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[2 Mar 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 2,205 views]
Middle School Students Excel at Math Counts Regional Competition

Six students from St. Margaret’s Middle School competed in the University of California, Irvine MATHCOUNTS® Regional Competition last month. This year, two teams composed of the following students showed their competitive spirit during the competition: Karen Ahn, Grade 7; Aaron Garfinkle, Grade 6; Jack Li, Grade 7; Megan Phansalkar, grade 8; Alice Ra, grade 6; Tamara Tsubota, grade 8.
MATHCOUNTS® is a non-profit national math enrichment, coaching and competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement in every U.S. state and territory. It is one of the most successful education partnerships …

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[17 Feb 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 5,047 views]
From Styrofoam to Surfboards – Students Make a Difference One Board at a Time

In Mr. [Eric] Harrington’s science class students are given the opportunity to create and present an ocean science project. Two particular teams decided to do their projects on creating an environmentally-friendly surfboard.

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[13 Feb 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 2,052 views]
Changing our Horizons on Nuclear Energy

Every year grade 7 students are faced with a huge debate on a certain subject. This year, the debate covers nuclear energy and whether it is a good, reliable resource for our future energy needs.

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[3 Feb 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 3,274 views]
Middle School Announces One-to-One iPad Program

This week the Middle School announced to parents an exciting new curriculum initiative that will roll out at the start of the 2012-2013 school year to advance student learning for the 21st century. The one-to-one student iPad program will enhance student organization, access to information and ease of technology integration in the classroom and at home. Please see the complete announcement below from Middle School Principal Jeannine Clarke with links to teacher testimonials and FAQs.
With great excitement we announce that beginning in the 2012-2013 school year all Middle School students will …

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[3 Feb 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 3,324 views]
A Student’s Spellbinding Tale of the Middle School Geography Bee

By Alexandra Zalewski, Grade 8
“Which country is not located by the Mediterranean Sea: Italy, Greece or Poland?” the speakers echoed within the gym. My sweat-drenched hand gripped the microphone in an effort to recall every image, every map, every fact that I had ever come across. Was I really sitting here at the geography bee in front of the whole Middle School? The light glinting off the gym floor answered my question. My eyes looked into the laminate and saw the distorted image of the bleachers packed with students, each …

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[3 Feb 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 1,469 views]
Students Find Kind Through Hot Pink Paper

By Ayda Rashtchi, Grade 8
The amount of girls that are being bullied, or the amount that are bullying others, is greatly increasing. Every day you hear story after story about girls who have been bullied whether it results in a broken heart or in even more serious cases. On Friday, January 27, girls from grades 6-12 gathered in the Chapel for a special presentation by two young adults named Lauren and Molly.
Lauren and Molly have put together a nonprofit organization to help put a stop to girl bullying. They have …

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[27 Jan 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 1,408 views]
Grade 7 Students Present Case to SC City Council for Better Anti-pollution Curb Signs

Six grade 7 students from St. Margaret’s presented their case for better anti-pollution curb signs to San Clemente City Council members last week as part of the student’s QuikSCience Challenge project, a competition co-sponsored by Quicksilver and University of Sothern California.
After the meeting, the student’s returned to class and began crafting a plan of action to propose new San Clemente curb stencils, including a possible art contest. Additionally, the students are coming up with a robotic system to filter out oil in the ocean from oil spills.
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[19 Jan 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 2,166 views]
Seventh Graders Examine SONGS for Future Debate

Every year, seventh grade students complete an intensive research unit centered on a debate topic. During this unit, students access, process, and evaluate ten 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.
This year, students are researching pro and con arguments for the following debate resolution: Among all energy sources, nuclear power is the best choice to meet future world energy …

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[12 Jan 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 3,309 views]
Grade 7 Student Karen Ahn Took Top Honors at St. Margaret’s Middle School Math Bee

Twelve Middle School students participated in St. Margaret’s Math Counts competition in the Campaigne Center on January 6. Sponsored by the Math Counts Program, this was the first round of the school-level competition.
Middle School math teacher Stephanie Windes presented Karen with the official trophy and prize: a $50 iTunes gift certificate. Second place winner, grade 7 student Jack Li was awarded a $25 gift certificate, and, third place winner, grade 8 student Noah Choi, was awarded a $15 gift certificate.
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[14 Dec 2011 | admin | Comments Off | 2,703 views]
Top Spellers Compete in Middle School Spelling Bee

On Friday, December 9, the Middle School’s top spellers competed for a chance to move on to the Orange County Spelling Bee. Students qualified to participate in the event based on a qualification quiz administered in English classes during the month of November.
The competition began with an oral round in which students were given words such as “schooner” and “parody.” As the competition ensued, the words became progressively more difficult, and a collective groan was heard from the audience when a competitor was given the word “numismatics.”
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