The Edmonds-Woodway High School pom and drill teams each received first-place awards at a March 7 district competition held at Kamiak High School in Mukilteo.
The dance team also placed, and all three groups are now headed for the state competition March 25 at the SunDome in Yakima.
Meanwhile, coach Deb Johnson invites the community to a Friends and Family Night from 7 to 9 p.m. March 23. The annual dessert and performance is hosted by the team and parents. The event is free, although donations will be accepted for the Behind the Badge Foundation, Annie’s Kitchen and the EWHS Drill Scholarship Fund.
Concert benefits jazz programs
Jazz bands from Edmonds-Woodway and Mountlake Terrace high schools will be among those performing at and benefiting from the 15th annual Hot Java Cool Jazz concert sponsored by Starbucks.
All proceeds from ticket sales will be split among the five performing schools to help support their music education programs. The concert is to be held at 7:30 p.m. March 19 at Seattle’s Paramount Theater. Tickets are $15, $8 for seniors and students, and are available at The Paramount box office and select local Starbucks stores, including the one at Cedar Plaza in Mountlake Terrace.
The money helps the bands cover competition, equipment, travel and scholarship costs to such competitions as the prestigious Essentially Ellington, at which Edmonds-Woodway will be among 15 competitors this May in New York City.
Spend spring break with Parks &Rec
Edmonds Parks &Recreation offers several camps over the spring break holiday March 29 to April 2.
There are LEGO camps, a digital photography for kids camp and Discovery Days. To learn more and register, visit www.reczone.org or call 425-771-0230. Camps are held at the Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St., Edmonds.
MTHS student wins volunteerism award
Soroptimist International of Sno-King, a volunteer service organization for professional women, will present a $500 Violet Richardson Award to Mountlake Terrace High School senior Kari Sjolin at a ceremony March 18, as well as a matching $500 award to the Alderwood branch of the Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue.
The award is a recognition program for young women ages 14 to 17 years of age who are engaged in volunteer activities to improve their world.
Sjolin is a volunteer in the Volunteer Search and Rescue. She also is a member of Honor Society and the varsity swim team.
Luncheon raises $18,000 for Edmonds schools
More than 200 community members turned out for the Edmonds Public Schools Foundation’s annual spring luncheon March 5, raising more than $18,000.
The late Hal Reasby, former district superintendent and foundation founder, was honored at the lunch. The Reasby family donated $7,500 to the foundation in his memory.
New state high school tests this week
High school students across the state this week for the first time will take the High School Proficiency Exam, which replaces the 10th grade Washington Assessment of Student Learning.
Reading exams were scheduled for March 16, with writing tests March 17-18. Math and science knowledge will be tested April 13 and 15, respectively.
New tests called Measurements of Student Progress for elementary and middle school students will be given in May.
Both new exams feature more multiple choice and short-answer questions and are shorter than the WASL.
Plaque honors late Woodway teacher
A plaque will be placed in the Peace Garden of the former Woodway Elementary School, 9521 240th St. SW in Edmonds, at 1:30 p.m. March 21 in memory of former teacher Dara Barker.
Barker, of Lynnwood, died unexpectedly last year at the age of 51, shortly before the end of Woodway’s last school year; the school was shuttered as part of budget cuts.
The memorial precedes the seventh annual Community Green Belt Clean-Up around the old Woodway campus and Madrona School.
Both events are sponsored by the Woodway Community PTA, which carries on the mission of the Woodway Elementary PTA by awarding scholarships to former Woodway students for things like camp, field trips and academic fees as they finish their middle school years.
Coffee with Cheshire coming up
Adults from the community are invited to chat with Terry Cheshire, principal of Jackson High School in Mill Creek, at a Coffee with Principal Cheshire event to be held at 7 p.m. March 24 in the school library.
YMCA to send teens to Japan
Local teens are invited to experience Japanese culture through the YMCA Teen Leadership Institute.
Informational meetings for parents and applicants will be held at 7 p.m. March 21 at the Northshore Family YMCA, 11811 NE 195th St., Bothell; at 7 p.m. March 22 at the West Seattle High School library, 3000 California Ave. SW, Seattle; and at 7 p.m. March 24 at the Coal Creek Family YMCA, 13750 Newcastle Golf Club Road, Newcastle.
Teens in grades 8-12 would travel to Kobe, Hiroshima and Kyoto from July 22 to Aug. 7. Applications are due March 31. The cost of the international program is $2,750; some financial assistance is available.