Chalk talk


Becky Stanton’s fourth-grade classroom is partnering with parents in their students’ learning. Students invite their parents to attend after-school sessions. Students are working on a district math program called IXL (I Excel!). This will give parents an opportunity to spend time as their student’s personal math helper. Parents have a chance to share their own math strategies in order to help their student and to have a peek into fourth-grade math. This time also allows families without Internet access to utilize the online district program in order to practice math skills together. Our class would love to have other fourth-graders and their parent/guardian join us today, March 23, from either 3-3:50 p.m. or 6-6:50 p.m. There may be future sessions scheduled after spring break.
Call Stanton at 582-3200, e-mail or call the school office at 582-3200 for more information.
— Becky Stanton, teacher


Cathy Green’s first-grade class recognized St. Patrick’s Day by writing limericks. They then read them to their class and to the office staff. Here are a couple of examples of their work:

There once was a leprechaun named Jill.
She flew on a butterfly with Bill.
They ate some cake
Then they went swimming in the lake with Lil.
By McKenzie Bentley

There once was a leprechaun named Hold.
He liked to play with gold.
He sold the gold to his friend Soul.
Soul would put the gold in a bowl.
When Soul got home the bowl was old.
By Skyler Weidemier

There once was a leprechaun named Jay.
He had to really pay.
His friend walked by and he said with a grin
My name is really May.
By Olivia Webb

— Cathy Green, teacher


On March 15, there were twins, triplets and quadruplets all around the halls of the school, as students and staff celebrated Twin Spirit Day! Some pairs were truly twins, including sixth-graders Jett and Payton Gagnon, and David and Ryan McLane, as well as seventh-graders Sarah and Jakob McElhose. When asked, David indicated he was the older of the two of them by a whopping nine minutes. On our staff we also have an identical twin, our attendance secretary, Tammy Matthews. Fortunately her sister Tawni doesn’t work here, too, as they are almost indistinguishable from each other!
— Caity Karapostoles, ASB Secretary

We are accepting Sequim Peaks applications for the following explorations:
• Golfing lessons: a series of three lessons on three separate weeks out at SkyRidge Golf Course. These are basic golfing lessons with practice on the course or putting green.
• Yacht building: At Platypus Yachts, students will observe large pleasure yachts being built and get a chance to go aboard one that is completed.
• Beauty and cosmetology: This will take place at the Hair School in Port Angeles. Students will have their hair styled and nails done by trained professionals, as well as find out about scholarship opportunities and careers in the beauty business. This is extremely popular and fills up quickly.
We also are accepting applications for two new explorations: a tour of Nash’s Organic Produce and a visit to Dahll’s Upholstery Shop.
No dates are set although these explorations will take place in April and May. We need at least seven students to sign up for each exploration (students can sign up for more than one exploration) in order to make it happen.
Students are accompanied by a staff person at the middle school and travel in a school van to and from the site. All explorations take place during the school day and are usually 1-2 hours in length.
Students need to complete an
application that requires one
teacher signature and a parent signature. A parent permission form also is required once the student has been selected for a specific exploration. All Sequim Peaks explorations are focused on giving students opportunities to view a career, job or a vocation in which they might be interested in the future. Some are participatory, where students get hands-on involvement, while others are mostly observational, and the intent is to come with questions to ask the community mentor.
— Rob Brooke, counselor

Five students were recognized at the March 14 school board meeting and received certificates of achievement from board president John Bridge. The achievers were seventh-grader Brandon Grow for the math program, eighth-grader Dylan Deprati for the drama program,
seventh-grader Cassidy Costello for the Read Right program, and eighth-graders Maeve Harris and Katherine Landoni for participation in the Science and Engineering Fair.
According to drama teacher Tom Saffold, Dylan did an outstanding portrayal of the roles of Petruchio and Lucentio in a recent performance of Shakespeare’s play, “The Taming of the Shrew.”
Teacher Susan Dwyer recommended Brandon for an achievement award because he works hard at the Opportunity to Excel after-school program to stay on top of his math skills.
Cassidy has experienced success through hard work in the Read Right program, where she has been able to improve her reading skills. She now enjoys reading “Words of Wisdom” announcements over the intercom at the middle school.
— Patsene Dashiell, district community liaison


First Teacher activities/news:
Friday, March 25 at 10:30 a.m. — Catherine Mix plays an artsy guessing game with the children.
Monday, March 28 — First Teacher will be closed for spring break.
Tuesday, March 29 — WIC (Women, Infants and Children).
For more information about the WIC program, contact Pam Walker at 417-2275.
Friday, April 1, 10 a.m.-noon — New Parent and Expectant Parent Tea. Having your first baby?
Come, relax and learn about resources available to new parents in the Sequim area.
Speakers are Jen Jurgensen of Peninsula Moms and Pam Arnott, R.N., from New Family Services in Olympic Medical Center. (This meeting originally was scheduled and then postponed on Feb. 25 because of snowy weather.)
— Cynthia Martin, director, and Chase Hill, VISTA volunteer


Senior Cameron Wolf was a participant for the Regional Skills USA in Olympia on Saturday, March 5, in the area of cooking. He won third place in the Job Demonstration skill area for an Edible Fruit Bouquet he created. Wolf will be competing in the State Skills USA on April 27
in Wenatchee. Good luck, Cameron!
— Wendy Turner, teacher, Special Education Resource

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