Welcome to the sixty-third edition of the

Panther Press,

a biweekly electronic newsletter sent to families and friends of 

San Joaquin Memorial High School.

In this Issue

Past Events & Announcements:

  • Successful Emma Production!
  • Residents of Nazareth House Attend Emma
  • SJM Reception / Entrance Area Open
  • Beautify Fresno Event
  • SJM Students Supporting Hinds Hospice Circle of Friends
  • Class of 2023 Graduation Information
  • Good Luck to our Girls Basketball Team at McDonald's Classic in Texas
  • Campos Center (multi-purpose facility)

Memorial Student Spotlights:

  • Meadow Roland '23
  • Heavenly Carrillo '24
  • Natasya Sukandar '23

Upcoming Events:

  • Thankgiving Break (11/21-11/25)
  • Christmas Tea Party (12/04)
  • All School Mass (12/08)
  • Monthly Prayer at the Fountain (12/13)
  • Service Deadlines Announcement 
  • Save the Date, Catholic Schools Week (1/30-2/3)
  • Save the Date! (February 11, 2023)
  • Save The Date, Crab Feed (February 24, 2023)
  • Save The Date, St. Patrick's Day Golf Tournament (March 13, 2023) 

More Announcements:

  • Angel Tree 2022
  • SJM Admission Important Dates
  • Schedule your Shadow Visit!
  • SJM Peer Tutoring
  • Adoration Days (every Thursday)
  • 2022-2023 Yearbook Announcements
  • Link to Fall 2022 Counseling Newsletter
  • Join SJM Parent Guild
  • Purchase your Athletic Boosters Club Membership Card
  • Panther Den Operating Hours 
  • Important Links
  • Follow us on Social Media!
  • Subscribe to our Youtube Channel

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Past Events & Announcements

Congratulations to all who made Emma by Jane Austen production a Success!

Residents of Nazareth House Attend Emma Play

On the last day of the Emma production we welcomed some very special guests. Residents from Nazareth House came to enjoy the show. The residents had a great time and below are some of the comments we received!

"The students did so well acting out their character.” -Saleena Pulley, Activity Leader


“Very talented individuals. I was impressed they knew all their lines.” -Anna Bonsignore, Resident


“I had a great time! It was nice to be able to be there and support the students.”

-Jim Sweeney, Resident

Reception Area Officially Opened & Front of School looks Beautiful!

As of November 1, 2022 the front of the school officially opened. This will be our safe, secure, and single point of entry for parents and visitors. The newly conceived front entrance has opened its doors where you'll be greeted in a new reception area. 

The school gates on the sides of the main reception area will still remain open ONLY for student drop-off and pick-up (before and after school). Anytime after 9 a.m. (during normal business hours) parents and visitors must enter the school through the NEW reception area. 

SJM Beautify Fresno

To view a complete photo album please click on the photo above.

On November 5, 2022 SJM's Beautify Fresno members were part of the annual Fresno Youth Service Day which included over 800 students and at least 14 high schools. Fresno's Mayor Dyer came out to the event and painted the graffiti wall with the volunteers. It was such a great event! 

SJM Students Supporting Hinds Hospice Circle of Friends

We have a group of students that have dedicated the fall semester to be a grievance peer counselor for Hinds Hospice Circle of Friends.

Circle of Friends is a grief support program for children who have lost a loved one. The program pairs teen and young adult volunteers (14-24 years old) with grieving children (3-12 years old). They join as companions in a safe place and use child-directed play to process emotions.

Volunteers went through a training class and participate in group sessions throughout the semester. In addition, volunteers went through a virtual application night and a reference/background check.

Thank you to all students that are volunteering this semester. We are proud of your commitment to our community!

Class of 2023 Important Graduation Information

Good Luck to our Girls Basketball Team in the McDonald's Classic!

Our Girls Basketball season has started. We want to wish them the best of luck on a great season. They will be traveling to El Paso, Texas to play in the Mc Donald's Classic in December - good luck! Thank you McDonald's Classic for the opportunity that you are giving our Lady Panthers to compete against high profile competition on a national stage!

Campos Center & Future Fresno Catholic Schools Office is a Multi-Purpose Facility!

Memorial Student Spotlights

Meadow Roland Signs her NCAA Letter of Intent

On Wednesday, November 9, 2022 Meadow Roland '23 signed her NCAA Letter of Intent in an intimate ceremony at SJM's Main Gym with faculty, staff, coaches, teammates, friends and her family members. Congratulations Meadow and we wish you all the success at UNLV with your basketball career. Go Panthers & Rebels!

Congratulations to Heavenly Carrillo for being Named Miss Clovis Outstanding Teen!

Congratulations to our very own Heavenly Carrillo '24 for being crowned Miss Clovis Outstanding Teen 2023 on Saturday, November 12, 2022. In addition to her crowning she also earned a $500 scholarship, winner of best interview and was the winner of an onstage question and evening gown with a scholarship of $250.

Her platform is against bullying and mental illness while advocating for getting children the proper help they need. Her talent was a sign language routine.

The Miss California Organization mission is to advance the creation, promotion, and support of educational, achievement, and community service opportunities for young women in the state of California. They stress individuality, personal development, communication skills, and physical fitness. We are very proud of you Heavenly! Go Panthers!

International Student Natasya Sukandar '23 from Indonesia proudly wears Balinese Traditional Attire from her country for class Presentations!

Upcoming Events

Christmas Tea Party on Sunday, December 4, 2022

Christmas Tea Invite

All School Mass Day!

December Prayer at the Fountain!

Service Deadlines!

Dec. 1 - Fall Semester Service Hour Deadline

· 50% of Required Service hours need to be verified and approved by this date in order to participate in Extracurricular Activities

· 9th grade: 7.5 hours

· 10-12th grade: 10 hours


Mar. 1 - Senior Deadline (100% complete)

· 20 hours


Apr. 1 - Frosh, Soph, Junior Deadline (100% complete)

· 9th grade: 15 hours

· 10th & 11th grade: 20 Hours

Catholic Schools Week

Save The Date!

Crab Feed on Friday, February 24, 2023

77th Annual St. Patrick's Day Golf Tournament!

More Announcements

Angel Tree 2022 is Here!

December 1st: Financial Aid & Scholarship Application Opens Online!

The SJM 2023-2024 Application for incoming freshmen and spring transfers opened on Tuesday, November 1, 2022 on the SJM website. Help us spread the word by passing this information on to prospective parents and students! For assistance on the application process or to schedule a tour of the SJM Campus, contact Bianca Blanchette, Director of Admissions at (559) 268-9251 EXT 139 or [email protected]

SJM Peer Tutoring

Students please scan the QR code above to sign up to get a tutor for any subject. This QR code will be necessary for students as well as parents to have access to the tutoring platform. Parents you can also create an account to check your students progress with tutoring. 

2022-2023 Yearbook 

Please click on the image below to read the Fall 2022 Counseling Newsletter

Junior Parent Meeting

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

All junior parents (Class of 2024) are invited to attend a College Planning Meeting on Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Please join us as SJM College Counselors discuss:

-What Your Junior Should be Doing Right Now

-College Admissions Requirements

-College Planning with Naviance

-College Application Process

Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Location: SJM's Mary Alice Diener Academic Center

Join SJM's Parent Guild! 

Why join the SJM Parent Guild?

One of the many reasons parents in the Central Valley choose to send their children to San Joaquin Memorial High School is the community of fantastic families and their quality of character.

Like-minded parents and staff that share in the moral development, catholic faith and ethical standards of children - THIS is what sets SJM apart from other schools in the area.

The best way to participate in and contribute to that community is to join the SJM Parent Guild because you'll:

•Get to know parents, staff, and students!

•Be “in the know” for all campus activities!

•Parent Guild brings the fun and it’s the best way to get your mandatory parent hours!

To learn more go here

Purchase your SJM Athletic Boosters Club Membership Card 

You can get your SJM Athletic Boosters Club Membership Card TODAY!

The mission of the San Joaquin Memorial High School Boosters Club is to provide fundraising support to the school’s athletic programs.

Funding for facility improvement projects and general athletics operations are the club’s main focus.

Become a member of the Boosters Club today! By joining the Boosters Club, you are helping to improve the quality of facilities and equipment for our student-athletes.

Club dues are $100 for two memberships or $50 for a single membership for the school year. Cards provide admittance to all home Panther athletic events (excluding playoffs) for the 2022-23 school year.(pass will be mailed to the address you provide – pass must be presented at home games at all times for free admittance).

Click here to purchase you membership card. 

Important Links
Click to view the 2022-2023 Academic School Calendar
Click to view the 2022-2023 Athletics Calendar
Click to view the 2022-2023 Bell Schedule
Click to view the 2022-2023 Student/Parent Handbook
Click to view the 2022-2023 Transportation Schedule

Click to view the 2022-2023 Events Calendar

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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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