Tartan Today has Moved: Please Click Here
Home » Archive

Articles in the Features Category

Features »

[8 Mar 2013 | admin | One Comment | 10,173 views]
Live and Let Live: A Student Perspective on Marc Elliot’s Memorable Presentation

Marc Elliot presented to parents, students, faculty and staff last Friday on his book What Makes you Tic. In his presentation, Marc discussed the fundamental lesson of teaching tolerance and how to live with our own differences, and those of others. Marc has risen above many physical challenges including Tourette syndrome, and provided an energetic and insightful look into what it means to be truly tolerant in a critical world.
By Emma Butler, Grade 8
On March 1, the St. Margaret’s Middle and Upper School had the opportunity to listen to Marc …

Read the full story »

Features »

[7 Mar 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 4,160 views]
SMES Celebrates Read Across America Month

By Darla Magana, Director of Library and Media Center
March may bring to mind leprechauns and basketball for some, but for schools and libraries around America, March is all about READING! This national celebration of reading, Read Across America month, serves to highlight the joys and benefits of reading.
The St. Margaret’s Library will be hosting a variety of activities throughout March to ensure that our community of readers has ample opportunities to learn about good reads, come together as readers, and simply celebrate the joy that reading brings.
Click here for photo …

Read the full story »

Features »

[5 Mar 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 16,459 views]
Way Beyond Recess: Creating an Outdoor Classroom

By Ingrid Andrews, Director of Early Childhood Development Center and Wee Tartan Infant Toddler Center
The below article was the lead article in the March issue of The Newsletter of the National Association of Episcopal Schools. To view the original article, click here.
The Outdoor Classroom is a place where children can immerse themselves in nature, hone observation skills, practice persistence and cooperation, develop academic concepts and physical skills and learn problem solving skills and, of course—play and have fun. An Outdoor Classroom is much more than “recess” and a place to …

Read the full story »

Features »

[15 Feb 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 2,316 views]
Lower School Family Science Night Inspires a Generation of Young Scientists

Wednesday marked St. Margaret’s Second Annual Lower School Family Science Night. The event was bustling with young scientists ready to explore the fascinating world of science.
Students, along with their families, enjoyed simple hands-on science activities, and some slippery, slimy, amazing creatures to touch. The night had a successful turnout with approximately 140 students, parents and siblings. St. Margaret’s had the pleasure of hosting renowned organizations for the festivities including: Mad Science, Discovery Education, UNAVCO, Wolf Haven, Lizard Wizard Company, and the Ocean Institute.
Young scientists had the opportunity to make their …

Read the full story »

Features »

[14 Feb 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 3,416 views]
Four SMES Freshman Selected for CAIS Honor Band

California Association of Independent Schools’ Ninth Annual Honor Band Festival at Viewpoint School in Calabasas, Calif. was made up of students from St. Margaret’s Episcopal School, Harvard-Westlake School, The Buckley School, La Jolla Country Day School, Viewpoint School, The Webb Schools and The Archer School for Girls. This year, eight students from St. Margaret’s auditioned and four were asked to perform in the Honor Band Festival on Saturday, February 2, which included band, strings orchestra and chorus elements.
Freshman Ginna Byun (flute), Jordan Chun (alto saxophone), Andrew Nallathambi (percussion 1 (snare …

Read the full story »

Features »

[14 Feb 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 3,263 views]
Tartans Win 69 Awards from Country’s Most Prestigious Visual Arts Competition

California region jurors for the 90th Annual Scholastic Art Competition, the country’s most prestigious visual arts competition for young artists, have awarded 69 state-level Gold Key, Silver Key, and honorable mention awards to 35 St. Margaret’s artists, grades 8-12. Students submitted 147 entries in the categories of drawing, ceramics, sculpture, digital art and photography.
The 21 works by St. Margaret’s 10 Gold Key recipients will now advance for national jurying for possible inclusion in Scholastic’s annual national exhibition, “Art, Write, Now” and recognition at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The …

Read the full story »

Features »

[7 Feb 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 2,263 views]
Acclaimed Speaker Dr. Tony Wagner Skypes with SMES and Shares Seven Survival Skills

By Dr. Jeneen Graham, Academic Dean
In his low carbon footprint presentation last week, Dr. Tony Wagner shared his vision for a new set of education goals that will equip learners with the skills and abilities the world needs. His presentation outlined years of research that led him to develop the seven survival skills for the 21st century learner. During three separate Skype sessions, Tony communicated his message to faculty and staff, parents and community members, and the Upper School students. As a supporter of Tony’s work for years, it was …

Read the full story »

Features »

[7 Feb 2013 | admin | One Comment | 1,690 views]
10th Annual Coffee House Cabaret Showcases Four Sold-Out Shows in new McGregor Theater

The 10th Annual Coffee House Cabaret, the first housed in the Performing Arts Center’s new McGregor Theater, featured four sold-out shows during the last week in January.
Event Co-Chairs Irene Martino and Sue Shin, with a team of Parent Teacher Fellowship volunteers, transformed the theater into a Parisian cabaret-style show with St. Margaret’s students’ photography adorning black backdrops, red roses and candlelight on each intimate table. This event presents a showcase of St Margaret’s finest dance, vocal, instrumental, dramatic and visual artists. While more than 100 students auditioned in order to be …

Read the full story »

Features »

[7 Feb 2013 | admin | 2 Comments | 1,619 views]
Expressions of the Soul – A Visual and Performing Arts Spectacular

By Diane Hawkins, Lower School Religion and Music Teacher
A first in St. Margaret’s history, and the first of its kind in Orange County, last Saturday the Performing Arts Center’s Hurlbut Theater played host to Expressions of the Soul, a visual and performing arts spectacular including classical music performances by five outstanding community choir and orchestra groups comprising 210 performers.
The debut performance of the recently formed Orchestra of St. Margaret’s, under the direction of Mr. Gene Wie, St. Margaret’s orchestra director, including student, faculty and professional musicians, began the sparkling program …

Read the full story »

Features »

[7 Feb 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 3,182 views]
Knitting for the Homeless

By Arin Melkonian, Grade 12
St. Margaret’s Upper School is known for its academic rigor and as a place where students showcase their talents, abilities, and uniqueness as budding young adults. With the help of some friends, as a sophomore I started a new student organization called Knitting for the Homeless. The raison d’etre of this club is Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s famous quote, “The life of a man consists not in seeing visions and in dreaming dreams, but in active charity and in willing service.” We began to knit scarves for …

Read the full story »