principal’s message YOU DO THE MATH – CELEBRATING 140 YEARS IN THE STOCKTON COMMUNITY Kathy Smith While much has changed since 1876, the mission of Saint Mary’s High School remains at its core the same - dedicated to the academic excellence that prepares each of our students for college and for a life that reflects Christian principles. As we celebrate this milestone, it is evident throughout our history, and almost everywhere you turn, 140 is a significant number. For example, the above mathematical equation from our Math instructor, Mr. Dwight Swanson, includes the school phone number, the calendar year, the school address, the zip code, the founding year and the year St. Mary’s moved to our present school site, all of which equals 140. We have even found our place within social media in that Twitter is allotted 140 characters. Although twitter is limited to 140 characters, there is no limit to what Saint Mary’s High School can and will do in the future. For 140 years of milestones and memories, Saint Mary’s High School has flourished on a strong foundation. We must challenge ourselves if we are going to continue to move forward. To paraphrase the words of Pope Francis: We must live in the present, and revere tradition, but we need to take the initiative and create the future. We need to see today’s opportunity fully because it is the only opportunity we are certain of having. We cannot shrink from change in a fearful way, but we need to drive change with hope and optimism. We must run to the future, not from it. Ms. Laura Wilkinson, our Math Department Chair, noticed that 140 equals the sum of the perfect squares of the first seven integers. You do the math: Saint Mary’s High School may not meet the definition of a mathematical “perfect” square, but for our first 140 years, near perfection is not so bad. The level of success we have achieved would not be possible if it were not for our dedicated faculty and staff; you, our partners in the community; our committed leadership from Bishop Stephen Blaire; our administrators and the Board of Directors. The title of this publication, <strong>Traditions</strong> says it all. The 140 th celebration is a memorable time for our school. Saint Mary’s High School is built on tradition. We look forward to the next 140 years with great excitement. 2 It’s never too young to start thinking about St. Mary’s!
welcome new faculty Katherine Esau – Fine Arts • Graduate of St. Mary’s High School, Class of 2006 • She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from California State University, Sacramento. She is currently earning a Master of Arts in Education, with an emphasis on Special Education. • Previously, she was Resource Specialist in San Jose for 2 years. • She also taught dance in a competitive after-school program. • Katherine will be teaching foods & nutrition, life skills and our dance performance class (drill). Julianne (Isoardi) Harper - Math • Graduate of St. Mary’s High School, Class of 1978. • Julianne is a former St. Mary’s teacher –math, religion and speech. She now returns to teach math. • Previously, Julianne taught and served as the Dean of Students at Carondolet High School. • She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Teaching Credential through San Francisco State University. • Julianne is mother to two of our students, Tony (’16) and Laura (’18). Melissa Milgrim - Science • Earned a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from California State University, Fullerton, and holds a Master of Arts in Kinesiology from California State University, East Bay. • She was an adjunct professor at Sacramento City College. • Melissa will be teaching biology and anatomy. • She is also the Athletic Trainer for our sports teams. • Melissa and her husband have a young daughter. Sharon Piasecki - Religion • Holds a Bachelor of Arts in Inter-American Studies from University of the Pacific and certification in Catholic Theology from John Paul the Great Catholic University. • She works with high school students in exchange student programs teaching English. • Sharon served as a Catechist in the St. Luke’s RCIA program for seven years. Judy Rajala - English • Earned Bachelor of Arts from California University in Pennsylvania and completed post-graduate work at The American University in Washington, D.C.. • She has taught in Maryland, Pennsylvania and California. • Judy has 25+ years of experience in English high school education. • She was also an adjunct professor of writing at the college level for four years. • In 2004, Judy was Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year for Lodi. Matthew Roche - Math • Earned a Bachelor of Arts in Physics from University of California, Berkeley. • He tutors math, anatomy, physiology, chemistry and physics at San Joaquin Delta College. • Matthew previously taught math in the summer school program at Bishop O’Dowd High School. • He also has choral experience which extends to the Stockton Chorale. Gianna Stephens - English • Holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of San Francisco and a Teaching Credential from Notre Dame University in Belmont. • She also studied in Florence, Italy. • She has eight years teaching experience, including four at Presentation School. • Gianna has two sons at Saint Mary’s – Jackson (’16) and Joey (’17). Alana (Ghilotti) Weisz • Graduate of St. Mary’s High School, Class of 2004. • Most of us know her by her maiden name, Alana Ghilotti, our former AP Psychology teacher. • She has returned after a one-year hiatus and has been named Academic Dean and Administrator. • Alana also returns to teach AP Psychology. • She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Teaching Credential from San Francisco State University. Father John P. Fallon, O.S.F.S., Endowment Your participation ensures our ability to carry on Father Fallon’s wish to empower students with the tools they need to become the leaders and givers of tomorrow. The income generated from this endowment will provide learning opportunities inside and outside of the classroom and support dedicated faculty who teach, mentor and inspire students. In honor of Father Fallon’s 40 plus years of service to St. Mary’s, we have set forth a long-term plan to ensure the future stability of the school by creating the Father John P. Fallon, O.S.F.S., Endowment. The goal is to grow the Endowment large enough so that annual distributions will have a meaningful impact to help keep tuition low and teachers’ salaries competitive. With sound financial managment and the continued generosity of our school community, this is achievable. Please contribute to the success of this campaign and make a difference in the lives of our students. Contact email@example.com 3