Chalk Talk

Jennifer Lopez reports that her fourth-grade class has completed 100,000 problems on the IXL (“I Excel”) math website since the beginning of the school year! They have been working hard and managed to accomplish this feat before the 100th day of school!
The questions on IXL match the Washington State Math Standards, so questions cover everything from math facts to probability, fractions, decimals, division and more! Casey Hall has spent almost 70 hours on IXL this school year, and Hope Glasser has completed 65 modules!
The students raised $285 for the American Cancer Society at their Math Night bake sale, selling out of all baked goodies in one hour!
— Jennifer Lopez,

Math night was a howling success! Proof of this is in the numbers, no math pun intended! Over 400 people enjoyed the PTA-sponsored spaghetti fest, and at least 500 people were in attendance for the math extravaganza! This equals out to the most breath-taking event in the history of Math Nights at Greywolf. We want to thank each and every one who helped make this equation happen.
— Pat Quinet and Monique Brasher, teachers and Math Night coordinators

Science Specialist Dave Hasenpflug hosts the after-school Trebuchet Club in his classroom. Students are preparing for competition at the Feb. 25 Sequim Education Foundation Engineering Challenge. Using kits, each student built a trebuchet. They have been collecting data and trying to get their trebuchets to perform as accurately as possible. To do this, they experiment with changing variables such as the weight of the projectile, how much weight is on the trebuchet, and the size and shape of the clay pellet. Many parents have come in to assist. Everyone wears safety glasses!
— Dave Hasenpflug, science specialist

The Science Department would like to showcase the following students as “Catalysts” for Term 2. Just what is a catalyst, you ask? Well, 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 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 Adare McMinn, Audrey Hughes and Emma Beeson.
Teacher Steve Koehler recognizes sixth-graders Reagan Smith, Sophia Barrett and Tyler Smith.
For his seventh-graders, teacher Phil Zarelli gives a standing ovation to James Simonson, Isabel Dalm, Jack Drennen, Ally Billings, Chris Piersoll, Jensen Heike, Danica Miller and Shaun Jones.
Teacher Joe Landoni tips his hat to seventh-graders Tori Hall, Kaila Sundquist, Cody Henning, Kyla Guldin, Jesse Schleve, Glen Uy and Erin Vig.
Eighth-grade teacher Bryan Smelcer salutes Jessica Craig, Ryan Robarts, Elizabeth Bowen, Melissa Copeland and Gus Farnell.
Finally, eighth-grade teacher Debbie Beckett applauds Emily Larson, Kelly Anders, Jackson Oliver and Gretchen Happe, and in her Science and Engineering Teams Class, eighth-grader Nicholas Howe and seventh-grader Skyler Hallinan.
Keep up the fantastic effort, young scientists! You are excellent role models for your peers.
The Science Department would also 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-grader Nathalie Arreguin, seventh-graders Katelyn Wake, Sydni Sluder, Jake Sparks, Cheyenne Lentzner, Brady Collins, Josh Gaylord and eighth-graders Savannah Hamm, Jason McKellard, Kait-Lyn Pratt, Mckenna Middleton, Katalina Reed, Ivan Anderson, Ethan Richmond and Carly Lindquist. Keep on rolling, middle schoolers!
— Joe Landoni, science teacher

Shortly after all Valentine grams were delivered around campus, the halls and classrooms of the middle school were taken over by shiny human forms. Costumes of every shape and size were in evidence, as students and staff showed their school spirit by wearing aluminum foil outfits. Jewelry including bracelets, rings and necklaces adorned much of the student body, along with shiny shoes, shirts, ties and skirts. The sight was dazzling, and there was a general hum of foil crinkling as people moved around the halls. This was a new spirit day idea that will rival Duct Tape Day, Hawaiian Day and Twin Day as most popular spirit day activity!
Celebrations for students earning a place on the Honor Roll for first semester will be hosted by ASB. Students with a GPA of 3.0-3.49 have a place on the high honor roll, while students with a GPA of 3.5-3.99 earn a spot on the higher honor roll. Those students with a 4.0 GPA (all A’s) will be on the highest honor roll. The Annual Honor Roll Dessert Social will be held in the middle school’s cafeteria from 6–7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28, for those with last names beginning with A-K, and on Wednesday, Feb. 29, for those with last names beginning with L-Z. Invitations to this popular event go home with first-semester report cards. After decades of having honor roll assemblies during the regular school day, ASB council decided a few years ago to make it an evening event so parents could be present to watch their students receive a beautiful Honor Roll certificate and enjoy refreshments.
The honor roll averages 300-325 students each semester, nearly 50 percent of the whole student body! We are very proud of our students’ accomplishments, and greatly enjoy celebrating their successes with them.
— Caity Karapostoles, activities coordinator


First Teacher:
Thursday, Feb. 23 – Craft Time with Paula Cunningham at 10:30 a.m.
Friday, Feb. 24 – Patty McManus-Huber of Nash’s Farm talking about the farm and what they do; Math Fun with Robert Falk (preschool/prekindergarten ages) at 10:30 a.m.
Monday, Feb. 27 – Reading Time with Linda Cherry at 10:30 a.m. All children attending Reading Time will receive a free book!
Tuesday, Feb. 28 – WIC (Women, Infants and Children). For more information about the WIC program, contact Pam Walker at 417-2275.
Questions about First Teacher? Need to sign up for a free monthly newsletter? Call 582-3428 or 681-2250, or visit the website at
– Cynthia Martin, Director and Paula Cunningham, AmeriCorps Member

Spring sports begin Feb.
27: baseball, fastpitch, boys soccer, girls tennis, girls/boys golf and track. All athletes must have completed an
athletic packet, including physical, insurance, co-curricular policy and emergency medical card, and have all fees and fines paid before they are allowed to turn out. Deadline for all spring sports paperwork is 3 p.m. today, Feb. 22.
— Lora Millet, secretary

Auditions for the Sequim High Talent Show are Thursday, Feb. 23, at 4 p.m. in the auditorium. Auditions are open to all current high school students, their parents, and staff. Rehearsals will be held March 2 and 9 at 4 p.m. and March 10 at 10 a.m. in the auditorium. Performances will be March 16 and 17 at 7 p.m.
— Dave Toman, Talent Show coordinator

Sequim High School Choir Boosters are hosting a benefit concert at 2 p.m. on Feb. 25 in the auditorium. Featured acts include Aspire! Sweet Adelines International, No Batteries Required (barbershop group), Mix and Match (a capella doo-wop group), and the Select and Concert choirs of Sequim High School.
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance at Pacific Mist Books, The Buzz, Rainshadow Coffee Roasting Company, or at the door. Proceeds go toward choir student scholarships. For more information, e-mail
sequimchoirboosters@ or call 775-9356.
— Jim Stoffer, Choir Booster president

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