Beginning of the Year Information 2018

Below you'll find updates, information, and links for your family and daughter before the start of the school year. We look forward to seeing you back on campus in August!

New Morning Dropoff

This year we will implement a new morning dropoff system that will create a safer driving environment on- and off-campus and increase available student parking spots. Parent/Guardians will now be directed to continue driving past the main academic building and faculty parking lot, turn left to pass the Convent and Chapel, and will be directed to the new dropoff area. The new dropoff area is near the lawn next to the chapel and the gym. The new dropoff zone is marked in bright green on the accompanying photo.

Drivers should pull forward into the dropoff zone and have students exit their vehicle there. A facilities staff member will then direct traffic, allowing drivers to turn left, merge, and ultimately exit through the back gate.

Though backups will still occur, they will now happen in our parking lot and not on Winton Drive or Treat Boulevard during the busy morning commute. The new dropoff location will also free up 10-15 parking spots for student drivers at the front of campus. We appreciate your cooperation as we implement this new system. We know students, parents, and drivers will benefit from these improvements.

Student Parking

Parking permits will be handed out to Juniors and Seniors at Orientation on Tuesday, August 14. As of June 1, we were able to accommodate all Junior and Senior parking requests. However, at this time, our parking lot is full. If your daughter would like to be added to the parking lot waitlist, please email Caitlin Main, Dean of Students.

Carondelet Shuttle

School-managed bus transportation will be available in the mornings from the Pleasanton/Livermore/Dublin area, with several stops along highway 680. As final details are confirmed in the next few weeks, they will be posted on this Transportation webpage. Sign-up and registration for this service is required and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The first semester payment of $500 will also be due at that time to complete the reservation. Registration will open soon on the Transportation webpage so you can ensure your daughter has a spot on the bus for this year.

Zum Carpools

Does your daughter need a lift? Check out our new ride-sharing vendor, Zum, which offers safe, flexible solutions to all of your daughter's commute needs. Drivers are fully vetted drivers and TrustLine-certified and used by thousands of families everyday. Learn more and sign up here.

Emergency Notifications - Text Messages

In the event of a school-wide emergency, Carondelet has the capability to alert parents/guardians via email, phone call, and/or text messaging through a service called SchoolMessenger. In order for you to receive text messages from Carondelet in an emergency situation, you must opt-in to this service. To opt-in now, send a text message to 67587 reading “Y” or “Yes”. If you believe you have opted in previously, you can send the same text mentioned above to confirm your membership. We will perform a test of this emergency notification system in the fall semester.

Web links

As always, safety and confidentiality for our students is a primary concern. In order to provide better privacy, most of the resources, links, and forms that are currently found on the Students and Parents pages of the Carondelet website will be moved into Schoology this fall semester and only available to authorized users. All parents/guardians will be provided access to Schoology so that these resources remain available to you. Key resources (bell schedule, academic calendar, etc.) will remain publicly accessible on the website.

Schoology (pronounced SCHOOL-uh-jee) is a web-based learning management system that allows teachers and staff to share information about specific courses and school-wide announcements. You will receive additional instructions about how to set up your account, log-in, download the app, and navigate in the coming weeks.

Uniform Code & Store

Please make sure to review Carondelet’s updated uniform code with your daughter.
To order uniforms through the Mills Uniform online store, click here.
Or, you can shop in person at the Mills Uniform summer store through Sept. 19 at the Clayton Valley Shopping Center .

Frosh Family BBQ: Sunday, Aug. 12

Incoming Freshmen, you and your family are invited to celebrate the beginning of your four-year journey at Carondelet High School! This is a wonderful time for frosh students and their families to meet each other and hear from our school leaders about designing a four-year college plan, student activities, athletics, back-to-school logistics, counseling opportunities, and other things to expect during freshman year.

The Frosh Family BBQ will be held on Sunday, August 12 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. Please RSVP here before July 30.

Orientation & School Pictures

Orientation is an integral part of our opening week of school. It is a mandatory event for all Carondelet students. In addition to class meetings, school photos, and other back-to-school details, each class will participate in a joint assembly with De La Salle. We are pleased to bring back Kim Karr from #icanhelp to lead a presentation on empowering our freshmen and sophomores to use social media to create positive human connections. Juniors and Seniors will be hearing from Jackson Katz, a renowned speaker and activist on issues of race, gender and violence, as part of our joint programming focused on respectful behavior across our campuses.

Below is the schedule for student orientation. Please note: Freshmen will have a two-day orientation to include Tech Training, Juniors have an extended Orientation to take part in our College Kickstart program, and all transfer students have an additional Tech Training orientation on Monday afternoon.

Monday, August 13th:
Freshmen: 9:40 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Check-in at the Gym

Sophomores: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Check-in at the Gym

Transfer Students’ Tech Training: 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Check-in at the Library - 10th Grade transfer students should bring a bag lunch

Tuesday, August 14th:
Freshmen Tech Training:
Last Names A-K: 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Last Names L-Z: 12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Check-in at the Library - Please bring iPad case

Juniors: 8:45 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Check-in at the Gym - Please bring a bag lunch

Seniors: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Check-in at the Gym
Car Decorating will take place in the “S Lot” after Orientation

Freshmen, Sophomore, and Junior students may wear Friday uniform attire (please refer to the uniform code for guidelines). Senior students may wear appropriate out-of-uniform attire: shoulders covered, appropriate necklines, and appropriate length of pants/skirts (no leggings). Click here to place your picture online order. For senior portrait information, click here.

Tech Training

On August 13, incoming transfer students will attend tech training at Carondelet. from 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m at the library. Students should bring a bag lunch.

On August 14, frosh students will attend tech training at Carondelet. The training will begin in the Carondelet library and will be separated into two groups.

Last NameTime
A - K8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
L - Z12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Your daughter will receive her iPad on that day only if she brings an appropriate protective case for the iPad. The school device is an iPad 2017. Please note iPad models are different sizes and require the correctly sized case. You can read more information here.

Your daughter will need an Apple ID for her iPad. She can use one that she already uses or make one with her personal email by following instructions here. Or, she can make a new Apple ID with her new Carondelet email at the Tech Training.

First Week of School

Monday, Aug. 13 Orientation (Frosh & Soph); Tech Training (Transfer) [view full schedule]
Tuesday, Aug. 14: Orientation (Juniors & Seniors); Tech Training (Frosh) [view full schedule]
Wednesday, Aug. 15: Periods 0-7 (Special Schedule)
Thursday, Aug. 16: Periods 0-7
Friday, Aug. 17: Periods 0-7

Bell Schedule

The 2018-19 bell schedule is unchanged from last year. See and print this year’s bell schedule here.

Summer Reading

All students are expected to complete their summer reading assignments before the first day of classes. Click here for our complete summer reading list.

Textbook Purchases

Carondelet juniors and seniors should purchase their books and resources through our online bookstore, which is now open. Please read these instructions on ordering books here. When you select your books, read all information carefully. Some Carondelet and DLS classes have different textbooks, so please select carefully.

Please note: If a course fee is listed in the bookstore, it covers the cost of the required digital platform/resource that the teacher has chosen for the curriculum. If not purchased through Follett bookstore these fees will be added onto tuition with a handling fee.

We make every effort to keep costs as reasonable as possible. Do not hesitate to contact Joan Tracy at should you need assistance or have questions.

Physicals for New Students

A reminder for all new students to complete your physical before Orientation. All freshmen and transfer students must complete the physical examination and turn in this completed form. The physical and form must be completed by Monday, August 13, in order to attend the first day of school.

Creating a School Bucks Account

Students interested in creating or updating their School Bucks account to purchase food through our lunch provider, Epicurean, can do so beginning in August. Please click here to read more about this offering. Please read this letter written for parents from the Epicurean staff about food sourcing and food education at Carondelet.

College and Career

We welcome a new Assistant to the College and Career Department: Michelle San Miguel. Among her many duties to help students, Mrs. San Miguel will help fill transcript requests. College Counselors are assigned by alphabet. Visit the College Counseling page for more information.

A-D | Liz Paz-Rumore, JD - Director of College Counseling
E-L | Colleen Lim - College Counselor
M-Q | Lisa Sciacca - College Counselor
R-Z | Ginger Jessop - College Counselor

Athletics Update

Fall Sports tryouts will be held the week of Monday, August 13. For full dates and times of fall sports open sessions and tryouts, visit this webpage. More information will be made available to all families before classes begin and in-person at the Frosh Family BBQ.

Parent Volunteer Opportunities

All parents are required to complete 20 hours of volunteer service each school year. These hours are tracked through an online program called CERVIS. To learn about upcoming volunteer opportunities and requirements, please click here.

All new parent volunteers must complete requirements. Please review and follow instructions to begin volunteering.

The Frosh Family BBQ event on Sunday, August 12, is in need of volunteers! There are a variety of ways to volunteer - from working the event (need to be a cleared volunteer), to simply donating items. Please visit our Parent Volunteer Page to sign-up!

Parents/Guardians of freshmen are required to participate in the Carondelet's annual fundraiser, Visions of Christmas (VOC). To learn about how to fulfill your VOC requirement, please click here.

Medications/Illness Form

If you have not done so already, please complete this form if your daughter has a life-threatening illness or takes medication at school, and submit the form to the Attendance Office by the start of the school year.


Please check PowerSchool throughout July for updated schedules which will include room numbers and teachers. We have made some adjustments for class size and staffing schedules. We will allow schedule changes the first two weeks of school (level changes the first three weeks of school). We will not be adjusting schedules for teacher request, however, if you have an individual concern, please see Dr. Chaponot (

All new incoming families received an email on July 17 with instructions for how to create a PowerSchool account. For our handy tip sheet, please click here. If you have any problems accessing PowerSchool, please contact Mrs. Almonte (

Change Your Contact Info

Please complete the following “Request to Change Demographic Information” form by Monday, Aug. 13 to alert us of any changes to your personal information. This link can also be found under “Quick Links” in the Parent tab. Please contact Katie Almonte (, Data Analyst, for emergency contact and medical changes.

Letter from the Principal

July 20, 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,

I hope this summer is providing you with an opportunity to rest, relax and have fun with family, friends and loved ones. In this letter, I am excited to update you on improvements that will enhance our students’ experience starting this fall.

Student Life Improvements

I am very pleased to report that Jennifer Reinwald, Chair of our Religion Department for the last few years, will now serve as Vice Principal for Student Life. Jennifer will supervise and help coordinate all the opportunities provided for our students' growth and development beyond academics and athletics. This includes interactions with team members in Campus Ministry, Student Activities/Government, Mission Integration, Personal Counseling, and the Dean of Students Office.

Also new to the Student Life team are Director of Mission Integration Carrie Rehak and Dean of Students Caitlin Main. (Caitlin is moving over from her role as Athletic Director). We are delighted to have the entire Student Life team together to support our young women this coming year.

Facility Improvements

Facility enhancements to support our programs include more furniture in the inner court and on the balcony for use by students in blended classes and by all students for study and gathering space. We are also piloting new classroom furniture. Getting rid of desks designed at the beginning of the 20th century, we will use a variety of adaptable furniture pieces, gauge the benefits to student learning and refurbish more classrooms during the spring semester. We have removed the stairs in the gym that lead up to the stage to create more space and greater safety, and added a fourth water bottle filling station. By rough count, these stations have saved over 80,000 plastic water bottles last school year alone. Concurrently, planning continues on track for the new STEM Innovation Center, as President Bonnie Cotter reported earlier this summer.

Transportation Improvements

I'm pleased to share news on three transportation-related items:

A new drop-off procedure will be implemented at the start of the school year. Last year's procedure created a backup on Winton Drive and Treat Blvd. and congestion in the drop-off area. Valuable parking spots were also occupied. Moving the drop-off space to the back of campus will add 10-15 students parking spots to offset spots lost to Innovation Center construction over the next year and a half. Thank you in advance for your cooperation with the new drop-off location.

School-managed bus transportation will be available in the mornings from the Pleasanton/Livermore/Dublin area, with several communal stops near the highway on the way to campus. As final details are confirmed, they will be posted on our website. Sign-up and registration for this service is required and will begin on Friday, July 27 on a first-come, first-served basis. The first semester payment of $500 will also be due at that time to complete the reservation. Please log on to this transportation link to ensure your daughter has a spot on the bus for this year.

With the Athletics Complex due to open this fall (the artificial turf is being laid as I write this!), a free one-way shuttle to the Complex from our main campus will be provided in the afternoon. Look for the shuttle schedule in coming communications.

You can be assured that these improvements, and all our efforts at Carondelet, are undertaken within the framework of our Sisters of St. Joseph Mission and our Catholic faith and values.

We look forward to meeting our incoming freshman families at the Frosh BBQ on Sunday, August 12; and we can't wait to see the rest of you on the Orientation Days on Monday, August 13 and Tuesday, August 14.

Kevin Cushing

Important Dates

Sunday, Aug. 12: Frosh Family BBQ (RSVP by July 30)

Monday, Aug. 13: Orientation & Photos

Tuesday, Aug. 14: Orientation & Photos

Wednesday, Aug. 15: First Day of School

Summer Updates

Important emails sent to all families in Summer 2018

  • July 20 - Principal Kevin Cushing's Beginning of Year Update
  • July 16 - Message from Kellie Elliott
  • July 9 - President Bonnie Cotter's Mid-Summer Update