School Briefs for week of May 8

May 08, 2013

Discovery recognized for environmental work

The state of Washington has designated Discovery Elementary as a Green School in recognition of its achievements in reducing waste and recycling.

Discovery received Level II certification through Washington Green Schools, a nonprofit program that challenges students and communities to preserve natural resources.

The honor recognizes the work of the school’s Green Team, which is made up of 15 students and two staff members who are committed to encouraging waste reduction and recycling at Discovery.

During lunchtime, recess or in the classroom, they are continually looking for ways to create a healthy environment at their school.

Because of their efforts, Discovery has reduced waste overall by 25 percent, which adds up to six full garbage trucks.

Mariner musicians score big in California

The Mariner High School wind ensemble, jazz band and orchestra participated in the Heritage Festival in Anaheim, Calif., recently and came away with a number of prizes.

The jazz band received a gold medal and first place honors in the event, the wind ensemble received a gold medal and second place honors, and the orchestra received a silver medal and second place honors.

Three members of the jazz band also were awarded maestro trophies for their outstanding performances. Honored were Cheyenne Earls on trumpet, Kelly Bounxayavong on bass trombone, and Kyle Grant on drums.

The wind ensemble was invited to perform in the Festival of Gold Series that will be held in Chicago, Washington, D.C., or Los Angeles next year.

Skills center to offer free summer school

Sno-Isle TECH Skills Center will once again offer a summer school program for current 8th through 11th grade students.

The sessions will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. from June 24 through July 12. Upon successful completion of the class, students will be eligible for a 0.5 elective credit.

There is no cost to attend, but students must provide their own transportation and lunch.

Registration will begin at 7 p.m. on May 8 and must be done online. Seats in the classes will be assigned on a first-come, first served basis.

Go to www.snoisletech.com for more information.

A student’s wish results in field upgrade

Former Seattle Mariner Dan Wilson and other local sports personalities were at Kamiak High School on April 29 to help dedicate improvements to the baseball field that were made possible by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The project was initiated by Nathan McCarty, a junior at Kamiak, who played baseball for the school until he was diagnosed with cancer.

As he began his chemotherapy treatments, his friends and fellow baseball teammates stayed by his side, so he decided to leave his personal mark on the school baseball field as his gift through Make-A-Wish, which grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.

The baseball field received a makeover that includes 10 rows of visitor bleachers, personalized outfield fence windscreens, privacy screens for the home and visitor dugouts, covers for home plate and the pitcher’s mound, and poly-foam padding with grommets.

Award-winning essay gains attention

Angelina Karki, a fourth grader at Discovery Elementary, was very excited to read aloud her Martin Luther King essay at the YWCA’s third annual Stand Against Racism Day held recently.

The event was held to provide an opportunity for people to stand up for the dignity and respect of all people and to raise awareness for ending racism. Karki wrote her essay in January for the MLK Day essay contest, won first place, and gave a presentation that was so impressive that she was invited to read it again at Stand Against Racism Day.

Officials from the Snohomish County government and guests from all over the country were there to see her reading. You can read her essay by going to: http://www.mukilteo.wednet.edu/departments/pr/info/lighthouse/130503/angelina.pdf

Olivia Park earns books from reading challenge

Olivia Park Elementary earned 250 books for its library through the Read for My School campaign at We Give Books.

The campaign, which was organized by the Pearson Foundation and LeapFrog, challenged elementary schools around the country to read 150,000 books in three weeks. The schools ended up pulling it off in only 10 days.

As a result, We Give Books is donating $1.5 million worth of LeapFrog’s educational children’s books to elementary schools around the country.

The assorted library of 250 LeapFrog titles that Olivia Park will receive is the maximum amount that could be earned.

Volunteers clear brush at Odyssey

About 40 volunteers from the Beverly Park Latter-Day Saints Church were at Odyssey Elementary a couple of weekends ago helped to clean up the school grounds.

Volunteers cleared brush and vines, picking up litter, and made the school’s wetlands area between the street and visitor parking lot usable for students.

A school district groundkeeper created a trailhead and marked off a path and native plants to preserve, while the school district supplied tools, fence rails and 10 yards of mulch for the project.

“Students can now study native plants and animals in their much improved habitat,” said Principal Cheryl Boze.

Are you a Mariner alum?

Reunions With Class announced it is planning the 40-year reunion for the Mariner High School Class of 1973. For more information, call 1-800-954-1044 or visit the website at www.ReunionsWithClass.com.

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

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