Academic News

Senior Parent Night, this Wednesday, September 29 from 6:00 to 7:30pm in the US Library, is where parents of seniors can learn where their student should be in their admissions and financial aid process, as well as have time for Q&A.  While this meeting is mainly for parents of seniors, all parents are welcome to come and learn what to expect for their younger students by the fall of their senior year.  See you there!

All of the 6th graders gathered on Sept. 21 to learn about the Chinese Mid-Autumn Moon Festival.  They used Playdoh to make the character for "moon" and then stamped it into a mini-Moon Cake.  They also watched a short video and cut out one of the characters using blue paper.  See a Photo Gallery of all the activity that day.

IB Highlights: 100 Meter Dash

September 27, 2021

Extended Essay Highlight:  Senior Fair Niven is asking this question for her EE:  "How does the amount of protein in a protein shake effect the heart rate of a person running the 100m dash?"  She plans to have Mark Rickard as her supervisor.  She will be collecting her own data and comparing it to other data that has been already collected.  Fair ran the 100 meter dash in 12.76 seconds this spring to win the race at the District 7 NE 2B Championships!
CAS Project Highlight:  Stella Brown and Maddy Roberts, both seniors, proposed a Saint George’s mural.  They are experienced with both physical and digital art, which is why they chose to do this CAS project.  For their investigation, they are going to do research and learn more about how to design and paint a mural, and also how to logistically keep it from fading away.  We cannot wait to see this new addition to our campus!
IB Question of the Week:   Who is the Director General of the International Baccalaureate (IB)?  
Mr Olli-Pekka Heinonen started his tenure as the eighth Director General of the International Baccalaureate (IB) in May 2021.  You can read more about him here:
Please refer to the International Baccalaureate page on the SGS website and to the IB Resources page in PowerSchool Learning for detailed IB information.  As an 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).  
• CAS Experiences: All of our Upper School students, pre-IB (grades 9-10), full diploma candidates and course candidates, complete CAS experiences with reflections.
• CAS Project: Our full diploma students complete CAS projects that follow an 18-month portfolio, full of reflections. 
• EE: Seniors spend a year researching and writing a 4000-word extended essay on a topic of their choice.  

See Seniors in Biology Lab

September 20, 2021

The senior IB Biology students mixed water and green algae in the Bio Lab to use in later experiments on photosynthesis.  See a Photo Gallery of them using the lab's equipment to get their mixtures just right.

The Lower School Library became a cafe for a day, as the 5th graders enjoyed a "Book Tasting", where they got to sample books from a variety of different genres, writing a few notes about each.  See a Photo Gallery of them in the library preparing for a big reading challenge coming up soon.

Pedro Tomazzelli's Kindergarten Spanish class stepped outside on a sunny morning to identify things that were different colors -- azul, verde, rojo, blanco, and gris.  See a Photo Gallery of the kids pointing to different colored things.

Thursday, Sept. 16 is Parent Night at SGS for Middle and Upper School families.  Parents are invited to meet their children’s teachers and learn about their classes.  The evening begins at 6:00pm in Founder Theater for introductions and each family's schedule for the evening, which will run until after 8pm depending on the grade of your student.  (An informational meeting will be held before Parent Night from 5:30-5:55pm in the Dragon Room for the optional Washington D.C. trip in June.  This is open to students currently in grades 7-9.)  See a Parent Night Schedule on the website and plan to meet other parents and teachers for this informative evening!


5th Graders Update Story Trail

September 13, 2021

The 5th graders put a new book, Dragons Love Tacos, on the Story Trail above campus for the month of September.  See a Photo Gallery of them placing the new pages on the viewing posts, and plan to walk the trail and enjoy the story this month!

We hope SGS parents will join the Lower School staff for this highly informational evening on Thursday, Sept. 9 beginning at 6:30pm.  Back to School Night is designed for teachers to speak to a broad audience about classroom policies, philosophy, and curriculum.  See Rick Petrini's Letter for more details about the evening.

Students headed into the Middle School on Tuesday, Aug. 27 and Lower School on Wednesday, Aug. 28 posed with "frames" to celebrate their first day of school.  See photo galleries of the Middle Schoolers and the Lower School Students at the beginning of the 2019-20 school year!

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