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The word from Lake Stevens High School:

“Everybody’s excited to get out of class and anxious. A lot of people are slacking, don’t want to do their work… Seniors are supposed to go to Wild Waves. Everybody’s just really excited about graduation. That’s all I’ve been hearing about lately.”

– CRYSTAL UHLRY, 11th grade

Monroe to host online high school in the fall

A new statewide online public high school will be hosted by the Monroe School District.

Washington Virtual Academies already has an online program for 1,500 students in kindergarten to eighth grade. The new school will offer courses online through the same system, operated by a Virginia-based private company called K12 Inc.

Freshmen and sophomores will be accepted the first year. Students have until Sept. 2 to enroll for fall semester. Classes begin soon after.

Monroe district teachers will lead the online courses. Students must meet academic and attendance requirements, including state testing standards for graduation.

An information session is planned for 7 p.m. June 11 at the Best Western Sky Valley Inn, 19233 U.S. 2, Monroe.

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Everett OKs $11.9 million in construction contracts

The Everett School Board awarded contracts for three construction projects at a recent meeting:

  • A $10,298,000 bid to modernize Garfield Elementary School was awarded to Spee West Construction Co. The estimated costs had been $9,575,000. There were three bidders.

  • An $806,557 bid for seismic upgrades at Hawthorne Elementary School was awarded to Corstone Contractors. The estimated costs had been $795,000. There were five bidders.

  • A $769,000 bid to upgrade the Everett High School Civic Auditorium was awarded to Razz Construction Inc. The estimated costs had been $549,000. There were four bidders.

    Funding comes from $198.9 million bond approved by voters last year.

    Event honors teacher with heart for special needs

    A reception to honor retiring physical education specialist Elinor Vandegrift is planned for 4 p.m. Thursday at The Farm on Rivershore Drive in Snohomish.

    For 20 years, Vandegrift has provided sport, fitness and health activities to students with special needs in the Snohomish School District. She earlier taught in the Lake Washington School District, as well as in California, New York and England.

    Former students, colleagues, friends and their families are invited to attend.

    Outside of school, Vandegrift founded SnoWheels, an after-school sports and activity program for disabled students and their families, and teaches Scottish country dancing, colleague Linda Kautz said.

    Audit faults Sultan on its split of low-income funds

    A state audit found the Sultan School District misallocated federal Title I dollars – given to help educate low-income children – for the second year in a row.

    Sultan spent $148,884 of that money at Sultan Elementary School, for example, while Sultan Middle School, which has the highest number of low-income children, didn’t receive any of the earmarked dollars.

    The audit covered the 2005-06 school year.

    The error did not affect programming, school leaders said, only which pot of money staff positions were paid from. Schools that did not receive higher Title I dollars were given more money from other sources, such as local levy dollars.

    Catholic school student signatures head to space

    Students at Immaculate Conception-Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School in Everett will see a piece of themselves go up into space.

    The school was one of 500 elementary schools worldwide selected to participate in the NASA and Lockheed Martin Student Signatures in Space program.

    The signed poster will be sent to NASA, which in turn will put an image onto a CD that will accompany the crew on NASA’s next space mission this fall. Upon their return, the crew will take a photo with the original poster, which will be sent back to the school with a certificate.

    Private fundraising group holds workshop

    Upromise, a private fundraising group, will hold a workshop at 11 a.m. Monday at Alfy’s Pizza, 2317 Broadway, Everett.

    Lunch will be provided. RSVP to Ruth Fletcher at 425-335-0676.

    Upromise helps families save for college through purchases at grocery stores, gas stations, restaurants and other retail sites. Schools also can earn money through the program.

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