@sequimschools — April 19, 2017

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The next Strategic Planning meeting is at 8:15 a.m. Monday, April 24, at Sequim’s Transit Center, 190 W. Cedar St., facilitated by Dr. David Engle. For more information, contact Marilyn Walsh at 582-3262 or mwalsh@sequim.k12.wa.us.

An open house on teacher certification is planned from 3:30-7 p.m. Thursday, April 20, from in the high school cafeteria, 601 N. Sequim Ave. Contact Sue Armstrong at Olympic Education Service District 114 for more information at 360-782-5047.

Come to the Sequim Education Foundation Film Festival and Art Show on Friday, April 21. The art show begins at 6 p.m. and the film festival at 7 p.m. The festival is at Sequim High School’s auditorium. For more information on the film festival, contact Christy Ditlefsen at cditlefsen@sequim.k12.wa.us.

A kindergarten registration event is planned for May 1 at each elementary school. Your child must be 5 years of age by Aug. 31 to enter kindergarten in the fall 2017. For more information, call Greywolf Elementary at 582-3300 or Helen Haller Elementary at 582-3200.

The next school board meeting is at 6 p.m. Monday, May 1, in the boardroom (in the auditorium building, 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 www.sequim.k12.wa.us.

The district calendar for the 2017-2018 school year has been adopted by the school board and can be found on the District’s website at www.sequim.k12.wa.us under “Our District,” then “Calendars-District.” The first day of the 2017-2018 school year is Aug. 30.


“Into the Woods” performances are at 6 p.m. April 20-21 in the multi-purpose room. Admission is free. This year’s drama club presentation is directed by Sequim High School sophomore Damon Little, with assistance from teachers Shannon Green and Sheri Burke.

What should you do before school? Come to Early Bird Readers! Throughout the second trimester, more than 100 students and several parents came to the library and started their day by reading from a good book.

Awards were given to students who attended most often. We call them our Frequent Flyers! These students received books and prizes: Emma Simpson, Elise Sundin, Kendra Martinez, Lydia Rock, Alexa Schwartz, Gwenyth Voyles, Lyndon Amondt, Addy Hoffman, Kaylee Lawson, Libby Brezak, Cody Jilg, Makenzi Seimer, Kendra Dodson, Alexandra Edgecombe, Rihanna Carpenter, Dawn Hulstedt, Abby Henning, Haily Onofre, Hannah Seimer, Taryn Johnson, Bailey Wessel, Andrew Hutson and Rileigh Silvis.


This year’s winners of the Elks’ Patriotism Essay Contest are Colby Ellefson, Payton Weidman, Krista Charters, Kimberly Flores, Cadence Johnson, Tyler Worley and Ricardo Hernandez, all fifth-graders.

The topic was “Why is it important to vote?”

Here are some of the winning essays for your enlightenment:

“Vote” by Payton Weidman (Sheri Suryan’s class)

Some people think that voting is just political and may not be in their best interest. Politics always has two sides to everything and voting is a privilege in America for everyone. If you do not vote, then you cannot complain about what certain outcomes are. If people in America have the right to vote, why not take that right and use it? You have the privilege to vote.

Why vote? Voting protects our Constitutional rights. We have power to vote, as part of a democracy. Voting is optional for people. People do not have to vote if they do not want to. Some people such as criminals may get their voting privileges taken away.

Also, you may not vote if you are under the age of 18. When you are of age and you have the right. They should read about what it is that they might be voting for.

When you vote your voice can be heard. It makes us equal. Each of us has only one vote; like if you are voting for a school, you can only vote for one. Voting happens only a few times. No matter how much money you have, or who you’re friends with, you only have one vote. Each vote sends a message. Even if the person you vote for loses, your vote matters because it lets you have a voice. Winners and losers know their point of view counts. Whoever wins has an impact on your life.

Over the past two centuries we have slowly and painfully expanded our notions of democracy to include ever broader segments of our people. So, everyone has a right. Your voice will be heard. And you should vote if you have the chance to. Remember, voting is for everything, like schools.

“Why It Is Important to Vote” by Tyler Worley (Sheri Suryan’s class)

I like voting because people can have fun and enjoy the results. The voting is a good thing for people and it is okay that people disagree. I think voting is good — for example recess luckily, everyone voted. I think voting is good and good things can happen like community projects, school improvements, and even down to giving kids extra recess.

In America, everyone can vote. They don’t have to, but what I think is, it is awesome that people have the choice to vote. I love voting and we have got some serious issues to deal with. Why all of us don’t even bother to vote is a question to be answered. Is it because we don’t care? Or, maybe we don’t know our history?

It used to be that only white men that owned property could vote, and even black people and women didn’t have the right to vote. Things are different now because everyone over the age of 18 years old can vote. Everyone has a voice!

People voted into power have the ability to stay in power and they can stop violence and make taxes that go for schools and other things. Voting is important, but sometimes you don’t always get your way. The majority wins, but you still get to express your beliefs. It is important that you have the right to vote and that you do it!

In conclusion, voting is important; it gives everyone a voice. Voting can help all people! This is why we should vote!

“Why Is It Important to Vote” by Kimberly Flores (Sheri Suryan’s class)

I believe that it is important to vote because we have a choice as a citizen of the United States. Voting affects the outcome of very important issues such as healthcare, community projects, schools, highways and more. Voting can impact our lives by political reasons. Even if you don’t get what you want, you still have a voice, and your voice matters. It is important to vote!

Voting can have an effect on important decisions that can affect our lives. Important issues, such as global warming and senior healthcare can be voted on, and decisions made can affect all of us. Local issues, as well as national issues, can be resolved by voting. You have a voice!

As an American citizen, you get the privilege to vote! We should be happy that we get to vote because only some countries get to vote and we are part of that privilege. You should vote because when you are old enough you can be heard. You get a very special privilege and that is to vote.

Voting can affect what you or your children get taught and their schools. Voting can affect what you get taught and how many kids get to be in a classroom. You should vote because you can change something that you don’t like about a school or even if you want a school to be built.

“Voting” by Cadence Johnson ( Sheri Suryan’s class)

I am proud to be an American! I have the right and privilege to be able to vote. Voting helps me to make decisions on important issues. When people vote, things get done, such as school levies get passed, roads and highways get fixed and taxes get determined on how much people will have to pay. Voting is important, and I think that everyone should do their part and vote.

Each of us has one and only one vote. Voting is one of the few times when all grown-ups in the U.S. have an equal say. No matter how much you have or who your friends are, you only get one vote. Everyone has their own voice heard by their vote.

In the U.S., the highest voter turnout is among seniors for issues like Social Security and Medicare. Voters around 18-24 years old don’t tend to vote as much, so it’s easier for politicians to pay less attention to the issues that are important to them. Whatever age group you are in or whatever issue you want, it is important that you vote.

Each of us have only one vote, and you should use that vote wisely. The age you are you should be able to vote.

When you vote it is important, so people should hear your voice, and you should vote at any age!


“Why is voting important?” By Krista Charters (Sheri Suryan’s class)

Did you know that women had to fight for the right to vote? Men thought that they weren’t equal and that they shouldn’t have a voice. That was not good enough for some people and I am glad that it has changed. It took some time but now we have the right to vote. Voting is important.

Through voting you get to speak your mind because sometimes people don’t really know that it is you. You have an opportunity to influence the government. You can change the country. To me that sounds like an important reason to vote. Without voting you cannot change anything and without your vote you cannot complain that it is not what you wanted because you had the chance to vote.

There is another reason to vote. There have been several cases in U.S. history where this case has been seen. For example, the Alaska congressional race was decided by a single vote out of 10,035 cast in 2008. This proves that your vote can change everything.

There is one last reason to vote, and here it is: If you do not vote, people will not take you seriously. You’ll have no credibility when you complain that it is not the way you thought it should be. Your vote is your voice in the government, and if you don’t show that, then you can’t even have a chance to get your way. Voting is an important part of your independence. You will have no voice against anything.

It helps with decisions and is a privilege. Nobody can take your vote away. It is your vote and your vote only. Voting is very important to this country and everyone should know that.

“Why Vote” by Colby Ellefson (Eric Danielson’s class)

I’m here to convince you to vote and what voting was like. Voting is a right that everyone should use.

White men who owned property and were 21 and older was the requirement in the 1770s. If you match the requirement and don’t vote, then don’t complain when someone gets elected who you don’t want. If you don’t meet the requirements and still don’t vote, people died for your right to vote. Between the 1770s and the 2000s people who didn’t meet the changing requirements weren’t allowed to vote. It was finally fair when the 1960s came around, but that took 194 years!

If you don’t vote, you can’t complain. How would you like it if someone didn’t vote and complained about who got elected? You also don’t get your say if you don’t vote. There have been some elections that come down to one vote so every vote counts. You should also vote to show that you are grateful you don’t have to pay a tax or take a test. Also don’t think little bonds or other stuff can’t affect you because sometimes they can. For example if your swimming pool needs votes to keep it in business, you use it, you don’t vote, and it goes out of business because it has too many no votes. That means that you can’t complain and that you can’t use the swimming pool.

Also, why let someone vote for you? That is basically what you are doing when you don’t vote. Why would you let that to happen?

So I hope that I have told you why you should get you to vote even for the little things such as school bonds, swimming pool and community projects. Again, why would you not vote when you can?


Middle school students only will be released from school at 11 a.m. on April 20 and April 21 to attend their scheduled student-led conference.

Science teacher Joe Landoni would like to showcase the following seventh-grade students as science “Catalysts” for Term 3.

Just what is a catalyst, you ask? Catalysts are those students who regularly display an exceptional level of participation in their science class. They are the kings and queens of questioning! They make those thought-provoking statements which extend understanding. They are the instigators of inquiry! They are risk takers, not afraid of making mistakes or failing (as they know mistakes and failure lead to new knowledge!) They are the sparks which ignite learning!

Please recognize and celebrate the following fine young scientists: first period’s Holly Shimer and Haydn Tamura; third period’s Cole Tierney and Hannah Wagner; fourth period’s Taegan Hogue and Ben Sweet; fifth period’s Lilly Peterson and Kenneth Wolfley, andsixth period’s Abigail Carlson and Zack Gufler.

Students were recognized in their respective classes and each received a certificate suitable for display on any refrigerator. Keep up the fantastic effort, young scientists! You are excellent role models for your peers.


Sequim Future Business Leaders Association (FBLA) Club members have the honor of going to Spokane on May 19-21 to participate in state level competition and have the chance to qualify for nationals.

The following students won numerous awards and are ready to make their mark on the business world: Erin Dwyer, Kyah Fukunaga and Sonja Govertsen/Mobile Application Design, first place; Vita Olson/Digital Portfolio, first place; Kianna Miller/Public Speaking, first place; Erin Dwyer/Public Speaking, third place; Kianna Miller/Job Interview, third place. Joie Darminio will compete at state in the Pitch It! category.

Teacher Mark Knudson is club advisor. All six students have been working very hard for the past six months and hope to see the payoff by getting to Nationals!

All high school students are preparing for testing to begin, whether it’s Advanced Placement or Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium tests.

“Good luck particularly to all of our seniors!” Dwyer said. “We want our community to know what is going on in our school and the hard work that all of our students and classmates put in every day to ace that test!”

Sequim High School Operetta Club presents “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” for eight performances in the auditorium. Performances are Friday, May 5, at 7 p.m., Saturday, May 6, at 1 p.m., Thursday, May 11, at 6 p.m., Friday, May 12, at 7 p.m., Saturday, May 13, at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 18, at 6 p.m., Friday, May 19, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 20, at 7 p.m.

Weekday tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and children, and $10 for general seating in the balcony. Evening prices add an $18 premium seating option. The May 5 opener is $10 for all seats.

For more details about pricing and to purchase tickets, go to www.shsoperetta.org.

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