Chalk Talk Oct. 21, 2015

Sequim students and staff share the latest happenings in Sequim School District.


A public forum about the school facilities bond proposal will be offered at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, in Sequim High School Room P-1, 601 N. Sequim Ave.

This presentation includes a walking tour of campus sites around Sequim High School, the district base kitchen and Helen Haller Elementary that would be affected by the bond passage.

The last public forum will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, at Sequim’s Transit Center, 190 W. Cedar St. For more information about these events, contact Director of Communications Patsene Dashiell at 582-3264.

The next school board meeting is at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2, in the board room. The public is welcome to attend.

An agenda is available for viewing on the district website. Time is set aside for public comment at each board meeting.

For more information, call Marilyn Walsh at 582-3260.


First-grade rules from Alex Ogilvie’s first-graders:

Do not run in the halls because you might trip and fall. Kaitlyn Carpenter

Listen because you will want to know what’s going on. Sariah Weller

Be quiet in the library because if you don’t, it can disturb others. Stacey Bonheyo

Don’t be mean because then people might not want to be your friend. Lily Sparks

No running in the hallway because it is not safe. Coletyn Hull

Listen to your teacher or you won’t know what it is going on. Gage Reynolds

Don’t yell in the hall because some teachers are teaching kids. Lindsey Grubb

A reading tutor training will be from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in Room 142. Come learn about the 3 P’s of tutoring and how to successfully help our young readers grow.

Call 582-3300 for more information.


The Scholastic Book Fair is coming! An exciting and high-interest variety of books will be for sale in the Haller Library, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 27-30.

Books also may be purchased from our Book Fair at the online sale through Nov. 6. Orders may be shipped for free to Helen Haller.

Sales support the Haller Library collection and book giveaways for students.

Use the following link for more information:


Oct. 9 was OPA’s Talent Show. Many students took part, demonstrating a wide variety of amazing talent!

The audience was wowed by ballet, dance, solo singing, OPA’s own show choir, piano and even a pogo stick performance.

Tanner Berryhill (11th grade) organized and emceed this event, doing an amazing job.

On Oct. 16, OPA celebrated the fall season with an annual Autumn Festival. OPA families enjoyed a potluck lunch together, milled apples for apple cider and took part in a wide variety of fall activities.


The date for Fine Arts Night has been changed from Oct. 22 to Nov. 5, from 6:30-8 p.m. Students, parents and community members are invited to hear the sounds of our band and choir and experience the creativity of visual arts in drama, art, yearbook and game design. We look forward to seeing you!


Seniors planning to produce a scholarship notebook must attend a mandatory scholarship notebook workshop at 7:45 a.m. Monday, Oct. 26, in the cafeteria.

There will be a choir concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, in the auditorium. The choir is under the direction of John Lorentzen.

Sequim High’s Associated Student Body (ASB), supported by all campus clubs, hosts the annual Haunted Hallways event at the “H” building, at 601 N. Sequim Ave., from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. Parents and grandparents may bring children dressed in costumes for Halloween activities and fun.

No admission is required, but canned food donations will be added to the high school’s annual October food drive to benefit Sequim Food Bank.

For more information, call the office at 582-3600.

Congratulations to Ian Houghton for being recognized by the National Merit Program as a Commended Student. Ian joins an elite group of students across the nation who have gained this recognition for the efforts on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT). Way to go, Ian!

Sequim School District sponsored the Oct. 13 Chamber of Commerce luncheon meeting held at Sunland. Career Center Counselor Mitzi Sanders brought senior Erica Chapman, senior Kyla Rigg and junior Shaun Jones to speak to the audience on their experiences with the recent college fair held in the high school gym.

Carol Wagner’s cooking class prepared two plates of cookies and Steve Mahitka’s floral arrangement class created a flower basket to be given as drawing prizes.

Our weekly report from Sequim High School journalism student Madeline Patterson:

Mark Knudson is the new advisor for the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). Mr. Knudson is new to Sequim and teaches AP Economics, Introduction to Law and Microsoft IT Academy.

Mr. Knudson said, “I’m excited to be advising a great group of students that are driven to have successful careers. These students will be joining over 215,000 high school students across the country in FBLA. This is a fantastic opportunity to increase their skills and build their resume while still in high school.”

FBLA’s National Awards Program recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. Through state-based competition at the spring State Leadership Conferences, students compete in events testing their business knowledge and skills.

Top state winners then are eligible to compete for honors at the National Leadership Conference each summer. You can e-mail inquiries to Mr. Knudson at

We have an outstanding line-up of ASB officers for the 2015-2016 school year! Executive officers are: President Karen Chan, Vice President Daniel Harker, Secretary Waverly Shreffler, Treasurer Kayley Lofstrom, Senior Executive Technician Quintan Johnson and Junior Executive Technician Grant Pierson. ASB and executive officers are led by advisor Jennifer Van De Wege.

Senior officers (Class of 2016) include President Megan O’Mera, Vice President Emily Webb, Secretary Taylor Bullock, Treasurer Audrey Shingleton, Publicity Chair Katie Rogers, Spirit Commissioner Head Erica Chapman, Senator Dallas Allen and Peninsula College Representative Mattie Clark. The Class of 2016’s advisor is Kim Minard.

Junior officers (Class of 2017) include President Anika Van Dyken, Vice President Andrew Juntilla, Secretary Tatum Jensen, Treasurer Hannah D’Amico, Publicity Chair Jordan McMinn, Spirt Commissioner Danica Miller, Senator Mikaela Dodson and Peninsula College Representative Billy Arnold. The Class of 2017’s advisor is Bridget Shingleton.

Sophomore officers (Class of 2018) include President Abby Norman, Vice President Liam Harris, Secretary Annie Armstrong, Treasurer Liam Stevenson, Publicity Chair Elena Springer, Spirit Commissioner Devin Hibler and Senator Haelee Andres. The Class of 2018’s advisor is Sean O’Mera.

Freshman officers (Class of 2019) include President Hunter Clemons, Vice President Flora Walchenbach, Secretary Allison Van De Wege, Treasurer Liam Payne, Publicity Chair Aaron Jackson, Spirit Commissioner Joie Darmino and Senator Erin Gordon. The class of 2019’s advisor is Isaac Rapelje.