July 28, 2016
SMA Set For the Best Week of Welcome
St. Mary’s Academy will begin its first full day of classes on Monday, August 15 but students can catch the Maryite spirit even before starting class. The Weeks of Welcome, affectionately known as “WOW,” is a series of events and informative seminars geared specifically to getting new and returning students involved and excited about SMA from day one.
The WOW festivities will kick off on Tuesday, August 9 with a Family Bash from 6:00PM-8:00PM at Fulton Alley, New Orleans’ premiere luxury bowling facility. Open to all SMA middle/high school students, parents, faculty and staff, the Family Bash is designed to bring the Maryite family together for fun, bowling and entertainment.
SMA will also host its Welcome Convocation at 8:00AM on Thursday, August 11 in Austin Gymnasium. The official welcome for all new and returning students, the Convocation will include messages from the school’s president and principal, a keynote speaker, and student performances.
Following the Convocation, students will be treated to a Sister to Sister Dialogue, offering alumnae perspectives on the SMA experience. Rounding out the day will be a Pining Ceremony for the freshman class, officially signaling their arrival into the high school division.
On Friday, August 12, all students will take part in the Academic B.A.S.H. (Be a Success Here,) featuring seminars on topics such as time management, stress management, testing skills, improving concentration and reading effectively for academic success. A Mass for Unification of the school, community and world will follow. The day will end with an old-fashioned ice cream social for students in the school’s cafe’.
Additional highlights of WOW include a Project LEAD workshop for all students who plan on assuming a leadership role at SMA. WOW festivities will conclude on Friday, September 2 with an event called Dinner at Sunset featuring food trucks, music and entertainment for the entire family.
“WOW” is a collaborative, introductory effort to welcome, educate and transition our students to life at St. Mary’s Academy,” says director of Student Affairs Lisa Ross, adding that the events also serve as a vehicle to emphasize expectations, resources and traditions of the school. “Our ultimate goal is to equip all of our students with the necessary resources to navigate the school year with ease and academic success.”
July 2, 2016
Faculty Members Attend National Conference
SMA was well represented at the ASCD Conference on Teaching Excellence held July 8-10 at the Hilton Riverside Hotel in New Orleans. Joining thousands of educators from across the country, SMA faculty were introduced to new and innovative ideas to incorporate into their classrooms.
Bringing together top experts with the latest on teaching practice, including ASCD authors, faculty members, other educators and superintendents, the conference also featured more than 150 sessions providing practical teaching solutions spanning all grade levels and subjects.
ASCD is a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading. Comprising 125,000 members—superintendents, principals, teachers, and advocates from more than 128 countries—the ASCD community also includes 54 affiliate organizations.Read More
July 29, 2016
Don’t miss this welcome back party to kick off the school year! On Tuesday, August 9, from 6:00PM-8:00PM, St. Mary’s Academy will host its 1st Annual Family Bash at Fulton Alley. The event is open to all middle and high school students, parents, and all staff of St. Mary’s Academy. There will be complimentary access to a luxury bowling experience including free unlimited bowling, unlimited gaming and menu specials. All who plan to attend must RSVP via the Eventbrite link that was emailed to parents. Discounted $4 parking is available in the Harrah’s Casino parking garage. We look forward to seeing you there!
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Dr. Toya Barnes-Teamer is the state advisor for Louisiana at HCM Strategists, LLC as a part of the Lumina Foundation. At HCM, Dr. Barnes-Teamer provides her expertise in state and system level higher education research, policy and skills in building and maintaining cross sector collaboration. Dr. Barnes-Teamer offers more than 25 years of experience in higher education administration. Effective May 16, 2016, Dr. Barnes-Teamer will be joining this firm fulltime as a Director focused on higher education policy and advocacy. She also serves as an Associate Consultant for Ruffalo Noel Levitz. Her areas of expertise include enrollment and fiscal management, student affairs, academic program development, faculty and staff development, and community outreach and marketing.