Chalk talk


District office personnel have relocated to renovated offices in the old high school building. The correct way to access these offices is to enter through the Sequim High School auditorium, then proceed to your right through the double doors and down the hallway, just past the board room. Telephone extensions and e-mail addresses have stayed the same. Office hours are from 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

- Patsene Dashiell, community liaison



As part of Superintendent Bill Bentley's challenge to provide a "kitchen table" for students to do school work outside of the classroom, Greywolf Elementary School is offering a before school (8-8:30 a.m.) drop-in Math Help Lab every Thursday in Room 174. Sue Park, math specialist, will be available to help students with their math struggles.

Additionally, there will be math fact fluency practice and IXL access for a limited number of those grade 3-5 students without Internet access at home every Tuesday through Friday, 8-8:30 a.m., also in Room 174.

- Tricia Stratton, secretary


Claire Hallinan's third-grade class worked on a September Monthly Poem. Students were given the task of thinking about themselves and looking for the best words that describe personal favorites, interests and feelings. We brainstormed and used dictionaries. We also will work on an art project to go along with the poem.


Class representative and sixth-grader Loni Campbell showed off the very large stuffed snake her teacher Dave McInnes won at the kick-off assembly for the middle school's annual Magazine Sales Drive.

Mr. McInnes competed in an impromptu "Win It In A Minute" competition and won by turning himself into a mummy with a large roll of toilet paper. We always appreciate the staff's willingness to jump into activities for the betterment (or at least entertainment) of the school!

The magazine sales continue until Oct. 14. Subscriptions can be obtained either with paper and check orders or via the website.

As for the snake ... it will remain in Mr. McInnes' room until Friday, when the first-period class with the most magazine sales takes custody of our new long and skinny friend.

Last year, the middle school was able to raise $16,000 to help fund sports, dances, cocoa mornings, class competitions, spirit days, skate parties, door decorating contests, send the officers to Leadership Camp and lots of other great extracurricular activities.

The student body at Sequim Middle School elected first semester ASB class representatives and alternates. The Associated Student Body Council (ASB) is the student government and they run all school extracurricular activities.

ASB officers are President Mikey Cobb, Vice President Miguel Moroles, Secretary Brandon Fulmer, Secretary Victoria Cummins and Public Relations Officer Riesa Sumida, and Senators: Elise Beuke, Judi Villella, Becky Schroepfer, Katie Schade, Kaylee Ditlefsen, Lisette Garcia, Katie Tapia, Katie Stevenson, Taylor Seay, Brittany Joy, Kylie Condosta, Emily Wallner, Sydney Hastings and Meghan Matthews.

Class reps are Joanna Lamphear/Mrs. Beckett's science class, Ryan Root/Mr. Boots' history class, McKenzie Bentz/Mr. Capps' art class, Bailey Bryan/Mrs. Dwyer's math class, Rylie Roberts/Mr. Galligan's language arts class, Shawndreya Taylor/Mr. Isenberg's math class, Tyler Ebert/Mr. Gentry's computer class, Lilly Allen/Mrs. Helwick's language arts class, Kenny Gale/Mrs. Johnson's science class, Paris Lukens/Mr. Koehler's science class, Danica Miller/Mrs. MacDonald's language arts class, Waverly Shreffler/Mrs. Morrison's science class, Bailey Albright/Mr. Magner's language arts class, Kaitlynn Lawrence/Mr. Mason's history class, Loni Campbell/Mr. McInnes' math class, Anna Nieto/Ms. Paselk's math class, Travis Gaumond/Mrs. Piersoll's math class, Jade Morrison/Mr. Pinza's history class, Ava Daratany/Mrs. Ware's reading class, Maeve Harris/Mr. Saffold's class, Eli Berg/Mrs. Shingleton's P.E. class, Sean Tuttle/Mr. Shingleton's math class, Cheyenne Sokkoppa/Mr. Smelcer's science class, Andrea Kienholtz/Mr. Stroh's P.E. class, Gretchen Happe/Mr. Upton's band class, and Hayden Crane/Mrs. Williams' language arts class.

We're so happy to have these awesome students join our leadership team, and we are looking forward to a great first semester of terrific events!

- Caity Karapostoles, ASB secretary and activities coordinator


First Teacher activities:

Friday, Oct. 8 - Nutrition talk with Erica Van Calcar from Olympic Medical Center at 10:30 a.m. Drop in from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 9 - Parenting Matters Foundation invites you to Step Up to the Plate for Kids at the auction and appetizers event at the Sequim Boys & Girls Club, 400 W. Fir St., from 4-7 p.m. Cost is $25 per person. Guest speaker is Vaughnetta Barton of the Foundation for Early Learning.

Monday, Oct. 11 - Reading time with John Elliot at 10:30 a.m. Each child attending reading time receives a free book. Drop in from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 12- WIC (Women, Infants and Children). For more information about the WIC program, call Pam Walker at 417-2275.

First Teacher is located in the Sequim Community School at 220 W. Alder Street, next to the playground. Parents of preschoolers come with your children and enjoy activities, the playroom and the playground.

Sign up to receive the monthly newsletter with parenting tips and information about local resources for families. For more about the First Teacher program, call 582-3428 or 681-2250.

- Cynthia Martin, director, and Chase Hill, Vista volunteer

Sequim Student Ambassadors leave for Japan on Oct. 28 to tour Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara, and Himeji, and then spend four days in Shiso at the homes of the Japanese students they will host here early in October. To assist with trip costs, there will be a spaghetti dinner at the Guy Cole Center at Carrie Blake Park from 4-7:30 p.m. Oct. 9. Adults are $6 and children ages 3-10 are $3, children younger than 3 eat for free. Menu includes spaghetti and meatballs, salad, garlic bread, dessert and beverages. There will be a raffle as well.

- Karen L. Junell, Title 1/LAP/ELL program specialist, Sequim-Shiso Sister City Association Education Chair

At the Olympic Peninsula Academy, Dena Riccobene's elementary reading and writing classes are working on making connections as they read. They are employing the use of "sticky notes" to identify and sort three forms of connections: text to self, text to text and text to world. They also are forming book groups to practice fluency and accuracy.

Mrs. Riccobene would like to recognize two students for exemplary effort: Keeshawn Whitney for completion of homework and class participation and Julianne Davis for taking risks in writing and trying new strategies.

Lilli Hardesty's Future City classroom is in the planning and development stage of their future city. They presently are focused on ways to address the health needs and concerns of the medically needy population, Ms. Hardesty would like to recognize her students for working well together and for thinking outside the box of our current reality when conceptualizing futuristic buildings.

In Kim King's yoga and Zumba classes, the students are learning poses that engage hips and hamstrings and learning the merengue style of dance. Zumba students learned two cumbia dances and mastered the basic steps found in many cumbia rhythms. Mrs. King would like to recognize Aurora Gammill, who participates in two hours of Zumba and always has a fantastic attitude and a smile on her face.

- Terralyn Dokken, OPA secretary


The Environmental Club meets weekly on Wednesdays at 2:45 p.m. in David Ketter's classroom B4. The club is open to all students. Officers have been elected and they are President Quinn O'Neil, Vice President Lorah Steichen, Treasurer Sara Marble, Secretary Jaiden Dokken, assisted by Trey Baldwin, and Public Relations Officer Jackie Sanschagrin. The club will be determining projects for the school year soon.

Sequim High School is celebrating its 100th year! This school year marks the first year, 100 years ago, that Sequim had a ninth-grade class. Coming up at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 14, is a "Serpentine Procession" that begins at the main parking lot in front of the high school and will wind its way through downtown Sequim, ending up at the high school stadium parking lot. Sequim Police Department and Fire District 3 will participate, as well as local car club members.

Eleven of the starting SHS Wolves football players from 1979 will ride in the procession on a 1955 Ford flatbed truck, along with some of the 1979 cheerleaders! Also in the procession will be the 2010-2011 SHS Wolves football players. Everyone is encouraged to come out for the procession and don't forget to wear purple and gold!

This is an all-call to Sequim High School graduates from all years to share their high school photographs for centennial displays. Ideally, we would like to work with scanned photos, but if you don't have access to a scanner, bring your photos (with your name on them for return purposes!) into the School District office and they will be scanned. Contact Loanna Torey at 582-3262, or e-mail scanned photos to Thank you!

- Lora Millet, secretary

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus

Read the Oct 20
Green Edition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Browse the archives.

Friends to Follow

View All Updates