Chalk Talk


Parents: All branches of the North Olympic Library System are closed through Saturday, April 3, as a cost-saving measure. All employees are on an unpaid furlough leave during this time. The library's Web site is not available, bins for returning library materials are locked and community meeting rooms are not available. All NOLS libraries will reopen for business on Monday, April 5 at their regular times.

- Paula Barnes, library director


_ Sue Gellor's class wrote metaphor poems this week and would like to share them with you. Here are a few of them:


Hope is a friendship.

They can be thoughtful to others.

Around us in the world without hope there would be no friends.

Hope is a dog.

They are nice and sweet.

It is kind some soft and warm.

Fun to play with.

Hope is a family.

They are nice and respectful.

And it gives you worth it is.

Is only shelter.

Hope is a car.

They can go fast it is a present.

When it has a radio it listens to your voice.

Then you go for a ride around the world.

And the car loves music.

- Brittney Pilkington


Feelings are marbles.

A marble and keep rolling never stops.

You can play with them.

They can break easily.

Feelings are lightning.

Lightning hurts.

It's lonely and sad.

Lightning is powerful.

Feelings are the ocean.

Ocean is cold.

It is smooth.

It is wet.

Feelings are a pillow.

A pillow is soft.

It is comfy.

It can be colorful.

- Adriana Torres Janssen


Teachers Becky Balkan and Cheryl D'Labbe's fourth-grade students were asked what spring meant to them. They received a variety of responses, but all of the students agreed - it's a great time of year!

Spring means I can have fun. Spring also means that school is almost out and I can go to other places than school. Most important is now I can go to the beach. That's why I like spring.

- Cameron Petet

I will go tubing in the spring and swimming. We go to the lake and find lake crabs, too. They're very big and once my dad got bit.

- Chris Shore

I like spring because it's warm and sunny. There are also a lot of waterslides and jumping on trampolines. Spring break is also here and I can play with all my friends.

- Nikodemus Kanas

Spring to me means there are leprechauns roaming around in people's mines. This means everybody is happy, joyful, and grateful. It means this because leprechauns are always happy. Now you know what spring means to me.

- Ian Whyte-Simpson

What does spring mean to me? It means my birthday, which is right around the corner. It means I get see my friends and colorful flowers bloom. Most of all it means I get to see my family. That is what spring means to me.

- John Edson

I love spring because school is almost over and flowers are blooming. When I walk home from school, I always walk under cherry blossom trees that smell really good. Also during spring I can play with my friends outside at the park or at the beach. I also love spring because of the fun activities you can do while it is sunny. These are the reasons I like spring.

- Taylor Ferguson

I like spring because of the flowers and the bright colors like orange, white, and pink. What I like most is the sun.

- Mason Price

I like spring because it is sunny and hot, and we get the BBQ started up. We get the pool out and go on hikes. We go fishing down at the pond in the park too.

- Josh Lamb

I love spring because I play baseball. I play baseball because it's my second favorite sport. My brother plays too. We play it because it's fun.

- Jorden Reed

Spring makes me think about rain. Rain is fun because it makes puddles. I ride my bike through the puddles and I get all wet. My mom gets mad. I wish I had rain boots!

- Vinne Zamous

To me spring means baseball season. Hitting, throwing, and catching. It also means spring cleaning. Spring is growing, making, and cleaning. Spring is exciting.

- Addie Berg

I like spring because I always go to Lake Crescent with one friend and my mom, dad and sister. Also in spring I get to go to the drag races with my dad. I also jump on my trampoline, have friends over to play and eat lunch.

- Jacob Torey

I like spring because spring means sun and sun means friends. I can play on our trampoline and go to SARC with friends. School is almost over too! I also like spring because this spring my family and I are going to Disneyland for my little brother's birthday. I'm going make sure he has a great time.

- Sophie Bean

To me spring means rain. Spring also means spring break, which means no school! Also, spring means flowers blooming, warm weather, and summer is close.

- Tristan Spencer

Spring means summer is coming! Summer means no school! Also, summer means I get to spend more time with my family, and we get to go to the lake and it's hot! Flowers are starting to come out too.

- Abi Payseno

I like spring because flowers bloom, leaves fall and the wind blows.

- Ashlynn Crook

Spring is a time when the bells ring, but only church bells. The flowers in the meadow smell nice and that brings the bees and butterflies. I like them and they make more flowers. Oh boy, it is a joy.

- Breanna Surface

Spring is special to me because I get to spend time with my family. Usually they always have to work. Spring is also special to me because we have no homework. Awesome! I really like spring.

- Cole Williams

The reason I like spring is because that's when St. Patrick's Day is. I like St. Patrick's Day because leprechauns leave you gifts if you're Irish. Also, people have a lucky day! Another reason I like spring is it is a season that has soccer, and soccer is my favorite sport. I also like spring because of the variety of weather. Another holiday I like that is in spring is Easter. I like Easter because everyone is happy to collect candy out of eggs and you dye hard-boiled eggs. Easter is a fun holiday. Those are the reasons I like spring!

- Sarah Shea

Spring means school is almost over and you can go to special places. I love going to Lake Crescent and swimming. The best part about spring is the weather - nice and sunny. My favorite thing about spring break is going to Hardy's and seeing my teacher. I like when she tests me to see if I remember what we did in class.

- Gavin Happe

- Cheryl Daniels-Labbe, teacher

I'd like to thank the following Sequim High School students who came over and read with us on March 2: Chelsea Johnson, Stacy Sevier, Amanda Dronenbug-Bennett, Tim Guan, Donavon Lee, Isaiah Ready, Jeremiah Powless, Elaine Baskin, Katie McQuistern, Tyler Hull, Joey Pedrazani, Nicole Giardano, Tanner Rossi, Josh Anthony, Skyler Courney and Anna Samtier.

- Marla Varner, teacher


Sequim Middle School swept the History Day Junior Individual Documentary division with three students moving on to State competition:

Mikayla Simonson - "More than Words: A Snapshot of Our Native Past" (about Edward Curtis)

Matthew Kowitz - "Aldo Leopold's Wildlife Conservation Movement"

Dylan Chatters - "The Machine that Looks Within" (on the development of X-ray technology)

The following students also will compete at the State History Day competition.

_ Junior Individual Performance:

Christie Honore - "Coco Chanel"

_ Junior Group Performance:

Allison Masagkay and Grace Koenigsaeker - "Fly Girls: American Women Become Pilots During WW II"

_ Junior Group Exhibit:

Wesley Gilchrist and James Reis - "Lessons of Failure: The Impact and Innovation of the Bridges of the Narrows"

_ Junior Individual Exhibit:

Danyelle Wilson - "From Farm to Factory: Women in the Textile Industry"

Bill Koenig - "Changing the Face of War: The Longbow"

David Torgersen - "The Atom Bomb"

Joseph Landoni - "Innovations in History/A Dream Revealed: NAACP Establishes Equal Education For All in The Case Brown v. Board of Education"

_ Senior Historical Paper:

Hillary Smith - "A Chemist in The Kitchen: Ellen Swallow Richards' Innovative Applications of Science and Their Impact on Home and Society"

Congratulations, History Day students.

- Tricia Billes, teacher

_ SMS would like to congratulate eighth-grade history teacher Tricia Billes for recently being awarded the 2010 National History Day Walt Crowley Teacher of Merit for Washington state. She will be honored at the State History Day contest on May 1 in Bellevue and also is our state's nominee for the National PBS Teacher of Merit Award at the National History Day contest in College Park, Md. She loves to share her passion for history and research. The result is that in the past nine years Sequim Middle School has sent more than 50 students to the National History Day contest. Thank you Tricia for your dedication in making history come alive.


_ Congratulations to band teacher Vern Fosket in being named in the acknowledgements by author Nancy Scoggin in Barron's AP Music Theory Test Preparation Book. She expressed her appreciation to a number of people who contributed their time and effort to this project by suggesting music examples, preparing notation, writing and review questions, recording music examples, and sharing their expertise and love of music. She gave a big thank you to "Vern Fosket, instrumental music director and AP music theory teacher at Sequim High School in Sequim, Washington." Way to go, Vern!

- Annette Hanson, resource coordinator

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