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The Leader, The Lady: Lucy C. Nazro Looking back at the Leadership of the Newly Retired Head of School. Highlighting Teachers with Non-traditional Teaching Roles. Third Graders Participate in the NAIS 20/20 Challenge. Two Amazing Buildings Change the Faces and Future of our Two Campuses.

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INSIDE FEATURE: 4 To Serve Them All My Days

A Look Back at the Leadership of Lucy Nazro

Celebrating Faculty: 10

Highlighting Teachers with Non-Traditional Teaching Roles New in 2011-2012: Faculty and Staff Members Who Joined Us This Year Say Hello to our Interim Head of School Michael Eanes The Parents’ Council Faculty Enrichment Program

Important School News: 22

Important Features of the New Scheduling System

The Class of 2012 Graduates: 24

Graduation Prizes Department Awards, Faculty Service Awards, and Retiring Faculty Graduate Distinctions List Class of 2012 College Information

Eighth Grade Commencement: 31, 43 Scholar News: 32

From Austin to Slovenia: Third Graders Participate in the NAIS 20/20 Challenge Upper School Students Place First in State Science Competition UTeach Program Honors Middle School Math Teacher; Senior Geoffrey Gilmore Receives National Achievement Honors

Arts News: 36

Middle Schoolers Cut Loose in Lively Production of Footloose ISAS Fine Arts Festival 2012

Athletic News: 38

Division I Dreams Come True for Three Varsity Teams Senior Will Temple Named All-State and All-Centex Basketball Player; US Lacrosse Players Honored MS Golf Takes Fifth Consecutive Title LS Track Win Multiple Victories; MS/LS Basketball Take Tourneys & Seasons

Administration & Board Lucy C. Nazro, Head of School Rich Mischinski, Head of Upper School Alice Nezzer, Head of Middle School Sharon Wilson, Head of Lower School Catherine M. Miller, Chairman of the Board St. Andrew’s Lower and Middle School Campus 1112 West 31st Street, Austin, Texas 78705 St. Andrew’s Upper School Campus 5901 Southwest Parkway, Austin, Texas 78735 MISSION STATEMENT The mission of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is to provide an enriched academic program within a Christian environment emphasizing the fulfillment of each student’s potential. STATEMENT OF PURPOSE The school strives to help young people achieve their potential not only in intellectual understanding but also in esthetic sensitivity, physical well-being, athletic prowess, and moral decisiveness so that they may lead productive, responsible lives, not only for themselves, but also for their community. Diversity Statement of Purpose Diversity at St. Andrew’s is grounded in our identity as a family-based community, a faith-based community, and a learning community. We understand that our strength and resilience as a three-fold community stems from our commitment to: • honor each individual’s unique perspective; • respect the dignity of every human being as a child of God, and; • develop the knowledge, skills, and under- standing necessary to engage with and respond to the needs of an evolving world. CORE VALUES Community Based on trust, traditions, communication, appreciation, and support Spiritual Foundation To develop moral behavior High Expectations Reflected in both the knowledge base and behavior of the faculty, staff, students, parents, and board members Caring, Celebration and Humor Fostered by kindness and collegiality Statement of Non-discrimination St. Andrew’s Episcopal School admits students of any race, color, national, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at this school. We do not discriminate in the administration of educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship, athletics, or other programs.

Servant News: 42

25 Students Honored with Presidential Service Honors The Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebrated School-wide

Development & Communications News: 44 Concert for Financial Aid Featuring Styx Raises Nearly $400,000

The Dell Fine Arts Center is Formally Dedicated at the Upper School Introducing the McGill Chapel and Renewed Playing Field, Playscape, and Meditation Gardens

Alumni News: 50

Alumni Help Bring the Dell Fine Arts Center to Life News from Christiana Bay ’07, Tori Harrison ’08, Blair Campion ’10, and a report from the Alumni vs. Varsity Baseball Game

On The Cover A fingerprint portrait of Lucy Nazro by members of the 2011 AP Studio Art Class


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feature STORY Written by Board Trustee and St. Andrew’s parent William Osborn

TO THEM ALL MY DAYS “Better is the end of a thing than the beginning; and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.” Ecclesiastes 7:8 The St. Andrew’s community this year celebrates the

plane and flew west across the Pacific, alone, like a

career and legacy of Lucy Collins Nazro, after 32

pearl called by destiny back to the Orient for polish.

years of service as head of our school. Lucy came

St. Margaret’s had been founded in 1877 by an Epis-

to us in 1980, and so she has been our leader for

copal Missionary, and Lucy would stay there as an

more than half of the institution’s lifetime. Yet the

English teacher, living on campus, for the next three

school she leaves is nothing like the school she found

years. In 1963 she returned to Austin and enrolled

when she arrived. In 1980, St. Andrew’s had about

in a special program for educators at the Episcopal

300 students in grades 1–6; it now has 851 students in

Seminary of the Southwest.

grades 1–12, and sends its graduates to some of the best colleges in the country. During her tenure Lucy

Also arriving at the Seminary as a new student in

spearheaded efforts that raised over sixty million

the fall of 1963 was a young man named Phil Nazro.

dollars for this expansion.

As he was moving into his dorm on the first day, his roommate told him that the talk was that, of all

We will most remember Lucy for her indomitable spir-

things, there were two girls in the new class. But,

it and tenacity in the face of many challenges. Lucy

the newsgiver continued, it was hopeless to imag-

graduated from Waco High School in 1955. She was

ine any possibilities, because one was married, and

a high school cheerleader; she has essentially been

the other was a missionary! On the first day of class,

a cheerleader ever since. She graduated from the

Lucy gravitated to the front row of the Church His-

University of Texas in 1959 with a degree in English,

tory class, as did Phil, in his words, because they were

having her picture all over the “Cactus” yearbook

both so short and could not have otherwise seen the

for various organizations. Being an adventurer from

teacher. And that is how they became acquainted.

the start, Lucy began her career by teaching for a

It is a seemingly strange thing, but the word “short”

year at Granger Junior High School in San Diego,

never comes to mind when thinking of Lucy. She

California. In the summer of 1960 she wrote to the

would be a missionary for the rest of her life, but like

national office of the Episcopal Church, asking if they

all on a powerful quest, assumed a stature indepen-

knew of any teaching positions in the Far East. She

dent of any physical constraints.

received an immediate reply that St. Margaret’s Episcopal School, a 1–12 girls school in Tokyo, needed an

Phil recalls from their courtship days that it seemed

English teacher by September 1st. Lucy boarded a

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went. Their first date was at Scholz Garten, and they

Lucy arrived, a Middle School was added. Proving

were married at the end of their first year at the

the adage about silver linings, the Texas Savings and

Seminary. Lucy is still visibly glad to see everyone

Loan bust of the mid-1980s resulted in the place-

she comes across, unusually so, and has an amazing

ment of both of those properties in the hands of a

memory for names. When she came to St. Andrew’s,

small federal government entity called the Resolu-

it did not have the many community gatherings

tion Trust Corporation (RTC), charged with liquidating

and celebrations which are now so treasured. The

bad debt that had been insured by the FDIC. The

school community did not gather for events such as

RTC was not easily approachable, but Lucy is well

St. Andrew’s Day or Lessons and Carols. Lucy thought

known to be fearless. With the aid of a telephone

these gatherings so important that they were orga-

call she solicited from U.S. Congressman Jake Pickle

nized even though there was no place on campus

to the agency, an otherwise unsympathetic federal

large enough to hold them. In the early days, Lessons

employee was provoked to respond. There is a line

and Carols was held at Good Shepherd Episcopal

in the Episcopal liturgy which comes to mind: “upon

Church. Lucy has for years hosted smaller gather-

this commandment hang all the law and the proph-

Not even

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move the United States Army to give up a part of Camp Mabry, though if anybody could have accomplished that, she was the one, and the idea of making that effort was considered.

ings at her house for faculty, trustees, and parents

ets.” Lucy’s fatefully initiated contact with Congress-

of each class, and much enjoyed these events. Phil

man Pickle had a somewhat similar effect, though

was always busy behind the scenes. Maline McCalla,

of a more secular nature, on St. Andrew’s future. The

who helped recruit Lucy from Galveston, comments

purchase which was arranged as a result of that tele-

that Lyndon Johnson was known to say that he

phone call enabled the start of a massive expansion

always like having couples, because he got two for

of the school’s physical plant, without which it would

the price of one, and that we had the same advan-

have been necessary to completely abandon the

tage with Lucy and Phil. The task they faced to-

31st Street site and start over elsewhere.

gether might have seemed impossible when they first arrived, if they could have known what was ahead.

The two apartment complexes were purchased and demolished, but as a cost saving measure their

In 1980, the Lower School occupied a narrow strip

swimming pool was left in place, filled with dirt. It

of land along West 31st Street, bordered in the back

is now completely buried beneath the 50-yard line

by two apartment complexes. In 1982, shortly after

of the playing field. Our athletes may not walk on

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water, but they walk where it used to be. The acqui-

cated seat in the football stadium bleachers. Her

sition of this ground had a domino effect, enabling

favorite spot, surely, is at the chapel pulpit, speaking

the addition of adjacent ground to the north, so

and preaching to the community. Lucy puts it, “The

the 31st Campus was now comprised of nearly 13.5

chapel has sort of been my classroom here at St.

acres. With this purchase, there was nearly a con-

Andrew’s from the very beginning.” In the tradition

stant process of construction at the 31st street Cam-

of Christ’s words to Peter about building his church

pus. The efforts resulted in the completion of our first

upon a rock, it is fitting that the only free-standing

large gym, a beautiful new library, the fourth grade

memorial on the campus is a limestone boulder at

wing, a new middle school building, and Nazro Hall

the foot of the flagpole, with a marker commemo-

(our second large gym) and kitchen. As a crowning

rating Lucy’s vision. Lucy marked her 75th birthday

touch, the school has just recently completed and

in the spring of 2012, and it was her desire to see the

dedicated the magnificent St. Andrew’s McGill

Upper School brought to fruition that kept her labor-

Chapel on the 31st Street Campus.

ing in the vineyard longer than most would expect. Those efforts have this year reached culmination in

Most would be satisfied to rest on such a tremen-

the construction of a fine arts center, including two

dous accomplishment, but it was not enough for this

new theaters and special buildings for art and music

small-town girl with a big vision. Lucy pressed on-

instruction. The STG architecture firm is to be lauded

ward, simultaneously, with the idea of starting a high

for the unifying theme of its fulfillment of Lucy’s vision.

school. What now seems to us inevitable was far

Long partnerships of this nature are a rare thing, but

from it at the time, as the idea met with a consider-

lead to a consistency of design with a compelling

able amount of skepticism. To begin with, there was

visual effect. Margie Cowden, musing over the con-

a need for a large tract of land, and none to be had

struction history jokes, “Everybody said if Lucy were

nearby. Not even Lucy could move the United States

here another ten years, we’d have a college!”

Army to give up a part of Camp Mabry, though if anybody could have accomplished that, she was

No one who knows Lucy would call her spirit proud,

the one, and the idea of making that effort was

rather it is patient. Many have noticed that there is

considered. A real estate consultant was retained,

no task too small for her attention, that she will al-

and two large tracts were studied. One of these was

ways be there to stack chairs when the day is done.

near McNeil and one was on Southwest Parkway.

St. Andrew’s Academic Dean/Interim Upper School

Lucy recalls that the first time she and others went to

Head and previous Middle School Head of 22 years,

inspect the Southwest Parkway tract, it was a cloudy,

Tim McGhee comments that “there was nothing that

bleak day, and she wondered if they were all crazy.

any of us were expected to do that Lucy wouldn’t

The land was so choked with cedar trees that it was

have happily done herself and did, in fact, happily

hard to visualize what might be done, but as is often

do.” There is perhaps only one exception to this ob-

the case, there was no stopping the power of a

servation, but it illustrates the principle that everyone

good idea. In the words of former Board Chair Car-

has limits. Upper School Latin teacher Jennie Luongo

rielu Christensen: “Once Lucy decides it’s the right

recalls that when she first started as a Latin teacher,

thing to do then she’s just going to move heaven

she was only 22 years old, and thus legally underage

and earth until it happens.” A decision was made

for the use of a rental car. On one school trip down

to press ahead, and 73.5 acres were purchased in

to Galveston that year, she was assigned to shuttle

1997. On this ground in the succeeding years, with

a group of kids somewhere with Lucy, so headed for

the help of many friends, were built a chapel, library,

the passenger side of the van. Lucy asked “Jennie,

dining hall and gym, two playing fields, and many

who do you think is driving this thing?” and Jennie

classrooms and laboratories. It may be that Lucy’s

answered “They told me I shouldn’t drive.” Lucy’s re-

second- favorite spot on this campus is her dedi-

ply: “Well, I don’t like driving.” So Jenny drove. Lucy St. Andrew’s Episcopal School • • 7


did finally start driving herself more, especially after

every year would find Lucy along on at least one of

the Upper School was built.

these trips, usually up front with the tour guide. She has more than once gone on the eighth grade trips

Director of College Counseling Elizabeth Guice

to Big Bend and with our Spanish students to Oax-

remarks, “Working with Lucy is like working with a

aca. And, for many years, Lucy actually did spend a

camp director who believed very much that we

month working at a summer camp in Tennessee!

don’t live from day to day, but that we live from thing to thing.” Jerry Buttrey, looking back on nearly thirty

Although she dislikes controversy, Lucy is competi-

years of experience at the Middle School, com-

tive. Coach Tom Costas comments, “you cannot

mented in the same vein: “I think that life, to her,

separate the competitive nature that Lucy has

is a summer camp and everybody is supposed to

from the rest of her. It’s part of her DNA.” We have

have fun at it. That’s the way she approached the

seen her cheering from the bleachers at countless

school. There was a kind of innocent enthusiasm

games, and urging on the endeavors of our kids at

I think that life, to

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is a summer camp and

everybody is supposed to have fun at it. That’s the way she approached the school.

about her. Watching her at school events, she struck

both athletic and academic meets, everything from

me as someone who had just unbridled natural

Latin to lacrosse. St. Andrew’s has won the Harvest

enthusiasm.” One of these events, started long ago,

Bowl challenge every year since that tradition with

occurs on St. Lucy’s Day (yes, there really is one).

St. Stephen’s started, resulting in the donation of tons

On this day, Lucy gathers all students named Lucy

of food to El Buen Samaritano, and the trophy bowl,

and they don choir robes and crowns, and travel

with its glazed finish of student handprints, is proudly

to every classroom on both campuses handing out

displayed outside of her office. Perhaps her most joy-

doughnut holes. Lower School Spanish teacher

ous moment at the Upper School football field came

Dan Dickey, who is retiring this year after 30 years of

at the Homecoming game this year. Whether it was

service to St. Andrew’s, accompanies with his guitar

because we won the game against St. Stephen’s,

and serenades with a special theme song. Another

or because she was named Queen Mother of the

thing our “camp director” loved to do was travel with

Homecoming Court, we cannot quite say. Coach

our kids. St. Andrew’s has long had regular class trips

Betsy Ross considers that Lucy’s interest in athletics

to Boston, New York City, and Washington D.C., and

is well placed. “You have to commit to a team, you

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have to understand that it’s not all about you, and

Gerhard now serving at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day

you have to be happy for the other team when they

School in Washington.

get to shine.” One of Lucy’s biggest passions in life is fishing. She has traded fishing stories for years with

It is perhaps this spiritual perspective on life that has

Facilities Manager Marvin Shelton and others. Retire-

made Lucy a person of compassion. Jim Heck, Dean

ment will include more of that, but it might be said

of External Affairs and Alumni Relations (and parent

that all along she has been fishing for the hearts and

of three St. Andrew’s graduates) comments, “She

minds of our children more than anything else. Their

doesn’t want to end a conversation with a ‘no’. If a

minds, of course, are harder to reach.

student has been irresponsible, she wants to give him or her another chance, if possible. These are all things

Many have remarked on Lucy’s optimism and strong

that make people love her, and that’s why they work

sense of vision for the future. John Works comments,

so hard for her.” Margaret Marcus, one of our 25-

“She is someone who is perhaps in the back of our

year teachers who is now retired, recalled that Lucy

minds as we deliberate and as we live, sort of like a

has always said “above all else, be kind,” and when

light that shines on us all…she illuminates things for us

facing a tough decision involving student discipline

in some mysterious way.” He describes this presence

would usually say she needed to sleep on it. Lucy was

as being like a weather pattern, simply creating a fa-

viewed as “being in the business of promoting re-

vorable atmosphere. This is a secular perspective on

demption of children.” This empathy extended to the

Lucy’s spiritual side, which has resonated throughout

faculty, many of whom have awoken from surgery to

her tenure. She estimates that she has conducted

find that Lucy was there while they were in the op-

at least three chapel services a week (four when the

erating room, waiting and praying. Retiring Upper

Middle School was added and five when the Up-

School Math Department Chair Wayne Packwood

per School was added) ever since she arrived at St.

tells the most recent of these stories. Almost every

Andrew’s, and considers daily chapel an essential

faculty member or family having significant tenure

part of the educational experience we offer. She

at the school has a story of Lucy’s kindness, in some

has imbued the school with such a strong sense of

way large or small. And because she has interacted

Episcopal identity that Billy Gammon was moved

personally with so many people, it is fitting that the

to whisper to a faculty member seated next to him

best visual portrait of her is currently hanging in the

at the 2011 St. Andrew’s Day Service, “You know St.

dining hall of the high school, a large and highly ac-

Andrew’s is not a church, but it’s not far from it.” When

curate black and white image made entirely from

told of this remark, Lucy, replied “I don’t see it as a

the fingerprints of a group of our students (see cover),

church. I see it as a worshiping, serving community,

with their names all carefully keyed to their prints. It is

but it is the church for a lot of people.” The first plan

not surprising that the image captured in this portrait

for the Upper School Chapel called for a very small

is one of compassion, and its twin, wisdom.

structure, and Lucy vetoed the design, insisting that it be large enough to hold the entire community. It is, and it matters – the Upper School gathers there daily. The most noticeable thing about the old prayer book that Lucy brings to all of the school board meetings is just how tattered it is, from such long years of usage. Increasingly, that usage includes the performance of many weddings for former students. Lucy has for

L ucy , we wil l al l m is s y ou so much.

years mentored many priests in training while they were studying at the Seminary, including one, Kurt St. Andrew’s Episcopal School • • 9

celebrating faculty

Teachers with

Non-Traditional Teaching Roles Academic Dean

Tim McGhee Years of service to St. Andrew’s: 28

St. Andrew’s comprehensive and thoughtful ap-

which called for a better overall coordination of

proach to curriculum development and teaching is

curriculum. With the establishment of this position,

reflected in its organizational structure, including the

curricula are streamlined by skill sequencing, elimina-

position of Academic Dean, which serves to coordi-

tion of redundant content, a focus on key initiatives

nate, guide, and streamline curriculum from the first

(i.e. the Social and Emotional Learning Program), and

grade through the twelfth grade.

more, including regular maintenance of the school’s curriculum map.

Tim McGhee, Academic Dean since 2009*, has the challenge and responsibility of working with the Head

Curriculum is determined and developed through a

of School, division heads, department chairs, and

number of methods. In addition to state requirements

faculty to coordinate, assess, and develop curriculum

managed by the Texas Private School Accrediting

1–12. This includes overseeing in-service programs

Commission, St. Andrew’s curriculum is written by the

and professional development of faculty and staff,

school’s high caliber faculty using current standards

working with department chairs to elaborate their

and research.

roles and support their respective departmental agendas, creating and leading an Academic Coun-

“By way of our departmental organization, the pro-

cil to oversee school-wide academic policies and

fessional staff has on-going discussions about what

curriculum issues, and assisting division heads and

we teach, how we teach, and whether changes

chairs in the clinical supervision of faculty.

are needed,” explains Tim McGhee. “That faculty perspective is then documented in the curricula we

The Office of Academic Dean was created in re-

write, the texts we adopt, the materials we employ,

sponse to one of the key recommendations com-

and the methods we use.”

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New curriculum and changes to existing curriculum

ing, and creative. The teaching faculty at St. Andrew’s

are managed in a number of ways. Faculty refer-

is superb! All things proceed from the quality of a

ence the published standards of the many discipline-

school’s instructional team, and St. Andrew’s has one

based associations that research and develop

of the very best.”

curriculum guidelines. Regular reviews of “Principles of Good Practice” of the school’s accrediting bodies

Equally important to the faculty and administration

and national associations are conducted. Through

are the school’s efforts to help students “struggle

staff development programs, all faculty regularly

with the big questions.” As an Episcopal school, St.

participate in the professional conversation about

Andrew’s presents students with the daily option of

what to teach and how to teach it and systematically

exploring the spiritual and human side of being that

collaborate with one another to develop a compre-

takes them beyond the more temporal definitions of

hensive program.

meaning. Additionally, St. Andrew’s has an unusually profound sense of community, which helps create the

“Our collaborative efforts extend beyond the walls

relationships and trust foundational to growth.

of St. Andrew’s,” said Mr. McGhee. “We regularly visit other schools to talk with our peers and discuss the

“St. Andrew’s is also distinctive in our genuine commit-

current literature on education; and many of us have

ment to multifaceted definition of education: our em-

completed or are currently working on advanced

phasis on languages for all, arts for all, service for all,

degrees within our fields.”

athletics for all, and the longest standing one-to-one technology program in Austin,” said Mr. McGhee. “We

To continue improving, St. Andrew’s regularly assesses

also have close relationships with parents and families,

its programs through self-studies, regular assessments

provide a strong emphasis on social and emotional

in departmental meetings, feedback from program

learning, offer daily student gatherings to create a

consultants, traditional measures of student interest

sense of community, have a well-established advisory

and performance, grades and test scores, through

program, put an emphasis on travel and field-based

college acceptances and the successes of our

learning and, in the Upper School, offer well-devel-

graduates at university. St. Andrew’s is not exclusively

oped Junior Experience and Senior Project programs.”

focused on academics. We encourage our students in a well-rounded educational experience through

Education is ever-evolving and must remain current

participation in athletics, arts, and service programs

to remain effective. With the position of Academic

(full integration of scholar, athlete, artist, and servant).

Dean, and the amazing faculty supporting the school, St. Andrew’s is well-positioned to best serve

“First and foremost, St. Andrew’s outstanding pro-

and best teach its students.

grams are truly a reflection of the high quality of our teachers,” said Mr. McGhee. “They are dedicated to kids, they care about the school; they’re relentless in pursuit of their own growth; they’re bright, hardwork-

*Tim McGhee will serve as Interim Head of the Upper School for the 2012–2013 school year. During this time he will provide parttime support for the Academic Dean job duties and will return full-time to his position at the conclusion of next school year. St. Andrew’s Episcopal School • • 11

celebrating faculty

Learning specialists

Area of focus: Grades 1–3

Pam Craig

Years of Service to St. Andrew’s: 25 Area of focus: Grades 4–6

KimMarie Suhr Years of Service to St. Andrew’s: 10 Area of focus: Grades 7–12

Perrin Shelton Years of Service to St. Andrew’s: 5

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Learning differences have nothing to do with a person’s intelligence, but involve a difference in the way brains process information.

Do you know what Walt Disney, Alexander Graham

KimMarie Suhr taught second grade for eight

Bell, and Winston Churchill have in common? They all

years before being appointed the grades 4–6 Learn-

had learning differences. Learning differences have

ing Specialist in 2009. She is a St. Andrew’s parent,

nothing to do with a person’s intelligence, but involve

a member of the Academic Council, a founding

a difference in the way brains process information.

member of our Student Support Committee, and the

This can make it difficult for an otherwise bright

Lower School Math Coordinator. She has completed

student to learn some subjects as quickly as others.

Academic Language Specialist training and is also

Some learning differences can affect a student’s

certified in Special Education.

ability to concentrate or focus while others can make it more difficult to read, write, spell, or do math.

Perrin Shelton has a B.A. from Vanderbilt University

St. Andrew’s recognizes that not all children learn in

and an MFA from University of Texas - El Paso. She

the same way and that it is important to identify and

taught English at the Upper School for four years and

work with learning differences so that each child has

returned to St. Andrew’s this year as the Learning

the opportunity to succeed. To support this effort, St.

Specialist for the Middle and Upper Schools.

Andrew’s has three learning specialists on staff available to help students in all three divisions.

All of our Learning Specialists serve as valuable resources for students, teachers, and parents. They help

Pam Craig has worked for St. Andrew’s for 25 years in

to identify students’ individual learning profiles and

many capacities, including parent volunteer, substi-

work with teachers to find ways to address learning

tute teacher, and Director of Beyond the Classroom.

needs in the classroom. They also work directly with

She is the founder and head of the Student Support

students, one-on-one or in small groups, helping with

Committee and is active in the International Dyslexia

issues such as test taking, time management, or cur-

Association. She has been a Certified Academic

riculum concerns. St. Andrew’s Learning Specialists

Language Therapist for 12 years and works primarily

are also available to meet with parents, providing

with our first through third grade students. Ms. Craig

information and recommendations as needed. At

and KimMarie Suhr have developed a highly praised

times, they also work with school counselors and our

cursive handwriting program, which they have pre-

Director of Social and Emotional Learning to help stu-

sented at several conferences.

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celebrating faculty

that might arise as they are working to address their

tional skills. As in earlier grades, Ms. Suhr also works

learning differences.

with individual students and small groups to focus on specific skills and learning strategies.

In the first through third grades, Ms. Craig and Ms. Suhr work in the classrooms with all students as well

“By Middle and Upper School,” says Ms. Shelton,

as the classroom teachers. In these lower grades, it is

“St. Andrew’s students are growing more interested in

important to identify as early as possible any learning

figuring out their different learning styles and in find-

differences that may pose a challenge. The earlier

ing strategies that work best for them in an academ-

learning differences are identified, the earlier spe-

ic setting.” She attributes this in part to St. Andrew’s

cialists and teachers can help students develop strat-

providing a safe and accepting environment and in

egies to address them, making it less likely a student

part to St. Andrew’s emphasis on the importance of

will fall behind. As Ms. Craig points out, “A learning

“demystifying” learning differences; students be-

difference is not a problem unless it goes unidentified

come empowered when they know what their learn-

and therefore isn’t addressed.”

ing challenges are and what strategies they can use to compensate for them.

Classroom teachers, of course, are at the forefront when it comes to recognizing that a child may have

Ms. Shelton helps students in the Middle and Up-

a learning challenge. Almost all of our Lower School

per School as needed, but also guides students to

teachers have had training in Schools Attuned, a pro-

become more independent and take more respon-

gram that provides educators with the tools they need

sibility for their learning. It is important that students

to recognize and reach all kinds of learners. In addi-

understand their strengths and limitations and know

tion, Ms. Craig and Ms. Suhr work in each classroom

how to ask for and get the help they need. In other

on a regular basis, allowing them to get to know each

words, students need to become their own best ad-

child and his or her individual strengths and chal-

vocates, a skill that will help them achieve success in

lenges. Ms. Craig teaches handwriting twice a week in

college and in life. “As Learning Specialists, our goal

every first and second grade classroom. While teach-

is to work ourselves out of a job,” explains Mrs. Suhr.

ing this important skill, she is also able to observe how

“The most gratifying moments are when we see our

the students write and follow directions, which can

students who were identified with a learning differ-

provide clues to how they are processing information.

ence in the lower grades and received the support

Ms. Suhr teaches the Accelerated Math program to

they needed, go on to become successful Middle

all second grade students, which allows each child to

and Upper School students.”

work at his or her own pace and skill level. Students admitted to St. Andrew’s have already met In the fourth through sixth grades, both Ms. Craig

rigorous requirements before they enter the halls on

and Ms. Suhr continue to be available as resources

their first day of school. They are all very bright and

for all students. Each morning, Ms. Suhr offers a

capable of performing the daily challenges expected

“Learning Lab” for all fourth graders, where any

of them. Sometimes, part of the gift of being bright

student can get help with homework in any subject.

includes thinking in unique ways and St. Andrew’s is for-

She also collaborates in the fifth grade classrooms

tunate to have a faculty, including Learning Specialists,

on weekly writing assignments with all students and

that are well prepared to help students take full advan-

oversees an Accelerated Math lab for fifth graders. A

tage of all of their intellectual gifts.

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New Facul t y & St a ff Members

We hope you’ve had a chance to get to know some of the 20+ new faces that joined our faculty and staff this school year. Just in case you want to know a little more about them, here’s a breakdown by department or division detailing their experience, role, and background. New Staff members Elizabeth Williams – Lower, Middle, and Upper School Nurse Elizabeth has a B.S. in Psychology from San Francisco State University and a B.S. in Nursing from the University of Texas at Austin. For over 20 years, she has been a Registered Nurse, working in pediatrics, in hospitals such as Seton, Dell Children’s, and South Austin. Elizabeth also has prior experience as a school nurse.

Sean Fitzsimons – Beyond the Classroom Director Sean has a B.A. from Texas State University. He is a 2005 graduate of St. Andrew’s and has been a staff member and the Assistant Director of Beyond the Classroom since 2009.

Allison Brubaker – Annual Giving Manager Allison graduated from Texas Tech University with a B.A. and received her M.B.A. from Southern Methodist University. Most recently she served as Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. “The most rewarding part of my job was getting to work with the Annual Fund co-chairs - Elissa and Jeff Thompson and Kristin and Matt Sjoberg - and reaching 80% of our dollar goal in just the first three months of the campaign!”

Shawn Roberts – Facilities Supervisor Shawn spent his first year assisting Marvin Shelton, our Facilities Manager, on both campuses. In ’12–’13, he will take over as the Upper School Facilities Supervisor. His wife, Kim, is a Systems Administrator in the Technology Department.

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New Lower and Middle School Faculty Kristina Bishop – Lower School Music and Fifth Grade Choir and Hand Bells Kristina has a B.A. from Texas Lutheran University and a Master of Music degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Kristina has taught music for 10 years, including 5 years at Eanes Elementary. “The most rewarding part of my job here is the students’ responsiveness to trying new adventures in the music room. They continue to amaze me with their creative ideas for moving, singing, and playing instruments.” Kelly Edwards – Lower School Spanish Kelly has an M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and brings 11 years of diverse teaching experiences to St. Andrew’s, ranging from Peace Corps work in Honduras to teaching bilingual education in AISD.

Carolyn Simon – Middle School Spanish Carolyn has a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from Middlebury College in Madrid, Spain. She has taught for the last 10 years at private schools in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

Tori Davis – Middle School English Tori has a B.A. from St. Lawrence University and a M.A. from Middlebury College Bread Loaf School of English. Tori has taught in Maine, Florida, and most recently, at the American School of Campinas, Brazil. She has 12 years of teaching experience.

Doug Eleby – Fifth Grade Math and Science Doug has a B.A. from Siena College in New York. Doug has taught grades 3-6 for 14 years and comes to us from Casis Elementary. “The most rewarding part of my job since starting in August has been the incredible support and guidance I have received from my 5th grade team, coworkers, and administration. I have experienced a smooth transition into my new teaching position due to this support and I look forward to continued collaboration with my St. Andrew’s family.”

Jessica Michaud – Second Grade Jessica has a B.A. from Washington and Lee University and an M.Ed. from the University of Georgia. Previously she taught at Trinity School in Atlanta for 7 years. “The most rewarding experience for me has been the daily chapel services. In such a respectful yet age-appropriate way, these second graders light up as they sing songs of praise, listen to the messages, and pray for others in need. I find it the perfect way to start my morning as an educator!”

Jesse Castro – Middle School Math Jesse received his B.S. from Stanford University. With 12 years of experience in both public and private schools, Jesse has taught at all levels from sixth grade to pre-calculus. “The most rewarding part of my job since starting at St. Andrew’s has been the opportunity to work with such polite, respectful, driven, and personable students. They really keep the joy in teaching.”

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Keith Skates ’02 – Lower and Middle School Athletic Trainer Keith has a Bachelor of Behavioral Science (Athletic Training major) from Hardin-Simmons University and an M.Ed (Kinesiology major) from Stephen F. Austin State. Keith has two years of experience as an athletic trainer. “Honestly I can say that I haven’t really been surprised by much this year. I knew as a student that St. Andrew’s is ‘home’ and that has only been reinforced since starting working here.” Priya John – Middle School Life Science Priya has a B.S. from Texas A&M University and a M.Ed. from Texas State University. She has 3 years of teaching experience, having taught in AISD and at the American International School of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Her favorite teaching experience at St. Andrew’s so far? “Key Largo! One of the best educational adventures that I have ever been on.”

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New Upper School Faculty Iris Plaxton – Upper School Computer Science Iris has a B.S. in computer science from the University of Texas at Austin and has training as an AP computer science teacher. Iris is also a former software developer in the high-tech industry. “Programming is a fun, creative outlet, and I’m thoroughly enjoying sharing this with my students. I look forward to coming to St. Andrew’s every day, and I find myself wishing I could spend more time with my class.” Evan Otto – Upper School Math Evan has a B.A. in mathematics from Texas A&M University. He has taught algebra, pre-calculus and AP statistics at Del Valle High School for the last 6 years.

Perrin Shelton – Middle School and Upper School Learning Specialist Perrin has a B.A. in English/Human & Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University and a M.F.A. from the University of Texas – El Paso. Previously Perrin taught 10th and 11th grade humanities at the Upper School.

Lois Bentley – Upper School Math Lois has a B.S. in mathematics from Tarleton State University and has taught for 31 years in Sugar Land, TX and for 2 years at Anderson High School. Since 2004, she has also been a reader for AP Statistics for the Advanced Placement Program of the College Boards. “Teaching in a school of 400 students has been very surprising and rewarding especially after spending most of my teaching career in schools of 2500 or more students. I am amazed that the teachers know all the students by name. The caring community and the personal attention each student receives at St. Andrew’s has been a pleasant surprise, and I am enjoying becoming a part of this community.”

Laura Cox – Upper School Biology Laura has a B.S. from the University of Alabama and an M.S. from Northern Illinois University. She has taught for 33 years, 24 years of which were spent teaching AP biology in the public school system and most recently at a community college. Reagan Skates – Middle School P.E. and Upper School Coach Reagan has a Bachelor of Behavioral Science from HardinSimmons University, and for the last two years has taught and coached at Lufkin High School. Her husband is our Lower and Middle School Athletic Trainer.

Claire Austin – Upper School Physics Claire received her B.S. in Physics from the University of Texas at Austin. She was the first graduate of the new UTeach Engineering program. She has led summer science camps, created a program connecting mathematics to art, and served as a teaching assistant for a mathematics class at the University of Texas.

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Sa y Hel lo t o

Michael Eanes Interim Head of School

On July 1, Michael N. Eanes began his tenure as interim head of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. A seasoned administrator with more than forty years of experience in independent schools, Michael has served as interim head at eight schools across the country. He is committed to helping St. Andrew’s carry out a smooth and effective transition following Lucy Nazro’s 32 years as Head of School. “I look forward to the opportunity to guide this transition so that St. Andrew’s is ready to welcome its next head,” said Michael. “Lucy Nazro is an extraordinary and beloved leader whose retirement leaves behind a grand legacy, a strong school, and a devoted community. In my previous posts, I have found that careful preparation and thoughtful planning by all constituencies sets the stage for the arrival of a new head of school. And it is a two-way process. We select the head, but the head must also select us. We want St. Andrew’s to attract the best and ablest candidates for the position; part of my job is to support the community as it undertakes this critical task. It will be a busy and exciting year for all of us.” Lucy Nazro will remain at St. Andrew’s as special counsel to the Board of Trustees. “We honor Lucy by continuing to be the best that we can be,” said Michael. “St. Andrew’s is a great school. I look forward to getting to know many of you as we work together in service to St. Andrew’s.” Michael most recently served as interim head of school at Heathwood Hall School in Columbia, SC, The Phillips Brooks School in Menlo Park, CA, Capitol Hill Day School in Washington, DC and six other schools. Prior to his career as an interim head, he was the Executive Director of the American Montessori Society, and for 12 years Headmaster of The Gunnery, a boarding school in Washington, CT. He and his wife Susan have two children, Laura, who lives in Connecticut with her husband and three children, and Christopher, who lives in Ohio, and was married this past December. 18 •  St. Andrew’s Episcopal School •

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Th e Par e nt s’ Co u n ci l

FacultY Enrichm ent progr a m

St. Andrew’s has a

St. Andrew’s has a long history of supporting the professional

growth and development of its faculty and staff, encouraging higher learning, new methods of teaching, and introducing real world experiences into the classroom. This framework of support for teachers ultimately also benefits our students.

development budget which is distributed in

St. Andrew’s has a generous professional development budget which is distributed in various ways including summer work-

various ways including: summer workshops,

shops, curriculum development grants, in-service trainings, professional development workshops, summer reading series, special grants, advanced degree plans, conferences, and faculty enrichment grants supported by St. Andrew’s Parents’ Council. Teachers are encouraged every year to apply for faculty enrichment grants provided through the Parents’ Council. Teachers have traveled throughout the United States and abroad bringing back all the newest teaching methods, ideas for speakers and class projects, updated resources, and above all, new ways to make St. Andrew’s the best school it can be. Five faculty members’ testimonials are featured here and highlight unique enrichment experiences that have directly benefited St. Andrew’s students. From the villages of Costa Rica to high caliber conferences in Chicago and musical training in Eastern Europe, our teachers have truly blossomed under the faculty enrichment grant program that is so generously supported by our St. Andrew’s families and our Parents’ Council.

generous professional

curriculum development grants, in-service trainings, professional development workshops, summer reading series, special grants, advanced degree plans, conferences, and faculty enrichment grants supported by St. Andrew’s Parents’ Council.

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Summer Immersion in Costa Rica Rebecca Jobe, Middle School Spanish

Gloria Munguia and I (Rebecca Jobe) were delighted to receive a Parents’ Council grant to travel to Costa Rica to investigate potential sites for establishing a new Middle School summer immersion program in the summer of 2011. After extensive online research, two potential sites were identified. This grant allowed us to travel to those sites, investigate them in person and ultimately make a decision about which site would best meet the needs of the program we had in mind for St Andrew’s. During our five-day trip to Costa Rica we experienced each program as it would be designed for our Middle School students: we lived with a host family, walked to the schools, observed the morning language classes, ate breakfast and the evening meal with the host family, and participated in several cultural activities in the afternoon. In addition we were able to talk at length with the administration of each program. This first-hand experience proved invaluable in planning our trip for the next summer. We ultimately chose the program in Turrialba, Costa Rica due

Bullying and Empowering the Bystander: Rewriting the Script Cathleen Eclarinal, Social and Emotional Learning Director

Through the generous support of Parents’ Council Cathleen Eclarinal had the opportunity to attend the Responsive Classroom School Conference (RCSC) in Chicago, Illinois in July of 2011. School leaders and administrators from across the United States and beyond came together to focus on the importance of creating safe schools and to discuss the role of the community in nurturing a positive learning environment. Steven Wessler, executive director of the Center for the Prevention of Hate Violence and author of The Respectful School, spoke about key components for creating schools that are emotionally and physically safe. Strategies for preventing and responding to bias, harassment, and school-wide bullying were the primary focus of the conference, and go hand-in-hand with our current SEL curriculum. It is essential to understand how conflict affects classroom learning and to recognize that emotional safety is a fundamental requirement for learning. To prevent, reduce, and resolve conflict, the faculty must continue to be purposeful in creating a learning community where all students are assured that their needs matter and will be met. In

Eastern European Choral Trip

Michael Rosensteel, Sixth-Eighth Grade Choir Director (recently named Upper School Choir Director) In the summer of 2010, I had the opportunity to accompany the Solana Beach Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir on their Music with a Mission (MWAM) trip to Eastern Europe. We specifically went to areas that are still very much affected by the former Communist Soviet Union, including Budapest, Hungary, Kiev, and Ukraine. I petitioned the Parents’ Council Grant Program for funding to go on this trip for two reasons. First, sharing one’s experiences with students can be a very powerful teaching tool. I often reference my travels in order to explain something in the classroom. I show students pictures and videos as well, so they better understand concepts we are discussing in class. Second, while abroad, I research repertoire, primarily folk music of the regions I tour, that I can bring it back to use in the classroom. I believe it is important for students to learn music from around the world. Not only will it teach them about other languages, but about other cultures as well. 20 •  St. Andrew’s Episcopal School •

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to the town’s smaller size and somewhat more isolated location which we felt provided the students with a more authentic immersion experience. Beginning this summer, the two-week immersion experience we designed will commence! Students will live with a Costa Rican host family and attend small, intensive Spanish grammar and conversation classes in weekday mornings. In the afternoons, they will be involved in a variety of cultural and ecotourism activities including walking tours of the city, soccer games with local youth, cooking classes, dance classes, river rafting, hiking, zip lining, and rappelling down waterfalls. Students will also spend two afternoons volunteering at an orphanage and take two weekend excursions: one to the Monteverde Cloud Forest and one to the beach at Manuel Antonio. We know this will be a fun and enriching educational opportunity for our SAS Middle School students and we are very grateful to the Parents’ Council for supporting our efforts to establish this new program. Gloria and I would like to say ‘Muchísimas gracias’ for allowing us to make this important (and fun!) explorative trip.

the classrooms, we are discussing five basic needs we all have — belonging, significance, power, freedom, and fun. Understanding these needs is at the core of reducing bullying behavior school-wide. (It is then that conflict can be addressed and worked through with everyone’s needs in mind.) The importance of understanding that St. Andrew’s is a “ telling school” — a community where we hold each other accountable and where students, teachers, and parents are all part of writing the script — was reinforced at the conference. We must be purposeful and direct in our efforts to reduce bullying behavior by discussing the bullying cycle during community time. To combat bullying we must transform the role of the bystander into that of witness or up stander — someone willing to stand up, speak up, and act against injustice. As committed educators and parents we can we can create alternative, healthier roles for our children that require no pretense and no violence. As a community we are striving to work proactively together to help evolve a generation of whole, caring, confident, and productive citizens. Giving our students the message that “this is the way we do things here” is the first step.

Additionally, the mission of this trip allowed me to combine two things that are important in my life — teaching through music and sharing the message of Christ. The most poignant moment for me on the trip was at our last concert of the tour. We were all very tired and somewhat glad we were going home the next day. During this concert, a man sat smiling the entire time. At the end of each concert we would encircle the audience and sing an emotional arrangement of When I Survey the Wondrous Cross. During this song, the gentleman, Vladimir, stood and began singing with us. I was so moved by his passion that I motioned for him to come and sing next to me, which he did. When the song was over he turned to me and said, “Thank you, brother,” and embraced me. It was a very emotional and spiritually uplifting experience. That moment encapsulated my experience on that trip. We were touching lives and sharing the love of Christ with our music. All of this would not have been possible if it weren’t for the financial support of the Parents’ Council Grant Program. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for creating and sustaining this wonderful program to support the faculty at St. Andrew’s.

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New Schedul in g System Debuts This Fall In the fall, St. Andrew’s will debut an exciting new scheduling system designed

Grades 1-4


schedule with a rotating SpecialS Block

to maximize the time available in the school day and create more balance between school and home life. The new system is based upon recommendations by Roxanne Higgins, a lead consultant from Independent School Management (ISM), who spent a week at St. Andrew’s in the fall analyzing the entire 1–12 program and offering models around which we might reasonably restructure our schedules and calendar to create a more manageable school experience. Since her visit, faculty committees have been working to put her recommendations in place, customized to

Grades 5-8


schedule with 1 rotating dropped period per cycle

the specific needs of our school. After careful consideration, grades 1–4, grades 5–8, and grades 9–12 will have different schedule models based on their needs. Highlighted below are the most exciting changes and important points to note about the new schedules. In addition, you should notice a purposeful simplification of the school calendar. The printed calendar will only list the holidays and other “bare bones” information, while the comprehensive school calendar can be found online beginning in July 2012. This too should seem a bit leaner as there has been a concerted effort to reduce the number of events by a third for the 2012–2013 school year.

Grades 9-12


schedule with 1 rotating dropped period per cycle

Hundreds of independent schools across the country have made the transition to similar scheduling models. Overwhelming feedback supported the idea that these changes, once fully integrated, will lead to the collective betterment of the school and the lives of the students it serves.

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Grades 1–4: 6-day Rotating Block Schedule • School will begin at 7:45 • Benefits of the Block Schedule: • increases the time grades spend in homerooms which allows for more instructional time in core academic studies, • creates a more dynamic schedule in that the order of what a student is studying changes each day, • creates a block of time so ‘specials’ — drama/ethics, Spanish, computer, library, art, or music — can rotate in throughout the 6-day cycle, • allows all teachers to eat lunch with their classes, • ensures no class will be repeatedly affected by holiday scheduling or special programming.

Grades 5–8: 6-day Rotating Schedule with 1 Dropped Period • School will begin at 7:45 • Benefits of the Rotating Schedule: • lightens homework load through the addition of a daily study hall and a dropped core class period each day, • ensures that no student has more than two academic periods in a row without a break, • adds more time for advisory or community time, • better aligns fine arts classes.

Grades 9–12: 7-day Rotating Schedule with 1 Dropped period • School will begin at 8:30 • Benefits of the Rotating Schedule: • allows each core class an 80-minute block once a cycle to use for alternative instruction, labs, or project work, • provides consistent daily meeting time for advisory, • includes a 25-minute daily period when all students and teachers will be regularly available for tutoring, • ensures that no student has more than two academic periods in a row without a break, • students taking six courses will have a daily free period, • ensures no class will be repeatedly affected by holiday scheduling or special programming.

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The Cla s

Andrew Duffy Abell Alexander Lawrence Adams Judith Allegra Allen Michael Allen Armstrong Brandon Alexander Bernstrom Patrick Jon Berry William Dayton Bohls Richard Thomas Brady Mackinley Spencer Burrell Emily Patricia Bury James Francis Butler William Connor Graham Butler Alison Elizabeth Campion Laura Tyler Coffin Meagan Ann Cook

Hannah Katherine Coon Ellary Peyton Dahlke Patrick Clay Davis Rachel Elizabeth Deleery Andrea Lauren DelVesco Christopher Lawrence Dill Taylor Wyllys Dill Emily Taylor Dodds Johnson Craft Dunham Paul Chisom Edoka Jenna Noelle Filardi Allison Leigh Garcia Kate deMarrais Gester Edward Hastings Gilbert Eliana Rita Gill

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Geoffrey Michael Henry Gilmore Andrew Morgan Grimm Beomyoon Han Malcolm Rollyns Harvin-Conner Barrett Jean Hollingsworth Meghan Tyler Houston Sharon Elizabeth Houstoun Preston Addison Hughes William Joseph Hughes Natalija Alexandrovna Ivanova Caroline Elizabeth Johnson Natalie DeAngelis Jones Jessica Wanjiru Kago Conor Michael Keelan Kimberly Suzanne Krebs

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William Miles Lane Ashley Jordan Legg Meghan Moore Lowenfield Nicholas Anthony Maldonado Amil Sumaiya Malik Daniel Steven Martens Callie Ann McConnico Jeremy Dalton Merdia McCormack Arri Russell Morris Emma Rae Myers Veronica Nicole Natale Mason Alexander Neal Kylee Marie Orlando Alejandro Ortiz Catherine Keirsey Pace

2012 Christopher Reid Pakes Shea Brooks Petrick John Kenneth Politz, Jr. Alessandra Marilyn Quaroni Emery Craig Reifsnyder Emma Katherine Richardson Madeline Fleming Ritchie Jade Ross Paul Nicholas Salgo Michelle Elizabeth Saling Sallie Gayle Saunders Mary Claire Brumley Sayers William Robert Sealy, Jr. Hattie Kathleen Sherman Mary Alice Sherman

Thomas Charles Sweeney William Lawrence Temple Sara Barbara Weiss Bradley Scott Wilson Kendle Marie Windham Evan Coburn Wineland Elliott Gavin Wolf Everett Austin Wolf Patrick Thomas Wroe Elliott Garwood Yancy Meghan Hawthorne Yancy Jacob Anthony Ybarra Anna Elizabeth Zodin

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Emma Richa rd son & Sa ra Weis s

This award is given to a senior for outstanding academic achievement, passion for learning, and a pursuit of excellence. About Emma (d): “Her capacity for learning and analyzing information was described as one of the most impressive in the 18 years of teaching by one of her instructors. She was also noted for motivating others in her class to think beyond the obvious and consistently asking the most probing and thoughtful questions.” About Sara (e): “Her English teacher declared that she is one of a few students in her teaching career whom she has instructed to do less on assignments. And her debate coach commented, “I’ve watched her expand her innate talents through a rigorous work ethic, a willingness to listen, and a constant desire to perform at the highest possible level.”

the Right Reverend Scott Field Bailey, is reserved for that senior whose dedication, selflessness, and deep concern for others best exemplifies the St. Andrew’s ideal that its students lead productive and responsible lives for their community. About Paul (g): “This young man brings energy and joy to the most menial tasks. Everything he does is carried out with a giant smile, a bounce in his step, and an open heart. He has recorded hundreds of hours during his years at St. Andrew’s, yet this is but a small fraction of his actual contribution to his church, his school, and his community. He has received the Presidential Service Award multiple times, conceived of and implemented service projects at the Upper School, served as a junior volunteer at Seton Hospital, and has been a kind and enthusiastic leader for Breakthrough Austin.”


Ma ry Al ice Sherma n

The Lucy Collins Nazro Award is given to that remark-


Paul Edoka

The Scott Field Bailey Servant Award, named in memory of one of the founders of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, 26 •  St. Andrew’s Episcopal School •

able individual who contributes in original ways to improve the life of the students, faculty, and staff of St. Andrew’s. This honor goes to that senior whose enthusiasm, joy, and leadership best reflect the qualities of Head of School, Lucy Collins Nazro.

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r ize Re cipi e nt s About Mary Alice: (f) “She is a young woman with

About Alex (a): “He is a young man who through oc-

boundless optimism and for whom kindness is an

casional hardship, maintained a wonderfully positive

instinct. Her advisor is amazed and amused by her

attitude and resilient spirit. He has grown exponentially

playfulness and warmth of spirit, but more importantly

in his time at St. Andrew’s and is a pioneer for both his

by her courage and generosity. Whether she is on the

school and more importantly, his family.”

athletic court or in a leadership group, in the classroom or working with younger students, she is a role model, an inspiration, and completely authentic.”



Conor Keela n

The Cornerstone Award goes to that senior who fully

Jad e Ros s & Al ex Ort iz

embraces the mission of St. Andrew’s “to provide an

This award goes to that senior who most clearly

environment emphasizing the fulfillment of each

exhibits dramatic personal growth throughout high

student’s potential.” Established to commemorate

school. By fulfilling individual potential and living out

the Class of 2002, the Cornerstone Award recognizes

the ideals valued by the St. Andrew’s community, this

courage, creativity, and love of school.

enriched academic program within a Christian

senior best illustrates the meaning of Hilary Carlson’s favorite quotation, “To whom much has been given,

About Conor (b): “He is creative and speaks in notes

much is expected.”

that haven’t been invented yet. He conspicuously displays his love for school and its Episcopal Identity, serv-

About Jade (c): “She simply makes the world a better

ing as an acolyte for four years, but more importantly

place to live through her leadership, positive presence,

living as a compassionate soul who truly loves people

caring, and maturity. Calm, centered, talented, and

and none more so than the neglected. He is coura-

interested, Jade is exactly what you want in your class-

geous in his opinions and actions, embracing causes

room and community. She contributes to St. Andrew’s

like GASP that required persistence and passion.”

as club president, varsity athlete, and earned three Bronze Presidential service awards in high school.” St. Andrew’s Episcopal School • • 27


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Department Awards: The following students were chosen by vote of the faculty of each department to receive awards for outstanding commitment and achievement in each area of study. Athletics: Mac Burrell Caroline Johnson Emery Reifsnyder Chinese: Michael Armstrong Humanities: Kim Krebs Sara Weiss

Facul t y Service Awa rd s

St. Andrew’s School established the Faculty Service Award in 1994 to recognize members of the faculty whose work far exceeds the ordinary demands of the job. There are always many teachers who fit this category. This year, two were honored.

JODY Hart: A graduate from St. Andrew’s when it was just an elementary school, he has taught both the third and the fifth grades since he came to teach in 2005. He always goes the extra mile, whether it is developing new curricula, attending workshops, or actively encouraging and supporting his colleagues. He is a true servant and a devoted teacher.

Dan Latreille: This physics teacher and coach came to SAS in 2005. He is a friend to all of his colleagues, supporting them and counseling them. The last to leave chapel after special services, he makes it his duty to see that all is in order as everyone else hurries off to class. His quiet servanthood makes St. Andrew’s Upper School a better place to work and to learn.

Ret irin g Facul t y

Latin: Ali Campion

This year, four long-time faculty members retired from St. Andrew’s. Each was honored during the Upper School graduation ceremony.

The Packwood Mathematics Award: Emma Richardson

Dan Dickey: Señor Dickey taught Spanish to Lower School students for 30

The Dickson Music Award: Jenna Filardi - Vocal Miles Lane - Instrumental Spanish: Kate Gester Evan Wineland Science: Geoffrey Gilmore Theatre: Conor Keelan 2-D Art: Alessandra Quaroni Photography: Hattie Sherman Filmmaking: Jack Politz

years. Also a musician, Dan led students in many productions of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Las Posadas, and used his guitar to help teach on a daily basis. The Spanish room in the sixth grade wing has now been named in his honor: the Dan Dickey Spanish Room.

Warren Dickson: Warren came to St. Andrew’s in 1999 and developed the Upper School music program into the magnificent program it is today. To hear a choir directed by him is a memorable experience, to say the least. His choir students sing with a passion that can be felt by all who listen. Thanks to Warren, our choirs have been nationally recognized (ISAS, Carnegie Hall, the Washington National Cathedral). The Upper School Music Award presented at graduation is now named the Warren Dickson Music Award.

Wayne and Sandra Packwood: Wayne came to St. Andrew’s as a founding member of the Upper School in 1998 and gave our fledgling school credibility as he was already a well-known and respected math teacher. In 2001, he recruited his wife Sandra, also an experienced math teacher, to St. Andrew’s. Together, they are models of good teaching—caring, compassionate, and demanding. The Upper School Math Award presented at graduation is now named the Packwood Math Award.

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Graduation 2012

Graduate Distinctions St. Andrew’s four pillars, individually identified by Scholar, Artist, Athlete, and Servant, are opportunities for students at all levels to excel. At the Upper School, students who have shown great commitment, growth, or excellence in the four pillars are honored with special distinctions at graduation. Below are those honored from the Class of 2012.





Andrew Abell Judith Allen Michael Armstrong Patrick Berry Mac Burrell Emily Bury Ali Campion Tyler Coffin Ellary Dahlke Patrick Davis Andrea DelVesco Paul Edoka Allie Garcia Kate Gester Geoffrey Gilmore Andrew Grimm Barri Hollingsworth Sharon Houstoun Natasha Ivanova Caroline Johnson Conor Keelan Kim Krebs Jordan Legg Meghan Lowenfield Amil Malik Daniel Martens Callie McConnico Arri Morris Emma Myers Alessandra Quaroni Emma Richardson Jade Ross Michelle Saling Sallie Gayle Saunders Hattie Sherman Mary Alice Sherman Thomas Sweeney Sara Weiss Evan Wineland Patrick Wroe Elliott Yancy Meghan Yancy

Ali Campion Tyler Coffin Hannah Coon Ellary Dahlke Taylor Dill Jenna Filardi Kate Gester Malcolm Harvin-Conner Barri Hollingsworth Sharon Houstoun Conor Keelan Kim Krebs Miles Lane Meghan Lowenfield Amil Malik Daniel Martens Jack Politz Alessandra Quaroni Emery Reifsnyder Michelle Saling Mary Claire Sayers Hattie Sherman Sara Weiss Evan Wineland Anna Zodin

Andrew Abell Alex Adams Judith Allen Brandon Bernstrom Will Bohls Mac Burrell Tyler Coffin Patrick Davis Andrea DelVesco Emily Dodds Paul Edoka Edward Gilbert Andrew Grimm Meghan Houston Sharon Houstoun Caroline Johnson Kim Krebs Jordan Legg Veronica Natale Reid Pakes Shea Petrick Alessandra Quaroni Emery Reifsnyder Maddie Ritchie Jade Ross Paul Salgo Sallie Gayle Saunders Hattie Sherman Mary Alice Sherman Thomas Sweeney Elliott Yancy Meghan Yancy Jacob Ybarra

Michael Armstrong Brandon Bernstrom Will Bohls Tom Brady Mac Burrell Emily Bury Connor Butler Ali Campion Tyler Coffin Meagan Cook Rachel Deleery Andrea DelVesco Emily Dodds Johnson Dunham Paul Edoka Jenna Filardi Eliana Gill Geoffrey Gilmore Andrew Grimm Malcolm Harvin-Conner Jessica Kago Meghan Lowenfield Callie McConnico Jeremy McCormack Emma Myers Kylee Orlando Catherine Pace Reid Pakes Shea Petrick Jack Politz Emery Reifsnyder Jade Ross Sallie Gayle Saunders William Sealy Hattie Sherman Mary Alice Sherman Thomas Sweeney Sara Weiss Kendle Windham Everett Wolf Patrick Wroe Elliott Yancy Anna Zodin

The student’s senior project and general academic record are judged outstanding by a panel of faculty.

The student has a distinguished upperclass record in the arts, both curricular and extracurricular.

The student has a record of distinguished participation on at least two teams in both the junior and senior years.

The student has completed at least 100 hours of community service in the junior and senior years.

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Graduation 2012

Class of 2012 College Information Members of this class were offered $7,272,828 in merit monies (over four years) and will attend 49 different colleges and universities across the nation and Canada. Congratulations!



different colleges & universities accepted members of the Class of 2012


are attending schools in other states and Canada

scan for the complete list



are attending a college in Texas

Col lege Choices

A number in parenthesis indicates the number of students attending that school.

5 out of 8 On average, members of the Class of 2012 applied to 8 schools. Most were accepted to 5 out of their 8 schools in a year where 4-year colleges saw acceptance rates drop.

Allegheny College

Northwestern University (2)

Tufts University (2)

Auburn University

Occidental College (2)

Tulane University

Austin Community College

Pepperdine University

University of Arkansas

Austin College (2)

Rice University

University of California at Los Angeles (3)

Barnard College

Santa Monica College

University of Georgia (3)

Baylor University (2)

Sewanee: The University of the South

University of Illinois at Urbana-­Champaign

Carnegie Mellon University

Southern Methodist University (6)

University of Kansas (2)

Champlain College

Southwestern University

University of Mississippi

Chapman University

Stanford University

University of Oregon (2)

Colorado State University

Texas A&M University (2)

University of Southern California

Drexel University

Texas Christian University (2)

University of Virginia

Georgia Institute of Technology

Texas State University-­San Marcos

University of Wisconsin, Madison

Hamilton College – NY

Texas Tech University

Vanderbilt University (4)

Hendrix College

The University of Texas, Austin (16)

Virginia Military Institute

Louisiana State University (2)

The University of Texas, Dallas

Washington University in St. Louis (2)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The University of Texas, Tyler

McGill University

Trinity University (2)

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eighth grade commencement

Eighth Grade Commencement Eliana Lena Abramowitz*

Henry Louis Gaudin*

Marco Lorenzo Quaroni*

Lillian Elizabeth Andersson*

Julie Violet Gester*

Isabel Claire Rankin*

Mark Montgomery Ashworth

Zoe Gwyn Getchell*

Pavan Reddy*

Yates Marie Auler*

Caroline Elizabeth Graves*

Pritam Reddy*

Cole Stevenson Baker*

Matthew Taylor Greenway

Hunter Tyler Roberts*

Katherine Beatrice Baker*

Andrew Jordan Greenwell*

Caroline Elizabeth Rogers*

Sarah Cloys Ballard*

Elizabeth Keller Grim*

Vincent Jeffrey Searcy*

Thomas Read Barbee*

Joseph Anthony Gromatzky

Eugene Byron Shepherd III*

Ada Louise Barbee*

Alia Elise Hakki*

Caleb Madison Alexander Short*

Henry Charles Barnstone*

Eli Josiah Hart-Johnson*

Lauren Engel Siegele

Pat McKinney Baskin III*

Landis Joseph Hoover*

Naomi Katherine Singleton*

Caroline Grace Biggar*

Samuel Cooper Hughes

Samantha Elaine Smalling*

Aubrey Kelley Blocker*

Natalie Rose Jacks*

Matthew McKee Speitel*

Andrew Totero Brummer*

Samuel Stephen Johnson*

Davison Alexander Thompson*

Christopher Joel Campbell*

Gracen Marie Kelly*

Marielle Delaney Turner*

Lee Madison Cardwell*

Ryan Isaac Loose*

Cyrus Travis Turner

Daniela Cos*

Jaclyn Elaine Mansour*

Charles Kidwell Tusa*

Mackenzie Lynn Cowan*

Connor Michael Marshall

Caroline Lee Weber*

Isabel Anais Cunningham*

Kennedy Elizabeth Walters McCormack*

Ariana Jillian Weiss*

McLean Marisol Ewbank*

Noah Paul Mele*

Samuel Atherton Williams*

Mason Montgomery Ezell*

Chloe Analise Melear*

Cameron Lee Wilson

William Bradford Ezell*

Noah Nnamdi Orakwue

*with Service distinction

Kate Louise Fox*

Graham Ragland Patterson*

Continued on page 43.

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scholar news

Scholar NEWS From Aust in t o Slovenia

Third Graders Reach Across Lines of Internet Communications to Tackle Deforestation In the summer of 2011, St. Andrew’s third grade

Challenge 20/20 offered a unique opportunity to our

teachers Jessica Nottingham, Susan Kelly, and Nancy

third graders because not only were they learning

Hutcheson applied to participate in the National

about deforestation, they were also learning about

Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Challenge

the foreign country Slovenia and about the students

20/20. Challenge 20/20 is an Internet-based program

who lived there. At the beginning of the project, email

that pairs classes at any grade level (K–12) from schools communication helped establish the relationship in the United States with their counterpart classes in

between the Americans and the Slovenians. The two

schools in other countries. Together the teams (of

teams then had a much-anticipated Skype session

two or three schools) address

with one another. The students

real global problems

learned about similarities and

to find solutions that

differences between the United

can be implemented

States and Slovenia. In the

at the local level and in

end, both the Slovenian and

their own communities.

American students learned that

The St. Andrew’s third

they study similar subjects and

grade was accepted

enjoy similar activities in their

into the Challenge 20/20

free time. While analyzing the

program and partnered

issues surrounding deforestation,

with a school in Kamnik,

the students were able to share

Slovenia. The two classes

their learning experiences,

tackled the global issue of

opinions, and their solutions to


the problem. At St. Andrew’s, the project was integrated into the third grade social studies curriculum. The students studied major rainforests around the world and learned about all the benefits they provide to our planet, participating in a myriad of activities to gain a deeper knowledge of deforestation. One of the learning opportunities for our students was in the format of a debate. Students filled out an application for a hypothetical job in an imaginary rainforest reserve. They assumed the role of that character in the debate and argued whether the

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scholar news

scan to visit the class

web site

Both Kamnik and St. Andrew’s students visited local sites to learn more about the impacts of deforestation. Above, Kamnik students practice math with flora and fauna they gathered from a local forest; right: SAS students at the Wild Basin Preserve.

reserve should be cut down for profit or maintained

of the problem. Both the St. Andrew’s students and

for environmental benefits. The students defending

the Kamnik students agreed that deforestation is a

the reserve won the debate due to persuasive

global problem that affects all people in our world.

arguments and growing passion for the cause.

Each team believed the most crucial elements in

Our students also gained perspective on deforestation at the local level. Students went on a guided nature walk in the Wild Basin Nature Preserve to learn about what makes forests in our area unique. A speaker from the Urban Forestry Program came to speak about the threats to forests in Texas and how we can protect them. Our students then shared all these experiences with their partner school in Slovenia.

solving this problem are raising public awareness and using resources wisely. The team in Slovenia wrote poems and drew pictures describing the harms of deforestation. The St. Andrew’s team brainstormed ideas with the Urban Forestry representative. They came up with several actions including local tree planting events, recycling and reducing dependence on paper products, respecting burn bans, and watering trees during droughts. The

Ironically, Slovenia is one of the few countries that is

students then created a Voicethread presentation

not faced with the problems of deforestation. They

that can be accessed by people worldwide to learn

approached their study of deforestation a little

about how to minimize deforestation.

differently. For the Slovenians, it was integrated from

“Challenge 20/20 was a great experience for both schools and is the type of project-based learning we hope to integrate into our curriculum on an increasing basis,” said third grade teacher Jessica Nottingham. “Students learned the causes of deforestation and which parts of the world are currently under the greatest threat. We plan to continue the partnership with the Slovenian students. Currently, our students are working on poster blogs about notable African Americans and plan to share the blogs with their friends in Kamnik to continue the cultural exchange.”

a cross-curricular standpoint, as they learned about it in all subjects. They collected forest fruits and leaves and brought them to school to share. They learned about global deforestation and how it contrasted with the increasing percentage of forests in Slovenia. They wrote essays and songs about deforestation. In math, they used the forest fruits for counting exercises. Although the students in Kamnik were not locally faced with the problems of deforestation, they understood about the impact from their global study

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scholar news


Upper School Team Places Competition

1st in Texas

rials and techniques, instruments to measure blood pressure and flow, methods for handling data in pharmaceutical trials, and experimental design of drug studies. The second half of the test is more open-ended, with free response questions extending the work the students did on the multiple-choice half. State and regional rankings are based on the multiple-choice part 1 tests; national rankings will be determined by the team’s total score on both halves of the test.

Sh rock, Muham(Co-captain), Ja ron . Barron, Nate Eakman lton Mulkey, Andrew Da : L-R ck Ba ; air Um mad ptain) Frank ie Chen (Co-ca Bu rns (Co-captain), Not pictured: Austin

hie Hojel They’re #1! Front L-R: Ric

St. Andrew’s has entered the competition annually since 2002. In their first year of competition, a JV team won 1st place in Texas and

took 7th place nationally. In 2007, a varsity team took A team of eight freshmen and sophomores tied for 1st place in Texas in the Test of Engineering Aptitude, Math, and Science (TEAMS). Their work will now be sent to Washington D.C. to compete at the national level. This is the third time in the fourteen-year history of St. Andrew’s Upper School that a science competition team has placed either first or second in the state competition. The TEAMS contest is given annually by the Technology Student Association. A school can enter as many JV teams (freshmen and sophomores) and varsity teams (juniors and seniors) as they like. Teams of eight or less submit a single answer sheet to two tests, given on the same day at local universities. The part 1 test is multiple choice and consists of eight scenarios comprising ten questions each, all related to the theme “Engineering a Healthier Future.” This year’s scenarios were about artificial heart valves, hip and knee replacements, new drug designs, dental implant mate34 •  St. Andrew’s Episcopal School •

2nd place in Texas and was in the top 25 nationally. “The students here just devour physics and chemistry,” says coach Doug Wick, Upper School Physics teacher. “We hold weekend practices for this contest. I just give them the practice tests and get out of the way. Some days they have questions I can help with and other days they figure it out all by themselves.” He adds that the test rewards the skills of preparation, collaboration, and research. Students may bring in any printouts or textbooks they like to the competition, so well-prepared students have an advantage. “But mostly the test is looking for kids who can think on their feet, absorb new technical information rapidly, and integrate it with what they already know about basic science.”

scholar news


Geoffrey Gilmore Receives national Achievement Scholarship

Middle school Math Teacher

Middle School Math and Problem Solving teacher Josh Nelson has been asked to speak at the sixth annual UTeach Institute National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) Conference in Austin May 30–June 1, 2012, and to represent the organization and St. Andrew’s at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. the week prior. The latter’s impressive invitation list includes Senators Cornyn and Hutchinson, as well as the Director of Science to the White House, and representatives from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative. The UTeach Institute was initiated in 1997 at the University of Texas in response to national concerns about the quality of K–12 education in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Now the program is being replicated in 29 universities around the country. Josh, an exemplary UTeach program graduate, who received his

On April 4, the National Achievement

second Masters degree through the program, was asked to present

Scholarship Program announced the

on the interactive, live-action gameshow concept he created, Math

winners of the prestigious National

Wars, which debuted at St. Andrew’s in 2011 (see photo above). His

Achievement Scholarships chosen

remarks to the National Press Club will focus on preparing the kind of

from outstanding Black American high

STEM teachers America needs.

school seniors throughout the United In his short time at St. Andrew’s Josh has made a great impact on

States. St. Andrew’s senior Geoffrey

STEM. He strives to weave together relevant technology with current,

Gilmore is one of 800 in the nation

age-appropriate social issues so his students have interest in and own-

and sixty in the state of Texas to be so

ership of the projects they work on in his classes. For example, eighth

honored. The 48th annual competition

grade problem-solving students created apps to address two issues

gives over $2 million in awards to those

affecting them on campus. One app can determine if a student’s

candidates judged to have the stron-

shorts are in compliance with the dress code. The other allows

gest record of accomplishments and

students to pre-order lunch in an effort to shorten lunch lines.

greatest potential for academic suc-

“We know now that mathematics learning is not as cut and dried as we previously thought,” said Nelson. “Contradiction, paradox, and ambiguity play as big of roles as do linearity and structure. I try to remind my students of this every day. I try to craft a classroom environment which rewards effort, provokes deep thought, and generates fun.” Mr. Nelson will be the co-chair of the Math Department for 2012-2013

cess in college. Geoffrey is the son of Donna White and Henry Gilmore and has attended St. Andrew’s since first grade. A National Merit Finalist, Geoffrey is interested in studying chemical engineering in college. Congratulations to this outstanding young scholar!

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arts news


Everybody Cut

Foot loose!

In May, St. Andrew’s Middle School students gave an incredible performance of the classic 80s movie-turned-musical Footloose to sold-out audiences. With a live band, high-energy dance numbers, and the occasional guest appearances by teachers and administrators, all who attended were blown away by the caliber of the show. Congratulations to Middle School Theater teacher Jason Kruger and Choir Director Michael Rosensteel and the whole cast and crew for a stellar show!

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arts news



Middle School For the 12th consecutive year, St. Andrew’s Upper r, t Yea Nex rew ’s nd e St. All host th tival i w r t s F es 3 ! A 01 ISAS i l 4 – 6, 2 r p A

School students participated in the ISAS Arts Festival, which was hosted by the Greenhill School in Addison, Texas, March 29–31. Once again, our students excelled in every category and garnered excellent reviews.

ISAS Adjudicated Categories • film • 2D art • vocal solos • orchestra

During the three-day festival, students attended workshops, performances,

• drama

and adjudicated sessions. During the latter, students discussed their work

• string solo and ensembleS

and creative process with judges who gave constructive feedback by way

• portfolio reviews

of written or verbal comments.

• choir and smaller vocal ensembles

With over 3,000 students attending from schools in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas,

• scenes and monologues one-acts

Louisiana, and New Mexico, there was no shortage of artwork to see or music, drama, film, and dance to watch. Our students performed and exhibited beautifully, whether it was 45 minutes of A Chorus Line, or John Rutter’s Gloria; five photographs being displayed in order to sum up a student’s work over the past year; or a five-minute documentary short.

• musical showcase • coffee house • photography

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athletics news

Athletics NEWS Dreaming of Division I This has been a great year for St. Andrew’s varsity athletics. For the first time in the school’s history, three different boys teams made it into the Division I side of the SPC bracket: boys basketball for the first time since 2002, boys baseball for the third time in its short history, and boys tennis for the first time since the program began competing in the SPC in 2009. It is the pinnacle of SPC competition to be able to play for a Division I Championship. Congratulations to each of these teams for such remarkable performances, and especially to both the boys basketball and the boys tennis teams for having their best season finishes since the inception of these two programs at St. Andrew’s Upper School.

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athletics news

Will Temple ’12 Named to All-State, All-Centex Teams Senior star player Will Temple garnered two notable awards during one of the best seasons a St. Andrew’s varsity basketball team has ever seen. He was named to the Austin American-Statesman All-Centex team and was also classified as Private School All-State

Upper School LAcrosse players receive Honors

(large school classification) by the Texas Association of Basketball


Coaches (TABC). In both cases, he was the only private school player


named to those teams. This was the first time a St. Andrew’s player

Caroline Johnson, Kim Krebs,

received these recognitions. Will ended his SAS basketball career as

Jordan Legg, Alessandra Quaroni,

the school’s all-time leader in points, rebounds, and assists, and was

Elliott Yancy,

second in steals. Follow Will as he continues shooting hoops — but as a Longhorn — in 2012-2013.

HONORABLE MENTION ALL- AMERICAN Alessandra Quaroni ALL STATE - TOP 12 BY POSITION Kim Krebs – Defense Jordan Legg – Attack Alessandra Quaroni – Midfield ALL STATE ALL STAR Annika Mele Madeleine Mele Sallie Gayle Saunders Aubrey Todd ALL DISTRICT Andrea DelVesco Ashley Dill Sara Jane Johnson Gillean Kelly Jade Ross BOYS LACROSSE ALL STATE Mac Burrell - Goalie Shea Petrick - Midfielder Jacob Ybarra - Defense

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athletics news

5t h

Middle School Boys Golf Team TakES Consecutive Title!



In late April, St. Andrew’s Middle School golf team participated in the AIPL tournament, held at the First Tee of Austin. For the fifth straight year, the boys team won the championship. Eighth grader Taylor Greenway finished 2nd overall with a 9 hole score of 32, while fellow eighth grader Cyrus Turner shot a 34 to take home 5th place individually. Eighth grader Will Ezell (35) and seventh grader D.W. Cardwell (38) rounded out the team scoring, as the Crusaders finished the day with a team total of 139 — 35 strokes ahead of the runner-up.

On the girls team, seventh grader Maddie Bradshaw finished in 3rd place, shooting a 47. The St. Andrew’s team is coached by Andrew Harris.

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athletics news

Mul t ipl e Vict ories

LS and MS Track Teams Run Away with

Three out of our four Lower and Middle School track teams placed first in the AIPL. Congratulations to both the Middle School boys and girls teams and the Lower School boys team. What an incredible year for track at St. Andrew’s 31st Street Campus!

MS and LS Girls 3A Basketball Teams Take Tourneys and Seasons: Congratulations Girls!

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Servant news

Servant NEWS Upper School Students Receive Presidential Service Honors On April 17th, 25 Upper School students were recognized with Presidential Service Awards. The President’s Council on Service

Gold level recipients 250+ hours of service in a 12-month period

Gabbie Hindera, Siena Mazzetti, Everett Wolf

and Civic Participation was established in 2003 to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making in our communities and encourage more people to serve. The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes individuals, families, and groups that have achieved a certain standard – measured by the number of hours of service over a 12-month period or cumulative hours earned over the course of a lifetime. St. Andrew’s has been named as an approved certifying organization in charge of reviewing, approving, and verifying students’ volunteer hours, then finally nominating them for earned service awards. Congratulations to all our award recipients.

Silver Level Recipients 175-249 hours of service in a 12-month period

Emily Dodds Bronze Level Recipients 100-174 hours of service in a 12-month period

Adele Aviles, Emily Bury, Ashley Dill, Katy Ervin, Olivia Hindera, Sarah Huffstutler, Alex Kriese, Catherine Pace, Reid Pakes, Kaitie Kudlac, Robert Luke, Daniel Mattka, Jenny Pollinger, Giuliana Richetta, Lila Schmitz, Cara Schwab, Charles Stein, Rae Utterback, Henry Van Leeuwen, Jordan Zatopek, Zane Zemborain,

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Message Celebrated in Grades 1–12 St. Andrew’s students celebrated and reflected on the life and teachings of Martin Luther King, Jr. throughout the week of January 12–17. On Thursday, January 12, the Lower School held an assembly honoring King’s life and work where students participated through musical, poetic, and theatrical presentations in the spirit of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. On Tuesday, January 17, the Middle School Prejudice Awareness Peer Leadership Organization (PAPLO) gave a presentation in chapel about the ways in which Dr. King’s work continues to impact the lives of St. Andrew’s students today. Their “collaborative chapel talk” included the themes of courage, equality, hope, love, sacrifice, leadership, peace, and faith. Finally, on Monday, January 16, faculty, parents, and students from all three divisions, donned blue and white and carried the St. Andrew’s banner in the annual city-wide MLK march to the State Capitol along with approximately 15,000 other Austinites, to honor Dr. King’s legacy. 42 •  St. Andrew’s Episcopal School •

eighth grade commencement Continued from page 31

Eighth Grade Commencement Awards Intro to Geography/ Cultural Anthropology Katherine Baker Mason Ezell Caroline Graves Andy Greenwell Charlie Tusa Problem Solving Mackenzie Cowan Julie Gester Noah Mele Lauren Siegele Kate Singleton Charlie Tusa Speech and Debate Mark Ashworth Cole Baker Read Barbee Henry Barnstone Daniela Cos Julie Gester Caroline Graves Natalie Jacks Kennedy McCormack Noah Mele Vincent Searcy Caroline Weber

Zoe Getchell Caroline Graves Alia Hakki Connor Marshall Chloe Melear Marco Quaroni Davison Thompson Caroline Weber Leadership in PAPLO Read Barbee Henry Barnstone Caroline Biggar Kate Fox Julie Gester Chloe Melear Art Ada Barbee Elizabeth Grim Izzy Rankin Kate Singleton Band Pavan Reddy Pritam Reddy Orchestra Charlie Tusa

NJCL National Latin Exam Honors Henry Gaudin Vincent Searcy Marco Quaroni (perfect score)

Drama – The 39 Steps Cole Baker Julie Gester Caroline Rogers Davison Thompson

PSIA Competition Caroline Graves Natalie Jacks (State Meet) Izzy Rankin Ariana Weiss

Musical – Footloose Entire Cast

Celtic Invitational Read Barbee Daniela Cos Caroline Graves Natalie Jacks Chloe Melear Ariana Weiss Predjudice Awareness (PAPLO) Ada Barbee Read Barbee Henry Barnstone Caroline Biggar Aubrey Blocker Isabel Cunningham Kate Fox Julie Gester

Mixed Choir Lily Andersson Katherine Baker Aubrey Blocker Isabel Cunningham Kate Fox Alia Hakki Jaclyn Mansour Marielle Turner Women’s Ensemble Mackenzie Cowan Chloe Melear Golden Pen Awards Poetry Reed Barbee Prose Isabel Cunningham Honorable Mention Poetry Aubrey Blocker

Pritam Reddy Honorable Mention Prose Alia Hakki Honor Society Leadership Marco Quaroni Student Council Leadership Ada Barbee Read Barbee Will Ezell Community Service Silver Level (31-50 hrs) Eliana Abramowitz Yates Auler Cole Baker Katherine Baker Ada Barbee Read Barbee Henry Barnstone Caroline Biggar Aubrey Blocker Joel Campbell Lee Cardwell Isabel Cunningham Will Ezell Kate Fox Julie Gester Zoe Getchell Caroline Graves Eli Hart-Johnson Natalie Jacks Sam Johnson Gracen Kelly Jaclyn Mansour Kennedy McCormack Noah Mele Chloe Melear Marco Quaroni Izzy Rankin Pavan Reddy Pritam Reddy Caroline Rogers Trey Shepherd Caleb Short Samm Smalling Davison Thompson Ariana Weiss Sam Williams Gold Level (50-100 ) Sarah Ballard Drew Brummer Elizabeth Grim Landis Hoover Graham Patterson Marielle Turner Charlie Tusa

THE KAY HART COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD: Mackenzie Cowan This award was established at the inception of the Middle School to honor that student who demonstrates outstanding service to his or her community. In 1993, the award was named in honor of Kay Hart, the first Middle School service coordinator and longtime English teacher.

THE ADRIENNE GROOMS  CRUSADER AWARD: Katherine Baker & Marco Quaroni It is the tradition to give an award to the student who the faculty believes exemplifies the spirit of St. Andrew’s in mind, body, and spirit. In 1987, in memory of Adrienne Grooms, St. Andrew’s first Middle School math teacher.

THE BILL COSTAS AWARD: Read Barbee This award was established to honor that student who demonstrates an outstanding work ethic and good cheer throughout the school year. The award was named in memory of long-time math teacher Bill Costas.

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development news

Development NEWS & Communications

Concert for Financial Aid at ACL-Live is a Huge Success! St. Andrew’s hosted its inaugu-

of School Lucy Nazro!) during the evening that includ-

ral Concert for Financial Aid at

ed incredible auctions, a fantastic meal by Salt Lick,

ACL-Live on Sunday evening,

and performances by both St. Andrew’s Upper School

February 26, rocking to legend-

rock bands: Legendairy and Catcher in the Eye.

ary band STYX and raising over $375,000 for the financial aid

A debt of gratitude is owed to the Concert Co-


Chairs, Amy Erben, Angela Filardi, and Mari Josey and the amazing concert committee for their tireless

Event Co-Chairs Amy Erben, Mari Josey, and Angela Filardi

More than 600 St. Andrew’s

effort and commitment to raising funds for St. An-

friends and families supported

drew’s Financial Aid Program. All proceeds from this

the Concert for Financial Aid.

event go directly to support our students and families

ACL-Live was beautifully transformed with twinkling

in need of tuition assistance. Many thanks to our gen-

lights and mirrors and STYX played all of their classic

erous sponsors, auction donors, and faculty and staff

hits (including a serenade of “Lady” to our own Head

for supporting this memorable event.

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development news

Thank You Again to our Rockin’ Committee! Co-Chairs Amy Erben • Angela Filardi •Mari Josey Yo l i A r r i a g a • R a c h e l B a r c e n a s • M a r t h a B r a d s h a w Tr a c e y B u r y • M . E . C o o k • K e l l e y D a n i e l Janet Eakman • Stacy Ehrlich • Maria Fuhrman Sara Gilster • Melissa Greenwell • Kim Greskovich J u l i e H a l l • E l a i n e H a m m • K e l l y H i n e s R a i n a H o r n a d a y • J a n e H o w a r d • L a d y H u f f s t u t l e r K a r e n I n g r a m • A n n J e r o m e • D e b b i e J o h n s o n K a t i e K e r r • B l a k e n e y K u r a d • A n n a L e e K i m M a n s o u r • J e n n i f e r M a r s h • Tr i c i a M a r s h a l l Jean Mattka • Jill McClanahan • Leslie McConnico Anne McKinnerney • Gervaise Nix • Mercedes Osella Cat Prince • Palmer Quaroni • Marisa Richetta Amy Rudy • Jane Schotz • Molly Sherman K e l l e y S h r o c k • Va l e r i e S h a w • M i c h e l l e S u n s h i n e F r a n c e s T h o m p s o n • B e t h To w n s e n d • O k s a n a Wa t s o n L i s a Yo u n g b l o o d • L i s a Z o d i n

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development news

The Del l Fine Art s Cent er is Formally Dedicated at St. Andrew’s Upper School

St. Andrew’s formally dedicated its new 64,000 square

“We are standing here today at this amazing new

foot Dell Fine Arts Center on Friday, April 27. This

Dell Fine Arts Center because of the incredible

transformative $21 million dollar project, which began

generosity of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

construction in February 2011, will further enhance

and many, many generous St. Andrew’s families and

St. Andrew’s comprehensive and well-rounded fine

friends, our brilliant design and construction teams,

arts program.

and a passionate and dedicated committee of volunteers,” said Catherine Miller, Chair, Board of Trustees. “We are so grateful to all who participated in this historic campaign and to our Fine Arts faculty, staff, and students who helped inspire the creation of these incredible new facilities at our school.” The Fine Arts Program at St. Andrew’s begins in the first grade with daily fine arts classes and extends through 12th grade with twenty-one different fine arts course offerings at the Upper School. More than 70% of St. Andrew’s Upper School students take four years of fine arts courses. The Dell Fine Arts Center, which includes three state-of-the-art, technologically enriched buildings on the southwest corner of St. Andrew’s Upper

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School campus, will further enhance and enrich the curriculum and opportunities for students. The 34,000-square-foot performing arts center has both a 400-seat proscenium theater and a lab theater with seating for 125, along with a technical classroom, theater support rooms, and offices. The center also includes a 6,100square-foot music building with classrooms, vocal

struction Company under the supervision of HS&A

and studio rehearsal rooms, and office spaces. Adja-

Project Management.

cent to the music building is a 6,100-square-foot visual arts building, with classrooms, studios, graphics and

“In my 32 years as Head of School, I could not have

photography labs, and office spaces. Tying the three

imagined a more incredible addition to St. Andrew’s

structures together are 14,000-square feet of covered

Episcopal School,” said Lucy Nazro. “These beauti-

walkways, an outdoor amphitheatre, a sculpture

ful facilities, and our outstanding fine arts program,

garden, and a commons.

position St. Andrew’s students for further excellence in the arts. What a tremendous opportunity we have to

The complex was designed by STG Design, engi-

continue educating our students as scholars, athletes,

neered by Bury + Partners, and built by White Con-

artists and servants; I couldn’t be more thrilled.” St. Andrew’s Episcopal School • • 47

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I nt r o d u cing

The McGil l Cha pel

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On Tuesday, May 1, 2012, under the shade of the large oak trees near

Campus was transformed with a

“The clear windows along the back

the center of St. Andrew’s 31st Street

beautiful and upgraded playing

walls of the chapel are like stained

campus, hundreds of students,

field, a new playscape, meditation

glass, colored with the activity of

faculty, alumni, families and friends

gardens, and the McGill Chapel.

our community and the beauty of creation. It truly is an expression of

joined together to formally dedicate the new McGill Chapel, playing

“We will never be able to thank the

what lies at the heart of St. Andrew’s.

field, playscape, and gardens.

McGill family enough for helping us

Our transition into the new space

build this chapel,” Mrs. Nazro

has felt so natural, and already we

“The McGill Chapel will be the heart

continued. “Because of their great

have experienced the added ease

and soul of this campus,” said Head

love, generations of children will

and beauty in chapel.”

of School Lucy Nazro. “It will be

come to this place to experience

the place where we celebrate our

God’s love. And because of their

The McGill Chapel, renovated play-

greatest joys and mourn our sad

experience, the children will go into

ing field, playscape and gardens

times. We had more than 45,000

the world, giving of themselves gen-

were designed by STG Design, built

chapel services in our “old” chapel,

erously just as the McGill family and

by White Construction Company,

as well as more than 20 baptisms, at

the Cain Foundation have given of

engineered by Bury + Partners, with

least 10 weddings, and 3 funerals.

themselves, so that others will find

landscape design and implementa-

This new chapel will continue with

the love of God. I never thought I

tion by TexaScapes and TBG. The

the great traditions which are so

would see this type of project hap-

project was managed by HS&A.

central to the life of St. Andrew’s.”

pen in my lifetime, much less in my time as Head of St. Andrew’s.”

“This was not just any construction job; it was a labor of love,” said Mrs.

In October 2010, St. Andrew’s announced it had received a gener-

“One of my favorite things about the

Nazro. “The architects, the project

ous grant from The Cain Foundation

new chapel is the way it feels like a

manager, and the construction

which fully funded the construction

sacred space, set apart from

manager made sure to tell their

of the Chapel and provided for

the rest of the world, and at the

workers they were building a holy

renovations and the beautification

same time feels so connected to the

and sacred place. You could feel it

of the playing field. This gift was

rest of campus, as though there are

and see it.”

given in honor of Parker McGill and

no walls separating it from the life

in memory of Frank McGill, both

of the school,” said St. Andrew’s 31st

of whom attended St. Andrew’s

street Chaplain Ashley Brandon.

Chapel services are conducted daily at St. Andrew’s and formally

through the eighth grade. In less

began in the new McGill Chapel on

than fifteen months, the 31st Street

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Alumni NEWS rts Center to Life! A ne Fi ll De g in Br lp He i n m Alu

The Dell Fine Arts Center opened for its first perfor-

In addition, each performance of the Musical Revue

mance on June 2nd with an evening dedicated to

was preceded by a slideshow of musicals and plays

the arts. Alumni and current student performers,

from 1999 to 2012 compiled by Frankie Chen ’14.

visual artists, musicians, and filmmakers joined together to create a evening of fun, food, and

In all, it was a wonderful night, celebrating, remem-

entertainment for an audience of over 800.

bering, and honoring a rich legacy of talent and hard work. As Rick Garcia, new Chair of the Fine Arts

During the evening, retiring faculty Sandra Pack-

Department said, “This is a dream come to fruition

wood, Wayne Packwood, Dan Dickey, and Warren

because of the foundation each alumni helped lay.

Dickson were honored. A special surprise perfor-

Your Upper School years established high standards,

mance by alumni and current Select Choir members,

dedication, leadership, and artistic merit for all who

with a slide show of Warren’s time as Chairman of the

have followed. Thank you for defining who we have

Fine Arts Department, was a highlight of the evening.


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Christiana Bay ’07 Receives Fulbright Grant Christiana Bay ’07, was one of six Austin College students to be awarded a prestigious Fulbright grant this past year. The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) program, a part of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, selects 1500 U.S. students who demonstrate strong leadership potential and academic excellence to travel abroad for the purpose of teaching English internationally. Christiana, who majored in English and Psychology, is living with a host family in Mokpo, South Korea and teaching English. Christiana has always had a passion for literature and enjoys teaching English because, “My students make coming to school every day worthwhile and fulfilling…When you see that ‘flash of understanding’ cross a student’s face, you know that all the hard work has been worth it.” Christiana is learning Korean and, despite the language barrier, says she has a “strong bond” with her host family and that Korea is “a welcoming, strong country with much history.” Christiana is also sampling exciting new cuisine such as samgyeopsal (pork belly) and live octopus!

Tori Harrison ’08 SaveS Women’s Lax At Cal Berkeley After finding out Cal Berkeley planned to cut women’s lacrosse in an effort to reduce costs, senior Golden Bears captain and former SAS lax star Tori Harrison ’08 helped raise nearly $8 million to save the program and the other sports programs due to get the axe. The struggle by Tori and her teammates was highlighted in Lacrosse Magazine and can be found in the January 9, 2012 archive. It is a great lesson about persevering when the chips are down. A Scholar-Athlete, Tori has been twice named as a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) All-Academic Athlete. Keep track of Cal Lacrosse and Tori by visiting the lacrosse blog co-authored by Tori and her teammate Tara, called Bear TaraTori.

Blair Campion ’10: Czeching In from the Czech Republic

tion to International Relations, The Arab-Israeli Conflict, Politics of the European Union, and Global Security Studies. She writes, “It’s been so cold here that I haven’t had the opportunity to explore as much as I would have liked. The days were about 15 degrees as a high and the lows were near 0. My favorite places I’ve been in Prague are kind of touristy, but I love the Charles Bridge and the Old Town Square. The thing that fascinates me about studying in Prague occurs every day as I walk to class. I usually take the Charles Bridge, which is probably the most famous landmark in Prague. The fact that I walk over something that’s older than America to get to class astounds me.” “Fortunately, the language barrier hasn’t been much of a problem here. Everyone speaks English. I’m not taking Czech, but I have picked some up. James (Wiseman ’09) is helping me because he speaks it. Of COURSE James speaks it!” “Ms. Russell definitely influenced my choice to come here, because she spoke of her love of Prague. She also introduced me to the Dancing Building by Frank Gehry which just so happens to be on the corner of my street!” To read about Blair’s adventures, visit her blog at www. Czech it out!

Alumni Vs. Varsity Baseball Report On Saturday, April 7th, several former baseball players and former team managers returned to challenge this year’s Varsity baseball team. The event was organized by alum Keith Skates ’02, who is now the athletics trainer for the Lower and Middle School. The crowd of 50 fans enjoyed several fun plays during the game, and some good-natured posturing. Controversy surrounded two calls made by the officials. One related to the invoking of Rule 37, paragraph 2, section ix, sentence three of the baseball code, from which the team of alums was granted 6 outs in the final inning. The second rule interpretation to cause discussion surrounded Head Baseball Coach and alum Steven Garcia ’02. While at bat for the Varsity team, the valid strike-zone was enlarged. The rule alteration resulted in Steven being called out on strikes from a pitch thrown over his head. After the game, which ended in a 14-3 victory for the 2012 Varsity, the players joined together at Rudy’s for a barbeque lunch. In the history of Alumni baseball games the record now stands as: Varsity 1, Alumni 1.

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