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.
The Associated Student Body is responsible for various student activities from Socials, House competitions, Pep Rallies, Movie Nights, and major assemblies. Socials provide an opportunity for middle school students to gather to dance, eat, play games, and enjoy each other’s company in a themed setting. House competitions involve middle school being placed in one of four houses – Europe, Asia, South America, and Africa where they compete for ‘house points’ to emerge as the overall champion. Pep rallies provide a chance for the school to gather to celebrate that season’s sports teams and past accomplishments. The school is decked out in blue and gold and filled with Falcon Pride! Movie nights are for the lower school to come and watch a movie together and participate in activities related to the movie.
We also host several major assemblies from Cancer Awareness to Community Candy Canes, to a Tribute to Leadership. The Cancer Awareness Assembly is part of a larger cancer awareness month where in October, we take time to acknowledge and support those affected by and/or living with some form of cancer. Our assembly at the end of the month culminates with speakers addressing the ongoing quest for cures and members of the school and community who donate 8 inches of their hair to support those who have lost their hair as a result of cancer treatments. Community Candy Canes involves the school looking inwards and outwards towards the community at large to support various causes that aim to support many aspects of life from pet and food shelters to veteran’s needs, to name a few. A Tribute to Leadership is a celebration of all of the accomplishments of our ASB for that calendar year and how they implemented their theme which focuses on creating World-sized hearts. World-class minds.
Community Enrichment is a program that strives to provide lower school students with opportunities to not only learn about but also practice IB Learner Profiles. Themes such as Caring, Communicating, Risk-Taking, Open-mindedness, Principled and Reflective to name a few get reinforced through the reading of children’s storybooks with similar themes, followed by Hopes and Dreams discussions, and setting goals for the year.
Community is also structured to address additional themes of Service, Spirit, and Buddy times. Through Service themed communities, students will apply the lessons learned and the goals they set in service activities that support the school, community, and world at large. Through Spirit themed communities, students learn more about St. Mary’s school culture and history in order to build more FALCON PRIDE. Through Buddy themed communities, lower school students get paired up with their buddies in another lower school grade to model and exercise their World-sized hearts through activities to getting to know one another and make connections with another grade.
The Community program is woven with Pastor Mark’s Christian and Dr. Anderson’s Character Enrichment Programs, with the specific focus of building World-Sized Hearts and in partnership with Carrie Zulanas, building World-Class Minds. The four of us each develop, promote, and support programs, academics, events, faculty and staff that further our school’s mission of World-sized hearts. World-class minds.
Service Learning program involves students from EEP to Grade 8getting involved in St. Mary’s, the neighboring communities, and the world at large. They do this through a robust IB curriculum that gives them learning experiences that expose them to environmental, local, social, political and a variety of other causes. In addition to academics, students throughout the year have opportunities to serve whether it be donating their hair in the Cancer Awareness Assembly or raising awareness for those impacted by cancer to participating in the Community Candy Canes campaign where students identify a cause to sponsor, set a goal and strive to make a difference in the month of December. At other times throughout the year, students develop empathy by engaging in various drives that provide food, clothing, books, funds that support shelters and organizations in need.