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The winner of the annual Making a Difference Award will be announced June 3 at the Volunteer Appreciation luncheon in the Haller library, complete with entertainment provided by students and staff. Our volunteers are retired community members who work one-on-one with students to reach reading and math goals, and parents who serve through our Parent/Teacher Organization. We appreciate the time they give to make our school a better place. Thank you!

Our Parent-Teacher Organization is kicking off its second annual Spring Food Drive on May 27 to assist the Sequim Food Bank with meeting the needs of struggling families in our community. Please consider picking up extra non perishable food items your kids like to eat to drop off in red bins located in each pod May 27-June 10. Our community thanks you for your help and support!

- Debbie Buchillo, secretary


Registration is now taking place for the 2010-2011 school year for all students eligible to enter school in the fall. In addition, if your child turns 5 before Aug. 31, you may register them now for kindergarten. Registration packets are available on the school district Web site at, or in the school office during regular school hours.

- Tricia Stratton, secretary


The talent show is June 4 at 8:20 a.m. and includes dazzling magic acts, dog tricks, vocal performances, hard-rocking electric guitar-playing and beautiful piano exercises. Students plan and practice for weeks in preparation for try-outs. Staff members Breva Funston, Connie Stites and Tom Saffold chose 11 acts for the show from those who auditioned. Judges for the talent show are Superintendent Bill Bentley,

Sequim Gazette reporter Matt Nash, and Amanda Bacon. They will determine first-, second- and third-place winners. Emcees are Stone Diggs and Hayes Clawson, both sixth-graders. This event is open to the community at no charge.

Last week, a record 26 seventh-graders applied for Associated Student Body officer positions. ASB is comprised of an executive council with five officers, and they lead the class representatives, alternates and senators. The five officer positions are president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and public relations. These dedicated and community-minded students host all activities, including Harvest Festival, Spring Fling, Skate Party, Food Drive and Staff Appreciation. They also sponsor cocoa mornings and spirit days.

Officer candidates must:

_ maintain a 2.5 grade-point average and a spotless discipline record

_ gather 30 signatures from peers and six staff signatures

_ obtain parents/guardian permission

_ write a two- to three-paragraph profile for the voters' pamphlet

_ videotape a 4-5 minute speech to be shown to the student body on election day

Ballots will be cast during class on June 8. Once elected, the five officers will begin planning next year's budget for all extracurricular activities and sports, and will attend a four- day state leadership camp in August. Judging the caliber of candidates running for office, 2010-2011 should be a stellar year for our school!

- Caity Karapostoles, ASB advisor/secretary


First Teacher events:

Wednesday, June 2 at 10:30 a.m. - Kids Craft and Drop In

Thursday, June 3 at 10 a.m. - Parent Community Café with Nicole Brewer provides a chance for more meaningful conversation with other parents and caregivers. Children are welcome to attend with their parents.

Friday, June 4 at 10 a.m. -Teddy Bear Tea Party. Have your child bring a stuffed animal and enjoy light refreshments by Costco and enormous bubbles created by Verna Parker on the playground, weather permitting. Happy Tymer Clowns will be on hand to share in the fun!

Monday, June 7 - Reading Time at 10:30 a.m. Every child attending Reading Time will receive a free book.

Tuesday, June 8, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. - WIC (Women, Infants and Children) group meets. For more information about the WIC program, contact Pam Walker at 417-2275.

Please return First Teacher library books by June 17, as we will be conducting a library inventory over the summer.

First Teacher is located in the Sequim Community School at 220 W. Alder Street, next to the playground. Drop in times are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. There is no charge to visit the room. Parents can check books out of the parenting library and children can enjoy the playroom and playground. Sign up to receive the monthly newsletter with parenting tips and information about local resources for families. For more information on the First Teacher program, call 582-3428 or 681-2250.

- Patsene Dashiell, First Teacher events coordinator and Chase Hill, AmeriCorps volunteer


Sequim High School's Scholarship Awards Ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday,

June 2, in the Performing Arts Building. Students who have received scholarships will be recognized during this ceremony. A brief reception will be held in the cafeteria following the ceremony.

At 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 6, at 5:30 p.m. the

Sequim Ministerial Association will host a banquet for seniors only, followed by Baccalaureate at 7 p.m. Baccalaureate is a non-

denominational inspirational service celebrating a time of completion and a time of looking forward. All seniors, their parents, and the public are invited to attend Baccalaureate at the Sequim Community Church. Attendance at this service is not a function of, or required, by the high school. Seniors are to bring their cap and gown for the service (please leave your tassel at home).

Graduation ticket distribution for graduating (walking) seniors is Wednesday, June 9. Each walking senior will receive nine tickets and need to pick up and sign for their tickets in the main office. Sorry, family and friends are not allowed to pick up the tickets. Note: lost or stolen tickets will not be replaced. The graduation ceremony will take place at

6 p.m. on Friday, June 11, at the high school stadium.

- Lora Millet, secretary

A blood drive sponsored by the Honor Society and Puget Sound Blood Center of Western Washington was held in the auxiliary gym Tuesday, May 18.

About 80 students gave blood. Members of the Honor Society were responsible for checking people in at the door. After having blood drawn by PSBC technicians, donors were encouraged to sit for a few minutes and consume snacks (pretzels, cookies, raisins) and replenish fluids (various fruit juices and bottled water).

Blood Center supervisor Elaine Raymond of Silverdale noted that high school students are great to work with, when it comes to staffing a blood drive and donating blood. An added bonus of giving blood is that donors can log onto their online donor "blood account" and find out their blood type. Students older than 16 but not yet 18 can donate blood with parental consent. Larry Hill is the SHS Honor Society faculty advisor.

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