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The word from: Marysville Mountain View High School

“We started our new semester last week. It’s nice because at this school you don’t have to restart classes at the beginning of the semester if you still have work to do. There is a nice day care. I have realized that so many moms want to finish high school. This is my first year here. I really like it. It’s nice for students who don’t do well on a big campus. Everybody is welcome.”

— Maranda Finley, junior

Technology lets Kamiak students view autopsy in Ohio

Sixty-two Kamiak High School students recently observed and asked questions during an autopsy.

The students from John Anderson’s forensics science classes were able to observe the procedure through the Center of Science and Industry in Columbus, Ohio.

They took a bus to the Mukilteo School District office, where the school boardroom was set up with a large projection screen to see the autopsy, a monitor to view themselves and a microphone to ask questions.

Students prepared by reviewing the patient’s history and researching the history and tools of an autopsy to come up with their own plan of which organs to examine and what order various procedures should be performed.

Students observed the “Y-incision,” the removal of the organs as a block and removal of the brain. Each organ was measured and weighed and students recorded the information and any signs of disease or damage.

“The students were fascinated not only by the procedure but the technology that allows the two-way feed,” Anderson said.

Post-autopsy activities included doing drug testing on simulated blood and urine samples. The students wrote the death certificate.

Marysville sets annual information fair Saturday

The Marysville School District’s annual information fair and kindergarten registration kickoff is set for 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday in the Totem Middle School cafeteria, 1605 Seventh St., Marysville.

Superintendent Larry Ny­land, district and school staff members and community groups will answer questions.

Families may also register students for kindergarten for the 2008-09 school year, meet staff from their child’s school and tour a school bus with Rudy the Raccoon.

Parents of fourth- and fifth-grade students will be given a chance to review the HIV and AIDS curriculum. Videos will be shown on the hour beginning at 9 and 10 a.m. with a question-and-answer time to follow.

For more information, call your local school or the district office at 360-653-0818.

Scholarships available for seniors to teach

Sno-King School Retirees is again offering four scholarships to graduating seniors in the Edmonds, Northshore or Shoreline school districts who are planning a career in education.

The scholarships have increased in value, and the initial amount is $1,200, which can be renewed for three years as long as the student continues to meet the scholarship’s criteria.

One student will be chosen from each of the three school districts, as well as one at-large award.

Scholarship applications are available in the high schools and can be submitted until March 21.

Students can see their school counselor or school scholarship coordinator for more information and can also access the application forms on the SKSR Web site at under “Bulletins.”

Granite Falls principal to retire; successor named

After 12 years of leading Granite Falls Middle School, principal Dick Panagos will retire at the end of the school year.

The Granite Falls School Board recently named his replacement. Dave Bianchini, assistant principal at the middle school, will take over.

Bianchini was named Washington State Middle School Assistant Principal of the Year in September.

Roundtable talk to focus on Edmonds levy

A May 20 technology and capital levy will be the main topic for the monthly Edmonds School District superintendent’s roundtable from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the educational service center, 20420 68th Ave. W., in Lynnwood.

Community relations manager Debbie Jakala and other staff will lead the discussion.

For more information about the levy, which would replace the expiring levy approved by voters in 2004, visit

Everyone is welcome to attend and encouraged to bring a lunch. Water, coffee and cookies will be provided.

Everett hosts annual technology exhibition

Each of the Everett School District’s 26 schools will showcase how technology is used to enhance learning at the district’s annual technology fair from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Cascade High School, 801 E. Casino Road.

The 12th annual exhibition is a chance to see how technology in today’s classrooms is used to prepare students for the future.

UW drum line to perform at Lake Stevens High

Band students from the University of Washington Huskies drum line will perform at 10 a.m. Saturday at Lake Stevens High School’s Performing Arts Center. Admission is $10 per family.

After the performance, the UW students will conduct clinics from 11 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Clinics will cost $10 per student and those attending should bring their drum sticks and cymbals. Students attending clinics will receive free admission to the morning performance.

For more information, e-mail LSHS band teacher Neil Proff at

Stanwood fifth-graders befriend chum salmon

Cedarhome Elementary School fifth graders recently paired with Stanwood High School natural resources students to learn about the local environment and to help reintroduce chum salmon into Church Creek.

The students visited the Stillaguamish tribal hatchery in December and helped to spawn adult chum salmon as a continuation of a 20-year project started by retired teachers Don Bayes and Sandy Stoken.

Several thousand fertilized eggs were placed in artificial redds in the creek to grow until they will eventually migrate to the ocean.

Edmonds offers WASL night for parents

The Edmonds School District is offering a parent WASL information meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 13 in preparation for the spring 2008 WASL.

The meeting will be at the district office, 20420 68th Ave. W., and it is open to parents of students in all grade levels.

District staff will be on hand to provide information and answer questions.

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