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Gateway to Freshman Year

Welcome, Class of 2024

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!

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The Ultimate Guide to Cub Year One

Cub Year One: First Year Foundations (CY1) is a program developed especially for you out of a desire to create an all-encompassing orientation experience. The content of CY1’s curriculum covers a traditional on-campus orientation through 12 one-hour Zoom sessions that seek to engage and reinforce the necessary first-year skills you will need at Loyola.

The hallmark of a Loyola education is our community and conducting this program will be a way for you to start building those bonds with your fellow classmates, Big Brothers, 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 of Loyola but as you endeavor toward being a Cub for Life (C4L).

CY1 Protocols

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
Online Presence

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

Summer Session Handbook

Student Health During COVID-19

During the current COVID-19 crisis, Loyola High School has modified the normal student health requirements for the 2020-2021 school year. The health and wellness of Loyola’s students and family is our top priority.

Four Phases of CY1

CY1 is not only your welcome to Loyola, but it’s a year-round, comprehensive environment for learning and steadfast companionship for your overall formation, comprised of these phases:

Technology Seminar

Learn the nuts & bolts of our tech platforms

Ignatian Seminar

Begin your formation within the Jesuit tradition

Big-Brother (BB) Welcome and Liturgy

Peer-to-Peer mentoring


Yearlong check-in (occasional BB meetings, counselors, adult community, etc.)

Day at a Glance with CY1

Here’s what your CY1 experience will look like over the summer in preparation for the 2020-21 school year.

CY1 Program Schedule Breakdown
Week One: July 20-23

Section 1: 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Section 2: 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Week Two: July 27-30

Section 1: 9:15-10:15 a.m.
Section 2: 10:45-11:45 a.m.

Week Three: August 3-6

Section 1: 9:15-10:15 a.m.
Section 2: 10:45-11:45 a.m.

*Please read if you are taking Summer Session (SS)*

CY1 consists of 12 one-hour sessions over a three-week period (four one-hour sessions per week). Summer Session (SS) and CY1 overlap for four days (July 20–23). If you are taking SS, we plan to offer two sections: one section that overlaps with the fourth hour of SS from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. and one section that would happen after SS from 3:00 – 4:00 pm (schedule breakdown above).

If you are taking four classes during SS, we will enroll you into Section 2. We have coordinated with Loyola’s Director of Summer Session, Mrs. Judy Dell’Amico, as we create class rosters in order to avoid any scheduling conflicts.


What does my son need to fully participate in the program?

Each young man needs a computer, headset and webcam. Please click here to see technology specifications.

Other materials such as reading or resources will be provided by each instructor and will be a part of the student information system to which your son will have access.

When does this program begin?

The program begins on July 20 and ends on August 6. Students will also need to attend a traditional orientation week from August 17–21 (schedule TBD).

What if my son is taking a course during summer session?

While there is overlap between summer session and CY1 by one week, CY1 will not conflict with your son’s summer session. During the first week, CY1 Session 1 begins at 1:30 p.m. (during SS fourth hour) and Section 2 begins at 3:00 p.m.  If your son takes a class during the fourth hour of SS, he will be put into Section 2.

Loyola has a uniform policy. What will the uniform policy be for CY1?

All students must follow the dress code outlined in the Digital Protocols. This applies to all online sessions. Online behavior and overall expectations will be outlined for each student at the start of the program.

Is CY1 mandatory?

Yes. This is a required program for all incoming freshmen. 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. This year, given our common experiences related to distant learning, the team felt that this would be an opportunity to provide a free, robust orientation to all incoming students especially around the use of technology at Loyola High School.

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?

Parent/Guardian Orientation

While much attention is directed to the young man entering Loyola, we have also created a program for new Cub parents/guardians. In many ways, this will be each of your own first-year experience.

In collaboration with the Office for Mission, sessions for adults will be offered in conjunction with the student Cub Year One: First Year Foundations. Here, like the students, parents/guardians will receive support and guidance on how to make the four year at Loyola a unique and special journey of their own.

This series of four online sessions will be held on the following Wednesdays: July 15, July 22, July 29 and August 5, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. via Zoom.

If you would like to attend these sessions, please fill out this form and we will send you a registration link. If you have any questions regarding this first-year experience for parents, please contact Mr. Robert Stephan, Director of Ignatian Formation and Adult Spirituality at rstephan@loyolahs.edu.

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 of Men with daily attendance.

Although the materials and Zoom recording 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.

Whom do I contact if my son will miss a session?

If your son is absent during the summer portion of CY1, please follow the steps outlined in the Summer Session Handbook.

If your son is absent during the Advisory portion of CY1 (during the school year), please follow the steps outlined in the Parent-Student Handbook.

Meet the Team

CY1 Committee

Kaitlin Pardo is in her eighth year of teaching and fifth year at Loyola. She works in the Modern and Classical Languages Department as a Spanish instructor for non-native speakers and is also the head Frosh/Soph Volleyball coach, Words Matter Youth Summit Coordinator and Ignatian Family Teach-In Coordinator on campus. Mrs. Pardo also sits on the Mission Committee, Strategic Discernment Team, 1:1 Committee and Tech Expo Team. A recipient of Loyola’s Tech Award, she was also a presenter at the last two Tech Expos. Last spring, Mrs. Pardo developed a Summer Session class for incoming freshmen called Loyola Cub Bootcamp. Due to the course’s initial success, she presented her curriculum around Loyola’s Grad at Grad value, Committed to Justice, at a national conference last November. 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.

Dr. Paul Jordan ‘88 serves as the Assistant Principal for Student Life and Director of Counseling at Loyola. Throughout his 29-year tenure, he has led the development of numerous programs in order to best serve Loyola students. Most recently, these efforts include student leadership development, support for concussed students, First Generation student support and improved counseling services for students. He returned and began his work at Loyola in 1992 after earning his B.S. in Business from the University of Southern California. Dr. Jordan 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.

Jamal Adams ‘90 is the Director of Equity and Inclusion, a Social Science teacher and a Director of Faculty at Loyola. Mr. Adams oversees the work of the Equity and Inclusion office, which is designed to cultivate an institutional culture of awareness and understanding of and for the other. As a member of the team of Directors of Faculty, he aims to help Loyola faculty reach their professional goals through regular observations and professional development. In addition to those duties, he teaches Economics and African American Studies and serves as Loyola’s Head Varsity Basketball Coach. After graduating from Loyola in 1990, he enrolled at Columbia University where he was a member of the Men’s Basketball team and earned a degree in Economics. His professional career began with an 11-year stint working in finance in both New York and Los Angeles. Upon his return to Loyola High as an educator, Mr. Adams earned his Master’s in Secondary Education from Loyola Marymount University, graduating with Honors.

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 begins her 12th year as an education professional and fifth year at Loyola High School. For the past four years, she has served as a school counselor and is currently transitioning to her new role as Loyola’s Director of Admissions. A proud alumna of the University of Pittsburgh, Ms. Reno graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Communications. 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 at Widener, she earned a Master’s degree in Education. Ms. Reno has also been an active member of the Loyola community, assisting with the Admissions, Community Service, Campus Ministry and Athletics departments through various roles and events over the past four 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.

Cheryl Rice is a Theology teacher and a Program Coordinator for Loyola’s Campus Ministry Department and the Center for Service & Justice. She completed her Bachelor’s degree at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and her Master’s degree at Boston College. After completing both degrees, Cheryl served as a Passionist Volunteer at Tobar Mhuire, a retreat center in Northern Ireland, and then taught Theology for six years at Saint Peter’s Preparatory School in Jersey City.

Dr. Jesse Rodriguez is the Director of Loyola’s Center for Service & Justice and 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. He holds M.A. Degrees in Theology (LMU) and American Literature (CSULB) 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.


Mara Baltazar is the newest member of the Loyola Counseling Department and been a part of the Loyola community for the last three years, both in the Counseling Department and in the Student Activities Center. After earning a degree in Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University, she went on to work at a business management firm before deciding to pursue a career in education. This fall, she will earn her Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Mount Saint Mary’s University.

Eli Ess enters his sixth year of teaching at Loyola High School. Growing up outside Seattle, Mr. Ess had a strong interest in mathematics and teaching and attended Middlebury College in Vermont, where he majored in mathematics and minored in Chinese. After graduating in 2005, he moved to New York to get his M.A. in Secondary Mathematics Education at Columbia Teachers College. He began his teaching career in the New York City public schools at the Academy of Careers in Television and Film. After living in New York for five years, he made the move back to the West coast and became a teacher at Loyola.

Anthony Fernandes is the most recent addition to Loyola’s Science Department. After growing up in Los Angeles, he attended Cornell University and earned a B.A. in Biological Sciences with a concentration in computational biology. During his undergraduate years, he participated in population genetics research and gene editing using the CRISPR Cas-9 system. Through his activities as a physics teaching assistant and as a member of the Orientation Steering Committee at Cornell, Mr. Fernandes gained a passion for teaching, mentoring and encouraging students to become interested in science. At Loyola, he currently teaches Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology and Pre-AP Biology.

Michael Mikita is a Mandarin teacher at Loyola High School and enters his eighth year on campus. In addition to teaching, he serves as 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 the cities of Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai. As the founder and head of the Mandarin program, he teaches all levels of Chinese language and culture. He earned his B.A. and M.A. 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.

Angela Moran began working at Loyola in 2007, primarily with the Community Service Department. Now entering her fourteenth year, she continues her work as the Program Coordinator in the newly named Center for Service & Justice. She is focused on inspiring students to become compassionate leaders in accord with the Jesuit tradition and Ignatian values of Loyola High School. Mrs. Moran has also led numerous student service immersion trips, including the Salinas Valley, New Orleans and West Virginia Immersions. In addition to her work in the office, Mrs. Moran is the co-moderator of the Cubs United Club (a safe space that welcomes all students) and is an active member of the Mission Committee and the Retirement Plan Committee. Her proudest moments were seeing her three sons, Andrew ’07, Kyle ’09 and Emilio ’12, graduate from Loyola.

PJ Pascale ’78 is a longtime member of the Loyola community. He has been a teacher in the Mathematics Department since 1995 and is a proud graduate of Loyola High School (Class of 1978). Outside of the classroom, Mr. Pascale has served as a coach in the Loyola Football program from 1992 through 2018. Other Loyola graduates to whom he is related include his son, three brothers, three cousins and an uncle.

Dr. Ricardo Pedroarias ’84 is a Director of Faculty, Spanish teacher and football coach at Loyola High. He has been part of the Loyola faculty and administration for 32 years and has two sons who also graduated from Loyola. Dr. Pedroarias earned his Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and History from Loyola Marymount and his Master’s in Spanish from California State University, Los Angeles. In 2011, he obtained his Doctorate in Education from LMU. He currently teaches AP courses in Spanish Language and Culture and Spanish Literature and Culture at Loyola. Since 2013, Dr. Pedroarias has also been a part-time professor for the School of Education at LMU, teaching courses in the instruction of academic Spanish for teachers, world languages and more. Additionally, he serves on the Consultative Board for Sacred Heart of Jesus High School and on Loyola’s 1:1 Committee.

David Roberts is the current Department Chair of the Fine and Performing Arts, black and white film photography teacher and El Camino Yearbook moderator. He has taught at Loyola for ten years and has taught for sixteen years in total, both in the public and private school sectors. He completed his B.A. 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. He is a California native and began teaching in the Bay Area in 2005, and has taught third grade, middle school, and 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. 

José Sustaita is in his sixteenth year of teaching and his eighth year at Loyola. He is a member of the Modern and Classical Languages Department as a Spanish teacher and currently teaches Spanish II and AP Spanish Language and Culture. He is also in his eighth year as a certified AP Reader. On campus, Mr. Sustaita is a moderator for the ALAS (Association of Latin American Students) club where he encourages young men to cherish the Latino culture and its family customs through cultural, social, educational and community events. He received his B.A. in Spanish language and acquisition from CSULB in 2004 and his M.A. in secondary education from LMU in 2013.

Vianney Truong ’10 is an alumnus and current Science teacher at Loyola High School. 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 Los Angeles for three years before returning to Loyola as a faculty member in 2017.

Andrew Uy has been in education for over 25 years and is currently in his 11th year at Loyola, teaching in the Science Department. A US Army Veteran, Mr. Uy served as a combat medic for both 1st and 2nd Infantry Divisions and was called back on active duty during the first Gulf War, where he earned his sergeant stripes. Additionally, he is a trainer/developer for the Active Physics/Chemistry textbook (our reference text in science for freshman and sophomore years) and has trained educators in this “Project Based Learning Program” around the nation since 1999. Mr. Uy holds California clear credentials in Biology and Physics. At Loyola, he also serves as the John Malloy Broadcast Club moderator and has four sons­­––Calvin ’18, Mariano ’20, Mateo ’23 and future Cub, Jacob!

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Key Dates

20 Jul.
CY1 Program Begins
24 Aug.
2020-21 Academic Year Begins
10-11 Oct.
Freshman Retreat
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Freshman FAQs

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
  • Geometry
  • 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 rgorr@loyolahs.edu.

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?

For PowerSchool:

  1. Navigate in your web browser to https://loyolahs.powerschool.com
  2. On the Sign In screen, choose the ‘Create Account’ tab and then click on the ‘Create Account’ button at the bottom of the window.
  3. Complete information about you, the parent.
  4. Link one or more students to your account.
  5. After completing all information, click ‘Enter’ at the bottom of the page.
  6. Sign in to test your new account at https://loyolahs.powerschool.com

For questions, please contact Mrs. Bren Wells at bwells@loyolahs.edu

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*.

Register here. For more information, please visit our transportation page.

*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.

For more information:

Dr. Paul Jordan ’88

(Freshman Information)

Mrs. Kaitlin Collins Pardo

(Cub Year One Information)


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