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Departing teachers reflect on time at SPA

Departing teachers reflect on time at SPA
May 29, 2020
As the year draws to a close, seven members of the Upper School staff plan their departure.

Jeopardy teaches audience $1 or $4 about SPA teachers

The judges, senior Sydney Therien and junior Gavin Kimmel and contestants, Ninth grader Tenzin Bawa, sophomore Ellie Dawson-Moore, junior Noel Abraham, and senior Henrik Schleisman laugh hysterically at an answer to one of the jeopardy questions.
February 6, 2020
It was a tight battle between Noel Abraham and Henrick Schliesman, but ultimately the senior won.

Teacher tips for math and science exams

May 28, 2019
Review Days begin today; math and science teachers recommend the best ways to study for the upcoming exams.

Liminal SPAces: Diving into spooky spots

March 14, 2019
Melissa Nie explores spaces that give off strange vibes around the school.

McVeety reflects on SPA’s construction history, impacts

US math teacher Jim McVeety has been teaching at SPA for 36 years, so he has witnessed how the numerous construction projects have impacted the building demographic over time. “The most notable change since I started teaching was that the Shepard Center changed from a place for kids to hang out and eat lunch into what it is now [the current arts and music wing],” McVeety said.
November 15, 2017
St. Paul Academy and Summit School has undergone many renovations during US math teacher Jim McVeety's time, but each addition bolsters the school's mission and improves its ability to serve its students.

Blue/Gold assemblies hold unknown significance

In an issue of The Rubicon from 1987, an editorial was written from the staff about how students should direct complaints about Blue/Gold assemblies to administration and not to themselves.
April 29, 2017
With the class of 2017 being finished with speeches, taking a glimpse into the history of speeches offers insight on how they have changed.

Just before Earth Day, USC hosts Speaker Day

Just before Earth Day, USC hosts Speaker Day
Community digs into environment
April 26, 2017
On April 21, USC organized an event with speakers from across Minnesota to talk about the environment.

PHOTO GALLERY: What’s behind the door?

PHOTO GALLERY: What's behind the door?
Students and faculty imagine alternate realities behind temporary wall
March 31, 2017
The new wall blocking off the construction zone for the new math and science building invites student and faculty creativity.

37 years later, the Blood Drive still thrives

37 years later, the Blood Drive still thrives
February 5, 2017
After starting in 1980, the Red Cross Blood Drive is still being hosted by SPA each year.

Math teachers McVeety and Boulger engage in a book club together

Upper School math teachers Jim McVeety (left) and Bill Boulger (right) have been in a book club together for a number of years
March 21, 2016
Familiar faces in the math area actually read together in a book club outside of school.

New Speaker Series spotlights professional application of academics

Senior Co-President of USC Cait Gibbons, and sophmore USC members Breandan Gibbons and Numi Katz discuss the new speaker series. “We hope to give students an idea of what their lives could be like outside of SPA through education on social issues, career paths, and other topics that extend beyond the classroom,” Gibbons said.
January 4, 2016
This year's theme: Empowering Individuals to Better the Greater Community.

Then and Now: McVeety reflects on decades of coaching

Then and now: Jim McVeety, Upper School math teacher and boys basketball coach, has been a part of the SPA community for 30 years.
November 23, 2014

“It was Senior Night 2003. There was only one senior on the team, Adam Schanfield, who loved the game and played through more than his share of ankle sprains.  There were only twelve seconds left in...

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