On Jan. 31, Anne Applebaum came to Lakeside Upper School for the Bernie Noe Endowed Lecture on Ethics and Politics, speaking to Upper School students and adults at an assembly exploring what attracts individuals to authoritarian politics, the nature of conspiracy theories, and the importance of not taking democracy for granted. Those conversations continued in an extended Q&A hosted by history teacher Bill Souser, an interview with student journalists for Tatler, and lunch with students in the course Leadership in the Modern Era, followed by an evening lecture in St. Nicholas Hall.
Jan. 31: Anne Applebaum gives Bernie Noe Endowed Lecture on Ethics and Politics
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🕵️🕶️Senior run-through saw a legion of sharply-dressed SPIES — with a suspicious resemblance to Lakeside seniors — infiltrating the campus. These mysterious groups delivered confidential letters (and candy) to classrooms. Their top-secret messages were later revealed to be a puzzle activity for students, challenging them to follow the clues to discover the hidden 'spies' among Lakeside's faculty.
The much-anticipated annual Seniors vs. Adults basketball game saw a spirited competition this year! Many thanks to the players, coaches, commentators, refs, scoreboard keepers, and cheering fans. 🦁🏀
Due to the icy conditions on campus and varied road conditions in our region, Lakeside School will be closed today, Jan. 18. All classes, bus service, clubs, activities, and athletics are canceled. Metro League competitions are determined by the league; Upper School student-athletes will be contacted by coaches regarding games. Faculty and students will receive additional details from their division director. Review the inclement weather and snow policy on Lakeside's website. Stay safe and warm, everyone!
Due to the forecasted inclement weather and its effect on road conditions in our region, Lakeside School is canceling after-school activities today, Jan. 17. All bus routes will be running as usual and the Middle School and Upper School libraries will remain open until 6 p.m. ; however, we encourage everyone to get home safely as soon as they are able. All Middle School and Upper School sports practices are canceled. Stay safe and warm, everyone!
We love the range of creative collaboration on display in these group projects by Upper School visual art students! Learn more about these innovative collaborations from department head Jacob Foran: https://www.lakesideschool.org/post-details/~board/news/post/visual-arts-at-the-upper-school-inspiration-and-collaboration
Spread the word! This recruiting event is for sharing information and opportunities for individuals of color interested in working in regional independent schools. Virtual fair on Sunday, Feb. 4, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. PST on Zoom; in-person fair on Saturday, March 9, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. PST at Seattle Girls' School.
At the Diversity Career Fair, attendees hear from diversity practitioners about working in independent schools and meet with schools to learn about current career opportunities. Attendees also have the option to receive feedback on their resume prior to the career fair.
Learn more: https://www.lakesideschool.org/diversitycareerfair
Honors Physics students drew an interested audience as they presented the results of their month-long planetary science project focused on analyzing the Moon's craters to learn about the asteroids that created them. During the poster session, students shared insight into their investigations of the immense excavation energy involved in creating the moon's craters. Listeners were also treated to sharing in students' learning about the moon's context as a culturally important place, as presenters retold stories from cultures across the globe, from Rwandan to Navajo to Algerian to Chinese.
❄️ Watching the weather forecast? We are, too! Some reminders about winter weather procedures: if Lakeside is closed due to inclement weather, you'll hear from us; if school is open, you won't! The safety of our community members is paramount, and community members live in and travel from places where the weather can be very different from on campus. Decisions about campus closure are made one day at a time. Lakeside does not practice "late-start" school days, and we avoid ending early whenever possible.
Want to know more? Consult the inclement weather policy: https://www.lakesideschool.org/post-details/~board/news/post/inclement-weather-and-snow-policy-2023
[Photo by Peter Zhang on Unsplash.]
Spanish classes last month had the opportunity to learn some Latin dance moves from professional instructors, with all lessons taught in Spanish. These gender-inclusive lessons touch on the importance of dance in Latin American culture while also incorporating movement into students' learning. Languages teacher and department head Jay Waltmunson says, "It’s like the difference between talking about cooking and actually getting into the kitchen.”
It may be cold outside, but it's time to start thinking about a Summer at Lakeside! Summer 2024 offerings are now updated on our webpage: https://www.lakesideschool.org/summer. Check out our high school classes, middle school athletics camps, and STEAM camp offerings for students in Gr.3-8. All camps and classes are open to the public, and financial aid is available. Registration opens to the public Tuesday, Feb.13 at 8am. The most popular classes and camps fill up quickly, so mark your calendars!
The 2023-2024 Jerry St. Dennis Speaker on Economics, Darrick Hamilton, spoke to Upper School students at assembly as part of the Lakeside lecture series. Dr. Hamilton is the Henry Cohen Professor of Economics and Urban Policy, as well as the founding director of the Institute on Race, Power, and Political Economy at The New School in New York. Dr. Hamilton has been involved in crafting policy proposals for baby bonds, universal basic income, and federal job guarantee, among other topics. We're so grateful for the extraordinary opportunity the lecture series gives us to engage students — and our broader Lakeside community — with renowned speakers from across the country (and world!) on a variety of topics that further our understanding of our complex and changing world.
Happy new year! We enjoyed our own kind of fireworks on campus just before the break, courtesy of Hans de Grys' "The Chemistry of Fire and Explosions" zesty mini-seminar, as students observed a thermite reaction. Want to know more about the excitement and experimentation of zesty mini-seminars? Read the blog by Alice M. ’27!
From Tatler: Novel Mini-Seminars Prove Successful
by Alice M. ’27
With the year drawing to a close, please consider making a gift to the Lakeside Fund by midnight on December 31. Contributions of all sizes empower and enrich all facets of the Lakeside experience. Thank you for your support!
Hot off the presses! The fall/winter 2023 issue of Lakeside Magazine, with cover story "My Lakeside", is arriving at mailboxes near you! In the cover story, six alums share candid stories of what it was like to be a student at Lakeside, illuminating the many paths Lakeside students have taken through school and life. Elsewhere in the issue: award-winning journalist Benjamin Cassidy spends some quality time with the girls swim and dive team — and gives us a glimpse into the Metro League’s most buoyant program. After a COVID-forced hiatus of three years, the Middle School’s 8th graders resumed their annual service leaning trips to three tribal communities on the Olympic Peninsula. Megan Burbank reports on the (happy) reunions. Poetry from the new Washington State Poet Laureate (Lakeside’s own Arianne True ’09). Alumni news from Ukraine to Georgia (the American one), from “Shark Tank” to across the Spider-verse. Honoring Denise Moriguchi ’94, recipient of this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award. Remembering Ed Ferry ’59, Lakeside’s Olympic gold medal rower.
This Friday, Dec. 15, we hope you'll join us for Lakeside's winter tailgate and Pride Night! Everyone in our community is invited: You will see some GREAT basketball, be in community with lots of Lakeside fans supporting student-athletes, share in free food, and have the opportunity to pick up some Lakeside swag so you can celebrate being a Lakeside Lion all year round! By attending, you will also be part of Lakeside’s ongoing commitment to creating an inclusive space for all members of our community. Showing up matters. Pride Night is a way to celebrate the strength of our community’s diversity and show support for LGBTQ+ students, employees, and family members. Lakeside Athletics launched our school’s Pride Night around six years ago, with the knowledge that, across the nation, LGBTQ+ youth are targets of hazing and bullying in the realm of athletics at significantly higher rates than students with other identities.
We want Lakeside to be a place where LGBTQ+ community members are valued, celebrated, and loved. Pride Night is just one of the ways that Lakeside Athletics seeks to support all of our students and build safe spaces in athletics for those who identify as LGBTQ+.
Houses Holcenberg 💚, Nordhoff 💙, and Auslander ❤️ faced off in the fall House assembly, competing to nab the House Cup from Trudgian 🖤. (Will they succeed? We'll have to wait for the spring assembly to find out!) House spirit was high as representatives of each house participated in games from traditional (dodgeball) to inventive (hungry hippos).
Get excited for the New Works Festival, next Tuesday (December 12) at 6 p.m. in St. Nicholas Hall on the Upper School campus! We had a blast watching the 8th graders and seniors rehearsing together for the first time. The post-it note "Wall of Love" was overflowing with supportive feedback from all involved about what they were seeing onstage and on the page.
The New Works Festival features original short plays from the Drama 8 and Drama IV classes. This cross-divisional curriculum teaches students the fundamentals of crafting compelling stories for the stage and offers them a chance to showcase their interests, passions, and voices in an evening of world-premiere staged readings. The 8th grade classes will perform their pieces at 6 p.m., followed by a short intermission and then the Drama IV students’ selections. All 8th-grade plays are appropriate for younger audiences, and all Drama IV pieces are appropriate for 8th grade students. However, families with young children should feel free to depart during the intermission. It’s important that our 12th-grade students get to write about material that is relevant to their lives; however, their plays may address mature topics less suited for younger siblings and friends! Can't attend in-person? Get the live stream link here: https://www.lakesideschool.org/post-details/~board/news/post/celebrate-learning-at-fall-performing-arts-events
This year for the first time, Lakeside students had the opportunity for an enlightening visit to the Sea Mar Museum for Chicano/a/Latino/a History in South Seattle. The group included several Spanish classes, members of the LATISPA affinity group, and students from the history elective "Latinas/os/x in American Life & Culture." The Sea Mar Museum's mission is to share the story of Chicano/a/Latino/a migration, experience, and history through a social justice lens to cultivate pride, appreciation, and understanding of Chicano/a/Latino/as’ significant contributions in the state of Washington.
Snowglobes and volleyball and fiber arts, oh my! On Friday FunDay at the Middle School, there are many different opportunities to connect with friends, try something new, learn a skill, or just unwind.
Stormy weather is on the way for our region, with rain and wind predicted through Thursday and Seattle City Light warning of the potential for power outages. Learn what to expect this winter in case of snow days, unsafe road conditions, and more in Lakeside's inclement weather policy:
Image credit: Mathias Appel, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons.
These "value trees", created in an activity led by the Middle School counseling team, are currently on display in the MS crossroads. Each leaf represents a value held by a member of the Lakeside community; each person designed their own leaf, and together the leaves make one large tree of shared and different values.
Students in history, language, and art classes recently benefited from two exciting guest speakers, brought to campus with support from Lakeside's Educational Innovation Fund: muralists Carlos Rodriguez and Vanessa "AGANA" Espinoza. Jay Waltmunson, Upper School languages department head, shares, “The artists were so great at connecting with the students, sharing authentic personal stories while highlighting the importance that their murals have in bringing communities (with varying and often marginalized identities) closer together. I especially loved the messages around using art to share and reflect one’s values – or in the case of murals, the values for those voices that the art is amplifying.”
Running until Jan. 5, 2024, Lakeside’s AI challenge is a contest sponsored by the school to spur students to use AI in interesting, innovative, and useful ways. The challenge seeks demonstrations that show how AI can help students learn skills and content, organize their lives, review for assessments, or support their co-curricular activities and interests (clubs, affinity groups, athletics, arts, and more). Learn more or submit an entry: https://www.lakesideschool.org/post-details/~board/news/post/lakeside-ai-challenge-seeks-student-ingenuity
The digital image in this post was generated by ChatGPT's Dall-E text-to-image model.
Pictured: Students dance at a GLOW dance in 2009. With both the Upper School's Winter Ball and a Middle School 7th/8th dance upcoming, the Lakeside dances FAQ is here to answer your burning questions, from "What do I wear?" to "Can I bring a guest?" to "Help, I'm lost and wandering the campus: where are dances held, anyway?"
Tasty treats abound at the Upper School's annual Bite of Lakeside! This gem of an event sees Lakeside clubs and affinity groups raising funds through sales of (often themed!) snacks, with everything from freshly-popped popcorn to homemade tacos to a replica of a memorable literary cake. 🍿🍕🍪🍰