School Briefs for week of June 19

Jun 19, 2013

Dates set for winter, spring breaks

The collective bargaining agreement between the Mukilteo School District and the Mukilteo Education Association expires on Aug. 31, so the two parties are now in the process of negotiating a new agreement.

While the full details of the 2013-14 calendar won’t be known until a settlement has been reached, the two parties are aware that many parents like to plan ahead for the two major school breaks.

Consequently, an agreement has already been reached between the school district and the MEA that sets the dates of next year’s winter break for Dec. 23 – Jan. 3 and next year’s spring break for April 7-11.

Best wishes to Class of 2013

The teachers, administrators and staff of the Mukilteo School District sends congratulations to the students who graduated from high school this year.

Here are a few details about the ceremonies:

ACES: A total of 49 students received diplomas on June 6. Class speakers included Eduardo Carmona, Rachelle Dau, Didier Aguilera, Dulce Robles, James Roberson, Joseph Eckhoff and Marissa DeRoche.

Mariner: The June 7 ceremony involved 382 graduates. Valedictorian was Cynthia Vo, salutatorian was So Chang, and the class speaker was Christina Han. Music was performed by Sarah Anderson, Danielle Openiano, Maria Ibarra and Jaymar Golveo.

Kamiak: A total of 482 students received diplomas on June 7. Valedictorian was Cheyeon Lizzie Yoo and salutatorian was Alice Huang. Speakers were Joel Bervell, Ted Kramer, Kevin Baron, and Ashkan Mortazavi.

Community-Based Transition Center: Nine students participated in ceremonies held on Tuesday.

Mariner students win Hackathon

Two teams of students from Mariner High School took the top two places at a Hackathon that was held recently.

The students were asked to create Android applications for a smart phone that could help manage homework, schedules, grades, and other school tasks for the average middle school and high school student.

The teams presented their ideas to a room full of programmers from various businesses.

The two Mariner teams placed first and second in the judging.

The first-place team, consisting of Ramon Ozuna, Alexis Chavez and Jose Garcia, won $500 in college scholarships, Raspberry Pi mini-computers, and a $100 Amazon gift card.

The second place team, with Melissa Centeno, Jorge Garcia and Martha Ambriz, won $250 in scholarships, as well as the mini-computers and the Amazon gift card.

4 students qualify for aerospace program

Three students from Mariner High School and one from Kamiak High School have been named among the 160 juniors from across the state to qualify for the Washington Aerospace Scholars summer residency program.

Spencer Anderson, Samuel Hopkins and Nahom Seyoum will represent Mariner and Jeevan Gaberria will represent Kamiak.

In Phase One of the program, the students explored a wide variety of topics, including a business plan for a space tourism company, the physics behind the development of faster-than-light drive, a plan for a human colony on Ceres, and designs for a future space vehicle.

During the six-day summer residency experience, the students will work in teams to plan a human mission to Mars with support from professional engineers and scientists, university students, and educators.

The program was organized through the Museum of Flight in Seattle.

Local artist helps create senior gift

One of the annual traditions at Mariner High School is that the senior class presents the school with a gift.

This year, the gift was created with the help of local artist Jeanie James, who designed a large picture of an anchor that, upon closer inspection, is actually composed of many small images of students who are in the Class of 2013.

James’ children attended Mariner many years ago, so she was therefore willing to help the students with the artwork.

“We did pay her a small fee, but it was a fraction of what she would have been paid in the ‘real world’ for the hours and work she put into the project,” said senior class adviser Suzanne Metzler.

The artwork will hang in the staircase leading to the school’s commons.

District bids farewell to 31 retiring employees

Thirty-one Mukilteo School District staff members retired at the end of the school year or retired sometime during the past year.

The 2012-13 retirees are: Dorothy Albano, payroll assistant; Pam Amber, kindergarten teacher at Picnic Point Elementary; Marianne Anderson, second grade teacher at Columbia Elementary; Mary Kay Anderson, paraeducator at Kamiak High School; Kathleen Danielson, kindergarten teacher at Endeavour Elementary; Peg Decker, third grade teacher at Columbia; Frances Douglass-Naylor, psychologist at Serene Lake Elemntary;

Dennis Eldridge, paraeducator at ACES High School; Sharon Feather, mentor teacher; Rebekah Gibbons, nurse at Explorer Middle School; Marietta Gruner, language arts/history teacher at Explorer; Cherylee Halko, resource teacher at Mariner High School; Bob Hannah, math teacher at Kamiak;

Linda Hemrich, paraeducator at Horizon Elementary; Marilyn Johnson, fourth grade teacher at Columbia; Robert Kahler, bus driver; Janet Kennen, special education teacher at Olympic View Middle School; Alvin Kroon, business education teacher at Kamiak; Janet McConaghy, office assistant at Explorer;

Linda McDonald, paraeducator at Mariner; Mary Jean Mitchell, special education teacher at Challenger Elementary; Linnea O’Brien, math teacher at Kamiak; Susan Ondriezek, LAP reading teacher at Mariner; Nicole Pocinwong, paraeducator at Mariner; Cheryl Rueter, bus driver; Maureen Schmitz, science teacher at Mariner;

Barb Shinn, K-5 math instructional support specialist; Wally Stier, Plato instructor at ACES; Doug Stocker, fifth grade teacher at Picnic Point; and Terry Traner, first grade teacher at Serene Lake.

Staff members reach career milestones

The following school district employees received service pins this year for at least 25 years of service:

35 years: Marianne Anderson (Columbia Elementary), Karen Hannah (Harbour Pointe Middle School), Kathi Hutsell (ACES High School), John McGuirk (Mariner High School), Jackie Siebrass (Transportation), and Sonja West (Columbia).

30 years: Laurie Gossett (District Office), Marla Gross (Columbia), Richard Marchand (Olivia Park Elementary), Janet Nelson (Fairmount Elementary), and Donald Nicely (Olivia Park).

25 years: Robert Ardissono, Jr. (Harbour Pointe), Lois Beckman (Mukilteo Elementary), Bruce Calico (Fairmount), Laurel Cornell (Challenger Elementary), Linda Crowe (Fairmount), Leslie DeNike (Voyager Middle School), Anita Harris (Kamiak High School), Michael Grover (Voyager), Marietta Gruner (Explorer Middle School), Paula Horton (Columbia), Steven Hudson (Maintenance),

Marlene Johnson (Odyssey Elementary), Ann Jordan (Endeavour Elementary), Kathy Lasater (Challenger), Mary Ann Macomber (Horizon Elementary), Pat Marsters (District Office), Janet Owen (Fairmount), Brynn Rose (Mukilteo), Jeffrey Tobin (Kamiak), and Scott Vess (Skills Center).

Be Mukilteo’s Mayor for a Day

The Mukilteo Beacon, in partnership with the city of Mukilteo, is looking for a student between 8 and 12 years old to serve as the city’s honorary mayor during the Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival this September.

The winner will get to ride with the real mayor in the Lighthouse Festival parade, will be honored at the festival’s main stage, will be treated to a catered buffet at Arnie’s restaurant, and will watch the fireworks from the VIP tent.

Contestants must write an essay of 400 words or less about what they like best about living in Mukilteo. Entries are due by July 31. Find more information about the contest at

Looking for a job?

The Mukilteo School District is looking for school bus drivers. It’s an especially great job for retirees or stay-at-home parents who love children and like to drive.

Applicants must be 21 years of age and have a clean driving record. Paid training is provided. Starting pay for those hired will be $19.19 per hour.

Apply online at If you have questions, call 425-356-1306.

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

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