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Special section

to graduates from
Most Rev. Michael
C. Barber, SJ and
Rev. Larry Young

Becoming superintendent a homecoming for Kathleen Radecke

FACE gala puts spotlight on
the future

Diocese's only
middle school graduates its
first class

Tribute to the
Class of 2017

Graduation Awards

Year by year,
St. Theresa students learn to serve

SJND students
study, explore and volunteer in Thailand

New chapel a sacred space for worship
and reflection

Clean water
advocate named Carondelet alumna
of the year

BOD students, programs excel
in year

Moreau grad
named National
Merit Scholar

Saint Mary's
of California

Holy Names University

Bishop O'Dowd
High School

High School

De La Salle
High School

Holy Names
High School

Moreau Catholic
High School

St. Elizabeth
High School

St. Joseph Notre Dame High School

Saint Mary's
College High

Salesian College Preparatory

Notre Dame
alums honor
Father Hesburgh

CEO credits faith
with his success


Sister Regina Marie Novacek, OP

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Graduation 2017

An especially memorable experience for the students was visiting two Catholic orphanages.

Students had the opportunity to feed elephants on this year's academic immersion trip.

SJND students study, explore and volunteer in Thailand

During the Easter school break, 33 St. Joseph Notre Dame High School students traveled to Thailand to study, explore and volunteer. Science Department Chair Kristina Taylor hosted this year's academic immersion trip supported by chaperones and SJND staff members Jennifer Stein and Angelica Bailon.

Students had the opportunity to float down the River Khwae, feed elephants, enjoy an authentic Thai dinner with classical dances and attend a Thai Easter Sunday Mass where each parishioner received a hard boiled Easter egg. They toured the Grand Palace, Emerald Buddha, Summer Palace of King Rama IV, JEATH Museum and World War II Cemetery, Sukhothai Historical Park, Wat Pa Lelai monastery and many more sites.

An especially memorable experience for the students was visiting two Catholic orphanages including The Camillian House, for orphaned or abandoned children with disabilities. SJND students brought needed supplies purchased with money they raised at student life fundraisers. The students enjoyed interacting with the children as both groups took turns singing for each other. At the Camillian House, SJND students learned about the facility and had a dance party with the children.

SJND provides opportunities to do immersion experiences and field studies in a foreign country each year, alternating between the science and social studies departments. Recent destinations have included the United Kingdom, Costa Rica, the Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu. Through science trips, students learn about the wildlife, biodiversity, history and culture of their travel destination; on social studies trips, they study that country's significant people and historical events. SJND will travel to Greece and Rome next year.

SJND also provides students opportunities for service immersion within the United States. Twenty-two students will travel to Chiloquin, Oregon, this summer to work with the Sierra Service Project. They will spend one week improving the homes, churches, community buildings, schools and gardens in the community.

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