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[23 Aug 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 2,652 views]
Breakthrough San Juan Capistrano Celebrates Successful Seventh Summer

Breakthrough San Juan Capistrano celebrated in fashion and folklore on Saturday, August 4 the culmination of six weeks of intense academic instruction, which began on June 25. This seventh summer of the Breakthrough SJC program, housed 80 highly motivated middle school students for 29 program days. The students received instruction in English, math, science, social science and academic electives to prepare them for school courses this fall. From the almost 50 applicants the program received this summer, 30 eager rising seventh grade students embarked on a journey of college preparation …

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[19 Jun 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 4,393 views]
David Weaver Wins Country’s Top Photography Award for Grade 9 Student

By Josh Friedman, Middle and Upper School Visual Arts Teacher
This year, St. Margaret’s Episcopal School visual artists garnered 36 state-level awards including, gold key, silver key and honorable mention in the National Scholastic Art Competition. There were more than 200,000 entries from public and private schools throughout the United States and Canada. St. Margaret’s National Scholastic Art Competition gold key winners advanced to jurying on the national level. Freshman David Weaver’s photo, “The Bureaucracy is Expanding to Meet The Expanding Needs of the Bureaucracy,” was awarded a national gold medal …

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[12 Jun 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 4,114 views]
SMES 2012 Graduating Class Basking in Its Tartan Family at 27th Commencement

The Class of 2012, the largest in St. Margaret’s 33-year history, graduated on Saturday among its close-knit community of family and friends. The class of 108 students will go on to 70 colleges and universities in 25 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, France and Scotland in the fall, but on Saturday they embraced the school of the Tartan and the Cross one last time before embarking on new adventures.
Sunday’s San Juan Capistrano Patch article captured the spirit of St. Margaret’s in its recount of graduation as it discussed how, …

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[8 Jun 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 3,854 views]
SMES Ends Extraordinary School Year with Sneak Peak of New Performing Arts Center

An informal sneak-peak walkthrough of the new 45,000-square-foot Performing Arts Center served as the culmination of the All-School Closing Ceremony on Wednesday and of the extraordinary 2011-2012 school year. Following the All-School Closing Ceremony, more than 1,500 students, faculty, parents and guests followed a student (and faculty) marching drum line, to walk through the new Performing Arts Center with great enthusiasm for a first look at the newly completed building that will open officially for classes on the first day of the 2012-2013 school year.
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The week …

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[8 Jun 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 6,419 views]
Presenting the Class of 2012, 100 Percent Four-Year College Admission

St. Margaret’s Episcopal School is pleased to present the graduating Class of 2012. Each of these 108 new Tartan alumni has earned admission to a four-year college or university. In total, the Class of 2012 received 509 acceptance letters from more than 180 colleges and universities around the world, providing them unbounded opportunity for their futures and tough choices to make.
The graduates have made their final decisions, and they will attend 70 colleges and universities in 25 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, France and Scotland, including American University of …

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[8 Jun 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 4,115 views]
Nurturing a Respectful, Caring and Safe Community

By Diversity and Alliance Faculty Advisor Karen Poffenberger
The Day of Silence is a student-led national event that began on high school and college campuses in 1997 to bring attention to anti-gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender name calling, bullying and harassment in schools. Millions of students from middle school to college across the country take a vow of silence for one day each year in an effort to encourage schools and classmates to address the problem by illustrating the silencing effect of bullying and harassment on LGBT students and those perceived to …

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[7 Jun 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 2,509 views]
SMES Wins Four Top CAPPIES Awards

By Michele Silverman, Production Manager for the Arts
St. Margaret’s took top awards at the 2012 CAPPIES awards ceremony honoring the best high school theater work in Orange County. Competing against 31 Orange County public and private high schools including dedicated performing arts high schools, St. Margaret’s captured Best Play for The Servant of Two Masters, Best Song in a Musical for “All About Ruprecht” from Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Best Comic Actor in a Musical for Saba Saghafi in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Best Featured Actress in a Musical for Morgan …

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[6 Jun 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 2,152 views]
Outgoing PTF Board is Honored While New Board is Inaugurated

Last Wednesday the St. Margaret’s Parent Teacher Fellowship celebrated its successful year of fellowship and community building at its annual New Board/Old Board Breakfast at Franciscan Gardens in San Juan Capistrano. The event brought together members of the PTF board leadership and school administrators, who have worked diligently this past year to enhance the school community through fund raising and friend raising. Officially, the event is held to recognize the dedication and efforts of the outgoing PTF board and to inaugurate the incoming board members.
Chaired and organized by Krystal Barkate, …

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[1 Jun 2012 | admin | One Comment | 3,352 views]
2012 Library Luncheon: An Afternoon in the Gardens of Versailles

By Heather Lasting, Library Luncheon Co-Chair
St. Margaret’s Episcopal School Parent Teacher Fellowship welcomed 400 guests to the 31st Annual Library Luncheon “Let Them Eat Cake” on Friday, May 4. This spectacular fundraiser was hosted by Cindy and Ron McMackin in the majestic gardens of the Shady Canyon Golf Club.
Ladies began their adventure by strolling the Gardens of Versailles where they enjoyed catching up with friends at the overflowing pink champagne tower and nibbling on French hors d’oeuvres. Thanks to two generous St. Margaret’s families, we were excited to offer an …

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[1 Jun 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 3,959 views]
Upper School Arts Banquet Honors Visual and Performing Arts Students

By Michele Silverman, Production Manager for the Arts
The Parent Teacher Fellowship Arts Alliance and St. Margaret’s Arts faculty honored Upper School students involved in the visual and performing arts at an evening banquet on May 21 in the Tartan Courtyard. More than 80 percent of the Upper School student body received invitations to the event for having participated in arts classes or extra-curricular events throughout the 2011-2012 year, and nearly 350 guests enjoyed the banquet and awards presentations.
Students received awards in the visual arts, the technical arts, forensics, orchestra, band, …

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