Granite Falls Middle School teacher appointed to state panel
Granite Falls Middle School teacher Tim Bartlett was recently appointed to a statewide committee considering revisions to state math standards.
Granite Falls Middle School student joins school senate
Lacey Romack was recently selected sixth-grade senator in a schoolwide election at Granite Falls Middle School.
Girl Scouts and Brownies plant trees to help water, fish and soil
St. Mary Magdalen School’s fifth-grade Girl Scout Troop 2254 worked with the second-grade Brownie Troop 155 to plant more than 500 trees as part of Stilly-Snohomish Fish Enhancement Task Force efforts.
The Girl Scouts and Brownies under the leadership of Jennifer Edson joined the enhancement task force planting trees along the Pilchuck River, a tributary to the Snohomish River.
Their efforts helped improve the water quality, the fish and wildlife habitat, and soil erosion control. The highlights of the day were witnessing salmon spawning in the river and a bald eagle flying low.
The girls giving service were Katie Edson, Rachael Renkens, Liana Luke, Kaylie Klemop, Ana Naranjo, Shannon Fritze, Carrie Edson, Lilea Astone, Anjelica Deleon and Elena Allen.
Fellowship for Edmonds-Woodway teacher
Lori Seago, who teaches deaf students at Edmonds-Woodway High School, was awarded a fellowship to participate in Earthwatch Institute’s marine research for a 10-day trip this month to study marine mammals in Monterey Bay, Calif.
Seago is joining other Earthwatch volunteers to assist the research team in studying the ecology and oceanography of Monterey Bay. Specifically, they are focusing on the southern sea otter, which is listed as “threatened” under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, and the Pacific coastal bottlenose dolphin.
While she is on her trip, Seago is interacting with her EWHS students, as well as other deaf students around the U.S., through her blog; www.seagotrails.blogspot.com.
She will also bring back what she has learned to share with her marine science and biology classes.
Seago’s fellowship has been made possible through grants from the National Geographic Foundation and the Child Hearing League.
Edmonds student graduates from WWU
Lora Thomas of Edmonds, a 2004 graduate of Edmonds-Woodway High School graduated in August Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Western Washington University.
She was inducted in Alpha Kappa Delta-International Sociology Honor Society, and received the Carl Simpson Memorial Scholarship at WWU.
School bus driver pushes for safety
Debbie Saylor is on a mission to make the trip to school safer for students in the Stanwood-Camano School District.
“The key to our student safety is education,” said Saylor, a 17-year veteran driver who started a campaign called “Stop for Me!” to remind motorists to stop for children when school bus stop paddles are deployed and flashing.
“The students put so much trust in their bus driver to keep them safe,” Saylor said. “Motorists need to understand the importance of stopping for the school bus paddles to ensure the safety of our children.”
Saylor started her campaign in late September with several elementary classroom presentations and activities for Stanwood-Camano students. She will continue spreading the message throughout the school district this fall.
“The campaign educates students about stop paddle safety so that they can become ambassadors of the message to their parents, neighbors, and other community members,” Saylor said. “I want motorists to recognize that if they speed through a stop paddle, they are putting our children’s safety at risk.”
Her presentation concludes with a tour of a school bus. The students will be able to see exactly how the red lights and stop paddle work together to keep them safe.
Saylor is enrolled in Central Washington University’s Pupil Transportation Management program.