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[27 Jan 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 1,579 views]

The Birds and Bees Connection is an outside resource available to our parents and students for additional education and support in learning about the physical and emotional changes that are a part of puberty. They have developed a new model that includes parents and children coming together to openly discuss these changes and to promote communication. Leslie Dixon, founder and executive director of The Birds and Bees Connection, is the mother of two grown children and has been a school nurse for more than 20 years. She holds a degree …

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[9 Dec 2011 | admin | Comments Off | 3,420 views]
St. Margaret’s Students Get Up-Close and Personal with 1947 Landmark OC School Desegregation Case Mendez v. Westminster

By Roland M. Allen, Director of College Counseling and Barbara McMurray
Forty-four St. Margaret’s seniors came face-to-face with history on November 8 as they learned the historical significance of the landmark Orange County civil rights case Mendez v. Westminster. They were privileged to spend the day with Mr. Gonzalo Mendez, Jr., 70, who, with his two siblings, Sylvia and Jerome, was a child plaintiff in the case brought by their parents after they were barred from enrolling in the public “whites-only” 17th Street Elementary School in Westminster, Calif. Instead they were …

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Tartans in the News »

[15 Sep 2011 | admin | Comments Off | 2,929 views]
Breakthrough SJC and Founding Director Featured in OC Register

The Orange County Register education writer Scott Martindale visited St. Margaret’s Breakthrough SJC program over the summer to learn more about this program that helps to prepare high-potential, low-income middle school students from San Juan Capistrano for the rigors of college-track academics in high school. Breakthrough provides a rigorous academic enrichment program in an intensive, six-week summer program on St. Margaret’s campus to middle school students. The program continues with a year-long support tutoring program at their school, Marco Forster Middle School. Mr. Martindale talked with Breakthrough SJC Founding Director …

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[26 Aug 2011 | admin | Comments Off | 4,554 views]
Breakthrough College Bound Students Excel at CUSD Math Exam

On August 4, approximately 11 of the Breakthrough College Bound students (formally the High School Transition Program) joined other students from across Capistrano Unified School District to take an exam that could potentially allow them to bypass Algebra IB and enter straight into geometry as freshman. These 11 students were among 25 Breakthrough College Bound students who spent six weeks of their summer preparing for high school in Breakthrough’s College Bound program.
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“Breakthrough is more than just a middle school program. The students commit to working with …

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[25 Mar 2011 | admin | Comments Off | 2,351 views]
In Egypt, By Egypt, For Egypt

St. Margaret’s Trustee Dr. Mohamed El-Erian, chief executive officer and co-chief information officer of PIMCO, visited St. Margaret’s last week to speak with Upper School students about the revolution in Egypt. The son of an Egyptian diplomat who was born in New York, and went back to Egypt and spent the first nine years of his life there, Dr. El-Erian drew upon his personal and international business experience to explain the sudden and tumultuous turn of events in the country with a riveting presentation entitled, “Egypt’s Uprising: Its Meaning and …

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Announcements »

[24 Mar 2011 | admin | Comments Off | 1,413 views]

Tuesday & Wednesday, Six-Week Sessions Begin April 12 & 13
St. Margaret’s Early Childhood Development Center is launching a new Mommy & Me Class open to the public for parents of two-year-old children. Two, six-week sessions on Tuesdays and Wednesdays begin on Tuesday, April 12. ECDC Director Ingrid Andrews says, “the Mommy & Me class is a perfect way for parents of toddlers to learn about their child’s development and engage in fun, developmentally-appropriate activities with their child. It’s also a great introduction to our Preschool program for three- and four-year-olds.” …

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From the Classroom »

[4 Mar 2011 | admin | Comments Off | 1,852 views]
SMES Psychology Students Broaden Their Knowledge of Child Development

This past week, my eight classmates and I had the opportunity to put into practice what we have been studying in Mr. Ryan Dahlem’s psychology class. The assignment started with a presentation by Mrs. Ingrid Andrews, director of the Early Childhood Development Center and Wee Tartan Center. Over the span of two different class meetings, we walked over to the Preschool to observe the children in the classroom and on the playground.

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Features »

[4 Mar 2011 | admin | Comments Off | 1,317 views]
Tartans Kick it up a Notch During Read Across America Week

By Rosemary Desa, Library Technician
The St. Margaret’s Library has been cooking up some good times this past week. As you know, all year we celebrate the joy and satisfaction that reading brings to our community, but this week we kicked it up a notch. We served up all kinds of tasty fun in honor of Read Across America Week, a reading motivation and awareness program that calls for everyone in every community to celebrate reading.
This year, the theme for our Read Across America celebration was “Serve Up a Good Book!” …

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Events »

[3 Feb 2011 | admin | Comments Off | 1,362 views]

On Thursday, February 17 at 8:15 a.m., Deputy Brian Nissen, drug recognition expert and 14-year police veteran will partner with Duane Durst, licensed marriage and family therapist and clinical director of the Juvenile Alcohol and Drug Education (JADE) program, to present a powerful and comprehensive look at drugs in our culture and community. Be prepared to walk away with practical tools on how to recognize signs of drug use, what certain drugs look like, and what to do when you suspect drug use. Please join us in the Tartan Center …

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[10 Dec 2010 | admin | One Comment | 1,498 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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