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• Volunteers Needed! We are looking for up to 50 volunteers willing to come one to two hours a day between 9-11 a.m. for one to five times a week to listen to first- and second-graders read aloud. No training is required, just giving students a chance to practice their oral reading. Interested parties should call the school office at 582-3300.
Please note that volunteers in the Sequim Schools must fill out a volunteer registration form and provide a copy of their current driver’s license each year to the district office. Thank you!
— Donna Hudson, principal

• Each fourth- and fifth-grade class is allowed two representatives on the Student Council. The reps are responsible for relaying concerns, comments and suggestions from the student body to the council for discussion. Reps direct their classes to vote on ideas for monthly spirit day and report the results back to the council. Crazy Hair Day was the theme for January’s spirit day and students and staffers sported special “hairdos” on Friday, Jan. 28. Recently the council purchased small birthday gifts to present to students on their special day.
— Jennifer Lopez, teacher and Student Council


• The science department would like to showcase the following students as “catalysts” for Term Two. Just what is a catalyst, you ask? These are students who consistently display an exceptional level of participation in science class. They ask those thought-provoking questions that extend understanding. They clearly and accurately share their observations, both orally and in writing. They are the sparks that ignite learning! So without further ado, let us recognize and celebrate these fine young scientists.

In sixth grade, teacher  Meredith Johnson celebrates the accomplishments of Taylene Eldridge, Jensen Heike, Kayla Reuther, Kaylee Taylor and Sadie Woods.

Teacher Steve Koehler recognizes sixth-graders Alex Mariano, Christopher Heintz, Erin Vig, Skyler Hallinan and Hannah D’Amico.

For her seventh-graders, Isabella Morrison gives a standing ovation to Jessica Craig, Logan Habner, Kaylen Barber, Kayley Lofstrom, Ryan Robarts, Kenneth Carr and Jason Springer and to eighth-graders Lisette Garcia and Travis Priest.

Teacher Joe Landoni tips his hat to seventh-graders Ryle Lindbergh, Chloe Hamer, Harley Davidson, Johnnie Wallace, Owen Morton, Jatesa Gahimer, Wendall Lorenzen, Hayley Mendizza, Gretchen Happe and Thomas Winfield.

Finally, eighth-grade teacher Debbie Beckett applauds Benjamin Heintz, Olivia Barrel, Grace Shore and Shelby Lott and in her science and engineering teams class, Alexander Barry.

Keep up the fantastic effort, young scientists! You are excellent role models for your peers.

• The science department also would like to recognize those fine students who find themselves “On-a-Roll.” These students were able to boost their Term 2 grade at least 10 percentage points, sometimes more, over their Term 1 grade. Congratulations to:
Sixth-graders Christian Davis, Nicoleye Nicoson, Jasmine White, Ayden Dickerson, Dylynn Daugaard and Teana Neske; seventh-graders Amanda Sanders, Jake Coulson, Brayden Pemberton, Aaron Burr, Colton Turner, Yahtziri Sandoval, Cassidy Costello, Dennis Lentzner, Allysen Montelius, Jonathon Rayon, Creighton Daniels and Emily Enges; and eighth-graders Dustin Shofstall, Rory Roberts and Austin Graham.
Keep on rolling, middle schoolers!
— Joe Landoni, science teacher


• First Teacher activities:
Friday, Feb. 11 at 10:30 a.m.— Reading Time with Kathy Withey. Each child attending Reading Time receives a free book.
Monday, Feb. 14 at 10:30 a.m. — Reading Time with Charlotte Frazier.
Tuesday, Feb. 15 — WIC (Women, Infants and Children). For more information about the WIC program, contact Pam Walker at 417-2275.
— Cynthia Martin, director and Chase Hill, VISTA volunteer

• Olympic Peninsula
The Future City model developed by OPA students was entered in the Seattle competition held on Jan. 22 at the Key Arena. One of 18 schools in the competition, OPA’s entry went through two rounds of judging in the morning to advance to the final competition among the top five schools, attaining an overall second-place finish. The Future City project name was Spacelactica!
— Lilli Hardesty,

Special Services:
• Colleen Robinson, special services secretary, has been chosen by Soroptimist International of Port Angeles Jet Set as the recipient of its 2011 Ruby Award for her work with North Olympic Foster Parent Association. The Ruby Award honors women who, through their professional or personal efforts, are making extraordinary differences in the lives of women or girls. Robinson will be honored for this award Feb. 11.
— Liz Bernahl, special programs secretary


• In anticipation of the
Student Film Festival, SEF has put together a free film festival workshop for students in grades 6-12 from 9:45 a.m.-
2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, in the library. Lunch is provided and participants receive a free film festival T-shirt! Find out how to make a more effective film to enter in the SEF film festival for possible scholarship prizes. Topics include effective sound and lighting, how to build a story and more. Register by Feb. 4 at Also, make a note on your calendar to participate in the SEF Student Film Festival and spaghetti dinner on April 15.
— Patsene Dashiell, District Office and SEF board member

• Sequim High School, in partnership with Rotary Club of Sequim and Sequim Sunrise Rotary, will host a Career Day open to all Sequim High School students from 8:15-11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 1. Keynote speaker for the day is Chris Widener, specialist in personal development and leadership from Issaquah. About 40 careers will be represented by approximately 75 speakers. In addition to hearing the keynote speaker, students will attend three 40-minute sessions of their own choosing to receive first-hand information about careers of interest to them.
— Mitzi Sanders, career director

• Students receive HIV/AIDS instruction in their DEN groups on Thursday, Feb. 10. A parent preview was held on Jan. 19, at which time parents could view the materials to be presented. Seniors, remember this is a requirement for graduation. Seniors who do not attend the presentation are required to pick up a packet in the main office to be completed. All seniors meet in the auditorium at 10 a.m.
— Lora Millet, secretary

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