Lake Washington Girls Middle School 2011/2012 Annual Report
A MESSAGE FROM THE HEAD OF SCHOOL
Dear LWGMS community,
FOCUSING ON THE FUTURE
This anniversary year provides us with a unique opportunity to think about the ways in which Lake Washington Girls Middle School has grown—and grown up—over the past fifteen years, and it is a chance to reflect upon our accomplishments while we dream big for the future. When LWGMS opened fifteen years ago, we were a grassroots response to a research-supported need for a single-gender school for girls. We were young. We were idealistic, in the best sense of the word. We believed our little school would, through growing strong girls who grow up to be strong women, change the world. As we blow out our 15 candles, I am proud to say that not a shred of that idealism has been lost. In fact, that idealism is now grounded in realism, experience, data, and the successes of our alumnae. Those alumnae include the freshly graduated, who are just beginning their high school journeys, just celebrating their own 15th birthdays. With only a few months of hindsight to reflect upon their middle school experience, they are able to articulate clearly what the L-Dub experience provided for them. Maggie ’12 says that her time at LWGMS allowed her to grow into someone she has confidence in and she loves. Anna ’12 says, “Attending LWGMS helped me gain confidence, which has helped me with making new friends, speaking up in class, and just in general not being afraid to be myself.” Those alumnae include the young women who are early in their university years. Madeleine ’08, who began studying at Bristol University this year, says, “My experience at L-Dub empowered me and made me realize being inquisitive was something to be proud of, not ashamed.” From Brandeis, Maya ‘06 says, “LWGMS gave me the opportunity to express myself, no matter how quirky that expression was.” And Ella ’08 writes from Pratt Institute that at LWGMS she “gained many invaluable new perspectives.” Those alumnae also include the pioneer girls of the founding class, who spent each day of their middle school years in our one-classroom school. One of them, Mackenzie, is now in graduate school at Teachers College at Columbia. Mackenzie credits LWGMS with supplying her with the confidence to stand up for herself and try new things. She has gone on to teach in New York and Washington, D.C., every day making the world a better place. Another, Zoey, works at a Seattle non-profit and says that due to her L-Dub foundation, every accomplishment in her adulthood has been “rooted in the strong desire to understand and improve upon the world.” Strong girls who grow up to be strong women, changing the world: it was an idealistic dream in the beginning, and one we’ve lived every day of our fifteen years. As LWGMS looks toward the future, I know we’ll continue to teach, inspire, and challenge our students. Our girls will continue to be strong and resilient leaders and activists, performers and problem-solvers, learners and teachers. We will hold on to our roots as we work toward ensuring our sustainability into the future, with innovative programs in the works, a plan for a long-term home for the school, and—always—the joy, learning, growth, and successes of L-Dub girls at the forefront. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the accomplishments and initiatives that are fueling LWGMS’s evolution and success. I look forward to an exhilarating 2013!
Patricia Hearn Head of School
L-Dub will challenge you, push you, understand you, excite you, and most importantly, accept you. â€“Emmi â€˜13
L-Dub taught me that I was wrong for thinking my ideas wouldn’ t be appreciated, and now I’m not afraid to speak up! –Tuesday ‘13
MANY HANDS A MESSAGE FROM THE BOARD PRESIDENT Each year, Lake Washington Girls Middle School’s advancement efforts center on our annual fund and our spring auction. This Annual Report gives us a chance to see our progress in these areas and to reflect on some of the reasons it makes sense to support LWGMS. All of us know that in any independent school, tuition goes only part way in covering the costs of educating a child. As a board member, that point is certainly on my mind, but as a parent, I’m motivated to give because of the good this school does for our girls. Like so many of us, our family was attracted to the school because of its mission to produce girls strong in mind, body, and voice. We wanted that for our two daughters and we have not been disappointed. We think LWGMS is largely responsible for our older daughter’s success in high school thus far, and we are grateful for the experiences our younger daughter is having at LWGMS now. As a family, we want to do what we can to ensure that LWGMS continues to be a place that allows girls a chance to thrive and to succeed. Of course, many of us feel the same way. I trust that just as we have been in the past, we will be generous in our support for LWGMS again this year. Sincerely,
2011–2012 BOARD OF TRUSTEES Mark Chinen Board President
Mark Chinen P’11, President David Carrell P’10, Vice President Ben Noble P’13, Treasurer Kristin Conn P’13, Secretary Lisa Hoyt P’11 Whitney Knox ‘01 Kristin Marra P’13 T.A. McCann P’13 Susan Papanikolas P’14 Sarah Marshall P’14
Our students are such special individuals. I am reminded of how lucky I am to teach them with each burst into song, frantic hand raise, and meticulously completed animal scratch board project. –Ms. Klema
BUILDING A BUDGET A MESSAGE FROM THE BOARD TREASURER Each year, the Head of School and Board of Directors work hard to develop a budget that supports the school’s essential education mission, while balancing the goals of social justice, equity, and access. Fundraising is a key component of LWGMS’s annual revenues, as is the tuition paid by our community of families. Together these sources provide the resources needed to support the school’s 2012/2013 budget of approximately $1,140,000. The salaries and benefits of the school’s teachers and staff are the largest single cost-driver in the budget, but facility costs are another major component. The last key element of the budget is financial aid, which takes the form of partial tuition scholarships. While scholarships are technically a budget cost, they are critical to the mission of the school and one area where our underlying goal is to actually increase expenditures. This current year, 12.7% of the total budget was dedicated to financial aid, but the school’s long-range plan calls for growing this figure over the next five years. The support we receive from fundraising is the most effective means for growing the resources dedicated to financial aid. To build the annual budget, the Board’s Finance Committee reviews costs incurred in the previous year and looks ahead to see what resources will be needed to maintain and grow the school for the future. Different priorities emerge from one year to the next, but identifying the resources needed for education materials, technology upgrades, and facility improvements are examples of the issues considered in this process. In recent years, this work has specifically included an evaluation of how increasing LWGMS’s enrollment will affect the budget. Expanding enrollment has required additional resources in some areas, while providing significant efficiencies in others. Once the Finance Committee has completed this initial review, a draft budget is brought forward to the full Board for review and discussion. Before taking any action, the Board carefully considers the recommendations of the Finance Committee, with particular attention given to the tuition rates assumed for the following year. Increasing tuition is a necessity, as the cost-drivers noted above grow each year, but the Board weighs the need for additional resources against the financial pressures that all families face. We are proud to have a built a financially stable school that is able to provide educational opportunities to families from all across Seattle.
Ben Noble P’14 Board Treasurer
L-Dub frees you, inspires you, and loves you. –Emma ’ 1 3 Photo by Catherine Anstett
FINANCIAL SUMMARY JULY 2011 – JUNE 2012
Tuition and Fees Fundraising Other
$750,887 $164,984 $2,235
Salaries and Benefits Program Operations Rent of Facility Financial Aid
$543,323 $133,385 $39,835 $88,798 $88,450
The Annual Report is published to recognize the many generous contributors whose private gifts support LWGMS. Every effort has been made to produce an accurate, comprehensive listing of donors for the fiscal year July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012. The cash figures reported are unaudited.
ANNUAL FUND DONORS The Annual Fund turns individual gifts of all sizes into a collective pool of support for every aspect of an LWGMS education. Every dollar is used to ensure that LWGMS is financially accessible to a qualified and diverse student body, recruits and retains an exceptional faculty, supports broad curricular and co-curricular programs, and provides and maintains the facilities possible to support academics, the arts, and athletics. Marco and Molly Abbruzzese Louise Almgren P’15 Thaddas Alston Zachary Ames and Chantel Olausen P’14 Stephen Antupit and Lucy Sloman P’12 Alicia Barrera Peter Beveridge and Alicia Kramer P’13 Kenneth Blaisdell Shannon Blaisdell and Bryan Lhuillier Margaret Bovingdon P’08 Ken and Cheri Bowles P’15 Mason Bowles and Christine Chmielniak P’13 Tom Braman and Kathryn Robinson P’12 Stephanie Bravmann, PhD Janet Brodsky P’01 Zoey Brodsky ‘01 Robert and Jennifer Bucher P’12 Ross and Susanna Bunker P’15 Daniel Caracciolo and Donna Mackenzie P’01 David Carrell and Garnet Anderson P’10 Mark Chinen and Ruby Takushi P’11, ‘14 Sandy Cioffi and Tammi Simms Christian and Julie Colando P’09,’11 James Colando and Shirley Robertson Doyt and Kristin Conn P’13 Robert Drucker and Ann Gensler P’12 Richard Dunn and Laura Widdice P’10 Dan Eder and Joela Maggio P’13 Amy Eggler and Erika Shaffer P’15 Stuart Eivers and Darcie Stella P’12 Edwin and Rebecca Fotheringham P’12 David Foutch and Lynn Thompson P’04,’09 Lesli Franklin P’15 Carol Freise Jason French and Leslie Ashbaugh P’11 Savannah Fuentes P’13 Gregory Garcia and Erica Pascarelli P’12 Warren Gibbs and Jan Frederick P’09, ‘14 David Gill and Karri Meleo P’09, ‘15 Rod Gleysteen and Mary Elder P’13 Katharine Golding William Golding and Jacqueline James P’08 Heather Harris P’12, ‘15 Paul and Nancy Hawkes P’15 Dan and Whitney Hazzard P’12 Patricia Hearn and Leslie Neihart Oleine Hedeen Alex Higgins and Eva McGough Christopher and Lisa Hoyt P’11 Rainer Huber and Shelley McKinley Gretchen Hughes John Hughes and Marni Levy P’07 Jeff and Michelle Huse P’10,’11,’13 Hussein and Julia Ismael P’14 Robert Jaffe and Susan Isaacson P’09 Kate Jarvis Jay Keiper and Monica Lake P’08 Susan King P’13 Molly Klema Ron Knox P’01 Marinko Kordich and Darla Defrance P’15
Fulgencio Lazo and Erin Fanning P’14 Michael Leslie and Anne Freitas P’15 Ron Lewis and Laurie Elder P’10 Ramon Limon and Araceli Vichy P’14 Josh Lipsky and Laura Van Dernoot Lipsky P’15 LWGMS Class of 2012 Kris Lysaker P’13 Heather Mahardy Kristin Marra and Judith Kaftan P’13 Sarah Marshall P’14 Ken Matsudaira P’12 Robert and Julie McCann P’14 T.A. and Teresa McCann P’13 Henry McGee John McLaughlin and Kathryn Krikorian P’10 Beth McNamara and Jennifer Duncan Tamirat and Christina Mekuria P’13 John Mellana and Suzanne Edison P’15 Ken Mostow and Martha Straley P’05 Susie Mostow Sandy Mueller Lindsey Mutschler Gary Nece and Jody Rosentswieg David Neiman and Keiko Kawasaki P’14 Paul and Carol Neiman Hao Nguyen and Maria Anulacion P’15 Ben Noble P’14 David Oder and Stephanie Carmel P’11,’13 John and Sharon Okamoto Eric Olson and Anne Gienapp P’14 Josh Parks and Julie Fay P’09 Kieran Phelan and Priscilla Walker P’12 Martin Powell P’11 Linda Quirk Sara Rankin Andrew and April Rauch P’15 Frank Retman and Rosselle Pekelis Danielle Rhomes P’13 Ed and Marcia Richter Caitlin Ronning Bill and Paula Rooks John Rudolf Scott Rumage and Karin Jensvold P’06, ‘09 Steven and Emily Samario P’14 Jon Schorr and JoAnne Tompkins Sebastian Shaw and Marcie Sheppard Shaw P’13 Stan Shikuma and Tracy Lai P’04 David Shulman and Sam Friedlander P’06 Christopher Smith and Karin Hirschfeld P’14 Richard and Jeanne Smith P’13 Stasia Smith Zach Smith P’13 Richard Sohn and Susan Papanikolas P’14 Marcio and Charito Sotero de Menezes P’07 Krishnan Srinivasan and Divya Krishnan P’15 Michi Suzuki and Jeannine Burke Brandy Taylor P’11, ‘15 Jeff Techico David True and Sarah Hufbauer P’10 Carl and Sherine Tully P’13 Farhad Tyabji P’14
John Unangst and Karin Kallander David and Reba Utevsky P’05 Bill Vogeley and Karen Garland P’09 Meagan Walker P’12 Merle Weiss and Diane Pien P’07 Scott and Kristan Weller P’15 Colleen West Curt and Lawrie Williams P’12 Terry and Elsa Williams Ben and Kimberli Wilson P’11, ‘14 Paul Wirsing and Paola Maranan P’10 Michael Witter and Lizzie Zemke P’12 Todd and Nancy Wyatt Felicia Yearwood P’11 Rose Yu P’15 Joe Zajonc and Daisy Sanchez Zajonc P’14
IN-KIND GIFTS We are grateful for
the many gifts – of time, effort, and enthusiasm – our supporters bring us on a daily basis, and to the following people for donations of in-kind necessities: Richard Sohn and Susan Papanikolas P’14 Zach Smith P’13 Carl and Sherine Tully P’13 Joe Zajonc and Daisy Sanchez Zajonc P’14 Sophie Sun Confucius International Education
We are pleased to have received donations from the folowing corporations and foundations 2011-2012. Thank you to our donors who intitiated these donations: The Boeing Company Cornerstone Advisors Costco eScrip Expedia, Inc. Gap Foundation Getty Images GE United Way Campaign JBT Corporation Microsoft PCC Scrip Research in Motion Russell Investments Time Warner Washington Post
THE CARY WYATT MCRAE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND was established when we lost our beloved friend and “school mom,” Cary McRae. The money raised for this scholarship enhances our financial aid budget to enable all girls admitted to attend LWGMS regardless of their family’s financial situation. This was a core value for Cary, and we are grateful to continue her legacy. Thank you to the following people who donated to the Scholarship Fund. You enabled us to support our community members receiving need-based financial aid. Susan Abbe and Mike Chapman Vicky Beer and Jeff Sprung P’15 John Bergen Peter Beveridge and Alicia Kramer P’13 Shannon Blaisdell and Bryan Lhuillier Ken and Cheri Bowles P’15 Robert and Jennifer Bucher P’12 Raymond and Heather Caldwell P’15 Stephanie Carmel and David Oder P’11,’13 Mark Chinen and Ruby Takushi P’11, ‘14 Christine Chmielniak and Mason Bowles P’13 John Clark Doyt and Kristin Conn P’13 Margaret Duffy Dan Eder and Joela Maggio P’13 Rod Gleysteen and Mary Elder P’13 Ed Emerson Sylvia Ericson Carolyn Finney Edwin and Rebecca Fotheringham P’12 Jan Frederick and Warren Gibbs P’09. ‘14 Gregory Garcia and Erica Pascarelli P’12 John and Katie Gienapp Lee Gleysteen Rhonda Hanson and Chris Ellard Heather Harris P’12 Lynn Hashimoto Patricia Hearn and Leslie Neihart Christopher and Lisa Hoyt P’11 Jeff and Michelle Huse P’10,’11,’13 Julie Jensen
Charissa Jones Judith Kaftan and Kristin Marra P’13 Inger Kjosnes Brian and Peggy Kreger Brian Kumasaka Jeffrey Lee P’07, ‘12 Patricia Lee Ramon Limon and Araceli Vichy P’14 John Lysaker Chuck Martin Robert and Julie McCann P’14 T.A. and Teresa McCann P’13 Eva McGough and Alex Higgins Paul and Judy McGough Beth McNamara and Jen Duncan Karri Meleo and David Gill P’09 Ken Mostow and Martha Straley P’05 Lindsey Mutschler David Neiman and Keiko Kawaskai P’14 David Nilssen Ben Noble P’14 Robert Noble Rita O’Boyle Eric Olson and Anne Gienapp P’14 Joe and Carla Orlando P’14 Stephanie Parker Joe and Kirstin Peterson Kieran Phelan and Pricilla Walker P’12 Terrence and Arizona Proctor P’10, ‘15 Mike and Julie Quamma Linda Quirk
Roberta Reaber Eddie and Marcia Richter Kathryn Robinson and Tom Braman P’12 Kirsten Rooks and Hunter Williams Elizabeth Rudolf Steven and Emily Samario P’14 Kate Ross and Tim Schmuckal David Shulman and Sam Friedlander ‘06 Jane and Jim Skrivan Lucy Sloman and Steven Antupit P’12 Christopher Smith and Karin Hirschfeld P’14 Richard and Jeanne Smith P’13 Richard Sohn and Susan Papanikolas P’14 Marcio and Charito Sotero de Menezes P’07 David Stearns Darcie Stella and Stuart Eivers P’12 Betty Strong Rob and Eunhee Sumner Carl and Sherine Tully P’13 Dan and Virginia Turner P’06, ’11 John Unangst and Karin Kallander Sally Wagner Scott and Kristan Weller P’15 Curt and Lawrie Williams P’12 Ben and Kimberli Wilson P’11, ’14 Todd and Nancy Wyatt Merrily Wyman and Karen Bryant Felicia Yearwood P’11 Joe Zajonc and Daisy Sanchez Zajonc P’14 Michael Witter and Lizzie Zemke P’12
GiveBIG! The Seattle Foundation’s 2012 GiveBIG event generated a stunning $7.43 million in online contributions for nonprofits, more than twice last year’s results of $3.6 million and an amazing testament to the philanthropic spirit in King County. During this 24-hour online event held on May 2, more than 37,800 individual gifts were made to more than 1,100 local nonprofits profiled on www.seattlefoundation.org. The Seattle Foundation “stretched” these gifts further, matching a share of every contribution with a pool of funds provided by corporate sponsors, individual contributors and the Foundation. LWGMS was thrilled to receive $3,102.24 in contributions from to following donors and sponsors – three times as much as was donated in 2011. Thank you! Louise Almgren P’15 Kenneth Blaisdell Shannon Blaisdell Jenn Brandon P’15 Zoey Brodsky ‘01 Sandy Cioffi and Tammi Simms Richard Dunn and Laura Widdice P’10 Paul and Nancy Hawkes P’15 John Hughes and Marni Levy P’07 Jeff and Michelle Huse P’10, ‘11, ‘13 Hussein and Julia Ismael P’14 Robert Jaffe and Susan Isaacson ‘09 Michael Leslie and Anne Freitas P’15 Paul and Carol Neiman Martin Powell P’11 Sara Rankin Andrew and April Rauch P’15 Frank Retman and Rosselle Pekelis
Scott Rumage and Karin Jensvold P’06, ‘09 Seattle Foundation Brandy Taylor P’11, ‘15 Jeff Techico Paul Wirsing and Paola Maranan P’10 Rose Yu P’15
Photo by Teresa McCann Pâ€™13
More than 200 people joined to celebrate and support Lake Washington Girls Middle School at the 2012 Annual Auction at The Hall at Fauntleroy in West Seattle. After much work and procurement from our dedicated parents, more than 300 items went up for bid on the silent auction tables. After guests enjoyed cocktails, conversation, and silent bidding downstairs, the crowd moved upstairs to take part in our successful live auction. Along with the live auction and a delicious meal, guests viewed a movie that demonstrates the mission of Lake Washington Girls Middle School and what it means to all the girls who attend. Our auctioneer, Laura Michalek, captured the spirit and commitment of everyone involved at Lake Washington Girls Middle School by making this a wonderfully successful event. Together we raised $87,600. Our community is grateful for the wonderful outpouring of support for the girls at Lake Washington Girls Middle School. A special thanks to all the volunteers who made this event a success.
Teresa McCann P’13, 2012 Auction Chair
New to the staff this fall, I immediately felt part of the team. The support and friendship I receive from this amazing crew of women inspire me daily. I love coming to work and supporting L-Dub! –Becky O’ B oyle P’ 1 2 Director of Advancement
LWGMS celebrates the power of people and recognizes the collective impact that community engagement through volunteerism has on our strength and success. We appreciate and truly benefit from the efforts of each individual volunteer. We say thank you to all volunteers for sharing your time and for sharing your talents with our girls, faculty, and staff. It is your collective volunteer spirit that shapes our community and models the importance of being present and giving back for our girls. Thank You!
Photo by Teresa McCann P’13
FULL STEAM AHEAD! Although the world of education is abuzz with STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and while LWGMS offers classes in all areas of a STEM, we recognize that something critical to a balanced education is missing from this acronym. A purely STEM focused approach relies heavily on left-brain functions. LWGMS is committed to offering courses that use both sides of the brain. Classes rich in language arts, social studies, drama and fine art ensure that our focus is “whole-brained.” Education researchers at the National Science Foundation and program and policy advisors at the National Endowment for the Arts all recognize that in order to compete in the 21st century, schools must give equal weight to the arts, creativity,and the skills of imagination and synthesis.* As educators, we must provide educational opportunities that endeavor to integrate the arts, sciences, and technology for this to happen. LWGMS already embraces this educational model, and is currently in the process of developing curriculum for our students that is cutting edge, one that teaches 21st century skills and fosters resiliency: STEAM.
“Strategies for Arts + Science + Technology Research: Executive Report on a Joint Meeting of the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts,” September, 2010.
LEND YOUR HANDS We invite all members of our extended community to share in and support the success of Lake Washington Girls Middle School. We ask you to make LWGMS your highest philanthropic priority if your girls are students or alumnae, as your family recognizes the lasting benefits of the LWGMS, all girls experience. And for those who value inspiring teachers and curriculum, empowering young women to imagine possibility rich futures, a dedication to the art of public speaking, theatre, and creative expression of all kinds, and the ever-important exposure of or nationâ€™s girls to the fields of science, technology, engineering, math, and the arts, we ask for your support as well. While it is important to keep in mind there is an approximate $4,000 gap per student between tuition and the actual cost of education, a gift of any amount is appreciated â€“ participation is such an important lesson for our girls. Annual fund gifts range in size from under $10 to over $10,000.
THANK YOU The LWGMS Annual Fund is made up of hundreds of operating gifts from our loyal alumnae families, parents, students, faculty, staff, and friends. Your gift to the Annual Fund is a direct investment in our teachers and students, and helps us provide • Our meaningful, experiential, all girls education • Tuition support for every single student • Competitive faculty compensation and enrichment • A wide breadth of academic, arts, and cultural experiences Your gift will ensure our girls will leave here empowered for high school and life. We thank you for your support.
WAYS TO GIVE Cash and Checks Please make your check out to “LWGMS Annual Fund” and mail it to: LWGMS Annual Fund 810 18th Avenue Questions? Scan me! Seattle, WA 98122 Online Giving You can use your Visa, MasterCard, or Discover to make your gift online. Securities Gifts of stock (including mutual funds), bonds, and other securities may offer considerable capital gains tax savings. For more information on making a gift of securities, please contact Becky O’Boyle, Director of Advancement, at 206.709.3800 or email@example.com. Matching Gifts Corporate matching gifts may double or even triple your gift. Contact your personnel office for eligibility requirements and matching gift forms which must be completed and returned with your gift to the school. Spouses, retirees, and board members may qualify. To find out if a particular company or foundation has a matching gift program, please check our website’s Ways to Give page. LWGMS’s EIN is 91-1835055.
Our Mission Lake Washington Girls Middle School prepares girls to be confident young women, strong in mind, body, and voice. Our school values diversity and promotes personal and social responsibility. Students, teachers, and families are active partners in creating a challenging academic environment, fostering independent thinking, and instilling a life long love of learning. Our Vision LWGMS holds up the opportunity of a world in which girls are nurtured and empowered to reach their academic, social, and emotional potential. To that end, the school provides a supportive single-gender learning environment where students, teachers, staff, families, and our surrounding community are active partners in inspiring leadership, social responsibility, and self-confidence in girls.
strong in mind, body, and voice
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Published on Dec 3, 2012
Lake Washington Girls Middle School’s position as Seattle’s most empowering school for middle school girls stems from the commitment of our...