The MS Orchestra participated in Opera Colorado's backstage workshop at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Students learned about the behind the scenes workings that go into opera performances by exploring the wig shop, costume rooms, sets, the orchestra pit, and seeing a staged fight. It was a great experience.
Jennifer Millett-Barrett, Founder of Dream On International
The online journal of Columbia University's Institute for the Study of Human Rights recently featured an interview with masters' candidate Jennifer Millett-Barrett, wife of incoming SMA President Bill Barrett. She speaks about her research on the rights of women and children survivors of human trafficking and her work on those issues as founder and director of Dream On International.
Donna holds a BS in nursing from the University of Virginia and an MS in counseling from the University of Nebraska. She is a Counselor in both the Lower and Middle Schools at St. Mary's Academy.
Donna spent nine years working as a pediatric and psychiatric RN and 17 years as a child and family therapist before joining St. Mary's Academy. Donna finds that the loving and supportive community at St. Mary's Academy allows her to be both school counselor and school nurse, helping children and their families with issues such as grief and stress. When her granddaughters started kindergarten at St. Mary's Academy, she was even more certain that she was in the right place. Her grandchildren are loved, protected, and challenged each school day.
Donna's passions include reading, hiking, and being a grandmother.
After 16 years, Donna will be retiring. The SMA community will miss her and wishes her a very happy retirement!
The Pioneer Day tradition for third grade students continued this year! With the help of their teachers and parent volunteers, students culminated their study of the Oregon Trail by reenacting activities of the time such as baking corn bread, panning for gold, and washing clothes on scrub boards.
Thank you to all the grandparents who stopped by SMA on Grandparents Day! The students loved having their grandparents visit their classrooms and learn along with them.
The LS celebrated Mary, the mother of Jesus, during a May Crowning prayer service at last week's assembly. Following the ceremony, the beautiful flowers the students brought were placed in front of the statue of Mary in the Circle Drive.
June 2; Fifth Grade Continuation Ceremony
Middle School News & Events
Sixth, seventh, and eighth grade boys and their fathers and/or significant male mentors enjoyed a great event at Courage for the Journey. The students came together for good conversation and delicious food. Ernie Bjorkman, former TV news anchor, was the keynote speaker.
The MS Talent Show was a huge success with singers, dancers, and musicians wowing the audience. Congratulations to all the participants!
Most Humorous: Caley Walsh, Keely Walsh, Madison House, Nicole House, and Ben Jeffords
Most Expressive: Maggie Gessler
Most Original: Moira Newman and Lydia Brieski
Audience Favorite: Flynn Largon (pictured right)
To celebrate Cinco de Mayo, Baile Caliente, a local Ballet Folklorico group, treated the MS to a fun, vibrant performance.
Thank you for all the grandparents who came to Grandparents' Day and visited the students in their classrooms.
May 17; May Crowning
June 2; MS Closing Ceremony
High School News & Events
The HS is organizing a trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina, in June 2018. Interested parents and students are invited to an informational meeting on Tuesday, May 16, at 6:30 PM in Ms. Voncanon´s room. If you are interested but unable to attend, contact Ms. Pfeifer at email@example.com. Please check out the trip website.
Annie Hesswon Honorable Mention for role playing Vittorio Orlando, Prime Minister of Italy, at of the Paris Peace Conference in 1919. The historical re-enactment took place during the Model UN meet at the Fairview High School.
Congratulations to 10th grader golfer Anna Sophia Williams who qualified for State at the Regionals Spring Valley in Elizabeth, Colorado.
May 20; HS Graduation Day
Admissions News & Events
First to Fifth Grade Rising Up Day!
Newly enrolled first through fifth grade students are invited to rise up with their SMA peers on Wednesday, May 17, from 1:00-2:30 PM in the LS. Together, students will get to see their classrooms, meet the teaching teams, and get a sense of what to expect next year. New students may RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
JK/K Play Date...Save the Date!
Next year's junior kindergarten and kindergarten students are invited to the Lower School playground on Wednesday, June 7, from 10:00-11:00 AM to meet their classmates and get to know their teachers for next year! Keep an eye out for an invitation coming soon.
Thank you to all seventh grade families who attended High School Info Night
Ms. Mac and student panelists visited with over 50 prospective students and their parents! Admissions will be hosting many more informational events for Lower, Middle, and High School in the coming months. Click here to review the current calendar of upcoming events.
Congratulations to Seely Greenberg who will become Director of Admissions starting in June. Kristin Dieterich will join the Admissions Team in July. Gracie Carr will be leaving the Admissions Department but continuing to teach Academy Singers and assisting with music at LS and HS Masses.
Tennis and Golf on to States
Congratulations to the varsity tennis team and varsity golf team for competing in their prospective regionals tournaments! The following student-athletes have advanced to the next round for State competition:
May 22 and 23
Broadlands Golf Course @ 8:00 AM
Anna Sophia Willams
Taylor Cave, alternate
May 11 - 13
Centennial Park: Greeley @ 8:00 AM
Viridiana Bonilla, McKenzie Davis, Sarah Emmanuel, singles
Katherine Crise and Ali Leen, doubles
Spring Sports Awards Ceremony
Join us in celebrating the accomplishments of SMA's student-athletes in lacrosse, golf, tennis, soccer, and track and field athletes.
Slideshow, Dinner, and Awards Ceremony in the Community Center
Dinner: 6:00 PM
Awards: 6:15 PM
Upcoming MS Events at SMA
Seventh and eighth grade girls soccer @ 4:00 PM and 5:00 PM