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Connelly at a Glance February 12-16, 2018
In This Issue
Mobile App - Starbucks Giveaway
Student Highlight - Brenda Ceja
Connelly Hydro Power Rangers
Family Gardening Day
ACT Testing
Tri-School Theatre Lularoe Fundraiser
Ash Wednesday
Comedy Sportz Match
Presidents Day Holiday - NO CLASSES
Galaxy of Stars Meeting
National Honor Society Applications
Save the Date
Video Contest Winner
Youth Art Month
Congrats Honor Roll Students!
Girls Who Code Summer Program
Transportation Shuttle Info
College Corner
OC Catholic Featured Athletes
Parent & Student Sections on Website
Practically Painless Fundraisers
Social Media Links
Download Mobile App for Chance to Win Starbucks Gift Card!
Starbucks giveaway flyer
We're excited about our new mobile app and we want you to be excited too! We're even throwing in a chance to win a $25 Starbucks gift card to sweeten the deal. So if you haven't already done so, please download our new mobile app and click on the "Giveaway" button for your chance to win! If you have already downloaded the app, you can enter too! Last day to enter the giveaway is Monday, Feb. 19. Winners will be drawn at assembly on Tuesday, Feb. 20.

To download the app, search for Cornelia Connelly School in the Google or Apple App Stores. Also, be sure to enable Push Notifications in order to receive pertinent reminders and updates from the school. 
Student Highlight - Brenda Ceja
Brenda Ceja
Brenda Ceja '18
Please join us in celebrating and congratulating one of our Connelly Seniors, Brenda Ceja, on her Early Decision Acceptance to Harvard! Check out the most recent edition of the Connelly Chronicle for more insight on where Connelly Girls are looking to go to college (and to see what else is happening on campus!). Interested in more Connelly Chronicle updates? Click here to view archived editions of our campus newspaper. 
"Connelly has always pushed me to seek as many opportunities as I can. Our community supports each student to be our best selves." -Brenda Ceja, Connelly Class of 2018 
Hydro Power Rangers
Connelly's Renewable Energy Club will be competing in the Hydrogen Horizon Automotive Challenge this Saturday, February 10, at CSU Dominguez Hills. During the semester, the club works on tackling topics in renewable energy and automotive engineering. The students then test the limits of their car's performance, and their driving skills, in a 4-hour endurance race against 20 southern California high schools. 20 high schools in the Bay area will also be participating in a challenge. The top ten finishers from both areas will compete in Sacramento. Godspeed, Hydro Power Rangers! 
Family Gardening Day
student gardening
This month's Family Gardening Day is Saturday, February 10, from 8-11 a.m. No gardening experience is necessary. Tools, gloves, and light refreshments will be provided. If you would like to bring some additional snacks, please feel free. Everyone is welcome to attend. Students will receive Ecology hours and be awarded spirit points, and parents will earn volunteer hours as well. Hope to see you there!
If you have any questions, please contact our Garden Beautification Coordinator, Mr. Jueneman, at djueneman@connellyhs.org.
ACT Testing
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The 4th of six ACT tests scheduled for the 2017-18 school year will be held Saturday, February 10. Students must have preregistered to take this test, which colleges and universities look at when applying for admission. Dates for ACT testing, and to register for a test, can be found on the ACT website. If you have questions about various tests that are recommended for college/universities, please contact Mrs. Tran Ryan. Information can also be found on the Connelly website>Academics>Academic Counseling.

Testing Timeline
  • Sophomores will take the PSAT
  • Sophomores should take a diagnostic SAT & ACT
  • Juniors will take the PSAT/NMSQT
  • Juniors should plan on taking the SAT or ACT w/Writing Jan-June of this year
All testing should be done by December of senior year. 

ACT Diagnostic Test for Sophomores
All sophomores will be taking the  ACT Diagnostic Test on  Tuesday, February 13, in Room 2 . It will be required that you bring your student ID card. Make sure that you have attached your student ID number label on the back of the card. You will also need to bring #2 pencils and a calculator. Below is a link to the calculators you may use. If you have questions regarding the test, see Mrs. Tran Ryan.
Email Mrs. Tran Ryan
Tri-School Theatre Lularoe Fundraiser
Tri-School Theatre is holding a fundraiser this Sunday, February 11, from noon-4 p.m. at Servite. 20% of sales will directly benefit the Tri-School Theatre program. If you have any questions, please contact Patty Buehler.

Ash Wednesday Mass
Ash Wednesday
Please join us for Ash Wednesday Mass on Wednesday, February 14, beginning at 9:25 a.m. All parents and alumnae are welcome.

Please note that this is a formal uniform dress day. 

Comedy Sportz
comedy sportz
Join Tri-School Theatre for Comedy Sportz Match on Friday, February 16, in Connelly's Gunther Auditorium. Fast meets funny in this head-to-head Improvisation Competition! Players from Tri-School Theatre compete for laughs and points from the audience in this refereed battle of wits. The show starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are only $5 available at the door. This show is open to the public and family-friendly, so bring everyone! See you on the playing field!    

Presidents Day Holiday - NO CLASSES
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In observance of Presidents Day, there will be no classes on Monday, February 19. Enjoy the long weekend!
Thank You Volunteers!
Thank you volunteers
Father-Daughter Dance
Stacy Gonzales, co-chair
Espie Van Beek, co-chair
Bernadette Baclig
Christina Hernandez
National Honor Society Applications
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Students in grades 10-12 who have been at Connelly for at least one semester and have a cumulative GPA of 3.7 or above are invited to submit an application for the National Honor Society. The applications, along with the list of eligible students, are available on Edmodo ( Students, please print applications from Edmodo). Completed applications must be submitted to Ms. Eser by 3:30 p.m. on Friday, February 23. Please note that at the time of submission of the application, all service hours must be up to date. See Mrs. Townsend in the Campus Ministry Office if you have any questions about your service hours. Please refer to pages 32-33 of the Student-Parent Handbook for details on the selection process for National Honor Society.
Save the Date: Galaxy of Stars
2018 Galaxy save-the-date
Saturday, March 17, 2018
6 p.m.
Los Coyotes Country Club
Buena Park
For more information, please go to the Galaxy page on our website.
Congrats Chelsea Le!
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Congratulations Chelsea Le for placing 2nd in the 2017-2018 Orange Catholic Foundation's Student Video Contest! Chelsea won a $750 tuition grant for producing a video about how Connelly is helping shape her character and become a better version of herself. Congrats, Chelsea! We are proud of you! Watch the full video here http://indi.com/9bmhc#

Well done, Jessica!
We have many talented students! Check out the video from
 Jessica Ortiz '20 that was entered in the 2017-2018 Orange Catholic Foundation's Student Video Contest. It is on the Connelly Facebook page. We think it captures Connelly's sisterhood and spirit! Well done, Jessica! 
Youth Art Month
Each year the Orange County Department of Education, in conjunction with the California Art Educators Association, sponsors a competitive art contest for all schools in Orange County titled Youth Art Month (YAM).  Hundreds of pieces of artwork are submitted. Ten of our Connelly artists will have their artwork exhibited through March 1 at the OC Dept. of Education in Costa Mesa. Congratulations to our ten finalists for this year's YAM contest: Class of 2018: Amy Borbridge, Lauren Conser, Aimee Jimenez, Elise Marshburn, and Shangning Yi; Class of 2019: Channing Lee; Class of 2020: Jessica Ortiz, Theresa Perry, Brigid Reilly, and Paige Showalter. The awards ceremony for YAM will be held on March 1 at the OC Department of Education. Congratulations to all of our amazing artists!
Congratulations, Honor Roll Students!
honor roll
Congratulations to all Connelly students who recently earned Honor Roll status! Please click on the link below for the complete list of students. 

Girls Who Code - FREE 7-Week Summer Program
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Girls Who Code is offering a FREE 7-week summer program that teaches 10th-11th grade girls (rising juniors or seniors) the computer science skills they need to make an impact in their community and be competitive in the job market of the future.
In the Summer Immersion Program, students will learn about:
  • Careers - They'll meet female engineers and role models and get an inside look at technical roles in the world's top companies, like Amazon, AT&T, and Twitter.
  • Skills and Impact - They'll learn to code through real-world projects in art and storytelling, robotics, video games, websites, apps, and more. Plus, they'll create a final project that solves a real-world problem they care about!
  • Sisterhood - They'll learn in a supportive, all-female environment and make lifelong friendships with a diverse community of thousands of girls.
No experience required!
Free to apply and free to attend!
Stipends to cover transportation and living expenses available to those who qualify!
Programs will be hosted in various cities across the U.S.

Encourage girls you know to apply at  www.girlswhocode.com/sipapply. The early acceptance deadline is  February 16, 2018 at 11:59 PM PST. All applications are due March 16, 2018 at 11:59 PM PST.   
Connelly Transportation Shuttle News
Connelly transportation shuttle
Our Student Shuttle Program is an affordable service that provides a safe, convenient way for your daughter to attend Connelly. In addition to the round trip and one-way option, we also have a "drop-in" option possibility. For more details, including pricing, please click on the links below.
Wanted Shuttle Driver
We are currently looking for a driver for Monday through Friday for the Huntington Beach/Anaheim route. If you know someone who would be interested, please contact the school at 714-776-1717 or Pauline St. Amant at 714-403-2435 for more information. 
Servite Students Welcome to Use Shuttle Service 
There is space on the Irvine/Tustin/Anaheim Shuttle for any Servite student in need of transportation as well as any Connelly student. There is a one-way option to ride.  Please let others know about the shuttle service! 
College Corner - Scholarship Information
Family Connection/Naviance has new scholarship postings throughout the year. Check the program on a regular basis for new listings. Here are a few of the scholarships below:

Junior League of Orange County, California, Inc. Educational Scholarship Program
Award Amount: Up to $4000
Deadline: February 28, 2018
Junior League of Orange County California, Inc. (JLOCC) is a women's volunteer organization committed to improving the lives of the under-served in the Orange County community through the effective action and leadership of its trained members. This year, up to $4,000 will be awarded to deserving students who are striving to pursue a college degree. Eligible applicants must:
  • Be a graduating high school senior or a post-secondary student
  • Have a grade point average of 3.0 or above
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  • Click on the scholarship name for more info. 
Award Amount: 1st place: $500, 2nd place: $250, 3rd place: $250
Deadline: March 1, 2018
The California Department of Education is pleased to support the 2018 Directing Change Program and Student Film Contest sponsored by the California Mental Health Services Authority. This Film Contest invites students to create a 60-second film in one of two categories: "Suicide Prevention" or "Mental Health Matters." First, second & third place winners will be selected in each category from 5 regions within CA. The first-place winning film from each region, in each category, will move on to a second, statewide round of judging. A new judging panel will review and score the films and determine the first, second, and third place statewide winners. The winners will be announced at the award ceremony at the end of the school year. In addition, the Directing Change team will select up to 3 films in each category to move onto the statewide round of judging.

AFSA Scholarship Program
Award Amount: $5000
Deadline: March 15, 2018
The AFSA Scholarship Program offers over $260,000 in college aid to 90 children of AFSA members whose parents are/were Foreign Service employees. They provide need-based, financial aid scholarships to undergraduates and academic merit awards, art merit awards, and a community service award to graduating high school seniors. This robust AFSA member benefit has disbursed more than $4 million to 2,200 students in the last 25 years. 

The Daniel S. Coelho Memorial Scholarship
Award Amount: $2500
Deadline: March 15, 2018
The Daniel S. Coelho Memorial Scholarship fund, a permanently endowed fund with the Daniel S. and Jenny L. Coelho family foundation, was created by the Coelho family as a permanent legacy to their husband and father, Daniel. To be considered for a scholarship, you must submit:
  • application
  • personal essay
  • two letters of recommendation
  • official transcript of grades
All materials must be postmarked or emailed by March 15, 2018. Earlier applications are appreciated. All material should be emailed to or mailed to the following:
Daniel S Coelho memorial scholarship fund
300 South Harbor Blvd. Suite 1014
Anaheim, CA 92805 

Award Amount: up to $1000
Deadline: March 15, 2018
Each spring, the Italian Catholic Federation receives nearly 400 applications for its yearly scholarship awards. Applications are received from students in public as well as Catholic high schools in California, Arizona, Nevada, and Illinois. To apply, students must achieve a total cumulative GPA (3½ years) of at least 3.2 and meet one of the following:
  • Are Roman Catholic and of Italian descent and live within the Roman Catholic dioceses of Arizona, California, Illinois and Nevada, only where branches of the federation are established; or,
  • Are Roman Catholic but need not be of Italian descent or live where branches of the federation are established if either Roman Catholic parent, guardian or grandparent is a member of the "Italian Catholic Federation."
First year scholarships in the amount of $400 will be awarded to approximately 200 applicants. First year scholarship winners are eligible for second, third, and fourth year awards of $500, $600, and $1,000 respectively.

Award Amount: Ranging from $1000- $20, 000
Deadline: Varies between Mar 31, 2018 - May 14, 2018
The Asian Pacific Fund administers 9 scholarship programs to help undergraduate and graduate students achieve their education goals. To apply for a scholarship administered by the Asian Pacific Fund, please review the complete eligibility criteria for each scholarship program (below), and download the application for the program(s) for which you are eligible.

OC Catholic Features Connelly Athletes
We are pleased that the OC Catholic has featured many of our stellar Connelly athletes in their printed publication and online. So far this school year, they've featured the athletes listed below. Please click on the links below to read more about them.

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Parent & Student Password-Protected Sections on Website
In an effort to make specific documents and information readily available to our parents and students throughout the school year, we will be using the Parent and Student tabs located at the top of our website. Please note the passwords below. 
Information currently listed in this section includes:
  • 2017-18 9th Grade Orientation & Retreat
  • 2017-2018 Student-Parent Handbook
  • 2017-2018 Parent Handbook
  • 2017-2018 Curriculum Guide
  • Service Hours Form
  • 2017-2018 Holy Child Exchange Program Application
Password: KoalaParent1718

Password: ConnellyGirl1718
Practically Painless Fundraisers
lets get funraising
There are a variety of practically painless fundraisers to benefit Connelly that you can participate in without even realizing it. Simple weekly shopping trips to Ralphs and/or Target can raise money for Connelly. You can also register various grocery and store cards with eScrip.com to earn a 1-4% return for Connelly. For those who like to shop online, GoodSearch.com and GoodShop.com donate a percentage of their advertising revenue to charities its users designate - so designate Connelly and we will reap the rewards! Please click on the document link below to read how easy it is to fundraise for Connelly.

Ralphs Community Contribution Program - Raise funds for Connelly each time you shop at Ralphs. The school earns 1-4% of your purchase.
Participants will be required to register or re-register for the new term at www.ralphs.com starting September 1, 2017. Step-by-step website registration instructions can be found at www.ralphs.com, click on Community, click on Ralphs Community Contribution Program, click on 'Enroll Now'. If you don't have computer access, please call 1-800-443-4438 for assistance.
connelly social media Come Socialize With Us!
Have you seen us on the social media scene? Connelly is making the social rounds! Our hardworking ASB have been busy with status updates, posting photos from events, tweeting and even making some really cool videos! Come check us out. We'll even give you the links: