September 2010

Exciting Campus Changes Bring a Brighter Future to St. Margaret’s

I hope this first edition of the Tartan for 2010-2011 finds you and your families basking in the glow of a healthy, happy and productive summer. It never ceases to amaze me how quickly the time passes from June to September and how challenging it always seems to be to accomplish all those summer goals.

As we prepare for our 32nd school year, I am very pleased to say that here on campus many of our summer goals have been accomplished and then some. In the midst of a challenging economy, when many schools and businesses have seen a significant slowdown of activity, things are booming at St. Margaret’s. When school officially opened on Wednesday, September 1, we welcomed 1,225 students from 817 families (197 new students from 129 new families). In addition, the 2010-2011 school year begins with some dramatic and exciting changes to our campus. Gone are the “temporary” Middle School classrooms behind Highland Hall and soon, Highland Hall itself will be just a memory. Tucked into the southwestern corner of the Gateway Field now lies another temporary but brand new Middle School “campus.” The efficiency with which this new facility has been constructed has been extraordinary, demonstrating yet again the competence and skill of our facilities management team led by David Bush.

As we move into fall and the school year itself, the new Performing Arts Center will begin to emerge, signaling another exciting chapter in the growth and evolution of St. Margaret’s. This new facility is a powerful reflection of the energy and commitment of our school community. Since our founding in 1979, we have passed through many important milestones that illustrate the vibrancy and the spirit of St. Margaret’s Episcopal School. Each new building represents a commitment by members of our school community to fulfill our mission and serve our students to the very best of our ability. That same can-do spirit and dedication that moved those early students out of the original, temporary classrooms and into a permanent Sillers Hall in 1982, is alive and well in 2010. It’s an honor to be part of this next chapter.

Finally, and most importantly, we are and always have been determined to provide a rich and challenging academic environment for our students and all members of our school community. In this regard, this Tartan newsletter and our Tartan Talks throughout the year will present in-depth looks at five academic departments beginning with English. We are very proud of our talented and dedicated faculty and the growth and development of our curriculum, and we look forward to sharing our thoughts with you.

Best wishes to all for a great school year.