A weekly newsletter from St. Mary's Academy | October 18, 2017
Mr. Barrett's First 90 Days
Bill Barrett started working at SMA on July 5. Since then, it has been a whirlwind of activities for Mr. Barrett as he has immersed himself in the SMA community. Check out this highlight video of his first 90 days!
Summer Camp Survey
Reminder! As we plan our summer camp offerings for 2018, we want to ensure we provide the types and breadth of classes that our SMA families desire. To that end, we hope you will take a few minutes to complete this survey no later than October 20, 2017. Click here to take the short survey.
Reminder! SMA Prayer Group
Please join the SMA Prayer Group on Thursday, October 26, at 9:15 AM in Our Lady of Loretto Oratory in the High School building. Father Sam Morehead will join the group that morning. Learn more>
Reminder! Mark Your Calendar for the High School Play!
The HS will present Shooting Stars on November 2, 3, and 4 at 7:00 PM in the HS Forum. Tickets are $10 and will only be sold at the door the night of the performance. SMA students, alumnae, and faculty receive one free ticket to one performance.
Veterans Day Assembly At 8:15 AM on Friday, November 10, SMA will celebrate Veterans Day and hold an assembly to honor the brave men and women who have served our country in the military. We would like to invite any veterans who are able to come and spend about 30 minutes with us for a short program prepared by the second grade students. If you know a veteran who could join us that morning, please email Marla Giardino
with his/her name and branch of service by Nov. 6 so that we will have a headcount. Veterans and their families are welcome to stay for light refreshments after the assembly. Thanks so much for your help so we can recognize as many veterans as possible!
2018 All Academy Musical
The Spring All Academy Musical will be Once Upon a Mattress by J. Thompson, D. Fuller, and M. Barer. Auditionswill be held November 28, 29, and 30 in the HS Forum. Auditions are open to students in grades 3-12.
An informational meeting will be held on Monday, November 13, at 4:00 pm in the HS Forum.
An optional audition workshop for students will be held on November 15 from3:20 - 4:30 PM in the HS Forum.
We occasionally need people to work at our reception desk in the Sanders House and we are looking to add to our list of Sanders House receptions subs. This job would entail covering the front desk and answering phones with some additional clerical responsibilities. If you are interested, we would love to meet you and tell you more about the opportunity. Contact Kathleen Hogan to schedule an informational meeting.
Andrew holds a BFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art and an MA in aesthetic theory from Prescott College. He is SMA's Visual Arts Department Chair and he also teaches art in the High School.
At the turn of the millennium Andrew was a Fulbright Fellow in Jerusalem. Although he didn't know it at the time, it was the most important year of his life because it launched his career as both an artist and an educator. In the spring of 2000, Andrew accepted a teaching position at St. Mary's Academy while still overseas, and he has never looked back. As his work in the classroom evolved, so did his practice as a professional artist, and he found that the two were inseparable from one another. Andrew feels privileged to be a part of the extraordinary community at St. Mary's Academy, where the arts are fostered, supported, and celebrated.
Andrew volunteers with the Colorado Photographic Arts Center, InFocus/Phoenix Art Museum, and the Center for the Study of Place. Some of his favorite artists include Anselm Kiefer, James Turrell, and Mary Frank, whose reflection on the enormity of the universe he admires. He also finds the poetry of W.S. Merwin, the essays of Annie Dillard, and the short stories of Barry Lopez to be continually revitalizing and profoundly helpful to him.
The LS is pleased to offer Spanish Club after school on Wednesdays from 3:00-4:00 PM. Please contact Ines McCall for more information.
The SMA LS Presto Orchestra will again have the honor of performing at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House prior to Colorado Ballet's production of The Nutcracker on Saturday, December 9. The matinee begins at 1:00 PM with the SMA musicians performing in the lobby for 40-45 minutes prior to the ballet, beginning at noon when the doors open to the general public. Join us, support our young musicians, begin a holiday tradition, and get your holiday groove on! To place a ticket order, please click hereor contact Cherie Swisher. Tickets will sell out!
Congratulations to HS teachers Lisa Weinberg '97 and Kelly Rogers Denzler '08 who were selected to present at the upcoming Colorado College and Career Readiness Conference in February 2018. Ms. Denzler will present an open session on discussing college alternatives in college-prep schools and both teachers will present a joint session on teaching so-called "soft skills" in the secondary classroom. The conference is hosted by the ACT State Organization.
HA Spanish teacher Eliza Pfeifer will deliver the keynote address to the Montana Association of Language Teachers at the annual fall conference. The six-hour workshop entitled Engaging Authenticity: Let Your Student Be Your Guide. Participants will help teachers develop high interest lesson plans that incorporate community building and level appropriate questioning as well as encourage students to take risks in their language production.
The AP Environmental and AP Chemistry enjoyed a field trip to the Audubon Society at Chatfield to learn about water pollution and the effects of plastics in the environment. They dissected Albatross boluses from the Midway Atoll to observe plastics ingested by the birds.
It is possible to register for any admissions event through your admissions portalor by contacting the Admissions Office via e-mail or by phone at 303-762-8300.
October 21, 2017: HS Open House, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
November 1, 2017: SSS Financial Aid Application Portal Opens
November 14, 2017: HS Info Night, 6:30 PM
December 2, 2017: HS Placement Test, 8:00 AM-12:00 PM
If you already have a username and password (for example, you have applied previously or are the parent of a current student), please use your current login credentials to RSVP for admissions events or to begin the application for a new child.
This all-ages event is fun for the entire family! In addition to prizes for each Bingo round winner, there will be door prizes and a costume contest. Pizza, snacks, and beverages will be served. Doors open at 5:30 PM and the first game starts at 5:45 PM. There is no charge to attend. Click here to RSVP by Thursday, October 26.
Calling All Photographers!
We need parents who own digital cameras to join us on Grandparents' Day, Friday, November 17, from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Please click here to sign up today!
"Pink Games" Honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Volleyball and field hockey teams hosted "pink games" to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The students collected donations and honored people in the SMA community affected by cancer. Field hockey won in dominating fashion, 8-0, against Smoky Hill. The volleyball teams played competitive sets against Bishop Machebeuf with varsity finishing 1-3, JV finishing 1-2, and C team finishing with a 2-0 win.
Cross Country to Compete in Regional 5 Tournament
Be sure to support your SMA HS Cross Country runners as they compete in regionals this weekend in Arvada. Go, Wildcats! Cheer on the Wildcats on Friday, October 20; 3:00 PM at the Stenger Soccer Complex, 10644 W. 58th Avenue in Arvada.
Featured Cross Country Runner
As a ninth grader in her first race, Bella Morrissette ran a time of 21 minutes and 29 seconds to finish in eleventh place.This time tied her for the tenth fastest time ever run in St. Mary's history. Four years later, Bella has continued to improve her times by running a time of 20 minutes and 14 seconds, which makes her the fifth fastest runner in SMA history. Along with her captainship, she has been a three- time second team All Metro League honoree and a three time state qualifier. Congratulations, Bella, we are so proud of you!