Science & Math with Mr. Davies

St. Rita competes in the 145-school CYO program of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and is one of its most successful members. The Raiders can claim hundreds of league, tournament, track meet and CYO Championships by their 24 teams in 7 sports. The Tradition Continues.

— Randy Davies
Athletic Director

Randy Davies

Randy Davies

Everything worth doing is doing right. We as teachers and students are given unique talents by God and those talents should never be wasted. Those talents should be used for our own improvement as well as for the improvement of life for those who come in contact with us.

Welcome to Eighth Grade


"It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end." 

— Ernest Hemingway."

Jennifer O'Brien

Jennifer O'Brien

Once again, summer has flown by and we find ourselves at the start of a new school year. As the quote above reminds us, the 8th graders are reaching the end of their journey at St. Rita school  and are getting ready to jump off into the much bigger world of high school. It is an exciting time, looking ahead to high school and all the new adventures that await. Yet, it would be a shame to waste this last year at St. Rita's only looking to the future. Instead, I hope that this year will also be a time to reflect on the journey thus far and look back on all the memories made here.

My goal for the year, is to help the 8th graders appreciate every last day they have at St. Rita's. I want them to recognize that the time they have spent here, they will carry with them for the rest of their lives. The friends they have made, the lessons learned, the memories acquired, will make a lasting impression.

So, in keeping with the theme, I hope we can all appreciate the journey of this final year and not hurry to rush through it to get to high school. I know I will do my best to make this year challenging and memorable, a year that the students will always remember fondly. I hope the lessons they learn here at the end of this journey will help carry them through into the start of their new journeys into high school and beyond.

Welcome to the Seventh Grade

He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said, “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me."

Jennifer Jukic

Jennifer Jukic

My philosophy is based on the theory that students learn skills best through an interactive teaching style that demands their participation and challenges their abilities. Teaching should be interactive, engage students in a dialogue, and often put students into dialogue with each other. I make every effort to structure my teaching around my students' needs, rather than the demands of a particular concept or text. Teaching is about learning, therefore I must learn from my students daily as they do from me. The final outcome in my classroom should be one of confidence, satisfaction and adventure.

Welcome to Sixth Grade

He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said, “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me."

Ryan Hagen

Ryan Hagen

The Sixth Grade school year is one of change and development for the student. Students are given more opportunities to show their growth and maturity in and out of the classroom. Using a common core standards-based curriculum, students build on their necessary skills of listening, writing, and speaking to begin their preparation for high school and beyond. Throughout the school year, students will be challenged to formulate an opinion on a variety of topics by participating in Socratic seminars, digital media projects, and various writing assignments. Students will develop and grow as independent learners with the use of different types of technology including: video cameras, iPads, and computers. Students learn about the Catholic faith and traditions by exploring the Jewish faith and the Old Testament. We also explore our faith through daily prayer and mini-retreats.

If you want to contact Mr. Hagen, send him an email at hagen@ritaschool.org.

Welcome to Fifth Grade

PSALM 118
"This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice in it and be glad."

Maryann Griffin

Maryann Griffin

My name is Maryann Griffin and I am beginning my 20th year as a teacher. I have been teaching at St. Rita's for 18 years. I love St. Rita School and Parish and I feel that is my home and it is forever in my heart. My family and friends are most important to me but I LOVE teaching 5th grade. I put my heart and soul into my endeavors and enjoy activities that make me feel joyful, alive, and centered. I like camping, hiking, riding my bike, going to the beach, and playing golf. At the end of a busy week I like to watch college football, reality television, and nighttime soap operas.

Other interesting things about me: I am a big sports fan and I enjoy Fast Pitch Softball, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Wisconsin Badgers. I attend Zumba exercise classes and my favorite sweets are Snickers, Mike and Ikes, and M&M's.

I never get tired of learning new things and am stilllearning that making mistakes is okay. It is my goal that all of the 5th graders will feel accepted and loved everyday. Our days will be filled with the core subjects but we will also work on our self-esteem and becoming independent learners and thinkers.

We will also be busy with special activities, like the American Revolution Walk-through, The Griffith Park Observatory and the Hollywood Bowl field trips. Our buddy class is the 1st grade and we have some exciting things planned like the annual LA Zoo trip and lunch in Memorial Park.

I am looking forward to an excellent school year.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8
"Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends."