For parents of middle and upper school students, here is a roundup of several articles we found helpful for supporting teenagers. If your child needs additional support from a medical professional, please contact Samantha Borkovic, our school counselor, for suggestions within the Vero Beach area. Many therapists are offering virtual counseling resources to make services accessible to everyone.
Lisa Damour is a clinical psychologist who consults with independent schools. She wrote about strategies for parenting teenagers during the quarantine, especially while special events like class trips, prom, and graduation are getting postponed or canceled.
Dear Saint Edward's Community, I hope this communication finds you well, and please know my greatest wish right now is that all members of our community stay safe and healthy. With this in mind, and for the care and safety of the Saint Edward’s community, we have made the decision to postpone both the annual Pirate Ball scheduled for April 3 and Head of School Mike Mersky’s retirement and Honorary Trustee event scheduled for April 18. At this time we do not have a new date for either event. As soon as we have more information we will send out another communication. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at email@example.com.
While we are all adjusting to virtual learning, the maintenance and landscape teams have been working overtime to sterilize the school and keep the grounds from turning into a Florida jungle. Please, if you have a moment, send a "thank you" email to Jorge Rodriguez so he can share with his team. We are forever grateful for their hard work!
There were numerous emails sent to our community this week, so please take a look at this list, and if you missed it, just click on the link to get caught up. The parent survey is especially important, so the teachers and administrators can assess how the virtual learning platform is working for students and our families.
Maggie Baker shared that the classic show Oklahoma! starring Hugh Jackman will stream for free tonight at 8 p.m. The show is described as "the quintessential American musical. A Rodgers and Hammerstein show set against the backdrop of the founding of a new state. In a production by National Theatre, London, Oklahoma! is invigorated with historical context and deeper meaning to provide a full musical experience for people who have been raised humming its tunes." Use this link in advance to subscribe: https://www.broadwayhd.com/movies/AW2Gtd5Lpx3F9_4Aqeul
Even though the hallways sounds consisted of power washers and leaf blowers this week, it was still a very full week of learning for Pirates of all ages. We saw Michele Scales doing the Pledge of Allegiance with her first graders, Holland Zugrave working with Mrs. Kulczycki, and Mrs. Hudson sharing her favorite things with her homeroom students (who then had to create their own graphic story). Brody Crookshank tapped into his inner engineer and created a working model of the human digestive system on his pool deck, and Nahlia Hebig figured out the magic of static electricity with items found in her kitchen. Middle school students studied stage combat with the Bakers. Meanwhile, junior Christopher Powell made smart use of the acoustics in an empty room at home while he played a challenging jazz selection assigned by Mr. Hengen.
While we're all adjusting to this "new normal", the dedication of our faculty, students and parents has never been more evident. Increasingly, this experience is starting to look like more of a marathon than a sprint, but our Pirate Pride is alive and well, if only on the web for now.
Parents and students, please note that all day and overnight trips have been postponed and may have to be canceled. Any trips that can be rescheduled will be communicated as soon as we know more about our ability to return to our routine on the Pirate ship.
The CoronaVirus outbreak has flipped everyone's world upside down in just a matter of weeks. Here is what 7th grader Conor Powell has to say about this appalling outbreak. “It's just put the world to a halt. It's horrible how many people have had to suffer and how fast the virus has spread throughout the whole world. It has ruined so many people's lives. I have hope that this virus will be stopped, and we can be free from this pandemic.”
I have been asked several times about how much time students should spend on their devices, especially now that we are teaching and learning on a virtual platform.
Obviously this will be determined by the student's learning style and workload. However, here's my general recommendation:
1. Every morning your child should review the assignments that are due each day, paying particular attention to those assignments that require the use of technology.
2. For those assignments that need technology, create a window of no more than 2 hours twice a day, perhaps one block in the afternoon and another in the evening. The times for these blocks can be flexible depending on your schedule. This time is in addition to the synchronous classes. I truly believe this is on the high side, however, and parents should feel free to limit these windows even further. For assignments that do not require technology, all devices should be turned off.
3. For the rest of the day, students should be off all devices. Encourage them to get outside, exercise, read a book or work on a project.
During Spring Break, Middle School students experienced many adventures with friends and family! 7th grader, Conor Powell, used the opportunity to practice one of his many hobbies, acrobatics and tricking. He comments “Tricking is something I'm very passionate about, and I'm glad I'm still able to do it.”
Addison Logemann adds, “For spring break this year, my family traveled to the Turks and Caicos to a resort called Beaches. It was so much fun!” She was able to swim, sail, and see lots of beautiful wildlife.
6th grader, Findlay Beckwith, says, “I have been bike riding a lot and keeping active during these difficult times. l think that it is still very important to get vitamin D from the sun without being around a lot of people. Also, I have been reading a lot! I have really enjoyed The Land of Stories book series.”
On behalf of the Middle School faculty and staff, I want to thank all of you for your understanding and patience as we spent last week putting together a virtual platform that allows us to continue the high-quality education that you expect from us. At the same time, it is important that we continue to foster personal connections in this time of social distancing.
If you haven't already, please watch the video that I sent to the Middle School last Friday. It explains our program in more detail.
We are now a few days into this program and, so far, things seem to be going well.
Please read Ms. Borkovic's article in today's View from the Middle. It provides many great recommendations for students learning in a virtual environment.
In addition to those recommendations, here are a few reminders from me:
Teachers will post work for the next week by 5:00 pm Sundays and include the following Monday (8 days ahead) for best planning.
Spend time on the weekends creating a weekly calendar. Include synchronous classes, assignments, and time away from the computer.
If you have tech issues contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Mrs. Fykes email@example.com.
As our semester is taking a turn to online learning, I wanted to share some resources and ideas with you to keep your mental health strong and positive during this school closure. Your advisors/advocates and teachers are here to support you. Feeling anxious, worried, and nervous about what's ahead is normal right now. Use your stress management techniques to stay grounded and remember that we are all here for each other.
I am also offering virtual counseling sessions via Google Meet. You can sign up for an appointment here. Just click on the link and sign up for a grey appointment block by clicking "save" after you choose your slot. If these times don't work for your schedule, just send me an email and we can find a slot that does work.
Here are 10 tips...
1. Keep a regular schedule: go to bed and wake up at typical times, ensuring that you get at least 8 hours of quality sleep.
2. Create a workspace at home: you're going to have virtual school until at least mid-April so set yourself up for success by creating a designated workspace for school (NOT ON YOUR BED!).
3. Monitor your screen time: take some breaks from your phone throughout the day to focus on what's in front of you.
4. Go outside: keep social distancing rules but spend some time outside in the fresh air!
5. Exercise: move your body and be physically active each day, you can be as strenuous as you need to be.
6. Read a book, draw, paint, take pictures: discover something new and get lost in an alternate world.
7. Eat whole foods: it's tempting to eat whatever you want at home so be sure to eat quality meals with lots of vegetables and fruits.
8. Stay connected socially: even if you can't hang out, Facetime with your friends and more importantly with your family members who might not be in Vero! Your grandparents and aunts and uncles will love to hear from you.
10. Try a new activity: you've got the time so you might as well do something productive! Pick up a new hobby (cooking, board games, etc.) that you can dive into.
The bottom line is, even if this is a setback in our regular schedule take it as an opportunity to rejuvenate yourself and spend quality time with the people you love. Tell your parents you appreciate them!
I hope you are all well and I am sending you lots of love!
Coach Cassara challenged the girls varsity lacrosse team this week with a virtual scavenger hunt. He says, "When I was a coach in Virginia we took our team on a spring break trip every year, and one of the many team activities we did was a photo scavenger hunt. These girls are naturally very competitive, and generally if you have a tiddly-winks tournament they will "leave it all out on the field" even for that. I decided I could do the scavenger hunt via email/text and it worked out really well. They are already divided into four competitive "Olympic" teams, and we had about four Olympic events already before the season was suspended. It was a matter of adapting something that could work virtually. I'm planning to do about one per week until we come out of quarantine." Team "Bad Boys" (Catalina Pratt, Allie Fredericks, Elise Mallon, Laurel Logemann and Lila Legler) were victorious this time, but the competition will continue virtually while the team waits patiently to be back together again.
Monday starts a new chapter of learning on the Pirate ship. There is a huge learning curve that students, families and teachers will be navigating together!
We are so proud of how our teachers are embracing this new normal, and we're confident that even with the expected challenges, our students will do their part to make this a positive experience.
We are about to navigate uncharted waters with limited preparation time. We are all figuring this out as we go. Please be patient. This is a national crisis, and many of our teachers have their own children at home to care for and teach as well.
Rest assured though, our teachers are doing their best because, like you, they do want the best for your children. Take a peek at how one example of how two teachers from two different divisions have already reached out to their advocates. We love how they are communicating in a way that speaks to two very different age groups. We got this, Pirates!
Parents, there have been so many emails and letters released in the last week and a half that we thought it would be helpful to keep them all in one place in case you ever need to refer back to details that have been shared. We now have a special Resource Board tile designed for this very unique time in our school history. We will keep it updated as news to our community is shared. Click to check it out.
In light of the current situation regarding COVID-19the annual Saint Edward’s Pirate Ball, which was scheduled for the evening of Friday, April 3, has been postponed. It is our hope that we will find a new date in the near future and celebrate with our family and friends of Saint Edward’s School at that time.
On what sadly may prove to be the last trip of the school year, SES students brought home two major trophies from the Spanish Competition that was held two days before the start of spring break. Sra Heard says, "This year 43 schools signed up, but 3 canceled last minute due to the coronavirus. A small school has many challenges, and yes, we did until the very end. Our students are the same ones that participate in everything: MUN, theater, AWQ, Envirothon, Science Fair, etc. Inviting 16 students and a few alternates was fairly easy until a number of challenges surfaced. With a little motivation and persuasion, Karis Crookshank got on board at the last minute. I was very proud to show up with a new participant school, small and mighty and a whole team! A handful of peers know I am here at SES, and so, since I am a “little” competitive, it was on.
So how did we do? Phenomenal. We won FIRST place in two events. Out of the 23 entries, we received the highest marks in 16 of them! We had three perfect scores in impromptu speeches (Alexa Soderman, Izzy Jennings, and Avery Critchfield) and one perfect score in declamation (María Searcy). Outstanding recognitions went to Karis Crookshank, Emma Fini, Mei Bao-He, Neenah Brown, Zayna Shaikh, Eddie Pines and Andrea Pérez in impromptu speeches. Mei Bao-He, Imani Williams, Avery Critchfield and Izzy Jennings were in that range in declamations and our dramatic presentation got a perfect score (120), performed by Zayna Shaikh, Chris Powell, FarzaanNaeem, Katie Croom, Eddie Pines, and Neenah Brown."
While all of us are missing the post-chapel high fives with "Officer Cupcake," our mornings with Wanda and the cacaphony of slamming lockers, our community has rallied in truly remarkable ways. We're already receiving some creative, thoughtful content, but we want more! Please share your moments with us -- the funny, the poignant, the joyful -- so we can maintain our sense of community and continue to embrace all that make this Pirate ship so special. You can email or text to 772-643-3844 at any time. The Beatles seems to be a big hit with our musicians. Check out Mr. Baker's take on the Spring Equinox from his backyard, and Jack Dobson tapping into the family legacy of music with "Blackbird." Let's continue to stand together while we navigate these unique times!
Hello to all of our Visual and Performing Artists (and to everyone else too!)
The Arts Department wants to encourage you all to take some time during this crazy viral experience to express yourself through the Arts (and potentially go viral in a healthy way!) You might write a song or play a song, create a video, do a drawing, write a poem or scene. Or perhaps you have something that you already created but never got the chance to share with others. We know that the Arts are incredibly important in keeping people connected (especially when having to be socially distant!) and so we want to encourage each of you to share your Art with our SES community. Please add your audio recordings, videos, photos, drawings, paintings, writings or whatever to the following Google folder:
The College Board is working to make adjustments to the upcoming AP testing schedule. The latest news is that all AP exams will be done online but that the exam dates haven't been published yet. The teachers will let their students know as soon as we have more information. The students can see what units the exams will cover and will not cover at this website: https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/about-ap/news-changes/coronavirus-update.
Our college counseling team will keep us updated as news becomes available.
Beginning Saturday, March 14, all athletic activities for Saint Edward's School will be suspended until further notice. This suspension includes all previously scheduled games as well as practices both on-campus and off-campus. No school-sanctioned athletic activities will proceed until school has resumed.
Pirate athletes, more information will be forthcoming from your coaches regarding the procedure for the remainder of the season.
The boys varsity tennis team played Melbourne Central Catholic High School on 3/5/20, at Riverside Tennis Courts. In a display of athletic prowess, the Pirates pushed past the Hustlers, winning 4-3. The Pirates remain undefeated, with a season record of 4-0.
Winning singles matches for the Pirates were Ryan Niederpruem (8-2) and Jack Zoltak (8-1).
Winning the #1 doubles match was the team of Niederpruem and Zoltak (8-5), while Jake Damiani and Jacob Chesley secured the win for the Pirates with their #2 doubles match victory (8-4).
The varsity girls tennis team hosted Melbourne Central Catholic High School at Riverside Tennis Courts on 3/5/20. Providing thrilling action on the courts until the end, the Lady Pirates ultimately defeated the Hustlers 4-3. Their season record has increased to 4-0.
Winning singles matches for the Lady Pirates were Lily Strauss (8-3), Sophia Tripodi (8-6), and Sarah Wolf (8-2).
The doubles team of Miranda Morey and Strauss won the #1 doubles match (9-7), sealing the victory for the Lady Pirates team.
The varsity boys lacrosse team traveled to Jupiter on 3/5/20 to take on Jupiter Christian School. The Pirates dominated the Eagles on the field, winning 9-7.
On the field stats for the Pirate team includes 34 ground balls, 8 faceoff wins, and 25 shots. Helping their team to victory with faceoff wins were Reid Bartosch (4), Ian Horvit (2), and Eli Barin (2).
Highlights for the Pirates: Oscar Lindenthal - 3 goals, 1 assist; Bartosch - 2 goals; Ryan Bird - 1 goal, 2 assists; Joshua Pusser - 1 goal, 1 assist; Riker Pratt - 1 goal, 1 assist; Drew Sternberg - 1 goal, 1 assist; and Liam Murphy (goalie) 8 saves on 15 shots on goal.
Our best advice for parents right now is to have structure/schedules built into their day. Counselors are recommending that students continue to have established bed and wake-up times, regular meals, physical exercise and mental stimulation (ex. reading). In addition to the structure of the day, here are some resources about how to talk with your child (or teen) about the coronavirus. This will change depending on their age.
ChildMind (all ages, especially children with anxiety)
In terms of counseling during our break, I can be available for a Google Meet video or audio session with students or parents. I also have my cell phone for parent calls. They are welcome to email me for a time.
Please check back for updated information regarding new dates and times for our Pirate for a Day event.
Tell Your Friends Pirate for a Day is Coming! Pirates, tell your friends! If you have a friend who has wondered about why you send your child to Saint Edward's, Pirate for a Day is around the corner, and they can see for themselves. It's the fastest, easiest way to get a feel for the campus, meet some teachers and experience a little Pirate pride! Please share, share, share!
Seniors Kylie Oakes and Charlotte Feagin were tapped by the Indian River Women's Historical Society to discuss their feelings about voting for the first time in November. We will share the video as soon as it is released!
Fifteen US students traveled to Orlando this week to compete in the Florida State Spanish Competition, also known as Honrondo Nuestras Raices Culturales. This is the first time Saint Edward's School has had a team at this event. Team Captain Eddie Pines says, "We are having a great time here and we are finishing up our final events and preparing for the banquet tonight. Everyone has worked very hard and prepared very well for the competition, putting us in a good position. Yesterday (Thursday) night we had the individual impromptus, where everyone competed answering individual questions. Today we had the performances from the groups doing skits and one person who sang in the musical portion of the competition, and this afternoon those of us doing poems presented ours. Overall it has been a very exciting and eventful couple of here, and we will have a great time coming back next year." Zayna Shaikh added, “I must admit, it was a bit scary going to this conference, since it’s the first time the school has gone, but it has truly been a great experience! I feel like I improved so much in my Spanish speaking abilities.” Special thanks to Sra. Heard and Mr. Canevari for chaperoning this wonderful opportunity for our students. They include: Imani Williams, Laurel Logeman, Emma Fini, Izzy Jennings, Alexa Soderman, Mei Bao-He, Avery Critchfield, Andrea Pérez González, Neenah Brown, María Searcy, Katie Croom, Chris Powell, Zayna Shaikh, Farzaan Naeem, Karis Crookshank and Team Captain Eddie Pines.
On 3/4/20, the middle school girls lacrosse team traveled to South County Park in Vero Beach to play St. Helen Catholic School in a sixth- and seventh-grade match-up. Tied 3-3 at the end of the first half, the Lady Pirates finished their game against the Falcons in a tie, 6-6.
Adterria Holloway led the Pirate team on the field, scoring 3 goals, while Olivia Stovall made her goalie debut with 5 saves. Also scoring a goal apiece for the Lady Pirates were Addison Logemann, Olivia Hawkins and Ellie Simpson.
For the care and safety of the Saint Edward’s community, we have made the decision to postpone Head of School Mike Mersky’s retirement and Honorary Trustee event scheduled for April 18. At this time we do not have a new date for the event. As soon as we have more information we will send out another communication. If you have any questions please email Director of Development Kathy Savage at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unfortunately, with the current situation regarding COVID-19, like many other events, the Saint Edward’s School regional gathering in New York City is being postponed. We pray that you and your families stay safe and healthy. We look forward to returning to New York City at a future date and reminiscing with you all.
In light of the current situation regarding COVID-19 we, along with The Moorings Club, have decided to postpone the Saint Edward's School annual Pirate Ball, which was scheduled for the evening of Friday, April 3. It is our hope that we will find a new date in the near future and celebrate with our family and friends of Saint Edward’s School at that time.
The middle school girls lacrosse team traveled to Oslo Middle School of Vero Beach on 3/3/20. Despite a close first half, the Lady Pirates pulled away in the second half to seal their victory, winning 12-4.
Scoreboard highlights for the Lady Pirates: Carrington Brown - 3 goals, 1 assist; Grace Haller - 2 goals; Elliotte Kahler - 1 goal; Mary Kathryn Watson - 1 goal; Caroline Zoltak - 1 goal; Sadie Howarth - 1 goal; Adterria Holloway - goal; CJ Fykes - 1 goal; Aerin Russell - 1 goal and Millicent Critchfield (goalie) - 5 saves.
Varsity baseball traveled to Sebastian to take on Sebastian River High School on 3/3/20. The Pirates rallied past the Sharks, winning 10-6. This most recent victory marks a five-game winning streak for the Pirates.
The Pirates struck first against the Sebastian Sharks, scoring three runs in the first inning and four runs in the second inning. The team accumulated ten runs after putting up ten hits and added reaching base five additional times on errors. Nikita Gilmore, Aidan Heaney and Aidan Burdick all managed multiple hits for the Pirates. The Pirates ran freely on the base paths, stealing nine bags and advanced six other times on passed balls. Burdick led the Pirates with five stolen bases.
Pitcher Travis Camp, who lasted four and one-third innings, helped secure the victory for the Pirates, allowing only four hits and four runs but also striking out three. Relief pitcher Casey Richey threw two and two-thirds innings to complete the save.
Mrs. Bischoff’s seventh-grade history class celebrated their Renaissance knowledge by a dinner party! Students were given an important Renaissance figure and brought in an Italian dish. The students described it as, “A great way to learn about the Renaissance culture fun activities.”
To conclude their novel study of To Kill A Mockingbird, the eighth graders are investigating whether or not the novel is autobiographical or a work of fiction. They welcomed Mrs. Murphy and her investigative genealogy research to delve deeper into the debate. She presented research documents such as death certificates, census records, and newspaper articles from the 1920s that influenced the novel’s storyline. It was a true Geneventure in the classroom!
ME Projects are the culminating project of 8th grade and reflect on the student's growth in Middle School in four different areas: physical, academic, social and inner-self. Students write a speech and create a visual representation of their project and present both in front of their classmates and teachers. Everyone is welcome to attend, especially parents. The work is completed mostly during the advisory time in school with the advisors guiding the students through the process.
The middle school boys' lacrosse team beat Independence School with an ending score of 16-1. The MVP of the game was Nicholas Weise, the goalie who made multiple impressive saves!
Middle School Girls Lacrosse
The girls' lacrosse team took home a victory against Storm Grove Middle School with an ending score of 13-4! The girls are having an amazing season so far and improving every day! 8th-grade midfielder MK Watson commented, “Even though our goalies weren't there, we were still able to overcome the challenge and play really well.”
They also played Martin County Middle School but were defeated 5-11. Despite the score, the girls never gave up and played their hearts out.
The varsity baseball team recorded their first no-hitter of the season at home against Merritt Island Christian School on 3/2/20. The Pirates upset the Cougars, winning 15-0.
The Pirates scored three runs in the first inning and went on to achieve a nine-run second inning. Batting in a win for their team were Aidan Burdick, Corey Richey, Michael Mangieri, Travis Camp, Aidan Taylor and Aidan Heaney. The team put up one run in the third inning and closed the game with a two-run fourth inning.
Pitcher Richey helped lead the Pirates to victory from the hill. He surrendered zero runs on zero hits over three innings, striking out six and walking one. Relief pitcher Heaney threw one inning, recording the last three outs that sealed the Pirate victory.
Chinese 1H class has just completed their family introduction project by combining several related units together. They used their family photos to present their family members to the class: how many people they have and who they are (Chinese people have different ways of addressing each family members), each family member's Chinese Zodiac Animal sign, birth date, and age (only the month and day for parents or grandparents), professions, sports hobbies, favorite food, their pets if they have, etc..
The equivalent writing parts are currently displayed on the bulletin board in their classroom, FA 113. Welcome to take a look at their beautiful family introduction!
The results are in! The National Geographic Society named Saint Edward's own Jacob Emmons (8) as one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2020 National Geographic GeoBee State Competition. The contest will be held at Jacksonville University on Friday, March 27, 2020.
This is the second level of the National Geographic GeoBee competition, which is now in its 32nd year. To determine each school champion, GeoBee competitions were held in schools throughout the state with students in the fourth through eighth grades. This year, an estimated 2.4 million students competed in the GeoBee, with 8,661 students becoming school champions. School champions also took an online qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. Up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories were invited to compete in the State GeoBees.
Grandparents who visited the 6th-grade art class on Grandparents Day were treated to a Past and Present Day activity led by Lourdes Alvarez-Rogers. Grandparents and students had a list of items to choose from. Examples included transportation, technology, and fashion. They were to choose one of those to draw. The grandparents had to draw how it used to look like when they were in 6th grade and students drew it in the present day. Example, Past: washboard and Present day: washing machine. Records/record players and Spotify. The families shared their artworks with the class. It was so much fun seeing the grandparents draw with their grandkids as well as hearing the grandparents share what it was like when they were growing up.
Thirty-one eighth grade students toured Washington, D.C. last weekend. They attended many historical sights like the Lincoln and Washington Memorials, The Library of Congress, and much more! The students commented, “It was great to bond with our peers while, at the same time, learning so much at history!”
While many of the 8th grade students were in Washington, D.C. last week, students who did not travel were still learning about our nation's capital. According to U.S. History teacher, Scott Mohr, "We certainly missed our classmates on their Washington DC trip, but the remaining students still traveled the world... virtually! 8th graders began using our new VR goggles with Google Expeditions to expand their American history learning and experiences."
The varsity girls lacrosse team traveled to Merritt Island on 2/28/20, to face Edgewood High School. A riveting competition until the end, the game was tied or led by a one-point separation throughout most of the contest. With 17 seconds left on the clock, a score by Hailey Rhymes ensured the victory for the Lady Pirates by bringing the final tally to 13-12. Scoreboard highlights for the Lady Pirates: Raleigh Cooper - 4 goals, 3 assists; Hailey Rhymes - 4 goals; Catalina Pratt - 3 goals, 2 assists; Savanna Ware - 2 goals; Bridget Nelson - 3 assists and Izzy Jennings (goalie) - 6 saves.
The varsity baseball team took on Covenant Christian School at home on 2/27/20. The Pirates emerged victorious over the Lions, winning 6-3.
Pitcher Aidan Burdick helped earn the win for the Pirate team, pitching four and two-thirds innings. Burdick allowed just two hits and one run, while striking out eight and walking one. Relief pitcher Corey Richey threw two and one-third innings to secure the Pirate victory. At bat, Casey Richey led his teammates with two hits in four, driving in one rbi.
The boys varsity tennis team played John Carroll Catholic High School on 2/27/20, at Riverside Tennis Courts. The Pirates upset the Golden Rams, winning 6-1 to remain undefeated. Their season record has improved to 3-0.
Winning singles matches for the Pirates were Jacob Chesley (8-5), Jack Zoltak (8-0), Toby Tettamanti (8-6) and Cole Hackenburg (8-4).
Winning the #1 doubles match was the team of Tettamanti and Hackenburg (8-3), while Chesley and Zoltak secured the win for the #2 doubles match (8-0).
On 2/27/20, the varsity girls tennis team faced John Carroll Catholic High School at Riverside Tennis Courts. The Lady Pirates won their third straight match of the season by defeating the Golden Rams 7-0. Their season record is now 3-0.
Winning singles matches for the Lady Pirates were Miranda Morey (8-1), Lily Strauss (8-1), Amira Hussamy (8-0), Zayna Shaikh (8-0) and Neenah Brown (8-0).
The team of Morey and Hussamy won the #1 doubles match (8-1), and Strauss and Brown won the #2 doubles match (8-1).
Middle school boys lacrosse traveled to Storm Grove Middle School in Vero Beach on 2/24/20. The Pirates surpassed the Stingrays, winning 15-1.
Serving as team captains for the Pirates were Will Russell and Harrison Hardin. Thanks to their great plays on the field, the team MVPs Stone Colgan, Logan Benisch and Hardin helped secure the Pirate victory.
All the long weekends of study paid off yet again this year. The Academic World Quest team traveled to Palm Beach last weekend to take on the regional competition. SES has dominated this competition for more than a decade. Eight students and Mr. Mitchell now are headed to the national competition in Washington DC this coming April. Three years ago in an overtime session, our students came in second place at the national competition, which brings winning regional teams from every state in the union. For the next six weeks, the team will continue to study and prepare, and, while all 8 will travel to Washington, only 4 will compete.
This victory represents countless hours of study done mostly on time when students are not on school time. Victory is never achieved without sacrifice. The team includes Katie Croom, Alejandro Wang, John Sarbak, George Sowles, Zayna Shaikh, Colby Stebbins, Sean Motto,Toby Tettamanti and Charlotte Yates.
From Dr. Bao: This week the fifth-grade students in their Chinese classes are learning to pick up beans from one plate to the other by using chopsticks in their classrooms. This is part of their unit on food. Although a few students have had some experiences using chopsticks to pick up food, the majority of the students have never used chopsticks before. The excitement and pride of being able to pick up a bean by chopsticks for the first time was evident on every student's face!
Dr. Monahan just tweeted that her "Carsonites" Envirothon team is headed to the state competition! The team includes Alexa Soderman, Jack Kincus, Drew Eidemueller, Elise Mallon and Bridget Nelson. Congratulations to the team and Dr. Monahan!
Still haven't purchased your Trunk Show Kickoff Party tickets yet? Now there's added incentive! Incoming Head of School Stuart Hirstein and his wife Mimi will be here to casually meet our parents and other attendees. Let's show them how our community combines program support with fun on Friday, February 28 at 6 p.m. You may purchase tickets at the door for $60 per person.
Report cards for lower school students in pre-kindergarten through grade five are now available online. To view report cards, log into your mySTEDS account (www.steds.org). Select your child’s name from the upper left corner (if you only have one child their name and picture will be visible). On the Progress tab of your child’s record, on the Performance tile, click the “Report Cards” link. Then click on the desired report, which will open in a new window as a pdf.
Want to keep up to speed on the fun and educational trip to DC this weekend? A large group of MS and US students are bound for the mid-Atlantic this weekend to enjoy an intense immersion into history and politics in Washington, DC. Mrs. Bischoff has agreed to manage the SES Insta account this weekend, so be sure to follow @saintedwardsschool to see and share the trip highlights!
Starting March 24, 2020, your child can be a Pirate for a day! This is the perfect opportunity to see what makes the Saint Edward's School experience so unique. K - 11th-grade students will meet teachers, spend the day with students and take time to understand why so many parents choose to invest in the extraordinary education at SES.
If you are a parent considering Saint Edward's School for your child's education, this is a great opportunity for him or her to spend a day on campus. RSVPs are required, so contact the Admission Department for more information: Moniek Holloway at 772 492-2367.
Ms. Omawale produced an enlightening and entertaining Black History Month event this week in the Waxlax Center for the Performing Arts. She invited dancers from Indian River Charter High School to perform a piece from Alvin Ailey's "Revelations" as well as a student-choreographed hip hop dance. Other students highlighted important achievements throughout history, and Jayla Brown, Imani Williams, Cristina Pines and the instrumental musicians performed carefully selected songs. Click here for a video of the event.
The SES campus overflows with love on Grandparents & Special Friends Day, and some students were blessed to have both sets of grandparents visit yesterday. After a wonderful musical performance from all divisions, as well as a beautiful poetry recitation by fifth-grader Mia Fernandez, our grandparents were greeted by a rousing performance by the US Jazz band. After that, students escorted their favorite people to classrooms, where topics such as the Harkness method, Singapore Math, and Restoration were discussed. Click for a joyful album of highlights.
Seventh-grade students represented important Renaissance figures to culminate their study of the Italian Renaissance. The study culminated in students participating in their very own Renaissance Dinner Party. They celebrated with Italian food and drink, all while representing an important Renaissance figure. The students stayed in character while having dinner conversations and learning about the works and accomplishments of each person. Some representations included the famous Dante, Leonardo da Vinci, Machiavelli, Raphael, and many more!
Mrs. Rogers had a unique lesson for grandparents and their MS grandchildren during art class on Thursday. She says, "Grandparents and students had a list of categories to choose from, including transportation, technology and fashion. They were to choose one of those to draw. The grandparents had to draw how it used to look like when they were in sixth grade and students drew it in present day. Example include, past: washboard and present: washing machine, and records/record players and Spotify. The families shared their artworks with the class. It was so much fun seeing the grandparents draw with their grandkids as well as hearing the grandparents share what it was like when they were growing up."
The Saint Edward's School math team competed in the 2020 Mathematics Olympiad held on February 21 at Indian River State College in Fort Pierce. For the competition, students are divided into groups of four. Each team then competes, first, by taking an individual written test. This is followed by a team round where each 4-person team must collectively solve 10 questions. Out of the 22 teams competing from the Treasure Coast area, the two Saint Edward's teams finished 6th and 11th place. The competitors included: Casey Richey, Jack Zoltak, Charlotte Feagin, Ross Sams, Leo Yin, Jacob Chesley, Tobias Tettamanti, Harry Zhang, Kylie Oakes, Aidan Taylor, Elise Mallon, and Drew Eidemueller.
On Monday, February 24 several members of the Upper School Women’s Ensemble attended a cooking class at Sur La Table in Palm Beach. The students worked together as a team to prepare a vegetable stir fry, pork dumplings, green beans, and best of all cinnamon flavored homemade ice cream. A tasty and fun time was had by all!
Varsity baseball hosted Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy on Blue Diamond Field on 2/26/20. Despite the eventual rainy weather conditions, the Pirates triumphed over the Tigers, winning 7-3.
Despite only producing one run in the first inning, the Pirates began pulling away in the second inning thanks to hits by Michael Mangieri and Aidan Heaney. The team went on to tally 3 more runs in the fifth. The crucial inning was driven by a single by Casey Richey and a double by ZanderBeare.
Pitcher Travis Camp secured the win for the Pirates by going 6 innings, allowing three runs on nine hits, striking out six, and walking one.
On 2/24/20, the varsity boys baseball team hosted Fort Pierce Westwood High School. The Pirates jumped out to an early lead over the Panthers and secured a 15-6 victory.
The Pirates offense led by Aidan Burdick and Nikita Gilmore was strong at the plate, with the team collecting 10 hits. Teammates Zander Beare, Aidan Heaney, Michael Mangieri, and Burdick helped pushed the Pirates to victory with several high scoring innings.
Starting on the mound for the Pirates, pitcher Casey Richey pitched 5 innings, allowing 5 runs on 10 hits while striking out six and only walking one. Relief pitcher Corey Richey threw two innings, recording the last six outs from the bullpen to earn his second save of the season.
Varsity girls lacrosse hosted their season opener in Pirate Stadium on 2/21/20. The Lady Pirates, determined to make a statement against equally ranked Windemere Prep School, won the contest 21-9.
Despite a slow start, the Lady Pirates came together midway through the first half and produced an entertaining game, thanks to their solid defense. The defense combined for 6 caused turnovers, and Savanna Ware led the team with 8 draw controls.
Game stats for the Lady Pirates: Raleigh Cooper - 8 goals, 1 assist; Hailey Rhymes - 6 goals, 1 assist; Catalina Pratt - 2 goals, 3 assists; Ware - 2 goals, 2 assists; Bridget Nelson - 1 goal, 2 assists; Molly McGee - 1 goal, 1 assist; Elise Mallon - 1 goal; and Izzy Jennings (goalie) - 9 saves.
The varsity girls tennis team hosted Pine School on 2/20/20 at the Riverside Tennis Courts for their first home match of the season. The Lady Pirates persevered over the Knights, winning 5-2. The team is now 2-0 for their season.
Winning singles matches for the girls were Lily Strauss (9-7), Amira Hussamy (8-5), Zayna Shaikh (8-2), and Neenah Brown (8-1).
Winning the #1 doubles match for the Lady Pirates were Strauss and Hussamy (8-5).
Students in Mrs. Fykes' and Mrs. Padgett's tenth-grade English classes participated in a literary yoga activity. They moved through various stations where they had to hold a yoga pose and then discuss an aspect of the novel they are reading in class with their groups. We say 'namaste' to Yoga Lit!
It's a great night for theatre, and the SES thespians are going to deliver. Mr. Baker reports that "it's the best show we've ever done." Sophomore Kira Manelski, who is playing Anne, had some insightful thoughts about her experience with the play. "Working on The Diary of Anne Frank for the past two months has been a whirlwind of emotions, mood swings, realizations and transformative experiences. By no means is this an easy production to put up; it's a sad story, and the gravity of the Holocaust is difficult to truly ascertain. But the story is so much more than the sadness. It is an homage to Anne, a cultural figurehead that represents the deferred dreams of six million people, a child that symbolizes the lost potential of an estimated 1.5 million children who perished at the hands of the Nazis. It is a testament to humanity, the worst parts of it, but also the best parts. Resilience. Faith. Hope. Unconditional love. All the words that we think have lost their meaning in this day in age, words that are hollow until we face someone who has lived off of those sentiments, clung to them in the hopes of survival. The cast, crew and directors of this show have put their hearts, souls and many, many tears into making those feelings visceral and palpable in our production. It truly has been a wonderful and heartbreaking experience, and I hope that the audience will take away the same messages that I have: be a voice for the silenced, be grateful for every day, love one another despite our differences and work for an understanding of those around you."
Students will perform at 7 p.m. tonight and tomorrow and 2 p.m. tomorrow. Online ticket sales are now closed, but tickets can be purchased at the door. $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.
MS and US progress reports will be available online Saturday, February 22. To access report cards in mySTEDS, parents should log into mySTEDS > click on their child’s name in the upper left corner > select the Progress tab > click on the Report Card link.
The Faculty Development day on Friday, February 14 found the Middle School teachers engrossed in a 6-hour training about how to integrate virtual reality technology into our curriculum. The Middle School is thrilled to benefit from a very generous donation that allowed us to purchase a classroom set of devices.
While wearing the virtual reality goggles, students may step into another world, viewing different environments in a 360-degree dimension. For example, students may visit the top of Mount Everest, tour ancient cities and ruins, play among wild animals on the African plains, or find themselves floating among the stars and planets. There are many, many more applications of the technology that will complement our curriculum in every discipline.
For example, Mrs. Durand is excited to use the goggles as a pre-reading activity to immerse students in the setting of their novels. For instance, prior to reading the book Peak, students will be able to "travel" to Mount Everest and view the base camps.
Ms. Mejia will soon enrich the cultural experiences of her Spanish students by immersing them into the Day of the Dead celebration in Mexico.
The sixth-grade students will be the first to utilize the goggles in the classroom setting. Training with the students started this week. The first impressions from the sixth-grade students include, "It was great to be in a different environment while still at school." and "One of the introductory activities had us playing fetch with a virtual dog to help us learn how the tools of the technology work." In the end, everyone agreed that using virtual reality technology makes learning fun. [Please click on the headline for more photos.]
On 2/18/20, the varsity baseball team hosted the Brevard HEAT on Blue Diamond Field for their first home game of the season. The Pirates upset the Heat, winning 7-1.
The Pirates moved ahead in the first inning when they scored on a defensive error. In the third inning, the team scored five runs, with Casey Richey, Zander Beare, and Camren Perez each driving in runs. Beare went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead the Pirates in hits.
On the pitcher's mound, Casey Richey helped earn the win for the Pirates. Richey went five innings, allowing only one run on one hit, striking out eleven, and walking one. Relief pitcher Corey Richey threw two innings, recording the last six outs to help bring home the victory for the Pirates.
I am looking for just 2 parents to help with the sixth-grade spinal screening. I do the screening and I just need a parent to usher kids in and another to be a recorder.
The sixth-grade spinal screening is Thursday, March 5 from 1:30 pm until 3:20 pm. Interested volunteers may sign up on the parent volunteer portal or call me directly. My office number is 492-2219. There are 2 slots available.
A handful of the girls from the middle school lacrosse team played in a tournament in Orlando over the weekend. Eighth-grader MK Watson commented,”It started off with a bunch of girls who didn’t know each other, but toward the end of the games we became a team and played really well together.” Chase Nelson (8) added, “Everyone was really nice and it was fun being with all our friends.”
Come support our Pirates as they play in the Regional Semifinals! The next game is the Class 2A Region 2 Semifinals being held at Saint Edward's School on Saturday 2/15/20 versus Pine School, starting at 6:00 PM.
The varsity boys soccer team hosted All Saints Academy for the FHSAA State Regional Quarterfinal on 2/12/20. The Pirates produced a thrilling first half, leading 2-1 going into halftime. The boys came back strong the second half, overpowering the Saints to win 6-2 and securing their spot in the Regional Semifinals.
Jack Zoltak collected 2 goals and 1 assist to lead the charge for the Pirates. Teammate Leon Main contributed 2 goals toward Pirate victory, scoring one of those goals within the first few minutes of the game. Also helping secure their team's win were Will Miller and Ashton Noe, with a goal each.
On 2/12/20, the varsity baseball team traveled to Lawnwood Stadium in Fort Pierce to participate in the Preseason Kick-off. The Pirates claimed a 13-5 victory over Fort Pierce Westwood High School, despite a push by the Panthers in the fourth inning.
In the first inning, the Pirates showed determination on the field by scoring four runs. The team scored five more runs in the second inning. Casey Richey, Zander Beare, Nikita Gilmore, and Corey Richey powered the big innings with RBI's. Pitching for the Pirates, Travis Camp surrendered zero runs on zero hits over three innings, striking out eight and walking zero. Michael Mangieri went 2-for-2 at the plate to lead the Pirate team in hits.
The varsity boys basketball team competed in the Class 2A District 12 Semifinal tournament in the Gonzalez-Lobo Activities Center on 2/11/20 against Covenant Christian. In a fiercely competitive matchup, the Pirates outscored the Lions 35-22 in the second half and ultimately defeated their opponents 56-44. The Pirates will now advance to the district finals for the first time in 22 years.
Scoring double digits for the Pirates were Connor Wolfe with 18 points, D'Angelo Lumenes with 14 points, and Ty Redmon with 10 points.
It’s that time of year again to party and shop till you drop at the 2020 Trunk Show!
The 2020 Kickoff Party on Friday, February 28 promises to be a great night out. Parents Association event Chairs Ryan Russell and Rebecca Haller are adding the finishing touches as we speak. With live entertainment, a wood fired pizza truck, beer tastings and a cornhole tournament hosted by the SES Dad’s Group, you do not want to miss this special event to shop and support our school! Purchase your ticket at the door for $60 OR in advance for $50. Tickets are available now at steds.org/trunkshow. Must be at least 21 years old to attend the Kickoff Party.
This year’s Trunk Show will include all of your favorite vendors, plus some new designers that will make shopping all kinds of fun. Parents are critical to the success of the Trunk Show. We need volunteers for a variety of tasks throughout the weekend. Every little bit helps. We can work with your schedule! Please email us at email@example.com or sign up on ivolunteer to pitch in and help with our biggest fundraiser of the year.
From Dr. Baron, MS.US Choral Director: Dear All, Please join me in congratulating the students listed below for their scores. The judge this year held the students to an extremely high level - the highest I have seen at a Solo and Ensemble Festival. The students received constructive feedback and suggestions for continued improvement in the future.
The middle school digital art club meets every A day and is run by seventh graders Max Plotkin and Savannah Brown. During their past meeting, the students researched the anatomy of drawing faces. Seventh-grader Emma Kruntorad says “There are many different points of view in art and here you can discover your own way by learning new styles and on the way you learn new ways that help build your style."
Bold and Gold Day has been an eighth-grade tradition for many years now. During the day, students visit upper school classes and then go to Riverside Park for some class bonding experiences to get a taste of high school. The eighth-graders commented that it was a great introduction to the high school and its classes. Some added that their favorite part was the volleyball tournament because it was a fun way to get to know peers better and play volleyball!
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The seniors and their first grade buddies got to exchange sweets for the sweet this afternoon during their Valentine party. The LS courtyard buzzed with excitement when the seniors arrived, and the first graders were proud to show off their poetry binders and there was even a pick up game of football. Click for a brief album of highlights.
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens wheel class is wrapping up Habit #5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood. Have you ever talked to someone who you knew wasn't really listening to you? A key part of understanding another person is to listen appropriately. The current group of seventh- graders is perfecting their S.O.L.E.R. skills when listening to someone else during a conversation: Sit Squarely, Open Posture, Lean In, Eye Contact and Relax. Thank you to Sommer Soderman and Giovana de Sousa for volunteering to showcase these essential skills while listening to and understanding a friend, sibling, or fellow student. Click here for the video.
Dr. Monahan's APES class produced a cute video to teach children at Glendale Elementary about endangered species in Florida this week. Check out this fun summary of some of the top species in our state.
Pirate Fans, Saint Edward's School is excited to host Varsity Basketball District Finals on Friday, 2/14/20 at 7:00 PM in the Gonzalez-Lobo Activities Center! We encourage all SES friends and family to come cheer on our Pirates to victory against Florida Prep Academy.
Please be advised that ALL adults will be charged a $6 entry fee per FHSAA rules. SES students will still be allowed to enter free of charge. We can only accept cash transactions, so don't forget to stop at the ATM before cheering on your Pirates. Thank you!
Saint Edward's School will be hosting a Preseason Jamboree for varsity boys lacrosse on Saturday, February 15, starting at 10:00 AM. All are welcome to come cheer on your Pirates to victory, but please be advised that ALL adults will be charged a $6 entry fee per FHSAA rules. SES students will still be free of charge at the gate.
As a reminder, these are all cash transactions, so please don't forget to stop at the ATM before coming out to support your Pirates. Thank you!
On 2/11/20, the varsity boys weightlifting team traveled to St. Cloud to compete in their first meet of the season at St. Cloud High School. The veteran lifters haven proven to be off to a great start, and the newcomers have shown they used the preseason well.
Please come and support the Pirate Middle School athletic teams! The girls and boys lacrosse teams both have games on Tuesday, February 18th against Sebastian River Middle School. The baseball team’s first game is Tuesday, February 25th against Master’s Academy.
The varsity girls tennis team traveled to Vero Beach Tennis & Fitness Club for their season opener on 2/10/20 against Master's Academy of Vero Beach. The Lady Pirates dominated the courts and defeated the Patriots 4-3.
Winning singles matches for the girls were Lily Strauss (7-5, 3-6, 10-6), Amira Hussamy (7-5, 6-3), Zayna Shaikh (6-4, 6-1), and Neenah Brown (6-1, 6-1).
Sophia Tripodi won her exhibition singles match (6-0, 6-2).
Varsity boys tennis celebrated a successful season opener on 2/10/20, traveling to Vero Beach Tennis & Fitness Club. The Pirates walked off the court victorious over Master's Academy of Vero Beach, winning 4-3.
Winning singles matches for the boys were Jake Damiani (6-2, 6-2), Jacob Chesley (4-6, 6-3, 10-6), and Toby Tettamanti (7-5, 6-0).
Winning their doubles match and securing the victory for the Pirates was the team of Damiani/Chesley (8-5).
I am looking for just 2 parents to help with the sixth-grade spinal screening. I do the screening and I just need a parent to usher kids in and another to be a recorder.
The sixth-grade spinal screening is Thursday, March 5 from 1:30 pm until 3:20 pm. Interested volunteers may sign up on the parent volunteer portal or call me directly. My office number is 492-2219. There are 2 slots available.
Students in all three divisions recently celebrated the Chinese New Year, which, this year, is known as the Year of the Rat. According to one myth performed by students, the Jade Emperor, the ruler of all gods within Chinese mythology, hosted a race to determine which animals would become part of the Chinese Zodiac. To finish the race and become one of 12 animals in the calendar, the animals had to cross a river. The Rat tricked the Ox into giving him a ride. Then, just as they arrived at the finish line, the Rat jumped down and landed ahead of the Ox, becoming first. In Chinese culture, rats were seen as a sign of wealth and surplus.
Optimistic and energetic, people born in the Rat year are likable by all. They are sensitive to other’s emotions but are stubborn with their opinions. Their personality is kind, but due to weak communication skills, their words may seem impolite and rude.On the financial side, they like saving and can be stingy. However, their love of hoarding will sometimes cause them to waste money on unnecessary things.
The 2020 Water Camp staff and volunteer application is ready! Saint Edward’s School Water Camp has a cherished 40+ year history of providing waterfront activities for children and young people on the Indian River Lagoon. Beyond the quality of boating and water sports, the foundation of SES Water Camp is offering a caring and supportive environment for individuals to develop meaningful relationships and continued whole-child education outside of the traditional school setting. Applications for staff (16+ year olds) and volunteers (14+ year olds) are due Sunday, March 15th.
On 2/7/20, varsity boys soccer competed at home against Pine School in the finals for the title of district champion. An enthralling competition until the end, the Pirates conquered the Knights 5-4 in overtime. The Pirates are now seeded #1 in the region and advance to the Class 2A-2 Regional Quarterfinals.
Leading the Pirates on the field during the regular play, Drew Sternberg racked up 2 goals and an assist, but it was Sternberg's 3rd goal in the first overtime that helped the Pirates clinch their victory. Also helping drive the Pirate team closer to their victory were Jack Zoltak and Leon Main with a goal apiece.
Mrs. Sternberg and Mrs. Wald trekked to the University of Tampa this week to tour with senior Edward Wei, and they were greeted by some of our favorite alumni from the Class of 2019. Lauren Savage and TJ Kenney took time out of their day to give Edward the inside scoop on campus life.
We are excited to welcome back Vitamin Sea Design to the Saint Edward's School Trunk Show and share a wonderful opportunity to shop early for those items you love to personalize. Vitamin Sea will have them ready for pick up during the show hours. Some might say it's a Win-Win!
Looking for the perfect birthday, graduation, baby, teacher or Mother's Day gift? Personalized gifts always let those special people know how much you have thought about them!
Between now and Wednesday, February 12th, customers have the option to purchase personalized items in advance and pick them up at the Vitamin Sea Design boutique during the Trunk Show.
This week, the Junior League of Indian River County announced nominees for the 2020 Woman of the Year and Rising Stars. This presitgious group of women are being recognized for their commitment to improving our community through leadership and local acts of service. Our own Dr. Kerryane Monahan is one of the nominees for Woman of the Year because of her Citizen Science initiative and seniors Elise Mallon and Kylie Oakes are recognized for their numerous activities in the community. Tracey Zudans and Dr. Nancy Baker (two Pirate moms) are also nominated. The awards luncheon is scheduled for March 18. Congratulations!
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Saint Edward’s School is closely following information about the outbreak of the coronavirus, which has been spreading primarily in China, with no cases currently reported in the state of Florida. While there have been a number of isolated cases in the United States, based on the most recent information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the immediate health risk for the general public is believed to be low at this time.
The School had been planning an academic “winter camp” for a group of students from China, but, in an abundance of caution, almost a month ago we decided to cancel the event for the foreseeable future. If you or a family member are planning to travel to affected areas, please refer to the CDC’s Travelers’ Health page and follow appropriate safety precautions.
Please also keep in mind that we are in the heart of flu season, and we ask that our families take all of the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the virus, including:
·Keep your children home at the first sign of illness.
·Cover coughs and sneezes.
·Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
·Wash your hands often.
·Limit contact with family members who are ill.
Rest assured that we will continue to monitor the CDC recommendations and make the best decisions for the health and well-being of our entire community.
Eighth grade history students explored 19th-century migration patterns and complemented this investigation by looking at who is moving within the country's 50 states currently. Our newest Pirate, Zichu Wang, enjoys learning about America's diversity and state system.
Centenarians were spotted on campus en route to say hello to Mr. Mersky and show the rest of the students the art of aging well. These adorable elders were escorted by kindergarten teachers Margy Kulczycki and Paula Given as they celebrated the 100th day of school. [enews click the headline to see more photos.]
We are so excited for Grandparents & Special Friends Day at 9:30 am on February 27. There are a few new division-specific details to share:
*US: US students will have a regular academic day on campus and are not allowed to leave for lunch with a grandparent.
LS: ALL LS students will be dismissed at 11:30 am.
MS: Middle School students may leave campus with their grandparent(s) to have lunch at 11:30 am and the expectation is that all students will be back in classes by 1:30 pm. If your child plans to leave with a grandparent, WE MUST HAVE PRIOR APPROVAL FOR YOUR CHILD TO LEAVE CAMPUS.
Please notify Maria Klotter by 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 25, 2020 if your child will leave campus with a grandparent. We must have your permission and the name of the grandparent who is taking your child off-campus.
The middle school and upper school students were very happy to eat a Chinese lunch as a part of the Chinese Chun Jie (Spring Festival) celebration on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, following the Chinese New Year Performing Arts Show on Monday, Jan. 27. The food (from Chef Lin's Asian Buffet in U.S, 1) was very delicious, and the students just loved it. To some students, it was their first time in their life to have Chinese food so it was an eye-opening experience for them!
The students made the best use of the skill they learned in their Chinese classes a while ago, i.e. using chopsticks to pick up food. Most of them applied this skill very well at the celebration lunch, and the rest made some improvement. Some students reviewed some food vocabularies that they studied in the food unit before; some just acquired several food names right on the spot, and we reviewed a little bit later in Thursday's class. Thanks to the generosity and great support of Mrs. Murphy and Mr. MacMullan, the students had a wonderful time celebrating the Chinese New Year!
The Middle School hosted another fantastic Geography Bee through our on-going partnership with National Geographic. We have a three-peat champion with eighth-grader Jacob Emmons. Nicholas Weise and Nicky Colontrelle earned second and third place, and all finalists delivered strong performances. The atmosphere was electric, and the middle school audience members were quite passionate for the general geography trivia. Jacob will attempt to qualify for the state Geography Bee this week, and congratulations to all!
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Several Saint Edward's Middle School students won major awards at the Indian River County and Engineering Fair. Congratulations to all of the students who participated and to both Mr. Leonhardt and Mr. Rogers for their tireless efforts supporting our students.
Two seventh grade students received bids to go to the State Science Fair. Sienna Malon's (7) project "Does Vitality Affect Vital Capacity?" tested the vital capacity of athletes and non-athletes at the school to find out whether exercise is beneficial to your vital capacity. Marlon Dato-Slattery's (7) "Wind Turbine Efficiency" evaluates whether wind speed affects the efficiency of a wind turbine.
Other student achievements include:
Cellular/Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
2nd Place: Sammie Brown and Caroline Zoltak
3rd Place Max Plotkin
1st Place: Grace Haller
3rd Place: Meagan Baker and Tyler Colgan
3rd Place: Noah Hernandez
3rd Place: Marlon Dato-Slattery
1st Place: Elliotte Kahler and Millicent Critchfield
MS students had a blast at the first Bible study group offered by Father Barrett. Pirate dad Skip Hernandez joined in the fun as the students participated in an ice breaking game with Oreo cookies. The devotional is open to all MS students and is every Thursday morning starting at 7:20 a.m. (FA113). Please contact Father Barrett with any additional questions.
Get your Pirate Ball Raffle Tickets today! The Saint Edward’s School Pirate Ball raffle drawing will be held at the annual Pirate Ball on April 3, 2020, at approximately 7:30 p.m. at The Moorings Yacht & Country Club in Vero Beach, FL. The top prize is $5,000, and the second prize is $500. The funds used to source the winnings comes from the SES Pirate Ball budget. An early bird drawing for two free tickets will be held on March 6, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. at Saint Edward’s School. The winner of the early bird drawing will be re-entered for the April 3rd drawing. The suggested donation for each ticket is $100. You do not need to be present to win. Winners will be contacted within 24 hours of drawing if they are not present.
Seventh-grade students, who are reading Red Scarf Girl by Ji-li Jiang, heard about China's Cultural Revolution from someone who lived through it, Dr. Bao. Dr. Bao shared her experience living in China under Chairman Mao's reign and helped the students make a real-world connection between the novel and a respected faculty member. Dr. Bao's family members were respected doctors during the Cultural Revolution, and she stressed the importance of education during her visit.
Parents and students, please remember that next Friday, February 14 and Monday, February 17 are Faculty In-Service Day and President's Day, respectively. School will be closed to students on both days.
On 2/5/20, the varsity boys soccer team faced off against Jupiter Christian School in Pirate Stadium for their Class 2A District 8 Semifinal match-up. Showing true grit on the field, the Pirates defeated the Eagles 5-1 and have advanced to the district final.
Helping lead the Pirate team to victory was Jack Zoltak with 2 goals. Teammate Drew Sternberg picked up a goal and 2 assists. Also netting goals for the Pirates were Leon Main and Ashton Noe.
If your student is a rising sophomore or older and has completed two years of Spanish at the upper school level, this language and culture immersion trip is ideal! Sponsored by Sra. Heard, this 9-day trip includes visits to Seville, Córdoba and Madrid. Students will experience an art class, a flamenco class and a visit to Doñana National Park to participate in a reforestation service project among other activities. Click here to view a detailed itinerary and to register. Students signed up by March 1 will be entered in a raffle for a scholarship to be applied to the total cost of the trip. An informational meeting for parents and students will take place on Wednesday, February 26 at 6:00 p.m. in Sra. Heard's room, US631. You may email her for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The spring play tickets are now available for purchase. Anne Frank is the classic story of a family hiding from the Nazis during WWII. Senior Gabby Carlson says, "This show has given us all a deeper understanding of Jewish culture and the despair that those in hiding had to go through. The tight spaces, the sleeping on the floor, and the crowded nature of the attic. We only have to go through this for about an hour and a half after school every day, so I can't imagine two years. The cast has bonded through these joint experiences, and I think that will make this an even better and realistic show."
The play will be performed Friday, February 21 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, February 22 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
On 2/3/20, the varsity girls basketball team faced off against Morningside Academy at home in a district playoff game to determine who would move on to the Class 2A District 12 Semifinals. In a thrilling competition until the end, the Lady Pirates walked away the victors 29-24.
Leading the Lady Pirates on the court were Elise Mallon (9 points), Jayla Brown (8 points), Alexa Soderman (7 points), and Zion Atwater (5 points).
Grace Rodriguez and Tyler Colgan represented St Edwards at FHSAA 1A Region 8 weightlifting meet last Wednesday, January 29. This competition is for varsity weightlifting. Both girls lifted in the 101lb weight class that was populated with eight other high school age girls. Tyler placed 6th out of the field of 10 lifters with a personal record bench of 70lbs and a clean & jerk of 70 lbs for a personal record 140 lb total. Grace placed 5th with a personal record total of 145 lbs coming from a personal record 75 lb bench press and a 70 lb clean & jerk. Grace and Tyler, along with Meagan Baker, another 8th grader, will form the foundation of the team as they move into high school. Congratulations, ladies!
To build background knowledge before reading Red Scarf Girl, Ms. Durand's 7th-grade students perused an article about the Cultural Revolution in China and followed up with a Harkness Discussion. The most challenging skills were the ability to reference the ideas of others and build upon those ideas to move the conversation forward. A student question that generated deep thought was Why did Mao target young people with his propaganda?
More and more teachers are integrating Harkness discussion in their curriculum. Want to learn more about the Harkness Method? Click here.
The Middle School Bible Study gathering is held on Thursday mornings from 7:20 am to 7:45 am.
This gathering is for both girls and boys, grades 6 through 8. It will take place in the Fine Arts Building in room 113. (Though we are hoping to provide some light breakfast items, please send your son or daughter having eaten breakfast at home at this first gathering.)
We will meet weekly, starting with some fellowship, going into a brief devotional study, and ending with some brief prayer--all in time for the students to head to their lockers and then get to class.
I will be sharing the leadership and teaching with some other parents who have stepped up to help. Any student is invited to come as they are able any given week, though I would prefer an email rsvp as late as the day before to give us an idea of total numbers. I hope this is a great way to start the day.
Thursday, February 27, 2020 is Grandparents' Day at Saint Edward's School. Middle School students may leave campus with their grandparent(s) to have lunch at 11:30 am and the expectation is that all students will be back in classes by 1:30 pm.
If your child plans to leave with a grandparent, WE MUST HAVE PRIOR APPROVAL FOR YOUR CHILD TO LEAVE CAMPUS.
Parents-please notify Maria Klotter by 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 25, 2020 if your child will leave campus with a grandparent. We must have your permission and the name of the grandparent who is taking your child off-campus.
Unless you are there to personally sign your child out on Thursday (February 27) your child will not be allowed to leave campus if s/he does not have prior permission.
ATHLETES-If a student leaves campus with a grandparent and does not return to school by 1:30 p.m., that student may not participate in athletics that afternoon.
Students must sign out with Mrs. Klotter at 11:30 a.m. on February 27 and sign back in when they return by 1:30 pm. Last year the line to sign-out was very long. Pre-approval and only the student signing himself/herself out will expedite the process.
Please understand that we will continue to have regular classes and if your child leaves campus s/he is responsible for any work that s/he misses.
On 1/28/20, both the varsity girls and the varsity boys basketball teams celebrated Senior Night in the Gonzalez-Lobo Activities Center. The Lady Pirates took on Morngside Academy for the first game of the evening and soundly defeated them 35-12.
Scoreboard highlights for the Lady Pirates: Elise Mallon, 11 points; Zion Atwater, 10 points; Alexa Soderman, 8 points; and Jayla Brown, 6 points.
Following the Senior Night presentation in between the games, the varsity boys basketball team then faced Morngside Academy for their own match-up. In a crushing defeat, the Pirates walked away victorious over the Eagles, 60-31.
Scoreboard highlights for the Pirates: AJ Jennings, 19 points; Mac Carnell, 10 points; and Marcus Fini, 8 points.
The varsity girls basketball team hosted Port Saint Lucie High School on 1/27/20 in the Wachter Activities Center. The Lady Pirates dominated the Jaguars on the court with a 44-20 victory.
Scoring double digits for the Lady Pirates were Alexa Soderman (16 points) and Zion Atwater (11 points). Also producing baskets toward the win were Elise Mallon (9 points), Jayla Brown (6 points), and Lauren Chesley (2 points).
The Tentative Calendar for next year is now available. Please note that these dates are subject to slight changes as needed, but this will serve families well now for planning. Parents of rising freshmen, please note the rafting trip dates, as the event falls immediately after Labor Day. Also, parents of rising seniors should make a special note that Commencement weekend is NOT Memorial Day Weekend as in year's past. Therefore, the Class of 2021 will graduate on May 22. For all other details, please click here. Please also remember to periodically check the document for updates throughout the spring.
Two upper school and one middle school student attended the esteemed FMEA Professional Development Conference last week. It is one of the largest music education professional development events in the United States. It is attended by more than 10,000 people, performing in the All-State ensembles, students and professional musicians performing with invited performing ensembles, exhibitors, and parents of performing students.
Ashby Taylor served as a member of the Florida Music Educator's Association/Florida Vocal Association All-State Women's Chorus. The Women's Chorus was made up of about 200 girls throughout the state of Florida who were accepted into the ensemble after passing three vigorous rounds of musical and vocal quality examination.
Zayna had a similarly rigorous experience to become a part of the All-State High School Band. She said, "I truly learned so much from all the other performers who were a part of this concert. It was a great experience, and I hope to do it again next year!"
Parents Association Trunk Show Kickoff Party Chairs Ryan Russell and Rebecca Haller are excited to announce that plans are underway for the 28th Annual Trunk Show. Don't miss spring's best date night at the Kickoff Party on Friday, February 28. Tickets are available now! The rest of the weekend will include all of your favorite vendors, plus some new designers that will make shopping all kinds of fun.
Mrs. Fykes' international students in her Advanced English class for International students had the opportunity to share about their home countries and cultures to seventh-grade classes. Mrs. Wengler's class is currently reading Red Scarf Girl which is a memoir of the Cultural Revolution in China. Five Chinese students, Leo, Frankie, Jerry, Cindy and Kiara, came to her class and shared their knowledge about China including daily life, schools and their favorite foods. They showed a video clip of their favorite martial arts movie and a video about the weekly flag-raising ceremony. The seventh graders then had an opportunity to ask questions. Meanwhile, Sra. Mejia's class also got to hear from native Spaniard Andrea about all about life in Spain. The students were shocked to hear that in Spain, Andrea's typical dinner time is 11:00 p.m. The three German students in the class, Leon, Nikita and Louisa, also shared about their lives in Germany. It was a great opportunity for the international students to share their knowledge with the middle school students.
Deputy Cleveland demonstrated the use of the speed gun to Mr. Madhavan's Physics class to illustrate the principle of the Doppler effect. Deputy Cleveland used the opportunity to also share some safety tips with the upper school students. [click headline in eNews to see more photos]
Sixth grade kicked off their big Global Expedition project a few weeks ago. Each student was randomly assigned a country to learn about throughout the semester. Students will research a wide variety of topics about their countries in Skills, History and Science classes. One of the first tasks in Mrs. Fykes' Skills class is to write a formal letter to the embassy of their country requesting information. Students learned how to write a formal letter and address envelopes. The letters went out this week, and now the students are anxiously awaiting their responses. Fingers crossed we get some mail soon!
The Lower School sent five fifth grade projects to the IRRSEF this year. Each project is placed in a different group. All of our students received an award. Please help us congratulate the following students:
1st Place: Cesar Dato-Slattery and Will Fernandez for Catch that Carbon (STEM)
1st Place: Will Lockwood and Mia Maldonado for Solar Solutions (Science Fair)
2nd Place: Nicholas Rummel and Peter Roberti for Degrading Debris (STEM)
2nd Place Leah Chin and Jack Curley for Avocado Ripening (Science Fair)
2nd Place: Marlo Wilkerson and Mia Fernandez for Runoff Race (Science Fair)
Emily Salvador Budding Scientist Award: Leah Chin and Jack Curley
Ms. Kennedy's students recently completed the book Just Mercy, which is described as a "powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice—from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time," and later gathered to watch the film together. There's a rumor that there wasn't a dry eye in the house when the final credits rolled!
Sophomores had the unique opportunity to communicate with world-renowned and award-winning author Chitra Divakaruni. Students in Kelly Fykes' and Nicole Padgett's tenth grade English Honors class read a collection of short stories by Chitra Divakaruni called The Unknown Errors of Our Lives. Students posed questions to the author about her inspiration for her stories and her personal connections to her works of literature via Flipgrid, which is an online video platform that allows users to record videos, share with others and then respond to others' videos. Chitra was gracious enough to respond to our questions. It was a wonderful opportunity to create a real connection with an author.
It was another great night at the regional science fair awards for Saint Edward’s Upper School! Despite a significantly more modest number of participants from Saint Edward’s, we earned 50% of the state bids. Our state bid winners are Kiran Arain, Lily Strauss, Katie Croom and Emma Fini.
Saint Edward’s students also earned 75% of all scholarship awards, including nine $80,000 scholarships to FIT (Kiran Arain, Zayna Shaikh, Cristina Pines, Thomas Baker, Mei Bao-He, Ivy Yang, Riley Kesterson, Ella Provancher, and Emma Fini) and three $72,000 scholarships to FIT (Lily Strauss, Wil Blackburn and Ashby Taylor).
Katie Croom earned the Biology Award from IRSC for $13,500 and Ella Provancher and Riley Kesterson earned the Mathematics Award for $6000.
Additional awards include:
Chapman Award - Kiran Arain
Water & Pollution Award - Thomas Baker
Meteorological Award - Thomas Baker
Mu Alpha Theta - Wil Blackburn
Yale Science and Engineering - Mei Bao-He and Ivy Yang
Stockholm Junior Water Prize - Emma Fini
Naval Research Award - Katie Croom
All of our Upper School scientists placed either 1st or 2nd in their category!
Special thanks go to Dr. LP who was instrumental in many of these award-winning projects. Also thanks to Mr. Leonhardt, Mr. Les "Science" Rogers, and Dr. LP for volunteering their time at the fair this past weekend.
In case you missed the Wine Extravaganza event, we are still collecting wine for our Wine Wall! The Wine Wall at Saint Edward’s Pirate Ball is an integral part of the event. The top 50 bottles donated are auctioned off during the Live Auction, which generates a great deal of money for the School. A wine donation is an easy way to support Saint Edward’s School. If you would like to participate, please drop your wine off at the Admin Front Desk or Development Suite by March 6.
*Suggested wine donations retail for $50 or more with a preferred rating of 90 or above.
The varsity boys soccer team celebrated their Senior Night on 1/24/20 at home versus Glades Day School. The Pirates pushed past the Gators and defeated them 7-4.
Leading the Pirates on the scoreboard was Jack Zoltak with 2 goals. Quick maneuvering allowed Edgar Chavez to score his first varsity goal. Also scoring a goal apiece for the Pirate team were Drew Sternberg, Leon Main, Jack Dobson, and Ashton Noe.
The Pirates finish their regular season with a record of 13-2-1 and will compete in the upcoming district tournaments.
On 1/23/20, the junior varsity boys basketball team competed in their final game of the season, taking on the Brevard HEAT at home in the Gonzalez-Lobo Activities Center. The Pirates overwhelmed the HEAT, finishing the night 62-22. The team has completed their spring season with an 8-6 record.
With the start of lacrosse, baseball and boys' weightlifting, students are challenged the juggle academics and sports with practices every day after school from 4:00-5:30 p.m. However, the students describe it as a great way to make new friends and build their fundamental skills while having fun. Eighth grader Emmy Dichter comments, “Lacrosse is starting off great, we have an incredible group of girls, and I am confident we will do well in games and practices. I truly believe we can work to accomplish an amazing season!”
The 2019 Alumni Holiday Party was an evening full of festivity and holiday spirit as classmates reminisced with faculty and staff and cheered fellow alumni, Jon Bristow ‘95 and Doug Holowink ’79, as they were inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame alongside Coach Bob Bond. This year we also presented the Distinguished Alumna Award to Stana Ilcus ’83. It was truly a night of celebration. For those of you unable to attend this incredible gathering you may click here to see photos from the evening.
The Indian River Regional Science and Engineering Fair will have its award ceremony tonight at 6:00 pm at Sebastian River High School. This will be when all the Middle and Upper School students find out about the awards they won. Good luck scientists!
Come celebrate Saint Edward’s School’s 55th Anniversary with an evening of dining, dancing, live music, raffles and silent and live auctions while raising funds to support our students, faculty and programs. This year is sure to be a roaring good time with a 1920’s / Great Gatsby theme. Click here to purchase event and/or raffle tickets.
Put this date on your calendar, your fridge and your cell phone: April 18, 2020. That is the date we will celebrate Head of School Mike Mersky’s retirement and his 11 years of dedicated service to the School.
As we get closer to the date, we’ll send you a follow-up email with more details and a link to RSVP.
This Thursday, January 30th, you are invited to wear clothing which represents an athletic team. If you do not have any type of team clothing, you may wear a Saint Edward's shirt or your class t-shirt. If you choose not to participate, please report to school in your regular school uniform.
Tops - short or long sleeved (no sleeveless tops)
Bottoms - short pants of appropriate length or long pants (jeans are acceptable)
Shoes - closed-toed (athletic shoes are highly recommended as we will have physical education classes)
Hats are permitted but not inside buildings
All clothing should be neat, clean and appropriate with no rips, tears or frays
Should you have any questions, you may contact your advisor.
Congratulations to the Lady Pirates for their fine performances at the FHSAA 1A District 15 weightlifting meet. Tyler Colgan placed 6th at 101 lbs with 65/70/135. Grace Rodriguez placed 4th at 101 lbs with 70/70/140. These two place finishes have qualified Tyler and Grace for the FHSAA 1A Region 8 meet next week. In the 139 lb weight class, Meagan Baker went 6 for 6 with personal best lifts of 100lbs on bench, 100 lbs on clean & jerk for a personal record total of 200lbs.
Stone and Kieran Colgan, along with Sienna Mallon and Sebastian Fernandez played in the 7/8 Four County Honor Band. Retired bandmaster Jim Sammons of Vero Beach High School was their clinician. Students who qualify for the Four County Honor Band are recommended by their band teacher, and after several days of intense prep, they perform in a Saturday concert play with other talented student musicians from all over the four-county area.
The Beare students, Zander, Tyler and Katelyn got the best moment of their week when older brother Cameron surprised them upon returning from deployment in Iran. He arrived in San Diego over the weekend, where Coach Steve Beare and his girlfriend met him on the dock and returned with him to Vero Beach. Thank you to the entire Beare family for your commitment and sacrifice to our country!
Congratulations to our Middle School Geography Bee Finalists! These students were the respective winners of our preliminary round. We will host our championship competition on Tuesday, February 4 at 2:50 pm in the Waxlax Center for Performing Arts.
We have added some new classes to Spring 2020 External Studies! You will be able to check out Kids Rock Yoga Series, Grades 1-5. And Warrior Yoga, Grades 8-12! Both classes are being brought to you by local yoga instructor, Jasmine Alcantara. Please visit steds.org/beyondthebell to register today! More information available in the Spring 2020 brochure.
This past weekend four students from Saint Edward's School performed Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jr. representing Riverside Theatre at the Junior Theatre Festival in Atlanta, Georgia.
The students are Savannah Brown (7), Tyler Colgan (8), Cristina Pines (11), and Baylin Bischoff (3).
There were 28 states represented at the festival, as well as 6 different countries, including the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, England and China. Altogether there were 6,532 participants. Congratulations for a job well done! Contributed by Savannah Brown (7).
Mid-term progress reports for fourth and fifth grade students are now available online. A progress report is not written for every student. Progress reports are written for students whose teachers wish to communicate with their parents at this time.
To access progress reports, parents should log into mySTEDS > click on their child’s name in the upper left corner > select the Progress tab > click on the Report Card link > then click on 4th/5th T2 Winter Progress Report.
Parents, SES is excited to host a number of District games in the coming weeks, but please be advised that ALL adults will be charged a $6 entry fee for the upcoming tournaments per FHSAA rules. SES students are still free of charge. These are all cash transactions, so don't forget to stop at the ATM before cheering on your Pirates. Thank you!
On 1/16/20, the eighth grade boys basketball team competed in the Mid-Coast Athletic Conference Final, hosted by the Pine School in Hobe Sound. The Pirates finished their hard-fought season with a conference championship victory over the Knights, 31-28.
Outscoring their opponents by an average of 18 points, the team displayed remarkable teamwork on the court, which contributed to their success. Luke Damiani played tough in the middle and finished with 8 points. Even though he was tightly covered the entire game, Reed Sternberg also managed to score 8 points. Harrison Hardin chipped in all 7 of his points in the 4th quarter and sealed the victory with 3 crucial free throws.
Congratulations to the Pirates as they end their season with a 8-1 record!
Varsity boys soccer celebrated a victory on the road on 1/15/20 when they traveled to Melbourne to compete in a match up against Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy. A great team effort allowed the Pirates to defeat the Tigers 3-1. The Pirates are now 10-1-1 for the season.
On the field, Drew Sternberg scored 2 goals, and Jack Dobson scored the third goal with a great header. Teammate Angelo Andrew had all 3 assists. A solid effort was shown by Alex Lee in goal, behind a defense led by Edgar Chavez.
The 6th grade boys basketball team had a great season winning 5 of their games and losing only 2! Reid Durham comments “I think that it was hard to communicate with each other and pass at the beginning of the season, but then, later on, we developed a strong team and won a lot of our games. But that wasn't possible without practice. I thought that this season was a great season because we worked as a team.”
7th Grade Boys Basketball
The 7th grade boys basketball team had a wonderful season also winning 5 games and losing 2! Ray Taft says “We had a great defense and the opponents were never able to be inside the paint (The area surrounding the hoop) and our offense was great at taking outside shots.” Carson Yates recalls their games against Pine School and how the team worked together at the last quarter to take the win.
8th Grade Boys Basketball
The 8th grade boys basketball team had an amazing season winning 8 games and only losing 1! The team said this season they learned how to work as a team and communicate while improving their fundamental skills.
Middle School Girls Basketball
The girls basketball team won 3 of their games and lost 8. Despite their losses, the girls had a great time on and off the court. They played with tremendous effort in all of their games and always gave it their all.
Middle School Girls Soccer
The MS girls soccer team lost all of their games this season, but the girls always played their best in all the games and always kept a positive attitude. 7th grader Sadie Howarth comments “Even though we had a pretty tough season, and didn’t win a game, we still pushed through to try our hardest. We always put in our best effort and cheered up anyone who was upset or sad. Overall, we had a ton of fun and a lot of laughs, and I wish it didn’t end so soon!” Carrie Jane Fykes (6) adds “Although we didn't win a game this year, I think we improved as a team, and it was a really fun season,” and Findlay Beckwith (6) says “ This year I think we did a good job of controlling and passing the ball. Even though we didn't win a single game, it was so much fun playing the sport and being with friends. I remember the joy on my teammates' faces when we first scored a goal!”
Middle School Boys Soccer
The boys soccer team also had an excellent season winning 1 games and losing 2. The boys played each game with an outstanding amount of effort and overall teamwork. The goalies Ethan Ball and Nicholas Weise made many amazing saves throughout the season.
For this week's writing spotlight, we are happy to publish a Membean response from Grace Haller (8) about a dystopian society.
February 3, 2020
Thump, thump, thump. My heart was pounding out of my chest, and my head felt like it weighed hundreds of pounds. My bony fingers were shaking with every move I made. Despite the horrible condition I was in, it was a beautiful day. A cool breeze tickled my neck and kissed my cheek leaving a stream of goosebumps riding down my spine. The air was humid and muggy, and I felt like I was trapped inside a cardboard box. However, everyone’s lawn was freshly manicured, and there was not a grain of dust found on the crisp, pearly white streets because today was ranking day. Fifteen more minutes. At this point, I was questioning if I was going to get there in time.
The alarm. The alarm went off and I wasn’t on time. It was 8:00 a.m., and the alarm just went off. I wasn’t there. Picking up my pace, I ran. Fast and faster until the trees, stores, and shops all went to a blur. My legs felt like overcooked noodles; my flesh was hot and clammy with sweat, and my eyes felt like a million bees had stung them since the air left them dry. Then I saw it. I saw them. All 99 of them, and me at the back of the line. I could be here for hours.
Ranking closes at 10:00 a.m. and at 8:00 p.m. the ranks are shown. In that 10 hours in-between period, we could do whatever we wanted, and we could say whatever we needed because our actions wouldn’t be held against us for the next year’s rank. Good or bad, your choice, we never questioned the rules. Life was black and white; the rules were the rules, and they were forbidden to be broken.
The 8th-grade boys' basketball team finished their season with a conference championship victory over Pine by a score of 31-28. Luke Damiani played tough in the middle and finished with 8 points. Even though Reed Sternberg was tightly covered the entire game, he also managed to score 8 points. Harrison Hardin chipped in all 7 of his points in the 4th quarter and sealed the game with 3 crucial free throws. Outscoring their opponents by an average of 18 points, the team had an excellent, hard-fought season and finished with a 9-1 record.
Stone and Kieran Colgan (8), along with Sienna Mallon (7) and Sebastian Fernandez (8), played in the 7/8 Four County Honor Band last weekend. Retired bandmaster Jim Sammons of Vero Beach High School was their clinician. Congratulations musicians!
Our spring trips are fast approaching. Please take the time to familiarize yourself with the important trip details listed below.
Additionally, please remember that, just as you were required to do for our fall trips, you will need to complete our online school forms. A reminder email will be sent to you in the very near future when the forms are available to complete on your My Steds page.
Where: 8th Grade - Disney’s Magic Kingdom
6th and 7th Grade - SeaWorld
When: Monday, March 30th
Departure: from school at 8:00am
Return: to school by 7:30pm (we will encourage students to call parents when we are about 30 minutes from school)
Dress Code: shorts or long pants (no leggings), class t-shirt, closed in shoes (sunscreen is recommended).
Transportation: school bus
Money Needed: money for lunch and snacks will be needed ($20 or more is recommended)
Cell Phones: cell phones may be carried in the park but will be held during the bus ride. We will return phones when we are nearing school.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Krissie Fojtik (email@example.com)
Practices for the spring season for Athletics are scheduled to begin as follows:
Practice Start Date
Tuesday, January 21
MS Baseball Varsity Baseball Varsity Tennis Varsity Boys Weightlifting
Monday, January 27
All Lacrosse teams
Please make sure that your athletic forms are up-to-date with the athletic office before practices start. If you would like to check on the status of your student's eligibility, please contact Mrs. Miller: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The eighth grade boys basketball team recently wrapped up their regular season with back-to-back wins over Community Christian Academy.
On 1/9/20, the Pirates played the Cougars at home in the Wachter Activities Center and defeated their opponents 41-14. The Pirates then traveled to Stuart for a rematch on 1/10/20, where they overcame the Cougars 49-17.
All players contributed to the double victory in the scoring column. Scoring in double figures for the Pirates in both games combined were Reed Sternberg (17 points), Luke Damiani (16 points), Kieran Colgan (13 points), Will Russell (12 points), Owen Miller (10 points) and Harrison Hardin (10 points).
The varsity girls weightlifting team competed in their last regular meet of the season on 1/9/20 at Fort Pierce Central High School in Fort Pierce. Competing in the meet along with Saint Edward's School were Fort Pierce Central, Okeechobee High School, and John Carroll Catholic High School. Fort Pierce Central placed first with 73 points, Okeechobee received second place with 41 points, and Saint Edward's tied for third with John Carroll at 14 points.
Grace Rodriguez (8th grade) went 6 for 6, with lifts of 60/60/120, and placed 2nd in her weight class.
Tyler Colgan (8th grade) hit personal records across the board with 65/70/135, placing 1st in her weight class.
Meagan Baker (8th grade), Colgan, and Rodriguez have all qualified to lift for the Lady Pirates at the FHSAA Class 1A, District 15 meet.
The varsity girls basketball team hosted Saint Andrew's Episcopal Academy on 1/7/20 in the Gonzalez-Lobo Activities Center. The Lady Pirates soundly defeated the Lady Lions, 25-13.
Leading the Lady Pirates on the court was Alexa Soderman with 17 points. Also contributing to their team's victory with 2 points apiece respectively were Lauren Chesley, Karis Crookshank, Jayla Brown, and Kate Kedem.
On 1/6/20, the varsity boys soccer team took on rival Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy in Pirate Stadium. The Pirates came away with a hard-fought victory, defeating the Tigers 3-2. The record for the Pirates is now 8-1.
Scoring goals for the Pirate team were Drew Sternberg, Leon Main, and Jack Zoltak. An outstanding defensive effort was shown on the field by Aidan Burdick and Rian Tull.
Our very own Mrs. Fykes is in Miami this week presenting 4 sessions at the prestigious FETC conference. "The 40th National Future of Education Technology® Conference features industry experts and unrivaled agenda content, an Expo Hall filled with the latest and greatest solutions, and a community of thousands eager to network with like-minded peers." (www.fetc.org)
The four sessions she is leading are: Google Slides Infographics: Retaining Language Learning with Visual Aids, Tech Tools for Teaching ELLs, Super Charge Language Learning with Google Slides, and A Novel Approach to Novels in the Classroom.
Mrs. Hudson's Box Top crew needs your help! Funds from the program support lots of fun and educational activities in the Lower School but collection is a little slow so far this year. There's now an app that makes collecting credits easier than ever before, and even if you don't have a LS child you can contribute. Check out these videos that explain the process -- the outtakes are too cute to miss!
The seniors and their first-grade buddies gathered in the lower school courtyard yesterday to share the joy of reading. Dr. Suess and Junie B. Jones were popular favorites, and the first graders enjoyed showing their buddies the fun of taking selfies.
Nicole Padgett, Kelly Fykes, Shaun Hurley and Amber Mullins traveled to Miami this week to present to colleagues from around the country at the 2020 FETC Conference. The Future of Education Technology event brings teachers together to share ideas and best practices for incorporating technology into the classroom.
Sixth-grade English students are reading the novel The Cay, in which one of the protagonists goes blind. To build empathy for the situation in which this character finds himself, students participated in a series of blindness simulation activities in which they were required to complete certain tasks. Afterward, they shared how their blindness experience left them feeling vulnerable, helpless, anxious, and disoriented. One student added that the temporary blindness made him appreciate his ability to see. [please click on the headline for more photos.]
Stone Colgan (8)participated in the All-State Middle School Honor Band over this past weekend where he played with 125 of the best Middle School musicians in the state. The Florida Music Educators Association Conference was held in Tampa, FL. Stone represented himself and Saint Edward's School very well. Well done, Stone!
MS student Stone Colgan performed at the MS Honors Honors band at the All-State Conference in January. Stone’s band was comprised of 125 of the top musicians in the state as recommended by their directors. The 125 students were selected from 125 different Florida middle schools. Congratulations, Stone!
The spring play tickets are now available for purchase. Anne Frank is the classic story of a family hiding from the Nazis during WWII. Senior Gabby Carlson says, "This show has given us all a deeper understanding of Jewish culture and the despair that those in hiding had to go through. The tight spaces, the sleeping on the floor, and the crowded nature of the attic. We only have to go through this for about an hour and a half after school every day, so I can't imagine two years. The cast has bonded through these joint experiences, and I think that will make this an even better and realistic show."
The play will be performed Friday, February 21 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, February 22 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Click for tickets.
A note from Dr. Bao: Dear parents, I am excitedly writing this email to invite you to join us to celebrate 2020 Chinese New Year from 2:50 to 3:25 pm in the Waxlax Center for the Performing Arts on Monday, January 27, 2020. You and your family members are cordially invited to attend this annual event.
Here is the program for your reference:
Lion Dance by AP, Chinese 5 and Chinese 5 Club students
A beautiful dance by international Chinese students: Kiara Yuan & Amy Shi
Ancient Chinese Poem Chanting: by all the 5th graders
Firework: all the 5th graders
Folk dance: Where is Spring? All the 5th graders
Square Dance: The most Splendid Litlle Apple by all the actors and actresses & interested audience
After this dance, fifth graders will leave for school dismissal. If a fifth-grader wants to stay to watch the rest of the performances, his/her parent will contact their classroom teachers, and then parents pick them up at 3:10 and bring them back to Waxlax. Fifth graders are not allowed to stay alone to watch but have to watch with their parents if they choose to stay after 3:10 pm.
A Play: The Story of the Chinese 12 Zodiac Animals by Chinese 1H
Chinese Rap: There is a Grandpa whose last name is Gu by Chinese 2H
From VFTM: Congratulations to varsity weightlifters Grace Rodriguez (8) and Tyler Colgan (8) for their recent results at Ft Pierce Central. Grace went 6 for 6 with lifts of 60/60/120 and placed 2nd in her weight class. Tyler hit personal records across the board with 65/70/135, placing 1st in her weight class. Tyler's performance in this meet qualified her to lift along with Grace and Meagan Baker (8) at the FHSAA 1A District 15 meet. Congratulations ladies!
Mrs. Wengler's eighth grade English students submitted work to the New York Times Making Connections essay contest. They were asked to show the relationship between something they learned in school with an article from the New York Times. Many students made connections with the 7th and 8th-grade novel studies and the themes presented in those works.
We are excited to feature several strong pieces in View from the Middle in the next few weeks.
As the young boys in “Lord of the Flies” gradually hurtled into a state of anarchy and disarray fueled by their inability to coexist amicably among one another, they observed the island they formerly took refuge in metamorphosis into a dystopian revitalization of modern-day society. An insurgency of order and stability ultimately resulted in a tumultuous uprising marked by savagery where practicality was nonexistent. Without regulations or adults present, the boys turned to bloodshed to cope with their inadequacies. Although the island’s hostility was distinguishable from the beginning, the boys only made it increasingly worse by engaging in warfare.
Shortly after finishing the novel, I came across an article regarding Australia’s engulfing wildfires titled “As Australia Burns, Its Political Leaders Trade Insults” about how many political leaders are refraining from interference, causing revolts in civilization. This behavior has shown how an absence in governmental action and leadership can lead to even more adversities, as appearing in “Lord of the Flies” when the boys are left stranded without adults or anyone to responsibly govern over them, creating a state of pandemonium. We as a society are lacking imperative action that is needed to be taken by our political leaders, correspondingly to how the young boys in the novel lacked accountable and authoritative figures to help them survive through their time on the island before collapsing into chaos. Before we know it, we too might face similar repercussions that the boys on the island faced if we refuse to take appropriate measures needed to avoid watching a dystopian world unfold right before our very eyes.
Junior Lucy Kleinschmidt was cast as Catherine in a Staged Reading of Arthur Miller’s A View From The Bridge at The Vero Beach Theater Guild. Performances are January 31st at 7:30PM, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 1st and Feb. 2nd at 2PM.
A View From the Bridge
January 31- February 2, 2020
Directed by Pam Harbaugh
In 1950’s America, this journey of lust, love and honor charts the events of two illegal immigrant brothers moving from Sicily into the household their cousin Beatrice and husband Eddie Carbone, a Brooklyn longshoreman. Eddie is unhappily married and unconsciously in love with his niece Catherine. As Catherine falls for one of the immigrants, a tormented Eddie reports the brothers to authorities.
Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults and can be purchased on the VBTG website.
Saint Edward's Middle and Upper Schools will have the second Late Start Day on Wednesday, January 15, 2020. Late Start Days allow the entire faculty of a division of the school (Middle School and/or Upper School) to meet and discuss professional development issues. Faculty members will be in meetings between 7:30 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. Classes will not begin until 9:00 a.m. on that day. If you typically drop off your child in the morning, please refrain from doing so until 8:45 a.m. If your child typically rides the bus in the morning, the buses will run on their normal schedule. Students on campus before 8:45 am should plan to work quietly until the school day begins.
Late Start Days only apply to the Middle School and Upper School. Lower School is on a normal schedule.
ALL college-bound students and families, mark your calendars for the 2020 College Admission Night at Saint Edward's School on Monday, January 27 at 7 p.m. The event is free, and attendees will have the unique opportunity to hear directly from the admission deans at Georgia Tech, Elon University, Florida State University and University of Miami, as well as industry experts from Colleges that Change Lives. LEARN FROM TOP ADMISSION DECISION-MAKERS WHO WILL dispel college admission myths, explain current admission trends and answer your admission questions. Saint Edward’s School provides students from the four-county area the opportunity to learn the qualities of an out-of-state public university, a large private college, an in-state public university, a medium private college and small private colleges. All college-bound students and families are invited to attend.
Hey Pirates, Dr. Monahan wants you to try your hand at citizen science AND help our friends in Australia. We all saw the headlines this week that as many as 1 billion animals perished in the ongoing fires, and they need us to help identify the species that are in peril. You can devote as much or as little time as you want, and all it takes is a few clicks of your mouse.
This project has citizen scientists (you) look at camera trap images and identify the animals in the photo. It’s pretty straight forward and students can log in by using existing social media accounts or creating a new account, or you can create a single account for everyone in your family.
Mr. Mersky released a letter to the community this week announcing the appointment of the new head coach of the varsity football program. Please join him in welcoming Mark Gowin to the Pirate community!
MS and US report cards will be available online Monday 1/13 after 3 p.m. To access report cards in mySTEDS, parents should log into mySTEDS > click on their child’s name in the upper left corner > select the Progress tab > click on the Report Card link.
Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, January 30 from 1-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. and on Friday, January 31 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Parents may sign up for Spring Parent/Teacher conferences starting on January 22nd. Please refer to the Directions for Signing up for Parent-Teacher Conferences for details on how to register for conferences. Conference sign up ends on Tuesday, January 28 at 1 p.m. Should you wish to make any changes to your student's schedule after this date please contact the appropriate Division Registrar.
Mr. Mitchell and student members of the World Affairs Council (WAC) Bella Cooper, Maeve Reicher, George Sowles and Alejandro Wang heard from author, columnist and television commentator Gordon Chang on Tuesday, Jan 7 on the topic of Sino American relations. Chang is widely known for his book The Coming Collapse of China (2001), in which he wrote that the hidden nonperforming loans of the "Big Four" Chinese state banks would likely bring down China's financial system and its communist government.
The children who received gifts from our Angel Tree sent a sweet "thank you" to Mr. MacMullan over the holiday break. We want to express our deep gratitude to all of the Pirate families who contributed to this cause. These children would not have a Christmas if it weren't for your generosity. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of these sweet children.
There are several new faces in the Middle School this semester. A total of five new students are enrolled and four of those started on Monday. We are thrilled to welcome Justin Hall (8), Caroline Langsam (7), Jessie Liddell (7) and Sebastian Hall (6). The fifth new student, Zichu Wang (8), will arrive from China in the next two weeks.
Congratulations to 8th-grade musician, Stone Colgan, for representing Saint Edward's Middle School band program on Thursday and Friday in Tampa at the All-State Middle School Honor Band. Stone, who plays the trumpet, will join hundreds of other talented musicians who qualified for this honor back in November. Before leaving for Tampa, Stone said that he was most excited to play more difficult pieces and meet other musicians from around the state.
Many thanks to Mr. Hengen for encouraging our students to participate in this program.
View from the Middle welcomes all 5th-grade parents and students to its distribution list. We hope that you will enjoy getting to know more about Saint Edward's Middle School through this weekly publication.
SES has had a wonderful response from our students regarding our new partnership with Flik Dining. While we are excited about providing a popular dining program to our students, we ask that every family keep their student’s lunch account funded. Beginning January 2020, if a student’s account reaches negative $25, the student will only be allowed a sandwich, and the lunch account will be suspended. We must ensure Flik is paid for the food they serve your students. Please check My Quickcharge to either set up auto-funding or to keep track of your student’s balance. If you think you set up the account for low balance alerts, check to make sure the emails aren't going to your child's email. The cashiers will also notify your child once their account approaches zero. If you're having trouble connecting to the site, please call 1-518-459-5545 for further assistance. Thank you in advance for working with SES to keep our dining services partnership a positive one!