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.
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.