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Spotlight on Campus Life

December is here and Christmas is near! Our Toy Drive continues through the upcoming final exams. We are providing Christmas gifts to a variety of charities including Holiday Helpers Warehouse in Martinez, the Bay Area Crisis Nursey, Oakland Catholic Worker, the Monument Crisis Center and Running with Love charity. Freshman have ages 0-3 , sophomores 4-7, Juniors 8-10 and seniors 11-13. Only new, unwrapped toys please. Give the gift of Christmas by lighting up the eyes of a child in need.

Here is a rundown of events up until our Christmas Break:

  • Auditions for the spring musical (The Little Shop of Horrors) begins Monday, Dec. 4th with an auditioning workshop where interested students can learn how to audition then auditions rest of the week (3:00 to 5:00P in the theatre).
  • The Vontoure Basketball Classic in the DLS gym, Dec. 7 through Dec. 9.
  • Christmas Spirit week starting on Monday, Dec. 11th courtesy of our Student Leadership class.
  • The annual joint Christmas Concert on Wednesday, Dec. 13th at 7:00P in the Hofmann Center. This free event includes DLS & CHS student choirs and the jazz and concert bands.
  • The Soccer Classic Showcase for those enthusiast runs Friday and Saturday, Dec. 15th and 16th.
  • And – of course – Semester 1 final exams beginning Monday, Dec.18-19-20.
  • Christmas Break begins Dec. 21st. Classes resume on Monday, Jan. 10th.

We thank all of you for the gift you’ve given us – the honor of loving, instructing and guiding your son. A blessed and joyful Christmas to all and a Happy New Year!



November 2017

October was a busy month (as usual!). The Cereal drive ended just shy of our 3,000 box goal, Campus Ministry held two Junior retreats, Ms. DeWeese took her art classes to the DeYoung Museum, our Jefferson Awards Club engaged with “Light the Night Walk” in Walnut Creek, and our Visual and Performing Arts Department held a new “One Night Only” event for middle school students and families - a window into the creativity of our students.

We eased into the end of October with a mini-Fall Fest/Halloween activities week in coordination with Jefferson’s Awards Duck Race (plastic ducks) in the DLS pool supporting blood cancer awareness and finished with our Sunday, Junior Mass of Unity and ring blessing ceremony.

There are lots of cool upcoming events happening in November.

Upcoming November events:

  • Theatre Arts production – The Outsiders – opening night is Thursday, Nov. 9th (Click here for a full view of dates)
  • Quad Hockey and Frosh Flag Football playoffs will conclude shortly.
  • Thanksgiving Prayer Service is a week earlier this year (11/16).
  • Thanksgiving break runs from 11/22 through 11/26. We’re back on Monday, 11/27.
  • CHS Vision of Christmas starts up on Nov. 28th (special schedules for us from the 28th through Dec. 1st).

.The DLS Christmas Toy Drive begins on Monday, 11/20 ending on Dec. 15th.

October 2017

The Cereal Drive ends on Friday, Oct. 6th. Our goal is 3000 boxes for the Contra Costa County Food Bank. Student Leadership has negotiated a school-wide reward with Mr. Aliotti - hitting cereal benchmarks in exchange for modified dress.

All parents are invited to the screening of the film Angst - a documentary about teenage anxiety - as part of our parent education series. The showing is at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 5th in the DLS Theatre.

Homecoming: As this is published, we are set to celebrate our homecoming games and dances. As part of homecoming, both schools ask seniors to select students who represent excellence in a set of categories. The results for the 2017 Court are as follows:

Leadership: Harley Blackard & Mackenzie Biles

Character: Joao De Almeida & Lila Mague

Service: Dawson Diaz & Sophia Anderson

Spirit: Dirk Tolson & Kelsey Dempsey

Faith: Ellis Mimms & Catherine Quillin

Humanitarian: Justin Pratt & Kaitlyn Trilevsky

Spartan Courage: Harley Blackard

Cougar Pride: Sydney King

Congratulations to all of our winners!

Homecoming Court Descriptions


These candidates demonstrate a commitment to others, recognize their needs and encourage their endeavors. They serve as role models, influencing their peers through their promotion of school activities and their upholding of school ideals.


These candidates demonstrate the highest standards of honesty and reliability, guiding themselves by moral and ethical principles. They exemplify cheerfulness, friendliness, poise and stability. Accepting constructive criticism graciously, they are courteous, caring and respectful toward others.


These candidates have a strong sense of duty and determination. They work well with others, take on difficult tasks and complete all undertakings. They represent what it means to be “selfless” in providing service to family, school and community.


These candidates demonstrate energy, enthusiasm and support in all school-related activities. Possessing a strong sense of pride in their school, their vitality and school spirit generate an exciting atmosphere inspiring others to participate.


These candidates promote responsible living, modeling the Gospel message of love, forgiveness, charity and peace. They recognize the dignity of others and respond to them with respect and love. These individuals’ faith has been expressed by their involvement in Campus Ministry programs.


These candidates represent leadership, character, service, spirit and faith. They strive to include others, are involved in numerous activities, contribute significantly in many areas, and are dedicated to their responsibilities. Humanitarian candidates demonstrate a true dedication to their school and community.

September 2017

Welcome Week: Our Leadership class put on a stirring Welcome Rally (8/25) and Dance (8/26). It was good to celebrate the student energy of being back at school again! We once again had dances at both CHS (freshman) and DLS (10-11-12). Happy campers when we were done.

Back to School Night: Both NHS and Student Leadership will join forces along with the Parent Association to help guide a Back to School night on Sept. 7th. We start at 6:30P in the gym. The Parents Association will have refreshments and goodies at the end of the evening.

Intramural Quad Hockey and Freshman Flag football is getting ready to begin. Quad Hockey sign-ups begin next week. Freshman teams are coordinated in their 4th period classes with their teachers.

Club Fair/Picture Retakes: Our annual fair is Thursday, Sept. 14th with over 25 clubs participating. CHS Club Fair is the same day so boys can check their clubs out too. Then on Wednesday, 9/20, students who wish to have their student ID picture retaken can do so in the OC at lunch. In order to get their new ID card they need to bring with them their current ID and the picture packet they should have received in the mail from Studio One Photography. FYI: ID pictures are used in the yearbook (except for seniors who do portraits).

Homecoming: Plans for Homecoming, 2017 are in process. This year for the first time, DLS & CHS are coordinating two separate dances. CHS will host all sophomores and Freshman in their Garaventa Center. DLS will host seniors and juniors in the DLS Quad. The dances are scheduled for Saturday night, September 30th. Tickets will go on sale beginning Tuesday, Sept. 12th. The cost is $10 per ticket. This formal/business dance attire is also a guest pass dance. The form will be available on our website later next week. Go to Campus Life then “school forms.”

Please note: ONLY Sophomores and Freshman at CHS. ONLY Seniors and Juniors at DLS. That includes guest.

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