Play tonight! Tonight is the Tacoma premiere of the long-awaited, much-anticipated Seabury Middle School production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by none other than William Shakespeare (rumor has it the Bard himself may be making an appearance!).

We caught a preview this morning, and the show promises to be hilarious. Where else will you find William Shakespeare, a student dressed as a wall (yes, a wall) and a Hannah Montana wig together on the same stage?

Not to mention the production will be held in the gorgeous Castle Room of the Pythian Temple.

The play starts at 7 p.m., so don’t be miss out! Enter through Seabury Middle School at 925 Court C. Street parking is free after 6 p.m.

Going once … going twice … SOLD! We’re going on just ONE WEEK to the Seabury STAR Auction 2010. The catalogue is looking fabulous. From a stay on Guatemala’s Lake Atitlan, to a handcrafted RW Thornton fly fishing rod, these items are sure to stir up a bidding frenzy.

RSVPs are due Sunday, so get yours in ASAP! End the decadent evening with a stay at Tacoma’s famed Hotel Murano. Featured in the Condé Nast Traveler: 2009 Readers’ Choice Awards, this swank hotel is offering a special rate to friends of Seabury.

Science fair update: This Thursday is the annual Seabury Science Fair. The science fair will be held at the lower school campus, with the middle schoolers setting their projects up downstairs.

Students are going to be staying with their projects and explaining them to family and friends from 6pm to 7pm. Then there will be refreshments in the multi-purpose room from 7 until 7:30.

If you’re not able to be there with us at night, please feel free to come by the lower school during the day between 1:30 and 2:30. The middle schoolers will be there setting up for the evening and sharing their projects with the lower school students. We look forward to seeing you there!

Civics: This past week, we initiated a 5 week Civics unit. Brenda Bono has been working with us to develop this unit and we are fortunate to have her expertise! For the first two weeks, we will be focusing on learning about the foundations of civics – branches of government, characteristics of democracy, and how laws are created, among other topics. Part of civics will have students learning about laws that affect their generation and wrestling with topics that are pertinent to young adolescents – from acquiring a drivers license to issues dealing with alcohol to voting rights. A central question of the civics unit will be looking at issues on a scale with one end being freedom and the other end being security.

The following three weeks will be focused on interfacing with people who are civic and political leaders, including a trip to Olympia to sit in on the final days of the legislature to visiting with Tacoma’s mayor to attending a Tacoma City Council Meeting.

Social studies: Students have been continuing their research into a topic related to Tacoma history. Topics range from early logging practices, the first businesses established in Tacoma, early athletic teams, the Chinese expulsion, the Hudson Bay Company, among others. Next week, we will be wrapping up the research phase next week.

English: In class, we have been reading Dragonwings and discussing plot and literary techniques.

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About Halley (Griffin) Knigge

Storyteller and adventurer with a focus on new and social media. Ten years of award-winning writing and editing experience, eight years working professionally to share compelling stories through brand journalism, three years as an airline spokesperson, two years as a Tacoma Arts Commissioner and 30+ years of learning something new every day.

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