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Cambrie Rickard scored four goals against Reardan in the girls soccer District Semi-Final game on Thursday, March 25.  That was part of a seven-goal barrage that the Dragons landed in the first half of the game, leading to a 9-1 victory and the right to host the District Title game.  Then the Dragons outscored Davenport 3-1 to capture the District Championship on Saturday, March 27.  Playing on their home field, the Dragons finished their shortened season with a 9-2 overall record.  Cambrie Rickard added one more goal for a career total of 102 goals.  She is the first SGS girl to score over 100 goals, and only the third Dragon to reach that mark.  Go Dragons!

Grades 7-12 will move to 5 days a week of in-person/hybrid schooling starting after Spring Break on Monday, April 12.  A combination of factors that include teacher/staff vaccinations and lower case counts county-wide will allow SGS to extend in-person/hybrid instruction to all grades.  "We continue to see the social/emotional benefits of students attending in person for a social outlet and opportunity to connect through class and activities," says Jamie Tender, Head of School.

The week before Spring Break, Upper School students will have in-person/hybrid classes on Monday through Thursday.  Friday, April 2 will be an Asynchronous Distance Learning day for the Middle and Upper School (grades 6-12).

Senior Cambrie Rickard formally signed a letter of intent on March 24 to play soccer at Lawrence University in Wisconsin.  The signing ceremony in the Dragon Room featured kind words from her coaches and dad, SGS teacher and coach Mark Rickard.  See a Photo Gallery of the occasion.  

Cambrie finished her senior season with 102 goals, the most by any girl in SGS history.  Her soccer accomplishments include First Team All-League ('16, '17, '18, '19), League MVP ('18, '19), Second Team All-State ('16), First Team All-State ('17, '18, '19), WIAA State MVP ('18), WIAA Athlete of the Week ('18), playing in three State Championship games and helping to win two State Titles.  Congratulations, Cambrie!

Increase test scores!  Students can learn proven test-taking strategies with Josh Hayes, US Econ teacher and experienced SAT instructor.  The SAT Prep Course starts the Wednesday after Spring Break and runs from 6-8pm weekly through June 2nd.  The course will use timed practice tests as well as review math skills, grammar, vocabulary, and reading comprehension.  Students will be preparing for the June 5th SAT test date (11th graders) or to boost their PSAT scores in October (9th & 10th graders).  On average, SGS students who took this class saw a 90% greater improvement over their PSAT scores than those who did not.  Cost is $500 if registered and paid by April 2; $600 after that.  Sign up today!

SGS students in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme participated in a variety of Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) experiences in the past few weeks.  Juniors also are working on their Extended Essays.  Here are some details on both...

CAS Experience Highlights: CAS experiences for all of our Upper School students (in the US and in China) include playing volleyball, donating blood, cleaning trash around the school, relocating saplings and smaller trees to a better area, playing soccer, painting pictures, building car tools, painting an electric scooter, decorating a house, working in the Biology greenhouse, baking cookies, helping with the clothing drive, picking up trash, programming for FTC Robotics, teaching computer gaming lessons, making valentines to send to St. Jude’s Hospital, attending a World Sleep Day free clinical treatment as a volunteer, rehearsal for the violin, going on a drive, participating in the WA State Debate Tournament, geocaching, and building a half scale model engine.

CORE Highlight:  Juniors & Extended Essays
The juniors working on their EEs are setting up a time to have their first formal meeting with their supervisor.  This meeting should be a 20-minute discussion about the research question, methodology, and any difficulties they might be having.  The students will then write a reflection about the meeting in ManageBac where they outline:
• Their ideas regarding the topic in general
• The research question they have in mind
• Initial background reading or research they may have conducted
• Possible approaches
• Initial thoughts about the answer to their research question

The initial reflection should be about 100 words.  This is the first of three reflections throughout the process of writing their EE, and it can answer any number of the following Guiding Questions:
• What exactly do I want to find out?
• What possible question(s) might I research?
• Do I have sufficient knowledge of the subject area to fulfill the criteria of an EE?
• Is there sufficient focus to my research area?
• What am I interested in researching and why?
• What are my motivations for undertaking research in this area?
• How will I begin the research process?
• What problems do I anticipate in my research?
• What resources do I plan to use?
• Have I found any sources with conflicting viewpoints?
• Have I been able to find relevant sources from different eras?
• What challenges did I encounter in finding relevant sources?
• How do I think I might use my sources?
• What possible answers might there be to my research question?

IB Overview:  The Diploma Programme (DP) curriculum for grades 11-12 is made up of six subject groups and the DP core, comprising Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) and the Extended Essay (EE).  Please refer to our IB webpage and to the IB Resources page in PowerSchool Learning for detailed IB information.  

The Middle School and Varsity cross country teams will run in the League Championships on April 3 in Lewiston to finish off the "fall sports" season.  Spring sports begin practices this week -- Golf for 8th thru 12th grades, Tennis for 8th thru 12th grades, and Track & Field for 7th thru 12th grades.    

See the Full Schedule for March 29-April 3 and check the SGS Dragon Athletics website for any updated times and locations. 

The Kindergarten students enjoyed a variety of creative projects during their open art time on March 26.  See a Photo Gallery of them having fun in Jennifer Davenport's classroom.

The Secondary School (Grades 6-12) Talent Show will be at 6pm on Thursday, April 29 in Founders Theater.  The event will be streamed live, and with many performances expected, students should limit their presentations to five minutes.  Entry forms are due no later than Thursday, April 22 to Melanie Mildrew or Michelle Bledsoe.  See the Talent Show Entry Form and Info Sheet on the Parent Portal for more details.

Originally set for April 1, this event has been postponed until after Spring Break. 

School students can learn the tricks of night photography on this overnight camping activity on the SGS campus.  Join the Outdoor Club to learn from professional photographer Maja Rodell (SGS Class of 2008).  The cost is just $10; parents must fill out the online waiver.  See Photography Overnight Info PDF for more details.