Lakeside Middle School
13510 1st Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98125-3099
Lakeside Upper School
14050 1st Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98125-3099
A rich element of education at Lakeside is the many clubs that provide all students the ability to become engaged in activities that are important to them. The number and focus of student clubs change from year to year as students with different interests take leadership.
For more information about Upper School clubs and activities, please contact Upper School Associate Director Bryan Smith
, and for Middle School clubs and activities, contact Middle School Assistant Director Jamie Asaka
Below is a sample of the kinds of clubs we offer.
Upper School Student Clubs and Activities
is an all-male a capella group that performs for the greater school community in a variety of functions and venues. The group draws its members from all grade levels, rehearses at least once a week, and sometimes performs off campus.
Amnesty International (AI) is a worldwide human-rights organization that works to uphold the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights to secure the physical and psychological safety of the people of the world. The Lakeside AI chapter’s role is to write letters to governments around the globe and to increase awareness around the community.
|Black Student Union|
The Black Student Union is an affinity group composed primarily of, but not limited to, students of African-American heritage in the Upper School. BSU seeks to create a fun and supportive atmosphere, meeting on a regular basis to discuss issues of race and culture in terms of how they affect both black students in particular and Lakeside students as a whole. BSU also participates in fund raising, assemblies, dance sponsorship, and other group activities.
Chess Team participants practice regularly and are coached by a faculty member and by highly ranked chess masters. Lakeside’s chess players compete and regularly place highly in the Metro Chess League’ State Individual Championships and Team Championships, Nationals, and Super Nationals.Click here to see the Lakeside Chess Team website.
Earth Corps’ mission is to bring environmental awareness and education to Lakeside students. They work with the school community to provide recycling and compost bins, promote environmental issues throughout the world, and reach out to the greater Seattle community to participate in environmental projects.
|Gay, Lesbian, or Whatever (GLOW)|
Gay, Lesbian, or Whatever (GLOW) is a gay-straight alliance (GSA) student organization. People who are interested in learning about and discussing GLBTQ (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning) issues are welcome to attend GLOW on a one-time or regular basis. In previous years, GLOW has organized day-long GSA summits for Western Washington schools, has hosted speakers prominent in the national GLBTQ community, and has held campus events to promote awareness about the challenges facing by members of the GLBTQ community.Click here to visit the Tumblr created by GLOW
Imago is the school’s literary magazine, published in June of each year. Students may join the editorial board and/or contribute poetry, fiction, photography, and artwork for publication.
Knowledge Bowl is a group of students who participate as a team in local, statewide, and regional competitions testing quick recall of general knowledge in all areas—literature, science, math, history, the arts, and others. The group is committed to studying various topics in preparation for meets. The students involved are the leaders; they organize practices as well as competitions. Local meets are at various area high schools and serve as preparation for the regional and state tournaments.
|Lakeside Asian-Pacific Students|
Lakeside Asian-Pacific Students (LAPS) represents one of the largest racial/ethnic groups on the Lakeside campus. This affinity club is organized by students of Asian-Pacific descent and others interested in Asian-American issues. LAPS aims both to provide a supportive network for Asian-American students as well as to raise general awareness about Asian-American identity and culture. In addition to hosting a variety of informal discussions and social gatherings, LAPS also participates in fund-raising and community service activities.
The Lakeside Film Club educates Lakeside students about cinematic art and history. The goal is to provide an opportunity for students to express themselves through film, use technology to make films, and then to showcase their work.
Multicultural Initiators EXperiencing and Encouraging Diversity (MIxED) is an affinity group developed to address the unique dilemmas and experiences of students of mixed cultural and/or racial heritage. The mission of MIxED is to create a sense of multicultural affinity within the Lakeside Community. It is a discussion-based group designed to open up dialogue about the various aspects of both the multiracial and greater multicultural experience. The members strive to educate the Lakeside community about the issues specific to the multicultural experience. In addition to sponsoring discussions about issues pertinent to students on such topics as intercultural dating, MIxED hosts a variety of events, including a celebration of multicultural winter traditions. Students of all backgrounds are invited to participate in this club.
Model UN is a way for students to participate in addressing social, economic, political and environmental issues that affect humanity. Students participate by representing a particular country and then doing research and advocating their national point of view in a mock United Nations gathering. Students address political conflicts in the developing world, examine how access to environmental resources affect world power, and what it means to be a global citizen.
Philosophy Club provides a forum for philosophical discussion at Lakeside. It seeks to give students an environment in which they can discuss issues at a fundamental level. There is no right and wrong in philosophy, and the teleological aim of our discussions is not to come up with an answer, but rather to examine the myriad of ways topics can be addressed, and to gain a deeper understanding of the complexity of these questions. The club holds meetings every other week during activity period.
Science Olympiad is a club devoted to increasing student interest and recognizing student accomplishments in science. The club’s primary focus is preparation for tournaments at the regional and state level at which students compete in individual and team events. Events generally fall into two categories: building events and knowledge events. Building events require students to construct devices such as bridges and trebuchets ahead of time for use in the competition. Knowledge events require students to display a thorough understanding of a particular topic through games, experiments, and other activities. The club meets periodically throughout the year to prepare for the regional tournament, generally held in early April, in which all members participate in a full day of competition.
Student Government consists of 16 elected representatives, four from each class. The group meets twice weekly to work on issues ranging from club approval, funding, and oversight to school policy. Elections for 10th, 11th, and 12th grades take place in the spring semester for the following school year; 9th-grade elections occur in the first weeks of school in the fall.
|Student/Faculty Judicial Committee|
This committee works with the Upper School assistant director to resolve incidents when students may have violated the Statement of Community Expectations
. It is composed of four elected student representatives and two elected faculty members, and is charged with answering three questions for each incident:
1. Does this incident violate the Community Expectations?
2. If so, is a consequence merited?
3. If so, what should that consequence be?
Students learn the basic rules of the game, participate in competition with other Lakeside club members, and promote the sport within the school community. They meet one time per week and students do not need to have any previous experience.
Tatler is Lakeside School’s student-run newspaper. It is published monthly, or more often if breaking news or special events demand it. The mission of Tatler is to chronicle student life at Lakeside. It informs, entertains, and provides a forum for students, faculty, staff, and other community members to do the same. Editorially, it strives to be fair, accurate, and essential. Artistically, it strives to be clear, compelling, and memorable. No prior experience is necessary to sign up to work on the Tatler staff as a writer, designer, photographer, or ad sales rep.
The purpose of the Cross Country Ski Club is to gather a group of students to spend time in the outdoors, share a love of skiing, and to promote the outdoor recreational opportunities close to Seattle. Students will travel to the trails around Snoqualmie Pass on the weekends to participate and Lakeside will provide transportation for all members. Students do not need previous experience and the school helps to provide equipment and instruction.
Middle School Student Clubs and Activities
Members of all skill levels are coached by a national master. Students are welcome to drop in as their schedule permits to play practice games and learn cool openings and tricky strategies. Interested players, including those unable to attend Chess Club, may participate in the monthly Friday afternoon Seattle Middle School Metro chess league and other local, state and national competitions.
Computer Programming is open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Fifth graders are welcome after they have completed the January robotics unit in their science/math class. Students build and program robots for collaborative display or competition at the end of the year. Students can use the LEGO Mindstorms sets available at school as well as bring in robots they are working on at home for show and tell.
|Dungeons and Dragons Club|
Dungeons and Dragons Club is a place where fantasy and adventure live! Students create their own characters and then put them into action during live role playing gatherings after school.
|Math Clubs 5 and 6|
Math Clubs 5 and 6 are designed for enthusiastic young mathematicians who want to extend themselves with challenging problems. It is student centered with opportunities for students to work through problems alone or in groups and can be attended on a drop-in basis.
|Math Clubs 7 and 8|
Math Clubs 7 and 8 gather like-minded friends to have fun with math. Although much of our time is spent practicing for upcoming competitions, Math Club 7 & 8 is open to everyone; you don’t have to compete to participate. It is also just a fun place to explore interesting mathematical ideas and work together on challenging problems. The year will culminate in two major off-campus competitions: MATHCOUNTS in February and a trip to Blaine for the Washington State Math Championships in March.
|Middle School Yearbook|
Middle School Yearbook devotes itself to preserving the memories of Lakeside Middle School students in our annual publication, the Numidian. It is open to students in 5th through 8th grade. Lakeside contracts with an award-winning publishing company and uses their online program to create the yearbook. Throughout the year, yearbook staff members take digital photos, upload them to the publisher’s website, and use templates to create pages. Working on the Numidian is a great way to improve computer and writing skills, learn the basics of journalism and publication, and work collaboratively with peers.
Student Council comprises four representatives from both 7th and 8th grades, as well as two from both 5th and 6th grades. Its mission is to promote the interests of the Middle School student body and ensure that there is effective communication among and between the students, faculty, and administration. In all its endeavors it takes initiative, is committed to its work, and works to make Lakeside Middle School the best it can be.
As representatives of the Middle School student body, members of the Student Council serve as liaisons between students, faculty, staff, and administration. Student Council members will be expected to fully engage in weekly meetings, communicate frequently with other council members, and represent their classmates and school to the best of their ability. At times, members will be asked to lead meetings; record minutes; and follow up on various initiatives, projects, presentations, and subcommittee jobs.
Ultimate Frisbee is a co-ed club open to all Middle School boys and girls, beginners and experienced players alike. It is a non-contact team sport involving running, jumping, speed, and agility. Ultimate Frisbee is self-refereed, a feature that places high responsibility on the players to honor not only the guidelines but also the spirit of the game, and which serves to create camaraderie between teammates and opponents that makes the sport both competitive and fun. The season consists of approximately seven games which begin sometime in March.