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SGS Trivia Night Planned for Dec. 8

Saint George’s Center for Family Engagement is hosting a Trivia Night for parents, alumni, faculty/staff, and friends on Thursday, December 8 at 6:30pm in the Upper School Courtyard. Join us for a casual evening of drinks, appetizers, and five rounds of trivia to connect, compete, and have fun. Tickets will cost $10 per person. Register your team based on the number of folks you plan to compete with – team sizes can range from 2-6 people. Your team can pay when you RSVP through Eventbrite or can pay cash at the door. Only one member from each team needs to RSVP, which can also be done using the QR Code on the Trivia Night Flyer. Contact Meghan Kilgore with any questions.

“Power the Dragon” Annual Fund Nears Halfway Point

While the Fall Parent Drive has ended with the big snowfall, you can still donate to the “Power the Dragon” Annual Fund this month to count toward your charitable giving in 2022. The Annual Fund runs through June 30, 2023, but don’t wait to get your student’s class totals up to 100%! Here are the current totals by grade as of Dec. 5:

Annual Fund goals include 100% parent participation and $190,000+ in gifts and donations. With about $94,000 in donations so far, we are nearly halfway to the total goal of giving! Make a donation today to help reach 100% participation for your child’s class. Gifts can be made on the SGS Website or by check or cash to the Business Office. Go Dragons!

IB Highlights: Analyzing Frida Kahlo

Extended Essay Highlight: Senior Lilly Glennie’ s EE research question is: To what extent do Frida Kahlo’s self-portraits differ from her female Mexican contemporaries?

Frida Kahlo’s paintings have always intrigued Lilly, being introduced to her art at a young age. Lilly was also interested in why her paintings are so noteworthy and allowed her to become a prominent figure, as other artists were exploring similar concepts at the time.

“Some primary sources I utilized in my research process are from paintings I was lucky enough to see in person last summer at art museums in New York and Washington DC,” says Lilly. She gathered additional works, information from journals and books, and perspectives from art critics, to complete her research and analyze the similarities and differences between formal qualities in the paintings.

CAS Experience Highlights: CAS experiences that Upper School students recorded this week included planning for Casino Night, participating in Robotics, helping with Casino Night clean up, participating in Operation Christmas Child boxes, running the clock at the basketball jamboree, playing basketball, and participating in the Upper School mentor program.

IB Question of the Week: In each IB class, what are the Internal Assessments and the External Assessments?

The IB uses both external and internal assessments in the Diploma Program (DP) to assess student learning.
• The external assessments (EA) include the exams in May of a student’s senior year. These EAs count for 70 – 80% of the score in an IB course. The EAs are sent in to the IB for grading by IB examiners. If a student takes IB Visual Arts, their EA is an exhibition. In addition, if a student takes a Language A HL course (Chinese A Literature HL or English A Literature HL), they also produce a written assignment. These assessments are called “external” because teachers outside of SGS assess and decide what grade they earn. IB examiners and assessors are all over the globe but trained by the IB to ensure uniformity.
• The internal assessments (IA) include the many investigations and projects that students undertake here at SGS during the two-year program. 20 – 30% of the student’s score is derived from the IA. SGS students complete an IA in each course. The grade for the IA is assessed by the SGS teacher but it is externally moderated by the IBO (International Baccalaureate Organization), meaning they are reviewed for grading accuracy.

External assessment: Examinations form the basis of the assessment for most courses, because of their high levels of objectivity and reliability. They include:
• essays
• structured problems
• short-response questions
• data-response questions
• text-response questions
• case-study questions
• multiple-choice questions

Internal assessment: Teacher assessment is also used for all courses. This includes:
• written work in languages
• oral work in languages
• laboratory work in the sciences
• investigations in mathematics
• artistic performances

For more information about Diploma Program grading and assessment, please follow this link: http://www.ibo.org/en/programmes/diploma-programme/assessment-and-exams/understanding-ib-assessment/

The Diploma Program (DP) curriculum for grades 11-12 is made up of six subject groups and the DP core, comprising theory of knowledge (TOK), creativity, activity, service (CAS) and the extended essay (EE). Please refer to the IB Page on our website for detailed IB information or email Elizabeth Tender with any questions.

This Week’s Athletic Competitions

After several road games, the boys JV and boys and girls varsity basketball teams return for home games on Saturday, Dec. 10. The Middle School girls teams also host Liberty at 4, 5, and 6pm on Thursday, Dec. 8. View this week’s Athletic Calendar for times, and check the Dragon Athletics Webpage for other updates and details. Go Dragons!

Esports Team Advances with Playoff Win Over Madras

The Super Smash Esports team won their first round of Playoffs 2-0 against Madras High School’s Triple Threat on Friday, Dec. 2. Gibson Montgomery won his set 2-0, while Gabe Gustafson had his second toughest match up of the whole season, winning his set 2-1. Congratulate Gibson, Gabe, Ronan Gortler, Eli Sieber, Liam Brennan, and Keelie Halsted when you see them!

The team advances to the second round (Elite Eight) of the Pacific Region Playoffs with a rematch on Tuesday, Dec. 6 against Polaris Ultimate A from Prince George Secondary School in Prince George, BC. It will be another single elimination match. “It should be an interesting match, since SGS lost to them 1-2 early on in the regular season,” says coach Ross Miller. A win would get them into the Final Four matches on Thursday, Dec. 8. Go Dragons!

Pep Rally Honors Fall Teams, Opens Basketball Season

A Middle and Upper School pep rally on December 1st honored the fall athletic teams and encouraged everyone to cheer on the basketball teams in their upcoming games. See photo galleries of the Pep Rally and of the Cookies and Signs that the new Cheerleading Squad decorated for the Upper School before the first basketball games. Plus see a YouTube Video of the spirited activities and of the new SGS Cheerleading Squad in action for the first time!