• 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.

  • 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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  • Help Us Celebrate

    Posted July 3, 2015

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    Carondelet High School is celebrating its 50th anniversary! To commemorate this special occasion, we are infusing the spirit of our mission and history into all of our activities throughout the 2015-16 school year, with events for every member of the Carondelet family and community - including a three-day Grand Reunion with De La Salle Sept. 11-13. Please click here to read more about what we have planned.

  • Press Release: Carondelet High School Appoints New Athletics Director

    Posted June 22, 2015
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    2005 Alumna to Head Athletics Program Featuring 500 Student Athletes

    Concord, Calif. (June 22, 2015) – Following a national search that generated more than 100 highly-qualified applicants from around the country, Caitlin Lawson, a 2005 alumna of Carondelet High School, has been appointed as the school’s new Director of Athletics.

    “Caitlin brings an intelligence, passion and enthusiasm for athletics, education and the tradition of Carondelet,” said President Bonnie Cotter. “As a student athlete who excelled both here at Carondelet and in collegiate sports, Caitlin understands the discipline it takes to be a true team player.”

    Caitlin was hired to replace retiring Athletics Director Gleam Green, who had served in this capacity since 2000. Prior to joining Carondelet, Caitlin worked as both a teacher and an administrator. She comes to Carondelet from Bentley School in Oakland, where she most recently served as the K-8 Athletics Director. Prior to Bentley, she worked at Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles as the Assistant Athletics Director. Caitlin holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science/Journalism from Pepperdine University, where she played Division 1 volleyball. She also earned a Master's degree in Teaching/Social Studies from the University of Southern California.

    “I am honored to return to Carondelet to lead a department that features some of the most competitive girls’ sports teams in the region,” Lawson said.

    (for complete press release, follow the "read more" link below)

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  • School's Out for Summer

    Posted June 3, 2015

    As we celebrate the end of the school year, we want to thank you for your continued partnership and congratulate your daughters and their teachers for their hard work and dedication to excellence. It has been an amazing year!

    Over the summer, our work here will continue as we prepare for next year when we will welcome new principal Kevin Cushing and celebrate our 50th anniversary.

    We are so proud to have unveiled our renewed mission and vision statements this year and, as part of our new strategic plan, we are actively integrating these core statements into all that we do, in the relationships we continue to build, and in our communications to our families, alumnae, community partners, partner schools and the broader community. (follow the below link to read the full article)

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  • Carondelet Mourns the Loss of Catholic Education Champion

    Posted July 10, 2015
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    Dedication of the Garaventa Center, October 23, 1998.


    With gratitude and respect, the Carondelet community mourns the loss of Mrs. Mary Candida Garaventa, who passed away June 29, 2015.

    Mrs. Garaventa was a faithful friend and generous benefactor who, along with her husband Silvio, was deeply committed to supporting quality Catholic education at Carondelet High School and schools throughout the Bay Area.

    Although she was not a graduate of our school, Mrs. Garaventa embodied the mission and spirit of a Carondelet woman – she lived her life with heart, faith and courage, caring for and serving her community in innumerable ways.

    Deeply devoted to her family and her faith, Mrs. Garaventa sent her three daughters to Carondelet High School, with her eldest, Cookie, among the first graduating class in 1969. Her six granddaughters also attended Carondelet.

    Among the many gifts she and her family bestowed upon the school, Mrs. Garaventa established scholarships for underserved young women who wanted to pursue a Catholic education.

    In 1998, Carondelet was honored to dedicate its multi-purpose building as the Garaventa Center, named in honor of their generous family. (pictured)

    We are grateful for Mrs. Garaventa’s long-standing support of our school and we send our deepest condolences and blessings to her family as we hold her memory close in our hearts.

  • Find Us, Follow Us, Like Us, Love Us!

    Posted June 9, 2015

    Stay up to date with what's happening with our students and alumnae by connecting with us on social media. If you have a story you think we'd like to share, send us an email at cditzel@carondeleths.org.

    Facebook - www.facebook.com/CarondeletHighSchool
    Instagram - instagram.com/carondelet_hs
    Twitter - @Carondelet_HS
    Athletics Twitter - @Go_Carondelet
    LinkedIn Alumnae Group

  • Congratulations Class of 2015!

    Posted May 26, 2015

    This past weekend was bittersweet for our Carondelet community as we sent another class of graduates off into the world. These young women have been such an integral part of our lives for the past four years as we helped to nurture and challenge them to discover and embrace their many unique talents and gifts.
    They are strong, capable women who have excelled in academics, leadership, service, artistic endeavors and athletic pursuits. They now have the opportunity to build on the foundation they have received from Carondelet as they strive to become all of which they are capable and continue to follow God’s light in serving all of His creation with equal love and equal care.

    Class of 2015 – Congratulations and God Bless all of you.

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  • 2015-2016 Department Chairs

    Posted May 19, 2015

    As we continue to move forward with our strategic vision to ensure continued innovation in our academic departments through the years ahead, we are pleased to announce the restructuring of our academic department chair positions, and the appointments made to fill these expanded roles.

    Beginning with the 2015-16 academic year, our department chairs will be collaboratively engaged in leading curriculum innovation and teacher development to create a vision for their departments that inspires excellence in meeting the needs of our students. Their work will include researching best practices, visiting schools demonstrating excellence, and staying abreast of trends and opportunities in Catholic and women's education as part of a departmental audit and assessment.

    We are excited to announce the following appointments:

    English: Mrs. Hayley Shapland
    Kinesiology: Mrs. Stephanie Cline
    Math: Mrs. Lesley Schooler '96
    Modern Language: Mrs. Jennifer Mammola
    Religious Studies: Mrs. Jennifer Reinwald
    Science: Mrs. Merrilee Silveira '88
    Social Studies: Mr. Phil Miller
    Visual and Performing Arts: Mrs. Amy Way
    (follow this link to read the department chair bios)

    The new chairs have been provided with more time and flexibility to work within their departments and across all departments to facilitate successful student outcomes, and to focus on teacher observation and professional development. They will also gather and analyze data to prepare for our re-accreditation, and help ensure a dynamic educational environment that is meeting the needs of our students now and in the future.

    We are so pleased that after a regional search we found the best candidates from within our very own Carondelet faculty. We are proud that we have a strong group of educators who are so committed to the success of our students and our school and who are eager to lead the way for our exciting and dynamic future.

  • Serving the Dear Neighbor

    Posted April 27, 2015
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    Representing Carondelet proudly, juniors, Abigail O'Connor, Brittany Bates, Chelsea Bailey and Angelina Brandt, as well as sophomores Catherine Lopez, Heather Scheibley and Noelle Mazolewski spent their spring break building houses and making a difference among very poor families living in northern Mexico. (Abigail and Brittany were part of the Amor Ministries group and the rest of the students were part of the St. Agnes trip.)

    These girls had an intense week of hard work, camp living, sun showers, spiritual focus, great conversations and unforgettable memories. While the houses they help to build are very simple in structure, students build the entire house from the ground up without the help of power tools! They level the ground, mix the concrete, pour the foundation, frame the walls and roof, install doors and windows, stucco the exterior, and tar the roof.

    Ladies, thank you for sharing your time as well as your heart, faith and courage to serve the dear neighbor. You make us proud!

  • Talented New Hires Will Join Our Leadership Team

    Posted May 5, 2015
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    As part of our strategic initiative to advance Carondelet High School as a student-centered 21st century learning environment, we are excited to announce the hiring of several key people to a new Department at our school: the Department of Student Life and Success. This new Department is being established to ensure a more individualized experience for each and every student, to help assure both her academic success and her personal and spiritual development.

    First, we are happy to welcome Liz Paz-Rumore as Director of Student Success, who will oversee and coordinate the re-organized Student Success program that will include College and Career Counseling and the new position of Educational Support Specialist being filled by Kathy Harris. Liz comes to us from Quarry Lane School which is located in Dublin, CA where she has held multiple administrative roles, including serving as their Director of College and Career for nearly 15 years. Liz is not new to the CHS family; she also served as a member of the CHS board for the past four years and is the mother of two CHS alumnae, Nicole Rumore '09 and Marina Rumore '11. She holds a Doctorate of Jurisprudence degree from the Boston University School of Law as well as a Multiple Subject Teaching credential from Chapman University. Liz will join our CHS community on June 8.

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    Second, we hope you will join us in welcoming Joe Silveira to a new role at our school: the Director of Student Life. As is typical Joe, he is already taking on his new responsibilities helping to build and launch our first summer school program to begin in June. In his new role, Joe will oversee our Dean and Director of Student Activities. He will also be working closely with Campus Ministry to help create a more holistic approach to serving our students. Joe has served for the past seven years as a Mathematics teacher for us and has well over 20 years in Catholic educational leadership. He has served as an Assistant Principal for CHS and Principal for Saint Mary School in addition to serving students in the public school system and Diocese of Oakland. Joe holds a Master's degree in Educational Administration from Saint Mary's College and is currently pursuing his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Saint Mary's.

    Liz and Joe will be part of the new Department of Student Life and Success overseen by Jessica Mix '99 in her new Assistant Principal role. This new, integrated Department will help provide a vibrant, positive, and mission-centered student experience for each student attending CHS.

    Thank you for your continued support as we move forward. We are very excited to be putting the pieces in place to launch our anniversary year with a plan to ensure a strong and dynamic school for the next 50 years!

  • Colleen Gill Named Salutatorian

    Posted April 29, 2015

    Congratulations to Colleen Gill, our 2015 Salutatorian! Colleen has been an active and contributing member of the Carondelet community for the last four years, making an impact on her peers, teachers and community. While maintaining a high GPA, Colleen excelled in the arts and became a spiritual leader on campus. During all four years, Colleen was involved in Company, our school's theater program, and took on the role of stage manager her senior year. Throughout high school, Colleen developed and shared her musical gifts in many ways. Colleen often lead our community in song during our liturgies with her guitar and voice, and participated in concert choir for the past two years. Additionally, driven by her faith, Colleen participated in Ven a Ver Salinas and Ven a Ver San Diego - two CHS immersions in which students serve the homeless, learn about injustice and prayerfully reflect on how they ought to respond. Because of her faith and devotion to Christ, Colleen was also selected to serve as the student director of Kairos 58.

    *The Salutatorian candidates are selected by their peers. A faculty committe then chooses the Salutatorian after each nominee presents her possible welcoming speech for graduation.

  • 25th Annual Golf Tournament is a Huge Success

    Posted April 28, 2015

    What better way is there to build a sense of community and friendship while supporting STEM education for girls, than at the Diablo Country Club supporting Carondelet's 25th Annual Golf Tournament! The course was full of entertaining activities-a marshmallow drive, putting contest, longest drive, closest-to-the-hole contest, two hole-in-one contests for cars, bulls eye, black jack, hit the green, and more. Six student athletes from the Golf team were also on the course stationed at holes 5 and 16 ready to take a tee shot for a player for $10. Together they raised about $1,600!

    Course refreshments included a fabulous Morucci's boxed lunch as well as quesadillas and margaritas on the first tee, Maverick's hot links and shrimp cocktail on the seventh tee, a hosted beverage cart, and ice cream (very popular in the warm weather). After all the on-course fun, players enjoyed a two-hour premium hosted bar in the clubhouse and a delicious dinner with fun awards and prizes. It was a "win-win situation," since the Swing for Science Golf Tournament benefitted the STEM program (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math education) at Carondelet.

    Thank you to our 30 volunteers for helping make this such a fantastic event for our 94 golfers! We couldn't have done it without you.

    Congratulations to our $5,000 Pebble Beach gift card winner JB Orrechia!

    Save the Date: If you missed out this year, don't miss it next year. The Carondelet Golf Tournament will be on Monday, April 25, 2016.

  • New Athletic Director Announced

    Posted May 21, 2015
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    We are happy to announce that after a national search that generated more than 100 excellent applicants from throughout the country, Caitlin Lawson, an '05 alumna of Carondelet High School, has been named our new Director of Athletics. Caitlin brings an intelligence, passion and enthusiasm for athletics, education and the tradition of Carondelet. When she was a student at Carondelet, Caitlin proved to be outstanding academically as well as athletically, and was heavily recruited by various colleges to play volleyball. In her professional life, she has worked as both a teacher and an administrator. She comes to us from Bentley School in Oakland, where she most recently served as the K-8 Athletic Director. Prior to Bentley, she worked at Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles as the Assistant Athletic Director. Caitlin holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science/Journalism from Pepperdine University and a Master's degree in Teaching/Social Studies from the University of Southern California. Caitlin will join our CHS community on June 22.

    In addition to Caitlin, we are incredibly fortunate to welcome Kellie Elliott to our Athletic Department team in an advisory capacity. Kellie has a uniquely broad and deep background that will bring invaluable experience as we position our Athletic Program for our next 50 years. Kellie has well over 20 years of experience in professional, collegiate and Olympic management positions, providing strategic direction and support for high-profile Athletic programs. She has served as Chief Operating Officer of the Alumni Association for UC Berkeley; Director of University Conferences & Events Division for Yale University; Deputy Director of Athletics for Florida State University; Deputy Director of Athletics/Internal Operations for San Jose State University; and Project Manager for the Department of Athletics at Stanford University. In addition, she worked as Regional Operations Manager for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, Senior General Manager for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, and President of the NBA's Huntsville's (NBDL) National Basketball Development League team. Kellie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Stanford University and is a graduate of the University of Michigan's Sports Management Institute. She is already on board conducting an Athletics Department audit and will be helping to develop an Athletics Strategic Plan that will include essential market data and innovative opportunities to guide our Athletics priorities and programming.

    Finally, we thank Gleam Green, our current Athletic Director, who is retiring this year after many years of service to Carondelet. We appreciate all she has done for our school and our athletes over the years, and we are glad that she is able to leave the successful Athletics Department she has overseen in the capable hands of Caitlin and Kellie.

    We hope that you will join us in welcoming Caitlin and Kellie to Carondelet, and in wishing Gleam well in her retirement.

  • Madeleine Sullivan Named Valedictorian

    Posted April 15, 2015

    Congratulations to Madeleine Sullivan, our 2015 Valedictorian. Madeleine has truly embraced her call to be a woman of heart, faith and courage during her time at Carondelet. While Madeleine has been extraordinarily successful in the classroom, what she has contributed to the Carondelet community is not limited to academics. Over the course of her four years at Carondelet, Madeleine participated in volleyball, track and field and cross country. Additionally, Madeleine was an active member of our Spiritual Life Council during her junior and senior year and in this role grew as a spiritual leader. Finally, this past year Madeleine was given the honor of leading her peers on Kairos 57.

    We would also like to recognize the four seniors who were selected as valedictorian candidates.
    Emily Beck
    Maria Buitrago Cohoon
    Fiona Byrne
    Piper Mik

  • Staged Accident Aims to Make Students Think Twice

    Posted March 23, 2015
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    Junior and Senior students were reminded of the dangers of drinking and driving through the "Every 15 Minutes" car crash scenario on Monday. This emotionally charged program is designed to instill teenagers with the potentially dangerous consequences of drinking and/or distracted driving and if it saves just one life... it was worth it.

    Thank you to EVERYONE who helped make this a possibility.

    Because this program is designed to have an emotional impact, parents can play an important role at home, too. Some students may be visibly upset by the events at school, while others may seem indifferent or quiet. Whatever the response — and responses will vary — most students will probably want to talk about it, certainly with their friends, and hopefully with their families. We would also like to remind you that both the CHS and DLS school counselors are available for any student who may want some extra support.

  • Celebrating Catholic Schools Week

    Posted January 26, 2015
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    To kick off Catholic Schools Week and to thank parents for choosing Catholic education, students braved the cold and greeted parents with smiles, Hershey's kisses and "Thank You" signs as they dropped off their daughters for school on Monday.

    This year's theme for national Catholic Schools Week is "Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service" and to celebrate this special week, we have special events planned every day to help bring out students and teachers closer together. Not only do we have fun activities planned, but on Wednesday, January 28, we are honored to have Bishop Michael C. Barber will join us for Mass.

    Thank you for supporting Catholic education and thank you for choosing Carondelet High School!

  • Brittany Bates '16 Receives Jefferson Awards Bronze Medal

    Posted January 20, 2015
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    At the KCBS and KPIX5 Jefferson Awards Ceremony in San Francisco on January 15, Brittany Bates ’16 received the Jefferson Awards bronze medal for her outstanding community service. Brittany started a “Penny Sale” project where she gathered abandoned clothing items from local dry cleaners, collected toys, shoes, books, and athletic equipment for the homeless and needy people. Hundreds of people were given the chance to buy some greatly needed items for a penny each. Brittany volunteers for many charities, including CHAM Deliverance Ministry and Kids Against Hunger. She also volunteers at her church, assists her coach in gymnastics, and builds homes for the poor in Mexico. We are proud of you Brittany!

  • Renewing Our Mission

    Posted April 15, 2015
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    This past September, as part of Carondelet's strategic planning process, Carondelet's Leadership Team and Board of Directors assembled a group to examine how to better integrate Carondelet's mission into everything we do. This group, comprised of Sisters, board members and faculty and staff, quickly realized that in order for our mission to come to life and be actionable, it would first need to be refreshed to be simplified and easier to remember. Thus, the project of mission integration took a bit of a different path, starting not at integration but instead by looking at reworking the language in the mission itself. The group's aim was to reinforce the original spirit of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet while making the mission clear, actionable and easy to remember, so that it could provide direction for all we do as we take our school forward.

    After much prayerful reflection and months of work to get the language and feel "just right," the group presented the renewed mission to the Board and to the Sisters of the L.A. Province for final approval - which was given at the end of March.

    Carondelet High School inspires excellence by preparing young women to live with heart, faith and courage in the Catholic tradition and spirit of the Sisters of St. Joseph. (MISSION STATEMENT 2015)

    A Carondelet graduate is empowered by her Catholic, college-preparatory education and is known as a woman who responds to the needs of the times and makes a positive difference. (VISION STATEMENT 2015)

  • Carondelet Announces New Principal

    Posted March 26, 2015
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    For the past six months, we have been actively searching for a new Principal for Carondelet High School. The search has focused on finding an academic visionary who would fulfill two key criteria: 1) lead our faculty with expertise and confidence; and 2) prepare our young women for future success through innovative programs and curriculum to promote our young women’s academic, physical, and spiritual growth.

    We are delighted to report that our search has concluded, and we are excited to announce our new Principal, Kevin Cushing. Kevin is exactly the kind of person we had sought to join our administrative team. He is an outstanding, compassionate, and highly skilled life-long Catholic educator, and an inspiring and purposeful leader. We are blessed to have Kevin joining us at Carondelet, after a long tenure at Bishop O’Dowd High School.

    Read the full announcement from our President, Bonnie Cotter, here.

    Read a letter from our new Principal, Kevin Cushing, here.

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