new program and most of all the students will benefit from her talented leadership.”

JSerra’s President and CEO Frank Talarico agrees.

“We are blessed at JSerra to have teachers with incredible workplace accomplishments and resumes educating our students,” he said. “Carol built a company that did $5 million in annual sales, and worked with distinction alongside top executives at some of the region’s best-known companies. We are thrilled that she will develop and nurture and grow one of our marquee new programs.”

To learn more about the program or to apply click here

Also click here to see OC Metro’s Movers & Shakers featuring Carol Chaffee

OC Register Talks About New Business Magnet Program

*Currently running in the OC Register

Andy Policano, Dean of the UC Irvine Paul Merage School of Business

The Orange County Register talks about the new Business Magnet Program and partnership with The Paul Merage School of business at UC Irvine.

JSerra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano has expanded its magnet educational programs to include a business track, collaborating with the Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine to develop and implement a business-focused curriculum.

When they graduate, business magnet students, like students in JSerra’s medical magnet program withMission Hospital, will receive a special citation on their diplomas and be prepared to compete at the nation’s most prestigious business schools, said Frank Talarico, JSerra’s president and chief executive.

The school will begin interviewing student applicants early this year. Eighth-graders interested in applying should contact the admissions office, the school said.

JSerra also is developing magnet programs in law and engineering, Talarico said. read all the latest here.



JSerra’s New On-line Education Program has Arrived

JSerra Debuts First On-Line Education Program at a Catholic High School in Region
Jonathan Horowitz hired to develop and administer program

Jonathan Horowitz, Capistrano Connections Academy

JSerra announced today that it will become the first Catholic high school in Orange County to add an on-line curriculum to its growing list of cutting-edge programs.
JSerra has hired Jonathan Horowitz, Ed. D., to develop and oversee the program. Horowitz, of Capistrano Beach, has served for the past three-and-a-half years as principal of Capistrano Connections Academy, an on-line school that serves 1,600 students in five counties.
“JSerra has demonstrated incredible vision in embracing an on-line curriculum for its students,” Horowitz said. “It will enable the young school to enroll students from a broader geographic region as well as allow for more diverse coursework for students. They are the first Catholic high school in the region that I’m aware of to embrace on-line education, and they will likely be a model for others.”
Frank Talarico, JSerra’s president and CEO, said the addition of on-line curriculum adds to the school’s value proposition.
“We have a medical magnet partnership with Mission Hospital, are about to launch a business magnet program with UC Irvine and are working towards programs in law and engineering,” he said. “It’s not just our $110-million campus that sets us apart. At JSerra, you get it all – incredible facilities, some of the most accomplished teachers, innovative new programs – all in a safe and wonderful community-focused environment.”
Initially, the program will allow eighth-graders to get a jump on high school by taking summer Health courses from home and high achievers to take more courses. Horowitz said he plans to meet individually with teachers and staff members to develop and shape the curriculum. The program will allow students to be “on-line graduates,” though students will spend time on campus to preserve the culture, officials said.
“The program will be comprehensive, complementing the existing courses and extending new opportunities that run the gamut from competitive Advanced Placement classes to foreign languages to everything in between,” he said.

Juan Gutierrez makes history at JSerra with pure talent and flair

The following is from an ESPN Rise article.

JSerra (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) hadn’t won a league game when Juan Gutierrez arrived on campus in 2007. Now the team is nationally ranked and chasing a Southern California title.

There are quite a few moments from the past three years that stand out to Juan Gutierrez, but let’s start at the beginning. Let’s start with the game against the team in the yellow jerseys.

It was December of 2007, and Gutierrez was one of eight freshmen starting for a JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) team that hadn’t won a Trinity League game since the school opened in 2003.

Gutierrez doesn’t remember who the game was against, but he does remember being scared out of his mind taking the field against a squad that was clearly much bigger and more experienced. Before long, the ball came to Gutierrez, and he received a memorable welcome to high school soccer.

For the complete coverage click here

. To view a PDF of the print version of ESPN’s article, click here.