Welcome to the thirty-third edition of 
Panther Press, 
a biweekly electronic newsletter sent to families and friends of 
San Joaquin Memorial High School
On March 15th, we welcomed most of our students back to campus! This issue covers information about student projects, success stories and important schedule updates.
Reminder: No School on March 29

There will be no school on March 29th. Enjoy your day!
March 23rd Schedule Change
On March 23rd SJM will host a hybrid Mass, requiring a modified schedule that
includes lunch and a late release time of 2:20pm.

This Mass will be said in honor of the Freshman Class during their “Freshman
Welcome Week 2.0”

March 23rd - Mass Day Schedule
Block 5 9:00-10:05 (w/announcements)
Break 10:05-10:15
Mass (in block 6) 10:20-11:35
Lunch (Lower) 11:35-12:05
Block 6 (Upper) 11:40-12:40
Block 6 (Lower) 12:10-1:10
Lunch (Upper) 12:40-1:10
Block 7 1:15-2:20 (w/announcements)
Holy Week Schedule Change

San Joaquin Memorial will be observing a modified schedule during the last week of
March. Please see the updated schedule below.

Holy Week Schedule
March 29 - April 2
Monday, March 29 ------ No School
Tuesday, March 30 ------ BLUE Day
Wednesday, March 31 ---- WHITE (All Zoom Day)
Thursday, April 1 ------ RED Day
Friday, April 2 ------ No School (Good Friday)
There's still time to register for the SJM Drive Through BBQ on 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. The auction is now open! Just text SJMHS to 71760 to get started on bidding. Bidding closes on Monday, March 22.

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 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
Freshman Welcome Week
by Kim Hodges, Director of Student Activities

During the week of March 22-26, 20221, SJM will celebrate the traditional welcoming of freshmen. The purpose of this event is to introduce the freshmen into the SJM community and fill them with the spirit that we share. This is a great opportunity for freshmen to talk to seniors about classes, teachers, activities, etc. Freshmen are not required but are strongly encouraged to participate. This is a voluntary activity and freshmen are paired randomly with seniors (students must participate in order to receive the t-shirt and lunch at no cost).

This year’s theme is “Welcome to the Herd”. Seniors will guide freshmen through the following activities:
Friday, 3/19/21: Meet Your Senior
During Second Break - Freshmen can meet their Seniors to exchange information.  

Monday, 3/22/21: Welcome to the Farm
Blue Day
Seniors dress up Freshmen in the Farm Animal/Farmer theme
Lunch Activities: Musical chairs

Tuesday, 3/23/21: Freshman Mass
Red Mass Day (socially distanced)
All students will be in SJM Mass attire 

Wednesday, 3/24/21: Zoom Day
White Day
Announcement Video & Social Media posts dedicated to FWW 2.0
Thursday, 3/25/21: Red, White, Blue Day
Blue Day

Seniors will dress up their Freshman in all things “School Spirited/Colors/Spirit wear” with uniform bottoms or blue jeans (No body paint)
Music and lunch activities for both Seniors and their Freshman
Friday, 3/26/21: FWW 2.0 T-shirt Day 
Red Day
Seniors and Freshmen will wear their FWW 2.0 t-shirts

Lunch will be provided for Seniors and Freshman to enjoy together after school 
(1:10pm in the stadium...socially distanced)

***Seniors will give their store bought (prepackaged) costume to their Freshman at this time or may ask the Freshman to bring from home items to be used for the costume theme.

ALL SENIORS are to report to the cafeteria with their Freshman NO LATER THAN 8:30 A.M. for costume dress up time & approval on ALL dress up days: Monday, March 22 & Thursday, March 25. NO DRESSING IN SENIOR LOT
Students Raise $1,600 For Bus Stop Renovations
Inspiration struck Memorial Junior Ashley Belleza thanks to an internship she was part of at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in Fresno. Belleza realized she wanted to lead a fundraiser to help improve some aspect of the Memorial experience for her fellow students, but wasn't sure what to focus on. Finally, she settled on one aspect of Memorial after chatting with friends and classmates: the Memorial bus stop on Floradora Street.

"A lot of my friends use the bus stop and we figured that was something we could help improve," said Belleza. "We just saw changes that could be made."

Belleza approached Clarissa Myers, Director of Campus Ministry, about leading a fundraiser.

The fundraiser included selling Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory chocolate and chocolate covered apples and raised $1,600.

According to Myers, the bus stop will receive a new bench along with a covering. The goal is to have the project completed in May, if not sooner. 

Belleza said she learned a lot from the experience.

"I learned that there’s a lot of teamwork involved in stuff like this," she said. "I was able to depend on my friends and fellow students for help throughout this all."
SJM Junior Emilio Carvalho to Compete for Spot on 2021 USA Shooting Junior World's Team

SJM Junior Emilio Carvalho has continued developing as a world class shooting champion. The Junior recently attended a preliminary training opportunity with USA Shooting in Kerrville, Texas. Emilio was in both the Men’s Finals and the Junior Men’s Finals. Emilio came home with the Bronze Medal in Open Mens and the Silver medal in Junior Men’s. He will return to Kerrville over spring break to compete for a spot on the 2021 USA Shooting Junior World's Team, which will travel to Peru and Kazakhstan during Fall of 2021 for the Junior World Cup and the Junior World Championship.  

Congratulations Emilio!
Art Students Complete Coil Pots
Some great work from our first year 3D Art students! Students completed these coil pots, many through remote learning as part of a class project.

"Students had to access coiled clay in kits sent home, and create a 6" or higher pot completely remotely," said art instructor Joanie Hathaway. "I zoomed demonstrations, they took copious notes, and then I monitored their progress daily while they tipped the iPads on their projects in process on zoom. The emphasis of the assignment was on pattern, balance, and craftsmanship. They then were carefully brought back to school, and the pots were fired. They then had to select an analogous color scheme in glazes. They came back to school, carefully wrapped their pots in bubble wrap, pick up their glazing kits, and spent 2 weeks at home carefully and skillfully glazing their pots. Once returned to me, I did the final firing. These are amazing! Students were faithful to work carefully, skillfully, and creatively."
Memorial Athletics Schedule
Memorial Athletics is gearing back up! View our calendar of upcoming games, including our first football game of the season, at tiny.cc/athleticcalendar
Spectating will be limited in accordance with guidelines.
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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