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 WELCOME TO THE PARENT PORTAL!

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.

 

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PMA WEEKLY UPDATE

Week of October 13-19 2019

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: 
 
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 Mr. Rubalcava

erubalcava@piusmatthias.org

562-861-2271 ext. 1012

  
  • OLPH DIVINE MERCY PRESENTATION: Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish is having a priest speak on Divine Mercy along with his talk he brings with him a relic of "Saint Pio of Pietrelcina."  PMA students and families are welcome to attend. Please see the flyer below: 
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From the Principal: 
 
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 Mrs. Zozaya

vzozaya@piusmatthias.org

562-861-2271 ext. 1015

 

 

 

 

Dear PMA Parents, 

 

Hope you have a great and blessed weekend. Take time to enjoy your family and friends.       God Bless you all, Mrs. Zozaya 

Attached is the CPLA Monthly Newsletter about helping your child with Anxiety. 

How to Deal w/Anxiety (English)

How to Deal w/Anxiety (Spanish)

Important Dates to Remember:

 

 

  • 10/16/PSAT Test & Senior Seminar - Special Schedule w/Early Dismissal

Please note that all students must be present for the PSAT Testing on 10/16 its is very important that they come to school.  

 
  • From the PMA Admissions Office:

    • SHADOW DAYS FOR POTENTIAL STUDENTS: 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. Please see the flyer below for more information.

    • HSPT TUTORING & PARENT WORKSHOPS: We also have High School Placement Test Tutoring Sessions and Parent Workshops beginning soon. Help us spread the word! Check out the flyer below. You may also click here.

    • NEED SERVICE HOURES: If you are in need of Parent Volunteer hours, please contact the Admissions Office. We currently need snack donations and help at the Tutoring Sessions on October 19 and November 2. We also need support stuffing folders during the week. Please call Admissions Secretary Mrs. Santiago, Monday through Thursday at 562-861-2271 Ex.1015.

 

From The Business Office

  • CEF SCHOLARSHIP RENEWALS:  The Catholic Education Foundation (CEF) will be on the PMA Campus on November 6 & 7th to process new and renewal applications for the 2020-2021 school year.  Applications are now available to download on the PMA Website. Sign up here to reserve your appointment!
  • CEF will be at PMA on November 6 and 7! PMA will not be utilizing SmartAid and will be using CEF Cycle 2 Application for all tuition assistance.  All students receiving CEF Grants and PMA Tuition Assistance will be required to submit a CEF Cycle 2 application. Regardless if you qualify for CEF or not, we will be using the results from the CEF process to determine your qualification to continue your PMA Tuition assistance. There will be no fee to apply for PMA Tuition assistance this year.  Please go to the CEF website and schedule your appointment. Please contact Mrs. Garcia if you have any questions.

  • Textbooks for Parent Service Hours:  If your son or daughter has any of the textbooks shown in link below from last school year (2018-2019) you can donate that textbook to receive 1 hour of parent service hours. Each donated book in good condition, you will receive 1 hour of parent service hours. Drop off your donations to Mrs. Garcia in the business office.   Link: Textbooks for Parent Service Hours
From the Vice Principal: 
 
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 Mr. Delgado

mdelgado@piusmatthias.org

562-861-2271 ext. 1010

From The Vice Prinicpal's Office

  • The Student Voter Registration Act of 2003 (Elections Code section 2145-2148) was implemented to ensure every school in California provides eligible high school students a meaningful opportunity to register and pre-register to vote.  Click Here to Register to Vote
From the Dean of Campus Ministry:
 

Mr. Kim

bkim@piusmatthias.org

562-861-2271 ext.. 2131

 

 

 

 

  • From the Dean of Campus Ministry:

    • MORNING MASS: Please join us for daily Mass this Tuesday at 7:30AM

     

    • Respect for Life Month: October is Respect for Life Month and throughout this month we will be offering up our weekly Masses and prayers for the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death. Please join us!
    • Respect Life Week: During the week of October 14-18, we will have our Respect for Life Week, where we will bring awareness to topics such as; abortion, human trafficking, mental health, prison system, and racism. We want to bring attention to the infinite dignity that all women and men are created with.

From the Dean of Student Success:

 

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 Ms. Valenzuela

lvalenzuela@piusmatthias.org

562-861-2271 ext. 2216

  • From the Dean of Student Success:

    • PSAT TESTING DAY - WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16TH (8:00 am - 12:45 pm)  We will follow a special schedule on this day so that students in grades 9-11 can take their annual Practice SAT (PSAT).  This is a very important test for our students. Visit College Board to learn more about PSAT,  to look at sample questions, to access a practice test and review test taking tips: https://www.collegeboard.org
    • SENIOR COLLEGE WORKSHOP: While students in grades 9-11 grade will be taking the PSAT, seniors will be in a college workshop with the Counseling Department and supporting faculty/staff to work on their college applications. All seniors are required to attend school on this day. 
    • The new 2020–21 FAFSA form is here! HS Senior students should submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid starting October 1st. Please visit FAFSA website for more information at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa or call my office.
    • 2019 - 2020 SAT TEST DATES AND REGISTRATION:

    • SAT Prep Classes -All SAT prep classes resume this week. It is very important that students are present.
    • College Visits to PMA- College Reps continue to visit our campus and provide valuable information to our students. The following Colleges will be visiting our school during lunch in the senior square. All Students are welcome.
      • 10/14/19: Loyola Marymount University
      • 10/15/19: Albion College
      • 10/15/19: Cal State Long Beach
      • 10/17/19: Cal State Dominguez Hills
    • College Fair- We are excited to share that many college reps are lining up to join us during our upcoming College Fair on Tuesday, October 29th at 6:00pm. We are looking forward to seeing you. 
    • Scholarship Opportunities
      • The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation invests in exceptional students who are dedicated to leadership, service, and action that positively affects others. Know a high school senior who fits the bill? Encourage them to apply for one of 150 college scholarships worth $20,000 by October 31, 2019, at 5 p.m. ET. For more details and a link to the application, please visit their website.
      • Horatio Alger Association: As one of the nation's largest need-based college scholarship programs in the country, the Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs specifically assist high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. While many programs are directed primarily to recognizing academic achievement or leadership potential, the Horatio Alger Association seeks students who've exhibited determination, integrity, and perseverance in overcoming adversity, in addition to having critical financial need. The online application is open until October 25 for undergraduate scholarships. For more information about the Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs, please visit their website.
      • Jack Kent Cooke Foundation: Scholarships can open doors for students who aspire to go to college but don't have the funds. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation's College Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend and graduate from the nation's best four-year colleges and universities. In addition to the monetary award, Cooke scholars receive comprehensive educational advising, significant cohort-based programming, and graduate school funding, as well as access to a thriving network of more than 2,600 fellow Cooke scholars and alumni. The Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program application (exclusively through the Common App) closes November 13, 2019
 


 
From the Dean of Student Life:
 
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  Mr. Ramos

pramos@piusmatthias.org

562-861-2271 ext. 1041

  • From the Dean of Student Life:

    • ASB continues to  work excitedly on the many exciting upcoming events including our Homecoming Dance which will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2019 on campus.  The dance will cap off our Spirit Week festivities which will take place from Tuesday, October 22  through Friday October 25 along with the Homecoming football game that Friday. 
    • HOMECOMING COURT: Voting for the initial PMA Homecoming Court will take place on Wednesday Oct.16 and Thursday October 17 at lunch in the library. The Court will be announced during the Sports Rally in the gym on Friday Oct. 18.
 
 
 From the Dean of Character & Discipline:
 Mr.Beza

tbeza@piusmatthias.org

562-861-2271 ext. 1050

  • From the Dean of Character & Discipline:

    • SOCIAL JUSTICE ASSEMBLY: On Thursday Oct.17, 2019: we will be holding are 2nd Social Justice Program Assembly. The topic will be Boundaries and Bullying. It also serves to satisfy the schools responsibility toward the Virtus venturing responsibility… Followed by a  SCHOOL SAFETY Presentation: 
    • SCHOOL SAFETY: The Cali Shake out Assembly will be held on Thursday October 17, 2019 CALI SHAKE OUT
    • PARENTS: Uniform Violations: Please remind your student that any non-PMA gear (sweaters, sweatshirts, jackets etc). may not be worn during the school day. Violation of this school policy will result in/but is not limited to confiscation of the non-PMA item.
From the Dean of Curriculum & Instruction:
 
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 Ms. Washington

nwashington@piusmatthias.org

562-861-2271 ext. 2232

 

From the Dean of Curriculum & Instruction:

  • PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES - WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16TH (2:30 - 7:30 pm) We will be holding our Fall Parent Teacher Conferences on October 16th. If you have not done so already please reach out to your child’s teacher to schedule your appointment. 
  • MIDTERM EXAMS COMPLETED: The Midterm Exams that students took last week mark the halfway point in the first semester.  A formal progress Report Card will be mailed home at the end of the week. This report card is used to gauge students’ progress well before the end of the semester so that students can make adjustments as needed.  It is also used to determine extra-curricular and athletic eligibility.  
  • TEACHER TUTORING SCHEDULE: As we continue to progress through the school year, please encourage your son and/or daughter to attend tutoring with their teachers to support their academic success. To access the Teacher Tutoring Schedule 19-20 visit the Student Portal page of our website. 
From the Directors of Advancement & Alumni Relations/Fundraising Coor:
 
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 Ms. Santos,  AlumniRelations&Fundraising Coor.

gsantos@piusmatthias.org

562-861-2271 ext. 1022

 

 

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Mrs. Salvador, Dir. of Advancement

rsalvador@piusmatthias.org

562-861-2271 ext. 1025

 

 

From the Director(s) of Advancement & Alumni Relations: 

 

FIRST SEMESTER OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE HOURS:

  • Beer needed! - If you would like to fulfil service hours by purchasing beer for the Alumni Tailgate Event, we are in need of  Modelo, Tecate & Dos Equis CANS ONLY. Every $10 spent = 1 service hour. Please contact Mrs. Santos to drop off and be sure to include the receipts.

  • Homecoming Alumni Tailgate - Friday, October 25th (1:00pm-9:00pm) Please contact Ms. Santos for more information gsantos@piusmatthias.org

  • Dia De Los Muertos Alumni Altar- Please share names and years of alumni you are certain have passed so we can honor them this month and pray for them at our Mass on Nov. 1st.

 

 
 
From the Director of Athletics:
 
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 Mr. Santisteven

bsantisteven@piusmatthias.org

562-861-2271 ext. 1030

From the Athletic Director:

  • 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 www.pmawarriorsathletics.com, 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 bsantisteven @piusmatthias.org or call the athletic director.

 

  • PRACTICE: Practice continues this week for Cross country, Football, and Volleyball. Winter Sports (Baseball, Softball, Basketball & Soccer)are also beginning conditioning, check with your coach for days and times.
  • GAMES: 
    • FOOTBALL: Varsity Football open up league play on Senior Night vs. St.Bernard at 7:00 on Friday October 18. Help us to congratulate our Seniors.
    • GIRLS VOLLEYBALL: On Monday 10/14 the JV and Varsity Volleyball teams play matches vs St. Bernard  High School at PMA, Varsity at 5:00, JV to follow. It is Senior Night come out and help us to congratulate our Seniors . On Wednesday 10/16 Volleyball travels to Cantwell Sacred-Heart in Montebello in their last league game before playoffs. Fr/So Jv start at 4:00, Jv at 5:00 and Varsity at 6:00.
    • CROSS COUNTRY:On Tuesday 10/15 our Cross Country team takes part in League Meet #2 at the Santa Fe Dam.
  • ATHLETIC EVENTS: Please visit www.pmawarriorsathletics.com  website to see the most current events happening in our athletic department.
  • FALL SPORTS FEES: Are now due for students participating in the following sports:  Football, Cross Country, Cheer, and Girls Volleyball. Please contact Mrs. Garcia in the finance office to make your payment.  Also Spirit Pack fees must be paid before receiving 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. 
From the Director of OSP:
 
 Ms. Turcios

mturcios@piusmatthias.org

562-861-2271 ext. 1011

From the ONWARD SCHOLARS Director:

  • OCTOBER WORKSHOP: Will be held Saturday, October 19 at 10 a.m-11:30 a.m. USC Office of Admission will be leading an Admissions Case Study for students in the Library. Event is mandatory, please arrive early. Lunch will be provided. Questions? Please contact Ms. Turcios at mturcios@piusmatthias.org or 562-861-2271 Ex.1011
  • PORTOS W/PARENTS: On October 16th during Parent/Teacher Conferences, stop by to meet Ms. Turcios and grab some Portos before or after your meetings! She will be in the OSP Office, next to the PLC Room. If you’d like to schedule a formal meeting, please contact Ms. Turcios at mturcios@piusmatthias.org or 562-861-2271 Ex.1011
 
 
 
 
 
 

PARENT SERVICE HOUR OPPORTUNITIES

PMA relies on the skills, talents and contributions of our parents to help better serve our students and families.  This section will usually include service hour opportunities that parents can take advantage of in order to fulfill service hour obligations.  Please take a moment to complete the parent volunteer resource form here:  https://www.piusmatthias.org/apps/form/parentvolunteer 

  1. MARKETING SERVICE HOURS:  Any parent interested in assisting with our marketing and admissions efforts this year please contact Mr. Boulahoud or email him at aboulahoud@piusmatthias.org.  Service hours can be given for your time.
  2. BOOSTER CLUB SERVICE HOURS:  The 2019-2020 Fall Sports season is upon us.   If you are looking for Parent Service hour opportunities, you have three ways to earn them through the Booster Club. 
    1. One, donate concession items and or gift cards (Smart and Final, Costco, Walmart, etc.) to the Booster club.  Every $10.00 donated, you will receive 1 service hour.  Send an email to bsantistven@piusmatthias.org to make arrangements or drop them off at the front office and label the box/envelope “Booster Club”.  The Booster Club truly appreciates every donation. 
    2. Second, attend the next Booster Club meeting in the PLC room and earn a service hour.
    3. Third, Sign-up for one or more of the opportunities listed on sign up Genius. Here is the link to sign-up:www.signupgenius.com/tabs/73376D703A3CBEEC06-pmabooster  
  3. DEVELOPMENT/ALUMNI SERVICE HOURS:  Earn First semester opportunities for service hours by assisting at the following events:
    • Homecoming Alumni Tailgate - Friday, October 25th
    • Please contact Ms. Santos for more information gsantos@piusmatthias.org
  4. PMA Garden: Any parent interested in assisting and being a part of volunteering for the PMA Garden in 2019-2020 school year please fill out this form. Any and all additional questions email or contact Mr. Miguel Flores at mflores@piusmatthias.org The opportunity will begin soon on a monthly or bi-monthly basis depending on number of volunteers. 

 

 

 

FAITH REFLECTION & PRAYER REQUESTS

 

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Prayers & Faith Reflection 

    • RESPECT LIFE MONTH: This month we continue to offer our prayers for the protection of human life in all it's natural stages.  We invite you to reflect on the value of human life be watching this moving inspirational video called 99 balloons.  

      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:
        • May God grant us courage to embrace his precious gift of life,
          even in the most difficult of circumstances;
        • For the times we are afraid to welcome life: May the Lord fill our hearts with confidence in His loving careand provide for every need;
        • May the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist strengthen us in protecting his gift of life;
        • For those facing difficult medical decisions: May they receive the Lord's guidance and peace as they listen for his voice;
        • For expectant mothers whose hearts are troubled: May they receive helpful, loving support for themselves and their baby;
        • For the end of abortion and the respect of life from birth to natural death.
        • For women and men suffering after abortion: May God grant them courage to seek healing and peace through the Church's post-abortion healing ministry;
        • For the times we doubt the value of our lives: May we rest in the awareness that we are infinitely loved, and that God has a plan for our lives;
        • For those condemned to die and for their families: May the hope of the Resurrection strengthen them in their time of sorrow:
        • May God bless all those for whom adoption and foster care is part of their life story;
        • For those who are challenges with homelessness and displacement, including immigrants who are seeking peace. 
        • For parents to accept and embrace the challenges of their children as they grow older
        • For all the PMA student's to grow in their academic knowledge, but most importantly in their love of God, he is the way, the truth and the life!

      For the sick in our community:

      • For Miriam Tierno, may God grant her rapid healing and better health
      • For those suffering from cancer and other diseases
      • For the aunt of Mr. Rubalcava, who is healing from open heart surgery

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

      • The relative of Grace Moreno and the family of her Aunt Jessica who recently lost their father. 

 

 
 

OTHER SUPPORT STAFF CONTACT INFORMATION 

ATTENDANCE & REGISTRAR

Ms. Dauphiney

idauphiney@piusmatthias.org

562-861-2271 ext. 1002

TUITION & FINANCIAL AID 

Mrs. Garcia

tgarcia@piusmatthias.org

562-861-2271 ext. 1023

 

ACADEMICS AND COUNSELING (Grade 9 & 10)

Ms. Torres

ntorres@piusmatthias.org 

562-861-2271 ext 1026

 

ACADEMICS AND COUNSELING (Grade 11 & 12)

Ms. Acker

cacker@piusmatthias.org

562-861-2271 ext 1016