Saint Mary’s Hall (SMH) has been abuzz with life, engagement, and bonding in October! Many exciting and enriching activities continue to take place on campus and virtually, including athletics, limbo contests, ping-pong tournaments, Salado Creek hikes, Varsity Athlete Senior Nights, Charlie Brown Day, Mole Day, National Day on Writing, Spirit Week, as well as Fiesta and Halloween festivities, among others. The SMH community is finding creative ways to have fun and connect.
Since the 1940s, SMH has celebrated Fiesta, our annual carnival in the fall. We kept the tradition alive with a special Fiesta “sorpresa,” where each student received festive Fiesta goodies, including a Fiesta t-shirt with a fun, new theme. Can you find the hidden icons in this year’s Fiesta design?
Upper School Science Teacher Brian Kaestner conducted Natural History of the Salado Creek Watershed hikes for AP Environmental Science students. What a great way to learn about this famous San Antonio creek near our school and its surrounding nature.
Our Lower School celebrated Charlie Brown Day! They were excited to celebrate the opening day of the virtual Upper School Musical, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. The musical opened on October 23 and the cast of eight Upper School performers worked hard rehearsing and recording their performances on Zoom, as well as in masks while remaining physically distant on campus.
In Athletics, senior Barons were honored at Varsity Athlete Senior Nights. These student-athletes were recognized for their extra commitment to our school and Athletic Program. Take a glimpse at some of their favorite memories and plans for the future.
Students participated in National Day on Writing during their Language Arts classes. This year’s theme, What’s Your Story?, invited students in every division to share their unique stories through writing and to truly listen to the stories of others. A treasured annual event, this year’s National Day on Writing looked a little different as the event moved online, hosted on a LibGuide web site through the Middle/Upper School library. Students wrote poems and autobiographies to share their authentic stories with the community, and the digital format allowed both distance and traditional learners to post their writing or even create videos of themselves reading their original work.
Mole Day (an unofficial holiday) was celebrated among chemists, chemistry students, and chemistry enthusiasts on October 23. Some of our Upper School Chemistry students celebrated by carving pumpkins and measuring the mass, moles, and atoms. The day also included a virtual escape room, pancake or “waffmole” making, and exploding mini jack o’ lanterns.
SMH hosted Spirit Week, where our Middle School councils created lively themes for each day. Students sported “far-out” Tie Dyes, pink in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, vibrantly colored neon clothing, their favorite sports teams attire, and fun Halloween costumes.
Speaking of Halloween, Lower School celebrated with a Halloween Parade and students in all divisions were invited to wear costumes on October 30. Upper School students volunteered to assemble treat bags for Lower School students to enjoy on the day of the parade. Lower School classrooms also held their annual Halloween parties.
Every day, enriching events and classes have taken place across all three divisions. These moments enhance and elevate the student experience at Saint Mary’s Hall. Now more than ever, the SMH community is strong and our school is a special place full of learning, inspiration, and growth.