August 31, 2016
Junipero Serra High School Newsletter
Junipero Serra High School believes that students of all faiths and backgrounds deserve an academically challenging, spiritually enriching Catholic college preparatory education that forms them to become generous, responsible citizens and leaders

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Upcoming Events
Power 106 Basketball
Thur. 9/1 @ 7p
Fri. 9/30 @ 7p
Alumni Mixer
Sat. 10/1 
Sat. 10/8 @ 10:30a
Sat. 10/15 @ 5:30p
Cavalier Coaches Night
Sat. 10/29 @ 5:00p
Honor Bowl
Reminder: The Honor Bowl is this Saturday

Your Serra Cavaliers are taking on the St. Joseph Regional Green Knights of New Jersey this Sat., Sept, 3rd at 12:00 pm at Mission Viejo High School.

Your ticket gives you access to all three games on Saturday, so feel free to stay and watch both games after Serra plays.

For more information, click the picture above to be directed to The Honor Group website.
Alumni Survey
Win Your Alumni Legacy Tile!

If you haven't done so already, please take a moment to complete the attached survey. Dr. John Cragin '70 is working with the Development Office to bolster our foundation and corporate giving. This survey will help in those efforts. 

And remember, one respondent from the classes 2000-2015 will be chosen at random after Labor Day weekend to have his/her name placed on the Alumni Legacy Wall. 
Spread The Good Word
Prospective Student Open House 

Sat., October 8, 2016

Serra is excited to begin the process of selecting the next, great class of Serra Cavaliers-the Class of 2021! Believe it or not, it starts now, and it takes a village. 

Know of prospective students and families that will make great Cavaliers? Invite future Cavaliers to Prospective Student Open House on Saturday, October 8, from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Learn more at This Link. All Hail!

Your financial support will help us continue:

- to provide scholarship funds for students in need of financial aid
to offer students excellent academic and extracurricular programs

Serra is a 501(c)(3) and your donation may be tax deductable
Alumni Card

The redesigned Alumni Card is now available. If you're not a Serra alumni, you can purchase a Friend of Serra Card.

Use your Alumni Card at all home, non-CIF, Serra sponsored, athletic and visual/performing arts events.
Sports Schedules
08/19 @ Saguaro
Scottsdale, AZ
08/26 vs. Norbonne 
09/03 @ Mission Viejo
Honor Bowl 
09/09  vs. Dorsey
09/23  vs. Chaminade
09/30  vs. Loyola
10/07  vs. Notre Dame
Senior Night
10/14 @ Bishop Amat
10/21 @ Crespi
11/04 @ Bishop Alemany
08/23 @ Da Vinci 
08/25 vs. Pacific Lutheran
08/30 vs. San Gabriel Miss.
09/01 @ Narbonne
09/08 vs. Lawndale
09/10 @ Venice
09/13 vs. St. Anthony
09/15 @ Bishop Amat
09/20 @ West Torrance
09/22 vs. La Salle 
09/27 @ St. Paul
09/29 vs. Bishop Mont.
10/04 @ Leuzinger
10/06 vs. St. Joseph
10/11 @ La Salle
10/13 vs. St Paul
Senior Night
10/18 @ Bishop Mont.
10/24 @ St. Joseph
09/21 @ La Mirada Park
10/12 @ Arcadia Co. Park
11/02 @ Santa Fe Reg. 
*** Click on the title link to each sport for more information (i.e. times and lower level schedules)
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The Serra Seven
They're Back!

2nd Annual Serra Alumni College Panel came to speak to our Class of 2017 seniors to speak on the following topics: "Selecting a College Best for You", "What It Takes to successfully finish college and obtain your degree", "Values while in College". 

Our Serra Alumni Panelists were (left to right):
  • Patrick Casis '15 (UC San Diego)
  • Marcus Johnson '10 (UC Davis)
  • Urina Harrell '12 (Duke University)
  • Danielle Orange-Williams '10 (LMU)
  • Ariel Williams '10 (USC)
  • Celena Fisher '12 (San Diego Sate University)
  • Jarrett Theragood '12 (Morehouse College)
They are bookend by Vivian Bertrand, Director of Academic Counseling, and Nadi Wissa, Assistant Principal.
Power 106 Basketball
Come support your Serra Faculty & Staff!

Come see the radio personalities from Power 106 take on a team of Serra Faculty and Staff in a game to benefit Serra High School's Football program on Thursday, September 1st at 7:00 pm in the Cavalier Gymnasium. 

Tickets are now available in the Development & Alumni Office for $10. Tickets are $15 at the door.

The crew was here promoting the game to the students at lunch. Students had the opportunity to play games to win some prizes. It looks like they were a hit!
Serra Faculty
Thank you, Faculty and Staff!

We had the honor of recognizing many of Serra's superb faculty and staff at the halftime of last week's varsity football game.

Those recognized include (front row, left to right) Chris Adachi, Vivan Bertrand, Bianca Sanchez '09, Kasi Royster, Eireen Ty, Fr. Ken Templin, (back row, left to right) Joe Cormier '81, Tim Bengford, Kirk Bertrand, Tim Boyer '70, Joe McDorman '91, Manton Daley, Rob Duffy, Adriana Encelan '03, Chris Kramer, Paul Murphy, and Bro. Dave Murphy.
Class of 1976 Reunion
It's Time for Your 40th Reunion!
'76 Astronomy Club

Register Here

The Class of 1976 is having its 40-year reunion on Saturday, October 15th at 5:30p in the Serra Cafeteria. It will feature a buffet dinner with an open bar. Come join your classmates to share laughs and memories.

Football Report ~ Aug. 28th

After Serra fell to the Narbonne Gauchos 34 - 12, it looks like 2016 will be a time for rebuilding.  The game was a little bit closer than the score would indicate, but not much.  The biggest issue seemed to be the O-line.  The Cav front line was unable to give the QBs much time to pass.  The running game was adequate, but not strong enough to slow the Gaucho pass rush. 
Passing statistics weren't bad: Jalani Eason went 23 of 36 for 180 yards.  Most were quick throws to the wide receivers.  There wasn't time to go deep, and when Eason tried, he had to throw under pressure. 
On defense, the Cavs just couldn't stop the Gaucho passing attack.  Slant patterns seemed almost automatic, but it has to be granted that Narbonne made some highlight film catches despite close Serra coverage.
The game got off to a promising start for the Cavs.  Serra kicked off, and after a good return, the Cavs pushed the Gauchos backwards over three plays and forced a punt.  Serra got the ball at the 18, and moved to the Narbonne 35 in nine plays.  On play no. 10, though, Eason didn't see the Gaucho safety poaching on his receiver and threw an easy interception.  Gauchos took over on the 20 with 7:33 remaining in the first.  And that was the end of the promising start.
The Gauchos held the ball for six minutes, ran fifteen plays, and scored from the Serra 6 at 1:21.  7-0 Narbonne. 
Serra returned a short kick to the 35 and moved to the Gaucho 38 in seven plays, but failed on a fourth down try, and turned the ball over to Narbonne at the Narbonne 39.  A fantastic catch despite close Cavalier coverage, moved the ball 50 yards in one play, and the Gauchos scored their second TD in exactly on minute.  PAT was wide, Narbonne 13- Serra 0. 
Serra ended the shut out on the next series.  12 plays, eight passes, including a great drive saving pass on fourth down by Kobe Smith.  Serra's successful PAT was nullified by sideline violation and the second try missed: Narbonne 13 Serra 6. 
That was as close as the Cavs were going to get.  Narbonne came right back for a third touchdown in eight plays, aided perhaps by a ridiculous facemask call. 
Blaze McKibbin subbed for Eason on the next series.  McKibbin, a pure drop-back passer, couldn't get time to set up.  Serra made one first, and punted with 26 seconds left in the half. 
The second half got off to a promising start.  Good kick off return, eight-play drive for a TD, Eason to Bryan Addison.  PAT wide, Serra 12 Narbonne 20.  And that was to be the last Serra score of the night. 
It's way too early to draw dire conclusions, but it's hard to be real optimistic.  There's no doubt that the '16 Cavs are talented, but at this point not as talented as Cavalier fans have come to expect.  It may be an up and down season.  Certainly, the Cavs will be prohibitive underdogs at next week's Honor Bowl in Oceanside.  Maxpreps ranks St. Joseph's regional 14 in the nation and 1st in the state of New Jersey. 
On paper, the Cavs should be favored at home against Dorsey.  But then the Cavs were favored against Narbonne.  Dorsey has one win under its belt, against a team from American Samoa.  Hard to gauge that one.
Looking ahead to the league: Loyola won 24-15 against Highland of Palmdale.  Notre Dame won 35 - 21 against St. Joseph's Santa Maria, a traditional power.  Crespi shut out Sylmar 38-0, and Alemany thumped Garfield 42 - 12.  Chaminade lost to Oaks Christian 55-65, and Bishop Amat was humiliated by Mater Dei 63-14.  Hard to compare, but no one is looking particularly weak at this point.
Cavalier Code
Cavaliers have faith and integrity.
Cavaliers are humble and accountable.
Cavaliers are scholars who lead and serve.
Cavaliers are soldiers for Christ.
We are Cavaliers.
All Hail!
Joe Cormier '81
Director of Development