Outdoor News

The 6th graders rode their bikes along the Centennial Trail in the Spokane Valley, stopping to test the water quality of the Spokane River and enjoy lunch together outside.  See a Photo Gallery of their activities on a beautiful fall day.

The 7th grade's "Water Warriors" theme day on Oct. 7 included a talk with Jerry White (the Spokane Riverkeeper and former SGS Middle School teacher), cleaning up garbage around Kendall Yards, and hiking along the Spokane River to the Bowl and Pitcher in Riverside State Park.  See a Photo Gallery of images from their busy day!

CAS Project Highlight:  Finley Wolff and Ethan Wu organized a clean-up float on the Little Spokane River on Saturday, Sept. 25.   Melanie Mildrew reported that 17 people gathered 1.5 tons of junk, including 9 tires, 301 golf balls, and an entire basketball backboard/hoop and pole.  They first had to contact the private property owners on the stretch of the river above SGS to get their permission to float down it for the clean up.  See a Photo Gallery of the clean-up effort and some of the results.  Congratulations to Finley and Ethan for helping to keep our beautiful valley clean!
Extended Essay Highlight:  Tariq Ravasia is doing his EE in Spanish on the topic: Identity and existentialism in Borges' El Jardín de Senderos que Bifurcan.  He writes that he wants his EE to focus on the role that Borges' understanding of the labyrinth within El Jardin de Senderos que Bifurcan illustrates a broader understanding of time and space, which influences the primary story's events.  Tariq will likely update his research question as he finishes the story.  He aims to connect it to magic realism in Spanish literature more broadly, satisfying the requirement for a Category 3 essay.  Further research beyond reading the book will likely focus on Borges' influence on other Spanish-language authors and how his complication of inexorable progressions like time and space would pave the way for future magical realist literature in the Spanish-speaking world.
IB Question of the Week:  How many schools worldwide offer the IB program?  
As of August 2021, there were over 7,500 programmes being offered worldwide, across over 5,500 schools in 159 countries.  For more information follow this link.
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.  

The 7th grade class spent several days at Camp Spalding on Davis Lake in late September.  Here are photo galleries of them exploring one of four different activities together:  Paddling Kayaks out onto the lake, learning to Fly Fish on the lake, Rock Climbing above the camp, and working through Teambuilding Exercises in the woods above the camp.  Plus a gallery of them during their time at Camp Spalding engaging in other Group & Individual Activities.

Bird Watching on Campus

September 27, 2021

US Head Francesca Mulazzi led a group of 9th graders around the campus on a bird watching adventure.  See a Photo Gallery of their search for our local feathered friends.

Thanks to the SGS families and staff who helped clean up the Spokane River at People's Park on Sept. 18.  See a Photo Gallery of them in action and how many bags of junk they cleaned out of the river!

The 5th graders, along with their teachers and some Upper School guides, launched canoes into the Little Spokane River on Sept. 10 to float to the Painted Rocks and then hike back to campus.  Nobody fell in the water, and several groups of canoers were able to see moose at a safe distance.  See a Photo Gallery of them launching canoes into the river.

SGS Outdoor Director Melanie Mildrew will be leading a group for The Lands Council for this year’s Spokane River clean up on Saturday, Sept. 18.  "We will meet at People’s Park at 10am and clean up across the bridge as we have in the past for about 2 hours," she says.  Contact Melanie at by Wed., Sept. 15 to let her know you will help out, and then fill out and sign the River Clean Up Waiver online (parents sign for students under 18).  See The Lands Council website for more details.

The Outdoor Summer Trip floated down the Green River in Utah in June.  Here are some Artistic Photos by David Holte of the petroglyphs, dried mud, and strange rock formations they saw along the way.

The 9th and 10th graders spent two nights/three days paddling, hiking, and bonding with their classmates.  See photo galleries of the two classes Loading the Bus and then Exploring Priest Lake in North Idaho while meeting new friends and reconnecting with old ones.


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