School Briefs for week of March 20

Mar 20, 2013

Enrollment will increase, forecast says

Enrollment in Mukilteo schools is forecast to increase by about 1,000 students in the next seven years, according to a report given to the school board recently by consultant W. Les Kendrick.

He said elementary growth will be the school district’s biggest issue in the near future, as he estimates elementary enrollment will reach 7,200 to 7,500 students by 2020. About 6,900 students currently attend Mukilteo elementary schools.

Kendrick told the board that enrollment in Mukilteo schools has been increasing in recent years while the enrollment in most other Snohomish County school districts has been going down.

He said much of the recent growth has been in the population of English Language Learner students, which now makes up 16.7 percent of the school district’s total enrollment.

He also pointed out that about 1,000 new housing units are expected to be built in the school district during the next five to seven years and that birth rates indicate more children will be entering school in the coming years.

Mariner to present ‘Alice in Wonderland’

Mariner High School drama students will present the classic “Alice in Wonderland” beginning next weekend in the school’s Little Theatre.

The play, adopted from the Lewis Carroll novel, was originally produced and later revived on Broadway, offers a variety of dance and musical elements, and is the most successful dramatic version of the books “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking-Glass,” according to instructor Kristin Simeone-Myhre.

Performances will take place at 7 p.m. on March 21, 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30. Ticket prices are $7 for adults, $5 for students, and $3 for senior citizens and children under 13.

Tickets will be available at the door.

Foundation announces next year’s speaker

The Mukilteo Schools Foundation has announced that Jim Lynch will be the speaker for the organization’s annual fundraising breakfast in November.

Lynch is the author of “Border Songs,” “The Highest Tide,” and “Truth Like the Sun,” which is his latest work and revolves around the Seattle World’s Fair.

In its review of “Truth Like the Sun,” the New York Times likened the book to Tom Wolfe’s novel “Bonfire of the Vanities” and to the movie “Chinatown.”

Tickets for the breakfast will go on sale next fall.

Voyager robotics team does well in competition

The Voyager Middle School robotics team, known as TechnoRheens #7788, competed recently at the Western Washington VEX Robotics Championship in Redmond and came away with the judge’s award for the second consecutive year.

The team is comprised of Mina Nguyen, Sandy Pham and Honglam Van.

The competition attracted 58 robotics teams from Washington, British Columbia and as far away as California.

Watch the Voyager robot in action by going to: http://schools.mukilteo.wednet.edu/staff/lewistp/files/IMG_2226.MOV

Foundation offers $1,000 scholarships

The Mukilteo Schools Foundation is offering $1,000 scholarships to students from Kamiak, Mariner and ACES high schools. The purpose is to assist students who have benefited from attending schools in the Mukilteo School District.

Students applying for the scholarships will be asked to write an essay of no more than 500 words about “How Mukilteo schools changed or influenced my life.”

The deadline for entries is April 15. For more information, go to www.mukilteoschoolsfoundation.org.

These briefs are provided by Andy Muntz, spokesperson for the Mukilteo School District.

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