The St. Agnes Academy Theatre Department presents Broads on Broadway October 19, 20 and 21.

Enjoy a night of outstanding musical theatre and dinner. The production includes the very best musical moments from 24 Broadway shows, including hits from classics such as CarouselWest Side Story and Funny Girl. The musical also showcases beautiful moments from newer hits such as Come From AwayMemphis the Musical and The Color Purple. Dig out your tie-dye and peace necklaces for Age of Aquarius and your silver stacks to dance with the cast of Mama Mia.

Tickets are $10 for the show only and $20 for dinner and the show. Dinner begins at 5:45, and the curtain rises at 7:00 p.m. Performances are in the Hook Performing Arts Center in Siena Hall on the St. Agnes-St. Dominic campus, 4830 Walnut Grove Road. For more information and tickets email or call 435-5819.

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St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School will dedicate and plant our new Kitchen Community Learning Garden this Friday, October 13. Students in Kindergarten through 6th grade will all have special roles to play in the planting and development of the garden.

SAA-SDS family members are invited to join us for the Learning Garden dedication & planting. Coffee & donuts will be served from 8:30-8:45 a.m., and the Dedication Ceremony begins at 8:45 a.m.  Parents are also invited to join us throughout the day as students in grades K-6 begin planting.

St. Agnes-St. Dominic is one of the first independent schools in the nation to install a Kitchen Community Learning Garden. The garden will serve as a dynamic outdoor classroom for hands-on learning, as well as a productive edible garden for students. The garden was a gift from the St. Agnes Academy Class of 1997 in memory of their classmate, Mary Gattas Parker.

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Join us for a morning of Boy-Nanza Fun at St. Dominic School on Saturday, October 28. Bring your son for food, fun and games. Boy-Nanza will be held in Siena Hall on the St. Agnes-St. Dominic campus at 4830 Walnut Grove Road. The event is free and open to the public.  Click  to reserve your spot at Boy-Nanza!

Ages 3-6: 9:00-10:30 am 

Ages 7-11: 10:30-Noon

For more information email Gianna Soefker or call 901-435-5818.

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The St. Agnes Academy varsity golf team won the Division II AA state golf title for the 4th consecutive year. SAA came from behind in inclement weather to dominate over Ensworth and Baylor at the state tournament in Manchester, Tennessee. 

Sophomore Rachel Heck was medalist, repeating as the individual state champion. After an even-par opener, she birdied five of her final nine holes to finish at 66 and win by 11 strokes. SAA sophomore, Ellie Navarre, broke 80 for the first time in a major tournament, finishing at 77.


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A group of St. Dominic students recently spent some time climbing in the treetops, zipping through the hills, and sliding into the cool lake, all part of an overnight team-building experience.

The 6th-grade boys spent the night of Tuesday, September 19th at St. Columba Retreat Center. That night the boys swam in the lake, rode a Monster water slide, made s’mores, and played board games before lights out at 10:30. The next morning the 6th graders were joined by the St. Dominic 5th grade class. The students participated in the high ropes course, zip lines, climbing wall, tree hugger, and other teambuilding activities.

“The purpose of this trip was for the boys to bond even stronger as a class and continue to understand the importance of a positive class culture. We wanted to encourage our boys to step outside of their comfort zone into their stretch zone and introduce them to a new challenge that they may not be entirely comfortable doing,” said Dean Chris Burke. Activities included climbing a 30-foot vertical wall.

That climbing wall offers a great opportunity to learn more about yourself and what you can achieve. We feel our boys will have the energy and engagement to tackle the challenges of school and be willing to take healthy risks in and out of the classroom,” Dean Burke added. 



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St. Agnes Academy junior, Isabella Fraire, was recognized on WMC as a Mid South hero. This summer Isabella started a free week-long soccer camp for dozens of underprivileged children in the Mid-South giving them the opportunity to learn about the sport. Watch this video for her wonderful story on giving back!
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The St. Agnes Academy Varsity Golf team won its 13th consecutive Division 2-AA Regional Title at Windyke Country Club. Congratulations to team members Rachel Heck, Ellie Navarre and Mary Kate Thomas on their outstanding performance. Sophomore Rachel Heck was the overall medalist in the competition shooting a 9 under par 63, and Ellie Navarre placed fourth with a steady round of 81.  

The team will head to Manchester, Tennessee to compete in the TSSAA State Tournament October 9th and 10th. Go STARS!


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St. Agnes Academy senior Caroline Melancon has been named a National Merit Semifinalist.

An outstanding student, Caroline has earned numerous academic honors and was the recipient of the Rita T. Ross Math Scholarship. Next month she will be inducted into the Aquinas Chapter of the National Honor Society.

Caroline is a four-year member of the National Beta Club and Key Club, as well as a member of Mathletes and the Forever Friends Club.  She volunteers her time as a tutor in the Math Lab at SAA and serves as a group leader on the retreat team that plans and coordinates retreats for the Upper School. Active in the school’s theatre program, Caroline is a production assistant, working lights and sound for the various school plays and musicals.  







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St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School has been named the BEST PRE-SCHOOL by the Commercial Appeal’s annual Memphis Most competition and FAVORITE PRIVATE SCHOOL.

St. Agnes Academy - St. Dominic School has a loyal 166-year history of serving children and their families in Memphis, and our school family is devoted to making Memphis as good as it can be.  We love Memphis and Memphis MOST!"


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St. Agnes-St. Dominic students got the chance to meet award-winning children's book author Deborah Wiles during her recent visit to our campus.  Ms. Wiles conducted writing workshops for all St. Agnes and St. Dominic students in grades 1-6.  Mrs. Wiles, who grew up in Jasper County, Mississippi, writes with great love, humor and pathos about her Mississippi kin and her childhood. She is the author of picture books and novels for readers young and old, including Love, Ruby Lavender and  Each Little Bird That Sings, a 2005 National Book Award finalist.




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Twenty-one St. Agnes Academy students have earned Advanced Placement Scholar distinction for their outstanding college-level achievement through AP courses and exams during the 2016-2017 school year.  Allison Raney, Class of 2017, was named a National AP Scholar, the highest AP recognition a student can earn. This distinction is granted to students who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of the AP Exams.  Allison,  a freshman in the University of Alabama Huntsville Honors Program, took 10 AP classes at SAA.

St. Agnes Academy regularly offers Advanced Placement courses in American Government and Politics, Biology, Calculus AB, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Psychology, Spanish, Statistics, Studio Art, United States History, World History and World Literature and Composition. Each year, the AP program recognizes students who have performed exceptionally well on AP examinations.  Congratulations to the following St. Agnes students:

AP Scholar with Distinction (granted to students who received an average score of at least 3.5 on AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on five or more exams):

(Class of 2017) Abby Heck - University of Notre Dame,  Allison Raney- University of Alabama Huntsville Honors Program,  Nicole Simon -University of Notre Dame; (Class of 2018):  Sophia Bufalino, Bridget Dockery and Caroline Melancon.

AP Scholar with Honor (granted to students who received scores of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more exams):

(Class of 2017)  Caroline O’Looney - University of South Carolina, Rebecca Williams -George Washington University; (Class of 2018)  Lauren Bean, Abigail Clark, Grace McCormick, Lauren Ryan, and Abby Sellers.

AP Scholar (granted to students who received scores of 3 or higher on 3 or more exams):  

(Class of 2017)  Julia Beyer –University of Texas at Austin, Olivia Fox -  University of Mississippi McDonnell-Barksdale Honors Program, Maegan Moore – Mississippi State University, Ellie Nobert -University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Lydia Perschka – University of  Mississippi McDonnell-Barksdale Honors Program, and Alexis Seward – University of Georgia. (Class of 2018) Amber Cook and Kendall Stallings.




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Reprinted from the Commercial Appeal - Sunday, August 27, 2017

By John Varlas  

By her own admission, Isabella Fraire has played soccer "every day of (her) life since she was three years old." And she's found a way to give back something to the sport that has given so much to her, while helping the community at the same time.

Fraire — a junior who plays in defense for St. Agnes — spent part of summer running a camp for underprivileged kids in the Memphis area. She also helps with under-12's in the local Olympic Development program and is well on her way to fulfilling her various coaching licenses.

"It started with my grandfather," the 17-year-old she said. "I've already gotten my F-license, my E-license, my D-license and I'm working on my C-license. The whole reason for getting my coaching license is so I can coach little kids with Collierville youth soccer.

"You do the pre-course work and then you go to Nashville for testing on a Friday and Saturday morning. Then they take you on the field Sunday and you perform a coaching seminar.

"Commitment is a big part of my routine and it's not unusual for me to commit to (something) and follow through with it. It mattered to me to go get these (licenses) and show that I'm committed to soccer all the way ... I think every coach in my life has been a role model and I want to be a role model like them."

Fraire's grandfather, Dan Baldridge, also helped her come up with the idea for the camp, which was held this summer at St. Louis Catholic Church. The family set up a nonprofit foundation that takes donations for camp funds and was able to purchase soccer balls thanks to community support.

Baldridge is the founder of Century Data.

"I wanted to do something that would make an impact on the community," said Fraire, who will return with her camp again in 2018.

"I thought about kids that don't get the chance to go to soccer camps. There are lots of kids out in the community who have never been exposed to soccer and who will never get the opportunity to go to a camp."

Fraire partnered with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Memphis and the Jubilee Catholic Schools of Memphis to recommend kids for the camp. And it was a hit, both for the campers and for herself.

"There was this one little girl who said she had never played soccer in her life," Fraire said. "She said 'thank you Miss Isabella for ... giving me everything I need to start my soccer career. She was the cutest little girl ever and I just started crying.

"I wish I could take them home with me."



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SAA-SDS had ECL)PSE MANIA on Monday! Students gathered on the field to experience the event! In the classroom students studied astronomy, drank Sunkist soda, ate Moon Pies and made pin-hole viewers out of cereal boxes...Click here to see the excitement!

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St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School new faculty and Staff for the 2017-2018 school year (pictured from l to r): Clara Talley, Emily Gustafson, Chiquita Paulson, Libby Ellman, Mary Sell, Jessica Green, Jenny Howell, Marshall Lawlor, Theresa Nelson and Kerrie Chaliff.


St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School is pleased to welcome new faculty and staff  for the 2017-2018 school year. We look forward to the energy and talents these individuals will bring to our school.

Jenny Howell has joined the staff as Director of Early Childhood Education. Mrs. Howell will oversee the Johnny Davis Early Childhood Center, providing leadership and vision for the school’s 2 through 4-year-old program.  Mrs. Howell has extensive experience developing and leading early childhood programs, as well as experience as a classroom teacher.  Most recently, she taught kindergarten at Tara Oaks Elementary School where she was a State of Tennessee Read to Be Ready classroom instructor.  Previously she was the Executive Director of Educational Ministries at Farmington Presbyterian Church and Day School where she led a staff of 40. She successfully implemented a new academic program and religious curriculum leading to growth for the preschool, after school, summer camp and Vacation Bible School programs. Mrs. Howell also has experience teaching in the Shelby County Schools and served as a lead teacher and Camp Director at Faith Lutheran Preschool and Church.  Mrs. Howell has a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A & M University and is an active member of the Texas A&M Association of Former Students. She volunteers with Girl Scouts Heart of the South as a troop leader and Camporee Director.

Theresa Nelson will be our new assistant in the Early Childhood Center. In this role she will manage the front desk in the ECC, as well as provide assistance in all the classrooms. Originally from Colorado, she and her family moved to Memphis three years ago from North Carolina after her husband retired from the military. Mrs. Nelson is very involved with the scouting program and is currently a board member for Girl Scouts Heart of the South. She also instructs two scout troops and serves on the board for Collierville High School girls lacrosse. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Fort Lewis College.

St. Dominic School is pleased to welcome Libby Ellman who will teach 2nd grade. Ms. Ellman joins St. Dominic from Freedom Prep Academy where she has been the 2nd grade lead teacher. She previously taught both 2nd grade and 4th grade at Our Lady of Sorrows School. She spent a year working as a paraprofessional at Paschal Sherman Indian School in Omak, Washington, through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest and Americorps.   Ms. Ellman has a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Christian Brothers University and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh. She serves as the Vice Chair of Outreach for Junior Achievement of Memphis Young Professionals Board. She is also an Ambassador with Memphis 3.0, a member of the Junior League of Memphis, and a Board Member of the New Memphis Institute Embark Alumni Board.

Marshall Lawlor will be joining SAA-SDS as the St. Dominic 4th grade teacher. Born and raised in California, Mr. Lawlor has been a resident Memphian for the past three years.  He received his Bachelor's degree from the University of California, Davis, one of the top ten public universities in the U.S.  He was selected for the Teach For America program from a pool of 40,000 applicants and is coming to SAA-SDS from the Shelby County school system. Mr. Lawlor is an avid outdoorsman and merged his appreciation for the great outdoors with his teaching talents this summer as the Leadership Training Director at Camp Jack Hazard, a summer adventure camp located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.  

Mary Sell will be the St. Dominic Kindergarten Assistant working with lead teacher Kelly Mungle. Ms. Sell taught at St. Francis of Assisi for the past 11 years. During that time she was the 3K Lead Teacher and taught PLUS classes.   In 2009 the Catholic Diocese presented her with the Sr. Ruth Ann Schmitt Award for Special Needs Education. Mrs. Sell also has prior experience teaching in the Shelby County Schools where she taught 1st grade as well as 6th grade science, math and social studies. Mrs. Sell has a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Memphis.

Jessica Green will teach 5th and 6th grade science for both St. Agnes and St. Dominic. Ms. Green has a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Christian Brothers University, where she was a member of the Buccaneers basketball team. She has been teaching Life Science in the Middle School at Lausanne Collegiate School.  Previously she taught Chemistry at Arlington High School and was a Biology lab instructor at Mid-South Community College.  In addition to her teaching duties, Ms. Green will coach the St. Agnes Upper School basketball team. Ms. Green has had success coaching at both the collegiate and high school level.  She was the basketball coach at Arlington High, leading the team to the school’s first state championship appearance. She was the Head Middle School Coach for Lausanne and the assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at Mid-South Community College.

Chiquita Paulson joins the St. Agnes-St. Dominic faculty as the Middle School Music Teacher. With over 37 years of teaching experience she brings a wealth of knowledge to our students.    She is Orff Level Certified and most recently was an Orff Music Teacher with the Shelby County Schools, teaching K-5 and leading 4th and 5th grade choir. Prior to that she was the music and choral teacher at St. Ann Elementary School for over 30 years. Mrs. Paulson taught pre-school through 8th grade music and 5th -8th grade choir.  She also has 30 years of experience with adult choirs and community theatre. She has a Bachelor of Music Education, K-12 and is a member of the National Association for Music Education. 

Clara Talley will teach English in our Jr. High.  Mrs. Talley has a Master of Arts in Teaching from Christian Brothers University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Rhodes College. An experienced educator, Mrs. Talley has over 10 years teaching experience in both Catholic and Shelby County schools.  She taught at Immaculate Conception Cathedral School for five years where she created the school’s gifted program. She taught gifted classes for grades 1-8, as well as reading language arts and science for grades 4 and 5.  Since 2011 she has taught in the Clue program at White Station Middle School meeting the needs of gifted learners.  She has participated in the West Tennessee Writing Project/National Writing project serving as a teacher consultant and member of the Advocacy Council. The Memphis City Schools recognized her as TEI Irreplaceable, ranking her among the top 10% of MCS teachers.

Emily Gustafson returns to the St. Agnes Academy Upper School where she will teach French. She previously taught at SAA during the 2013-2014 school year. Ms. Gustafson brings more than 15 years experience in the study of French language, literature, philosophy and culture, as well as experience travelling in Europe. She has an M.A. in French from the University of Memphis and a B.A. in French and Business Administration from the University of Tennessee. She has been a tutor and Graduate Assistant at the University of Memphis teaching French 1010 and French 1020.

Kerrie Chaliff, a 2013 graduate of St. Agnes Academy, will be the Administrative Assistant to the Upper School Dean. Kerrie just graduated from the University of Memphis with a degree in Political Science. She is a familiar face on our campus as she has worked as a counselor in our Extended Day Program and Summer Camp for several years. She has experience as a Customer Service Representative with MidSouth Premier Insurance, and she has coached volleyball with the Memphis Metro Volleyball Club.




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Now is the time to recruit your teams, sponsor and sign-up for the STARS and SUNS Golf Tournament (formerly Booster Club Golf Tournament)! We are back at Windyke Country Club again this year, Friday, September 29th. Click here for more information and to register!

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