Chalk talk


March 2 was Dr. Seuss's birthday, so Marilyn Ludke's second-graders have been reading many of his books. They liked his book, "I Wish That I Had Duck Feet" by Theo LeSieg (another name that Dr. Seuss wrote under), so they wrote their own books using his format. Here are some of their similar writings:

I wish I had x-men claws and I can tell you why. I could run from danger. The bad part would be if I want to give people hugs. Aw! OK, I wish I had wings! I could fly. The bad part would be I couldn't write. I guess I'll be me.

- Trenton Phipps

I wish I had claws and I can tell you why. I can catch a lot of fish. But the bad thing about it when I give my friends a high five I might hurt them. I wish I had a dog tail. The good thing is I get to hit bugs but the bad thing about it is my dad will tie me in a tree.

- Felix Cruz

I wish I had a cat's tail, but the bad part is I couldn't sit down. The good part is my tail would help me climb.

- Raelee Wessel

I wish I had an iron face, but the bad part is I cannot hug. I wish I had an iron face, but the bad part is I cannot see.

- Tommy Jugueta

I wish I had an alligator tail and I can tell you why. If someone tried to bully me I could whack him away, the bad thing is I would whack myself!

- Arnulfo Lopez

I wish I had a force field and I can tell you why. If I had a force field this is what I could do. I could protect myself from bad things, but I could not sit in my chair.

- Ashley Haberman

I wish I could fly, so I wouldn't have to clean my room. Your mom would probably make you clean your room though. But my mom doesn't like me to fly, so maybe I could have a tail, a long tail. I wish I had a tail so I could do jump rope. It is fun. But my mom doesn't want me to have a long tail, a long tail. Maybe I should just be myself. My mom would like that.

- Madalyn Richmond

I wish I could fly and I can tell you why. I would have so much fun. I could not even touch the ground, but I would be having so much fun, I would forget how to fly!

- Carson Langenbacher

I wish I had really long antlers as a moose. I will tell you why. If I had moose antlers I could pick up keys. The bad thing is I will get stuck. So I wish I had a force field and I can tell you why. If I had a force field I could use it for safety. The bad part is that it would not fit in the door. So I wish I had a web. I can tell you why. If I had a web I could swing around. The bad part is I wouldn't be able to go in the house. So I will be me.

- Riley Baermann

I wish I had claws and I can tell you why. If I had claws this is what I could do. If a man would try to take me away I could scratch him, but I might hurt someone on accident.

- Seth Johnson

I wish I had horse hoofs and I can tell you why. If I had horse hoofs I could run very fast. But the bad part would be when I ran I would be very noisy.

- Erin Dwyer

_ The second-graders also wrote about their bad days using the same format from the book by Judith Viorst "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day."

Early one morning I fell out of my bunk bed. I could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. At breakfast I spilled on my pants. After school I had no one to play with. I could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. In the afternoon I was outside and slipped and fell in a puddle. At supper I spilled my milk. At night I couldn't sleep. I could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

- Beau Cary

Early one morning I fell off my bed. I could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. After breakfast I missed the bus. After school I fell asleep on the bus. I could tell it was going to be a terrible horrible, no good, very bad day. At supper I had to have brussels sprouts. That evening I had to go to bed early. I could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

- Cade Bruneau

_ Some students wrote their own books.

Sisters: Be a good sis.

How to be a good sis

To be a good sis you need to be nice to your sis or bro. It is fun to be nice. Why you ask? Because being nice to others makes you a nice person. If you want people to be nice to you, you need to be nice to them.


Sharing is nice to do. You should always share your toy when someone asks you. You should share because it is fun. I love to share. You should say "Thank you" and "You're welcome."

- Jayda Wright

How to Wash Dishes:

What You Need: Soap, warm water, dirty dishes, sink or bucket, sponge

First- Get the dirty dishes.

Second- Fill the sink with warm water.

Then you get the sponge and scrub the dishes. Now you are done.

- Kate Tharp

I wish that I had a pig. His name is Fluffy. He eats a lot. He snorts. He rolls in the mud. Flurry eats apples. He bites you in the foot. He nibbles on your foot. Fluffy is pink.

- Maggie Thayer


_ Did you know that Sequim Middle School has its own news broadcast?

Eighth-grader Jake Roorda serves as news anchor with reporters Mariah Riedel and Taylor Seay covering on location stories. OK, truth be told, the SQIM News has had only one broadcast and really only one story, but it was a big one.

The Sequim Food Bank is woefully low on food stocks and is in desperate need of help from the students of Sequim Middle School and the community. Fortunately the middle school's Associated Student Body is sponsoring its annual food drive through March 17 in hopes of bringing in at least 5,000 pounds of nonperishable food donations for this necessary charity.

Students will compete grade-against-grade for the always sought-after spirit points and also will work as a whole school team to achieve various collection goals. A 3,000-pound total earns the whole school ice cream purchased by the ASB. A total of 4,000 pounds in donations will earn a spirit assembly along with the ice cream. Spirit assemblies always are popular at the middle school with competitions between the different grades earning spirit points.

When Stevens Middle School had to withdraw from the originally planned school-versus-school food drive competition, the drive's organizing committee had to come up with some other inspiration to get the students and staff to exceed expectations for food donations. While ice cream and spirit assemblies are great motivators, the committee felt it needed something more amazing to guarantee 5,000 pounds of nonperishable food for our food bank.

So, they turned to our always school-spirit-minded principal Brian Jones. He has humbly volunteered to allow the student body or a designated representative thereof (preferably a trained hair stylist), to shave his head during the aforementioned spirit assembly.

So, for 5,000 pounds of food donations, principal Jones will become a bald man. Donations of nonperishable food may be dropped off at the middle school during the school day. Students get credit for their grade for donations brought in and counted in their first-period classrooms. Donations of water, flour, pet food and potatoes will not be accepted.

- Caity Karapostoles, ASB advisor/secretary

_ Read Beyond Reality - Teen Read Week: During the week of March 19-25, Sequim Middle School will be putting on Teen Read Week. Every day at lunch, the library will be open to all for a bunch of fun activities such as book Jeopardy, charades, book bingo, making bookmarks and tons of other fun things. In the language arts classrooms, students earn a chance to enter a competition to win books in several different ways.

They can keep reading logs, answer daily trivia, create book blurbs and enter a class competition. To cap it off, Sequim Middle School will host a Family Reading Night from 6:30-

8 p.m. March 24 There will be activities galore with huge chances to win books, gift certificates and movie tickets. Punch, coffee and cookies will be provided. Come join us in making Reading Beyond Reality!

- Elizabeth Lawson, teacher


First Teacher Happenings:

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

Thursday, March 11 - 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 about Parent Connection, call Nicole at 461-9992.

Friday, March 12 - Visit the

Sequim High School band percussion class. Meet at the First Teacher room at 10:30 a.m. and take the short walk together to the band room.

Monday, March 15 - Reading Time with book lover Joy Beaver at 10:30 a.m. Each child attending Reading Time will receive a free book.

Block Fest is coming to Sequim on Thursday, March 25, at the Sequim Community School gym, 220 W. Alder St. There will be three, free, 50-minute sessions offered for children

8 months to 8 years of age at 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. A parent must accompany children. Interested parents should call 582-3428 or 681-2250 to reserve a spot. Block Fest also will be set up at the KidsFest, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March 13, at Vern Burton Center in Port Angeles.

- Patsene Dashiell, First Teacher events coordinator


On Feb. 9, 24 students at Sequim High School participated in the 61st annual American Mathematics Competitions contest. This contest has grown from a single citywide competition in New York City in 1950 to a sequence of contests involving more than 250,000 students worldwide.

There are two levels offered in the high school: the AMC-10 for ninth and 10th grades, and the AMC-12 for juniors and seniors. The students competed for local, regional and national student and school awards. The contest, which covers high school mathematics, is given in participating schools. Its purpose is to spur interest in mathematics and develop talent through the excitement of friendly competition at problem solving in a timed format.

This year, the top scorer for the AMC-10 was sophomore Michael Pace with a score of 75. Second place went to sophomore Hailey Estes with 73.5. Sophomores Loretta Creasey, Stacy Hanson and Marissa Haner tied for third place with a score of 70.5.

For the AMC-12, junior Jake Gilles repeated his AMC-10 victory from last year and was the school winner with a score of 63. Second place in this years' contest went to junior Duncan Skinner, with a score of 60. In third place was junior Lucas Shores with a score of 58.5.

Details concerning the 2010 AMC 10/12 contests for high school as well as the rest of AMC's programs are on the AMC Web site:

- Brian Berg, math teacher

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