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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.

O u r Va l u e s 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-sex learning environment where students, teachers, staff, families, and our surrounding community are active partners in inspiring leadership, social responsibility, and self-confidence in girls.


Guiding Principles

A sense of community in which every individual is known, feels valued, and participates actively in a small close-knit community.


Tuition rates within reach of middle class families and financial aid offerings that eliminate financial barriers to admission.

Individual Accomplishment

Guided by intellectual curiosity every girl can succeed and have the opportunity to fulfill her academic, social, and emotional potential.

Family Engagement

Families are a critical part of a student’s educational success and essential partners in the school’s mission and community.

Community Responsibility A passion for social justice, political participation, and service to our community.

Single-sex Education A recognition, grounded in research, that girls are more likely to reach their academic potential in an all-girl environment that fosters self-confidence, promotes speaking up, and encourages social cohesiveness. Annual Report


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Our Mission

Inspiring Futures As I walk through the Hall of Inspiration – our main hallway of red lockers, each named for an inspirational woman, such as Ida B. Wells, Rachel Carson, and Elizabeth Blackwell – each morning, it is easy to imagine the name of a Lake Washington Girls Middle School alumna there one day. After twelve years of growing strong girls, we at LWGMS have the pleasure of seeing our first group of alumnae, the Class of 2001, succeeding “in the real world." Those full-fledged adults are doing all kinds of amazing things: traveling the world with service organizations, teaching special education in the Washington D.C. public schools and English to students in Spain, working for the Pride Foundation and Americorps, and serving on the Seattle/King County Gang Prevention and Outreach Work Group and the LWGMS Board of Directors. We are so proud that the girls of the inaugural class have continued to cultivate their intellectual curiosity, commitment to social justice, and self-confidence – seeds that were planted during their middle school years at LWGMS.

From the Head

Our current students are able to look up to these women and feel inspired by their leadership and by the shared experience they have of the LWGMS curriculum and community. Even better, those alumnae return to visit and they can’t help but note the upgraded science laboratory equipment, the wellrounded sports programs, and the multitude of arts classes available to L-dub girls now.These improved programs and opportunities have been made possible by the generosity of the many wonderful people who support LWGMS. The philanthropy of our donors in 2009-2010 enabled Lake Washington Girls Middle School to increase available funds for students in need and make much-needed purchases for our programs, helping us to support our girls as they grow into confident young women who will change the world.

Patricia Hearn Head of School

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From the Head

2009-2010 Board of Trustees Paola Maranan P'10 President David Carrell P'10 Vice President AP Hurd Treasurer Mark Chinen P'11 Secretary Leslie Ashbaugh P'11 Sandra Robinson P'09 Lisa Hoyt P'11 LaKesha Kimbrough P'12 Whitney Knox ’01 Liezl Tomas Rebugio Linsey Rubenstein Leilani Saar P'10 Eric Sorenson P'12

Measures of Success On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I am pleased to share with you in the pages to come just a few highlights from another successful year at Lake Washington Girls Middle School. Success comes in the classroom… • Our 18 outstanding graduates were admitted into 17 different independent and public high schools. …and in the community… • Our service learning efforts helped provide meals – and advocacy – for the homeless in our community. …and through thoughtful stewardship. • Our new five year strategic plan serves as a roadmap for the wise investment of our time and resources. • Our fiscal year ends with both a healthy reserve – despite a continued economic downturn that has rippled through virtually all

From the Board

institutions – as well as a demonstrated commitment to accessibility, with a 25% increase in financial aid dollars awarded in 2009-2010. Our mission remains as compelling and as necessary as the day we were founded. Each year it takes a committed community – made up of teachers, administrators, families, and volunteers – to surround our girls with the opportunities and support they need to become strong in mind, body, and voice. We are profoundly grateful to all of you for serving the mission – and our girls – and supporting our school, so well.

Paola Maranan Board President Annual Report


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From the Board

What a Year!

LWGMS students submitted 11 of 18 awardwinning art and writing pieces entered into the the Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center's 2010 Jacob Friedman Writing and Art Contest. Our students have placed in the contest each year since 2006, and have held 1st place in the writing category since 2007.

Green Team receives Terry Husseman Sustainable School Award and $300 grant in recognition of their student-led sustainability efforts to reduce waste and increase environmental curricula.

In our first year participating in the Washington State and National History Day event, Maia '10 earned three awards at the Regional competition, first place in the Junior Division of the State competition, and placed in the top 15 of the same division at the National competition in Washington D.C. in June.

Sofia '10, wins 1st place in the King County Civil Rights Commission Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest. This is LWGMS's fourth 1st place win.

In the News: Finn '11's award-winning artwork on, Fuerza Soccer on the cover of The Seattle Times, and our She-Bot featured in Seattle Met Magazine.

A Rite of Passage is a ritual event that marks a person's progress from one status to another. At LWGMS the 7th grade humanities curriculum examines various cultures' rites of passage traditions as the the girls develop, design, and implement their own ritual event, carried out each spring. This year, the Class of 2011 embarked on the 10th annual 7th grade Rites of Passage journey – unique to LWGMS, and as unique as each member of the class – of self-discovery, community, and connection with the natural world. They are indeed strong young women.

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W h a t a Ye a r !

Access to our new technology has allowed me to bring the world in "real time" into my classroom. It also nurtures students to take ownership of their learning, as they learn to confidently interact with and use technology to share their knowledge with each other. –Lindsey Mutschler, 6th grade humanities

With the generous gifts made towards upgrading classroom technology, we were able to purchase six ePodiums, each featuring:

Multimedia Carts Tablet PCs Digital Projectors Document Cameras We also purchased:

1 MacBook 1 iMac Donor Database Naomi '10 utilizes all of the components of the ePoduium to screen her History Day documentary.

Technology Upgrade

Technology Upgrade Fueled by necessity and guided by the vision of the LWGMS faculty,

Recognizing that these powerful tools offer a variety of educational

parents, and Board of Trustees, our community came together last year

opportunities that improve teaching and learning, our faculty and

to raise the funds necessary for the first phase of a sweeping overhaul

students have never looked back. Whether

of LWGMS's classroom technology. Working with an approved

projecting a math problem with the document

budget of $25,000, the technology team researched the power, prices,

camera, screening a student-created

and sustainability of available products, and

powerpoint presentation with the tablet PC

found that instead of purchasing two Smart-

and digital projector, or sharing what is

boards for shared use, an equal amount could

happening under the microscope with the

be spent to obtain six ePodiums. True to

whole class, our new classroom technology

L-Dub form, this decision was the best fit for

brings us all closer – to the lesson, to learning, and to one another.

the school, fiscally and culturally.

Thank you to all who supported this exciting improvement to the

Our ePodiums arrived, housed in secure multimedia carts, each

L-Dub experience.

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Te c h n o l o g y U p g r a d e

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 put to immediate use 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.

Janette Adamucci Rollie Antupit Stephen Antupit and Lucy Sloman Pam Ashbaugh Veronica Barrera Catherine Bauer Karel Bauer and Nancy Harriss Kenneth Blaisdell Shannon Blaisdell Mason Bowles and Christine Chmielniak Mark Boyar and Gretchen Weitkamp Henry Boyar and Rebecca Hoff Ethel Boyar Tom Braman and Kathryn Robinson Stephanie Bravmann, PhD Janet Brodsky Al Brower and Ann Novakowski Brian and Conne Bruce Robert and Jennifer Bucher Daniel Caracciolo and Donna Mackenzie Paula Carmel Todd and Colleen Carrell David Carrell and Garnet Anderson Mark Chinen and Ruby Takushi Keith Cohon and Yumi Hiraga Christian and Julie Colando James Colando and Shirley Robertson Anna Colando ’09

Colette Detmer Colleen Douville Robert Drucker and Ann Gensler Richard Dunn and Laura Widdice Stuart Eivers and Darcie Stella Michael and Melanie Fink Carolyn Finney Billie Fisher Edwin and Rebecca Fotheringham Jason French and Leslie Ashbaugh Gregory Garcia and Erica Pascarelli Bob Geballe and Susan Kaufman Warren Gibbs and Jan Frederick David Gill and Karri Meleo William Golding and Jacqueline James Ronnie Greer David and Mary Ellen Haley Heather Harris William and Ellen Hazzard Dan and Whitney Hazzard Patricia Hearn and Leslie Neihart Oleine Hedeen Alex Higgins and Eva McGough Shyoko Hiraga Christopher and Lisa Hoyt Karl and Sally Hufbauer Gretchen Hughes AP Hurd

Jeff and Michelle Huse Robert Jaffe and Susan Isaacson Leroy and Julie Jenkins Hailey Jenkins ’09 Judith Kaftan and Kristin Marra Karin Kallander Phil Katzen and Joan Kleinberg Jay Keiper and Monica Lake LaKesha Kimbrough Tara Kleca and Justine Kreher Whitney Knox ’01 Gary and Lisa Kotzen Alice Kres Jeffrey Lee Ron Lewis and Laurie Elder Barbara Lindberg Karl and Dawn Lum Heather Mahardy Yee Man Lee Ken Matsudaira John McLaughlin and Kathryn Krikorian John and Christine McLaughlin Beth McNamara and Jennifer Duncan David McRae Susie Mostow Ken Mostow and Martha Straley Lindsey Mutschler Rita O'Boyle

David Oder and Stephanie Carmel Keith and Yvonne Oguntuwase Josh Parks and Julie Fay Joshua and Anne Petersen Camille Pham-Lake ’08 Martine Pierre Louis Terrence and Arizona Proctor Jack Resneck and Ellen Hufbauer Frank Retman and Rosselle Pekelis Maya Riser-Kositsky ’06 Shiquitta Roberts-Williams Sandra Robinson Bill and Paula Rooks Bernie and Ginnie Roos Linsey Rubenstein Elizabeth Rudolf Scott Rumage and Karin Jensvold Wolf and Leilani Saar José Sama and Julie Johnson Jon Schorr and Joanne Tompkins Dan and Susan Shames Stan Shikuma and Tracy Lai Talia Shulman ’06 David Shulman and Sam Friedlander Darryl Smith and Andrea John-Smith Eric Sorenson Marcio and Charito Sotero de Menezes Brad Tollefson and Lisa Greenberg

Liezl Tomas Rebugio David True and Sarah Hufbauer Dan and Virginia Turner Bill Turner Jonathan Tweet David and Reba Utevsky Bill Vogeley and Karen Garland Meagan Walker William and Audrey Weitkamp Colleen West Lea Widdice Hunter Williams and Kirsten Rooks Terry and Elsa Williams Ben and Kimberli Wilson Bill Wilson and Diane Carmel Paul Wirsing and Paola Maranan Michael Witter and Lizzie Zemke Winnie Wong and Ben Noble Ye-Ting Woo Todd and Nancy Wyatt Merrily Wyman and Karen Bryant Felicia Yearwood Marla York Drew and Jenny Zavatsky

Annual Fund Donors

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. Matching Donations, Workplace Combined Karel Bauer and Nancy Harriss Julie Bensen Shannon Blaisdell and Bryan Lhuillier Deborah Bowler Mark Boyar and Gretchen Weitkamp Tom Braman and Kathryn Robinson Mark Chinen and Ruby Takushi Sandy Cioffi and Tammi Sims Keith Cohon and Yumi Hiraga Christian and Julie Colando Colleen Douville Robert Drucker and Ann Gensler Stuart Eivers and Darcie Stella Tom and Maura FitzMacken Carolyn Finney Edwin and Rebecca Fotheringham Jason French and Leslie Ashbaugh Gregory Garcia and Erica Pascarelli Bob Geballe and Susan Kaufman Warren Gibbs and Jan Frederick David Gill and Karri Meleo Patricia Hearn and Leslie Neihart Teresita Heiser Alex Higgins and Eva McGough Pete and Monica Hinckley

Christopher and Lisa Hoyt David True and Sarah Hufbauer Robert Jaffe and Susan Isaacson Michelle and Jeff Huse Ronald Knox Gary and Lisa Kotzen Alice Kres Suzy and Brian Kumasaka Claire Lane Ron Lewis and Laurie Elder Barbara Lindberg Lin Lucas Karl and Dawn Lum Heather Mahardy Scott and Janet McLeod Beth McNamara and Jennifer Duncan David McRae Lindsey Mutschler Rita O’Boyle David Oder and Stephanie Carmel Kieran Phelan and Pricilla Walker Martin Powell Beanetta Roberts Shiquitta Roberts-Williams Kirsten Rooks and Hunter Williams

Rae Anne Rushing Laura Silvey Jane and Jim Skrivan Marcio and Charito Sotero de Menezes David Stearns Hugh and Linda Straley Brad Tollefson and Lisa Greenberg Dan and Virginia Turner Lea Widdice Ben and Kimberli Wilson Michael Witter and Lizzie Zemke Ye-Ting Woo Todd Wyatt Felicia Yearwood 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, 2009 through June 30, 2010. The figures reported are unaudited.

Fund Drive contributions, and Partner Programs are hugely important to the success of LWGMS's Annual Fund. We are pleased to have received donations from the following corporations and foundations in 2009-2010. Thank you our to donors who intitiated these donations. Amgen Foundation Boeing Costco eScrip Gap Foundation Gates Foundation JBT Corporation McKinstry Company Charitable Foundation Microsoft PCC Natural Markets Reader's Digest Foundation RealNetworks Foundation Starbucks Foundation United Way of King County

Scholarship Donors

0 9 – 10 b u d g e t $ 78 6 , 9 5 2

Financial Highlights In a year when both annual giving revenue and participation have declined nationwide, we are grateful to our community for making support of LWGMS a priority. Though we didn't meet our entire fundraising (annual fund and auction) goal of $135,000 this year, our Annual Fund revenue increased by nearly 5%, and the average gift increased from $299 in 20082009 to $388 in 2009-2010. Even more significant, an impressive 92% of current families participated in annual giving, as well as 100% of board members, faculty, and staff. Every gift makes a difference, no matter the amount. Thank you all for your participation and support.

where the funds come from Tuition 84%

Fundraising 15% Other 1%

annual fund g ivi ng by constitue ncy tota l


where the funds go Instruction and Student Life 38% Organizations 6%

Current Families 37% Financial Aid 10%

Friends 15% Board Members 6%

Alumnae 4% Grandparents 11%

Faculty and Staff 5% Alumnae Families 16%

Employee Benefits 11%

Facility 9% Operations 32%

Volunteers Make a Difference On any given day, you only have to look up and down the Hall of Inspiration to see the difference our incredible culture of volunteering makes for LWGMS students. So many in the LWGMS community—parents, grandparents, faculty, staff, and friends—gave so generously of their time and talents during 2009-2010, in so many ways. From helping with field trips long and short, to serving on the Board of Trustees, to creating sets and costumes for our theatre productions, to working on the annual auction, to organizing the library—your support of LWGMS is deeply appreciated by the entire community. Not only are LWGMS’s many volunteers generous, but they are creative and proactive as well. And no matter what form it takes, volunteering at LWGMS offers extremely important educational benefits by showing our students that through giving they can deepen their connection to the community—and truly make a difference. To everyone who shared their hands, hearts, and thousands of hours that enriched us all during 2009-2010, we cannot thank you enough for your precious time, your many talents, and your incredible generosity.

Thank you. Annual Report


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2009/2010 Annual Report  

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