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We, at St. Pius X-St. Matthias Academy, consider it a privilege to work with parents in the education of their children because we believe parents are the primary educators of their children; "Parents are the first and most important educators of their own children, and they also possess a fundamental competence in this area: they are educators because they are parents." (1994 Letter to Families Pope John Paul II). Therefore, it is your right and your duty to become the primary role models for the development of your child's life-physically, mentally, spiritually, emotionally, and psychologically. Your choice of St. Pius X-St. Matthias Academy involves a commitment and exhibits a concern for helping your teenager to recognize God as the greatest good in their life.







Week of January 12-18, 2020

This weekly update is provided as a courtesy to keep the PMA community informed about various school activities and announcements for the upcoming week. These updates are also found under the current families tab on the PMA website and are sent to the email and phone number on file with our registrar’s office.

From the President: 
 Mr. Rubalcava

562-861-2271 ext. 1012

  • ANNUAL NOVENA TO ST. PIUS X & St. MATTHIAS: This week we begin our annual Novena to St. Pius X and St. Matthias. A Novena is a devotional act consisting of private or public prayers repeated for nine successive days in belief of obtaining special intercessory graces.  The 9 days signify the 9 days between the Ascension of Christ into heaven when the apostles and Mary gathered to pray for the coming of the Holy Spirit, which came to them nine days later at Pentecost. We pray this novena every year to ask for the intercession of our patron saints as we pray the intentions of every member our PMA community, continued growth in school enrollment, and for the 8th graders are preparing to take the HSPT exam on January 25th. We have witnessed the power of this novena as we experience tremendous growth each year at PMA.   Please join us in praying this Novena with your families beginning on January 13 thru January 24th as we offer these intentions through the intercession of St. Pius X and St. Matthias.  The Novena prayer can be found here or in the prayer reflection below. 
  • SAVE THE DATE: SPRING MANDATORY PARENT MEETING on Jan 22nd 6:30-8:00 pm in the gym. $50 no-show fee will apply.
  • ONE LIFE LA:  Please save the date to participate in One Life LA on Saturday January 18, 2020 begining at 12 noon: 
    • OneLife LA is a walk for life in downtown LA for all of Southern California.
    • We celebrate the beauty and dignity of every human life from conception to natural death.
    • OneLife ends with a festival, live music, food trucks, and inspiring speaker testimonies.
    • Through our Community Partners, OneLife acts as a catalyst for change and service in our neighborhoods. Join thousands of people in declaring a commitment to valuing and protecting all human life, particularly the most vulnerable in our community.  For more information please visit
    • Represent our PMA Community by wearing PMA gear. 
 Save the date to celebrate Catholic Schools Week with us on January 27th at 9:30am in the gym.  We invite all parents to join us for this special celebration. RSVP requested no later than Jan. 22nd email
From the Principal: 
 Mrs. Zozaya

562-861-2271 ext. 1015


Dear PMA Parents, 

Have a wonderful and Blessed weekend. 

Mrs. Zozaya 

Important Dates to Remember

  • January 13, 2020: Junior Ring Ceremony: Parents please know that this event is a beautiful event and its very important for your son and daughter.  I encourage you to please be available for this event.
  • January 16, 2020 (Guest Speaker): We have a Linda Dutil ​is​ an emergency department nurse from Waterville, Maine. She will discuss the dangers of drugs, alcohol, and smoking and to help you understand the consequences of poor choices.​
  • January 20, 2020 (No School): Martin Luther King Holiday
From the Vice Principal: 
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 Mr. Delgado

562-861-2271 ext. 1010

  • Lost and Found: If you are missing any items such as sweaters, school polos, jackets, eyeglasses, electronic devices or any other items please check with Mr. Delgado to claim those items.  We have several items that have been turned in and have gone unclaimed.
From the Business/Tuition Office: 
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 Mr. Barba

562-861-2271 ext. 1004


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Mrs. Garcia

562-861-2271 ext. 1023

  • PARENT SERVICE HOURS: Each family who did not complete their 1st semester required 20 Parent Service Hours,  will be billed at $20 for each uncompleted hour. The amount due will be billed in the month of January, to your Smart Tuition account.  If you have any questions, please contact the tuition office. 
  • OUTSTANDING FEES: Any outstanding, SAT Prep Class, AP Exams and/or Sports fees will be billed to you Smart Tuition account.  
  • TUITION SUSPENSION: January 15, 2020 Tuition Suspension
From the Dean of Campus Ministry:

Mr. Kim

562-861-2271 ext.. 2131


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Mr. Reyes, Asst. Campus Minister

562-861-2271 ext.. 2131





  • TUESDAY DAILY MASS: Please join us for Mass this Tuesday morning at 7:30AM

From the Dean of Student Success:


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 Ms. Valenzuela

562-861-2271 ext. 2216

  • STAR TESTING (Window #2)- All students in grades 9th-11th will take the STAR Reading and STAR Math tests starting on January 13th. These assessments help us to identify important target skills to work on and to set growth target for the year as well as to monitor student progress.. Please encourage your child to take these assessments seriously and avoid absences. Each assessment takes about 35 minutes. Students will test during their English and Math class period. Students will report to class and then head over to the Research Library to complete the online tests. 
  • COLLEGE TOUR- We are  able to accept your deposit of $100 for the Northern California College Tour until Friday, January 17th.  If you need a registration form, please pick one up from Mrs. Acker in the Counseling Department. All students are invited. Seniors may only attend the trip if they  have applied to one of the schools we are visiting. We will be visiting: UC Santa Barbara, Cal Poly SLO, UC Santa Cruz, Santa Clara University, San Francisco State University, UC Berkeley and CSU East Bay from April 22nd-24th. We will be meeting with students who are interested in going on the Spring Northern California trip next Wednesday, January 15th during break in the College & Career Center to provide additional details and answer any questions.
  • ATTENDANCE POLICY- Students and parents must be impressed with the importance of regular school attendance, as required by law. Regular attendance is an important factor in academic success. Students are expected to be in class daily and to be punctual.
  • COLLEGE AND CAREER ASSEMBLY #3-  During this assembly, students will be able to access PSAT scores, Review Results in College Board and Plan for Academic Success. Important deadlines and processes for AP/Honors Application will also be reviewed. Seniors will receive information regarding College Applications and Next Steps as well as an opportunity to apply for Scholarships and learn more about the College Transfer Processes.
  • ACADEMIC COUNSELING APPOINTMENTS- If your student needs to meet with our academic counselors, please have them request an appointment using the sign up sheet posted in the counselor's office.
  • COLLEGE APPLICATIONS- Make sure to check your college portals and emails regularly- these are the main lines of communication for important information and deadlines from most campuses. Please stop by the Counseling Department for assistance with applying.  
From the Dean of Student Life:
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  Mr. Ramos

562-861-2271 ext. 1041

  • PMA ASB wishes everyone in the PMA Community a Happy New Year!
  • WINTER FORMAL DATE CHANGE: Please note that the Fire and Ice Winter Formal Ball date has changed as was shared last week.  The new date is Sunday February 16, 2020  at Quiet Cannon Conference and Event Center located at 901 Via San Clemente, Montebello, CA 90640.
 From the Dean of Character & Discipline:

562-861-2271 ext. 1050

  • PARENTS: When dropping off your student in the morning, Please remind them they are not allowed to leave campus once they are here, we are noticing that several students are leaving campus and PMA is not responsible for anything/situation that may happen while off campus.
  • SECURITY: In Keeping our school Safe, we are now locking the student parking lot from 8:10am to 10 minutes before school is let out. Parents, if you need to stop by for school business please park in front of school.And, you are not allowed to park on the campus entering through the Consuelo St. back gate at any time during school hours. Thank you
  • MEN’S DRESS CODE-STANDARDS FOR HAIR GROOMING: Starting January 1st, 2020, Men's Hair new standards are now in the Parent/Student Handbook
From the Dean of Curriculum & Instruction:
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 Ms. Washington

562-861-2271 ext. 2232

  • TEACHER TUTORING SCHEDULE: Please encourage your son and/or daughter to attend tutoring with their teachers to support their academic success. To access the updated Teacher Tutoring Schedule 19-20 (for Spring 2020) visit the Student Portal page of our website. 
  • AP EXAMS FEE FALL DEPOSITS (PAST DUE): Is your son/daughter currently enrolled in an AP Course? If you have not yet paid your son/daughters Fall Deposit for their AP Exams please note that this payment is past due (fall deposits were due December 2nd). Please note that past due fees will be added to your SMART tuition at the beginning of January if your fall deposit is not paid by 12/20/19. To determine the AP Exam Fee Deposit amount that must be submitted to the front office, please reference the AP Exam Fee Invoice that your son/daughter received via email (on November 16th) to their email address. If you have any questions regarding AP Exam fee deposits please email Ms. Washington
From the Directors of Advancement & Alumni Relations/Fundraising Coor:
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 Ms. Santos,  AlumniRelations&Fundraising Coor.

562-861-2271 ext. 1022



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Mrs. Salvador, Dir. of Advancement

562-861-2271 ext. 1025

  • SPRING EVENTS: All parents who filled out the Spring Fundraising Designation Form should have received their event tickets by now.  If you have not yet turned in the form that was due August 21st for Casino Night, Car Show and /or Mother’s Brunch, please be aware that only a limited number of tickets for each event remain.
  • Casino Night is coming!: January 25th. Please click here to sign up for service hours for next semester or bring items needed for credit for this semester. 
  • Building a Legacy Appeal: We are about halfway to reaching our annual goal.  Please consider starting 2020 off by making a donation in honor or in memory of someone special and encourage family and friends to do the same at the following link: PMA Building a Legacy Annual Fund
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Mr. Boulahoud, Admissions Officer

562-861-2271 ext. 1040

  • Need Parent Volunteer hours??
    • January 15 from 5:00pm-8:00pm: Parents needed to serve refreshments and/or speak to prospective families at Information Night.
    • ALL January: Snacks, water bottles, and juice donations appreciated for upcoming events.
    • January 25 from 7:30am-11:30am
    • Parents needed to help with the High School Placement Test hospitality 
    • February 8 from 7:30am-11:30am: Parents needed to help with the High School Placement Test hospitality 
    • *For hours, contact us as soon as possible. We always need support with upcoming events.
  • Shadow Days: If you know of any current 8th Graders interested in PMA, please have them click here or contact the Admissions Office to sign-up for a Shadow Day! These days are great opportunities for prospective students to check out our campus and be a Warrior for a day. 
  • Applying to PMA: If you know anyone applying to PMA for the 2020-2021 school year, please be advised that both the admissions and scholarship applications are due on Friday, January 24. The High School Placement Test (HSPT) will be on January 25.
  • Contact us: If you have any questions or would like to sign-up for hours, please contact our Admissions Officer Mr. Boulahoud at 562-861-2271 Ex.1040 or e-mail
From the Director of Athletics:
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 Mr. Santisteven

562-861-2271 ext. 1030

  • BOOSTER CLUB:Volunteers are needed for help to work the admission door and the snack bars for our home games. You will receive parent hours credi
  • ATHLETIC PARTICIPATION: If you are trying out for a sport or off season conditioning during the 2019-2020 school year you must complete the athletic clearance information on our website. Go to click on warrior HQ and then click on registration. On the top right hand side of the page click more, then on the left column you will see athletic clearance. If you do not have an account register as a new user. You must have all paperwork done with a physical to participate in tryouts or off season workouts during the school year. if you have any questions you can email or call the athletic director at ext 1030.
  • PRACTICE: Winter Sports (Boys/Girls Basketball & Boys/Girls Soccer)are practicing and playing games.  Remember that all sport participation fee and Athletic clearance forms must be turned in to be eligible to play.
  • GAMES: 
    • Girls Varsity Basketball- 1/14 @ St. Bernard’s 7:00
    • Boys Basketball- 1/15 @ Mary Star, Jv/Var 5:30/7:00, 1/17 vs Verbum Dei-4:00/5:30/7:00
    • Boys JV Basketball Showcase 1/18 @ PMA. All day
    • Boys Varsity Soccer vs Serra- 1/17- 5:00
    • Girls Soccer plays @ Mary Star- 1:30/3:00
  • ATHLETIC EVENTS: Please visit  website to see the most current events happening in our athletic department.
  • WINTER SPORTS FEES: Forms should be turned in to the business office indicating if you wish to pay in full or have the fee added to the Smart tuition account. Please contact Mrs. Garcia in the finance office to make your payment.  Also remember Spirit Pack fees must be paid before you will receive spirit packs.
  • VOLUNTEERS: Volunteers are needed to help at our athletic events. You can earn Parent hours by helping to staff our athletic events or by donating items to the teams or Booster club for snack bar. Please contact the Athletic Director if interested.
The PMA athletic department is in need of a chest freezer.  If you have a chest freezer or know someone who wants to get rid of it, we would appreciate the donation. 
 Ms. Turcios

562-861-2271 ext. 1011

  • SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES: Parents, please remind scholars to review our Google Classroom for suggestions on programs they are eligible to apply to.  
  • SENIORS: Also in Google Classroom, I resent a list of outside scholarships that are still receiving applications.
  • Please feel free to contact me with any questions:





prayer corner


Please continue to include your prayer request here. Your prayer request will be included in our daily and weekly prayer gatherings as a school community. 

We keep the following intentions in our prayers: 

  • For those prayer intentions requested in our online prayer request, including:
    • For those who struggle with mental illness
    • For peace in the world, especially in the Middle East.  
    • For those who pray before abortion clinics, who march for life, or who witness to the rights of all human beings:
      that God might strengthen and guide them;
    • That the life of every human person, from conception to natural death, might be enshrined and protected in our laws;
    • For children awaiting adoption: May the Lord inspire loving families to welcome and nurture them;

For those who have died or recently lost a loved one, especially for the repose of the souls of:

  • Fr. Steve Nyl (entered into eternal rest 12/16)
  • The aunt of Daniel (9th) and Madeline (11th) Salvador and Sister-in-law of PMA Advancement Director, Mrs. Salvador.



Ms. Palacio

562-861-2271 ext. 1002


Mrs. Garcia

562-861-2271 ext. 1023



Ms. Torres 

562-861-2271 ext 1026



Ms. Acker

562-861-2271 ext 1016