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Wildcat Weekly
A Weekly Newsletter from St. Mary's Academy 
The Benefit of Engaged Learning on the Academy President's Blog: 

Last week, 9News education reporter Nelson Garcia came to campus to report the story about our perfect score in the AP Calculus exam.

Click here to enjoy the rest.

Deirdre V. Cryor
Academy President
Community News

  • Fall Festival, Sunday, October 4, 2015
    Come join us for an afternoon of fun for the whole family at Fall Festival sponsored by
    Academy Parents.  There is fun for all ages! 
    Learn more about this event and purchase tickets here.
  • SMA Astronomy Club will be holding their first All Academy Star Party at the Loretto Center (Wadsworth and Quincy) on Sunday, September 27th, 7-9:30 PM.  All members of the SMA community are welcome.  Come view the eclipse and other astronomical wonders such as Saturn, the Andromeda Galaxy and the Ring Nebula.   

Lower School News & Events
  • To celebrate International Peace Day, Lower School students created Pinwheels to voice their message about peace.
  • Lower School teachers and students have also been working on a Collaborative Gratitude Project this month in art.  Everyone has shared gratitude toward something from the natural world by drawing it on a scratchboard. The bulletin board of artwork is outside the gym.  Come check it out!

Update From Florence Swanson, LS Principal:

Dear Parents,
The Lower School will be celebrating our first Mass this Friday.  Students will wear their Blue and White spirit wear, and we will welcome Father Bob to our campus.  Teachers have been working and practicing with their students this week.  We will have live piano music, and some students will be helping with readings.  We look forward to this special time in the lower school.  Parents are invited! We will begin at 8:15am.

Have a great week,
Florence Swanson

  • Friday, September 25, 8:10am: Lower School Mass in Lower School Gym
Middle School News & Events


  • Andy Blair, 8th Grade World Issues Teacher, works with the U.S. Institute of Peace, and on September 21, the International Day of Peace, he lead the class in an origami activity.  To read more about the #PeaceDayChallenge click here.
  • The Duncan Diamond Tail experience has become a tradition at St. Mary's Academy. We are grateful for the opportunity to spend time together in a community so close to nature at this beautiful ranch.  We thank Mike and Renee Duncan for their generosity.  Students played together, contemplated together and withstood the elements together.  Yes, it snowed on Friday before breakfast during the 7th grade trip!  Among the many accomplishments of students were eating something new, dunking in Jenkin's Pond to become a Polar Bear, catching fish, making new friends and sleeping in a tent for the first time.  To check out the complete blog click here.

  • Parents and siblings are invited to the Middle School this Friday, September 25 for a Family Picnic behind the Middle School building from 11:20-11:50am.  Families may bring their own picnic basket of food or order pizza and cookies through the MS office.  All are encouraged to bring a bottled drink.  After saying goodbye to family, students will spend the afternoon in their CATs playing games with each other such as volleyball, kickball, softball, relays, and capture the flag.
  • Next week the 5th Grade from St. Mary's Academy will be shadowing in 6th Grade. We are looking forward to having the 5th Grade in the Middle School!
  • The Middle School will be getting ready for their CAT games on Friday, September 25.
  • Friday, September 25, 11:20-11:50am: Family Picnic behind Middle School
High School News & Events
  • Congratulations to High School French teacher Kelly Rogers '08 for being awarded the Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers (CCFLT) Fall 2015 New Teacher Scholarship!  This scholarship is awarded to two Colorado world language teachers in their first three years of teaching and goes to cover all costs of attending the CCFLT's annual Fall conference. This year's conference features Chris Biffle, author of Whole Brain Teaching for Challenging Kids.  Félicitations, Madame!
Upcoming Events:
  • September 24 and September 25: No High School Classes - Conferences
Admissions News
On Friday, September 25, St. Mary's Academy 8th grade girls enjoyed a visit to the High School Forum to meet with two Juniors.  Our 8th grade girls asked great questions about SMA High School while they nibbled on ice cream sandwiches and frozen fruit bars.  Thank you to the two Juniors for your great presentation and thank you 8th Grade girls for your energy and enthusiasm.  We look forward to your shadowing SMA HS on either September 30 or October 1.
  • September 24, 9-10:30am: Junior Kindergarten/Kindergarten Coffee and Tours
    • This is for parents looking at enrolling their children for the fall 2016-17
  • September 29, 6:30pm: Eighth Grade Girls Student/Parent High School Info Night
  • October 14, 6:00pm: Seventh and Eighth Grade Boys High School Fair Night
  • October 15, 9-10:30am: Middle School Preview
  • October 17, 10:00am-1:00pm: High School Open House
  • October 21, 9-10:30am: Junior Kindergarten/Kindergarten Coffee and Tours
SMA 5th graders visit our Middle School next week!  September 29th Orange Group and October 1st Green Group!  Please remember to pack a lunch and wear Middle School dress code.
If you have any questions please contact Gracie Carr or Seely Greenberg in the Admission Office.
Advancement News
"THANK YOU" to everyone who played and volunteered in our 12th Annual Graham Family Golf Tournament.  It was a beautiful day at Columbine Country Club!  While we won't have final numbers for a few more days we do know that it was a fun and successful event thanks to your support.  If you didn't have a chance to participate, mark your calendars for next year: 
Monday, September 19, 2016!

Save the Date! 
Grandparents' Day 2015 will be held on Friday, November 20. The morning will include student entertainment, a pancake breakfast and classroom visits for all our grandparents. To make sure your child's grandparent receives an invitation, please send grandparent addresses to the Advancement Database Manager, Kelly Pearson.

Reminder: We will be collecting cakes for our Fall Festival Cake Walk during carpool on Friday, October 2nd- please bring a cake!
Alumnae News
Reunion Weekend 2015
October 2-4
A great weekend is planned.  The weekend includes events such as the Golden Graduates Luncheon, Blue & White Reception and Family Day at SMA.  We hope you can make it!  For more information, click here.

Alumna Megan Timlin, '10 
recently opened a women's apparel and accessories boutique in Lower Highlands called 
Whorl.  This Thursday, September 24, she is launching a private label line produced exclusively for the store.  The event is a fashion show at The Inn at Cherry Creek from 6pm-8:30pm.  She is offering 15% off to SMA faculty, students, and alum using the code SMA at checkout.  Click here for more information.

Athletic News
Varsity Field Hockey Spirit Game v. Cheyenne Mountain

Freshman Lily Loftus put the Wildcats on the board early in the game with a goal from the left post.  Lily's goal was assisted by senior Lauren Holmes, who played scrappy and aggressively in the circle.  With strong leadership in the back field, Senior Captain Kate Norton smartly controlled and shut-down the breakaways.  Norton's leadership, coupled with Senior Lily McGee-Harris' quick jabs and Sophomore Avery Butler's laser-fast speed, created a wall against Cheyenne's long drives up the field.  Freshman goalie Cory Sapienza also made some pivotal saves to keep the Wildcats in the game, allowing only one goal over the two halves.  Captain Brittany Taylor lead the transition game to maintain possession and get the ball up the field with the help of midfielders: Senior Maddie Moore's stellar stick skills, Senior April Morland's constant hustle, and Sophomore Reagan Rychecky's quick on and off ball movements.  Senior Lauren Holmes's constant communication, coupled with Junior forward Niki Gutesha's strong drives and Freshman forward Lily Loftus' speed, allowed the offense to keep the ball on their side of the field for most of the game.  The strong movement in the offensive circle drew numerous corners - which the Wildcats eventually capitalized on.  On an offensive corner, Sophomore Reagan Rychecky inserted the ball to Senior Captain Brittany Taylor, who dribbled around the defenders and put the ball in the back of the net.  The rice crispy award (MVP) was given to Freshman Lily Loftus for her first goal with the Wildcats and her ability to adjust to a new position on the forward line.  Another rice crispy award was given to the team as a whole for uniting as one and supporting each other - both on the field and on the sidelines.

Congratulations to the Field Hockey team on their win against Cheyenne Mountain - it was truly a team effort and a well-deserved victory. Up up Wildcats!

For details and schedules, contact the Athletics Office, check the calendar on the St. Mary's Academy mobile device App, or visit the website.  Go Wildcats!
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