Mrs. Smedira Honored for her 40 Years of Service to St. John's
When Jean Smedira joined the faculty at St. John’s Episcopal School as the Science teacher in 1975, the whole school resided in the basement of St. John’s Episcopal Church. The school was only 13 years old, but it was growing and Mrs. Smedira could feel the excitement in this small community school. This past Friday, Mrs. Smedira was honored for her 40 year commitment to St. John’s Episcopal School and its students when the school officially named the Science lab, “The Jean Smedira Science Laboratory.”
Over the past 40 years Mrs. Smedira has taught hundreds of students, including second generations. Two of her former students now teach at St. John’s and they credit her contagious enthusiasm for learning as one of the reasons they chose to teach. “The most gratifying part of my job is when a student’s face lights up during an experiment. They “get it”, and often don’t want to leave class when the bell rings”, says Mrs. Smedira.
St. John’s Episcopal School has served the greater Olney community since 1963 and continues its mission to graduate students of character and faith. “The most rewarding thing about teaching at St. John’s,” Mrs. Smedira states, “is that we truly are a caring and nurturing community. We teach a rigorous curriculum, but are equally focused on their character and their potential. Because of this, our alumnae come back to visit often, which is very special for a Preschool – 8th grade school."
Olney Days Parade and Spring Fling
This year's Olney Days Parade, on Sunday, May 17, was a huge success with St. John's winnng 2nd Place in "Best of Parade." We had students, parents and friends of St. John's marching along the parade route. We also had students singing from our flatbed truck, we were throwing firsbees and candy to the crowd. It was awesome. For photos of the event, click here.
Regal Eagle with our award
Upper School Students travel to Belize
Each year a group of our Upper School students have the opportunity to travel with our Service Learning program. This service-based travel experience supports the overall Strategic Plan to instill a global perspective. All participating students complete service projects that both enrich the host community’s resources and empower our young students to view themselves as leaders—leaders with the potential to impact the world in which they live. This year, 21 7th and 8th graders are in Belize. We are very excited for them to be able to experience another culture and wish them a safe and enriching trip! To follow their journey, please feel free to check in on their blog at http://stjesbelize2015.blogspot.com/