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[8 Apr 2011 | admin | 2 Comments | 2,988 views]
Two SMES Athletic Teams Win CIF-SS Team Academic Awards

St. Margaret’s girls’ golf team and boys’ baseball team have placed first in the annual CIF Southern Section Academic Awards program. The girls’ golf team placed with a 3.75 GPA and the baseball team with an overall GPA of 3.58. The girls’ golf team will also receive a $500 grant from the Women’s Southern California Golf Association (WSCGA). Two St. Margaret’s teams earned runner-up honors and eight other teams finished in the top five of their respective sports.
The team awards are based on a cumulative GPA and are awarded in …

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[17 Mar 2011 | admin | Comments Off | 1,703 views]
Students Honored for Achievements During Fall Semester

Last week, St. Margaret’s Upper School assembled to congratulate those students who received Honors or Headmaster’s Honors for the fall semester.
In his remarks, Headmaster Marcus D. Hurlbut acknowledged the students for their academic achievements, the core of St. Margaret’s. “These students are purposeful, earnest and dedicated,” he commented. He asked the Class of 2011 and all of St. Margaret’s students to cherish every moment of their high school experience and know that “we learn much more from you then you do from us.”
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Two Honors Speakers also …

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[14 Mar 2011 | admin | 3 Comments | 2,377 views]

The Orange County chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame honored 62 football players from around Orange County last Monday, including 26 from South Orange County schools. St. Margaret’s seniors Bryan Flores, Mitchell Pok and Brennan Smith were honored for their outstanding academic performance.
Click here to read the San Juan Capistrano Patch article.

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[25 Feb 2011 | admin | Comments Off | 1,463 views]

Thursday, March 10, 8 a.m. Location: Sillers Hall
Please join Headmaster Marcus D. Hurlbut, Academic Dean Dr. Regina McDuffie, division principals and History Department Chair James Harris for our fourth Tartan Talk of the school year. Coinciding with the focus of the March/April Tartan newsletter, we will present the history department’s philosophy and best practices, an overview of the scope and sequence of the curriculum across the divisions of the school and the professional development program for members of the department. Time will be provided for questions and answers. Additionally, other …

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[18 Feb 2011 | admin | Comments Off | 2,030 views]
Robotics Week Inspires Students to Explore Abstract Learning

By Lynn Ozonian, Director of Academic and Information Technology
Children learn while playing. And, when playing within many environments, it leads to discovery. Such exploratory learning is occurring in the Lower School as the students begin to play with robots. Through this, students learn important engineering, math and computer science concepts as well as creative problem solving and working collaboratively to bring abstract design ideas to a working model.
So how exactly are we doing this? Last week, our grade 3 students were introduced to PicoCrickets. Essentially, each “cricket” robot includes design …

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[27 Jan 2011 | admin | Comments Off | 4,910 views]
Tartans Make Lasting Impression at Harvard Model Congress

On Friday, January 14, 10 St. Margaret’s students and faculty advisor Rocky Parker departed to San Francisco to participate in a four-day congressional simulation sponsored by Harvard University.
Harvard Model Congress is the oldest and largest congressional simulation conference in the world, providing high school students from across the U.S. and abroad with an opportunity to experience American government through role-play and simulation. By engaging in open debates, caucuses, trials, press conferences and testimonies, students are able to develop a better understanding of civic involvement and government function.
The conference involved a …

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[7 Jan 2011 | admin | Comments Off | 6,404 views]
St. Margaret’s Students Honored with National AP Scholar Awards

St. Margaret’s offers its students 24 Advanced Placement courses ranging from core academic disciplines to music and art. Students’ scores on the culminating AP exams each spring illustrate the exceptional instruction and strength of the St. Margaret’s student body with recent pass rates between 88 and 90 percent (the 2010 national AP exam average pass rate was 57 percent).
The CollegeBoard AP program offers several AP Scholar Awards to recognize high school students who have demonstrated college-level achievement through AP courses and exams. Nationally in 2010, 168,889 students were awarded AP …

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[10 Dec 2010 | admin | One Comment | 1,442 views]
A Lesson in Constitutional Law

On Friday, December 3, renowned and distinguished constitutional law scholar and Founding Dean of the University of California, Irvine School of Law Erwin Chemerinsky spoke to St. Margaret’s Middle and Upper School students, parents, faculty and staff about the United States Constitution. His thought-provoking discussion focused on four essential questions: Why do we have a Constitution? Why do we have judicial review? How should the Constitution be interpreted? Where has our Constitution succeeded and where has it failed?
Citing examples from our 230 year history and specific Supreme Court cases and …

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From the Classroom »

[4 Nov 2010 | admin | Comments Off | 2,492 views]
Pulitzer Prize Winner Visits Headmaster’s Constitutional Law Class

Last week, Headmaster Marcus D. Hurlbut’s constitutional law class welcomed Barry Siegel, a Pulitzer Prize winning former national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times. Mr. Siegel currently directs the literary journalism program at University of California, Irvine where he is a professor of English. He is also the author of six books.

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[1 Oct 2010 | admin | 3 Comments | 1,242 views]
SMES Students Compete in South OC Model United Conference

The St. Margaret’s Model United Nations Club got off to a great start this past Saturday at the 19th Annual South Orange County Model United Conference. Six students from St. Margaret’s Episcopal School attended SOCOMUN on Saturday, September 25 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Over 1,500 students were in attendance from the local area and from as far away as San Francisco.
The six St. Margaret’s students who attended the conference included: Sophomores Raffaele Saposhnik, Molly Wang and Max Carr; and freshmen Julianne Coleman, Brian Lee, and Christian Rafla. Four …

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