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[26 Apr 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 2,350 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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[15 Mar 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 4,813 views]
SMES Selected as First and Only Independent School in OC to Partner with UCI Cal Teach Program

University of California, Irvine performs teacher observations to identify schools with progressive teaching techniques that would model best practices for aspiring teachers. St. Margaret’s is the first and only independent school in Orange County chosen to partner with the program. This partnership allows St. Margaret’s to develop stronger ties with UCI and helps fulfill its mission of developing highly qualified teachers of math and science for the state of California.
The Cal Teach program at UCI is committed to developing highly qualified science and math teachers. It is structured to allow …

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[5 Mar 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 16,428 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 …

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[7 Feb 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 2,238 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 …

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[14 Dec 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 2,320 views]
Erwin Chemerinsky Discusses Supreme Court and Civil Rights Issues with Upper School

By Kelsey Patch, Grade 12
On Monday, December 1, the Upper School students were honored to have Mr. Erwin Chemerinsky, a prominent constitutional law scholar, lawyer, and founding dean of University of California Irvine Law School, come to speak in the Performing Arts Center on the matters of cases that have, or are about to be, presented in front of the Supreme Court. His message was that these Supreme Court decisions will affect the lives of all students in the coming years.
Mr. Chemerinsky is a lawyer who has argued cases in …

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[7 Dec 2012 | admin | One Comment | 1,975 views]
SMES Students Study Literature Alongside Students in Ghana and Gain Global Understanding

Over the course of the last two months, Mr. Peter Clark’s grade 10 English class has taken a state-of-the-art, virtual journey more than 7,500 miles to Cape Coast, Ghana, West Africa. The class has been teleconferencing with Ghanaian students for discussions on the book Things Fall Apart by Nigerian author Chinua Achebe. Book discussions quickly evolved into captivating and eye-opening revelations between the classes about each other and how everyday life differs in each other’s part of the world, says Mr. Clark.
“After Darla Magana (director of library and media center) …

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[16 Nov 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 2,327 views]
SMES Students Perform University-level Engineering Research During UCI Summer Internship Program

Seven St. Margaret’s students experienced a summer of engineering exploration from solar panels to earthquake engineering to forms of rehabilitation for spinal injury and stroke patients. The students, 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 eighth 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. The St. Margaret’s interns spent a major …

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[16 Nov 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 3,695 views]
Acclaimed Psychologist Dr. Carol Dweck Discusses Growing Student Motivation Through a Growth Mindset

The second speaker in the 2012-2013 St. Margaret’s Parent Teacher Fellowship Parent-Up Speakers Series, Dr. Carol Dweck, visited campus last Friday and delivered an inspiring lecture to parents, faculty and staff about Mindsets: Helping Students Fulfill Their Potential.
Dr. Dweck, an acclaimed Stanford University psychologist, presented information about whether students think of their intelligence as fixed or as something they can develop. Additionally, she showed how students’ mindsets about their intelligence can strongly affect their motivation and learning. She revealed how praising students’ intelligence can backfire to undermine learning and how …

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[16 Nov 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 2,245 views]

Tuesday, November 27, 8:15 a.m. Location: Tartan Center
“Parenting Boys” is a speaker series for parents to learn and understand the challenges and opportunities that boys are faced with today. Dr. Bobbe Sommer will be our guest speaker on November 27 in the Tartan Center from 8:15-10 a.m. Dr. Sommer will speak on managing boy’s behavior in a way that preserves and promotes their self-esteem, support boys as they learn, and teach them self-discipline so they can achieve their goals. Questions? Contact Janice Avalone at 949.661.0108, ext. 282.
 

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[2 Nov 2012 | admin | One Comment | 2,431 views]
Students Celebrate National Election Process with Formal Debate

Students in grades 5-12 celebrated our national election process today through a formal debate. Director of Library and Media Center Darla Magana moderated a debate for the Upper School and a separate debate for the Middle School and grade 5 students. During the debates each political party had the opportunity to respond to a question on fiscal policy, foreign policy and rising higher education costs. Mrs. Magana introduced the debates by stating, “Ever since our Founding Fathers set up our democratic system, Americans have stepped up to elect their favored …

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