Jackson High School science teacher Brielle Kemis has received a $1,000 Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association STEM Teaching Tools grant. The grant goes to first-year science teachers who have previously received the organization's $5,000 Educational Foundation STEM Teacher Scholarship for students preparing to teach science, technology, engineering and math subjects in middle or secondary schools.
Kemis will receive the $1,000 award the next two years, as well, as long as she continues teaching a STEM subject. The grant can be used to fund hardware and software, other classroom tools, field trips, STEM-focused clubs and other activities.
Musicians to learn, perform in Yakima
Student music groups from three local high schools were among those selected to perform at the Washington Music Educators Association's annual conference to be held in February in Yakima.
The Monroe High School wind ensemble, Cascade High School's "Vivace" choir and the advanced orchestra from Skyview Junior High School in Bothell will participate in the music clinic, which will focus on rehearsal techniques. "This will be a great opportunity for our students," said Lisa White, a teacher and director at Monroe.
Kids see one forest razed, renew another
A new outdoor classroom at Mukilteo Elementary School started with a few students who were upset to see a forest behind their school razed for a new housing development.
The students' initial idea was to plant a row of trees, but the stress of recess antics on young trees and care over the summer nixed that plan. Instead, the school's representative government of fourth- and fifth-graders called on expert help from Ryan Williams of the Snohomish County Conservation District.
With help from a Conservation District donation and EarthCorps volunteers, 1.88 acres of district property northwest of the playground and adjacent to the clear cut was cleaned of invasive plants, like ivy and blackberry brambles. Students then potted native trees and bushes, and with help from parents and staff crafted a winding trail. Former students of the school also are stepping up to help. Jack McManis, an Eagle Scout candidate, is planning a bird blind. Three other Boy Scouts also plan projects: Liam Schissler will refine the trail, Eric Wills will build seating in the amphitheater and Austin Szoke has proposed building bat boxes.
Local grads earn WWU scholarships
Western Washington University students with local ties have been awarded scholarships.
Tye Hastings, a 2010 graduate of Jackson High School, received a $1,000 Harrington Foundation Men's Soccer Scholarship for the 2013-14 academic year.
Courtney Hook, a 2010 graduate of Meadowdale High School, received a $700 Communication Department scholarship.
Heather Flaherty, a 2005 graduate of Bothell High School, received a $4,000 Donald Cole Graduate Fellowship Endowment for students in the master of business administration program.
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