As principal of Junipero Serra School, I am honored by the important responsibility to lead JSS, and to uphold the benchmarks of academic excellence and faith formation that have defined the legacy of the school. Since I became the principal of Junipero Serra School, I have consistently experienced the school’s alumni to be strong and proud ambassadors of their school. The JSS alumni are most supportive and grateful for their Catholic education at Carmel Mission’s Catholic School, and they maintain a significant role in the vitality to advance the mission of their alma mater.
I share with you one of the Ten Reasons Why Catholic Education Still Matters, written by Reverend Ronald J. Nuzzi, Ph.D. Director, ACE (Alliance for Catholic Education), the University of Notre Dame. Fr. Nuzzi writes about the value of relationships as a reflection of the divine:
Catholic school students learn to experience God’s grace and presence in their lives through their relationships with family, friends and teachers. The loving and supportive relationships they experience are reflections of the love and life-giving dynamic of the Trinity. As a community we celebrate our successes and achievements. We share grief and downfalls. We unite together in solidarity, and even challenge each other to become better reflections of the divine. We are made for community.
The “We” in this statement is all of us – students, parents, teachers, parishioners, and alumni. Fr. Nuzzi’s insight reminds me of the importance of the alumni for their continued support of JSS through prayers and encouragement as we educate and model faith, academic excellence, and service to others in a faith based community.
Through this letter, I invite all members of the alumni to share in the celebration and support of Catholic education at JSS through various community building social events, school fundraisers, and to stay connected to the school through social media, specifically Facebook. As members of the JSS Community, your contributions of time, talent, and treasure, help us educate tomorrow’s leaders today.
May peace and God’s love continue to guide you.
Mr. Steve Henderson
Junipero Serra School
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"My favorite memories from JSS were playing volleyball, going to Washington D.C, music class, and science camp. After graduating from JSS I went to Stevenson School in Pebble Beach. I played high school volleyball as well as club volleyball outside of school. I graduated from Stevenson School in 2017 and I now attend the University of California, Berkeley where I intend to major in psychology."
"In addition to being a part of the Cal Club Volleyball Team, I am a head coach for a local Berkeley volleyball club and work as a peer counselor on campus. Junipero Serra School has created a community that nurtures the growth and cares for the well-being of their students, and growing up in such a supportive community has inspired me to work towards providing a similar environment for students and the youth of the Berkeley area."
"Reflecting on my time spent at Junipero Serra School, three words come to mind. Friendship, Perseverance and Accountability. I started at Junipero Serra in Kindergarten and spent 9 years there until my graduation in 2009. Those years shaped life-long friendships. These friends, who I now consider family, have been a support system through good times and bad. The Physical Education and after school sports programs were inclusive of all skill levels and taught health, sportsmanship and overall perseverance. The skills I learned helped to foster my leadership abilities and gave me the confidence to take on the role of Team Captain for the Palma School Track and Field team, pursue club leadership positions while in college and take on additional responsibilities in my professional life. The smaller class sizes at JSS lead to stronger student/teacher relationships, ultimately making me more responsible for my actions. This helped me to stay accountable all throughout the rest of my schooling and now into my professional career. Currently, I am working as a Technical Recruiter in South San Francisco hiring for companies like Google and Apple. In the fast-paced Tech industry I find myself using skills grown at Junipero Serra daily. I hold dear the 9 years I spent at JSS and am proud to call myself an alumnus. Go Mustangs!"
Her favorite memories of JSS were playing basketball, having a little buddy, art class, and traveling to Washington D.C.. She then went to Notre Dame High School in Salinas where she played water polo and was on the swim team. Upon graduating in 2011 she went to Humboldt State University in Northern California.
In college, she joined Delta Phi Epsilon, a sorority with strong community service mission. Community service and helping others was an essential part of her growing up in Catholic schools and the sorority was a perfect fit. In 2015 she graduated cum laude with a bachelors degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in marketing.
After graduation she moved to Indianapolis, where her brother is attending college, to pursue her MBA at the University of Indianapolis and graduated in August 2016. She is now working at OneAmerica in the marketing department in downtown Indianapolis. She is working on social media campaigns and coordinates online and event-based promotion strategy.