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Dear St. Andrew's Family,

I teach primarily because I have experienced first-hand the power of education to transform lives. Above all else I believe that human beings are born so that they might fully flourish, and my life’s goal is to help as many people become whom they are meant to be as possible.

What initially drew me to St. Andrew’s was the School's idealistic vision of what the world could or ought to be: an international community founded on principles of justice, radical inclusivity, wisdom in diversity, compassion, and love. Now that I've lived and worked at St. Andrew's for a few years, I still believe in the School as a beacon of hope in the world, and I have also come to realize that the reason I return each year is the students. As a religious studies teacher, I love accompanying students as they question and explore faiths, religion, non-religion, and spirituality. It is incredible to witness teenagers articulate deeply held values, and even more amazing to hear them speak with respect and compassion to their peers regardless of the diversity of beliefs and worldviews that have gathered around that particular Harkness table. I feel strongly that the dialogue skills my students practice each day in class are the skills necessary for citizens of the world to encounter and truly be in relationship with people with drastically different backgrounds, values, and stories from their own.

For example, my senior class participates in virtual intercultural dialogues with students from Pakistan and Ukraine through a program called Generation Global. Last year, my students formed questions for their partner class in Pakistan based on the issues surrounding women, religion, and education we had been discussing in our own classroom. My students learned a great deal about what it is like to go to school as a boy and a girl in Pakistan, and the Pakistani students learned what it is like to be educated in a coed boarding school in the United States. My great hope is that each of my students will carry the habits of inquiry and communication fostered in religious studies into their professional and personal lives, creating space for listening to and sharing stories wherever they find themselves.

Engaging with my students around the unanswerable questions of life allows each class to become an exploration of human existence, purpose, and potential. Why are we here? What is our purpose? How do we make sense of suffering? I learn from my students every single day, and for that I am truly grateful.  

Kellyann Conners
Religious Studies Faculty; Girls Basketball Head Coach; Girls Soccer Head Coach
Go Saints!
St. Andrew's boys varsity soccer made it to the semifinals of the DIAA State Tournament. After beating Delaware Military Academy in the quarterfinal round (recap available on our website), they fell to Tower Hill in penalty kicks, despite some amazing shots and amazing saves by goalie Harrison Foley ’17. The boys are seen at left lining up to take their PKs; photo is compliments of the team's Instagram account. 
Saints boys and girls cross-country teams competed at States last week, with the SAS girls placing third and the SAS boys placing second! The boys set a new SAS team time record of 17:54 for the very hilly and challenging Brandywine Creek State Park course. Caitlin Cobb ’17 placed second in the girls' race with a time of 19:49. Visit the Delaware News-Journal website for a girls race recap and a boys race recap; full results are available on the NC5TA website (scroll down to November 12). Seen below are Saints girls runners after the race.

The prior weekend, both teams competed at the New Castle County Cross-Country Championships. The girls varsity and JV teams both placed fifth, while the boys JV team placed fifth and the boys varsity team placed third—their best finish ever at this highly competitive meet—in a thrilling finish that involved St. Andrew's sixth and seventh runners Tad Schiebe ’19 and Alec Barreto ’18 breaking a 149 point tie with Charter School of Wilmington. Full results and County Championship recaps for both the girls and boys teams can be found on our website.
Saints football played the annual Cannon Game against Tatnall last Saturday, and while they did not manage to capture the cannon, the game marked the end of a season in which a number of School football records were broken. Writes Head Coach Patrick Moffitt: "Arthur Potter ’19 finished the season as the new single season leader in pass completions (96), pass attempts (202) (both of which bested records that had stood since 1966), yards passing (1,046) and touchdown passes (9); he also added two rushing touchdowns on the year. Earlier in the season he also set the single game record of pass completions (16) and attempts (33). Adrian Watts ’20 did a little bit of everything for the Saints on offense, catching 18 passes for 106 yards and two touchdowns, rushing 29 times for 118 yards, and completing 8 of 9 passes for 122 yards. The 104 total completions and 1,168 total passing yards between Potter and Watts are also a new single season program record." For a full recap of the Cannon Game and other 2016 football games, visit our website. Below, Saints players pose before and after Saturday's game.
Campus Happenings
Dr. Johnson's Honors Chemistry students studied reduction-oxidation reactions in class today. "That is fancy chemistry-speak for reactions in which electrons are transferred," Dr. J explains. "These reactions are important for understanding batteries, and for how steel can be transformed into stainless steel, and are a useful model of how change occurs spontaneously in our universe." 
Women's Network Weekend
Last Friday, the St. Andrew's Women's Network welcomed social entrepreneur Sophie Stenbeck ’98 back to campus. Sophie had dinner in the Warner Gallery with VI Form girls, then joined the School community in Engelhard where she gave a talk on her work fighting human trafficking across the globe. Read more about her wise words on finding your own personal "fight for goodness" on our website. Below, Sophie poses with VI Form girls on stage after her talk. 
Tad Talks Election
On the day after Election Day, Headmaster Tad Roach gathered the School in Chapel to share some meditations on the presidential election. You can read his talk on our "Notes from Tad" blog on our website. An excerpt:

"We have heard citizens say that the beliefs, point of view, perspectives of others disgust them. We know that once we cross the boundary of disgust and dehumanization, we seek, either metaphorically and literally, to silence, remove, or destroy others. We must, our authors suggest, remember that in national debates, the other is not our foe, our enemy: he/she is a cousin who may disagree with us about politics, but shares most of our values and interests. Americans—all of us—believe in freedom, in equality, in justice, in opportunity—we may disagree about how to cultivate these virtues, but everyone needs a place at the table, a voice, an opportunity to share his/her viewpoint."
SAS Math Team
For the Win

St. Andrew's Math Team, led by Math Department Chair Eric Finch, competed in two meets in November. On November 10, SAS was represented by Math Teamsters Evan Chiu ’18, Tiger Luo ’17, and John Paris ’17 in the Eastern Shore Mathematics Competition (seen here) at Salisbury University in Maryland. St. Andrew's won the competition, placing first as a team and first and second place, by Tiger and John respectively, in the individual competition (out of 200 students!). Further details can be found on the Salisbury University website. On November 14, the entire SAS Math Team attended their first Delaware Math League meet of the year at Red Lion Christian Academy, where they placed first as a team in both divisions (9th grade and 10-12th grade), "despite some healthy competition from Appo, Tall Oaks, and MOT Charter," said Coach Finch. Ben Chen ’17 and James Doucette ’17 placed first in the 10-12th grade individual competition, while Dustin Fang ’20 placed first in the 9th grade individual competition. Congrats, Saints Math Team!
Special Olympics at SAS
For the second consecutive year, St. Andrew's hosted the Special Olympics Delaware (SODE) Fall Festival on Saturday, November 12. Students volunteers (seen here) helped set up and run the various competitions, which included soccer, volleyball, flag football, bocce, and long-distance running. You can read more about the Fall Fest on the SODE website
Oxfam Hunger Banquet
Emily Paton ’20, Victoria Steelman ’18, and Sam Mayo ’18 (seen standing in the photo below from left to right, along with Mr. Burk) organized an Oxfam Hunger Banquet for Wednesday night dinner on the day after Election Day. The Oxfam Hunger Banquet is an interactive meal designed to spur conversation and reflection on world hunger and income inequalities—and in true St. Andrew's fashion, students and faculty really "dug in" to thought-provoking discussions.
Pizza Parties Galore
The Roaches host a number of student pizza parties at their house throughout the School year. In late October and early November, Tad and Elizabeth hosted two pizza nights, one each for Big and Little Sisters and Brothers (senior girls and boys and their new student mentees).
An Evening at the Theatre
Arts Department Co-Chair Ann Taylor took some of her theatre students (seen here) to see Clybourne Park at the REP Theatre in Newark, DE. The play explores racial tensions between residents in a neighborhood that is rapidly changing in both 1959 and 2009. Students stayed after the performance for a talkback with the cast, who acknowledged both the timeliness and the challenges of putting on this play in our current political climate, and with a politically and ethnically diverse cast.
Health Center Reno
The SAS Health Center is spending the school year being renovated. This past Tuesday, contractors offered interested students a tour of the construction and the new "green guts" of the building. Details on what's being improved and expanded in the Annex Building and Health Center will be included in the upcoming issue of the SAS Magazine.
Art Students Hit The Barnes
Art Majors and art history students (above and below) made their annual pilgrimage to The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, which houses one of the finest collections of post-Impressionist and early modern paintings in the world. Art majors were asked to find pieces in the collection that resonate with them personally; their next art project is a creative work that responds to or is inspired by one of their chosen Barnes pieces. Art history majors were there to see some of the works they had been studying. "I'm totally geeking out," whispered Emma Marvil ’17 while wandering through the collection. "We were literally just talking about these pieces yesterday."
SAS Medical Society in Action
The St. Andrew's Medical Society (a club for students who are interested in medicine and biology, and/or who are considering going premed in college) held a "for fun" sheep-heart dissection, led by science teacher (and MD) Sara O'Connor, in the bio lab this past Sunday. 
New Electric Vehicle Charging Station on Campus
St. Andrew's just installed its first electric vehicle charging station thanks to grant funding from the Delaware Green Schools Pathway Program! The Clipper Creek Level II charging station (seen below being hugged by excited students) can charge two cars at one time and is located in the parking spot closest to the main drive between Amos Hall and the tennis courts. Charging on campus is free for all visitors to the School. The first five cars to use the EV charging station (and email Director of Sustainability Diana Burk at will receive a free St. Andrew's magnetic bumper sticker! 
"Souper Bowl" Fundraiser
Ceramics teacher Elizabeth McGiff hosted local special needs adults in her studio this week. They glazed the bowls SAS students have been making at Ceramic Sundays open studio sessions this year. All of these bowls will ultimately be contributed to the Arts Department's "Souper Bowl" fundraiser, with a year-end goal of making 500 bowls for donation to the Salvation Army. 
News & Notes
Support SAS Using Amazon Smile
Making a holiday purchase on Amazon? Do so through the AmazonSmile program and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to St. Andrew's! Visit; under "pick your own charitable organization," enter "St. Andrew's School, Middletown, DE" and select us as your charitable organization to support. Once you've selected to support us, every future eligible purchase you make at will result in a donation to the School!
We Still Want Your Ugly Mugs!
Traveling to campus this winter? Bring your unused mugs to campus for our Ugly Mug drive (we're trying to curb our campus paper cup overuse). Drop off your mug donations in the servery area of the Dining Hall.
Upcoming Events
Sat Nov 19—College Meeting for V Form Students & Parents
Sat Nov 19 (noon)-Mon Nov 28 (6:00 p.m.)—Thanksgiving Vacation
Tue Nov 29—NYC Admissions Reception
Tue Nov 29—Giving Tuesday
Fri Dec 9-Sun Dec 11—Christmas at St. Andrew's
Sun Dec 11 (2:30 & 5:00 p.m.)—Service of Lessons & Carols
Fri Dec 16—Christmas Vacation Begins

All-School Calendar  |  2016-17 Academic Calendar
This November, we are thankful for our St. Andrew's family!
Hope you have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.
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