2020

  • July

    ACT Prep Begins July 13 with Annie Padnuk

    ACT Prep Begins July 13 with Annie Padnuk

    Marie Campione
    Attention Rising 12th graders: Study for the ACT this summer while you have time to focus on preparing! We have a great bootcamp to help you get ready! Harvard alum Annie Padnuk will help you prep on campus at SES July 13-17. http://ow.ly/gdE150AiSXH
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  • Tulane to Host COLLEGE DISRUPTED Panel - Maximizing the Freshman Year Experience

    Tulane to Host COLLEGE DISRUPTED Panel - Maximizing the Freshman Year Experience

    Marie Campione
    On July 17, Tulane University will host College Disrupted, a panel featuring four Tulane graduates who began college in the devastating wake of Hurricane Katrina. While Tulane's campus was closed during the 2005 fall semester, freshmen scattered across the country. Some lived at home, taking local college classes, while others enrolled temporarily at institutions around the world before returning to Tulane in the spring semester.

    The alumni—now in their 30s—will discuss maximizing the freshman experience when it doesn't go as imagined. As colleges routinely shift and re-shift their reopening plans, the panelists will offer first-year college students their advice, stories of success, and guidance on navigating an anything-but-normal freshman year.

    Register for the event here. We hope attendees find this panel useful and reassuring as students launch their college careers. This webinar will be recorded and available online for those unable to attend.
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  • Class of 2021: What 315 College Admissions Deans are Looking for This Year

    Class of 2021: What 315 College Admissions Deans are Looking for This Year

    Marie Campione
    Flown and Grown writer Allison StaterTate shares a glimpse into the minds of college deans during this unusual year: When students submit their college applications this fall, they might look different than in years past. What does that mean for the Class of 2021? Will the colleges really understand? Read the full article here.
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  • Looking for a New Podcast? Check Out Common Sense Media's PARENT TRAPPED

    Looking for a New Podcast? Check Out Common Sense Media's PARENT TRAPPED

    Marie Campione
    From the CommonSense Media website:
    The coronavirus pandemic has turned our lives upside down. Parent Trapped is here to help. Each week, host Ann Marie Baldonado checks in with authors, educators, and celebrities to bring you real-world stories and tips. You'll hear from experts and listeners on everything from juggling work and school with kids at home to awesome pillow fort designs (!) and great family movies.

    Learn More: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/parent-trapped/id1510846733
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  • SES Summer Programs: Little Veterinarians

    SES Summer Programs: Little Veterinarians

    We have tiny voices on campus again this week! Thanks to SES Alumnae and summer camp genius Morgan Smith, we were able to welcome the world's smallest animal doctors on campus so they could make all of their best friends feel just a little bit better. #HowSESLearns

    Learn more about summer at SES: https://www.steds.org/school-life/summer-programs
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  • SAT Bootcamp begins August 10-14

    SAT Bootcamp begins August 10

    Marie Campione
    Join Annie Padnuk for SAT Bootcamp!
    August 10-14
    9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Class held on SES campus, class sizes limited to 9!
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  • 2020-2021 Re-Entry Plan for SES

    2020-2021 Re-Entry Plan for SES

    Marie Campione
    From Head of School Dr. Stuart Hirstein:

    Greetings Saint Edward's families, I am happy to share an outline of our plans to be together again starting August 20, 2020. This document provides a detailed account of our return to campus and will be updated as new information and circumstances dictate.
     
    Please direct any questions you may have to info@steds.org and I, along with the Leadership Team, will answer your inquiries with as much detail as the current situation will allow.
     
    It's been a great week on the Pirate ship, and I look forward to meeting our students and families in the coming months.
     
    Sincerely, 
     
     
    Dr. Stuart Hirstein 
    Head of School
    Saint Edward's School
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  • Laura Riding Jackson COVID Writing Competition Winners

    Laura Riding Jackson COVID Writing Competition Winners

    Marie Campione
    Congratulations to Abigail Sylvia (8) and Ellie Schrock (10) for their winning entries to the Laura Riding Jackson “My Quarantine Journey” writing competition! Their essays will be published online and in print. Books will be available in a few weeks at the Vero Beach Book Center and at the LJR Writing Center for a suggested donation of $10. 

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  • New Summer Programs Begin July 6!

    New Summer Programs Begin July 6!

    We are looking forward to seeing you all this July, check out our New Summer Programs! 
    Pirate Camp begins July 6 - Last call to register for July 6 - 10. Enjoy summer fun from Phonics to outside adventures! Visit Weekly Sessions: July 6 - July 31 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. PK - 4th Grade *visit link for details:
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  • Summer Lit From The Benedict Library: Social Justice Titles for Middle Grade Readers

    Summer Lit From The Benedict Library: Social Justice Titles for Middle Grade Readers

    Explore these titles that elevate the voices of young activists, inspire calls to action, and explain complex issues such as racism, sexism, environmentalism, and immigration.
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  • Welcome New Head of School Stuart Hirstein

    Welcome New Head of School Stuart Hirstein

    Marie Campione
    Saint Edward's School would like to officially welcome Dr. Stuart Hirstein as he takes the helm of the Pirate Ship this month. Dr. Hirstein and his wife Mimi are beginning to get settled into their new home here in Vero Beach. We are looking forward to welcoming the entire Hirstein family to our community! Take a moment to read this letter sent by Dr. Hirstein to families and friends of the School.
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  • June

    Back to School Forms

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  • Books, Uniforms, Computers and More!

    Almost all the information that you will need to start the school year can be found on the "411 Doc Central" tab on the Resources tab in your MySteds account. Please check this regularly.

    You will also receive a mailing from the school the week of July 20th with many more pieces of information.
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  • MS Athletics

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  • Orientations for All 6th Grade, New 7th and 8th Grade Students

    All 6th-grade students will have an orientation on Wednesday, August 19th from 1:00-4:00 pm. New 7th and 8th-grade students will have their orientation on Wednesday, August 19th from 8:00-10:00 am. More details about these orientations will be included in the August 5th edition of View from the Middle.
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  • Send Me Your Summer Pictures

    I encourage all Middle School students to send me photographs of what you are doing this summer. My email is kmurphy@steds.org. I will publish all photos in the August 5th edition of View from the Middle.

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  • Student Academic Resources

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  • Welcome to the New School Year!

    I hope this summer edition of View from the Middle finds all of you well this summer.

    As you can imagine, the administration, faculty, and staff of Saint Edward's School are working very hard to stay one step ahead of Covid-19. Never before have we had to prepare several different schedules to accommodate potential scenarios. Not only do we have to prepare schedules, but we also need to prepare our campus to keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible. The detail of what we are accomplishing over this summer is impressive.

    If you have not done so already, please listen to the video recording from our new Head of School, Dr. Stuart Hirstein, that was sent to all families last Friday (June 26th). In that email, there is a link to a document that outlines everything that we are doing for the opening of school. It should answer most of your questions. 

    I will send out another edition of View from the Middle on Wednesday, August 5th. In the meantime, feel free to call me if you have questions specifically about Middle School. My direct office number is 772-492-2103.

    Sincerely,
    Keira Murphy
    Head of Middle School


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  • ACT Bootcamp

    ACT Bootcamp with Annie Padnuk!

    Marie Campione
    Act Now and sign up for ACT Bootcamp with Annie Padnuk!
    July 13-17th 
    9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Class held on SES campus, class sizes limited to 9!
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  • Books

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  • Your teens can learn that they can make a real difference in the world by volunteering. (Twenty20 @sophie.nva)

    How Teens Can Find Virtual Volunteer Opportunities This Summer

    Marie Campione
    Check out these summer volunteer opportunity tips from Flown and Grown writer Cameron Caswell: Not only will volunteering help conquer your teen’s boredom and sense of helplessness, it also will help hardwire their brain with skills and behaviors essential for life success and happiness: compassion, generosity, empathy, and commitment. They will also learn that even they can make a real difference in the world—and have fun doing it! Click here to read more: https://grownandflown.com/virtual-volunteer-opportunities-teens/
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  • Middle School Schedules

    Middle School schedules are still a work in progress. While all students are enrolled in their proper classes, the schedule of when, during the day, those classes will meet is not complete. In all honesty, it may take a few more weeks as we continue to analyze and determine what the best possible schedule will look like given the conditions under which we are working.

    Knowing the classes in which students are enrolled, families may use that information to purchase textbooks. We will let you know as soon as the schedules are complete. Thank you for your patience.
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  • Uniforms

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  • Ahoy Pirates!

    Mike Mersky
    Dear Saint Edward’s School Alumni:
     
    As I pack up the office and home on Ladybug Lane, with plans to depart from Saint Edward’s at the end of the month, events and people are constantly reminding me of how much I have enjoyed being on this Pirate Ship for the past eleven years.  What is not small but large in my mind and in my heart is the way you, the School’s alumni, welcomed me in the spring and summer of 2009 and continued to make me feel like an instant Pirate from the beginning.   The conversations, the lunches, the regional visits, the calls, and the advice you have shared with me, helped guide me during my tenure as Head of School, and those pieces will stay with me, forever.  Karen and I want to send you all our heartfelt thanks for your support for the past eleven years. 
     
    However, please know that you are now in excellent hands with Stuart Hirstein and his lovely wife, Mimi, coming on board at the end of June.  Stuart will be our 8th Head of School, and he was my first choice as a candidate when we were in the semi-final round with eight experienced leaders in the field.  He is experienced, knowledgeable, insightful, and indeed humble in terms of his own achievements, which makes for a great independent school leader.  He, the Board of Trustees led by Wendy Porter, and an incredible and experienced Leadership Team will guide this Ship in the years ahead, and I am confident of the very bright future that lies ahead for Saint Edward’s School.
     
    Thanks so much for all of your support throughout the years.  It was my hope and ultimate goal to leave Saint Edward’s in a state of ultimate strength and quality, so that our great School community would be here to serve and support children in our Treasure Coast region for generations to come.  And indeed, our beloved School is set to fulfill that role now and in the future.          
     
    Stay well, stay safe and thanks again for all of your support.  Once a Pirate, Always a Pirate! 

    Sincerely,







    Michael J. Mersky
    Head of School
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  • From The Benedict Library: WISHTREE Read by Katherine Applegate

    Summer Lit From The Benedict Library: WISHTREE Read by Katherine Applegate

    Marie Campione
    Hear author Katherine Applegate read from her New York Times-bestselling middle-grade novel, WISHTREE! This powerful story about acceptance and tolerance is a One Book One Community favorite.
     
    Wishtree by Katherine Applegate Summary:
    Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. Red is the neighborhood “wishtree”—people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red’s branches. Along with a crow named Bongo and other animals who seek refuge in Red’s hollows, this wishtree watches over the neighborhood. You might say Red has seen it all. Until a new family moves in. Not everyone is welcoming, and Red’s experiences as a wishtree are more important than ever. Funny, deep, warm, and nuanced, Wishtree is Newbery Medalist and New York Times–bestselling author Katherine Applegate at her very best—writing from the heart, and from a completely unexpected point of view.
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  • May

    Use this for the headline feature

    2020 Summer Reading Challenge

    Stephany Cooksey (lk)
    The Library is hosting a summer reading challenge for the MS & US divisions.  Read a book from the list and post a review in the library catalog (instructions are HERE) and division flipgrid (click headline for details), and you'll be invited to a fun celebration next school year!  All of this information and requirements will be posted on the Benedict Library page of mySteds for your future reference. Happy Reading!


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  • Resource Tile for Summer Reading and Work

    2020 Summer Reading List and Work Assignments

    Angie Stalquist (lk)
    The 2020 Summer Reading List has been published to the Summer Reading and Work Resource Board (in mySteds under Resources). Saint Edward's School requires all students entering grades 1-12 to complete a summer reading program. The books are available in paperback at local bookstores, libraries and online. 

    After you take some time to relax and enjoy summer break, take a look at the 2020 summer book list, bookstore link, assignments and more posted for your convenience in mySTEDS on the Summer Reading and Work Resource Board.


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  • Alejandro Wang

    Peter B. Benedict Scholar Announced

    M J (lk)
    Congratulations to Alejandro Wang, who was awarded the Peter B. Benedict Scholar award via video earlier today. This award is the School's most prestigious and is given in honor of Peter Benedict, the longtime headmaster of Saint Edward's School. Alejandro embodies all that the award symbolizes: scholarship, leadership, and citizenship, traits that Mr. Benedict tried to instill in all students under his care. We know that he will carry on the hopes and goals of both Mr. Benedict and the School.


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  • Second Graders Biography Day

    Second Graders Embody History

    Marie Campione (lk)
    Where else can Einstein chat up Walt Disney or Pocahontas swap wilderness tips with Steve Irwin? Why, at Saint Edward's Second Grade Biography Day, of course! Second graders capped off their biography study with a presentation of their chosen historical figure.  Mrs. Voyles and Mrs. Newman's second-grade students prepared for Biography Day as they do each year by each reading a biography of a famous person, then writing a report telling of the person's life and giving an opinion of the book.  Students had the opportunity to dress as their chosen subject and learn about the lives of many famous people through their classmates' portrayals. Students learned about history and humanity and became inspired to make a difference in the world.  
    Check out the fun in this album of highlights.


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  • Summer Safety Tips

    Summer Safety Tips

    (lk)
    Summertime is for exploration and adventure, so for families who may try to travel and as kids experience less structure being out of school, these Summer Safety Tips from Monique Burr Foundation break down helpful safety tips and talking points to review with your children/teens. The topics covered include Safe Adults, New Places, Unfamiliar Faces, and Screen Time. 

    Click here for full article.


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  • Treasure Lake Conference Announces All-Conference Team Selections for Spring Sports

    Congratulations to our Pirate athletes who were nominated for the following All-Conference teams for the Treasure Lake Conference spring season:

    Varsity Tennis, First Team - Singles
    Girls - Lily Strauss, sophomore

    Varsity Tennis, First Team - Doubles
    Girls - Lily Strauss, sophomore
    Girls - Miranda Morey, junior

    Varsity Tennis, Honorable Mention - Singles
    Boys - Jacob Chesley, junior
    Boys - Jack Zoltak, junior

    Varsity Tennis, Honorable Mention - Doubles
    Boys - Jake Damiani, sophomore
    Boys - Jacob Chesley, junior

    Varsity Lacrosse Team
    Boys - Reid Bartosch, senior, midfield
    Boys - Sam Cardosi, senior, defender
    Girls - Raleigh Cooper, senior, attack
    Boys - Oscar Lindenthal, sophomore, attack
    Girls - Elise Mallon, senior, defense
    Boys - Liam Murphy, sophomore, goalkeeper
    Girls - Bridget Nelson, senior, midfield
    Girls - Catalina Pratt, senior, midfield
    Boys - Riker Pratt, sophomore, midfield/faceoff
    Boys - Joshua Pusser, senior, attack
    Girls - Hailey Rhymes, senior, midfield
    Boys - Drew Sternberg, junior, midfield
    Girls - Savanna Ware, sophomore, midfield

    Players of the Year and Coaches of the Year for the spring season will be announced at a later date.


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  • Have a Great Summer!

    Be on the lookout for the summer editions of View from the Middle. I will publish on Wednesday, July 1st and Wednesday, August 5th.
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  • Info About Sixth Grade Flag Football

    Dear Parents,

    As mentioned in our previous notification regarding Middle School Football at Saint Edward’s, we will be providing sixth graders an opportunity to play flag football. We are excited to announce that John Colontrelle ’96 has offered to coach our sixth graders this fall as they compete in the Indian River Recreation Department Flag Football League. 

    The practices will begin sometime in mid-August. League games start right after Labor Day and are slated to run through the first week in November. The team will play an eight-game schedule and Coach Colontrelle plans on practicing three times per week. The associated fee is $35.00 per player. 

    If interested, please contact John Colontrelle at johncolontrelle@hotmail.com. He will answer any questions you may have and coordinate the paperwork for registering with the Indian River Recreation Department Flag Football League. Please note the deadline for registration is July 31st. As such, Coach Colontrelle would appreciate you contacting him as soon as possible in order to appropriately plan for the upcoming fall season.

    Best regards,
     
    Mark Gowin
    Head Football Coach
    Saint Edward’s School
    mgowin@steds.org

    Jeffrey Lamscha
    Athletic Director
    Saint Edward's School
    jlamscha@steds.org



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  • 6th and 7th Grade Science Projects

    6th and 7th grade science teacher Karl Leonhardt provided fun activities for students to conclude their academic year. In 6th grade, students created a video of themselves on a safari in the hunt for their Build a Beast model. The Build a Beast was part of their long-term, interdisciplinary Global Expedition Project.
    7th grade students created Rube Goldberg Machines. Enjoy!
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  • 8th Grade Summer Reading Study Guide

    The novel, Unbroken, is the required summer reading selection for 8th grade and Mrs. Wengler is providing a study guide now. The study guide is not required, but it will help students feel prepared when they return in August. 

    Unbroken study guide
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  • Middle School Students Praise Advisors

    All of the Middle School students collaborated on this project to thank and praise their advisors. Great job everyone!

    Click here to see this project.
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  • Recreating Historical Monuments Out of Food

    As an extra credit project, Mrs. Bischoff's 7th grade history classes had the opportunity to recreate historical monuments out of food. These are amazing!

    Click on the title for more photos.
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  • Camp in a box

    CAMP IN A BOX Spells S-U-M-M-E-R F-U-N!

    MJ
    The new, updated "Camp in a Box" catalog was launched this week following lots of hard work (and creativity) from coordinator Morgan Smith. Check out her happy video and then click for more information on the camps that will be offered in the month of June. Lots of fun is in store for your little ones!
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  • Friday's Drive-By Farewell

    (lk)
    Students and faculty will have one final opportunity to see each other and say goodbye. Students should also bring their band instruments, athletic gear, library books, and any books or uniforms they would like to donate to the school. If the Middle School student is the eldest child attending Saint Edward's School they will also receive the yearbook in addition to a certificate and awards, if applicable.

    The Drive-By Farewell schedule is as follows:

    1:00 pm for 6th grade
    1:30 pm for 7th grade
    2:00 pm for 8th grade

    Drive through the drop-off route and remain in cars. Faculty will take anything out of your car and advisors will give you your folder and yearbook.




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  • From the College Counseling Office: Mark Your Calendar (5/22-6/3)

    From the College Counseling Office: Mark Your Calendar (5/22-6/3)

    Marie Campione
    Tuesday, May 26 - Thursday, May 28, 2020
    Attend virtual presentations and info sessions to learn about over 35 colleges - mostly small, liberal arts colleges - including Hiram, Rhodes, Allegheny, Centre, Whitman, Lawrence, McDaniel, University of Puget Sound, and more! This free event is provided by StriveScan.

    Coast to Coast College Info Webinar
    Dartmouth, Northwestern, Princeton, Berkeley, and Vanderbilt invite you to learn about their institutions, hear advice about the college search and application process, and get your questions answered. Webinar link sent upon registration.
     
    Learn About Emory, Johns Hopkins, Notre Dame, and Wash U!
    Join this virtual group presentation to learn about each one of these universities! Pick the day and time that works best for you (the same information will be provided at each presentation). (*See link for more details)
     

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  • Stranded

    Highlights for the Week of May 18

    MJ (lk)
    Teachers and students maintained their end-of-year momentum this week with plenty of academic and physical challenges. Check out Isabella Peter's creative take on plant biology. Mrs. Durand's class took a deep dive into the study of villains, so this week they arrived in their Zoom room dressed as their favorite villain. Also, Mrs. Bischoff hit the road to deliver summertime fun to her very grateful students.

    Upper school sophomores are studying Persepolis, and Mrs. Padgett says, "This is a graphic novel that depicts the events in her life during the Iranian Revolution. Last week students did research to learn more about Islam, the shah and Iranian culture. This week we examined the complex interplay between text and images in a graphic novel. Students watched a portion of a TED Talk and then were asked to select images from the text to analyze during the live classes in the groups." 
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  • LS Last Week of School Schedule

    LS Last Week of School Schedule

    Marie Campione (lk)
    From Head of LS Barbara Mohler: Dear Lower School Parents, I would like to share a few details as we approach the final days of this school year. 

    The last day of class for grades pre-kindergarten through grade three will be communicated to you by your child’s homeroom teacher. For grades four and five, the last day of class is Wednesday, May 27.  Online Closing Exercises will take place as shown below. Please watch your email for an invitation to a Google Meet.  Award certificates and medals will be distributed at the drive-through on May 29 (see next paragraph). 
     
    Grade 4 - Thursday, May 28 at 10:30 a.m.
    Grade 5 - Friday, May 29 at 10:30 a.m.

    End of Year Drive-Through:
    • We invite everyone to a special drive-through per the schedule below at the Lower School Parking Area Circle to drop off items that still need to be delivered (school work, library books, etc.) and wave your summer farewells.
    • A Yearbook for each family (including any extras that were ordered in the fall) and Promotion Certificates for grades one through five will be distributed at this time to the oldest child in the family.  
    • If you have more than one lower school child in your family, please come at the time that is scheduled for the oldest lower school child. 
    • Faculty and staff manning the drive will be wearing masks and gloves. 
    When:  Friday, May 29
    Who:    Grades Pre-K through Grade 1 -  1:00 pm to 2:00 p.m.
                 Grades 2 through 5 -  2:00 pm - 3:00 p.m.

    We hope to see everyone on Friday, May 29 at the drive-through, but if you cannot be there at the appointed time to pick up your family’s yearbook and/or certificates, we will save them for you.  We will either arrange a time for pick up or you may get the yearbook and/or certificates when school begins in the fall. 

    Please remember to have your child(rend) complete the Summer Work to keep skills sharp before fall classes begin
    • Summer Math: Students entering grades one through five complete the Summer Math Review Book. The book was included with your child’s belongings, which you picked up from school at the end of April.  If you need to order another book, details on how to order the book are on our website on the Summer Work tile. Please have your child bring the completed book to his/her teacher the first week of school.
    • Summer Reading:  Students entering grades one through twelve are required to complete a summer reading program. The Summer Reading list is located on our website.
    See you on May 29th!
     
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  • Officer Cleveland Says Goodbye to the Class of 2020

    Officer Cleveland Says Goodbye to the Class of 2020

    MJ (lk)
    The School Resource Officers of Indian River County challenged each other to create videos saying goodbye to the Class of 2020, and we think Officer Cleveland is the hands-down winner! Check out his creative way to share his Pirate Pride!


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  • Taft Brothers Create Business to Support Covid-19 Relief

    Taft Brothers Create Business to Support Covid-19 Relief

    (lk)
    Many students are looking for ways to make a little money while they are home more. Ray (7) and Spencer (5) Taft decided to start a local carwashing business and are giving away half of the money to the WHO COVID-19 fund. Way to go Ray and Spencer!
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  • US Campus Drop-off/Pick Up Day: May 28

    US Campus Drop-off/Pick Up Day: May 28

    Marie Campione (lk)
    From US Head Jack MacMullan: Upper School students in grades 9-11 are invited to campus next Thursday, May 28 between 3:00-5:00 p.m.  At this time, students will receive yearbooks and any items left in their lockers.  Students will also have the opportunity to drop off athletic uniforms, band instruments, library books and any textbooks they wish to donate.  They may even be able to wave to a few teachers!
     
    Social distancing and related safety measures will be in place.  Students and families must remain in their vehicles and should follow the normal pick-up route through the parking lot.  Staff members, in gloves and masks, will be located at stations throughout the main circle and will facilitate the exchanges of the various items.  Thanks for your cooperation, and we look forward to seeing you!
     
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  • BOOKS!  Donate, Borrowed, Buyback and Rental Check-In DATES SCHEDULED

    BOOKS! Donate, Borrowed, Buyback and Rental Check-In

    Angie Stalquist (lk)
    SAINT EDWARD'S SCHOOL
    Middle and Upper School
    Donate, Borrowed, Buyback and Rental Check-In
    Upper School only - Thursday, May 28th - 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Middle School only - Friday, May 29th - Grade 6 at 1:00 pm, Grade 7 at 1:30 pm and Grade 8 at 2:00 pm  
     
    Donate:  You may donate your books back to Saint Edward’s School.  
    Borrowed:  If you borrowed books from Saint Edward’s School please plan on returning them.
    Buyback: Please use VALORE BOOKS for your buyback needs.
    Rental: For the 2019-2020 term, Follett is not requiring students (parents) to return their rental books to Follett. There will be no late fees and no suspension of existing rental accounts. You own these books.
         
    This market-based service is extremely easy to use and provides free shipping labels.  Follett is looking forward to renting to students again for the 2020-2021 academic term.
        
    Questions?  Issues?  Please reach out to Customer Service: csvirtual@efollett.com |  800-621-4089
     


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  • 2019-20 JV/MS Baseball team

    Spotlight on JV/MS Baseball

    This year, the junior varsity/middle school baseball team found itself with players from sixth grade through tenth grade. Having players of varying levels of experience, the combined team allowed its athletes to learn, grow, and develop from working alongside each other. Only two games in when the season abruptly came to an end, the baseball team was quickly coming together and learning to work in sync on the field. 

    Coach Steve Beare was the head coach for the junior varsity/middle school baseball team this season.

    With the skills the team has learned this year, we anticipate a thrilling and competitive season next spring for all of the returning athletes!

    [Click the headline in news to view a photo album of season highlights.]


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  • 2019-20 Varsity Baseball team

    Spotlight on Varsity Baseball

    The start of the 2019-20 season boasted a great beginning for the varsity baseball team. The Pirates won their pre-season game versus Fort Pierce Westwood High School, demonstrating the promise of a great season to come. Knocking their first game out of the park against the Brevard HEAT, the Pirates would go on to celebrate many more victories on the field. In fact, in their next to last game, Saint Edward's shut out Merritt Island Christian School 15-0. Despite not being even close to halfway through their previously scheduled games, the team collected an excellent 6-1 regular season record.

    The varsity baseball head coach for the 2019-20 season, Steve Beare, and his assistant coaches led the Pirates on the diamond this year. All of the coaches wish to share their thoughts with the team about this year's baseball season.

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  • A Running Challenge Proposed by Student Body President, Aidan Taylor

    Hello!
    Join the seniors as we run at the end of the year to battle poverty in Indian River County. 
    The Class of 2020 is inviting all runners to a virtual charity race to support United Against Poverty.  The rules are outlined in this document, but the idea is to throw on your shoes, mark your distance and time, and compete for prizes!  Elise and I spell it all out in this video. All proceeds go to helping local families put food on the table. The race is open to all ages and you can click here to register.

    Thanks, 
    Aidan
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  • Our Newest Pirate!

    Ms. Pamela Mejia and her husband, Justin Adams, welcomed Tomas Edward Adams on Sunday, May 17th. Everybody is doing well. Congratulations!

    Click on the headline for more photos.
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  • 2019-20 Varsity Boys Tennis team

    Spotlight on Varsity Boys Tennis

    Although the varsity boys tennis team only managed to play four matches before their season came to a halt, the Pirates were on an incredible winning streak. Whether playing at home or away, the team dominated the courts in their singles and doubles matches. In their games against Pine School and John Carroll Catholic High School, the boys almost shut out both opponents by winning all but one of their singles matches and both of their doubles matches each time. Not only did the Pirates finish their shortened season undefeated at 4-0, they also already swept their division in the Treasure Lake Conference.

    Head Coach Chad Miller led this year's varsity boys tennis team on the courts. The tennis team coaches have shared messages regarding their successful albeit abbreviated season.

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  • 2019-20 Varsity Girls Tennis team

    Spotlight on Varsity Girls Tennis

    The 2019-20 season began with a promise of great things ahead for our varsity girls tennis team. Winning all four of their scheduled matches during the shortened tennis season, the Lady Pirates did a phenomenal job in all of their singles and doubles sets. The girls team was poised to be crowned division champions in the Treasure Lake Conference, having already defeated all of the other teams in their district. In their game versus rival John Carroll Catholic High School, the Lady Pirates shut out the Lady Golden Rams by winning all of the slated singles and doubles matches and walking away with a final score of 7-0.

    The varsity girls tennis team is led on the court by head coach Chad Miller. The tennis coaches wish to share their thoughts about the season with their team.

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  • Summer Course Meets US Requirement for Rising Ninth Graders!

    Interested in getting ahead of the game? This summer we are pleased to offer for credit online courses. Rising 9th grade students can register now for Honors Ethics: Ethics in Sports. The course will explore ethical dilemmas through a variety of sports related topics, including cheating, gambling, youth sports, gender equality and more. For questions about how the course might fit for your child please contact the college guidance office. For questions about the course please reach out to the teacher, Greg Zugrave (gzugrave@steds.org).
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  • Summer Meetings for All 6th Grade, New 7th and 8th Grade Students

    Traditionally, I meet with all rising 6th-grade students and their families, as well as, any other new students/families to the Middle School during the summer. The meeting consists of reviewing schedules and expectations and taking a personalized tour of the campus. This has been an integral component of the transition to Middle School. 

    I have already met with many new Middle School Pirate families. If I haven't met with yours, please email me at kmurphy@steds.org to schedule a date and time in July or early August.

    Best,
    Keira Murphy

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  • Summer Reading Challenge

    Mrs. Cooksey, the school's Head Librarian, has issued a challenge to all Middle School students. Students will read a minimum of five SSYRA books from the 2020-2021 Middle School list and post reviews for each book on our school catalog along with a review on the Challenge FlipGrid (attach link)  page.  Every student that meets the requirements will be invited to an exciting celebration next school year in the Library. 

    More information is listed below and on the MySteds library page.

     
     
     
     
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  • Girls Locker Room Clean Out

    Middle School Girls!

    If you left anything in the locker room, we will have it bagged up for you to take during the Drive-By Farewell on Friday, May 29th. We emptied lockers and attached the locker number on the bag. If you know your PE locker number you can pick your bag up on Friday. If you don't, you'll need to wait until later so that we can identify what is in the bag and get everything to its rightful owners.
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  • Greasers on Zoom

    From Mrs. Wengler-
    Since we started reading The Outsiders, students dressed up as greasers for class today. Thankfully, we didn’t have a rumble.
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  • 2020-2021 Sunshine State Young Readers Award & Florida Teens Read Announced 

    2020-2021 Sunshine State Young Readers Award & Florida Teens Read Announced 

    Stephany Cooksey (lk)
    The Florida Association for Media in Education (F.A.M.E.) recently announced the 2020-2021 award lists for Sunshine State Young Readers Award (SSYRA) & Florida Teens Read programs.  These programs aim to encourage independent student reading by exposing them to fiction titles selected for their wide appeal, literary value, varied genres, curriculum connections and/or multicultural representation. Lists are divided by grade level to promote interest and develop reading fluency and comprehension skills.
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  • Circle of Fifths Art

    Circle of Fifths Video

    MJ (lk)
    Mr. Hengen asked his music students to portray the Circle of Fifths in art form this week, and he put them together in a compilation video that is both impressive and beautiful. Enjoy!
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  • From the College Counseling Office: Mark Your Calendar  - Coalition Week

    From the College Counseling Office: Mark Your Calendar - Coalition Week

    Marie Campione (lk)
    Monday, May 18-Friday, May 22, 2020
    Learn about the ins and outs of the college admissions process and gain college search resources from UChicago, Michigan, Kenyon, Notre Dame, and many more. Students who participate in at least 4 of the events will receive some free goody bags, so be sure to sign up today! This event is free for students and parents. 

     
     

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  • In Case You Missed It

    MJ (lk)
    There were three letters shared with our community this week, so if you missed any of them, please read now:

    Mr. Mersky's Letter to the Community (#10)
    Father Barrett's Songbird Sermon
    Mr. MacMullan's Message to US Families


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  • There's an app for that!

    John & George Build an App

    GS (lk)
    Students John Sarbak and George Sowles have developed a web application for connecting students. Users post topics to the center page and can reply to what their friends say. Each user profile has options for a bio, picture and occupation. Students can follow other users to see their profiles. Following a user also allows for the option to Direct Message. The website also has a “lounge” which is a zoom alternative that directly links to one big video conference room. There any student can video chat with any other student. It is basically like a lunch table at school!
     
    Check it out at: forum.sowlesnet.com

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  • LS PE Challenge

    Looking for a Friday Giggle?

    MJ
    This week's LS PE challenge was to lick a marshmallow and paste it to your forehead and see how long it would stick. The winning class earned a popsicle party! Watch the video to see who emerged victorious!


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  • 2019-20 Varsity Boys Lacrosse team

    Spotlight on Varsity Boys Lacrosse

    Though they already had a few games under their belts, varsity boys lacrosse was expecting great things to unfold for them this season. Showing their dominance on the playing field, the boys team overcame both Viera High School and Vero Beach High School by a significant margin during the preseason jamboree. Thanks to a highly effective defensive end and an impressive display of teamwork, the varsity boys team finished with a 4-3 record. In what would be their final game of the season, the Pirates completely shut down Ransom-Everglades High School at home, winning 16-0.

    Head Coach Doug Bailey rallied the varsity boys lacrosse team to victory on the field this season. Coach Bailey and his assistant coaches wish to share their thoughts on the season with their team.

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  • 2019-20 Varsity Boys Weightlifting team

    Spotlight on Varsity Boys Weightlifting

    The varsity boys weightlifting team had a very successful spring season, traveling to four meets before the season was halted. Most of its members hit their own personal record milestones more than once, with a majority of the team being able to go 6 for 6 in their events. Despite having only a small amount of meets, the athletes collectively managed to bring home two 4th place wins, three 3rd place wins, and two 2nd place wins in their individualized weight groups.

    Coach Les Rogers heads the varsity boys weightlifting team at Saint Edward's School. Please click on the headline above to view Coach Rogers's thoughts on this season's athletes.


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  • 2019-20 Varsity Girls Lacrosse team

    Spotlight on Varsity Girls Lacrosse

    Only four games into the season when it was suddenly ended, the varsity girls lacrosse team showed great promise on the playing field. The team displayed great determination in their season opener against equally ranked Windemere Prep School, winning 21-9. The final 2-2 record of the Lady Pirates does not begin to reflect the team's talent on the field. Facing tougher opponents at the beginning of their season, the girls were poised to sweep the rest of their scheduled season games. In their next to last game of the shortened season, the Lady Pirates faced Edgewood High School in a game that was dominated by a tie or a one-point separation throughout most of the match. Showing true grit, the team pulled together and scored the winning goal with just 17 seconds left on the clock.

    Head Coach Rick Cassara, along with his assistant coaches, guided the varsity girls lacrosse team on the field this year. Please click on the story's headline to read touching messages from the team coaches.


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  • 100% of the Class of 2020 was accepted to their first or second choice college

    College Counseling News: 100% Amazing

    MJ (lk)
    The College Counseling Department announced this week that 100% of the Class of 2020 were accepted into their first or second choice college. While the percentage has always been high, reaching 100% is a first. Mrs. Sternberg's team is brimming with excitement for this very accomplished class. She says, "everyone has seen the quote at the end of my email signature about hard work, but these students embody that spirit. They have looked challenge in the eye and excelled beyond all of our expectations. We are so very proud of every one of these students, and it will be our joy to watch them continue to grow and learn."


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  • First Grade shares their gratitude

    First Grade Shows the Love

    MJ (lk)
    As part of their writing lessons, first-grade students were tasked with writing thank you notes to the nurses who are caring for our community. The letters were delivered to Cleveland Clinic and accompanied by sweet signs of support. Click to view the album. Thank you, Mrs. Scales and Mrs. Thompson, for showing your students that simple acts of gratitude are precious.


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  • An example of the one of the assigned documentaries

    Freshman Biology Students Tackle Ecology Issues

    KM (lk)
    Dr. Monahan did a new assignment with her freshmen bio class for their Ecology Unit.  They were given the choice of watching one of four documentaries:
     
     
    They then had to design a slide deck connecting their documentary to ten essential concepts from the Ecology Unit, with a focus on human impact.  Students also had to provide a brief overview of the geography (including culture and government) of the region depicted.  The kids really loved the assignment, insisting next year's students complete it, “even if we’re back in the classroom.”  They buzzed about the projects for a good 20 minutes of virtual class and they said, while on the one hand, it was often really sad to see how humans were impacting critical habitats and endangered species, watching the documentaries really cemented vocabulary and concepts in a way that “book reading” just doesn’t do.  We also extended our discussion to ask questions about how the filmmakers chose to present their topic, the lenses they opted to use, who they included in the documentaries, and we revisited the essential idea of bias, something so important to be aware of in science, today more than ever.
     
    Dr. Monahan says that "we might be remote learning, but our students are engaging in real and meaningful study of ecology and environmental science. While I might not choose this mode of teaching and learning, in this case, it enabled students to have more choice to explore a topic of interest to them in a region of the world that piqued their curiosity."
     

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  • Healthcare Workers Parade

    Monday Funday

    MJ (lk)
    When the editor of Vero Beach Flash reached out to SES to participate in a celebratory parade for healthcare workers (complete with dinner delivered to healthcare workers later this week), we knew LS teacher Julie Damiani was the perfect Pirate to get the show on the road. In less than a day, she had happy volunteers making signs and giving their time on Monday afternoon so our Cleveland Clinic healthcare workers would feel the love. Our own "wandaful" Wanda drove the bus through some very tricky turns, windows open and horns honking. Special thanks to Mrs. Miner and her girls, Regan and Riley, and to Luke Daminani and Mrs. Scales for joining in the fun. The Rodriguez family were also a part of the parade in the Trinty Church pick-up truck. Click to view the video.


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  • Charity Run

    On Your Mark! Virtual Charity Race

    GZ & AT (lk)
    Pirates, it's time to don your shoes, tie your laces and line up at the start. The Class of 2020 is inviting all runners to a virtual charity race to support United Against Poverty.  The rules are outlined in this document, but the idea is to throw on your shoes, mark your distance and time and compete for prizes!  Elise and Aidan spell it all out in this great video. All proceeds go to helping local families put food on the table. Run the race between Saturday, May 23-30, 2020. The race is open to all ages and you can click to register.


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  • A Senior Night Screen Grab

    Senior Traditions Go Virtual

    MJ (lk)
    Some cherished senior traditions live on in these last weeks for the Class of 2020, including the annual Letting Go event, as well as senior seminars that cover the basics of safety and financial responsibility, and some favorite recent alumni even joined the Zoom meetings. Suzanne Jutras says, "My experience with all the guest speakers gave me an opportunity to learn a lot more before I go to college. Even though it was different learning from a screen rather than seeing all those amazing people in person, I still learned valuable things. My favorite event has got to be a drive-in movie. That should honestly be a tradition that you keep so other grades can experience it as well. My favorite online class has got to be the letting go ceremony. My family really loved the speaker telling us to be resilient in these hard times and the wonderful messages that the students gave to their parents. I'm going to miss everyone, and I'm glad that we had a week to learn more about college before we eventually have to go."


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  • Songbird Sermon from Father Barrett

    Please enjoy these words from Father Barrett.
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  • Drive through goodbyes

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  • Seventh Grade English Students Use Technology to Build Powers of Persuasion

    Persuading their peers to read their chosen novel is the final challenge 7th grade English students are taking on this year. To succeed, they are using an array of technology.  Firstly, they learned about Aristotle's appeals - ethos, pathos, and logos - by attending a mini-lecture on Edpuzzle and responding to in-video questions. They then viewed a number of commercials on YouTube and categorized them in a three-set Venn diagram on Lucidchart. In class this week, they identified that the two appeals which would most likely help them convince their peers to read their books would be pathos and ethos. The final step is to write the script for and film their book talks, and post them on Flipgrid. Et voila - a shared, peer-reviewed book list for their summer reading pleasure!

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  • The 8th grader's beloved trip to Washington D.C.

    Students Reflect on Middle School Memories

    With the end of the year coming up, students were able to reflect on some of their favorite middle school memories. Many of the sixth graders said some of their favorite memories consisted of sports seasons, orientations, and field trips. 6th grader, Findlay Beckwith, commented, “My favorite memory was whenever I was hanging out with my friends. We really take it for granted.” Virginia Roberti added, “I loved meeting all of the new kids during orientation.” 

    Many of the seventh graders enjoyed their field trips. Conor Powell says, “My favorite memory was when I went to the courthouse for a field trip. I brought my notebook and took notes while I was there, so I remember most of the details at the courthouse. It was awesome to see what people do in a courthouse and what kinds of cases there were.” 

    Enjoying their last weeks of middle school, the eighth-graders' favorite memories consisted of field trips, clubs, Multicultural Day, scoring their first goal, and much more. Maria Hawkins commented, “My favorite memory from the school year was when we went to Circle F and everyone was able to bond really well together.” 

    Please click on the headline for more photos.

    Contributed by Grace Haller (8)
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  • Taylor Mohr Knows Her Rules

    Click here to watch Taylor Mohr tell her dad (8th-grade History teacher, Scott) about the house rules. She is so cute and getting so big!
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  • Seniors on the Varsity Tennis team: Natalie Burgoon, Toby Tettamanti, and Ryan Niederpruem

    Coaches Honor Varsity Tennis Seniors with Video Tribute

    Although the Senior Night matches may have been canceled for the varsity tennis teams, Coach Miller, Coach Van Deinse, and Coach Krueger planned a celebratory surprise for their senior athletes. On Sunday, the varsity tennis coaches put together and shared a touching tribute video as their way of honoring their three seniors: Natalie Burgoon, Toby Tettamanti, and Ryan Niederpruem.

    Click here to view the senior tribute video for the varsity tennis teams.

    Congratulations to all three seniors for an outstanding year in tennis!


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  • From the College Counseling Office: Mark Your Calendar - College Presentations

    Marie Campione (lk)
    Learn About Emory, Johns Hopkins, Notre Dame, and Wash U!
    • Emory University
    • Johns Hopkins University
    • University of Notre Dame
    • Washington University in St. Louis
    Join this virtual group presentation to learn about each one of these universities! Pick the day and time that works best for you (the same information will be provided at each presentation).
    Sunday, May 17, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. ET (1:00 p.m. PT)[click headline for more dates and times.]
     
     
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  • ML Retton

    Highlights for the Week of May 4

    MJ (lk)
    It was another great week on the virtual Pirate ship, where history, the arts and an epic game of Battleship ruled the days. The second graders continued their biography unit, this time with visits from Mary Lou Retton and Thomas Edison. The LS PE teachers created a highlights video of children completing their PE assignments -- look to this video for ideas on how to keep it movin'.

    Eight-grade students are hard at work on their ME projects. Their exploration into their physical, athletic, social and spiritual growth is always so poignant, even when shared virtually. 

    Ms. Pellegrino's honor English classes were tasked with exploring their creative expression, and their options were limitless. Laurel Logemann chose video, Sam Cardosi built a nightstand and Alex Roberts wrote about his love of fishing with his favorite lucky lure. Marissa Vatland created an ocean cliff with items found at home. She says, "This piece (click on "creative expressions" above) is a representation of the ocean side cliff put into a flat surface so it has the dimensions and effects yet it is displayed as a glass-like board. The cliff allows the water to break on its rough surface." In Honors Chemistry, students learned about research enterprise at university levels. They studied about where research takes place, who pays for it, and how they can take part in research when they progress to college. 

    Mrs. Jenkins' Pre-Calc class is in the finals for Radian Battleship. She says "It's like traditional battleship, where you hide your ships and try to seek out your opponents. The difference is that we are dealing in polar coordinates. The radius of the circle and the angle are the attack and defense points. Example would be (3, π/4)." Still mystified? See if these visuals help.

    Finally, Cadence Callaghan took time with her mom to learn exactly how clouds form just in time for what the weatherman says will be a soggy Mother's Day. 

    We hope all of our Mothers enjoy the weekend knowing how much they are appreciated and loved.


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  • Mindful Moments for LS Families

    Mindful Moments for LS Families

    Lower School counselor Marie Mahovetz has been sending Mindful Moments to LS families a few times a week, and she recently included some specific information from Common Sense Media regarding technology concerns parents may have since their children are using technology more than ever (for school and fun). Check out the excellent list of 'Parents Need to Know ' questions and answers that tackle concerns regarding screen time, safe sites, and appropriate technology boundaries. 
     

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  • Senior Video: LOOKING BOTH WAYS

    Senior Video: LOOKING BOTH WAYS

    Marie Campione
    Check out special Senior video produced by senior yearbook staffer Christopher Schulze (with help from junior Maddy Sarrica).  Some seniors shared selfie-style video clips of sweet SES memories and expectations for the future, others shared photos wearing t-shirts with the logo of the college they plan to attend. The Class of 2020:Looking Both Ways video!


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  • Dr. Monahan 7 Tips Video

    Seven Tips for Virtual Learning Shout Out

    MJ (lk)
    Special thanks to the entire SES faculty, parents and students who answered the call to provide feedback to share tips for virtual learning. We took the Top 7 and created a video that will be used as part of our social media ad campaign. Thanks, also, to Dr. Monahan, whose in-home studio and talent in front of the camera were key to this campaign's success. Watch the video to see some familiar faces!


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  • 2019-20 Middle School Girls Lacrosse team

    Spotlight on MS Girls Lacrosse

    Although the middle school girls lacrosse team only made it halfway through their season, the Lady Pirates approached every game with determination and with a desire to bring home a victory. During their shortened season, the team had 5 wins under their belt and only 1 loss. For the Lady Pirates, a large part of their success on the field was due to a diligent defensive end. Many incredible saves at goal throughout the season helped the Lady Pirates reach their ultimate victory. The sixth and seventh grade athletes on the team also found a chance to shine on the field in their match-up against Saint Helen's School, which ended in a hard-fought tie with the Lady Falcons.

    Head Coach Bronia Jenkins guided the Lady Pirates on the playing field this season and was aided by assistant coach Jordan Canevari. The coaches have shared a joint heartfelt message regarding this year's middle school girls lacrosse team.

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  • Vietnam Class

    Vietnam Study Going Strong

    GZ (lk)
    Mr. Zugrave's Zoom study of Vietnam is a big hit. He says, "the Vietnam War class is going strong. We have a consistent 20 people participating and others joining in when they can. On Monday we cover the "War at Home," and it will be the fourth of our five class sessions!" The class is open to anyone in our community who has a love of history and access to Zoom.
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  • 2019-20 Middle School Boys Lacrosse team

    Spotlight on MS Boys Lacrosse

    For the 2019-20 spring season, the middle school boys lacrosse team achieved a remarkable 4-1 record. The Pirates managed to twice defeat Sebastian River Middle School and Storm Grove Middle School, both at home and on the road. Versus Sebastian River, the Pirates shut down the Cowboys at home and only allowed 2 goals during their away game. In their match-up with Storm Grove, the Pirates only allowed 1 goal on the road and shut out the Stingrays at home.

    This year, the Pirates were led by head coach Rick Goodhand. Coach Goodhand and his assistant coaches wish to share their thoughts with their team about this year's lacrosse season.

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  • Jasmine Nunez (8)

    MS Artists Recreate Masterpieces

    Students enrolled in art classes take their creativity to new heights as they research masterpieces of art and recreate them. The results are phenominal.

    Don't forget to click on the heading to see more examples.
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  • Sixth Grade Confession Poems

    April is Poetry Month and to celebrate students in Mrs. Fykes’ Skills class were asked to read a confession poem by William Carlos Williams. (See below) They used this poem as a mentor text to write their own confession poems. The sixth graders confessed all kinds of things like stealing sweets, avoiding chores, and putting off homework. 

    This Is Just To Say by William Carlos Williams
    I have eaten 
    the plums that were in
    the icebox 

    And which 
    you were probably 
    saving 
    for breakfast

    Forgive me 
    they were delicious 
    so sweet 
    and so cold


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  • Book Recommendations from the School's Librarian

    The Middle School and Upper School librarian, Mrs. Cooksey, has put together a list of the newest Sunshine State Book List for 2020-2021, as well as, a list of Middle Grade Webcomics. We welcome your feedback on any of the books you read. Enjoy!
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  • For Those Who Are Interested in MS Football

    Please click here for a letter from Mark Gowin, Head Football Coach.
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  • Mr. Mersky Visits Character Ed Class

    This past Friday, Father Barrett’s Character Ed class had the pleasure of speaking with Mr. Merksy, the current Head of our school. He shared with us his experiences working in education and serving as a Head of School, as well as helpful insights and advice for students. Throughout his career, Mr. Mersky immersed himself in his work and noted how happy it makes him when he sees students learning, interacting, and engaged in the classroom and in the hallways. Many of the standards that he lives by were passed down by his parents. He mentioned how crucial honoring his family name was from early on. After the passing of his father, Mr. Mersky found himself drawn back to his religion, which has allowed him to persevere through hardships he has faced throughout his life. Mr. Mersky practices gratitude daily and believes that in addition to education, a person should act with integrity, courage, optimism, and acceptance to enjoy and achieve success in their lives. 
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  • My Experience at Java Coding Camp by Olivia Stovall

    I attended a virtual five-day coding camp. The language I learned was Java since that’s the language Minecraft uses. On the first day, we introduced ourselves to a group that consisted of six people, two instructors, and three other campers. We went through the basics of coding and took a quick intake of what the code means. During the week, we modded items and blocks, such as custom tools, custom armor, spreading blocks, hot coal blocks, and custom food. On the last day of camp, we finished up customizing our items so we could build an adventure map to show off all of our coded mods. I showed my parents all the things I made over the week. In conclusion, I learned how to modify Minecraft to my specifications. I understand now how precise and repetitive one has to be while coding. Overall, it was really fun to code and learn from the instructors right in the comfort of my room!

    Contributed by Olivia Stovall (6)
     
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  • Students Let Creative Energies Flow While at Home

    To quench their quarantine boredom, many students have been going outside more, biking, and spending more time with family. Students also say they have been letting their creative energies flow more, as well. In addition to baking, students have been doing crafts like making their own candles, redoing their rooms, and even making their own masks!  Click on the links below for recipes and instructions! 

     
     
    Molly Rummel’ Whipped Coffee 

    Submitted by Grace Haller (8)
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  • Take a Virtual Tour

    Ms. Mahovetz and her 7th grade 7 Habits for Highly Effective Teens class have been taking virtual tours the past few weeks and want to share a collection of links that have been used. Take a peek and enjoy!

    Click here for the link.
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  • Fields Hoffmann (6)

    What New Activities Are You Doing Lately?

    Many of us are trying new things during this time of quarantine. We would love to hear about what new activities you've learned and see a photo, as well.

    For example, sixth-grade student, Fields Hoffman, made his own bow and arrow while quarantining in the mountains.

    If you would like to share, please send a short note and a photo to Mrs. Murphy at kmurphy@steds.org.
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  •  From the College Counseling Office: Mark Your Calendar (May 4-8)

    From the College Counseling Office: Mark Your Calendar (May 4-8)

    Marie Campione
    May 4-6, 2020 from 12-8 p.m.
    This free event will host three days of live-stream expert presentations for students and families and a concurrent virtual college fair with fully interactive booths. Students can chat live with college admissions representatives, helping to find fit. Learn from over 40 colleges and universities including Kansas, Elon, Ole Miss, Santa Clara, Yale, Palm Beach Atlantic, and more!

    Monday, May 4 - Friday, May 8, 2020
    Over four full days, choose from 96 different presentations on a variety of important topics to help you explore college opportunities. Topics range from "Choosing a College That Fits" to "Tips for Applying to Arts Colleges" to "Maximizing Aid at Private Universities." Hear from admission officers from hundreds of colleges including UVA, Trinity College Dublin, Claremont McKenna, Delaware, Carnegie Mellon, UC San Diego, Davidson, Colorado, Florida Southern, DePaul, Babson, Macalester, Ithaca, Vermont, and Richmond. These free sessions are provided by Strive Scan and are recommended for students in grades 9-11.

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  • Come and watch a movie with the Class of 2020

    A Fun Surprise for Seniors

    MJ (lk)
    On Monday, May 4, all upper school students and families are invited to join together at Causeway Cove Marina in Fort Pierce to enjoy a private drive-in movie night. The evening will kick off with a special video highlighting the Class of 2020, and the seniors voted to show the classic movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off. The event is free and there will be pizza, tacos and of course popcorn available for purchase. The event begins at 8 p.m. sharp, and the gate opens at 7:30. We ask that everyone honor social distancing guidelines during this time. Follow Treasure Coast Park & Watch on Facebook for further details on how this creative team is providing fun for families during the pandemic.


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  • Ellie MacMullan says

    A Week of Gratitude: TAW

    MJ (lk)
    On Monday morning, Kersti Stalquist, Grace Haller and Aidan Taylor called teachers in every division to share a message of gratitude to kick off Teacher Appreciate Week. Later in the week, the Parents Association surprised our teachers with a gift certificate to Johnny D's, and today, Pirates living in Arbor Trace worked with Mrs. MacMullan to create this sweet video using Mr. Baker's Backyard Sessions performance of "Teach Your Children." Thank you to all of our teachers and staff for their creativity, passion for learning and patience, not only now but always!


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  • Advanced Placement

    AP Students: Daily AP Tips are Headed Your Way

    MJ (lk)
    Mrs. Wald has developed a social media program to help our students prepare for the first-ever at-home AP test(s). Watch our FB, Insta and Twitter accounts for 11 days of tips and tricks for managing this new testing format starting Sunday, May 3. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to her directly.
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  • Exam Day Checklist

    AP: Day 4 Complete the AP Exam Day Checklist

    AW
    Have you completed your AP Exam day checklist?

     
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  • The Powell brothers have a chat in Spanish

    Highlights for the Week of April 27

    MJ (lk)
    This week's highlights just reinforce how much we have to appreciate with our faculty. The second grade kicked off their biography unit, where students are tasked with learning about an important historical figure, right down to the buttons. Can you identify these historial movers and shakers? LS students in Seagrove East used their PE time to tour the neighborhood. Mrs. Durand's MS students got to play "mob Scrabble" during bell work, and the Powell brothers chatted each other up en espanol.

    Mrs. Rogers tasked her art students with reproducing famous works of art, and the result is stunning.
    Today was the last day for our seniors, and our "Wandaful" Wanda had this message to share.


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  • Peter Benedict with the US Jazz Band at a 2018 event for the Benedict Legacy Society

    In Case You Missed It: Peter Benedict Tribute

    MJ (lk)
    Last Saturday, our esteemed and cherished former Headmaster Peter Benedict passed away. Mr. Mersky penned a heartfelt tribute to him and his legacy in this letter to the community. He will be deeply missed, but his impact will live on for generations.

    Earlier this week Father Barrett shared a moment of prayer with our community. Click here if you missed it.


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  • Maggie Doyne Speaks Directly to Saint Ed's Students in Video

    Maggie Doyne Speaks Directly to Saint Ed's Students in Video

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    Maggie Doyne, Co-Founder of Blink Now and CNN Hero of the Year in 2015, was set to visit the Saint Edward's School campus last week to speak to our students about her journey to Tibet that ultimately ended with her creating a refuge for children in need. Obviously that did not happen. However, Maggie was kind enough to record a message to our students. Click here for that video. We hope to see her on campus next year.


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  • Managing Stress with Ms. Borkovic

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    With a global pandemic slowing eating at everything we once knew to be normal like going to school, seeing friends and participating in team sports, lives have become extremely stressful. Here are some tips from Ms. Borkovic on how to manage stress.

    1. Have A Regular schedule! Go to bed and wake up at structured times; set aside distinct time for homework that is separate from your classes.
    2. Eat well! Make sure you are eating healthy and nutritious food, not just sugary treats.
    3. Hangout - Virtually! Be sure to have a video or call with your friends to stay connected. You can play a game or just chat, but staying connected is critical to your people!
    4. Do Things That Bring Joy! Build in time each day to do things you enjoy like drawing, singing, playing/listening to music, going outside, writing, reading, cooking, doing yoga, running, playing a board game, being with your family, petting your dog, etc.
    5. Your Thoughts Matter! This is a difficult time for everyone, so make sure you are giving yourself positive reinforcement to motivate yourself. Remember to have a growth mindset perspective about this challenge!

    Contributed by Grace Haller (8)


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  • Summer Programs and Water Camp News

    Summer Programs and Water Camp: UPDATE

    Marie Campione
    Dear Families, Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to analyze our options for our 2020 summer programs at Saint Edward’s School. We hope you are doing well in the midst of the current challenges and uncertainty that we are all facing. 

    The safety of our camp community is paramount in the construction and execution of all of our summer programs at SES, and our focus on proactive safety measures is a significant component in our recipe for the creation of unforgettable summer experiences. We take great pride in knowing that we build an environment where families feel confident that their children are engaged in programs that prioritize the physical and emotional safety above everything else. As you can imagine, the COVID-19 situation has introduced new, enormous challenges. We have been tirelessly working to determine how we can safely host camps that meet our standards of excellence. 

    In consideration of the factors mentioned above and with a very heavy heart, we have made the difficult decision to cancel Water Camp and all contact-sport camps for the summer. In addition, we will only offer virtual, flexible summer programs for the month of June. If you were registered for a June on-campus program, a contact-sport camp, and/or Water Camp, we will cancel your enrollment and you will NOT be charged any money for this disruption. An updated catalog for June will be available by Friday, May 15, 2020.
    [click headline to read more.]


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  • April

    Looking for a Good Book?

    With lives in quarantine, students say they have been reading a lot more. Here are some of their favorite new reads! 7th graders Grace Griffeth, Ray Taft, and Jessie Liddell recommend The Neptune Project, Metro 2033, and Turtles All the Way Down. 

    Molly Rummel comments “I love The Miraculous Journey of Coyote Sunrise. It is about a girl that lost her mother and sisters in a horrible accident. She learns that a memory box that she, her mom, and sisters buried in a park will be lost when the park is demolished. Her father is too pained to return home, so she secretly formulates a plan to make it home to get the memory box. On her journey, she meets many new people and makes new friends.” 

    Conor Powell recommends “"The Sun is Also a Star" by Nicola Yoon. It's a romance book about a Korean boy named Daniel Bae and a Jamaican girl named Natasha Kingsley. They met each other, went for a walk, and fell for each other, all on the same day. However, they can't stay with each other for long because Natasha and her family are going to be deported out of the U.S and into Jamaica the next day.

    Contributed by Grace Haller (8)
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  • Tik Tok Challenge Winners

    Congratulations to Carson Yates for winning the 2020 Saint Edward's School Tik Tok Challenge! You have won a homework pass. If you would like to use it next year, you may.

    And the winner for faculty is the new mom, Mrs. Mejia!  Way to go! We can't wait for Tomas to see this video of his parents.
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  • From the School Counselor Regarding Student Wellbeing and Resiliency Survey

    We are excited to incorporate a new student survey to measure health and wellness at school! The National Association of Independent Schools is partnering with Authentic Connections, a data analytics organization focused on student wellbeing and resiliency, to better understand the specific needs of students at independent schools in grades 6-12 during COVID-19. Student participation will be confidential and anonymous. The team of psychologists at Authentic Connections will help interpret results, compare our responses to other schools around the country, and make recommendations to increase student wellbeing. While this survey assesses our students’ experiences during virtual school, the results will help us inform our practices when we return to a traditional school environment. If you have questions or would like to discuss the survey in more detail, please reach out to Samantha Borkovic, our school counselor, at sborkovic@steds.org.
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  • Sixth Graders Get Creative with Ancient Greek Videos

    Sixth-grade students in Mrs. Bischoff's History class created videos depicting Ancient Greek legacies and achievements. 

    Here are two great examples:

    Example #1

    Example #2


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  • Advocacy Scavenger Hunt

    Advocacy Adventures: Toothpaste Tube Tussle

    SB (lk)
    Only during a quarantine does a mostly empty tube of toothpaste have high value! On Wednesday the upper school advocacy participated in a scavenger hunt for some virtual community building. Students had to search for random items in their house like the oldest SES yearbook, VHS tapes and DVDs, used toothpaste tubes and jars of pickles. Thank you to everyone who participated and congratulations to Ms. Kennedy, Mrs. Padgett, Mr. Miller and Ms. Buckley's advocacies for winning their grade level competition!
    *click here to see scavenger hunt photos!


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  • From the College Counseling Office: Mark Your Calendar (April 24-30)

    From the College Counseling Office: Mark Your Calendar (April 24 - May 6)

    Marie Campione (lk)
    Thursday, April 23 - Tuesday, May 5, 2020 @ various times
    April 23, 8-9 p.m.: Math/Science Workshop
    April 29, 7-8:30 p.m.: ACT Bootcamp
    May 5, 7-8:30 p.m.: English Workshop
     
    Tuesday, April 28 @ 7 p.m.
    Hear from Adam Ingersoll, a recognized leading expert on college admission testing, about the most current news and thoughtful insights on the following and more:
    • COVID-19’s sweeping impact on college admission testing
      • Test-date disruption and when site-based testing may resume
      • Likelihood of SAT and ACT at-home online testing this fall
      • How colleges are responding now and what is unresolved
    • Making the best choice between the SAT and ACT
    • The role of test scores in different admissions contexts
    • Making sense of the subtlety and variety of testing policies
    • Debunking the most pervasive myths about testing
    • Finding the optimal timeline your for testing and test prep
    • Scope of test prep and expectations for improvement

      This free webinar is hosted by Cary Academy, Durham Academy, and Compass Prep.

    Tuesday, April 28 - Wednesday, April 29, 2020 @ 6-9 p.m.
    Attend online information sessions with admission professionals from Colgate, Smith, UC Berkeley, Emory, Wash U and Tufts. Learn about affording college, the women’s college advantage, finding your college fit, COVID-19 and your college application and more. This free, live chat event is provided by CollegeGreenlight.com and is recommended for students in grades 9-12.
     
    Monday, April 27 - Friday, May 1, 2020
    Over four full days, choose from 96 different presentations on a variety of important topics to help you explore college opportunities. Topics range from "Choosing a College That Fits" to "Tips for Applying to Arts Colleges" to "Maximizing Aid at Private Universities." Hear from admission officers from hundreds of colleges including UVA, Trinity College Dublin, Claremont McKenna, Delaware, Carnegie Mellon, UC San Diego, Davidson, Colorado, Florida Southern, DePaul, Babson, Macalester, Ithaca, Vermont, and Richmond. These free sessions are provided by Strive Scan and are recommended for students in grades 9-11.

    May 4-6, 2020 from 12-8 p.m.
    This free event will host three days of live-stream expert presentations for students and families and a concurrent virtual college fair with fully interactive booths. Students can chat live with college admissions representatives, helping to find fit. Learn from over 40 colleges and universities including Kansas, Elon, Ole Miss, Santa Clara, Yale, Palm Beach Atlantic, and more!
     

    Monday, May 4 - Friday, May 8, 2020
    Over four full days, choose from 96 different presentations on a variety of important topics to help you explore college opportunities. Topics range from "Choosing a College That Fits" to "Tips for Applying to Arts Colleges" to "Maximizing Aid at Private Universities." Hear from admission officers from hundreds of colleges including UVA, Trinity College Dublin, Claremont McKenna, Delaware, Carnegie Mellon, UC San Diego, Davidson, Colorado, Florida Southern, DePaul, Babson, Macalester, Ithaca, Vermont, and Richmond. These free sessions are provided by Strive Scan and are recommended for students in grades 9-11.

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  • Littles Virtual School

    Highlights from the Week of April 20

    MJ
    Science in every division seemed to dominate the Pirate ship on this very busy week. Becca Hurley celebrated Earth Day with a kayak/island clean up trip, and she rewarded herself with some cute cookies at the end of the day. She participated in the HALO art fundraiser, too. LS students and families participated in the Geo Challenge, and Maddy Padgett got her question answered by the experts. PK student William had some chemistry fun in the kitchen, and Carolina stopped by to check in on Wanda for her PE activity. Upper School student Olivia Pickering showed off her rock star status with this number, and our seniors were surprised with happy congratulations signs in their front yards.


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  • ICYMI

    In Case You Missed It: Mersky Letter and Special Pirate Field Announcement

    MJ (lk)
    There were two letters this week that were emailed to our community Click here if you missed Mr. Mersky's letter #9, and click here if you missed the announcement regarding Pirate field.


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  • LS Teachers Sending the Love

    MJ (lk)
    Lower school families came to campus this week to collect their belongings (there were more than a few lunchboxes with some interesting "science" experiments inside!) and prepare for summer learning. The teachers were so happy to see their students, even from a distance. We will look at this photo twenty years from now and say "remember when?"


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  • Middle School’s Favorite Virtual Activities

    With virtual classes, middle schoolers have been able to experience new and exciting online activities. Many students say playing Kahoot is their favorite way to obtain information while having fun and competing against friends. Molly Rummel’s (7) favorite activity is Mrs. Durand's Quarantine Name Game. Jessie Liddell (7) enjoys the many virtual clubs like Digital Art Club. Matthew Barrett (6) comments, “One of my favorite online activities is OkEd Puzzle. It is a website that we have been using for my math class. I think it is very fun.”

    Contributed by Grace Haller (8)
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  • MS Envirothon Team Takes First Place!

    MS Envirothon Team Takes First Place!

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    From Mr. Leonhardt: The MS Envirothon team came in first place in the MS competition. These middle school scientists had a great time and are very excited about continuing to compete in future competitions. Their success got the sixth-graders excited (the fact that they get cupcakes and candy at the end of the competition helped). Hopefully, we will continue on with more teams next year competing, and this will give them all more experience, so when they move to the Upper School they can make an immediate impact. Thanks to Dr. Monahan for suggesting this for middle school students! [click news headline for more photos]


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  • Senior Week 2020

    Senior Week 2020

    (lk)
    Hi Seniors & Families, the end of the year celebrations we typically have planned for you all are not able to happen this year. While this is sad and disappointing, we reimagined what your LDOS, internship and "transition to college" experience could be and condensed it into the week of Friday, May 1 - Friday, May 8. Please see this attachment  for important dates and mark your calendar accordingly:
     
    Friday, May 1: Last Day of Classes for Seniors! Please note: all non-AP classes finish this day. If you are taking an AP course, please continue attending that class until your AP exam date. 
     
    Monday, May 4 - Friday, May 8: Senior Week! Senior Week is the reimagined version of your internship experience and transition-to-college seminar. See the attachment for alternate activities planned for each day of the week including speakers, advocacy, first-grade buddies, reflections, and celebration!
     
    We look forward to celebrating your high school years with you during this Senior Week in May and at your in-person graduation events in mid-summer. 
     

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  • Six Question Senior Social Media Spotlights

    Six Question Senior Social Media Spotlights

    Marie Campione (lk)
    Over the next few weeks be on the lookout for your favorite class of 2020 seniors to be featured on our School social media channels in our Six Question Senior Spotlight series!  As seniors submit their responses, their spotlight feature is created using their senior portrait and their responses to our six questions. We've loved the responses we've gotten so far! Some have been sweet, serious and thoughtful, and all have tugged at our heartstrings. (Seniors, keep those responses coming!)
    Here are the questions we asked our seniors:
    1. What year did you start at SES? 
    2. What are your top three things you participated in at SES? 
    3. What is your favorite SES memory? 
    4. What is/was your favorite class? 
    5. What is your proudest SES achievement? 
    6. What is a piece of advice you could give to current SES students?
    Once a Senior Spotlight has been published on our social media platform, you can see the spotlight feature here as well! 

    #AlwaysAPirate #SESClassof2020



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  • Carsonites 2020

    Team Carsonites Tackle State Competition

    MJ (lk)
    Starting at 9 a.m. tomorrow, Team Carsonites (Alexa Soderman, Bridget Nelson, Jack Kincus, Elise Mallon and Drew Eidemueller) will compete in the Florida Envirothon. This year the competition is virtual, and they have been preparing ever since their win at the regional level last winter. Dr. Monahan's video explains it all. Good luck, Carsonites!


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  • The Dog Ate My Spanish Homework

    (lk)
    Students in Ms. Mejia's sixth-grade Spanish class recently collaborated with their families to produce a video while learning the song "Las Excusas." This song is about a child who forgot his Spanish homework and gives many excuses to her teacher. Enjoy!

    To watch the video, please click here.




     
     
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  • Students Cope with Life in Quarantine

    With life in quarantine, students say they are able to establish new hobbies and activities in their free time. Many students have been reading, Facetiming friends, and spending more time outside. 7th grader Addison Logemann says, “I have been spending a lot more time with my family,” and Molly Rummel (7) adds “I just finished redecorating my bedroom. I also wrote letters and created care packages for a few friends.” 

    Students have also been able to take up new hobbies. 7th grader Savannah Brown has been able to start playing the ukulele while Conor Powell (7) has been making his own music!  Check out Conor’s Song

    Contributed by Grace Haller (8)
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  • Flipgrid Video Winner and NEW CHALLENGE

    Congratulations to our Grand Prize Winner, Addison and the Logemann 5,  for their rendition of Our Song by Taylor Swift. Our runners-up include: Carrie Jane Fykes (6), Aerin Russell (6), Caroline Langsam (7), and Findlay Beckwith (6). Everybody is deserving of a homework pass.

    This week's faculty bragging rights go to Ms. Yvonne Miller!

    The next challenge is a general talent show. You can record yourself doing anything. For example, you can play a song on a musical instrument, do a magic trick, sing a song or tell a joke. Here is the 
    link to this week's challenge.

    Let's see how many entries we have before next Wednesday! 
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  • From the College Counseling Office: Mark Your Calendar

    From the College Counseling Office: Mark Your Calendar (April 21-23)

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    Tuesday, April 21, 2020 @ 8 p.m.
    Representatives from admissions departments of Georgia Tech, George Washington University and the University of Texas Austin came together for a panel moderated by Ginger Fay, Applerouth Tutoring Services and former Senior Admissions Officer at Duke University. This free panel is provided by Applerouth Tutoring.
     
    Wednesday, April 22, 2020 @ 7 p.m.
    Hear from Rick Clark, Director of Undergraduate Admission at Georgia Tech and Susan Tree, former high school counselor and former Associate Dean of Admission at Bates College in this interview-style webinar. They’ll focus on two themes: de-stressing and focusing on things we can control. Call it A College Admissions Serenity Prayer. They’ll give answers to these questions: What impact is COVID-19 likely to have on the admissions process? How should students and families approach the college admissions process amidst some uncertainty?
    What can juniors be doing right now? What can parents be doing right now? How to begin developing a balanced college list (even if you can’t visit campus)? This free online Q&A is provided by the College Essay Guy and is recommended for students in grade 11.
     
    Thursday, April 23, 2020 @ 4 p.m. or 6:30 p.m.
    Connect with top schools around the country without needing to leave your house. Drop into virtual rooms where admissions officers from more than 40 schools will share information about their college and answer your questions, live. Tune in to two panel discussions: “Tips on Creating Your College List” and “Behind the Scenes: How Admissions Decisions Are Made.” Learn about Harvey Mudd, Tampa, Emory, UConn, Harvard, Bowdoin, Ohio State, Furman, Rutgers, Chicago, Clemson, Florida State, Denison, and more! This free event is provided by Coalition for Colleges and is recommended for students in grades 9-11.
     
    Thursday, April 23, 2020 @ 8 p.m.
    Ethan Sawyer, the College Essay Guy” will host a free Q&A with parents and students on how teens should think about their application essays this year. What questions do you have for Ethan? Email them to grownandflown@gmail.com.
     
    Thursday, April 23 - Tuesday, May 5, 2020 @ various times
    April 23, 8-9 p.m.: Math/Science Workshop
    April 29, 7-8:30 p.m.: ACT Bootcamp
    May 5, 7-8:30 p.m.: English Workshop
     
    #HowSESConnects
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  • 6th Grade 20 x 20 Presentations

    To consolidate the knowledge that they built before reading The Pearl, 6th-grade English students created a Pecha-Kucha presentation of their findings. Pecha Kucha means 'chit chat' in Japanese, and it is a 20 by 20 presentation format where 20 slides are displayed for 20 seconds each. Students worked in groups to record their commentaries and insert them into their Google Slideshows as a voice-over. The constraints of this format provided them with practice in communicating their ideas in a concise manner, as well as the opportunity to learn the new technology skill of embedding sound in a presentation.
     
     
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  • Father Barrett Invites All to Wednesday Morning Bible Study Group

    Father John Barrett continues to lead the Middle School Bible Study group virtually. Everyone is invited. This group meets on Wednesday mornings from 8:30 am to 9:00 am. If you are interested in joining, please contact Father Barrett by email (jbarrett@steds.org).


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  • Luke Newman is the flag holder of the day for the Pledge of Alligiance

    Academic Highlights: Week April 13-17

    MJ
    These week, Pirates of all ages once again covered all the bases in every division. Little Matty Hauf invited a bunch of friends to attend class with him who clearly have no respect for social distancing. Belle Wengler dressed the part for her kitchen science experiment with Dad, and Chase Taylor worked all afternoon to show off his successful Rube Goldberg assignment.

    MS Spanish students offered up a litany of excuses for not getting their homework done, and the girls LAX team had a fun virtual skills meeting with Coach Bronia Jenkins. Finally, the US Jazz Band offered up a jazzy lunchtime toe-tapping tune on Friday.


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  • Attention Senior!!! College T-Shirt Video

    Attention Seniors!!! College T-Shirt Video

    Hello Seniors, We need your help! Please take a selfie wearing a t-shirt or sweatshirt from the college you will be attending next year or make a short video (no longer than 30 seconds) of yourself wearing the t-shirt or sweatshirt.
    In the short video please talk about:
    • your favorite memory from your time at SES,
    • give a message to your classmates and/or
    • say what you are looking forward to most about college. 
    The deadline was Monday, April 20, but we still need some of the seniors to send their photo or video to yearbook@steds.org - in the subject line please write: T-SHIRT - your name.  To those seniors who are still deciding, please wear a Saint Edward's shirt and send in a picture and/or video.  
     
    PLEASE MAKE SURE THE NAME OF YOUR COLLEGE IS VISIBLE IN WHAT YOU SUBMIT!!  
     
     
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  • Vero Beach Sunrise

    Father Barrett Shares a Easter Week Message

    MJ
    Father Barrett learned about "SGN" this week, and shares a parallel message about the wonder of the Easter season. Click here to watch his message.
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  • Mr. Mersky Updates the Community (4/17/20)

    MJ
    Mr. Mersky sent out an email this week regarding senior activities and other news. Click here if you missed it.
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  • Elise Mallon, senior, varsity girls cross country

    TC Palm Announces Fall Sports All-Area Teams

    The Treasure Coast Palm has revealed their selections for All-Area Teams for the following Fall Sports:

    First Team, Girls Cross Country -
    Elise Mallon, senior
    Runner-up at the Wayne Cross Invitational, Mallon set a personal best time of 21:28.65 in October.

    First Team, Girls Swimming -
    Alexandra Stern, 8th grade
    The district champion in the 200 and 500 freestyle, Stern captured 22nd and 23rd place respectively in the Class 1A state meet.
     
    Honorable Mention, Football (Offense) -
    Brennan Wolfe, junior, ATH

    Honorable Mention, Girls Swimming -
    Faith Mead, freshman

    Honorable Mention, Girls Volleyball -
    Alexa Soderman, sophomore

    Coach of the Year -
    Greg Zugrave, Girls Cross Country
    Under Zugrave's guidance, the girls team reach the Class 1A state meet for the first time in the program's history. The girls cross country team placed 5th in the District 7-1A and Regional 4-1A meets and went on to place 31st in the state meet in Tallahassee.

    In light of his selection as Coach of the Year for girls cross country, Coach Zugrave stated, "The boys and girls teams accomplished quite a bit [this year]. Their hard work and dedication despite relentless heat was impressive to watch. The girls team accomplished things that will not only stand the test of time in the school’s history but set the bar high for all the young ladies who looked up to them. It was a season we will never forget!"

    Congratulations to Coach Zugrave and to all of our Pirate athletes!


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  • Rico celebrates Easter

    Be An Angel for HALO

    MJ
    Pirates, HALO is conducting a fun volunteer opportunity for any age, and it's especially helpful during this time of quarantine.

    Jan Howington says, "HALO No-Kill Rescue has created a fundraiser where a person submits to us a picture of their pet (cats, dogs, horses and we have even had a pig) and we ask an "artist of various talents" to paint, draw, sketch, digitally design their rendition of the pet, which is then displayed on social media and sent to the pet parent.  For each pet that is recreated, the pet owner gives a donation of $20 to HALO."  This is a great activity for students and staff of any age. If interested, email janh@halorescuefl.org for more information.
     
     
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  • College Image

    Important College Counseling Connections

    MJ
    The SES College Counseling office has some valuable college admission information for freshmen, sophomores and juniors. Stay tuned to the school calendar and our social media channels for frequent updates on these invaluable opportunities to maximize your chances of finding the best schools for you. These offers are unique to the quarantine status, so make sure you make the most of this information. This list will be updated as events are offered, so keep an eye on the school calendar and our social media channels for updates. Next week's events include: (click headline in eNews to see details)


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  • Middle School’s Favorite Shows, Movies, and Youtube Channels

    In addition to baking, many students have been discovering new T.V. shows and movies. Here are some of their favorites: 7th grader Jessie Liddell recommends the Netflix show “Planet Earth.” She comments, “It is really good, and it is all about the earth's ecosystem!” Ray Taft (7) recommends the Disney movie “Onward.” 

    6th grader, Finn Secunda, comments on his favorite youtube channel. “'Kurzgesagt - In a Nutshell' is a great educational Youtube channel that makes great science, space, and other various videos that are done by incredible animators. They make their topics easy to understand and visually entertaining. They really are something that I am surprised is free.”

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  • Mr. Mersky pulls raffle tickets

    Pirate Ball Raffle

    MJ
    Mr. Mersky rolled the raffle barrel on Wednesday to surprise two families with a windfall on what would normally be tax day. One family won $5,000 and another $500. Thank you to all who participated in this important fundraiser for the School.
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  • Safety in the Age of Online Learning

    We have all heard the stories in the news of uninvited guests gaining entry into virtual platforms such as Zoom, and with the explosion of online learning around the world in the last few months, these stories are more prevalent.

    In the past two weeks, the Middle School has had two instances where someone with a name the teacher did not recognize either entered or tried to join a synchronous class. 

    In the first instance, a person appears to have joined a class through Zoom. This was prior to all of the new Zoom security feature updates, including waiting rooms and requiring the host to manually admit participants. The uninvited guest used a lude photo as their ID picture. The teacher recognized this within seconds and removed the person from the meeting immediately. This happened just as the class was ready to dismiss. Some, but not all, of the students did see the lude photo. An email to students and parents was sent out within an hour. This situation was also brought to the attention of our Technology Department for further review.

    More recently, a person using a non-steds.org email tried to gain entry into a different class through Google Meet. This person used an inappropriate phrase as an ID name. The teacher denied access to this person. Thankfully, the students in the class were not able to see this person attempt to gain entry. Unfortunately, the students in the class could see a flash of the name that was denied. Again, an email from the teacher to students and parents was sent home immediately. 

    The Technology Department has an ongoing investigation into both instances. It is important to note, however, that we cannot rule out the possibility that our own students are experimenting with the technology. A student would have had the ability to change their own photo ID in the first class, and a student could have shared the class link with another person, or simply used a different email address, to try to gain access in the second class. 

    Saint Edward's School has the safest virtual learning environment we can possibly have. Our teachers are utilizing the security measures available on both Zoom and Google Meet.

    So, whether it was definitely a person from outside of our community who is causing this trouble or someone from within, it is important that we all help our students understand their own roles in promoting online safety.

    If you have questions or concerns, please contact Keira Murphy (kmurphy@steds.org).




     
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  • Stage Combat Video

    Click here to watch the Theater students practice their stage combat skills. Thanks to Mr. Baker for putting together this video.
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  • Students Share Their Passion for Baking

    In their free time, many students have been baking. Here are some of their favorite recipes! 7th grader Savannah Brown has been baking, reading, and drawing in her free time. Her favorite recipe is a cookie cake!  Many students have also been baking banana bread. Olivia Hawkins baked a blueberry lemon cake as well. Molly Rummel (7) comments, “I have been drinking iced matcha, which is just ice, matcha powder, agave syrup, and milk. (I use Oatly.) I also like to make whipped coffee!

    Here are the links to some of their recipes! 

    A student’s recommended banana bread


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  • We are listening...

    Thank you to all of you who take the time to fill out our surveys regarding the virtual platform. Please know we are analyzing the data, reading the comments, and discussing among the faculty and staff how we can best incorporate your input.

    The two areas where you have provided the most feedback are wanting more synchronous time with teachers and needing help managing the homework load. 

    We feel we can help you best in both of these areas by the students regularly utilizing posted office hours. Every teacher has one hour of scheduled time to be available for any student who needs their assistance on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. All teachers are willing to "meet" at other times, as well.

    During office hours teachers will review material, help with homework, provide organizational and time-management strategies, and much more. 

    The time and the help is there. We look forward to seeing you in office hours.

    Every teacher has the following office hours scheduled:

    Monday 3:00 - 4:00 pm
    Tuesday 9:00 - 10:00 am
    Thursday 3:00 - 4:00 pm
    Friday 9:00 - 10:00 am
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  • Mr. Baker Creates Distance Learning Video

    MJ
    Thank you to Mr. Baker for creating a new video for our steds.org home page. It highlights how our students are learning from home, both from the teacher and student perspective. Check it out!
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  • Alert Indian River

    Did You Know? IRC Information System

    MJ (lk)
    Indian River County offers a free emergency alert service to all county residents. It is helpful now and during other events such as hurricanes. Click here to get started.
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  • Let's

    Let's Become Citizen Scientists (and expert bakers, too!)

    (lk)
    Dr. Monahan is offering a special mini-course for Pirate Families: Sour Dough Science.  This is a team course for all ages; each team must have at least one adult and one child, but it can be the whole family! No grades, just join in the fun!

    Sign up at this link to participate.  Together we will learn how wild yeast brings us delicious sourdough breads and the science that explains it.  The course begins on April 15 and runs through the end of the month in celebration of Citizen Science Month.  Participants must order full-range pH strips from Amazon to be delivered by the start of the course, and all other materials can be found in your house! Check out this video for more details and information and sign up today.  Let’s learn some science, do some science and have a little fun together.  See you on April 15 for our live meeting!
     
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  • Progress Report Schedule and Explanation

    Dear Parents,

    The last progress reports of this academic year will be published next week and I want to take this opportunity to remind everyone exactly what a progress report is and how we use it.

    Progress reports are simply a snapshot of how your student is doing at a particular time. For example, teachers had to prepare their progress reports by 10:00 a.m. on Monday, April 13, 2020. That is when Mrs. Klotter imported all the grades from the grading system. Any teacher could then go into their grade book at 10:01 a.m. and add more grades that could drastically change a student’s overall average in the class. But the progress report, being a snapshot taken at 10:00 a.m., will still indicate the earlier grade.

    It is nearly a week-long process for us to gather, edit and publish the progress reports. Mrs. Klotter reads all of the reports and, if there are any questions, she asks the teacher to clarify. Progress reports are necessary for me and advisors to have a formal check-point of student progress. But they are not considered formal grades. The only formal grades we have are at the end of the first and second semesters.

    During this particular progress report, all students will have many comments from teachers specifically reflecting on the student's transition to our virtual platform. Please know that the best way for you to understand your child's progress on a day-to-day basis is to read the comments provided with the individual grades in the online grade book. All parents have access to their child's grade book and those comments 24/7.

    We encourage you to contact a teacher at any time throughout the year to schedule a "meeting" if you have questions. There is no reason to wait for progress reports or formal semester report cards. Receiving a progress report that is literally obsolete the same day it is submitted (because the grades will change as soon as a teacher enters a new grade) is much less important than regularly reviewing the grades and comments every week with your child.

    I hope this offers some explanation of progress reports. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

    Sincerely,
    Keira Murphy
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  • “Indiana Rangers: The Army Guard in Vietnam”

    SES Open Online Class--The Vietnam War

    GZ (lk)
    In an attempt to bring the community together the Saint Edward’s History and Social Science Department will be offering a free open online class to upper school students, parents and alumni. The topic for the course will be the Vietnam War. We will meet on Monday evenings via Zoom to discuss the week’s readings, topics and videos. It is meant to be an interactive, discussion-based course. We welcome all levels--from upper school students, parents and alumni-- to participate and engage in the topic.

    We plan to provide multi-perspectives of the events associated with the war as well. While no formal ‘credit’ can be given for the class, we will issue certificates of completion. If you might be interested please email Greg Zugrave, the instructor, to sign up for the class and obtain the detailed week by week syllabus.


    Zoom Sessions will begin on Monday evenings at 7:30 p.m.
    04/20 Session 1 Introductions and the Diem Era of the Early Cold War, 1954-1963
    04/27 Session 2 Kennedy and the Escalation of the War, 1961-1963
    05/04 Session 3 The Life of Soldiers, 1964-1968
    05/11 Session 4 Chicago, Kent State and The War at Home, 1968-1971
    05/18 Session 5 Nixon, Vietnamization and the Lasting Legacies, 1969-1972
     

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  • by Payton Andrews (6)

    Sixth Grade Explores Pop Art

    After learning about the Pop Art movement and taking inspiration from famous artists like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, sixth graders transformed an ordinary object they found at home and made it into an extraordinary work of art.

    Click the headline for more examples.
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  • Raffle April 15th

    The PB Raffle is ON!

    KS
    As you know, the annual Saint Edward’s School Pirate Ball is postponed, but the raffle is still on!  Next Wednesday, April 15, 2020, Tax Day (also postponed), we will draw the winning $5,000 and $500 tickets.  If you haven’t had the chance to secure your raffle ticket yet, you still can by visiting this link:  SES Raffle Ticket by noon on Wednesday.
     
    We hope that you are all safe and healthy at this time, and we look forward to announcing two lucky winners next week.

    Winner will be contacted individually and announced in next week's eNews!
     

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  • Treasure Lake Conference Releases Winter Sports All-Conference Selections

    Congratulations to our Pirate athletes who were nominated for the following All-Conference teams for the Treasure Lake Conference winter season:

    First Team
    Boys Basketball - AJ Jennings, junior, guard
    Boys Soccer - Angelo Andrew, senior, midfielder
    Boys Soccer - Edgar Chavez, senior, center defender
    Boys Soccer - Liam Kavolius, senior, defender/midfielder
    Boys Soccer - Drew Sternberg, junior, midfielder
    Boys Soccer - Jack Zoltak, junior, midfielder
    Girls Soccer - Ellie MacMullan, sophomore, defender
    Girls Soccer - Kalani Wright, 8th grade, midfielder

    Honorable Mention
    Boys Basketball - Connor Wolfe, sophomore, guard
    Girls Basketball - Zion Atwater, senior, forward
    Boys Soccer - Aidan Burdick, junior, left defender
    Boys Soccer - Leon Main, junior, forward
    Boys Soccer - Rian Tull, junior, defender/midfielder

    Conference Champions
    Boys Soccer - Blue Division

    Players of the Year and Coaches of the Year for the winter season will be announced at a later date.


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  • Fall Sports All-Conference Selections for Treasure Lake Conference

    Congratulations to our Pirate athletes who were chosen for the following All-Conference teams for the Treasure Lake Conference fall season:

    First Team
    Volleyball - Zion Atwater, senior
    Volleyball - Alexa Soderman, sophomore

    Honorable Mention
    Boys Cross Country - William Munz, junior
    Football (Defense) - Marcus Fini, senior, OLB
    Football (Offense) - Brennan Wolfe, junior, ATH
    Boys Golf - GP Battista, senior
    Boys Golf - Aidan Heaney, sophomore
    Boys Golf - Ryan Niederpruem, senior
    Boys Golf - Adam Rogers, sophomore
    Boys Swimming - Alex Roberts, freshman
    Girls Swimming - Alexandra Stern, 8th grade
    Volleyball - Meredith Burgoon, sophomore
    Volleyball - Molly McGee, senior

    Players of the Year and Coaches of the year for the fall season will be announced at a later date.


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  • 7th-grade English Museum Challenge Paper


    Being confined at home during the pandemic doesn’t mean that life has to be uncultured. Museums around the world challenged art fans to post photos of themselves recreating their favorite works of art from the safety of their homes. 7th-grade English students compared and contrasted one of these artistic interpretations provided by the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. After sharing their findings in virtual breakout rooms, students then wrote a short paper commenting on the similarities and differences between the two artworks. This assignment complemented their work in art class, where students actually chose a famous artwork and recreated it.
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  • Sun rising over a beach

    Father Barrett's Easter Message

    MJ
    Father Barrett released a video holiday message today. If you missed it, please click here.


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  • Imagining a Perfect Society

    (lk)
    Before reading The Giver, which is set in a utopian community, seventh-graders worked in groups to create their own version of an ideal society. They wrote a formal report presenting the key features of their utopia, as well as creating a digital map for it.

    Please click on the headline/link for more digital maps.




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  • A painting by Victoria Dellilo (7)

    MS Students Develop New Hobbies While in Quarantine

    With life in quarantine, Middle School students say they have developed many new interests and hobbies in their free time. Many students say they have been going outside a lot more. Seventh grader Sadie Howarth commented “I actually really like to take walks outside, hike, and ATV around my yard. It's really fun, especially in this hard time.” 

    Other students like Kincaid Nelson (6) and Jessie Liddell (7) have been cooking and baking to pass the time. Molly Rummel (7) has even been experimenting with delicious vegan recipes! Seventh graders Victoria Dellilo and Emma Kruntorad have channeled their inner artist while Victoria has also been painting and Emma has been experimenting with photography and video making. 


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  • Resources From the A.L.L. Mrs. Greene and Mrs. DePalma

    Resources From the A.L.L. Mrs. Greene and Mrs. DePalma

    It is important to maintain a daily routine and schedule while we learn to navigate this new learning experience. Remember to include time to eat, exercise, relax, check-in with family and friends and sleep!
     
    Editable Weekly Schedule, Schedule Maker or Printable Assignment Calendars: Copy these schedules and adapt it to meet your needs (US & MS versions available)!Recommended Daily Routine Schedule: An alternative schedule with recommendations for how to utilize your time on a daily basis
    Remember to utilize your Google Calendar and Smartphone to set up reminders for class times. meeting times, and homework due dates
    Reading Resources:

    LearningAlly
    :(if you have forgotten your login or password or need assistance please-mail one of us or sign up for a meeting time) 

    Read Aloud: A text to speech voice reader
    : (Google Chrome Extension that reads online text aloud)

    Audible
    : Audio book service is offering free stream as long as schools are closed

    Read and Write for Google Chrome
    :  Add a free trial to your chrome toolbar to make documents, web pages, Google Drive folders meet your needs for text-to-speech, word prediction, talk and type, highlight and collect for notes, and more

    It is important to stimulate your mind while taking breaks from your synchronous (live) and asynchronous (independent) learning sessions. Here are a few suggestions.
     
    GIVE ONE OF THESE ACTIVITIES A TRY DURING A BREAK FROM LEARNING
     
    TRY YOGA, GO FOR A WALK/RUN, SHOOT HOOPS OR HAVE A DANCE PARTY!
     

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  • Senior Memories Video Photo Deadline: Wednesday April 17

    Senior Memories Video Photo Deadline: Wednesday April 17

    Marie Campione (lk)
    Dear Senior Families: Every year the School prepares a slideshow/video of memories of the senior class from their time here at SES (PreK through current day) and it is that time of year! We want to include several pictures of each senior - with other SES students or by themselves through the years from Lower School through Upper School. While we can’t guarantee that we’ll use all the pictures you submit, we do want to make sure every senior is included and represented in the video! Please send photos to yearbook@steds.org or upload to this google drive folder: 2020 SENIOR VIDEO UPLOAD FOLDER

    Photos are due by 5 p.m. Friday, April 17. 2020.
    - Yearbook Staff

    Submission Guidelines: 
    Please do NOT submit original photos and items received can’t be returned.  All photos must be in JPG format and must be at least 300 dpi resolution (most photos from Facebook and cellphones won’t work as the resolution is too low). The yearbook reserves the right to edit/crop or not use photos deemed inappropriate. You can submit photos one of these ways: 
     *If you have print photos you want to share and don't have access to a scanner, try taking a picture of the photo with your phone!  As long as the resolution is high enough and it's not blurry, we can use photos of photos!


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  • Gratitude Letter by Kersti Stalquist

    Virtual Learning Highlights: Week 3

    MJ (lk)
    Like true Pirates, we just keep getting better and better. Junior Kindergarten classes continued working on their letters this week and were tasked with creating something that starts with the letter "P." First Graders wrote letters of gratitude to our local healthcare warriors. Another student took on Mrs. Hudson's Cardboard Challenge and became quite the warrior. Middle school student Becca Hurley used her down time to create a joyful upgrade to her best friend Logan's bowl, and Mrs. Meija's advisory group played virtual Scattergories. Seventh graders imagined a perfect society, and sixth grader Quinn Roberts is making stop motion films in his spare time. Mr. Zugrave's AP US History class transformed into pivotal players for the allied forces during WWII, and used their classtime to figure out how to win the war. Take a close look at the image to see which student played these important historical figures (click headline to see photo!).


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  • Thank you from the Pirate Ball Committee

    2020 Pirate Ball

    MS (lk)
    Saint Edward’s School is extremely grateful to the 2020 Pirate Ball Sponsors and Underwriters.  Because of your loyalty and generosity throughout this year, the School is able to provide the best education and programs to our students and tools to our teachers and staff. We feel truly blessed to be a part of this community and receive the incredible support from those who recognize and appreciate Saint Edward’s School's role in education. We look forward to celebrating with you at a future date. Until then, we hope and pray that you and your family remain healthy.


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  • Ellie MacMullan, sophomore, defender

    TC Palm All-Area Team Revealed for Varsity Girls Soccer

    On 4/4/20, the Treasure Coast Palm announced selections for All-Area Teams for Varsity Girls Soccer.

    Chosen for the First Team from Saint Edward's School was sophomore Ellie MacMullan. A defender for the Lady Pirates, MacMullan was highlighted as a standout for the team. Always giving her all the field, MacMullan started in every game for the 2019-20 season.

    Upon learning of MacMullan's selection to the All-Area Team, head coach Samantha Borkovic remarked, "Ellie is the rock of our defense and center. She organizes our team on the field, coordinates shifts in positions, and is a true leader of grit and determination. Ellie was a consistent starter, and while defenders don't always get the glory of goals, she is a tremendous asset to our team. It's been an honor to coach her this year!"

    Congratulations on your achievement, Ellie!


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  • Amazing Stop-Motion Animated Film by Quinn Roberts

    Quinn Roberts (6) is using his downtime at home to learn how to create stop motion animated films.  Check out his latest here.
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  • Be On the Lookout!

    The deadline for choosing your World Language and Major/Minor classes for next year is tomorrow!

    Please find the email sent to you from Mrs. Klotter last Friday and fill out the form.
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  • Calling all MS Students and Teachers

    The Flipgrid LIP SYNC BATTLE IS STILL ON!

    Let's have a little fun. Enter the Flipgrid Lip Sync Challenge. Click the 
    Flipgrid link to participate. Please remember that all song lyrics must be school appropriate. We have extended this first battle until next Wednesday, April 22nd. 

    The student winner of this battle will win a homework pass.
    The faculty winner of this battle will win bragging rights.

    Good luck!
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  • Jack Zoltak, junior, midfielder

    TC Palm Winter Sports All-Area Teams Announced

    The Treasure Coast Palm has announced selections for All-Area Teams for the following Winter Sports:

    Player of the Year Finalist, Boys Soccer -
    Jack Zoltak, junior, midfielder
    Declared "one of Treasure Coast's top two-way players" by the TC Palm, Zoltak collected 22 goals and 12 assists during the season.

    First Team, Boys Soccer -
    Liam Kavolius, senior, defender/midfielder
    Making himself known on the field as a strong defensive presence, Kavolius also tallied 3 goals and 3 assists.

    Drew Sternberg, junior, midfielder
    Leading scorer for his team this season, Sternberg racked up 28 goals and 16 assists for the Pirates.

    Honorable Mention, Boys Soccer -
    Leon Main, junior, forward

    Honorable Mention, Boys Basketball -
    AJ Jennings, junior, guard

    Honorable Mention, Girls Basketball -
    Zion Atwater, senior, forward


    Saint Edward's School Athletic Director, Jeff Lamscha, has issued the following statement regarding these achievements: “It’s exciting to see so many of our winter sport athletes recognized; either as an all-area first team or honorable mention.  It’s also really exciting to have Jack nominated for male soccer player of the year.  It is a great testament to Zion, AJ, Leon, Drew, Liam, and Jack on how hard they work and their dedication to their programs.  In addition, the coaches and parents deserve praise for instilling the characteristics taught to these 6 athletes that allow them to achieve their goals.  I can’t think of a more deserving group to be honored by the TCPalm.  I am very proud of them.”

    Congratulations, Pirates!


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  • Nevin Waddell with Lucy the Bear

    Fourth Grade Imagines Being Truckers

    CR (lk)
    The fourth-graders are currently reading Elephant Secret by Eric Walters (the author who visited earlier in the year) about an elephant sanctuary. The chapter detailed the arrival of a new elephant via a semi-truck, and students were asked to imagine having the trucking job and write a creative story. Check out Nevin Waddell's adventure with Lucy, the "bear."


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  • SES Crest

    HOS Letter #7

    MJ
    If you missed Mr. Mersky's letter this week, click here to catch up.
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  • Register for summer camp now!

    Let's Dream About Summer! SUMMER CAMP 2020

    MJ (lk)
    Hey, Pirates, let's think about summer! The Summer Programs catalogue was released this week, and Morgan Smith has done a fabulous job finding fun, active, creative offerings for children of all ages. Because isolation directives are still uncertain, she's asking that parents register now, and all participants will be contacted for deposits at a later date. All of the information is on the Beyond the Bell page, so start dreaming of summer fun today.


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  • Good Friday Schedule Change ~ Please Plan Accordingly

    REMINDER: Please Note Schedule Change

    Friday, April 10 is Good Friday and will remain a school holiday. No synchronous classes or office hours will be held.

    However, so we don't lose any more class time, Friday classes and office hours from April 10 were rescheduled for the Wednesday before, April 8. 

    Synchronous classes and office hours will meet on Monday, April 13. April 13 is no longer a school holiday. Thank you for your understanding.


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  • Sixth Grade Pre-Reading Activity

    (lk)
    To prepare for reading The Pearl, sixth-graders set forth in groups on a Webquest to learn about different aspects of the book. The end product of their explorations was a poster sharing the information that they gleaned. In addition to unearthing interesting facts, they also aced online collaboration.

    Please click the headline for more posters.


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  • Guy Wengler Prays with his Class

    The Week's Highlights: March 28- April 3

    MJ (lk)
    Saint Edward's Pirates completed another week of connecting with teachers and learning virtually, and students are proving to be both creative and resilient as we all continue to adjust. Check out second-grader Joshua Thyssen's fun take on Mrs. Hudson's Cardboard Challenge. We love how baby Mia is just one of the crowd as he sinks his baskets. US students Addison Waddell and Oscar Henriquez composed and performed this rap song, while Addison's little sister Nevin envisioned herself as a semi-truck driver juggling the transport of Lucy "the bear." A number of students created some sweet study spots, and middle school student Grace Haller says, "Some students said that their favorite part of virtual learning was being able to communicate from home, seeing their teachers and classmates again, and doing work at their own pace. Many students said they have been doing a lot more reading in their free time, while other students have started drawing contests with their families and even making their own music!" Quinn Roberts took it one step further and created this great animated short called Toilet Paper Caper


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  • Standardized test image

    ERBs Cancelled

    MJ (lk)
    Parents of LS and US students, please be advised that there will be no ERB testing this year. This will allow us to maximize class time and make sure learning is not disrupted. Please contact the appropriate division head with questions.


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  • MS Rules for Online Class Participation

    The Middle School faculty have agreed on the following rules for students attending synchronous learning sessions and office hours.
    • Students will not wear hoodies on their heads
    • Students should not wear any political attire
    • Students will not create an alternative background in a Zoom meeting
    • Students will abide by any specific rules their individual teachers tell them
    Thank you for your cooperation.


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  • MS Student Views on Virtual Learning

    MS Student Views on Virtual Learning

    With virtual learning being a new and exciting territory, the students have been able to learn and experiment with this learning style. Here are some of their views on it. Some students said that their favorite part of virtual learning was being able to communicate from home, seeing their teachers and classmates again, and doing work at their own pace. Many students said they have been doing a lot more reading in their free time while other students have started drawing contests with their families and even making their own music! 

    The students also said one of the hardest parts of virtual learning is keeping organized. Here are some students' methods for keeping work organized: Google calendars, making schedules, making folders for their work, and working in spaces with zero distractions to stay focused and productive! 

    Contributed by Grace Haller (8)


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  • March

    Running feet

    A Hot Tip from Coach Zu on Running

    GZ (lk)
    Seems like everyone is a runner now? This is one of the positive aspects of our new stay-at-home existence. In addition to following social distancing guidelines, it's okay to run outside, so long as you're keeping your distance! This is easy for me, as when I run with my wife she is usually well ahead of me anyway! 
     
    For those of you running: Click the headline for some handy running tips from coach Zu!


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  • From the School Counselor: Tips for Caring for Your Teen During Quarantine

    From the School Counselor: Tips for Caring for Your Teen During Quarantine

    Samantha Borkovic (lk)
    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.

    Click the headline in the eNews for a list of valuable resources from our school counselors.


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  • Phase 2 List of How to Handle Distance Learning

    Please click here for great advice on how to handle distance learning.

    Many thanks to Marie Mahovetz for sharing this article.
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  • A Message Regarding The Pirate Ball and Mersky Retirement Events

    A Message Regarding The Pirate Ball and Mike Mersky Retirement Events

    Marie Campione (lk)
    Wednesday, March 25, 2020

    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 ksavage@steds.org.

    Please stay safe and be well.

    With warm regards,
     
     
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  • SES Maintenance Team

    Big Kudos to the Maintenance & Landscape Teams

    MJ
    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!


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  • Corona Virus Resources from the School Nurse

    Corona Virus Resources from the School Nurse

    Jeanette Gollery (lk)
    Check out these informative resources about COVID-19:

    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/videos.html
     

    *Please visit the COVID Communication Resource Tile for a complete listing of COVID related School comunnication.


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    In Case You Missed It: COVID Communications this Week

    MJ (lk)
    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. 

    A Message from Father Barrett
    A Message Regarding Upcoming Events
    Alumni Information
    A Message from the Library Team
    Parent Survey, Week 2

    Please visit the COVID Communication Resource Tile for a complete listing of COVID related School comunnication.


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  • Live Viewing Party @ 8 pm 3/27

    Looking for Something to Do Tonight?

    MJ (lk)
    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


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  • Students connecting online

    This Week's Recap: March 21-27

    MJ
    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.


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  • Field Trips

    Update on School Trips and ERBs

    MJ (lk)
    Parents and students, please note that the Middle School Spring trips and ERB testing have been canceled.
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  • A Student's View on the Corona Virus Outbreak: by Grace Haller

    (lk)
    The coronavirus outbreak has flipped everyone's world upside down in just a matter of weeks. Here is what seventh-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.”

    Contributed by Grace Haller (8)
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  • Friday Farewell Will Include Closing Speech and Award Announcements

    This week's Friday Farewell message will include my traditional closing speech and the announcement of Middle School major awards. The video will be released at 12:00 pm on Friday. Be on the lookout for an email sent from the school, not from me.

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  • The Logemann Family enjoys their vacation in Turks and Caicos

    MS Spring Break Adventures

    During Spring Break, Middle School students experienced many adventures with friends and family! Seventh 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. 

    Sixth 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.”

    Contributed by Grace Haller (8)
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  • Recommendations for Tech Use

    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.


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  • What a Week! A Message from the Head of MS

    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 help@steds.org or Mrs. Fykes kfykes@steds.org.

    All other questions should go to your teachers.
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  • From the School Counselor: MS Student Resources

    (lk)
    Dear Middle School Students:
     
    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.
     
    9. Go on a virtual tour of the national parksmuseums, and famous sites around the world!
     
    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!
     
    Take care,
    Mrs. Borkovic
    Samantha I. Borkovic, M. Ed., NCC
    School Counselor & Water Camp Director
    Saint Edward's School
    772-492-2218
    You can schedule an appointment with me via Google Calendar. If no times are available, just email or call me to set an alternate slot.
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  • Mrs. Wengler was delighted to run into two of her former 8th grade advisees, Eli and Riker, in Vail over spring break.

    Photos from home...

    Students and Parents,

    Please email me pictures and captions from your time of virtual learning.

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  • Tennis News

    CM (lk)
    When the 2020 boys and girls tennis season was suspended, the teams had already swept the Treasure Lake Conference Blue Division and were undefeated at 4-0.
     
    During the week of March 2 to 7, sophomore Lily Strauss, won the TC Palm Athlete of the Week award. Senior Ryan Niederpruem was also nominated for the boys' award during that same week. Below is the article and video from TC Palm regarding Lily's award.

    TCPalm.com Athlete of the Week: St. Edward's tennis player Lily Strauss
     
     
    Congratulations to Lily Strauss who was voted Treasure Coast Newspapers/TCPalm.com Athlete of the Week by our readers for March 2-7.

    Strauss won 8-3 at No. 2 singles and then teamed with Miranda Morey to win No. 1 doubles 9-7, securing a 4-3 win over Melbourne Central Catholic. Strauss is now 4-0 in singles play this season and 3-1 in doubles. St. Edward's is 4-0.

     
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  • Always Time for Athletics

    MJ (lk)
    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.


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  • Dr. Monahan talks to her advocates

    Distance Learning: Let's Get Started!

    MJ (lk)
    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!


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  • New COVID Resource Tile Launched

    New COVID Resource Tile Launched

    MJ (lk)
    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.


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  • Save a Dance for Us!

    Pirate Ball 2020: Save a Dance for Us

    KS
    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.
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  • Imani Williams Celebrates a Big Win

    SES Spanish Students Bring Home the Hardware

    AH/MJ (lk)
    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, Farzaan Naeem, Katie Croom, Eddie Pines, and Neenah Brown."
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  • Mrs. Newman juggling mom and teacher roles on a beautiful Friday

    Share Your "New Normal" with Us!

    MJ (lk)
    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!


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  • Get Your Arts On!

    The Fine Arts Department Wants You!

    JB (lk)
    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:

    https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1VVsRAT0p6PKnFJRUCFAdRHkzCo2q3ypx?usp=sharing

    ***This is an invitation to our entire community, so get your creative fires going and share!***


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  • AP Image

    Wondering About AP Testing?

    AW (lk)
    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.


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  • Pirate Athletic Flag logo

    Important News Regarding Pirate Athletics

    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.


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  • Varsity Boys Tennis Stuns Hustlers

    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).


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  • Undefeated Varsity Girls Tennis Triumphs on Court

    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.


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  • Varsity Boys Lacrosse Soars Over Eagles

    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.


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    Tips for Families During COVID-19 School Break

    SB (lk)
    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)
     
    PBS (LS)
     
    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. 

    Samantha I. Borkovic, M. Ed., NCC
    School Counselor & Water Camp Director
    Saint Edward's School
    772-492-2218
    You can schedule an appointment with me via Google Calendar. If no times are available, just email or call me to set an alternate slot.
     
     
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  • LS Students Dominate Current Events Competition

    LK
    After the 3rd National Current Events League meet the following students are ranked nationally:
     
    4th Grade:
    Dean Sincavage is ranked 2nd in the nation.
     
    5th Grade:
    Will Fernandez is ranked 3rd in the nation.
    Cesar Dato-Slattery is ranked 1st in the nation.

    Congratulations to these bright boys!


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  • Pirate for a Day

    3/16/2020 UPDATE: Pirate for a Day POSTPONED

    MJ (lk)
    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!
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  • Emmons to Participate in GeoBee State Competition

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    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.
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    In Case You Missed It: Covid-19 Update

    MJ (lk)
    Mr. Mersky released a second Covid-19 letter yesterday with specific bullet points regarding traveling during spring break. If you didn't see it in your "in box," please read now. Thank you.
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  • US students welcome their Wabasso School pal

    PALs Day 2020

    MJ (lk)
    The last day of school before spring break always means that the US parking lot fills with school buses and joy as the students from The Wabasso School become Pirates for an afternoon. US students enjoy lunch, activities in the gym and, of course, the petting zoo--the most popular attraction. Click for an album of highlights.
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  • Kylie Oakes and Charlotte Feagin

    SES Seniors Discuss Voting on Video

    MJ (lk)
    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!
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  • Sixth Grade Students Learn CPR

    Sixth Grade Students Learn CPR

    MJ (lk)
    While the US students participated in PALs Day, the sixth-graders were able to get their first lesson in CPR. The entire class had the opportunity to learn and practice chest compressions and basic facts that will empower them to help in an emergency. They were a very enthusiastic group of students!
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  • Spring Break March 9-13, 2020

    Spring Break March 9-13, 2020

    (lk)
    Have a wonderful, safe Spring Break! We'll look forward to welcoming our Pirates back on campus Monday, March 16, 2020.
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  • Thomas Jefferson Visits SES

    Thomas Jefferson Visits SES

    MJ (lk)
    It's not every day that we get a blast from the past of this magnitude. Thomas Jefferson visited campus this week, thanks to Pirate mom Nell Kleinschmidt. He met with middle and upper school students to discuss the challenges of creating a democracy against all odds. Check out his discussion with Mr. Zugrave's AP American History class!
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  • Florida State Spanish Competition Team

    US Students Compete en Espanol

    Eddie Pines (lk)
    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.
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  • Middle school lacrosse game versus Saint Helen Catholic School

    MS Girls Lacrosse Ties with Falcons

    (lk)
    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.

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  • MIKE MERSKY RETIREMENT CELEBRATION POSTPONEMENT

    Maria Segura
    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 ksavage@steds.org.
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  • NEW YORK CITY GATHERING POSTPONED

    Maria Segura
    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.
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  • THE PIRATE BALL POSTPONED

    Maria Segura
    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.
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  • MS Girls Lacrosse Pushes Past Wildcats

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    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.


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  • Varsity Baseball Stuns Sharks

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    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.


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  • Success in Sebring for Varsity Boys Weightlifting

    (lk)
    Varsity boys weightlifting traveled to Sebring on 3/3/20 for a meet held at Sebring High School.

    Results for the Pirates lifters:

     
    At 154:
    CH Brown
     160*/155*/315*
        2nd place
     
    Wil Blackburn
     120*/115/235*
        3rd place
     
    Jasper Nelson
     135*/125*/260*
        6for6
     
     
     
     
    At 169:
    Leonardo Wang
     165/150/315
        2nd place
     
    William Munz
     145/110/255
        3rd place
     
     
     
     
    At 183:
    Thomas Baker
     145*/165*/310*
        3rd place
     
    Zeo Zudans
     75/80/155
     
     
     
     
     
    At 199:
    Eli Cleveland
     120*/105/225*
     
     
     
     
     
    At UNL:
    Cooper Cleveland 
     90*/60/150*
     


    * - indicates personal record

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  • MS Boys Lacrosse Shuts Down Storm Grove

    (lk)
    On 3/3, the middle school boys lacrosse team hosted Storm Grove Middle School at South County Park in Vero Beach. The Pirates defeated the Stingrays by 11-0.

    Serving as team captains for the Pirates were Will Russell and Harrison Hardin. Ensuring the win for the team were MVPs Wyatt Burdick, Seamus Moylan and Landon Kahler.


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  • 6th-Grade Annual Spinal Screening

    All 6th-grade students will undergo a spinal screening by the School Nurse on Thursday, March 5th during their Physical Education class.
     
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  • 7th graders Max Plotkin and Noah Hernandez posed for a photo while displaying their Renaissance characters.

    A 7th Grade Renaissance Dinner Party

    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.”  

    Contributed by Grace Haller (8).
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  • Deeper Research in 8th grade English

    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!
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  • Happy Spring Break!

    Enjoy your week off. We'll see you back on campus Monday, March 16, 2020.
    The next View from the Middle will be published on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.
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  • Harrison Hardin was the first of the Class of 2024 to do his ME Project.

    ME Project Presentations

    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.

    Click here for the full ME Project Schedule.

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  • 8th grader Will Russell scores his third  goal of the game

    MS Athletic Updates


    Middle School Boys Lacrosse 
    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. 

    Contributed by Grace Haller (8)

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  • Varsity Baseball Shuts Out Cougars

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    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.


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  • A Parent Guide for Talking to Kids about Covid 19

    From the School Nurse:

    Please click here for an excellent resource for talking to your children about Covid 19.
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  • Chinese 1H Students Completed their Family Introduction Project

    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!
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  • Grandparents' Day Highlights from the Art Studio

    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.  

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  • MS Envirothon Team Takes First Place

    Congratulations to the Middle School Envirothon Team who took first place in the NCF-Envirothon competition last week. For more information on Envirothon, please click here.
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  • Eighth graders in front of the White House.

    MS Students Tour Washington, D.C.

    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!” 

    Contributed by Grace Haller (8).

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  • Virtual Tour of Nation's Capital

    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."
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  • Awards for Girls Soccer were presented to: Natalee Rogers (7) and Abigail Sylvia (8).

    Winter Sports Awards Presented

    Athletic Director, Jeff Lamscha, presided over the Middle School Winter Sports Awards assembly last week.

    Please click on the headline for more photos.
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  • Varsity Boys Lacrosse Brings Home Win

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    On 2/29/20, the varsity boys lacrosse team traveled to Pinecrest to take on Gulliver Preparatory School. The Pirates blocked the Raiders on the field and prevailed with a final score of 9-6.

    On the field stats for the Pirate team include 16 ground balls, 21 shots and 3 faceoff wins. 

    Game highlights for the Pirates: Josh Pusser - 4 goals; Oscar Lindenthal - 2 goals, 1 assist; Brennan Wolfe - 1 goal, 1 assist; Drew Sternberg - 1 goal, 1 assist; Reid Bartosch - 2 assists; Ryan Bird - 1 assist; Reed Sternberg - 1 goal; Ford Norris - 1 assist; and Liam Murphy (goalie) - 13 saves on 19 shots on goal.


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  • Big Win on Road for MS Boys Lacrosse

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    On 2/25/20, the middle school boys lacrosse team traveled to Sebastian to take on Sebastian River Middle School. The Pirates reined in the Cowboys, beating them 14-2.

    The Pirates were led by team captains Stone Colgan and Beckley Waldrop. Helping maneuver their team to victory on the field were game MVPs Amare McCoy, Seamus Moylan and Matthew Vatland.


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  • Thrilling Battle Produces Win for Varsity Girls Lacrosse

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    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.
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  • Varsity Baseball Conquers Lions

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    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.


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  • Varsity Boys Lacrosse Restrains Tigers

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    Varsity boys lacrosse hosted Martin County High School on 2/27/20, at Pirate Stadium. The Pirates overcame the Tigers, winning 12-6. The team is now 1-2 in regular-season play.

    On the field stats for the Pirate team include 31 ground balls, 25 shots, and 19 faceoff wins. Goalie Liam Murphy had 4 saves on 10 shots on goal (SOG), while Callahan Corrie had 1 save on 2 SOG.

    Scoring for the Pirates: Riker Pratt - 3 goals; Drew Sternberg - 3 goals; Brennan Wolfe - 2 goals; Oscar Lindenthal - 1 goal, 1 assist; Josh Pusser - 1 goal; Ford Norris - 1 goal and Reed Sternberg - 1 goal.


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  • Varsity Boys Tennis Halts Golden Rams

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    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).


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  • Varsity Girls Tennis Aces John Carroll

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    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). 


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  • MS Boys Lacrosse Overwhelms Stingrays

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    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.

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  • Grade Three, Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse

    Grade Three Sees the Light

    MS (lk)
    After reading the novel Light At Tern Rock, and researching a Florida lighthouse in social studies, students went to the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse. They learned about Florida history and climbed 109 steps inside the lighthouse! 
     
     
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  • February

    AWQ Regional Champs

    Academic World Quest Team Conquers Again

    TM
    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.



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  • The students had so much excitement and fun learning how to use chopsticks

    Chopstick Pros

    Dr. Bao
    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!


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  • Team Carsonite wins gold

    Dr. Monahan Reports from the ELC: Envirothon Headed to States

    MJ
    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!
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  • Medical Image

    In Case You Missed It: School Info on Covid-19

    MJ
    Mr. Mersky released a letter to the community yesterday regarding our response to the growing Covid-19/Coronavirus concerns. If you didn't see it, please click here.


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  • The Hirsteins are coming to the Trunk Show!

    Look Who's Coming to the Kickoff Party

    MJ (lk)
    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.
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  • Lower School Report Cards Now Online

    Lower School Report Cards Now Online

    Jo Giesecke
    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.


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  • Follow our Insta page to watch the DC trip in action!

    Mrs. Bischoff Takes Over Insta!

    MJ
    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!

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  • Pirate for a Day 2020

    Pirate for a Day 2020

    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.


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  • Selections from

    SES Celebrates Black History Month

    MJ
    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.


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  • Team Pfenning Takes a Spin

    SES Grandparents Celebrated Thursday Morning

    MJ
    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.


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  • Seventh Grade Renaissance Dinner Party

    Seventh Grade Renaissance Dinner Party

    Rikki Bischoff
    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!


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  • Past and present artwork

    Time Travel with Art

    LAR
    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." 
     

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  • Students compete in math Olympiad

    US Math Students Compete at Olympiad

    Chad Miller
    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. 


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  • Women's Ensemble Sings for Their Supper

    Women's Ensemble Sings for Their Supper

    MJ
    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!
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  • Varsity Boys Lifters On Road to Frostproof

    On 2/26/20, varsity boys weightlifting competed in a meet at Frostproof High School in Frostproof. 

    Results for the Pirate lifters: 

    At 154:
    Wil Blackburn
     115*/115*/230*
       6for6
     
    William Munz
     145*/110*/255*
     
     
     
     
     
    At 169:
    Jasper Nelson
     130*/115*/245*
       6for6
     
    CH Brown
     155/150*/305*
     
     
    Leonardo Wang
     165*/160*/325*
       6for6
     
     
     
     
    At 183:
    Zeo Zudans
     75/75/150
     
    Thomas Baker
     140/155*/295*
     
     
     
     
     
    At 199:
    Eli Cleveland
     115*/105*/220*
       6for6
     
     
     
     
    At UNL:
    Cooper Cleveland 
     85*/60/145*
     


    * - indicates personal record 

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  • Varsity Baseball Subdues Tigers

    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 Zander Beare.

    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.


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  • Varsity Baseball Tames Panthers

    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.


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  • Varsity Girls Lacrosse Triumphant in Season Opener

    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.


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  • Varsity Boys Tennis Dominates Court

    On 2/20/20, varsity boys tennis played their first home match of the season versus Pine School of Hobe Sound. The Pirates defeated the Knights 6-1 and improved their season record to 2-0.

    Winning singles matches for the boys were Ryan Niederpruem (8-1), Jake Damiani (8-1), Jacob Chesley (8-6), and Jack Zoltak (9-7).

    Winning doubles match for the Pirates were Niederpruem/Zoltak (8-3) and Damiani/Chesley (8-3).

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  • Varsity Girls Tennis Holds Back Knights

    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).


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  • Varsity Boys Weightlifting Competes at Sebring

    The varsity boys weightlifting team traveled to Sebring High School in Sebring on 2/19/20. 

    Results for the Pirate lifters:


    At 154:
     Jasper Nelson
     125/105/230
       6for6
     
     Leonardo Wang
     165/155/320
       4th place
     
     
     
     
    At 169:
     Zeo Zudans
     75*/85*/160*
     
     
     William Munz
     140*/105*/245*
       6for6
     
     
     
     
    At 183:
     Eli Cleveland
     105*/95*/200*
       4th place
       6for6
     
     
     
     
    At UNL:
     Cooper Cleveland 
     80*/60*/140*
       6for6


    * - indicates personal record 


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  • A Few Moments of Zen in Tenth-Grade English

    Kelly Fykes
    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!
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  • Diary of Anne Frank

    Anne Frank Opens Tonight

    MJ (lk)
    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. 
     

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  • MS and US Progress Reports Available Online Saturday 2/22

    MS and US Progress Reports Available Online Saturday 2/22

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    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.


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  • Virtual Reality Technology Infused Into MS Curriculum

    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.]


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  • Middle School Boys Lacrosse Opens Season Strong

    The middle school boys lacrosse team kicked off their season on 2/18/20 at home versus Sebastian River Middle School. In a show of skill, the Pirates shut out the Cowboys, claiming a 16-0 victory.

    Serving as team captains for the Pirates were Will Russell and Kieran Colgan. Helping lead their team to triumph as game MVPs were Seamus Moylan, John Miller, and Will Della Porta.

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  • Varsity Baseball Extinguishes HEAT

    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. 


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  • 8th Grade ME Project Schedule

    You may see the 8th grade ME Project schedule here.

    Please note the times:
    5th period begins at 11:20 am
    10 period begins at 2:50 pm

    All ME Projects are presented in the Waxlax Center for the Performing Arts
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  • A Request from the School Nurse

    Dear Parents,

    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.

    Thank you for your consideration.
    Sincerely,

    Jeanette Gollary-Kain
    School Nurse
     
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  • Black History Month Assembly

    Please join us for the Black History Month Assembly on Tuesday, February 25th at 2:50 pm in the Waxlax Center for the Performing Arts. There will be a variety of songs and poetry performed.
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  • Middle School Lacrosse Teams Off to Great Start

    The middle school girls lacrosse team started their season off with a win against Sebastian River Middle School! The girls played very well as a team and got to showcase their fundamental skills!  

     
    The boys' lacrosse team also won their first game of the season against Sebastian River Middle School. The boys soared past Sebastain River with an ending score of 16-0! 

    Congratulations to both teams!

    Contributed by Grace Haller (8)
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  • The lacrosse team laughs as they hold goalie Millicent Critchfield up after their tournament.

    SES Girls Form Core of Club Lax Team

    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.” 

    Contributed by Grace Haller (8)
     
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  • Varsity Boys Soccer Forges Ahead to Regional Semi-Finals

    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.


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  • Varsity Baseball Brings Home Preseason Victory

    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.


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  • Varsity Boys Basketball Moves On to District Finals

    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.


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  • 2020 Trunk Show: Kickoff Party February 28

    2020 Trunk Show: Kickoff Party February 28

    SBP (lk)
    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/trunkshowMust 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 trunkshow@steds.org or sign up on ivolunteer to pitch in and help with our biggest fundraiser of the year.


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  • Choral Students Soar at Solo and Ensemble Festival

    Choral Students Soar at Solo and Ensemble Festival

    Marie Campione
    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.  
     
    SUPERIOR:
    Lucy Kleinschmidt
     
    EXCELLENT:
    Emma Fini
    Lauren Chesley
    Ford Norris
    Ashby Taylor


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  • Digital Art Club Explores Different Styles of Design

    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."



    Contributed by Grace Haller (8)
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  • Eighth Grade Students Begin Transition Activities to Upper School

    Eighth Grade Students Begin Transition Activities to Upper School

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    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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  • Happy Valentine's Day Video

    Happy Valentine's Day!

    Marie Campione
    We hope you spend time with your special loved ones and enjoy the day.
    Take a moment to enjoy this fun flashback Valentine's Day video!


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  • Bridget and Davis

    Seniors and Buddies Feel the Love

    MJ
    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.
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  • Seven Habits Highlights Listening Skills

    Seven Habits Highlights Listening Skills

    (lk)
    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.


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  • APES Class

    Teen Teachers School Neighbors

    MJ
    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.
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  • Varsity Boys Basketball District Finals on Friday, 2/14

    Varsity Boys Basketball District Finals on Friday, 2/14

    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!
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  • Varsity Boys Lacrosse Preseason Jamboree

    Important News for Varsity Boys Lacrosse Preseason Jamboree

    Pirate Parents, 

    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!


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  • Varsity Boys Lifters Travel for First Meet of Season

    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. 

    Results for the Pirate lifters:

                    
    At 154:
    Jasper Nelson
    120*/85/205
     
     
    CH Brown
    155*/140*/295*
       6for6
     
    Leonardo Wang
    165*/155*/320*
       6for6
     
     
     
     
    At 169:
    Wil Blackburn
    105*/105*/210*
     
     
    William Munz
    130*/95*/225*
     
     
     
     
     
    At 183:
    Thomas Baker
    140*/145*/285*
       3rd place
     
    Zeo Zudans
    65/80/145
     
     
     
     
     
    At 199:
    Eli Cleveland
    95/90/185
       6for6
     
     
     
     
    At UNL:
    Cooper Cleveland 
    75/55/130
     


    * - indicates personal record 


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  • Upcoming Middle School Sports Games

    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. 

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  • Varsity Girls Tennis Celebrates Successful Season Start

    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).


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  • Varsity Boys Tennis Clinches Season Opener

    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).


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  • A Request from the School Nurse

    Dear Parents,

    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.

    Thank you for your consideration.
    Sincerely,

    Jeanette Gollary-Kain
    School Nurse
     
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  • Celebrating the Year of the Rat

    SES Celebrates the Year of the Rat

    MJ (lk)
    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.

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  • Top-Ranked Varsity Boys Soccer Heading to Regionals

    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.

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  • Spartacus greets Pirates

    Spartacus Welcomes Pirates

    MJ (lk)
    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.
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  • SES Monogrammed Blankets

    Trunk Show News-Shop Now

    SBP
    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. 
    • Please visit the Vitamin Sea Design website: www.VitaminSeaDesign.com
    • Pre-Sale includes all items on the Vitamin Sea Design website, as well as customized Saint Edward’s School products.
    • Endless options for design and patterns. The website has a small sampling of what Vitamin Sea is capable of creating; just email and let them know what you are looking for.
    • ****Once item is in the Cart, there will be a box marked Special Instructions for seller.  Enter your pre-sale code here:  STESTS20 
    ****Saint Edward's School Parents Association receives 15% of entire purchase***
    Make sure to place an order by February 12, 2020!
    Orders can be picked up at the Vitamin Sea Design booth at the 2020 Trunk Show:
    Friday, February 28th (Kickoff Party)    6:00 pm – 9:00 pm       
    Saturday, February 29th                       9:00 am – 5:00 pm       
    Sunday, March 1st                               10:00 am – 4:00 pm  
     
    Should you have any questions, please email info@VitaminSeaDesign.com and reference the Saint Edward's School Trunk Show.
     
    Still can't decide? Vitamin Sea Design will be at the show all weekend; come visit and see the products in person!
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  • 2020 Woman of the Year and Rising Star nominees

    2020 Junior League Woman of the Year & Rising Star Nominees Announced

    MJ
    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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  • Cyberbullying and Mean Behavior: Grades K–12 Family Tips

    Cyberbullying and Mean Behavior: Grades K–12 Family Tips

    Ms. Mahovetz (lk)
    Help Kids Fight Cyberbullying and Other Mean Online Behavior: 
    Most kids will encounter mean behavior at some point in their digital lives. For some kids, this experience is a blip that's easily forgotten, while for others it can have deep, long-lasting effects. For parents, the key is staying involved in kids' lives -- both online and off -- so they can step in and offer help if necessary. With guidance from parents and educators, kids can learn how to dodge the drama and stand up for others.
    Check out these 6 tips: [enews: click headline to read more]


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  • Health News Image

    Health and Wellness Update

    MJ (lk)
    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. 
     
     
     
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  • Historical Perspective on Migration Patterns Explored

    Historical Perspective on Migration Patterns Explored

    kmurphy (lk)
    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.


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  • Kindergarten Celebrates 100th Day of School

    Kindergarten Celebrates 100th Day of School

    Marie Campione (lk)
    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.
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  • Grandparents & Special Friends Day

    LS/MS Grandparents Day 2020 News

    MJ
    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.
     
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  • Luncheon to Celebrate Chinese New Year

    Luncheon to Celebrate Chinese New Year

    kmurphy (lk)
    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!


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  • Middle School Geography Bee

    Middle School Geography Bee

    kmurphy (lk)
    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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  • Sienna Malon (7) and Marlon Dato-Slattery (7) will bring their science fair projects to the state level.

    MS Scientists Excel at Regional Fair

    kmurphy (lk)
    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:
     
    Place Awards
    Cellular/Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
    2nd Place: Sammie Brown and Caroline Zoltak
    3rd Place Max Plotkin
     
    Chemistry
    1st Place: Grace Haller
    3rd Place: Meagan Baker and Tyler Colgan
     
    Engineering
    3rd Place: Noah Hernandez
     
    Environmental Engineering 
    3rd Place: Marlon Dato-Slattery
     
    Physics/Astronomy
    1st Place: Elliotte Kahler and Millicent Critchfield
    3rd Place: Alexandra Stern
     
    Plant Science
    1st Place: Ethan Ball
    2nd Place: Nicky Colontrelle
     
    Special Awards
    Oral Health Advancement Award ($100)
    Max Plotkin
     
    Broadcom Masters Award
    Grace Haller
    Elliotte Kahler
    Millicent Critchfield
    Ethan Ball


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  • MS Bible Study

    MS Students Bible Study

    MJ (lk)
    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.
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  • Pirate Ball Raffle Tickets!

    Pirate Ball Raffle Tickets!

    Marie Campione (lk)
    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. 


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  • Red Scarf Girl Through the Eyes of First Hand Experience

    Betsy Wengler
    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. 


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  • President's Day Reminder

    School Calendar Reminder

    MJ (lk)
    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.
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  • Varsity Boys Soccer Advances to District Finals


    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


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  • Travel to Spain during Spring Break 2021!

    Travel to Spain during Spring Break 2021!

    mcampione (lk)
    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 aheard@steds.org
     
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  • Anne Frank Production is THIS WEEKEND

    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.

    Please click the link for tickets.


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  • Varsity Girls Basketball Heads to District Semifinal

    (lk)
    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).

     
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  • Personal Records at Regional Meet for Lady Pirate Weightlifters

    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!

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  • Teaching Through Harkness in Middle School

    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.
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  • January

    A Reminder from Father Barrett

    Dear Middle School Families,

    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.

    Sincerely,
    Father John H. Barrett
    School Chaplain
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  • Grandparents' Day Dismissal Procedures

    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.
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  • Head of School, Honor Roll, and Dean's List from First Semester

    The first semester Head of School, Honor Roll, and Dean's List can be found here.

    Congratulations to all students for their outstanding achievements.
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  • Triumph for Varsity Basketball Teams on Senior Night

    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.


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  • Varsity Girls Basketball Tames Jaguars

    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).


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  • Darts thrown at a calendar

    2020-2021 Tentative School Calendar Now Available

    MJ
    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.


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  • Ashby and Zayna with their teachers

    Ashby Taylor and Zayna Shaikh Attend Music Conference

    AB
    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!"
     

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  • The Trunk Show Party is sure to pack a punch of fun!

    Here Comes the Trunk Show!

    MJ (lk)
    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.


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  • Andrea talks about Spain.

    International Students Become the Teachers

    Kelly Fykes (lk)
    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.


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  • Law Enforcement Physics

    Law Enforcement Physics

    Marie Campione
    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]
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  • Letters to Foreign Embassies

    Letters to Foreign Embassies

    Kelly Fykes
    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!


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  • LS Science Fair Winners

    LS Science Fair Winners

    KH
    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 winners to be announced next week

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  • Ms. Kennedy's English students attend film

    Students Attend JUST MERCY

    MJ (lk)
    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!


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  • Tenth Grade English Talks to Author

    Tenth Grade English Talks to Author

    Kelly Fykes (lk)
    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.


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  • US Science Fair Winners

    KM
    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.

    ***MS results to be announced next week


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  • 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.

    Wine Wall Wines Wanted

    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.
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  • Senior Night Victory for Varsity Boys Soccer

    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.


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  • JV Boys Basketball Extinguishes HEAT

    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.


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  • Varsity Boys Basketball Competes in SSAC Tournament

    The varsity boys basketball recently played back-to-back games at the Sunshine State Athletic Conference (SSAC) Tournament held at Winter Haven Fieldhouse in Winter Haven.

    On 1/24/20, the Pirates took on Zephyrhills Christian Academy. A competitive game until the finish, the Pirates fell to the Warriors 67-60.

    Leading the Pirates for the first matchup were Ty Redmon and AJ Jennings, each with 16 points.

    The Pirates returned to the Winter Haven courts on 1/25/20, this time facing off against Boca Raton Christian School. Showing impressive skills on the court, the Pirates defeated the Blazers 56-41.

    AJ Jennings led the Pirates on the scoreboard with 20 points. Also racking up double digits for the team were Ty Redmon with 11 points and Connor Wolfe with 10 points.


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  • Spring Sports off to a Great Start

    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!” 

    Contributed by Grace Haller (8)
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  • Varsity Girls Weightlifting Heading to Regionals

    On 1/22/20, the varsity girls weightlifting team traveled to Frostproof to compete in the FHSAA Class 1A District 15 tournament being held at Frostproof High School.

    In the 139 lb. weight class, Meagan Baker (8th grade) went 6 for 6, with personal best lifts of 100 lbs. on bench, 100 lbs. on clean & jerk for a personal record total of 200 lbs. 

    Grace Rodriguez (8th grade) secured 4th place at 101 with 70/70/140.

    Tyler Colgan (8th grade) placed 6th at 101 with 65/70/135.

    Both Rodriguez and Colgan have qualified to compete in the FHSAA Class 1A Regional meet.


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  • Varsity Boys Basketball Brings Down Falcons

    On 1/22/20, the varsity boys basketball team played Florida Prep at home in the Gonzalez-Lobo Activities Center. The Pirates overcame the Falcons 52-38.

    Leading the Pirates on the scoreboard were AJ Jennings, 19 points; Connor Wolfe, 12 points; and Ty Redmon, 11 points.


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  • Tenacity Brings Victory for Varsity Boys Soccer

    Varsity boys soccer faced district rival Pine School at home on 1/21/20 in Pirate Stadium. Remaining steadfast, the Pirates ultimately defeated the Knights 5-4 and advanced their record to 12-1-1.

    Taking charge on the field, Drew Sternberg gave the Pirate team 3 goals. Teammate Jack Zoltak contributed a goal as well as an assist, while Liam Kavolius also supplied his team with a goal.


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  • JV Boys Basketball Quells Defenders

    On 1/18/20, the junior varsity basketball team hosted Lake Worth Christian School in the Gonzalez-Lobo Activities Center. The Pirates overcame the Defenders, winning 48-31.

    Scoreboard highlights for the Pirates:  Adam Rogers, 17 points; Dylan Redmon, 16 points.


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  • Varsity Boys Soccer Suppresses Rams

    The varsity boys soccer team took on Orangewood Christian School at home on 1/17/20. Beating the Rams 5-1, the Pirates team has increased their season record to 11-1-1.

    Leading the Pirates on the field in goals was Jack Zoltak with 2. Drew Sternberg, Constantin Andres, and Liam Kavolius each contributed a goal toward the Pirate victory.


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  • ALUMNI HOLIDAY PARTY & AWARDS

    Maria Segura
    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.
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  • MS/US Science Fair Winners Announced Tonight

    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!
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  • PIRATE BALL 2020

    Maria Segura
    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.
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  • SAVE THE DATE!

    Maria Segura
    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.
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  • Bring Students to Conferences

    The Middle School strongly encourages all parents to bring your child(ren) to conferences on Thursday and Friday. We want our students to be a vital participant in the process.

    Remember, there is a 12 noon dismissal tomorrow and no classes on Friday.
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  • Favorite Team Dress Down Day

    Hello Middle School Students,
     
    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.
     
    Thank you,
    Mrs. Fojtik
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  • Lady Pirates Lift Their Way to Regional Meet

    Lady Pirates Lift Their Way to Regional Meet

    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.   
     
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  • Four County Honor Band Participants

    (lk)
    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.


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  • Zander Beare

    Beare Hugs on Campus

    MJ
    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!
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  • Finalists Set for MS Geography Bee

    Finalists Set for MS Geography Bee

    (lk)
    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.  
     
    Sixth Grade
    Tristan Roberti
    Quinn Roberts
    Nicholas Weise
     
    Seventh Grade
    Nicky Colontrelle
    Max Plotkin
    Ray Taft
     
    Eighth Grade
    Tyler Colgan
    Jacob Emmons
    Alex Lee


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  • NEW Classes for Spring External Studies

    NEW Classes for Spring External Studies

    Morgan Smith
    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.


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  • Pirate Actors Perform at Junior Theatre Festival

    Pirate Actors Perform at Junior Theatre Festival

    (lk)
    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).


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  • Progress Reports Online for Grades 4 and 5

    Progress Reports Online for Grades 4 and 5

    Jo Giesecke
    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


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  • Please note that all adults must pay $6 for entry to District games

    Important News Regarding District-Level Athletic Events

    GM (lk)
    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!


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  • Eighth Grade Boys Basketball - MCAC Finals Champions

    Eighth Grade Boys Basketball Wins MCAC Final

    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!


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  • Varsity Boys Soccer Subdues Tigers

    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.

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  • JV Boys Basketball Outmaneuvers Hustlers

    The junior varsity basketball team played Melbourne Central Catholic High School at home on 1/14/20. The Pirates crushed the Hustlers, winning 65-36.

    Leading their Pirate teammates to victory with 12 points apiece are Dylan Redmon, Oscar Lindenthal, and Yaziel Borrero.

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  • Varsity Boys Basketball Commands Victory Against Greyhounds

    On 1/13/20, the varsity boys basketball team traveled to Fort Pierce to take on Lincoln Park Academy. A thrilling game until the end, the Pirates shut down the Greyhounds, 54-51.

    Leading the Pirates on the scoreboard were Connor Wolfe, 17 points; AJ Jennings, 16 points; and D'Angelo Lumenes, 10 points.

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  • MS Athletic Winter Season in Review

    6th Grade Boys Basketball 
    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. 

    Contributed by Grace Haller (8)
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  • Membean Poetry

    Family

    My family is sweet from every head to every toe
    My stupendous parents have watched me and helped me to grow,
    My conscientious little brother does whatever I want to,
    My amazing older sister will listen to me and whatever I went through

    I am so lucky to have all of my grandparents,
    At their houses, I feel like I'm in a utopia
    Cooking, and reading, swimming, and making cornucopias
    They always make sure I’m never in seclusion, or alone

    I love my family because they listen to my music 
    (Whether I’m just playing loud or they choose it) 
    I love my family because they are animated and love to put on shows 
    And they love to make me happy, which really shows 

    By Addison Logemann (7)
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  • MS Writing Spotlight

    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.



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  • Boys Basketball Champions

    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.

    Way to go boys!
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  • Four MS Band Members Participate in Four County Honor Band

    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!
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  • Mark Your Calendars ~ Spring Trips

    Dear Parents,

    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 (kfojtik@steds.org)
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    Spring Sports Practices Start Soon

    Practices for the spring season for Athletics are scheduled to begin as follows:

    Practice Start Date Spring Sports
     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:  gmiller@steds.org.
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  • Eighth Grade Boys Basketball Victorious in Consecutive Matchups

    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).



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  • Varsity Girls Weightlifting Team Qualifies for Districts

    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.

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  • MS Girls Basketball Subdues Lady Lions

    The middle school girls basketball team hosted Saint Andrew's Episcopal Academy on 1/8/20 in the Wachter Activities Center. The Lady Pirates overcame the Lady Lions, defeating them 39-11.

    Helping lead the Lady Pirates to victory was Adterria Holloway with 20 points.


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  • Varsity Boys Basketball Dominates Saint Andrew's

    On 1/7/20, the varsity boys basketball team took on Saint Andrew's Episcopal Academy at home. The Pirates stunned the Lions, winning 77-22.

    In an outstanding show on the court, all 15 players contributed points towards the team's triumph. Will Bahl led the Pirates with 12 points.

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  • Varsity Girls Basketball Overwhelms Lions

    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.


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  • Varsity Boys Soccer Overcomes Holy Trinity

    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.

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  • JV Boys Basketball Tames Lions

    The junior varsity boys basketball team traveled to Orlando on 1/4/20 to take on Faith Christian Academy. The Pirates defeated the Lions 44-34.

    Leading the scoreboard for the Pirates were Dylan Redmon (16 points) and Oscar Lindenthal (13 points).

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  • Mallon Named Orchid Island Rotary Student of the Month

    Mallon Named Orchid Island Rotary Student of the Month

    The Rotary Club of Orchid Island recently recognized that Elise Mallon as Student of the Month. Rotary President-Elect Kas Jamal presented Elise with the award. Way to go, Elise! #PiratePride
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  • Mrs. Fykes at FETC in Miami

    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.

    Congratulations Mrs. Fykes!


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  • Box Tops are easy with the new app!

    Pitch in for Box Tops

    MJ
    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!

    2020 Box Tops Video #1
    2020 Box Tops Video #2

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  • Seniors and their buddies gather for reading day

    Senior Buddies Crack Open the Books

    MJ
    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.
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  • LS, MS and US teachers present at FETC 2020

    SES Teachers Take Over FETC

    MJ
    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.
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  • Sixth Grade Students Experience Blindness in Empathy Lesson

    Sixth Grade Students Experience Blindness in Empathy Lesson

    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.]
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  • Stone Colgan Participates in Middle School Honor Band

    Stone Colgan Participates in Middle School Honor Band

    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!
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  • Stone Colgan

    Stone Colgan Shares Talent

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    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!
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  • Seventh Grade Boys Basketball Secures Season-End Victory

    The seventh grade boys basketball team played their final game of the season in the Wachter Activities Center on 1/14/20. The Pirates walked away victorious, defeating Pine School 24-16.


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  • The Diary of Anne Frank

    Spring Play ANNE FRANK: Get your tickets NOW!

    MJ
    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.


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  • Chinese New Year Celebration News

    Chinese New Year Celebration News

    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
    • Beijing Opera: by Chinese 3H
    • Chinese Gong Fu Fan Dance:  by Chinese 4 Honors
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  • Eighth Grade Runner Competes in 4 Races in 4 Days

    Eighth Grade Runner Competes in 4 Races in 4 Days

    Eighth-grade student Bella Jazarevic recently finished the Dopey Challenge in Orlando, which is a 5K, 10K, 1/2 Marathon, and FULL marathon in four consecutive days! Congratulations Bella!
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  • Lady Pirate Weightlifters Heading to Districts

    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!
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  • MS Submissions to the New York Times Essay Contest

    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.

    The first is from Jack Powers.

    Jack Powers
    Mrs. Wengler
    English 8-4
    8 January 2020
    Novel: “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding
    New York Times Essay Contest: 

    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.
     
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  • Reminder: No School on Monday

    Marie Campione
    Saint Edward's School will be closed on Monday, January 20, 2020, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Have a great long weekend!
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  • Lucy Kleinschmidt

    Lucy Kleinschmidt Cast in Arthur Miller Reading

    MJ
    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.
     
     
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  • Wednesday, January 15, 2020 is a Late Start Day

    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.
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  • 2020 College Admission Night: College Night with the Deans

    2020 College Admission Night: College Night with the Deans

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    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.


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  • Freshmen working on the Malleefowl Project and spotting lots of short-beaked Echidnas attacking nests.

    Citizen Science Alert: Help Australia with the Click of a Mouse

    MJ (lk)
    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.

    Click to get started: https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/research-and-publications/your-research/citizen-science/digital-projects/digivol


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  • Head Football Coach Mark Gowin

    In Case You Missed It: Sports News

    MJ (lk)
    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!
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  • MS and US Report Cards Available Online Monday 1/13

    MS and US Report Cards Available Online Monday January 13

    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.


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  • Parent Teacher Conference Sign Up Available Online January 22nd

    Parent - Teacher Conference Sign Up Available Online January 22

    Angie Stalquist_mc
    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.


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  • WAC Meet with Gordon Chang: Bella Cooper, Maeve Reicher, George Sowles, Alejandro Wang and the speaker:  Gordon Chang

    SES WAC Members Meet with Gordon Chang

    MC (lk)
    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.
     

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  • Redlands Children

    Sweet Gratitude from Redlands Migrant Center Children

    MJ (lk)
    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.
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  • Mr. Mitchell and the Brown family

    You Never Know...

    MJ (lk)
    ...just who you'll bump into in Bangkok! Mr. Mitchell shared this photo of a holiday meet-up with the Brown family (CH, Carrington and Campbell) as they explored Thailand while on break.
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  • Happening Now in the Middle School

    A day in the life of a Middle School student.

    Please click on the headline for more photos.

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  • Mrs. Fykes teaches the new students how to use the assignment center on the computer.

    Middle School Welcomes New Students

    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.
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  • Stone Colgan Represents SES Middle School Band

    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.

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  • Welcome 5th Grade Students and Parents

    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.
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  • Student lunch account image

    Please Note Overdue Lunch Accounts

    BZ (lk)
    Important note about lunch account suspensions:
    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!
     
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