Academic News

Lower School Science Day will feature science displays by the 3rd, 4th and 5th graders and a close-up look at some magnificent Madagascar cockroaches on Tuesday, Nov. 20.  Science displays will be up from 8:40 to 10:25am, followed by activities designed to get students interested in science.  See the Science Day Schedule and come learn from these budding scientists!

Sixth-grade teacher Brad Kirsch has always wanted to time travel, like Marty McFly in the 1985 movie "Back to the Future".  This next summer he'll get a chance to visit a country that's stuck in the 1950s -- Cuba -- thanks to the Hannah Joss Fellowship.  The annual award, named for an early SGS history teacher, pays for a teacher to travel anywhere in the world and bring their discoveries back to their classroom.

"The goal of my 6th grade World Cultures class is to expose students to cultures outside of their own," says Brad, "breaking through the walls of this school, this city, and this country to the lifestyles and cultural
norms of other groups of people.  Ninety miles from Florida is a country vastly different than our own, stuck in time and thriving none-the-less."  This trip will allow him to give his students a first-hand account of a culture different than our own, then tracking the changes that happen in the coming years when the U.S. embargo comes down. 

Other faculty and staff awards announced at the Nov. 19 assembly included Upper School Assistant Paige Halliburton for the Jim Stetcher Staff Excellence Award, Middle School English teacher Sarah Berentson for the Harvey W. Clarke Award for Excellence in Teaching, and Upper School math teacher Rachel Hildie for the Fred Gilbert Distinguished Teaching Award.  See a Photo Gallery of all the honorees!

A recent six-minute video segment on the PBS News Hour does a good job of describing all aspects of the International Baccalaureate program.  See the IB Video on global education, and check with Elizabeth Tender about any questions or ideas about the IB curriculum at SGS.

Saint George's School has won the WIAA Scholastic Cup for the top 2B school in the state for academic and athletic performance!  SGS racked up 1,585 points, including earning four state academic titles (choir, debate, boys soccer, and boys tennis) for highest grade point average.  The school also earned points for top athletic teams, including the boys soccer, girls soccer, girls track, and boys basketball teams that all finished 2nd in State.  See the Rankings of 2B Schools and the List of SGS Programs that earned points toward the title.

The WIAA Scholastic Cup recognizes performance in the classroom as well as on the playing surface.  Schools that finish at the top of their respective classifications in state athletic competition receive points, as do schools that finish at the top in team academic performance.  SGS had finished 2nd to Northwest Christian the past two years, finally passing the Crusader's 1,405 points to claim the title this year.  League rivals Colfax (865 points) and Davenport (830 points) finished 3rd and 4th overall, highlighting the athletic and academic strength of Eastern Washington's small schools.  

This marks the second time that Saint George's has won the Scholastic Cup, while finishing 2nd seven times and in the Top 5 statewide 13 times.  One measure of Saint George's academic strength was that SGS was the only school in 2017-18 to win the Scholastic Cup without winning an athletic State Championship.  Go Dragons!

Saint George's Class of 2018 are headed to a remarkable selection of colleges and universities.  The collection of school logos above shows just some of the remarkable institutions these graduates are headed to this fall!  Look here for a Higher Resolution View of the full Class of 2018 and the college logos that appeared in the Inlander in mid-May...

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, the freshman class will leave SGS at 8:30am by bus to the downtown Cenvention Center for the PNACAC College Fair, followed by a visit/tour at Gonzaga University.  Lunch will be provided; online waivers are due by 3:00pm on Friday, November 2.

Many College Reps to Visit SGS

November 05, 2018


Admission representatives from 10 different colleges and universities will be at Saint George's this coming week.  Students need to get released from their classes to attend meetings in the US Library study room with:

> Lewis and Clark College (9:30-10:15am, Mon., Nov. 5)
> Hawaii Pacific University (10:30-11:00am, Mon., Nov. 5)
> Duquesne University (11:30am-12:00pm, Mon., Nov. 5)
> University of the Pacific (12:15-1:00pm, Mon., Nov. 5)
> Salve Regina University (1:30-2:00pm, Mon., Nov. 5)

> Chapman University (12:30-1:00pm, Tue., Nov. 6)

> University of San Diego (10:30-11:15am, Wed., Nov. 7)
> Miami University (11:30am-12:00pm, Wed., Nov. 7)

> Montana State University (12:15-1:00pm, Thu., Nov. 8)
> Whitman College (1:15-2:00pm, Thu., Nov. 8)

In honor of Veterans' Day, the Lower School will display military pictures of students' family members who have served our country on a Veterans' Hall of Honor.  Friday Assembly on Nov. 9 at 8:35am also will honor those who have served in the armed forces.  Sunday, November 11 marks the centennial of the Armistice that ended World War I on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.  Saint George's School will be closed on Monday, Nov. 12 to celebrate Veterans' Day.  To all veterans in the SGS community, we thank you for your service!

Members of the SGS Robotics Team #1595 were guests of their team sponsor, Spokane's Pearson Packaging Systems, at a big robotics "Pack Expo" in Chicago on Oct. 13-16.  The students demonstrated their FRC robot and learned a lot about how industrial robots work.  See a Photo Gallery of them at the Pack Expo and exploring some of the other sights that Chicago offers.

On Saturday, Nov. 3, Saint George's FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Robotics teams #7935 and #6128 competed in their first matches of the season at Gonzaga Prep.  Team 7935 won all of their matches and are currently ranked 1st.  Team 6128 is tied for 2nd, and the next competition for both teams is December 1.  Great job on a strong start to the season and good luck on your next competition! 

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