For the third year in a row, KMS yearbook staff and advisor Kate Reece have received national honors for their 2010 edition of Verkana, volume 17, including a Silver Crown and a Gold Medal rating from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.
This year was the 11th Annual 5th and 6th grade track and field meet held at the South Sound Stadium. On Thursday there were six Elementary schools that competed and Friday there were seven. Each school develops a track team and practices for the meet during April and May. There are 300 plus students that are at the event each day which is about 50-60 students from each school.
Members of the Multicultural Advisory Committee recognized both staff and students for their work around diversity. Peggy Johnston (center), an 8th grader at Nisqually Middle School, received the Bonnie Evans Award for Student Multicultural Leadership.
It was a moment of suspense and North Thurston students rolled out a banner announcing the name of “Mrs. Rowell” as their 2010-11 “Teacher of the Year.” But while the rest of the gym broke into loud cheers, English teacher Sandra Rowell had her back to the banner and remained oblivious as to what all the fuss was about.
Oceanography students from Nisqually Middle School eagerly climbed aboard the 65-foot M/V Indigo last month as part of a hands-on “citizen science learning expedition” sponsored by SEA (Service Education Adventure) and a Russell Family Foundation Grant.
Singing, dancing, an Islamic Fashion Show, wonderful food, and great conversation were highlights of the evening at Pleasant Glade Elementary's second annual multicultural night. Pleasant Glade staff and families celebrated the diversity of the school community and continued the tradition of learning from one another.
Students in Ms. King's Biology class at North Thurston High School ventured out into the wilderness for her 20th annual Field Study on May 5. The 6-week Field Study is a great experience for the students to meet new friends and interact with nature. When King started this assignment 20 years ago her goal was to, “take biology outside the classroom and give students a hands-on learning experience.”
South Bay Elementary celebrated their cultures in a big way this spring. “Culture Night” was a new and successful CAN event that was held on April 13 in the South Bay library. Over 100 people including about 65 students and five staff volunteers attended. Students and family members shared artifacts from their cultures. Some shared books, pictures, language and greetings. Some wore cultural clothing from sombreros to German lederhosen! Onlookers were treated to two performances: Irish Dancing, and Taekwondo. Many community connections were made as people casually shared in the commonality or the diversity of their cultures.
Students in Dan McCracken’s Construction Skills class stepped up to fight cancer by creating “clue boxes” for a May 21 fundraiser “Punish Cancer Amazing Race.” North Thurston students Robby Clark, Cailegh Rosen, and Anthony Dahmen built the boxes which were used at check points all around Thurston County for the cancer fundraiser based on the hit TV show “The Amazing Race.”
Congratulations to North Thurston & River Ridge High School students for placing at the 2011 Skills USA State Leadership Conference, held April 21st -23rd in Yakima, WA. Read on to learn who they are...
Congratulations to Timberline's Brandi Eadie and NTHS's Crizel Pineda for being chosen as 2011 Lake Fair Princesses! The ladies were chosen in February and are going to be princesses through July 2012. Lake Fair is July 13-17 and the Coronation of the princesses is July 14 at 7pm.
About 20 members of the South Sound real estate community took part Friday in a tour of North Thurston Public Schools, a chance for the agents and brokers to learn more about the district, its schools and future growth
Having a little extra money can go a long way in the classroom, especially if you are a teacher! Earlier this year, 12 schools received mini- grants ranging from $200-$1000 from the Multicultural Advisory Committee.
Some of the 82 students in Cathy Miller’s sign language classes at North Thurston and River Ridge High Schools have been busy this year performing at local events to help spread an understanding and appreciation for the beauty of sign language.
Educators in North Thurston Public Schools were awarded mini-grants from the North Thurston Education Foundation for use in schools and classrooms to assist in the improvement of student learning. Read on to learn who these teachers are...
Schools encourage critical thinking, curiosity and creativity. Which diapers leak the most? Can you see through an egg? Which fruit will make the most electricity? These were just some of nearly 140 questions asked by South Bay students at their annual science fair on March 10.
From flower bulb sales to talent shows, students and staff from Aspire Middle School hope to raise $7,000 to purchase computers for their “sister school” in Chincha Alta, Peru which was ravaged by an earthquake in 2007. A small group from Aspire traveled to Peru this summer to visit the Grocio Pado School and meet teachers and families.
Twenty-seven citizens were honored as Champions for Kids at the annual TOGETHER dinner on March 7. The champion for North Thurston Public Schools is Robert Coit, Executive Director of the Thurston County Food Bank.
Timberline Senior Aubrey Taylor put on a stellar performance doing a monologue from Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom playing the role of Ma Rainey,and ended up taking first place in the 1st annual August Wilson Monologue Contest for the city of Seattle.
Meadows Elementary, Chinook Middle School, Mt View Elementary and North Thurston High School were asked to join other schools around Washington State to speak about their implementation of Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support (PBIS) and the results it has brought to their schools.
Members of the North Thurston and Timberline High School Jazz Bands braved the elements last weekend to attend the prestigious Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival at the University of Idaho (http://www.uidaho.edu/jazzfest).
Students from Minsk-Mazowiecki, Poland are visiting the North Thurston Public School District. The six students and two English Language teachers are here for one month and are doing their best to learn as much as they can about the American schools, culture, as well as family and teen life.
What do parallel lines, Forrest Gump and a star’s life cycle have in common? These were just some of the unique and varied project themes at South Sound High Schools end-of-semester academic fair last month.
What do NFL player Jonathan Stewart, Lacey Mayor Tom Nelson and Rhubarb, the mascot of the Tacoma Rainiers, have in common? They're among a long list of South Sound celebrities who are serving as guest readers throughout February for Horizons Elementary's
As part of the district’s approach to reinforcing positive behavior, Woodland Elementary is recognizing students for their efforts through its “Self Manager” program. Woodland expectations include being: “Respectful, Responsible and Safe.” Students who consistently meet these expectations receive a staff referral and a coveted blue self manager bracelet.
Brandon Pavlick, a freshman at Timberline High School, is a true example of an extraordinary teenager. At age 15, he has just been selected to compete against other Boys & Girls Club members for the Washington Youth of the Year title, a $1,000 scholarship and the chance to move on to the regional competition.
Amada Lang, art teacher at Horizons Elementary, has been recognized for outstanding leadership in the area of arts education by Artsonia - the world's largest online kid's art museum. The school's online art gallery ranks #7 in the state, according to Artsonia.
Students from several North Thurston Public Schools, including River Ridge’s Taiko Ensemble and Mountain View’s Marimba Ensemble, performed at the Ethnic Celebration on January 22 at St. Martin’s University.
The SmileMobile is a modern dental office on wheels that brings oral health services to children who dont have access to dental care. The 38 foot long, brightly colored mobile dental clinic is operated by the Washington Dental Service Foundation, the states largest foundation dedicated to improving oral health.
North Thurston High School’s RAMS in Action club gave out tickets to fellow students who were “buckled up” before school on Monday as part of a public safety campaign. The group worked closely with Target Zero Thurston County and the Lacey Police Department to organize the event.
Komachin Middle School students spent a day serving the community in honor of Martin Luther King. All of the students were dispatched to community-service projects throughout the region for their scheduled projects.
January is School Board Recogniton Month. We would like to recognize school board members Laurie Davies, Chuck Namit, Bill Williams, Aaron Owada, and Leah Wells. Thank you for all you do for the North Thurston Public Schools!
Meadows Elementary School is implementing a cultural belief and framework this year called Kids at Hope. Kids at Hope is a cultural belief based in the research of hope. The research of hope shows that if you show people what is right about them, they are more likely to be successful.
River Ridge High School teacher-librarian Sarah Applegate has received one of only 19 Distinguished Fulbright Awards in Teaching. She and her family depart later this month for the journey to Helsinki, Finland. Applegate, who is also a National Board Certified teacher, will be researching how Finland teaches Information Literacy Skills in their school system.
Every school needs a school song. That’s why Olympic View Principal Bob Richards, a former band and music teacher, took it upon himself to write one and rehearse it with students as a surprise to his staff.
Students at Pleasant Glade Elementary got an extra literacy boost this fall when a nonprofit group donated more than 4,000 to the school. The books came from Reading Tree, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing the tools of literacy and education locally and nationally.
River Ridge senior Wyat Taylor took 1st place in the teen division of the Canon Photography in the Parks contest. His prize includes a trip to the park of his choice and over $5000 in photography equipment.
In support of a community partnership with Pleasant Glade Elementary school, the non-profit Omega Community Development Association sponsored a community 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament on December 11 at River Ridge High School.
While most students use a rainy Saturday to relax or sleep in, two dozen Chinook Middle School students (and a handful of supportive staff and parents) took the opportunity to pick up some shovels, dig in the dirt and beautify their school.
Come check out the Lacey Loves to Read Bookfair, Sat. Nov. 20 at Barnes & Noble in west Olympia. This will be a all day event with special children's activities from 1-2:30 pm. A portion of the proceeds will go to North Thurston Public Schools! Use voucher when making purchase or order online.
Students in Linda Karamatic’s class at Horizons weren’t the only ones learning about writing last month. As part of an ongoing writing workshop, Karamatic works with Instructional Specialist Heather Rader to bring out the best in her students – and herself!
Some sat on the water machine looking cool while others dangled precariously atop the railing over the commons. One wore a cross. Another celebrated a favorite cartoon character. They were all unique but had one thing in common: they were pants. Click on the bold headline to learn more.
Drama teachers Leslie Van Leishout (River Ridge High School) and Brenda Amburgy (Timberline High School) were recently inducted into the 2010 Washington State Thespians Hall of Fame. Click on the bold headline to learn more.
North Thurston High School students and staff “stand up in pink” to bring awareness to breast cancer in support of October Breast Cancer Awareness month. Several activities took place at NTHS during October to help bring awareness to breast cancer research and finding a cure for breast cancer. Click on the bold headline to learn more.
Watch the Superintendent’s Roundtable on TCTV. Type in Superintendents Roundtable once you reach the website. Featuring local Superintendents including North Thurston’s Raj Manhas. Topics include Cyber Safety, Budget, Student Achievement and growth. Click on the bold headline to find the link.
In celebration of Veterans Day, North Thurston employees and community members gathered at the district Service Center on October 22 to honor those who have served our country in the military. Click on bold headline to learn more.
Evergreen Forest Elementary fourth grade student hand-crafted and decorated drums made from deer hide and cedar Thursday, October 29. The students will use them in a school holiday assembly later this year. Click on bold headline to learn more.
An expert panel of legal, law enforcement and education officials will explore a variety of topics and provide resources on cyber and cell phone safety – specifically as it relates to teens today. This event will be held on October 14, 7-8:30pm at Chinook Middle School, 4301 Sixth Ave. NE, Lacey. Questions? Call Community Relations at 360-412-4418.
This summer Valerie Coats was recognized with the top honor of "All-American Cheerleader" at NCA camp. Less than 10% of cheerleaders are chosen as NCA All-American. To qualify, cheerleaders must have all the qualities of an all around great cheerleader. Click the bold headline to learn more.
Amber Granger, a student at Chinook Middle School captured first place in the 6-7 division of The American Library of Poetry Student Poetry Contest. (Click on the image or headline for the rest of the story)
Nisqually Middle School Principal, Karen Owen, attended the National Principals of the Year Event in Washington DC. She traveled with Washington State's high school principal of the year, Jennifer Shaw from Franklin Pierce High School.
On Monday, September 27th, twenty-one Nisqually Middle School Students traveled to Mt. Rainier National Park to help make a difference in one of America’s national treasures. (click picture or headline for the rest of story)
Olympic View Elementary held a Walkathon on October 8, 2010 to help raise money for their PTA. The students first participate in the Walkathon held at the track at the school. Here they keep track of their total laps. Afterwards they ask their friends and family to pledge a certain amount depending on the total laps they completed or just a flat donation.
Seven Oaks Elementary School is now implementing the WATCH D.O.G.S. program. It’s a program through fathers.com aimed at increasing male involvement in children’s school lives. The Father’s job is to help supervise, eat with the kids, participate in the school day, tutor and overall just be a part of what takes place at Seven Oaks.
North Thurston Public School bus driver, Mr. Rob Shadle, was recognized by Board Member, Bill Williams, and Chief of Operations, John Bash, on October 1st for his “above and beyond” service to the students of the North Thurston Public Schools.
Nathan Schmedake was recognized for his achievement at the September 21st Board Meeting. He was selected for the highly competitive and prestigious 2010 Washington Aerospace Scholar Summer Residency program this summer.