School Briefs

Oct 10, 2018

Petting zoo at 5th grade instrument fair is a hit

Fifth grade students lined up one after the other recently to try out musical instruments at the third annual 5th Grade Instrument Fair held at the Sno-Isle Skills Center. The instrument fair is a kick-off to the school district’s 5th grade band and orchestra program, which is offered to all 5th graders. The fair was held for two days and is designed to make choosing an instrument convenient for students and their families. The main event was a Petting Zoo, a table with a variety of instruments for students to try. The music program had more than 160 different instruments available for students to borrow. Many of them were handed out to students at the fair, with the favorites being the cello, violins, and flutes. Loaned instruments are returned in June for repairs and polishing for the following year’s 5th grade musicians.


MSD seeking standing committee members

The school district is seeking the involvement of parents and the community to help it make decisions regarding services, the budget, curriculum, and other issues. Standing committees recommend general goals, guidelines, and standards in certain areas of the school district’s operation. You can take a role in guiding the school district by serving on a standing committee. A meeting to elect parent representatives to these committees will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10 at the school district’s Administrative Center, located at 9401 Sharon Drive in south Everett. To serve on a committee, you must attend the meeting and be elected to the position by the other parents who attend. More details are on the school district website.


New school district website coming soon

A major change to the school district’s website is just around the corner. For the past year, school district staff members have been working behind the scenes to select a template for a new design, clean out old folders and documents in the current site, and develop a structure for a new school district site and the 20 school sites. Everything is now ready for the migration of the website’s content to a new platform, which is expected to go live in about a month. The change was necessary because the platform currently being used by the school district will no longer be supported by the web hosting company. With the change will also come a new Internet address for the school district’s website. There will be more information to come soon.


Olivia Park receives surprise donation

Staff at Olivia Park Elementary were surprised when a representative of Keeney’s Office Supply presented them with a $1,000 donation to purchase school supplies for students in need. The money was raised from sales of toner purchased by Keeney’s customers over the summer. Olivia Park staff thanks Kenney’s for the generous donation and are grateful for community partnerships and how they support students.


Kamiak student hosts two students from Japan

Kayla Kim, a sophomore at Kamiak, was recognized as a Seafair ambassador for the State of Washington and recently hosted two exchange students from Kobe, Japan. Kim was recognized by the Seafair Foundation for her volunteer work with a youth ministry service that works with migrant farming communities in Eastern Washington. The two exchange students stayed with Kim and attended classes with her at Kamiak as part of the Seattle-Kobe Sister City Association, a volunteer-based program that helps promote and facilitate friendly relations. Adult chaperones from Kobe also visited Kamiak for a tour of the school, as well as the Skills Center and Boeing.


Mukilteo Schools Foundation breakfast is Nov. 12

Save the date for the annual Mukilteo Schools Foundation Breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 12 in the Commons at Kamiak High School. The Mukilteo Schools Foundation began in 1992 and is composed of Mukilteo-area volunteers, including district employees and parents of students. Their mission is to encourage and reward excellence while supporting innovation and creativity in education and strive to strengthen community involvement and education within the Mukilteo School District. Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased at:


An opportunity for students interested in STEM

The Boeing Future of Flight Western Aerospace Scholars (WAS) is now accepting applications for the fall. WAS is an online distance learning course and summer experience designed for 10th and 11th grade students who are interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. The curriculum is a UW college course focused on NASA’s space exploration programs, as well as topics in earth and space science. Students who complete the online course are invited to participate in summer programs. The deadline for juniors to apply is Oct. 30. Applications for a sophomore winter course will be available in December. For more information and to apply, go to



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