Congratulations to Nick Bliesner, Gisela Ramirez, and Allegra Messina, whose works of art are featured in the 2015 Regional High School Art Show sponsored by Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD). Their work is currently on display at the PSESD, 800 Oakdale Ave SW, Renton. The Regional High School Art Show is open for public viewing and the conference center and lobby areas are full of beautiful and amazing student art. Works of art include impressive pieces of glass, jewelry, wood, paper, silk, and ceramics in addition to watercolor, oil, acrylic, pen and ink, graphite, linoleum block print, mixed media, collage, and photography.
You can support Nick, Gisela, and Allegra by voting for their artwork to receive the People’s Choice Award. Stop by the PSESD offices and cast your vote by March 13. The PSESD offices are open weekdays until 4:30pm and ballot boxes are located in the lobby near the reception desk. Two awards will be announced in early March: Staff Choice and People's Choice.
The Beaver Lake Middle School BEE Club has achieved the King County Green School Level One status this year. The process began last year and continued this year as the club created PowerPoints, a video for morning announcements, and helped with sustainable education in the lunch room. Due to their hard work, the BEE Club is celebrating its Level One status with this Green Schools banner. The BEE Club staff leaders include Vanessa Applehoff, Cathy Daniels, and Gary Barone.
Like a well-oiled machine, second graders hurried to their mail processing stations. Some students identified room numbers, some stamped, and others sorted mail for delivery. Learning and participating in the mail delivery process was part of the second grade communities’ social studies unit at Grand Ridge Elementary School. Throughout the unit, students learned about communities, community helpers, and how to be a contributing citizen.During the week of February 9-13, the entire school took part in a letter writing week. Students wrote letters to teachers, teachers wrote letters to students, and family members sent in letters to be mailed. All letters were processed by second grade classrooms at their Grand Ridge Post Office. Sarah Forkner, second grade teacher shared, “I was surprised at how many out of state parents, grandparents, and relatives sent in letters this year. We even had a few letter from family pets!”
More than 600 students and families packed the Apollo Elementary gym, halls, and multi-purpose room for the popular Multi-Cultural Night event sponsored by the PTSA Friday, February 6. At the start of the night, families dined on delicious cuisine from around the world at the International Food Festival. Along with food, students enjoyed games and activities from various cultures, such as henna tattoos from India.
With stomachs full and game prizes in tow, the program portion of the event kicked off with a surprise entrance and performance by the International Chinese Lion Dance troupe. The excitement continued with performances by the Apollo Choir, Blue Dog Tap Dance Troupe, and Mrs. Pfeffer's 4th grade class. Families were also treated to an impressive "Tinikling" dance by Apollo students of Philippine heritage and a spectacular Bollywood performance by students of East Indian heritage.
The evening concluded with the Parade of Countries fashion show. Students showcased beautiful attire from a variety of cultures as they strutted across the stage. A crowd favorite was the student dressed as the Statue of Liberty. The night concluded with all of the represented cultures joining together on stage as a display of what America truly looks like today. Photo courtesy of Apollo Parent Volunteer Rod Paulino.
Congratulations to Aditi Srinivasan who recently won the Discovery Elementary school-wide Spelling Bee. The Discovery Elementary spelling bee competition was held in two parts, a preliminary written test and an oral test. First, students from all grades participated in preliminary spelling bees in their classrooms. The preliminary bees were written tests to determine finalists for the oral spelling bee. The oral spelling bee was held February 5 and 6 and featured ten finalists from each grade. Throughout the competition, students used the Scripps National Spelling Bee rules and words. Hollie Smith, Discovery Spelling Bee PTA chair shared, “The kids did awesome and we actually ran out of words! The words went all the way to the 8th grade level and we had to go to an alternate list to determine the winners.” Students competed at grade level with a first place winner from each grade. The first place winners then competed for the overall school championship title. Aditi Srinivasan, a 5th grader won the overall school title and will compete at the regional event in Seattle later this year.
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