School district briefs for week of May 30

Jun 01, 2012

Kamiak is the home of spring sports champions

Two teams from Kamiak won state championship titles during the past couple of weeks. The boys’ golf team won the 4A state team title on the strength of three players finishing in the top 11 at the state tournament, held the weekend before last in Spokane.

Chris Hatch finished in eighth place, Joe Fryer finished 10th, and Matt Kornegay was 11th.

Kamiak athletes won another state title at the 4A girls’ tennis championships last weekend in Richland.

Leading the effort was the doubles team of Alyssa and Jenna Gilbert, who finished second in the tournament. That, combined with Sally Park’s fourth place finish in singles and a seventh place finish by the doubles team of Annie Yang and Zoe Jovanovich, gave the Kamiak team enough points to win the school’s second straight girls’ team title.

Parents feel positive about Mukilteo schools, survey says

A survey of Mukilteo School District parents conducted from April 13 through May 4 indicates that parents continue to feel positive about the schools their children attend.

Parents feel welcome at their child’s school, they are happy with the education their children are receiving, and they feel the school buildings and grounds appear to be well maintained.

The only negative comment coming from the survey is that many parents, especially at the secondary level, would like to hear more information from teachers and other school staff members about the academic progress of their child.

The survey, conducted each of the past 14 years, had a total of 1,474 respondents. You can get a more complete analysis of the survey results at:

It's graduation time!

All three Mukilteo high schools will hold graduation ceremonies next week. The ceremony for ACES High School will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 7 in the school gym, the Kamiak graduation ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. on Friday, June 8 at Comcast Arena in Everett, and the Mariner graduation will be at 8 p.m. next Friday, also at Comcast Arena. All three ceremonies are open to the public.

Two school district staff win Lighthouse awards

Allison Mead, a counselor at Kamiak High School, and Anita Stuart, an administrative assistant in the special education department, were named winners of the Lighthouse Award for the second semester.

The Lighthouse Award, presented twice each year, is considered the highest honor that can be bestowed on a Mukilteo School District employee.

Also nominated for the award were Gail Anderson, librarian at Kamiak; Dave Bailey, head custodian at Kamiak; and Cindra Hawkinson, paraeducator at Serene Lake Elementary.

Skills center students perform well in state program

Students from the Sno-Isle TECH Skills Center performed remarkably well in a state pilot program through the Washington Aerospace Training and Research Center, a new program aimed at attracting high school students for careers in aerospace.

Locally, the center coordinated with the robotics and electronics technology program at the Skills Center. According to instructor Karen Coulombe, the five students completed the nine-credit program online and finished their capstone with a 97 percent average.

They are the first high school group to complete the curriculum and capstone and, according to Coulombe, have set the bar very high for other students around the state.

PTSA council honors volunteers

The Mukilteo PTSA Council recently honored seven parents as volunteers of the year. Receiving the honor were Jamie Wright of Serene Lake, Jasmine Parker of Columbia, Shannon Meyer of Picnic Point, Rudy Sepulveda of Discovery, Lisa Saurenmann of Fairmount, Kristi Wells of Endeavour, and Rick Simon of the PTSA Council.

The Challenger and Olivia Park PTAs also were presented Platinum Awards for their extraordinary membership increases this year. The PTSA Council received a few awards recently as well, such as one for having 100 percent active participation by local units, a Silver Award for standards of excellence, and a Gold Award in recognition of organizing the spelling bee.

Mukilteo parents honoring retiring principal

The Mukilteo Elementary PTSA invites you to an open house in honor of Principal Pat Cushing, who will retire on June 30. The open house will be held in the gym at Mukilteo Elementary from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. next Wednesday (June 6).

Cushing has been the principal at Mukilteo since 2003 and has touched the lives of many Mukilteo students and families. Please stop by to wish Pat Cushing the best in her upcoming adventures.

Mariner's wrestling team to host car wash

The Mariner wrestling team is hosting a car wash fundraiser from noon to 5 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday at the Emerald City Athletic Club on Evergreen Way. Proceeds will help send athletes to camp this summer. For more information, please call 425-355-8011.

Exercise keeps Voyager students alert and on task

Studies show that regular exercise has a positive effect on the brain, helps students focus on their schoolwork, and decreases behavioral issues within the classroom.

Students and staff at Voyager have been walking together as Mighty Milers during the school year and are happy to report that they are feeling fit, healthy, and alert.

Mighty Milers is a walking/running program that provides incentives for students to exercise regularly and to achieve marathon milestones by tracking their fitness progress through a database.

The results are now in. Students ran or walked a total of 39,567 miles. Hundreds of student membership cards, medals, and T-shirts were handed out as rewards and a few students even earned four marathon-of-miles medals, having completed at least 104.8 miles.

Teachers and staff were so excited about the success of the program that they joined in to run or walk alongside their students and added another 2,826 miles.



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