Welcome to the Bobcat Blog! A place where faculty and students share their experiences in learning and building a community.

Before COVID-19, school closures occurred & the good that came…

By Mindy Watson | June 5, 2020

In the mid-2000s, a few of my colleagues and I thought it would be prudent to consider and then develop a process for extended school closure. Now, you native Pacific North-Westerners know darn well that it doesn’t “really” snow in Seattle and its surrounding cities, but occasionally two feet will indeed drop and shut the…

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Welcome

By Site Superuser Account | October 9, 2022

Dear Community, Welcome to Washington Preparatory School (WAPrep), a 6th -12th-grade college preparatory school that emphasizes STEM, project learning, communication skills, and entrepreneurial thinking. WAPrep opened its doors in the fall of 2018, and the faculty are looking forward to beginning our fifth academic school year. Visitors often ask, “What are the differentiators that WaPrep…

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IB Mathematics Applications and Interpretations

By Laura Granger | September 11, 2022

In our IB Mathematics Interpretations and Applications class, students are not only learning new math concepts, but they are also using these concepts to make instruments and to solve problems they would not have been able to otherwise. The following is a project one of my students completed by constructing and using a clinometer to…

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Digital Photography students create parodies of real magazines!

By Rachel Mackenna | April 28, 2022

This semester WA Prep was excited to add Digital Photography to the arts course offerings. After practicing their composition and shooting skills they transitioned into using digital editing with Photopea. In their second editing project students used their new skills to create parodies of real magazines with their own images and concepts. After carefully studying the typefaces and…

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Scholastic Arts & Writing Awardee- Sophie Tanaka

By Rachel Mackenna | January 27, 2022

Please take a moment to congratulate Sophie this week! Her artwork “Deep Breaths” has been awarded a Silver Key in the Scholastic Arts & Writing competition and will be included in an upcoming exhibition at the Schack Art Center in Everett. Nearly 340,000 works of art and writing were submitted this year, so this is…

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Students discover connections between their learning and the world around them!

By Kristi Bubna | November 22, 2021

Among the most rewarding moments as a teacher are those when students discover connections between their own learning and the world around them. This semester, Washington Prep’s 6th grade ELA class read the novel A Long Walk to Water, a fictionalized account of the real-life experiences of Salva Dut, a South Sudanese refugee. Salva became…

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Students consider the techniques of two inspirational artists for their own designs.

By Rachel Mackenna | February 8, 2021

Kara Walker, Exxodus of Confederates from Atlanta from Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) [set of 15 prints], 2005. Offset lithography and silkscreen. 39” x 53’. Edition of 35 Kehinde Wiley, Arms of Nicolaas Ruterius, Bishop of Arras, 2014, Stained Glass, 54” x 36” Two inspiration artists that have been part of our…

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In language acquisition, a hypothetical filter is influenced by emotional variables

By Qian Zhang | October 12, 2020

When I was a student, I dreamed that I could speak English fluently. Because I thought English could help me to open another door to the world. I worked very hard and learned tons of vocabulary and grammar rules. However, after almost 23 years of learning and having been through so many tests, I still…

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The greatest sign of success for a teacher…

By Eunice Bonaparte | September 1, 2020

by Eunice Bonaparte August is one of my favorite months. Personally, it a month filled with family celebrations, and the last of the fun summer rituals. Professionally, it is when I begin final preparations for the new school year. As long as I gather the books, find and watch the videos, download templates, create the…

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Encryption, Decryption, and Matrices

By Laura Granger | August 5, 2020

Over the course of my 20 years teaching mathematics, matrices have been in and out of the Algebra 2 and Pre-Calculus curriculum. I happen to love working with and teaching matrices, so I was happy to see them back in our Pre-Calculus/Pre-IB curriculum last year. After mastering the processes and problem solving uses of matrices,…

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IB Biology at WaPrep

By Paul Converse | August 3, 2020

In biology there is a joke we pass around: the more complicated a system is, the more difficult it is to study. Biological systems are the most complicated systems humanity has yet observed, and thusly studying these systems is the most difficult science. This joke is especially fun around physicists and chemists. Yet there is…

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