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September 2013

SJA Develops Cross-Cultural Awareness With The NAIS Challenge 20/20

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St. James Academy will participate in the National Association of Independent Schools Challenge 20/20. This program partners schools in the United States with schools in other countries. As St. James Academy continues to develop collaborative learning with global connections, the students in the sixth grade science class will work with students from Fairfield Country Day School in Connecticut and Government Boys High School in Lahore, Pakistan to study infectious diseases, and research possible solutions. This study will enhance the Academy’s global awareness and sixth grade Life Science curriculum.

This is one of many ways in which St. James Academy continues to infuse its curriculum with a global perspective. “The NAIS Global Challenge 20/20 and our International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme helps students make connections between subjects and their world. Our teachers collaborate to plan units of study that help students take risks and become thoughtful inquirers, as they work to solve global issues with students around the world. The NAIS Global Challenge 20/20 and IB MYP are best practices for global education, and we are thrilled to be members of both,” said Lori Dembo, IB MYP Coordinator.


Discovery and Wonder

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This past week, Kevin Reese visited the Academy. Mr. Reese is a collaborative artist with over thirty years experience working with young people and communities as a performer and artist-in-residence. In 2001, he founded School Sculptures to create permanent works of kinetic art for schools, and community and performing art centers. Mr. Reese has created over 126 large-scale installations throughout the United States and his first international installation, created with students from ten schools in the New Taipei City Public Library. He will be returning to work with our students the week of October 6-11 to create a sculpture for our tower.

On Wednesday, Mr. Reese performed, Apollo: To the Moon. This performance was unique and incorporated elements about the NASA space program. Read More

Foxhound Fall Festival

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The Foxhound Fall Festival is one of the many wonderful traditions at St. James Academy that helps mark and celebrate the new school year. This is a great time for families to enjoy food, music, and friends.  It’s also a time for parents to see their children playing and interacting with friends, sliding down the hillside, or running in circles in the Pony Ring. The Fall Festival brings us together as a community, with many graduates and their families returning to catch up with classmates and teachers as well.

The Fall Festival is a joint effort between the Academy and the Church.  I want to thank Pat Newman and Dave Babcock as well as our Patrons Officers: Elizabeth Kinser (President), Amy Wagner (Vice President), Christine Pitcher (Treasurer), Ellen Baralo (Secretary), Lindsey Cocks (Middle School Coordinator) and Angela Class (Past President).

Academic Convocation

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On Wednesday morning, we gathered to celebrate the beginning of the school year with an Academic Convocation.  This is a beautiful service where our 8th Grade students, lead by hand, our 1st Grade students into the Church. Each member of our Student Council has a role in the service, and our Student Council President addresses the students and faculty.  The purpose of  Academic Convocation is not only to mark the beginning of the school year, but also to mark the beginning of the journey each first grader takes through St. James Academy. We appreciate their individual gifts, we rejoice in their future expectations, and we celebrate this great first step into a life-long adventure of learning.  Please enjoy the video of the address by Student Council President, Jack Jankowski.