Students in Kindergarten through 8th grade have a unique opportunity to perform Monarch’s Football Halftime show. Our Pep Squad is hosting a clinic and the performance. The Pep Squad consists of members of Mater Dei Song Teams and Mater Dei Cheer.
The clinic to learn the routines is on Saturday Sept 13 on Mater Dei campus in the LeVecke Center from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm. The performance is at Halftime on Sept 19 at the big home game against Upland High School. This game will be at Santa Ana Bowl 7:00 pm Friday 9/19/2014.
Click here for the website with registration form.
What a year 2014 has been for Mater Dei boys’ basketball coach, Gary McKnight. Like never before, if there was a prestigious coach of the year award to be presented, it seemed like McKnight was there to accept it. Roll the tape…
- Morgan Wooten Award *for lifetime achievement in coaching high school basketball by the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame
- Naismith Boys’ National Coach of the Year
- MaxPreps National Coach of the Year *for all sports
- MaxPreps Boys’ Basketball Coach of the Year
- National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) National Boys’ Basketball Coach of the Year
- CIF State Coach of the Year
- CIF-SS Open Division Coach of the Year
And the 2014 good fortune probably does not end there. McKnight, with a 995-85 (.921 winning percentage) career coaching record, will most likely notch his 1,000 career win sometime in the month of December. Stay tuned.
Rick Martinez was recently named the inaugural 2014 boys’ track and field state coach of the year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Martinez led the Monarchs last spring to both section and state championships, the first such titles in boys’ track and field in school history.
The Gold Standard
Mater Dei’s Katie Lou Samuelson (Class of 2015) spent the past summer helping Team USA’s U17 squad win the FIBA World Championships in the Czech Republic. The United States beat Spain in the gold-medal game, 77-75. Samuelson led her team in scoring, averaging just under 14 points per game during the event and was one of two Americans named to the five-member all-tournament team. Samuelson recently committed to the University of Connecticut.
Philip Bellomo, Director of Athletics
With the 2014-15 school year underway, the Advancement Office is already making preparations for the 2015-16 school year and for the admissions marketing season for the next generation of Monarchs – the Class of 2019.
For the past six years, the Advancement Office has partnered with Mrs. Wilson and the AP 2-D graphic design students to create the Mater Dei admissions portfolio in the style of the old school pee chee folders which were very popular in the 60s, 70s, and 80s among students. Ten students in the graphic design program select two of ten images and provide their graphic expertise and style in creating images for the newest addition of the pee chee. The Advancement Office staff then oversees the final layout and submission to the press house, Main Graphics in Irvine, CA.
This year, the students and their teacher got to tour Main Graphics and see their work on the presses. It was a great experience for our students to see their work come to life and produced en mass. The staff at Main Graphics was so generous with their time and explanations of what goes into the production process.
Enjoy some photos of the trip and be on the lookout for the 6th edition of the MD pee chee!
Sincerely in Mater Dei,
The MD Admissions Team
We arrived back at LAX yesterday afternoon safe and sound. I think it is safe to say that although we all had a wonderful time, it was nice to be returning back home. Enjoy the photos below, they are a snippet of the adventures and experiences we had in Costa Rica. Pura Vida!
Today was another big travel day for the group, this time by bus from La Fortuna to Montevede, a small town in the cloud forest. Heavy rains made the “normal” route inaccessible, meaning we got to take the scenic detour via the Pan-American highway. Weather has been rainy and was humid in La Fortuna; it is much cooler and windier here in Monteverde. The last couple days have been full of many exciting things: a visit to a volcano, swimming near a waterfall and at a hot springs, kayaking at Lake Arenal, a visit to a local elementary school, and more. We are all doing well and having a blast. Pura Vida!
Greetings from Costa Rica!
We all made it here safe and sound with all of our luggage (after a couple celebrity sightings at LAX), and we had a busy day here in San Jose. We visited INBioparque, where we learned about the biodiversity of Costa Rica, then toured Cafe Britt and learned about how coffee in produced. In the evening we had mass at a cathedral downtown, and ate dinner at the hotel afterwards. There are many pictures to come! Today we leave for Arenal, with a stop at a volcano along the way 😀 Adios for now!