• LWGMS (map)
  • 810 18th Avenue
  • Seattle, WA, 98122
  • United States

Please join Teresa Predmore, Co-owner, Seattle Reign FC; Andreea Niculescu, Senior Brand Strategist, REI Co-Op; Shannon Kelly, Associate Athletic Director, University of Washington; and Michaela Staniford, Manager, Atavus Rugby Academy;  for a special gathering to talk about the power of developing leadership through athletics and outdoor education, and inspiring the next generation of young women to be strong in mind, body, and voice..

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017
8:00–9:30a

Join us for a short talk, Q+A, coffee and pastries, and an optional school tour.

Learn more about our unique program, our exciting plans for the future, and how we are building confidence and compassion to inspire young leaders to change the world.

 Please RSVP by Friday, October 13.


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Patricia Hearn
Head of School, Lake Washington Girls Middle School

Lake Washington Girls Middle School hired Ms. Hearn as its first Head Teacher in 1998. She worked with the parent board to plan the opening of the school and wrote and taught the humanities, math, and enrichment curricula for all three grades. As the school grew and changed, so did its administrative structure. In 2005, the LWGMS Board appointed Ms. Hearn Head of School, and she has led the evolution of the school every step of the way. A hands-on leader, Ms. Hearn directs the eighth grade play each year. A frequent speaker on the value of secular, middle school education, Ms. Hearn is also a member of the boards of NWAIS and The Bush School.

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Lake Washington Girls Middle School (LWGMS) empowers girls to be strong in mind, body, and voice. Committed to shaping a community that fosters creative confidence, LWGMS opened its doors in 1998 as the first secular girls middle school (grades 6-8) in Seattle. We encourage girls to take risks, explore leadership, solve problems, collaborate, and stand up for themselves and others. Our innovative curriculum is designed to educate the whole girl—intellectually, socially, and emotionally—with a focus on integrating social justice and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) curriculum.

LWGMS is one of the most diverse independent schools in Seattle—diverse in terms of students’ race, ethnicity, economic status, and family configurations. Our staff of 21 currently serves 108 girls annually, approximately 50% of whom identify as students of color (compared to 26.5% across Washington independent schools). Almost 30% of our families receive financial assistance (compared to 21% at Washington independent schools).

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We believe that sports participation provides opportunities for our students to develop their minds, bodies, and voices by fostering an increased sense of self, a healthy competitive spirit, and a lifelong commitment to fitness. All students take physical education in classes designed to teach health, self-confidence, and positive body image (which may include—but are not limited to—yoga, dance, martial arts, climbing, and boxing). Additionally, a full range of athletic opportunities is offered after school (soccer, volleyball, cross-country, basketball, track and field, and ultimate frisbee) and most LWGMS students participate in at least one sport at school per year. LWGMS teams are called The Fuerza, which is the Spanish word for strength. Our name was chosen by the student body in 2004, and we wear it proudly on our uniforms.

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Outdoor fitness has also been an important piece of our physical education rotation, since we believe it’s critical for the girls to learn to appreciate the benefits of simply being outside as it ties into principles of mindfulness. The scope of our outdoor education is expanding as we look for more opportunities to support the whole student. Every summer, our teachers lead a variety of outdoor adventures, for which we offer a rigorous financial aid package. Every student should have the chance to experience the challenges and the excitement of living in a small group in the outdoors. Our trips range from novice to advanced, and all expeditions expose our students to new environments and new outdoor and leadership skills. Through the outdoor program, we teach basic first aid, water safety, cooking, map reading, and navigation to help our girls to develop skills in environmental stewardship, self-confidence, self-sufficiency, community building, and leadership.

For more information, please contact Becky O’Boyle, Director of Institutional Advancement, Lake Washington Girls Middle School, at boboyle@lwgms.org or 206.550.5068.

For news and information about LWGMS, please visit our website or The LWGMS Voice blog.