NEWS AND EVENTS
Jostens to Send 'How To Order' Videos to Families for Jackets, Rings
Jostens, the school's vendor, would like to make Serra jackets, school rings and senior packages available for purchase. Given the current circumstances, Jostens has partnered with a company that allows them to send short videos to students and parents regarding how to order their jackets, rings and senior packages. 

Due to this change, please note that in order to facilitate this effort, email addresses for all sophomore, junior and senior families will be shared with Jostens once requested.

Any parent of a sophomore, junior and/or senior that does not wish to partake in this effort will need to forward an "opt out" email to administration@serrahs.com by Sept. 14, 2020 to ensure that their information will be excluded in this distribution. Thank you for your understanding.
Virtual Military Academy Information Night is Sept. 22

Middle school and high school students interested in attending a military academy are invited for a virtual Military Night on Sept. 22 at 5 p.m. Counselors and teachers who would like to learn about the nomination process are also welcome.

Representatives from the Military Academies - U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Military Academy West Point, U.S. Air Force Academy and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy - will be presenting and available to answer questions.

Each year, the U.S. Service Academies accept a select few of our country’s best and brightest students to a four-year undergraduate program. The U.S. Military and Naval Academies consistently
rank in the top 20 liberal arts colleges and they provide this education free of tuition. For those of you interested in learning more about Service Academies and the application process, I invite you to attend my virtual Military Academy Information Night.
The meeting will take place via Zoom:

Meeting ID: 920 4192 8928
Dial In: +1 669 900 9128
Internship Opportunities for Kumar for Congress 2020
Serra students are invited to apply to join the Kumar for Congress 2020 internship team. This is the sixth year of our internship program, with more than 1,000 participating interns this past summer.

The organization that managed this team was akin to a mid-size Silicon Valley company, with industry executives involved in mentoring, coaching and guiding our young students from high school and college. Many of our interns got promoted to associate manager, manager and senior manager positions. 

Students can get involved in a high-energy progressive run by joining the Kumar for Congress 2020 all-year Internship program. This run stands for Medicare for All, Green New Deal and No PAC money - running against a 28-year incumbency.

There are many opportunities that work for your flexible schedule, that involve pandemic work, community work, political campaign work and activism with specific local challenges.

To get involved, submit your information and you will be invited to a short interview. 
The Zoph Library Weekly Challenge
The Zoph Library has a weekly challenge ... this week's is:

What if today's news was fake or unreliable? 
How would you figure it out? 

Check out this week's library blog post on The Unreliable Narrator and News Literacy.





October Teach-In for Justice

The Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice is an annual gathering for members of the Ignatian family (Jesuit institutions and larger church) to come together in the context of social justice and solidarity to learn, reflect, pray, network, and advocate together. It is a place where people are empowered, re-energized, inspired, challenged, and supported by a community that sees faith and justice integrally linked.

Join the Serra contingency of students and faculty and engage in deep, focused discussion on Migration, Ecological and Racial Justice on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 24-25. Take action on Monday, Oct. 26 as you practice advocacy with your local representatives.

The registration deadline will be Oct. 1. The $50 registration fee will be processed through TADS.  This fulfills the Christian Service requirement.

Please contact Mary Dowden, Campus Ministry Service Immersion Coordinator, for more information or register using the button below.
Changes Made to Service Hour Requirement for Serra Students

The amount of Christian service hours that our students are required to complete has been adjusted this year as we take into account the global health crisis and the safety of our Serra community. 
All students must complete at least 10 hours of Christian service, although none of them need to be FIAT hours. In order to protect our students and the communities we serve, we will not require direct service with a marginalized population. Campus Ministry will work to provide virtual opportunities of service. 
Service hour requirements by class year are: 
Freshmen: Commit to a minimum of five non-FIAT hours plus the Freshmen Day of Service 
Sophomores: Commit to a minimum of 10 non-FIAT hours
Juniors: Commit to a minimum of five non-FIAT hours plus the Junior Urban Plunge
Seniors: Commit to a minimum of 10 non-FIAT hours

Please contact Mr. Frank Bruno with questions or concerns.
Rescheduled Spring Awards Night To Be Held On Sept. 24, 2020
The spring awards ceremony will take place virtually on Sept. 24. The event, which celebrates the academic achievements of students in the current sophomore, junior and senior classes, was canceled last May. 

We anticipate that this event will be conducted virtually, very similarly to the Senior Awards Night for last year’s seniors which was so well received in May. 

We look forward to celebrating all of the recipients for their tremendous work! More information will be sent to parents and students as the date nears.
Common Ground Speaker Series Features Virtual Season: First Event Sept. 17
Common Ground is featuring Laura Markham, Ph.D and Scott Erickson, Head of Schools at Phillips Brooks School for a virtual talk titled, Just Breathe: Peaceful Parents, Happy Kids, on Thursday, Sept. 17, from 4 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. 
No one is prepared to parent through a pandemic – the stress of being at home may bring added battles with our kids and struggles to find the sweet spot between spoiling and discipline. As schooling from home starts, fostering cooperation and learning independence are more important than ever. Clinical psychologist Dr. Laura Markham helps parents adopt practical strategies for raising children who want to cooperate. Parents will learn to create a more peaceful home where affection, connection and humor help resolve conflict happily. Visit Common Ground for more information.
Download our free Serra App TODAY!
Select your mobile app store below and download directly to your device. Or, search for the app on your phone. Once you download the app, you can log in with your last name and email address.
If you have any questions or difficulties logging in, please contact Michelle Wilkinson.
Wishing you a safe and healthy week! 

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