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Red Ribbon Week: Stay Drug Free

When it comes to talking about the danger of drugs with teenagers, parents, like educators, need the right tools. Red Ribbon Week, which runs from October 23-31, is great time to talk to your children and encourage them to remain drug free. Did you know that children of parents who do speak with their teens…

Leo Club Comes to SMA

San Marcos Academy, in partnership with San Marcos Lion’s Club, is beginning a new international Leo Club for students aged 12-18. Through the Leo Club Program, young people develop and practice leadership, organization and social skills through participation in Leo Club activities and service projects. Involvement in these activities often fosters a lifetime commitment to…

New Year, New Faces at SMA
From a San Marcos Texas Boarding School

While our students were on vacation , SMA Texas boarding school staff members were as busy as bees, preparing classrooms, planning curriculum and schedules, and onboarding new faculty and staff. Parents will have the opportunity to meet our new and returning teachers on Thursday from 5-7 p.m. during “Meet the Teacher” night. As a preview,…

Conditioning Camp: Record Breaking Summer

As the heat of the summer day hit its full effect, a few select young men decided to take their sporting ability to the next level. On June 10 a group of 12 young men embarked on a summer of change in the Academy’s Conditioning Camp. Athletes from multiple grades, sports, and backgrounds showed up…

Relocation for Lower, Middle School

President Announces Transitional Plan While our students are away for the summer and enjoying their vacation, the Academy support staff is hard at work preparing the campus for the 2019-20 school year. One of the biggest projects facing the Academy this summer is the renovation of Davidson Hall to accommodate the tremendous growth in our…

Civilian Response: SMA Stays ALERRT

Participants use piieces of pork tenderloin to practice their wound-packing skills at the Academy CRCC training. Fifteen San Marcos Academy staff and faculty members participated in the country’s first Civilian Response and Casualty Care (CRCC) course during their Easter break April 22. The four-hour course was created by the ALERRT (Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response…

Graduation: SMA Style

Graduation at San Marcos Academy involves several traditions that have been part of the graduation experience for decades. Following is a list of the activities in which seniors will take part. Parents and families are welcome to any or all of these events. JROTC Federal Awards Ceremony Thursday, May 2, 4:30 p.m. in the Shultz…

Youth Commission: Vazquez Serves Community

Catarina Vazquez, SMA’s representative to the San Marcos Youth Commission. I have the privilege of representing San Marcos Academy on the San Marcos Youth Commission (SMYC). This board, made up of high school students from various schools, focuses on problems in the community that specifically affect youth. Recently, I was invited to attend the annual…

Audiobooks: Struggling Readers Have an Ally

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…

Open Letter to SMA Fans

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…

Mental Health Counselor’s Corner

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…

Tech Training: SMA’s 5-Year Plan

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…

Running Club: Just Do It!

“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…

SRO Joins SMA Safety Team

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…

Junior ROTC: Dispelling Some of the Myths

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…

Academic Stress and the Course Selection Process

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,…

International Boarding: Adapting to Life in the U.S.

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…

Food Insecurity: School Fuel Offers Local Support

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,…

The Master’s School To Unite with SMA Next Year

San Marcos Academy and The Master’s School of San Marcos will unite their programs on the Academy campus beginning in the Fall of 2019, representatives of both schools announced Nov. 1. The Master’s School will continue to hold classes for kindergarten through sixth grade on their Centerpoint Road campus through the end of this school…
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