Sequim High Student Vita Olson, pictured with her dad Taylor Olson, advances to the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium in Albuquerque, N.M., on April 24-28. She’s one of two students representing Washington for their oral presentations after being selected on March 23 at Washington’s symposium in Redmond. Submitted photo

Sequim High Student Vita Olson, pictured with her dad Taylor Olson, advances to the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium in Albuquerque, N.M., on April 24-28. She’s one of two students representing Washington for their oral presentations after being selected on March 23 at Washington’s symposium in Redmond. Submitted photo

@SequimSchools — April 10, 2019

  • Wednesday, April 10, 2019 1:30am
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DISTRICT

The next school board meeting is 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, 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 “School Board,” “Regular Communication” and “Agendas” on the district’s website at www.sequimschools.org.

Volunteers with the Sequim School District must be cleared each school year. Individuals interested in volunteering or chaperoning a field trip in Sequim schools must fill out an online volunteer application for each school year at sequimvolunteers.hrmplus.net.

The online application process requires an email address and provides step-by-step assistance. A current Washington state driver’s license or state ID card is required in order to run a background check. Complete applications at least two weeks prior to the date you wish to begin volunteering to allow for the clearance process. Volunteers will be notified by email when applications are deemed complete, incomplete and/or approved. Those needing assistance can get help and access to a computer kiosk at the Sequim School District office, 503 N. Sequim Ave. Call 360-582-3260 for more information.

GREYWOLF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Registration for the 2019-2020 school year will begin soon. Join Greywolf school staff at the Kindergarten Readiness Meeting from 6- 7 p.m. Thursday, April 11, in the Greywolf gymnasium, 171 Carlsborg Road. Kindergarten registration will be 4-5:30 p.m. Monday, May 6, in the Greywolf gym. For more information on both events, see gwe.sequimschools.org.

Greywolf students can get discounted tickets for a Seattle Mariners game in June. The deadline to order is May 3. Contact Family Engagement Coordinator Jennifer Lopez at jlopez@sequimschools.org. Get more information and download a flyer at gwe.sequim schools.org.

Fifth-grade students from Greywolf Elementary’s science class investigated alternative sources of energy recently. They were able to engineer circuits with solar panels. There was enough energy produced to operate small motors and other components within the circuit. Students discussed the energy transfer with the system and the pros and cons of using the panels.

— Carla Morton, teacher

HELEN HALLER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Meredith Vincent’s fifth-grade class at Helen Haller Elementary celebrated Black History Month in February by reading the classic novel, “The Watsons Go to Birmingham — 1963.” Afterward, they created projects based on the novel, being as creative and personal as they could. Students interpreted the relationships between characters, imagined what characters would be like in the 21st century and studied the events of the Civil Rights Movement.

Registration for the 2019-2020 school year will begin soon. Join Helen Haller staff at the Kindergarten Readiness Meeting from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, April 11, in the Helen Haller library, 350 W. Fir St. Kindergarten registration will be 4-6:30 p.m. Monday, May 6, in the Haller library. For more information on both events, see hhe.sequimschools.org.

SEQUIM HIGH SCHOOL

The Annual Art Attack! Fine Arts show will be 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 12, in the Sequim School District boardroom and the high school auditorium. The boardroom will be filled with artwork from the drawing, painting, glass fusing, Advanced Placement art, ceramics, photography and floral design classes. The auditorium will be filled with music by the award-winning Sequim High School Jazz Band and the Select Choir.

Sequim High School hosts the school’s annual plant sale in early May at the school greenhouse, 601 N. Sequim Ave. Sale times/dates are: 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., May 1-2; 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., May 3, and 9 a.m.-1 p.m., May 4. The sale features more than 100 plant varieties, including petunias, wave petunias, zonal geraniums, ivy geraniums, marigolds, hanging baskets and more. Proceeds go to the SHS agriculture program. Call 360-582-3600 for more information.

Vita Olson competed in the Washington Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (WJSHS) at Tesla STEM High School in Redmond on March 23. She submitted a formal paper of her science project titled “In Situ Evaluation of Healthy Eelgrass Meadows as a Function of Available Light and Water Temperature.”

She is a junior at Sequim High School and was one of 15 Washington high school student finalists selected to present and defend their projects. The six judges had access to each contestant’s paper prior to the event and listened to each presentation before asking specific questions about their project. The judges collaborated with each other after all presentations were made and selected five students to advance to the National JSHS in Albuquerque, N.M., on April 24-28.

Olson was selected as one of two students from Washington that will be competing with an oral presentation at the National JSHS and was awarded a college scholarship. The other three students will be competing with a poster of their project at the National JSHS. In addition the Sequim Science Fair Club Advisor, Debra Beckett, will also attend the National JSHS along with Ron Tognazzini, Vita’s mentor on this project.

Olson’s research investigated the correlation of available light and water temperatures of healthy eelgrass meadows at Sequim Bay and the Strait of Juan de Fuca off Diamond Point. Olson designed and built two autonomous buoys that collected data once a minute for a duration of 118 days through the summer and into the fall.

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