MS students studying environmental justice with Christina Garcia visited with a Nerinx Hall teacher and Loretto Community member in St. Louis who spent time at the Standing Rock Reservation in solidarity with Sioux tribes protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline. Afterwards, students engaged in lively discussion, supporting their views, while respecting others' perspectives.
Colorado Mumps Alert
As of February 8, 2017, there have been 27 confirmed cases of mumps in Colorado. That number is expected to grow. The Colorado Department of Public Health has requested we remind parents to contact your doctor if your child develops any swelling of the glands around the ears or neck. If your child has had the two required doses of MMR, he/she is 9 times less likely to develop the mumps than an un-vaccinated child. Please check your child's vaccination record to make sure he/she is up to date.
Did you Forget That Today Is the Auction Item Deadline? That's Okay!
If you still have auction items or bottles of wine to donate, please bring them to your school office or to the Advancement Office. Although the items won't be listed in the Gala catalog, they will still be available in the auction at the Gala. Gala invitations are being mailed Wednesday, March 15 (today), so look for your invitation in your mailbox later this week. Early Bird tickets are $125/person through April 7 and Regular Price tickets are $150/person starting April 8. You can also RSVP online here.
Who's Who at Our School?
Steve Mayfield: MS Science
Steve earned a BS at Fort Hays State University in Kansas and an MA in education at Colorado Christian University. At St. Mary's Academy, he teaches sixth grade science and is also the Summer Program Director.
Steve grew up on a farm in Kansas, where they raised cows, pigs, chickens, geese, and rabbits. Steve was driving a tractor and combine before he was 10 years old for his grandfather, who grew wheat, corn, and barley. Steve's grandmother was his fourth and fifth grade teacher, and often when they walked through town together her former students would stop and say hello. Steve thought it was incredibly special that she always remembered each and every one of them, though she taught them decades earlier.
Steve has traveled all over the Denver metro area with his Advisory and Community Action Team, serving at soup kitchens, sorting clothing at thrift shops, helping at food banks, playing trivia games with the elderly, and creating works of art with preschoolers. In the spring of 2002, St. Mary's Academy eighth graders raised over $2000 for a small Catholic school in New York City that had been directly affected by 9/11. During their annual East Coast school trip, these eighth graders, along with Steve, met those students and their principal. It was a humbling and powerful moment and an unforgettable service adventure for all. Steve currently serves as Secretary on the board of the Parker Whitehead Foundation, which provides funding for teachers seeking advanced education. The fund was established in memory of Parker Whitehead, who died from colon cancer in 1998. To date, 23 teachers have been awarded scholarships.
The LS team, The Rainbow Girls + 1, won first place at the Destination Imagination South Metro Regionals. The team also won a special Renaissance Award. A special mention to Disguise of the Five and the Think Tanks who won third place. The Disco Flash Wizards Rock also did a great job representing the LS as the youngest team. Check out this week in pictures for more photos. Congratulations!
The LS enjoyed the annual Health Fair this week. Guest speaker Sanjeev Javia (pictured right) spoke to the students about active lifestyles and healthy eating. Thank you to all of our parent volunteers and friends of our wonderful community. Did you know there are 20 sugar cubes in a bottle of Mountain Dew?
Today is the last day to turn in $25 gift cards for the Gala's $25 Gift Card Drive. Any LS class that donates 10 or more gift cards will win a special treat. Turn in gift cards to Jackie Neal in the LS office. Winning classes will be announced in next week's Wildcat Weekly!
Middle School News & Events
MS Destination Imagination team, Annie Has Gum, placed second in the Scientific Challenge at the DI South Metro Regionals. This week, they are competing in the Destination Imagination 2017 International Invitational in Wroclaw, Poland. Good luck!
The eighth graders are enjoying their East Coast trip. Everyone is having a great time. Please click hereto keep up with their adventures.
Today is the last day to turn in $25 gift cards for the Gala's $25 Gift Card Drive. Any Middle School CAT that donates 10 or more gift cards will win a special treat. Turn in your gift cards to Diane Siennicki at the MS office. Winning CATs will be announced in next week's Wildcat Weekly.
Congratulations to Phil Gentry, HS teacher and basketball coach! Phil was selected to coach the Colorado Coaches of Girls Sports Game on Sunday, March 19. The 3A game will be held at Arvada West HS.
Twelve juniors are in the Big Apple this week for the 61st United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. They are joining students from other Loretto-sponsored schools and Loretto's NGO representative. While it was fun to explore the city and even walk over the Brooklyn Bridge before the Nor'easter brought a snow day to NYC, the highlight of the conference so far was a session at the General Assembly of the United Nations. Students attended the Launch of Global Equal Pay Platform of Champions and met US soccer star Abby Wombach ( pictured right with Allie Lupiba and Maggie Dubus), who was a keynote speaker. They also attended sessions to learn about global women's issues like migrant worker rights, human trafficking, female genital mutilation, and advocating to end violence against women. Congrats, SMA juniors, on your actions to be agents of change!
Congratulations to Senior, Daisy Simpson. Daisy was awarded a National Gold Medal for her Illustrated Book, Pieces of Us, by the Scholastics Art and Writing Awards. The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards are the nation's longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7-12. National Medalists and their educators will be celebrated at Carnegie Hall in New York City this April. This is the third National Gold Medal awarded to SMA high school students!
Congratulations to tenth grader Julia Edwards! Julia received a Silver Medal at the National Level of the Scholastics Art and Writing Awards competition.
The HS SMAbotics team had a successful competition at the Utah First Robotics Competition over the weekend. Great work and congratulations!
Today is the last day to turn in $25 gift cards for the Gala's $25 Gift Card Drive. Any HS advisory that donates 10 or more gift cards will win a special treat. Turn in your gift cards to Clare Lovett in the HS office. Winning advisories will be announced in next week's Wildcat Weekly.
The Admissions team would like to welcome all of our new SMA families for the 2017-18 academic school year!
Click here to contact the admissions team if you have any questions.
Last week, the senior class was treated to a morning of presentations by alumnae during the annual Senior Seminar. The Young Alumnae Panel, including Megan Cronin '11, Molly Guerin '12, Karli Heuer '13 and MacKenna Norris '15, counseled the girls about the transition to college. Blake Booth Jordan '91 (pictured right) spoke to the girls about her career in television production and graphic design and Lucy Roucis '77 capped off the morning with a presentation about her acting career and her struggle with early-onset Parkinson's disease.
Strong Showing for SMA Wildcats this Spring
Congratulations to our HS and MS athletes who played at home in our first week of spring sports. The Wildcats won all the home matches!
Varsity Lacrosse v. South- 14-3, Win
JV Lacrosse v. South- 5-1, Win
Varsity Tennis- win, scrimmage over Conifer
7/8 Girls Lacrosse v. Kent Denver- 15-9, Win
MS Baseball- 7-6, come- from- behind win v. Dawson
The MS baseball team won the season opener with Dawson Mustangs on Thursday. Dawson jumped ahead early with a 6-1 lead after three innings. The players kept a cool head and a fantastic team spirit, which led to an awesome hitting rally late in the game. That rally gave the Wildcats a well-deserved 7 to 6 win. Eighth grader Cooper Sayers not only stole home plate for the go-ahead run but also he struck out five of the last six batters he faced to close out the win.
Sign up for Wildcat Sports Summer Camps
Sign up for a summer sports camp! SMA Athletics hosts multiple sports camps during the summer and welcomes students in MS and HS of all ability levels. For more information on lacrosse, soccer, field hockey, cross country, and volleyball, please check out our SMA Summer Programs on the St. Mary's Academy website.