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[10 May 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 2,556 views]
2013 Upper School Awards Recognize Exemplary Students

St. Margaret’s Upper School students and faculty assembled in the Marcus D. Hurlbut Theater on May 6 for the 2013 Upper School Awards Ceremony. This ceremony recognizes the exemplary academic work Upper School students have done throughout the school year and honors students for their outstanding work beyond the classroom as well as their contribution to the life of the school.
Eight juniors were honored with College Book Awards, which are defined by the personal and academic qualities connected to the participating colleges. Seniors were also recognized with more than 20 …

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[7 May 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 3,217 views]
Three SMES Students Recognized in Prestigious National English Competition

The National Council of Teachers of English has awarded junior Julianna Coleman a Certificate of Superior Writing for the 2013 Achievement Awards in Writing, and grade 8 students Katherine Adelman and Neal Singh Certificates of Recognition for the 2013 Promising Young Writers program. St. Margaret’s English Department was also awarded a certificate of recognition by the NCTE, for “excellence in its instructional program as revealed by its evident contribution to the high quality of writing of one or more of its students honored with NCTE Achievement Awards in Writing.”
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[2 May 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 2,134 views]
Headmaster Hurlbut Takes His Final Tartan Trot Lap

By Michelle Meeks, Tartan Trot Chair
The Lower School’s annual Tartan Trot, themed “Take the Final Lap with Mr. Hurlbut” in honor of the Headmaster’s last year at St. Margaret’s, filled the Tartan Field with enthusiastic students, teachers and staff on April 19.
It was a beautiful warm day as the students entered the field through the Tartan tunnel and proceeded to line up in front of the bleachers where house league captains led the students in warm ups. Students were released to the track and away they went with much determination …

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[26 Apr 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 3,606 views]
SMES Inducts 22 into the Cum Laude Society

This year, 10 juniors and 12 seniors, who joined the nine current seniors inducted in 2012 as juniors, were instated into the Cum Laude Society, an international honors organization for which only a small percentage of high school juniors and seniors are qualified. These 22 students are now part of a longstanding tradition of academic honors that includes more than 300 St. Margaret’s inductees. Celebrating 27 years as a Cum Laude school, St. Margaret’s became a chapter school in 1986. St. Margaret’s is one of only 370 chapters throughout the …

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[26 Apr 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 4,207 views]
Academic Dean Dr. Jeneen Graham Discusses Academic Honor

As the keynote speaker for St. Margaret’s 2013 Cum Laude Induction Ceremony, Academic Dean Dr. Jeneen Graham shared a thought-provoking message of academic honor or integrity. Below is her full address:
“Congratulations to our Cum Laude members! You have worked hard, made sacrifices and ultimately distinguished yourselves as some of the highest achieving scholars in the nation. You have much to be proud of and I am honored to address you today. As a researcher and educator, I have great respect for numbers and the clarity of thought that is communicated …

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[26 Apr 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 3,282 views]
Spring Concerts Fill the Performing Arts Center with Music

By Michele Silverman, Production Manager for the Arts
The final Tartan Jam, in the McGregor Theater on April 10, featured the incredible talent of St. Margaret’s staff and students with guest appearances by Academic Dean Jeneen Graham, Upper School Assistant Principal Ryan Dahlem, Drama teacher Nate Wheeler, Choir Director Stacey Miles, Headmaster Marcus Hurlbut, English teacher Todd Clarke and so many more.
Last Monday night was the Spring 2013 Band Concert directed by Chris Carbajal, including Middle School Big Band (18 performers), the Jazz Combo (14 performers), Beginning Band 4 (33 performers), …

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[26 Apr 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 2,538 views]
Earth Day is Every Day at SMES

By Lora Allison, Director of Community Life
On Monday, April 22 the world celebrated Earth Day. There were pledges to be more sustainable, festivals across the country, and reminders to reduce, reuse and recycle at every turn. Here at St. Margaret’s, we have the distinct opportunity to embrace the ideas of Earth Day, each and every day. There are recycling and composting bins that reduce the amount of trash that will end up in the landfill, and the school garden allows students the opportunity to connect with their food and understand …

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[26 Apr 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 3,536 views]
Grade 7 Students Debate: Should United States Federal Government Increase Social Services for Persons Living in Poverty?

Energy and excitement filled the air as the entire Middle School filed into the Hurlbut Theater. On stage were eight grade 7 students whose learning journey had led them to this pivotal moment: the final show down between the pro and con sides of the grade 7 debate. This year’s students were set to debate whether or not the United States Federal Government should increase social services for persons living in poverty. Heightening the intensity of the moment was the fact that students would be judged by a panel composed …

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[12 Apr 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 3,119 views]
Five Grade 8 Students to Compete in California State Science Fair

After winning first, second or third place at the Orange County Science and Engineering Fair (OCSEF), five grade 8 students will move on to compete in the 62nd California State Science Fair held in the California Science Center April 15 – 16. More than 1,000 participants from more than 400 schools throughout the state are expected to compete for awards totaling $50,000. A total of eight grade 8 students received awards at the 2013 OCSEF.
2013 Orange County Science & Engineering Fair Winners:
Nicholas Scheel – First Place in Environmental Science (will …

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[4 Apr 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 4,165 views]
Special Camp for Special Kids Hosts Fourth Annual Spring Session

By Lindsay Eres, Director of Special Camp for Special Kids
Special Camp for Special Kids hosted its fourth annual spring session earlier this week, welcoming 15 camper and 15 counselor participants. The program’s spring session was developed to give campers and counselors the chance to get together for two days of fun and friendship outside of the program’s summer sessions. Additionally, this mini-camp is geared toward Special Camp’s older camper participants (18 and over) in an effort to increase opportunities for social interaction with their non-disabled peers.
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