School Briefs

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  • Monday, March 3, 2008 11:39am

Substance group seeks members

Parents, students, teachers and community members are invited to join Jackson High School’s Family Substance Abuse Committee.

The mission is to increase prevention, awareness and communication with regard to substance abuse and peer influences and to provide a safe community and learning environment.

The group meets from 6-7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at Round Table Pizza in Mill Creek. For information, call Lyn Lauzon at 425-385-7178.

Student learning plans coming home

Parents in the Everett School District should have received their children’s scores on the Washington Assessment of Student Learning, or WASL, by today, Friday, Sept. 29.

Many parents picked up the scores at parent nights held at various schools last week and the week before. Others were sent home.

Originally, the district had planned to package score reports with student learning plans, but the time needed to analyze nearly 11,000 score eports and crafting a learning plan is taking longer than anticipated, said district officials.

The student learning plan will fold WASL information and other school performance indicators into a report designed for each student.

The plan helps clarify strengths and weaknesses and outlines ways parents and the school can support student learning.

District officials are advising parents to contact individual schools for more information about WASL and the score reports.

The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction also has a parent guide called Reaching Higher. Distributed during evening parent gatherings or sent home with students, that document explains how to interpret WASL scores and gives sample WASL test questions.

For more information, see or

For students in the class of 2008 who failed last spring’s test, the August retakes are not yet scored. Those results are expected in November.

WSU students make honor roll

The following Washington State University students from Mill Creek have earned recognition on the Summer 2006 President’s Honor Roll: Jesse Epps, Kenny Lee and Steven Nygreen.

To be eligible, a full-time student must earn a 3.75 grade point average for the semester or have maintained a 3.5 cumulative GPA.

National Merit Semifinalists

Corinne Walters, Nicole Lee and Rachel Bhak, seniors from Jackson High School, are National Merit Scholarship Competition Semifinalists.

These students earned semifinalist status based on test scores from the 2005 Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

By maintaining their academic records, being endorsed by principal Terry Cheshire, and by submitting SAT scores that confirm the PSAT/NMSQT scores, each is eligible to move to become a finalist in the national scholarship competition.

The semifinalists are among 16,000 in the nation. Next spring, the field of finalists will be narrowed to 8,200. Those students will earn scholarships in three areas: $2,500 National Merit Scholarships, corporate-sponsored scholarships, and college- sponsored scholarships. Awards will be announced in April.

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