News Landing

2021

  • November

    6th Grade Science Update

    Read More
  • Spanish Routines

    Read More
  • 5th Grade Math

    Read More
  • 7th & 8th Grade Science

    Read More
  • 5th Grade Science

    Read More
  • Introducing our 2021-2022 Student Council! Elections results were revealed at community meeting on Wednesday. Thank you to all our candidates for bringing their passion to the campaign season.

    Our SGS Student Council: It’s Campaign Week!

    Read More
  • October

    7th and 8th Grade Math

    Read More
  • Lights! Camera! Action! Respect... ….and get ready for Performance & Media Arts (PMA)

    Read More
  • Pasta Towers + Group Roles

    Read More
  • 7th + 8th Grade Art Update

    Read More
  • Adventure + Wellness

    Read More
  • Learning Specialist Update

    Read More
  • Learning Team Meetings

    Read More
  • 7th and 8th Grade Language Arts

    Read More
  • A Week in 6th Grade

    Read More
  • September

    Formulating Hypotheses

    Read More
  • Music in the Halls!

    Music rings down the halls of the south building again at SGS as students in 5th and 6th grade are introduced to their instruments. The 5th graders start on ukuleles with the summer-time favorite, Lime in the Coconut, and the 6th graders start their guitar adventures with the Queen classics, Another One Bites the Dust and We Will Rock You. Students enter music classes at SGS from all different levels of experience, so right from the beginning we layer in multiple levels of difficulty, giving students a challenge by choice. Videos in class help us document growth as we compare where we started to where we end up. Watch the video here to see this 6th grade class’s starting point on We Will Rock You.
    Read More
  • Supporting Our Students in Identity Development

    Read More
  • 5th Grade Orientation

    5th Grade at SGS is a special experience as students come from schools all over Seattle and the surrounding area to start their journey at SGS. As a smaller class, we focus a lot on community building and spend the beginning of the year getting to know each individual student. We focus on celebrating our unique strengths and talents as gifts we can bring to the 5th Grade community at SGS. 

    During the four days of orientation, 5th Grade students created silhouette portraits and chose symbols, colors, materials, and designs to represent who they are, their strengths and interests, and what is important to them. At the 5th Grade Opening Ceremonies, each student took the stage to share the deeper meaning behind their intentional choices with an audience of family and friends. It was amazing to see students step into their courage zones to share bravely and honestly about who they are after only four days of being together. 

    What many people don’t know is that the silhouette portraits were originally intended to be a mask project. In fact, students spent a whole day thinking and planning how they were going to embellish and design a papier mache mask. And then...there was a delay in the mail. The masks that were scheduled to arrive Monday did not arrive in time. So, we have to get creative, think flexibly, and change course. In some cases, students adapted their plans to work in 2D. In other cases, students changed their plans altogether. Adapting to change is something we have all become accustomed to during the Covid-19 pandemic, but it never seems to get any easier. It was an amazing moment for our students to come together as a community, adapt to a change gracefully, and share proudly the end results that were so different, and I would argue more beautiful, than what any of us imagined.
    Read More
  • 8th Grade: Building Leadership Skills

    Throughout their time at SGS, students are both encouraged to and, sometimes, required to step into leadership. They do this through facilitating Community Meetings, interviewing activists, leading activities with students from other grades, and more. 

    During 8th grade, students are in an excellent position to share their leadership with our community and spend intentional time learning facilitation skills. Some of these skills are already second nature to our students - the “stand and deliver” model is one that they have experienced before, for example. Instead of approaching the building of facilitation skills as a facilitator with a captive audience, 8th graders will be learning and practicing the tools of engaging facilitation; how to bring an audience along, how to demonstrate a growth mindset when facilitating, and how to make space for others’ voices during a presentation. 8th graders will put these experiences into action through facilitating class meetings, presenting lessons and activities to their classmates, and leading mindful moments throughout the school year. 

    The 8th grade team looks forward to continuing to support our 8th graders in honing their voices, skills, and capacities for leadership.
    Read More
  • Rep. Kirsten Harris-Talley Visits SGS

    The SGS community was thrilled to receive a special visit this week from 37th District Representative Kirsten Harris-Talley. Elected to the state legislature in 2020, Rep. Harris-Talley’s district runs from Beacon Hill down to Renton, including SGS and the Central District. Four 8th grade students from the Black and Multiracial affinity groups introduced Rep. Harris-Talley to the community before she spoke about her background and journey to the State Legislature. Rep. Harris-Talley shared with students that she is the first Black queer woman to serve in the Washington State Legislature. “I never saw people that looked like me in politics when I was growing up,” she said. She credited activism and communities demanding representation with making her path to the legislature possible. In fact, her career is rooted in activism, first in reproductive justice and then expanding through intersectionality to work with climate change activists and abolitionists fighting oppressive incarceration policies.

    Rep. Harris-Talley also touched on the history of redlining and discrimination that has defined the Central District in particular, and the community-led initiatives and activism that rose up to combat those persistent institutional barriers. An active participant in the George Floyd protests last summer, she was pleased to report over 125 consecutive days of protest directly led to 12 police accountability bills being passed in the state legislature this past year, an “unheard of” amount.

    Students also had the time to ask questions of Rep. Harris-Talley at the end of her visit. One question that came from the 8th grade was on how white people can be effective allies to these movements. “Allyship is only allyship if people ask you for assistance,” said Rep. Harris-Talley. “Find what makes you want to take action, and then find the place where folks are already organizing about it and be in community first. We all make mistakes, but showing up and being open and to be of service is what you need to do to be a good ally.” Thank you to Rep. Harris-Talley for sharing her story, values, and vision for a more equitable future! (Inset: Ms. Lulu with 8th graders Brooklyn, Zamiah, LaJaya, and Rep. Harris-Talley).
    Read More
  • 20 for 20: Keira Edwards, SGS Alum Class of 2006

    Read More
  • Making the Most of an Uncertain School Year

    Head of School Brenda Leak’s advice on how to make the most of this uncertain school year was recently published as on op-ed in The Seattle Times. She writes, “Center people and connection first: Education is built on relationships and trust among students, educators and families. When the relationships are strong, anything is possible. When they’re not, things fall apart.”
    Read More
Back 2021
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.