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Sno-Isle Tech Skills Center and Marysville-Pilchuck High School

“At Sno-Isle, I’m working with metals to make them to a certain size and tolerance. It could help if I get a job as a machinist. (At Marysville-Pilchuck), we had our moving up assembly. It was a big old fancy (ceremony). It’s about time. I have been ready for this day for a couple of years now.”

– Adam Stobbe, 11th grade

Reception set for retiring Lakewood teachers

A retirement event for longtime Lakewood School District teachers Steve and Paula Boyce is set for 2 to 5 p.m. June 24 at the Lake Goodwin Community Club, 17323 42nd Ave. NW, Stanwood.

Between them, the Boyces have taught for the district for 60 years.

The Boyces were featured in a Herald story May 29 for a 30-year tradition of inviting small groups of all of Steve’s elementary school students to his home for a hot dog, chips and Kool-Aid.

Hot dogs will be served at their reception, as well. Co-workers, friends, family and former students are invited.

Construction will start on Grove Elementary soon

Construction crews are expected to begin developing the site for a new Marysville elementary school later this month.

The Marysville School Board on June 4 awarded a $12.12 million contract to Allied Construction Associates of Everett to build Grove Elementary School.

The bid was considerably less than the architect’s $13.7 million estimate.

“It’s very good news,” said John Bingham, the district’s capital projects director.

The two-story school will be built on the southwest corner of 67th Avenue NE and Grove Street.

Grove Elementary, which was part of a $118 million bond measure voters approved in 2006, is expected to open in the fall of 2008.

Holocaust survivor will share story with students

Holocaust survivor Noemi Ban will speak at Granite Falls Middle School at noon Wednesday in the gym, 205 N. Alder Ave.

Eighth-grade English students read “The Diary of Anne Frank,” Holocaust poetry and non-fiction articles before concluding the unit by reading Ban’s book, “Sharing is Healing.”

Students will hear Ban’s story of surviving Auschwitz, while her mother, brother and sister were sent to the gas chamber.

Everyone is welcome.

Snohomish High seeks nominees for Hall of Fame

Nominations for the Snohomish High School Hall of Fame are due Friday.

The honors go to graduates who have given to their community through service to youth or civic causes, as well as to staff or local residents because of their years of service to Snohomish High students.

There are four categories:

  • Professional success in business, education or government.

  • Humanitarian services, science or medicine.

  • Athletics, arts or entertainment.

  • Contributions to Snohomish High School (for non-alumni).

    Send nominations to: Snohomish High School Hall of Fame Committee, c/o Steve Cotterill, Snohomish High School, 1316 Fifth St., Snohomish, WA 98290.

    Bearcat sports physicals offered Wednesday

    Monroe High School’s sport medicine club will host physicals Wednesday for students planning to participate in athletics in 2007-08.

    Cost is $25. An adult must authorize a student’s participation and provide a health history. Registration begins at 6 p.m.

    Visit for more information and forms.

    Longtime school board member to step down

    There’s a race for the Everett School Board’s Position 2 seat, but Roy Yates won’t be in the running this time.

    Yates decided not to run for re-election to the seat.

    “I’ve done this job for 19 years and it’s very important to me, very worthwhile and rewarding. But we all have to move on at certain times in our lives, and this is the right time for me,” said Yates, 68. “We need younger, smarter people in there doing the job.”

    The Everett banker will quickly fill up the time as incoming Everett Rotary Club president and as part of an effort to draw a University of Washington branch campus to the city. There also are eight grandkids to consider.

    Yates was first appointed in 1988, then successfully ran for the six-year seat in the next four elections. His second election in 1995 may be the most memorable, when a voting error forced a recount and special election in a closely contested race.

    The school district has been marked by growth spurts on both ends of his tenure. Yates said he’s most proud of the district’s clean financial records and the progress they’ve made to improve education.

    Jackson High loses Advanced Placement art

    Art students at Henry M. Jackson High School in Mill Creek are upset over losing college-level Advanced Placement options next fall.

    Classes typically need 25 students enrolled to be cost-effective, said Mary Waggoner, a spokeswoman for the Everett School District.

    At times, schools will allow lower class sizes at first to help courses get off the ground, she said. But the AP art classes have not reached that target in three years, and the school had only 11 registrations for next fall.

    Junior Monica Dimaano, 16, said she feels student interest would be higher by fall and that the value of the class outweighs the higher enrollment mark.

    “If you want to get into a good art school … you need the class,” said Dimaano, who is taking one of the courses this year.

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