School News

2019

  • May

    Senior Projects

    Seniors presented their month-long independent projects this week as their final graduation requirement. Topics ranged from urban farming to cryotherapy and original artwork (Dorothy Thompson's "Sea Plastic" pictured) . Check out our Instagram photos of some presentations.
     
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  • Class of 2023 Graduates from Middle School

    Congratulations to our eighth grade students, who held commencement in McGill Chapel followed by the time-honored Boat Party. Five eighth-graders were honored for high achievement and leadership: congratulations to Costas Award winners Mary Louisa Donoghue '23 and Morgan Harrison '23, Grooms Award winner William Sykes '23 and Faculty Award winners Ella Hall '23 and TJ Jobe '23.
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  • Lower School's Field Day 2019

    Our entire Lower School ran, climbed, jumped, paraded, hula-hooped and more at our annual Field Day, which also marked the last day of school for students on our 31st Street campus. Our PE team did an amazing job, and even paused for a photo with their former students who are now current parents. See Field Day on Facebook and Instagram.
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  • Wilson House Wins 2019 Cup

    Congratulations to our outstanding Middle School scholars, artists, athletes, and servants who were honored at the Middle School’s Four Pillars Banquet. The Kay Hart Award for Exceptional Service went to Ben Hofer ‘23, whose Project Citizen project to wipe-out AISD lunch debt drew local and national attention (most recently on NPR’s Here and Now). Our Middle School Athletes of the Year were also honored for their exceptional sportsmanship and talent: William Dunaway ‘23, Will Magids ‘23, and Ella Townsend ‘23. The Wilson House defended their title as House Cup champions! Wilson House accumulated the most points through team competitions and community service during the school year, culminating in the final House tug-of-war
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  • Uber Exec Talks Career Prep with Students

    With AP exams complete and courses winding down, it could be a very hectic time of year or oddly a very calm one depending on the class. Although the looming summer might make some students unmotivated or distracted, teachers are still thinking of ways to engage and reinvigorate students in the classroom -- even during their final class days.
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  • "Newsies" Largest Musical for Middle School

    "This was probably one of the biggest musicals we've done in the Middle School,” said Jason Kruger, LS & MS Theater Director. This year’s spring musical had a massive cast of 40 Middle Schoolers, 12 Upper Schoolers and eight faculty, including Head of School Sean Murphy, Head of Middle School Alice Nezzer and Head of Lower School Kama Bruce. “We couldn't have done this show without the strong class of eighth-grade performers like Oliver Mann ‘23, Kate Tully ‘23, Mark Greenberg ‘23, Anthony Tassone ‘23 and Jacob Burrows ‘23, just to name a few!”
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  • April

    Hofer’s Civics Project Makes Local News

    Eighth-grader Ben Hofer has found himself in the local spotlight (Spectrum and KXAN) after launching a plan to tackle some of the $19,000 worth of Austin Independent School District's school lunch debt.  Ben said, “I didn't realize public school students had to pay every day a certain amount of money to get lunch.”
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  • Record-Breaking $1M Raised for St. Andrew’s Students

    St. Andrew’s parents, faculty, and friends tapped into their generous spirits to raise over $1 million at the Spring Gala for Financial Aid on April 13. These funds directly benefit students who rely on financial assistance to make their dream of a St. Andrew’s education possible.

    The Sheth family made a matching gift for the third year in a row, but this year’s pledge was an extraordinary $500,000 match challenge, which the other St. Andrew’s families answered loud and proud.
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  • "Annie Jr." Short but Just as Sweet

    The sixth grade performed “Annie Jr.” this month - an abbreviated version of the Broadway classic. Check out the Annie Jr. photo gallery - thanks to parent volunteer photographer Peggy Keelan!
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  • 31st Street Easter Celebration

    Once the storm clouds cleared, St. Andrew’s Lower and Middle Schoolers gathered together with their faculty and parents to celebrate Easter on April 26 with a holy communion on the field followed by a community picnic. It was worth the wait for such a glorious spring day! See the 31st Street Easter photo gallery here.
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  • SAS Celebrates NCAA Signing Day

    On Wednesday, April 24 in front of the entire Upper School community, the Highlanders Athletics Department hosted an NCAA signing day.
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  • Vocalists Receive Highest Rating at State

    Our Upper School Choir students all received the highest possible rating for their vocal performances at the TPSMEA State Solo & Ensemble Contest in Houston this month! Students performing solos sang by memory, with piano by Ms. Lori Hahn. Ensembles sang a capella (without piano):
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  • Artists Take Talents on the Road

    Upper School artists visited Los Angeles this month for the annual Art & Architecture trip, which included visits to the UCLA art department, Hammer Museum, Disney Concert Hall, Museum of Contemporary Art, Broad Museum, Gamble House, Norton Simon Museum, and Getty Center. A special appearance was made by alumna McKenna Rishel ‘18, who gave students a tour of the ArtCenter College of Design where she is currently studying. Also this month, our Upper School fine and performing artists participated in the 52nd annual Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS) Arts Festival, hosted this year on St. Stephen’s campus. Pictured are some fall musical cast members for “Jesus Christ Superstar” performing.
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  • Students and Alumni Show Leadership, Latin Skills at TSJCL Convention

    Jennie Luongo, US Latin Teacher
    The Texas State Junior Classical League (TSJCL) Convention this year was held at Anderson High School here in Austin on April 5-6. The state convention brings together JCLers from across Texas to network and to compete in various competitions related to the Classics. Students had the opportunity to compete with other Latin students from around the state, participate in colloquia presented by Classics scholars and members of the Senior Classical League, and show off their skills in a talent show, among many other activities.
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  • Friends of Jaclyn, Highlanders Athletics Forge Strong Relationship

    Josh Blumenthal, Associate Athletic Director
    For nearly two years now, the St. Andrew's Athletics Department has been continuing to literally ‘team up’ with the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation (FOJ). FOJ is an organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for children and families living with pediatric brain tumors and other childhood cancers through connections with mostly high school and collegiate sports teams.
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  • Get Your "Newsies" Tickets!

    Come see our 36 Middle Schoolers, 10 Upper Schoolers, and 8 faculty take-on the hit Disney musical "Newsies" this spring at the Upper School's Dell Fine Arts Center. Performances appropriate for all ages, so bring the family! Click here to purchase tickets online or call the Long Center box office at 512-474-5664. 

    Middle School Musical: "Newsies"
    Friday, May 10 at 7:00 pm
    Saturday, May 11 at 2:00, 7:00 pm
    Dell Fine Arts Center (5901 Southwest Parkway)
    Tickets: Click here or call 512-474-5664

    Based on the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, this musical tells the story of Jack Kelly, a rebellious newsboy who dreams of a life as an artist away from the big city. After publishing giant Joseph Pulitzer raises newspaper prices at the newsboys' expense, Kelly and his fellow Newsies take action. 
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  • 6th Grade's "Annie Jr." This Weekend

    Come see the 6th grade's musical "Annie Jr." - a shortened version of the Broadway classic - this Friday, April 12 at 7:00 pm and Saturday, April 13 at 2:00 pm in the Small Gym.
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  • Ready for Spring Gala?

    We can't wait to celebrate with you at our Spring Gala on Saturday, April 13!  Your contributions go directly toward our Financial Aid program, which enables over 140 students to attend St. Andrew's. For the first time in school history, we have a $500,000 match opportunity! If we can raise this amount, The Sheth Family will match it, providing $1 million in financial assistance to St. Andrew's families in need.

    Here are the many ways you can get involved:

    Bid on the Online Auction - The auction closes on Friday, April 12 at 5:00 pm.

    Buy Scooter Raffle Tickets - The electric scooter will be raffled off at the Gala on Saturday, April 13. Winner does not have to be present to claim prize.

    Buy Gala Tickets - Last chance to get your tickets to Gala (click Sponsor button).

    Preview the Live Auction - See what sorts of exclusive items and experiences are up for bidding at Gala, including multi-family getaways!

    Spring Gala 2019
    Saturday, April 13
    6:00-10:00 pm
    JW Marriott Austin
    Cocktail attire

    Questions? Email gala@sasaustin.org  or contact one of our Gala Co-Chairs:
    Shana Anderson, shanadanderson@yahoo.com
    Lisa Tully, lisa.tully@mac.com
     
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  • March

    Goodrum ‘22 Collaborates with Pro Dancer for Women’s History Month

    In honor of National Women’s History Month, Laney Goodrum ‘22 welcomed Mrs. Sruthi Mohan to the Upper School to co-host a Women in Dance workshop for students on March 12. Read Sruthi’s description of her visit to St. Andrew’s, “Of Dancers and Acceptance,” on her website here. Reflecting on Laney’s leadership role in her visit, Sruthi writes, “I had read through Laney's discussion points earlier and was quite thrilled to see how much thought she had put into the issues that she wanted to shine a light on. From gender disparity to the prejudice that dancers of color have to face, the topics were thought-provoking and essential.” Sruthi adds, “Our group consisted of 4 students who were dancers and 8 who weren't. I was also pleased to see that two young men had joined the group.”
     
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  • Mindfulness Program Featured in “Diversity IS” Magazine

    St. Andrew’s Mindfulness program, led by director Adam Ortman, was featured in this month’s Diversity IS magazine - the diversity and inclusion magazine for independent schools. The article “Faculty and Administrators Are the Front Line to Providing Mental Health Services” discusses how mindfulness can combat the negative effects of technology habits: “As young people turn increasingly to technology to avoid feelings of loneliness, boredom, and anxiety, the harder it is to learn to cope with unhealthy aspects of their lives,” Adam says, adding, "One of the most natural things we do is breathe and relax in our bodies. If we can offer these sorts of tools to young people, I think that it makes them feel more empowered to take care of themselves and work with their own experiences.”
     
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  • Seven Students Head to State PSIA Competition

    Thirty-two Lower and Middle School students represented St. Andrew’s with flying colors at the Private Schools Interscholastic Association (PSIA) competition on March 9. For several preceding months they worked hard after school and during weekends and holidays to prepare for a variety of academic events with the help of faculty and parent volunteers. After placing first or second in the District 8AA meet, seven students - Abigail Gormin ‘26, James Graham ‘26, Ava Hanners ‘25, Olivia Korman ‘26, Sally Queen ‘29, Aidan Strauss ‘27, and Anna Wayne ‘24  - are heading to the State competition at TCU in April. Fifteen students placed in the Top 10 of their respective competitive categories.
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  • Upper School Choir Takes Carnegie Hall Stage

    Our student vocalists had a rare opportunity to join with three other choirs from across the country on the infamous Carnegie Hall stage as part of their trip to New York City. Piano instructor Lori Hahn said, “The trip was fabulous. We had daily rehearsals with clinician Dr. David Thye, followed by the premiere performance of ‘Lux’ by Dan Forrest, which is a five-movement piece for choir and orchestra. The choir was accompanied by the New England Symphonic Ensemble. It was beautiful.” Listen to a clip of the choirs rehearsing here.
     
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  • Get Ready for Summer at St. Andrew's

    It's time to start thinking about your summer plans - that means summer camp at St. Andrew's! Our summer camp is open to everyone, so feel free to invite a friend or family member who doesn't attend our school.
     
    What: Summer at St. Andrew's camp
    When: June 3-July 19, 2019. *Camp will be closed July 1-5.
    Who: Open to all Austin youth ages 4-18 - invite friends to join you!

    How to register:
    1) Download the camp catalog to read camp details and make your selections before registering
    2) Visit www.sasaustin.org/summer. Click on the yellow "Register" button to begin the process. (You can also download the camp catalog on this page.)
     
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  • Certamen Advance to State, Erben '19 and Snider '20 Take Top Awards

    By Emma Schmidt '21 and Jennie Luongo, US Latin Teacher
    This month the St. Andrew’s Upper School hosted the Austin-area Latin Convention.  The convention brought together students from over 25 schools in the Austin-area, allowing students to network and compete in various Classical events.
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  • February

    4 Seniors Honored at Austin Regional Science Fair

    Last Friday, fifteen St. Andrews students headed to the Palmer Events Center to participate in the Austin Regional Science Fair—one of the largest science fairs in the country. Four St. Andrew's seniors were recognized for their research.
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  • Physics Students Teach Preschoolers Engineering

    Upper Schoolers studying physics accompanied their teacher, Dan Latreille, to The Rise School this month to work with preschoolers on some engineering concepts.
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  • Alex on a scanning electron microscope

    Pinkerton ‘21 SXSW Innovation Finalist

    Alex Pinkerton ‘21 is a finalist in this year’s SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards!  His project Brane Interface (braneinterface.com) is a brain-computer interface, with potential applications that could allow paralyzed people to regain motion.  There are 65 finalists from 13 countries and he’s the only finalist under age 18.
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  • Download The Highlander Magazine

    Our mid-year, digital magazine The Highlander is here. (Download a PDF version here).Our students have been growing every day in their classrooms, on courts, fields, and stages, and in the greater Austin community. Be sure you click on our hyperlinked content to find extra info and photos. Our magazines are always available to view (including archived issues) on our Publications page.
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  • 5 Medalists on National Etymology Exam

    Lauren Dill '04, US Latin Teacher
    In November nine Upper School Latin students opted to take to the National Classical Etymology Exam contest which quizzes students about Latin and Greek root words and their English derivatives. Out of the nine Upper School students who took the exam, five students were recognized with a medal for their achievement. Optime factum, discipuli!
     
     
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  • Grandparents' Day Photos Now Available

    We loved hosting our grandparents and special friends this month! Check out our Grandparents' Day 2019 photo gallery, where you can download images for free or purchase prints directly from SmugMug.
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  • January

    Ruiz ‘24 Discovers Projectile Point

    Congratulations to fourth-grader Tara Ruiz for being the first individual to discover a projectile point at the PARK! She was part of the fourth grade group that was helping to clear a new trail this month when she used her keen observation skills to spot the ancient artifact. “Further analysis is needed, but it appears to be almost complete and pre-Colombian,” says Greg Mele, Director of Outdoor Engagement. Greg contacted UT's Texas Archeological Research Lab (TARL) to help ID the projectile point. He shares their response, “Since it doesn’t exhibit a parallel oblique flake pattern, I would be inclined to rule out early Paleoindian. Odds are pretty good that it’s Archaic.”
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  • Spotlight on Faculty

    Our faculty and staff bring a variety of talents and experiences to their profession. Learn a bit more about them in this ongoing spotlight series (click their name). This month:

    Amanda Boardman, School Nurse
    Kathryn Culliton, 4th Grade Teacher
    Geoff Harrison, Director of Student Services
    Betsy Ross, MS P.E. Teacher and Coach
    Danny Schmidt, LS & MS Band Director
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  • All-State Choir Highlights SAS Vocalists

    Making the All-State Choir is an accomplishment unto itself, but St. Andrew’s vocalists had some particularly noteworthy achievements this year. Not only was student Maria Tobias ‘21 a featured soloist in the All-State Choir concert in January, but “St. Andrew’s had the most All-Staters from a single private school or organization in the entire state, which is a huge deal,” remarked Cate Gasco, St. Andrew’s Upper School Choir Director.
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  • Ing ‘23 Wins Gold Key in Scholastic Art Competition

    Eighth-grader Fiona Ing won a Gold Key award in the Mixed Media category of the regional Scholastic Art Competition this month.  Her work, made with ink, pencil and pen is named "Who Rules the Future?" She and Middle School art teacher Kate Torres attended a special exhibit and ceremony in honor of the winners at St. Stephen's.  
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  • The Heidi Chronicles

    Senior Directed Play Series Wraps This Week

    “Eurydice”
    Nazro Lab Theater (inside the Dell Fine Arts Center)
    Thursday, January 31, 7:00-8:15 pm
    Saturday, February 2, 2:00-3:15 pm and 7:00-8:15 pm

    It’s your last chance to see our senior drama students take their turn in the director’s chair, with this week’s final play “Eurydice.” They’ve already tackled "No Exit" with Hannah Bray '19, “The Heidi Chronicles” with Adrian Almy ‘19, and “A Small Fire” with Sophie Crawford ‘19. Thanks to parent Peggy Keelan for capturing our talented actors on stage!
     
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  • "Tech Generation" Talk with Dr. Mike Brooks

    Tuesday, February 5
    8:00-9:30 am
    Rollins Library
    1112 W. 31st Street

    We're lucky to have Dr. Mike Brooks join us to discuss themes from his latest co-authored book "Tech Generation: Raising Balanced Kids in a Hyper-Connected World." Lower and Middle School parents, this is not required reading, please join us to discuss parenting in the digital age!

    Questions?
    Contact Alexandra Baird (abaird@sasaustin.org).
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  • RSVP for Grandparents' & Grandfriends' Days

    We're excited to welcome our extended families and friends to our Grandparents' & Grandfriends' Days at the Upper School on Thursday, February 7 and at the Lower and Middle Schools on Friday, February 8. Find schedules for both days and RSVP on behalf of all grandparents and friends via our webpage (www.sasaustin.org/gpday). Questions? Contact grandparents@sasaustin.org.

    Upper School (Grades 9-12) Grandparents' and Grandfriends' Day
    Thursday, February 7, 2019
    8:30 am - 1:00 pm
    5901 Southwest Parkway

    Lower & Middle Schools (Grades K-8) Grandparents' and Grandfriends' Day
    Friday, February 8, 2019
    7:45 am - 11:15 am *Early dismissal for all K-8 students; no BTC
    1112 West 31st Street
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  • Upper School Choir Returns to Carnegie Hall on March 23

    Every two to three years, since 2004, the St. Andrew’s Episcopal School Choir has answered the call to shine its musical light on the stage of New York’s legendary Carnegie Hall. Their 2019 visit, on Saturday, March 23 at 7 pm, will be their eighth appearance under the auspices of MidAmerica Productions.
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  • Join Us at Science Research Symposium on January 30

    Wednesday, January 30
    Open session: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
    St. Andrew's Dell Fine Arts Center
    5901 Southwest Parkway
    www.sasaustin.org/srs

    St. Andrew's is proud to host its Science Research Symposium on Wednesday, January 30, at the Dell Fine Arts Center. The open session runs from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm and features:

    Research Presentations - Upper School students in the "Scientific Research & Design" class—a dual enrollment class with UT-Austin—will present their original research. These projects will go on to Austin’s Regional Science Fair, an affiliate of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

    1st Grade's "Waves, Light & Sound" - First-graders will have their original stained glass art pieces on display, reflecting their own scientific studies on waves, light, and sound.

    Periodic Table Tile Design Winner - St. Andrew's joins a select group of schools from around the world to design a new periodic table art mural for the University of Waterloo in Canada. The winning St. Andrew's student's design (for element Oganesson) will be revealed at the Symposium.

    What's That?! Contest - Have you ever wondered: What’s that?!  Use your science knowledge to identify what is going on in five displayed images. The person who correctly identifies all five will win a gift basket from Raising Cane’s. 

    I Wonder Wall - In the spirit of this year’s theme, “Wonder. Discover. Science.” you're invited to contribute something you've wondered to the I Wonder Wall. These ideas will help inspire future independent research topics for our students to consider.

    Questions? Contact Bryan Dunn at bdunn@sasaustin.org and visit our webpage www.sasaustin.org/srs
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  • Lower & Middle School

    1112 West 31st St.
    Austin, TX 78705
    Lower (512) 299-9800
    Middle (512) 299-9850
  • Upper School

    5901 Southwest Pkwy.
    Austin, TX 78735
    (512) 299-9700

Located in Austin, Texas, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is a private co-ed elementary, middle and high school for grades K-12. Students benefit from dedicated faculty, a challenging academic program, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.