As I look out on our beautiful campus, I'm aware that I'm going to miss being at SMA. I'm grateful that I've had the honor of serving as Interim Academy President during this academic year. Bill Barrett and I are working closely together, so that the transition to new leadership will be smooth. I know that everyone in the SMA community will support him and help him succeed, just as you have done for me.
Enjoy each and every day of summer! Hopefully, there will be time to soak in the beauties of nature, time to strengthen the bonds of family, time to relax body and mind, and time to experience deep gratitude for all we are given.
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Jean-Claude holds a BA from Stony Brook University and teaches math in the Middle School. He grew up in an academic world where both of his parents were college professors. Jean-Claude knew from a very young age that he wanted to follow in their footsteps.
Jean-Claude was a competitive ski racer in middle and high school, and in college he played tennis, lacrosse, and soccer. Since 1986, he has coached competitive sports including soccer, lacrosse, and basketball and currently coaches golf and lacrosse at SMA. For over 26 years, Jean-Claude has been a volunteer ski patroller at Loveland Basin, which he considers his home away from home.
Last week, the fourth and fifth graders performed a Maypole Dance to celebrate spring. After the dance, the students enjoyed an ice cream social.
Rainbow Girls +1 finished in third place at Destination Imagination Global Finals in Tennessee over the weekend. The team also won a special DaVinci Award for outstanding use of creativity. Congratulations to Caitlin Crysel, Lia Griese, Hannah Reyes, Isabel Shaw, Michael Shaw and Hadley Wolf.
First grade celebrated dads last week with the annual Donuts with Dad. The students made homemade ties, and enjoyed donuts, coffee, and juice. Happy Father's Day!
Enrollment for the 2017-2018 JK Aftercare and Lower School Extended Day Center services are underway! If you would like to enroll your child, please complete the contract and return it to the SMA Business Office at your earliest convenience.
While it is possible to enroll in the program at any time, having a sense of how many students intend to participate is helpful to anticipate our staffing needs. Please download the appropriate form below and feel free to reach out to the contact listed if you have any questions.
Seventh grader Moira Newman played the clarinet with the Colorado Youth Wind Ensemble (CYWE). She is playing second chair with mostly high school students. For three years, the Lower and Middle School bands have played for CYWE audiences prior to some CYWE concerts.
Enrollment for the 2017-2018 Middle School After School Adolescents service is underway! If you would like to enroll your child, please complete the contract and return it to the SMA Business Office at your earliest convenience. While it is possible to enroll in the program at any time, having a sense of how many students intend to participate is helpful to anticipate our staffing needs. Please feel free to reach out to Andy Rodgers via email or at 303.762.8300 x253.
June 1; Last Full Day of Classes, no ASA
June 2; MS Continuation Ceremony
High School News & Events
Local Colorado composer Susan H. Day met with the HS Orchestra students to share insights into her compositions. The students have performed many of her works over the years and were very excited to meet a successful local talent!
Travel the world, improve your language skills, and have the time of your life with SMA! The World Language Department is sponsoring three immersion trips for HS students in June 2018. Please use the following links for more information and sign up procedures. The trips are to Argentina,France, and China.
Andrew Beckham will be teaching a workshop this summer at the Rocky Mountain Land Library. Click here for more information.
Shooting Stars is Molly Newman's fun, spirited comedy about a women's traveling basketball team that takes on a men's team in a small Midwest town. The team members, mostly Southerners, engage in fast-paced, clever dialog and silly high jinks that reveal their lives before baseball, and, unexpectedly, a universal message audiences will resonate with.
Save the Dates!
Tuesday, May 30: Director Jennifer Condreay will meet with interested students in Mrs. Mueller's room during lunch.
August 17 and 18: optional audition workshop (Time and place TBA)
Early September: auditions; rehearsals begin
Performances: November 2, 3, and 4
In May, the HS Spanish 4 class learned about the economic, political, and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. Due to falling oil prices, growing debt, rising inflation, and political upheaval Venezuelans lack basic necessities such as food, electricity, and medical supplies. As a result, the students have taken to the streets to bring global awareness to their plight.
As of May 23, 2017, there have been 950 people injured, 39 deaths, 186 political prisoners, and 6,831 political arrests to date.
Inflation is expected to rise to 2,900% by 2018.
Over the past year, infant mortality rates rose 30%, maternal mortality rates rose 60%, and 75% of the population lost an average of 19 pounds.
Caracas is now the second most violent city in the world; 90% of the crimes committed are not resolved.
30-40% of teachers do not report daily for school as they are waiting in food lines at the grocery store.
To help the people of Venezuela, the Spanish 4 students created infographics, made a social media campaign, and sold ensaladas de fruta during lunch and donated the funds to Sunrisas. If you would like to know more, follow #sosvenezuela and to donate the following organizations can use your help in providing everyday items directly to Venezuelans. Please check out the following links:
Ninth grade students and families: You will receive a formal invitation soon for June 29 at 6:30 PM. Looking forward to seeing the whole family there.
Reminder! JK/K Play Date
Next year's junior kindergarten and kindergarten students are invited to the LS 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. If you haven't already RSVP'd, please contact Kim Siffring.
Alumnae News & Events
Alumna Madison Agresti '15, a student studying Arabic and Government at Smith College, is interning with the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington this summer. Madison is working in the office of Chief Deputy Whip Diana DeGette, who represents the Colorado's First Congressional District. Congresswoman DeGette is a member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce and a Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. Congratulations, Madison!
Annual Middle School Girls Lacrosse Blue and White Game
Congratulations to the sixth, seventh, and eighth grade lacrosse teams for their successful spring season. The teams celebrated their accomplishments by participating in the annual Blue and White game with two eams composed of a mix of players from each grade. Pizza, snacks, and smiles were shared with parents after the game. Thank you to the Coach Mary Kolbach and Coach Sara Knetemann as well as the supportive students, parents, and fans who attended!