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[2 Nov 2012 | admin | One Comment | 2,769 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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[1 Nov 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 1,504 views]
OC Cappies Program Celebrates 10-year Milestone

St. Margaret’s actively participates in the Cappies Awards through Upper School Performing Arts productions and our Upper School students serving as critics. St. Margaret’s students have won numerous critics and performance awards in the last 10 years! Click here to read an OC Register article that discussed The Cappies program that celebrates and nurtures arts education. It also features a picture of St. Margaret’s 2012 The Sound of Music production!

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[26 Oct 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 3,141 views]
Madeline Albright: Read my Pins

On Friday, October 19, eight St. Margaret’s students from Advanced Placement Government and Global Studies attended a special presentation at the Bowers Museum featuring former Ambassador to the United Nation and Secretary of State Madeline Albright. The former Secretary of State was at the Bowers Museum to unveil a new exhibit entitled Read my Pins: The Madeline Albright Collection.
As the Bowers Museum states:
The Albright collection consists of pins that Secretary Madeleine K. Albright, America’s ambassador to the United Nations (1993-1997) and the first woman to occupy the position of U.S. …

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[26 Oct 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 1,526 views]
Freshman Connect with the Community and Give Back in Meaningful Ways

Taking the College and Work Readiness Assessment last Wednesday allowed St. Margaret’s freshman to have a special schedule and a very unique opportunity to participate in a mini-service learning project.
“Since service is such an important part of our school culture, we decided to spend an hour with the students participating in two service projects,” said Upper School History Teacher and Freshmen and Sophomore Dean of Women Megan Moilanen. “First, freshmen students bagged beans and rice for Father Serra’s Pantry. Each person who comes to the food pantry gets a bag …

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[19 Oct 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 2,056 views]
Upper School Science Teacher Builds Hovercraft to Demonstrate Newton’s Laws of Motion

Students, faculty and staff in Monday’s Upper School Convocation were treated to an incredible demonstration by Upper School Science teacher Steve Harless and St. Margaret’s Physics and Engineering Hovercraft. Built by Mr. Harless last week, students are able to use the hovercraft to demonstrate Newton’s Laws of Motion and learn about inertia, centripetal force, momentum and rotational dynamics. For example, after going around in a circle from being pulled by a rope, the student will go off in a straight line when the rope is released (demonstrated by Mr. Harless …

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[19 Oct 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 2,101 views]
Students Experience Sea Life Up-close at the Upper Newport Bay Estuary

Last week, 15 students from the Upper School marine science class visited the Back Bay Science Center located in the Upper Newport Bay Estuary. Once inside the science center, students were able to connect concepts such as watersheds, water runoff that drains into the estuary, and the different habitats of an estuary.

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[19 Oct 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 2,132 views]
National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists Awarded

Seniors Victoria Lee, Melisa Osborne, Laura Pusey and James Yorke have been named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Laura Pusey was also named a National Hispanic Scholar Finalist. During the September 28 Honors Assembly in which these students were honored, more than 150 Upper School students were awarded Headmaster’s Honors and more than 60 Upper School students were added to the Honor Roll.
The National Merit Scholarship Competition uses PSAT/NMSQT selection index scores (the sum of critical reading, mathematics, and writing skills scores) to determine participants who qualify for …

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[12 Oct 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 1,894 views]
Model United Nations Club Starts Year with Record Number of Students

Some 45 Model United Nations students and club officers gathered on October 8 for the first St. Margaret’s Episcopal School MUN Conference. Upper School Principal Tony Jordan introduced Keynote Speaker and St. Margaret’s new Academic Dean Dr. Jeneen Graham whose remarks focused on a short history of the United Nations and how the skill sets learned during Model United Nations are an integral part of the 21st century learning paradigm.
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To understand any complex issue, Dr. Graham stated, “One must think critically – weighing evidence from multiple …

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[11 Oct 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 2,557 views]
Senior Brandon Price Commits to Attend and Run at Harvard University

Senior Brandon Price has committed to attend and run at Harvard University next fall.
Brandon was a second team all-county runner last season, had a top five finish at the Academy League Finals, the CIF-SS Division 5 Finals, and the CIF Division 5 state finals.
Brandon will be reunited at Harvard with former Tartan teammate and the Register’s 2011 Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year Billy Gaudreau.
Click here to read more at OCVarsity.com.
 

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[28 Sep 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 2,371 views]
SMES Students Win in International Academic Decathlon

For the first time in school history, a St. Margaret’s team of nine grade 9 and 10 students participated in an academic decathlon this week, and placed fifth overall, out of nearly 50 schools, in the 9th/10th grade international school division.
The inaugural International da Vinci Decathlon places emphasis on higher order thinking skills, problem solving and creativity with the purpose of providing a stimulating, inter-disciplinary academic challenge for students. Students work collaboratively in teams of eight, with one alternate, to compete in tasks that encompass engineering, mathematics, philosophy, code breaking, …

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