Welcome, SMA Alumnae!

Whether you attended St. Mary’s Academy for one year or you’re a “lifer,” you’re part of our legacy and you’ll always be part of our family. We welcome you to come back to campus and visit anytime. We also hope you’ll stay connected to your classmates, teachers, advisors, coaches, and the school.

St. Mary’s Academy alumnae represent an active, generous and global group. We engage in many aspects of SMA life — through volunteering, event participation, social networks, financial support, and, of course, with much joy at annual reunion weekends.

You can connect as well through our SMA Alumnae Connection networking site. See below for more information!

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SMA's Alumnae Networking Website

Join your fellow SMA Alumnae on the SMA Alumnae Connection. Network with those in your field, find alumnae in your area, learn about upcoming events, post job opportunities, and reconnect with old friends!

Use THIS LINK to visit the website. If you do not have an account, click "sign up" at the bottom of the login area.

We look forward to seeing you there!

SMA News

Iswari Natarajan Appointed Eighth President of St. Mary’s Academy
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Englewood, CO, January 23, 2023 - St. Mary’s Academy Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the unanimous selection of Iswari Natarajan as the Academy’s eighth President/Head of School. She will assume her position July 1, 2023. 

“Iswari’s demonstrated success and devotion to SMA for more than a decade made her the unequivocal candidate for the position,” said Matt Hopper, Chair of the Board of Trustees. “We are very confident in her expert abilities and passionate commitment to forward the vision and mission of our renowned institution.”

Iswari joined the staff of SMA in 2012 as teacher and chair of the mathematics department at the High School before her promotions to High School Principal in 2018, Assistant Head of School/High School Principal in Spring 2022, and her current position of Vice President of Academic Affairs/High School Principal at the beginning of this school year. 

“I am humbled by the opportunity to serve our community as President/Head of School. Grounded in our Loretto School Values of faith, community, justice, and respect, I am dedicated to staying true to our identity and rich history as a premier Catholic, Independent School,” said Ms. Natarajan. “I am committed to working together with all our stakeholders as we create trailblazing educational experiences that are boldly innovative, intuitively collaborative, and thoroughly transformative to make St. Mary's Academy a destination school.”

Prior to entering the educational arena, Iswari had a career in electrical and computer engineering and research. She holds a BE in electrical and electronics engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science in India and an MS in engineering from the University of Maryland. She also holds a diploma in educational leadership and administration from Montessori Casa International. She is the recipient of a 2015 Outstanding Educator/Mentor Award from Stanford University, a 2017 Outstanding Colorado Educator Award from CU Boulder, and a 2022 Outstanding Educator and Teacher of Influence Award from Carleton College. In 2018, IBM recognized Iswari as a Global Women Leader, and invited her to present a keynote about leadership. She has been featured in numerous articles for her work in STEM education and has been a presenter at the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools Global Forum and Advanced Placement conferences. 

Iswari and her husband, Kartik, reside in Highlands Ranch. Their daughter, Rishika, is a 2022 alumna of St. Mary’s Academy and attends Brown University. 

Ms. Natarajan becomes the first person of color to lead SMA. She succeeds outgoing president Bill Barrett, who last September announced he would be taking a leave of absence and would be stepping down at the end of the 2022-23 academic year. 

We’d like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to members of the board and the community for their support and feedback during this process; we are extremely grateful for their encouragement. 
 

Read Iswari's bio here

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  • From Ms. Ish's Desk

January 20, 2023

As you commit to re-enrolling your family at St. Mary’s Academy, I would love to share some transformational physical changes across campus you will see at the back-to-school time–or even earlier if you enjoy summer at SMA. It’s part of our commitment to continually provide the best quality educational experience and value to our families. This summer, we’re literally building (ha!) on that promise, with significant construction projects in many buildings and outdoor spaces. 

  • SMA’s Lower School is getting a face-lift, bringing new finishes and security enhancements to the very first construction project at our Cherry Hills location in 1952. A secure entry vestibule will be added, hallway finishes and lighting will be enhanced, graphics will be added, restrooms will be remodeled, a new exit stair and vestibule will be added to the West End of the building, and two classrooms will be completely renovated. It’s an ambitious plan to serve our ambitious learners and educators.
     
  • In the Middle School, we will complete phase one of planning a state-of-the-art Makerspace and placing an order for STEAM innovator kits. This is part of the major program and schedule enhancements underway in the Middle School.
     
  • Air-conditioning is coming to Bishop Evans Sports Center at the start of summer. Our athletes, summer campers, and PE classes can play under comfortable conditions as early as July 1. Fans in the stands will be cooler, too. This improvement will allow Bishop Evans to be scheduled year-round for SMA-sanctioned activities.
     
  • Approximately 134,000 sq. ft. of new Greenfields Allsport XP/Ultra 45 oz. Athletic Turf will be installed at the West Soccer Field and the Baseball Field, including the infield. The new playing surfaces will be installed over Schmitz Foam Pro Play 23 mm undersurface pad, increasing the safety for SMA Students and Athletes. Lastly, the new playing surfaces will include entirely organic infill properties, including Silica Sand and Amorim Cork. An especially great feature of the new playing surfaces is that the associated water conversation is in line with our Loretto Values. One last benefit is that snow can be readily removed from the playing surfaces, clearing the path for PE, recess, and game days right away. These improvements bring all our playing fields up to the caliber of our showcase Pam Bent Turf Field. The turf project is part of this year's Gala Paddle Raiser. Families and friends will be asked to help make this important project possible through their generosity. 
     
  • SMA is pleased to introduce our new Community Gardens project. The schedule calls for these new spaces to be ready for planting this spring. Exciting new curriculum opportunities will be introduced around the gardening spaces.
     
  • SMA’s Pam Bent Field will have a new Daktronics Scoreboard installed over the summer. The new scoreboard and sound system will be installed in time for all of our fall Athletics events. The new sound system will also allow Pam Bent Field to be used for various SMA community events. 


This transition year at SMA has provided us with the time, tools, and expertise to act on key initiatives. Roger Brown, V.P. of Operations, has gifted SMA with his leadership, business acumen, and success as a major builder and innovator, starting with the incredible High School STEAM wing finished last summer. We thank Roger for his non-stop work to see all these projects through. Learn more about his vision in my interview with him.

I have other gratitudes to express as our enrollment and re-enrollment cycle nears completion. Every year our community comes together in support of welcoming new students, an effort led by the Admissions (and Marketing) department(s) with the spirited support of our parent and student ambassadors, principals, and teachers who give tours, conduct interviews, host shadow days and rise-up nights, and answer every question big and small as we educate newcomers and remind each other what an incredibly special place we have at SMA. Thank you to every one of you!

All this, and there is more to come. Stay tuned for messages from division principals on program improvements, and watch this space, too.

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January 13, 2023

"Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice."
- Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr.

Our teaching, learning, and interactions every day are committed to working for justice and acting for peace because the Gospel urges us. As we approach the federal holiday of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, I’d like to share some of the ways we live our Loretto School Value of justice.

At SMA, students learn to exercise empathy, become advocates, and develop an understanding of justice and actions they can take, in age-appropriate ways, throughout our program. Here are a few examples in each division.

In the Lower School:

  • Lessons about Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Ruby Bridges, and other figures who stood for justice continue across the classrooms. The fifth grade’s learning culminates in an assembly in February for Black History Month.
     
  • On late start-great start Wednesdays, students raise awareness about different organizations in need of support, raising this year's funds to help Pakistan with its recovery from devastating floods linked to climate change.
     
  • Students participate in the Students ReBuild Challenge to learn about civic engagement through art with global issues such as hunger, ocean health, and more.


In the Middle School:

  • On Wednesday, students attended an MLK assembly where they learned from peers in the Be the Change elective about the stories of courageous citizens who forged through violence in Selma for voting rights for all.
     
  • Participants in a new drop-in Loretto Changemakers group are making posters for community members who march in the Marade on Monday.
     
  • Grade 8 students connect with Loretto at the United Nations as part of their World Affairs Challenge, where last year team finalists presented their projects in a UN/JCoR (Justice Coalition of Religious) virtual exhibit booth. 
     

In the High School: 

  • Service learning work performed by every student deepens student understanding of society and civic engagement as they prepare for meaningful work as leaders and changemakers.
     
  • In December, SMA was proud to send six High School and Middle School teachers and six Grade 10 students to the NAIS People of Color Conference and Student Diversity Conference of more than 800 participants from independent schools, in San Antonio. They were inspired by keynote speakers including Amanda Nguyen; Nikki Giovanni, Luke Wood, and Shakil Choudhury and at breakouts under the theme of “Reunited in Purpose: elevating our worth, our agency, and our excellence.”
     
  • Courses in the High School center around justice, including Current World Issues, Global Citizenship, Voices of Justice: Poetry, and Theological Studies: Living the Ways of Love and Justice.
     

SMA is a place where we learn, read, speak, play, and work together in ways that are loving and fair. We work for justice and act for peace. I hope you can join us on Monday as we join the greater community in this mission.

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