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Students will have an early release on Wednesday, Nov. 22, and no classes on Thursday, Nov. 23, and Friday, Nov. 24, in observance of Thanksgiving.

The next school board meeting is 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4, in the district boardroom, 503 N. Sequim Ave. The public is invited to attend, and time is set aside for public comment. To view the agenda and minutes of past meetings, click on “Board of Directors” on the district’s website at

The school district’s Comprehensive Needs Assessment survey is open for comment. This survey asks households located in the school district service area to share opinions about daily operations (i.e. those needing improvement and those working effectively), as well as the district’s plans for the future. Any Sequim household can take the survey at from now through Dec. 13.

The Sequim School District has an open referral process from through Nov. 30 for students currently in grades K-12 who may qualify for Highly Capable (Hi-Cap) program services. Anyone from the community may refer students, including teachers, parents, staff, friends, students, members of the community, etc. Learn more about the characteristics of highly capable learners at


Greywolf Parent-Teacher Association meetings are held the third Thursday of the month. See for more information.


Third grade students have been studying body systems this last month. Students from Carolyn Luengen’s class were asked to write a paragraph on a system that we studied:

The three types of joints are the hinge joint, the ball and socket joint and the partially moveable joint. An example of a hinge joint would be a leg. An example of the ball and socket joint is a wrist. An an example of an immovable joint would be your skull. All your joints help you move. Without joints you would be a statue. – Grace Giles

Have you ever run, jumped or played a sport before? You can do these things, and it’s all because of muscles! Skeletal muscles work with your bones and help you move. Your skeletal muscles, along with your Achilles muscle on your heel, help your raise weights, do push-ups, run and jump. Cardiac muscles are found nowhere else in your body than your heart. Your cardiac muscles help your heart pump blood to your body parts. Smooth muscles are found in your intestines. Your smooth muscles help the food you eat go down your intestines. Our bodies are like machines. One reason why is because of muscles. – Yeshua Del Rosario

Well, hello again, today we will talk about the nervous system. The nervous system sends messages to your body, telling it what to do. Let’s say you stood up and leaned forward, your brain and your nerves are telling your muscles to tighten. Your funny bone is really a nerve. When you hit your funny bone, it is anything but funny. Did you know that your senses are controlled by your nervous system? If the nervous system did not control your senses you would have to think to taste, smell, hear and breathe. That is only a little bit about the nerves, there is still more to discover. – Clare Turella

The bones that make up your axial bones are your bones that protect the most important parts of your body. Without the axial bones, all your important organs could be damaged very quickly. The axial bones are your skull, that protects your brain, the rib cage, that protects your heart, lungs and diaphragm and the spine that protects the most important nerve in your body, the spinal cord. That’s all for today, see you next time. – Lillian Anderson

I think the nervous system is the most fascinating system. They’re spread throughout your body and you’ve got so many. If I tell you, you wouldn’t believe me. One billion nerves in your entire body. Some are skinny and long or as thick as a rope. Nerves give you a reflex. Reflex is when you naturally pull away without thinking about it. Have you ever touched a hot pan, then jerked away? That was reflex. All of your nerves meet on your spinal cord. It connects to your brain. The brain decides what it wants your body to do, sends it to the spinal cord, then the spinal cord gives the message to the nerves to tell your body what to do. The human body is the most advanced thing ever, even over the smartest electronic. We are lucky! – Adison Skaarer

The brain is very important because it tells your body what to do. The brain stem sends messages down your spinal cord to different parts of your body. The medulla tells you to breath and digest food. The cerebrum is the largest part of our brain. The cerebrum is organized into parts called the right hemisphere and the left hemisphere. The left hemisphere controls the right side of your body and the right controls the left side of your body. The cerebellum helps you balance. The cerebellum adjusts, for example, if you ride your bike it takes many tries to do it well. Your cerebellum is just getting it right. That’s why the brain is very important. – Mason Rapelje


The next middle school band concert is at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11, in the gymnasium. The Sequim Middle School Choir performs at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 12.


The SHS Band Boosters are hosting the Down Home Holiday Bazaar from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, in the SHS cafeteria. Come and do your holiday shopping locally with more than 20 vendors in one location. There will be candles for sale along with many varieties of hand-crafted jewelry. There will be custom knitted and crocheted items, along with quality apparel and hand-sewn gifts. Local lavender gifts will be available, as well as delicate paper crafts and shadow boxes. There are several fun and unique Christmas decorations such as themed wreaths and painted wood signs. There truly is something for everyone at this bazaar. There will also be a raffle with dozens of great gift baskets up for grabs.

At 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27, parents of the senior class will meet in the SHS library to discuss plans for the graduation party. All parents are encouraged to attend and help with this event.

The ASVAB Career Exploration Test will be offered from 8:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, in the high school library. There is no fee. Sign up in the counseling office.

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