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Helping students make good course choices
Helping students make good course choices

by Felicia Wilks, Upper School director

It is hard to believe we are approaching the midpoint of the academic year! The end of one semester and the beginning of another is a good time for students to pause and reflect on all they have learned so far this year. An important piece of deep learning is reflection. Encourage your students to appreciate those hurdles they have already cleared and to strategize how to approach their areas of growth. In addition to allowing our students to be intentional in their learning, this self-reflection will help students think more clearly about how they want to approach the course selection process.

The 2018-2019 curriculum guide was published in mid-December (find it here on the website) 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 (dates listed below). 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. Upper School Assistant Director Hans deGrys and I look forward to sharing the opportunities our curriculum provides and to answering your questions.

This is an exciting time for students. We look forward to partnering with you to guide our students through the transition to second semester and determining their unique path through the Upper School.

We also hope you will join us for this year's musical, "Rent," which runs from Thursday, Jan. 25 through Sunday, Jan. 28. 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. 25 and Friday, Jan. 26.

Important dates and events for January:

Tuesday, Jan. 2: Classes resume.

Monday, Jan. 8, 7-9 p.m.: Class of 2019 curriculum night. This optional event is for parents and guardians of current juniors and provides a short overview of Lakeside's curriculum and options for senior year. Kent Evans auditorium in Allen Gates Hall. Slides will be available after the event.

Tuesday, Jan. 9, 7-9 p.m.: Class of 2020 curriculum night. This optional event is for parents and guardians of current sophomores and provides a short overview of Lakeside's curriculum and options for junior year. Kent Evans auditorium in Allen Gates Hall. Slides will be available after the event.

Wednesday, Jan. 10, 7-9 p.m.: Class of 2021 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. Kent Evans auditorium in Allen Gates Hall. Slides will be available after the event.

Friday, Jan. 12: Fall semester ends. Spring semester starts on Jan. 17.

Friday, Jan. 12, 8-10 p.m.: GLOW dance, Wright Community Center. Please note that this was previously scheduled for Jan. 19.

Monday, Jan. 15: No school (Martin Luther King Jr. Day).

Tuesday, Jan. 16: No school (professional development day for faculty and staff).

Thursday, Jan. 25, 8-9 a.m.: Senior parent and guardians breakfast with Upper School administrators. Fireplace Room, in the Wright Community Center. Watch for an email from Lynelle Ehart to RSVP.  

Thursday, Jan. 25 and Friday, Jan. 26, 6-7 p.m.: Midwinter Arts Show. Pigott Family Arts Center.

Thursday, Jan. 25 – Sunday, Jan. 28: Upper School musical, "Rent." Thursday, Friday, and Saturday shows start at 7 p.m.; Sunday matinee starts at 2 p.m. All shows take place in St. Nicholas Hall.

Friday, Jan. 26: Course signups due for by 3 p.m. for 2018-2019 school year.

Tuesday, Jan. 30, 6:30 p.m.: Upper School GSL 2018 travel health meeting. St. Nicholas Hall. Watch for an email from Associate Director of Global Programs Lisa Devine.

Wednesday, Jan. 31, 7 p.m.: Lakeside Lecture Series presents Dr. Emily Johnston '81 in the Dan Ayrault Memorial Endowed Lecture. Learn more about the lecture series and Dr. Johnston – this year's recipient of Lakeside's Distinguished Alumni Award – on the Lakeside Lecture Series webpage.

Looking forward, please note that the Spring Fling dance has been moved from March 17 to March 10. 

As always, check out the online calendar to find details on these events and others, including Lakeside Athletics, college counseling events and PGA events.

Enjoy these last few days of winter break!

Felicia Wilks is Lakeside's Upper School director. You can reach her at 206-440-2721.

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