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Monique Brasher’s first-grade class celebrated 100’s day in a big way. Students brought in collections of 100 objects. There were 100 toy cars, 100 army men, 100 grains of rice, 100 cups, 100 pennies and much more! They wrote about what they would do with $100. (A few students even wanted to save it!) Students read books about 100 things. They made glasses out of the number 100. They made necklaces with 100 beads. There even was a visit from a local super hero, Zero the Hero! He is the superhero of numbers ending with zero! Our snack that day was comprised of a mix of 100 pieces of cereal, 100 goldfish crackers, 100 pretzels, 100 Craisins, and so on. It was an exciting and fun way to celebrate 100 days of school!
— Monique Brasher, teacher

Emily Ellefson’s second-grade class worked together through the writing process to produce a persuasive letter.

Dear Mrs. Ellefson,
In our opinion we think we should have a class pet. We know you don’t think we should have a class pet, but here’s why we should. First of all, we will take care of it by feeding it, giving it water, and cleaning its cage including… scooping the poop. Another reason is that we will love and care about the pet. For example, we will play with it. For instance, we could take turns taking it home on the weekends. You could take it home in the summer. Just think how much fun it would be for Annabel and Colby. Finally, the most important reason of all is that we will only play with it during free times. We could even research the pet to learn more about it. So you can see we should get a class pet to enjoy at school.
Sincerely, the Class

Students in Ione Marcy’s first-grade have been working on persuasive writing. They have learned that in order to change their audience’s mind they must state their request and have good reasons for it. Here are samples of their first efforts:

Dear Mom,
I do not want to clean up the toys anymore because I don’t like to clean and it takes forever and also it is very tiring. I will wash the dishes. Please I will also do the laundry and I will always read the books at home.
— Your oldest daughter Angel Wagner

Dear Mom,
Can’t you take the TV back to the store? I like reading. I will get a good grade. We can play lots of games and you will get your money back. Please, please? I’m begging you.
— Deakon Budnek 

Dear Daddy,
Can you get me a mouse please? Can you get me a mouse, pretty please? I really want a mouse. I promise I will take care of it. I will feed it. Please I really will take care of it. I will clean its cage. Please. You have enough money so you can get me one. Please, I will take care of it Daddy. Can I really? I want it back. I will not break it. I will take care of it please. Will you get me one? Please. I really will take care of it. Please.
— Grace Fahey

Dear Dad,
I don’t want to do my dog’s poop anymore. Instead, I could read. Second I can do IXL. Third I can play so please, pretty please so I can learn more. I can write more and read more and learn so much. So Dad, please, I don’t want to do the dog poop and I can help you outside.
— Alliyah Weber

Dear 123 Cats,
I want you to sleep with me every night because you are devils and you never sleep with anyone. I will feed you food every night. I will let you have my special blanket and listen to my favorite tape. So please you better try it before you say it is bad.
— Cat Girl Alliyah Weber

Dear Dad,
I want you to come back home. It is fun when you are home. Dad, please Dad come back home. I think you’re fun. Please I think you’re nice because you listen to me. Come back home soon. I love you a lot Dad. Please, please Dad come back home Dad. If you come back I will do anything you say for 1 day Dad. I love you Dad. Please come back home soon really soon Dad, please.
Fiona Orloff

Dear Mom,
I need help to write mom. I will take the mail out for you. I need a quiet spot to write.
— Jacob Savage

During Wolf Pack period on Feb. 23, eighth-grade WEB leaders taught lessons to classes on the importance of asking good questions. In Jeffa Verdu’s Wolf Pack group, the assignment involved asking the right questions to determine the location within the classroom of a hidden candy bar. Generally, WEB leaders deliver three lessons during the year. The first lesson of the year was about good study skills. There will be one more lesson this school year. WEB stands for Where Everybody Belongs.
— Meredith Johnson, teacher

First Teacher activities:
Friday, March 2 — Parenting Connections with Nicole Brewer at 10:30 a.m.
Monday, March 5 — Reading Time with former children’s librarian Mary Carter at 10:30 a.m. All children attending Reading Time will receive a free book! Operations meeting at 11 a.m.
Tuesday, March 6 — 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

Please take note there will be a Fine Arts Assembly at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 1, in the gymnasium.
Talent Show rehearsal will be at 4 p.m. Friday, March 2, in the auditorium for all participants.
— Lora Millet, secretary

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) meets after school every Wednesday during the school year. FBLA members will participate in state competition in Seattle on April 12-14. Here is the list of FBLA members who qualified for state along with the event(s) they qualified in: Mikayla Ahlin, secretary — Network Design Team (1st); Matisen Anders, public relations — Emerging Business Issues Team (5th), Management Decision Making Team (2nd), Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure (1st), and Parliamentary Procedure Team (2nd); Josue Cadenas, president — Impromptu Speaking (5th), Management Decision Making Team (1st), Parliamentary Procedure Team (2nd); Stewart Cockburn, treasurer — Emerging Business Issues Team (5th), Sports Management (4th).
Also Kaylee Ditlefsen — Introduction to Technology Concepts (3rd); Jason Galasso, vice president — Management Decision Making Team (1st), Parliamentary Procedure Team (2nd); Sara Jackson — Introduction to Business Communication (2nd), Personal Finance (5th); Grace Koenigsaecker — Impromptu Speaking (1st); Allison Masangkay, parliamentarian — Introduction to Business Communication (4th), Parliamentary Procedure Team (2nd); Laurie Miller — Management Decision Making Team (2nd), Network Design Team (1st); Alex Oppfelt, historian — Emerging Business Issues Team (5th); and Katie Schade — Management Decision Making Team (1st).
Other members who competed but did not place include Michael Bowden, Joseph Landoni, Patrick McCready, Anthony Pinza and Jake Roorda.
— Christy Ditlefsen, teacher and FBLA faculty advisor

Knowledge Bowl teams participated in the Olympic Educational Service District (OESD) Summit Competition at Fort Worden in Port Townsend on Feb. 9 (rescheduled from the snow week in January). The team members’ combined scores won the 2A competition for the Summit Award. The three teams from Sequim included:
Team 1: Brendan Carpenter and Zack Hovis, the top scoring team for our group!
Team 2: Trevor Consoliver, James Root, Brendon Hudson and Kendall Perlwitz
Team 3: Ryan Root, James Reis and Jared Strand
Competition consisted of one written round of 50 questions and four oral rounds where three teams vie to answer a series of 50 questions. The teams are then scored and re-seeded for each round, with the top-scoring teams playing against each other in groups of three teams with four members.
On Feb. 14, the OESD state qualifying competition also was held at Fort Worden. With the same format as before, 2A teams were vying for two team spots to go to state competition to be held March 17 at Pilchuck High School in Marysville.
Team 1: Patrick Carpenter, Brendan Carpenter, Zack Hovis and Lorenzo Gonzalez
Team 2: Trevor Consoliver, James Root, Brendon Hudson and Kendall Perlwitz
Team 3: James Reis, Jared Strand and Ryan Root.
Team 1 placed second behind Olympic High School, which won the other slot for 2A state. The 2A state Sequim team will include Patrick Carpenter, Zach Hovis, Lorenzo Gonzalez, Brendan Carpenter, James Root and Trevor Consoliver. (This will be the second trip to a state meet for Patrick Carpenter, Zach Hovis and James Root.)
Sequim High School most recently won state in 2009.
— Linda Crowley, English teacher and Knowledge Bowl faculty advisor
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