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Curriculum nights, wrapping up fall semester, and celebrating with the arts – January at Lakeside Upper School
Curriculum nights, wrapping up fall semester, and celebrating with the arts – January at Lakeside Upper School

by Felicia Wilks, Upper School director

Believe it or not, the fall semester will end on Jan. 18— just a few weeks! Times of transition provide opportunities for both reflection and future planning. As we pause briefly at the midpoint in the year, encourage your student to reflect on both challenges and victories inside and outside the classroom. It is easy to point out how we would like to improve but encourage your student to also articulate where they feel proud of their progress, as well as where they experience joy. This reflection will help students chart their path for the second semester. It will also aid them in making decisions about next year during the upcoming course-selection process. 

The 2019-2020 curriculum guide was published in December and this month, Upper School advisors will guide students through signing up for next year's courses. Parents and guardians have an opportunity to learn about the nuances of the curriculum at each grade level during our Upper School curriculum nights. Lakeside's curriculum is one of its greatest strengths, and it provides students with a wide variety of choices – exploring new topics, as well as going deep in an area of interest. It's also constantly evolving, with teachers offering new classes every year.

We encourage current Upper School parents and guardians to come to one of the following curriculum nights.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 15, 7-9 p.m.: Class of 2020 and 2021 Curriculum Night. This optional event is for parents and guardians of current sophomores and juniors and provides a short overview of Lakeside's curriculum and options for junior and senior years.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 16, 7-9 p.m.: Class of 2022 Curriculum Night. This optional event is for parents and guardians of current 9th graders and provides a short overview of Lakeside's curriculum and options for sophomore year.

Both events take place in Kent Evans Auditorium in Allen-Gates Hall. Slides will be available after the event. If you have students in both 9th and 10th or 11th grades, there is no need to attend both nights; please come up after whichever event you attend, and we will fill you in on the notes from the other event. Likewise, students usually do not come to these evenings; they receive similar information from advisors and their teachers.

Upper School Assistant Director Hans de Grys and I look forward to sharing the opportunities our curriculum provides, answering your questions, and partnering with you to guide students through the transition to second semester and determining their unique path through the Upper School. If you have additional questions about these events, check out this FAQ

We also hope you will join us for this year's musical, "Newsies," which runs from Wednesday, Jan. 30 through Saturday, Feb. 2. Our student performers never fail to impress with the commitment, creativity, and passion they bring to each of their pursuits. I can't wait to see what they do with this fantastic musical. And don't forget to check out the talents of our visual arts students at the Midwinter Arts Show, which has evening hours from 6-7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31 and Friday, Feb. 1.

Here are some additional dates and events for January:

Make sure to review the Inside Lakeside email for Upper School highlights; see the full calendar for information about arts, college counseling, and PGA events. Don't forget the athletics calendar for winter sports!

  • Classes resume on Tuesday, Jan. 7.
  • Friday, Jan. 11, from 8-10 p.m. is the annual GLOW dance, which takes place in the Wright Community Center. Please note that this dance was previously scheduled for Jan. 19. Learn more about dances in this FAQ
  • Lakeside is closed on Monday, Jan. 21 and Tuesday, Jan. 22.
  • Parents and guardians of seniors are invited to a special parents and guardians' breakfast with Upper School administrators on Thursday, Jan. 24, 8-9 a.m. We'll be talking about senior spring, and what to expect from your senior during the next few months. The event is drop-in and takes place in the Fireplace Room in the Wright Community Center. Watch for an email from Lynelle Ehart to RSVP. 
  • Wednesday, Jan. 30 – Saturday, Feb. 2: Upper School musical, "Newsies" is on stage.  Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday shows start at 7 p.m. in St. Nicholas Hall. Entrance is free.
  • Visual art students exhibit during the Midwinter Arts Show, with evening hours in the Pigott Family Arts Center on Wednesday, Jan. 30, Thursday, Jan. 31, and Friday, Feb. 1, from 6-7 p.m..
  • Friday, Feb. 1: Students' course signups are due by 3 p.m. for the 2019-2020 school year.

Enjoy these last few days of winter break!

Felicia Wilks is Lakeside's Upper School director. Reach her at USDirector@lakesideschool.org or 206-440-2721.