School briefs for week of April 18

By Andy Muntz | Apr 20, 2012

Endeavour students go to global finals

A Destination ImagiNation team from Endeavour Elementary emerged as a winner in the state finals and has qualified to compete in the Global Finals to be held in Knoxville, Tennessee, next month.

It’s the second year in a row that a team from Endeavour has gone to the Global Finals. The winning team has seven members and goes by the name C.I.A. (Creative, Imaginative, Awesome) People.

The event in Knoxville will have more than 1,000 teams and 15,000 participants, who will participate in events designed to promote critical thinking, creative problem solving, teamwork, and imagination.

So-Jung Park, the dean of students at Endeavour and team coordinator, said that while the trip to Knoxville will be very exciting, it also will be very costly. To help make their trip a reality, the team will hold a bake sale at Endeavour from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. next Thursday.

Tickets on sale for Kamiak spring musical

Drama students at Kamiak will present Beauty and the Beast, a musical that is based on the 1991 Disney film of the same name.

It’s the story of a handsome but conceited prince who has been turned into a beast. To break the spell, he must learn to love a person for who she is and get her to love him before a magical rose loses its pedals.

Meanwhile, a beautiful but lonely young woman comes to the beast’s castle in search of her father, who is being held prisoner there.

The musical will be performed at 7 p.m. on May 4, 5, 10 and 11 and in a matinee at 2 p.m. on May 5. A special free preview will be performed on Thursday, May 3.

Seats for all shows are reserved. Tickets for the evening performances cost $15 for adults and $10 for students, children under age 12, and senior citizens. All tickets for the matinee performance are $10.

To order tickets, print the order form that you’ll find at and sent it along with your payment to the address provided on the form or leave it at the Kamiak main office.

Mariner students to present the musical 'Hairspray'

The drama students at Mariner will proudly present their spring musical Hairspray beginning on May 3.

The musical was adapted from the movie of the same name and takes place in 1962 when Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, is transformed into a teen celebrity on a local TV dance program.

Can she win the love of heartthrob Link Larkin without denting her do? With her striking stage mother Edna at her side, Tracy and her friends triumphantly tell us to be proud of who we are.

The show will be presented at 7 p.m. on May 3, 4, 5, 10 and 11 and a matinee will be performed at 2 p.m. on May 5. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for senior citizens and students under age 13. Tickets will be available at the door.

Students get state-of-the-art truck

Students in the diesel mechanics program at the Sno-Isle TECH Skills Center have been getting great lessons in how to maintain diesel engines, but their education was somewhat hampered by the fact that they could only practice on an obsolete truck that is several decades old.

Now, thanks to a donation from Daimler Trucks North America that arrived this week, the students have the opportunity to practice their skills on a state-of-the-art truck: a 2009 Freightliner.

Brent Delfel, the program instructor, says the new truck will allow the students to stay current with many technical aspects of the trucking industry, such as federal emission technology and federal guidelines for service and inspections.

“Technicians will need to be able to diagnose and repair a truck that has something as simple as a warning light illuminated in the instrument cluster,” Delfel siad. “This truck will open up the availability to train students on relevant and current systems.”

District receives $400,000 energy grant

The Mukilteo School District was among 43 state school districts to receive a total of $20.9 million in grants for facility energy cost savings improvements.

Mukilteo’s grant for $400,000 will be used to upgrade air-handling units, replace some fittings, reset systems to improve efficiency, and install energy-efficient motors and fans.

In announcing the grants, State Superintendent Randy Dorn said they will not only make classroom environments better for students but will also create well paying jobs across the state. The grant money was appropriated by the state legislature.

Mukilteo Elementary appears on national television

If you happen to be watching Randy Jackson’s America’s Best Dance Crew on MTV, you may recognize some familiar scenery.

One of the contestants on the show is a dance group called RNG (Rated Next Generation), which is based at The Connection dance studio in Mukilteo. RNG includes seven dancers ranging in age from 13 to 15.

One member of RNG is Aneeka Acoda, a student at Explorer and a former student at Mukilteo Elementary.

When the group performed on the show during this week’s episode, Mukilteo Elementary and many of its students made a brief cameo appearance. Check your local listings for when the episode is repeated in the days ahead.

Grant provides help to implement common core

The Mukilteo School District was one of 50 school districts in the state to receive a $4,500 grant to help implement the Common Core State Standards, which describe the knowledge and skills students will need in English/language arts and math.

The grants were provided as part of an agreement between the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board.

The money will be used for travel and other costs related to participation in standards workshops.

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