April 03, 2018

We are sharing a chapel talk by Ana Recarte-Pacheco ’19 given during March when the days are lengthening and there is eternal hope for warm, sunny days ahead.


Stay calm the storm is over
a spark of pigment rises in the all white sea
Nothing but lush is leftover
The leaves appear on that lonely oak tree

Stay calm life is coming back 
Is that a bird chirping on that tree?
And here we see a lilac 
So bright it brings us glee

Don’t stay calm; spring has come 
the color climbs back into her cheeks
Let the worry vanish 
As the earth becomes lavish
And the lakes begin to unfreeze

The snow is gone
Oh it’s been so long 
The world is your crayon
So draw your path and color bright because spring has finally come

This poem predicts the days that are soon to come…

The cold carries a negative connotation. To me cold is equivalent to worry while summer means renewal. As soon as you go outside on a good summer day you forget about what it was like to be frozen in stress. When spring comes and its brilliant rays show not just brightly, but with a touch of warmth, and a promise of the growing seasons to come. The world will be painted vividly by the sun’s rays, like a new painting with still wet oils.

We have gone through a tough winter but soon you will have the sensation of going outside and feeling the warm sun melt on your pale cheeks. Winter will become a thing of the past.

This weather posses a power to vanish worry. Now take a second and realize that we as Individuals possess an internal power to separate ourselves from the backpacks we carry filled with stress.

Minnesota Varsity Music Awards
Congratulations to Vinh Nguyen ’19 for being selected a 2018 Minnesota Varsity Showcase Artist as part of the Classical Minnesota Public Radio competition. Vinh will be a featured performer at the Minnesota Varsity Showcase Concert on Sunday, May 13 at Ted Mann Concert Hall at 3 p.m.
Maria Chirinos ’18 received an Honorable Mention as a part of the same competition. Bravo Vinh and Maria!
Students March to State Capitol
A group of SSM students joined in the Minnesota March For Our Lives on Saturday in St. Paul and were part of a larger national youth outpouring across the nation to protest gun violence.
ScholarShift Stories: Steel Drumming
The Pan-handlers, an award winning steel drum band, has set up an artist in residence program at SSM for the next several weeks. Students are learning the art of music-making on a variety of drums in the St. Mary’s campus gymnasium. Ms. Lewis-Osborne organized this module after seeing and hearing the Pan-handlers at an event in Northfield. Stay tuned for a concert that will be scheduled during an upcoming assembly.
ScholarShift Stories: Piper Jaffray 
This is the second year that Ms. Gorman has organized a trip to Piper Jaffray for 11th grade students as part of the ScholarShift module options. Her brother, Cliff Gorman (top left), is a principal with Piper Jaffray, an investment bank and asset management firm headquartered in downtown Minneapolis.
Eight students attended the day-long visit to Piper, which included panel discussions, a tour, and lunch with some of the firm’s young professionals. Helden Hein ’19 gave the experience high marks and said he’d recommend it to other students. “I learned a lot about how to effectively use the knowledge you learn from college to effectively transition into the working world.”
Cullen Vinar ’19 also felt the day was worthwhile. “Being around successful people who have worked very hard to ‘rank up’ in the company and to hear their stories and the route they took to achieve their accomplishments, as well as their failures, and how they overcame them  - was an eye opener that business isn’t an easy path. You really need to know what you are doing and have useful connections.”
Special Schedule on March 30

We are running a special schedule on three consecutive Mondays in April to allow time for some of our academic programs to give their capstone presentations. 

Here are the dates and venues for the different presentations:

Monday 4/16-The Major (WeCreate)
Monday 4/23-Bioscience (Newhall)
Monday 4/30- The Honors Program (WeCreate)

A Public Oath in a Special Place
Surrounded by his family and future colleagues, Jeffrey M. Johnson, a Faribault native, was sworn in as a district court judge in Minnesota’s Third Judicial District last Friday afternoon. This event is noteworthy to the SSM community because Mr. Johnson made a specific request that his investiture ceremony take place in the stately setting of Newhall Auditorium. More than 200 guests and public officials attended the ceremony, which was followed by a reception at the Inn. Photos by Johnnie Walker.
Transportation App Announcement
Wondering where the school bus or van is? Well, wonder no more. Thanks to the hard work of Darling Ngoh ’18, students can now track the whereabouts of the bus and van using the SSM Transportation site. By visiting the SSM transportation website and clicking on the link, the van and bus location will be saved in Google maps. The location of the vehicles will be active for three days, and after that, the link will have to be clicked on again by visiting the website. One thing that is required is Google maps. Since all SSM students, faculty and staff have Google accounts associated with their SSM email address, everyone should already have Google maps.
Transportation Site
Japanese Visitors

SSM is once again hosting students from Toyo Eiwa High School in Japan. Twenty girls and their chaperones are on campus March 20-April 2. They are attending some classes and special activities with our faculty and students. In addition, they are taking side trips around the state. 

Ms. W-C and Ms. Chandler Hockey
Ms. Chandler and Ms. W-C will be playing in the Stick It to Cancer hockey tournament in Blaine on April 13-15 with their team, the Lady Devils. The tournament is a charitable event, raising money for breast cancer research. 
Jack Hickey Wins Junior Nationals

The picture tells the story about 7th grader Jack Hickey’s performance at the Minnesota Men’s Junior Olympics Gymnastics competition last weekend. Jack is the Level 7 state champion and will represent Minnesota at the regional championships in Iowa next month. He is still too young to qualify for nationals, but hopes with being eligible next year that he can add that accomplishment to his list. Congratulations, Jack!

Lost & Found Wednesdays
Every Wednesday until the end of the school year, Ms. Peper will have tables outside the School Store filled with lost and lonely items. Let’s see if we get these precious belongings back to their owners. Stop by and check it out. Any items not claimed will be donated.

Each year, seniors at Shattuck-St. Mary’s deliver a speech to their peers on a topic of their choosing in Newhall Auditorium.Throughout the 2017-18 school year, we share these speeches with the SSM community and hope that you enjoy the humor, wisdom, and powerful reflections conveyed by our senior students. Visit ourSabreSpeak blog to read speech transcripts, and watch Senior Speech videos on PowerSchool.

Sabre Scores
Check out this week’s upcoming game schedule so you know where and when to cheer on the Sabres!
Sabre Scores
160 Years of SSM
As we celebrate the 15th annual Faribault Community Easter Egg Hunt this Saturday, we thought it would be fun to dig in the archive to the very first hunt in 2004. That’s Aubrey Stafford ’17 in the pink jacket with her grandparents Debi and Gordie Stafford. And, if you see Lonnie Schroeder at this year’s event, offer to help her sweep up. She’s been at it for 15 years and she deserves to retire the broom!
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