No matter how long the winter, Spring is sure to follow. 


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March 2017
Second semester is well on it's way! Spring Break is around the corner. Before we know it, summer vacation will be here! Till then, we are still careful about winter weather that may cause school closures or late starts. If your contact information has changed, please update your school secretary for our robo calls/texts/emails. Check the District and School websites regularly for all of your school news and updates. 
C ontact us with your questions or concerns.


Inclusivity
Our school district is committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment for all of our staff, students and families.  Our Board adopted an inclusive non-discrimination clause and we stand by all members of our community. 
The District does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, marital status, military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity or the presence of disability.

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Dates to Remember:
March 8th & 22nd - Early Release Days  and School Board Workshop/ Meeting
March 9th - Band Concert (Jazz Ensemble at 6pm and Concert Bands at 7pm)
March 11th - SWHS & SWA 9-12 TOLO Dance
March 12th - Daylight Savings Time Begins (Spring Forward Your Clocks)
March 13-17 - Classified Employee Week (Don't forget to Thank the Para-Educators, Secretaries, Custodians, Food Service employees, Bus Drivers and District Office staff)
March 17th - All Island Jazz Concert at SWHS & SWES  & SWA K-5 Family Fun Bingo Night
March 23rd - Community Kindergarten Info Night & SWES & SWA K-5 Jump rope for Heart
March 28th - SWES & SWA K-5 Class Picture Day
April 3-7 - NO SCHOOL - Spring Break
April 12 & 26th - School Board Workshop/ Meeting
April 13th - Kindergarten Information Night
April 19th - Early Release Day
April 20th - Kindergarten Registration Day
April 29th - SWHS & SWA 9-12 Prom
May 1-5 - Teacher Appreciation Week
May 3rd - SWHS National Honor Society Induction Ceremony
May 3rd & 17th - Early Release Days
May 4-5th - SWHS Concert Band @ Kiwanis Music Festival in Vancouver BC
May 23rd - SWHS Honor Society Blood Drive
May 26th - Regular School Day (Snow Make Up Day for Feb 6th)
May 29th - NO SCHOOL Memorial Day

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A message from the Superintendent...
Dear South Whidbey Community,
      Plans are well underway to relocate students in our K-12 program. As you know our K-6 students will be in the South Whidbey Elementary School North and South Campuses.  Grades K-4 will be in the North Campus and grades 5 & 6  in the South Campus.  The South Campus currently has two grade 5 classes and two South Whidbey Academy classes (K-5 Students).  In September, all grades 5 & 6 students and SWA K-6 will be located at the South Campus along with a counselor, secretary and administrator (shared grades 5-8).
     In grade 5, two teachers will teach English/Language Arts and Social Studies (ELA/SS) and two will teach Science and Math.  Half of the students will spend the morning in ELA/SS or Math/Science and will spend the afternoon in the other area.  They will also spend time in choir or band, art and PE.  Lunch will be at the North Campus for all students.
     Students in grade 6 will rotate among 4 classes for ELA, SS, Science and Math.  They will also receive PE, Art, Music and have choir or band.
     Students in grades 7 & 8 will be at the South Whidbey High School. They will be in a separate corridor with a separate bell and lunch schedule from the grades 9-12 students. 
     The logistics of moving are in process. Unoccupied rooms are being painted and carpeted. Technology necessary for students and staff are also being allocated and re-allocated.  We are committed to making this transition go as smoothly as possible for students and families as well as staff.  Teachers who are moving are beginning to pack and plan. Staff will have a better idea of assignments for next year by mid April.  
   Please stay up to date on the transition via the website.  We are looking for volunteers to assist us with the transition. Please consider being a part of the transition and complete the online form linked here.  
Great things are in the works. 
Sincerely,
Jo Moccia

Thanks to the wonderful generosity and support of our community, the Gooser Grocer met the match... and more! $36,787.68 was donated and the Goose Grocer matched it all! Goosefoot presented the South Whidbey School District with a check for $73,575.36 for the School Farm and Garden program!
Read the Press Release   HERE.
An enormous thank you to Goosefoot and the Goose Grocer, and to our community!
https://whidbeyschoolgardens.wordpress.com/

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South Whidbey School District Bands 
 
South Whidbey High School Jazz Ensemble takes First Place in the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival at the University of Idaho
South Whidbey High School Band Regional Solo/Ensemble:
Katyrose Jordan -1st Place, Alto Sax Solo (State)
Mara Bush - 1st Place, Clarinet Solo (State)
Alec Chinnery and Liam Twomey - 1st Place, French Horn/Trombone Duet 
Kari Hustad - Piano (State)
Annie Saltee - 2nd Place, Baritone Sax Solo (Alt)
Kari Hustad - 2nd Place, Trumpet Solo (Alt) 
Collin Burns - 3rd Place, Trumpet Solo (Alt)
Quinn Pease - Superior Rating
 
All State Honor Band -   LMS Students
Kelly Murnane          Leanne Robbins
Aidan Donnelly       Brennen Pearson
Reilly McVay        Cooper Ullmann
Sarah Zundel            Molly Cobbs
Alan Grove              Eric Keene
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Kiwanis Students for the First Quarter
SWHS Students: Bayley Gochanour and Cory Ackerman
LMS Students: Emma Hodson and Luc Gandarias

LMS Geography Bee
Winner: Sol Rabinovich and Runner Up: Josh Marks
Sol Rabinovich, 7th grade LMS Geography Bee winner, has qualified to compete in the Washington State Geography Bee, on March 31st at the PLU campus in Tacoma,  in hopes of representing Washington in the National Geography Bee.   

WA Letters About Literature
Congratulations to Ava Fry, 6th grader in Ms. Donnelly's class, for being chosen as a semi-finalist in the Letters about Literature contest. 1,100 WA students in grades 4-6 submitted letters in Level 1.  Of those, 1,058 advanced to round 2 of judging and 30 returned to WA for round 3. Our state winner will be chosen from the 30 semifinalists. The state winners will be publicly announced on or before April 10th.  

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South Whidbey High School
 
Spring Sports are up and running. 

Congratulations to the following Falcon  wrestlers  that qualified for Regionals:
Hunter Newman, Chase Barthlett, Logan Madsen, Aryeh Rohde, Jack Nielsen, Alex Turner, and Owen Boram.  Kobe Balora qualified as an Alternate. 
  
The Music in Motion Choir Group will be heading to Seattle to compete in the Heritage Festival on April 21-22. Good Luck!


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Langley Middle School

Mrs. Bakeman will be taking 17 LMS and SWA students to the Young Author's Conference in Mt. Vernon on March 23rd.  Students will participate in workshops on writing, illustrating and sharing their own pieces of writing, as well as working with the featured and Emmy Award winning author, Lynn Brunelle. 


Langley Middle School Builders Club, through their fundraising efforts raised $800 for American Cancer Society and $1000 for Child's Passport to Health.



Intramural Championships
We have just finished up intramural team hockey and moving into team handball and ping pong championships..doubles and singles.  70-80% of 7th and 8th graders fully participate at lunch.
 
Singles Badminton                           Doubles Badminton

Intramurals Volleyball

Intramurals Soccer
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South Whidbey Elementary School /Academy K-5 News
Martin Luther King Assembly 

Students celebrated the life of Dr. Martin Luther King in January of this year.  They participated in singing a number of songs related to his life and to steps we can take to help improve diversity and acceptance of all people.  One of the student's favorite songs was by Sally Rogers, "What Can One Little Person Do?"  South Whidbey Elementary demonstrates the  commitment to this goal on a daily basis.  

 

 
 




Peer Mediation
4 th and 5 th graders applied to a variety of leadership jobs throughout the school.  One of those jobs is being a peer mediator.  Students go through extensive training with Mrs. Wallace to learn the skills necessary to be a mediator.  They must keep up on their schoolwork and often give up their own recesses to assist their peers with minor conflicts at recess and during lunch.  We are very proud of our mediators and the hard work they put in to help their peers.
 
Random Acts of Kindness  
Students participated in our random acts of kindness week delivering messages of kindness to their families, to the school board, police and local volunteer EMTs and firefighters.  The picture below is of a group of 4 th graders creating valentines for our troops.  
 
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 Don't forget...
SWHS Attendance Line is (360)221-0937
LMS Attendance LIne is (360)221-5100
SWES Attendance Line is (360) 221-6808 x 4406
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The South Whidbey School District #206 does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, marital status, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Affirmative Action/Title IX/ RCW 28A.640 /RCW 28A.642 compliance officer, Dan Poolman, dpoolman@sw.wednet.edu, or Section 504/ADA coordinator, Linda Sax, lsax@sw.wednet.edu, 5520 Maxwelton Road, Langley, WA  98260, 360-221-6100
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