• Eight Student Athletes Commit to Dancing or Playing Collegiate Sports

    Posted April 20, 2016

    Concord, Calif. (April 20, 2016) – Carondelet High School honored its athletes today in a special ceremony that recognized the achievements of an exceptional group of graduating seniors who have chosen to continue their athletic careers in college. Every year, high school athletes who have decided to play collegiate sports are given the option of signing a National Letter of Intent (NLI) or a letter of commitment to play for that school. At the final ceremony of the year, Carondelet celebrated eight students who have committed to dance or play sports at the collegiate level.

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    Avery Avina, Point Loma Nazarene University, Track & Field:

    - Member of the 4x400 relay team that broke the school record in 2015
    - Placed 3rd place at 2015 State Track Meet in the 4x400 relay, beating the school record set the previous year
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    Placed 3rd in the NCS Tri-valley Meet and 5th in the NCS Meet of Champions in the 300 hurdles in 2015

    Avery was first drawn to Point Loma because it is steps away from the beautiful beaches of San Diego. In addition to the great location, Point Loma is a reputable small school with Christian values and a welcoming atmosphere. As soon as Avery stepped onto campus, she knew it was home!

    Bianca Delfabro, Lindenwood University, Trap Shooting:

    - Singles Amature Trapshooting Association State Junior Champion, shooting a 199/200
    - Eight time High Lady at Martinez Gun Club
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    Shot a 100 straight for the De La Salle team at Livermore

    Bianca chose Lindenwood University because it gives her the opportunity to continue her shooting career with an Olympic trainer and shoot among Olympians. It is also the nation’s top school for shotgun sports and has earned 12 consecutive National Championships. Bianca looks forward to earning an accounting degree with a minor in criminal justice.

    Hanna Eidson, Point Park University, Dance:

    - Awarded scholarships by both Justin Giles and Stacey Tookey, So You Think You Can Dance choreographers
    - Studied with the Alvin Ailey Company for five weeks in New York City
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    Trained with the Radio City Rockettes at their summer intensive

    Hanna chose Point Park University, one of the top dance schools in the country, because they offer versatile dance training. She looks forward to working with their elite staff and training to become the best dancer that she can be. She can’t wait to live in the vibrant city of Pittsburgh and to join her sister at Point Park.

    Kathryn Hoyt, Sonoma State University, Soccer:

    - Three sport athlete at Carondelet, participating at the varsity level in water polo, soccer, and swimming
    - Competed in the NCS playoffs in 2014 and 2015 in both water polo and soccer, including the 2015-2016 undefeated EBAL soccer season in 2015-2016
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    Recognized as an All-EBAL and All-Contra Costa Times girls soccer player in 2016

    Katie was first introduced to Sonoma State by Carondelet soccer coach Amy Apodaca ‘96, who is both a Carondelet and Sonoma State alumna. Upon taking a closer look, by visiting campus and practicing with the soccer team, Katie knew it was the perfect fit for her. Sonoma State offers a supportive environment, both academically and athletically, and she felt right at home on campus and with her future teammates.

    Katherine Kuptz, St. Mary’s College of California, Lacrosse:

    - Four-year varsity lacrosse player and two-year Captain
    - Earned Academic All-American honors and Carondelet’s MVP award in 2015
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    Volunteer at John Muir Hospital

    Katie chose St. Mary’s College because of its small size, location, and the student/faculty ratio—which will come in handy as she pursues her career in medicine. She loves the campus’ small community feel and the easy access to all that the Bay Area has to offer. Katie also looks forward to joining her sister, Molly, who is also on the lacrosse team.

    Julianna Ruotolo, California Polytechnic State University, Track & Field:

    - Placed 3rd place at 2015 State Track Meet in the 4x400 relay with a school record-breaking time
    - Competed in Indoor Track Nationals in New York earlier this spring
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    Took 3rd in the 1600 Sprint Medley at the Arcadia night meet in 2016

    Julianna chose to attend Cal Poly because of the supportive and friendly, yet competitive atmosphere. She loves the central coast location and the welcoming campus environment. In addition to their track & field program, Julianna was drawn to their “learn by doing” philosophy, and she knows that Cal Poly will be a great academic fit as well.

    Taylor Smallwood, Pacific University, Volleyball:

    - Two-year member of the Carondelet volleyball program and a member of Club Solano
    - Earned a position on the 2015 NCVA USA High Performance U17 Global Challenge Team that traveled to Europe to play in Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Italy and Germany
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    Selected to play on the AAU USA High Performance U22 Global Challenge team

    Taylor chose Pacific University because of its tight knit community, gorgeous campus, academic excellence and study abroad programs. She also felt an immediate connection with the coaches and her future teammates. Taylor looks forward to her next chapter and is proud to be a Boxer!

    Makenna Zimmerman, California State University, Long Beach State, Dance:

    - Four-year Carondelet varsity dance team member, Captain her senior year
    - Member of the Carondelet dance team that won four national titles
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    Universal Dance Association All-American

    Makenna chose Long Beach State because of its nationally ranked dance program, which includes the largest dance facility in the country. She was also attracted to the feeling of community among the dancers in the program and the great southern California location.

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  • Carondelet’s Lenten Project Focuses on Refugee Crisis

    Posted March 11, 2016

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    Concord, Calif. (March 11, 2016) – Students at Carondelet High School are taking this Lenten season to learn more about the plight of refugees around the world, and how teenagers can make a difference for refugee families.

    Led by the school’s Spiritual Life Council (SLC), a student group that plans spiritual activities for the campus community, Carondelet students chose to focus on the refugee crisis during Lent because they knew about it from the news but wanted to understand it more fully.

    “This is a relevant issue politically and in our faith community, and many of the refugees who are fleeing their homes are people of faith,” said Eva Bergman, a junior and SLC member. “Our Catholic teachings tell us to reach out and help. We decided to use this Lenten season to build greater empathy on campus toward refugees, to learn to see beyond the stereotypes and realize that they are often families just like our own.”

    Adds Kaitlyn Trilevsky, a sophomore and SLC member, “We want everyone at Carondelet to get a sense of what refugees are going through, and to see that they are people just like us.” Trilevsky and three other Carondelet students recently attended a Catholic Charities of the East Bay event on the refugee crisis in order to bring that information back to the school.

    As part of the Lenten focus, the SLC has presented two lunchtime videos on the refugee crisis followed by open discussion. The students also created and have displayed in the center of the school a Stations of the Cross – a Catholic devotion focusing on 14 scenes from the day Jesus was crucified – using photos of refugees to relate Jesus’ suffering to the modern day crisis. “We wanted these Stations to remind us to see Jesus in everyone, and see that the scenarios He endured are similar to those refugee families face today,” said sophomore and SLC member Makenzie Miller.

    Although the students say building campus awareness of the issue is a key goal of their Lenten project, they are also focusing on taking concrete action to help refugee families. During Carondelet’s celebration of Sisterhood Week beginning on March 14, the students will talk about the difficulties and dangers facing those who have to flee their countries with small children. The school community will then begin collecting baby carriers to donate to Carry the Future, a California-based non-profit that provides baby carriers and relief packs to refugees to assist them on their long journeys (www.carrythefuture.org). The students will also collect money for Catholic Charities of the East Bay’s refugee programs. The school’s Holy Week liturgy the following week will be offered for the refugees.

    In addition, a number of Carondelet faculty members are incorporating discussion of the refugee crisis into their English, Social Studies, Math and Religion classes. “This school-wide focus is enabling students to grapple with how complex these issues really are, and to see refugees and immigrants not as faceless numbers but as families with real concerns,“ said Lacy Matthews, campus minister at Carondelet. “This issue is one to which Pope Francis has called the entire Catholic Church. There is such a huge crisis right now and we as Catholics cannot look away; we need to turn toward those in need, educate ourselves about their situations, and do what we can to alleviate their suffering."

    Carondelet students note that the Lenten project is already helping them gain greater awareness of the refugee crisis. “Our goal was to help build greater empathy toward refugees, to learn to see beyond the stereotypes and realize that they are not that different from our own families,” junior Eva Bergman said.

    Makenzie Miller noted that it felt important to take on this global issue as a high school community. “A lot of what we hear about the refugee crisis is from adults, including our parents and the news, but it is far more powerful to have these conversations with other teenagers. It is great to look at the issue from the teen point of view and consider what we ourselves can do to help.”

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  • Varsity Soccer Advances to NCS Finals!

    Posted February 25, 2016
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    Just two weeks after clinching the EBAL title, Varsity Soccer knocks out the NCS Division 1 defending champions to secure their spot in the 2016 finals! Led by ten seniors, including four NLI commits, our Cougars will face off against San Ramon Valley in Saturday’s final. Kick-off starts at 7:00 p.m. at Dublin High School. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students, children and seniors.

    Meanwhile, Varsity Basketball starts their post-season run Friday evening at Carondelet vs. Mt. Eden. Our basketball squad dominated their EBAL season and entered the NCS Tournament with the #1 seed. Go, Cougars!

  • Girl Scouts Inspiring STEM for Girls

    Posted February 16, 2016
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    Recently, Seniors Violet Castle, Sarah Padilla, and Vivian Vo represented Girl Scouts at the International Consumer Electronics Showcase (CES) in Las Vegas. They staffed the Girl Scout booth, explained how the new Digital Cookie program works, were interviewed by national media, and participated in the Girls STEM Summit, a national forum attended by female CEOs from around the country to promote girls in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). They also networked with Girl Scouts National CEO Anna Maria Chavez and with our nation's first female Chief Technology Officer, Megan Smith.

    Girl Scouts plays an active role in closing the gender gap and encouraging more young girls to pursue education and careers in engineering and technology. Great job Vivian, Sarah, and Violet!

  • Students Return from Trip to DC

    Posted February 16, 2016
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    Last week, eight Carondelet students and 16 De La Salle students joined together to explore Washington, DC. Through the Close Up Foundation, the students enjoyed workshops with other students from around the country, explored the historic town, debated hot topics such as immigration and states' rights, participated in a mock Congress, and opened up by sharing and listening to each other's political beliefs.

    A special treat was "Capitol Hill Day" when students met their own congressional representatives, including Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA 11) who took time for a one-on-one conference to share his story and answer questions.

  • One Billion Rising at Carondelet

    Posted February 11, 2016
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    RISE - DANCE!
    The week of Valentine's Day, students gathered in the amphitheater for our 4th annual One Billion Rising event to rise, dance and demand justice and an end to violence against women.

    Did you know that one in three women on this planet is raped or beaten in her lifetime, according to the United Nations? That is one billion women violated. One billion daughters, mothers, grandmothers, sisters, lovers and friends.

    One Billion Rising will move the earth, activating women and men to dance across every country and promote the dignity of all human beings especially women.

    View the video here.

  • Community Service Opportunities Abound

    Posted February 9, 2016
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    Last week, 12 outside agencies attended Carondelet's lunchtime community service fair. This was a wonderful opportunity for our students to ask questions and receive information about volunteering at the various sites (e.g., summer camps, day camps, tutoring, visiting with the elderly, etc.). All of the representatives from these agencies were very impressed with our students' interest in volunteering!

  • Carondelet Hosts East Bay CUE Conference

    Posted January 28, 2016
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    On Saturday, Jan. 23, Carondelet hosted East Bay CUE'S (Computer Using Educators) 12th annual Cool Tools event. Teachers from across the East Bay gathered for a day of exploration and learning. Jon Corippo, CUE Director of Academic Innovation, presented the keynote, "Future Ready, 4C's and Real Change." The themes of creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration were seen in workshops on STEM Design, Bootstrap, Google extensions, Pecha Kucha, and other educational technologies. Our very own Kevin Cushing, Katie Almonte and Joan Tracy were among the talented teachers presenting. It was an awesome day and Twitter agreed: #cooltools16.

  • Press Release: Carondelet High School to Acquire ClubSport Valley Vista

    Posted December 21, 2015

    Carondelet High School announced today that it has signed a purchase agreement to acquire ClubSport Valley Vista from Leisure Sports, Inc. in an effort to support the school’s students, most of whom participate on one or more of the school’s athletic teams.

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  • Press Release: Carondelet High School Publishes History Book Celebrating 50th Anniversary

    Posted December 10, 2015

    In honor of its 50th anniversary, Carondelet High School has published a book celebrating its history and the many religious and lay women and men who founded the school and have kept it thriving since 1965.

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  • Press Release: Carondelet Student Athletes Sign Letters of Commitment to Play Collegiate Sports

    Posted November 13, 2015

    Concord, Calif. (Nov. 13, 2015) – Carondelet High School honored its athletes today in a special ceremony that recognized the achievements of the school’s fall sports: golf, volleyball, tennis, water polo and cross country – all of which made it to the North Coast Section (NCS) playoffs – and celebrated the accomplishments of six students who signed letters of commitment to play collegiate sports. WATCH THE VIDEO

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    “Our student athletes are incredibly dedicated,” said Athletics Director Caitlin Lawson ‘05. “They work hard both on the field and in the classroom, so it is no surprise that colleges want them in their program.”

    Every year high school athletes who commit to playing collegiate sports for a particular university have the option of signing a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to play for that school. At Carondelet’s celebration, six students signaled their intent to continue their athletic career in college.

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  • Model United Nations

    Posted November 9, 2015
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    Our Model United Nations students participated in the annual Model UN conference Oct. 31-Nov. 1 at Diablo Valley College.

  • Open House Brings Hundreds of New Families to Campus

    Posted November 2, 2015
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    Thank you for making our Open House on Sunday, Nov. 1, a wonderful experience for prospective families! Nearly 400 young women visited our campus with their family, and many told us how impressed they are with the Carondelet students, teachers and parents with whom they interacted!

    If you know someone who is planning to apply to Carondelet, please remind them that early bird applications are due Nov. 11, and the application deadline is Dec. 4. Thank you again for helping us demonstrate the spirit of Carondelet.

  • St. Marty's Party Success

    Posted November 2, 2015
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    What a fun and festive way to end October! Last Thursday, over 70 ghosts, goblins and fairytale princesses from St. Martin de Porres in Oakland and Building Blocks in Concord enjoyed an afternoon of costumes, pizza, Halloween candy, face painting, bouncy houses, carnival games and prizes at our annual St. Marty's Party. Seeing the children's faces light up when they arrived on campus and were greeted by their "buddy" and then given their very own costume and hand-sewn pillowcase for collecting all their treasures was priceless! Thank you - students, families and faculty - for making our annual St. Marty's Party possible!

  • A Celebration of Peace

    Posted September 22, 2015
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    On the eve of Pope Francis' visit to the United States, our students participated in a moving "Prayer for Peace" Liturgy. Thank you to the four young women who shared powerful reflections about the injustices they see in our world and for reminding us of Pope Paul VI's advice: "If you want peace, work for justice."

  • 50 Years Ago - This Week!

    Posted September 9, 2015
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    On September 7, 1965, Carondelet High School opened its doors to 120 eager freshman students. Sister Kathleen Francis taught English and history, Sister Margaret Alacoque taught Spanish and algebra and Sister Edward Mary taught Latin and social studies.

  • Joan Tracy Featured in Today's Catholic Teacher Magazine for her Expertise in Finding Credible Sources

    Posted May 1, 2015


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    Do you or your students need help figuring out if a source is credible or not? If so, we highly recommend you read this article from the April/May 2015 issue of Today's Catholic Teacher Magazine where Joan Tracy helps demystify which source to cite and which source to skip.

    Read the pdf article here, or visit Today's Catholic Teacher website to view the article online.

  • Celebrating Our 50th Day of School

    Posted October 27, 2015
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    In celebration of the 50th day of school on Oct. 26, students were treated to some fun surprises!

    At an impromptu assembly just before lunch, several students received gift cards for being the 50th student in each class (alphabetical order), the 50th car in line for drop-off, having lockers 50A and 50B, and having a parking spaces with a 50 in it. The girls in Cougar FAM #50 earned the right to wear jeans on Tuesday.

    The entire Carondelet family also enjoyed little bags of red-and-white candies, and got a sneak peek at the fun routine that our dancers will perform this week for our St. Marty's Party!

  • A Week of Celebration

    Posted September 14, 2015
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    Although only four days, last week was full of cheer, remembrance, and joy. So great to rejoice in 50 years of educating women of heart, faith, and courage with all members of our community, alumnae, and honorable guests connecting in celebration. Friday’s welcome rally captured the creativity and welcoming spirit of our special community…really awesome witnessing individual classes joining other classes in their dance and skits with reassurance, merriment, applause, and songs reflecting the previous 5 decades.

  • Press Release: Carondelet Cougar Roars to Life with Fresh New Look

    Posted August 5, 2015


    Athletics program kicks off the school year with new logo, mission, director and partnerships

    Varsity volleyball players Shaelyn McHugh ‘16, Sarah Hodson ‘16, and Dom Carpinello ‘16 show off Carondelet’s powerful new cougar, which is being released on the eve of the school’s 50th year.
    Varsity volleyball players Shaelyn McHugh ‘16, Sarah Hodson ‘16, and Dom Carpenello ‘16 show off Carondelet’s powerful new cougar, which is being released on the eve of the school’s 50th year.

    Concord, Calif. (Aug. 5, 2015) – Carondelet High School proudly released its new cougar today, which is leaping across the freshly painted gym floor and onto Carondelet’s new athletic uniforms and gear.

    “Strong, courageous, proud, and graceful, the cougar is the ideal mascot for Carondelet High School, whose student athletes embody these attributes as they engage in 26 teams, including 12 CIF-sanctioned sports,” said Carondelet’s new Athletics Director Caitlin Lawson ’05.

    Unveiled for the start of the 2015-16 school year, the new look of the mascot – a sleek, majestic, bounding cat – also demonstrates the forward movement, unlimited possibility, and power of Carondelet’s incredible community of students and alumnae. Since 1976, the cougar has been the Carondelet mascot – replacing, by popular student vote, the “conquistador,” the school’s original mascot. Now, as Carondelet begins the celebration of its 50th year, a new image of its cougar is moving the school forward.

    The new cougar pays tribute to the hard work and dedication of Carondelet’s student athletes, coaches and fans, and highlights the importance of women’s sports, which can increase girls’ confidence, teamwork, leadership skills and their commitment to academics.

    As part of Carondelet’s renewed commitment to its extensive and competitive athletics program, it has unveiled a new athletics mission statement, vision statement and core values that demonstrate the school’s appreciation for how sports positively impact athletes’ lives and experience in high school and beyond.

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