• The Home of Rosselle Pekelis and Frank Retman (map)
  • 2624 Belvidere Ave SW
  • Seattle, WA, 98126
  • United States

Please join Rosselle Pekelis, former Washington Supreme Court Justice; her daughter, Jenny Zavatsky, humanities teacher, Lake Washington Middle School; her granddaughter, alumna Zoë McGough; and Patricia Hearn, Head of School, Lake Washington Girls Middle School for a special evening to talk about women in leadership and how their program -- grounded in disciplines of social justice and mindfulness -- is building confidence and compassion, and empowering the next generation of young women to be strong in mind, body, and voice.

Since LWGMS opened its doors in 1998 as the first secular girls middle school (grades 6-8) in Seattle, they have leased space and made it work. But recently, an opportunity arose to build a permanent, new home through a creative partnership with another local, independent school. The project will be funded with a combination of campaign contributions and long-term financing, but they need to raise more than $6 million, and are looking for support from outside their community. Donating to the capital campaign helps secure the future of LWGMS; preserve this vital option for Seattle families; and protect the school’s ongoing commitment to low tuition, robust financial aid, and small class sizes.

Please join us to learn more about the powerful work of this unique school, its social justice work, its mock trial program, and its campaign.

What: Empowering Girls Mixer
Where: At the home of Rosselle Pekelis and Frank Retman
2624 Belvidere Ave SW | Seattle, WA 98126
When: Thursday, February 15, 2018, 6:30 - 8:00pm

 Please RSVP here by February 9.


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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 22 currently serves 110 girls annually -- approximately 54% of students 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).

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.