Education

Kindergartener Jaecy Stahl heads up the stairs of an ISA bus after kissing her mother, Amy Leno, goodbye on Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Improving School Attendance finds ‘100 solutions’ to get homeless students to class

More than 20 nonprofits have partnered to figure out why exactly a child skips school. Their work is making a big difference.

Kindergartener Jaecy Stahl heads up the stairs of an ISA bus after kissing her mother, Amy Leno, goodbye on Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
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Use of slurs ‘likely’ during Stanwood-Lakes game, investigation finds

In its findings, the Stanwood-Camano School District apologized to Lakes High School and reaffirmed a commitment to equity work.

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Stanwood-Camano School Board seeks applicants for vacancy

Ken Christoferson, the district’s longest serving board member, resigned on Dec. 6.

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Meadowdale teen claims race kept her off varsity basketball team

The 15-year-old sophomore alleges that, consciously or not, a new girls basketball head coach limited players of color.

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Marysville

Marysville to pay $1M to another former student for alleged sex abuse

The latest settlement marks the earliest known allegations against Kurt Hollstein, who worked in the district until last year.

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Monroe High School (Monroe School District)

‘Set for the next four years’: Monroe schools levy officially passes

The levy funds 14% of the district’s budget including athletics, extracurricular activities and some transportation services.

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Marysville

Want to serve on the Marysville School Board? There’s a vacancy

Katie Jackson resigned in November for personal reasons. The board plans to fill the spot by Jan. 4.

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Jake Martinez-Torralba, left, smiles while and Evelyn Ward, right, does her best impression of a turkey at Central Primary School on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022 in Snohomish, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Piping-hot Thanksgiving takes: Snohomish elementary kids talk turkey

“The pilgrims made Thanksgiving. I know that because we read books.” Read on for more lessons from Snohomish students age 5 to 7.

Jake Martinez-Torralba, left, smiles while and Evelyn Ward, right, does her best impression of a turkey at Central Primary School on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022 in Snohomish, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The Washington State University Everett campus on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

You’re in! With 3.0 GPA, many students can now punch ticket to college

Five districts in Snohomish County are participating in the new Guaranteed Admissions Program. Hundreds of students will benefit.

The Washington State University Everett campus on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The Tulalip Tribes have joined state and local leaders in calling on residents to stay home when not performing certain essential activities. Six Tulalip Tribes members had tested positive for COVID-19, including a tribal elder who died of the disease, according to the tribes. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Tulalip Tribes start planning for their own K-12 school

The move signals potential funding losses for the Marysville School District, though the concept is at least three years out.

The Tulalip Tribes have joined state and local leaders in calling on residents to stay home when not performing certain essential activities. Six Tulalip Tribes members had tested positive for COVID-19, including a tribal elder who died of the disease, according to the tribes. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
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Investigator to review alleged racist taunts at Stanwood football game

It may take three weeks to complete the investigation. Meanwhile, one of the game’s officials disputed claims about slurs on the playing field.

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Senior Associate Professor James Willcox goes around the class and helps students answer questions about the present continuous verb tense in an ESL class at Everett Community College on Monday, Oct. 24, 2022, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Hundreds of Ukrainian refugees get free weekly English lessons at EvCC

Snohomish County is home to 1,905 refugees from Ukraine. Refugee and Immigrant Services Northwest is helping them to build new lives.

Senior Associate Professor James Willcox goes around the class and helps students answer questions about the present continuous verb tense in an ESL class at Everett Community College on Monday, Oct. 24, 2022, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Monroe High School (Monroe School District)

After narrow levy loss, Monroe schools make final pitch to avoid cuts

A tax measure funds 14% of the school district’s budget. If it fails in November, there will be at least $15 million in budget cuts.

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Jose Quezada, a senior at Everett High School, wants to get a career as a translator/interpreter after high school, in part because of his success with the World Languages Assessment. Photographed in Everett, Washington on October 7, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

‘Language as an asset’: Multilingual students get credits for fluency

In Everett, students can pay $10 to take the World Language Assessment. In the testing room, it’s like the United Nations.

Jose Quezada, a senior at Everett High School, wants to get a career as a translator/interpreter after high school, in part because of his success with the World Languages Assessment. Photographed in Everett, Washington on October 7, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
In this Jan. 4, 2019 photo, workers and other officials gather outside the Sky Valley Education Center school in Monroe, Wash., before going inside to collect samples for testing. The samples were tested for PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, as well as dioxins and furans. A lawsuit filed on behalf of several families and teachers claims that officials failed to adequately respond to PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, in the school. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

$275 million verdict for toxic exposures at Monroe school

A jury awarded millions to 10 students and parents who say they suffered injuries at Sky Valley Education Center.

In this Jan. 4, 2019 photo, workers and other officials gather outside the Sky Valley Education Center school in Monroe, Wash., before going inside to collect samples for testing. The samples were tested for PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, as well as dioxins and furans. A lawsuit filed on behalf of several families and teachers claims that officials failed to adequately respond to PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, in the school. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Rena Priest, Washington’s Poet Laureate, addresses students at Lake Stevens High School Thursday morning in Lake Stevens, Washington on October 13, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

‘Something so powerful’: Lake Stevens teens get lesson from poet laureate

Rena Priest, a Lummi Nation member, shared writing advice, read from her works and fielded questions from aspiring young poets.

Rena Priest, Washington’s Poet Laureate, addresses students at Lake Stevens High School Thursday morning in Lake Stevens, Washington on October 13, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
A tray of garlic bread gets distributed to third graders during a tasting event Tuesday, Oct.11, 2022, at Eagle Creek Elementary in Arlington, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

At taste test, Arlington third graders turn into mini Bourdains

When it comes to school lunch menus, “it really doesn’t matter what us adults at the state agency think about a product.”

A tray of garlic bread gets distributed to third graders during a tasting event Tuesday, Oct.11, 2022, at Eagle Creek Elementary in Arlington, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Everett Public Schools' Randi Seaberg guides students from Henry M. Jackson High School as they get off the bus during an EPS emergency drill on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, at Everett Memorial Stadium in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Everett schools run drill reuniting kids, parents in emergencies

Staff directed students and “surrogate parents” as a simulation of a major evacuation due to a shooting or chemical spill.

Everett Public Schools' Randi Seaberg guides students from Henry M. Jackson High School as they get off the bus during an EPS emergency drill on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, at Everett Memorial Stadium in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Analisa Paterno of Marysville-Getchell, left, shares a laugh with Nathan Harms Friday morning at Pathfinder Manufacturing in Everett, Washington on September 23, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Sky’s the limit: Snohomish County teens help build parts for Boeing

Pathfinder Manufacturing in Everett trains dozens of at-risk high school students to make airplane parts, en route to a career.

Analisa Paterno of Marysville-Getchell, left, shares a laugh with Nathan Harms Friday morning at Pathfinder Manufacturing in Everett, Washington on September 23, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Tanya King, left, looks to where Hailey Newton, right, ask to hang her project Thursday afternoon at Beverly Elementary in Lynnwood, Washington on September 14, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

2 ‘extraordinary educators’ honored nationally for success in classroom

Tanya King in Edmonds practices “controlled chaos.” Zachary Pfrimmer in Stanwood is orderly. Data shows both have been wildly successful.

Tanya King, left, looks to where Hailey Newton, right, ask to hang her project Thursday afternoon at Beverly Elementary in Lynnwood, Washington on September 14, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)