Don't miss the spring musical
A musical comedy set in 1595, Something Rotten follows the Bottom brothers, Nick and Nigel, struggling to find theatrical success as they compete with the wild popularity of their contemporary, William Shakespeare. The production features an incredible ensemble cast of singers and dancers, including seniors Jonas Anderson-Joyner, Fiona Ferber, Lola Kark, Weston Keller, Darcy LoRusso, Rae Ota, Arlan Visser, and Alex Walpin.
Performances are Friday, March 3 and Saturday, March 4 at 7pm, and Sunday, March 5 at 2pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and free for students, available at the door.
7th graders enjoy independent reading
Sarah Stark’s 7th grade English classes spent the month of January working on an independent reading project. Students chose from a suggested list of titles and read at their own pace, completing prescribed journal entries about the themes, characters, and writing styles. The impressive list of classics and new works read included The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain), The Catcher in the Rye (JD Salinger), Bless Me, Ultima (Rudolfo Anaya), Brave New World (Aldous Huxley), I Am Malala (Malala Yousafzai), The House on Mango Street (Sandra Cisneros), and The Hobbit (JRR Tolkien).
In conjunction with the independent reading, the 7th graders researched the ideas of well-known authors, doctors, scientists, and psychologists to write 500-word essays about the benefits of reading, entitled “Why We Read.”
“Albert Einstein once said that: ‘If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairytales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairytales.’ Why is reading so important? How do 26 letters and some punctuation marks improve our lives? Words paint pictures and reading inspires imagination. And, as a result, many of us read for entertainment, creativity, and the freedom to learn and imagine.” –Ari Del Mar '28
Read more student essay excerpts here.
At the conclusion of the unit, the students expressed enthusiasm for a project that allowed them to work at their own pace and make independent, informed choices.
TAP group collecting art donations
The Two Beanies Art Initiative TAP is seeking art donations for their March sale, which will benefit cancer research via the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Art donations can include, but are not limited to, ceramics, photography, paintings, and jewelry. All donations are greatly appreciated, and can be dropped off at the table in the lobby of the Administration building any time before Friday, March 3.
The sale will run Friday, March 3 through Sunday, March 5.
Peer Mentors hosting hygiene drive
Through this Friday, February 17, Peer Mentors will be collecting donations for a drive benefiting local homeless shelters. In addition to toiletries and other personal hygiene projects, cash donations are also welcome. Please contact Amy Reich with any questions.
Go on a blind date with a book
The library is happy to report record-level checkouts, and February promises to be an even bigger reading month. A new book display, initiated by Library Assistant Jen MacDonald, encourages students to select a paper-wrapped book based on a dating profile and quote. No peeking at the cover! Inside each book is a "Rate Your Date" slip, which students can fill out and return to be entered into a prize drawing at the end of the month.
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Rummage Sale Drop-offs
The next dates to drop off donations for this spring's rummage sale are Tuesday, February 21 and Wednesday, March 15, from 9-9:30 and 3-3:30. Please bring donations to the storage container behind the gym. If you are unable to drop off during those times, you can leave donations to the side of the container. Please note, the rummage sale cannot accept donations of old electronics, mattresses, encyclopedias, text books, or ski equipment older than 5 years.
The sale will be held Saturday, April 22 and we will need many volunteers. Please watch for sign-ups in the next few weeks! All proceeds will go to Breakthrough Santa Fe and tuition assistance at Prep.
Questions? Please contact Leza Lowitz or Alexandra Ladd.
Monthly PA Meetings
All parents are part of the PA, and all are welcome to attend. Meetings are held the second Thursday of each month, with the next meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 9, at 9am in the Library Classroom.
7TH GRADER WINS SANTA FE COUNTY SPELLING BEE
In January, Amaya Carreon '28 placed first out of 47 spellers from 14 schools at the Santa Fe County spelling bee. After 12 rounds and nearly four hours, her winning word was "escarole." Amaya, who previously won the county-level bee as a fifth grader, will next compete at the state spelling bee in Albuquerque. Congratulations and best of luck, Amaya!
COLLEGE COUNSELING BOOK CLUB
College Counseling is hosting monthly book groups to read and discuss books about college and college admission. This month, the group will discuss The Years That Matter Most by Paul Tough. Counselors Hayley Burke and Matt Ybarra will offer two discussion sessions on Wednesday, February 22. Join them in the Library Classroom at either 9am or 5pm.
BEST-SELLING AUTHOR TO VISIT PREP
At 6pm on Tuesday, March 7, Prep and Bee Hive Books will host a Q&A with E. Lockhart, author of the critically acclaimed We Were Liars. The event will be held in the Prep library, and is free and open to the public.
Mark your calendars! On Thursday, April 27, the Booster Club, Parents' Association, and Advancement Office will join forces to host a groovy 60s-themed gala in celebration of 60 years of Santa Fe Prep! An online silent auction will precede the event; please contact Michael McNeill regarding donations.
2023-2024 SCHEDULE & ACADEMIC CALENDAR
The 2023-2024 Academic Calendar and Daily Schedule are now available to view on Prep's website.
Please click here to read more about the changes made in an effort to increase instructional time throughout the coming school year.