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Alumnae

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 financial support, volunteering, event participation, social networks and, of course, with much joy at annual reunion weekends.

We warmly encourage you to contact us with questions or suggestions. Thank you for all you do for the SMA community. We hope to see or hear from you soon!

Itsy Jones '06


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SMA News

The Spiral Staircase Literary Journal
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In Trimester 1, the creative writers in Mr. Riehl's class decided to put together a literary journal. They decided to name it The Spiral Staircase, both because of the wonderful metaphor and to honor the Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe. The idea is to create an annual journal, in order to provide students with an authentic audience and a publication that students may aspire to write for.  Below is an excerpt, written by Lena Pearson, from her story entitled "Niagra Will Fall".

 

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Model UN Conference Success
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The SMA Model UN club recently competed in the Boulder and Fairview High School Conference. The students discussed and debated in council several critical topics with other high school students from around the state, including global warming and human trafficking. Three SMA delegates received awards at the meet. Single delegate Elizabeth Lanava, 10th grade, received an Honorable Mention for her role as Ukraine in an Intermediate Council on Language Endangerment. Double delegation representatives, Millie Brophy and Grace Hutt, both ninth-grade students, received an Honorable Mention for their role as Poland in a Beginner Security Council on climate change. Congratulations to all who participated in this conference!

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Día de los Muertos
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On October 31st the seventh grade is engaging in a multi-faceted study of Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead. The day begins with a study of the history and cultural significance of Día de los Muertos, a holiday celebrated in many regions of México. The belief system underlying the Mexican holiday is explored and the beauty and artistry of Mexican cultural traditions is showcased. In discussion groups, students examine the difference between multicultural appreciation and cultural appropriation. Students collaborate in creating a traditional Día de los Muertos altar, as a respectful remembrance of passed loved ones, and tour altars on display in the SMA High School. A guided viewing of the Pixar film Coco is included. The program culminates with a reflective writing exercise, inviting students to compose a letter of remembrance to a departed loved one.

On October 31st the seventh grade is engaging in a multi-faceted study of Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead. The day begins with a study of the history and cultural significance of Día de los Muertos, a holiday celebrated in many regions of México. The belief system underlying the Mexican holiday is explored and the beauty and artistry of Mexican cultural traditions is showcased. In discussion groups, students examine the difference between multicultural appreciation and cultural appropriation. Students collaborate in creating a traditional Día de los Muertos altar, as a respectful remembrance of passed loved ones, and tour altars on display in the SMA High School. A guided viewing of the Pixar film Coco is included. The program culminates with a reflective writing exercise, inviting students to compose a letter of remembrance to a departed loved one.

 

Faculty: JoAnn Cencula - Science 7
Terrye Easton - Social Studies 7
Victoria Fernandez - Language Arts 7
Christina Garcia - Spanish 7
Melissa McQueen - Math 7

 

Why study Día de los Muertos?

This immersive day of study draws upon SMA’s commitment to multicultural learning, spiritual development, and community-building.  To study other cultures is to learn about differences and connections, develop skills in understanding others and resolving conflicts, and broaden horizons. An important element at any stage of education, multicultural education has a particular resonance with adolescents eager to explore their self-identity and place in our global society.

 

Explore More

Interested in exploring this topic more deeply?

  • Day trip: Explore Denver street art in the Santa Fe art district, including murals featuring Día de los Muertos imagery. While you are in the neighborhood, stop by the Museo de las Americas, a museum that celebrates the diverse arts and cultures of the Americas from ancient to contemporary.

  • Day trip: Visit the special Día de los Muertos exhibit Winged Souls at the Denver Botanic Gardens.

  • Movie night: Share Coco with the rest of the family. Common Sense Media endorses Coco, saying it “is a tribute to Mexican traditions and customs…. (and) has powerful themes of perseverance, teamwork, and gratitude and encourages audiences to love and appreciate their family and always follow their dreams.

 

Please note

If students would like to contribute to the altar, they are welcome to bring flowers, candles or pictures to display. Please bring items beginning Monday, October 29.

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