@sequimschools — April 26, 2017


A kindergarten registration event is planned for May 1 at 4 p.m. at Greywolf and Helen Haller elementary schools. Students must be 5 years of age by Aug. 31 to enter kindergarten in fall 2017. For more information, call Greywolf Elementary at 582-3300 or Helen Haller Elementary at 582-3200.


Our school received more than 100 copies of the book “In a Scoop of Dirt: How Digging a Pond Changed North America’s Prehistory” from author Shirley Manis. This generous donation was the author’s way of getting a copy of her book into the hands of every fifth-grade student. This book tells the story about her father, Emmanuel “Manny” Manis. In 1977, while digging a pond in Sequim, he uncovered two mammoth mastodon tusks. This event created tourist opportunities in the town of Sequim and remains the oldest archaeological site on the Olympic Peninsula. The students really enjoyed reading this fascinating non-fiction story.

Family Movie Night is at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 27, in the multi-purpose room.

Kindergarten readiness: Family Involvement Night is from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, in the multi-purpose room. This event is devoted to providing information for new kindergarten families. Teacher Jennifer Lopez says, “Families of incoming kindergarten students for fall 2017 can learn about our school and what they can expect for their first year here.” Childcare will be provided. One family from each grade level will win four tickets to a Seattle Mariners game!


Clallam County Master Gardeners made their annual visit to the second-grade classes. The students learned about how plants grow and got the chance to plant seeds of their own!


Steve Mahitka, teacher and Career Technology Education director, is proud to announce that three students in the agricultural science program have earned their Future Farmers Association state degree: Amy Tucker, Jesse Schleve and Kylee Williams. Tucker and Schleve attend Sequim High School and Williams, a 2016 SHS graduate, is attending Clark Community College in Vancouver.

FFA members can earn degrees as they progress through the phases of their leadership, academic and career skills development. State FFA Associations recognize their top members with a State FFA Degree.

Those earning a state degree must complete the following:

1. Have received the chapter FFA degree

2. Have been an active FFA member for at least two years at the time of receiving the state FFA degree

3. While in high school, have completed the equivalent of at least two years (360 hours) of systematic school instruction in agricultural education at or above the ninth-grade level, which includes a supervised agricultural experience program. If out of high school, must have completed the equivalent of two full years (360 hours) of systematic secondary school instruction in addition to a supervised farming and/or other agriculture experience program

4. A student after entering agricultural education must have earned and productively invested at least $1,000; or worked at least 300 hours in excess of scheduled class time, specific to their SAE project; or a combination thereof, in a supervised agriculture experience program

5. Demonstrate leadership ability by performing 10 parliamentary procedure activities, giving a six-minute speech on a topic related to agriculture or the FFA, serving as an officer and/or committee chairman, or participating member of a chapter committee.

6. Demonstrate competency in an agriculture occupation and have a satisfactory scholastic record as certified by the agriculture education instructor and principal or superintendent

7. Participate in the planning and completion of a chapter program of activities

8. Participate in five different FFA activities above the chapter level

9. Complete at least 25 hours of community service in a minimum of two different activities. All community service hours are cumulative, i.e. the 10 community service hours used to obtain the chapter degree can be used toward the state degree. These community service hours are in addition to and cannot be duplicated as paid or unpaid SAE hours.

Tucker, senior, always has had an interest in working with large animals. Her agriculture projects include showing cattle and pigs, and raising swine and steers. Tucker has raised cows and calves, as well as pigs, eventually selling them for profit. She also became interested in honeybees, and, with help from an uncle, harvested her own honey.

Tucker was enrolled at the skills center during her junior year and had the opportunity to job shadow three different veterinarian offices. She was able to observe processes and animal surgeries.

She is interested in entering a vet science program.

“It was great to have a chance to learn more about the field while I’m still in high school,” Tucker said. “It helps me to know if I want to commit to the program. I’m still making up my mind.”

After high school graduation, she plans to enroll in a community college program and get licensed as a vet technician to work with large animals. She also participates in the equestrian team and feels she has learned a lot about monitoring the health of her own horse.

Schleve, a senior, has participated in several agricultural programs as well. Last year he raised rabbits for food, then raised coho salmon in a tank in the hatchery.

Schleve also raised pigs for market, acquiring them in March, raising them for six months, then selling them at the county fair last August.

“I particularly liked this project because it was long-term,” Schleve said. “It helps me to feel like I’m more dependable and a little bit harder working than before.”

Schleve is interested in making a career of underwater welding. He is in Bill Seabolt’s welding class at the high school. After graduation, he wants to enter the Universal Diving Institute in South Carolina.

“FFA has helped me to learn how to communicate with people, how to be more dependable and how to complete tasks as they are assigned,” Schleve said.

Maddie Potts, Lillian Oden and Emily Straling, accompanied by teacher Jim Heintz, will attend a SkillsUSA Photography state competition event in Yakima on April 27-29.

The Sequim High Robotics team received an invitation to the World Championships in Houston, Texas, on April 19-22. Sequim’s is one of 48 teams in the Pacific Northwest District invited to the World Championships after competing in two district events and winning two awards. The first was the Quality Award at the Mount Vernon event, and the other, the Judges’ Award, at an event in Auburn.

“The team performed very well in all matches and is very much looking forward to having the opportunity to show what they can do at the World Championships in Houston,” lead mentor Brad Moore said.

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

There’s one last chance to pre-order a yearbook for this year! The cost is $60 and they are on sale through April 28 in the main office.

The annual FFA plant sale is coming May 10-13! Hours are from 2-5:30 p.m Wednesday, May 10; from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, May 11-12; and from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at the greenhouse, at the north end of the high school campus on Sequim Avenue.

@sequimschools — April 26, 2017
@sequimschools — April 26, 2017
@sequimschools — April 26, 2017
@sequimschools — April 26, 2017
@sequimschools — April 26, 2017
@sequimschools — April 26, 2017
@sequimschools — April 26, 2017