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A Summer of Exploration – Register this Wednesday!

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summer logoBeginning in 2013 and continuing for years to come, St. Margaret’s will be developing new opportunities for all the learners in its community. No matter the age, summer is the ideal time to explore new areas, discover new passions, forge new relationships, and ultimately continue to grow in character and confidence.

St. Margaret’s is excited about what your children can experience and learn this summer. Check out the list of new “highlights” below and then head over to view summer catalogs at www.smes.org/summer. Registration opens this Wednesday, March 27 at 7 p.m.

• Preschool and Kindergarten are offering additional weeks of classes in August, along with before and after school care.

• We are running two programs for grades 1-8 this year: Exploration in June/July and academic in August to avoid summer “brain drain.”

• In recognition that children acquire academic skills differently, we are offering targeted “intensive” courses in early reading and math literacies to the primary grades.

• Several classes in grades 4-12 will be held at specialized locations around south Orange County including Crystal Cove.

• We are holding several course-related “special events” this year, including two art showcases (performing, visual and media combined), An Evening of Telescopes and Hot Chocolate, and Toes in the Tide Pools, which everyone is encouraged to attend.

• The Tartan Truck project moves to the next phase: engine conversion. Students will be making changes to the engine so it will use natural gas. They may also be receiving instruction from a local natural gas company.

• To promote additional community interaction, we have an art van that will take art supplies and instruction to local communities in need. We will be partnering with other organizations and our students will be the art teachers.

• To give our Upper School students “interesting opportunities to do things that make them interesting to colleges,” we have exploration classes for our 9-12 grade students in August. This includes a wide range of arts, “prep for” classes, languages, life skills and travel.

• “Blended” classes are new this year with health and human development, Old Testament, New Testament and philosophy. The teachers are carefully considering what parts of the classes benefit the most from face-to-face, small group, and class interactions while effectively moving other learning elements to an online format.

• Our Upper School photography workshop and portfolio review will provide students across Orange County a venue to bring in their work to be critiqued by professional photographers, exhibit curators, and educators in addition to attending practical seminars, symposiums and panels.

• We have two world-class music festivals for our students to participate in: one for piano and one for chamber music. Both include concerts and events open to the public.


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