School briefs for 10/11/17

By Andy Muntz | Oct 11, 2017

Tickets for foundation breakfast are on sale

Local author Mindy Halleck will be the featured speaker at the Mukilteo Schools Foundation’s annual fundraising breakfast, which will be held at 7:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10, at the Future of Flight Aviation Center at Paine Field.

Halleck is an award-winning fiction writer, novelist, and a writing instructor who is a three-time cancer survivor who credits the act of writing as part of her healing journey.

She is the latest in a string of well-known authors to speak at the annual event. Proceeds from the event will be used to support classroom grants, scholarships, and other efforts that encourage and reward excellence in Mukilteo classrooms.

Tickets are $50 a seat or $375 for a table of eight and can be purchased through the foundation’s website at


Insights for families

We have recently added information to our website that provides information parents can use to help their child learn to read.

It’s the latest in a series of articles that is intended to help parents in their role as a partner in education. The website also includes information about fostering healthy self-esteem, nutrition tips for your student athlete, what parents need to know about gangs, and strategies to protect your children from cyberbullying.

The information is at


Mariner teacher selected as Global Educator

Congratulations to Rhonda Marquardt, math teacher at Mariner High School, on being selected as a Global Educator Fellow. She was one of 77 teachers chosen nationwide by the U.S. State Department for the 2017-18 school year.

Global Educator Fellow is a fellowship funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs department and requires 10 weeks of intensive professional development surrounding the issues of global competence and education.

Upon successful completion of the professional development, Marquardt will be invited to attend a global education symposium in Washington, D.C., and then participate in an international educational trip with her cohort during the summer of 2018.


Two Kamiak students named National Merit semifinalists

Congratulations to Kamiak seniors Alexander Ong and Adrienna Tran-Pearson on being named semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship program.

Approximately 16,000 academically talented students from all over the United States make it as semifinalists and now have the opportunity to compete for one of 7,500 National Merit scholarships worth a total of more than $32 million.

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