The event is a dedication ceremony for the school’s new “Steps to Green Lake.” There will be music by The Shed Boys, refreshments, campus tours, and presentations by Board Chair Art Vertner, Head of School Ted Kalmus, and two alumni students.
The “Steps” are the fulfillment of an idea by the students of the Class of 2007. In recognition of the unique role of Green Lake Park in the academic, outdoor and athletic experiences of a Billings Middle School education, the students envisioned the steps as a visual connection between the school and the park. The students’ vision created a congenial gathering place for students and teachers throughout the school day, as well as a more welcoming entrance to the school for parents, visitors and the local community.
Beginning with the Class of 2007 and continuing with the Class of 2008 and Class of 2009, an Alumni Legacy Campaign was conducted on behalf of these graduating students to help fund the “Steps to Green Lake” project. With additional support from the Building Billings Capital Campaign, the project became fully funded in 2009.
The Building Billings Capital Campaign is a $1 million facilities improvement campaign that includes three components: 1) the East Village Campus, which was completed in September 2009; 2) The “Steps to Green Lake” project; and 3) the conversion of the Billings garage into a Community-Gathering Hall, which is targeted for completion in September 2010. The hall will be used for all-school meetings and lunch time, as well as space for rehearsals, academic needs, and community-wide events and activities.
Billings Middle School – an independent sixth-through-eighth grade school – is a dynamic academic community intentionally focused on early adolescent education. Located in the Green Lake neighborhood, the school is committed to socio-economic diversity, annually providing tuition assistance to 33% of students. Established as a middle school in 1996, the school was originally founded as The Intermediate School by Luanne Billings in 1979. Billings Middle School is an accredited member of the Pacific Northwest Association of Independent Schools (PNAIS).