Schools Notebook for May 30

  • Tue May 29th, 2012 7:59pm

Best posters for the best books

A reception for the Edmonds Arts Commission’s “Best Book I Ever Read” poster contest winners for third-graders was held May 18. Margaret Read McDonald, an award-winning author and storyteller, was the featured speaker. All winners received a certificate and bookmark, and the Outstanding Winners also received a $10 gift certificate to the Edmonds Bookshop, provided by the Friends of the Edmonds Library.

This year’s Outstanding Award Winners: Nick Anderson, Ian Bachia, Thomas Emnetu and Maddi Gregory, of Chase Lake Community School; Drake Budinick, Sean Butler, Giulia Causbie, Kayla Druxman, Evan Graves and Zoë Swift, of Holy Rosary; Amelia Cass, Evan J. Grey and Abigail Reyes-Ortiz, of Westgate Elementary; Hailey Catton, Sarah Davis, Baylor Denkinger and Kayla Johnson, of Maplewood K-8; Wyatt Evans and Danelle Villa, of Sherwood Elementary.

Posters are on display in the Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St., until May 31.

A sample of some of the kids’ favored books: “The Velveteen Rabbit” by Margery Williams; “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” by Jules Verne; “The BFG” by Roald Dahl; “Ivy + Bean, Book 3: Break the Fossil Record” by Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall; “The Reptile Room: Or, Murder! (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 2)” by Lemony Snicket; “Geronimo Stilton No. 41: Mighty Mount Kilimanjaro” by Stilton Geronimo; and “The Penderwicks on Gardam Street” by Jeanne Birdsall.

That’s a lot of scholarships

Thirty-nine Edmonds School District high school seniors expected to graduate in June have received 42 scholarships totaling approximately $69,000. The Hazel Miller Foundation provided a grant that covered $30,000 of that total.

Topping the list of scholarship winners were Louis Phan, of Edmonds-Woodway High School, and Jennifer Tran, of Mountlake Terrace High School, who each were awarded $5,000 Hazel and Morris Miller Memorial Scholarships.

Other awards included scholarships from the Edmonds School District Alumni Association and two Lenovo Thinkpad computers.

See a full list of scholarship winners at

District hires new business director

Stewart Mhyre was recently chosen as the new executive director of business and operations for the Edmonds School District, replacing Marla Miller, who has accepted a deputy superintendent position in Shoreline.

Since August 2006, Mhyre has been the executive director of business and operations in the Sedro-Woolley School District. Before that, he worked for the Bellingham and Mount Baker school districts.

Mhyre starts July 1.

Summer program for Latino youth

Raices Latinas (Latino Roots) is Familias Unidas’ summer program for Latino youth ages 10 to 14. The two-week program helps students balance dual cultures.

This year, the program runs 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 9-20 at the Mukilteo YMCA, 10601 47th Place W. For more information, call 425-355-6005 or 425-513-2880 for Spanish.

EdCC combines music, computers

“Musaic,” 7:30 p.m. June 8, showcases talented students in the Edmonds Community College Digital Music Program for an innovative multimedia performance at the Black Box Theatre in Mukilteo Hall, Edmonds Community College, 20000 68th Ave. W, Lynnwood.

The show is free and open to the public. A $7 suggested donation supports music scholarships.

This year’s concert performance features student musicians interacting with computers including live vocal sampling, piano processing, guitar looping, FX sampling and video game simulations of musical instruments battling it out.

The featured student musicians are Kasey Clarke, Josh Richins, Eric Hansen, Matt Sledgianowski, Calvin Hanson, Connor Favero, Arron Rudeen, Colin Berg and Michael Martz.

For more information, call 425-640-1139 or go to

Master’s program in education is online

Western Washington University’s Woodring College of Education will offer its master of education in continuing and college education degree program via an online-only format beginning this fall – Western’s first online master’s degree.

The program begins Sept. 26. Applications will be accepted June 1-Aug. 1

For more information, go to, or contact Continuing and College Education Program Director Sandra Ratcliff Daffron at or 360-650-2977.

Meadowdale High baccalaureate

The Meadowdale High School Class of 2012 Baccalaureate will be 2-3 p.m. June 10 at the school’s Great Hall.

Alumni, friends, family and the community are invited to join the class of 2012 in a faith-based celebration. Principal Dale Cote is the keynote speaker will address his last class of Meadowdale seniors.

Light refreshments will follow.

Meadowdale High School is located at 6002 168th St. SW, Lynnwood.