Academic News

Academic Notes

Courses for 2017-2018

Additions and changes in academic offerings present new opportunities for students learning:

Seniors will have three options in each semester for their English 12 classes.  Descriptions that are more complete can be found in the 2017-2018 Course Catalog.

  • The Play’s the Thing
  • Personal or Political: Literature of Protest and Revolution
  • A Literary Guide to Surviving Your Identify Crisis
  • A Woman’s Place: The Changing Expectations for Women in Home, Work and Love
  • Pilgrimage A Literary Journey of Body, Mind & Soul
  • Encountering the Other

Other offerings will include a Piano Class, Yoga and Mindfulness and Show Choir & A Cappella.  Classes in technology have undergone a significant re-vamp and include semester classes in Technology Foundations for freshmen, Web Design, App Design, Intro to Computers Science and a year-long Computer Science Principles course.

Forecasting begins on TA February 22.  As we have for the last several years, students forecast for classes online through PowerSchool.  If you or your daughter have forgotten your PowerSchool login, please contact our Registrar, Liz Olsen at liz.olsen@smapdx.org.  We will post 2017-2018 Registration and forecasting forms for each grade level on our website beginning Feb. 22.  Registration forms, fees and forecasting choices are due to Teacher Advisors on March 6.  Teacher Advisors are the first point of contact for questions regarding forecasting.  For Honors and AP placement recommendations, students should speak to respective Department Chairs for each discipline.

  • English Anne Hainley
  • Fine Arts Kathy Briggs
  • Health & PE Jamie Gabbert
  • Info Science Alyssa Tormala
  • Mathematics Ellen Tevik
  • Science Moe Daschel
  • Social Science Joan Nyland
  • Theology Patty Gorman
  • World Language Dena Stock-Marquez

Progress Reports Quarter 3  — February 28, 2017.  Students whose current grade is a C- or below receive progress reports.  Parents are encouraged to review PowerSchool grades with their daughters to gather more information on the areas of improvement needed to raise a grade.  However, beyond grades, Oregon rain, dark mornings and an eye toward Spring Break make third quarter a typical time in the year where motivation slumps.  Besides a conversation around what academic improvements are needed, help each other find ways to take a walk when the sun does peek out, add more fruits and vegetables to meals or snacks, watch an uplifting movie or take a trip to Powell’s to find a book and have a cup o