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April 2014

Spring into Art!

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SJA students have journeyed through the month of April. It’s a very busy time of year, and it’s remarkable how time passes when classes are busy discovering, learning and exploring.

When you walk through the Academy, you will see the artwork from our students which fills the hallways. This Monday and Thursday, from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM, teachers invite you to visit our classrooms to see what the students have been working on.

Catch a glimpse below of some of the beautiful artwork that our students have created.





Lifelong Love of Music

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Instrumental Music Director Donald Wolcott’s lifelong love of music is lived out by his involvement with his students and our community. Mr. Wolcott encourages his students to foster creativity, take risks, be confident, and persevere. His passion for music is brought into the classroom each day.

Mr. Wolcott performed at the Kennedy Center, accompanying the emerging jazz composer Nii Akwei Adoteye. Click the link below to see the performance!
The music begins at the 3 minute mark.

Juggling Club!

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By: Mr. Adler

At the end of each sports season (November, March and May), Middle School students participate in After School Clubs.  This is a time for students to explore a new area of interest in a relaxed atmosphere.   Club topics might range in topic from furniture painting to baton twirling, yoga to engineering design.  I offered a juggling club this past winter.  The first day, we learned to juggle with scarves. On the second day, we made our own juggling balls with balloons and bags of rice.  After that, we practiced different techniques, and developed various challenges. We also taught ourselves some magic tricks.  Here’s a short video of our eight days. Thanks for watching.

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St. James Academy Bursting with Pride

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“One of the capstone experiences for our 8th grade students is their transition into high school. Our students were accepted to a wide number of schools, with close to 100% acceptance into first choice schools, again. The number of merit scholarships awarded is also extraordinary. I speak on behalf of all of the teachers when I say how very proud we are of these students.”

— Karl Adler, Head of School

The Students in SJA’s Class of 2014 were accepted to the following independent , Catholic and public high schools and competitive magnet programs:  The Boys’ Latin School of MD, Bryn Mawr School, Calvert Hall College High School, Franklin High School, Friends School of Baltimore, Garrison Forest School, Gilman School, Hereford High School, The John Carroll School, Loyola Blakefield, Maryvale Preparatory, McDonogh School, Mercy High School, Notre Dame Preparatory, Roland Park Country School, St. Paul’s School, St. Paul’s School for Girls, St. Timothy’s School, and the Health and Medical Sciences Academy and Environmental Studies Academy, both in the Albemarle County Public School system in Virginia.

Seven of the students were also awarded scholarships including: Calvert Hall McMullan Scholars Program, Maryvale Preparatory Academic Recognition Award, Mercy High School Mary Sue Williams Hall Scholarship, Notre Dame Preparatory Cornerstone Academic Achievement Award, St. Paul’s School Kinsolving Scholarship, and St. Paul’s School for Girls Levering Scholarship, and St. Timothy’s School Hannah Moore Scholarship. We couldn’t be more proud of these St. James Academy leaders and look forward to following their future adventures at the high schools they have chosen! Read More