SSM Student’s Fall Term at a Glance
December 05, 2019
The season of giving is upon us which means Fall Term has finally drawn to a close. SSM students have worked extremely hard to get the most out of the jam-packed fall trimester. Here’s a glimpse of what the students have been up to this term:
Off-Campus Enrichment Opportunities
Our academic Centers of Excellence, co-curriculars, and modules provided numerous opportunities for students to venture beyond the classroom to explore what they’ve been taught in the context of the greater world. A few of the highlights included a BioScience retreat to Camp Omega in September, an Engineering field trip to Integrity Design Engineering company, and attendance by both The Major and Honors programs at the 55th Annual Nobel Conference at Gustavus College. More than 15 field trips were coordinated throughout the term!
Hands-on Learning Modules
Some of the modules this term included making different cultural foods, travelling to Iowa to compare different presidential candidates, and trips to Minneapolis-St. Paul for various lectures, performances, and other events. Altogether, the students completed 42 modules.
COEs, Clubs and Co-Curricular Teams Compete
As always, all of our fall teams had a busy season, including Mathletes and Quiz Bowl. Some notable moments included Girls Volleyball defeating our neighbors, the Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf, on Senior Night, while many of our figure skaters and golfers medaled in multiple competitions. Some of our hockey teams have already secured a bid to Nationals in the spring, and we’ll be cheering on the Boys Soccer teams as they compete in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Boys Winter Cup in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. this week.
High Marks for Performing Arts
Our Vocal Performance and Pre-Conservatory students participated in many prestigious competitions this fall including the National Association of Teachers of Singing Vocal Competition (NATS), the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony Concerto Competition, and the Mary West Solo Competition.
The Arch Dance Company put on a Halloween showcase, while our visual arts students participated and placed in the annual SSM Arts Invitational. It all led up to our Fall Play, “You Can’t Take It With You,” a comedy of quirky characters, fireworks, and heartfelt family moments.
As if all that wasn’t enough, outside of the school day, the students explored the Superior Hiking Trail, volunteered at Feed My Starving Children, coordinated a Blood Drive, and competed in both the Battle of the Dorms and a Poetry Slam. Additionally, the Middle School participated in its annual Book Exchange and had a blast at Fall Fun Night.
Overall, it was a successful term, and everyone is excited to see what the next term will bring (besides a boatload of snow!).
Be sure to check out the School’s Instagram account and Flickr page for more details and photos of the student activities mentioned and all that is to come during the Winter Term!