Chalk Talk

Future Chef participants are, from left, Jessica German, Leah Reville, Jackson Lindorfer, Hannah McDaniel, Olivia Preston and Kaydence Hillard, with Food Service director Laurie Campen (back). - Submitted photo
Future Chef participants are, from left, Jessica German, Leah Reville, Jackson Lindorfer, Hannah McDaniel, Olivia Preston and Kaydence Hillard, with Food Service director Laurie Campen (back).
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Parents, register your child for fall kindergarten if you haven’t done so already. Registration forms are available in the Haller and Greywolf school offices. Thank you!


On May 17, fifth-graders from Helen Haller and Greywolf Elementary schools got a chance to experience what it’s like to prepare food in a commercial kitchen. Future Chefs, held in the high school cafeteria’s kitchen, is an annual event that allows youths to compete in a cook-off, using recipes of their own design. This year’s culinary challenge was to create a delicious, nutritious sandwich.

Finalists were Haller students Jackson Lindorfer (Breakfast on a Bun), Leah Reville (Roast Beef Bagel) and Jessica German (Cheddar and Apple Sandwich), as well as Greywolf students Kaydence Hillard (Banana Nut Delight), Olivia Preston (Yummy Factor Spinach, Cheddar Cheese and Ham Wrap) and Hannah McDaniel (Heaven in a Sandwich Ham and Cheese). The event is sponsored by Sodexo Food Services.



In conjunction with their life science studies, Sheri Suryan’s fifth-graders planted a vegetable garden.

They first had to stake out a plot and prepare the soil. They measured and figured the square footage and also found the volume of the garden space, so they could calculate how much compost and soil were needed.

The class discussed which vegetables to grow and decided on lettuces, radishes, spinach, onions and peas. They germinated seeds for the vegetables in damp paper towels until the seeds sprouted. Next, they planted the sprouts in small containers and got them to grow by watering them and keeping them in the windowsill for maximum sunlight exposure.

At last, the students transferred the new plants into the prepared garden area, just outside their classroom door to the playground. The plan is to harvest their crops and prepare a big classroom salad by the end of the school year! The garden takes everyone’s help to weed and water daily. So far, judging by the plants’ continued growth, it looks as though the hard work is paying off.



Olympic Peninsula Academy Drama Productions, directed by Dee Dee Nielsen and Michele Canepa, presents “Gone with the Breeze,” a light-hearted musical comedy. The K-4 drama class will perform a short play titled “Dragon Trouble.” Performances are 7 p.m. June 5 (dress rehearsal, audience is welcome), 7 p.m. June 6 and 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. June 7. All performances are in the high school auditorium. A donation of $5 is suggested. There will be a bake sale in the lobby. Proceeds benefit the the academy’s drama production class.



3 … 2 … 1 … Fire! One by one, seventh-graders took their turn pressurizing and then launching their homemade bottle rockets.

Students transformed simple two-liter plastic soda bottles into sleek missiles as they applied the scientific method in an attempt to “out-blast” their classmates. Students also showed what they had learned about the forces of flight (thrust, lift, weight and drag), potential and kinetic energy, the measurements of distance and time, and the calculations of speed and momentum.

Students were able to manipulate certain variables including the shape and number of fins, position of these fins and the shape of a nose cone. This engaging, rather wet experience has become a highlight of the Energy, Machines and Motion unit in seventh-grade science.

A number of rockets are on display in the hallway outside the seventh-grade science classrooms. Stop by and check out the amazing work our future engineers have created!

Student rockets with the greatest launch distance per period in Phil Zarelli’s class were Ryan Begley (Period 1, 121.4 meters), Flora Walchenbach (Period 3, 123 meters), Jordan Williams (Period 4, 96.4 meters) and Arlene Law (Period 5, 100 meters).

In Joe Landoni’s class were Amanda He (Period 2, 98 meters), Thomas Hughes (Period 3, 88 meters), Alex Shingleton (Period 5, 108 meters) and a three-way tie among Johnnie Young, Blake Wiker and Bailey Gorr (Period 6, 120 meters).



About 60 band students and 10 chaperones traveled to the east side of the state to march in the Lilac Festival Armed Forces Torchlight Parade on May 17. The 75-year-old tradition, honoring members of the military, past and present, has become the largest Armed Forces Torchlight Parade in the nation. The parade, with an estimated 160,000 spectators, began at 7:45 p.m. and wove around the downtown streets of Spokane.

Director Vern Fosket said, “The crowd was fantastic and it was a very fun parade. Next year is Disneyland, but in two years, we’ll be back.”

After marching in the parade on Saturday, band students spent the next day at Silverwood Theme Park, just north of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. On Monday, they stopped in Colville, a town north of Spokane, to perform a quick concert at Colville High School on their way back to Sequim. They were returning the favor, as Colville High School band students came west last year and performed at Sequim High School.

Hannah D’Amico, a freshman flautist, said that marching in an evening parade had a totally different feel from day parades. She remembers the crowd showed great support, cheering the band even before the announcer identified their hometown. Sophia Cornell, a junior trumpet player, said it felt almost magical, with all the lights and people. Both students agreed that the entire trip was fun and that band people are like family.


Important dates:

On May 31, the Senior Ball will be at the Gold Mountain Golf Course in Bremerton. The bus leaves from the high school’s main parking lot at 4 p.m.

On June 1, a Baccalaureate for seniors will be at Sequim Community Church. The banquet begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by a ceremony at 7 p.m. This is not a school-sponsored event.

June 3 is Link Play Day for ninth-grade students from 3-5 p.m. in the gym.

June 4 is the annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony at 6 p.m. in the auditorium.


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