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Five students in Chris Stevens’ class have turned in all their homework every week since the beginning of school. Congratulations go to (from left) Colin Neal, Hunter Clemons, Makayla Dunn, Zoe Rivers and Ashley Poage (in front). Submitted photo


Levy questions and answers - You can find additional information on the district Web site at in response to the most commonly asked questions about the Feb. 9 maintenance and operations levy. The district mailed its School Levy Fact Sheet home on Jan. 15. If you did not receive one, call 582-3264 or you may view it online. Click on the Levy Info button in the left margin, then click on School Levy Fact Sheet. Remember to exercise your right and vote by mail by Feb. 9.

- Annette Hanson, resource and information coordinator


Got Math? Night: Greywolf Elementary is offering an open invitation to all staff, students, administrators, board members and the community for an evening of math games and an ice cream social gala event. Be sure to mark your calendar for 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4. The doors will be opened at Greywolf's gym welcoming all to attend. Student experts will be on hand to guide you through math games that are used as part of our curriculum study. We are looking forward to seeing you at this annual enjoyable event.

- Pat Quinet and Monique Brasher, Math Night coordinators


_ The family fun festival is set for 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at Helen Haller Elementary. It will be buzzing with activity, including games, crafts, activities, food, bounce house, raffle and a silent auction. We hope you will be able to join us for this fun-filled day.

- Debbie Buchillo, secretary

_ Learning targets: Students in Pam Landoni's fourth-grade class can ...

Read Northwest Native American legends

Identify the key text features.

Determine if the information in the legends they read is fact or fiction.

Write a Northwest Native American legend following the writing process: prewrite, draft, revision, editing and publishing.

Since we don't have enough space to share our legends, here are a few of the titles from our writing:

The Legend of Mount Storm King

The Legend of Thunder Eagle

Origin of the Owl

Why the Sun Provides Light to the Earth

Why Indians Eat Deer

The Tail of the Red Fox

The Bear Man

The Legend of the Flyer

The Legend of the Eagle of Dungeness River

The Legend of Lake Crescent

The Legend of the White Tailed Deer

How the Rainbow Was Born

The Coyote

The Origin of the Red-Tailed Hawk

The Legend of the Moon and Stars

The Legend of Eagle

- Pam Landoni, teacher

_ The "I Love to Read" reading contest runs from Feb. 1-19. The Clallam County Literacy Council is sponsoring a reading contest for Helen Haller students. Every time students read a book, they can enter the contest by submitting their name and the name of the book on a 3- by 5-inch piece of paper. These entry forms will be turned into the library for a drawing on Friday, Feb. 19. Nonreaders may have books read to them. Twenty-five students will receive a new book. The grand prize winner will receive a Walmart gift card.

- Marsha Omdal, librarian


Sequim Middle School students Janey Griffith, Grace Koenigsaecker, LaVee Hess and Mariah Riedel show off their school’s January spirit day theme: Fashion Disaster.     Submitted photo

_ The Sequim Middle School ASB just held January spirit day and Fashion Disaster was the theme. Throughout the halls, one could see swarms of mixed checks, plaids, stripes and polka dots. There also were many colors: neons, darks, light and bright colors all mixed together to form truly a fashion disaster. Students were encouraged to mix and match different colors and types of shoes and socks. You also could spot many funky layers of clothes. Disaster hairstyles were a plus. Some hairstyles looked like this: a high ponytail and a low ponytail, or purple and green hair (temporary of course). There also was a lot of mixing of styles like a mini skirt with a long-sleeved shirt. All around, this spirit day was a mess of a fashion disaster success.

- Grace Koenigsaecker, ASB public relations officer; and Caity Karapostoles, secretary and advisor

_ The science department of Sequim Middle School would like to showcase the following students as "catalysts" for second quarter. These are students who consistently display an exceptional level of participation in their science class.

Sixth grade: Teacher Meredith Johnson celebrates the accomplishments of Jack Ellison, Sydney O'Donnell, Eric Anderson and Christian Benson.

Teacher Steve Koehler recognizes sixth-graders Mariam Davidadze, Trevor Jones, Hoebart Iredale, Ryan Nestor and Bailey Bryan.

Seventh grade: Teacher Isabella Morrison gives a standing ovation to Kylie Condosta, Sophia Cornell, Cheyenne Sokkappa, Joshua Cibene, Emma LeBlanc, Duncan Sumter-Fazio, Trenton Mason and Katherine Stevenson.

Teacher Joe Landoni tips his hat to seventh-graders Katherine Schade, Brittany Joy, Ali Thill, Mikaele Baker and Chase Ridgway.

Eighth grade: Teacher Debra Beckett applauds Celia McLaughlin, John Galm, Alexander Holloway and Bailie Cibene and, in her science and engineering teams elective class, Brenna Neal.

Bryan Smelcer salutes eighth-graders Sarah Hutchison, James Reis, Royhon Agostine, Bill Koenig, Samantha Baker, Grace Koenigsaecker, Dylan Chatters, Christie Honore and Joe Cameron.

_ The science department also would like to recognize those fine students who find themselves "On-a-Roll." These students were able to boost their second-quarter grade at least 10 percentage points, sometimes more, from their first-quarter grade. Congratulations to:

Sixth graders Stacey Bollier, Noah Christiansen, Texin Conley, Maya Dippert, London Dumas, Damian Eaton, Mark Feeney, Sebastian Goettling, Chloe Hamer, Mykaela Hatton, Michael Latimer, Wyatt Lato, J. T. McElhose, Katalina Reed, Alec Sanderson, Hope Tuller and Adria Turton.

Seventh graders Shannon Bish, Kaylee Ditlefsen, Henry He, Alissa Johnson, Ian Peers, Travis Priest, Dmitry Seleznev, Cheyenne Sokkappa, Joshua Cibene, Aaliyah Ellis, Alexis Haman, Sydney Hastings, Alexandrea Johnson, Tristi Kienholz, Jocelyn Lopez, Rebecca Schroepfer, Brandy Austin, Brysen Welch, Alexis Cook, Delaney Fowell, David Lemley III, Trenton Mason, Kelsey Morrison, Nicia Pfeffer, Karla Tinoco, Sean Tuttle, Joe Goldbeck, Peter Ohnstad, Yulisa Perciado, Marley Zimmerman, Mandy Campbell, Kaliska Yette-Simcoe, Bailey Boyce, Parker Rossi, Brooklyn Small, Haile Wilson, Mickayla Simons, Kathryn Bertelson, Christian Salas and Zach Thomas.

Eighth graders Britni Gallaher, Gabi Halady, Dalton Secord, Adam Hill, Austin McAneny, Sean Lyckman, Lily Paulsen, Brittany Zuck, Chance Bean, Vanessa Martinez, Nick Duncan, Jessica Cary, Alicia Bryant, Sabrina Cook, Joshua Dickson and Jace Humber.

- Joe Landoni, science teacher


_ We are planning a fundraising event to benefit the First Teacher program from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, May 15, at the Sequim Boys & Girls Club, 400 W. Fir St. Appetizers, a dessert bar, silent auction, music and a speaker are on the agenda. A planning meeting is at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, at the First Teacher classroom in Room 4W at Sequim Community School, 220 W. Alder St. Add your ideas and take part. Children are welcome.

Here's what's going on at First Teacher:

Wednesday, Feb. 3 - Kids Craft at 10:30 a.m.

Thursday, Feb. 4 - Parent Connection with Nicole Brewer at 10 a.m. Come meet other parents and talk about parenting topics while your children play together. For more information, call Nicole at 461-9992

Friday, Feb. 5 - Kindermusik demonstration by Carry Madison from Aspire Academy at 10:30 a.m. Parents and children will have fun with this musical, interactive play session.

Our Bookworm Reading Contest is going on so as you read with your children, fill out a slip of paper with your name and phone number to be dropped into the Reading Contest box in the First Teacher room. The contest concludes with a drawing for books and prizes on Monday, Feb. 8. The contest is sponsored by the Clallam County Literacy Council.

- Patsene Dashiell, First Teacher events coordinator, 582-3428


_ More than 120 Sequim High agriculture and FFA students are participating in end-of-semester workdays. Students are repairing hot-wire fencing at the FFA farm, are mixing concrete for gate posts, emptying water troughs for cleaning, weeding the pasture around the poultry unit barn and moving panels to create a new pasture area. In future months, they will market their hogs for the Clallam County Fair and participate in a broiler feed trial. In late summer, they will participate in a swine feed trial and their free-range turkey flock will arrive for the holiday market.

- Lora Millet, secretary

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