We wrap up the 7th grade year very much in the spirit of our yearlong theme: Making Change from the Ground Up! This week in social studies each 7th grader assumed the perspective of one of the activists who fought for civil rights, women’s suffrage, environmental conservation and the rights of workers. In solo performances they brought to life 24 powerful social reformers and the period of U.S. history known as the Progressive Era.
Seventh graders also stepped into their courage zones and expressed themselves in heartfelt speeches, giving farewell tributes to each 8th grader at today’s community meeting. They eloquently highlighted each student’s accomplishments, unique traits, personal memories and hopes for the future.
Next week continues the theme of activism, as students will experience on-campus guest presentations, visit powerful museum exhibits and tours. Here’s what all this will look like:
Monday afternoon we will host an Activist Panel of exemplary women leaders representing a wide spectrum of ages and fields of interest. Here’s who is coming:
- Sara Patton – Former Executive Director at the Northwest Energy Coalition, and Current Board President of Friends of the Market
- Andrea Rodgers – Lead attorney at Our Children’s Trust. She is representing students in a youth driven campaign to secure a legal right to a healthy future using the 5th Amendment!
- Alexes Mary-Yvonne Harris – UW Sociology Professor. Her research focuses on social stratification and inequality with an emphasis on juvenile and criminal justice processing and outcomes.
- Bailey Harris – Denver University Co-President, College Democrats (and SGS alum!)
- Linn Gould – Founder of Just Health Action and professor at the UW School of Public Health. Her research and activism focuses on health equity, environmental justice, immigrant communities and tribal rights.
Tuesday we will hit the road to experience the Underground Tour at Pioneer Square and visit the Wing Luke Museum (where we will take the Hotel Tour and see the new exhibit “Wham Bam Pow: Cartoons, Turbans, and Confronting Hate”).
Wednesday, we will welcome the filmmaker of The Most Dangerous Year, a new feature length documentary about the fight against a discriminatory initiative in Washington State to ban transgender bathrooms. We will screen the film (which just premiered at this year’s Seattle International Film Festival) and have a thought-provoking discussion afterward! Following lunch we will depart for a visit to the Frye Museum for a 30-minute mindfulness class and tour of the Towards Impressionism exhibit.
Thursday we will carry on our time-honored tradition: the annual 7th grade scavenger hunt! Students will document their ability to find landmarks in Seattle history, experience new things, and engage with the public. We will be walking from SGS to the Pike Place Market! Stops along the way will include Uwajimaya, the Klondike Gold Rush Museum, the Indoor waterfall in Pioneer Square, and the gum wall in the Post Alley. In the afternoon we’ll head to the Seattle Art Museum for the Double Exposure exhibit (opening day of the new show!)
Throughout the week these 7th graders will show that they are truly ready to step into the role of 8th graders in the fall – mentoring, inventing, exploring, producing and reflecting!