Chalk Talk Oct. 28, 2015

Sequim students and staff report in on the latest happenings in Sequim schools.


Parent conferences continue Oct. 28-30. On Oct. 28 at the elementary schools and middle school, parent conferences continue, with an early release to the school day. On Oct. 29-30, parent conferences are conducted at all schools and all schools will have early release.

The last public forum on the Nov. 3 school construction bond will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, at the Transit Center, 190 W. Cedar St. For more information about these events, call 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.


Parent/teacher conferences are in the afternoons, Oct. 27-30. School has early release at 11:15 a.m. on each of those days. Our staff has scheduled personal appointments with each family. This is a wonderful opportunity to share the great work students are doing with their parents!

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

Koenig Subaru sponsored all first-grade students and staff. At a first-grade assembly, Bill and Carole Koenig, owners of Koenig Subaru, and Bill Koenig Jr. announced that the entire first grade received much-needed playground equipment including footballs, soccer balls, basketballs, jump ropes and playground balls.

Also, each student was given a cinch-sack with school supplies, treats and a book.

First-grade teachers Monique Brasher, Cathy Green, Alex Ogilvie and Leigh Ann Koenig also received supplies essential for instruction. A HUGE Greywolf H-O-W-L goes out to Koenig Subaru for its generosity!


Parent/teacher conferences are from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 27-30. Parents signed up in advance for conference appointments at the office.

OPA students in grades 5-12 take part in show choir class once a week under the direction of Jeanny Holtkamp. The class performed recently in the OPA talent show and is practicing for an upcoming performance in “A Night of Excellence,” an upcoming annual winter student showcase event.


The Scholastic Book Fair is coming! An exciting and high-interest variety of books will be for sale in the Helen Haller library from 8 a.m.-

3 p.m. through Oct. 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:

We invite our Haller families in kindergarten through third grade to come celebrate the joy of reading at our Family Literacy Night from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29.  Dinner is included, but you need to phone 582-3200 to make reservations. There will be four activity sessions to choose from, with each session lasting 20 minutes.  A book drawing will take place at 7 p.m.  the book fair will stay open until 7:30 p.m.

Stephanie GrotzkeNash’s kindergarten helped usher in autumn by exploring the season outdoors. Students searched the campus for leaves, sticks, bark, grasses, flowers and even bugs! In the classroom, they sorted their materials and made observations, using their five senses.



Parent/teacher conferences are scheduled on Oct. 27-30. Students will have early release each of these days at 10:55 a.m. Student-led conferences are Oct. 27-28; these conferences are by appointment only.

Arena-style conferences take place from 3:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, and from 11:45 a.m.-3:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30. These are drop-in type conferences where parents can meet with their child’s teacher.

The Scholastic Book Fair takes place during the week of Oct. 26-30 in the library. Volunteers are needed to help with this event. If you are interested in volunteering, call the librarian at 582-3515.

September’s students of the month were selected for exhibiting good citizenship. They are Kelsi Bergesen, Jesse Bobst, Bishop Budnek, Zach Budnek, Skyler Cole, Gavin Conway, Kjirstin Foresman, Anthony Hernandez, Virginia Kelvy, Katarina King, Arnulfo Lopez Vasquez, Mary McAleer, Zachary McCracken, Richard Meier, Michael Prendergast, Rozlyn Raychel, Marley Reeder, Darren Salazar, Peter Silliman, Amanda Weller and Emerson Wright.



Parent/teacher conferences will be conducted on Oct. 29-30. Both days are early release days for the students at 11 a.m. On Thursday, Oct. 29, conferences will be from 4-7 p.m. in the main gym. On Friday, Oct. 30, conferences will be from noon-3 p.m. in individual teachers’ classrooms. Students are encouraged to attend with their parents.

There will be a choir concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, in the auditorium.

News from Madeline Patterson, journalism student:

Two weeks ago, Sequim dominated Port Angeles at the annual Rainshadow Rumble, claiming the trophy. This game was very special to us because it was our Homecoming.

At halftime, the Sequim High School band led by Hall of Fame band director Vern Fosket, marched onto the field. They played their song “25 or 6 to 4” while having their drum majors Eric Anderson, Holly Eiland and Betsy Merrikin direct them.

Soon after that, the class floats started rolling out around the track. First was the freshman float with their “Under the Sea”-themed trailer after Animal Planet. The sophomores followed with a unique boat sporting life preservers decorating the sides representing the Discovery Channel. Right after came the colorful addition of an old fire engine for the juniors supporting the ABC network. Last, but not least, the seniors drove around blaring loud music and bright colors in tribute of the MTV channel.

After the last float came around, Homecoming royalty for freshmen, sophomores and juniors stepped up. Decided a week before by the student body, these royals in the Homecoming court already were known.

Congratulations to freshmen Nate Despain and Erin Gordon, sophomores Hayden Gresli and Aylee Bennett, and juniors Curtis Beery and Rose Erickson.

In a big finish, after they were announced, the 7 Cedars Casino stretch limousine rolled up, chauffeuring the senior royalty. Prior to being announced, not even the nominees knew their final placings.

Congratulations to Duke Evan Hurn and Duchess McKenzie Bentz, Prince Jack Shea and Princess Karen Chan. Finally, King Nick Barrett stepped out of the door, followed closely by Queen Katie Rogers, to shouts of approval by the crowd, largely made up of students.

Congratulations to the entire Homecoming court of 2015 and to our victorious Sequim Wolves football team!

The annual Haunted Hallways event will be from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at the “H” building, at 601 N. Sequim Ave. Parents and grandparents can 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 Boo Hunger food drive to benefit the Sequim Food Bank. For more information, call the office at 582-3600.

During the last week of October, students will conduct their annual Boo Hunger food drive Leadership class students will collect donations of non-perishable foods for the Sequim Food Bank from Oct. 26-31.

First period classes will compete against each other to bring in the most food. There also will be individual prizes, donated by the community, for students who bring in the most food.

On Oct. 31, students are encouraged to “trick-or-treat” for canned foods to add to the food drive.

On Nov. 3, the school will host the Puget Sound Blood Center from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. in the auxiliary gymnasium. This event is open to the public and to students age 16 and older with parental permission, so keep an eye out for those permission slips.