2019

  • March

    Girls Varsity Soccer Team

    Long-time Soccer Coach to Step Down

    Rachel Eckstein
    After dedicating eleven years of coaching soccer at St. Mary's School, girls' soccer Head Coach Dave Potter has decided to step down. Coach Potter leaves the St. Mary's Crusaders with an impressive record. His overall record of 149-30-1 (overall conference record: 106-5–1) led him to eleven conference championships and impressive bids to state. He coached his teams to the State Tournament every year since 2008, making the finals in 2010; the semifinals in 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018; and the quarterfinals in 2008, 2014, and 2016.

    Coach Potter was a force on the record books, but it was his character building that really set him apart. St. Mary's Athletic Director, Jamie Young, shares "Coach Potter brought out the best in the young people he coached at St. Mary's. While his teams accumulated a tremendous number of wins and league championships, the example he set for his teams as a person may be his most enduring legacy."

    While saying goodbye to a Crusader Coach is always difficult, St. Mary's is pleased to announce the new girls' soccer Head Coach will be former St. Mary's soccer player and current teacher Martin Nelson.

    Coach Nelson graduated from St. Mary's in 2007 where he played varsity soccer all four years and won state in 2003. He continued to play throughout college, and afterwards ventured overseas where he played both professionally and semi-professionally in Romania, Spain, Portugal, and Germany. He was previously head coach for the girls soccer program at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, CA. Since then he has coached boys and girls of all ages and skill levels. Coach Nelson recently returned to the Rogue Valley to teach Latin and Medieval History at St. Mary's. This last year he worked with the St. Mary's boys' soccer team alongside Eisa Tia-Tutu in their semi-final 2018 season.

    Mr. Young anticipates a good fit as Coach Nelson readies to take on the position. "Martin Nelson is going to do a great job taking over the girls soccer program," Young shares, "as a St. Mary's alum, he appreciates the valuable role athletics can play in a young person's life. We are fortunate to have Coach Nelson leading our girls' program. "
    There will be a brief informational meeting on March 21st at 6:30PM that will cover the upcoming summer schedule, a glimpse at the 2019 season, and also give the players and parents a chance to meet the new coach. St. Mary's is thrilled to welcome Coach Nelson to his new role.
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    2019-2020 Course Catalog Now Available!

    Rachel Eckstein
    St. Mary's is excited to announce the online release of our 2019-2020 course catalog! The new catalog includes over 40 new course offerings and contains detailed information about our innovative MOD system. Some highlights include:
    • The Middle School section not only provides an overview of the entire program from 5th to 8th grade, three full pages are devoted to a sampling of just some of the x-bin enrichment courses available to middle schoolers next year.
    • The English Department is offering seven new courses next year. The Department offers a blend classes covering a traditional, canonical text, as well as classes that explore contemporary and genre literature.
    • Take note of many new fine arts offerings, including a Manga and Anime class that anticipates the Mod Abroad to Japan in 2020-2021.
    • New music offerings can be found on p. 38-39, including an interdisciplinary class: Bebop, Buddha, and the Beats.
    • We have some wonderful new science offerings, from bioethics to a course on inheritance and mutations, to name but two.
    • As always, the social studies section abounds with interesting offerings, including a description of this year's Mod Abroad: Israel and Jordan, and a new AP Seminar class.
    • We are very proud of our nascent technology and engineering program. Please review those exciting offerings on p. 54-56.

      Dive in and EXPLORE the full course catalog!
  • February

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  • January

    Grandparents & Special Mentor Day A Success!

    Sarah Primerano
    Every year, our students invite their Grandparents or Special Mentors for a day on campus and this year's event, held on Valentine's Day, was a rousing success! The day began with coffee and pastries in the Carrico Center; students then took their Grandparents/Special Mentors on campus tour. The tour was followed by a program (including student speakers, orchestra and the Bucketband!) and a catered lunch.

    Thank you to all who joined us on the St. Mary's campus for this special event. We look forward to seeing you next year!
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    Happy Hour Networking Meet-up

    Sarah Primerano
    Tuesday, January 15 4pm-6pm
    Carrico Center

    Parents have ask and we have answered!

    Join us at the Happy Hour Networking Meet-up and see what's in the St. Mary's business family.

    Need a new dentist? Got a pesky tree that needs removal? Looking for a new favorite winery?

    This free event, for current parents, grandparents, alumni and friends, is a time to engage and connect with business owners and professionals in the St. Mary's community. Beverages and light refreshments will be served.

    Tables will be provided, so be sure to bring your brochures, handouts, business cards, etc.
    Please register here in advance of the event and contact Sarah Primerano at sprimerano@smschool.us if you have any questions.
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