BorderiteReport  May/June 2007

Published on Thu, May 17, 2007
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Borderite Report
May/June 2007

Brought To You By The Blaine School District
Charlotte Fouse, Editor
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School Calendar

May 18 7th-8th grade Jr Parade
May 19 & 20 MS Play
May 22 HS recognition night
May 24 Elementary concert 1pm
May 24 6th grade band concert 7pm
May 26 Ski to Sea grand parade
May 28 Memorial Day
May 31 Evening of the arts

June 1 Primary concert
June 4 HS choral concert
June 5 7th-8th grade concert
June 6 Elementary transition night
June 7 5th grade orientation
June 11 HS graduation
June 12 8th grade tea
June 14 HS Graduation @ 7 p.m.
June 15 School in Session
June 17 Father’s Day
June 18 School in Session
June 19 Last day of school
June 21 First day of summer

High School

Please join us for our high school graduation on June 14th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the new gymnasium.

Senior Portfolios and oral Boards
Seniors have been busy putting together their Portfolios and preparing for the Oral Boards which they presented to community members on May 16th.

Masonic Awards 2007
The Whatcom County Masonic Education Council honored six Blaine High School Juniors as Masonic Scholar-Citizens at an award reception on April 25 at the Bellingham Masonic Building. The students are Bessie Chaput, Kristi Berge, Ariel Fisher, Patrick Mulholland, Daniel Dougan and Cody Barthlow. Bessie Chaput and Patrick Mulholland were selected as BHS Scholar-Citizen Award recipients and Patrick received a $500 scholarship as top student from his school.

Middle School

BMS’s recent Hawaiian Dance Party was a big hit!
A good time was had by approximately 175 students and 20 chaperones. Whatcom Sound provided the music while kids danced, competed in the limbo and hula, and enjoyed pizza, pop, photos, and socializing. Over 100 cans of food were collected for the Blaine Food Bank. Volunteers are also needed to assist with the upcoming track invitational on May 22nd. If you are interested in helping out, please call BMS at 332-8226 for Katie McMullen.

The BMS is performing a play which is a comic parody called The Pirate Zone written by Molly Mitchell-Mumma and Betsy Freeman. The performances are Saturday, May 19th at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 20th, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Come on out for a night of comedy!

The Blaine Middle School’s Safe Shores Program will offer a full load of summer programs for current middle school students. Included are: Summer Theater (June 20-July 29), Rocks and Water Overnight Camps (July 16-20 and July 23-27), and Rocks and Water Sailing (June 25-29). While there is no charge for any program, students must register in advance. Please contact Leaf Schumann at 332-0614 for more information.

Elementary School

BES had a parent/volunteer appreciation on May 3rd with a Hawaiian theme. The parents drove up to a tent to get a thank you muffin and coffee. They had music playing and the students stood out on the sidewalk shaking signs while the teachers passed out the coffee and muffins. They had a blast!

The PE Central Challenge©
The PE Central Challenge© is a motivating skills challenge for 4th and 5th graders and has had over 615,000 students participating nationwide. This program not only helps kids learn important skills such as throwing and catching; it also encourages kids to work together and cooperate. There are 6 challenge tasks that form the Challenge (jump rope, volleying, throwing/catching, paddle striking, and 2 cooperative tasks). All students can win an award pin and certificate. If a student passes 4 of 6 challenges they earn a cool Bronze Award pin, 5 of 6 earns a Silver pin, and 6 of 6 earns a Gold pin. This year we had over 63 BES students earning pins and certificates.

Mrs. Gallaher’s class joined with their first grade buddies from Mrs. Shapiro’s class to celebrate Earth Day. Together the students pitched in to help our planet by participating in a “litter walk” around the Blaine School District campus. Thanks to these students our schools are starting spring with fresh, clean grounds.

Also in celebration of Earth Day, High School students from George Kaas’ horticulture classes were at the Primary School on Friday, April 20th, to teach students proper planting techniques. Each participating primary student took their planting home.

Congratulations to Kerry Munkres and Molly Mitchell-Mumma!
They have been selected as Teachers of the Year in the Blaine School District. Kerry teaches special education and Molly teaches at Blaine Middle School. Both Kerry and Molly have a few words regarding this recognition.

Molly: “I am grateful for the recognition. I share the honor with the teachers, paraeducators, administrators, parents, and, of course, students who help and challenge me every day to be better at what I do. Being a teacher at Blaine Middle School rocks!”

Kerry: “I would love to thank the school district for this honor and for recognizing the special education field. I work with great teachers and administrators and enjoy my job teaching high school and transition students.”