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Middle School News

Teams of 8th graders competed in the annual Adventure Race on campus on Oct. 5.  They ran across campus to find a lanyard, then passed it along to teammates who ran a cross country course, navigated an obstacle course, shot arrows on the archery course, and paddled a canoe down the Little Spokane River before jumping out and running to the finish.  Congrats to the Minions who finished first.  See a Photo Gallery of the competition and the teams in their outfits.

All of the 6th graders gathered on Sept. 21 to learn about the Chinese Mid-Autumn Moon Festival.  They used Playdoh to make the character for "moon" and then stamped it into a mini-Moon Cake.  They also watched a short video and cut out one of the characters using blue paper.  See a Photo Gallery of all the activity that day.

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.

Thursday, Sept. 16 is Parent Night at SGS for Middle and Upper School families.  Parents are invited to meet their children’s teachers and learn about their classes.  The evening begins at 6:00pm in Founder Theater for introductions and each family's schedule for the evening, which will run until after 8pm depending on the grade of your student.  (An informational meeting will be held before Parent Night from 5:30-5:55pm in the Dragon Room for the optional Washington D.C. trip in June.  This is open to students currently in grades 7-9.)  See a Parent Night Schedule on the website and plan to meet other parents and teachers for this informative evening!

 

Students headed into the Middle School on Tuesday, Aug. 27 and Lower School on Wednesday, Aug. 28 posed with "frames" to celebrate their first day of school.  See photo galleries of the Middle Schoolers and the Lower School Students at the beginning of the 2019-20 school year!

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!

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.

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."  


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