Jackson gets back to musical roots
Jackson High School jazz students recently created musical instruments out of an unlikely medium: carrots.
Lesley Moffat, Jackson’s director of bands, jazz and percussion, designed the ice breaker activity for a recent camp retreat based on a TED Talk, and enlisting the services of Jackson senior Ben Lee (who demonstrated his prior experience with drawing music from a root vegetable) and physics teacher Andrew Sevald. Sevald gave a mini-lecture on the physics behind the activity, then students and Jackson Principal Dave Peters crafted their own “carrotnets.”
Teams then competed for the best sound. First place went to My Drillz, made up of Landon Spaw and Connor Hittle.
See a short video of Lee’s demonstration at youtu.be/ehKEY38Zw_4.
Students say ‘thank you’ to veterans
Highland Elementary School in Lake Stevens recently welcomed more than 20 veterans to a special assembly to thank them and their families for their service.
Erin Burleigh’s fourth-grade class led an all-school assembly. The children performed skits, read poems, shared videos and sang The Star-Spangled Banner and “Amazing Grace.”
Melissa Ballou, a Highland parent who works for a nonprofit that supports military families, spoke at the event.
After the assembly, students returned to their classrooms and created thank-you cards and letters, which were then delivered to the Veterans Hospital in Seattle for distribution on Veterans Day.
Local student art to grace Governor’s tree
Students in Mountlake Terrace High’s jewelry and metal class with teacher Mark Walkers were selected to provide ornaments for Gov. Jay Inslee’s Christmas tree. They sent a collection of glass birds to the mansion.
See photos of their creations at tinyurl.com/MTHSornaments.
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