Hello Lower School!

This year, St. Michael’s is participating in a school accreditation through the Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools (SAES). We are nearly done with the year-long written portion of the self study, and are now preparing for the on-site visit, which includes a team of educators. On Thursday, we were delighted to welcome Chris Gunnin to our campus for a pre-visit. Mr. Gunnin is the Head of School at St. Stephen’s in Austin, as well as the chair for the SAES visiting team that oversees our re-accreditation. He was able to visit every classroom, and spend time talking to teachers, students, and administration. He will return with a team of educators the week of March 23rd to complete the accreditation process. We are all looking forward to his return!

The kids are looking forward to showing what they know this week! The math tests will be administered Tuesday 1.28, and the collection packets will go home on Friday 1.31. Thank you for considering participating in this fundraiser. It’s such a fun way to raise money for our school. There are wonderful prizes in store for all participants.

Admissions Screening
Our first screening for admissions will be February 1st. Our kindergarten time slots are full, but we still have openings for grades 1st-4th. We have also begun registering applicants for the March 7th screening. Please refer interested families to Dr. Matt Teller for further information. Thanks!

Edible Car Contest
It’s that time of year again! The kickoff to Science Week wouldn’t be complete without the annual edible car race. For rules and information click here. Students may register individually, or as part of a team. The registration deadline is Friday 1.31. The race will take place Monday, February 3rd during all school chapel in the student center (gym).

Our 3rd graders got to travel back in time as they spent the day learning in a one room school house in Tubac. Special thanks to Ms. Pam Stalkfleet and Mr. Aaron Gould for making this field trip come alive!

Congratulations to all our students who participated in the musical, Into the Woods. WOW!! Our kids are incredibly talented. Special thanks to Dr. Antista, and all the volunteers who built sets, designed costumes, and helped keep rehearsals and performances organized and running smoothly. It was certainly a team effort. Bravo!!

Warm regards,
Mandy Hart
Lower School Director

Into the Woods

Hello Lower School!

Thank you for taking the time to meet with your child’s classroom teacher this week and next. The parent-teacher partnership is monumental to the overall academic and social-emotional growth of each student. We know this is a very hectic time of year, and your presence is greatly appreciated.

Our school musical, Into the Woods, is next weekend (24th-26th). You can purchase tickets online here. Hope to see you there!

Math-a-thon will kick off January 27th! Students will take the test on Tuesday (1.28) and pledge packets will go home on Friday (1.31). Special thanks to Amanda Kukla for stepping up to organize the fundraiser this year.

We will conduct our first round of admissions screenings on Saturday, February 1st from 9:00-12:00. If you know of any families who are interested in signing up, please have them contact Dr. Matt Teller.

Science Fair Week will be February 3rd thru the 7th, and we will be kicking it off with our annual Edible Car Race. Look for additional information to come your way via the Eagle Express. I can’t wait to see what the kids will come up with this year!

STEM Night will be on February 7th starting at 5:30 in the student center (gym). We have so many amazing events, presenters, and interactive activities planned. Come on out to support science and math. Special thanks to Jennifer Gould for organizing this fantastic event!

There will be a uniform exchange on Saturday, February 8th, at 9:00 in Tankersley Hall.

There will be no school this Monday, in honor of MLK. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Warm regards,
Mandy Hart
Lower School Director

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Hello Lower School!

Our teachers are looking forward to sharing the wonderful progress your child has made during parent teacher conferences, which are taking place this week and next. Thank you to every one who has already signed up!

Grades 2-4 will enjoy a performance from the brass section of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra this Thursday from 10:45-11:30. Students will be learning about instruments, pitch, rhythm, and listening to a story through music.

Half Day
Wednesday (1.15) is a half day to provide parents and teachers additional time for conferencing. After care will be available.

Into the Woods
Don’t forget to purchase your tickets for our upcoming school musical, Into the Woods. Dr. Antista will be selling tickets in front of the school on most mornings and afternoons. You can also purchase tickets online here. If you haven’t attended our school musical before, you are in for a treat! Everything from costumes and scripts to lighting and choreography are professionally done. We hope to see you there.

Saturday Math Competition
We are hosting a major math competition on campus on Saturday, January 18: an Elementary Level Competition (Grades 3 through 6) from 8:00 a.m. to noon, and a Middle School Level Competition (Grades 6 through 8), beginning at 1:00 p.m. Students of all abilities are encouraged to give this a try. If your child would like to participate or if you have questions, please see or email Ms. Gould (

Have a wonderful week!

Warm regards,
Mandy Hart
K-4 Lower School Director

Happy New Year!!

Welcome Back!
I hope everyone had a wonderful break filled with rest, restoration, and fun. I’m looking forward to seeing the kids tomorrow, and hearing about their adventures. I still can’t believe that we are beginning the year 2020, and are already half way through the school year. We have a lot to accomplish this second half, so hold on to your hats!

School Musical
Into the Woods is our school musical this year. It runs from January 24th-26th and will be directed by the amazing Dr. Antista! Tickets are on sale now. Visit our website for more information. I hope to see you there!

Parent/Teacher Conferences
Please be on the look out for conference sign ups! They will take place January 13th-24th. During these conferences, your child’s teacher will be reviewing academic growth, identifying student strengths and challenges, setting goals for the remainder of the year, and providing you with your child’s 2nd trimester progress report. We are looking forward to seeing you!

We will be kicking off our Math-a-thon fundraiser the week of January 27th. Last year, we raised over 17K and used those funds to purchase and install three new water filter stations. More information will be provided in the coming weeks!

Admissions Testing
We are holding our first round of admissions testing for grades K-4 on Saturday, February 1st from 9:00-12:00. If you know of any interested families, please have them contact Dr. Matt Teller for scheduling. We had 17 families attend our recent kindergarten step up day, so we are anticipating a large turn out for kindergarten. Our second admissions test date will be March 7th from 9:00-12:00. Bring on the eaglets!

St. Michael’s Standards of Academic Excellence
The faculty and staff at St. Michael’s have selected specific standards for each content area that provide rigor, set high expectations, and continue the long history of academic excellence. The following standards are used to guide instruction, select curriculum materials, and define our K-8 scope and sequence:

K-8 Math – (NCTM) National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Principles, Standards, Expectations.

K-8 Language Arts РNCTE (National Council of Teachers of English)  and AZ State Standards

K-8 Science – NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards)

If you ever have any questions, or want to chat about curriculum, my door is always open!

Construction on Campus
Our west wing construction (complete with A/C, new bathrooms, and a lower school director’s office) is near completion. Please be cautious of crews, materials, and machinery in the north parking lot. In addition, the northwest gate may be temporarily closed, requiring parents and students to enter from the main gates located near the office. Thank you in advance for your flexibility and patience. We are all eager to have this construction completed!

See you in the morning!

Warm regards,
Ms. Hart
Lower School Director