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Published: Tuesday, April 1, 2008, 12:01 a.m.

FYI: Your schools

  • Steven Pearson

    Steven Pearson

The word from:
Everett High School
"There might be an assembly soon. The school is boring ... The snow is annoying."
STEVEN PEARSON, freshman
New Marysville PTSA focuses on special needs
A new PTSA is forming to support students receiving special services in the Marysville School District.
The group is organizing and expects to have its first meeting in late April. It still needs approval from the Washington State PTA.
The group plans to support special education and promote the success of students receiving special services and their families, organizers said.
For more information, call Barbara O'Kelly at 360-658-1755, Pegi Langan at 360-651-6659 or e-mail mlangdavid@yahoo.com.
Funding update at administrators meeting
Barbara Mertens from the Washington Association of School Administrators is scheduled to share her annual state school funding update at the next Edmonds School District superintendent's roundtable.
The roundtable is noon to 1 p.m. April 9 at the Educational Service Center, 20420 68th Ave. W., in Lynnwood.
The update includes information from the recently concluded legislative session.
Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch. Water, coffee and cookies will be provided.
Family bingo night to benefit Lynnwood PTSA
The Lynnwood High School PTSA plans a family bingo night on April 11 in the school commons area, 3001 184th St. SW.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event features food and prizes.
New boundaries for elementary schools
The Lake Stevens School Board approved new boundaries for Sunnycrest, Highland and Mount Pilchuck elementary schools at a meeting March 26.
The new boundaries were recommended by the Citizens Boundary Committee.
The committee of more than 50 began work in January and met at least once a week through March 26 to complete the work on time.
Committee members including Keith Nielsen, J.J. McDermott, Jo-Ann Sickles, Jeff Sickles, Fernando Neal, Karen Tadio and Kevin Coiley helped present the recommendations to the school board.
The board reviewed three plans the committee had developed that addressed bus routes, current and future developments, and natural boundaries.
The district plans to inform families soon about how they are affected by the boundary changes.
It is also developing a plan for Sunnycrest Elementary students as they move to portables next school year while their school is remodeled. Parents should be notified by April 25 of all changes for next school year.
The new elementary boundary map is available on the Lake Stevens School District's Web site at www.lkstevens.wednet.edu.
District collects soda bottles for science
The Everett School District is launching a two-liter soda bottle drive.
Almost 2,300 bottles are needed to stock science kits for the district's 17 elementary schools. Students use the bottles to create ecosystems.
"Each year we end up buying some bottles full of soda at the last minute, then draining them to get enough building blocks for the eco-columns," said Shirley Maynard, who is in charge of the science kits.
Bottles, including caps, should be rinsed. They can be dropped off at any Everett elementary school. The district is willing to pick up large numbers of bottles. To arrange a pick-up, call 425-385-4676.
Students create ecosystems by placing soil, gravel, rocks, twigs, alfalfa, grass, algae, pond snails, fish, crickets and bugs in bottles.
Students design pollution experiments for ecosystems that do not contain animals and they speculate how pollutants might affect ecosystems with animals.
Students compete in state science fair
The 51st annual Washington State Science and Engineering Fair is this weekend.
Around 200 students from kindergarten through 12th grade are expected to participate.
Students from all over Washington present their projects and compete for trophies, prizes and an opportunity to attend the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.
Among the prizes is more than $1.2 million in scholarships offered by Olympic College, The Evergreen State College and Ohio Wesleyan University.
The exhibits will be open for public viewing Saturday.
For more information, go to the Washington State Science and Engineer Fair's Web site at www.wssef.org.
Brynelson to oversee secondary schools
Alison Brynelson has been named executive director of secondary education for the Mukilteo School District.
Brynelson will oversee the district's middle schools and high schools when she takes her new job on July 1.
Brynelson has been with the district for 10 years and is now director of student services. She has been the principal of Voyager Middle School and was the assistant principal of Explorer Middle School before that.
She is taking over for Judith Murdock, who is retiring.
Granite Falls sets dates to meet candidates
The Granite Falls School Board expects to narrow its list of candidates for its next superintendent this weekend.
It has also dates for residents to meet the candidates. Those dates are Monday and April 9 and 11. Each meeting is from 6 to 7:15 p.m. at Granite Falls High School, 1401 100th St. NE.
Oak Harbor prepares for national culinary contest
For the second straight year, Oak Harbor High School has qualified for national competition in the culinary arts.
The Wildcat state champions are busy raising money to pay expenses for the trip.
The team will represent the state at the National Pro-Start Invitational in San Diego on April 24.
To raise money for the trip, coach Scott Fraser is holding a raffle in which a $5 ticket can win a $200 dinner at Fraser's Gourmet Hideaway. Tickets are available at the restaurant on Dock Street.
Donations can be made to the Oak Harbor Educational Foundation, P.O. Box 1801, Oak Harbor, WA 98277, or by dropping checks off at Jones Accounting, 1199 SE Dock St.
What's up at your school? Call us at 425-339-3036 or e-mail schoolfyi@heraldnet.com.

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