Chalk Talk

To create an opportunity for more STEM learning, the Sequim Education Foundation initiated after-school programs at Haller Elementary and Greywolf Elementary Schools for third- through fifth-graders.

DISTRICT

Advanced ticket sales for the showing of local indie movie “The Return of the River” will be available beginning Jan. 5 at the high school’s main office, at the district office or at the KSQM FM Radio station at 577 W. Washington St.

The movie will have two public showings on Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the high school auditorium. Each showing will be followed by a question-and-answer session with filmmaker John Gussman in the high school cafeteria and concessions will be for sale.

Tickets also will be sold at the door a half an hour prior to each showing. For more information, call Janet Peterson at 582-3606.

 

In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 19, all schools and the district office will be closed.


The school board meeting which normally would fall on the third Monday of the month will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, in the board room and is open to the public.

 

There is no school for students on Monday, Jan. 26, which is an in-service day for teachers. The district office will be open.

 

HELEN HALLER, GREYWOLF  ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

To create an opportunity for more STEM learning, the Sequim Education Foundation initiated after-school programs at Haller Elementary and Greywolf Elementary Schools for third- through fifth-graders. These are based on the Engineering is Elementary curriculum designed by the Boston Museum of Science.

Research-based and kid-tested, this program develops 21st century skills like creative thinking and collaboration, builds kids’ confidence in their engineering abilities and helps kids to see engineering as a possible future career.

At Haller, teachers Gail Kite and Lisa Schermer conducted engineering adventures called Go Green: Engineering Recycled Racers.

This unit covered different ways people recycle items that are ordinarily discarded, turning them into toys, sculptures and household objects. The students used recycled materials to engineer their own toy cars, then competed in a Recycled Racer Rally.

At Greywolf Elementary, teacher Carla Morton conducted engineering adventures called Aid-Drop Packages. This unit exposed students to the devastating effects of monsoon rains that can cause severe flooding and cut people off from important supplies.

Students helped to engineer “aid drop packages” that would be dropped from an aircraft, packed in such a way that the inside contents are protected and are easy to locate once they reached the ground.

SEF would like to thank the generous support of the Rawlins Trust fund.

 

SEQUIM MIDDLE SCHOOL

Judges for this year’s holiday door decorating contest included SMS principal Vince Riccobene, district superintendent Kelly Shea and administrative assistant Trayce Norman.

There was one winner for each hall and a main hall winner. In the sixth-grade hall, the door to Casey Lewis’ classroom, which was a book of poems, was the winner. For the seventh-grade hall, Eloise Ware’s classroom door, featuring a Christmas tree with a star and homemade Japanese holiday treats, was the winner, and for the eighth-grade hall, Steven Boots’ classroom door, with a lighted Seattle skyline, was the winner. In the main hall, Marcia Garrett’s eighth-grade science classroom door won for its rustic wooden log theme.

 

SEQUIM HIGH SCHOOL

On Wednesday, Jan. 7, there will be a FAFSA workshop at 6:30 p.m. in the library. Parents are welcome to attend.

 

Following the basketball game against Port Angeles High School on Friday, Jan. 9, the ASB will host a pep dance in the cafeteria for Sequim High students only until 11 p.m.