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!