Welcome to the thirty-second edition of 
Panther Press, 
a biweekly electronic newsletter sent to families and friends of 
San Joaquin Memorial High School
On March 15th, we will welcome students back to our campus who wish to resume in-person instruction for the first time since last March, combining our hybrid sections. It's been an unusual year, but Memorial is as dedicated to success and excellence as ever. This issue, we look at important updates, student success, and more.
Reminder: New Schedule on March 15, Return to Campus

Beginning Monday, March 15th we will be revising our Hybrid schedule. The schedule will allow students on campus 4 days per week. In effect we will have students A-Z on campus, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. We will continue to keep Wednesday as a white day, all Zoom day. This will allow us to continue with our deep sanitizing efforts as safety is our priority during this transition. Students who wish to continue to remain 100% remote may continue with that option. 

Need a refresher of campus? View our campus map below. Some offices have moved!
Registration Now Open
Parents! Registration is now open for the 2021-2022 school year! Register today! Learn more at https://myemail.constantcontact.com/Registration-for-the-2021-22-School-Year.html?soid=1102032144129&aid=lr8PyUOiMVM
Principal Search Continues, Interviews Soon
"The Principal search process is moving right along," said Head of School Michael Burke. "The deadline for applications is March 15th. As of now we have 31 applications for the position from all around the state and country. We are confident that out of this pool of applicants a strong candidate will emerge."

The search committee has been formed and it includes: Susan Byers, Michael Thomason, Sissy Dalena Wood, Jeanette Suter, Michael Danks-Ferguson and Michael Burke.

The committee will meet next week to review the applications that have been received thus far and will meet on March 16th to review the total pool of candidates. Zoom interviews of the selected candidates will begin as soon as possible after the deadline of March 15th. 
SJM Gets Vaccinated
This week, San Joaquin Memorial High School took one big step toward normalcy, with the majority of faculty and staff getting their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine following the state’s announcement that teachers and school staff are now eligible.

"I am really excited that Dizon Urgent Care made arrangements to offer vaccines to our entire faculty and staff,” said Michael Burke, Head of School. “Our employees jumped at the opportunity to get the Moderna vaccine. 77% of our faculty and staff now have at least the first shot and before the end of March we will be fully vaccinated.”

Dizon Medicine Urgent Care+ vaccinated staff and faculty throughout the day earlier this week.The vaccinations mark the beginning of the opening of campus to more students. On March 15, the school will reopen to any student who wishes to attend in person. With safety measures in place, the future looks bright.

Learn more about Dizon at http://www.dizonmedicine.com/

Pictured: Head of School Michael Burke getting his first dose
Attention Athletes! Complete these Forms to Compete

Are you a student-athlete? Be sure to complete the following forms to be eligible to compete!

If not already submitted, both of these items must be completed and submitted to Mr. Ferdinandi (sferdinandi@sjmhs.org) before practicing or competing in athletics.
AP Capstone Program: Innovative Program Unique Opportunity for Students
by Edward Borges, AP Capstone Instructor

This is the third year that Memorial is involved with the College Board’s AP Capstone program and there are 49 students participating in this innovative and unique AP program this year. Originally in the 2018-2019 school year, Memorial was only 1 of 4 high schools in the entire Central Valley from Sacramento to Bakersfield to offer this program to its students.

The AP Capstone program involves two courses in this sequence: AP Seminar and AP Research--typically 10th and 11th graders take AP Seminar followed by AP Research.
What is entirely unique about this program is that there is no set curriculum. In both courses, students investigate a variety of topics from various academic fields, conduct research, write academic papers, and then present their results. In AP Seminar, students investigate real-world topics of their own choosing within a larger theme, conduct research, develop arguments, and present them. In AP Research, each student selects a topic of inquiry of his/her own choosing, develops and conducts original research, writes one academic paper, and presents his/her findings. Past students have lauded the program.

Class of 2020 graduate Chloe Paraguya summed it up best when she
stated the following:
“My overall experience [Seminar and Research] probably prepared me the most for college undergraduate and graduate years because we worked entirely at our own pace and own motivation. …it developed a sense of responsibility for myself in the future when I have to do my own studies in college. This program is something all high school students should experience in order to prepare themselves for college.”

Fellow classmate Maya Safadi added, “I think it has truly prepared me for my college and career paths. I am pursuing the honors program at [Santa Clara University] which requires seminar style classes and a senior thesis, and I believe Capstone has been great practice and preparation for that.”

Finally Isaac Gonzalez stated, “My overall experience in AP Capstone was phenomenal. These courses are going to prepare me for college. I am so thankful that my school decided to include the program in our list of courses.”

Last year the College Board awarded 6 seniors—Michael Askins, Isabella Garcia, Chloe Paraguya, Bella Ray, Maya Safadi, and Margaret Smith--the AP Capstone Diploma and 3 seniors with an AP Capstone Certificate—Chloe Bennett, Nina Civiello, and Isaac Gonzalez. The graduates were the first group to complete the AP Capstone Program. The College Board awards the AP Capstone Diploma to students who pass both Seminar and Research and earned passing scores for 4 other AP courses. AP Certificates are awarded to students who earn passing scores for both Seminar and Research.

Parents and students should seriously think about enrolling in the AP Capstone program next year. For more information contact either Mr. Olivares, Ms. Holden, or Mr. Borges or attend a AP/Dual Enrollment Information Session via Zoom this Wednesday, March 10, from 6:00-7:30 pm.

Topics include: 

- SJM's Advanced Placement Program
- AP Capstone
- SJM's Community College Dual Enrollment Program
- College Admission Requirements
- How to Register for 2021-2022

Follow the link below to register for this meeting.
Registrants will receive an email with the Zoom link invitation on March 10th.

2021 Spring Semester Service Education Project Requirement
Students will be able to choose one project (at least one hour) for their 2020-2021 Spring Semester service education requirement. Students are to check into their Service Education Google Classroom and respond to the assignment notifying Mrs. Veronica Cortez of which service project they will be doing to satisfy this semester’s service hour requirement. Students will also need to submit their service hours on x2VOL to earn credit. Below is a list of service projects students will be able to choose from to fulfill the requirement:
1. FRESHMAN CAMPUS BEAUTIFICATION PROJECT - April 6th & April 7th in the a.m.

2. VIRTUAL PET SHOW for the Nazareth House of Fresno - April 8th

3. CHARITABLE DRIVE for local non-profit organization - March 29th and March 30th

4. INDEPENDENT SERVICE PROJECT (Not sponsored by SJM) with a Non-Profit

5. S-CLUB SERVICE PROJECTS for non-profit organizations - must sign up with Ms. Frye
a. Poverello House
b. Card Making
c. Blanket Making
d. Get On the Bus care packages

Moderator/Athletic Director
a. Ticket booth for sporting events
b. Snack bar
c. Score Keeper
SJM Drive Through BBQ Set for March 20

Join us on March 20 for a Drive-through BBQ Fundraiser! Grab a tasty meal to go and support SJM Athletics! That day, we will also host a silent auction via Text2Bid. All proceeds go directly to SJM Athletics.

For $95 you can pick-up a dinner for four with your choice of two options:

Ranch Style Beans
Mac and Cheese
Crunchy Coleslaw
Dessert from the SJM Parent's Guild

Ranch Style Beans
Mac and Cheese
Crunchy Coleslaw
Dessert from the SJM Parent's Guild

Pick-up time for the drive-through will be from 3:30-5:00 PM. You will enter on Floradora St. to get your meal.

Want to secure your order? Register online at the link below. You can also download the form below and return it to Shirley Boujikian by mailing it to 1406 N Fresno St, Fresno, CA 93703 or emailing it to sboujikian@sjmhs.org.

Donations to our silent auction for this event are also being accepted. Please contact Shirley to donate.
Sponsorships to Support the SJM Athletics Drive-Through BBQ

Sponsorship tiers are as follows:

$2500: Dinner for Eight, Company Logo on Tex2bid Website, special recognition at event and in Panther Press and Memorial Connections and on all San Joaquin Memorial Social Media Channels

$1000: Dinner for Four, Company Logo on Tex2bid Website, special recognition at event and in Panther Press and Memorial Connections and on all San Joaquin Memorial Social Media Channels

Please make checks payable to San Joaquin Memorial High School and send payment to
1406 North Fresno Street, Fresno, CA 93703

If you have any questions, please contact Shirley Boujikian, Constituent Relations Coordinator (559) 475-5831 or sboujikian@sjmhs.org
Homecoming Celebration Capped Off With Crowning Ceremony

This year's Homecoming celebration featured the school year's first student rallies and a crowning ceremony for the Homecoming Court. Nominated to the court were: Catherine Gleason, Ellie Luchini, Jacie Mazmanian, Emily Schuh, Gracie Schuh, Luca Fanucchi, Zach Levy, Tanner Sagouspe, Leo Smith, and Christian Valdez.

The winners were:
Queen Catherine Gleason
King Tanner Sagouspe
Princess Gracie Schuh
Prince Luca Fanucchi

For the first time ever, underclassmen participated as part of a Junior Homecoming Court.

This year's Junior Homecoming Court included:
Spencer Douagphouxay & Sasha Richburg (11th)
Matteo Aiello & Charlotte Burks (10th)
Bret Wathen & Roxi Richburg (9th)

View and download photos from the Homecoming Ceremony on our Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?vanity=sanjoaquinmemorialhs&set=a.2820590944871824
Service Academy Nominee
Memorial Senior Thomas Cox is one of Congressman Jim Costa's Service Academy Nominees this year. Costa, a Memorial alumnus himself, nominated Thomas to the U.S. Naval Academy.

"This has been my childhood dream," said Cox. "This is something that no one will ever really understand how much I wanted and how much I worked for it, and I am so thankful for my friends and family who helped me get here. After Memorial, I plan to become an officer in the Marine Corps and serve something greater than myself."
The SJM 2021-2022 Application for NEW incoming freshmen and fall transfers is now open on the SJM website. Help us spread the word by passing this information on to prospective parents and students! 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 rlewis@sjmhs.org.

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 sboujikian@sjmhs.org, (559) 475-5831 and sjmboostersclub@gmail.com for more information on the Booster’s Club. 

Click here for the application forms: 
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