2020 Strategic Planning Process
comes at pivotal time in SJM's evolution

The SJM 2020 Strategic Planning process begins this week on January 8 with members of a newly formed Planning Committee which includes board members, parents, alumni, priests, faculty, and staff. The goal of the Planning Committee is to incorporate as many different stakeholders as practical to ensure broad representation and input, according to SJM Board Chair Susan Byers.

“Under the direction of Catholic School Management (CSM) consultants, this committee will oversee the strategic planning process and take responsibility for drafting the plan itself, in conjunction with Catholic School Management,” Byers explained. “It is a pivotal time in SJM’s evolution and we are excited to be undertaking this effort now and in this manner.”
SJM Volleyball section champions honored in special way
Article provided by: Crystal Creamery

The next time Fresno area residents purchase their milk, they may be surprised to see two of their favorite local volleyball teams honored on special commemorative Crystal Creamery milk cartons. 

Clovis West and San Joaquin Memorial’s recent California Interscholastic Federation’s (CIF) Central Section championships are being recognized beginning today as Crystal Creamery unveiled a set of new milk cartons saluting the Section’s five Girls Volleyball Champions. The cartons will be available at a variety of stores throughout Central California for the next few weeks.  
“Crystal Creamery is very excited to add these champions to our commemorative cartons for achieving the highest honor in their sport,” said Brian Carden, Crystal Creamery’s Senior Director of Sales.  He added, “These cartons provide a fun, lasting memory of a very special moment while honoring the hard work and sacrifice put forth by the student athletes, their coaches and their families.”
Modesto-based and family-owned, Crystal Creamery has been a sponsor of high school sports since 2012 when it began supporting the CIF’s Sac-Joaquin Section. In 2019, the dairy expanded its sponsorship of the CIF to include the Central and North Coast Sections. Crystal Creamery has now recognized more than 200 Section and State Champions, academic team champions, scholarship winners and Hall of Fame inductees on milk cartons.
Catholic Schools Week Kicks Off This Month

We are excited to celebrate Catholic Schools Week this year with many activities taking place on campus. Catholic Schools Week takes place January 26-31, 2020. Last year, students came together and painted rocks that represented a gift they have given and received from their time at SJM. The painted rocks were assembled to create a piece of art inspired by 1 Peter 2:5,  “...you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”  The wall will be blessed at the kick off of Catholic Schools Week '20. Follow us on social media for the schedule for Catholic Schools Week '20.  
Winter Sports Update

Winter sports are well underway and SJM wishes each of its teams the best of luck this season. Here is how every team is doing this season so far.

Girls Basketball: 7-5
The next game is on 1/11 at 12:00 pm. The Panthers will host Garces.

Girls Soccer: 8-8-1
The next game is on 1/10 at 5:00 pm. The Panthers will host Sanger.

Boys Basketball: 10-6
The next game is on 1/11 at 4:30 pm. The Panthers will host Garces.

Boys Soccer: 9-4-2
The next game is on 1/10 at 5:00 pm. The Panthers will travel to Sanger.
SJM Star Athletes Sign Letters of Intent

SJM is proud to announce that five Fall sport athletes have signed their letters of intent with Universities.

Jalen McMillan (football) signed with the University of Washington.

Brenn Vallin (soccer) signed with Notre Dame de Namur University.

Tobin Phillips (football) signed with the Stanford University.

Meredith McDougal (golf) signed with California State University, Bakersfield.

Mac Dalena (football) signed with California State University, Fresno.

SJM Annual Christmas Tea is another success

On December 8, 2019 the SJM Parent Guild Annual Christmas Tea was a huge success with over 30 tables. Thank you to the hard work of Guild President Dorothy Christensen and Christmas Tea Chair Angie Milam. A special thank you to Shannon Stubblefield and Michelle Kevorkian for the beautiful Christmas trees they decorated for the raffle. 
Call for Class Notes

Have you recently gotten married, had a baby or experienced a big life moment that you want to share with your fellow Memorial alumni ? Have updates about your reunion? Share them with us! Submit announcements to  advancement@sjmhs.org.
Career Day

San Joaquin Memorial High School's Career Day will be taking place on  Friday, February 28, 2020 . If you are interested in sharing your career with our students, please fill out the participation form.
75th Anniversary Historical Committee Volunteers

With SJM's 75th anniversary being celebrated next year, we are in need of volunteers to serve on the historical committee. If you are interested and able to make the commitment of 6 hours a week reviewing historical archives, please fill out this form. 
Call for SJM Memorabilia

Do you have SJM memorabilia from the past 75 years? If you have items you would like to share with us for our 75th anniversary, please contact Shirley Boujikian at sboujikian@sjmhs.org
Last Chance to RSVP for Texas Hold'em

Make sure to get Texas Hold'em tables together. Reservations are due tomorrow January 10.
Alumni Scholarship Fund Created

San Joaquin Memorial alumni have the storied reputation of being generous givers. When asked to show their support for various endeavors, Memorial graduates rise to the occasion. 

With that said, the Advancement Office has created a new SJM Alumni Scholarship Fund that will benefit current students who need financial assistance in order to continue their high school experience at Memorial. 

As an alumnus, you know that your scholarship donation will make a lasting impact on the lives of Memorial students. So, once again, we are asking our alumni to rise to the occasion and donate to the newly created Alumni Scholarship Fund by contacting Kenyeih Williams at kwilliams@sjmhs.org or (559) 475-5841.
Join Us For the 75th Annual St. Patrick's Day Golf Tournament

For more info please contact Shirley Boujikian at (559) 475-5831 or sboujikian@sjmhs.org
May They Rest in Peace... with God Forever

Walter Lauritzen passed away on December 18, 2019. He is the grandfather of Elizabeth Lauritzen '11 and Matthew Lauritzen '07.

Shanon Reed Quinn passed away December 26, 2019. He is the father of Ian Quinn '10. Hes is the son of Patricia Quinn '53. Nephew of Sheron Dolin Long '54, Sheila Dolin Welch '58 and Kathleen Dolin Violini '59.

Patricia Joanne Poitras passed away on December 29, 2019. She is the grandmother of Chandler Jameson '12 and Hunter Jameson '12.

Pearl Lion passed away on January 5, 2020. She is the grandmother of Charles Paul Lion '19, Jack Lion '17, Gabriella Lion '11 and Joshua Lion '13.
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 pre-game dinners, alumni mixers and so much more! To stay connected,  please  fill out this form .

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