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Year-End Message From Board of Trustees President

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Dear Members of the St. Margaret’s Episcopal School Community,

It is with great enthusiasm and pride that I write to report on the conclusion of another exceptional year for St. Margaret’s Episcopal School. There are many things for us to look back upon that signal the continued strength and excellence of our school.

This year, our enrollment has remained exceptionally strong, while interest from potential families is at the highest levels in our history.

Our relationships with the City of San Juan Capistrano and the larger community have continued to deepen in meaningful ways. Earlier this year, Headmaster Marcus D. Hurlbut received well-deserved recognition by the city for his commitment to serving the community and advancing the cultural landscape of San Juan Capistrano.

As reported by Academic Dean Dr. Jeneen Graham earlier this year, the benchmarking procedures we have established to assess our academic program illustrate the quality and success of our programs across all divisions. The evidence is everywhere—national writing awards, state and national science winners, acclaimed performing arts programs, new Tartan CIF Championships and a talented Class of 2013 headed to colleges and universities across the nation. We are serving our students well, taking them to new levels of personal growth and achievement and preparing them to thrive today and in the future.

Earlier this school year, we completed the Building on the Promise capital campaign that funded the exceptional Performing Arts Center. This year, we have raised more than $1 million for the Annual Fund and more than $550,000 for the Marcus D. Hurlbut Financial Aid Endowment Fund. Further, we raised $250,000 at the Spring Auction to fund the renovation of our Library into a state-of-the-art Learning Commons for our students that will open next school year. None of this would be possible without the faithful support of our incredible St. Margaret’s families who trust in and love our school and our children.

Importantly, as a community we successfully completed a national search process for the next Head of School with the hiring of Mr. William N. Moseley who will join St. Margaret’s with his family in July. Will is an outstanding independent school leader with a deep and extensive background, great passion for the education of young people, and a strong connection to the Episcopal Church. Above all else, Will is a leader with strong personal character and high integrity who is a perfect match for our shared community values and mission. We are especially grateful to Mr. Paul Heeschen and the Search Committee for their dedication and hard work. We are pleased that Paul has agreed to lead a Head of School Transition Committee to ensure a smooth integration of Will and his family into the St. Margaret’s community.

With the close of the 2012-2013 school year, my tenure as the President of the Board of Trustees is coming to an end. It has been my honor to serve our community these past four years, and I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to work with Marc, our trustees and the entire St. Margaret’s community.

I am pleased to announce that Mr. Jason A. Weiss has been unanimously selected by the Board of Trustees to serve as our next President effective July 1. I am honored to hand the baton of leadership to Jason. He is an exemplary trustee committed to our mission and values, who brings a long-term view of our school. In his four years on the Board, he has chaired the Trusteeship and Governance Committee and served on the Head of School Search Committee. Through this work, Jason has established a strong working relationship with Will Moseley. Jason has built meaningful relationships with fellow trustees, parents, and administrators alike because of his thoughtful outlook, sincere manner and deep love of St. Margaret’s. He and his wife, Joanna, are longtime parishioners of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church and loving parents to their three children, Will, Leah and Audrey, who attend St. Margaret’s Lower School. Jason is a partner with the law firm Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.

Too soon, the time will be here to say our final goodbye to our beloved Headmaster Marcus D. Hurlbut. This is sure to evoke joyous and sentimental celebration as we reflect on Marc’s legacy and what he means to each of us personally in his unwavering dedication to our school and to each and every one of our children. I speak for the Board of Trustees and our entire community in expressing our deepest gratitude for his passion, leadership and service. Marc is the consummate Tartan and true to form, he leaves St. Margaret’s in the best possible position of strength, stability and continued growth and success for our students well into the future.

Thank you for your love of our school and your continued trust and partnership in the important work of educating our children. I wish you a terrific close to the school year and restful and rejuvenating summer.


Michael J. Berchtold

President, Board of Trustees



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