A weekly newsletter from St. Mary's Academy | September 13, 2017
High School Principal Kathryn McNamee
Announces Her Retirement
To the Members of the SMA Community,
Our lives are full of change and this is true for our SMA community as well. After 41 years of service, Kathryn McNamee, our dedicated High School Principal, has announced that she will retire at the end of the 2017-2018 school year. Ms. Mac is a cherished member of St. Mary's Academy and she has enriched the lives of countless students, parents, co-workers, alumnae, and friends. We will recognize Kathryn in many different ways in the months to come. As you may expect, we have begun our search for our next High School principal and I will update you on that process in the near future. We are eternally grateful to Ms. Mac and look forward to celebrating the year ahead with her.
Join us for this fun family event featuring a Climbing Wall, Bouncy Obstacle Course and Slide, Arcade Games, Kona Ice, Pumpkin Decorating, Face Painting and more! Click herefor more information and to purchase wristbands. We are seeking enthusiastic, creative volunteers who enjoy brainstorming and thinking like a kid! Please click here to sign up today!Learn more>
Welcome Ceremony for Academy President Bill Barrett
Don't forget the Welcome Ceremony for Bill Barrett on September 19 at 9:00 AM in the Quad followed by a reception on the Patio. Please click here to RSVP.
"It's Not the 70's Anymore" Presentation
This presentation helps educate students and parents about the laws, constitutional rights, and issues such as sexting, drug and alcohol issues, shoplifting, domestic violence, harassment, and sexual assault. It also focuses on how Facebook and other social media can be used against its users.
The presenter is Karen Steinhauser, LLC, who specializes in criminal defense for juveniles and adults. She is an award winning litigator with extensive trial experience as a Chief Prosecutor in the Denver District Attorney's Office.
Kelly earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Arizona and a master's degree in fine arts from Regis University. At St. Mary's Academy, she teaches visual arts in the Lower School.
During graduate school, Kelly focused on sensory and collaborative experiences in art. This work inspired a passion in Kelly to uncover the depth of awareness children have through art experiences. Kelly espouses the Reggio Emilia philosophy of exploration and discovery. She teaches by allowing students choice, helping them develop artistic behavior as they build new skills.
While Kelly was working at a shelter for runaway youth in Seattle, she asked a young girl about her dreams for the future. In reply, the girl asked Kelly what her dreams were. Though Kelly intended to be an art therapist, she realized that her dream was to be an artist. Kelly never made the connection that she could teach art to young people and still be an artist, by teaching art. She is thankful every day that the young girl asked her the question that led to this discovery.
Kelly takes an active role in art education in Colorado. She has spent many years on the board of the Colorado Art Education Association. In 2001, she became a member of ArtSource Colorado, advocating and strengthening arts education and leadership through professional development experiences. Kelly currently sits on the board of ArtSource Colorado.
In 2009, Kelly collaborated with three other educators in music, dance, and Spanish to create Camp of the Creative Arts, providing summer learning experiences for children ages three to seven. In 2013, Kelly became a member of Next Gallery in northwest Denver. At the gallery she enjoys seeing and sharing incredible art, being a featured artist, and helping to run the gallery as its Treasurer
Wednesday Exploratory Seminars are off to a great start. This week's seminars are designed to strengthen collaboration and decision-making (Win As Much As You Can), help students connect biology at a cellular level as they undertake botanical illustration (Scientific Botanical Illustrations), and foster conversation and debate regarding students' differences and similarities (Cultural Perspectives and Debate). Learn more>
On Tuesday, a group of eighth grade students met with Dr. John Gram from the University of Missouri, the author of Education at the Edge of Empire, a book about Indian boarding schools and Pueblo people. In preparation for Cochiti, the students read excerpts from the book and then had a Q&A session with Dr. Gram about boarding schools and researching cultures.
High School News & Events
Andrew Beckham, Visual Arts Department Chair at SMA, is part of an upcoming exhibition at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, with an opening reception on Thursday, September 14, 6:00 - 9:00 PM. Mr. Beckham has described this as a "particularly poignant intersection of work in and outside of the classroom," as his former student and SMA alumna Sarah Fukami '10 will also have work in the exhibition! Learn more>
The Visual Arts department has transformed the former EDC kitchen into a kiln room, featuring two kilns (one new this school year thanks to the Annual Fund).
Travel with SMA to Argentina. June 9 -20, 2018 (Anticipated Dates). Students can take language classes and explore Buenos Aires, stay with an Argentine family, and travel to Uruguay and The Falls of Iguazu, a natural wonder of the world. An information meeting will be September 27 at 6:00 PM in the World Visions Room. Pizza will be provided. Learn more>
SMA eighth grade girls are invited to participate in a High School Shadow Day on September 27 or September 28. Students will soon receive their assigned date and host. Students should come to school as per usual and they'll head over to the High School together. Dress code is relaxed and lunch will be provided!
We invite prospective students and families to the following admissions events:
High School Info Night: September 14; 6:30 PM
Lower School Preview: October 4; 9:00-10:30 AM
Middle School Preview: October 11; 9:00-10:30 AM
High School Open House: October 21; 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Alumnae and Community Mass: Sunday, October 8, 10:00 am, HS Forum
We invite our current families to join our alumnae as they gather for Mass during SMA's annual Reunion Weekend. Mass is a wonderful tradition of Reunion Weekend and we would love to share it with our current families. A pastry and juice reception will follow and then everyone is invited to the Quad for Fall Festival! Click here to RSVP. Learn More>
High School Featured Athlete: Sarah Chvojka (Varsity Cross Country)
Sarah Chvojka, the daughter of Peter and Claudia Chvojka of Stuttgart, Germany, is the SMA runner of the week. Sarah, a sophomore foreign exchange student, new to St Mary's this year, is new on the cross country team. At the SMA Team Time Trial on Saturday August 19, Sarah not only ran the distance, but also qualified as a top runner on the SMA Varsity team. Sarah also made strong finishes for the team at the D'Evelyn Dash and Liberty Bell Race. She improved her time by 90 seconds, running a final 24:45. Congratulations Sarah!
Upcoming Home Events
Field Hockey Spirit Game - Bring Your Friends and Family and Wear Your Navy and White
Friday, September 15
SMA v. Cherry Creek
4:45 PM Varsity, 6:00 PM JV
C Level Field Hockey
Wednesday, September 13
SMA v. Cherry Creek @ SMA; 4:45 PM
Sixth Grade Silver Volleyball
Friday, September 15
SMA v. SkyView in Bishop Evans Sports Center; 4:00 PM
Maxpreps SMA Pictures
Interested in seeing pictures of SMA Wildcats in action? Click here for Maxpreps SMA pictures.
Field Hockey Program Success
Congratulations to the SMA varsity and JV field hockey teams for their dominating wins over Smoky Hill on Monday night. It's often difficult to come ready to play on Monday, but both teams came out swinging against the Buffs at Stutler Bowl Stadium and finished with 7-0 and 5-0 wins respectively. Please join us in cheering them on during their spirit game this Friday, September 15, at home against Cherry Creek.
A special congratulations to the SMA C level field hockey team members for their competitive spirit in last week's game against Mountain Vista. The team fought hard and tied MV 0-0. They are excited for their upcoming game today against Cherry Creek.
Congratulations also to the SMA MS field hockey team on thewin against Kent Denver on Tuesday. They scored an impressive five goals to finish 5-0 for the game. Go, Wildcats!