Saint George's will begin bringing students back to the Upper School in a staggered roll-out. This week (Jan. 11), grades 11 and 12 are invited to learn on campus Tuesday through Friday. Grades 9 and 10 will learn on campus Thursday and Friday. Next week (Jan. 19), grades 9-12 are invited to learn from campus on Tuesday through Friday. See more details on Dr. Francesca Mulazzi's Weekly Letter.
In order to bring students back to campus safely, we have three focus points for students:
Awareness: Be conscientious of the distance between you and your friends; stand and sit on red dots, walk along the yellow arrows.
Breaks: Be aware of your friends and neighbors when you are at your locker and in the hallway; stand on a dot when possible, walk along the yellow arrows; teachers will let students out on breaks in staggered breaks.
Lunch: Sit in one of the eight designated areas: US Courtyard, Library, Theatre Courtyard, or five classrooms designated as lunch zones, sit and eat at a red dot.
Thank you, parents and families, for your patience as we have waited for the right time to move to this next step.
Upper School advisory groups spent time before holiday break decorating the doorways of their teachers. Then six judges weighed in on their favorites and created some thematic names that went into the awards that were placed outside of each door.
Congratulations on the winning designs -- Rachel Hildie's door ("How the Grinch Stole Math Class" - 4th place), Judi Morgan's door ("Picture Perfect Winter" - 3rd place), and Cassey Buchman's & Jamie Billings' doors ("Home for the Holidays - Spanish Land" - 2nd place). The top prize went to David Demand's advisory for their Yeti-themed "Say 'yes' to the Prom" design! See a Photo Gallery of all the door designs, and thanks to everyone who made the Upper School a festive, colorful, and beautiful place for the holidays!
Most of the freshmen and sophomores returned to in-person classes on Oct. 22-23. From Spanish and Chemistry to Government and Advanced Geometry, it was good to have their energy back in their Upper School classrooms. See photo galleries of the 9th Graders in different classes and the 10th Graders in some of their classrooms.
Most of the juniors and seniors returned to in-person classes on Oct. 20-21. From English Literature and Chinese to Math Analysis and Physics, they added some welcome activity to their Upper School classrooms. See photo galleries of the 11th Graders in various classes, the 12th Graders in their classes, and a IB Spanish Class Video of them moving along with a Spanish Zumba video during an exercise break!
SGS Upper School students Alex and Gabe Gustafson made short educational videos for Spokane County 4-H this summer to help the program build community. Alex produced the content (making guacamole, making a basil BLT, how to make an herb garden, etc.) and planned the demonstration. Gabe would film, place the music and edit the content. You can view their How to Make Guacamole video on YouTube.
Alex also serves as director of the Spokane Interstate Youth advisory's teen board, and she is helping organize a Washington State Conference for Equity for teens and adult leaders. Gabe is building a Minecraft Server with the local 4-H as a place to build community for 4-H teens across Spokane County. They hope to expand statewide by the end of the year if all goes well.
Two other SGS students serve on the Ronald McDonald House Charities teen board. Audrey Harrill is a returning member of the RMHC teen board, while John Nowland begins his service on the board this fall. Board members are ambassadors within their schools and communities, and fill critical volunteer roles at RMHC fundraising events. Go Dragons!