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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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[25 Oct 2012 | admin | 2 Comments | 2,222 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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[14 Sep 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 1,506 views]
Maddie Barkate Shares Her Vision on Going Green

Over the past two years sixth grade student Maddie Barkate has made her mark on St. Margaret’s in a substantial way: by reducing her carbon footprint and the footprint of her classmates. This came in the form of implementing a successful composting program during her fifth grade year, and demonstrating leadership and environmental stewardship on the Grades of Green Youth Advisory Board over the past two years. Grades of Green (www.gradesofgreen.org) is a nonprofit organization that was formed by parents in a public elementary school in Manhattan Beach …

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[30 Mar 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 2,356 views]
Two SMES Teams Selected in QuikSCience Challenge Top Five

Two St. Margaret’s Middle School teams presented to a panel of professors and environmentalists at University of Southern California’s campus last month for the QuikSCience Challenge. This year, USC selected five teams out of 78 to present; both of St. Margaret’s teams were selected. Each team will learn the results of the competition at the QuikSCience Challenge Award Ceremony on April 5 at the Quiksilver, Inc. headquarters in Huntington Beach.
Sponsored by the USC College Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies in partnership with Quiksilver Inc., the QuikSCience Challenge is a competition …

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[23 Mar 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 1,618 views]
The Truth behind Where our Trash Goes

Dr. Jennifer Ross-Viola’s Advanced Placement environmental science classes took a short field trip to the Prima Deshecha Landfill last month to study solid waste management and the cogeneration of electricity. Below, a student summarizes her experience during the field trip.

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[3 Feb 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 1,719 views]
SEEDs Retreat Gives Students Memorable Sustainable Living Experience

By Emily Venable, Grade 11
Riding in a white St. Margaret’s minibus on Thursday, January 19, seven students and two teachers made their way to Camp Stevens in Julian, Calif. For the next 32 hours, the group escaped the routine of high school life and embraced the outdoors and nature by learning about sustainable living.
The occasion for the trip was the second annual SEEDs Retreat. Jump-started by the addition of the St. Margaret’s Episcopal School Garden to the St. Margaret’s community, the project gained momentum though last year’s retreat to Camp …

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[3 Nov 2011 | admin | Comments Off | 2,664 views]
A Sustainability Learning Cycle: Green Team Teaches Grades 3-5; They’ll Teach K-2

The Green Team has a dream. In September, our eight representatives were elected as Student Council Green Team members. Our goal is to make our school a better, greener place by educating everyone in the Lower School about simple sustainability practices we can adopt here on campus.

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