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Biotechnology Enters Into MCHS Curriculum

Here in the greater Bay Area, we live in the world’s hotbed of biotechnology. How does being in this rich scientific environment impact a forward-looking school like Moreau Catholic High School?

Thanks to the efforts of Science teacher and Certified Athletic Trainer, Kerrie Gibson, we have a new biotech program for our students that made its debut this fall.

Says Gibson, "The biotechnology class is perfect for Moreau because we are a STEM school." But the program stands out because it is not just academic. "We run our program as if we were a biotech company," explains Gibson. "It is a very hands-on class."

According to Nitin Bajaj, a Senior here at Moreau, "What really strikes me about this program is the extent to which we are doing work like that in industry. I’m thankful I got a chance to take this class before I graduate."

Where is the program headed?

Next, our goal is to expand the number of students enrolled in the biotech program itself and to roll-out the second year offering, already developed by Gibson.

We are also looking toward staying in touch with developments and leaders in the industry here in the Bay Area and increasing possibilities for cross fertilization. "I am very excited about the field and look forward to interacting with our immediate community of parents and neighboring companies, and looking farther afield for opportunities to collaborate."

For more information and/or to contact our Biotechnology Instructor, Kerrie Gibson, kgibson@moreaucatholic.org.


Brazilian Spirit Visits Moreau Catholic

Fourteen visitors from fellow Holy Cross school Colegio Dom Amando in Santarem, Brazil, have joined the Moreau Catholic community for a December visit before they head to Austin, Texas and then Orlando before returning home after fifteen days in the United States. "They are full of joy and the Holy Cross spirit of charity," reports Joe Hudelson, MCHS Assistant Principal for Student Support. Nine students, three adults, and a few of their children (who also attend the preschool-high school Colegio Dom Amando) are visiting the area to experience the Holy Cross connection with their Moreau Catholic counterparts, to see some of our local sights, and to participate in service to those in need, working to help remodel a local family shelter. MCHS History Teacher Jaime Fernandez is coordinating the visit and plans are in the works to send Moreau Catholic students to Santarem, Brazil in the near future as our international student exchange continues to grow. We currently offer exchange opportunities to Japan and France.
2014 Crab Feed and Auction

Enjoy all the crab you can eat while supporting Mariner athletics on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at the annual Crab Feed and Auction. Tickets are $60.00 per person ($50 for Early Bird before 12/14/13). There are many raffle and auction items for you to bid on:
  • Amazing getaways
  • Reserved parking in Senior Lot
  • Sports memorabilia and event tickets
  • And much more!
To order tickets simply contact Booster President, Kari Cardana at 510-303-4540 or order online at moreaucatholic.org/crabfeed
Brian Copeland's Show is Coming to Moreau Catholic!

Brian Copeland's "The Jewelry Box," the hottest new holiday show in San Francisco is coming to Moreau Catholic High School for one night only!

Tickets are on sale now available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/press/526608
or get tickets by phone 24/7, call: 1-800-838-3006.

Brian Copeland’s new Christmas solo show, The Jewelry Box, is currently enjoying a critically acclaimed run at The Marsh Theater in San Francisco. The play will be coming to Moreau Catholic High School for a very special, exclusive event! This will be your only opportunity to see this gem without driving to San Francisco. This event will provide a meaningful way to gather family members and friends (recommended age 12 and up) during the holiday season. The story is a Christmas memoir and prequel to Copeland’s first acclaimed solo play, Not A Genuine Black Man, the longest running one-man play in San Francisco Theater history!

The Jewelry Box is about a very special Christmas when Brian was six years old while living in East Oakland in 1970. He decides to buy his mother a jewelry box from the Old White Front Store on Hegenberger Road. He has three weeks until Christmas Eve to find a way to earn $11.97 for this special gift. Follow Brian along the streets of 1970 Oakland as he deals with the times while he tries to achieve his goal.

The critics are raving:

"It's bound to become a classic, a time capsule, celebrating a time that is long gone in the East Bay, in an age of innocence at Christmas."
- Regarding Arts

"If you're having trouble picking out a gift for Mom, Brian Copeland's 'The Jewelry Box' at the Marsh might be a good place to start."
- Robert Hurwitt, San Francisco Chronicle
Official Groundbreaking Ceremony on February 8, 2014

It’s official! Save the date for the Campaign for Champion’s official groundbreaking to launch the construction of the new Athletics and Student Activities Complex. We are excited to break ground on this vital project to make sure that Moreau Catholic’s facilities match our mission and goals for outstanding achievement. We are already one of the top schools in the East Bay for nurturing champions on and off the field and this will make us even more outstanding!

Thank You Donors!
Now with less than $2 million left to raise on our $5 million goal, Moreau Catholic thanks all of the proud Mariners who have supported the campaign so far. With your help, this campaign will solidify Moreau Catholic’s position as the top destination for 21st century Catholic education in the East Bay. Thank you for being our MVPs!


News and Events
Dec 6

Admissions Application Workshop for Parents
8:30am

Winter Art Show: The World is Full of Color
5:00pm

Winter Dance Concert: On, Dancer!
Purchase Tickets Online
7:00pm
       
Dec 7

Winter Dance Concert: On, Dancer!
Purchase Tickets Online
7:00pm
       
Dec 10

Band & Orchestra Winter Concert
7:00pm
       
Dec 11

Winter Jazz Big Band Concert
7:00pm
       
Dec 12

Mass: Feast of Our Lady Guadalupe
       
Dec 13

Winter Choral Concert
7:00pm
       
Dec 15

Brian Copeland '82 performs
"The Jewelry Box"
7:00pm
Purchase tickets online today!
       
Dec 17

Final Exams: 9,2
       
Dec 18

Final Exams: 4, 6/8
       
Dec 19

Final Exams: 1,3
       
Dec 20

Final Exams: 5/7
       
Dec 21

2nd Annual Basketball Catholic Classic
       
Dec 23 - Jan 6

Christmas Break
For a monthly calendar, go to moreaucatholic.org/schoolcalendar


Dear Parents, Students and Friends:

As we begin the season of Advent and the joyous celebration of Christmas, it is important to take a moment to reflect on the gifts we bring to each other as partners in the education and formation of our students.

Our students at Moreau Catholic consistently strive to not only achieve excellence in their academic pursuits, but also to be agents of transformation in their community. In the spirit of giving, we ask that you please be generous during this holiday season.

I would also like to extend an invitation to all community members to join us on December 12, 2013 as the school comes together for our liturgical celebration in honor of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The liturgy will take place in the Main Gym at 9:35 AM. As always, we invite all parents and community members to join our school in celebration. All are welcome!

As we approach the end of the semester and exams, it is a good time to review the academic progress of your students and reinforce the need for improving study habits, time management, and communication with their teachers and counselors, if needed. Please continue to use PowerSchool to review homework and grades. The Learning Center is open for students during collaboration and after school for students who need extra help.

Final exams will take place December 17 – 20. Please note that students are only granted an excused absence from final exams for a health emergency.

During this holiday season, when we are filled with the spirit of giving, I would be remiss if I failed to mention how important your contributions are to the education of the hearts and minds of all students at Moreau Catholic. Thank you to those who have contributed to the Moreau Fund, and for all of you who are considering a gift.

On behalf of the entire faculty and staff of Moreau Catholic High School, I wish you and your families a blessed and peaceful Christmas season and a very Happy New Year!

Sincerely,
Lisa Tortorich
Principal
Moreau Catholic Shuttle from Castro Valley Bart Station

Moreau Catholic has launched a new shuttle service picking up and dropping off students at the Castro Valley BART station. This is a convenient and low-cost way to get to school and home each day. Students interested in using the shuttle must sign up in advance. To see the shuttle schedule, to sign up for the shuttle or to get more information go to: moreaucatholic.org/shuttle
Space is limited so be sure you sign up today!