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“Are You Called?” President Guenther Challenges Staff, Faculty

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Editor’s Note: Dr. Brian Guenther gave the following address at the 2018 Convocation/Consecration on August 6, issuing a challenge to our faculty and staff and posing the question, “Are you called?” At the start of this academic year, I will have begun my fifteenth year in my educational career.  In the beginning, it was working…
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New Staff Join SMA Family

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When the 2018-19 school year gets underway, the Academy will not only have a new President at the helm, but will also have a number of new staff and faculty members “growing together” as part of the Academy family. Dr. Brian N. Guenther was appointed by the Board of Trustees to serve as the Academy’s…
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Dr. Brian N. Guenther Named SMA President

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Dr. Brian N. Guenther was named President of San Marcos Academy by the Board of Trustees July 17 and will assume his duties on Aug. 1. Dr. Guenther will succeed Jimmie W. Scott, who is retiring as President and moving into a new role as President Emeritus. Scott will assist with the transition of the…
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Athletic Period Will Serve SMA Well

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After many discussions about the benefits and personal observations of our athletic program, Dr. Brian Guenther, our academic dean, has structured the daily schedule for SMA students to allow for an athletic period for all Upper School (US) athletes. All US student-athletes, male and female, involved in team sports will need to register for this…
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No Comfort Zone: Coach Wade Shares Summer Adventures

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Hello SMA family!  I hope you’ve all had a great summer!  Mine has been interesting . . . great, but interesting.  I may ask to speak at a chapel regarding my summer “adventures” but felt led to share them now as well. So what I’d like to talk about is something I need to think…
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Finding That One Thing: What Has Value to You?

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Do you place value on how much you have or how much you make? Do you calculate intrinsic value? Do you actually weigh in elements that may not have a price tag on them? Relationships, freedom, lower blood pressure, etc. What is your time worth? Do you value it or watch it? How much time…
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Listening: Are We Losing a Valuable Skill?

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Socrates thought that the written word would bring down mankind. He believed that it would tear down oral traditions. This is why the only information that we have from Socrates’ teachings is due to his students’ records. What Socrates was concerned about–the written word–actually became an invaluable tool in the education process of all mankind.…
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Theatre Department Welcomes Daryl Fleming to SMA

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Cast of “The Little Mermaid” at SMA (2018) Involving about one-fifth of the student body, San Marcos Academy’s production of The Little Mermaid in the spring of 2018 was a high-water mark for the school’s Theatre Arts program. More than 1,000 guests packed the Robinson Christian Center to see the musical during its three-day run.…
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Senior Farewell: On Endings and Beginnings

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The following Senior Farewell was shared by Katelynn Germer at the Ribbon Ceremony May 12, 2018. Senior Farewell: the Paradox The cycle of life is somewhat paradoxical in that every beginning leads to an end, and there can be no new beginning unless something else has ended. I have been at the Academy for six…
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Farewell: Staff Members Share Plans for Next Year

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Max Smith, Lynne Ritchie, Jeff Baergen, Karryn Carnes and Bob Bryant at the Employee Awards Ceremony April 18. As we say farewell to our seniors in a few short weeks, we will also be saying our goodbyes to some faculty and staff who have recently announced their plans to retire or to pursue other opportunities…
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