SJHS Student Letter

We, members of the inaugural class of St. Jeanne de Lestonnac Catholic High School in Temecula, California, want to share with you how this new high school is transforming our lives.

SJHS has given us an opportunity to become a family of leaders grounded in and guided by our Catholic faith. Our weekly Thursday mass has provided opportunities for students to become altar servers and music ministers, as well as, lectors, serving as faith community leaders while becoming stronger disciples of Jesus Christ. Our ability to walk in our faith journey with one another is helping build the Kingdom of God in our hometown, which we can then take into society after we graduate.

The small class sizes at SJHS allow us to develop close relationships with our teachers, which helps us understand that we have the ability to meet academic challenges and exceed our own expectations, as well as our parents' expectations. The encouragement and support we receive from our teachers and classmates unites us and help us beuild a constructive culture. For example, when one of us is struggling, there is a network of peer and staff support to help us overcome the challenges.

SJHS has state-of-the-art technology in classrooms. This innovative spirit, combined with problem-solving and hands-on learning opportunities give us real-world experiences. Because this is our school, we have the opportunity to talk to administration about what we would like to learn and expeience, and our administration is responsive to our requests. We have an approved FFA charter, one of four in Catholic schoools nationwide and the only FFA chapter in the Temecula-Murrieta valleys. The emerging educational experiences of SJHS include Project Lead the Way, which has programming, coding, robotics and cybersecurity.

Our Catholic values are tied into our curriculum. We have the opportunity to be open about our faith and develop the whole person-body, mind, and spirit-so that we can become the best versions of ourselves. We pray at the beginning of the day and at the beginning of every class, rejoicing in the opportunities we have and supporting one anther in times of hardship. Classes such as AP Human Geography encourage us to celebrate and respect diversity of not only cultural backgrounds, but also of faith traditions. In our English class, we are connecting the experiences of characters in our reading to our faith teachings, deepening our ability to empathize. Each classrooom is a sacred space with a blessed crucifix symbolizing that the Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ himself are present in all we do.

Our ASB and leadership roles that we are developing and pursuing help us to become strong community leaders, practice servant leadership, and develop robust communication skills that can influence not only our school, but more broadly our valley and eventually our nation.

We appreciate the opportunity to share with you how our new Catholic high school in the Temecula Valley is helping us to grow as learners, as leaders, as people of faith. We hope you will join us in praying for the success of SJHS and we wish God's blessings upon you.

In His hands,

Marianne Garcia
Emily Bosich
Kaitlyn Wichterman
Makena Stanisai
Martin Garcia
Tommy Kavanagh
David San Diego
Anki Scherf
Cassie Guenther
Regina Linsalato

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