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[26 Apr 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 1,035 views]

Reading, writing and thinking are essential areas for all of us. This summer, we have some great classes to help your children improve their comprehension and communication skills.
Some of our students have a passion for reading and writing, some can’t put a book down and others love sharing their ideas in writing.
See below for what we have to offer this summer and sign your child up for a summer of learning and fun!
• Creative Writing & Conventions
• Exploring Literacy in the Digital Age
• Extra! Extra! Journalism for Middle School
• First Grade Reading Clinic
• Ghosts, Betrayal, …

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[3 Feb 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 3,204 views]
Middle School Announces One-to-One iPad Program

This week the Middle School announced to parents an exciting new curriculum initiative that will roll out at the start of the 2012-2013 school year to advance student learning for the 21st century. The one-to-one student iPad program will enhance student organization, access to information and ease of technology integration in the classroom and at home. Please see the complete announcement below from Middle School Principal Jeannine Clarke with links to teacher testimonials and FAQs.
With great excitement we announce that beginning in the 2012-2013 school year all Middle School students will …

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[3 Feb 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 3,257 views]
A Student’s Spellbinding Tale of the Middle School Geography Bee

By Alexandra Zalewski, Grade 8
“Which country is not located by the Mediterranean Sea: Italy, Greece or Poland?” the speakers echoed within the gym. My sweat-drenched hand gripped the microphone in an effort to recall every image, every map, every fact that I had ever come across. Was I really sitting here at the geography bee in front of the whole Middle School? The light glinting off the gym floor answered my question. My eyes looked into the laminate and saw the distorted image of the bleachers packed with students, each …

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[14 Dec 2011 | admin | Comments Off | 2,664 views]
Top Spellers Compete in Middle School Spelling Bee

On Friday, December 9, the Middle School’s top spellers competed for a chance to move on to the Orange County Spelling Bee. Students qualified to participate in the event based on a qualification quiz administered in English classes during the month of November.
The competition began with an oral round in which students were given words such as “schooner” and “parody.” As the competition ensued, the words became progressively more difficult, and a collective groan was heard from the audience when a competitor was given the word “numismatics.”
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[2 Dec 2011 | admin | Comments Off | 2,619 views]
Model United Nations Club has Strong Showing at Competitive Conferences

The Tartan Model United Nations Club is off to an excellent start this year with strong showings at two difficult and competitive conferences, University of California, Los Angeles Bruin Model United Nations and Edison Model United Nations. Each conference had more than 700 attendees.
At the Edison Conference in late October, 10 St. Margaret’s students attended representing the nation of Portugal. St. Margaret’s was recognized as the Best Small Delegation at the conference for the points received for each delegate divided by the total number of delegates attending. Additionally, freshman Liam …

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From the Classroom »

[18 Nov 2011 | admin | Comments Off | 1,695 views]
Marine Science Class Visits Dana Point Tide Pools to Conduct Research

Introduction by Dr. Jennifer Ross-Viola, Upper School Science Teacher and Science Department Chair:
Thirteen students from the Upper School Marine Science class went on the field trip to study the intertidal zone, which was a focus of our unit. The overarching goal of the trip was to understand how tide pool organisms cope with the challenges of living in that habitat.
Report From the Classroom by Bella Carracino, grade 12:
Our Marine Science class visited the tide pools in Dana Point on the afternoon of October 26. To prepare for the expedition, we …

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[16 Nov 2011 | admin | One Comment | 3,231 views]
How They Spent Their Summer Vacation: Eight Seniors Intern as UC Irvine Research Scientists

Magnetic micro-tweezers. Generating usable energy from tides. Examining one’s own cancer cells. These are just some of the heady concepts explored this past summer by eight St. Margaret’s seniors who demonstrated a passion for science, applied for, then won coveted spots within the Henry Samueli School of Engineering at the University of California, Irvine Engineering Department.
For the seventh consecutive year, UCI has generously offered a unique, rigorous research internship opportunity exclusive to St. Margaret’s Episcopal School for a selected group of its junior students. Click here to read UCI’s …

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From the Classroom »

[3 Nov 2011 | admin | Comments Off | 2,842 views]
A Sustainability Learning Cycle: Green Team Teaches Grades 3-5; They’ll Teach K-2

The Green Team has a dream. In September, our eight representatives were elected as Student Council Green Team members. Our goal is to make our school a better, greener place by educating everyone in the Lower School about simple sustainability practices we can adopt here on campus.

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[20 Oct 2011 | admin | Comments Off | 2,325 views]
Two Seniors Honored with Top National Student Writing Award

St. Margaret’s English Department commended by National Council of Teachers of English
Seniors Heather Hughes and Colin Johnson have each been awarded the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Achievement Award in Writing, a prestigious national writing competition that recognizes outstanding student writers.
Heather and Colin were the only students in Orange County who won this year’s award. Of the 1,649 students nominated by their teachers from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, Canada, and American schools abroad, 520 were selected for the award.
Ms. Jamie Bunch nominated …

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[14 Oct 2011 | admin | Comments Off | 1,646 views]
The Lessons of Courage, Failure and Steve Jobs Highlight October Honors Assembly

Apple founder Steve Jobs, whose stellar career was not without failure, figured prominently in the October 7 Honors Assembly celebrating 193 students achieving top grades in the spring 2011 semester. St. Margaret’s Upper School students were acknowledged for their academic accomplishments through national merit recognition, Headmaster’s Honors and Honors for last spring’s semester.
Two days before the assembly, Jobs’s death at age 56 was a major news event, inspiring portions of the morning’s discourse about the nature of success and failure.
Senior keynote Honors speaker Mary Ahearn said, “The way we think …

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