School Briefs

Sep 12, 2018

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year

Welcome back to another year at the Mukilteo School District. As always, many new faces have joined the ranks of school district staff members, including a few new administrators. One school has a new principal and two have new assistant principals. The new principal is Dr. Eric Hong, who replaced Mike Gallagher as the principal of Kamiak High School. Gallagher retired in June. For the past eight years, Hong supervised all of the high school principals in the Kent School District. The new assistant principals are Grace Manning at Explorer Middle School and Wes Allen at the Sno-Isle Tech Skills Center. Manning was most recently the assistant principal at Cedarcrest Middle School in Marysville and Allen was the assistant principal at Sedro-Woolley High School.


Mariner cheerleaders earn 16 awards

The Mariner cheerleading squad came away with 16 individual and team awards at the Universal Cheerleaders Association’s team camp, which was held this summer to prepare cheer squads for the upcoming school year. Among the honors was the Camp Leadership Award, which the Mariner squad received for their level of leadership, kindness, and for showing school pride. The winner of the prestigious award was determined by votes from the camp staff and all of the 20 local cheerleading teams that attended the camp. Congratulations to co-captains Mia Rendahl and Rayneece Hebert, and to team members Reggie Bright, Heaven Ewers, Aaliyah Nao, Erica Mee, Ja’Syrie Darby, Victor Mariscal-Cruz, Odalis Medellin, Melanie Vue, Emily Dang, Emily St. Hilaire, Katrina McIntosh, Miranda Zamora, and Gisselle Villasana.


September is attendance awareness month

This September, the Mukilteo School District is celebrating Attendance Awareness Month. Their goal is to start the school year off by engaging everyone in raising awareness about the importance of attending school every day. Attendance matters even as early as kindergarten.

What is learning improvement time?

You may have noticed that nearly every Friday has what is called “Learning Improvement Time.” Students will be dismissed 75 minutes early on those days to provide teachers with time to receive curriculum training, have staff planning meetings, complete report cards, and do numerous other tasks that are related to their work. Learning Improvement Time was started last year to replace nearly all of the early-dismissal days (or half days) that were included in previous calendars. With the change, students have a longer and more productive school day on those shortened days. The year’s first Learning Improvement Time day comes this Friday, Sept. 14. High school students will be dismissed at 12:45 p.m., middle school students at 1:30 p.m., elementary students at 2:10 p.m., and the students at Pathfinder Kindergarten Center will be dismissed at 2:40 p.m.


Parent leadership training institute

The Washington State Family and Community Engagement Trust is recruiting adults for the fall 2018 Parent Leadership Training Institute. Classes will be held from Sept. 22 to Dec. 8 and will meet at Everett Community College on Mondays from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. The institute is a free, 11-week college course that teaches parents and family members to understand systems and develop civic skills that they can use to collaborate with schools and communities. A free Children's Leadership Training Institute is offered instead of childcare. For more information, contact Cathy Liu Scott at To apply go to


Insight for families

The district has recently added two documents to their website that provides information for parents. One offers tips for a smooth back-to-school start and the other is about understanding your “screenager.” They are 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 to bully-proof your children, media guidelines for parents, and outdoor activity ideas for families. The information is located at


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