Schools Notebook for April 25

  • Tue Apr 24th, 2012 7:33pm

Summer Music School gears up

The Edmonds School District’s Summer Music School will be held June 27 to July 13 at Meadowdale High School, 6002 168th St. SW, Lynnwood.

This annual program offers an assortment of music performance and exploratory opportunities for students entering sixth through 12th grades. One year of instrumental experience is required for band and orchestra.

Tuition is $325 and includes all courses, music, transportation to field trips and events, and a T-shirt. A nonrefundable deposit of $100 is required.

For more information, contact SMS Camp Director Jennifer Schillen at or 425-431-5057, or Laurie Piper in the district’s music office at or 425-431-7118.

Auction raises $50K for MHS sports

The Meadowdale High School Sports Boosters’ “Viva Los Mavericks” auction raised $50,500 for student athletes and sports programs. Of that amount, $4,655 was raised specifically for the Blue and White Fund, which helps athletes who can’t afford the pay-to-participate fees.

The evening also honored Herb Morrison, the booster group’s “Maverick Fan of the Year.” Morrison has lived in the Edmonds area for 30 years; his children were Meadowdale athletes. He loves coming to games right through to the playoffs, even though his own children graduated several years ago in 1995 and 2000, according to a press release.

Students organize talent show

The Black Student Union of Edmonds-Woodway High School presents “Freedom of Expression,” an evening of diverse performances, at 6:30 p.m. April 27, at the Black Box Theatre on the Edmonds Community College campus, 20000 68th Ave. W, Lynnwood.

Freedom of Expression is a night of entertainment and creativity that showcases students and community members from Snohomish County. Performances vary from song and dance to poetry and live music. Unlike a talent show, this event is an opportunity for participants to express themselves without judgment.

Closing out the night is Unexpected Productions, Seattle’s longest running improv group, which will present a short skit that encourages audience participation.

Tickets are $10 and include light appetizers; children 12 and under are admitted free. Arrive early to purchase raffle tickets for prizes, including gift cards and an iPod Touch.

A portion of the night’s proceeds benefit the Black Student Union. This event is sponsored by the Snohomish County NAACP, Snohomish County YMCA and Edmonds Community College.

To sign up to perform, email For more information, call 425-640-1139 or go to

Roundtable focuses on Legislature

Edmonds schools Superintendent Nick Brossoit hosts his monthly Superintendent’s Roundtable from noon to 1 p.m. May 2 at the Educational Services Center board room, 20420 68th Ave., Lynnwood.

An annual legislative overview is planned with guest speaker Dan Steele, of the Washington Association of School Administrators. Bring your own lunch.

Edmonds named tops for music ed

For the fourth year in a row the Edmonds School District has been designated a “Best Community for Music Education” by the nonprofit National Association of Music Merchants Foundation. In all, 176 communities nationwide were recognized.

Scriber gets grant

The College Spark Foundation funded a “Your Future Now” grant in the amount of $210,000 over three years for a collaborative effort between Edmonds Community College and the Edmonds School District. The grant will provide extensive professional development for teachers at Scriber Lake High School.

Powwow celebrates Native cultures

Edmonds Community College and the Native American Student Association invite the public to celebrate the 27th Annual powwow, “Echoes of Our Ancestors,” May 4-6.

The powwow brings together students, families and communities to celebrate American Indian singing, drumming, dancing, and arts and crafts in Seaview Gym, 20000 68th Ave. W, Lynnwood.

Dance and drum ceremonies start at 7 p.m. Friday, 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. During intermissions, 5-7 p.m. Saturday, enjoy Native storytelling.

This event is free and open to the public.

This year, musician and educator Arlie Neskahi, of the Dine’ (Navajo) Nation of New Mexico, is the master of ceremonies. For more information, call 425-640-1076 or go to

Grant helps foreign students attend CC

Edmonds Community College has received a nearly $1.7 million award from the U.S. Department of State to administer the Community College Initiative program to provide professional training and degrees to students from South Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Near East.

This is EdCC’s fourth year leading the program, which also includes Whatcom Community College and Pierce College.

During 2012-13, 42 students from Brazil, Cameroon, Costa Rica, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Ghana, Kenya, Pakistan, Panama, South Africa and Turkey will study in Washington state through the partnership.

Emre Aras is a Turkish student studying aerospace with the program’s current cohort. “When you’re living and studying abroad, you’re forced to think outside your own culture. Being on the NWCCI program has made me an open-minded person,” Aras said in a press release.

Give big to EPSF

The Edmonds Public Schools Foundation has teamed up with the Seattle Foundation for GiveBIG, a one-day, online charitable giving event May 2.

Contributions from GiveBIG sponsors will match a percentage of individual contributions made through the website, available through

Entrepreneurs face off at UW Bothell

The Entrepreneurship Center at the University of Washington Bothell will host its second annual Business Plan Competition starting at 4 p.m. May 4 in the North Creek Event Center on the campus at 18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell.

The public is invited to attend and will be eligible to win a Kindle, an REI gift card and other prizes.

More than 40 student teams are expected to submit comprehensive business plans in hopes of capturing $20,000 in cash and prizes.

The competition includes several rounds of judging. The competition’s final round provides four remaining teams the opportunity to present their plans to a panel of Washington CEOs and entrepreneurs serving as judges.

SCC leader addresses Senate in D.C.

Shoreline Community College President Lee Lambert spoke April 17 in Washington, D.C. before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Competitiveness, Innovation, and Export Promotion at a hearing titled “Promoting American Competitiveness: Filling Jobs Today and Training Workers for Tomorrow.”

Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., is a member of the subcommittee.

“Community colleges are in a unique position to connect the needs of business and industry with the men and women who come to us for employable skills,” Lambert said in his testimony.

Aviation info night at Everett CC

Learn about Everett Community College’s Aviation Maintenance Technician School and careers in aviation maintenance at an information session at 2:30 p.m. May 10 at 9711 32nd Place W, Building C-80, Paine Field in Everett.

Earl to retire

Charlie Earl, executive director for the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, announced his plan to retire, effective July 31.

Earl’s career has spanned more than 40 years in a variety of government capacities. Most recently, he worked for six years in the current role as executive director of the state community college system, and seven years as president of Everett Community College. Prior to that, Earl served as deputy county executive in King County and general manager of Snohomish County Public Utility District.

Golf tourney May 19 benefits Wonderland

The 13th annual Justin Van Hollebeke Memorial Golf Tournament, Dinner and Auction will benefit Wonderland Developmental Center on May 19 at the Golf Club at Echo Falls near Snohomish.

Wonderland is a Shoreline nonprofit that provides early learning services for families and their children with developmental disabilities and delays. Golfers and other guests can register at; click on “Events.”

Call for student art

Young artists are invited to submit work for an August exhibit celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Seattle World’s Fair.

Seattle Center and the League of Education Voters are asking Washington’s K-12 students to think about what the classroom of the future will look like.

Students interested in participating should submit a letter of intent by April 30. The deadline to turn in projects is June 1.

More information is at