Update: a great story from the Times about the Ballard valedictorian this year. Mikael Perla got diagnosed with leukemia in the middle of his freshman year. He spent two grueling years fighting it off (with steroids causing him to have diabetes). He could have taken time off to fight but he continued his studies.
Don't mistake Perla's persistence for arrogance. He credits his top
grades to hard work and teachers who tutored him.
He doesn't mention that he practically taught himself the language
and math of chemistry from textbooks in bed, that he turned in every
homework assignment, that he came in after school to do labs when he
would be less likely to catch germs from classmates, reluctantly
accepting his mom as his lab partner.
Mikael Perla will attend the University of Washington in the fall after
completing a summer program in engineering. He's considering a career in
Good luck, Mikael - you have lots of people behind you.
The West Seattle blog reports that Arbor Heights Elementary raised $500 at a bake sale to help fund cancer research for Seattle Children's Hospital. What a great effort from everyone there.
Top three winners from the district's Science Fair:
Mason Klein, 6th grade at Jane Addams; Ruby Nelson, 7th grade at Whitman Middle; and Bryn Templeton, 8th grade at Blaine K-8. This year's science fair had the biggest turnout yet in terms of students, parents, and other visitors. The fair, held June 7 at the Museum of Flight, had 211 students from 11 middle schools who participated.
Judges volunteered for a half-day from these companies or institutions:
Boeing, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research, Google, Institute for Systems
Biology, Museum of Flight, Seattle Biomedical Research, US Forest
Service, University of Washington, Seattle Public Schools, Wignall
Consulting LLC, Starbucks, & Cadence MD.
Staff members in the District are very thankful for funders who
financially supported the middle school science fair this year:
• Eureka Lodge #20 FAM of WA
• Puget Sound Engineering Council
• American Statistical Association
• American Institute of Aeronautics and Puget Sound Chapter Astronautics
These organizations donated prizes: Seattle Aquarium, Burke Museum,
Museum of Flight, and Woodland Park Zoo. Gary Foss is a friend of the
fair and helps in many ways.
Good work to all the students who participated and a big thank you to all the community supporters.
Adams Elementary won the second annual Schools of Excellence in Arts Education Award presented by ArtsEd Washington together with the Association of Washington School Principals. This award was presented to just two K-12 schools in Washington State.
From the district press release:
Schools were chosen based on five guiding principles. First, they were
required to incorporate all four of the arts disciplines – music, dance,
theater and visual arts. They also needed to use creative approaches to
learning, encourage parental involvement, learn about other cultures
through art, and promote community connections that extend beyond the
Adams was chosen because it “directly integrates the arts into its
curriculum and links it to district and state standards.” The PTA,
parents and grants have helped to expand Adams’ multifaceted arts
program. The school is currently working on creating a “systemic,
articulated K-5 arts curriculum plan.”
Good for Adams and I hope it inspires other schools.
Anyone else in their high school marching band ? (Yay for marching band!) Ballard's band won third place at the Island Farms Victoria Day Parade held - where else - in Victoria, B.C.
An updated from the thread about the Washington Aerospace Scholars 2012 program. It was announced that eight SPS high school students - 5 from Ingraham, 1 from Garfield and 1 from Chief Sealth were selected for the WAS summer residency, a one-week session. They were picked from 297 who applied.
As their final project, students created a proposal for a future colony
on Mars. They were challenged to design a colony capable of sustaining
30 colonists for an extended period of time and to create a visual
design of their colony. Some of the top designs will be displayed at the
Museum of Flight.
Phase 2 of the program is a six-day summer residency experience. In each
of the residency sessions, four teams of scholars work cooperatively to
plan a human mission to Mars with support from professional
engineers/scientists, university students, and certificated educators.
Each session also includes briefings from aerospace professionals, tours
of engineering facilities, and hands-on engineering challenges
involving model rocketry, robotics, landing devices, and payload
President Obama named 97 math and science teachers as winners of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science teaching. Among those winners from Washington State was Robert Ettinger, a science teacher at Mercer Middle School. Great job, Mr. Ettinger!
Each year the award alternates between teachers teaching kindergarten
through 6th grade and those teaching 7th through 12th grades. The 2011
awardees named today teach 7th through 12th grades.
Winners of this Presidential honor receive a $10,000 award from the
National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion. They also
are invited Washington, DC, for an awards ceremony and several days of
educational and celebratory events, including visits with members of
Congress and the Administration.
Denny Middle school students came in first this year for the Math Olympiad competition for all the middle and K-8s in the district. Good work, Dolphins.