Jamie's Letter: School Closed Until Fall

April 06, 2020

Dear SGS Community,

Today we heard the news that Washington state would be joining fourteen other states in closing in-person school for the remainder of the academic year.  That was anticipated, but still not the news anyone wanted to hear.  For SGS, that means we will extend the learning horizon to June and spend more time refining our approaches to Distance Learning (DL).  The first three weeks have been a steep learning curve for everyone taking part in DL and we will learn from that experience.  Fortunately, we have a strong network of professional development resources internally and externally that we have relied on and will continue to do so for the next eight weeks.

The administrative team will be communicating updates and cancellations to the existing school calendar.  With today’s announcement, we can plan in earnest for the remainder of the year, rather than preparing for what-if scenarios.  Division Heads will also continue to post weekly letters and email updates in a timely manner.

A survey was sent to parents earlier today, so please take 5-10 minutes to complete the survey to help us learn more about the experience your student(s) have had in the first three weeks of DL at SGS.  This too will help us as we plan going forward.
Spring Break came at a good time for everyone in terms of re-energizing.  Enjoy the week with rest, exercise, and family while remaining healthy at home.

We are all in this together! We are SG!

Go Dragons!

Jamie Tender
Head of School