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July 11, 2019
Meet a Magnolia Teacher
The faculty and staff of Magnolia School continues to grow and we are pleased to introduce Julie Sykes, who will be teaching music.

Mrs. Sykes has been a music educator for 35 years. Most recently, she spent 29 years at Frostwood Elementary in SBISD teaching music and choirs. Additionally, she spent several years co-directing the Spring Branch Girls Choir, a select choir for girls in grades 4-8.  Prior to her years at Frostwood, she was part of the teaching team that opened a new school, Palmer Elementary, in Fort Bend ISD. After graduating from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Music Ed., vocal performance and Spanish teaching certificates, she taught briefly at St. Austin’s Catholic School (K-8). 

 In addition to teaching music and raising a family, Julie volunteers at The East Spring Branch Food Pantry, in the music ministry and faith formation at her home parish, St. Cecilia, and in her local sorority alumnae group, Alpha Chi Omega. As a lifelong Catholic, she has enjoyed working with the choirs of several other churches in the Archdiocese. 

Mrs. Sykes has two grown children, Katie and Steven, who were both recently married. In her spare time, she enjoys being with friends and family, Bible study, walking her dog Cooper, exercising, reading, snorkeling, boating, and traveling. She is excited to begin this new journey at Magnolia School!

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Magnolia Music

Mrs. Sykes shares a reflection on Vivaldi's "Summer." Listen here and read along to learn more about Vivaldi and his beautiful concerto, The Four Seasons.

Antonio Vivaldi (1678 - 1741) was born in Venice, Italy. A composer in the Baroque style, he composed over 500 concertos in his life. A concerto is a piece of music that features a solo instrument and an orchestra. His most famous concerto, The Four Seasons, features the solo violin in all four seasons. 

We are listening to the first movement of "Summer." As you listen, imagine what Vivaldi describes throughout the sections of the movement. It begins slowly as he describes the hot summer sun beating down on a shepherd and his flock. Do you ever feel lazy and slow like this in the middle of the stifling afternoon of our hot, humid Houston summer days? 

The music shifts and we hear a faster section; can you imagine birds chirping in the summer sun? 

After the birds’ singing, listen carefully for a drastic change in the music which represents a soft breeze followed by a stronger wind blowing; can you hear the warning that a thunderstorm is approaching? 

Beautiful music is an integral part of authentic leisure and a well-rounded education. Enjoy some with your family today!

Admissions News

We are honored to add several new Monarchs to the student roster this summer and are excited as we continue to meet so many wonderful families who are inspired by the vision of the school and want to share in our mission!  The best part of Admissions is meeting the girls and their families.  Part of the admissions process is a Family Interview where the girls are invited to share why they would like to attend Magnolia School. 

The essays are so inspiring ~

Some want to deepen their faith:

I want to attend Magnolia School because I want to be one person.  That means I am Catholic at home and school.” 


Others want to be challenged to grow:


“I want to be at a school where it is ok to make a mistake and learn from it.”

~ Catherine

If you would like to know more about Magnolia School or have questions about the Admissions process, please contact Claire Pelletier in the Admissions Office:  (281) 786-4000 or 

Art Niche

Ballet School 
Edgar Degas 1873
Magnolia Facts: Did you know that the Magnolia School property was originally home to a ballet studio? The open studio space has now been converted into our six divided classrooms. 
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