School Briefs for week of April 3

Apr 03, 2013

Legislative budgets to be out soon

The 2013 legislative session recently passed the halfway point, and lawmakers are getting serious about developing a state operating budget for the 2013-15 biennium.

The House Republicans released their proposed budget two weeks ago, Gov. Jay Inslee offered his budget priorities last week, the Senate is expected to release its proposed budget sometime within the next several days, and the House Democrats will release their budget about a week after the Senate.

Then comes the job of developing a budget that the Senate, House and governor’s office can all agree upon.

During the past several years, the release of the state budget meant reduced funding for public schools and budget cuts at the local level. But, because of a State Supreme Court decision more than a year ago, the outlook for the funding of public education has changed.

Here’s a synopsis of what is going on in Olympia:

Destination imagination teams place in tournament

Destination ImagiNation teams from three elementary schools and one group of middle school students did exceptionally well at the regional tournament held recently.

Teams from Mukilteo Elementary placed first in the fine arts and Improvisational central challenges, a team from Endeavour Elementary placed first in the technical central challenge, and the middle school team took first in the improvisational central challenge for that age group.

Teams from Mukilteo also had three second place finishes and three third place finishes, teams from Columbia Elementary had a second place finish and a third place finish, and teams from Endeavour also had a second and a third place finish.

The top placing teams will now go on to compete in the state tournament during spring break.

Destination ImagiNation is a club that encourages teams of learners to have fun, take risks, and collaborate to solve creative problems.

Don’t forget to take parent survey

The Mukilteo School District want to know what you think about your child’s school. The annual Parent Survey is being conducted through Friday, April 12.

Through the survey, the school district hopes to learn whether you feel welcome at your child’s school, whether you feel well informed about what is happening at school, whether your child is expected to meet high standards, whether you have a positive impression about the quality of education taking place at the school, and many other topics.

The results will be compared to the findings from past years so the school district can identify trends. The results also will be used by schools in developing School Improvement Plans and to help improve communication with parents.

Take the survey by going to:

Mariner student is Congress ambassador

Adeo Carter, a student at Mariner High School, has been selected as a Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange Ambassador and the winner of a full scholarship funded by the U.S. Congress to be an exchange student in Germany.

The program was created to strengthen ties between Germany and the United States through citizen diplomacy. More than 17,000 students have participated in the program.

Odyssey students appreciate their bus drivers

Students at Odyssey Elementary showed gratitude to their bus drivers by giving them “go bags,” which contained snacks, drinks and other assorted items to help them through the day.

The students also made “super hero” posters for the drivers, complete with each driver’s head pasted to the body of a character looking remarkably like Superman.

In one of the posters, students thanked Chuck Edelbrock for “the ability to pick kids up at supersonic speed.” Another thanked Jamie Cullum for being “able to defeat all enemies with his hypnotic skills.”

Odyssey’s bus drivers sent a note of appreciation to all of the students for taking time to recognize them as part of the education team.

‘Fun’draiser for Kamiak performing arts April 19

Enjoy an evening “Fun”draiser for Kamiak High School performing arts at the Spring Showcase from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 19, at the Rosehill Community Center.

Featured evening entertainment will include talented students from band, choir, color guard, dance, drama, jazz and orchestra.

Ample hors d’oeuvres, coffee, tea, lemonade and dessert included.

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Order your tickets at

Art contest for 2013 voters’ pamphlet

The Office of the Secretary of State invites 4th and 5th grade students to enter the 2013 Kids’ Art Contest.

The winning art will be featured in the 2013 Washington State General Election Voters’ Pamphlet and the winning artist will receive a surprise visit from Secretary of State Kim Wyman at his or her school.

The theme for this year’s contest is: “I am a change maker.” Entries are due on April 19. For more information, go to:

Teens are drinking less, thinking more about suicide

The Healthy Youth Survey taken by 6th, 8th, 10th and 12th grade students across the state last fall shows that Snohomish County youth are having their ups and downs when it comes to healthy choices and experiences, says the Snohomish Health District.

Issues of concern among local teens include an increase in planning and seriously considering suicide and worrisome reports of physical abuse by adults. The good news is that the teens who are depressed or considering suicide also are more likely to seek help.

What’s more, use of cigarettes in the previous 30 days was the lowest since 2002 and alcohol use among all grades was lower in Snohomish County than throughout the state.

Do you know an exceptional teen?

The Youth Challenge Awards are an annual event to recognize exceptional youth in Snohomish County. If you know an exceptional 7th through 12th grader, you could make a difference in his or her life by submitting a nomination.

The nomination deadline is Friday, April 12. For more information, go to

Hey, kids! Explore energy, electricity on special day

Looking for something for your child to do next week?

Students between the ages of 10 and 13 will learn more about the world of energy at Energy Explorer Day, which is offered by Snohomish County PUD Wednesday and Thursday.

The event is held at the PUD’s Electric Building near downtown Everett from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. either day.

Students will learn about basic electrical circuits and will build gadgets, including an alarm box to protect their valuables and an electric circuit quiz board.

Cost is $20 for the day. Space is limited and filled first-come, first-served, so act quickly. Contact Jenni Lamarca at 425-783-8292 or go to HYPERLINK ""

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

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