Standardized Testing, for all the Right Reasons

Excessive standardized testing in public schools is often a factor that drives parents to explore other educational options, such as private schools or home school. Parents, as well as educators, community leaders and students have been critical of the amount of time public schools devote to standardized testing and lament the emphasis that teachers are pressed to place on “teaching … Read full article

Tips From Our Trainer: Common Sports Injuries and How to Prevent Them

Editor’s Note: San Marcos Academy is blessed to have the assistance of an excellent trainer for our student athletes. Megan Haynes is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Health and Human Performance at Texas State University. She also serves as Co-Director of the Athletic Training Summer Camp at Texas State. Read on to learn more about common student-athlete injuries … Read full article

Flying Fingers: Cubing Competition Draws Crowd of Rubik’s Enthusiasts

From Staff Reports More than 150 fans joined 49 competitors for the SMA Winter 2015 Cubing Competition held in the Academy’s Kokernot Gym Feb. 7. For those who don’t know much about cubing, this was a contest for cubing champions from around the country, sanctioned by the World Cube Association. The day-long event featured seven different contest categories. Lucas Etter … Read full article

Student Leaders Benefit from Rotary’s RYLA Experience

Editor’s Note: Two of our SMA juniors, Kenna Mason and Hank Shirley, learned some valuable lessons in leadership at the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) Conference Jan. 16-19 in New Braunfels. Sponsored by Rotary District 5840, the event recognizes outstanding youth and youth leaders. Kenna and Hank joined more than 175 other juniors at the conference, which was led by … Read full article

Dr. Garrison’s Farewell to the Student Body

Editor’s Note: Dr. John Garrison will end his last week as President of San Marcos Academy and begin his retirement on January 30, 2015. At the SMA chapel service Jan. 28, Dr. Garrison addressed the student body, with his wife, Carol, at his side. Following are Dr. Garrison’s farewell remarks. By Dr. John Garrison, president of San Marcos Academy 1968 … Read full article