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[7 Feb 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 4,086 views]
Alumni Connect with Upper School Students During Second Annual Career Forum

Friday, January 25 marked the second annual Upper School Alumni Career Forum, with 27 St. Margaret’s alumni returning to campus to impart their wisdom on the entire Upper School student body.
Alumni presented during two, 30-minute classroom sessions. They began each session talking about their path from St. Margaret’s through college and onto their current careers. Students were able to connect with alumni from a multitude of backgrounds. Tips and suggestions were offered to help students navigate their own paths after St. Margaret’s through college and into a career field. Each …

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[1 Feb 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 1,517 views]
Literacy Day – Reading Makes Anything Possible

On Wednesday the entire Lower School spent the afternoon focusing on books and reading in St. Margaret’s first ever Literacy Day celebration. Centered on the theme “Reading Makes Anything Possible,” students rotated through five different activities with their buddies. Activities included playing book character bingo, listening to Middle School students read their favorite stories, reading with their buddies, decorating a Literacy Day quilt, and listening to an author presentation by David M. Schwartz.
Darla Magana, director of the library/media center, kicked off the day by elaborating on the theme, “When we …

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[31 Jan 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 4,438 views]
SMES Class of 2013 Receives Early College Acceptance Letters

An impressive and diverse group of colleges and universities from across the country, including Boston College, Harvard University, New York University, Purdue University, Santa Clara University, Southern Methodist University, Stanford University, Tufts University, University of Michigan and University of Pennsylvania have already accepted a member or members of the St. Margaret’s Class of 2013.
At the mid-point of the college admission process, 67 seniors have earned admission to 76 colleges and universities representing 66 percent of students in the class who have been admitted to at least one college or university—many …

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[24 Jan 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 1,976 views]
Tartans Continue Diversity, Multiculturalism and Inclusivity Work with Fellow Students

By Karen Poffenberger, Upper School Arts Teacher and TIDE Advisor
The acronym TIDE stands for Tartans Inclusivity and Diversity Education and is a group of 10 Upper School students who dedicate themselves to educating the community about the importance of diversity, multiculturalism and inclusivity. Members have all attended the Student Leader Diversity Conference over the past four years.
SDLC runs concurrently every year with the People of Colour Conference, which is attended by St. Margaret’s faculty, and is held in cities across the United States. The conference is designed and run by …

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[18 Jan 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 3,149 views]
Karen Ahn Repeats Win at SMES Middle School Math Counts Competition

By Stephanie Windes, Middle School Math Teacher
For the second year in a row, grade 8 student Karen Ahn took top honors at the St. Margaret’s Middle School Math Counts Competition on January 11. Seventh grader Sarah Ko was awarded second place and one of St. Margaret’s grade 7 exchange students, Peter Shen was awarded third place.
All Middle School students are given a qualifying Math Counts test within their math classes in November. The Middle School math department faculty then scores and ranks the tests, selecting the top four students in …

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[11 Jan 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 2,142 views]
Tartans Travel to New York to Aid Hurricane Sandy Relief

Over the past week, 11 Upper School students and four adults traveled to the outskirts of New York City and the shores of New Jersey to assist with the relief efforts from Hurricane Sandy. The experience was even better than we could have imagined and the trip was full of many profound moments. For three of the days we were connected with an organization called Operation Blessing, a nonprofit that has a strong and prolonged presence in Breezy Point – a community densely populated with first responders that was hit particularly hard by the hurricane with fires

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[20 Dec 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 2,079 views]
Important Message from Headmaster Marcus D. Hurlbut on Tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary

As we approach Christmas and the joy associated with this time of year, I find myself conflicted once again as the glow of anticipated time with children and grandchildren is dulled somewhat by the deep ache I have felt for nearly a week now. Like many of you, I have spent an inordinate amount of time thinking, reading, watching and talking about the terrible tragedy that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School.Sadly, we have experienced far too many school shootings in recent years (15 since Columbine), but thus far it seems that after a period of mourning and sympathy, we move on

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[20 Dec 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 3,112 views]
SMES Socks it for Hurricane Sandy Victims and Raises More Than $8,000

The last five weeks have indeed been busy, made even busier at times with the events created to raise money and awareness for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. These events have included a school-wide toiletry drive, wearing crazy socks in Lower School, buying hot cocoa and French toast, making fleece comfort blankets and bringing in socks and underwear to a Middle School dance and in the Upper School, screening Grease the movie, and taking donations at athletic events. Then there was the Lower School Sock Hop and school wide music …

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[20 Dec 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 2,115 views]
The Harmony of Christmas Cheer Rings through the Halls of SMES

Starting at the end of November and continuing throughout the month of December, St. Margaret’s campus has been brightened with the spirit of the holiday season celebrated in dance and musical performances by all divisions. The Lower School presented its annual Advent and Christmas Service of Lessons and Carols. This was the 34th annual gathering of our longest-standing St. Margaret’s tradition. The Middle School and Upper School celebrated the holidays by showcasing their musical and instrumental talents, the Preschool performed the annual Christmas Pageant and students from all divisions performed …

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[19 Dec 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 2,144 views]
Middle School Students Qualify to Compete in Orange County Spelling Bee

Last Friday, the Middle School’s top spellers competed for a chance to move on to the Orange County Spelling Bee. All Middle School students took a qualification quiz in their English classes during the month of November, and the top ten students per grade level were invited to compete in the event.
The competition began with an oral round in which students were given words such as “parliamentary” and “delicatessen.” As the competition ensued, the words became progressively more difficult. In the final round, a collective groan was heard from the …

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