Kicking off our milestone year in style
On the first day of school, students got out of the classroom to participate in a campus-wide scavenger hunt highlighting Prep's 60-year history. The day wrapped up on the field with 60th anniversary swag, a drone photo, and ice cream sandwiches. We are so excited for the 60th school year ahead!
Parent Open House is coming up!
We look forward to welcoming all Santa Fe Prep parents and guardians to campus on Saturday, September 30, from 8:30am-12pm for Parent Open House. Join fellow parents for coffee and conversation, meet your child's advisor and teachers, and experience a day in their life at Prep!
And please help us spread the word about our upcoming Admissions Open House, to be held on Friday, October 20, from 2-5pm. Any questions can be directed to Mary Little and Summar Aubrey.
Fall orientation trips span from southern New Mexico to Colorado
Upper School orientation trips took students all over the state this year, from Red River to White Sands and from the upper Pecos to Bandelier. We added two new trips to our already diverse offerings: Introduction to Rock-Climbing and The Lincoln County Adventure. Both were well attended and offered great experiences for our students.
Middle Schoolers returned to grade-level trips after two years of post-Covid programming. The 7th grade traveled to 100 Elk in Buena Vista, CO for team-building, rock-climbing, canoeing, journaling, and high-ropes problem-solving. Meanwhile, the 8th grade headed to Cottonwood Gulch in Thoreau, NM for a rustic camping experience that included geology hikes, the building of a traditional horno, nature journalism, and campfire games and songs.
Thank you to all of the students, faculty, and staff who participated. These trips build community and shared memories among our students, and are a cherished part of the Prep experience!
It's been a busy first few weeks of the school year for Prep's Diversity Equity Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ) Committee.
A record number of students submitted applications to attend the Student Diversity Leadership Conference in St. Louis later this fall. SDLC is a multiracial, multicultural gathering of student leaders from independent high schools across the US and abroad. Led by chaperones Rachel Kesler and Lisa Nordstrum, we are proud to be sending our largest cohort of students in the last decade!
On campus, we will kick off JEDI Club this Thursday, September 14, during second lunch. Students will have an opportunity to thoughtfully engage with the themes of DEIJ through conversations about recent events, pop culture, and their own experiences. Students interested in joining, please fill out this participation form.
DEIJ also hosted its first optional professional learning community of the year for faculty and staff — a discussion of the film Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America. If you're interested in watching, the film is available on Netflix and rentable elsewhere.
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The first Parents' Association meeting of the school year will be held next Wednesday, September 20, at 9am in the Library Classroom. All parents and guardians are automatically part of the PA, and all are invited to attend!
And the PA is still seeking parent volunteers for some key committee positions and upcoming events. Please visit our SignUpGenius here. We appreciate your participation!
UPCOMING PARENT ZOOM MEETINGS
Parents, mark your calendars for these upcoming information sessions. Aaron Schubach will circulate emails with Zoom links prior to each meeting.
- Campus Safety: Wednesday, September 20; 5-6pm
- ChatGPT: Tuesday, October 3; 5-6pm
UCHICAGO HONORS DAVIS NEW MEXICO SCHOLARSHIP
We are thrilled to announce that the University of Chicago has named the Davis New Mexico Scholarship its 2023 Community-Based Organization of the Year, an annual award recognizing educational organizations and the vital resources they provide their students and communities. Housed at Prep since its inception in 2014, the Davis New Mexico Scholarship promotes college access for first-generation, college-bound students in New Mexico. Over the past ten years, the program has awarded over $35 million in scholarships to support high-achieving students, 90% of whom have gone on to complete a bachelor's degree within four years. You can read more about the Davis New Mexico Scholarship and its mission here. Congratulations to the whole Davis team!
Thank you all for another successful Summer Reading Bingo Challenge! Our Middle School had five blackout bingos, 12 students who read for at least 15 minutes every day for a month, and more than 204 books read! Congratulations to raffle winners Juliette Anderson '29, Julius Cooper '29, Amalia Hendrickson-Jasso '28, Aya Miranda '29, and Amaru Tison '29. Stickers are still available in the library for completed bingo boards!
KEEP UP WITH PREP ATHLETICS
Fall sports are now in full swing! SantaFePrepAthletics.com serves as the school's portal for team communications and athletic media. Check out the calendar of all upcoming events and sign up for alerts so you don't miss a minute of the action — whether it be on the volleyball court, the soccer field, or the cross country course. Then come out and cheer on the Blue Griffins!