@sequimschools — May 31, 2017


Reminder to parents: Now is the time to register your child for fall 2017 kindergarten! Your child must be 5 years old by Aug. 31 in order to attend kindergarten. Call Greywolf Elementary School at 582-3300 or Helen Haller Elementary School at 582-3200 for more information.

Parents, make plans to register and bring your children to an interactive science event! STEAM Powered Saturday (Exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts &Math), sponsored by the Sequim Education Foundation, will be offered from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 3, at Greywolf Elementary, 171 Carlsborg Road. Registration forms may be obtained at the offices of Greywolf and Helen Haller elementary schools.

The next school board meeting is at 6 p.m. Monday, June 5, in the boardroom (located 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 public is invited to attend a reception for Marilyn Walsh in the boardroom at 5:30 p.m. Monday, June 5, prior to the regular board meeting. Walsh, administrative assistant to Superintendent Gary Neal, is retiring at the end of June. Light refreshments will be served.

Beta Nu awarded spring 2017 grants for professional development totaling $22,083 to the following Sequim School District educators: Susan Dufner/Helen Haller Elementary teacher; Robin Forrest/HiCap teacher; Laura Gould/Sequim High School teacher; Jennifer Kent/Helen Haller Elementary teacher; Kaylee Kinsey/Haller Elementary teacher; Casey Lewis/Sequim Middle School teacher; Brad Meckley/Sequim Middle School teacher; Renee Mullikin/Haller Elementary teacher; Brittany Murdach/Sequim High School teacher; Teresa Thorson/Haller Elementary teacher; Vivian Watson Gaither/Haller Elementary paraeducator, and Sonja Younger/ELL teacher and coordinator.

Beta Nu members Sharle Osborne, Dodie French, Ruth Bell and Kathy Strozyk handed out checks to grant recipients on May 17. The majority of applicants received grant funding to pursue national board certification. Thank you, Beta Nu!


Fifth-graders from NatHalie Maynock’s class visited Kelli Mishko’s kindergarten class each Wednesday to listen to kindergartners read aloud. The older students helped their younger buddies with blending, reading fluency and comprehension.

The kindergartners adored their big brothers and sisters reading partners and wish to express a huge thank you to Ms. Maynock’s class!

Book Drive! Our school is accepting donations of gently used children’s books to give to students at our June 16 Breakfast and Books family event. Jennifer Lopez, fifth-grade teacher and family engagement coordinator, said, “We would especially love chapter books, non-fiction books and leveled step readers. We will level the books so that students can be given books to read this summer that are best for their reading levels!”

Books may be sent to school or dropped off at the office between now and June 14. Unfortunately, the school cannot accept magazines. For more information, email questions to jlopez@sequim.k12.wa.us.


Kindergartners Aiden Smith and Luca Aceto rode to school in style this week! Smith raised the most money at last November’s Turkey Trot jog-a-thon and won a ride in a fire truck. He got to pick a friend to enjoy the prize with him. The Turkey Trot was sponsored by Haller’s Parent Teacher Organization and funds were used for the many different programs PTO sponsors. Aceto and Smith are both in Vanessa Rayburn’s kindergarten class.


Drama students, under the direction of Dee Dee Nielsen and Michele Canepa, will hold performances for “And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon” and “Twinderella the Musical” at 7 p.m. Friday, June 2, and 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 3. A 7 p.m. performance on Saturday, June 3, features only the older group and includes some hilarious outtakes. All performances will be held in the high school auditorium.

“Admission is always free so that everyone in the community will be able to come,” says Nielsen. “We gratefully accept donations to further support our drama programs.”


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

They also showed what they had learned about the forces of flight (thrust, lift, gravity/weight and drag) and the measurements of distance, time and speed.

Seventh-graders were able to manipulate certain variables including the number, shape, material and position of fins, the shape of a nose cone and the rocket’s total mass.

This engaging (and wet!) experience has become a highlight of the Energy, Machines and Motion seventh-grade science unit. A number of rockets are on display in the seventh-grade science classroom hallway. Stop by and check out the amazing work of our future engineers!

Rockets with the greatest launch distance for Zarelli’s students were Marta Garcia (Period 4, 117.1 meters), Kevin Sumner (Period 5, 110 meters) and Hannah Warriner (Period 6, 108.2 meters); For Landoni’s students, Haydn Tamura (Period 1, 113 meters), Zach McCracken (Period 3, 107 meters), Jaxon Cogburn (Period 4, 92.5 meters), Justice Coleman (Period 5, 100 meters) and Juliana Tamblyn (Period 6, 110 meters).

Choir students, directed by John Lorentzen, will be featured in concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 6, in the cafeteria.


The annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 31, 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.

A Senior Recognition Assembly will be at 11:15 a.m. Friday, June 2, in the gymnasium. Parents are encouraged to attend, but please stop by the main office and sign in upon arriving on campus.

Vocal Ensemble Dessert Night is at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 2, in the school cafeteria. Admission is free. People will be seated at tables enjoying desserts while being serenaded by the vocal ensemble students.

“We created this event originally as a way to say thank you to our awesome choir boosters/parents, for all they do for us during the school year,” director John Lorentzen said.

The public also is invited. For more information, contact Lorentzen at jlorentzen@sequim.k12.wa.us.

Seniors: On Sunday, June 4, Baccalaureate will be at Dungeness Community Church, 45 Eberle Lane, Sequim, at 6 p.m. Baccalaureate is a non-denominational inspirational service celebrating a time of completion and a time of looking forward. All seniors, their parents and the public are invited to attend Baccalaureate. Attendance at this service is not a function of, or required, by the high school. Seniors are to bring their cap and gown for the service. Attendees, please leave tassels at home.

Upcoming musical performances include a band concert, under the direction of Vernon Fosket, on Tuesday, June 6, and a choir concert, under the direction of John Lorentzen, on Wednesday, June 7. Both concerts begin at 7 p.m. and will be held in the auditorium.

Graduation ticket distribution for graduating (walking) seniors is Wednesday, June 7. Seniors will need to pick up and sign for their tickets in the main office. Sorry, family and friends are not allowed to pick up the tickets. Note that lost or stolen tickets will not be replaced.

The Sequim High School graduation ceremony is Friday, June 9. Ticket holders will be admitted to the stadium between 5-6 p.m. Seating will be on a first-come basis; there will be no reserved seating. A section will be marked off near the bleachers for those that need wheelchair access. Also, the first row of the bleachers will be for those not able to climb stairs/steps.

Science students in Isaac Rapelje’s class recently built and tested pH sensors. Arrangements were made through UW Oceanography’s affiliation with our Olympic Science Pathways Partnership grant. Students built sensors using Pyboard and spectrophotometry technologies and tested various known and mystery pH solutions.

Sequim High’s Operetta, “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” recently received Honorable Mention from the 2017 Fifth Avenue Awards Honoring High School Musical Theater. Silas Baird was nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role. The musical also was nominated for Outstanding Scenic Design (Gary Ristick and crew). Honorable mention awards also were awarded for Outstanding Choreography (Abby Norman) and Outstanding Music Director (John Lorentzen). The brothers from “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” were nominated for an Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Group.

An awards ceremony will be held at Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle on June 12. For more information, go to 5thavenuetheatreblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/23/and-the-nominees-are/.

@sequimschools — May 31, 2017
@sequimschools — May 31, 2017
@sequimschools — May 31, 2017