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As a reminder, the Carondelet uniform policy for the 2017-2018 school year no longer permits the skort as an official uniform option. Beginning Monday, August 21, wearing the skort will be considered a uniform infraction. While the skort has been a much beloved uniform item for many students and alumnae, larger concerns over the years about alterations to the skort have been at the forefront of conversations among faculty, staff and administrators.

We are presently exploring opportunities for students to become more involved in determining alternative apparel possibilities, which would provide students with more uniform options. The uniform ad hoc committee continues to meet and discuss our present policies and procedures related to the Carondelet uniform policy and we continue to look forward to adding a variety of Carondelet voices to the larger conversation. We are hopeful that all community members will continue to be an important part of this ongoing dialogue.

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The Carondelet Community mourns the loss of Sr. James Marien Dyer, CSJ, who served our school as principal from 2001 to 2007, and most recently presided as principal at our neighboring St. Francis of Assisi Elementary School in Concord.

The prayer vigil for Sr. James Marien will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 5-7 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Concord. The funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, Aug. 17 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Concord.

We will miss her presence among us as we remember a beautifully gifted CSJ.

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ON-CAMPUS: A Celebration of Life Mass honoring Sr. Eleanor on Carondelet's campus will take place on Saturday, August 19 at 11 a.m. in the Garaventa Center. Please RSVP by clicking this link. Following the mass will be a reception with light refreshments. If you have photos of Sr. Eleanor that you would like to contribute to a memory board or slideshow, please email them to alumnae@carondeleths.org.

UPDATE: Sr. Eleanor's funeral Mass in Los Angeles was held on Saturday, July 15 at 11 a.m. at the Carondelet Center. The mass was livestreamed and can be seen here.

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It is with a sad heart that we share the news that our beloved Sr. Eleanor Eagan, CSJ has passed on to God. Sr. Eleanor was an integral part of the Carondelet community for more than 30 years and we will honor her work and her impact on generations of young women at a community-wide Celebration of Life here at Carondelet later this summer, after students and teachers return to school in August. Please continue to keep Sr. Eleanor's spirit and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

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Concord, Calif. (June 19, 2017) – Carondelet High School was named "Best Private School" in the East Bay according to a recent poll of readers of the East Bay Times. In a special "Best in East" section that was published June 18, the newspaper announced the results of its survey, which solicited input from local residents.

"Carondelet is honored to be recognized for the excellent education that we provide young women," said Carondelet President Bonnie Cotter. "Through innovative and challenging academics along with the opportunities we provide our students to lead and develop their voices, we are preparing young women for success in college, careers and in life ahead."

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Summer Store Location
July 11 - Sept. 19, 2017
Clayton Valley Shopping Center
5416 Ygnacio Valley Rd., Suite 40
Concord, CA 94521
Phone 415.864.1899 x130

Store Hours:
Tues - Thurs 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Fri - Sat 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

www.millswear.com

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Concord, Calif. (May 16, 2017) – Carondelet High School has welcomed Dr. Lizette Ortega Dolan to the newly created position of Vice Principal for Mission and Community Development. In her new role, Dr. Dolan will lead the charge on mission integration, ensuring that Carondelet's school programs and policies reflect its mission and that of its founding order, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.

"Preparing young women to navigate and thrive in today's world requires both stellar academic programming and values-based education," said President Bonnie Cotter. "Lizette will help administer the school's mission-centered philosophy to ensure that our young women are empowered with significant opportunities for academic, personal and spiritual growth and the knowledge that they can change the world through leadership and service."

As a member of Carondelet's senior leadership team, Dr. Dolan will assist in developing, implementing, and evaluating school-wide programs and policies, and create outreach opportunities with other Sisters of St. Joseph schools around the country with the goal of creating stronger partnerships and a deeper understanding of best practices in Catholic Education.

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Concord, Calif. (May 24, 2017) – Carondelet High School recently named Angela (Varian) Schroeter its 2017 Alumna of the Year, recognizing her commitment to living the Carondelet mission.

"Angela is a woman of courage by standing up against the powerful farming industry to fight for clean water," said classmate Michelle Missaggia Daly '88, a member of the Alumnae Association Board, who presented the award.

"She is a woman of heart by doing it relentlessly because of her belief in protecting the voiceless. And she is a woman of faith by believing she was doing the right thing even when she may have questioned it. We are so proud to see her living the Carondelet mission and making meaningful changes in our world," Michelle said.

A member of the Carondelet class of 1988, Angela graduated from UC Davis with a double-major in Geology and Environmental Policy and Analysis. She continued her education at the University of Nevada, Reno, earning a Master's Degree in Hydrogeology and became a groundwater specialist who focuses on environmental justice and helping disadvantaged communities.

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Join us during Easter break 2018 (March 29 - April 7) on a journey of culture, language, self-discovery, and friendship filled with unforgettable moments. Celebrate Easter mass in a local church, practice Flamenco dance, make your own ceramic tile in Seville, Spanish cooking lesson in toledo, savor delicious paella, Tapas y mucho más!

Want to learn more? Visit the Spanish Vistas Trip Site.

For more information, e-mail
Ms. Eva Green at egreen@carondeleths.org
Ms. Ivette MacLean at imaclean@carondeleths.org.

¡Vámonos a España!

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One of the learning expectations for Carondelet students is "service to the dear neighbor." From the class of 2017, 66 seniors received the President's Volunteer Service Award for completing at least 100 hours of community service during their senior year, even though community service is not a graduation requirement. Carondelet was honored in 2010 as National Recipient of the Silver Medallion for Outstanding Service by a High School, by the National Jefferson Award Selection Committee.

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The recently released Netflix series 13 Reasons Why has come to our attention because of its depiction of teen suicide and the show's growing popularity among teenagers. Portrayed in graphic detail are a suicide death and rape scenes as well as a number of other difficult but important topics such as bullying, drunk driving, sexting, and "slut shaming." The series also shows the consequences of teenagers witnessing assaults and bullying (i.e. bystanders) and not taking action to address the situation (e.g. not speaking out against the incident, not telling an adult about the situation). Although these are extremely important topics, some concerns include the show's oversimplification of the causes of the behavior and its failure to present viable alternatives or interventions.

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Concord, Calif. (May 1, 2017) -- Three Carondelet High School teachers have been selected to present at the University of California at Berkeley's "Teaching History in the 21st Century" conference on Friday, May 5. Social studies faculty at the East Bay girls' school were chosen from a prestigious group of more than 60 applicants from around the world.

This conference is part of the UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project (UCBHSSP), which helps teachers strengthen their instructional practices through a variety of programs and conferences.

"The history classroom is the perfect environment to challenge our students to be engaged critical thinkers," Miller said. "Just like professional historians, our students are learning how to use historical evidence to draw informed conclusions, while realizing that the story of our past can be both complex and multidimensional."

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Eight Carondelet Students Honored for Their Outstanding Community Service

Concord, Calif. (April 11, 2017) -- On April 6, Carondelet was pleased to honor eight amazing students with Jefferson Awards for their outstanding community service. Jefferson Awards is a national organization which supports, encourages, and recognizes high school students who perform extraordinary service.

Each year, Carondelet allows faculty, staff, students and parents to nominate a member of the community who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to service. This year, eight impressive students were selected to receive the awards, and they truly live out the mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph to "serve the dear neighbor."

"The Jefferson Awards allow us to celebrate the vibrant culture of service at Carondelet. Our students have done amazing work and demonstrated such passion for serving the dear neighbor. We are extremely proud of all they have accomplished." said Carondelet Principal Kevin Cushing.

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As we have announced at numerous parent meetings and parent educational gatherings, De La Salle and Carondelet have been working on a new bell schedule since 2008.

A committee was formed with representatives from both campuses to research and recommend a bell schedule that would be more effective in terms of providing greater time for non-academic events and programming built into the daily schedule. This recommendation was received last year, and based on further input, was modified. The collaborative efforts from both the De La Salle and Carondelet faculty and staff are greatly appreciated, as modifying the daily schedule at schools, especially schools that share students as we do, can be problematic.

Click here to download the new bell schedule.

We feel that this bell schedule provides the following advantages:

A more consistent and earlier release time at the end of the day

  • Less distress caused by the plethora of special schedules now in use
  • Less class time lost for modified scheduling needs
  • Instructional time ends at 1:55 p.m. on Thursday on the Carondelet campus, which creates less missed class time for athletes and students participating in extracurricular events
  • A dedicated time during the school day on Wednesday and Thursday for tutoring, office hours, club meetings, make-up testing and other academic opportunities for students
  • With the addition of X blocks for tutoring, make-up testing and other academic needs, students will now have a "sacred" lunch or "down-time" in the middle of the busy day
  • Two late start days for students
  • A more viable period 7 academic offering time slot for Carondelet in terms of teacher preparation and planning

For future reference, you can access our new bell schedule on the parent and student portal of our website under "quick links."

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During the week of Feb. 20, students from Carondelet and De La Salle flew to Washington, D.C. to participate in Close Up. Through this program, our students had the opportunity to meet with our Congressman, Mark DeSaulnier, sit in the gallery and watch Sen. John McCain participate in a debate on the Senate floor and meet other high school students from around the country. Our students had a great time exploring D.C., learning more about how our government works, and making new friends along the way.

"The trip far exceeded my expectations. I loved being able to learn beyond what is in our textbooks. It is one thing reading and hearing about what is happening in our government, but it's another being able to see what is going on first hand. The people I met and the places we visited will leave a lasting impression on me," said Aubrie H. '18.

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On Tuesday, Feb. 21, a group of students attended the Startup Grind Global Conference in Redwood City. The conference brings together entrepreneurs from around the world to help them grow their businesses. Our students had the opportunity to practice networking skills with various startup representatives. Founders in AI, cloud, fintech, health, and B2C gave students tips on how to be successful in the startup world as well as advice on what classes they should take and internships they should pursue. The students also heard from the Founder and CEO of Chobani, Hamdi Ulukaya, about his own path to building a highly successful business and strategies for achieving their own dreams. From left to right: Isis T. '19, Christina A. '19, Delaney D. '19, Courtney L. '18, Alyssa D. '18, Brianna D. '18, Geline M. '18, Arianna M. '18, Kelsey D. '18


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Whether you are looking for educational, enrichment or sports programs this summer, Carondelet High School has it all! Our co-ed programs leverage the same foundation of academic and co-curricular excellence as our highly respected, college-preparatory high school program.

Co-Ed High School:
Monday, June 12 - Friday, July 21 (or through the 28th for psych realism and civics)

  • Advancement Courses: Civics Blended, Geometry, Lifetime Activities/Physical Fitness, Psych Realism, World Art, and Biology
  • Remediation Courses: Algebra 1, Geometry, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics 9

Co-Ed Middle School:
Monday, June 26 - Friday, July 14

  • Academic Courses: math and language arts
  • Enrichment Programs: outdoor adventure, cooking, movie days, games, arts and crafts, activities and athletics, leadership and more!

Middle School Girls Sports Clinics

Advanced sports clinics are offered to experienced middle school girls looking to improve their skills and prepare themselves to compete at a high level in their sport of interest. Carondelet coaches and athletes will work with athletes on sports specific fundamentals and skills.

Girls Leadership
Monday, June 19 - Friday, June 23
(for girls entering 4th and 5th grade)

In partnership with the California-based nonprofit organization Girls Leadership


Register and read more here!

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