Sequim Middle School’s first and second place team from Regional Seaperch Competition — “Some Float … Some Don’t” — are headed to Maryland after qualifying for the national competition. Pictured, from left, are teacher Caleb Gentry, Finn Marlow, Desmond Tippins, Ruby Coulson, Kari Olson, Julia Jeffers, Cameron Constant and Garrett Barr. Submitted photo

Sequim Middle School’s first and second place team from Regional Seaperch Competition — “Some Float … Some Don’t” — are headed to Maryland after qualifying for the national competition. Pictured, from left, are teacher Caleb Gentry, Finn Marlow, Desmond Tippins, Ruby Coulson, Kari Olson, Julia Jeffers, Cameron Constant and Garrett Barr. Submitted photo

@SequimSchools — May 22, 2019

  • Wednesday, May 22, 2019 1:30am
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DISTRICT

The next school board meeting is 6 p.m. Monday, June 3, 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.

There is no school on Monday, May 27 (Memorial Day).

HELEN HALLER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Students in Brooke Hoefler’s fourth grade class at Helen Haller Elementary is developing background knowledge about the North Olympic Watershed. The students will be doing a field study at Peabody Creek this month to gain hands-on experiences with local resources. We will be able to collect data and make observations in the beautiful North Olympics.

SEQUIM MIDDLE SCHOOL

Sequim Middle School recently sent six teams (12 students) and robotics teacher Caleb Gentry to the Regional Seaperch Competition in Bremerton. The middle school robotics class had 13 teams that were potential qualifiers.

Two weeks before the regional competition, students went to the Sequim YMCA to qualify for the competition. Of the 13 teams that went to the YMCA, six qualified.

Leading up to regionals, team members were busy updating and improving the ROVs and making a technical presentation for the judges.

The competition started at 8 a.m. with three of the teams starting in the water and the other three starting with technical presentations. Everyone from Sequim did astounding and placed in the top 10.

Finishers include:

First place — Ruby Coulson, Finn Marlow, Desmond Tippins

Second place — Julia Jeffers, Kari Olson

Third place — Garrett Barr, Camren Constant

Seventh place — Ayden Humphries, Owen Randall

Eighth place — Chase Schwartz

Ninth place — Kade Kirsch, Tilly Lundstrom

Honorable mention (also qualifies for regionals) — Aidan Lara, Alana Plasch

The fist place team qualified for nationals and combined with the 2nd place team. Together, they are “Some Float … Some Don’t!” The five of students will be heading to Maryland for a two-day competition with a variety of challenges and activities.

Sequim Middle School is proud of all the students who competed! Go Timberwolves!

“3 … 2 … 1 … FIRE!” One by one, seventh-graders at Sequim Middle School took their turn pressurizing and launching their home-made Newton’s bottle rockets. Students recently transformed simple 2-liter plastic soda bottles into aerodynamic projectiles as they applied background knowledge and science and engineering practices in an attempt to out “blast” their classmates.

Additionally, they showed what they had learned about the forces of flight (thrust, lift, gravity/weight and drag) and applied the measurements of distance, time and speed. Students were able to manipulate certain variables including the number, shape, material and position of fins, the shape of a nose cone, decoration material and the rocket’s total mass.

This engaging experience has become a highlight of the “Energy, Machines and Motion” unit in seventh grade. A number of rockets are suspended from the ceiling in the hallway outside the seventh-grade science class rooms. Stop by and check out the unique work of our future engineers!

Student rockets with greatest launch distance (in meters):

Ryan Barnes, 127

Lars Wiker, 127

Sam Stewart, 115

Marli Gagner, 108

Ricardo Hernandez, 108

Erin Schenck, 99

Sage Younger, 98

Cohen Riley, 97

Andrew Johnson, 91

Dylan Allen, 85

Joe Landoni, teacher

SEQUIM HIGH SCHOOL

Sequim High School’s Scholarship Awards Ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29, in the auditorium. Students who have received scholarships will be recognized during this ceremony. A brief reception will be held in the cafeteria following the ceremony.

Water is forced out of Lars Wiker’s bottle rocket as pressurized air provided the thrust required to launch his rocket over the school fence. Photo by Mohamad Awawda

Water is forced out of Lars Wiker’s bottle rocket as pressurized air provided the thrust required to launch his rocket over the school fence. Photo by Mohamad Awawda

From left, Helen Haller students Jessie Chartier, Hope Hottman, Paxtin Gagner, Izabella Rich and Josiah Tuller-Chavez learn about the North Olympic Watershed. Submitted photo

From left, Helen Haller students Jessie Chartier, Hope Hottman, Paxtin Gagner, Izabella Rich and Josiah Tuller-Chavez learn about the North Olympic Watershed. Submitted photo

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