Principal's Bulletin    February 25, 2013

Greetings Braves,


I hope that you are well.


This past Sunday was our annual Father-Son Mass and BBQ, organized by the Parent Association.  Thank you to all the fathers and sons who attended.   During the event, I was reflecting on how important it is that, as we become increasingly distracted - and our lives become busier,  to carve out time in our busy schedules to share with our family and friends.   This past Sunday provided a few hours for fathers and sons to connect on a more "human" level - to share a meal and talk.  The event was worthwhile, and I would like to extend my gratitude to the PA Board for their hard work and time in putting the event together. 


As we roll into March ( is almost here), it is time to begin to think about and plan for summer.  It is the policy of St. John Bosco High School that in order to graduate, all students must meet the minimum UC/CSU a - g graduation requirements (click HERE for more details).  In keeping with this policy, if your son earned a semester D or F in a core a - g subject, he will be required to make-up that semester in summer school.  Over the next few weeks your son's counselor will be advising him on which - if any - classes he must make-up.  All courses must be made up at St. John Bosco High School over the  summer unless otherwise approved by the Director of Counseling, Mr. Romero.  The reason for this is to ensure that the courses taken by your son meet the standards for UC/CSU credit, as well as meet the NCAA standards if your son intends on playing college athletics.   


This year the summer school program runs the following sessions:


Session I: June 24 - July 12

Session II: July 15 - July 31 


Each session corresponds to a semester.   We are also offering several advancement courses this summer, including Algebra I, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Biology, Chemistry, and Government.  More detailed information is forthcoming on the St. John Bosco website.  In the meantime, please have your son contact his counselor if he has any questions. 


Thank you for your continued trust in us.


In the Spirit of Don Bosco,


 Mr. Casey Yeazel



St. John Bosco High School

Upcoming Dates


Monday, February 25

        9:15 am: Margheritas Guild Meeting in Downstairs Conference Room

        1:30 pm: Braves Gala Production Meeting in 210-A

        2:30 pm: Frosh/Soph Golf vs. Woodrow Wilson HS @ Los Amigos CC

        2:45 pm: Varsity Golf vs. Mayfair HS @ TBA


Tuesday, February 26

       8:00am - 2:30 pm: College Field Trip to Cal Poly Pomona & APU

       1:00 pm: Varsity & Frosh/Soph Track and Field in Zamperini Invitational @ Torrance HS

       1:00 pm: Varsity Golf vs. La Mirada HS @ Victoria Golf Course

       2:45 -8:00pm: SAT Prep Course in Rms. 225-226

       3:00 pm: Varsity Tennis vs. Valley Christian HS @ Lakewood Tennis Center


Wednesday, February 27

       2:30 pm: Varsity Golf vs. Servite HS @ Western Hills CC

      2:30 pm: Frosh/Soph Golf vs. Poly HS @ Los Amigos CC

       2:45 pm: JV Golf vs. Poly HS @ Recreation Park Golf Course

       3:00 pm: Varsity & JV Swimming @ Lakewood HS

       3:00pm: Varsity/ JV Tennis vs. Downey HS  @ Lakewood Tennis Center

       6:00 pm - 7:00 pm: PA Parent Social Event Meeting in Downstairs Conference Room


Thursday February 28

       1:30 pm: Varsity Golf vs. Cerritos HS @ Victoria CC

       2:30 pm: Frosh/Soph Golf vs. Millikan HS @ Los Amigos CC

       2:45 - 8:00 pm: SAT Prep Course in Rms. 225-226

       3:00 pm: JV Baseball in La Mirada HS GG Tournament @ La Mirada HS

       3:00 pm: Freshman Baseball vs. La Mirada HS in La Mirada GG Tournament


Friday, March 1

       3:30 pm: JV Volleyball vs. Harvard-Westlake HS

       4:00 pm: Varsity Baseball in El Segundo Tournament vs. Banning

       4:30 pm: Varsity Volleyball vs. Harvard-Westlake HS

       7:00 pm - 9:30 pm: St. Joseph HS Powder Puff Game


Saturday, March 2

●   9:00 am: Wrestling in CIF State Championships @ Roebobank Arena in Bakersfield

       10:00 am: All Levels Track and Field in Eagle Invite @ Santa Margarita HS

       11:00 am: Varsity Baseball in El Segundo Tournament vs. Paramount HS

       11:00 JV Baseball vs. Millikan in Milliken HS GG Tournament

       11:00: Freshmen Baseball in Milliken HS GG Tournament vs. Milliken

       7:00 pm: PA Social in MPR

For more information, and to purchase a ticket, click HERE.  


Sunday, March 3

       2:36 pm: SJB Band in Winter Guard Competition @ Monrovia HS



Thursday, March 7

    • 6:00 pm: Top 25 Awards Banquet in the MPR.  
Friday April 12
    • Braves Gala
      • For more information click HERE.


For a complete list of events, please visit the calendar link HERE.

News You Can Use

New News
  •  The Top 25 Awards Banquet, honoring the top 25 students in 10th, 11th, and 12th grades, will be held Thursday, March 7 at 6:00 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room. 9th graders who achieved a 4.0 AGPA or higher will be honored at a luncheon on March 6th. Congratulations to the young men on their outstanding achievements.  Click HERE for a list of names and for more information. 


Previously Listed News

  • Attention Future Science, Engineering, Marketing, and Business Majors!!!
    • The Robotics Club is in need of students interested in pursuing science/engineering majors to help build, program, and design among many other engaging tasks. We are also looking for students interested in pursuing business/marketing majors to help fundraise, advertise, and create a website among many other engaging tasks. Involvement in the club has multiple scholarship implications through FIRST Robotics; there are over $16 million worth of scholarships available from colleges/universities all over the U.S. and multiple corporations. Participation also looks great on your high school transcript! We meet Tuesdays and Wednesdays after school; along with Saturday Mornings. The team will be competing in March so come join the fun now! See Mr. Hunt in Room 324 or contact him at for details.
  • Parent Association Upcoming Events - mark your calendar for the following events more details soon):
    • March 2nd: Parent Association Social
  • The Braves Gala Committee is looking for help with our largest single fundraiser of the year on April 12, 2013. Contact the Development Department, ext. 235, for more details, or click HERE for details
  • The World Language Department would like to invite your son to join the European Trip 2013 as we travel through Italy, France & Spain. For more information, have your son see Ms. Rayas in Room 205 or call at 562-920-1734, ext .584 or


Counseling Department

  • US Naval Academy Admissions Session: Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. at the L.A. Convention Center.  You must register online at
  • Juniors: Have you registered for your spring SAT or ACT exam?  If not, or to register by their deadlines
  • Scholarships: Please see Mrs. Rojes in the Counseling Office for opportunities and check our Counseling Webpage (the Scholarships link in the College Prep Information section) for websites and resources as well as your National Scholarship search in your Naviance Family connection account. Deadlines occur monthly so please submit your applications early.
  • Seniors:Once you have completed your college applications, please begin preparing for submitting your Financial Aid application, the FAFSA, from January 1 to March 2, 2013.
  • Sophomores and Juniors: Are you "adept" at being "tenacious" and "diligent" in preparing for the SAT? If you don't know what these words mean, then see Mr. Romero or Mr. Totah for a list of Commonly Used Words on the SAT.



Worth Noting
  • Last Saturday (Feb. 16) The St. John Bosco Rugby Team made history by winning the Championship of the High School Silver Division... in their first year of play!  Congratulations to the players and coaches for your hard work and dedication.
  • Varsity Basketball won a hard fought victory on Friday night over Ocean View  to propel the Braves into the CIF-SS Div 3A Final!  Click HERE for more details. The day and time of the game will be released on Monday.  We are proud of our team and look forward to cheering them on to a CIF Championship.  Good luck Braves!
  •  The Bosco Drumline took first place in the Scholastic B Division at the Valencia Drumline Competition this past weekend.  Congratulations to Mr. Rivas, his staff, and our students participating.  
  • Wrestlers Julian Gendreau, Zahid Valencia, Joseph Dominguez, Aaron Pico, Anthony Valencia, and Robert Flores all qualified for the CIF State Wrestling tournament. Overall Bosco was the 2013 Masters Runner-Up.  Aaron Pico was named the lower weight MVP.  Congratulations and good luck in the State Tournament.  Click HERE for more details.



Photos of the Week
Father -Son Mass and Breakfast  (2/24)

AP Biology field trip to the LA County Sheriff's Department Crime Lab
The Championship Bosco Rugby Team

Lenten Reflection


God's Invitation

Lent is a season of being invited by God in a deeply personal way. "Come back to me, with all of your heart," our Lord beckons. "We will," we respond, but we aren't quite ready yet, our hearts are not prepared. We want to squirm, evade, avoid. Our souls not yet perfect. We are not ready for God to love us.


Yes, of course we want to have a deeper relationship with God, we tell ourselves earnestly. And we will....Soon. God calls to us again: Come back to me, with all of your heart.


Ok, ok, I really will. Just a few more things to do at work. Let me spend a little more time in prayer first. Let me get to Reconciliation. Let me clean my oven, tidy my closets. Sell my yoke of oxen. Check a field I have purchased....


Come back to me, with all of your heart.


It is an extraordinary invitation to each one of us. To me in a personal, individual way. God invites me to drop the defenses that I hold up between myself and God. All God wants is for me to realize that my standards, my way of judging and loving are so very different from God's way, and so much smaller. God offers an entire Lent season, an entire lifetime, of loving me unconditionally, no matter what I have done or how much I think I have hidden from God.


From the first day of Lent, the Ash Wednesday readings make God's call to us clear: "Return to me with your whole heart."

"A clean heart create for me, O God," Psalm 51 offers. "Give me back the joy of your salvation." That is exactly what our loving God wants to give us, the joy of salvation.


In North America, Lent falls in winter and these days are cold and dark, perfect for hiding ourselves indoors, perfect for hiding from God - or so we imagine. But our God is insistent, loving, gently prodding. God is the parent of the Prodigal Child, waiting faithfully, eagerly on the road for our return, night after night. There are no folded arms and stern judging stares, only the straining eyes of a parent eager for our return, longing to embrace us and rejoice in us.


Yet we spend so much time trying to think of how

 to return and what to say, how to begin the conversation. It's only when we finally appear after so much time away, embarrassed and confused, that we understand we don't have to say
anything. We only have to show up.Return of the Prodigal Son, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, National Gallery, Washington, DC


Look up there on the road ahead of us: our loving God is jumping up and down for joy. The invitation to us has been heard. We have returned home!


But, wait... What stops us from this great reunion? What keeps us from accepting this invitation to something deeper in our lives with God? We feel in our hearts that there are things we should say first: "wait...but...if only" and finally, "If God really knew about me..."


It doesn't matter. None of it matters. Only the joy that we have turned to God and that like a loving father or mother, God is smothering us with embraces and joyful cries. We have returned!


Come back to me, with all of your heart.


Our acceptance of this call, this appeal to our hearts is simple if we can only get beyond the fear. All we have to do is say to our Lord, "I'm here. Where do I start? Yes, I want to be with you." Our hearts have been opened and we have taken the first step toward the rejoicing parent on the road. No explanations are necessary, only to pause and picture in our hearts the joyfully loving and unblinking gaze of God that falls on us.


What's the next step on our journey home? We could take the earliest moments of our day, before we have gotten out of bed to thank God for such a loving invitation and ask for help in opening our hearts to it. We could read about beginning our Lenten patterns. We could remember throughout the day the invitation that has moved our hearts:Come back to me, with all of your heart. And we can rejoice along with God.


That is the invitation of each day of Lent. Today is the day to accept it.