Academic News

See the latest news from the Lower School (Kathy Johnson), Middle School (Joelle Neiwert), and Upper School (Francesca Mulazzi), along with the weekly events on the MS Bulletin and US Bulletin.  Plus see the latest news from the Center for Family Engagement (book club, guest column, and links to resources).

The 5th graders became immigrants passing through Ellis Island in a recent classroom simulation.  See photo galleries of them in costume trying to Become Americans, a gallery of them in old fashioned Sepia Tones, and one of their parents playing the role of Immigration Officials as their students experienced what it was like to be an immigrant in 1905.

Alli Dixon and Winnie Wu both presented research papers for Regional History Day at EWU on Saturday, March 7.  Alli presented a paper on the strategies used by the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan to achieve greater freedom.  Alli's paper took 3rd in the Senior Paper category for high school students.  Winnie’s paper weighed the various negative and positive economic effects of the Opium Wars in China.  Both students presented their work to panels of professors and graduate students and answered questions about their work.  Top papers will move on to the National History Day competition.

Saint George's FIRST Robotics team #1595 competed at West Valley HS on March 6-7.  The team captained the 4th seeded alliance, which made it to the semifinals before losing.  See a Photo Gallery from the event.  Unfortunately, this may be the last FIRST Robotics competition in the Pacific NW District this spring, since the state organization has postponed all remaining competitions due to concerns about coronavirus.

The SGS 7th and 8th grade Math is Cool teams competed at Regionals on January 31 at Mead High School.  The 7th grade team included Esther Buckner, Robert DeForest, Simon Feist, and Oliver Ling.  The 8th grade team consisted of just three students -- Annalie Nachreiner, Lily Nosbaum, and Aarna Pardeshi.  Both teams just learned that they qualified for the Math is Cool State "Masters" competition on April 18 at Moses Lake High School.  Go Dragons!

Our 4th and 5th grade Math Is Cool teams have diligently worked solving math problems after school for the past couple of months.  All their efforts paid off as the teams competed in the regional competition on Feb. 28 at Mt. Spokane High School.  The fourth-grade team took 1st place in their division, with the top individual awards going to Eshan Reddy (1st place), Keagan Wilson (4th place), and Donovan Bradford (5th place).  The fifth-grade MIC team placed 2nd in their division with individual awards going to Taylor Teague (1st place), Adam Ling (3rd place), and Bella Buckner (4th place).  A big thank you to the fifth-grade coaches Sam Wyss and assistant Marshall Roll and to the fourth-grade coach Kristie Slattengren.

Dear Parents:
As we greet each day of February with the optimism of knowing warm and sunny days are drawing near, the administrative team has been planning and creating the calendar for the 2020-2021 school year.  This may seem like a straightforward task and almost “plug & play” from the previous year, but unfortunately it does not work quite so simply.

Our annual calendar is influenced primarily by what works best for SGS and our students’ learning.  We consider key SGS dates (conferences, in-service, etc.), major holidays, OSPI requirements, Washington Interscholastic Activities Association dates, and IB testing dates.  Each year, these dates may change slightly from the previous year or start sooner or later based on situations beyond our control.

The 2020-21 “Important Dates” School Calendar can be found on the school webpage.  We hope this will assist you in planning for the coming year.  Thank you!


Jamie Tender, 
Head of School

The varsity Knowledge Bowl team of Alec Bunn, Gabi Cunningham, Jake Gliniak and Tariq Ravasia won the 2B category at the Spokane Regional competition on Friday, Feb. 21, qualifying for the State competition in March.  They also placed 2nd overall against 2A and 4A size schools, ahead of teams from Gonzaga Prep and Pullman!  

The JV team of Stella Brown, Alli Dixon, Caleb Flegel, Tristan Krzyzanek and Marshall Roll played up in the 2A/4A category and placed 5th out of nine teams.  Had they been competing in the 2B category, they would have finished 2nd after our varsity team.  See a Photo Gallery of both teams at the competition.  Go Dragons!

Spanish 1 students from 8th-10th grades visited the Lower School Spanish class on Feb. 19 and 20 to read Spanish books to the younger kids.  See photo galleries of them Reading to Kindergarteners and of them Reading to 1st Graders.  Gracias!

Two members of the Class of 2020 at Saint George’s School have been recognized by the National Merit Scholar organization for their outstanding performance on the PSAT test last fall.  Marshall Roll and Sarah Wu were named National Merit Finalists for finishing among the top 15,000 students out of 1.6 million who took the test nationwide.  They are eligible to win a variety of scholarship awards ranging in value from $2,500 to $10,000, which will be announced in March.  In addition, Miya Jacobs and Kathryn Moon were named National Merit Commended Scholars last fall for finishing among the top 50,000 students nationwide in the PSAT.


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