Welcome to the twenty-third edition of 
Panther Press, 
a biweekly electronic newsletter sent to families and friends of 
San Joaquin Memorial High School
San Joaquin Memorial High School continues to meet and exceed expectations. Our students are thriving, our instructors are adapting and innovating and the future looks brighter each day. Here is a look at some of our successes, upcoming events, and more.
A Message from Head of School Michael Burke

Warm greetings from campus. Even though we are still in 100% remote instruction both faculty and students are persevering to make the best of the situation that we find ourselves living through. Fortunately, there has been some good news in regard to our Fresno County COVID-19 numbers. Over these past 6 weeks our numbers have improved to the point where there are discussions about returning to in person instruction in the near future. We are all working diligently to have our campus ready for when we get the green light to reopen, and are anxious to have our students back in the classroom. While we are optimistic and preparing to reopen, please keep in mind that the plan to reopen is subject to change depending on local health conditions and restrictions. 

Next Thursday, October 1st, we will kick off the celebration of our 75th anniversary. We will begin our 75th anniversary with Mass at St. John’s Cathedral at 10:25 a.m. This Mass will be live streamed so that all of our constituents will be able to participate virtually. In 1945, Bishop Scher celebrated the first SJM Mass at St. John’s on October 1st, so it is fitting we are back at St. John’s where it all began 75 years ago!

With the restart of fall sports practices and conditioning this week, it is beginning to feel like we are returning to a somewhat normal school environment. Winter and Spring sports will have the option of beginning on October 19th. In addition, we are working on creating cohorts to bring students back onto campus in small groups, however we have not yet received final approval to move forward on the cohorts.  

Over this past summer, we targeted four campus improvements projects. We upgraded the bathrooms in the science building, added four touchless water fountains, added a conference room in Willenger Hall, and established an attractive courtyard between the cafeteria and locker room. It is my pleasure to announce that these projects were all fully funded thanks to the generosity of our SJM supporters. All of these upgrades were designed to enhance the environment for our returning students.  

Included in this edition of the Panther Press are instructions on how to reach out to specific staff members at SJM if you have questions about any part of the school. Most of your questions can be answered via the website at sjmhs.org but we have included a directory with contact names and numbers for your convenience and direct response.

 Be well and be safe. Go Panthers.  
New School Year Guidelines and Information
This school year has been different and we know that means you might have questions. We're here to provide you with those answers. Below are documents covering everything from sports schedules to important phone numbers. We have also attached our plan for reopening when county health guidelines allow us to do so.

SJM to Celebrate 75 Years with Anniversary Mass

San Joaquin Memorial will celebrate 75 Years of educational and religious dedication with a special Mass on October 1 at 10:25 a.m. The mass will be viewable online at https://vimeo.com/459130096 and alumni and SJM community members are welcome and encouraged to attend. Please join us as we celebrate 75 years! The 75th Anniversary Mass will be celebrated by Most Rev. Joseph Brennan, the Bishop of the Diocese of Fresno.

Students will view the Mass during class time that day through Zoom along with their teachers. Attendance to this Mass is mandatory for all students and they will be attending through their Block 1 Zoom class. Dress code for this school day will be formal Mass attire. It is a very special day and the entire school will be dressed for the occasion. See the Student-Parent Handbook for guidelines on Formal Dress Code, pg.51. The schedule will be a modified Blue Day to accommodate for the Mass, please see the schedule by clicking here.
Many Dreams, One Mission: Support our 43rd Annual Auction

Help SJM celebrate our 75th anniversary with our 43rd annual auction! The auction will be held completely online on November 7 at 6:30 p.m. We are currently looking for items for our Silent Auction. Our website is now live at sjmhs.maestroweb.com. We are seeking sponsorships and you can now purchase tickets to enter our drawing.

If you are interested in donating an item, please contact one of our Silent Auction Chairs:
Karen Jimison at [email protected], (209)
612-2828 or Shannon Stubblefield at [email protected], (559) 250-6879.

You may also contact the school at [email protected], (559) 475-5831, for more information.
SJM Honors Long-Time Staff and Teachers

San Joaquin Memorial High School honored seven staff and faculty who have served SJM for 10 years or more. Thank you for your contributions to our school!

From left to right top row:
Dave Duncan, Science Instructor- 30 Years of Service
Anthony Goston, Assistant Head of School for Student Affairs- 20 Years of Service
Jamie Hamilton, Social Science Instructor-10 Years of Service
Lisa Cameron, Director of Guidance and Counseling- 25 Years of Service
Stephen Ferdinandi, Director of Athletics- 10 Years of Service
Ryan Padilla, Dean of Discipline and Security- 10 Years of Service
Mike Danks-Ferguson, Religious Studies Instructor- 30 Years of Service
SJM Application Now Open

The SJM 2021-2022 Application for incoming freshmen and fall transfers is now open on the SJM website. The application fee will waived during the priority application period, October 1-31. APPLY HERE today! For assistance in the application process or to schedule a private, socially distanced tour of the SJM Campus, contact Rainey Lewis at (559) 475-5837 or [email protected].

Making the Best of Learning from Home
SJM parent Anne Lewis is making sure her son Cole stays focused on school work at home. She converted her own office into an office for Cole, who is a freshman at SJM. The office features a plant, a class pet (a Beta fish named Harold) and folders and organization tools.

"I wanted Cole to be in a closed focused environment for optimal learning during these unprecedented times we live in currently," said Anne Lewis. "I bought a class plant and class pet to make it as real as possible for him. As the only student in the class he gets to feed the fish everyday, and he doesn't get lonely! What you can't see in the photo is the folders laid out on a table and labeled for each class. Just another organizational tool."

Cole is finding the environment helpful.

"This room helps keep me organized so I don't forget assignments," he said.

Alumni Contact Update

Panther Alums, even though your time here at Memorial has passed, this is still your home! Please stay connected with us so that you can be part of our exciting engagement opportunities such as our sporting event tailgates, alumni mixers and so much more! To stay connected please fill out this form.

Join our Parent Guild or Booster’s Club!

Interested in getting involved at SJM and supporting the school? Join our Parent Guild or Booster’s Club! Contact Shirley Boujikian for more information regarding the Parent Guild at [email protected], (559) 475-5831 and [email protected] for more information on the Booster’s Club. 

Click here for the application forms: 
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