Be connected.

Every student here takes her place in a long line of SMS women that goes back to the school's founding in 1921. We stay connected in spirit to our sister alumnae through traditions; some are funny, some are serious, all are our way of celebrating what it means to be a part of a community we love.

Blue/Grey games is a year-long competition that brings the entire campus together. On her first day of school, each student chooses a team named for one of our school colors (blue or grey). Team captains are chosen by the community and lead their teams in a series of events from the silly (like racing canoes without paddles,) to the serious (like accumulating the highest grade point average.) To show our team spirit, we wear as much blue or grey as possible - we're talking facepaint, wigs, feather boas, whatever it takes. At the end of the year, the losing team captain presents the winning team captain with athletic and academic plaques.

Here are some of our other traditions:

    • The Honor Code and Honor Book Signing: Our honor code has a powerful, positive effect on the way we live, both here at school and out in the world. We show our commitment to the code each fall during a special chapel service where we add our signatures to the Honor Book and join the thousands of students before us who have pledged: "On my honor, I will not lie, cheat, or steal. In addition, I will take responsibility for those in our community who do so."
    • Commencement: In a moving graduation ceremony on the river lawn, we wear white dresses and carry red roses, a tradition started in 1923 by our first graduate, Nancy Berry. Our Seniors process to the school hymn: "On Our Way Rejoicing" and our Head of School shares individual accolades about each member of the graduating class as she announces academic and community service awards.
    • May Ball: The most formal of our many dances and mixers, May Ball is our version of prom. Seniors are presented to the school community on the river lawn and we crown our May Queen, a senior who has made outstanding contributions to the school community. And since it's always the grand finale of Spring family weekend, our families join in on the fun.
    • Headmistress' Holiday: When the winter blahs hit, we ask the Head of School for a surprise day off. Let's just say our requests get more creative each year.
    • Lantern Ceremony: Dusk on the river lawn, lanterns, white dresses, what's not to love about Lantern Ceremony? It's when we gather to support our juniors as they receive their class rings and it's the most beautiful of all our traditions. Big lanterns (seniors) present their little lanterns (juniors) with their rings and a glowing paper lantern symbolizing the continuity of leadership. You can feel the bond of sisterhood among us as one class prepares to graduate and another class prepares to lead.
    • St. Margaret's Day: In honor of our namesake and our Episcopalian roots, each November, we wear our kilts and process across the street to St. John's Church led by a bagpiper. Afterwards, we invite members of the local community to celebrate with us at a Thanksgiving feast.
    • More than 25% of our students are from countries outside the US. Each year, our international students share their cultures with us by organizing and leading an International Festival. After a special luncheon, our community participates in activities led by our international students, like a world market, dance performances, lessons in customary songs and dances, cooking classes and traditional children's games.

Some of our traditions were established more recently, like our dress code. Introduced in 2002 as a modern solution to a school uniform, our dress code is flexible and easy to personalize. Rather than a single uniform, you can choose from a wardrobe of more than 30 pieces that can be mixed and matched to create a look that works for you. For more on our wardrobe, click here.