School Briefs for week of Sept. 25

Sep 25, 2013

Enrollment higher than budgeted

The enrollment in Mukilteo schools on the fourth day of school looked good, according to Carolyn Webb, executive director of business services.

In a report to the school board last week, Webb said enrollment was about 43 FTE (full-time equivalent) students higher than what had been budgeted for the October count and was about 130 FTE higher than it was in September a year ago.

In terms of the annual average FTE, the number that the state uses in providing its apportionment payments to school districts, the school district enrollment is projected to be about 73 students higher than what was budgeted.

Foundation breakfast to feature local author

The New York Times has called Jim Lynch, the author of three novels set in Western Washington, “a gifted and original novelist.”

Lynch will be the featured speaker at the Mukilteo Schools Foundation’s annual fundraising breakfast, which will be held at Kamiak on Monday, Nov. 11. The emcee of the event will be Rick Rizzs, voice of the Seattle Mariners.

Lynch’s most recent book is “Truth Like the Sun,” which New York Times reviewer Janet Maslin picked as one of her 10 favorite books of 2012 and which was a finalist for the Dashiel Hammett prize for best crime writing.

The book tells the fictional story of Roger Morgan, a driving force behind the construction of the Space Needle, who 39 years later decides to run for mayor and comes face-to-face with a tenacious reporter and his own murky past.

Lynch is the latest in a string of well-known local authors to speak at the annual breakfast.

Tickets to the event will go on sale within the next few weeks and will cost $50 a seat, or $375 for a table of eight.

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5 Kamiak students named National Merit semifinalists

Five Kamiak High School students have been named by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation as National Merit finalists.

The five are Hannah Hertzog, Yi-Hsin Jong, Heather Pearson, Margaret Slack, and Ryan Vogt.

The semifinalists, who are among only 16,000 high school seniors across the nation, are determined by scores in the preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which students took last year.

The students are now in the running to receive a National Merit Scholarship next spring.

WSECU honors Voyager teacher

A teacher at Voyager Middle School was recently recognized as an outstanding teacher in the community through the WSECU Teacher of the Week program.

Suzanne DeJong was one of 24 teachers selected from among all the entries and was awarded with a $500 classroom grant from Washington State Employees Credit Union and two tickets to a Seattle Mariners game.

She was also highlighted on-air during selected Mariners radio broadcasts.

-Edited by Beacon staff

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