Lower School News

The Lower School Parent Back-to-School Night is this Thursday, September 20, from 6:30-8 pm.  This event is for adults only.  At the end of the evening, you will have a better understanding of your child's classroom educational program, expectations, and special events planned for the year.  Our classroom teachers, specialists, and the K-12 counselor will be available to talk to you more about their programs.  See you there! 

The 1st-3rd grade chess team earned 25th place in a field of 159 teams at the State Elementary Chess Championships in the Tri-Cities on April 21.  1st-3rd teammates included Noah Hochheimer, Eshan Reddy, Adrian Rooney, Donovan Bradford, and Preston Sevigny.  Coach James Stripes reports that the high scorer from SGS was 5th grader Rohan Dhillon, who tied for 7th place overall among all 188 individual competitors.  He and 4th grader Per Sande represented the 4th-6th graders at State.  See a Photo Gallery of some of the competitors and their trophies.  Go Dragons!

The Lower School spent their last morning of school competing in a variety of fun outdoor games and creative activities.  See a Photo Gallery and Video Part 1 and Video Part 2 (because there was too much fun to fit into just one video) of the end of the school year! 

The 3rd grade class hiked several miles through Riverside State Park on May 25th to the Spokane House site for living history demonstrations from the fur trading era.  See a Photo Gallery of their hike and visit.

The 5th graders formally "crossed the bridge" to the Middle School and celebrated the end of their time in the Lower School on June 1.  See a big Photo Gallery of them crossing the bridge to the applause of the rest of the Lower and Middle School students, as well as class and candid photos on the bridge afterwards...

The 5th grade spent several days in late May learning about people and events around central Montana -- The Charlie Russell Museum, Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, the Missouri River and Gates Dam, First People's State Park's Buffalo Jump, a boat ride through the Gates of the Mountains, and practicing Native American tools at Missouri Headwaters State Park.  See a Photo Gallery of the class in Montana.  Thanks to Sherry Shoemaker for the nice group photos!

The Kindergarten students raised butterflies in their classroom, decorated their own "wings" in art, and then released their butterflies on Graduation Lawn on May 16, 2018.  See a Video and a Photo Gallery of their eventful day.  How cute is that?!

The 1st graders completed their studies of the rainforest with this annual musical performance of a "Rumpus in the Rainforest" on May 16 and 17.  See a Photo Gallery of them in the Dragon's Den and watch a 20-Minute Video of all their songs in the show.


Congratulations to the 5th grade Math Is Cool team, who competed in Moses Lake at the State Masters competition this past Saturday, May 19.  Team members are Rohan Dhillon, Gabe Law, Ian Rizvi, and Ian Reichel.  "They did not place in the competition," says coach Sherry Shoemaker, "but they were in the top 'i' division, which is the hardest group to be in."  Sherry spent the day at the competition correcting math papers and working with the state organizers.  Go Dragons!

Family and friends listened to Lower School students read their own books at the annual Writers' Celebration on Friday, May 11.  See a Photo Gallery of the authors sharing their original stories with appreciative audiences.  (See More Photos from Grandparents' Day on May 11 here.)

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