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Pupils practice cursive writing. Credit: AFP/Getty Images
Mary Anderson Dearing November 15, 2013 at 07:36 pm
What is being taught in place of cursive writing? Is the time that was once allotted to cursive nowRead More devoted to block style printing, or to some other topic completely? When I was a child we didn't allot THAT much time to cursive, but it was part of every other lesson because all lessons involved some copying from the blackboard, or later, taking notes on lectures. I find cursive much faster and easier to use than block printing.
Margaret Denn December 2, 2013 at 11:23 am
If we have to choose between printing and cursive, cursive is the better choice. Personally, I thinkRead More we need to teach both. Printing needs to be taught to the kindergarteners and primary children and cursive to the older students. A beautiful cursive handwriting is an asset for the rest of one's life..
Sunset Festival of Bands 2009 (Courtesy photo)
Celia Bender October 9, 2013 at 03:50 pm
Awesome event! This year marks the 5th anniversary and there will be 11 bands performing. WeatherRead More forecast looks good--bring the whole family! See what Mason created and how it has grown...
Laurie Miller October 11, 2013 at 03:19 pm
SDA is proud to be a sponsor of this event this year and looks forward to our continued support ofRead More our school district and events.
Leslie A Parmelee January 8, 2014 at 06:37 am
I got recorded messages on my house,cell and work phones,emails and a text from my daughter whenRead More they evacuated.
Leslie A Parmelee January 8, 2014 at 06:39 am
If the school doesn't have an updated number/email or you didn't sign a consent to be notified theyRead More won't notify you.
Kristin January 8, 2014 at 11:18 am
I am as updated as can be. I did eventually get a recorded msg, but it was several hours after theRead More incident.
Students in grades 1 to 6 take part in Science Camp Invention at Daffodil Valley Elementary in Sumner, an effort to promote an interest in exploring STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).
Kristin July 26, 2013 at 10:19 pm
Camp Invention is such a great program! My daughters have attended for 3 summers. Besides the greatRead More STEM knowledge they pick up, I see them (and the other campers) gain so much confidence that they can be creative and try things out, even if it doesn't work like they thought it was going to. That confidence and creativity can't help but transfer to other areas of their lives as well. (The creative building doesn't stop when camp does; my girls keep cool recyclables in a large container and make "stuff" all year long! It's a little embarrassing how excited we get about great cardboard. lol)
April Chan July 26, 2013 at 10:55 pm
The kids were amazing. I agree - it's so important to get them to own their creativity and ideasRead More early before the fear of failure that cripples so many adults sets in. I hope the program gets to touch the lives of more students moving forward and that it gets the funding it needs to grow.
Ashley Bayliss White July 16, 2013 at 06:17 pm
Have to say how great this is. sadly how long did it take? coming from a mother of a son who is nowRead More going into the first grade and was already far behind.
Julie June 19, 2013 at 05:13 pm
“One potential policy change is adjusting the Achievement Index by using an A–F gradingRead More scale,” said Finne. “Such a change would make it easier for parents to understand how their child’s school is performing. Legislation has already been introduced in the 2013 Washington Legislative Session that would accomplish that goal.” That makes a lot of sense. Too bad they won't give us easy to understand letter grades on our kids' report cards.
k June 12, 2013 at 07:22 pm
As the 2011 editor of the SHS yearbook, I would just like to point out what Hunter has alreadyRead More stated which is that there is no competition for these awards. I think, being apart of the younger generation, that pages like this are just purely to provide a memory and bring back times from when people were younger. I think that the parents that did complain about this may need to step back and come to a realization that this is a time in their children s lives that pointing out silly things like this only embarrasses them. As far as the attendance category goes, I do not think that the school faculty should really be concerned with this considering the students are graduating, regardless of their "attendance issues" and its just a funny page to look back at and laugh.
Bryce Helle June 12, 2013 at 09:57 pm
i agree with both comets that this award is just a joke and has been in the yearbook for years whyRead More is it not this year that someone decides to complain about it it should of been addressed when it first started like they said NOBODY try's to win this award its more of a comical thing
Jenny Manning June 13, 2013 at 08:54 am
Thanks, Hunter, k and Bryce for sharing your thoughts as part of the student body. I'm a decade outRead More of high school, but when I was there it really was a badge of honor to earn mention in the yearbook categories. Granted, I don't think we had a worst driver award. Instead we had cutest couple, class clown, most likely to cure cancer, etc. I wish I had my yearbooks handy. That said, we weren't perfect. Some of us did stupid things. Like the guy who totalled my friend's car when he borrowed it to make a coffe run between classes (luckily, he was OK), the parent-supported underage drinking to celebrate the end of senior year that was supposed to stay in the safe confines of their home (inevitably, the shenanigans and the bottles ended up on campus). Comical and silly is great. It's the stuff high school is made of. 'Worst driver' fits perfectly in there. But there's a difference between being a bad driver and being a reckless driver. That's where I wonder if this still falls into the comical category. Yes, we did some stupid things in high school. The reckless ones we paid for; the silly ones we celebrated. Goring 60mph in a 25mph zone isn't something to celebrate in my opinion. Maybe I'm just getting old.
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