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Understanding who you are and having the self-confidence to adhere to those decisions isn’t something we take for granted at St. Mary’s School. We guide each student to develop their personal belief system and to be comfortable expressing their opinions.

It’s all part of understanding that we’re an essential part of how the world improves. We have various programs offered to fully enhance the student's life on campus.

Social

Marco Camargo is our All School Student Activities Coordinator and is responsible for a multitude of student-related activities, including ASB, School Assemblies, Community Enrichment and Service Learning.


ASB Falcon Card for Middle School Students

The ASB Falcon Card provides an opportunity to pay in advance for all five socials scheduled for the school year and to complete the parent consent form one time as opposed to singularly in advance of each social. For those who are interested, please submit without including payment a signed hard copy of the form attached here to Mrs. Marna Graham in the Middle School Office. The Business Office will bill families who submit a signed ASB Falcon Card form. Please contact Mr. Marco Camargo, All-School Student Activities Coordinator, at marco.camargo@smaa.org if you have questions about the ASB Falcon Card.


Social Emotional Learning

St. Mary’s is committed to growing world-sized hearts. Recognizing that social-emotional skills need to be taught, praised, and practiced. Dr. Anderson visits each lower school classroom about 9 times per year to teach those skills. Students are taught about self-management, self-awareness, social awareness, responsible decision-making, and relationship skills. To review specific topics that will be covered by grade level click on the following link.

Character Enrichment Program Grades K-5

Dr. Anderson collaborates with teachers throughout the school year to reinforce the social-emotional skills being addressed during some of our units of inquiry. For example, Junior Kindergarten students use belly breathing and calm down jars during their Peace Unit, Grade 4 students discuss creative expressions of emotion during their How We Express Ourselves unit, and Grade 5 students work on creating digital footprints they can be proud of.

Podcasts
New this year from both Dr. Anderson and Dr. Koch, Center 4 Learning, are creating a parenting podcast.  Listen to “Parenting in the Trenches" the newest podcast with the link below. If there is a topic that interests you, feel free to send us your ideas at carmen.anderson@smaa.org.
 
In an effort to show students just how committed we are to growing world-sized hearts Dr. Anderson has paired up with teachers, faculty and staff to “catch students being kind.” We are always on the lookout for those students who go above and beyond, without being asked, to help others. Some students that are observed doing a good deed may receive a quick note to let them know they were caught being kind.
 
Several times throughout the year therapy dogs and their owners are invited to campus for our Canine Connections program. This is an optional activity students can participate in during recess to de-stress during the academic day. Dogs and their handlers are present on the field and sit in a specified area waiting for belly rubs, paw shakes and to show just how much unconditional love they have to offer.
 
Dr. Anderson regularly meets with students, faculty, staff and parents to address the emotional needs of this community. Please stop by to say hello and introduce yourself. 

Parenting in the Trenches Podcast

Spiritual

Chapels are a weekly time for St. Mary’s students, faculty and staff to come together to learn stories of the Bible and how they relate to the designated IB Attitude or Learner Profile. Chapel themes are formulated around an age-appropriate children’s story from the Bible. Christian Enrichment classroom time provides opportunities for developing learning and understanding of Chapel.


Learning and Support Teams

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  • School Counseling

    Dr. Carmen Anderson, School Counselor

    School counseling is a service provided by St. Mary’s as part of its commitment to developing well-rounded, confident children. The school counselor is available to meet with children individually or in a group and also with parents. The purpose of these sessions is to provide guidance on topics with which school aged students sometimes struggle. The school counselor also collaborates regularly with faculty and staff toward this aim.

    Sessions may be scheduled by teachers, staff, parents, and/or students.

    Please feel free to contact the school counselor with any questions at 949-448-9027, ext. 334 or via e-mail at carmen.anderson@smaa.org 
  • Center for Learning

    Learning and support services are available to assist students in meeting St. Mary’s academic expectations. The Center for Learning provides research-based solutions for academic, processing, and organizational needs.  In addition, Center for Learning staff works closely with teachers and administrators at St. Mary’s in order to help students to realize their potential.

    Since 2003, the Center for Learning has continued to pursue the goal of affecting positive change in students’ academic performance, study habits, and overall self-confidence. Thanks to a generous donation from the Hausman Foundation, the Center for Learning created a learning laboratory complete with assistive technology available to all of our students. 

    Goals of the Center for Learning:
    • Collaborate with administrators and teachers consistently to assist students
    • Identify issues early in order to prevents students from feeling unsuccessful
    • Recommend and provide early intervention strategies for home and school
    • Provide support for appropriate classroom accommodations for students  (i.e. extended time for tests).
    • Help students better understand their individual learning style
    • Provide additional communication between school and home with regard to student progress
    • Work  with teachers to differentiate instruction in order to support students with different learning styles
    • Provide on-campus educational therapy on a fee-for-service basis, both for those students who will benefit from enrichment in an area of talent and for those students who are in need of support in one or more areas.
    • The Center for Learning is able to utilize neuropsychological/psycho-educational assessment results to develop an individual learning plan for students. 
    • The Center for Learning is able to conduct neuropsychological/psycho-educational assessments on a fee for service basis.
    More information is available on the C4L website https://c4l.net/

List of 3 members.

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    Dr. Carmen "Carmen" Anderson 

    St. Mary's
    School Counselor
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    Pepperdine University - Psy.D Clinical Psychology
    Santa Clara University - B.S. Psychology
    2018
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    Marco "Marco" Camargo 

    St. Mary's
    Student Activities Coordinator
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    Santa Clara University - M.A. Interdisciplinary Education
    Santa Clara University - B.A. Communications
    2018
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    Pastor Mark Chapman 

    St. Mary's School
    School Chaplain
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    Fuller Theological Seminary - M.A. Theology
    Biola University - B.S. Organizational Leadership
    2018