Welcome to the thirty-eighth edition of 
Panther Press, 
a biweekly electronic newsletter sent to families and friends of 
San Joaquin Memorial High School
School is almost here! We're heading back to school on August 13th and can't wait to welcome you and your students back to campus! This issue contains important information, including dates, deadlines and volunteer opportunities for parents.
Student Orientation Guidelines
We're excited to welcome you onto campus on August 12 for our Student Orientation from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.. Click below to view a few important guidelines for the day. All students will be required to be in their school uniform and must follow all grooming guidelines stated on pages 47-51 in the student-parent handbook. If students do not adhere to the policies within the student-parent handbook, it may result in a delay in their first day of classes. ***Masks must be worn while indoors, therefore students must wear face coverings while in the cafeteria, gymnasium or any other school building. Below is the schedule for the day. Click to view and download.
First Day of School Schedule
The first day of school, August 13, will follow a modified schedule. Click below to access the schedule.
Picture Day: Order Now!
You can now order photo packages for our picture day on August 12! Click the button to view the picture day flyer with information about packages and cost or visit larsonbrothers.com and use school code 1017.
Important Links
SJM Welcomes Several New Instructors and Staff
  • Meriam Brillante will be joining our Foreign Language Department and will be teaching Italian 1P, Italian 2P and Italian 3/4P.
  • Natalie Rendon will be joining our English Department and will be teaching English 9, English 9HP and WW/Speech P.
  • Brooklynn Banta will be joining our Admissions Department as our Admissions Associate.
  • Cinda deCordova will be serving in our Social Science department. She comes to us from Clovis Unified.
  • Jay Farkas will be serving in our Math Department. He comes to us from Crescent View South II School.
  • Steven Taylor will be joining our staff as our new IT Specialist. He comes to us from The Walt Disney Company as an Operations Technician.
  • Craig J. Mellon will be joining our staff as our new Transportation Supervisor. He comes to us from Selma Unified.
Holy Bowling, St. Pat's Golf Tournament and More Are Back!
We have several great events coming up as well as several volunteer opportunities available for parents!
Holy Bowling is coming up soon! Join us September 10 at Bowlero Fresno Lanes. Wear your best bowling shirt! The winner gets a prize. Sign up today by downloading and returning the below form to sboujikian@sjmhs.org
Save the Date for our 44th Annual Auction on November 13, 2021! Get ready for a night of fun and celebration!
Support Our School.
Join the SJM Guild
San Joaquin Memorial High School Parent Guild is a group of dynamic individuals whose mission is to provide educational, spiritual and charitable support to the SJMHS community. SJM Guild is unique in that all our fundraising profits are used to benefit the entire school through campus needs and beautification, financial aid, scholarships, bereavement donations, and school event sponsorships. We welcome parents, grandparents, alumni and friends to be a part of the SJMHS Parent Guild

Meetings: 2nd Tuesday of the Month, alternating between Noon & 6:00 pm in Holy Cross Hall.

Annual Dues: $30.00, payable to SJM Guild and returned with your Membership Form, Venmo Payment @SanJoaquin-Memorial
Support Athletics! Join the SJM Boosters Club!

The San Joaquin Memorial High School Boosters Club provides fund-raising support to the school’s athletic programs and the hundreds of student-athletes who compete for the Panthers. Boosters members take pride raising money for our student-athletes through fun-filled, casual fundraisers – Holy Bowling in the fall; Crab Feed in February – concession sales and memberships. Funding for facility improvement projects and general athletics operations not covered under each program’s operational budget are the club’s main focus.

Meetings are at 6 p.m. on the second Monday of each month in the SJM Cafeteria (unless otherwise noted). Attendance at meetings is encouraged but not required.

There are $100 (two cards) and $50 (single card) memberships available. Cards provide admittance to all home Panther athletic events (excluding playoffs) for the 2020-2021 school year.

For more information, email Membership at sjmboosterclub@sjmhs.org .

Please fill out this form and return with your check, payable to SJM Boosters Club. Send to: SJM Boosters Club Membership, 1406 N. Fresno Street, Fresno, CA 93703 Venmo Payment to @SanJoaquin-Memorial
The St. Pat's Golf Tournament is back and ready for fun on September 20th!

Dear San Joaquin Memorial Supporter,
We are back! and want to say “thank you” for your support when we were not able to have the tournament due to the pandemic in 2020. The 75th Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Golf Tournament will be held at Sunnyside Country Club on September 20th, 2021. This is the longest standing golf tournament in the San Joaquin Valley. It began in 1945 by Rev. Msgr. James Dowling and helped build Saint Therese Church. He was compassionate about helping the local community. Seventy-Five years later, the tournament remains extremely popular with golfers returning year after year with sellout participation. Today, we raise money for San Joaquin Memorial in many areas of need that have an emphasis on the athletic programs and facilities around the campus. This tournament the funds raised will go towards the boys and girl’s locker rooms in the main gym. These two locker rooms have not been remodeled for many years and need a new look to be more functional. We are honored to have your support as a sponsor for the St. Patrick’s Day Golf Tournament. Your generous contribution provides resources and opportunities essential to the success of the student experience at San Joaquin Memorial High School. You can participate in many ways; as a sponsor, player or in-kind donor. Attached you will find the invitation with your player roster and donor card. Please fill out registration form and become a part of the Saint Patrick’s Golf Tournament Tradition. You can also pay by PayPal or Venmo if that is more convenient for you. The St. Patrick’s Golf Tournament continues to play an integral role om supporting the students at San Joaquin Memorial. Once again, thank you for your generosity. We look forward to seeing you at the 75th St. Patrick’s Day Golf Tournament on September 20th. 

Steve Orlando `87 Co-Chair

Justin McKeighan `91 Co-Chair
Pete Orlando `80 Co-Chair
Bob Coyle `79
Chris Gutilla Jr. `03
Jarrod Martinez`89
Tom Ryan `65
Robert C. Supino `76
Ron Wathen `86
Taylor Whelan `04
Derek Youpel `02
Help Boosters Sell Concessions

The SJM Boosters Club needs concession stand volunteers at each home playoff football game. Available shifts are 2:30-5:30 PM, 5:00 PM- 8:00 PM, and 7:30 PM to end of game. If interested, please click links below for sign up. Volunteers are also needed for Football Parking and BBQ. For more information please email sjmboosterclub@sjmhs.org
SJMHS Booster Football Concessions Sign Up

SJMHS Booster BBQ Sign Up

SJMHS Booster Football Parking Lot Sign Up

COVID-19 FAQs for the New School Year
Have questions about how COVID-19 will be addressed this school year? Read our Frequently Asked Questions section at https://sjmhs.org/news/covid-19-frequently-asked-questions-2021-2022-school-year

The Diocese of Fresno also recently issued new guidance on mask usage for the school year. Read more at https://myemail.constantcontact.com/COVID-Update-from-the-Office-of-Catholic-Education.html?soid=1102032144129&aid=C_RnK6YBxsc
Panther Den Hours
Panther Den is open Monday thru Thursday 9am to 1pm for back to school clothing.
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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.

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