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Monroe librarian elected to four-year term

Lorraine Monprode, teacher-librarian at Monroe High School and a library program coordinator recently was elected to serve as the director-elect, and then the director of Region VIII of the American Association of School Librarians. The four-year commitment is with the governing body of the organization. Region VIII includes Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Alaska.

Monprode also was invited by the Washington Professional Educator Standards Board to attend the Test Development Conference for the new Washington Educator Skills Tests–Endorsements and to serve on the content advisory committee for the newly developed library media test.

Arlingtonchool wins state award

Post Middle School in Arlington was among four Snohomish County elementary schools and three high schools recently selected to receive the 2008 State Superintendent’s Learning Improvement Award and the designation of “School of Distinction.”

The elementary schools named were:

Lake Stevens — Sunnycrest Elementary and Glenwood Elementary.

Snohomish — Dutch Hill Elementary.

Stanwood-Camano — Stanwood Elementary.

Middle schools named were:

Arlington — Post Middle School.

Everett — Gateway Middle School and Heatherwood Middle School.

From Arlington public schools principal Brian Beckley accepted the award on behalf of Post Middle School staff and students. Beckley was joined by teaching staff Denise Jackson, Sherry Anderson, Andrea English and Kari Macneill, along with Kay Duskin, Arlington School Board president; Kristine McDuffy, superintendent; Warren Hopkins, deputy superintendent; Diane Kirchner-Scott, and director of teaching and learning and parent volunteer Kristy Ewell.

To be considered for the award, each school had to exceed the state average performance in fourth-, seventh- or 10th-grade reading and math, as measured by the spring 2008 Washington Assessment of Student Learning.

Schools that met the average performance requirements were then evaluated for WASL performance during the last six years. The top 5 percent of elementary, middle and high schools, as well as alternative schools, were given awards. This year’s honorees included 53 elementary schools, 21 middle schools, 20 high schools and seven alternative schools – out of nearly 2,500 schools in the state. Three schools were awarded for achievement at more than one grade level.

Monroe triplet awarded scholarship to UW

Jesse Stipek of Monroe, a triplet, recently received a full-ride scholarship to attend the University of Washington. Jesse also was named a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda, National Leadership Honors Organization at the UW.

Arlington home schooler accepted to Whitworth

Ian Frye, 16, a home-schooled senior from Arlington recently was awarded early admission with honors into the freshman class at Spokane’s Whitworth University for fall semester 2009. Ian also was awarded membership into the Laureate Honors Society. He also was selected to receive the $14,000 Mind and Heart Scholarship which is renewable for four years. In January Ian plans to compete in the Faculty Scholarship Competition Program for a four-year, full tuition Faculty Scholarship.

Arlington teachers learn firefighting skills

Several teachers in the Arlington School District recently volunteered time to learn emergency skills including the PASS method of firefighting with extinguishers, which stands for Pull, Aim, Squeeze and Sweep.

Karl Olson, principal at Pioneer Elementary and Tom Eckley, a teacher from Post Middle School participated in the training. Arlington Fire Department Capt. Cary Stuart taught the fire extinguisher training.

Mukilteo school names students of month

Harbour Pointe Middle School recently named its Students of the Month for September. The theme for the month was “Inquirer” an attribute from the International Baccalaureate Profile which defines inquirers as those who develop their natural curiosity, acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning.

The following students were selected:

Sixth-grade: Sandra Ok, Mikayla Palmer, Maxell Paulin and Chasen Waggoner.

Seventh-grade: Irina Adamova, Riley Briggs-Thomas, Sanchya Mahajan and Vadim Morton.

Eighth-grade: Noelle Ahn, April Ferry, Jacob Hurd and Ashkan Mortazavi.

Marysville student named scholar at UW

Angela Clements of Marysville recently was accepted into The National Society of Collegiate Scholars at the University of Washington. Angela is an honors student enrolled in the School of Medicine. Upon graduation, Angela plans to become a physicians assistant. Angela has a nine-year-old son, Nathan. She is the daughter of Rick and Joan Willits of Everett.

Everett student receives diversity scholarship

Abiola Akanni of Everett, a junior at Western Washington University recently received a $500 Bellingham Herald Diversity Scholarship for the 2008-09 academic year.

Akanni is majoring in American Cultural Studies. She received the Multicultural Achievement Award and a USA Funds Scholarship. She was also named an Associated Student Activity Scholar. She is the daughter of Prince and Toyin Akanni.

Lake Stevens high schoolers visit seniors

More than twenty students in the Lake Stevens High School Leadership Team recently visited seniors at Ashley Point, a senior’s resident facility, after their Homecoming assembly. The group included Josh Chandler, Wyatt Lett, Nick Baker, Kate Palmer, Brian Buzzo, Lindsey Walter, Clara Reid, JJ McCarthy, Jordan Rumsey, Jason McCarthy and Nick Johnson. The students sang the Viking fight song, worked on puzzles and talked about football and school. The students also asked where the seniors had gone to school, what classes they had taken and from which school they had graduated. They also wanted to know if the old “Pink Palace” high school was really pink.

Mukilteo student makes scarves for mission

Emily Haugan, a student at Kamiak High School recently made 15 handmade scarves for homeless people at Everett Gospel Mission. Emily completed the project with the help of Carol Evavold in the independent living class. Emily came up with the project on her own as a way to help homeless people and a way to give them something nice to keep warm. The independent living class integrates academics with projects, many which benefit the local community.

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