Parents of seniors are invited to the Dragon Room on Wednesday, October 2 from 6-8pm to learn what students are doing to prepare for the college application season. (This event was previously set for Sept. 25.) Some topics we will cover are what seniors should be doing now to prepare to submit applications, what parents can do to help, how to complete the FAFSA and understand the costs of college, what seniors and parents can expect for the months to come, and how SGS college counselors help students throughout this process. There will be time for parents to ask questions that pertain to the whole group and afterwards on an individual basis. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by emailing Kerry Clark at Kerry.email@example.com.
Four members of Saint George's Class of 2020 have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship organization for their outstanding performance on the PSAT test last fall. Marshall Roll and Sarah Wu were named National Merit Semifinalists for finishing among the top 16,000 students out of 1.6 million who took the test nationwide. They are eligible to reach Finalist status in February 2020 with the potential of earning a $2,500 college scholarship. In addition, Miya Jacobs and Kathryn Moon were named National Merit Commended Scholars for finishing among the top 50,000 students nationwide in the PSAT. Congratulations to all four seniors who are among the top academic students in the country!
This Thursday, Sept. 12 is Parents' Night in the Middle School and the Upper School from 6:30 to 8:45pm. Please gather in the MS or US Courtyard with other SGS parents for introductions and a schedule for the evening. This is your chance to meet your student's teachers and learn how we use PowerSchool to support student learning. See the Parents' Night Schedule for more details. See you there!
The 10th graders took a three-day trip during the first week of school to the Portland area to visit the University of Portland, Willamette University, Oregon State University, and Linfield College. They talked with Admissions officers, tour guides, and even SGS alumni to learn about what college life is like and how to prepare for it. See a Photo Gallery of their trip and the schools they toured.
SGS students in grades 8-11 will take the PSAT test on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at school. For juniors, the test determines eligibility for the National Merit Scholarship. For other students, the test helps the school gauge their progress toward college readiness. Students have been given practice booklets in their school mailboxes to go through, and they can use Khan Academy to get free, customized lessons to prep for the PSAT and SAT. Now is the time to practice for the test so they will be prepared and more comfortable on testing day. If parents or students have questions, please contact Kerry Clark (Director of College Counseling) or Happy Avery, the newest member of the college counseling team.
Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Penn, and Stanford will have admission representatives in Spokane on Monday, Sept. 9 to give a group presentation on the admission requirements for each of those schools. This event is held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Spokane City Center. The presentation is designed for high school students and their parents. You must register to be eligible to attend; here is the Link to Register. The organizers suggest arriving 15 to 20 minutes beforehand to complete the sign-in process and find a seat. Programs typically last one and a half hours.
Thursday, Sept. 5 from 6:30-8:00pm is Back to School Night in the Lower School. Parents are invited to meet with your child's teachers and learn about the lessons and activities planned for Lower School students this fall. This is also your opportunity to meet our Specialists and School Counselor and learn about their amazing programs. See Kathy Johnson's Letter for more details.
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