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__The first-graders celebrated the 100th day of school on Wednesday, Feb. 10. They participated in several 100th-day activities. They made necklaces with 100 Cheerios, created 100 glasses, counted to 100 by ones, twos, fives and 10s, and completed their very own 100 grid. The highlight of the day included a visit from Zero the Hero (he loves 0s) and his gift of a paper, a $100 bill.

- The first-grade classrooms at Greywolf: Emily Ellefson, Monique Brasher, Cathy Green, Stacy Hughes, Bethany Behl and Dixie Husser

_ Here are more student writing samples from Louise Lemley's class, as they recently finished filing reports as journalists about Groundhog Day.

"The Call!"

On Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010 - Montana

A severe phone call was made at 2:57 a.m. by Grubby Groundhog. Police state that Grubby's phone call was in panic of a savage assault by foxes near the Columbia River. A fellow police mammal quotes, "Grubby gave us a brief description that there were six foxes, and he needs us quickly."

The state police got there just in time to investigate the scene. At 3:02, the police arrived, and investigated Grubby Groundhog's burrow. Finding dispersed broken glass and delicates shattered into pieces, Grubby at first was nowhere to be found. After the burrow was heavily searched, luckily officer P.B. J. found Grubby's trail. Grubby was concealed under a fallen tree trunk two miles from his burrow.

To resolve this fox assault, all foxes may now be questioned at First Avenue Street Court House on Saturday morning from 8-9:45. For further notice, the crooks will be announced.

But for the forecast from Grubby Groundhog, there will be no more days of winter for mild Montana.

- Jordan McMinn

"Surprising Touch Down"

Feb. 3, 2010 - Sequim

It was a hot day on the Dallas, Texas, Field. It was Feb. 3, 2010, and the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos met in 2011. The Denver Broncos kicked off.

Reporters saw a groundhog on the field and watched him bite the football. Soon he started running for a touchdown. He ran under the kicker's legs and began running for a touchdown. After getting the touchdown, the groundhog quickly popped underground. He never came back.

He was last seen on the Dallas Field. Will there be six more weeks of winter? No one knows for sure. Mr. Groundhog didn't want to give us his prediction this year!

- Brady Collins

"Patricia Sleeps In"

Today Patricia, world-famous groundhog from Pensacola, Fla., was reported sleeping in and crawling out her burrow late - 5 p.m.

An eyewitness quotes, "I saw Patricia groundhog! She was drinking soda!"

Investigators assume that Ms. Patricia allegedly awoke late because of her lack of sleep. Most of us (besides the excitement) hope it doesn't happen again!

- Heidi Purviance

"Lucky's Caught Cheating"

On Feb. 2, 2010, Greywolf Elementary School was reported having seen Lucky, the groundhog, snooping around the field. A cloud moved out from in front of the sun and Lucky's shadow was shown. When Lucky noticed that the sun was shining, he covered his eyes and started zipping all over the place while screaming rapidly.

Children from Greywolf Elementary School noticed that he was running for 15 minutes. Then suddenly a cloud slid in front of the sun and made the shadow disappear. It was then Lucky froze from running and uncovered his eyes.

No one knows why Lucky was acting this way, but students at Greywolf Elementary School and some other people predict that it was that Lucky didn't want to have six more weeks of winter.

What supports our prediction? It was only that a forecaster saw Lucky splashing and swimming having a good time on the first bright and sunny day of summer. Also, someone who lives on Deseret Avenue reports hearing Lucky talking to himself about how proud he was that he didn't' see his shadow.

- Zaundria Patterson

"Extra! Extra! Famous Ground Hog Goes Missing!"

Multiple locals in Sequim have claimed that they have seen Bob, the Groundhog, pounce toward a parked golf cart with a suitcase in his right hand. It is reported that an eye witness claimed that Bob leaped out of his burrow, shivered, jotted down something on a sticky-note, broke the pencil, and then hopped away grumbling.

It is believed that the missing groundhog is headed to the Sequim airport. George, a reporter on our news squad, who was already at the airport investigating the recent food poisoning at a local restaurant, has reported that Bob was getting on Delta Airlines flight #143, which is a flight to Honolulu. "If you see this groundhog, or know why he has gotten on this flight, please contact our news team," George said.

An hour after the groundhog was last seen, our team received an e-mail from Bob. The letter said, "I have left Sequim because no one fixed my heater!" The heater in question was fixed immediately, and Bob booked the flight that could get him back in Sequim ASAP.

Our news team interviewed the majority of Sequim, and 99.99 percent of residents said that they were glad Bob, the best forecaster in the world, was back.

- Riley Chase

"The Secret Is Out!"

Citizens have been assembling around a vast burrow for about an hour now, waiting for Pam Pebble, a trendy groundhog's arrival into spring for the first time. Eye witnesses say moments passed but she has finally showed up. Two ears appeared followed by Pam Pebble's head. Spectators were stunned! Pam is wearing sunglasses! Last reported, today's forecast is supposed to be sunny followed by Pam Pebble's return to her den along with six more weeks of winter. Surprisingly Pam spotted her shadow and scurried her way back to her den only to retrieve a bottle of sun screen and a beach ball.

Newscasts are live with an interview from Pam Pebble herself: "Okay, fine, I guess the secret must be revealed. I don't go into my den because I'm afraid of my shadow ... I'm really afraid of getting a sunburn!" Observers say she scurried to a nearby pool and started to splash around!

The secret is out and now we know. Until next year Sunny Sequim Citizens, enjoy an extra six weeks of sunny spring.

- Chelena May Erickson

- Louise Lemley, teacher



_ All parents and students: Please join us between 6:30-7:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, for a fun-filled evening at Helen Haller for the "Celebration of Young Authors." Your students will share their reading and writing skills with you. Parents will be able to visit their child's classroom and view a presentation in our gym. Save room for some snacks prepared by our School Advisory Committee. Hope to see you there.

- Vince Riccobene, principal

_ Teacher Judy Flynn's classes just celebrated the 100th day of being in kindergarten. The students have learned a lot in 100 days. When asked just what they have learned in school the past 100 days, these were their answers:

AM kindergarten:

Andreana Johnson, Jessica Adams - to know words

Bailey McComas - counting bears

Cody Hendershot - letters

Duke Anderson - measurements

Emma Wyant - the whole entire alphabet

Ethan Knight - to make paper hearts

Hailey Davis - ABCs

Joseph Beck, Nolan Dewan - to not run on the playground

Kayella Gardner, Lorrain O'Donnell - to read

Liam Kuh - to be nice to my friends

Max Gawley - how to treat people nice

Michael Schleve - numbers

Tidus Worth - how to make paper mittens

Tyler Lawson - writing

Zach Kruckeberg - writing and math

PM kindergarten:

Ayden Klink - write to 100

Ben Sweet - to write

Caleb Liebert - write to 103

Crystal Dotson - read books

Kimberly Thompson, Destiny Samples - draw

Elijah Thompson - to listen

Ethan Hunnicutt, Payton Egnew, Kaleb Cassidy - to paint

Evan Hermes - to read

Justin Christianson - write words

Kaitlyn Johnson - say ABCs

Sophie Salinas-Sanders, Samantha Gonzalez - count to 100

Ty Coone - to make groundhogs


__Sequim Middle School was a sweet place to be Tuesday and Wednesday evenings as the Associated Student Body hosted its third annual Honor Roll Dessert Social. Parents, grandparents and siblings gathered in the cafeteria to praise students with a 3.0-3.49 grade-point average (high honors), 3.5-3.99 GPA (higher honors) and 4.0 GPA (highest honors) based on first-semester grades.

Class representatives Cheyenne Sokappa, Brittani Shipley, Sara Jackson, ASB treasurer Anthony Pinza, president Gabi Halady and secretary Vanessa Martinez served coffee, punch and 300-plus pieces of cake on Tuesday evening to the honor roll members with last names beginning with A-K.

On Wednesday evening, class representatives Pearl Barry, Taylor Seay along with her cousin Allysen Montelius, ASB treasurer Anthony Pinza and public relations officer Grace Koenigsaecker served more coffee, punch and another 300-plus pieces of cake. In addition to being fed well, honor roll recipients received a beautiful certificate created by secretary Connie Stites and an Excellence bracelet showcasing their accomplishment. The middle school has 690 students enrolled and 395 of them earned a spot on the honor roll. The staff and the ASB want to send a "Job Well Done" to all our awesome scholars!

- Caity Karapostoles, ASB advisor/secretary


_ Community Cafes are groups of parents who meet on a regular basis and discuss parenting. A seminar will be held from 9 a.m.-

1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Port Angeles High School Student Center. A light breakfast will be served. Cost is $10 if received by Feb. 22 or $12 at the door. This event is sponsored by Prevention Works!, Port Angeles School District, Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, Lutheran Community Services NW and Clallam AmeriCorps.

First Teacher has a Parent Café that has been meeting weekly since fall. This group is for parents with preschool children. They have discussion times and exchange events for toys, jackets, children's books and children's music CDs. Each school in the Port Angeles School District is forming a parent café group.

__Other First Teacher happenings:

Wednesday, Feb. 24 - Kids Craft at 10:30 a.m. - Make a cardboard reptile (drop in from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.), "Developing Capable People" parenting class at 6 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 25 - Parent Connection at 10 a.m. Come meet other parents and talk about parenting topics while your children play together. For more information about Parent Connection, contact Nicole Brewer at 461-9992.

Friday, Feb. 26 - New Parents & Expectant Parents Tea at 10:30 a.m. If you are expecting or you've had a baby in the past year, come enjoy refreshments and hear information about local resources. There will be a drawing for a baby quilt made by the SunBonnet Sue Quilters.

Monday, March 1 - Reading Time at 10:30 a.m. Every child attending will receive a free book. Our guest readers is Clallam County Sheriff Bill Benedict.

Tuesday, March 2 - WIC (Women, Infants and Children) is set up in the First Teacher Room from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information about the WIC program, contact Pam Walker at 417-2275

- Patsene Dashiell, First Teacher events coordinator


_ So much has been going on within SHS recently. As of now we are planning tolo, an annual dance, and this year we have chosen the theme of Famous Couples, so we're sure to see some creative characters out on the dance floor. We just ended our performance of the play "Senior Night Live," and as a participant, I think this show went extremely well. We raised quite a bit of money for the senior class. Also our boys basketball team just vanquished our rivals Port Angeles on their home court. So go basketball! Keep up the good work.

- James Willis, student, and the Leadership Team

_ I would like to thank Fred Minker for his donation of his kit car to the Engineering Technology Club at Sequim High School. This will be a great project for the club to show the full assembly of vehicles. Since this is a long-term project, it will show the long-term commitment the students have for projects. The students are very excited in working on the 1934 Ford coupe that Fred donated. It is community support like this that makes an everlasting impression. Thank you, Fred, on behalf of the club and myself.

Also on behalf of the Engineering Technology Class at Sequim High School, I want to thank the Sequim PC User's Group (SPCUG) for its donation of $500. We have a mutual understanding that vocational training should be given emphasis and support for students who wish to enter a trade. This donation shows the commitment of this community to support the future work force. We are very fortunate to have groups like SPCUG in Sequim. Thank you so very much, SPCUG.

- William Seabolt, instructor

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