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Darrington High School

“I don’t plan on getting a mohawk. Maybe if it was football. It’s not going to intimidate the pitcher.”

Greg Rosselli

12th grade, about peer pressure on the Loggers’ baseball team to get mohawk haircuts this season

Wrestling for success

Explorer Middle School Principal Mark Flotlin has seen just how valuable extracurricular activities can be.

The Eagles wrestling team, coached by Otto Olson, had more than 60 members from many different cultures with a mix of students, including special education and gifted students participating.

On “Food for Thought” Fridays, the team would practice, then do weekend homework at cafeteria tables for an hour before eating together with meals donated by local merchants.

Flotlin said he has seen an improvement in some students’ behavior and expects there will be a corresponding academic improvement when quarterly grades come out.

“It’s a matter of belonging,” Flotlin said. “They didn’t want to let themselves down, but, more importantly, they didn’t want to let their teammates down.

“We joke a lot, but we wish the season was 12 months a year,” Flotlin said. “It really helps the kids focus on what’s important.”

Date set for memorial

A date has been set for an evening of remembrance for David Mellander, a longtime Lakewood Middle School teacher who died March 29 after suffering a stroke.

The event will be 7 p.m. April 19 in the Lakewood Middle School commons, 16800 16th Drive NE.

Over the years, Mellander, 68, taught geography, art, state history, music appreciation and science. He once served as principal at Lakewood Junior and Senior High School.

LSHS sets talent show

The Lake Stevens High School jazz choirs will host a talent show at 7 p.m. Thursday in the high school gym, 2908 113th Ave. NE.

Students will sing, act, dance and perform to raise money for future jazz choir competitions and performances.

Admission is $3. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

I-728 hearing is planned

Monroe School District board members will hold a public hearing on spending that Initiative 728 funds during their regular meeting at 7 p.m. Monday.

The meeting will be held at the administration office, 200 E. Fremont St.

Northshore elementary gets new principal

Scott Beebe will lead Frank Love Elementary School in Bothell as Greg Waddle prepares to retire.

Beebe, the district’s director of instructional technology since 2001, has served this year as an intern principal at Woodin Elementary School, also in the Northshore School District.

Before coming to Northshore, he worked at the Puget Sound Educational Service District, developing technology-based learning programs. He also was a sixth-grade teacher in the Kent School District.

Beebe graduates in June from the Danforth Educational Leadership Program at the University of Washington.

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