School Briefs

May 09, 2018

Mariner Wind Ensemble receives gold medal scores

Students in the Mariner Wind Ensemble recently performed and received gold scores in the Worldstrides Onstage – Elite Performance Series, the 25th annual Festival of Gold Concert, which was held at the Music Center at Strathmore in Washington D.C. The group of 50 students were invited to perform with other top-level ensembles because the group earned gold medal ratings for their performance at last year’s Heritage Festival in Seattle.


Students learn to assemble and launch airplanes

The 5th graders at Horizon Elementary are experiencing an innovative and engaging five-week STEM workshop through Boeing and are having a great time learning how to assemble and launch airplanes. This hands-on workshop includes several Boeing employees who have been visiting one classroom each week to conduct experiments with the students that focus on industrial engineering and the science of flight. The workshop also includes a tour of the Everett Boeing plant, where the students see the aircraft production factory, the delivery center, the Boeing fire station, eat in the cafeteria, and meet other Boeing representatives.


Members of Kamiak Unified Track Team win big

The Kamiak Unified Track Team showed up big at the Cascade Area Regional State Qualifying Meet last week. Eight athletes qualified for state. Congratulations to Spencer Biard, Andrew Bishop, Christina Chico, Hailey Mukai, Cameron Osbjornsen, Rachel Powell, Myron Swimmer, and Logan Westphal. Each student will represent the Kamiak Unified team at the state games in June. School history was made by freshman Myron Swimmer, who became the first ever Special Olympics athlete to place first in all four of his events at the district meet. He took home the gold in the 200- and 400-meter runs, the 4-by-100 relay, and the mini Javelin.



To Mariner students Kayla Osborn and Ahmed Nabil Mohamad on winning the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Scholarship to attend school in Germany for the 2018-19 academic year. While in Germany, they will live with a host family and will be joined by 50 other ambitious American high school students as they have the opportunity to broaden their education, expand their global perspectives, and gain cultural experiences.


Students to perform Mary Poppins

Students in the Harbour Pointe MS Drama Club have been rehearsing for several weeks to bring to the stage the exciting junior version of Mary Poppins. Shows will be held at the Kamiak Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. on May 24 and 25. The students also will give a free community service performance at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 26. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children and senior citizens and go on sale beginning May 14 in the Student Services office at Harbour Pointe and will be available at show time at the box office.


OSPI asks public to help develop budget

The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction is asking the public to determine how important they find additional public K-12 education investments. Educators, families, students, and community members are being asked to participate in a survey that asks how important they find counseling and mental health services, family engagement and outreach, school safety enhancements, and programs that specifically address racial disparities in learning and discipline. With the information, OSPI will develop a budget that Superintendent Chris Reykdal will take to Governor Inslee and the state legislature. The survey will be open through Friday, June 8 and is available in 10 languages. To take the survey, go to the OSPI website at


Insights for families

The Mukilteo School District has recently added information to our website that provides information about how play is the work of kids. 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 how early reading skills spell school success, minimizing the risk of online predators, your children’s nutrition, and outdoor activity ideas for families. The information is located at



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