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[24 Jan 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 1,829 views]
Tartans Continue Diversity, Multiculturalism and Inclusivity Work with Fellow Students

By Karen Poffenberger, Upper School Arts Teacher and TIDE Advisor
The acronym TIDE stands for Tartans Inclusivity and Diversity Education and is a group of 10 Upper School students who dedicate themselves to educating the community about the importance of diversity, multiculturalism and inclusivity. Members have all attended the Student Leader Diversity Conference over the past four years.
SDLC runs concurrently every year with the People of Colour Conference, which is attended by St. Margaret’s faculty, and is held in cities across the United States. The conference is designed and run by …

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[24 Jan 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 1,255 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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[11 Jan 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 2,023 views]
Tartans Travel to New York to Aid Hurricane Sandy Relief

Over the past week, 11 Upper School students and four adults traveled to the outskirts of New York City and the shores of New Jersey to assist with the relief efforts from Hurricane Sandy. The experience was even better than we could have imagined and the trip was full of many profound moments. For three of the days we were connected with an organization called Operation Blessing, a nonprofit that has a strong and prolonged presence in Breezy Point – a community densely populated with first responders that was hit particularly hard by the hurricane with fires

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[11 Jan 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 1,268 views]
Students Organize Successful Book Drive to Donate to Local Schools in Need of Library Resources

With the help of the St. Margaret’s community, Upper School students Carolyn King, Alissa Ohanesian, Harout Ohanesian and Victoria Lee, founders of the club Books for a Brighter Future, organized a book drive that resulted in a successful turnout of nearly 4,000 books within a three-week period. Having collected a variety of new to gently-used books, the group donated them to some of San Juan Capistrano’s local schools in need of library resources.
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[20 Dec 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 2,170 views]
Students Take Photos with Quaker Oats Can and go to the Darkroom to Develop

Ten advanced photography students connected with J Serra’s advanced photography class so that they could assist St. Margaret’s students in their first ever darkroom experience. Students constructed a pinhole camera from a Quaker Oats can and used their pinholes to take a rudimentary image and then develop the image which rendered as a negative

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[14 Dec 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 2,337 views]
Erwin Chemerinsky Discusses Supreme Court and Civil Rights Issues with Upper School

By Kelsey Patch, Grade 12
On Monday, December 1, the Upper School students were honored to have Mr. Erwin Chemerinsky, a prominent constitutional law scholar, lawyer, and founding dean of University of California Irvine Law School, come to speak in the Performing Arts Center on the matters of cases that have, or are about to be, presented in front of the Supreme Court. His message was that these Supreme Court decisions will affect the lives of all students in the coming years.
Mr. Chemerinsky is a lawyer who has argued cases in …

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[7 Dec 2012 | admin | One Comment | 1,994 views]
SMES Students Study Literature Alongside Students in Ghana and Gain Global Understanding

Over the course of the last two months, Mr. Peter Clark’s grade 10 English class has taken a state-of-the-art, virtual journey more than 7,500 miles to Cape Coast, Ghana, West Africa. The class has been teleconferencing with Ghanaian students for discussions on the book Things Fall Apart by Nigerian author Chinua Achebe. Book discussions quickly evolved into captivating and eye-opening revelations between the classes about each other and how everyday life differs in each other’s part of the world, says Mr. Clark.
“After Darla Magana (director of library and media center) …

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[7 Dec 2012 | admin | One Comment | 2,933 views]
Senior Regan Anderson Joins University of Michigan’s First Women’s Lacrosse Team

One of 28 to join the school’s first women’s lacrosse team, the University of Michigan has featured senior Regan Anderson in a student-athlete spotlight. Click here to read about this future Wolverine on and off the field.

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[5 Dec 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 3,266 views]
New Advanced Upper School Courses Expand Rigor and Deepen Student Offerings

The Upper School added six innovative and unique advanced course offerings this school year to continually deepen and broaden the St. Margaret’s curriculum to challenge student ability, interest and scholarship.
“These outstanding new course offerings go beyond the standard and reflect our focus on relevant 21st-century curriculum and the ever-increasing skill and interests of our students. Our students and parents expect this from us, and we have the shared vision, agility and bench-strength in our faculty to continually evolve and deliver dynamic, advanced and unique curriculum,” said Upper School Principal Tony …

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[16 Nov 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 2,352 views]
SMES Students Perform University-level Engineering Research During UCI Summer Internship Program

Seven St. Margaret’s students experienced a summer of engineering exploration from solar panels to earthquake engineering to forms of rehabilitation for spinal injury and stroke patients. The students, who demonstrated a passion for science, applied for, then won coveted spots within the Henry Samueli School of Engineering at the University of California, Irvine Engineering Department.
For the eighth consecutive year, UCI has generously offered a unique, rigorous research internship opportunity exclusive to St. Margaret’s Episcopal School for a selected group of its junior students. The St. Margaret’s interns spent a major …

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