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Got Math? Don’t miss Math Night on Thursday, Feb. 9! A spaghetti dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend. Jennifer Lopez’s fourth-grade class will hold a bake sale to benefit the American Cancer Society, and all baked goods will cost just $1. Math games begin at 6 p.m. in the gym. Student experts will be on hand to act as guides through the same math games that are used as part of our curriculum study.
— Pat Quinet, Monique Brasher and Jennifer Lopez, teachers


• Helen Haller PTO presents Family Fun Night, set for 5-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, on the school’s campus. All students and families are invited to attend a wonderful evening of games, crafts, face painting, a cake walk and bake sale, dinner concessions and silent auction. Games are 50 cents each and families can purchase punch cards to use for games and food. All proceeds benefit Helen Haller programs and activities. Don’t miss this evening of fun for all ages! For more information, contact Jamee Metzger at 477-9705.
— Kristin Glenn, Haller PTO president

• In support of Operation Valentine, students, with help from outside volunteers, made paper valentines to send to U.S. Marines who have been wounded in action. Students from these classes participated: Sheri Suryan (fifth grade), Ione Marcy (first grade), Bethany Behl (second grade), Amy Woiwod, Sharle Osborne, Robi Andison and Cheryl Daniels (fourth grade). Steve Ford from Drennen & Ford Funeral Home and Crematory in Port Angeles picked up the valentines from the school on Feb. 1 to be included in a large parcel to be sent off. This effort is part of ongoing recognition, beyond Veterans Day, for people serving in the armed forces.
— Patra Boots, principal


It was an exciting time at Sequim Middle School, as ASB officers, senators and many students interested in student leadership prepared for the Middle Level Regional Leadership Conference. Sequim Middle School hosted one of 14 such conferences held across Washington on Tuesday, Feb. 7. This was the 21st year of this popular leadership conference. The event was sponsored by Washington Student Leadership, a program of the Association of Washington School Principals. For the past seven years, Sequim has taken turns with Stevens Middle School in Port Angeles to host this awesome learning opportunity.
Student leaders from the Olympic and Kitsap Peninsulas came together to explore the powerful concept of servant leadership, exchange ideas with student leaders from other schools and participate in team building activities as a school group. They left the conference loaded with new ideas and energized for action!
Schools may bring up to 24 student leaders, along with their ASB advisor. Historically, as many as 140 students have attended this event. Activities Coordinator Caity Karapostoles was joined by Bryan Zager from Puyallup, another AWSP trained conference facilitator, to coordinate the day’s activities. ASB advisor Tracy Barnes worked with her team of students, leading mixed school groups in various leadership lessons. Students who donated their time to this worthwhile project were Jackson Oliver, Hayden Crane, Daniel Harker, Sadie Woods, Maddie Matthews, Amanda Sanders, Megan O’Mera, Danika Miller, Nick Janikic, Adam DeFilippo, Cassie Kimm, Jordan McMinn, Chris Heintz, Dailey Sampson, Patrick McCrorie, Hailey Kapetan and Chloie Sparks.
The focus of the conference was to address various issues in middle schools. Some of those issues include creating a positive culture for every student, ensuring school safety, engaging the community and closing gaps that exist in all student bodies.
ASB leaders Tracy Barnes and Caity Karapostoles were very excited to be able to offer this great opportunity to other schools in “our own backyard.”
— Caity Karapostoles, activities coordinator


First Teacher activities:
Thursday, Feb. 9 — New Moms Tea at 10:30 a.m.
Friday, Feb. 10 – Crafts with Mackenzie Hagstrom; Math Fun for Preschoolers and Pre-Kindergartners with Robert Falk at 10:30 a.m.
Monday, Feb. 13 – Reading Time for Preschoolers with Mary Carter at 10:30 a.m. Mary Wegmann, retired clinical psychologist talks about “How to Be in Tune with Your Child” at 11 a.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 14 – WIC (Women, Infants and Children). For more information about the WIC program, contact Pam Walker at 417-2275.
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— Cynthia Martin, director, and Paula Cunningham, AmeriCorps member


• Sequim High School Choir Boosters are hosting a benefit concert on Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. in the high school auditorium. The price of admission is $10 in advance or at the door. Proceeds will go toward choir student scholarships. Feature acts at the concert will include the Sweet Adelines Group from Aspire Academy, No Batteries Required (men’s barbershop group), Mix and Match (a capella doo-wop group), and the Select and Concert Choirs of Sequim High School. Diana Stoffer will be the mistress of ceremonies. Join us for a Saturday afternoon of music and treats. Contact Sequim High School Choir Boosters by e-mail at or 775-9356 for tickets. — Jim Stoffer, SHS Choir Booster president

• The Parent HIV/AIDS preview presentation has been rescheduled for 5-8 p.m. today, Feb. 8, in the library. Parents are not expected to stay the entire time, as this is only a preview. State law provides that a parent or guardian must have attended such a meeting before they may have their child or legal ward excused from participation in the HIV/AIDS prevention program. A second preview will be held March 7 for those unable to attend Feb. 8. For more questions, contact the district nurse at 582-3607. Students will receive HIV/AIDS instruction in their DEN groups on Thursday, March 22.
• In order to recognize outstanding students during the winter session, a Winter Recognition assembly will be held from 10-10:45 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, in the gym. Parents are welcome to attend.
• The ACT test starts at 8 a.m. in the cafeteria on Saturday, Feb. 11. Students should check in by 7:45 a.m.
• Parents of high school seniors will hold a graduation party planning meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, in the school library.
— Lora Millet, secretary

• The Knowledge Bowl team will take part in competitions at Fort Worden in Port Townsend on Feb. 9 and Feb. 14. Faculty sponsor Linda Crowley has been holding practice sessions in her classroom after school for the eight-member team. Here are a few sample questions:
1. This is a partial synopsis of what play? The exiled duke Prospero releases the recalcitrant Ariel from a pine tree prison and engages his services in cultivating romance for his daughter, Miranda, and in regaining his dukedom.
2. Isopropanol, ethanol and methanol are members of what group of chemical compounds?
3. What can bacteria do without according to this passage? When in the resting spore stage, bacteria can tolerate extreme desiccation for long periods of time.
4. As British forces were torching Washington and everyone was fleeing, she stayed behind to save state papers and presidential portraits. When she finally left, the British were so close that they ate the hot meal she had made for herself. Who was she?
1. “The Tempest,” by William Shakespeare
2. Alcohols
3. Water
4. Dolley Madison
— Linda Crowley, teacher
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