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President’s Newsletter November 2012 Spring - 2011

Jesuit High School of Sacramento is a Roman Catholic college preparatory dedicated to forming competent young men into conscientious leaders in compassionate service to others for the greater glory of God.

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Dear Friends,

hen I finish writing this note, I will head off to Menlo ParkAtherton to take a look at a Performing Arts Center that was constructed with interior finishes similar to what is being recommended for our Chapel “We can all take of the Jesuit Martyrs encouragement from the of North America. Yes, vision and spirit of 1963... our journey continues It will take considerable and many very dedicatresources to care for our ed and generous people students, but our dreams have been working today are no different from closely with school adthe hopes back then. ” ministrators and board members to bring us ever closer to a chapel groundbreaking celebration in the not-to-distant future.

Let the Memories Begin I am certain that the construction of our new chapel will evoke memories of the construction of the original buildings of the Jesuit campus in 1963. Our founding generation of parents and benefactors were men and women of vision who were not easily daunted by the task they set out for themselves – the construction of a multi-building college prep campus financed, in part, by the sale of Christmas ornaments and countless gifts in kind. We can all take encouragement from the vision and spirit of 1963. I hope that our celebration of our 50th anniversary of service will also inspire. There is much that we can do and, honestly, much that we need to do. It will take considerable resources to care for our students, but our

Student Awards Reimagining Open House Jesuit By The Numbers Solar Dedication Chapel Update Spotlight on Coach Rose Save the Dates

dreams today are no different from the hopes back then. Our community continues to need smart and deeply moral leaders whose core motivation is service rather than self-interest. And to make that happen, Jesuit High School will continue to support a passionate faculty and a campus that helps to make aspirations realities. The Church calls us to remember in a special way this month our beloved dead. We pray often and especially for our graduates who have gone before us and for their families who miss them. And we pray for you, too. Please accept my thanks for all you have done for our Jesuit High School community. You help to make each new day possible at 1200 Jacob Lane. With Warmest Regards,

Fr. President David Suwalsky, S.J. and his Secret Service detail (a.k.a. JHS Chamber Singers) at the 31st Annual President’s Club Dinner on September 26, 2012.

Fr. David J. Suwalsky, S.J. President

The Past

The Future

As Jesuit High School prepares for our 50th year of educating young men in the Ignatian tradition, we are dedicated to assuring the continued success of our school community. Jesuit’s Board of Trustees has directed school leadership to identify our needs, which will effectively support a 21st century learning environment for our students.

Let the Memories Begin Submit your stories and photos to Jesuit to help us ring in our Golden Age In preparation for our 50th anniversary, the Office of Communications is looking for archival items from the past 50 years of Jesuit High School. Particularly, we are looking for photos, videos and stories of the original planning for the school, groundbreaking, construction and the early years.

Priorities include: • • • •

Please email to share any items you may have.

Renovating 7,000 square feet of the old locker room into state-of-the-art science labs and a dedicated space for our Robotics and Science Olympiad teams. Establishing the King Library as an information commons supporting collaborative spaces for small group learning and use of electronic databases. Installation of wireless routers and other infrastructure throughout campus to support the 1:1 iPad initiative. Renovation of Loyola Stadium as an ADA compliant facility, which will include: replacement of dilapidated bleachers and press box; installation of a synthetic fiber turf field suitable for football, rugby, soccer and lacrosse; and replacement of the 1960s-era cinder track with an all-weather surface. Upgrades are also planned for the Varsity Baseball Field. Jesuit will continue to seek out opportunities for energy efficiency savings and, as resources are made available, upgrade classroom, offices and landscaping.

Student Awards

Back Row, (L to R): Assistant Principal Lorraine Paul, Jamie Wanless, Evan Walker, Jessie Tambornini, Garrett Holmes, Timothy Johnstone, Alexander Ma, Christopher Conaty, Principal Brianna Latko; Front Row, (L to R): Jacob Pachter, Alex Napior, Victor Amador, Teddy O’Connell, Spencer Butcher, Christopher Konstad, Paul Simon, Will Peters, Alexander Bertsch.

In the last five years, 24 members of the Classes of 2007-2012 were named National Merit Semi-Finalists and 62 Seniors were named Commended Students. The National Hispanic Scholar Recognition Program recognized 29 Jesuit students, and seven students were named African-American National Achievement Scholars. Pictured above are Jesuit’s 18 most recent National Merit Commended Students.

(L to R): Elk Grove City Council members Gary Davis, Sophia Scherman, Matt Banicki ‘13, Mayor James Cooper, Steven Detrick and Vice-Mayor Patrick Hume ’89.

Senior Matthew Banicki was awarded the 2012 Mayor’s Volunteer Award for the Young Volunteer of the Year in Elk Grove on October 24. Banicki was also elected to serve as Chair of the ten-member Elk Grove Youth Commission, which was created to identify the current needs of teens living in Elk Grove. Each member of the Elk Grove City Council names two teenagers to the commission.

Jesuit By The Numbers Current Enrollment


Student/Teacher Ratio


Hours of Community Service Volunteered Annually Percentage of Students from the Class of 2012 Accepted to College

Austin Mitsch ’13 talks to visitors at Open House about Track & Field at Jesuit. Mitsch is the defending Sac-Joaquin Section Champion in the 100 meters and 4x100 meter relay.

College Scholarships Reported by the Class of 2012

Reimagining Open House


n October 21, we opened our doors to prospective students and their families. More than 350 current students, parents, alumni, faculty and staff came together to host the event. Prospective students had the opportunity to drive Triton, the Robotics Teams’ underwater robot, to attempt a goal against Senior Luc Barbe from our Soccer Team, to participate in Chemistry demonstrations and to ask our faculty, coaches and club moderators any questions they may have had about Jesuit. Our turnout was amazing and we have seen a 30 percent increase in the number of eighth graders who have expressed interest in applying to Jesuit over the same time last year. Shadow Days kicked off on October 29 and will continue through December 13 and registration is now open for our High School Placement Test on January 19, 2013. I encourage you to share your stories about Jesuit High School with family and friends who may have boys currently in the eighth grade and encourage them to pursue an education dedicated to forming “Men for Others.” Check out our Open House video at

More than 25,000 100 $4.3 million

Number of Middle Schools Represented


Number of Zip Codes Represented


Number of Churches, Parishes and Congregations Represented Percentage of Students Receiving Tuition Assistance

141 20 percent

AP Pass Rates This past year, 217 Jesuit High School students took 436 Advanced Placement Exams with a combined pass rate of 87.6 percent. The California state pass rate is 64.5 percent and the national pass rate is 61.5 percent. We had a 100 percent pass rate on six of the exams: AB Calculus, BC Calculus, English Language and Composition (fourth year in a row with 100 percent of students passing), Music, Physics C (Electricity and Magnetism) and Physics C (Mechanics).

Mayor Johnson Helps Celebrate Jesuit’s Solar Panels


e officially dedicated our new Photovoltaic Solar System on October 16 with an allschool rally held in the Senior Quad, which was keynoted by Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson. The 538 kilowatt system has been generating more than 48 percent of our school’s total electrical power needs since it was completed in mid-May. The system has generated the energy equivalent of more than 28,000 gallons of gas and has offset the carbon dioxide equivalent of more than 6,200 trees. We were awarded the Sacramento Small Sustainable Business of the Year award by the Sacramento County Business Environmental Resource Center for this project and our continued efforts to be good stewards of the environment. Mayor Kevin Johnson keynotes an all-school rally on Oct. 16, 2012 in the Senior Quad to help celebrate Jesuit’s newly-installed Photovoltaic Solar System. Photo by Erika Dimmler.

View the live monitoring system at

Soccer Coach Paul Rose Inducted into Hall of Fame


lease join me in congratulating Paul Rose who was inducted into the California Interscholastic Federation Sac-Joaquin Section Hall of Fame on October 14. Rose became the state’s all-time winningest boys soccer coach during the 2011 season having led his teams to a 656-95-99 record between 1979-2011. He was the 2001 CalHiSports state boys soccer coach of the year and has been named national coach of the year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America three times. He was inducted into the California Coaches Hall of Fame in 2011 by the California Coaches Association and his teams have won nine Sac-Joaquin Section Division I championships. This year’s team has again qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs by winning the Delta River League title and was ranked third in the nation by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America as of November 6, 2012.

Chapel of the Jesuit Martyrs of North America


rchitectural and engineering designs for the Chapel of the Jesuit Martyrs of North America are being finalized and will be submitted for review in the Spring semester. We expect that Sacramento County will release a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for a mandatory 45-day public review period within the next few week. As part of the process, we will once again present our project to the Arden-Arcade and Carmichael / Old Foothill Farms Community Planning Advisory Councils as well as the Sacramento County Planning Commission. Pre-qualification for subcontractors for this project is now available online. Subcontractors must be pre-qualified by Swinerton Builders and Jesuit High School in order to be invited to bid on the project, including firms affiliated with, or those who have performed work in the past. Interested parties are required to submit a Pre-Qualification Statement online no later than November 16, 2012. The forms may be found at

Save the Dates Shadow Days

October 29, 2012 - December 13, 2012

Christmas Tree Lane

Monday, November 26, 2012 Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Boosters Crab Feed January 26, 2013

PACE Gala & Auction March 16, 2013

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