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Little earns Seattle University recognition

Cassandra Little, a 2006 graduate of Sequim High School, was recently named to the president's list at Seattle University.

Little earned a perfect 4.00 grade-point average at the university.

To be named to the president's list, students must complete 12 graded credit hours with a grade-point average of at least 3.90.

OPA project gets award

Olympic Peninsula Academy's seventh- and eighth-grade Future City class won the People's Choice Award at the 2009 Engineers Week Future City Competition, held Jan. 24 at Key Arena in Seattle. The students, their teacher Tim Wilkinson and mentor Mark Jones worked for months on their presentation and model - complete with running water - that they dubbed "Grand Manan," The model is an eco-friendly city of the future focused upon water conservation.

Presenting on behalf of the class as the Future City Team were students Grace Goschen, Carson Lewis and Jacob Lewis. The class' 3-D tabletop model has been requested for display at an upcoming Washington Association for Learning Alternatives conference.

The Future City competition, hosted by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, included judges from Puget Sound Energy, Seattle City Light and The Boeing Company. The competition has a mission "to foster interest in engineering, math and science through hands-on, real world applications."

First Teacher sets February events

The First Teacher program at Sequim Community School, 220 W. Alder St., has a number of special activities planned for February.

First Teacher hosts special Friday events. On Feb. 6, Carry Madison from Aspire Academy demonstrates Kindermusik for visiting youths. On Feb. 20, parents can help their children make dog-shaped marshmallow creations and enjoy cups of hot chocolate. On Feb. 27, Chris Cornell from Gentle Paws brings his therapy dogs to visit.

First Teacher also hosts the Pregnant Parents Tea at 10 a.m. Feb. 19. Learn about resources in the community and meet other parents. Light refreshments and information are served, along with prizes. Guest speakers include Bonnie Schmidt from Music Together demonstrating baby signing, and Pam Arnott from New Family Services at Olympic Medical Center.

Monday reading times at First Teacher start at 10 a.m. February's schedule includes First Teacher mom Julie Vig and daughter helper Lainy on Feb. 9 and former teacher Corky Shadler reading and singing songs on Feb. 23.

First Teacher's Wednesday reading times in February, also starting at 10 a.m., include: Helen Haller principal Vince Riccobene on Feb. 4; former preschool teacher Nancy O'Brien on Feb. 11; First Teacher dad Randy Reid and daughter helper Maren on Feb. 18; and Sequim Gazette sports editor Michael Dashiell on Feb. 25.

For more information, call Patsene Dashiell at 582-3428 or Cynthia Martin at 681-2250, or see

Greywolf math night set

The Greywolf Elementary School parent math night is scheduled for 6-7 p.m. Feb. 5 at the school gymnasium, 171 Carlsborg Road.

The goal, organizers say, is to teach parents how to play games that go with and reinforce the school's math curriculum.

Families and students are invited to participate.

For more information, call 582-3300.

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