TheBorderite Report March 2007

Published on Thu, Mar 1, 2007
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The Borderite Report March 2007


Brought To You By The Blaine School District
Shannon Breivik, Editor
I would love to hear your comments or feedback. Send to: borderitenews@blainesd.org

School Calendar

March
Mar 1-7 K-8 1:00 dismiss for conferences
Mar 5 7th-8th grade concert
Mar 6 10th grade parent night
Mar 9 MS sock hop 5:30-8:30 MS cafeteria
Mar 10 V Jamboree
Mar 11 Daylight savings time
Mar 13 Volleyball A,B & C games
Mar 15 Pt. Roberts showcase @ Pt. Roberts
Mar 15 V Baseball against Bellingham
Mar 12-16 Classified employees week
Mar 12-23 PTO penny drive
Mar 13-20 HS WASL testing
Mar 16 HS dance in MS gym
Mar 17 St. Patrick’s Day
Mar 19 JV baseball against Meridian
Mar 20 First day of spring
Mar 20 Volleyball A,B,&C games
Mar 20 V Baseball against Meridian
Mar 22 Love of Reading night @ PAC
Mar 22 V Baseball against Ferndale
Mar 23 Japan band performance @ PAC
Mar 24 HS close-up departs to WA, DC
Mar 26 No school LID day
Mar 26 School Board meeting
Mar 28 JV baseball against Nooksack
Mar 29 Kindergarten registration
Mar 30 V Baseball against Squalicum
Mar 31 5th-8th grade math champs

April
Apr 1-30 Keep America beautiful month
Apr 1 April Fool’s Day
Apr 2 Senior portfolios due
Apr 3 V Baseball against Mt. Vernon
Apr 4 HS early release for conferences
Apr 5 JV baseball against Meridian
Apr 8 Easter
Apr 9 - 13 No school - spring vacation

High School

Band to Japan
They’re back! The Blaine High School Wind Ensemble completed a whirlwind tour in Japan, February 7-16. This group of 9th through 12th graders received an invitation to perform at the Funabashi Music Festival, as well as visiting and playing for three different schools, one reception, and a short performance at Tokyo Disneyland. While the Disney performance was rained (and blown) out, the band performed at all of their other events with a high degree of musicianship and technical expertise. The Wind Ensemble’s performance at the Festival was particularly outstanding; both for the quality of playing as well as for the fact that it was in front of 5,000 attendees, 1,000 other performers, and broadcast regionally on live TV. This was a terrific experience for these students who were housed with Japanese host families, spending every night with the same hosts and getting to know them, their cultures, and their language. The students were impressed by the Japanese graciousness and giving nature. The Japanese host families were equally impressed by our courtesy and our willingness to try new food and new experiences. Thanks to all those who helped make this experience a success, especially Leslee Smith, lead chaperone, Yumi Sudo, tour coordinator, and Dorita Gray for all her help, as well as all the students and support we received from our community. All in all our Blaine High School Wind Ensemble members should be commended for their musicianship, for their respect and courtesy, and for representing our school, our community, our state, and our nation as young ambassadors of goodwill. Way to go Band!

"The Curious Savage"
Blaine High School Drama is preparing for its second and final play production of the school year. "The Curious Savage" is a comedy about a wealthy woman who wants to spend her money to help people fulfill their dreams. Her step-children have her committed to a sanatorium to prevent her from using up "their inheritance". The people she meets at the sanatorium are eccentric and they become good friends. Performances are Friday, March 2 at 7pm; Saturday, March 3 at 7pm; and Sunday, March 4 at 2pm. All performances are in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students, and children 5 and under are free.

NW Math Championships
Once again Blaine hosted the NW Math Championships! On Februrary 3rd, high school students from all over WA State came here to compete individually and with their teams on five different math tests. This year we hosted 101 teams of four students each. It takes a lot of people to host a quality competition and our community really helped out! ConocoPhillips' continued financial sponsorship makes this event possible. Blaine Mayor Mike Myers, Blaine's former Superintendent Gordon Dolman, and many other generous people all helped to make this an enjoyable competition for our "mathletes". The District will be hosting the 5th-8th grade WA State Math Champs on March 31st. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Todd Apple at 332-8116.


Elementary School

Storyteller
Rosemary Scott Vohs, British storyteller, came to the PAC for the Elementary's Love of Reading Night sharing stories from around the world and encouraging families to make storytelling a part of their family activities. Many wonderful stories can be found in the 398.2 section of any library. The next Love of Reading Night will be on March 22.

Rock Climbing
Mr. Persse is explaining the safety rules for his seven day rock climbing curriculum in Elementary PE. This is the 4th year using a traverse climbing wall. Thanks to a Jump Rope for Heart grant, Mr. Persse was able to extend the rock wall during the summer. The climbing skills demonstrate static and dynamic balance, which is part of our State’s Health and Fitness Essential Academic Learning requirements.

Book Fair
We hope you all had a chance to stop by the Book Fair at the Middle School Library. Librarian Sara Brimmer had quite a selection of books for all ages. Thanks to all those who helped make this Scholastic Book Fair a success. The Elementary Book Fair is being held Mar 5th-9th in the Elementary Library - hope to see you there! This year the Elementary School is having their first annual Battle of the Books.

The battle will be held on March 21 in the Elementary Library at 1:30 to determine which of our teams will attend a battle against Ferndale Schools in April. If you are interested in judging one of these events, please contact Tricia Johnson at the Elementary Library.

Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL)
WASL - it is certainly the buzz in Washington State. The Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) is a series of tests that helps make sure our students learn the foundational skills and knowledge that educators, parents and community leaders say are important to their success in life.

The WASL serves two purposes. It helps us find out how each student is doing and how each school is doing. Schools pay attention to WASL results. They use them to improve teaching and to do a better job of meeting every student’s academic needs.

Students in grades 3-8 are required to take the WASL in reading and math. 4th and 7th graders are also required to take the writing WASL. 5th and 8th graders must take the science WASL. Passing the WASL in reading, writing and math for the Class of 2008 and beyond is a graduation requirement based on current legislation. Beginning with the Class of 2010, they will also be required to pass science.

As we support our students to do their best and show what they know on the WASL, parents and family members play a key role. Be sure your child gets a good night sleep the night before the test. Provide a healthy breakfast the morning before the test. Praise them and let them know you believe in them and know they will do well.

The dates are as follows:
• High School: March 13-15 – Writing, March 19-20 – Reading,
April 17-20 – Math/Science
• Grades 3-8: April 16 – May 4

For more information, contact your child’s teacher, school principal or Deb Cummings (District Assessment Director at 332-0720). Our state website also has a WASL for family’s link (www.k12.wa.us/assessment/WASL).