|From Rafael + Barbara:
Dear SGS Families + Supporters,
We've come to the end of SGS 2014-15. This week marks the end of this remarkable chapter for our 8th graders and the rest of the students will finish next Friday. It has been such a joy to watch and guide the growth of each student. We strongly value feedback from our parent/guardian community, so if you are a parent or guardian, please take a few minutes to complete the parent/guardian survey. Your responses will be invaluable in helping us identify areas of SGS strengths and areas that may need improvement at SGS.
Since this will be the last newsletter you'll receive for the 2014-2015 school year, let's take some time to look ahead to the 2015-2016 academic year.
What does next year look like?
As we say goodbye to our eighth graders who have completed their tenure at SGS, we welcome several new students who are just beginning their middle school journey. We are anxious to walk alongside these new families during one of the most critical times for development—the middle school years! Next year, our SGS family will include 13+ fifth graders, 40 sixth graders, 34 seventh graders, and 28 eighth graders for a projected total enrollment of 115+.
Staff Transitions + Additions
We are delighted to announce a nearly 100% retention of our outstanding Faculty.
The school is currently searching for a Spanish teacher, a part-time music teacher (grades 5+6), and an anticipated long-term substitute for math in December as Esther will be moving with her family to Cambridge, UK for half the school year. While Greg Ruby will remain as our Rock Band instructor, he is embarking on new ventures that will limit his availability. We wish Profe Grisel great success in her new chapter!
A Few Transitions:
We are excited to announce a new position for Janet Miller as a full-time Resident Artist who will join Kyle in the Art Studio. While primarily working with grade 5 and grade 7 (where she will remain an advisor), Kyle and Janet will be available to all grades at different points in the year to share their particular areas of expertise and creativity. As the school's enrollment grows from 105 to 115+, an expanded Art program and staff is an exciting development!
We are also pleased to announce a new position for Carly Reiter as our Dean of Academic Innovation. Carly will remain 50% in the classroom teaching science and STEAM classes across the grades. She will also help us remain both innovative and intentional in our academic programs by helping teachers make curricular connections within and beyond the school community, and by supporting day-to-day logistics. Carly will remain as lead for all STEAM programs.
What about Performance Studies/Performance Arts?
Performance Studies/Performance Arts will remain a key part of grades 5-8, but rather than being a year-long program, each grade level will work with Ms. A more intensively for a shorter period of time (think trimesters). In the fall, we will provide details regarding the focus of PS/PA for each grade, as well as performance dates/times for the full year. Stay tuned!
What about Global Studies?
As we evolve a Global Studies curriculum, the same block approach will allow for the greatest impact at each grade level that participates in the program. Once again, we will provide details regarding the focus of Global Studies in the fall.
Next year we will begin offering bouldering and rock climbing all year long. These will be added to volleyball, soccer, and cross-country in the fall; basketball and Snow Bus in the winter; and track, Ultimate Frisbee, and 5th grade basketball in the spring.
Head of School Search
Our Board of Trustees is currently in the process of searching for our third Head of School. You can follow our progress at www.seattlegirlsschool.org/headofschool.
This past academic year, we completed our Self-Study for re-accreditation through the Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS). A Visiting Team of peer educators will be visiting the school October 18-22. We will provide more details as the time approaches. This is an exciting time for us to reflect upon and examine the school's strengths and areas for improvement, set priorities, and make plans for our future.
If you would like more information on the accreditation process, please visit NWAIS's overview of the accreditation process for more information or contact us directly.
IMPORTANT AFTER-SCHOOL INFORMATION for this week:
- There will be no Scholars' Club on Thursday, June 4.
- After Care will only be available until 5 pm on Thursday, June 4. Please plan pick ups accordingly.
[Full SGS Calendar here » ]
- June 3 - 21+ Happy Hour Alum Reunion [Central Pizza, Jackson St.],
- June 4 - There will be no Scholars' Club
- June 4 - After Care will only be available until 5 PM. Please plan pick-ups accordingly.
- June 4 - 8th Grade Graduation [Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute], 6 PM; doors open at 5:30 PM
- June 5 - All-Ages Alum Reunion [West Seattle Bowl], 4-6 PM
- June 11 - After-Care only available until 5 PM. No Scholars' Club.
- June 12 - Early Dismissal [Last Day], 12 PM. No After-Care or Scholars' Club.
Parent Resources - Includes a list of SUMMER CAMPS
CAP [Community Association of Parents]