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During our gardening after school club, the energy and enthusiasm of the day resulted in 10 worm composting bins that went home with students to recycle their kitchen scraps and create rich worm castings and “worm tea” for fertilizing their gardens this spring.
We have learned about the parts of plants and their needs for healthy growth. After spring break we will begin planting seeds and planning our school and home gardens. With a little luck and some sunshine, we should be seeing some growth soon!
— Renee Mulliken, teacher

Paw Prides are tickets handed out to students by staff members who are seen following our CARES targets:
C: Cooperation
A: Attitude
R: Respect & Responsibility
E: Effort
S: Safety
Every month there is a Paw Pride drawing for something special. Earlier in the year, our monthly drawing Paw Pride Winners were Kristina Mingoy from Vicki Lemke’s fourth-grade and Joe Dawson and Thomas Hughes from Louise Lemley’s fifth-grade classes. In the past, we’ve offered lunch with the principal and also some cool toys. This month we are changing it up a bit by having a Principal’s Challenge! We would like to see how many Paw Pride tickets the school can earn! The class with the most Paw Pride tickets will receive a special prize from Principal Donna Hudson after spring break! While the kiddos can earn Paw Prides for any of the CARES, our target right now is R – Respect and Responsibility. Thank you, and good luck!
— Andrew Smith, paraeducator

Bettina Hoesel’s kindergarten class has been working on creating how-to lists. Here is a sampling:

How-To Play Basketball by Carmen Throop
1. You need a basketball. You need a hoop. You need a person.
2. You dribble the ball.
3. You throw the ball. You throw the ball in the hoop.

How-To Plant an Apple Tree by Fayth Lymangrover
1. Put the seed in.
2. Water it.
3. Lots of sun.

How-To Feed My Chihuahua by Daysia Nash
1. You need dog food, a bowl, and a scoop.
2. Feed one scoop, cuz there is lots of them.
3. Don’t play with him while he eats.

— Bettina Hoesel, teacher

Here are more poems from students in Robi Andison’s fourth-grade class:
“Attack” by Brenton Barnes
I see war canoes coming after me
I hear the screams of innocent people
I touch the heavy ash of a roaring fire
I smell a sweet cedar burning
I feel my body aching

“Forest Feelings” by Madalyn Richmond
I see cedar
I hear an echo of a bird
I touch the soft bark of the cedar
I smell the beautiful flowers
I feel happy

“Forest Inspiration” by Ajene Heaton
I see the icy forest floor
I hear the snow crushing under my feet
I touch the bare branches of a berry bush
I smell a burning fire
I feel inspired by the forest

“The War” by Ridge Armstrong
I saw blood running down my leg
I heard owls hooting
I held my wooden sword
I smelt death of my people
I felt pain

“Rain Forest Wonders” by Gemma Davis
I see a river running rapidly
I hear the fire crackling softly
Suddenly I touch something
The rough cedar bark
I smell the mist of the trees
I feel my heart pumping

The following students received certificates for Student Recognition at the March 26 school board meeting:
Ryan Hurst, eighth grade, for his report on the March 23 recognition assembly Minute to Win It, for students who had no referrals and no late work.
Nick Faunce and Damian Eaton, both eighth-graders, for participation in OTE (Opportunity to Excel) after school program.
Nick Howe, eighth grade, Nicole Anders, seventh grade, and Owen Morton, eighth grade, for Washington Science and Engineering Fair projects and participation in the after school science club.
Kelanie Leonard and Maryanne Lee, both eighth grade, for their participation in the Learning Assistance Program (LAP) for eighth-grade math.
Jordan McMinn, seventh grade, reporting on girls that are involved with the Digital Media class.
Morgan King, Saydee Marvelle and Brandon Grow, all eighth-graders, for WEB (Where Everyone Belongs) transition program for fifth-graders coming into middle school. Teacher and WEB advisor Meredith Johnson also was in attendance.
Wendle Lorentzen, eighth-grader, for submittal of original artwork in the student art program displayed at the Sequim MAC during March. Art teacher Josh Capps also attended.
— Brian Jones, principal
Olympic Peninsula Academy activities:
OPA’s Zumba class is enjoying learning new dances. Teacher Bev Bailey wanted to acknowledge the hard work of student Aurora Gammill.
First- through fourth-grade students in Reading and Writing classes are writing informational articles based on the books they are reading. Currently, they are reading about penguins, taking pictures, and making their own books. Teacher Dena Riccobene says the students also love to make “found poems.”
Several OPA students entered the recent art show, including Anna Potter, Andrea Morris, Eric Nielsen and Dianna Converse. Anna Potter won first place in the Olympic Peninsula Driftwood Sculptors Award Junior Division with her copper swirl lamp that she made in OPA’s copper lamp building class. Dianna Converse won a merit award for her drawing entitled “The Spy and the Lieutenant.”
Tim Wilkinson’s fifth- and sixth-grade social studies students are learning about the rules of heraldry during their study of medieval times. They have designed their own unique coat of arms that reflects each student’s interests and personality, and painted them onto full-sized wooden shields.
On March 19 the flight class finished designing and constructed hot air balloons out of tissue paper and glue. On March 26, they launched them from the field next to the Community School. The project taught them about the principles of buoyancy and materials engineering.
— Terralyn Dokken, secretary

First Teacher activities:
First Teacher is closed through April 6 for spring break.
Monday, April 9 – Reading Time with midwife Karla Morgan at 10:30 a.m. Operations meeting at 11 a.m.
Tuesday, April 10 – 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

There will be an Election Interest meeting held at 7:30 a.m. before school on April 11 and after school at 2:45 p.m. in classroom P-1. This is a mandatory meeting for any student planning to run for either an executive office or class office.
— Jennifer Van De Wege, teacher

Junior Prom will be Saturday, April 14, from 8-11 p.m. in the cafeteria. The theme is “Supernova: An Explosion of Light, Dance and Dub Step.” Dress for the dance is semiformal. The tradition is that seniors get in free! All students are required to bring photo identification.
For those who may not know, “Dub Step” is a genre of electronic dance music that originated in South London, United Kingdom.
— Lora Millet, secretary

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