Chalk Talk

■ Here are the results from Saturday’s Kids Can Cook event held at Sequim High School cafeteria: Fifth-grade participants from Helen Haller Elementary, their entrees and awards:
Alexis Moore — Healthy Snack Plate
Darby Thompson — Maple & Brown Sugar Muffins
(Judges Choice Winner)
Emily Klein — Fruit Animals (Fun Foods Winner)
Fifth-grade participants from Greywolf Elementary, their entrees and awards:
Jilian Blouin-Hutchinson — Fish on a Pond (Kid-Friendly Prep Winner)
Ayleeann Bennett — Aylee’s Rainbow Salsa and Pita Chips
Bree Bennett — Bree’s Breakfast Cookies (Health Conscious Food Winner)
Jessica Lato — Banana Surprise
Students took home goodie bags full of kitchen tools and each winner was awarded a high-quality sauté pan and cookbook. The Greywolf Elementary kitchen staff won a plaque and some books for the school library for winning Best Table Display.
— Laurie Campen, director of Food Services

Helen Haller Elementary School
■ Monday, May 2, is kindergarten registration from 4-7 p.m. in the Haller library. Bring your child for screening. Children need to be 5 years old on or before Aug. 31. Bring original birth certificate, proof of residency (current bill with physical address, rental agreement, etc.) and immunizations record. For more details, call the Haller office at 582-3200 or visit www.sequim.k12.wa.
— Debbie Buchillo, secretary

■ Chris MacDougall-Danielson’s first-graders have been reading books by author Angela Johnson. They studied her writing style in-depth and have learned to adapt her techniques into their own writing. As you read their stories, notice the use of ellipses, repeating lines and added details to tell more of each story:

My Brother Plays with Me by Rafael Flores
My brother always plays with me. We play soccer and I made a red card and a yellow card. I made my brother get a red card. And I gave him a yellow card, too.
My brother always plays with me. My brother builds Legos with me. We build Lego Batman and Lego Spiderman and Lego Star Wars and Lego police.
My brother always plays with me. My brother always beats me on my x-box. I am Brazil and that is the best team in the world. He still beats me.

My Chores by Kimberly Thompson
The first one is embarrassing. I have to unclog the toilet. I hate it so much. I asked my mom to get me a new chore. Make my little sister try to do it. It is not so fun for me. You do not want to do it. I hate it.
I have to clean the living room. I clean the couch and my
chair. Hope sat on it, which is my annoying sister. My mom
helps me do it. So does my sister. I hate it.
I have to wash the dishes that my sister spits on. I steal the sponge from the bathroom when my mom does not look. It is hard to do it. But now my mom helps me. I still hate it.

Quads are Cool by Nolan Dewan
I ride my brother’s quad. When it gets
“rummely” you can fall off. The first time I rode it I fell off. Quads are cool.
I ride the quad at my brother’s dad’s house on the field. Last time, Fred kept falling off the motor side of the quad. It’s O.K. My brother falls off, too. Quads are cool.
The quad’s motor was broken, but it was O.K. … We fixed it up. We tested the quad. It was fine. Quads are cool.

I am Excited! by Katelyn Bremmeyer
I am excited. I am moving up in reading, because I like reading to myself. I can read hard books to myself at home. I read so much at home.
I am excited. It is almost Easter. I am excited, because Easter has candies inside the eggs. That is why I like Easter.
I am excited, because when I grow up I want to be like my mom. I would like to grow up to be like my mom.

Thomas and Haydn by Haydn Tamura
Thomas is my brother. He’s … very fast. He thinks I am funny. He puts his back on the wall, so I can kick him. He laughs so hard. Usually I punch him in the belly. He thinks it is hilarious. I do it again. I like Thomas.
Thomas is painful! He pulls my hair so much I scream at him and … he bites me on the knee. It hurts. But Thomas thinks it is funny. I like Thomas.
Thomas is very, very … Loud at SCREAMING. I hate listening to the SCREAMING. He screams so, so loud I can’t take it. But I like Thomas.
Thomas is one year’s old. He knows where I hide. We laugh for three seconds, and then we go do something else. AND Thomas pushes me in the bath. I like Thomas.

My Mom by Keena Paris
I like looking at my mom, because she is beautiful. I love my mom and she loves me. We love each other.
My mom is helpful, because she helps me do my homework. So I do not get mad. ROAR!
My mom lives in Dungeness. It has a lake, too. My mom likes to go to the lake with me.

My Smart Brother by Duke Anderson
My brother is picky, but I love my brother anyway. He is the best. He is also a blast. My brother is smart.
He can do chores. He runs a bank at Sound Community Bank, that is. My brother is smart and a joy.
My brother is bigger than my mom. My brother is smart. I always have a spectacular time with my brother.

My Dog, Bob by Angelina Cooper
My dog Bob is a Border Collie. He is black and white. In the light his eyes turn red. Bob’s favorite food is Grandma’s homemade dog food. I love Bob.
Bob likes to chew, scratch, and jump. That means he is very playful. I love Bob.
Bob has a twin named Bill. He looks just like Bob, only Bob has two black ears, and Bill has one white ear and one black ear. Bill and Bob have different patterned spots. I love Bob.
Greywolf Elementary School
■ Kindergarten screening will be held from 3:30-6 p.m. Thursday, May 19. Incoming kindergarten students for the 2011-2012 school year will be screened in readiness skills. Registration packets can be picked up during regular school hours in the Greywolf office. If you have questions, call the office at 582-3300.
— Tricia Stratton, secretary

■ Horizon lines, background and texture were some of the vocabulary used in kindergarten this week, as Carrie Rodlend instructed students while drawing a cat with oil pastels and paint. The students greatly enjoyed the lesson and are looking forward to Carrie’s next visit. Thanks to our PTA for providing funding for art lessons!
— Patty Sullivan, kindergarten teacher

Sequim Middle School
■ The vastly popular Minute-To-Win-It assembly was the culmination of many weeks of hard work. As a reward for students with no missing assignments, no disciplines greater than a “think time” and no unexcused absences, they were allowed to attend
90 minutes of fun, as students competed against the clock and each other. Challenges ranged from easy (knocking an upright pencil over by rolling a gum ball across the gym floor or pulling 200 tissues, one at a time from the tissue box in less than a minute), to difficult (tossing 12 pencils in the air off the back of one’s hand and then catching them all or stacking six dice on a tongue depressor while holding it in one’s mouth). More than 45 students competed in the events, while nearly half the student body watched and cheered them on. The students who didn’t qualify to attend had the opportunity to remain in class and complete missing work.
To expedite the process of explaining the requirements of each challenge, Daniel Harker and Eric Hermosada produced an excellent demonstration video in which they performed each activity. Gum balls rolled out of control, tissues were flying, 2-liter bottles of diet soda foamed like volcanoes, paper cups sailed off tables and pingpong balls bounced all over the gym floor — oh yes!! It was a great afternoon at Sequim Middle School!
— Caity Karapostoles, ASB secretary and activities

■ The science department of Sequim Middle School would
like to showcase the following students as “Catalysts” for Term 3. Just what is a catalyst? These are students who consistently display an exceptional level of participation in their science class. They ask those thought-provoking questions that extend understanding. They clearly and accurately share their observations, both verbally and in writing. They are the sparks which 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 Chloie Sparks, Danica Miller, Athena Floerchinger-Noe, Thomas McCulloh and Lillian Oden.
Teacher Steve Koehler recognizes sixth-graders Cristina Williams, Kaylee Gumm, Rachel Campbell, Alexandria
McMenamin and Cortney Gosset.
For her seventh-graders, Isabella Morrison gives a standing ovation to Kelly Anders, Waverly Shreffler, Miranda Cays, Quintan Johnson, Morgan King, Hayes Clawson, Anthony Creasey and eighth-grader Riesa Sumida.
Teacher Joe Landoni tips his hat to seventh-graders Matthew Richards, Kassidie Jordan, Wendall Lorenzen, Bradyn Pemberton, Chloe Hamer, Julian Cruz, Mark Feeney and Veronica Hagerman.
Bryan Smelcer salutes the efforts of eighth-graders Mikaele Baker, Sophia Cornell, Emily Carter, Dylan DePrati, Dylan Miller, Katie Stevenson, Siana Turner and Erica Armstrong.
Finally, eighth-grade teacher Debbie Beckett applauds Cecilee Wech, Rory Roberts, Maeve Harris, Anthony Fudally, Ryan Root, Sarah Henry and Zavier Zarit and in her science and engineering teams class, Ryan Nestor and Kelly Anders.
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 3 grade at least 10 percentage points, sometimes more, over their Term 2 grade.
Congratulations to sixth-graders Andrew Bryant, Paris Lukens, Jake Sparks and Brandon Fudally; seventh-graders Kyle Brooks, Nate Haugland, Maddie Matthews, Cole Wall, Melissa Copeland, Kane Stoddard, Damian Eaton, Brooke Bedinger, Josh Wright, Asa Rudner, John Settle, McKenna Middleton, Alec Sanderson, Katalina Reed, Ty Jones, Emma Eekhoff, Willow Simmons, Daniel Knight, Maryanne Lee, Alex Wolfe, Nick Hegge, Marcus Borseth, Sebastian Goettling and Steven Page; eighth-graders Nate Nelson, Thomas Dorrell, Shawndraya Taylor, Makayla Bower, Brianna Kettel, Julianna Milles, Serena Morales and Wyatt Billings.
Keep on rolling, middle-schoolers!
— Joe Landoni, science teacher

Sequim Community School
First Teacher:
Friday, April 29, 10:30 a.m. — Retired kindergarten teacher Carol Kruckeberg creates special fun for children and parents!
Monday, May 2, 10:30 a.m. — Reading Time with Makenzie Grief. Each child attending Reading Time will receive a free book!
Tuesday, May 3, WIC (Women, Infants and Children). For more information about the WIC program, contact Pam Walker at 417-2275.
Cynthia Martin, director, Nicole Brewer, parent coordinator

Olympic Peninsula Academy
■ After several months of planning and hard work by a committee of students and parents, led by Emily McFarland and Andrea Morris, OPA’s first ball was a great success. The Community School cafeteria was transformed into “A Night in Paris.” Imagine a room surrounded by Paris’ cityscape, with the 12-foot tall Eiffel Tower garlanded in light, fountains and the Arc de Triumph, soft lights and of course, music. Students danced and laughed the night away.
Congratulations and thanks are due to all those who helped put this wonderful evening together and started a new and hopefully enduring tradition for OPA.
■ In Ruth Marcus’ fifth- and sixth-grade keyboarding class, students’ fingers are clicking away, improving weekly. The students focus on accuracy and speed follows. Students imagine themselves as news reporters working against a deadline, having to get the newspaper on the newsstand. Students also imagine themselves as writers, poets and songwriters, typing creative stories, poems and songs. Several students already are typing at 30, 40 and even 50 words per minute. This is a class that works hard and their progress shows. Bravo!
■ Valerie Surgeon’s K-4 pottery class is buzzing with activity, as students work on creating unique plates and animal banks that represent the animals students are learning about in science class. Under the instruction of fellow student Grant Shogren some of the students in 5-12 grade pottery are learning to make whistles.
■ Since March, the advanced students in Carrie Rodlend’s art class have been creating abstract works on canvas, having previously studied the marks of line, straight, curve and dot. The intermediate students learned to make relief plates and printed on layers of tissue paper. Student artwork is on display in the main hallway.
■ In Dee Dee Nielsen’s advanced sewing class, students are working hard on costumes for the school play, “Alice in Wonderland,” which will be presented June 2-4. It is exciting to see the flow of creativity and feel excitement build for the school play. OPA’s Parent Teacher Organization is preparing for the school play, as well as formulating ideas to meet future needs of the school.
— Terralyn Dokken, OPA secretary

Sequim High School
■ Band solo and ensemble finalists going to state in Ellensburg on April 29-30 are Joey Hall and Jerry Azanza, playing a snare drum and timpani duet, and Hillary Smith soloing on the alto sax.
— Vern Fosket, band director

■ Choir State solo and ensemble students advancing to state competition in Ellensburg on April 29-30 are mixed vocal, large ensemble group with Anthony Ignagni, Dalton Ackley, Timariea Fortman, James Willis, Jessica Lauritzen, Stephanie Dunbar, Gianna Vennetti and Keaton Stromberg. Soloists advancing to state are Stephanie Dunbar, alto; Haleigh Harrison, soprano; Jessica Lauritzen, mezzo-soprano; and Dalton Ackley, bass. The women’s vocal duet is comprised of Stephanie Dunbar and Jessica Lauritzen.

■ Select Choir NYC trip recap
After a “red-eye” flight from Seattle, 29 students and 13 chaperones arrived in New York, a bit tired but ready to see the sights and sounds of The Big Apple. They attended a Broadway Show (“Jersey Boys,” a story about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons), which was a big hit with the entire group. Other sights taken in during the trip included Central Park, Times Square, Carlos’ Bakery (the Cake Boss) in Hoboken, N.J., the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the World Trade Center site (also known as “Ground Zero”), Little Italy, Chinatown, the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Plaza and a ride on the subway.
There were 435 students from 22 high schools across the nation on the stage at Carnegie Hall who came together to comprise the National Youth Choir on Sunday, April 3. The group was conducted by Dr. Eph Ehly, with accompanist Janet Whitcomb Pummill. Soloists included Rebecca Pitcher and Stephen A. Futrell, who performed with the choir on his arrangement of “The Golden Boy” (written by Freddie Mercury, Mike Moran and Tim Rice), published through Hal Leonard. The students spent 10 hours in rehearsal for three days prior to the concert. Of all the participating high schools, Sequim students traveled the farthest.
— Jim Stouffer, choir booster president
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