Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year. Recently, I have been thinking a lot about Martin Seligman and Tom Petty—a favorite theoretician of mine and a favorite musician of mine, respectively. Martin Seligman and others in the field of positive psychology have shown that our mindsets and expectations affect our emotional state as much or more than actual physical circumstances. Thankfully, Seligman’s research has also shown that our mindsets can be consciously influenced. Taking even a few moments to consciously reflect and adopt a mindset of gratitude can make people feel more focused, reflective, and in control of their lives. In that spirit, I want to express my gratitude for the entire community of SFP—faculty, students, and parents. Thank you for your intelligence, grace, and grit as we embark upon and navigate the 2020-2021 school year together. Our collective endeavor to learn, to challenge, to support, and to celebrate—together—has never been more needed or more relevant. And as Tom Petty said in 1981, “The waiting is the hardest part.” We are looking forward to seeing you soon. 


Working at a school committed to active discourse and thoughtful purpose is continually inspiring, and Prep’s students show us what is possible every single day. We're grateful our roles in the Advancement Office allow us the opportunity to share the wonders happening within Prep’s adobe walls—or behind our computer screens (for now). We hope this year's Santa Fe Prep Magazine finds you safe and healthy, and leaves you inspired and hopeful for the next school year and beyond.
With gratitude,

Becky Anderson, Editor
Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving

Julia Abbiss, Editor
Advancement Associate
If you didn't receive a hard copy of the 2020 Santa Fe Prep Magazine, please send your updated mailing address to (we'll be sure to send a Magazine to you straight away). Please send an email to if you'd like to submit a Class Note or pitch a story idea for the next magazine. We love hearing from our Prep community—thank you!


Here is a link to three of the speeches typically delivered in person at Commencement: from Jim Leonard, a short welcome and announcement of this year's winner of the Shelton-Whitehill Award for Teaching Excellence; from Sydney Manningham '20, the Douglas Schwartz Class Speaker, an engaging reflection on behalf of her classmates; and from Ryan LoRusso '20, valedictorian, a parting thought to send each of us on to our next adventures. 

As Jim Leonard wrote in his message to the class of 2020, "While necessarily virtual in format, the thoughts and emotions expressed in this video are as real as the bancos in the Upper School quad that would be filled with your family, friends, and mentors in a 'normal' year."


Please come to our first Parents' Association meeting of the school year to meet our PA Executive Team and to have the opportunity to get to know our new Head of School, Aaron Schubach. Our PA Executive Team returns this year with Co-Presidents Chris Nordstrum (parent of Myles ’24) and Mary Jane Parks (parent of Hayden ’23), and Secretary Marci Riskin (parent of Fionnuala ’23)We welcome Carla Rivera, (parent of Sophia ’22, Cayla ’24, and Elizario ’26) as Treasurer. Our first meeting will be Tuesday, September 8 at 9am via Zoom. We will send out meeting information in early September. 

Be sure to mark your calendars now for this year's Parents’ Association meetings. These are held the second Tuesday of each month during the school year at 9am or 4pm (via Zoom until further notice):

September 8, 9am
October 13, 9am
November 10, 9am
December 8, 4pm
January 12, 9am
February 9, 9am
March (No Meeting, Spring Break)
April 13, 9am
May 11, 4pm

We look forward to seeing you soon!


In May, we made the difficult choice to plan for a virtual Breakthrough summer program; for the first time, our young, college-aged teachers would be working from their homes all over the country. For Breakthrough, like for many of us, 2020 has been both a challenging and creative time. Admittedly, we were worried about whether we could replicate the culture and warmth of Breakthrough in an online format. But after watching our students and teachers run around their houses to find objects for a virtual scavenger hunt during our first-week Olympics, and seeing our 8th grade students don their lab goggles to perform at-home chemistry experiments, we know that, even remotely, Breakthrough’s joy and spirit continues. 
Because Breakthrough was virtual this summer, we were able to capture and curate footage from our program and Summer Celebration. We hope you’ll take this opportunity to peek inside the world of Breakthrough that is usually closed off to the camera!


A spread from the 2019-20 yearbook.
Prep's 2020-21 yearbook staff won Silver for its work at Ignite Yearbook University! This annual yearbook camp is typically held in Malibu, CA at Pepperdine University each summer. This year, however, the camp was two weeks of online instruction in design, journalism, writing, and photography. At the end of the program, all schools complete a project that helps steer the staff towards a theme—visual and coverage—for the upcoming yearbook. Prep is always up against the best-designed yearbooks across the nation with seemingly unlimited resources. Congratulations to the yearbook team that attended: Merritt Schall ’21 (Co-Editor), Zeke Stein ’21 (Co-Editor), Ruby Bixby ’22, and Emma Anderson ’22. We can't wait to see your winning work!


Fri, Aug. 21:
Technology Training for New Students 
4-5pm, Zoom

Sun, Aug. 23:
Senior Goodie Bag
Pick-Up, 10am-12pm

Senior Class Meeting
2pm, Zoom

Mon, Aug. 24:
New Family Orientation
4-6pm, Zoom

Tues, Aug. 25:
New Student Welcome Bag Pick-up
12-5pm, US Quad Portal

Wed, Aug. 26:
First Day of School

Sat, Aug. 29:
Supply Pick-up
(all students), all day

Sun, Aug. 30:
Supply Pick-up
(all students), all day

Tues, Sept. 1:
7th Grade Parent Meeting, 5:30pm, Zoom

11th Grade Parent Meeting, 5:30pm, Zoom

Wed, Sept. 2: 
9th/10th Grade Combined Parent Meeting
5:30pm, Zoom

Thurs, Sept. 3:
12th Grade Parent Meeting, 5:30pm, Zoom

8th Grade Parent Meeting, 5:30pm, Zoom

Mon, Sept. 7:
Labor Day
No School

Tues, Sept. 8:
Monday Schedule

Parents' Association Meeting, 9am, Zoom

Wed, Sept. 9:
Tuesday Schedule

Wed, Sept. 23:
SAT (Seniors)

Mon, Sept. 28:
Yom Kippur
No School

Tues, Sept. 29:
Monday Schedule

Wed, Sept. 30:
Tuesday Schedule

Tues, Oct. 6:
ACT (Seniors)


Senior Coco Randolph '21 spent most of her summer (close to 900 hours!) volunteering for The Heart & Soul Animal Sanctuary, where she has been volunteering since she was nine. She began her work with the sancturary by socializing puppies. This summer she also learned a lot about the management of the sanctuary that cares for over 400 animals every day. Coco also fostered five puppies throughout the summer, and one has found its forever home with her. Thank you, Coco, for all your time and care, and for helping raise awareness about animal welfare issues. 
Sisters and Prep language teachers Anna and Carla Weston started distance running together this summer. Anna is an experienced runner, but Carla was new to the sport. Anna said it was her goal for Carla to complete a half-marathon (13.1 miles). On August 6, they achieved that goal together. Congratulations! Thanks for inspiring us all to take up something new!
Last weekend, Technology Director John Utsey and his kids, Jocelyn '26 and Jasper (age 10) saved the life of a hiker who had been lost in the Santa Fe National Forest for almost two weeks. John and his children found the injured, disoriented man while out hiking. They left him their food and water and went to get help. With John as their guide, rescuers were eventually able to find the man. Read the complete story in the New Mexican or at KRQE. Utsey family, we're so proud to have you in our community! You are true heroes!
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