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February 1, 2013  

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Early Out,  

Long Leave

On Feb. 8-11 

It may not be a national holiday, but SMA students will have a day off on Feb. 11 for the February long leave weekend. School will be released at 11:15 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 8, with periods 5-8 meeting that mornings. Boarding students are expected to check in by 6 p.m. on Feb. 11 and classes will resume Feb. 12. Be sure all travel plans for boarding students have been cleared by the dormitory staffs.


Free Items for SMA Bears at Chick-fil-A 

Students and staff have today and tomorrow to get a free item at the San Marcos Chick-fil-A after winning the first-ever "Spirit Day Cow-Off" contest. Today's item is a free large drink, and tomorrow's item is a free chocolate chunk cookie, just for showing a valid SMA ID when you check out. Thanks again to Student Council representatives Tom Brotherton and Caroline Roberts for decorating the SMA spirit bear that helped us win the contest, and thanks to Chick-fil-A for recognizing that SMA has the best spirit around! 


MS Bears at CALSA B-Ball


 Our Middle School Lady Bears took second place in the district CALSA basketball tournament last weekend, posting three wins and two losses. Four of the games were played virtually back-to-back on the second day of the tournament, but our Lady Bears stayed tough and fought to the end. Today, the Middle School boys have their turn at the CALSA tournament at Trinity Christian in San Antonio. Game 1 was at 4 p.m.  and the Bears will be back in action Saturday at 9 or 10 a.m. depending on how today's game turns out. Good luck to the Baby Bears!


MS Val Dance 

Is Feb. 16  

Seventh and Eighth graders will dance the night away Feb. 16 at their Valentine's Dance from 7-10 p.m. in the Rec Center. Plans include having a DJ for dance music, lots of delicious food, door prizes, etc. Parental assistance is requested to make this an unforgettable evening.  For more information on the dance AND to sign up to help set up, clean up, or bring items for the dance (or to make monetary donations) please visit the Sign-up Genius page. Dress for the evening is semi-formal. Girls may wear a short length party dress, no shorter than 2 inches above the knee. Strapless or spaghetti straps are okay but no halter dresses please. Neckline must be conservative. Boys should wear nice pants with shirt and tie. Coat is optional.


Parent Day 

Ahead Feb. 23  

A number of activities are planned for the spring Parent Day, Feb. 23. A complete schedule will be posted soon, but the day will include a JROTC Promotion Ceremony, times to visit with all the teachers, a college admissions seminar, a technology seminar, the physics boat regatta, and trail rides, courtesy of the SMA Equestrian program. The events will begin at 9 a.m. and will continue until about 2 p.m. Check our bulletin board page next week for the complete schedule, and please plan to attend! 


'A Tale of  


Coming Soon!

You know the story--or DO you? SMA will present "A Tale of Cinderella" as the school's spring musical on April 5, 7 and 8. It's a retelling, non-Disney version of the tale that will be a delight for all ages. The cast includes Amber Malone, Beth Thielen, Tanya Slavik, Rusti Wade, Sarah Gonzales, Ian LaMarsh, Andrew Hansen and Andy Sharp. Visit the bulletin board page for a complete cast list, as well as a rehearsal schedule, and plan now to attend one of the showings! 

There's a lot to LOVE about February! 

February is the month for love, and there's a lot to love about this month at SMA! Just look at what is coming up: Senior night for our basketball teams tonight; students competing at the TAPPS academic and speech contest tomorrow; an early dismissal next week; baseball and softball "Hit-a-thon" fund raiser; the JROTC Dining Out plus the HS Military Ball and the MS Valentine's Dance; and last but not least, Parent Day! All this, plus opening day for baseball and softball, rehearsals for the spring musical, soccer and basketball playoff hopes, NHS and NJHS Induction . . . somehow we will fit everything in to just 28 days. Read on through the newsletter to find out about some of these activities, and check our online calendar for up-to-date listings of all events coming up this month. 


Senior Night for Varsity Girls, Boys Basketball Tonight
The boys and girls varsity basketball teams hope to improve on their records tonight with home games against Hyde Park at 6:30 (girls) and 8 (boys). Seniors on both teams will be recognized just prior to the start of their games, and the boys JV will get the ball rolling for both teams with a game at 5:15. The varsity boys have a current record of 18-6, while the girls have a 13-7 record on the line.

soccer seniors
Seniors on the boys and girls soccer teams celebrated their Senior Night Jan. 25.
Also tonight, the boys JV and Varsity soccer teams will be playing at home at 5 and 7 p.m. against Regents. The varsity Bears have a 15-0-1 record and are ranked fifth in the state by MaxPreps website. The team has already shattered several school records this year, including most goals scored and longest unbeaten streak. So, come out and support Bear basketball, soccer--or both--here on campus this evening.


Good Luck to TAPPS Academic and Speech Competitors
Twenty-three students will represent the Academy at the TAPPS district academic and speech contests this weekend in Austin. Six students headed up to Austin today for the speech prelims, and the other contestants will go tomorrow, when the finals for speech will also take place. Those competing are Ben Amideneau, Nick Bai, Fauye Bennett, Matthew Brannagan, Allan Bui, Omar Ceron, Cesar Castrejon, Eric Cheng, Li Ding, Qijun Ding, Sarah Gonzales, Andrew Hansen, Mackenzie Heldstab, Enrique Sarabia, Edward Hu, Min Jae Jeong, Shanil Jiwani, Ian Lamarsh, Jammy Patton, Sara Schack, Hank Shirley, Tanya Slavik and Naomi Umadia. The students will leave the flag pole area by 7:45 a.m. tomorrow morning and will return sometime after 6 p.m.


Spring Photo Day is Tuesday for Seniors, Others

smile Seniors will pose for the traditional "Senior Gate Photo" on Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. Seniors are allowed to wear black slacks with a modest, coordinating blouse (girls) or a dress shirt and tie (boys) for the photo. Also at 8, all class officers will report to the Senior Gate for their group photos. They will be in regular uniform, but may bring their class t-shirt to wear for the photo. During the morning hours, all students who did not get a yearbook photo taken last fall will be scheduled for a photo sitting with Don Anders of Anders Photography. Students who need a photo will wear their dress uniform that day. Click here for all the information on photo day, including a list of students who are scheduled for a sitting and what everyone needs to wear.  


Athletic Booster Club Hit-a-Thon and Meeting on Feb. 9

booster button Baseball and Softball players (including middle school PONY players) will be participating in a "Hit-a-thon" fund-raiser Feb. 9 at the softball and baseball fields, beginning at 10 a.m. Each player will be asking friends and family to sponsor them as they participate. Basically, sponsors will agree to pay a set amount of money for the player's longest hit out of 10 pitches. (If they hit a home run at the longest point in the park, for example, they would have a 350-foot hit, so a 10-cent pledge would end up being $35). Sponsors can also choose to give a flat donation. Funds raised will be designated to install roofs on the softball and baseball dugouts. The SMA Athletic Booster Club will have hotdogs, chips and a drink for all participants and will also hold their monthly meeting during the event at the concession stand at about 11 a.m. Supporters can download the pledge form from our bulletin board page. Contact Coach Peter Garza or Coach Taylor Rogers with any questions. Hit away, Bears! 


High School Dining Out and Military Ball Information

milball The JROTC Dining Out and High School Military Ball (formerly the Valentine's Dance) are coming up Feb. 16. Both events will take place at the San Marcos Activity Center. The Dining Out is an annual formal event for the Bear Battalion. Both the Dining Out and the ball/dance to follow give our young people the opportunity to enjoy and appropriately interact with their peers in a formal setting. Attendance at the Dining Out is mandatory for all JROTC cadets, and all High School students are expected to attend the Military Ball. The Dining Out will begin at 6:00 p.m. and the ball will take place afterward, at about 8:30 p.m. See the Dining Out page for specific information on attire for the events. Also, high school parents, we need your help! Donations of candy, punch items, cupcakes and some other treats for the ball are needed. Please visit the Sign-Up Genius page to indicate what you can help provide for the dance. Also, if your son or daughter wants to invite a non-SMA student to the events, you will need to sign the permission form, posted on our bulletin board page.  


Four Get Spirit of San Marcos Award from City Council


City Councilwoman Kim Porterfield (left) and Mayor Daniel Guerrero (right) honored SMA students Rusti Wade, Carl Rindahl, Andrew Hansen and Jammy Patton Jan. 28 with the Spirit of San Marcos Award for their participation in the city's Youth Master Plan Steering Committee. The four SMA students are part of a larger group that includes students from San Marcos High School and home schools in the area. Congratulations to these hard-working students for their dedication to our city!  


Seniors Parents: Graduation Info is Now Available
Class of 2013 

Several senior parents have been asking about details on our graduation events . . . some of these details are now available on the Class of 2013 page at this specific link. We are also working diligently to complete the Senior Calendar, which will include all pertinent dates for the seniors to note for the rest of the school year. Many of you have sent in the cutest baby photos of your sons and daughters for our Senior Montage, one of the highlights of graduation weekend. If you have not yet done so, please begin to select two photos of your child--one as a baby or toddler and one as an elementary-age student. You can mail these to the Academy, c/o Mrs. Henry, or scan and email them to Shelley Henry. We will return any originals to you as soon as possible.


Parting Shot: Groundbreaking for Jamail Event Center
Photo by Don Anders 




Shelley Henry

Communications Director,

San Marcos Academy

2801 Ranch Road 12

San Marcos, Texas 78666