Welcome, Class of 2025
Beginning a new educational journey, especially during these times, can be exciting and a bit overwhelming. At the core of our formation is the care for the whole person–cura personalis. This central tenet animates every aspect of a Loyola experience. We are committed to the overall development of each Cub’s mental and physical health, spiritual growth, academic attainment and his cultivation as a global citizen. We are very excited to welcome our new Cubs!View 2025 Welcome Packet
The Ultimate Guide to Cub Year One
Cub Year One: First Year Foundations (CY1) is your First-Year Foundations program developed out of a desire to create an all-encompassing orientation experience.
The hallmark of the Loyola education is our community and conducting this program will be a way for you to start building those bonds with your fellow classmates, older students and the Loyola adult community.
CY1 helps you become a full-fledged Cub. We want you to be successful not only in your first-year at Loyola, but as you endeavor toward being a Cub for Life (C4L).
As a Loyola student, you are required to follow the CY1 program. The following are some expectations:
Digital Learning Protocols
Expectations for effective digital learning
Your Learning Environment
Set up an effective learning environment free from distractions:
- Designate a quiet area in your home
- Make sure the TV and music is turned off
- Use earbuds/headphones
- Mute microphone
- Your phone should be put on silent and put away
- Pause/turn off notifications
- Close extra tabs
- No gaming
Respect Class Time
Treat this time as if you’re in a face-to-face situation:
- Sit up in a chair
- Wear appropriate attire
- Log in on time
- Have all your textbooks & supplies with you
- Don’t eat during a live session
Treat this time as if you’re in a face-to-face situation:
- Use appropriate avatars
Communicate with your teachers!
This is new to both your teacher and for you. Emergencies happen. Communicate your situation with your teachers. We want to work with you!
Adhere to All the Rules Established in the
Student Health During COVID-19
During the current COVID-19 pandemic, Loyola High School has modified the normal student health requirements for the 2021-22 school year. The health and wellness of Loyola’s students and family is our top priority.
Four Phases of CY1
Welcome to Loyola, a caring and supportive environment for learning and steadfast companionship for your overall formation.
Learn the nuts & bolts of our tech platforms
Begin your formation within the Jesuit tradition
Big-Brother Welcome and Liturgy
Yearlong check-in (meetings with older students, counselors and adult community, etc.)
Day at a Glance for CY1
CY1 Summer Session
Summer Session CY1 consists of ten 75 minute classes over a five-week period (Tuesdays/Thursdays).
● Week One: Open to Growth | June 22 & June 24
● Week Two: Open to Growth | June 29 & July 1
● Week Three: Intellectually Distinguished | July 6 & July 8
● Week Four: Intellectually Distinguished & Loving | July 13 & July 15
● Week Five: Loving | July 20 & July 22
Period 0: 7:10 a.m. – 8:25 a.m.
Period 1: 8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Period 2: 10:10 a.m. – 11:25 a.m.
Period 3: 12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Period 4: 1:25 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.
The Accelerated CY1 Course consists of five 150 minute classes over a week (August 2–6, 2021).
● Day 1 One: Open to Growth | August 2nd: 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
● Day Two: Open to Growth | August 3rd: 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
● Day Three: Intellectually Distinguished | August 4th: 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
● Day Four: Intellectually Distinguished & Loving | August 5th: 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
● Day Five: Loving | August 6th: 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
What does my son need to fully participate in the program?
Each young man needs a computer and headset. Please click here to see technology specifications.
Other materials such as the CY1 journal and reader will be provided by each instructor and will be a part of the student information system that your son will have access to.
When does this program begin?
The program begins on June 22 and ends on July 22. Students will also need to attend a traditional orientation week (August 18, 20, 23 – schedule TBD).
Is CY1 mandatory?
Yes. This is a required program for all incoming first-year students. It will provide a common support system and entry into Loyola and provide all students with the orientation that will help them successfully navigate Loyola High School.
My son attended Loyola and this was not offered. Is this new?
Yes. Each year, the Assistant Principal of Student Life and his team evaluate new student orientations. Given our common experiences related to distant learning, the success of the program and its growth into other grade level experiences (CY2, CY3 and CY4), the team felt that this would be an opportunity to provide a free, robust onboarding experience to all incoming students.
Is there something like CY1 for new parents/guardians? If so, will it be offered in other languages if English is not our first language?
Yes. While much attention is directed to the young man entering Loyola, we have created a program for the parent/guardian, called Supporting Your New Cub (SYNC). In many ways, this will be each of your own First-Year Experience. In collaboration with Loyola’s Office for Mission, sessions throughout the summer will be offered in conjunction with Cub Year One: First Year Foundations. Here, like the students, parents/guardians will receive support and guidance on how to make their own four years a unique and special journey of their own.
What if my son is absent for one of the seminars? Will roll be taken?
Each student will be assigned to a classroom and have a teacher directing the lessons. S/he will take roll each session and provide the Dean with daily attendance.
Although the materials from the day’s lesson could be provided, the course is HIGHLY EXPERIENTIAL, making it very difficult to make up. Their attendance is key for a complete CY1 experience.
Students can miss a maximum of 3 classes.
- If they miss more than what is advised, they will have to redo the CY1 course in August.
- If they miss the August session, the students’ counselors and the CY facilitators will remediate missed content throughout the school year.
Whom do I contact if my son will miss a session?
If your son is absent, please follow the steps outlined in the Summer Session Handbook. Students are responsible for emailing their facilitator in advance, and scheduling a time to make up missed content during the facilitator’s office hours or during a scheduled appointment.
Meet the Team
Kaitlin Pardo is the CY Coordinator, Associate Director of Equity & Inclusion, and a Spanish instructor for non-native speakers in levels one & two in the Modern & Classical Languages Department. She has been teaching for nine years – this is her sixth year at Loyola High School. On campus, Kaitlin has occupied the roles of head Frosh/Soph Volleyball coach, the Words Matter Youth Summit Coordinator, and the Ignatian Family Teach-In Coordinator. She also sits on the Missions Committee, Strategic Discernment Team, 1:1 Committee, Faculty Senate, and Tech Expo Team. Kaitlin was the recipient of Loyola’s Tech Award, and was a presenter at the last two Tech Expos. In Spring 2019, Kaitlin developed a Summer Session class for incoming freshmen called Loyola Cub Bootcamp. Due to the course’s initial success, Kaitlin presented her curriculum around the Grad at Grad value, Committed to Justice, at a national conference in November 2019. Buoyed by the positive response to her presentation and with the support of data provided by the adult and student community, Loyola Cub Bootcamp transformed into what is now Cub Year One (CY1): First Year Foundations. CY1 is part of a larger programmatic vision of the Cub Year Programming. As of the 2021–22 school year, each grade level will have its own CY programming: CY1 – Cura Personalis / Foundational Skills, CY2 – Anti Racism, CY3 – Authentic Authorship, and CY4 – Developing into Compassionate Leaders.
Dr. Paul Jordan ’88 serves as the Assistant Principal for Student Life and the Director of Counseling at Loyola High School. Throughout his 30-year tenure, he has led the development of numerous programs in order to best serve the students of Loyola High. Most recently these efforts include student leadership development, support for concussed students, first-generation student support, and improved counseling services for students. Dr. Jordan ’88 began his work at Loyola in 1992 after earning his B.S. in Business from the University of Southern California. He continued his studies and earned two Masters’ degrees in Education and School Administration accompanied by teaching and administrative credentials from Loyola Marymount University. Additionally, he received his Certificate in College Counseling from the University of California Los Angeles. In 2017, Jordan completed a Doctoral Program in Interdisciplinary Leadership, successfully defending his dissertation entitled INVESTIGATING “RETURN TO LEARN” PRACTICES FOR CONCUSSED STUDENTS: ONE JESUIT HIGH SCHOOL’S APPROACH.
F. Douglas Brown has been an educator for 25 years, twelve of which he has spent at Loyola. He currently teaches English II to sophomores and African American Poetry. He is also the author of two poetry collections, ICON (Writ Large Press, 2018), and Zero to Three (University of Georgia, 2014), winner of the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize selected by former US Poet Laureate, Tracy K. Smith. He is both a Cave Canem and Kundiman fellow, two writing programs that respectively support the work of African American and Asian American writers. Brown was selected by Poets & Writers as one of their ten notable Debut Poets of 2014, and his work has appeared in numerous publications. Mr Brown is also the co-founder and curator of un::fade::able – The Requiem for Sandra Bland, a reading series examining restorative justice through poetry as a means to address racism. When he is not teaching, writing or with his three children, he is busy DJing in the greater Los Angeles area.
Teri Kawamata is a Director of Faculty, Latin teacher, former Modern & Classical Languages Department Chair, former Faculty Senator, and proud club moderator for Junior Classical League (JCL), Japan Club, and Gladiator Club. She holds Bachelor’s of Arts degrees in both Classics and English, a Master in Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in technology, a Technology Integration Specialist Certification, and Google Certified Educator Level 1 & 2 Certifications. She has a passion for teaching the ancient Classical culture and language and finding ways to enhance learning with modern tech tools. Teri has served for several years as both the Advanced Placement Latin Exam Development Committee Co-Chair and Committee member. She continues to serve as a College Board consultant when she is not busy developing professional development, supporting faculty, and integrating technology into the classroom in her role as Director of Faculty. Her recent projects include helping establish the 1:1 laptop program to provide equity and access for all students, the Student HelpDesk, and creating the Summer Professional Development Academy.
Angela Reno is beginning her 13th year as an education professional and sixth year at Loyola High School. She served Loyola as a school counselor for four years and is currently Loyola’s Director of Admissions. A proud alumna of the University of Pittsburgh, Angela graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Communications, a minor in Classical Civilizations and a concentration in American Sign Language and Deaf Studies. She spent the first six years of her professional career working in higher education beginning at the University of Pennsylvania and ending at Widener University as the Assistant Director of Admissions. While working at Widener, Angela earned a graduate degree, completing a Masters in Education in 2014, and is a certified school counselor in the state of California. Angela has also been an active member of the Loyola community, assisting with Community Service, Campus Ministry, and Athletics departments through various roles and events over the past five years. She is also an active part of Loyola’s Hannon Theatre Company, assisting with the program’s wardrobe department for the past three seasons of the company’s on-campus productions. Last but not least, Angela is an active member of the Pitt Alumni Association, serving as both an alumni leader within the general organization, as well as the President of the Los Angeles alumni chapter.
Dr. Jesús (Jesse) Rodriguez has spent over twenty years in Catholic/Public education as a high school teacher, administrator and lecturer in the College of Education at California State University, Long Beach and affiliate instructor in the Doctor of Interdisciplinary Leadership Program at Creighton University. His research interests focus on the intersection of race, legal status, and culture on the educational aspirations of undocumented immigrant Latina/o students in secondary school settings and the factors that contribute to their successful navigation of the educational system. His research agenda has evolved to include curriculum development in the area of “Border Studies.” Dr. Rodriguez has shared his research at the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), Sociology of Education Association (SEA) the Annual International University Council for Educational Administration Conference on Values and Leadership, and, most recently, CollegeBoard. In 2009, he was named Clark Scholar by Division A and L from the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA). He holds M.A. Degrees in Theology (Loyola Marymount University) and American Literature (California State University, Long Beach) and a Certificate in Border Studies from the University of San Diego. His philosophy on teaching and learning is guided by an Ignatian Spirituality of “personal concern for the whole life of each student” and one that, he believes, reflects the fundamental principles of inclusion, social justice, and valuing every human being. He serves as the Director for the Center for Service and Justice at Loyola High School.
Alejandra Chavez began working at Loyola in 2021 as the Administrative Assist in the Student Center. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Alejandra left the west coast to pursue her Bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College. During school, she majored in International Global Studies with a concentration in European Studies. In her free time, she enjoys running and watching the latest blockbuster movie. This summer she is excited to teach incoming students and welcome them into the Cub family.
Jason Cruz ’12 is a member of the Advancement Office at Loyola High School. He is an alumnus from the Class of 2012 and returned to Loyola in 2019, overseeing school and athletic department communications with parents, students, faculty, staff and alumni. Jason earned a pair of degrees from the University of Southern California—a B.A. in Communication with minors in Organizational Leadership/Management and Sports Media Studies, and a Master’s degree in Communication Management. He has served in a number of different capacities on campus and is thrilled to be part of the CY1 program. Jason looks forward to interacting with the school’s newest Cubs and welcoming them into the Loyola family this summer.
Cedric Ebiner is a proud husband and also a father of seven children. He has been teaching French and Latin at Loyola High School for the past 22 years and is a firm believer that an all-boys catholic school environment can be the very best place for boys to become inspired young men eager to bring Christ’s light to a world that desperately needs it. Closeness to the Sacraments, strong family values, solid supportive friends, a well-established list of priorities, plenty of outdoors and limited screen time is Mr. Ebiner’s recipe for success for students and adults alike. He is the current moderator of the Students For Life, Curious Catholic and the True Gentlemen’s Clubs. He is also the current Chair for the Modern and Classical Languages Department.
Anthony Fernandes began working at Loyola in 2019. After growing up in Los Angeles, Anthony attended Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences with a concentration in computational biology. During his undergraduate years, Anthony participated in population genetics research and gene editing using the CRISPR Cas-9 system. He is especially interested in the intersection of AI and medicine. Through his activities as a physics teaching assistant and as a member of the Orientation Steering Committee at Cornell, Anthony gained a passion for teaching, mentoring, and encouraging students during their academic careers. At Loyola, he currently teaches Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology, and Pre-AP Biology. He is excited to introduce incoming students to the Loyola community through the CY1 Program.
Natasha Hamlin began working at Loyola in 2020 as the Student Wellness Coordinator. Natasha earned her Bachelor’s degree from Pepperdine University and a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary. She has worked in school settings providing individual therapy, group therapy, and family therapy to students between the ages of three and eighteen. As the Student Wellness Coordinator at Loyola, Natasha works with students, teachers, staff, and school administration to help meet the mental health and emotional needs of the students.
Michael Mikita is a Mandarin teacher at Loyola High School. Entering his ninth year at Loyola, he has also taught Chinese at Rio Hondo College and California State University, Bakersfield. Michael is also the coordinator of the Loyola Discover China program, which gives Mandarin language students an opportunity to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom by visiting and exploring Beijing, Xi’an, and Shanghai. As the founder and head of the Mandarin program at Loyola, Michael teaches all levels of Chinese language and culture. Michael earned his BA and MA in Chinese at San Francisco State University, and completed a dissertation on the semiotics of Beijing’s 2008 Olympic Opening Ceremony at Xiamen University in Fujian, China. An enthusiastic supporter of Jesuit education, Michael looks forward to working with incoming freshmen in the CY1 program.
Angela Moran began working at Loyola in 2007. Now entering her fifteenth year, she continues her work as the Program Coordinator in the Loyola High School Center for Service and Justice. This is her second year facilitating the CY1 program. Angela’s primary job is to provide support in developing and organizing service programming; focused on inspiring students to become compassionate leaders in accord with the Jesuit Tradition and Ignatian Values of Loyola High School. She studied Marketing at California State University Long Beach. She has led numerous student service immersion trips, including the Salinas Valley, New Orleans and West Virginia Immersions. In addition to her work in the service and justice office, Angela is the co-moderator of the Cubs United Club: A safe space that welcomes all students. She is an active member of the Missions Committee and the Retirement Plan Committee. Among her proudest moments was seeing her three sons, Andrew ’07, Kyle ’09 and Emilio ’12, graduate from Loyola High School.
David Roberts is the black and white film photography teacher, El Camino Yearbook moderator, and Department Chair of the Fine and Performing Arts at Loyola High School. He has taught at Loyola for eleven years and has taught seventeen years in total, both in the public and private school sectors. David completed his bachelors degree in Visual Arts, Photography from UCSD; has a clear SED teaching credential in the arts from San Francisco State University; and has a Master’s in Science, Education from Mount St. Mary’s College. David is a California native, and was born in Bishop, CA. David grew up in Bishop, San Diego, and Sacramento. He began teaching in the Bay Area in 2005, and has taught third grade, middle school, and high school throughout Berkeley, Saratoga, Gilroy and Los Altos. David moved to Los Angeles in 2010 to take advantage of the amazing job opportunity at Loyola High School. Prior to teaching, David was a freelance photographer; curated photography and fine art at the MoPA, MoCA, and SF MoMA; and made set designs for stop motion animation music videos.
Cindy Torroba is the Administrative Assistant for Loyola’s Office for Mission. The Office for Mission promotes Ignatian Leadership and integrates Jesuit Values for current faculty and staff. She joined the Loyola High School community in 2018. Cindy earned her Bachelor of Music at Cal State Northridge University and Master’s Degree in Pastoral Theology from Loyola Marymount University. She is excited to be able to be a part of the CY1 Team of facilitators to onboard the newest members of the Cub community and to introduce them to the mission and values of Jesuit education.
Vianney Truong ’10 is a Science teacher at Loyola High School. Vianney is an alumnus of Loyola from the class of 2010 and has been a faculty member since 2017. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Psychology at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. Dreaming of more temperate weather, Vianney flew back to Los Angeles and obtained his Master’s of Education and CA teaching credential at Loyola Marymount University in 2016. He taught at Salesian High School in East LA for three years before returning to Loyola High School as a faculty member. Vianney is proud to call his former teachers colleagues and to educate the future generation of Loyola Cubs.
Six Word Memoirs
Six Word Memoirs (2020-21)
Faith Crests (2020-21)
CY1 Program Begins
How many classes will I have and how does the schedule work?
All freshmen take seven courses. All classes are graded and for credit. There are no unscheduled periods. In terms of daily class rotation, Monday is five periods for 65 minutes each, while Tuesday through Friday are four periods for 70 minutes each.
For example, each class typically meets three times per week in a rotating sequence:
Monday 1-2-3-4-5 | Tuesday 6-7-1-2 | Wednesday 3-4-5-6 | Thursday 7-1-2-3 | Friday 4-5-6-7
What is the typical course of study for a Loyola Freshman?
A typical freshman curriculum follows the following seven-course format:
- English 1
- Algebra 1 or Performing Arts
- Freshman Physics
- Modern or Classical Language
- Theology 1
- Health (1 semester) & P.E. (1 semester)
*Many exceptions and alternatives exist depending on placement in mathematics and language.
Where is the best place to find information and updates?
Visit the Loyola home page for the latest news, updates, events and parent info. The school calendar will also have upcoming events, announcements and general information regarding student activities. For specific academic questions, please contact Assistant Principal Mr. Robb Gorr at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are the protocols for digital learning?
For a complete understanding of our distance learning protocol, please click here.
What are your dress code policies?
The dress code upholds the standards of modesty, neatness and good taste of Loyola High School. It is expected that every student will dress according to reasonable standards of decency, mindful of the academic nature of the environment. Personal appearance and attire are expected to be neat and clean. The Administration of the school will be the final judge of what is or is not acceptable. A violation may result in disciplinary action.
How do I get my PowerSchool and Canvas login information?
- Navigate in your web browser to https://loyolahs.powerschool.com
- On the Sign In screen, choose the ‘Create Account’ tab and then click on the ‘Create Account’ button at the bottom of the window.
- Complete information about you, the parent.
- Link one or more students to your account.
- After completing all information, click ‘Enter’ at the bottom of the page.
- Sign in to test your new account at https://loyolahs.powerschool.com
For questions, please contact Mrs. Bren Wells at email@example.com
Students will receive an in-depth orientation and training to understand and navigate CANVAS, as well as the different online tools necessary for learning on a digital platform during their CY1 Technology Seminar beginning Monday, July 20th.
How do I register for Loyola bus transportation?
For the upcoming year, we have six bus routes serving our most dense populations. The cost for the year is $2,500 which includes morning, afternoon and late afternoon buses. Routes may be added or changed as necessary to meet demand.
Bus space is on a first-come, first-served basis. To guarantee a spot, we are requiring the full balance of $2,500 to be paid by August 15, 2020*.
*If Loyola were forced to cancel bus service for any reason (including COVID-19), a full or pro-rated refund would be available.
What do I need to know before I buy my books?
Loyola does not have a physical bookstore on campus, but all books may be purchased through our online book store. We have partnered with Edtech to provide all of your Cub’s book needs for the 2020-21 school year. Click here for previous instructions on how to purchase textbooks.
Monday, June 29th: Loyola’s official 2020-21 booklist will be posted online here.
What kind of technology platforms are used in the curriculum?
- Loyola is a Google Apps for Education school that primarily uses Apple technology.
- All students will have a CANVAS account that connect them to their teachers and courses. Teachers use CANVAS as their primary online communication tool.
- Science classes use PASCO live data collection hardware and Data Studio software that connects via Bluetooth to MacBooks and/or iPads.
- Loyola officially begins its 1:1 technology program with the Class of 2024. This program requires that every student have their own laptop and broadband internet connectivity both on and off campus. All incoming freshmen are required to purchase an Apple MacBook as part of their enrollment. More details regarding Loyola’s 1:1 program can be found here.
How can I get involved in freshman athletics?
Check our Incoming Frosh Athletics page often for new and updated information. Please note that summer workout dates are all tentative. It is still our goal to hold workouts this summer; however, decisions will be made in accordance with the LA County Department of Public Health.