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GREYWOLF ELEMENTARY
Here is some original poetry to enjoy by students from Teresa Iversen’s fourth-grade class:

“Concrete Concrete” by Alexander Barden
I walk on you with my feet
Tapping to the beat, slow and steady
Thinking about the time where you would come around
Through the park all around
Without a sound or even a glimpse
To see you concrete

“Baseball” by Mike Bettiga
That baseball went wherever it chose
And then one day
That baseball smacked me in the nose.
“Fly Like a Bird” by Seth Johnson
Fly, fly, fly away be free like a mocking jay
Sing, sing, sing a way for ever and ever
Sing your way
Be together forever, you mate for life
For love is no pity

“Sharpener” by Cooper Bryan
My pencil sharpener is my companion
Without it life would get dull,
Along with my pencil that constantly breaks,
My sharpener can fix that in ten seconds or less.
Oh, my pencils getting dull
So this poem must come to an end.

“Spring” by Kaitlynn Rodak
The flowers are blooming sun shining
High trees are growing
And so am I.

“Ideas” by Abbe Jagger & Isabelle MacMurchie
We thought too long about ideas,
And we wrote a song instead.
We wrote about love and despair.
We went above and below.
To cherish and weep,
To be saddish and happy is a wonderful thing.

— Teresa Iversen, teacher

HELEN HALLER ELEMENTARY
Original poetry by Chris MacDougall Danielson’s first-graders:

“School Lunches” by Alexia Martin
We have good lunches
Good lunches are about being healthy and not making you sick.
Fancy lunches have grapes and pears and apples and strawberries and blueberries.
We have good lunches.
Nasty lunches have yuck tastes.
Sometimes they don’t make good lunch at school.
But most of the time lunch is good.

“My Brother” by Braiden Kitchen
My brother hates me and I hate my brother.
Every time after a game, we do not get along.
My brother hates me and I hate my brother.
My brother is so mean.
He gets on my Kendal Fire.
My brother hates me and I hate my brother.
So that is why I put in a password.
My brother hates me and I hate my brother.
But he figured out my password.
I do not like him.

“I Love Ice Cream” by Cole Smithson
I love ice cream.
The banana split has chocolate, strawberry and pineapple flavors.
Mint ice cream has mint in it.
I love ice cream.
Some ice creams have tastes.
Some have minty freshness and it is good.
Some even have colors.
Some are green, and some are pink and some are blue.
Ice cream is the best dessert.

“Dinner” by Jennifer Slater
Dinner is the meal of the day.
Crepes are fancy and good.
Brenna’s lasagna is the best.
Spaghetti is nice to eat for dinner.
Grilled cheese sandwiches are tasty good.
Dinner is the meal of the day.
Brussels sprouts are disgusting to have for dinner.
The stores’ Mac & Cheese is disgusting, too.
Dinner is the meal of the day.
Dinner is the best.

— Christine MacDougall Danielson, teacher

Thanks to support from our wonderful Parent-Teacher Organization, second-graders are engaged in swim lessons at SARC. Each class is afforded four sessions at the pool, and so far, students have truly enjoyed their time in the water and are growing much more confident in their swimming abilities. Students look forward to this opportunity traditionally afforded them when they reach second grade and their families are appreciative as well.
— Bethany Behl, teacher

SEQUIM MIDDLE SCHOOL
The competition was fierce recently in the main hallway. One by one, students in Joe Landoni’s seventh-grade science classes approached the start line. Each student carefully placed either their found object or created device on the red tape. With only potential gravitational energy as a source of power, these Friction Fighters descended a 60-centimeter ramp set at a 10-degree angle. Each student conducted three trials, with the average serving as their overall score. Many fighters moved effortlessly down the cleanly swept floor of the long hallway, carried along by their momentum. Others careened violently into the hallway wall or screeched to an immediate halt, due to overwhelming frictional force. When all was said and done, the top 10 finishers (the fighters which traveled the farthest) were:
Place, student’s name, average distance (in meters), object or device
First: Olivia Boyd, 50.5 — 12-pound bowling ball
Second: Ryan Halady, 32.3 — 10-pound bowling ball
Third: Logan Bennett, 29.7 — hollow steel ball
Fourth: Anna Laurie, 27.1 — Fushigi ball
Fifth: Billy Arnold, 26.6 — tabletop pool ball
Sixth: Michael Larsen, 26.4 — Fushigi ball
Seventh: C.J. Hills, 25.4 — bowling ball
Eighth: Konnor Parrish, 23.7 — basketball
Ninth: Breyanna Taylor, 22.2 — Fushigi ball w/guides
Tenth: Chloie Sparks, 21.5 — steely
These students, including the top 10 finishers and the fighters judged Most Original/Creative/Modified, earned a Butterfingers candy bar for their efforts: Devon Bird, Robert Chrysler, Nadine Moyer, Sydney Balkan, Lane Danielson, Hanna D’Amico, Jesse Schleve, Zak Riedel, Hilary Holtrop, Camielle Chaney and Lillian Oden.
— Joe Landoni, teacher

SEQUIM HIGH SCHOOL
Real World students Analise Keehn, Mariah Riedel and Kayleigh Spray attended a presentation of the documentary “Finding Kind” at Stevens Middle School in Port Angeles on April 16. This documentary film focuses on bringing awareness of the effects of meanness within the Girl World and girl-on-girl bullying to girls and women on a national scale and, even more importantly, it guides girls toward developing long-lasting and respectful “sisterhood” relationships. Later, the girls shared their experience with the rest of the class, and discussion ensued.
— Susan Heyer, teacher

Band and choir students traveled to the WIAA/WMEA State Solo and Ensemble contest in Ellensburg on April 27-28. The Percussion Ensemble and Vocal Ensemble received Superior Ratings (I); Vocal Soloist Haleigh Harrison (junior) received a Superior (I) rating and was ranked fifth in the state; Vocal Soloist Lauren Traczyk (freshman) received an Excellent rating (II+), and Vocal Soloist Ayla Iliff (senior) received an Excellent rating (II).
Matt Harker and Ian Jones received an Excellent rating (II), as did band soloists James Reis (tenor sax) and Bo Garrard (alto sax).

— John Lorentzen, choir director and Vern Fosket, band director

The Class of 2012 group photo will be taken at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 10. Seniors are to be in front of the old pool building by 10 a.m. sharp!
The class election assembly for the 2012-2013 school year is planned for Thursday, May 10, at 10 a.m. in the gym. Students will listen to speeches given by the candidates and then vote in their DEN classes.
The Sequim Gazette will publish its annual Special Senior Edition on Wednesday, June 6, and would like to include senior and baby photos of all graduating seniors. May 11 is the deadline for submitting photos.
Digital photos can be e-mailed to the Gazette at
jspeelman@sequimgazette.com. Hard copy photos will be scanned and saved for pickup after publication date. Professional photographers will not submit them, so each student is responsible for getting their photos to the Gazette.
Special Parent Letters, written from parents/guardians to their senior, also are due to the Gazette on May 11. Cost is $20 for up to 100 words, $30 for 101 to 150 words, or $40 for 151 or more words. For more information, contact Julie Speelman at 683-3311, ext. 1552.
On May 15 and May 17, the DigiTools Bypass Test will be given at 3 p.m. in Room E-3. Students can complete the exam in two hours on either day or one hour on each day. If the students pass this exam, they will be exempt from having to take this class. (DigiTools is a requirement for graduation.) Passing the test will not earn high school or college credits. Students may just show up and take the exam. No need to sign up in advance.
The Honor Society is hosting a blood drive on Tuesday, May 15, in the auxiliary gym.

— Lora Millet, secretary
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