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Sabre: It’s Time to Shop at SMA!

If you haven’t been by the Sabre Bookstore in a while . . . you haven’t been by the Sabre Bookstore!   Cathy Mitchell, manager, and Alyssa Clutter, assistant manager, have some great new items in stock for students, parents and alumni. As we anticipate the excitement of Homecoming Week, please shop the Sabre for…

Bilingual: In What Language Do We Think?

Author Zara Gao is a senior from China. Knowing another language is very interesting. A lot of people who speak only one language are very curious about what language those people who are bilingual think in. I have been in America for six years now, and I can say that I speak English fluently. I…

San Marcos Public Library Partners with SMA

This summer, Mrs. Amy Nighbert, our librarian, has been working to establish a new partnership with the San Marcos Public Library. Ms. Diane Insley, San Marcos Public Library Director, is making many of the library’s resources available to all Academy students, whether they are day or boarding students. Even our international students are being treated…

Snakes: Awareness and Vigilance on Campus

Rattlesnake In the Hill Country of Texas, snakes, quite literally, go along with the territory. Our campus is not immune from snakes, especially during the hot months of summer and early fall. We wanted to let you know some of the things we’re doing things to combat the presence of snakes on campus, particularly around…

Team Followell: Duo to be Campus Ministers at SMA

Monica and Clint Followell, who both serve on the staff at First Baptist Church in San Marcos, have been named Campus Ministers at San Marcos Academy, President Brian Guenther announced this week. The couple will work part-time at the Academy to oversee the student chapel program, coordinate extra-curricular Bible studies and ministry opportunities on campus…

Bookstore: What’s New at the Sabre

One of the many things that makes San Marcos Academy unique is the Sabre Bookstore. Our Bookstore is now open from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. each school day. We hope these expanded hours will make shopping more convenient for parents as well as students. Sabre shoppers can purchase a wide variety of items in…

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

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…

New Staff Join SMA Family

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…

Dr. Brian N. Guenther Named SMA President

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…

Athletic Period Will Serve SMA Well

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…

No Comfort Zone: Coach Wade Shares Summer Adventures

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…

Finding That One Thing: What Has Value to You?

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…

Listening: Are We Losing a Valuable Skill?

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.…

Theatre Department Welcomes Daryl Fleming to SMA

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.…

Senior Farewell: On Endings and Beginnings

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…

Farewell: Staff Members Share Plans for Next Year

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…

School Safety: A Top Priority at San Marcos Academy

School safety has been a big topic in the news following the tragic Parkland, Florida school shooting in February. San Marcos Academy is not taking the potential threats of this world lightly. It is one of our top priorities at SMA to keep students safe while they are on our campus. Over the past three…

529 Plan: Putting One to Work for a Private K-12 Education

You may be wondering how the new tax reform law will affect you and your family. There are several changes that will likely affect you, but I will limit my discussion to only one of the changes: how your family could benefit from a 529 plan. First, let me explain what a 529 plan is,…

President Scott Announces Retirement Plans

Letter to the Academy Staff and Faculty from President Jimmie W. Scott: During the January 18, 2018 meeting of the Academy Board of Trustees, I announced my decision to retire as president of the Academy. This decision was the result of much prayer as I sought God’s leadership and direction. The trustees appointed a search…

Phishing: Texas State Prof to Lecture at SMA

As the initial speaker in the 2018 San Marcos Academy-Texas State University Distinguished Lecture Series, Garry L. White, C.C.P., CISSP, PhD., will talk with students and guests about “phishing” and how a simple phishing email can lead to serious computer/information breaches. Dr. White, an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Information Systems and Quantitative…
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