My culture is not a costume

On Monday, Ms. Nisha joined King5 Take5 hosts Angela Russell and Michelle Li in their studio to talk about L-Dub's work around cultural appropriation in costumes. Ms. Nisha was amazing and we're so proud that she was able to bring L-Dub's work to the greater Seattle community.

This week, I did a television interview about cultural costumes on Halloween. I have struggled with people simplifying and appropriating the Indian culture through food, dress, accents, and stereotypes for a long time, and it felt good to finally put some feelings into action. Interestingly, growing up in Canada, I didn’t find myself aware of kids wearing cultural costumes on Halloween. I was aware, however, of characters like Apu on the Simpsons and the myriad of ways I felt like my culture was simplified and exotified for general consumption. As a young person, and someone trying not to call attention to my culture, it was hard to put words to these feelings.
— Ms. Nisha

We're so lucky to have teachers like Ms. Nisha at L-Dub. Ms. Nisha leads the faculty/staff Equity and Social Justice Committee; the student Explorations of Race Club; mindfulness work for students and faculty; and the Restorative Justice work done by students and adults. Thank you for all you do!

Love Not Hate

Dear Friends,

Once again, we find ourselves saddened and outraged at news of suffering in communities around the country, including the hate crimes in Pittsburgh and Louisville, the pipe-bomb terrorist attacks, and toxic rhetoric preceding and following these events. For adults, it can be a challenge to process this news in a functional way; for youth, it is even more difficult as they can be especially vulnerable to the messaging they may receive via media. At school, we hope to find a balance of acknowledging how students might be feeling with providing a predictable routine. In addition, we want to provide a space for students to process their experience, ask questions, and feel connected to others who feel impacted.

There are many ways, in our established curriculum, that we teach and learn about human rights and attacks on them as well as the power of activism and compassion. However--in addition to a dialogue and investigation of inequities, genocides, and revolutions in history--there is also a big need for our students to process and understand the events and systems that lead to suffering, hate, and violence in our own communities in the present day, in real time.

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In Monday Morning Meeting, we acknowledged that many of our students are aware of recent violence and that troubling events happen in the world that are out of our immediate control. Sra. Charito and Ms. Nisha led us all in a heartfulness practice, aimed at compassion and love. As they introduced that moment of heartfulness, they let students know that we will be re-establishing a group that meets to address current events and students’ responses to them. In addition, we are planning for eighth graders to dedicate some of their Monday project periods to this work. Finally, teachers approach classroom discussions in response to what students bring to them, and so some classes will address events as they emerge. It is our hope that these varied venues will allow those who wish to explore these topics a time and place to do so. If you would like to know more about how we address these topics in class, please feel free to reach out to your students’ teachers. You are also welcome to peruse some of the resources we use regularly, including the Pyramid of Hate and the Universe of Obligation framework.

As kids hear about tragic and violent events, they may have questions and difficult feelings. Should these come up at school or home, it's important to acknowledge the feelings and connect students with support. At school, Ms. Ali and Sra. Charito are available to talk with students as needed. If you are talking with your child at home about tragedy or violence in the news, you might want to use some of these resources:

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Please let us know if you or your student need any further support. We know that our community's strength lies in in our connections with each other. LWGMS remains steadfast in our commitment that all of our students are cared for, safe, and respected as members of our school community. We remain steadfast in our belief that education and learning about the experiences of others will make a difference in the world. And we remain steadfast in our mission to empower our students, so that they may stand up for those who need it. In our school and in the world, cowardly and heinous acts of violence, intimidation, and terror can not be tolerated. Racism, anti-semitism, and bigotry of any kind can not be tolerated. As Pittsburgh’s Mayor Bill Peduto said, “We know that we as a society are better than this. We know that hatred will never win out.”

Best regards,
Patti Hearn




Day of the Girl 2018 (and 2012!)

REI Gear Designers Visit STEAM 8

Capt. Beverley Bass To Visit L-Dub

L-Dub Seeking Female Role Models in STEAM!

The L-Dub STEAM Department is excited to host another year of inspiring and informative STEAM Cafés. During one lunch period per month, the STEAM Department will host STEAM Cafés for students to meet with female leaders in STEM fields and learn about their research or work. STEAM Cafés are a wonderful opportunity to open our students' minds to new careers and introduce students to role models. Also, STEAM Cafés are a great way to invite community members into our building without impacting class schedules or curriculum. Last year, we were honored to meet a math professor, HIV doctor, cancer researcher, computer architect, salmon ecologist, and medical devices engineer. This year, we especially welcome womxn who have followed their passion and can speak to how they apply their skills in problem-solving, empathy, collaboration, and project management.

We’re currently recruiting volunteer professionals to participate in STEAM Cafés to share their research or work with a group of 6-10 students during our lunch period once a month on Tuesdays. This year, the program is widening the lens to include people who have followed their passion and can speak to how they apply their skills in problem-solving, empathy, collaboration, and project management.

If you know of someone who may be interested in participating, please share this with them and/or point them to the sign up form!

Presenting The Class of 2018

On Thursday, June 12, our entire community came together to celebrate the achievements of Lake Washington Girls Middle School's Class of 2018. 

 Faculty speaker Christine Primomo, STEAM
Class of 2018, nurture and protect this curiosity. Asking questions doesn’t mean you don’t know anything. In fact, when you are curious, you are taking risks, thinking deeply, and having fun.
— Ms. Chistine
 
From the moment we stepped into L-Dub we were shown how to be unique. Instead of nine uniform classrooms, we were shown a range of styles and decorations – no two the same. We were given permission to put a little of ourselves into everything we did. Classrooms filled with art, vocabulary, portraits, lessons, and mantras taught us that we can let our individuality show.
Just like no L-Dub classroom is the same, no L-Dub student is the same. We all have quirks and things that make us special. Instead of being told to conform, at L-Dub, we were able to stand out. We saw role models in the form of color schemes, and quotes. Over the years we added to ourselves, just as our teachers added to their classrooms.
— Elliot
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My heroes stay up late answering emails and grading our work. My heroes drive busses full of screaming girls. My heroes tell us to project and to protest, to refuse to be timid. My heroes tell me that they are proud of me and tell the rest of the world the same. My heroes are my teachers, my mentors, my L-Dub community.
— Vivian
 

The Graduates

 Lake Washington Girls Middle School's Class of 2018.

Stina
Holy Names Academy
Wendy
Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences
Anne Elise
Lakeside School
Truly
Holy Names Academy
Allison
Seattle Preparatory School
Krina
Rainier Valley Leadership Academy
Augusta
Holy Names Academy
Ella
Franklin High School
Mia
Seattle Public Schools
Amelia
Ballard High School
Caleigh
Ballard High School
Helen
Franklin High School
Roslyn
Franklin High School
Emma
Holy Names Academy
Destiny
Garfield High School
Franny
Ballard High School
Rhys
Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences
Charlie
Ballard High School

Valerie
Bishop Blanchet High School
Lidiya
Garfield High School
Nikita
Garfield High School
Kaitlyn
Holy Names Academy
Anabel
The Downtown School
Ruby
Holy Names Academy
Kyra
Holy Names Academy
Elliot
Franklin High School
Chloe
Holy Names Academy
Ryan
The Center School
Alicia
Ballard High School
Margaret
Holy Names Academy
Gabrielle
Ballard High School
Charlotte
Roosevelt High School
Vivian
The Downtown School
Ella
Bishop Blanchet High School
Addiemaymae
Kennedy High School
Edie
Garfield High School

See all the graduation photos on Smugmug.

One Act Festival, 2018

For the past three months, the eighth grade class explored Shakespeare’s themes of power, popularity, fame, and crises of integrity. If these themes sound a lot like what happens in middle school, you’re not wrong. Through their one-act festival featuring plays inspired by Macbeth, the class of 2018 got the chance to wrestle with these dynamics through the magic of the theater, rather than in their own lives. They stepped into characters that were both deeply relatable and extremely far-fetched, choreographed cheer after cheer, dance after dance, and arranged lyrics and costumes to pull it all together.  

Macbeth: A Musical Comedy sets the scene for us, laying out the dramatic arc of the Scottish play through Ms. Jenny’s favorite form of theater: a series of adapted pop songs, original choreography, and outrageous comedic dialogue. In Double Double, three witches, who have been trapped in the mortal realm since Shakespeare first wrote the Scottish play, decide that getting a student to quit her new high school’s production of Macbeth is the way to break the curse. Finally, in Miss Beth, a high school student is surrounded by some people who want her to be named captain of the cheerleading squad, a quintessential symbol of high school status, and some who want to compete with her for power.  

This year’s eighth graders brought many skills and talents to the process of putting these shows together. Not only can they sing, dance, and create characters, but they can also choreograph, design costumes, write light cues, collectively solve problems at the drop of a hat, and support one another through long and tiring days inside the Broadway Performance Hall. They were so mighty in their collective vision and power that we directors hardly had to do anything other than sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.

See all the photos on Smugmug!

 

20th Anniversary Gala

Sister portraits by Brian Smale P'18.

On May 18, 2018, 300 L-Dub fans came together at Block 41 in downtown Seattle to celebrate 20 Years of L-Dub! It was so wonderful to spend an evening with people who believe in the power of our small but mighty school, and in our graduates, students, and faculty and staff.

The event was a success! The Fund a Need raised an unprecedented $175,000! $50,000 of this would not have been possible without a generous $25,000 match at the $500 level! Thank you to everyone who rose their paddles high for the Cary Wyatt McCrae Financial Aid Fund. All proceeds from Fund a Need – indeed the entire gala – support tuition assistance for our families.

The LWGMS Timeline created by Molly Klema and Chelsea McCollum.

We raised $11,000 in the dessert dash; community events raised $6,300; and the raffle brought in a whopping $13,000! An additional $14,000 was raised through the amazing photos taken of our students by the fabulous Brian Smale P'18, the wine toss, bar donations, and the 20th anniversary commemorative Glassbabys! Thank you for spending an evening with us your generosity inspires so much of what we are able to do at L-Dub!

Our program featured alumnae...

  • Actor Rachel Kaftan ‘13, Franklin High School graduate, finalist in the 2016 National August Wilson Monologue Competition, and theatre student at Loyola Marymount University;
  • Washington State Running Start at Seattle Central and Seattle poet Azura Tyabji ‘14, one of 10 young poets competing at the Youth Speaks Seattle 2018 Grand Slam;
  • Jamie Keene '08, policy analyst in the Mayor’s Office in Washington, D.C., former Political Appointee, White House Council of Economic Advisers of the Obama Administration, and Smith College graduate;
  • and Savannah Blackwell '17, Franklin High School freshman and lead of the the FHS Drama Program’s Spring Musical The Wiz.
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Azura Tyabji ‘14, performing her poem for female revolution, for girls

 Jamie Keene '08

Jamie Keene '08

It is almost impossible for me adequately convey what LWGMS has done for my life. In a world that tells girls that they are not good enough and not strong enough to lead, LWGMS intervened at a critical moment in my life to correct the narrative. This school, its teachers, and its community of supporters, were able to help me create that steady inner voice that to this day calls me to believe in myself. Simply put, LWGMS made me aware of my power.
— Jamie Keene '08
 Savannah Blackwell '17, singing Home from  The Wiz .

Savannah Blackwell '17, singing Home from The Wiz.

As a kid I was afraid to do things I didn’t already know I was good at. It would have been good for me to be forced – not just to have the opportunity presented – but for me to have been required - to do things that were hard and challenging and new. Things like: getting on stage, or doing martial arts, or asking a scientist a set of questions about her work.

As a kid from a family who didn’t have any money for independent school, it would have been helpful to me to have financial aid–and for there to be other kids around who received financial aid too.
 Patti Hearn, Head of School

Patti Hearn, Head of School

As a kid who felt different from everyone else for a whole host of reasons, it would have been good for me to be in a community that was welcoming and inclusive. To have caring adults giving encouragement. To have freedom to make mistakes, to look silly sometimes, to get my hands dirty. Joy. Sisterhood. Lunchtime dance parties.

And while I think I turned out mostly okay, imagine what could have been. If I had gone to L-Dub, I could have been more like Azura. More like Rachel. More like Jamie and Savannah, and more like the alum in the room tonight and the over 300 graduates who are out in the world, making it better.
— Patti Hearn, Head of School

You can see all the photos of the gala by Lucien Knuteson here.

2018 Social Justice Film Festival

 Lake Washington Girls Middle School Social Justice Film Festival 2018

The Fifth Annual LWGMS Film Festival showcases the social justice films made by the class of 2018. As part of the Humanities curriculum, the Walls to Bridges class highlights taking action in a number of different ways, and on May 10, the eighth graders inspired us with their storytelling in the film medium. With their classmates, the students agreed on a topic, generated a thesis, created a storyboard, integrated interviews, videos, and still photos, and edited a five-minute film that inspired its audience to act, to think, and to discuss important issues facing our country and the world. The students’ film topics were indicators of what is on their minds, and this year, students had messages about gun violence, racism, the LGBTQ community, gender, dress codes, immigration, the Mee Too movement, and the media. Using film as a means of social change, students worked hard to create passionate and creative films that inspire us all to see things differently, to challenge old ideas, and to take action.

Some special thanks are in order. Mr. E is the answer to all things technical, Ms. Blaisdell makes the festival run smoothly, and filmmaker Eli Kimaro brought four other filmmakers to L-Dub to preview the films and offer invaluable feedback for the student filmmakers.

Congratulations to all of our filmmakers! You can find all the films – including the four audience-choice winners – on our YouTube page

Re-Accreditation Begins!

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As a fully accredited member of NWAIS, Lake Washington Girls Middle School has undergone a rigorous eight year cycle of Self Study process and review. It's a process that both holds us to the highest standards of conduct and operations, and asks us to reflect upon our school-wide practices around teaching and learning, culture, leadership and management. Lake Washington Girls Middle School last hosted an accreditation team in March of 2009.

Faculty, staff, and community representatives have spent the past year reflecting on the NWAIS Standards and the questions posed in the NWAIS Self Study. We have engaged in hours of conversation and even more hours of writing to complete our Self Study. As a result, we have a robust document that provides a shared understanding of where our school has been, where it is now, and where we would like to go. This document is available in the school’s advancement office review.

 LWGMS's Self Study: 106 pages strong!

LWGMS's Self Study: 106 pages strong!

On Sunday, March 25, 2018, we will begin the next stage in our accreditation journey – hosting a visiting team. A team chaired by Dr. Jayasri Ghosh, Head of The Brightwater Waldorf School and comprised of other school heads and staff from peer schools will be arriving to offer their perspective on our school. They have received a copy of our Self Study and will be on campus for three and a half days. The team’s task is to see if what we have written in our Self Study accurately reflects what is happening at our school. The team will also be looking at whether what we do meets the NWAIS Standards for accreditation. While the team is here, members will be observing the overall school program and meeting with various groups with these two goals in mind. It is important to note that team members are not evaluating individuals.

The team will write a report outlining what they observed and offering commendations, recommendations and suggestions based on their observations of our school. There are members of our community who have served on teams for other schools who can attest to the care and attention given to crafting recommendations that are not prescriptive. The visiting team report is meant to serve as a tool for schools to meet their goals while staying true to their mission. The team does not decide whether or not the school receives accreditation, but rather makes a recommendation to NWAIS. This report will be available for the community after the NWAIS Accreditation Committee and NWAIS Board have decided upon the school’s accreditation status.

Even after the accreditation decision has been reached, we will still have work ahead of us as the NWAIS Annual Report requires that schools report back on their progress in addressing the major recommendations from the report. Additionally, three years after the visit, we will submit a Response Report addressing all recommendations.

 
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As NWAIS explains, “accreditation uses peer review to promote quality without standardization, ensuring each school remains true to its values while delivering a high-quality educational experience.” The eight-year process holds our school accountable, offers us an opportunity to gather and reflect, and offers parents and alumnae the confidence that Lake Washington Girls Middle School is a valuable institution true to our mission and values.

Some Play!

L-Dub students brought the world of E. B. White and the classic story of a pig and a spider who become best friends to life on the stage. Through the love and friendship of a brilliant spider named Charlotte (and a few other farm animals), our hero, Wilbur, learned that he is quite some pig, who is terrific, radiant, and humble. As this bittersweet tale of friendship came to life on the L-Dub stage, the energy and enthusiasm from all the actors and crew members made the rehearsals a time of singing, dancing, and laughing. This was some cast and a terrific crew. The radiant Ms. B made costumes, props, and sets out of thin air, and the terrific Ms. Eva ran a tight ship and kept this director on task and on time. Ms. Mutschler and Señora Jacquie are some teachers – they took 18 sixth graders and turned them into dancing goslings and spiders. The ever-radiant Ms. Andi gave guidance and support to our singers and guitar players. Thanks to all the parents, L-Dub staff, and others who helped make this play terrific.

ThinkTank at Lake Washington Girls Middle School Yields Social Justice-Themed Startups

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This week was ThinkTank week at Lake Washington Girls Middle School, a week where half the student body is at Broadway Performance Hall preparing for the spring production, and the other half is on campus, spending their days in deep-dive projects.

This year, eighth grade students spent ThinkTank week creating their own Startups, complete with business plans based on market research and strategy, mission statements, branding packages, and web products (an app or a website).

The week began with a visit from Seattle’s own Molly Moon Neitzel of Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream, who spoke to students about her journey to becoming CEO and the valuable life lessons she learned along the way. She also urged students to think about how to create businesses with strong values systems woven through every aspect of their organizations – very much in line with the social justice values at LWGMS.

After some brainstorming and wireframing, every student pitched an idea to her classmates and students narrowed down the pool by selecting the business idea – each one of them social justice-themed – they most resonated with. Teams formed and the girls got to work. They developed the beginnings of seven businesses, such as the two winners, Blend, a company creating bandages that perfectly match their customers' skin tones, and Z, an online community for gender-judgement-free shopping.

Our students spent the week collaborating, building useful products and websites, and asking each other hard questions. Today the girls hosted a Startup Symposium for their peers (potential investors in this case) to pitch their ideas. Each student was given one heart distribute to the company of her choice, representing her investment in their mission, values, and work.

We were excited that King5 came to cover the symposium, and reported about it on Friday's 4pm news!

The Winning Companies (from the students):

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Blend (Website)

Girlpreneurs: Kyra, Anabel (filmed), and Valerie

Mission: BLEND works to make all people feel comfortable wearing bandages, no matter the color of their skin.

Pitch: BLEND is a company that creates bandages in a variety of skin tones so that all people can feel comfortable using bandages. We want all people to know  that their skin is beautiful, even if it does not match the “flesh-colored” bandages sold in retail stores.

We offer a variety of different bandages, such as adhesive bandages and elastic bandages.

On our website, you can send us a picture of your skin, and then we create a custom color that matches it. You can also choose from a large selection of colors on our color palette to create a bandage that matches your skin tone.


Z (Website)

Girlpreneurs: Ella, Allison (filmed) and, Charlie

Mission: We provide a safe and easy way for people to buy the clothes that fit their personal style without the limitations of binary labels.

Tagline: GENDER Judgement free shopping

Elevator Pitch: Z is a personalized website where people can shop for their favorite brands from the comfort of home, without the discomfort of feeling as if someone is judging you for your style.  

What the website does: Our website was made with the goal of eliminating the judgement that surrounds clothes shopping. We conducted a survey at our school where we asked participants to circle pictures of clothing articles that they thought they would wear. The pictures were of both men’s and women’s clothing, and participants were not told which was which. We found that, even though the majority of our classmates shop in the women’s section, everyone circled at least two items that were sold as men’s clothing. None of the clothes are categorized by gender, and our sizing doesn’t include the language “plus” or “petite,” but instead, uses numbers. Our website features a tool that allows users to input their size and measurements. With that information, pieces of clothing are recommended for the customer.

Molly Moon Inspires Our Girls

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It is ThinkTank week! While the cast and crew of Charlotte’s Web are at Broadway Performance Hall putting their final touches on the production that opens Thursday at 7p, the rest of our students are here on campus, deep diving into statistics projects and creating plans for businesses they’re dreaming up.

To help them along, we invited Molly Moon Neitzel, Founder and CEO of Molly Moon’s, to tell our girls her story…and answer their many questions! Ms. Molly told our girls that while growing up she took every opportunity she could to stretch herself in terms of leadership roles; that she started off her career in the non-profit world, engaging young people in progressive politics; that she worked three part time jobs while writing the business plan for Molly Moon’s; that optimism is a core component of all she does, from hiring and employee management to living her life; that equitable employment practices – providing free health care, paid family leave, sick leave, living wages, and pay transparency – a tool for reducing the gender and POC pay gap – creates a healthier, more robust work force; that being a mom and a CEO is hard, and she often tells herself “you don’t have to do all the things you want to do at the same time.”

The seventh grade, exploring bias and control in statistics as well as learning some mathematical tools to better understand and explain data, have already reported that “Ms. Molly's talk allowed us to stretch our ideas about bias and control by thinking about how she creates a similar customer experience. We also benefitted from her story, as we are thinking about values and intentions and how these ideas can play our in our projects/work.” Her stories were relatable. Her advice was responsible. Her passion was palpable. She’s total Locker Lady material…

We were honored to have Molly Moon with us today!

@mollymoonicecream @iammollymoon

#icecreamforeveryone #mollymoons #behomemade #mollymoonsicecream #bejoyful #icecreammakesyouhappy #odessamoon

Love Conquers All in A Wrinkle In Time

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A Wrinkle in Time is the story of Meg Murry, who is transported on an adventure through time and space to rescue her father from a planet taken over by hatred. She is joined by her little brother, Charles Wallace, and her friend, Calvin O’Keefe. With the help of some magical creatures and celestial beings, the children use love to conquer hate – a fitting message for all of us! Throughout the rehearsal process, the seventh graders brought their talent for singing, acting, and dancing as we added space-themed ideas to Meg’s adventure. The sixth graders brought their own talent to the production, especially in learning so many dances and performing them with energy. Finally, the eighth graders on crew took charge of almost every phase of this show. The costumes, sets, and props are the product of the creativity and organization of the crew, under the supervision of Ms. B. The technical crew working the sound, lights, and projections were quick to solve problems and eager to support the actors by making everyone on stage look good and sound good. This crew was stellar.

As with any L-Dub production, there are so many people to thank – teachers, staff, parents, and volunteers. For the second year in a row, we are lucky to have Ms. Andi as our musical director who brings so much joy to middle school singing, dancing, and acting. As always, our artistic director, Ms. B, offers the eighth grade patience and guidance as the students take over the costumes and sets. Theater week comes together because Ms. Colleen coordinates the many moving parts, while Ms. Eva, Ms. Lindsey, and Sra. Jacquie make sure the actors are dancing, singing, and acting with energy and volume. Thanks to all the faculty and staff who drove buses and cars to and from the theater and came to see the show (often more than once!) And lastly, thanks to parents, families, and friends who fill the theater with laughter and love. And, as Meg and her friends learn, love conquers all!

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To see all of the photos, head to Smugmug!

Taking Giving Personally – Brenda Cram P'12

As you know, an independent school relies upon the generosity of its families, alum, parents of alum, trustees, grandparents, and friends to provide an exceptional program and environment for its students. Named after the school mascot – Fuerza – LWGMS’s Annual Fund is called The Fuerza Fund. Many of the enhancements and unique programs provided at our school are a result of each year’s Fuerza Fund. Annual giving allows us to offer an empowering education while keeping tuition affordable.

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We've asked our board members to share with you why they support L-Dub, and each week we'll share their words with you. This week, Brenda Cram P'12, Associate Head at The Evergreen School in Shoreline, Washington, shares why she takes giving to L-Dub personally...

I give to the LWGMS annual fund because I believe that every girl who has the opportunity to attend this school deserves the entire program that the school desires to bring. With the funding from each one of us, these girls are able to connect with community partners, learn difficult material, and connect that learning to critically engage as a global citizen. This is a place where each student is acknowledged as a scholar, as a creator, as an active participant, and as a compassionate member of society. L-Dub is a place where every student engages with their peers, stewards the growth of a sister within the walls, connects with teachers, and is met – consistently – at their proximal zone of development. If funding the annual fund each year will mean that students will be introduced to theater, will engage in expeditions that solidify the connection between school and the community/world, or will learn that they have the ability to “break a board,” then I feel proud of funding this place. L-Dub uses all funds with care and consideration and analyzes each programmatic change to attain the best outcomes for the girls who attend. I know that I want to support the incredible program this team creates and deepens each year and I feel proud to know that I can participate in helping this gem of a school stay viable in a changing climate.
— Brenda Cram P'12

You will soon receive a Fuerza Fund letter and remittance envelope (though you can always make your gift online) via snail mail. Our goal this year is $200,000. We've already received $99,000 in pledges, and hope to raise an additional $75,000 from families and friends, and $25,000 from matching gifts.

YOU help make L-Dub the great place it is, and we truly appreciate your support. Take a look at Fuerza Fund Q&A here, and feel free to contact us with questions anytime! 

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Seeking Women in STEM for STEAM Cafés!

Research on the gap between men and women in STEM fields points to the scarcity of readily available role models for girls as they consider STEM careers. The lack of female role models reinforces some negative stereotypes held by girls and young women about STEM fields, and as girls begin to consider high school classes, college majors, and career paths, STEM fields are not reinforced by respected role models for them. It’s been noted that the “male geek” stereotype about computer scientists actively dissuades women from considering the field. At LWGMS, we aim to expose our students to a wide variety of women role-models and mentors in STEM fields...to ensure that every girl has the potential to find a role-model or mentor with whom she connects.

For our students, this is where STEAM Cafés come in. Did you know that LWGMS’s STEAM Department hosts times for students to meet with female STEM leaders during their lunch period one a month to learn about their research and/or work? Yup! STEAM Cafés are a wonderful opportunity to open our students' minds to new careers and introduce them to STEM role models, and they were a huge hit last year! 

We learned from our role models Riley Andert, Parul Christian, Amie Patao, Cynthia Putnam, Cheryl Greengrove, I-Wei Feng, and Dana Manalang to name a few, that many of them are trying hard to encourage others into their fields, taking on leadership positions, and trying hard to inspire fellow and future scientists. For our students to have faces, names, and biographies to aspire to was truly inspiring.We are currently accepting nominations and registrations for LWGMS STEAM Café presenters! If you are – or know – a rad woman in STEM who would like to connect with our students, please click the link in our bio and send her our way!

#STEMwomen #ifshecanseeitshecanbeit #LDubSTEAMCafe

To learn more or sign up, please complete this Google Form. Any questions, please email LWGMS Science teacher, Ms. Christine.

A Welcoming Place for our Students and Their Families.

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As many of you know, last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions confirmed reports that the administration is rescinding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program over the next two and half years. DACA—established in June 2012—allows undocumented youth brought to the United States as children relief from deportation and gives them the right to work legally. Nearly 800,000 young people have participated in this program. The Pew Research Center estimates almost 7 percent of current K-12 students are undocumented or have one undocumented parent at home. Many DACA participants have graduated from high school or college and are valuable contributors to their communities. These children and adults include members of our greater independent school community across the country.

The National Association of Independent Schools, the national membership organization comprising 1,700 independent schools, released a statement this week which includes the following, “As schools, we have a fundamental responsibility to provide a safe environment for all students. A large portion of the bias incidents and hate crimes in the country over the last year have occurred on campuses. It is our duty to help every member of our community understand that while diversity of opinion and dialogue are to be encouraged, bias and discrimination will not be tolerated in our schools.” Similarly, Seattle Public Schools released a statement that the district “stands with our governor, state attorney general, local legislative delegation and elected city and county leaders against the end of DACA. We have hope that Congress will act swiftly to find a positive solution.”

At Lake Washington Girls Middle School, the safety of our students is of utmost importance. We believe we have a responsibility to protect children and create a safe and healthy environment for all students, and we support the right of all students to attend school. We are committed to educating children regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender expression, country of origin or immigration status. We will never ask for or record information regarding student or family immigration status.

It is also important to us that every member of our community is valued. As a diverse school community that places a value on social justice, we will work together to steward the school as an inclusive and welcoming place for our students and their families.

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Patricia Hearn
Head of School

For additional information, please see the resources listed below provided by NAIS.

Background on DACA

Immigration Information for DACA Recipients

Emotional Support for Community Members


 

Three Twists on Hamlet

Whether playing Hamlet, Hamlette, Romeo, Juliet, Macbeth, Darth Vader, Pumbaa or Timon, these eighth graders brought us their best. As the three directors sought to add original ideas and new twists on Shakespeare's greatest tragedy, the Class of 2017 collaborated to create some of the funniest one-acts in L-Dub history. With their energy and commitment, these talented students re-wrote scenes from Shakespeare, a certain story about a young lion, and a film about a galaxy far-far-away. They choreographed dances and fight scenes, whether with poison, daggers, or light sabers, to make us laugh and marvel at their creativity. Your directors thank you for all your hard work over the last couple of months, including a long week at the theater where the technical crew has only a few hours to light a show, hit their sound cues, and project our slides. 

 Lake Washington Girls Middle School One Act Festival, 2017

To be, or not to be in a middle school one act--that is the question:
Whether 'tis funnier in the mind of three directors to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous actors
Or to make jokes about a classic
And by laughing, teach them. To dance to sing--
Please more--and by a finale to say we love
The actors, and the thousand natural hams
That make up lines. 'Tis a production
Devoutly to be wished. To speak, to project--
To project--perchance to sing: ay, there's the rub,
For in that director’s mind what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off the middle school stage,
Must give us pause. There's the class of 2017
That makes our show so great.
 

Thank you to you all, 
Ms. Hearn, Ms. Jenny, and Ms. B

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Welcoming Our New 2017/2018 Families!

Thank you to everyone who came to New Family Welcome last night! Our girls were so excited to introduce their newest sisters, and our parents, faculty, and staff were thrilled to connect names to faces after a long admissions season. We can't wait for 2017/2018!

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