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The 6th grade visited the nearby Little Spokane Fish Hatchery on Jan. 25 to learn about the life cycle of trout and feed the larger fish in their outdoor pens.  See a Photo Gallery of their annual visit.

Head of School Jamie Tender announced on Monday, Jan. 14 the hiring of Saint George's next Head of Upper School, Dr. Francesca Mulazzi.  She has a wealth of teaching experience in secondary education and in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program.  Francesca has nearly 20 years of teaching, leadership and administrative experience in international, non-profit and K-12 schools.  She will come to Spokane from the American International School of Lusaka, a PreK-12 day school in Lusaka, Zambia, where she has served as Diploma Programme Coordinator since 2015.  Prior to her time in Africa, she was the PK-12 Principal at the International School of Aruba in the Dutch Caribbean.  Read Jamie's Announcement for more about the wide-ranging experience Francesca will bring to the Upper School beginning with the 2019-20 school year.

The Lower School will not have classes this Friday, Jan. 25, for Teacher In-Service Day.  Your child's teachers will be preparing report cards for conferences.  After-School Care is available by contacting Melanie Gee in the office at melanie.gee@sgs.org or calling 464-8743.  ASC charges will be $40 for full-day care and $20 for half-day care.  The Middle and Upper Schools will be in session, so there will be bus service.

Congratulations to the SGS chess players who participated on Jan. 19 at the Winterfest Youth Chess Tournament.  Eshan Reddy placed 3rd overall in the K-12 section, and Adrian Rooney placed 2nd overall in the K-6 section.  Donovan Bradford took 2nd place overall in the K-3 section, and Noah Hochheimer took home the trophy for top second grader.  Coach James Stripes and his team proudly won the 1st place team trophy!

Silverwood's "Read 2 Ride" reading promotion program encourages students K-5 to read in order to earn free admission to Silverwood Theme Park and Boulder Beach.  Students must read for ten hours (600 minutes) and record their reading on the Tally Sheet.  Each sheet must have a parent signature verifying that the reading has taken place.  Your child can read silently to him- or herself, be read to, or read aloud to someone else.  Any type of print also counts (magazines, graphic novels, regular books), although reading for school work cannot be counted.  See the Silverwood Parent Letter for more details.  Any student who participated in the 2019 seconds of reading can put that time (34 minutes) at the top of their tally sheets, which gives them a nice head start!  Please contact lynette.georgeson@sgs.org with any questions. She would be thrilled to make recommendations for books or otherwise help students achieve this fun reward.

The top Middle School geography students competed in the annual Geography Bee on Jan. 10.  Congrats to Tanner Watkins who knew that Darien National Park was in Panama!  See a Photo Gallery of the competition in Founders Theater.

Seven recent SGS graduates returned on January 3rd to speak to students and parents about their college experiences.  Isaac Werkman '16 (Columbia Univ.), Noah Halliburton-Link '18 (Western Washington Univ.), Alana Foster '17 (St. Andrews Univ.), Caroline Hammett '16 (Pepperdine Univ.), Kate Tender '18 (Wake Forest Univ.), Ceci Bergquist '18 (Notre Dame Univ.), and Madie Ward '17 (Univ. of Montana) shared their insights about the value of the IB curriculum, the challenges of time management, and what colleges are looking for high school students to do to prepare for success.  See a Photo Gallery of the alumni panel on campus.

The entire Lower School dressed in their PJs and carried their favorite books to the Davenport House on Friday, Jan. 4 to enjoy 2019 seconds of reading.  See a Photo Gallery of the students scattered around the house reading stories for 34 minutes on a cozy winter's morning!

The 5th graders studied, designed, and built bridges out of toothpicks and glue then gathered on Jan. 5 to test their bridges' strength.  Students earned points for their bridge's appearance, "cost" of materials, and ratio between bridge weight and how much weight it could hold.  See a Photo Gallery of the students and bridges and watch a Video of the testing process.  Congrats to Janie and Per, whose bridge weighed just 71 grams but held 3 lbs.

Seven recent SGS graduates will return to the school on Thursday, Jan. 3 to speak about their college experience and how best to prepare for success after Saint George's.  They will speak to parents and friends of SGS from 2:15pm to 3:10pm in the Dragon Room.  They will spend time earlier in the day with current 8th-12th graders, discussing the IB, college admissions, and the best courses to take to prepare for college.  For more information, contact Elizabeth Tender.


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