Relationships

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Testimonials

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October 27th, 2016

Testimonial from one of our alumni

Hi Mrs. Mosher, I haven’t talked to you in a while and thought I would give you an update. I love Whitfield and am really happy with the school and the people. I am currently reading Jane Eyre in my English class, and am taking an Intro to Photography class. This year I also got Read More

May 25th, 2016

Amazing event at The Bootleg

Last night was an incredible night of music and SMSOC spirit. Every friend we invited said the the same thing….”when I went to school I might have actually joined the music program if it was this cool! ” thanks Pete and Gerard for putting together an epic show!

April 27th, 2016

Alumni Testimonial

Hi St. Michael’s People- So, this coming May 21, Joe will graduate from Chaminade and is going on to attend Loyola University in Chicago.  It would be a huge understatement to say that his time at Chaminade was a success. He loved school and most importantly he embraced all aspects that Chaminade had to offer. Read More

November 20th, 2015

7th/8th grade Endorsement

Hi Kristen, thanks for the email.  We plan on staying through 8th grade. Douglas and Andrew also feel that Jan Jacobi and Debra Myrick did a great job in preparing them. Both boys are in honors Geometry in 9th grade and Douglas continued with honors math in 10th grade, Debra was great in preparing them Read More

June 29th, 2015

Summer Camp 2015

Dear Liz and Tri-Art Camp counselors, Just a little note to thank you all for a great three weeks!  Caden was originally signed up for just your first session, but loved it so much we asked to add on an additional week.  (We would have done the entire rest of the summer had his schedule Read More

October 20th, 2014

Testimonial from Current Parent 2014

On another note, I want to express my renewed excitement about the wonders of SMSOC.  As you all know, Jeff and I have loved and been committed to our school since our boys started in kindergarten and the 3/4 ‘s room (hard to believe it’s been nine years!).  We love the commitment to hands-on learning, Read More

October 20th, 2014

September 9th, 2014

7th/8th grade volunteer at the USTA Wheelchair Championships

Theresa…thank you for the kind note.  I have been wanting to email you.  Your students were an absolute delight.  They were polite, nice, quite, respectful…I could go on and on! Admittedly, I was apprehensive given their presumed limited knowledge of tennis, but I think YOU did a perfect job of getting them prepped and of Read More

July 19th, 2014

Tri Art Camp 2014

I just wanted to take a moment to let you know how much Will, his dad and I all enjoyed his experience at Tri-Art camp this year.  Before he started camp he literally did not know how to ride without training wheels.  I was the typical hesitant and skeptical mom who contemplated taking him out Read More

May 28th, 2014

It’s been too long…

Hey Mrs. Mosher! I can’t believe it’s been so long since I’ve written you. My mother told me she’d been in communication with you, and that I have the opportunity to update you on things and give you a short bio of accomplishments over the years for the website (I’ve attached a picture as well Read More

November 11th, 2013

Thanks from Cornerstone

November 3rd, 2013

Alumni Testimonial

11/2/2013 Beth Hope things are going well at SMSOC. Thought I would drop a note to say that so far so good at De Smet and clearly Ben was well prepared for the academics. We are early in, I do realize, but his first quarter report card was excellent. The Parent Teachers conferences were very Read More

October 25th, 2013

Alumni Testimonial

Hello Mrs. Mosher! It’s hard to believe that it has been almost six years since I left SMSOC. As you know, I am now a high school senior who is in the process of figuring out what I am going to do for the next four years of my life. I believe my Aunt Sheila Read More

July 18th, 2013

Parent Testimonial

Dear Beth We have learned that there is an interesting phenomenon at SMSOC, it seems every parent believes that you have special connection with their child, their family, with them. We know that we do. No one person has had such a big impact on our family. No one is as invested in our children’s Read More

July 18th, 2013

Parent Testimonial

Dear Beth, Now that the school year has ended and the dust has settled, I wanted to write you a note. A note to say thank you. Thank you for accepting Alexander into SMSOC and for creating such a special school for our children. Alexander had a wonderful school year filled with new friendships, a Read More

October 15th, 2012

Parent Testimonial

Beth, I just received in the mail Matt’s Stanford Achievement Test scores from last spring. I want to reiterate how grateful we are to you and the teachers at The St. Michael School of Clayton for all you did for Matt while he was there! His scores were the highest they have ever been in Read More

August 30th, 2012

Parent Testimonial

Hi Leigh, I don’t tell you nearly as often as I should, but I hope you know that Jeff and I are so very grateful for you and for the faculty and staff of St Michael’s. Your dedication to the kids is radiates in all that you do – every class, every event, every day. Read More

August 30th, 2012

Parent Testimonial

Hi Beth, I just want to let you know that my girls LOVE 7th grade! They said the first day of school went by so fast it seemed like it was only 10 minutes. They said they really liked Mr. Jacobi (he looks like an older Benedict Cumberbatch who plays Sherlock in the BBC series), Read More

July 13th, 2012

Two Recent Raves For Our Tri Art Camp

Theresa, Thanks so much for a GREAT session last week; my daughter Mallory, a Tri-Art first-timer, had SO much fun at your camp! It was really perfect for her! She re-united with an old friend from her preschool days, Maya, and thoroughly enjoyed learning swimming techniques, clay, the bike shop, cooking, a new sport to Read More

October 11th, 2011

Letter from the Board

The 2010-2011 school year was successful in a number of ways for the St. Michael School of Clayton. The budget exceeded expectations. Enrollment continues to be strong. The school is doing an excellent job of getting the word out about its mission and its unique program. The middle school program is taking root. All of Read More

May 6th, 2011

A Parent/Teacher Exchange Worth Sharing

Elizabeth, I don’t know if the families realize how lucky they are to have their child in a class that is taught by a teacher with a master’s degree in special ed. You are able to offer all of the kids an individualized approach to learning– disability or not. As well, you have specialized knowledge Read More

February 25th, 2011

Parent Letter

Thank you both so much for sharing your thoughts with us. I can’t tell you how happy we are to know that both our boys have such an amazing school to go to each day. The reason it’s amazing is because of the creative, talented  and caring teachers there. It has literally changed our lives. Read More

February 10th, 2011

Parent Testimonial

Ms. Eppert, Thank you so much for the introduction to speed skating. Katherine is very excited and as parents we would like to capitalize on her current enthusiasm. She brought home a brochure on speed skating last night and said that you would be putting together a “team”. I wanted to let you know that Read More

October 13th, 2010

Parent Testimonial

I have been so pleased with The St Michael School of Clayton!!! So have the kids. They both are loving their new class rooms. It’s so refreshing to have a teacher acknowledge Lydia’s strengths right away; especially since so many teachers seem exasperated by her weaknesses at our last school. I know she will grow Read More

October 13th, 2010

Parent Testimonial

I recently received the following letter from Jeff Pike. Jeff was a past Chair of our Board of Trustees and Dean of the Art School at Washington University. Jeff, his wife, Michelle and their daughter Siena moved to Charlottesville, VA while Jeff was on sabbatical. Dear Beth, To say that Siena was bitterly disappointed to Read More

October 13th, 2010

Parent Testimonial

I was raised in public schools and brought my daughters to The St. Michael School of Clayton from a parochial school; so you can imagine my surprise that a place like this even exists! My daughters performed well in their parochial school, as I had in my public one, but now they are allowed to Read More

September 14th, 2008

Parent Testimonial

Dear Mr. Cadwell, I was driving home and was reflecting on what I had just observed in chapel this morning and I just had to smile. It started as a typical chapel and ended very differently. I was so impressed that I just have to send this to you. 1) QUESTION: What am I doing Read More

September 14th, 2008

Parent Testimonial

Dear Karen, Melissa and Chuck: Words cannot describe what a wonderful influence you have been on Audrey. Kip and I feel fortunate that such talented and genuine individuals have touched her life and spirit. Walking in to the 3/4’s classroom each day was simply a joy. I don’t know who will miss it more: Audrey Read More

September 14th, 2008

Parent Testimonial

Dear Ashley, Last year as Nicholas prepared his farewell and thank you to the St. Michael School I thought that there should be a special place in the graduation ceremony for parents to give their speeches, too. As I wait for Tonya’s turn this year I still feel like I should be in front delivering Read More

September 14th, 2008

Parent Testimonial

Ashley, One of the many things Andy and I have always like at SMS was the way Annie begins every morning in chapel. Now, I have to say, it has evolved into one of the things which I am most grateful. Whether you call it character development or building upon one’s spiritual foundation, it is Read More

September 14th, 2008

Parent Testimonial

Hi Ashley, …I feel Asher has just totally benefited from the Reggio approach this year. He is making connections right and left (perhaps this has something to do with the brain lobes??!) and people not associated with SMS often comment that Asher is a really bright kid…like he processes things a little bit differently than Read More

September 14th, 2008

Parent Testimonial

Dear Karen and Kathy: At the beginning of the year, I was so excited about both of you being part of Jack’s life. I was so impressed with your attitude, dedication, insight, and openness. At the time, I assumed this feeling would lessen over time, that my excitement would fade. Now that we are a Read More

September 14th, 2008

Parent Testimonial

Dear Karen and Kathie: You two are THE GREATEST! Here are just a few reasons why: And in addition to maintaining order, preventing injury, feeding the kids, etc., you actually find ways to encourage learning! Its amazing. Jack loves you both so much and is blooming in so many ways. I am very grateful. As Read More

September 14th, 2008

Parent Testimonial

Dear Ashley: Before the new year catches up with us, I want to let you know that I am profoundly grateful for the wonderful teachers at The St. Michael School. My recent parent-teacher conference made me aware once again of how great the teachers are and how unique SMS is. Yes, the curriculum and educational Read More

September 14th, 2008

Expert Testimonial

SMS students are willing to take high level risks regularly, throughout each day. It is not surprising, then, to see their achievement grow not only in the formal academic skills of reading, writing and math, but also in problem solving and active thinking. The St. Michael School is different . . . Different in that Read More

September 14th, 2008

Expert Testimonial

The spirit of learning refuses to die in this living school. Teachers are challenged daily to keep up with their students. The blurring of teaching and learning is obvious everywhere. Learning here is an approach, no an end point. It is learning for life in action. Dynamic. Visiting this educational castle is a glimpse into Read More

September 14th, 2008

Press Testimonial

A lot of education today is seriously out of step with our economic and cultural reality. Parents need to recognize that times have changed. The Reggio Approach is in direct response to our present reality. – Raising Babies in St. Louis

September 14th, 2008

Press Testimonial

At the St. Michael School, children learn in a rich environment designed to stimulate inquiry. Their method of eduaction, based on the Reggio Emilia model, provides rich, authentic experiences for children. – Ladue News

September 14th, 2008

Press Testimonial

The program is unique, even in its application of what are often considered to be auxiliary subjects. For instance, Kindergarten through sixth grade have a Spanish class and a Physical Education class every day. The core of the program is innovative and yields remarkable achievements. The students use their academic skills to discover and express Read More

September 14th, 2008

Press Testimonial

A frequent criticism of the American educational system is that it fails to teach students to think. But one school in Clayton is marching to the beat of its own drum, throwing out some of the old theories of teaching and embracing some new ones. The result is a rich, stimulating environment that looks different Read More

September 14th, 2008

Press Testimonial

The St. Michael School is considered a national leader in the Reggio approach and hosts workshops with educators from as far away as Korea. Over 3,000 teachers from the United States and abroad have attended the workshops in the last six years. – West End Word