School Briefs for week of Dec. 12
Brent Kline named principal of the year
Mariner High School Principal Brent Kline has been selected as the WESCO 3A/4A Conference Principal of the Year for 2012.
He and the winners in other conferences are now in the running to become the state’s principal of the year.
Kline started as principal of Mariner in 2003 and is now the school’s longest-serving principal.
When he took over, he began a focus that embraced academic improvement in all content areas and started a concept of authentic literacy using the motto: “Literacy is power and freedom.” The result has been a noticeable increase in academic achievement in language arts.
During the last few years, Kline has also led a focus on mathematics by implementing interventions that include daily collaboration among math teachers and an after-school program that requires the attendance of students who are not meeting standard.
Those efforts played a huge role in the fact that Mariner last year received both the School of Distinction Award in reading and mathematics and the Washington Achievement Award in language arts.
School bus levy officially passes
The Snohomish County Canvassing Board has certified the results of the Nov. 6 general election. The final result had a total of 20,342 votes in favor of the school district’s Transportation Vehicle Fund levy and 13,846 voting against the measure.
With 59.5 percent of the voters favoring the proposal, the measure has officially passed. (A simple majority was needed for passage.)
That means the school district will collect $3 million through property taxes during 2013. That money will fund the purchase of about 30 new school buses over the next several years.
District says ‘thank you’ with Stuff the Bus event
Bus drivers and other school district staff members will take donations for the Mukilteo Food Bank during a Stuff the Bus event in the parking lot of the Albertson’s grocery store at Beverly Park Road and the Mukilteo Speedway from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec.15.
Cindy Steigerwald, manager of transportation, said the event will be held as a way for the school district to say “thank you” to voters for passing the recent school bus levy.
A recently purchased school bus will be on hand so members of the community can get a close look at the kind of vehicles that will be purchased with the levy funds.
“The goal of the event is to stuff the bus with donations of canned and fresh vegetables, boxed meals, cereal, toothpaste, and other items for the food bank,” Steigerwald said. “We look forward to meeting members of the community and thanking them in person for their generous support of the school bus levy.”
Voyager students go to court
In alignment with Voyager Middle School’s vision of connecting school with the world of work, a group of 30 seventh grade students recently went on a field trip to the Everett Courthouse to learn about the various jobs that the field of law has to offer.
The students watched as a live case of car theft unfolded in front of their eyes, reported Kaley Mitchell, a counselor at the school. They listened as the prosecuting and defending attorneys gave their closing arguments, attempting to persuade the jury one way or the other.
The students also had an opportunity to ask questions of both attorneys and other important employees in the courthouse.
Do you know a highly capable student?
Students throughout the Mukilteo School District will be tested in January and February to determine whether they qualify for the school district’s program for highly capable students.
To qualify for the Summit program, a student must be creative, have an IQ of 130 or higher, and score in at least the 95th percentile in reading or math.
All second grade students are tested for ability and achievement and fifth grade students are tested for achievement.
If you are the parent of a third through seventh grade student who you believe could be eligible for the Summit program, contact the Elementary Education Department at 425-356-1209 or visit the Summit website at http://www.mukilteo.wednet.edu/departments/tl/summit/index.htm.
These briefs were provided by Andy Muntz, spokesperson for the Mukilteo School District.