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“This week is WASL week; so the juniors and seniors get to sleep in while sophomores are at school and it’s kind of tiring. This is also the first week of games for sports; so that’s exciting.”


Tulalip Heritage set to open in new building

Tulalip Heritage Option High School in the Marysville School District is scheduled to open classes in a new building next Monday.

Heritage is the second of three option program schools that will be part of the Marysville Secondary Campus on the Tulalip Indian Reservation. The school will be just over 11,000 square feet and occupy the northwest part the campus.

“We are going to do a ­campuswide dedication some time in May once we get everybody there,” said John Bingham, director of capital projects for the school district.

Tenth Street School, a middle school, is scheduled to move into its new building on the secondary campus in late April.

A 12,000-square-foot gym and an administration building will also open in April, completing the $24.75 million project. The money comes from fees assessed on new developments.

Lions Club announces new scholarship award

Troy Woodard, president of Everett Central Lions Club, recently announced that the club will sponsor a community service award for an Everett High School senior.

The award and $500 will be given to an Everett High School senior who has demonstrated outstanding community service.

The award will be presented in memory of Bob Covert, who died of cancer Dec. 4.

Covert graduated from Everett High School in 1950, where he was student body president, homecoming king and a star basketball player. Covert was a former Everett Central Lions Club president.

The perpetual award will be presented at an Everett High School assembly in May. Seniors can go to­scholarships for an application. Entries must be received by March 28.

South Whidbey gets big boost from voters

The superintendent of the South Whidbey School District said he is grateful for the overwhelming support three school levies received on the Feb. 19 ballot.

All three measures received more than a 60 percent “yes” vote.

“We feel very good about it,” said Fred McCarthy, the district’s superintendent.

Voters renewed a two-year maintenance and operation levy that raises money for the district’s operating budget, a transportation levy and a capital levy that provides money for technology improvements.

Stanwood AAUW offers two college scholarships

The Stanwood-Camano chapter of the American Association of University Women plans to award two $2,800 scholarships this year.

To be eligible, applicants must be residents of the Arlington, Stanwood and Camano Island areas or they must be graduates of Stanwood, Lincoln Hill, Lakewood or Arlington high schools. In addition, they must have completed at least two years of college by June and have plans to continue in upper division or graduate work at a four-year college or university.

For more information, go to To request an application via e-mail, go to ­ or download an application form from

Mariner biology students get a glimpse of UW labs

Seven students from Danielle Thompson’s honors biology class at Mariner High School recently attended a lecture about malaria by Dr. Wes Van Voorhis, the head of the allergy and infectious disease division in the Department of Medicine at the University of Washington.

After the lecture, the students had a chance to tour the lab facilities at the university, were shown how scientists test for malaria and had a private conversation with Van Voorhis over brownies and hot cocoa.

Thompson said the experience was one of the highlights of her teaching career.

Tuition set for all-day kindergarten in Everett

The Everett School Board recently set tuition for all-day kindergarten for next year.

Tuition will be $2,810. That’s an increase of $130.

Schools that have all-day kindergarten and charge tuition are Cedar Wood, Forest View, Jackson, James Monroe, Mill Creek, Penny Creek, Silver Firs, Silver Lake, View Ridge, Whittier and Woodside elementaries.

Free all-day kindergarten is offered at other Everett schools, based on socioeconomic factors in the neighborhoods surrounding the schools.

Ballots due today for Snohomish bond measure

Today is the last day to mail ballots on a $261.5 million bond proposal in the Snoho­mish School District.

The proposal would provide funding for work to modernize Snohomish High School, ren­ovate and expand Valley View Middle School, expand Centennial Middle School, replace Machias and Riverview elementary schools, build a new aquatics center for school and community use, and improve technology. It also would provide money for smaller building projects.

The 20-year bond measure will need a 60 percent supermajority to pass.

Public can see proposed math texts in Edmonds

Edmonds School District residents can review instructional materials that district leaders are considering for kindergarten through fifth grade in math.

The dates for review are 4 to 8 p.m. March 19 and 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. March 25-27 at the former Woodway High School, 23200 100th Ave. W., Edmonds.

The district instructional materials team, made up of teachers, principals and district staff, has announced the three options moving forward in the review process: “Bridges in Mathematics” published by Math Learning Center (www.­; “Growing with Mathematics” published by McGraw Hill/Wright Group (www.­; and “Math Expressions” published by Houghton Mifflin (www.­

The district’s goal is to select math materials that challenge students in terms of both solving a math problem and explaining how that problem is solved.

For more information or questions, contact Jacqueline McDonald, district mathematics coordinator, at 425-431-7194 or

Marysville teaching more students learning English

The Marysville School District recently hit an all-time high for the number of students who are learning English as a second language.

There are 718 students across the district whose first language is not English. They speak 26 different languages.

More than two-thirds — 474 students — speak Spanish, followed by Ukrainian at 51 students, Russian at 49 students and Punjabi at 28 students.

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