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Middle School News

The Middle School students each completed a Genius Hour project this spring -- learning a new skill, working on a big project, or creating anything from video games to athletic shoes!  They got to share, with students in-person and with family members via live stream, what they attempted, what worked, what didn't, and what they learned from it all.  See a Photo Gallery of some of the presenters.  And here are links to the presentations on May 24th, each about an hour long, from the 10 different groups of students:

Group 1, presented by Esther & Sarah, Colton, Kaden, Bryson, Regan & Jake, Bella, Sophie, and Andrew;
Group 2, presented by Ava, Robert, Britta, Berkley, Michael, Remmy, Natalie & Alessandra, and Joaquin;
Group 3, presented by Ian R., emily, Liam, Brady, Isa, Lindsey, Gannon, and Joe;
Group 4, presented by Simon, Braeden, Thomas, Bailey, Colin, Maya & Sarah, Ian Rizvi, and Gemma;
Group 5, presented by Kaylee, Megan, Bryson & Vihaan, Alisha, Maggie, Jillian, Audra, and Preston;
Group 6, presented by Savvy, Liam, Sam, Shawn & Mason, Max, Joey, and Josie;
Group 7, presented by Delaney & Hadley, Abi, Ellie, Iz, Sophia, Ashley, Grace, and Riley & Kylie;
Group 8, presented by Alex & Lillian, Everett, Hrair & Finn & Will, Thatcher, Oliver, Adrian, and Fallon;
Group 9, presented by Elsa, Janie, Dexter, Vivianne, Jordan, Julianne, Sophia, and Audrey;
Group 10, presented by Carsyn, Katie, Matt & Matt & Per, Edie, Xuxa, Dua, Bella, Gavin, and Ryan.

After studying rivers all year, the 6th graders built their own boats out of cardboard and tape, then proceeded to race them across a branch of the Little Spokane River.  Check out a Photo Gallery of the soggy competition to see which boats survived the longest!

Saint George's 8th graders were honored in the annual Stepping Up ceremony on June 9 in the Schmidt Center Gym.  Parents, 6th graders, and 7th graders gathered to watch 8th graders win awards for their hard work in various subjects.  The awards culminated with the Head of School Cup, which this year went to two 8th graders for their prowess in academics, athletics, and the arts – congratulations to Oliver and Elsa!  The event included a slideshow of photos from the past year and wrapped up with individual student introductions and a reception with family and friends.  See the full video of the Stepping Up Ceremony, the Slide Show of Middle School images, and a Photo Gallery of the event.

 

The 8th graders have a “Humanitarian Efforts” theme for the year.  On Monday, June 7, their Theme Day included two different experiences.  In the morning, students heard from speakers from the Union Gospel Mission share their stories and their goal of helping end homelessness in Spokane.  Then they visited Transitions, a local non-profit organization that supports homeless and low-income women and children.  The students worked on various projects to help clean up outbuildings and get the lawns and playground areas ready for summer.  Thanks for helping make Spokane a better place for everyone!

The 7th and 8th graders traditionally perform Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in Founders Theater.  But this year, the challenge was to rehearse and perform the play with many of the students stuck at home.  Music Director David Demand did an amazing job, working with Microsoft Teams, to gather, edit, and integrate audio and video from students' homes and the theater stage into this unique performance!  See the Full Performance on YouTube (running time 72 minutes) beginning with each character's introduction.

Here's how David described the "interesting learning experience" of making this movie:  

"First of all, we had students both distance learning and in person.  This changed almost on a daily basis due to COVID and protocols.  Because of this, sometimes we had to put everyone on their own computers to make the scene work or we had to skip a scene and go to the next one that had cast members available.  We also had to endure the many network difficulties and outages that occurred as well as people freezing up, forcing us to reshoot multiple times.  The stage was also a challenge.  There were other classes that met in the theater, and there was a permanent work station set up in the front of the stage.  The instrumental group also used the back of the stage, so we had to use only a side stage shot and cover up the equipment in the back.  Jean Hardie (our director) was also remote and we had to hook her voice up into a monitor so that she could give directions to the kids on stage.  We put a camera out in front so that she could see.  All costumes had to be brought from home for the most part due to Covid, so we used bedsheets and made togas.  

"Once we got through filming, which took a while due to the kids not being able to be together, we had to edit extensively, adding voice overs in some cases due to the bad audio quality of Microsoft teams.  Oliver Ling help me quite a bit.  I also added in effects, music, and transitions from scene to scene.  I hope everyone can appreciate the effort."  

The 8th graders divided up into four teams and spent May 20th roaming the woods above campus overcoming various challenges.  See photo galleries of different teams Rappelling Down the Dragon Crag, attempting a Tyrolean Traverse across a ravine, Creating Shapes and Guiding Partners while blindfolded, and navigating a Balance Challenge.  Plus see a short Video of Highlights from Teambuilding Day!

The 7th and 8th graders spent a day in May driving to Republic and searching for fossils (and finding some) at the Stonerose quarry.  See a Photo Gallery of these rockhounds chipping away in search of a prize.

The 6th graders have been studying the culture of Cuba, so they each designed a mural in the style of Cuban street art. Some are more realistic and others just use the themes and colors, but all of them turned out great!  See a Photo Gallery of their artwork that is on the hallway as you enter the Middle School.

Join the Outdoor Club for a Middle School camping and outdoor adventure on May 7-8 at SGS.  The cost is just $20, which includes dinner, breakfast and lots of snacks.  Learn basic skills in setting up a tent, hiking and exploring the outdoors, as well as how to take care of yourself on outings and have fun in the great outdoors!  See the MS Outdoor Campout Flyer for all the details.  This is open to students in grades 6-8, but is limited to 15 so sign up quickly.  To complete your signup, parents must sign the waiver on PowerSchool and submit payment (via check payable to SGS or email Gayle.Brown@sgs.org authorizing her to bill your account).

Saint George's Middle School track and field athletes were running and jumping at a meet in Ritzville on April 26.  See a Photo Gallery of them in action provided by 8th grader Simon Feist.


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