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The original edition of this article was published in 2011 when I was the Headmaster of St. Croix Country Day School. It was written after our Art Building burned to the ground, and we were beginning a campaign to rebuild a better space. I believe, though, that the content is relevant, so I have made some revisions and offer it again now to you.
Art for Our Sake
Do you recall the first piece of art that you ever created? I remember mine. I was in Mrs. Boychuck’s kindergarten glass, and we were making “tear-art.” I don’t know if that is what is was really called, but it involved tearing pieces of different colored construction paper and gluing them on a white background, to make a picture. Most of the kids in my class were making outdoor scenes of mountains and lakes and trees. Not me! I made a picture of a bird — a robin redbreast, to be exact. Admittedly, it was in the minimalist style, and the bird was flying in a vast white-paper sky. But what made my picture special was that it was three-dimensional. Yes, I was way ahead of my time. I had folded a tab on the inside part of the wing and glued that tab to the body of the bird, so that the wing (a really beautiful wing) actually flapped. Genius, right? My teacher was so impressed that she held my picture up at the front of the class as an example of kindergarten creativity.
A week later, when my mother came to the school for Open House, Mrs. Boychuck whisked her over to the bulletin board to show her what an imaginative child she had reared. Now, the truth is that my mom had sent four older children through Mrs. Boychuck’s kindergarten class, and she had two younger children yet to reach school age, so her enthusiasm for such things had waned. While she did pat me on the head and tell me how nice my picture was, I’m sure she was more concerned that I had followed instructions and that I didn’t let my artistic notoriety get to my head. In the end, though, she graciously hung my masterpiece on the Refrigerator Door Gallery for the better part of a week.
I confess, “The Bird” was the apex of my success as a visual artist. However, my enthusiasm for attending art class never diminished. In truth, I can’t remember many other pieces that I created during the next twelve years of school; however, I understand and appreciate that the time I spent in an art classroom had a profound impact on my way of thinking. The fact is that the products of my efforts in class were not nearly as important as the process I learned and exercised in creating those products.
It is an unfortunate truth that the place of art instruction as an essential core program in our schools has often been called into question. This is also true of music, theater, and athletics. It was especially true during the better part of the last century, when the function of education was to prepare young people to find their place in an industrial economy, and art instruction was viewed as “nice, but not necessary.” It was often the case — and continues to be so today — that during economic recession, the arts, including visual, music, theater, and dance, were cut from the curriculum as a cost-slashing measure. Fortunately, over the past several decades, there has been a growing body of enlightened research that suggests that instruction in the arts is an essential part of a healthy school curriculum.
In his bestselling book, A Whole New Mind, Daniel Pink argues that the schools must give greater attention to developing the creative, intuitive, conceptual skills of students in order to prepare them for a new global economy. Pink contends that while the left-brain aptitudes that involve logical, linear, and algorithmic thinking continue to be necessary, they are no longer sufficient. Instead, the aptitudes characteristic of the right brain — artistry, empathy, inventiveness, big-picture thinking — are now the ones that matter most. A major premise that Pink used to support his argument is that those left-brain competencies, those analytical proficiencies, are now being automated and outsourced, and that our North American economy will reward those who create, rather than those who memorize.
While Pink’s focus is on preparing young people for the new world market, Sir Ken Robinson, a celebrated author and proponent of the arts in education, takes a much broader view. He believes that the same curricula that prepared students to be productive members of an industrial economy are failing to prepare students to solve the problems that that economy created. The tumultuous challenges that our children will confront over the next half-century will require a well-developed imagination. He states boldly that creativity is as important in education as literacy, and teachers, administrators, and policy-makers should treat it as such.
I’d like to suggest two other imperatives for teaching the arts in our schools. The first is that when students are engaged in the study of the arts and the process of creating, they are at greater liberty to take risks and make mistakes. This is an essential part of learning. Too often children are conditioned to be afraid of being wrong, and this stunts their capacity to move forward. Indeed, many of the educational reforms that have been imposed over the past few decades have created school cultures in which mistakes are the worst thing that could happen. The policy-makers who design and prescribe these reforms fail to recognize that innovation and originality are the products of risk-taking. Michelangelo once said (and, of course, I paraphrase the lingua toscana), “The problem with human beings is not that we aim too high, and fail; it’s that we aim too low, and succeed.” The arts, and I include the visual arts, theater, and music, are an essential component in a curriculum that develops in children the confidence to fail.
Finally, exposing children to the creative process, whether this means enlightening them with the works of the Renaissance Masters or giving them the chance to make a bird out of torn pieces of construction paper, is an indispensable component of any school curriculum that aims to develop mature critical and creative thinking skills. This is especially important as our children become more immersed in the cyberspace of this 21st Century. In this digital age, when information continues to mount at a dizzying rate, the capacity to evaluate and synthesize information from disparate sources is crucial.
Your support of the arts programs in schools, whether here at Sandia Prep or in the schools that your children or grandchildren attend in other places, is vital to the task of preparing our children for the 21st Century.
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If you have a student currently attending Sandia Prep, and another child who will be applying to attend SPS next year, take advantage of our First Choice plan. We offer this special application privilege to families who have decided, after careful consideration and evaluation of all options, that Sandia Prep is their first choice.
Consider the benefits of applying First Choice:
- Your child will be considered with a smaller pool of applicants before the general pool.
- You will receive an admission decision by mid December and will avoid the stresses of applying to multiple schools and waiting for a decision until April.
- Your child will get to participate in a special event (in January) welcoming and celebrating our newest Sundevils!
- This option is available to those with students applying for any grade (6 through 12) at Sandia Prep for next fall.
If you’d like to apply First Choice, complete an online application, schedule a visit day, and plan to attend the November 14 First Choice admission test.
First Choice Admission Dates
- Online application available Sept. 1: (www.sandiaprep.org/admission)
- School Visits begin October 1
- First Choice Admission Testing: Saturday, November 14, 9:00-11:00 a.m. at Sandia Prep.
- All application materials and school visits must be completed by November 20.
- Admission decisions mailed December 9.
If you have any questions about First Choice admission for your child, please contact our Admission office at 338-3007 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to meeting our future students this October!
Director of Admission
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Did you miss having your yearbook photo taken on August 27? Or just want to try again?
Photo retakes will be taken on Tuesday, October 6, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Heath Board Room (upstairs in the Russell Student Center).
Students, faculty and staff: If you missed the first Photo Day in August, or would like to have your photo retaken, this is your chance! Please be sure to have your photo taken this year, so our Sandglass yearbook staff can include everyone in the 2015-2016 yearbook.
Students wanting retakes must bring and return the entire original photo package.
Seniors: If you did not have your photo taken for the yearbook during Photo Day on August 27, please be sure to get your photo taken on Photo Retake Day, Tuesday, October 6, between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. This will be used as your photo next spring in the Graduation program, unless you choose to submit an alternative photo.
Bring your smile and come see us on October 6!
Parents Association Photo Committee
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Grandparents and “grandfriends” are invited to join us Thursday, October 8, 2015 to spend a day with their grandchild(ren) on Prep’s campus.
During our annual event, guests will attend an abbreviated school schedule with their grandchild(ren). The day will begin at 8:45am with a morning reception (coffee and pastries) in the Russell Student Center followed by an assembly in the West Gym. Guests will then attend three classes with their grandchild(ren), followed by a catered lunch in the Russell Student center. All students will be dismissed at 1:00 p.m. that day.
For a PDF copy of our invite, please click here.
If your child’s grandparents are unable to attend, we would like to extend an invitation to any significant adult in your child’s life. Please contact Vicki Gale at email@example.com or 338.3058 with names and addresses and we will send your child’s special guest an invitation and schedule for the day.
Also, if you would like to volunteer a couple hours on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 from 6:00pm-8:00pm to help with set-up or on Thursday, October 8, 2015 to assist with the event, please contact Vicki Gale at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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As an extension of the new Extreme Theater Class, Sandia Prep students will present The Philadelphia Story October 15 through 17.
This production is completely student-produced. Students will direct, technical direct, design and crew this production.
Performances will be held at 7:00 p.m. nightly in the McCall Family Theater on Thursday, October 15, Friday, October 16 and Saturday, October 17.
Tickets can be purchased here.
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The School Garden is thriving, thanks to the hard work of many students and families who volunteered over the summer and to those who continue to participate as “Dirt Devils” in our garden club that meets during every B and E day activity period. A special thank-you goes out to Hannah Singleton ’21 and her parents, Graziella and Dennis, for transforming our messy shed into a beautifully organized space with shelves! Thank you also, to the following students and families who adopted the garden for a week over the summer: Mia Connor ’21, Skyler Gee ’20, Annelise Wall ’20, Caroline Babcock ’21, Zoe Evans ’20, Jeanaelle Bourg ’21, Caamiell Bourg ’19, Augustus Walker ’21, Michael Martinez ’19, Taylor Strauser ’20, Sarah Gavaldon ’20, Trish and Kendall McKenzie ’16, and Anna Bender ’21.
Last spring, then-6th Grade students helped to till and plant the garden during their science classes. Now it’s time, as 7th Graders, for these students to celebrate the fruits of their labor during Sandia Prep’s annual Harvest Festival on Friday, October 16!
The day will begin with a variety of activities in the garden, including baking in the horno, planting garlic, stringing ristras, making fry bread and tortillas, and learning about medicinal herbs.
We will then have a community feast, with contributions from the students and families. Each 7th Grade student will be responsible for preparing a cultural food dish, which might be from a traditional family recipe.
After the feast, we are hoping to enjoy the Black Eagle Singers from Jemez Pueblo. Finally, the students will get to relax in the theater while watching Bless Me Ultima, a film based on Rudolfo Anaya’s novel.
We are seeking parent volunteers to help with the luncheon or with various activities associated with food, gardening, harvesting, etc. Please contact Karen Lyall, email@example.com, if you would like to participate.
Thank you for your contributions to this very special event and to our beautiful school garden!
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Sandia Prep’s student sustainability volunteers, the Greendevils, and the Sustainable Prep committee will host the 5th Annual Electronic Waste Recycling Drive on Saturday, November 14.
Drop off your items behind the Theater on Saturday, November 14; or
Bring your recyclable items to Lab 3 on Friday, November 13.
(SPS Sustainability Coordinator Dr. Chuck Buxbaum will send a student to help you if necessary.)
For this recycling drive, e-waste includes: flat screen monitors and flat screen TVs, computers and computer components, cell phones, radios, mp3 players, audio or video equipment, wire, toner cartridges, and small appliances.
There is a fee to dispose of CRT computer monitors ($10), microwave ovens ($5), and printers ($1).
We cannot accept CRT TVs (old box-style TVs) or large appliances (washers, dryers, vacuum cleaners).
This event is an annual competition with Albuquerque Academy, one which we have won four years in a row, collecting almost 9,000 lbs. of e-waste the first two years, and topping 12,200 lbs. in 2014! (Academy collected a respectable 4,600 lbs). ABQ Recycling, Inc. makes a donation to the winning school so let's win again! Go Greendevils!
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Dear Prep Parents,
I can’t believe it’s already October. Even though I’ve met several junior and senior parents as I begin work as your new college counselor, I wanted to say to all of you how excited I am to be a member of this wonderful school community. Many years ago as a young girl, I lived here in Albuquerque when my father served in the Air Force and after working as a college counselor and admissions officer in the East, I’m so happy to be back in the Land of Enchantment.
What I love most about my job is that I get to encourage and support young people as they take the next important step, finding the “right” college or university that will match their personalities and allow them to be happy and successful….as they have been at Sandia Prep. I truly enjoy helping students and their families negotiate an often times confusing and overwhelming process. Soon our juniors and sophomores will take the PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test). Seniors are now meeting with their college counselor as well as the fifty or so college representatives visiting Prep. They’re working to complete applications to submit by their deadlines; they’re requesting teachers to write letters of recommendation; and they’ll be fine tuning their colleges essays. There is much to do.
College counseling involves, but is certainly not limited to, listening to a student’s dreams and aspirations, providing useful information and manageable timelines to families, encouraging individuals to reflect on their personal and academic strengths and blind spots, taking care of details, and offering a lot of encouragement along the way. It’s a demanding profession, but the rewards are many. I love what I do.
And to top it off, I see hot air balloons rising in the morning sky and the towering Sandia Mountains on my commute to work each morning.
Director of College Counseling
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Sandia Prep's Varsity Volleyball team competed in the Moriarty Invitational Tournament over Labor Day weekend, and they won gold!
Co-captains Trish McKenzie ’16 and Catherine Kelly ’18 lead their team to the podium as the champions. 16 teams participated (over 200 players) from 3A through 6A.
Two of our players were named to the "All-Tournament Team" -- our setter Mirabelle Kinberger ’18 and our outside hitter and co-captain Catherine Kelly. Catherine Kelly was additionally named MVP of the tournament.
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Students in Mr. Holtschulte’s new Math Modeling class -- or "Star Stats" as it is known -- are off to a great start! They are "visiting" the stars of the Milky Way, using mathematical tools.
The class has decided to buy EVA (extra-vehicular activity) suits in our home star system. We will be traveling to Barnard's star (approximately 6 light years from Earth) where the class hopes to sell the EVA suits at a profit.
There is much in store for the intrepid explorers, not the least of which is the probability, statistics, and modeling tools they will learn along the way.
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September was a very busy month at Sandia Prep filled with so much excitement! I hope you have had the opportunity to participate in many of the SPS community events such as Back to School Night for Parents, Advisory Conferences, the National Honor Society Reception, the Golf Tournament, the Tri-School College Symposium, and Sundevil Saturday.
One of our Five A's is "atmosphere" and our October events showcase what a great atmosphere Sandia Prep offers. Thursday, October 8 is Grandparents’ and Grandfriends’ Day. This is always a fun event for grandparents, grandfriends and our students. You can feel the pride and joy in the air. Meet Prep is the annual event for prospective students and families. If you would like more information or would like to get involved, please contact our committee chairs.
Stephnie Ballard, 803.840.6101, firstname.lastname@example.org or
Maria Romero McCue, 414.9808, email@example.com
Lori Ward, 505.715.9401, firstname.lastname@example.org , or
Mary McKenzie, 505.342.9751, email@example.com .
Finally, a big thank-you to our many, many volunteers that make Sandia Prep such a special place. We could not have such a great atmosphere without our September committee chairpersons: Lisa Mitchell, Lorraine Tourville, Margie Pintzow, Shari Cordova, Lisa Godin, and Vicki Gale.
I hope you can make some time to enjoy the Sandia Prep community atmosphere. Happy Fall everyone!
SPSPA President 2015-2016
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Happy October Everyone,
I hope you have a chance get out and enjoy our beautiful state during this month of chile, balloons and crisp, cool mornings.
Since Athletic Night we have had fun participating in Sundevil Saturday including its BBQ and many soccer and volleyball games as well as all the fall sports such as soccer, volleyball, cross country and mid school tennis. During Sundevil Saturday our Boys Varsity Soccer team hosted and played in the Ben Kivitz Memorial soccer tournament. Ben was a 2005 graduate of Sandia Prep and the Boys Varsity Soccer Goalie from 2003-2005. Ben passed away peacefully in December of 2008 from cancer. Ben was honored during this tournament.
Our Girls Varsity soccer team hosted a wonderful bake sale and had a game in late September dedicated to raising funds for cancer awareness. Our Volleyball program will host “Dig Pink” on October 7th during its home games. The entire evening is devoted to raising funds for cancer awareness. Please come out and join us for a great evening of fun and volleyball. Great job to those teams and their parents for these successful events. Way to go Prep athletes, you make us proud!
Our girls Varsity volleyball team appeared on Game Day New Mexico (Ch. 4) on Friday, September 25. Great job girls! We are so proud of you!
We have also distributed Senior lanyards to all of our wonderful seniors as a gift from SAO to the Seniors.
If your student athlete is interested in a letter jacket, now is the time to order (before it gets any colder and everyone is thinking the same thing). Please click here to place your personalized order.
There are many ways to get involved at Prep and the Sundevil Athletics Organization is a great place to start. We are looking for Team Parents for all of our Winter Teams and have a few volunteer positions available on our board. Please join us for our next board meeting on Thursday, November 5 at 1:30 pm in the Dick Heath Board Room (upstairs Russell Student Center).
Our dedicated fall coaches and parent volunteers have been busy since the start of school (and before) and we want to say “thank you” to all of those that are working alongside us for Sundevil Athletics. We would like to officially recognize and thank…
- Varsity Volleyball Coaches Audra Gentry, Brad Lawson, Stewart Weadock and Team Parents Kathleen Lucero, Lori Hunt and Yvonne Wood.
- JV Volleyball Coaches Brad Lawson, and Team Parent Margaret Duran.
- C Team Volleyball Coach Tracy Henderson and Team Parent Lori Ward.
- 8th Volleyball Coach Mo Sanchez and Team Parent Katie Gentry-Funk.
- 7th Red Volleyball Coach Hannah Johnson.
- 7th Blue Volleyball Coaches Pat Kelly, Karah Williams and Team Parent Kellie Brito.
- 6th Volleyball Coaches Karah Williams, Pat Kelly and Team Parent Ann Gabaldon.
- Varsity Boys Soccer Coaches Tommy Smith, Matt Westerlund and Team Parent Vicki Gale.
- JV Boys Soccer Coaches Colin Lopez, Jackson Lee and Team Parent Starlit Babineaux.
- Varsity Girls Soccer Coaches Gina Cormier, Chris Clinton and Team Parent Liz Trainor
- Middle School Boys Soccer Red Coach Zack Tenorio and Team Parent Shari Cordova
- Middle School Boys Soccer Blue Coach Claudio Perez and Team Parents Felicia White and Rachel Mosher
- Middle School Girls Soccer Coach Tatum Bernadon '15 and Team Parents Faith Begay-Holtrop and Alison Markinson
- Middle School Tennis Coaches Julie Cook, Jenny Davidson and Team Parent Michelle Kjeldgaard
- Varsity Cross Country Coaches Neal Holtschulte and Todd Hierlmaier
- Middle School Cross Country Coach Noel Huitt and Team Parent John Feuerherd
Thank you to all who are cheering on our student athletes at Prep, Go Sundevils!
Erica Stell, President
Sundevil Athletics Organization
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Attention all parents! Come and join us for Meet Prep on Sunday, October 18. This wonderful event introduces our amazing School to prospective students and their parents, and the Parents Association sponsors the reception at the event. This year’s event will have a new, interactive format that our guests are sure to enjoy.
We need volunteers to bake homemade cookies to serve at Meet Prep. If you can bake, please plan to deliver 4 dozen cookies to the Front Office during school hours on Friday, October 16.
Lend A Hand at Meet Prep
We are seeking event volunteers to help serve punch and snacks and act as informal ambassadors at the reception. If you can help, please be at the Russell Student Center by 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 18, and plan on staying until about 5:00 p.m.
Please let us know if you are able to help with this fun and important event. Thank you!
Lori Ward (715-9401)
Mary McKenzie (342-9751)
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Have your business listed and advertised in the Sandia Prep Business Directory!
Contact Liz Trainor to place your FREE business listing: firstname.lastname@example.org
To place a paid ad for your business – at a very reasonable cost, contact Cecelia Dardanes at email@example.com.
Generate more business and support your school! #SandiaPrepBusinessDirectory
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The Sundevil Athletics Organization (SAO) is collecting Box Tops for Education; all proceeds benefit Sandia Prep's athletics program.
You can support us by clipping and collecting the Box Tops from any participating General Mills products. Box Tops may be turned into the Supply Store collection bin.
We invite you to continue -- or start -- clipping and help us support Sandia Prep athletics by saving General Mills Box Tops and Support Sundevil Athletics
Sundevil Athletics Organization (SAO)
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The SPSPA and SAO would like to thank all parent volunteers, faculty, staff, and students for making this year’s Sundevil Saturday barbecue a success. The day was filled with exciting tournaments and good food. Hamburgers, hot dogs, snow cones and other goodies were served to over 700 athletes, coaches, officials, family members, fans, and friends. A fun time was enjoyed by all. Again, thank you for making this Sundevil celebration exceptional!
Join us again next year!
Sundevil Saturday 2015 Committee
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Thank you Supply Store volunteers!
Thank you to all the Supply Store volunteers who helped with the Annual Supply Sale the first week of school. More than 40 parent volunteers, as well as enthusiastic students, contributed their time and effort over a week to make this a successful event. Muchisimas Gracias to all our amazing volunteers.
The Supply Store would not be a success without the Sandia Prep families who come to buy their school supplies at the August Supply Sale and throughout the school year. With your support, the Parents Association will be able to fund numerous events and activities which benefit all of our children and the School throughout the year such as Sundevil Saturday, Back to School Night, Grandparents’ Day, Meet Prep, National Honor Society Induction Reception and Graduation Reception to name just a few.
We work hard to offer prices that are competitive with the large chain stores and to have supplies that the teachers have specifically requested. The Supply Store is located on the lower level of the Russell Student Center and is open weekdays from 7:45 a.m. till 3:45 p.m. The store is staffed entirely by parent volunteers. If you haven’t opened an account yet, it’s easy to do. You can call the Supply Store and open an account over the phone using your credit card; or you can send cash or a check with your child and we can open an account for him or her. Please make checks payable to “Sandia Prep Parents Association.” Please indicate the child’s name on the check and earmark it Supply Store. Your child will then be able to charge his supplies to the account and you will receive a postcard when your child’s amount is getting low.
Many thanks to all our volunteers. This year we are saying goodbye to 3 of our volunteers. They are Effie Handfield, Patrice Lovato and John Cochran. Your dedication to the store is admirable. We are so thankful to have had you in the store during your time at Sandia Prep.
Following is a list of all our volunteers:
- Kathleen Lucero**
- Patrice Lovato**
- Erica Stell**
- Brennan Lucero* **
- Wendy Einhorn*
- Liz Trainor
- Katie Stone
- Shannon Bell*
- Dawn Ferguson
- Jackie Wrege
- Lisa Mitchell
- Jane Heffner*
- Lisa Godin
- Kathleen Atkin
- Kristen Bilan*
- Dana Dennis
- Afsaneh Yousefzadeh
- Kara Crotta
- Holly Anselmo**
- Kirsten Hallenbeck*
- Denise Dubey
- Jennifer Burton*
- Rachel Mosher
- Kathy Armijo**
- Jessica Montoya
- John Cochran**
- Perla Webb- Sub
- Jane Fernandez*
- Lorraine Tourville*
- Colette Jury- Sub
- Frances Brito
- Mikki Dreskin
- Joanna Gruger - Sub
- Fran Maddock *
- Lauren Erdman
- Marianne Lasher - Sub
- Kim Federici
- Margie Pintzow
- Trish Bennett
- Cristie Sandoval
- Effie Handfield **
- Lisa Wilkening
- Ericka Norris*
- Kiyoko DuLac
- * New volunteer for 2015-2016
- ** Has a 2015 Graduate
The Supply Store offers a wide range of supplies; we have a variety of pens, pencils markers and poster boards as well as mat boards, film and science goggles. Feel free to come by anytime you are on campus to check out the supplies and even purchase your Sundevil Athletic Organization (SAO) spirit apparel. We have a computer system that allows your child to purchase any items sold by the SAO, such as umbrellas, stadium chairs and a variety of stickers and t- shirts.
A special thank-you to Lisa Mitchell and Dawn Ferguson for their countless hours ordering inventory, sale organization set up/tear down, and numerous hours at Prep before and after the annual Supply Sale to benefit the students at Prep. Ultimately, the store could not run without their expertise.
Are you interested in helping in the store and being a part of a great group of volunteers? Please contact Margaret Duran at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.