So I’m visiting with a friend in 90035 at his place at 5:18 pm on a Monday, January 5, 2015, and we’re subjected to blasting rap music from St. Mary Magdalen Elementary School located at 1223 S. Corning Street in 90035. I know people on this block have had to call the cops in the past to complain about pop music blasting from this school at all hours.
During holidays, it’s not unusual for the school’s alarm system to malfunction at the school and the whole neighborhood gets subjected to a blaring alarm for an hour or longer.
I’m not sure the connection between Catholicism and being a curse to one’s neighbors but the operators of this school sure don’t give a damn about other people. According to the school’s website, the principal is Nuria Gordillo. I wonder how she would enjoy rap music being blared outside her home at all hours by a private religious school?
My email to the neighboring Catholic church back in December complaining about this ongoing noise pollution received no answer.
A teacher posts: “In response to the previous reviewer: We are always conscious of our neighbors around us. The only time we use the loudspeaker is for morning prayer (which lasts about 5 minutes) and special announcements. There ae a few school functions that we hold throughout the year but they are not often and they do not last all day. I am sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused!”
A visit to the school’s website provides no contact information, but it does provide this inspiring mission statement and that helps my friends calm their rage when they deal with this school’s blaring pop music:
Holy Spirit/St. Mary Magdalen School provides students with a strong academic and Catholic Faith foundation. Our goal is to teach young people to integrate Christian values into all aspects of life. We provide students with educational and social skills needed to be active productive members of the Church and community. We endeavor to graduate young adults who are effective witnesses to the presence of Christ in the world.
Schoolwide Learning Expectations
We expect our graduates to leave Holy Spirit/ St. Mary Magdalen School with knowledge, skills and qualities in several areas. Our school provides students with a strong and academic Catholic foundation. Our goal is to teach young people to integrate Christian values into all aspects of life. We provide students with educational and social skills needed to be active, productive members of the Church and Community. We endeavor to graduate young adults who are effective witnesses to the presence of Christ in the world.
We expect each graduate to be:
A Faithful, Active Catholic who:
Has knowledge of Church teachings, history, and traditions
Shows and understanding that all are called to ministry by virtue of their Baptism
Is able to express, live, and witness one’s faith with conviction
Accepts and respects diversity I our faith community
Continues to participate in the life of the parish and school through prayer, worship, and financial contributions.
Works for social justice and peace issues.
An Enthusiastic, Life-long Learner who:
Seeks to be self-confident and self-motivating
Is able to evaluate life situations and make decisions accordingly
Has a solid foundation in the basic skills of all academic disciplines
Is able to develop strategies to understand and cope with stress and peer pressure
Is independent and creative
Uses technology and other resource materials appropriately
A Self-Motivator who:
Is a high-achiever
Develops a good self-image and a sense of personal integrity
Is able to resist influences and make good decisions
A Globally, Aware Citizen who:
Is able to work well with others for a common good
Respects authority and obeys rules and laws
Adjusts well to new situations, experiences, and people
Is well informed in current and world events
Is sensitive to the plight of the less fortunate in our society and the world.