The Duke TIP Program is a talent search that identifies academically talented 7th graders based on standardized test scores achieved while attending Elementary or early Middle School. Candidates take the SAT/ACT, which then makes them eligible to participate in unique educational opportunities. Ms. Johnson coordinates the program at SMES.
The National Geographic Geography Bee is held nationwide each year between November and January. Participating schools hold their own bees, resulting in a school champion and runner-up. The champion takes a written test, which is sent to the state to be scored. The top 100 scorers from the state win the chance to participate in the state bee. This is open to 6th-8th graders and organized by Ms. Paulsen.
Students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades participate in the Science Olympiad, a weekly after-school science activity. Students work on different science projects and lessons in preparation for the annual Georgia Science Olympiad. Ms. Pease and Mrs. McKenna sponsor this group.
The winner and runner-up of our Middle School (6th-8th grades) Spelling Bee represent St. Martin’s at the GISA-area bee. Winners then go to the GISA Finals in Macon, the GAE/Atlanta Daily World State Final in Atlanta, and finally the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. The Middle School English teachers coordinate the bee.
Brass Ensemble focuses on the development of band skills and brass education through the rehearsal and performance of brass ensemble compositions. The ensemble skills include individualism, group participation, intonation, style, leadership, communication, commitment and responsibility. Mr. Barbee is the sponsor.
The goal of Choral Music is to foster the enjoyment of singing in each student while developing a healthy choral technique and love for music that will last a lifetime. Throughout the school year, choral participants will perform in a variety of settings such as chapel services, School Sunday, Open House, end of the semester concerts, community events and more. In addition to performing, students will study choral repertoire as well as investigate aspects of music theory and history through group and individual class projects. There are choral groups for both Elementary and Middle School students. Mrs. Kelly-George directs the program.
Instrumental Music is a year-long co-curricular Middle School class that meets three times weekly. Students select an instrument (woodwinds, brass and percussion) and learn basic musicianship skills for their instrument, leading to full mastery of the instrument.
They learn note names, note values, time signatures and other musical terms. Students are expected to practice at home. Students perform in selected Chapel services, school assemblies and other school programs and events. Mr. Barbee is the band director.
St. Martin's Middle School students perform in an annual spring musical, held in conjunction with the spring Art Show. Auditions are held each winter with the show performed in March or April. All Middle School students are invited to try out for acting/singing parts or to participate in stage management, set construction and lighting/sound management. Past shows include "The Wizard of Oz Jr." and "Beauty and the Beast Jr."
The Speech & Drama Club trains 5th-8th grade students in performing arts including dramatic play, playwriting, stage direction, set design, choreography and costume design. Students perform at Showcases and at other campus events. Speech & Drama Showcases give students the opportunity to perform short skits or scenes from plays and show their skills from drama class or Speech & Drama Club activities. The Showcases are held two to three times annually. Most members of the Speech & Drama Club also participate in the annual Spring Musical. Mrs. McKerley and Mr. Stephens sponsor the club.
The Jr. Drama Club is open to grades 1-4, meeting on Fridays. Students will experience some of what the Speech & Drama Club enjoys. Club meetings will be a combination of technique work and performance. Mrs. McKerley is the sponsor.
St. Martin's publishes Mosaic, an art and literary magazine, annually in May. Students in all grades are invited to submit artwork, poetry, photography and creative writing to the magazine, which is edited by Middle School students. Click here to view the 2015-16 issue.
Ten Middle Schoolers are selected each year to publish the Legend, St. Martin's Yearbook. A 72-page hardcover Yearbook is distributed each spring, with a 16-page full-color supplement distributed in early fall. The book chronicles school activities and includes class pictures. Mrs. Auson and Mrs. Ford are sponsors.
Written by Middle School students, the newspaper includes news, sports, lifestyle features and opinion pieces. Students hone their reporting skills and enjoy leadership opportunities as editors. The Shield is published online at www.stmartinshield.org and updated weekly.
Warrior TV is a monthly news broadcast program written and produced by Middle School students to report on news and events around campus. Students serve as reporters, writers, editors, producers, camera operators, technical support and anchors. Click here to view Warrior TV. Mr. Nama and Mr. Stephens sponsor the program.
Middle School students participate in monthly meetings and other activities. Students study international culture, cook and partake of foreign cuisine, hear from guest speakers with various expertise about different countries and enjoy hands-on activities and crafts. The French teachers sponsor the club.
Middle School students participate in monthly meetings and other activities. Students study international culture, cook and partake of foreign cuisine, hear from guest speakers with various expertise about different countries and enjoy hands-on activities and crafts. The Spanish teachers sponsor the club.
The Green Club works with the school Green Committee, which is chaired by Kathryn Hechenbleikner. The club has a limit of 10 members to ensure that everyone has the chance to contribute and get their hands dirty! The club will work on the new organic garden, help with Earth Day activities and help gather items for the ongoing Terra Cycle program.
Experience the great outdoors! Middle School students are invited to participate in outdoor adventures in biking, canoeing, hiking and rock climbing on four Fridays each semester. Mr. Collins coordinates the program.
The RELATE (Respect, Empathize, Learn, Appreciate, Think, Empower) Club's mission is to develop an awareness and appreciation of the diverse and unique populations within our school and community, and to inspire others to show compassion, empathy, and understanding for our neighbors no matter their ethnicity, race, gender or religion.
Patrols are dedicated students who assist their fellow students in and out of cars during carpool. The 4th and 5th grade students are assigned weeks throughout the year as a part of their service to the school in conjucntion with their Leadership class. Duties include opening car doors during arrival and dismissal. Ms. Pease is the sponsor.
St. Martin's Honor Society (SMHS) is open to students in 7th and 8th grades to recognize outstanding accomplishments in academics, leadership and contributions to the community. Students must maintain Honor Roll status, be a good citizen and perform community service outside of school. Students also provide service to the school community. An induction ceremony for new members is held each spring. Mrs. Lewis and Mrs. Potenza are the sponsors.
SOLVE (Serving Others through Leadership, Volunteerism and Education) is St. Martin’s school-wide community service program. Students participate in a variety of projects throughout the school year to support groups in need. SOLVE Club also coordinates projects on and off campus for students to earn service hours and give back to the community. Mrs. Davis, Ms. Leifermann, and Miss Pitoscia are the club sponsors.
SOLVE stands for Serving Others through Leadership, Volunteerism, and Education. These words form the basis for the SOLVE, Jr. Club for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Graders. This club seeks to foster a love of serving others and the School through leadership and service opportunities. A primary goal is to reinforce that service is not a chore or duty but what we do because we are Christian leaders. We expect that club membership will encourage students to become more mindful of others and discover new paths to giving back.
Students in 5th-8th grades are elected by their homerooms to serve as Student Council representatives. Those representatives may then be elected to a position as President, Vice President of School Service, Vice President of Community Service, Treasurer or Secretary. The Student Council hosts three dances per year for the Middle School and works on school service projects. Mr. Conrad is the sponsor.
The student vestry members are 6th-8th graders who must apply for the 12-member team. They meet weekly with the school chaplain, plan one all-school chapel each year, coordinate student chapel volunteers and serve as spiritual leaders who are committed to building up the Body of Christ so that it can be an effective instrument of mission and ministry in the school and the world. The vestry are visible signs of the school's mission through their actions of community service, prayer, study and love of one another.
Beyond the Classroom
St. Martin's students have the opportunity to experience a wide variety of activities, from sports to fine arts to clubs for many interests.
St. Martin’s Episcopal School is a private day school for students in preschool through grade 8, located in Atlanta, GA. We are dedicated to providing a quality education of the whole person in a loving, Christian atmosphere, which fosters lifelong learning.