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The Churchill Example: Meeting Expectations or Getting Things Done

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Have you ever noticed that those who get things done are not usually the most popular? These individuals are also not without their failures. They care less about appearances, and are risk takers. The opinions of others have less weight than the knowledge of their own character. Lately, I have been taking on the three…
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It’s Elementary: SMA Expanding to Include K-5

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Following the successful debut of an elementary (fourth and fifth grade) program this year, San Marcos Academy will add four additional grades next year to become a K-12 school in the Fall of 2018. While elementary instruction is not new to the Academy, it has been more than three decades since students in K-5 have…
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Red Cross Volunteer Allen Butcher ’68 Is Ready to Serve

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Although SMA graduate and Alumni Council member Allen Butcher ’68 is now fully retired and living in San Marcos, he probably won’t be slowing down any. As an American Red Cross volunteer for the past 15 years, Butcher said he is ready to give his full attention to serving others the next time a natural…
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Tuition: How Far Does It Go?

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One of the questions we are often asked is where the money that supports San Marcos Academy comes from. Like many private, non-profit schools, we depend not only on tuition paid by students and their families, but also from charitable giving from corporate and private donors. Some families might think that the tuition and fees…
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Why Me? Choosing the Right Response When Life is Unfair

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Why Me? My oldest son is in the military. Today he called me on the phone. He was so angry. I could hear the tension in his voice. After the sound of the fighter jet roared over him, he expressed emotions with little reserve. He told me all about that he has had to go…
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Empty Nest: Thoughts on How to Prepare Yourself and Your Kids

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Empty Nest: From Three to One to None Unlike the birds in the photo of a not-so-empty nest, my kids were not asking for a worm. They wanted money, food, and wifi. Perhaps I shouldn’t characterize them in such a shallow way. I was blessed to have three kids who really did shine in their…
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The Evidence Is Clear: We Need a Savior

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Help! I’m Drowning! Much like the evidence of a crime scene, mankind reveals its need for a savior. When I was a small boy, my mom would take my sisters and me to a city pool. One day I found myself over my head. I could not swim well. The pool was crowded with splashing…
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Las Vegas: Will the Answers Help?

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On Oct. 2, many of us woke to the horrible and tragic news of the Las Vegas shooting. With 59 fatalities (including the shooter) and hundreds wounded, the shock of the event is still reverberating across our country and abroad. Questions are all over social media and the news. Many of the questions don’t seem…
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Spiritual Warfare: It’s Not a Game

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There is a reality of spiritual warfare that many Christians are not facing. This is a war going on for our children. As we grow older and stronger, we can see that the enemy is turning to the young and the weaker of spirit. The misconception is that evil looks like the image above. But…
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SMA to Become K-12 Campus in Fall 2018

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Dear Parents and SMA Family, It is my great pleasure to announce that our Board of Trustees voted September 15 to return San Marcos Academy to its historical configuration of serving students from kindergarten through graduating high school (K-12). This significant enhancement to our academic program will take effect in the Fall of 2018, when…
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