Tomorrow, Sunday, April 1, Seattle Children's Hospital will be giving away bike helmets on a first-com, first-serve basis. They have 400 helmets to give away and your child must be present to be fitted properly. This is happening at the Ballard Commons Park from 10 am to 1 p.m.
Salmon Bay's Leo Pfeifer won first place in C-Span's documentary video contest. He won $3,000 and his video will be aired on C-Span on April 25th. This is the second year in a row Leo has placed in the top tier of this competition. Students in grades 6-12 created videos with the theme, "The Constitution and You." They had to select any provision of the Constitution to work on. Over 1200 videos were submitted.
Congrats to Leo, his parents and his teachers at Salmon Bay.
In the Global Reading Challenge competition, two Seattle teams have advanced to the next round: Alki Elementary and Adams Elementary. Those two teams will compete against a Canadian team in video conference competition on April 13th.
Adams was the city winner with Alki also qualifying. The competition is between teams made up of 4th and 5th graders.
Good luck to both teams!
Also out Ballard way, news that the Robotics Club at Ballard High won first place last weekend at the Seattle Olympic Regional FIRST Robotics competition. They won with a basketball-shooting robot that competed against other robots in a basketball game. Ballard now goes on to nationals in St. Louis.
Two Hamilton International students, Jessie Ma and Tiffany Shen, designed a state flag for the Youth Art Month flag contest and their entry was selected as the winner. Both traveled to Washington, D.C. last week with their art teacher to see their flag displayed at the Flags Flying High Celebration.
Roosevelt High teacher Tom Nolet has been named a finalist for Civic Educator of the Year by the state legislature. Mr. Nolet was co-founder of RHS's Hand for a Bridge program more than a decade ago which sponsors exchanges between RHS students and student in South Africa and Northern Ireland.
I know Mr Nolet and his work and he is one the best teachers we have in our district.
Chanda Oatis at Alki Elementary - She has been serving as interim principal this year and had previously been at Denny as an assistant principal. She won the Washington State Assistant Principal of the Year for 2012.
Neil Gerrans at Lawton - Dr. Gerrans has been serving as interim principal at Lawton this year. Before coming to Lawton, Dr. Gerrans taught in the Renton School District. Interesting fact: his PhD is in computational electromagnetics. (Get this guy a STEM school.)
Chris Kinsey at Chief Sealth High School - Mr. Kinsey has also been serving as an interim principal this year. He has taught at Meany and worked administratively at Hale, Eckstein and Cleveland.
Kristina Bellamy-McClain at Emerson Elementary - Principal Bellamy-McClain has been serving as interim principal and previously was an administrator at Denny.
The district wants you to know that they use NONE of the ammonia-treated beef (better known as "pink slime") that has been in the news lately.