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2018 Decathlon Team Highlights


St. Martin of Tours School Took 4th place over all at the 2018 Junior High Academic Decathlon in Long Beach. SMT students placed sixth in Logic, 8th in Super Quiz, 2nd in Fine Arts, 3rd in English and Religion, and 8th in Math. The event drew several thousand people from all over Southern California, with over a thousand students from about 110 Catholic grade schools competing for honors in rigorous academic events.

The Academic Junior High Decathlon is a competition for students in grades 6-8. There are ten events. Two are collaborative team efforts – a logic quiz with 20 rigorous thinking problems, and a super quiz with 50 multiple choice questions on five broad academic themes. The remaining eight events test individual knowledge of the Roman Catholic doctrine, English, Literature, Science, Mathematics, Current Events, Social Studies, and Fine Arts (Art and Music). Awards are given for individual and team performance, and the winning school team from each geographic diocese competes in a state championship the first Saturday of May each year.


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Student Leadership Retreat



Inspired by St. Martin of Tours’ message of love and service to others and our school’s vision of forming student leaders who exemplify faith in action, we offer an Outdoor Leadership Retreat for students in grades 6-8. This one-day retreat provides students an opportunity to participate in activities that challenge them personally and help them develop team building and leadership skills.

During the retreat students participate in several collaborative activities designed to incorporate physical and mental challenges. Student teams explore risk-taking, leadership, critical thinking, problem solving, goal setting, communication, team building, and coaching. Activities emphasize problem solving from different perspectives. They demonstrate the importance of working together as a team to view a problem, generate a strategy to solve the problem, and carry through with a solution.

Retreat highlights include:

Traditional Low Team Building course that challenges every member of the group to participate, presenting opportunities to learn more about each other

High Ropes Challenge Course: These safe and fun challenges enhance accountability, trust, and, support within a team. Conducted within a context of group encouragement and support, these teambuilding events often lead participants to a heightened awareness of self and to an increase in confidence and self-esteem.



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Catholic Schools Week 2017

St. Martin of Tours students’ celebrated Catholic Schools Week 2017: Communities of Faith, Knowledge, and Service

Each day we highlighted an aspect of our school community:

Monday: Religious Vocations

Tuesday:  Students – Buddy Day

Wednesday:  Faculty – Teacher Appreciation

Thursday:  Our Catholic Heritage – Quiz Bowl

At our second annual Catholic Trivia Bowl, faith families competed against each other answering questions highlighting the gifts of our faith. Our St. Patrick’s and St. Luke’s faith family houses tied for first prize.

Friday:  Faith Family Day

Despite the rain, Catholic Schools’ Week concluded with a spectacular Faith Family Day. We began the day with Mass followed by a cultural arts assembly by the dance group “Diavalo.” Students were treated to a pizza lunch, and an afternoon full of activities including: human foosball, pony races, Bubblemania, rockets, wild animals and a super “cool” refreshment stand.



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Celebrating 60 Years of Excellence

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St. Martin Tours School…whether we are alumni, students, family, faculty, or friends, thinking of SMT brings many joyful memories of this very special place to our minds and hearts.  For an ever growing body of alumni and friends our memories carry us back to a time when we were actively engaged in the life of the school: cheering on Sports Day teams, singing in the Christmas program, or participating in the school’s traditions of academic excellence. Some have kept their ties to the school and parish over the years, worshipping here, and passing on the legacy of a St. Martin’s education from generation to generation.  These great memories tie us together in spirit with today’s students, staff, and families who continue those great traditions of spiritual, academic, athletic, and dramatic excellence that make this community truly unique.  What we share across the generations, binds us together as a community sharing a common vision and purpose.

In celebration of our rich history, we had a number of celebrations this school year.  On February 13, 2015, Archbishop Jose Gomez celebrated Mass for our student body in honor or our school’s founding.  Students performed a special play for the Archbishop on the life of St. Martin of Tours.  Students also presented the Archbishop with handmade note cards that reflected this year’s theme BeAttitude Wise.  Each card was decorated with a representation of one of the beatitudes.  On April 18, the student body and faculty celebrated our school’s founding in 1954-55 with a 50’s styled extravaganza.  We were treated to a musical performance by the Doo-wop acapella group, Alley Cats followed by an all-american burger feast with authentic 50’s candy.  Finally, the day ended with an Ed Sullivan styled variety show featuring our very own SMT students and faculty.  One of the highlights of the day was a fashion show through the decades. On Sunday April 19, the entire school community including alumni, alumni families, former administrators, and teachers attended a Mass and reception in the Parish Center in honor of our 60th anniversary.

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Lily Collins ’03 Presents at the Breakthrough Prize Ceremony

SMT alumna Lily Collins presented an award at this year’s Breakthrough Prize award show and gave a shout out to her alma mater. Lily joined celebrities Seth MacFarlane, Russell Crowe, Hillary Swank and a host of others to honor scientists and mathematicians who have made “fundamental discoveries about the universe, life, and the mind.”   Breakthrough Prizes honor transformative advances toward understanding living systems and extending human life in the life sciences, honor the world’s best mathematicians who have contributed to major advances in the field of mathematics, and recognize major insights into the deepest questions of the Universe in Fundamental Physics.

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Flutes Across the World


John Zeretzke from Flutes Across the World conducted a workshop with SMT students in grades 6-8. Rare and exotic wind instruments of many cultures were presented and played. Students had the opportunity to make two flutes…one to keep and one to give away to those in need.   Flutes Across The World connects individual students with knowledge of geography, cultural traditions, global studies and perspectives, world history, language arts, and visual arts. SMT students gained insights for the plight of others while experiencing the gift of positive service to the world.

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