THE WEEKLY HERALD   EVERETT, WASHINGTON
Published: Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Schools Notebook

  • Anthoney Ray-Kirk (from far left), Sedrah Ismail, Zoie Plank and Gemirius Little, all in kindergarten at the time, clap in unison during a school asse...

    Weekly Herald file/CHRIS GOODENOW

    Anthoney Ray-Kirk (from far left), Sedrah Ismail, Zoie Plank and Gemirius Little, all in kindergarten at the time, clap in unison during a school assembly in November 2011 at Spruce Elementary School. The school was recently recognized by the state as a high-progress “Reward School,” meaning it scores in the top 10 percent of Title I schools in math and reading.

Still time to ‘Celebrate Schools’ with walk
The Edmonds Public Schools Foundation will hold its Celebrate Schools 5k run/walk on Oct. 13 at the Alderwood mall. The annual fundraiser was formerly known as Street Strut. Register online or donate at www.edmondspsf.org.
Spruce Elementary recognized by state
State Superintendent Randy Dorn recently designated Spruce Elementary School as one of 58 high-progress Title I schools across the state.
A high-progress “Reward School” is a school that posts reading and math scores in the top 10 percent of schools that receive federal Title I dollars for serving a high population of low-income families. The designation recognizes the school’s overall achievement from the 2008-09 to 2010-11 school years.
“Schools identified as Reward Schools have been doing the work that it takes to make a difference for students. School staff, students, parents and communities should be proud to join this distinguished group,” Dorn said in a statement.
Jazz Colony students play last summer gig
The Edmonds-Woodway High School Jazz Colony will perform its final gig (weather permitting) of the season from 5-8 p.m. Aug. 29 at “Sea Jazz” outside Anthony’s HomePort, 456 Admiral Way, Edmonds.
Jazz Colony is a group of E-W jazz students who meet all summer, midweek, to practice their jazz skills, jam and play a few gigs as well. This is the third year of the group, and enrollment was up to 36 jazz musicians.
Jazz Colony sessions are orchestrated by lead clinician Steve Treseler; assisting him this summer were other local jazz clinicians, Dan Taylor, Jim Sisko and John Sanders. The program is coordinated by Peter Bennett and Jake Bergevin, with several parents helping as well.
“Sea Jazz” is a new local, twice-weekly summer performance venue sponsored by the Port of Edmonds, Seattle Teen Music and Anthony’s HomePort.
Swap books, clothes – and costumes
The Mountlake Terrace Library will hold a back-to-school resource fair and book, clothing and costume swap from 1-3 p.m. Sept. 15.
Families are invited to connect with each other, learn about resources – such as homework, tutoring, parks programs and more – and take part in a free exchange of books and clothing.
Bring in unwanted, clean clothing and books in good condition. There also will be a costume corner, where you can recycle both children’s and adult costumes. Pick up some new to you items. The leftovers will be donated to the Friends of the Library and community charities.
The library is at 23300 58th Ave. W, Mountlake Terrace. For more information, call Dawn at 425-776-8722.
Students swap visits in Hekinan, Edmonds
A group of three Edmonds students visited Edmonds’ Sister City, Hekinan, in August, then served as hosts for a group of 10 middle-school students from the Japanese city later that month.
The exchange was part of the city’s Sister City collaboration.
Nicole Montgomery, of Lynnwood High School, and Nathan Hollcraft and Jack Lanning, of Meadowdale High School, toured Japan with their chaperone Jill Van Berkom, a photography teacher at Meadowdale.
Photos of their visit, as well as those of the Japanese students’ visit, are posted on the Edmonds Sister City Commission’s Facebook page.
Join the library’s Teen Advisory Board
Teens: You are invited to share your ideas with the Lynnwood Library for programs, purchases and improvements as part of the Teen Advisory Board.
Volunteer hours are offered, and food will be provided.
Meet at 4 p.m. Sept. 11 in the large meeting room at the library, 19200 44th Ave. W.
For more information, call Jackie Parker at 425-778-2148 ext. 3036.
Reunion time, Edmonds class of ’82
Members of the Edmonds High School class of 1982 are invited to an informal 30-year celebration at 7 p.m. Sept. 14 at American Brewing Company, 180 W Dayton St., Edmonds.
A second event is planned for 6:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Edmonds Yacht Club, 456 Admiral Way. Tickets for that event are $70. To purchase tickets or for more information, email shellijeff@msn.com or visit the Facebook page.
What to wear? Find out at Alderwood
Go back to school in style this fall with “Fashion Rules” at Alderwood mall. The event promoting trendy new styles, savings and discounts continues at noon-4 p.m. Sept. 8 in the “Style Zone” in the mall’s Center Court. A style host will discuss fall tips. More info: 425-778-7675 or Carol.Hildahl@ggp.com.
UWB students win service event
The University of Washington Bothell chapter of Beta Alpha Psi placed first in the national competition at the Beta Alpha Psi annual meeting in Baltimore Aug. 3. The national conference hosted about 1,000 students from universities across the country to engage in community service, attend professional sessions and compete in a variety of projects.
The UW Bothell team presented a consulting project on modernizing accounting systems and internal account controls for the American Legion Post, a Snohomish veteran’s services nonprofit. The team’s presentation won the “National Best Practices” event under the category “Strategies for Dealing with Change.”
Students on the winning team were JC Hauchecorne, Chris Harbert, James Forinash and Caroline Boktour.