Brad Griffth of Craft Stick Bending talks with Greywolf Elementary students at a Kids at Hope presentation on Nov. 19. Photo courtesy of Greywolf Elementary

Brad Griffth of Craft Stick Bending talks with Greywolf Elementary students at a Kids at Hope presentation on Nov. 19. Photo courtesy of Greywolf Elementary

@SequimSchools — Nov. 27, 2019

  • Wednesday, November 27, 2019 1:30am
  • Life


The next school board meeting is 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, 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

The school board shifts locations to meet at the Olympic Peninsula Academy classrooms on Tuesday, Jan. 21, and to Helen Haller Elementary’s library on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

The Sequim School District announces an open referral process from Dec. 2 to Jan. 31, 2020, for students in grades kindergarten-12 who may qualify for Highly Capable (Hi-Cap) Program services. Anyone may refer students, including (but not limited to) teachers, parents/guardians, staff, friends, students and members of the community. However, parent/guardian permission will be required for testing. To learn about characteristics of Highly Capable learners, refer to

If your child is new to the Sequim School District and exhibits gifted characteristics, contact the Highly Capable Program Coordinator. Students who were previously identified by Sequim School District will continue to receive services, however, and do not need to re-apply.

Referral forms are online at the district website (go to, then click on “Instruction” and then “Highly Capable”). Paper referral forms are available at each school, the Sequim School District office (503 N. Sequim Ave.), the Sequim Boys & Girls Club (400 W. Fir St.) and at the Sequim Library (630 N. Sequim Ave.). Referral forms must be fully completed and received by the close of business on Jan. 31, 2020. Because of time constraints, referrals received after Jan. 31, 2020, will not be considered.

All referrals must be returned to the Highly Capable Program Coordinator Jodi Olson at Sequim Middle School, school building secretaries or the district office. For more information or to address questions concerning Hi-Cap services in the Sequim School District, contact Olson at 360-775-7083 or, or view the Hi-Cap page on the district website.


Kids at Hope week brought to Greywolf students a number of community members starting with Career Day on Nov. 19, followed by Hobby & Recreation Day on Nov. 20 and by Community and Service Day on Nov 21.


At the October Cougar Call-Out school assembly, principal Becky Stanton called out students with good attendance so they could be recognized. Assistant principal Shelley Jefferson and counselor Jennifer Saul performed a skit to demonstrate appropriate behavior during Cougar Cave, where students exchanged Cougar Call-Out currency earned from good behavior for games, puzzles and more.

Recently P.E. teacher Joclin Julmist administered written fitness tests to fifth-graders to fulfill state learning requirements. The tests provide information regarding how well students have learned concepts of health and fitness. A sample question: Why is it important to wear a helmet while skateboarding or riding a bicycle? Multiple choice answers: A. Provides balance, B. Improves visibility, C. Prevents head injury, or D. Keeps the head warm.

Haller’s Penny Wars, in early November, raised a total of $673.50. During Penny Wars, all were encouraged to put their spare change into containers placed each morning and afternoon by Haller student council in the front of the school. There were containers for each grade and the coins were tallied at the end of the week. Second grade won the most points for pennies collected, and fifth and fourth grades raised $97.98 and $95.51 respectively. According to Meredith Vincent, fifth-grade teacher and student council faculty advisor, all proceeds support the purchase of new or improved equipment for the playground, as well as other upcoming student council events.


We are full swing with both of our monthly and weekly clubs at the Sequim Middle School library. Twice a month, Harry Potter fans gather for our Harry Potter book club. We are reading through the whole series this year. We have assigned houses and are beginning our house competitions to see which house will be awarded the house cup at the end of the year. Go Gryffindor!

— Teacher-librarian Elizabeth Lawson

Sequim Middle School hosts an active shooter assembly from 11:30 a.m.-12:40 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4, in the gymnasium.

SMS’s next band concert is on tap for 7-8:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, in the school gym.


Wednesday, Nov. 27, is an early release day, followed by no school on Thursday, Nov. 28, and Friday, Nov. 29, for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Mark your calendars: the All School Play, “Twelfth Night or What You Will” by William Shakespeare, will have performances at 7 p.m. on Dec. 5-6, 12 and 14 in the high school auditorium. There will also be a matinee at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14.

Sequim High School’s robotics team hosts its annual “Luau and Auction” at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, in the HS cafeteria. Tickets are available in the office. The team is accepting donations for live and silent auctions.

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