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[7 Feb 2013 | admin | One Comment | 946 views]
10th Annual Coffee House Cabaret Showcases Four Sold-Out Shows in new McGregor Theater

The 10th Annual Coffee House Cabaret, the first housed in the Performing Arts Center’s new McGregor Theater, featured four sold-out shows during the last week in January.
Event Co-Chairs Irene Martino and Sue Shin, with a team of Parent Teacher Fellowship volunteers, transformed the theater into a Parisian cabaret-style show with St. Margaret’s students’ photography adorning black backdrops, red roses and candlelight on each intimate table. This event presents a showcase of St Margaret’s finest dance, vocal, instrumental, dramatic and visual artists. While more than 100 students auditioned in order to be …

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[7 Feb 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 1,003 views]
Grade 7 Students Listen to Expert Pro/Con Arguments on Increasing Social Services

Every year, seventh grade students complete an intensive research unit centered on a debate topic. During this unit, students access, process and evaluate 10 resources covering the pros and cons of the issues. Including guest speakers in the unit allows students to connect with adults who have dedicated their lives to studying and communicating about the issue at hand.

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[24 Jan 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 617 views]

St. Margaret’s students will be traveling the globe this summer, experiencing people, places and cultures in immersive ways. In some cases, parents (and siblings) are invited to participate too. Check out where we’re headed and contact the teacher if you, or your student, are interested in learning more.
England: Authors & Literature
July 29 – August 6
For incoming grade 7-10 students
(Parents and siblings invited too!)
Faculty: Mrs. Darla Magana, Director of Library and Media Center and Ms. Jeni Johnson, Middle School English Teacher
Hawaii: History of American Imperialism
June 30 – July 6
For incoming juniors …

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[18 Jan 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 2,064 views]
Karen Ahn Repeats Win at SMES Middle School Math Counts Competition

By Stephanie Windes, Middle School Math Teacher
For the second year in a row, grade 8 student Karen Ahn took top honors at the St. Margaret’s Middle School Math Counts Competition on January 11. Seventh grader Sarah Ko was awarded second place and one of St. Margaret’s grade 7 exchange students, Peter Shen was awarded third place.
All Middle School students are given a qualifying Math Counts test within their math classes in November. The Middle School math department faculty then scores and ranks the tests, selecting the top four students in …

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[19 Dec 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 1,688 views]
Middle School Students Qualify to Compete in Orange County Spelling Bee

Last Friday, the Middle School’s top spellers competed for a chance to move on to the Orange County Spelling Bee. All Middle School students took a qualification quiz in their English classes during the month of November, and the top ten students per grade level were invited to compete in the event.
The competition began with an oral round in which students were given words such as “parliamentary” and “delicatessen.” As the competition ensued, the words became progressively more difficult. In the final round, a collective groan was heard from the …

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[2 Nov 2012 | admin | One Comment | 1,572 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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[26 Oct 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 1,238 views]
Middle School Cross Country Team Continues to Shine In Nationally Known Race

After what has been a wonderful season, the Middle School Tartan Cross Country Team demonstrated that there is a lot of talent to go along with the hard work they’ve shown all season. In the biggest meet of the season, and one that is nationally known, the Middle School team performed incredibly well at the Mt. S.A.C. Invitational. Of course there were nerves at each grade level starting line that comprised more than 150 runners from roughly 40 schools; but the Tartan runners used the nerves to their advantage and …

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[25 Oct 2012 | admin | 2 Comments | 1,433 views]
The Tartan Truck, a Dream Realized To Be Unveiled at 2012 Homecoming Game

By Clayton Chalmers, Grade 7
Dream. That’s what you can do at St. Margaret’s. Here we are allowed to make our dreams a reality with teachers that guide you, administration that supports you, and fellow students that come together and make dreams a reality.
That is how the vision for the Tartan Truck unfolded.
Two years ago, I had a dream to bring a school symbol to life that included innovation, science, history and community. I asked my 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Hawkins, to help me with the project, …

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[12 Sep 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 2,446 views]
Tickets on Sale for Middle School Play “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”

The first St. Margaret’s Middle School play of the school year is The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe from the story by C. S. Lewis. The cast will feature 40 students in grades 6, 7 and 8 and is directed by Upper and Middle School Drama Teacher and Director Nathan Wheeler. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe will be performed November 2 at 7 p.m. and November 3 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Tickets are available for purchase at www.smes.org/main/arts/intro.aspx.
 
 
 

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[24 Aug 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 803 views]

Rising grade 9 student Kevin Cox has been named a semifinalist in the Broadcom Masters, a national competition that recognizes students for projects and achievements in regional science fairs. He is among only five Orange County students selected as semifinalists and among 300 chosen nationally.
This spring the students competed at the Orange County Science and Engineering Fair and subsequently at the California State Science Fair.
Chris’ project, “Cosmic Bullets,” examined whether local weather affects the intensity of cosmic radiation at sea level.
Thirty finalists will be chosen August 29. They will receive …

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