A weekly newsletter from St. Mary's Academy | September 27, 2017
Middle School Wednesday Exploratory Seminars
Interdisciplinary, real world, problem-based,
hands-on, and collaborative are adjectives that describe the Middle School's Wednesday Exploratory Seminars. These 70-minute seminars provide opportunities for students to explore and expand their knowledge, skill, and understanding of literature, writing, mathematics, science, history, and current global issues and perspectives. The interactive, collaborative meetings are designed to promote curiosity and wonder at a deeper level.
Focused and intentionally designed for middle school students, the seminars seek to build key academic, social, and emotional skills, strategies, and understanding. Included among the topics are explorations of how the brain words, what a growth mindset is, and how to communicate and advocate most effectively. Add in leadership, critical thinking, study skills, metacognition, test-taking strategies, and organization to round out the intention and purpose of these Wednesday explorations.
SMA is pleased to welcome Alisa Steffen. Alisa is the new Sanders House Receptionist and Administrative Assistant. Alisa holds a B.S. in art from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and joins us with a wealth of experience in graphic design and office management work.
Pray to End Gun Violence
On Monday, October 2, the first Monday of the month, SMA joins the Loretto Community in praying for an end to gun violence.Join us in the Oratory in the High School at 8:15 AM or join in spirit. For more information please contact Regina Drey SL.
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 here to purchase wristbands.Volunteers are needed. Click here to sign up today!
Joseph Riehl, MS Eighth Grade World Issues Teacher
Joe received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Dakota and is currently finishing his MEd in instructional design and technology from the same university.
Joe always knew that he wanted to be a teacher because he was raised to see teaching as the most important work one could do. Serving in the Peace Corps in Uzbekistan, playing another game of "American football" with school kids in Navoi,
Joe felt that this was truly as good as it gets. It is that same feeling that keeps Joe loving his job, even when school year fatigue sets in.
During the summer of 2016, Joe spent a lot of time with his three-year-old son, taking photos of bugs, feathers, and rocks. He loves to see his son's simple amazement at everything. When Joe is caught up in himself, this reminds him that there is inspiration everywhere, even just looking at the ground.
September 29 - Assembly, 8:15 AM. Students wear blue and white.
October 8 - Fall Festival, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Middle School News & Events
October 8 - Fall Festival, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM.
October 12 and 13 - Parent Teacher Conferences. Watch for notifications for sign up coming up soon.
October 18 - Family Picnic and CAT games.
High School News & Events
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 informational meeting will be held tonight, September 27, at 6:00 PM in the World Visions Room. Pizza will be provided. Learn more>
Venez nombreuses! There will be an information meeting Thursday, September 28, to discuss the 2018 trip to France. The meeting will be held in the World Visions Room at 6:00 PM. All HS students with at least one year of French are invited to attend.For more information, please visit our trip website or contact Ms. Rogers Denzler.
Students in Nina McCaskill's AP United States History engaged in their first debate today: should American colonists keep or replace the Articles of Confederation? Judges donned blue robes, listening to their classmates argue in favor of and against America's first governing system. The class will study subject matter tracing U.S. history from pre-Columbian America to the twenty-first century.
The SMA 8th grade girls are in the midst of their HS visits this week and we are thrilled for them to have a sneak peek into life in the HS! On Tuesday, they met with many department heads to learn about the array of offerings available to students. Today and tomorrow, they are participating in their individual shadow visits. Please contact Seely Greenberg if you have any questions about the admissions process from SMA 8th grade to HS.
It is possible to register for any admissions event through your admissions portal or by contacting the Admissions Office via e-mail or by phone at 303-762-8300.
October 4, 2017: LS Preview, 9:00-10:30 AM
October 11, 2017: MS Preview, 9:00-10:30 AM
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.
Save the Date for Grandparents' Day! Friday, November 17
Invitations will be mailed to SMA grandparents in October. Please click here to fill out the Grandparent Contact Information Update Form to be sure the grandparents receive an invitation. Learn more>
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>
Alumnae Social at Upstairs Circus - DTC
Please join us for an alumnae social on Wednesday, October 18, at 7:00 PM at 5370 Greenwood Plaza Blvd., #106, in Greenwood Village. The cost is $37 per person and includes your project, one drink (courtesy of Laura Grisenti de Luna '89) and appetizers. About Upstairs Circus: Upstairs Circus is a social bar where people can gather together to create unique D.I.Y. art and design projects, Upstairs Circus gives patrons the time, supplies, tutorials, and assistance to make something amazing -all you have to do is add a little of their brand of circus to make it spectacular! Visit their website to learn more. Please Click here to RSVP by Wednesday, October 11. Please contact Lea Frank, Advancement Events Coordinator, with any questions.
Field Hockey Program Continued Success
Congratulations to the HS and MS teams for their wins this week. The HS varsity and JV teams battled against Arapahoe High School on Tuesday night through freezing rain and physical play to come out on top with 4-0 and 1-0 wins, respectively. The team will play at Regis Jesuit on Saturday at 10:00 AM and 11:30 AM. Congratulations to the MS field hockey team for following up their win against Kent Denver with a 2-0 home win against Colorado Academy last Friday. Go, Wildcats!
Pack the House Night for SMA Volleyball
Please join us in cheering on our three volleyball teams at Pack the House Night this Friday, September 29. C level, JV, and varsity will play at 4:00 PM, 5:00 PM, and 6:00 PM, respectively, against Peak to Peak. Don't forget to wear your SMA gear and to cheer loudly for our athletes!