20 for 20: Rory Weiskopf, Class of 2022

20 for 20: Rory Weiskopf, Graduating 8th Grader, SGS Class of 2022
The 20 Stories for 20 Years series wouldn’t be complete without the voice of a Seattle Girls’ School student. We loved sitting down with Rory Weiskopf – a recently graduated 8th grader – to talk about her experience at SGS, learn about the great relationships she built with teachers and friends, and to glean some top-notch advice for incoming students. We’re excited for Rory’s next chapter and will miss her sense of humor and positive attitude at SGS next year.

You graduated this year, Rory! How do you feel about graduating from middle school?
It’s kind of sad, but I am excited, too. I really like the teachers and the students are nice. I have mixed feelings – it’s the end of an era.

What made you decide to attend Seattle Girls’ School? What makes SGS stand out?
I went to Bertschi School before coming to SGS, and the Head of School there, Rafael del Castillo, used to be the Head of School at Seattle Girls’ School and told us how great it was. We visited SGS, and the teachers seemed really nice and like they really care. Seattle Girls’ School had a really nice environment.
I like being confident – I like talking to people a lot – and I’d like to stay that way. Sometimes in other schools, I’d worry that there would be too much going on that could make someone fall behind.

You mentioned the teachers at SGS. Is there a teacher that really stands out to you for being awesome?
There are so many teachers who stand out in so many ways. One of them is Kara, she’s a math teacher. She has a really great sense of humor. She’s amazing. She’ll give you extra credit if you ask. Sometimes I’ll come in at lunch and ask, “Hey! Can we do math?” Or I’ll email her questions when I get confused, and she’ll answer the next day, and we’ll talk about it.

Then there is Profe, she’s currently my advisor, and we’ve been friendly since sixth grade. Her name is Libby, but everyone calls her Profe because she’s the Spanish teacher, and it’s a really great nickname. She’s also really funny and has been at SGS a really long time. Everyone can tell she cares.
There is also Wendy – founding member – and you can tell how much she cares about her work. She jumps around the classroom and tells you the stuff you really need to know. She gives you multiple views and multiple sides of an argument. She really puts in the work.

And also Ms. Lulu. She can command the class using humor alone. She’s really kind, and she really knows kids. She’s very whimsical and loves dinosaurs. She isn’t afraid to join in the jokes in class instead of just shutting them down. You can tell she hasn’t forgotten what it was like to be a kid, and she uses that to help people learn because she knows how she learned when she was young.

What are your plans for next year? Any thoughts on what you want to study in high school or after?
Next year I’m going to University Prep. There is this college called Oberlin, where my dad went to, and I look at all the courses and I want to go to all of them. I don’t want to make a decision too early about what I’ll do after high school – let’s figure out what I’m good at first.

Do you have any advice for the incoming students? What should they know about how to make their experience at the school great?
Raise your hand, even when you don’t exactly know the answer. Sometimes, you need to set your own boundaries. Like if there is an assignment or something happening that makes you uncomfortable, just talk to the adults and they’ll listen, but they aren’t mind readers, so you need to speak up. We do a lot about exploring and understanding your identity – so keep an open mind. Some things you might not understand, but you don’t have to know everything all at once.
Located in the Central District, Seattle Girls' School is an independent school for girls and gender nonconforming students in grades 5-8. Our mission is to inspire and develop courageous leaders who think independently, work collaboratively, learn joyfully, and champion change.