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Audiobooks: Struggling Readers Have an Ally

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A Lower School student reads audiobooks while Mrs. Connie Bagley looks on. SMA has joined more than 16,000 schools nationwide that are utilizing audiobooks through “Learning Ally.” This program is helping to level the playing field for students who struggle to read due to learning differences. Human-read, curriculum aligned Learning Ally (LA) is a non-profit…
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Open Letter to SMA Fans

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One of the goals of SMA extra-curricular activities is to serve as an extension of the classroom, with emphasis on teaching the values of a strong work ethic, integrity, teamwork and sportsmanship. According to Webster’s Dictionary a sportsman is “a person who can take loss or defeat without complaint, or victory without gloating, and who…
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Mental Health Counselor’s Corner

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Raising children who are happy and healthy is a challenge for every parent. When we think about the health of our children, we must consider their mental health as well as their physical health. In this blog, our LPC Shelley Roberts provides resources and info on two mental health topics: 1) substance abuse support and…
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Tech Training: SMA’s 5-Year Plan

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Starting in the Fall, 2018 semester, the Academy’s tech staff shared the Strategic IT plan with faculty and academic staff.  This five-year plan outlines the progress SMA will take as we step up our use of technology and tech training both for teachers and staff.   Tech Training: From Lower to Upper School Technology in…
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Running Club: Just Do It!

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“Running should be a lifelong activity. Approach it patiently and intelligently, and it will reward you for a long, long time.” –Michael Sargent Fifth grade teacher Sherry Christensen hopes students from age 8 to 12 will learn the rewards and benefits of running by participating in a new club she is sponsoring. along with help…
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SRO Joins SMA Safety Team

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During the first chapel of the spring semester January 7, students will be introduced to the Academy’s new School Resource Officer (SRO), Deputy Daniel Weber. Deputy Weber joins the Academy staff following the retirement of Michael Smith as Campus Safety Officer. Mr. Smith served two years as Safety Officer for SMA and played a significant…
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Junior ROTC: Dispelling Some of the Myths

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Junior ROTC: Partnership between Army and School Cadet Aidan Chambers runs the SMA flag at a football game. While many have heard about Junior ROTC, I’d like to provide some details about our program and dispel a few myths in hopes of gaining more interest and participation in Junior ROTC. Junior ROTC is a program…
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Academic Stress and the Course Selection Process

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Academic Stress: My Shoes Are Burning! Academic Dean Bob Wiegand introduces the Electives Showcase. I just finished reading a number of short essays from the junior class submitted in English III, and discovered a reoccurring theme in nearly one out of every two submissions. Some of them took on homework, some focused on academic stress,…
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International Boarding: Adapting to Life in the U.S.

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International Boarding: A New Life Zara at the Homecoming bonfire with fellow seniors Joe Ballou and Walker Nighbert. Before I went to school as an international student at San Marcos Academy, I had never gone to a school far away from my house. I have been to many different places in China and other countries…
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Food Insecurity: School Fuel Offers Local Support

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Giving Thanks for Food Thanksgiving is a day to be grateful for all God has given us, especially for the gift of food. In 1621, the Pilgrims enjoyed a feast and gave thanks for their good harvest, and food has been an important part of Thanksgiving celebrations ever since. Did you know a typical Thanksgiving meal,…
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