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Dear Friends of Jesuit High School Sacramento:
The dictionary defines resilient as: 1) the ability to be happy, successful, etc., again after something difficult or bad has happened; 2) the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness; 3) the ability to respond, absorb, and adapt to, as well as recover in a disruptive event.
Isa Silva, Basketball
“My favorite memory from playing basketball at Jesuit High School has been practice. After every school day I would take the same walk to pick up my things from the car and head straight to the gym. This is where I was able to find peace after a long day at school. The joy from competing and being around your teammates is something I will never forget.”
Devon Walzcykowski, Baseball
Christmas Tree Lane, a 64-year tradition, continued this year in new ways. CTL 2020 had a video premiere of the beloved student and parent choreographed dance production that show-
In the spirit of Advent and the Christmas season, and in spite of the challenges that COVID-19 brought, Jesuit was very pleased to present its 12th Annual “Lessons and Carols.”
Traditions Continue Amidst Restrictions
Fall Drama, “Show. (And Tell.)
Items from the Museum of Lost Things”
Never one to see the lights go out on a production, the Jesuit Drama Fall 2020 original play adapted to become virtual. “Show. (And Tell): Items from the Museum of Lost Things” premiered in November, keeping alive the 50-plus year tradition of actors from Jesuit and St. Francis High Schools coming together “on stage.”
With the cancellation of in-person service-learning and cultural immersion programs due to COVID-19, Jesuit Sacramento still wanted to find a way to offer the experience with students’ peers, other schools, and an organization focused on issues of service and justice to our students. T
Dr. Katherine Madden’s Digital Photography class took images inspired by famous master photographers that each class member researched. Here are some of their results. If you are not familiar with some of the masters, look them up; you will recognize many of their iconic images and you’ll see why they are, indeed, masters who inspire a new generation of photographers.
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is one of the nation’s largest youth development organizations committed to providing programs that build character, leadership skills, and personal fitness. At Jesuit, Boy Scouts have had an instrumental impact on campus; many Marauders have proudly worn the Scout uniform, including Rev. John P. McGarry, S.J., President, who is an Eagle Scout with Bronze and Gold Palms and is a member of the Order of the Arrow, as well.
Starting sophomore year, I challenged myself to begin commuting to school. There were a handful of students who also commuted by bike and, feeling a lack of community amongst us, I decided to form a club. After reaching out to Mr. Loverich, the Marauders Bike Club was born.
Each year, Open House is an opportunity for the school to showcase what makes attending this institution “a life-building experience.” Due to the pandemic, the annual gathering of potential students took on a much different look.
During the fall 2020 semester, faculty and students safely returned to campus for in-person classes following a hybrid program (two days on campus, two days of distance learning). The student body was divided in half,
Excerpted from The Plank by Matt Parks ’21
Since the establishment of Jesuit Sacramento in 1963, the school’s mascot has been the Marauder. Now, 57 years later, what does it mean for students to be a Marauder?
Do Catholic Schools Really Matter?
Catholic schools had a profound affect on Eric Jackson ’09, who lives out his faith with enthusiasm and real-world application.
No doubt, Catholic graduates make a positive contribution to society and are more likely to practice their faith as young adults.
After more than fifty-years of faithful service, Jesuit’s Father Joseph F. Barry, S.J. Gymnasium was due for a well-deserved renovation. The Barry Gym has been the site of countless life-changing events, both for the individual and for the school.
Leading with Empathy…and Insight
Greg Harcos shares his rich, varied career and shares his newest role
Greg Harcos ’89 has experienced just about every type of role one can have at Jesuit High School: student, alumni, teacher, coach, parent and administrator. Although his working relationship with the school has varied over the years, his perspective on the Jesuit community has stayed consistent.
Staying Connected in These Unprecedented Times
Jesuit's Principal and President Reflect on the Last Few Months
Our school is based on connections—to teachings, to each other, to our bigger community.
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Jesuit High School Sacramento transitioned to remote learning on Monday, March 16. The school, which already had students utilizing a robust online
For the safety of students and their families in light of the Coronavirus, Jesuit High School Sacramento implemented the Digital Learning Days Protocol on March 13. Since then, students have received online education, an experience that has shifted the dynamic of learning.
Jesuit Sacramento is more than a school, it is a community. That means caring for our students AND their parents. Our administration team has been calling our families to let them know we are thinking of them and making sure they’re doing well. The calls also had an unexpected result for our Dean…
For over a decade, the Examen prayer enriches each afternoon at Jesuit High School Sacramento, winding down every school day with a reflection rooted in Ignatian spirituality, but this past year the Daily Examen has seen a small change.
Student Religious Coordinator Grant Houle ’20 took the lead in transforming the on-campus Morning Prayer and Daily Examen when Jesuit Sacramento moved to distance learning.
Jesuit Students Travel to Our Nation’s Capital for an Immersive Learning Experience
Jesuit High School Sacramento students are uniquely called to be advocates for justice.
Last February, the Jesuit High School Sacramento La Raza Club took their annual trip to Los Angeles and embraced their Hispanic and Latino heritage by serving impoverished groups who share the same ethnic background.
Ignatian Spirituality invites us to notice where God is at work in our daily lives.
Now more than ever, I find myself drawn to the book of Acts in my daily prayer. It has always been a favorite because of the glimpse it gives us into the lives of the early Christians: how they cared for each other, and how they gathered, prayed, and shared a meal together… in their homes.
What you would have seen in the Black Box Theater for our 2020 spring musical would have delighted you:
Dr. Madden’s Advanced Digital Media class writes visual essays sharing their experiences about this season of isolation. Each photo essay consisted of several panels. We pulled a few excerpts to share.
There’s something thoroughly Ignatian about finding God in music. St. Ignatius’s spiritual approach strives to touch the heart directly, and that is what music does, too. Music is literally beyond words. It is feeling and emotion that unifies the listener.
As freshmen, we began our journey on orientation day meeting our Big Brothers. They showed us the ropes here and helped us get comfortable in a new environment. As much as they helped, I attribute the sense of brotherhood to each of you. I remember that first day of freshman year having classes with complete strangers, but all you strangers welcomed me with open arms.
Taking Their Game to the Next Level
Colleges include NCAA Division I Schools Washington, Stanford, Cal, USC & Arizona
These Marauders joined an elite pool of high school athletes who signed their letters
This shorthand expression is often used when talking about alums, students, parents and friends of Jesuit who give so much in support of our school.
It really starts with the Keck family. Brian Keck, the Master Distiller at J.J. Pfister, opened up shop in 2015 with his family and his two best friends by his side.
Instead of gathering in the gym with fellow Jesuit supporters, you gazed into a computer screen. We know it wasn’t easy,
The Barry Gym project, which began in summer 2019, qualifies as an essential infrastructure project in California, and even under the stay-at-home orders, Phase Two
Former JHS Principal Fr. Fran Stiegeler, S.J. (1994-98), has a favorite saying: “A ship in the harbor is safe; but that’s not what ships are for!” I think an analogous saying would be: “Jesuit High School has a beautiful campus. But that beauty is lost if there are no students and faculty, players and coaches, parents and alumni to enjoy its benefits of providing an environment for the many aspects of a Jesuit Education.”
Recently, a parent of one of our current students suggested to Fr. McGarry, S.J. that Jesuit High School explain to the broader constituency the many ways to “Support Jesuit” through financial contributions.
To those who have been around the Catholic Church and Catholic schools for a long time, the request for time, talent, and treasure is expected.
The Jesuit High School Student-Parent Handbook states that the purpose of the school’s retreat program is “to cultivate both deeper self-affirmation and acceptance of God’s unconditional love.”
People enter a white-washed adobe church; music floats through the air. From within the church, the priest says to the congregation, “Peace be with you.” Adjacent to the church is a metal and concrete fence that pierces the land and stretches into a rugged hill beyond.
Jesuit High School’s Big Brother Program, coordinated by Campus Ministry, matches rising Seniors and incoming Freshmen with the hope that Big Brothers will help Freshmen adjust to high school life
Biology to Science Olympiad
- Four full years of laboratory science (UC-approved) available for all students at all ability levels
- AP courses offered: AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics 1, AP Physics 2
- Four science labs on campus
- Competitive club: Science Olympiad
- Interest clubs: Rocketry, Theoretical Astrophysics
Learn more about the Science Department