It's been a busy week, with our annual Alumni BBQ on Monday, all-school Buddy Field Day and then graduation in the evening on Tuesday, and finally, the last day of the year on Wednesday, marked by the Moving Up Ceremony!
At this final all-school assembly, after a fantastic video yearbook (thanks to the yearbook class!), student council presenters announced, "Okay, 7th graders . . . you are now 8th graders!" Rousing cheers ensued. And so it continued, down to the very youngest students: preschoolers are now prekindergarten!
Each year at 8th grade graduation, an Evergreen alum returns and addresses the graduates. This year's speaker, Olivia Deligan (Evergreen '15), just graduated from
Evergreen founder Edith Christensen (second from left) was recently recognized with an award for "outstanding contributions to her ethnic community and to the community at large" by the Ethnic Heritage Council in Seattle. Edith, who is currently the president of the Northwest Danish Association, received the award at the council's annual meeting and awards ceremony on May 19. Originally educated as a pharmacist, Edith founded The Evergreen School in 1963 to address the needs of gifted children, beginning with an enrollment of six; she earned her master's and Ed.D. degrees while teaching and leading the school. Today, The Evergreen School continues to serve highly capable students and has an enrollment of 474, serving preschool through 8th grade. Congratulations, Edith!
At Evergreen, our Global Studies Program is part of the curriculum from preschool on. Over their years here, students learn about different skin colors, about differently abled people, about identity and gender diversity, and so much more.
Finally, in 8th grade comes the capstone experience: After learning about the destination country throughout the school year, the entire 8th grade spends the month of May in one country,
This year, it's Peru. Students have studied the history, culture, and economic and political situation of Peru all year. They even added an early-morning language class to their schedules, so that those who hadn't previously studied Spanish can be prepared to interact with people they meet. By the time they leave Seattle, the 8th graders have a lot of information about Peru.
But what students learn over the course of their stay adds up to so much more.
Click READ MORE to learn about Evergreen's unique global studies experience, in the words of longtime teacher and trip leader Robert Lee-Engel—and to see more pictures!