Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Madrona showcases ‘Cinderella'

Acting coach Howie Seago offers tips to Eryn Murphy (Queen) and Brandon Smith (King), students in Madrona's Deaf and Hard of Hearing program.

Contributed photo/MICHAEL BURY

Acting coach Howie Seago offers tips to Eryn Murphy (Queen) and Brandon Smith (King), students in Madrona's Deaf and Hard of Hearing program.

Madrona Children's Theatre in cooperation with Madrona K-8 school in the Edmonds School District presents its 19th musical, “Rodgers and Hammersteins's Cinderella,” March 29-April 1 at the Mountlake Terrace High School theater, 21801 44th Ave. W, Mountlake Terrace.
Eighty student actors, from fourth to eighth grades, are divided into two casts, one of which features American Sign Language by both hearing and hard-of-hearing students. Students received coaching from renowned deaf actor Howie Seago, whose acting and professional credits include the National Theatre for the Deaf and “Hunter,” “Star Trek” and “Equalizer” television shows; since 2009 he has been a company actor in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
Showtimes are 7 p.m. March 29-31; 2 p.m. March 31; and 12:30 and 5 p.m. April 1. The March 30 and April 1 performances are ASL interpreted.
Tickets are $10 adults, $5 students, and may be purchased by calling Deborah Hargrave at 425-774-8639.
Meadowdale teen's art headed to NYC
Meadowdale High School sophomore Jonathan Carroll's photograph, “Who Let the Dogs Out?,” will be displayed in June in New York for “ART.WRITE.NOW NYC,” a national exhibit of Scholastic Art Awards winners.
Carroll earned a Gold Medal at the national level as well as regional Scholastic honors through the Schack Art Center. His photograph can be viewed at and at an exhibit of local winners through March 28 at the Schack Art Center, 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett.
Fair helps students with disabilities
The 15th annual Snohomish County Transition Resource Fair is set for March 27 at Cascade High School, 801 E Casino Road, Everett.
The annual fair is aimed at students with disabilities age 12 and older and their families to increase their awareness of the many community resources available.
The free event will be 4-8:30 p.m. and is sponsored by Snohomish County's Human Services Department, the Snohomish County Transition Council and the Everett School District. For more information, go to or call Tamra Bradford at 425-388-7320.
Jazz at Paramount
The Edmonds-Woodway and Mountlake Terrace high school jazz bands will perform at 7 p.m. March 30 at Seattle's Paramount Theatre as part of the annual Hot Java Cool Jazz concert. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at most Starbucks. Proceeds go to the five participating bands.
For more information, go to
See summer camp options at free fair
Families are invited to compare options and ask questions of various summer camp operators to find the right fit at a free information fair 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 24, Saturday.
The North Seattle/North Sound Camp Fair is presented by ParentMap magazine and The King's Schools of Shoreline at the school campus, 19303 Fremont Ave. N.
Summer camp options vary in duration and type, including one-day and weeklong excursions focused on art, science, overnight, outdoors, drama camp and more. The fair is to feature over 55 different camps, including Camp ZinZanni, Jump Planet, Pacific Science Center, Sail Sandpoint, Northwest Soccer Camp, German Language School in Seattle, and many more.
For more information, including about a contest to win a free week of camp, go to
Community colleges offer archaeology dig at Japanese Gulch
Edmonds and Everett community colleges offer archaeology classes this summer with a rare opportunity for students to work on a real local dig.
Students will excavate a site at Japanese Gulch, within 140 acres of wooded ravine, in Mukilteo. They will recover artifacts of the Japanese community, emigrants working in the Mukilteo Lumber Mills, who lived in the area in the early 1900s. The city of Mukilteo discovered historical and cultural artifacts at the site while working on a fish passage and stream restoration project at Japanese Gulch Creek.
Students will learn about human ecology and archeology, and then go into the field to collect, clean, analyze and document the artifacts under the supervision of an archaeologist.
“This is a unique, hands-on learning experience for students,” said Thomas Murphy, founder of Edmonds Community College's Learn and Serve Environmental Anthropology Field (LEAF) School.
Interested students should enroll in “Archaeological Field Methods, Anthropology 270” and “Archaeological Lab Methods, Anthropology 217” at EdCC summer quarter. Summer quarter enrollment starts May 23. Call 425-640-1560 for more information about anthropology classes or go to to learn more about the LEAF school.
Brier teacher honored by Rotary
Brier Elementary School's Michelle Kubinski was named Alderwood-Terrace Rotary's Educator of the Month for March. Kubinski teaches second grade.
“She is student-centered and comes to school each day with a positive attitude and smile,” Principal Tori Thomas said. “I love that she never gives up on students and goes above and beyond to help and encourage them to succeed.”
Tech teachers honored
At the Washington Industrial Technology Education Association conference on March 16 in Wenatchee, local teachers were awarded for their dedication.
Matt Simpson, teacher at College Place Middle School, received the WITEA Rookie of the Year Award based on his innovative work with the new STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) foundations course work and the development of the new STEM program at College Place Middle School.
In addition, Jack Seymour, teacher at Alderwood Middle School, was awarded the WITEA Ken Patti 25-year Service Award.
Contest: What makes your school a School That Works?
The state's League of Education Voters for the second year is asking students to share what makes their schools successful in a new contest. The Schools That Work Contest taps into successes from across the state, showcasing schools that are doing innovative and amazing things to help students reach their highest potential.
LEV is collecting entries from Washington's kids, who in LEV's last competition brought you dream schools where “teachers are fairies,” hotdogs are delivered “by teleportation,” and students “get gumballs everyday (and not the sugar free ones either!).”
LEV is asking for entries in any format, from essay to interpretive dance, that explain one truly successful aspect of a Washington elementary, middle or high school. Students can explain why and how a program, teacher, principal or project makes their school great.
The contest winner gets a pizza party for their class, worth up to $150, accolades at LEV's Second Annual Schools That Work Breakfast, and a feature on LEV's website.
Entries are being collected through 9 p.m. April 8 and must be submitted electronically. Entries will be posted on LEV's website as they are received. For contest details, or to submit an entry, go to