The Sequim School District accepts nominations until Feb. 7 for students in grades 3-7 who may qualify for highly capable services. Nomination forms are at each school or online at www.sequim.k12.wa.us. (Students now being provided highly capable services will continue to receive services and need not be nominated again.) Highly capable students, also known as gifted students, perform or show potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared to others of their age, experience or environment. These students may demonstrate exceptionally high intellectual ability, memory, creativity, curiosity and leadership ability. The identification procedures used by the Sequim School District conform to state guidelines and are used by other Washington school districts. Questions may be directed to Tricia Billes, Highly Capable Program coordinator, at 582-5500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
HELEN HALLER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
■ The Pennies for Patients campaign runs Feb. 7-11. This is its fifth year, and during that week we have “crazy hair day,” “crazy sock day” and “color day,” when each grade level wears a different color. The students also will dress in support of their favorite sports team one day, as well as take part in a “crazy hat day.” This year, our goal is $2,011. The students bring in pennies, dimes and even dollars. Each student is given a collection box provided by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s School & Youth Program. The class that brings in the most money wins a Domino’s Pizza party provided by the LLS.
Everyone wins because our students and families are making a difference.
— Lili Ring, para-educator
■ Sharle Osborne’s fourth-graders have begun studying the Pacific Northwest coastal Native Americans in preparation for their Classroom Based Social Studies Assessment this spring. They have made a collage of a character using paper, cedar and cherry bark. The students also will be making models of bentwood boxes, canoes and baskets.
Chiefs were the richest in the tribe and some had slaves.
Thirty to sixty people could live in one longhouse.
The Makah were the only Washington tribe that hunted whale.
They used seal skin floats as buoys.
One man would jump in the water and sew the whales mouth shut so it would not gulp water and sink.
When the explorers and settlers arrived, they brought smallpox. It killed over half of the tribe’s people.
Fur and bird skins were used for covers at night.
Because their feet were tough, they did not wear shoes.
White men gave the Native Americans drinks for furs.
Now the Northwest Coastal tribes meet at different places every year arriving in canoes from all over.
We are enjoying learning about the first people who lived on our peninsula.
— Sharle Osborne, teacher
SEQUIM MIDDLE SCHOOL
The staff would like to thank the following for providing a delicious staff luncheon last week: parents Kristen Baker, Angie Bean, Tammy Begley, Karen Campbell, Judy Carroll, Debbie Chamblin and students Kyle Chamblin, Krista Chatters, Vicki Copeland, Kate Galbraith, Janelle Heintz, Matilda Henry, Karen Holtrop, Colleen McAleer, Julie McCrorie, Leanne Nestor, Janet Ohnstad, Danielle Patterson, Stephanie Price, Branette Richards and Steve Rosales. We appreciate your support!!
— Connie Stites, secretary
SEQUIM COMMUNITY SCHOOL
First Teacher activities:
■ Friday, Feb. 4 at 10:30 a.m. — Carry Madison from Aspire Academy gives a Kindermusik demonstration.
■ Monday, Feb. 7 at 10:30 a.m. — Reading Time with retired college professor Don Wilkin. Each child attending Reading Time receives a free book.
■ Tuesday, Feb. 8 — WIC (Women, Infants and Children). For more information about the WIC program, contact Pam Walker at 417-2275.
— Cynthia Martin, director, and Chase Hill, Vista volunteer
SEQUIM HIGH SCHOOL
The winner of the Sequim Education Foundation Student Film Festival poster contest is senior Sage Brown. Brown was presented with a check for $100 by SEF president Dick Hughes in Charles Kleinberg’s multimedia classroom. Brown’s design not only will be on posters to advertise the film festival, but on film festival T-shirts as well.
In anticipation of the Student Film Festival, SEF has put together a free film festival workshop from 9:45 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, in the library for students in grades 6-12. Lunch is provided and participants receive a free film festival T-shirt. Come and find out how to make a more effective film to enter in the SEF film festival for possible scholarship prizes. Topics include effective sound and lighting, how to build a story, and more. Register by Feb. 4 at www.sequimed.org. Also, make a note on your calendar to participate in the SEF Student Film Festival and spaghetti dinner on April 15.
— Patsene Dashiell, school district community liaison and SEF board member
■ Junior Parent Night is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, in the cafeteria. This meeting includes information about how and when to plan for senior year as well as post-graduation planning. Topics covered include an overview of the senior research project and optional scholarship notebook, college application information, an introduction to the FAFSA, and a timeline of events during the senior year.
— Lora Millet, secretary
■ In celebration of the Sequim High School’s 100th year, the senior class presents a special night of comedy entitled “Senior Night Laugh-In: One Hundred Years of Comedy.” A large cast will humor the audience with sketches from such famous comedians as Red Skelton, Carol Burnett, Lucille Ball, George Burns and Gracie Allen, Laurel & Hardy and even The Three Stooges. In the mix will be some original sketches as well for a night of laughs for all ages.
The show opens at 7 p.m., Feb. 3 with additional performances at 7 p.m., Feb. 5 and 11-12 a matinee show on at 4 p.m., Feb. 10. Tickets are available at the auditorium door one hour before each show. General admission is $7, or $5 for students with ASB cards, children 12 and younger, and senior citizens.
For more information, call 460-7517.
— Christy Rutherford, senior play