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

By Mindy J. 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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El día de los muertos; Celebrating Life on the Day of the Dead

By Sephy Elizai | August 3, 2020

As a child, I saw the ins and outs of Día de los muertos around me because it wasn’t a holiday we observed at home. Part of my family would go to the cemetery and clean the tombstones of our relatives. They would bring pan muerto (bread of the dead) home with them, and I […]

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What is a species?

By Paul Converse | August 3, 2020

One of the most obvious and frustrating observations in biology is the existence of species. Obvious in the sense that there are immediate and large differences between yourself and say, a cat. But frustrating in the sense that finding a definition that holds true across the entire tree of life has been elusive. Humans have […]

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Taco Tuesday & Other Anomalies: Creating Community and Culture in a New School

By Sephy Elizai | August 3, 2020

In the summer of 2019, I began making tacos on Tuesdays, not because I am the Spanish teacher with Mexican background but because the availability of a decent taco in the Pacific Northwest is rather low. There are good tacos out there, I know that there are, but driving around and testing one place after […]

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How Art Can Record History and Question It

By Rachel Mackenna | August 3, 2020

As the 4th of July approaches and we prepare to celebrate Independence Day I was reminded of the painting Parson Weems’ Fable by the artist Grant Wood. I first saw the painting while living in Texas at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art ( and it stuck in my memory because of its unusual qualities, […]

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introduction to conic sections

By Laura Granger | July 5, 2020

The final assignment in 2020 for my Pre-Calculus students was to research and present an introduction to conic sections. Students learned that slicing a right cone at varying angles will produce a circle, ellipse, or hyperbola (or of course a point or line if it’s a special case). Click here, if you would also like to […]

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yearbook inspired gridding exercise

By Rachel Mackenna | June 5, 2020

In March, as students and classes adjusted to the new online teaching format, Visual Art took on a new role at WA Prep as a place for relaxation as well as art education. Our first project, completed entirely online, was a yearbook inspired gridding exercise that used the Washington Preparatory logo and Bobcat mascot as […]

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