Eighth-graders at Stella Schola Middle School received a rare visit with renowned fantasy-fiction author Terry Brooks on January 22.
2018-19 athletic season start and end dates
New Seasons and a New Sport for Middle School Athletics in 2018-19
Middle school sport seasons are changing for the 2018-19 school year so there will be at least one sport every season for every gender and every grade.
- Season One, which runs from September 10 through October 26, will feature boys and girls cross country, boys tennis, and boys basketball.
- Season Two runs from October 29 through December 21 and will include girls badminton and boys soccer.
- Intramurals will be run at each school from January 7 to February 1. Specific activities for intramurals are determined by each school.
- Season Three begins on February 5 and ends on March 29 with girls basketball, and boys and girls wrestling.
- Season Four starts April 15 and concludes June 7 and consists of boys and girls track & field, girls volleyball, and girls tennis.
These changes come from recommendations following a two-year study of the middle school athletic program which were informed by several student surveys. The study group was tasked with making recommendations to address equity in athletic programming, capacity issues with court sports, and transportation costs.
Soccer is being added as a boys sport since boys are underrepresented in middle school athletics and the district has a responsibility under Title IX to take action to address equity in athletic programming.
The four court sports were shifted to different season to increase capacity for those sports and to ensure that all grades can participate (currently sixth graders participate in basketball and volleyball in alternate seasons).
Additionally, the new season schedule creates greater opportunity to align bus transportation between teams which will help to offset rising transportation costs.
Each team will compete six times, except for track and cross country which have four competitions, plus a jamboree or culminating event.
Students can register for fall sports when their middle school athletic office re-opens in August.
2018-19 Middle School Athletic Program
Season 1: September 10 - October 26, 2018
Boys/Girls Cross Country
Boys Basketball (new season)
Season 2: October 29 - December 21, 2018
Girls Badminton (new season)
Boys Soccer (new option)
Season 3: February 4 - March 29, 2019
Girls Basketball (new season)
Season 4: April 15 - June 7, 2019
Boys/Girls Track and Field
Girls Volleyball (new season)
Middle School Intramural Schedule
Sports determined by school
January 7 - February 1, 2019
Season 1: Fall
Boys/Girls Cross Country: August 20 - October 27
Boys Football: August 15 - October 27
Boys Golf: August 20 - October 27
Girls Soccer: August 20 - October 27
Girls Slow Pitch Softball: August 27 - October 20
Girls Swimming & Diving: August 20 - October 27
Boys Tennis: August 20 - October 27
Girls Volleyball: August 20 - October 27
Season 2: Winter
Boys/Girls Basketball: November 12 - February 2
Girls Gymnastics: November 5 - January 26
Boys Swimming & Diving: November 12 - January 26
Wrestling: November 12 - January 26
Season 3: Spring
Girls Badminton: February 25 - May 4
Boys Baseball: February 25 - May 4
Girls Fast Pitch Softball: February 25 - May 4
Girls Golf: February 25 - May 4
Boys Soccer: February 25 - May 4
Girls Tennis: February 25 - May 4
Boys/Girls Track: February 25 - May 4
District Athletic Contacts
LWSD Athletic Office Administrator: Matt Gillingham, 425-936-1289
Athletics & Title IX Specialist: John Appelgate, 425-936-1367
Administrative Assistant: Cathryn Brown, 425-936-1254
LWSD Transportation: Debbie Chavez, 425-936-1130 (weekends: 206-648-6486)