As the school year winds down, other programs gear up | Mukilteo schools

By Marci Larsen, Superintendent | May 07, 2014

Spring has arrived, which means the days are getting warmer, flowers are blooming and summer is just around the corner.

The school year is starting to wind down. Students are busy taking state assessments, getting final projects completed and, in the case of seniors, getting fitted for their graduation gowns.

The spring is also the season for special school events. Some elementary schools hold carnivals and other events to celebrate the end of the school year. Students in the performing arts show off the skills they have learned during the year in choir, band and orchestra concerts. Community members are more than welcome to come and enjoy their talent.

You are also welcome to attend the biggest events at this time of year: the graduation ceremonies for our high schools.

Graduation for the students at ACES High School will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 5 in the school gymnasium. The graduation for Kamiak High School will take place at 4 p.m. on Friday, June 6 at the Comcast Arena in Everett and the Mariner High School graduation will be at 8 p.m. on the same day and at the same location.

A much smaller, but very meaningful graduation is held for the special education students in our Community-Based Transition Center, which helps young men and women gain skills for a successful transition to adult life. That ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. on June 10 in House III on the Explorer Middle School campus.

As the school year winds down, another major effort starts gearing up. The planning is just about done and registration is getting underway for our Summer School program, which will be expanded again this year with eight different programs being offered.

Planning is also underway for our summer meals program, which provides free breakfasts and lunches for anyone between 2 and 18 years old.

Both Horizon and Discovery elementary schools will offer exciting programs for their students that will engage them in hands-on science activities while also building their skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Both programs include free breakfast and lunch and are open only to the students at those two schools who have been invited to attend.

Meanwhile, Summer School programs for elementary, middle school and high school students from all schools will provide basic skills instruction in reading, writing, and math.

Elementary students also will have the option to take some enrichment classes while high school students can take classes that will allow them to recover credits they may have lost.

The elementary and middle school program will operate from July 7-Aug. 1, while the high school program will run from July 7-Aug. 8.

In addition to all that, we also are offering elementary, middle school and high school programs for students who are learning to speak English. Those classes, offered by invitation, will help students who need to build their communication skills.

Parents will soon receive informational brochures about the Summer School programs and details about registration. If you think your child may benefit, please keep an eye out for that information.

The summer meals program, meanwhile, will be offered at four locations: Voyager Middle School and at Discovery, Horizon and Odyssey elementary schools.

The meals offered, the serving times and the dates of operation will vary depending on the location. You will find greater details on our website at www.mukilteo.wednet.edu.

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