Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Royal Life Savers: a Pro-Life Club

           It all started last October…carpooling home from Rosary High School, two sophomores, Claire Blachowski and Brianna Vasquez, were discussing a variety of school affairs when the topic of Pro-Life was brought up.  They realized that something like this was necessary in order to make an impact on the Rosary community. A pro-life presence and impact was missing from the Rosary atmosphere.
            Brianna remembers her thoughts at the time. “I was sitting in my room thinking about what I want to do with the next two years of my high school experience. Everyone already knew me as the girl who runs and that was great, but I did not just want to be known for my athletic abilities, I wanted to leave a huge impact on the school that would always be remembered. I prayed about it, and hoped that God would show me a sign on what to do. The next day coming home from school, Mrs. Blachowski [Claire’s mom] asked me if I would be interested in helping get a Pro Life club started at Rosary and right then and there I knew that was my sign, that was my calling.”  
            They were required to have a club moderator, and with God working on their side when he guided them to Mr. Brendan Powers, an English teacher at Rosary High School.  As someone who shared the same convictions, he gladly agreed to help lead and mentor the Life Savers club. He has guided and inspired many of their ideas for the club.
            With just weeks before the spring “Club Rush,” Claire and Brianna wrote a constitution, created a poster to present, and then hoped to get a good response from the Rosary community.  Surprisingly, they received an overwhelmingly large number of student and faculty supporters, with an initial sign-up list of over 100 girls.  The enthusiasm of the community demonstrated that the presence of the club was wanted and necessary. Positive feedback was frequent and the girls knew they had done the right thing. 
            Since the founding of the Life Savers club, it has influenced the Rosary community greatly with bake sales, monthly meetings, fundraisers, and the pleasure of having two pro-Life speakers in the past year. Since the clubs beginning many have become familiar with the subject of pro-life and have helped the Life Savers club to grow.  The Life Savers have found pro-life weekly prayers and quotes that are broadcast to the entire student body. In addition, Mr. Powers and some members of the club meet in front of a Mary grotto and say a decade of the rosary each day at lunch, for the unborn babies and pregnant mothers.
            The Life Savers has already done fundraisers including bake sales and baby bottle fundraisers, which have provided the necessary funds required to get the club off the ground and running.  The presidents are working toward partnership with Servite High School’s pro-life club to do big things.  Long-term goals include: bowling nights (Bowling for Babies), diaper drives, sponsoring a baby shower, and the annual March for Life. 
            The Life Savers club mission and purpose is to become an organization that benefits the welfare of unborn babies.  The Life Savers focus on raising awareness for the sanctity of life on the Rosary campus.  With God’s help and the support of advocates, students and benefactors, the Life Savers club will be able to blossom into an astounding Pro-Life witness and hopefully save the lives of innocent babies.
Claire Blachowski and Brianna Vasquez 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The PAL Program- Peer Assistance and Leadership

It is no secret that technology has changed the way we communicate. From sending email to chatting with friends, new technology is created daily that changes our lives. 
As young women, the pressure to fit in is evident and internet gossip has become a norm during the high school years. The Rosary PAL (Peer Assistance and Leadership) program trains students to notice warning signs in fellow students of cyber bullying. 
Websites like ask.fm perpetuate this problem. This site allows the user to ask and answer questions but anonymously. To date, there have been a total of nine teen suicides linked to the use of this site to date. The creators of the site are not taking full blame as they are placing it back on its users, which can include students close to home. 
It may be challenging to monitor all of your daughter's internet and phone activity, but it is important to have a conversation about this with her. 
Below are two articles that talk about this social networking site as well as the issue that it raises. Please take the time to read these articles with your daughter.


If you want to talk to your teenagers about this website or cyber bullying, ask if they’ve seen anything that is troubling to them. Showing them that we know about these types of things are often enough to discourage inappropriate usage. 
If you need our assistance, please feel free to contact me or direct your girls to the anonymous hotline, 714-386-9747, where they can leave a message. You can always reach me by email jlee@rosaryhs.org or by phone 714-879-7350 x110 if you have any questions or concerns. We appreciate all that you do to continue supporting them in their journey.

Standing Together,
Mrs. Julie Lee
Personal Counselor 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

RAMP Students Study at Johns Hopkins

While some students spent their summer at the beach or working a part-time job, a few Rosary students were reading medical case studies, examining cadavers, simulating breakthrough surgeries, and touring award-winning hospital trauma centers.

Students in the Rosary Athletic Medicine Program (RAMP) were chosen to attend the LeadAmerica conference at Johns Hopkins for a six-week residential experience that provided hands-on training at one of the nations top research universities.

Students from around the country were paired in cohorts to simulate group learning and interaction with others interested in the medical field.

 "I'd describe it as an eye opening adventure through leadership and medical knowledge," says Noelle Nisco '15. "If the activities in themselves weren't enough, it was remarkable experiencing everything with hundreds of peers with the same aspirations to someday become a life promoting health care professional as I have also always dreamed to become. "

"LeadAmerica gave me the opportunity to affirm my love for medicine before entering college, and I am now confident in the decisions I plan to make when I exit Rosary," remarks Nisco. 

As a freshman, Trista Ortiz was able to get an early look at day-to-day life on a college campus. "We were fortunate enough to meet and learn from many different speakers and medical professionals. They gave us an insight of what it takes to be in the medical field. Not only did we learn about medicine and health care, but more importantly they made me more aware of what it is going to take to get into the college of my dreams."

"It was the opportunity of a lifetime. I am blessed to have had this unforgettable experience," Ortiz, Class of  2016.
The LeadAmerica program provides leadership opportunities to high school students interested in exploring their future career fields. Career conferences are also offered in Business & Entrepreneurship, Digital Media & Journalism, Engineering & Robotics, Government & Politics, Law & Justice, National Security & Intelligence, and Theatre Arts.

About RAMP
Rosary Athletic Medicine Program student athletic training aides complete a year-long sports medicine course and maintain American Red Cross certification in both First-Aid and C.P.R. Students are then assigned to work with the Rosary teams throughout the year. The RAMP program is a part of the Kinesiology Department at Rosary High School.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Volunteer Spotlight: Reina Vidaurri

Reina Vidaurri 
Mom of Christina '12 and Ana Maria '15

Reina Vidaurri is a mother of four with a full time job as a social worker.  She has volunteered at Rosary events since her oldest daughter entered Rosary as a freshman.  She says, “I was encouraged to volunteer at Cracked Crab during Freshman WOW. The chairperson was a parent from our parish school, St. Bruno. I signed up that weekend and have been involved with Cracked Crab for four years. My duties have ranged from set-up prior to the event, kitchen preparation-chopping vegetables, serving food, running to Smart-n-Final to purchase food items, and selling drinks and dessert as a fundraiser for our daughter’s lacrosse team. Volunteering at Cracked Crab is fun and it is a great way to meet new people.  I have met some of my daughter’s closest friends by working at the events.  Being involved helps you get to know the staff and parents at the school.”
The annual Cracked Crab dinner will be held on November 2, 2013 and is sure to be a blast! Don't miss out on this all-you-can-eat crab feast! 
Recently Reina has enjoyed helping at the Rosary track meets. “The track meets are held mostly on Thursday afternoons and some Saturdays. My job was to assist with running the scorecards to the recorders. I have met parents from Rosary and Servite.  I volunteered at the finish line cheering my daughter and son and their friends.”
Reina has many reasons for getting involved, “I feel it is important to volunteer and become involved in my children’s school as a way of expressing my appreciation and meeting new people.  It also shows my children the importance of volunteering and shows them that I want to be actively involved in their lives. I work full-time and have four children but I have still managed to contribute.  There are definitely opportunities for those of you who work full-time."
"Every job is important. Everyone has a gift to contribute. Whether you are a chief, creative, good at sales, or a general  worker bee...our contribution is helpful to the success of each event."
Rosary thanks Reina for her support!  If you would like to volunteer your time with the Parent Council, please contact Mike & Maryanne Martinez, volunteer chairs, at mmartusc@gmail.com.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Our Journey of Faith, Our Immigrant Roots

Banners from Rosary High School could be seen from a distance as students and faculty joined with others from the Diocese of Orange, L.A. and San Bernardino in a procession from St. Angela Merici Catholic Church to Ed Royce’s office on Birch Street in Brea on Tuesday, August 27, 2013.   

Strains of “All Are Welcome” could be heard as the groups passed shops and businesses along Brea Boulevard heading toward the Birch Street Promenade.  Leading the procession was Bishop Vann and many members of religious communities.  

The procession was a call and an invitation for compassionate and just immigrant reforms. Mr. Terry Reinbold and his photography students were on hand to take pictures of the event.  Many seniors from the Campus Ministry leadership class and the senior religion classes participated after hearing presentations in class inviting them to consider the question, "who is my neighbor?” 

Judy Nguyen '95, curriculum development specialist for educational technology, has a special connection to the march. "My 74 year-old mother participated in the procession last night. She was born in a small village in Mexico and entered the country illegally as a young woman looking for better opportunities than were available in her rural native home. She actually didn’t obtain legal residency until a few years after I was born. She shared with me that the walk was a very powerful experience for her and she was very appreciative that so many people of faith walked in solidarity for immigration reform."

Photos by Terry Reinbold 

A litany of call and response called out the names of all the parishes and schools who were participating and the evening concluded with the following prayer:

Blessed are you, Lord God,
King of all creation, through your goodness, we live in this land that you have so richly blessed.
Help us always to recognize that our blessings come from you
and remind us to share them with others,
especially those who come to us today from other lands
Helps us to be generous,  and just and welcoming
as you have been to us.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.


“The stranger living with you must be treated as one of your native born.  Love them as yourself, for you were strangers in Egypt.”

Leviticus 19.34

Monday, August 26, 2013

Faculty Feature: Mr. Terry Reinbold

 Photography Teacher Recreates Iconic Anaheim Photo

Terry Reinbold, photography teacher at Rosary High School, recently helped to discover a bit of Anaheim history! This past winter he climbed aboard one of the Anaheim Fire Department's tallest ladder trucks (about 90 feet) to recreate a photo taken of Anaheim in 1913. 

"We were at the exact same spot, at the same height, and at about the same time of year to recreate this historic photo. It was actually done in several pieces that Donna (Mr. Reinbold's wife) helped me to splice together on computer. We then had our lab print the image to the same specs as the original." Donna and Terry Reinbold have owned and operated Reinbold Gallery in Anaheim for over 30 years.

Joining Donna and Terry at the photo presentation at a recent Anaheim Council meeting are (pictured left to right) council members Jordan Brandman, Gail Eastman, Mayor Tom Tait, Anaheim historian Steve Faessel, and council members Kris Murray, and Lucille Kring.

The two historic photos are on permanent display at Anaheim City Hall.

"What a great view from up there; and how cool to be involved in a bit of local history!"

About Mr. Reinbold
Mr. Terry Reinbold joined the Rosary faculty in 2007 with more than 30 years experience in professional photography as a photographer and studio manager. He teaches Intro to Photography, the Digital Darkroom, and Advanced Photographic Art. Mr. Reinbold is the school's official photographer and works to cover more than 80 events and assignments each year as well as leading a team of school parent photographers affectionately called the Parent Paparazzi.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Parent Council President Monica Gutierrez

A Welcome from Parent Council

Welcome to the 2013-2014 school year! As a part of the Rosary community, you are all a part of the Rosary Parent Council. It is our hope that you all join us in Standing Together as a strong, vibrant, and close-knit team. All of us are vital to the success of Rosary and you are invited to become active participants in Parent Council. The involvement of parents helps to develop a spirit of Catholic community and mutual support among the parents, faculty, and students.
We encourage all of you to attend our Parent Council meetings which will be posted on the school calendar on the website. At our meetings, the parents and Rosary administration will discuss upcoming events and activities, review what is happening at Rosary, and address any questions or concerns that you may have.

Many of the events we assist in planning raise much needed funds for our Rosary community. These funds support financial aid and athletics, as well as the general operating costs of the school. Our programs promote a sense of community among the parents as we work together in support to our daughters and their education.
 Standing Together we can make a difference!
With appreciation,
Monica Gutierrez
Parent Council President 2013-2014

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Good morning, would you like a cookie?

Wednesday, August 14 marked the first day of the 2013-2014 school year. 

Students and teachers alike were greeted by ASB members passing out cookies. Over 700 cookies were passed out with a message to "Have a great year!" What a wonderful treat to come back to after the summer!

Thanks to our ASB students for starting the year off right. It's a great day to be a Royal!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Faculty Feature: Dr. Blase Maffia

In our first Faculty Feature, we highlight Dr. Blase Maffia, who has been a part of the Rosary family since 2007. Dr. Maffia teaches in the science department.

As a part of the Messiah Lutheran Arts Ministry, Dr. Maffia and his family were cast in Fiddler on the Roof, a classic musical depicting a Russian family in the early 1900s. The show, which ran from August 3-10, was performed at the Joy Center theatre on the church campus.

For Dr. Maffia, this hobby is a family affair. His wife Carolyn, son Blase, and daughter Anna were all cast alongside him. "We like to be together. The theatre program gives us the opportunity to have fun as a family," says Dr. Maffia. "It's a lot of work but it's fun to see the end result." The entire cast practiced for several months with directors, stage crew, and music teachers. 

Dr. Maffia was cast as a bottle dancer. In one scene, he balances a bottle on his head while dancing in-sync with three performers. Carolyn Maffia (pictured below in black) played Yente the matchmaker, while Blase Jr. and Anna were featured in several group numbers. 

The family has performed in several other shows including Anything Goes, The Music Man, The Sound of Music, and You're a Good Man Charlie Brown.

Rosary High School staff members Mrs. Frances Chavez, Mrs. Mayo Crismon,
and Mrs. Linda Hagar came to see Dr. Maffia and his family on the big stage!
Congratulations to the Maffia family for their wonderful performance! Some Rosary faculty and staff members were even on hand to see it live! Bravo! 

About Dr. Blase Maffia 
Dr. Maffia earned his B.S. in biology with honors from Delaware State College, M.A. in biology from U.C. Santa Barbara, and his Ph.D. in biology from the University of Miami. A plant ecologist by training, Dr. Maffia examined the effects of mycorrhizas on plant population growth and dynamics. His research saw him climbing trees in the cloud forests of Costa Rica and growing flats of sunflowers and papayas in Miami, FL. A few academic highlights include: served in the U.S. Peace Corp (Belize; 1981-83); Fulbright Teaching Award (Finland, 1999-2000); and Field Reviewer for the Journal of College Science Teaching (2005- present).

Dr. Maffia has more than 35 years of science teaching experience. His love of nature and science had its roots growing up in the farmlands of the eastern shore of Maryland. Exploring the woods, watching Jacque Cousteau specials and the early Apollo space missions on TV cemented his desire to study science. Since that time, he has taught science in a variety of academic and non-academic settings to all age groups. 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Welcome back from our new principal, Mrs. Judy Luttrell.

It is my great pleasure as new principal of Rosary High School to welcome back families, students, faculty, and staff to the 2013-2014 school year. Despite a bit of down time during the summer, Rosary High School’s campus was lively with faith formation, athletic camps, youth camps, summer enrichment courses, faculty professional development, teaching demonstrations by new faculty, merchandise sales, and campus improvements. Summer, indeed!
What a pleasure it was to see young women and men on our campus practicing basketball, volleyball, and soccer skills. It was fun, too, watching budding artists from Servite High School putting the finishing touches on their landscape paintings. How impressive to see students creating blogs to demonstrate the art of writing movie reviews. Kudos to Brian Clough’s students for successfully completing his Math Academy. 

Many of our dedicated faculty members took time out of their too-short summer to build professional competencies and model life-long learning. Lisa Nollette, director of Campus Ministry, attended a faith-based workshop at Georgetown University. Judy Nguyen, Diane D’Alba, Michelle Reagan, and I attended a Flipped Classroom course offered by the Orange County Department of Education. I can barely wait to see our teachers as they begin to flip instruction! It was gratifying to meet so many of our families, students, faculty, and staff during our “Java with Judy” meet and greet event. Our wonderful parent volunteers were present at every turn this summer. We are especially grateful to Mrs. Lisa Johnson and Mrs. Leslie Engelage for their leadership and dedication during summer uniform sales.

As we begin the new school year, we bid a fond farewell to Winnie Stokes, our librarian, who is beginning a much-deserved retirement. We also begin the year welcoming new faculty: Mrs. Catherine Ball (Social Studies), Mr. Rory Bevins (English), and Mrs. Jenny Wright (long-term Social Studies substitute). 
Mrs. Luttrell and Claire Aurora '14, incoming ASB president.
Finally, please “stop and smell the roses” planted by senior Alicia Kosin and her mom, Mrs. Sandra Kosin. It is energizing and fitting that roses surround the statues of Our Blessed Mother and Mother St. John Fontbonne outside the main office. Our school’s Marian devotion combined with the legacy of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange guide us as we begin another school year. We are ever in the debt of the Sisters for sharing their charism with us throughout Rosary High School’s history. They taught us that our unity and reconciliation with each other and Our Lord will surely guarantee a blessed and successful year for each of our students, this school year and for years to come.

Standing Together,
Judy Luttrell

Incoming ASB president Claire Arora sat down with Mrs. Luttrell to talk about the upcoming school year. Watch the YouTube video here!


Monday, July 29, 2013

Volunteer Spotlight- Lisa Johnson and Leslie Engelage

You may not have met these two women but you have certainly seen their work on display at athletic events, fundraisers, and merchandise sales. Lisa Johnson (pictured above left) and Leslie Engelage (right) are the volunteers behind the Rosary bling wear that we have all grown to love!

The volunteer experience
Lisa Johnson began volunteering when her daughter Maddy '15, played on the water polo team. "During Maddy’s second year at Rosary, I designed and helped order towels for the water polo team, hosted the first annual pizza party and team sleepover, started organizing team lunches and dinners and created the aquatics bling merchandise fundraiser." These experiences helped Lisa realize the importance of being involved in her daughters' school environment.
Lisa Johnson
Mom of Colleen ’04, Kristen ’08, Madelen ’13 and Meagen ‘15
Lisa's son, who played water polo at Servite High School, had an amazing experience made even better by the gear that unified the look of the team. Lisa started with selling the aquatic’s bling and it quickly evolved into selling all Rosary merchandise with Leslie Engalage.   

"I know so many more administrators, teachers, staff, and students on a personal level now than I did when Colleen ('04) and Kristen ('08) were at Rosary. I now regret not finding more time to spend volunteering on the Rosary campus. However, time is limited for everyone and we all do the best we can given our own circumstances." 

Despite all of her hard work, Mrs. Johnson is quick to reach out and help a fellow student or parent. "While selling Rosary merchandise I love meeting the new freshman and parents and welcoming them to Rosary. Having been around Rosary for so long, I try to answer lots of their questions." 
Leslie Engelage  
Mom of Emma '12 and Erin '15
Leslie Engelage is a dedicated volunteer who has served the Rosary community in many capacities. Along with coordinating the merchandise sales, Leslie was the softball team parent for two years, served on year on the cheer banquet committee, and chaired Red Wine & Gold for two years. 

Leslie began helping through the encouragement of fellow Rosary parents. She states, "I got involved because I was a freshman parent and wanted to meet people - a friend of mine whose daughter was a senior at Rosary was volunteering in merchandise sales and I thought it would be a fun way to get involved."
Mrs. Engelage knows the importance of creating a parent community of your own. "I love meeting parents and answering the questions that they have because we all felt like freshmen when our daughters started high school." 

Volunteer your time!
Lisa and Leslie would love your help with merchandise sales. They sell during lunch on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month. Extra help will be needed on Business Day, Friday, August 9, and during Freshman WOW, Sunday, August 11.  Just  an hour of volunteer time would help to keep lines shorter with lots of smiling faces!

If a parent wants to get involved with merchandise sales they can call Rosary and speak to Linda Hagar in the main office or e-mail Linda a lhagar@rosaryhs.org.