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March at the Upper School: Working hard and having fun
March at the Upper School: Working hard and having fun

by Felicia Wilks, Upper School director

Things are busy on campus this spring, but all centered on our students - their intellectual growth, their ability to form friendships, and their ability to work hard and have fun together. In addition to many of our fun spring traditions (several of which my colleague Betty Benson highlighted last month), this coming month features two special events. Please take a look at the calendar for other events in the coming weeks and find more March highlights below.

Model United Nations (MUN) Day

Over the last two months, all students in Lakeside's modern world history class (The Modern World and You) have been preparing for a simulation that tackles global issues from regional and national perspectives. Working in groups modeled after the United Nations and other supranational committees, students will attempt to solve a variety of world problems through debate and resolutions. This project involves research and investigation of a country, a policy paper, the simulation day, and reflection on the simulation.

For the first time at Lakeside, there will be a historical twist: MUN day will be set during the Cold War. Spread across ten different committees, students will use knowledge of "their" country and the time period to try to address ills as varied as what the UN should do to stop environmental degradation to advancing the rights of women internationally. Through the process, students strengthen their research, analysis, writing, and public-speaking skills. The 11th annual Lakeside Model United Nations Day occurs March 26.

Spring Fling

Another event of interest is our spring formal dance, the Spring Fling. All Lakeside students in grades 9-12 are invited and encouraged to attend. The date is set (it's Saturday, March 9), but the theme and location are a secret that will be announced to all Upper School students at an assembly in early March. (Update: The location is Pacific Science Center; find transportation information in the announcements box of the parents and guardians webpage).

As Spring Fling approaches, students may begin to spend time working on plans for dates, groups, and pre- and post-dance activities. As always, we encourage students to keep in mind Lakeside's focus on equity and inclusion, which can play out in a variety of ways during these more formal dances. The best pre-dance activities are low-to-no-cost and focus on being together and having fun: making pizza together at someone's house, playing board games, watching movies, or just hanging out.

We ask for your help in encouraging our students to choose activities wisely. In addition, we hope you'll remind students that they can attend the dance solo, with a friend, or in any combination of students. Our goal is for dances to be fun and inclusive for all.

I hope you and your students have a great spring!

Notable upcoming events

Make sure to check the full calendar for events hosted by college counseling, GSL, the PGA, as well as the athletics calendar.

  • Saturday, March 9 – Spring Fling dance. See above for more information.
  • Wednesday, March 13 – Parent/guardian coffee with Upper School administrators. We'll be in South Seattle at the 2100 Building, in the Art Room, starting at 6 p.m. The building is located at 2100 24th Ave S, Seattle. I hope you can join me!
  • The PGA Rummage Sale will be the weekend of March 16 and 17. Check out their webpage for more information.
  • Monday, March 18 – Lakeside's Middle and Upper school choirs will join together for the third annual Sing Fest. The performance starts at 7 p.m. in St. Nicholas Hall at the Upper School.
  • Tuesday, March 19 – At the 9th grade curriculum night for current 8th grade families, we'll introduce the Upper School curriculum and give an overview of the decisions rising 9th graders are making when choosing courses for next year. It takes place in Kent Evans Auditorium in Allen Gates Hall. The program begins at 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 20 – The Lakeside Lecture Series brings environmentalist and former U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell to campus to deliver the Dan Ayrault Memorial Lecture.  Learn more and RSVP for the evening event.
  • From Tuesday, March 26 through Thursday, March 28, students in the Upper School drama program present "Circus!" a selection of one-act plays. Performances are free and start at 6 p.m. each evening.
  • Thursday, March 28 is Upper School photo day. Students will receive order packages in their mailbox at school.

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