IN THIS EDITION: BREAKING RECORDS • KINDERGARTEN READINESS • SIXTH GRADE INTENSIVES and SELFIES
FROM THE HEAD OF SCHOOL
THANK YOU for BELIEVING in US
by Deborah David
Michael Armbruster Erika Quinn Sarah Lougheed Gill PHOTOS & LAYOUT Andrew Wright • PARENT ASSOCIATION EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Michael Armbruster Katie Donohue Anita Hayden-Smith Jennifer Kim Hyacinth Leus Clara Martin Lois Park Kimberly Rolfe Valerie Seitz • CHRIS COOK
Director of Advancement NARI KYE
Assistant Director of Advancement
It is hard to believe our school year has come to a close. It does seem that the second half of this year, in particular, flew by with such velocity…. and enthusiasm. Perhaps it was the excitement of African American History Month – a glorious celebration featured beautifully in this issue of The Herald. Perhaps it was our faculty’s engaging curriculum, which we’re featuring with our Math Challenge Block and our Kindergarten Readiness Program. It’s hard not to be swept away by our 6th Grade students and faculty – from their Spring Intensives, to our wonderful teachers, Hillary Rodgers and Emmy Gilliam. With the announcement of my retirement, I have reflected on my tenure and look forward to treasuring my final year with the 2017-2018 school year. Our Strategic Plan for 2013-2018 was full of exciting and ambitious goals
for our community to align with and support – and that they did! The entire St. James’ community left me breathless with its enthusiasm, work ethic and drive to support the school’s mission. Our Board of Trustees is also steadfast in its support of St. James’. The Head of School search is well underway, and we’re in great hands with our wonderful search committee as we look to the future of St. James’. I know for me personally, I couldn’t be prouder of where St. James’ is today as we count down to our 50th Anniversary in 2018-2019. We are minutes away from making the largest single investment in our school’s history as we break ground for our school renovation project. By the time you read this, our campus will be under construction with phased projects continuing through Summer 2018. It will be a glorious upgrade for our facilities to support our spectacular faculty and the magic they are creating with our precious students. Enjoy your latest issue of The Herald.
Mr. Hermeno’s Math Challenge Block
A Masquerade Ball
THE SIXTH GRADE
Joseph and the Amazing St. James’ School
Deborah David is Head of School.
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IN THIS EDITION
CHRISTINA CAMPBELL S.T.E.A.M.
The Fitness Challenge
An Intensive Exploration
Where do they go next?
THE BELIEVE CAMPAIGN
Inside Back Cover STUDENT ART
Consider the selfie...
EXPLORING MATHEMATICAL THINKING
ach week this year, Kindergarten through 6th graders worked on playful, interactive projects that opened up new points of view on mathematics. The Math Challenge Block promotes intense critical thinking without reliance on rote algorithms. Realworld problems teach students to use their communication and collaboration skills to solve and explain the presented data. “Kids who are good at math love any math time,” says Math Specialist Ed Hermeno. “Kids who struggle with rote computations find that the Math Challenge Block helps them access logical thinking in a different way.” Games like Battleship, Chess, and Sudoku are all based on math strategies: graphing coordinates on a grid; prediction; process of elimination; algebraic problemsolving, etc. By having fun together with math, students learn to appreciate the astonishing beauty of the remarkable human accomplishment of math. We teach math not only to prepare students for the next stages of their academic careers, but also for its own sake. Math is everywhere – it is going to be a part of life, not just in the science, technology, engineering and
mathematics fields. Writers, dancers, and basketball stars are all consumers and have personal finances to manage. From buying groceries to tipping at a restaurant, we use our Base 10 understanding of place value, percentages, fractions, and decimals daily. Getting schoolchildren to explain their thinking in math is an opportunity to communicate in a language other than verbal. The Math Challenge Block teaches risk-taking in a fun, playful environment. Our students love it!
Above, Mr. Hermeno oversees Sweet Logic puzzles. Below and left, 5th graders gnaw on math games and challenges in collaborative formats.
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ONE for the RECORD BOOKS by Andrew Wright Mr. DiPasquale has engineered a challenge that not only recognizes athletic achievement, but rewards persistence above all.
itius, altius, fortius is Latin for faster, higher, stronger and serves as the motto for the modern Olympic Games. Here on 625 St. Andrews Place, Physical Education & Health Teacher Nick DiPasquale pushes students ever faster, higher and stronger. Mr. D. (as our students know him) knows most of his students will probably not march in an opening ceremony of an Olympiad. In a way though, his goals are more grand. Since 2009, the St. James’ P.E. department has conducted the Fitness Challenge in which students compete in a range of activities like sit-ups, sprints, and a mile run, to set school records and personal bests. When The Herald sat down with Mr. D. the first thing he wanted to talk about was not the remarkable physical feats of his students, but rather their persistence. “The 5th Grade class has shattered the records in retakes” he said with a smile between classes. Mr. D. is something of a 21st Century renaissance Adonis, - a large muscular presence with great enthusiasm and joie de vivre.
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At the time of our interview, seven students in Mr. Krueger’s class alone had eclipsed the century mark in total retakes, including a new record-holder with 345 attempts across all categories including 117 improvements.An improvement is defined as the student being a second faster or able to cram in one more sit-up or push-up into a time segment. “You just have to come back and try. You’ll find some hidden talent,” Mr. D. told us. A big component of the retakes, is that the P.E. teachers are available during any breaks, recesses, or lunch to measure any retakes. Their dedication to their students inspires students to keep toeing the line in sprints and runs and striving to improve. “We have some students with their eyes
set on a school record, and others who simply want to make it onto the leaderboard.” Since there is a column for most retakes, it insures that the students who put in the time and effort will get the recognition they deserve. “Just show improvement! That’s all we care about,” could be the St. James’ take on citius, altius, fortius.
Andrew Wright is Communications Manager.
Left page: the fifth grade runs sprints on St. Andrews (above) and two third graders run the hurdles (below). Right page: Clockwise from photo Above. A third grader lines up for a track event in Mr. D’s class. A student clears the hurdle with grace under the direction of Mrs. Geoffrey. The fifth grade notches a goal in the faculty soccer game. Mr. D carefully takes the measurement on a long jump.
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hen our son started at St. James’ two years ago, we were blown away by the jam-packed calendar of cultural heritage days. It is such a wonderful way to expose our son to learn, appreciate, and celebrate these different parts of the world! Michael Armbruster is on The Herald Editorial Team, and parent of Zachary, class of 2022.
LUNAR NEW YEAR
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HISPANIC HERITAGE ASSEMBLY
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ow do you know when your child is ready for Kindergarten? Many schools, including St. James’, have a chronological birthday cut-off to help determine the incoming class of Kindergarteners each year. There is nothing magical that happens between August 31 and September 1 that will make a child ready or not for Kindergarten. Early childhood educators know that kindergarten readiness is a combination of not only academic and cognitive skills, but also social-emotional development and physical readiness. Preschool teachers work closely with families to help identify when a child is ready for Kindergarten. Studies show that not all children are ready in all areas at the same time. A child may be academically skilled but emotionally more of a preschooler. A child may be chronologically eligible for Kindergarten, but physically may need another year of preschool to grow. The progress of each child cannot be rushed and at St. James’ we work together with parents to help determine the optimum class placement of each student. Kindergarten Readiness is a complex set of expectations and benchmarks and we are committed to finding the best fit for each child interested in our Kindergarten. In our Kindergarten Readiness Program, teachers provide plenty of opportunities and activities to engage a child’s natural curiosity about letters and numbers. Preschool students may practice: writing their name in sand, rice, or flour; tracing their letters on different textures like sandpaper or small ballbearings that pop up and down; finger-
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Preschool students engaged in a variety of media to practice forming letters and to develop fine motor skils.
painting and using other art media to copy letters, numbers, and geometric symbols. By engaging in sensory play, learning remains fun and interesting. Fine motor skill development helps little hands prepare for the rigors of using writing utensils like pencils and pens. Kneading playdough, cutting with scissors, and manipulating small objects in sorting piles are all examples of activities that help strengthen fingers and hands. Gross motor development on the playground is highlighted with balancing, running and soccer skills and abilities. Trunk strength through active play develops strong bodies capable of keeping up with the physical demands of a Kindergarten classroom. And finally, socializing and playing with other children teaches preschool students to ask for what they need and learn to compromise when other children identify their needs. Playing together, taking turns, and sharing resources are all very important skills to learn before Kindergarten.
For more information about Kindergarten Readiness visit: SJSLA.org/admission for more information. Sarah Lougheed-Gill is Director of Admission
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A MASQUERADE BALL for ALL by Nari Kye
his year’s Spring Event at Vibiana transformed the beautiful Downtown L.A. venue into an elegant scene of a masquerade ball. We enjoyed the incredible hospitality of the Fraser Family who made sure that the evening was full of culinary delights, free flowing drinks, and an unforgettable atmosphere. Inside the historic Cathedral of St. Vibiana, eight professional dancers from Dancing with the Stars kicked off our program with a bang. The superb threecourse dinner, prepared by RedBird Chef and St. James’ parent Neal Fraser, was a highlight of the evening. The short program during dinner saw one of our own, Nick Morton, take the stage as the emcee for the Txt2Give initiative. We also celebrated the completion of our $500,000 Ahmanson Family Foundation Matching Grant Challenge, and surpassed our original $6 million campaign goal. Believe Campaign chairs, Rich Chisholm and Lois Perrin, announced that we will be increasing the Believe Campaign fundraising goal to $7 million! The Spring Event Committee worked hard to put together another fantastic silent auction. Special raffle tickets were sold throughout the evening to give everyone a chance to win distinctive Venetian masks decorated by artists in our community including Jennifer
Guidi, Tim Youd, James Nares and Forrest Kirk. We are thrilled to share that together we raised $230,000 from this year’s event. This will fully fund the first year of The Teaching and Learning Institute to support professional development efforts. Thank you for supporting us by donating to, volunteering for, and attending the Spring Event. We could not have done it without you!
Nari Kye is Assistant Director of Advancement
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Learner Sponsors Charles and Victoria Carrington • Matthew Cohen and Caitlin Durham • Michael and Kathryn Converse Mychael Danna and Aparna Bhargava • Kevin and Gloria Hann • Robert and Joanne Kim Anthony Maranville and Shana Stein • Apurba Pathak and Christina Kim • Keith and Erika Quinn Curtis Spears and Ayesha Carr • Patrick and Leslie Walling Collaborator Sponsors Michael Armbruster and Andrew Chi • Tom Bessant and Anne McIntyre • Leslie Cohen Burns Alex Choi and Ellen Park • Anthony and Frances Gatti • Peter and Jungmin Ha Sally Aristei and Jennifer Hartman • James Jacks and Helen Breitwieser Justin and Julia Kim • Jae Chun Lee and Young Hong • Richard Marin and Ilene Rosenzweig Tracy and Michelle McCormick • Roger and Lisa Morrison • Chan and Rachel Park Sangdo Park and Sera Moon • Amanda Reno • Edward Rhyu and Jahwon Lee David and Gina Riberi • Jeffrey Rutherford and Dorothy Kim • Sanjay Sharma and Tina Lynam Stephen Shiao and Erica Wang • Hubert and Charmaine Smith • James and Lindsay Wilcox Tim and Jessica Youd Thinker Sponsors Chris and Simone Adams • Joanne Gratiot • Jason and Elisha Hall • Bret and Clara Martin Hyoung J. Park and Sang Hee Ko • Trista Schroeder • Tom Swan Innovator Sponsors St. James’ Parent Association • Jung Ahn and Yun Song • Gary and Serena Duff Walter Allan Edmiston and Jennifer Lin • Steve and Nami Her • Peter and Grace Kang • David and Jennifer Kim Hansin Kim and Jihyun Hong • Jim Bain and JR McGinnis • Christopher Murphey and Mary Shaifer David and Jina Park • Kenny and Jenipher Park • Robert and Ann Ronus • Greer Shephard Christopher and Kara Smith • Danny and Ines Song TXT2Give Donors Chris and Simone Adams • Kaleo and Stephanie Adams • Jim Adler and Alisa Wiegers Eric Andersen and Jeet Sohal • Leslie Burns • Laura Carrillo and Natalie Fousekis Chris and Lindsay Casamassima • Paul and Iris Chae • Sonny and Young Min Chang Richard Chisholm and Lois Perrin • Matthew Cohen and Caitlin Durham • James Cossman and Denise Gocke Derek Cotton and Molly Moen • Luke Del Tredici and Teresa Keith • Andrew and Lenore Douglas Theane Evangelis and James Kousoulas • Justin and Samie Falvey • Chip and Michelle Farnham Anthony and Frances Gatti • Eric Green and Sarah Noonan Green • Jason and Elisha Hall Steve and Nami Her • John Hoffman and Jennifer Culp • David and Nkechi Howell Taos Huskey and Janet Shim • Justin and Julia Kim • Tae Kim and Heeseung Chang Tae Hwan Kim and Ji Eun Choi • Jeong Gu and Ji Hae Lee • Agnieszka Marchel • JR McGinnis and Jim Bain Carter McJunkin and Anne Wang • Heidi McLean • Roger and Lisa Morrison • Nicholas Morton and Marie Shley Josh Neuman and Talita Choudhury • Tonikiaa Orange • David and Jina Park • Apurba Pathak and Christina Kim Prentice and Tasha Penny • Tom Perkins and Meara Daly • Byron and Jeanine Phillips Samuel Roseme and Catherine Mann • Jeffrey Rutherford and Dorothy Kim • Mike and Michele Sanchez Kent and Amy Savagian • Sanjay Sharma and Tina Lynam • Nero and Ariana Smeraldo Hubert and Charmaine Smith • Dr. Patricia Joseph Thomas • Patrick and Leslie Walling Aaron White and Stacey White • Clarence Williams and Pamela Pasley • Brett and Ashlie Woods Andrew Wright • Chris and Erika Younger
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THE SIXTH GRADE
THE SIXTH GRADE
An INTENSIVE EXPLORATION by Andrew Wright, Sascha S., Chloe C., Cassidy S.
ew to our Sixth Grade Intensives this spring was “Discover L.A.” Designed and taught by 6th grade Grade Teacher Emmy Gilliam, this group of students had the chance to visit places to which they had not yet ventured . After a week of museums, public transit, and walking tours, Gilliam asked her students to express what they learned in a very Los Angeles medium - a mural. The result reflects a melange of street tacos, international influences, the L.A. Riots,
Cassidy S. points out a car unzipping a world of color, a motif she had seen on a Downtown LA mural.
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and vibrant arts through the eyes of 12-year-olds on the cusp of a major transformation themselves. We spoke with several of these artists on a May afternoon and they were eager to share what had influenced their mural. Many of them were already in the sweaters of Harvard-Westlake and Marlborough, but at the time still in their final weeks as St. James’ Huskies. Andrew Wright is Communications Manager
Sascha S.’s contributions include an allusion to the Echo Park Lotus Festival, and some inside jokes among the friends of this intensive group.
THE SIXTH GRADE
The entire Discover L.A. intensive group presenting their mural to the school at the Intensives Showcase. The mural hung in the corridor by the front office for the remainder of the school year right at eye level of curious Kindergarteners and first graders.
Chloe C. pointing out a depiction of some statues she had seen at the Museum of Latin American Art, and street art representation of her name.
6th Grade Teacher Emmy Gilliam beaming with pride as her students present what they learned during their intensive journey. Ms. Gilliam crafted the whole week to show a Los Angeles many never see.
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by Rachel Tobin
hroughout the school year, the excitement of crafting slime has grown tremendously. Making slime involves: chemistry-mixing together ingredients that create a polymer (long chain of molecules); creativity-- there are all types and forms of slime; teamwork--students work together and problem solve; and ultimately, fun, with a gooey stretchy creation that students love to play with. We began formulating slime as part of a fun Halloween experiment (pictured here), but the creation of slime has become a trend not only at St. James’ but across the nation. As a result of all this excitement, students in 6th grade began producing slime at home to sell to raise money for our sister school, St. Jacques in Haiti. In addition, this trimester I taught an After School Enrichment class called “Slime Time!” where we made different types of slime each week. During any break or down time there were students in the lab begging to make another batch, but we have relegated slime making only to Slime Time! It is a joy to see the students so enthused by a science project. Rachel Tobin taught Science at St. James’ from 2015-2017 and is an incoming first year at University of Vermont Medical School.
A FOND FAREWELL As was announced in May our beloved science teacher Rachel Tobin is departing for medical school at University of Vermont. The most apt description of Ms. Tobin is a ‘pied piper’ playing a flute made of beakers and slime coaxing students into her gleaming lab. We wish her the best of luck in all her endeavours!
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THE BELIEVE CAMPAIGN
by Chris Cook
S A new kindergarten space directly adjacent to the kindergarten playground will move in where the front office was.
A walkway on the west side of the courtyard will unite the second level into a continuous loop instead of dead ending by the sixth grade.
t. James’ is making the single largest investment in our school’s history beginning this summer with the school renovation project. We will be renovating and refreshing our classrooms to make them far more functional, flexible and dynamic. By adjoining grade level classrooms, and providing adaptable furnishings, teachers can configure the space around the lesson - not vice -versa. The Teaching and Learning Institute will be initiated in September 2017 providing a four-fold increase in professional development for our wonderful faculty and staff. To date, the campaign has raised close to $6.5 million. At the time of our Spring Event (see: page 8) we achieved our goal and now have our sights set on an ambitious $7 million goal. Please join us by supporting the campaign.
Visit: BelieveSJSLA.org for more information. Chris Cook is Director of Advancement
Our June 13 groundbreaking on the renovation with blessings from Bishop Roskam and Canon Koh. SUMMER 2017 • ST. JAMES’ EPISCOPAL SCHOOL • THE HERALD • 13
JOSEPH and the AMAZING ST. JAMES’ SCHOOL by Andrew Wright
n a one-evening-only engagement this spring, director John Staley and his talented thespian crew once again delivered on two excellent performances. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat tracks the story of Joseph from banishment by his brothers to imprisonment to becoming the right-hand man of an Elvis-inspired pharaoh. The themes of destiny and redemption might seem a bit hifalutin for an elementary school, but these students were able to not only land the technical musical notes, but deliver this complex story brilliantly. The spring production was led by longtime stalwarts of the St. James’ Theatre
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Program - Violet B. (Narrator) and Lucy O. (Joseph) in their final performances before graduation and backed up by an ensemble representing all grade levels at the school. The fall production is still unnamed but read on to hear what the parents are saying about their children’s experience working with the imminently talented John Staley - we hope you’ll join in this fall! Andrew Wright is Communications Manager
ven after the musical, Hajoon still loves to listen and sing all the songs from the musical. It was a great experience to sing, dance and act with very talented groups of kids from school! -- Amy Joung, parent of Hajoon C. (pictured left) class of 2023
he kids were so dedicated and enthusiastic! They were positively bubbly backstage getting costumes and makeup. To see them running around one minute, then completely focused on delivering a thoughtful performance the next, was heartwarming. I don’t know how John does it – he’s a bit of a magician in that way, I suppose. -- Genevieve Haines, parent of Violet B. (pictured right) in class of 2017
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WHERE DO they GO NEXT?
t. James’ appreciates the differences that mark each learner in our school as an individual. One of our core beliefs is recognizing the distinctive gifts of each student and inspiring all children to do their best, whatever their best might look like. Because of our commitment to developing our students’ numerous aptitudes, our graduates predictably matriculate to a wide variety of middle schools. This year, the Class of 2017 was accepted to 20 different middle schools. A St. James’ graduate has practiced analysis and complex thinking to solve problems and take responsibility for their own
learning. Our teachers encourage students to apply their learning to new situations and to search for creative solutions to problems. Everything we teach and do is the curriculum. As an urban school, we celebrate the gifts and challenges of our multiplicity. We strive to help our students develop a sense of balance and a realistic view of the world. Middle school admission committees tell us that a St. James’ graduate brings our wholesome, unpretentious values to their middle schools with empathy, compassion, and intelligence. Sarah Lougheed-Gill is Director of Admission
Clockwise from middle: the graduates present their class gift, a solar clock to hang in the remodeled courtyard, Gavin K., moments before receiving his diploma, and the Speech Contest Finalists receiving awards after the Recognition Ceremony.
Congratulations to our graduates who will be going on to the following schools: Brentwood School • Buckley School • Campbell Hall • Crossroads School • Episcopal School of Los Angeles • Flintridge Preparatory School Harvard-Westlake School • Immaculate Heart School • Marlborough School • New Roads School • Oakwood School Pacific Hills School • Pilgrim School • St. Brendan’s School • Tree Academy Turning Point School • Westridge School • Wildwood School • The Willows Windward School 16 • THE HERALD • ST. JAMES’ EPISCOPAL SCHOOL • SUMMER 2017
STUDENT ART IN FOCUS
A HIGHER PURPOSE than SELF(IE)
onsider the selfie, an oft-maligned art form, synonymous with vanity and our baser human instincts. If you look closely though you get a window into self perception. This spring we asked you to send in your children’s selfies in whatever form you chose. As we close on this school year and our theme of Who am I? Who are we? take a look at how our students view themselves. Andrew Wright is Communications Manager
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