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Wildcat Weekly
A Weekly Newsletter from St. Mary's Academy 

Describing Qualities, by the Middle School Creative Writing Class from the Academy President:

In my creative writing class recently, the students were invited to write a description of a quality.   They chose from curious, thoughtful, imaginative, honesty, anger among others. In their descriptions they were told to think of the quality as a person and describe what the quality looks like, what the quality likes, who are the quality's friends. I share some of them with you! See if you don't smile as much I did reading these.

Thank You for Supporting the Gala!
Thank you
Thank you to the more than 400 parents, faculty, staff and friends who attended, celebrated and raised funds for SMA. You helped to generate more than $242,000 in support of the Tuition Assistance Fund, Math Programs and new bleachers in the BESC.
SMA is grateful to all volunteers for coordinating a first class evening. Thank you!

Thank you to all sponsors and donors for your generosity supporting the auction.
Special thanks and recognition also go out to Marlo Wagner, the 2016 Gala Chair.
Save the Date for next year's Gala - Friday, April 28, 2017
Community News
  • High School Astronomy Club will be putting together a scale model of the Solar System near Sanders House May 9-13. Monday, May 9 will be the Transit of Mercury across the sun (from dawn to 2:00PM). Friday, May 13 is when SMA will be celebrating Astronomy Day. If you and your family are stopping by the Sanders House, please be sure young children are accompanied and supervised by an adult. 
  • Academy Parents are looking for various volunteer roles for next year's board. If you are interested in helping in any capacity please contact Academy Parents President Rhondi Clark.
  • Thank you to everyone who helped with the Empty Bowls Project and luncheon this year. The project earned $3,500! What a wonderful gift to those in need.
  • Congratulations to Paula Lee is now Dr. Paula Lee! Campus Minister Paula Lee is now Dr. Paula Lee!! Dr. Lee successfully defended her dissertation "Lonely Mystics: A Practical Theological Analysis of Emerging Post-Secular Spiritualities" on Monday this week. Dr. Lee will graduate on June 2 from the University of Denver and the Iliff School of Theology Joint PhD program in religious and theological studies.
  • Save the date! All SMA families are invited to participate in Catholic School night at Elitch Gardens on Friday, May 20 from 5:00 - 10:00PM. Tickets are a reduced price of $24.99 and must be purchased in advance. If you have a season pass, you may use it, but you must mention that you are part of St. Mary's Academy as only Catholic Schools students will be allowed entrance on this night. Click here to purchase tickets online: Catholic Private Night or click here to fill out a ticket order form and mail to Elitch Gardens. This will replace SMA Lakeside Night. 
Lower School News & Events
  • There are still spots left for Lower School Kids Night Out this Friday, May 6Click here to sign up. Drop the kids off with Florence Swanson and the Lower School faculty on Friday, May 6 from 5:30 - 8:00PM. The evening includes dinner, movie with snacks and age appropriate fun activities. Students should wear play clothes and bring a jacket. $50 per student. Only 100 spots available (many have already sold!) for currently enrolled SMA Lower School students.
  • Last Chance to Purchase Your Child's Lower School Class Gift. Gifts can be purchased in the Advancement Office through Friday, May 13. Cash, check or credit card will be accepted. Proceeds benefit the SMA Tuition Assistance Fund and the Math Programs in the Lower, Middle and High Schools.
  • Save the Date! Friday, May 12; 6:30-8:30PM Dad's Night Out at Historians Ale House. 24 Broadway St. The first of many future lower school Dads' events and activities. 
  • Save the Date! Monday, May 16; 7:00PM: Joyful Noise, the LS choir, will have a performance in the HS Forum.
  • Thursday, May 5
    • Grandparents Open House
    • Third grade Pioneer Day
  • Friday, May 6; 5:30PM: Kids Night Out.  See above for additional information.
  • Sunday, May 8: Happy Mother's Day to all SMA moms, grandmas and mother-figures!
  • Wednesday, May 11
    • Late Start for Students. Classes begin at 9:00 AM.
    • JK-K Field Day!
Middle School News & Events
  • The seventh grade science class is growing "Fast Plants." These plants are an ideal way to use a model organism to learn about plant structures, reproduction and processes such as photosynthesis. Students will use them to practice making detailed growth observations and recording data in our note taking application called Notability which we have on our iPads. Students will hand pollinate all the flowers, dissect some of the flowers, collect the dried "fruit" which resemble string beans, and gather the fertile seed which are produced. Students will observe the entire process from seed planted to seed produced in approximately 40 days.
  • Save the date! The Middle School will be having its Art Show May 6-13 in the Middle School.
  • Thursday Morning, May 5; Grandparents Open House
  • Friday, May 6: Art Show

  • Sunday, May 8: Happy Mother's Day to all SMA moms, grandmas and mother-figures!

  • Wednesday, May 11: Late Start for Students. Classes begin at 9:00 AM.

  • Friday, May 13; Middle School Olympic Day

  • Wednesday, May 18; 11:40AM:  May Crowning
High School News & Events
  • Congratulations to all students recognized at the Senior Award Ceremony! Seniors received awards for their outstanding work in all their courses and extracurricular activities. Each year there are four special awards that are presented to the graduating seniors:
  • Shepherdess Award: This award is given to that student or students who have had the longest, continuous tenure at SMA. Congratulations to Ambrina Abbasi, Madison Bredehoeft, Ruth Fisseha, Sarah Hoogerwerf, Lilia McGee-Harris.   
  • The Sanders Citation Award: This award is given to the Senior who best exemplifies the spirit and commitment of one of our alumnae, Sister Helen Sanders, who graduated in 1925. Sister Helen was a visionary within the Loretto Community, and her generosity and dedication serve as an example to all of us. Congratulations to Zoe Roberts and Jolie Klefeker.
  • The Jessie Forshee Award: This award is presented to the Senior who has been outstanding in academic achievement. This student must have a 3.8 GPA or above and have shown a general interest in all school activities. Congratulations to Darryl Filmore.
  • The Marian Award is the most prestigious award given to a graduating senior. It is presented to that student whom the faculty feels is most outstanding in leadership, loyalty, and academic achievement. Congratulations to Sophie Finke (pictured above right with Ms. McNamee).
  • Congratulations to senior ZoŽ RobertsZoŽ has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a President's Volunteer Service Award. The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama.  St. Mary's Academy nominated ZoŽ for national honors this fall in recognition of her volunteer service. Click here to view the official letter from The President.
  • Hats off to Junior Alexandra Reddington, who recently went to Glasgow to swim for the United Kingdom Olympic British trials. Pictured below at right, she placed second in the 100 fly for the Junior category.  She has qualified to swim in the Junior Summer Nationals in Minnesota this summer. 
  • Attention incoming ninth graders: The 2016 Math and Spanish Placement Tests at St. Mary's Academy are just around the corner. Current SMA Middle School students will take the placement test during the school day in May.  For all students not currently attending SMA, please take a look at the test details below:
    • MATH: To start your High School math courses with Accelerated Algebra, Geometry or Honors, you must take our Math Placement Test.
      • Date: Wednesday, May 18 6:30- 7:30PM (HS Room 3)
      • Alternate Date: Monday, June 6,1:00-2:00PM (HS Room 3)
      • Please contact Ms.Iswari Natarajan or by phone at 303-762-8300 x348.  Also, feel free to stop by the High School office for any questions.
      • Please be aware that a calculator is not allowed for the test. The topics are those of a typical Algebra1 textbook. Emphasis on the following: constructing, simplifying, and evaluating numeric and algebraic expressions, including those with integer exponents aspects of linear equations and inequalities, including systems in two variables, and simple application elements of quadratic expressions and equations (factoring, finding zeros), percents, square roots and similar triangles.
    • SPANISH: If you plan on registering for level 2 or above please take the placement test.  We will be looking at your comprehensibility, sentence structure, cultural awareness and how you handle different contexts or topics. The assessment will not be more than 1 hour.
      • Tuesday, May 17, 6:30-7:30PM (HS Room 2)
      • Alternate Date: Monday, June 6 1:00-2:00PM (HS Room 2)
      • We do ask that parents do not leave or go far as the evaluation frequently takes much less than the allotted hour.
      • Please contact Ms. Ms. Eliza Pfeifer or stop by the High School office for any questions. 
  • Thursday Morning, May 5
    • Grandparents Open House
    • May Crowning
  • Friday, May 6; 7:00PM: High School Last Dance
  • Sunday, May 8: Happy Mother's Day to all SMA moms, grandmas and mother-figures!
  • Wednesday, May 11: Late Start for Students. Classes begin at 9:00 AM.
Admissions News & Events
  • The St. Mary's Academy Admissions Team continues to thank our amazing students, parents and faculty. This week's shout outs go to: Amy Quintette, Jean Capillupo, Greta Glugoski-Sharp, and Bonnie Sutherland
  • We welcome all new families to SMA!
  • Congratulations to the 57 seventh grade students who took the Practice Placement Test on Saturday, April 30. We welcomed students from thirteen different Middle Schools. Thank you very much. We plan to receive the results of the test late next week and will send your student's scores shortly thereafter.
Alumnae News
  • This year during the St. Mary's Academy Alma Mater Month of Giving we are hosting an ALUMNAE GIVING COMPETITION! There will be two winners, the decade with the most donors wins and the decade with the most dollars wins.

    Which decades will be the champions? Only you can decide.

    The first donation was already received Monday evening by Dena Johnson Pinsker representing the Class of 1979, pictured right with classmate Katie Murray Kleeman. Look for updated weekly stats and videos showing where each decade is placed in the race to the finish!  
    Donate today and get your decade closer to the goal! 

    The winners will be recognized at the Blue and White Reception on September 30 during our 2016 Reunion Weekend. Please contact Jordan Fouts for more information.
Athletic News
  • Congratulations to the winners from the Annual Senior Athletics Awards. These seniors were awarded honors for various academic and athletic accomplishments. Senior athletes were nominated and selected by the SMA coaching staff for the following awards:
    • Bob Knauf Award: Claire State (Swimming)
    • Coaches Award: Brittany Taylor (Field Hockey and Soccer)
    • All Around Athlete Award: Isabel Forward (Cross Country, Swimming, and Soccer)
    • Leadership Award: Madison Bredehoeft (Volleyball and Soccer)
    • Sportsmanship Award: Sophie Finke (Tennis)
  • Come on out to support our Middle School Wildcat Teams and let's FILL THE HILL! 
    • Boy's Lacrosse: Thursday, May 5, 3:15PM v. Kent
    • Baseball: Thursday, May 5, 3:30PM v. Colorado Academy
    • Seventh grade Girls' Soccer: Thursday, May 5, 4:00PM v. Kent - grass field
    • Seventh grade Girls' Soccer: Monday, May 9, 5:00PM v. Denver Christian
    • Eighth grade Girls' Soccer: Monday, May 9, 5:00PM v. Denver Christian
    • Baseball: Monday, May 9, 3:30PM v Kent
  • SIGN UP for SMA Wildcat Sports Camps! Please be sure to sign up for our St. Mary's Academy Sports Camps! Our talented and creative coaches will be offering skills, drills, and games, for Lacrosse, Field Hockey, Cross Country, and Volleyball! Check out the website for more information. SMA Wildcat Sports Camps
  • Fall Sports Interest Meetings Coming Soon! If you are interested in playing a fall sport for the upcoming 2016 season, please be sure to listen for announcements in the High School. The athletics department will be organizing interest meetings for SMA Cross Country, Field Hockey, and Volleyball! Our Athletic Director, coaches, and teammates will be there. This is also a great time to check your paperwork and current physical exam to be prepared for August. Go 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

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