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[15 Feb 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 2,380 views]
Lower School Family Science Night Inspires a Generation of Young Scientists

Wednesday marked St. Margaret’s Second Annual Lower School Family Science Night. The event was bustling with young scientists ready to explore the fascinating world of science.
Students, along with their families, enjoyed simple hands-on science activities, and some slippery, slimy, amazing creatures to touch. The night had a successful turnout with approximately 140 students, parents and siblings. St. Margaret’s had the pleasure of hosting renowned organizations for the festivities including: Mad Science, Discovery Education, UNAVCO, Wolf Haven, Lizard Wizard Company, and the Ocean Institute.
Young scientists had the opportunity to make their …

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[7 Feb 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 3,351 views]
Creator and Rider of “World’s Fastest Electric Motorcycle” Visits Lower School to Talk STEM

Eleven-time world record holder, engineer and daredevil Chip Yates came to inspire the growing minds of St. Margaret’s Lower School students on January 31. The animated speaker entertained as well as educated grades K-5 about pursuing the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) initiative.

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[1 Feb 2013 | admin | One Comment | 1,495 views]
Grade 5 Student Connects with CEO’s and Entrepreneurs on U.S. Economy

As part of a reading and social studies extension activity, Thomas Hughes, a grade 5 student, conducted a research project on the current state of the U.S. economy and today’s leading CEO’s and entrepreneurs of various exciting companies. Thomas reached out to the business leaders via email with questions that he and other aspiring business people might find interesting. His report highlights some of the CEO’s insights along with his thoughts and analysis.
-David Beshk, Grade 5 Teacher
By Thomas Hughes, Grade 5
It began with the research. I knew that to get …

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[1 Feb 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 1,484 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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[1 Feb 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 1,472 views]

Dear St. Margaret’s Parents,
I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Jennifer B. Blount as Principal of our Lower School effective July 1, 2013. Jennifer has been a welcome and highly effective addition to the Lower School leadership team this year and we are thrilled that she will assume the Principal position in July.
As a graduate of St. Margaret’s and a current parent of a sixth grader, Jennifer’s understanding of the history, traditions and culture of the school have been and will continue to be invaluable to the Lower …

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[31 Oct 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 1,830 views]
A Hauntingly Good Time at SMES

Adorably costumed children had an opportunity to promenade past teachers, visiting parents, friends and classmates during Halloween celebrations that began last Friday with the Lower School Halloween Parade and continued with this morning’s Preschool parade.
To view Preschool Halloween Parade Photo Gallery, click here.
The Lower School Halloween Parade also included a special surprise dedication to Headmaster Marcus D. Hurlbut. As Mr. Hurlbut is an avid boater, the dedication included the Lower School faculty constructing a sea life theme that came to life around him.
To view Lower School Halloween Parade Photo Gallery, …

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[31 Aug 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 3,919 views]
Lower School Students Stun at ISTE Conference

By Stefani Baker, Lower School Instructional Assistant
After the last school bell rang, signaling the start of summer, most students went running for vacation, but three Lower School students and two St. Margaret’s teachers were preparing for one last event.
For the first time, after a long application process, St. Margaret’s was selected to present at the International Society of Technology Education (ISTE) Conference. On June 25, Instructional Technology Specialist Londa Posvistak and grade 3 teacher Tess Posvistak, along with Espen Garner, Alex Georgiades and Alexis Kieckhafer traveled to San Diego for …

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[23 Aug 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 1,375 views]
Learning Leadership through Service

By Colleen Beshk, Grade 4 teacher and Lower School Student Council Faculty Advisor
On Friday, August 17, 40 rising grade 4 and 5 students took time out of their dwindling summer break to discuss student leadership in the Lower School. The day began with Caroline Brewster, Lower School student council president, and Brayden Windes, vice president, greeting members in front of the Chapel with personalized notebooks and pencils. Students then gathered in Chapel, where Father James Livingston connected leadership to Jesus and His Disciples. He encouraged students to enlist assistance and …

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[5 Jun 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 3,098 views]
Pet Project Foundation Visits Kindergarten

Last week, the chairman of the Pet Project Foundation visited the Kindergarten classrooms to talk with students about what the local animal shelter does to support the animals in the community.

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[24 May 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 5,126 views]
SMES Math Teams are Triumphant in Math Competition

Building and designing carousels, a Rubik’s Cube© challenge and a mental math challenge…these were just a few of the Math Field Day events that three St. Margaret’s math teams competed in last Saturday at Capistrano Valley High School.
Sponsored by the Orange County Math Council, Math Field Day is a math competition for students in Grades 4, 5 and 6. The day long competition is an opportunity for Orange County elementary schools to join together in promoting excellence in mathematics, team work, achieving goals and exhibiting school spirit. A school can …

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