Schools Notebook

  • Tue Jul 10th, 2012 7:23pm

Share memories with teens at market

The Edmonds-Woodway High School History Club and the Edmonds-South Snohomish County Historical Society invite local residents to share their memories and help preserve the city’s history while visiting the Edmonds Museum Summer Market.

For the past year, the after-school History Club has been collecting residents’ stories on video. Those interested in contributing to the project can now stop by the museum during market hours, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, to sign up for a time slot. Interviews will be held at the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce office, next to City Hall at 121 Fifth Ave. N. There are scripted questions or participants can choose their own topics.

Participants can receive a copy of the interview for $20, with all proceeds donated to the museum. Interviews will be kept in the museum’s archives.

Summer lunch site added in Lynnwood

The Edmonds School District summer meals program has expanded to Lynndale Elementary School, 7200 191st St. SW, Lynnwood. Free lunches are served to all kids ages 1 to 18 who show up 11 a.m.-noon weekdays through Aug. 17.

For a list of all summer lunch sites, go to

Early entry approved

The Edmonds School Board recently approved guidelines to allow highly capable 4- and 5-year-olds early entrance to kindergarten and first grade. Students with birthdays from Nov. 1-Dec. 31 may now be considered for early entrance “on a highly individual basis.”

Normal age of entry is 5 years (kindergarten) and 6 years (first grade) by Aug. 31. Other waivers exist for those born between Sept. 1 and Oct. 31.

Middle schools to get new math lessons

Middle schools in the Edmonds School District will now use Glencoe Math, replacing Math Connections (also known as Connected Math). The school board was scheduled to approve the switch at its July 10 meeting.

The new curriculum better fits the national Common Core State Standards Initiative that Washington and 44 other states have signed onto, according to district math coordinator Kim Verver.

A review committee found that the old curriculum lacked examples in materials for students and parents to reference and required a high level of reading that made it difficult to use for some students, such as English language learners.

Glencoe Math will be used in seventh and eighth grades. The school board earlier approved the use of Math Expressions for sixth grade, an extension of what’s already used in kindergarten through fifth grades.

Jackson grad heads to Nepal

Aspasea McKenna, 20, a Henry M. Jackson High School graduate, will travel July 20 to a remote village in Nepal where she will spend a month helping lead a new nonprofit initiative.

Inspire a Child aims to build an environmentally sustainable soccer field and provide solar power to the village, home to 217 children in a region devastated by the 1996-2006 Nepalese civil war. McKenna also will lead a therapeutic art workshop for the children.

McKenna is majoring in international business at the University of Washington. Currently in her junior year, she is on a year-long direct exchange program at Keio University in Tokyo, Japan.

To learn more or to donate to her Nepal project, go to and search for “Aspasea McKenna.”