Second semester is well on its 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 (linked here ) regularly for all of your school news and updates. Contact us with your questions or concerns. 
Message from the Superintendent
Dear South Whidbey School Community,
Welcome to March! I hope you have a wonderful Spring season.
Preserving school safety is our desire and duty.
It has become obvious, that despite our best plans, drills and preparation, building modifications, cameras, etc. we are continuing to face the threat of gun violence in schools around our nation.
On February 28 th , the Board of Directors heard from South Whidbey High School students regarding their plans for peaceful demonstration on March 14th. I am proud to say that they are approaching this respectfully and intelligently. They notified administration well in advance. The topic was placed on the board meeting agenda so the board could engage in board discussion and provide guidance to the superintendent regarding our response to the students.  We reviewed information on policy and law as well as the current events surrounding student safety in schools.
The goal of the meeting was to hear from students regarding their plans to exercise their free speech and right of assembly that is outlined in policy and law around an issue they believe in, namely gun control. It was not the time to engage in political debate surrounding guns nor the larger political context. It was an opportunity for students to have their voices heard.
The student who spoke as president of the student run SWHS Social Justice Club was eloquent and passionate and a role model for practicing civil discussion.
After the presentation and discussion, it was clear that the board supports the students engaging in this peaceful demonstration. No one will be forced to participate nor precluded from participating as long as the demonstration is orderly and peaceful. Each school will handle this at the appropriate level to the students. You will be apprised through your child’s school.
I do want to share some very difficult facts that bring us to this point. As I said, school safety is our concern.
The following list involves firearms used in schools in the USA. Schools include public and private K-12 as well as colleges and universities. (It does NOT include war, police action, bombings, or suicide.)
The first recorded shooting was in 1764 in Pennsylvania. Ten were killed and 2 injured.
The next shooting reported was in the mid 1800’s. There were a total of 37 shootings during the 19 th Century.
From 1900 until April 20, 1999,  there were a total of 215 school shootings.
On April 20,1999, the Columbine shooting occurred killing 13 students. That was 19 years ago.
Since then, 213 school shootings have happened as of this writing.
In only 19 years there have been as many school shootings as there were in the entire 100 years of the 20 th century.
We can all support ending violence in schools. I am proud that our students are engaged and active in civic responsibility.
May the sun start shining and allow our flowers to grow.
Please email me if you have any questions or concerns.
Dr. Jo Moccia

Dates to Remember
March 7, 2018 Early Release Day, SWEPTA Jog-A-Thon
March 13, 2018 SWSD Band Concert at SWHS, School Farms Taco Tuesday (5-7pm) at SWES Cafeteria
March 14, 2018 School Board Workshop; SWHS Wind Ensemble Compete in the Sno-King Band Festival
March 15, 2018 Kindergarten Program Information Night 6-8pm (SWCC)
March 21, 2018 Early Release Day; SWMS Bands Compete in the Sno-King Band Festival
March 22, 2018 SWES Jump Rope for Heart 1:30-3:30
March 24, 2018 8-11pm Grades 9-12 TOLO Dance
March 28, 2018 School Board Business Meeting
March 29, 2018 Cabaret Night - Music in Motion 7pm at the SWHS
April 2-6, 2018 NO SCHOOL - Spring Break
April 10, 2018 School Farms Taco Tuesday (5-7pm) at SWES Cafeteria
April 11, 2018 School Board Workshop
April 12, 2018 Kindergarten Program Information Night 6:30-8pm (SWES Community-Board Room)
April 19, 2018 Kindergarten Registration (SWES Community-Board Room) 9am - noon and 1-4pm
April 19-20. 2018 SWHS Choir Field Trip to WWU in Bellingham
April 23-24, 2018 SWHS Wind Ensemble travels to Vancouver BC to compete in the Vancouver Kiwanis Band Festival
April 25, 2018 Early Release Day, School Board Business Meeting
April 27, 2018 SWMS 7th & 8th Grade Bands travel to Vancouver BC to compete in the Vancouver Kiwanis Band Festival
April 28, 2018 Grades 11-12 Junior- Senior Prom
May 2, 2018 Early Release Day
May 8, 2018 School Farms Taco Tuesday (5-7pm) at SWES Cafeteria
May 9, 2018 School Board Workshop
May 16, 2018 Early Release Day
May 23, 2018 School Board Business Meeting
May 25, 2018 Normal School Day
May 28, 2018 NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day
June 6, 2018 Early Release Day
June 9, 2018 South Whidbey High School Graduation
June 13, 2018 School Board Workshop
June 14, 2018 Early Release Day
June 15, 2018 Current Last Day of School (if no further snow days)
June 27, 2018 School Board Business Meeting
Leadership students at the high school have been hard at work throughout the year in various service learning projects. A team of students (Lewis Pope, Hunter Bova, Ryan Wenzick, and Greyson Clements) have been planning and implementing adaptive PE with Mrs. Mangin and her special education students. What began as a small project has grown into a year long initiative. Additionally, these students have been writing a manual to ensure that this program can continue for years to come. Students have also been helping out in the community with various organizations such as The Homeless Coalition, WAIF, and The Community Center. They are looking forward to even more projects to complete this semester.  

Leadership and ASB students did an incredible job of hosting Cascade Interhigh at the high school in February. Students from various schools in the Cascade conference engaged in a series of team building events and eagerly exchanged ideas on ways to build school spirit and culture. 

Students in merchandising and marketing successfully competed in their very first DECA competition. Fighting off nerves of the unknown, students did a great job at their area competition and gained valuable job-related experiences. Looking forward to the second half of the year, students have been putting a plan together to rebrand and renovate their student store. The student store will soon be carrying an array of school related merchandise as well! Stay tuned for news of the grand opening!

South Whidbey Academy Grades 7-12:
The South Whidbey Academy 7-12 program had a wonderful first half of the school year. Our students are thriving from the generous community involvement we've had so far. Susie Richards has been a vital help in developing a more vibrant and friendly community with her monthly lunches, it's always good to see so many smiling faces in one room!

On January 16th, we had the first of our multiple planned field trips planned for this year. Andy Davis spearheaded a visit to Boeing and the Museum of Flight. This field trip was an engaging opportunity for our students to learn more about local businesses and opportunities for their post-high school futures. We have another upcoming field trip on March 27th to Seattle, spending the day between the Museum of History and Industry (MOHI) and Pike Place Market.
Update from
Principal John Patton and
Assistant Principal
Paul Lagerstedt
South Whidbey Falcons have had an amazing year. Our varsity basketball team are league champions. They clenched the Cascade Conference Championship for the first time since 1989. Thank you to Evan Thompson from the South Whidbey Record for the great photo. 
We sent off our wrestlers, Clay O'Brien, Kobe Balora, Andrew Aposhyan, and Alex Turner (as an alternate) to the Tacoma Dome in the "Mat Classic." 
We also sent off Andrew Baesler, who qualified for State in swimming. He qualified in the 100 meter breaststroke, and competed at the Federal Way Aquatics Center. Andrew has been swimming/training with the Kamiak High School Swim team and qualified in the 2A District 1 swim meet last Saturday as a Falcon.  
WIAA Academic Recognitions:
 Girls Basketball--Distinguished
 Boys Basketball--Outstanding
Snohomish County Basketball Officials Recognitions:
 Player of the Year--Lewis Pope
 Best Score Table -- SWHS: Pat Nostrand, Mary Ann Davis, Jason Kalk
State Wrestling Participants: 
 Clay O'Brien
 Kobe Balora
 Andrew Aposhyan
Cascade Conference Awards/Recognitions:
 Conference Champions--1st Time in 29 years, 1st public school in 12 years.
 Coach of the Year--Michael Washington
 Co-Player of the Year--Lewis Pope
1st Team All State --Lewis Pope

Next year, South Whidbey will be part of and compete in a newly formed conference. We have disbanded the Cascade Conference and formed a new league: The "North Sound Conference." The NSC will consist of (6) 1A schools: SW, Sultan, Granite Falls, Cedar Park Christian, Kings, and a return of our island rivals, Coupeville. The larger 2A schools, Archbishop Murphy and Cedarcrest will join the WESCO league.

We feel this is a great step forward in creating the best competitive environment for our student athletes, while still maintaining our traditional rivals! We will begin competing in the NSC next school year, 2018-2019. 
Go Big Blue!
Update from Principal James Swanson and Assistant Principal Susie Richards
A BIG Shoutout to our Rising Middle School Jazz Ensemble for their impressive performance at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival!!!

Congratulations to Eva Wirth for winning the all school Geography Bee held on January 31st!   She has qualified to compete in the state level competition of the National Geography Bee! The Washington State Bee will be held on Friday, April 6 th . Great job Eva!! Issac Dubendorf was our runner up. Great Job!

New Assistant Principal at South Whidbey Middle School
Susie Richards, a long time South Whidbey resident and former Langley Middle School teacher has recently come on as Assistant Principal of South Whidbey Middle School. She will be working at both the 5 th /6 th grade South campus and the 7 th /8 th grade at South Whidbey High School campus along with Principal James Swanson. Ms. Richards’ completed her administrative program through Western Governors University and notes that she is “absolutely thrilled to be back in our local schools working with our middle school students, staff and families.” She can be reached at

Parent Volunteers Leading SWMS Lunch Time Activities
Thanks to a grant provided by the South Whidbey Schools Foundation, SW Middle School students have some brand new outdoor activity equipment (Frisbees, basketballs, etc.) to use at lunch. A group of fabulous middle school parents have volunteered to help lead these outdoor lunchtime games. If you are a middle school parent and would be interested in volunteering one day a week from 11:15 – 12:15 to help with set up and supervising these activities, please contact Susie Richards at

Middle School Builders Club projects:
November/December was the We Scare Hunger Canned Food Drive; Students had a classroom competition on who could collect the most. All food collected was donated to Good Cheer Food Bank.
Hearts and Hammers Spaghetti Feed; Students helped with serving dinner and dessert and then also helped with clean up at the end of the night. 
The month of February was our Pennies for Patients coin drive. All proceeds go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Students had a goal of raising $750.00
Builders Club is also busy this year with concessions for sporting events during home games. At the end of the year, the students will decide on what local non-profit organization to donate the proceeds to.

South Whidbey Academy Grades K-6:
The SWA K-6 Program is having a great year. A few recent highlights: our partnership with Whidbey Children's Theater in November and December, resulted in our Gr. 3-6 play, "A Day in the Life of Lewis and Clark", ongoing visits to the school garden for both the K-2 and 3-6 groups, cross-grade reading opportunities where the older elementary students read to the younger students, the reading success the Gr. 3-6 students are having with Achieve3000, the amazing Math work all the grades are doing, and the reading activities the K-2 students participate in each day with Sarah Gillett. A special thank you to all our volunteers!  Reported by Jean Cravy
Update from Principal Jeff Cravy
What's Happening at our K-4 Campus ...

Kindergarten Registration is coming up quick.  If you are interested in kindergarten in the SWA Program or Elementary Campus please attend the following events:

  • Kindergarten Parent Information Night: Thursday, April 12  6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. activities start in the Elementary Community Room with our registration information and move into classrooms for information on preparing your child for kindergarten.  
  • Kindergarten Registration: Thursday, April 9th from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. in the ES Community Room. The sooner you register your child the easier it is for us to make class placement decisions and decide on how many kindergarten classrooms we will need to keep class sizes lower.

The elementary school just wrapped up Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) week. Which happened to include Valentine's Day and the 100th day of school. Students created a number of cards to share with law enforcement, firefighters, EMTs, service men and women as well as for family and friends. The activities wrapped up with our annual random act of kindness donation to WAIF to help support the dogs and cats they rescue.  

In January, we researched the super moon event. Some students woke up during the night to record phases of the moon, entering their observations in journals starting at 4 a.m. Wow! What a dedicated group of elementary school scientists! Please notice the pictures of students with their moon journals.

More pictures can be found on the staff pages of our website. Here is the link to Kathy Stanley's website .
Child Find Notification
In accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004, the South Whidbey School District locates and evaluates children with disabilities. IDEA requires school districts to locate, evaluate and provide services for children birth to 21, who may have a disability.
Children age birth to 3 years that have a delay in development are eligible for early intervention services. The school district contracts with the Toddler Learning Center for this age group. For more information about the program, please contact Sharon with the Toddler Learning Center at 221-6808 x 4420.
If you have a preschool age child (3- 5 yrs.) that is not meeting typical development milestones and you would like to have them screened, the school district offers free screenings. Please contact Marie at the Special Education office at 360-221-6808 ext. 2206 for more information.
Kindergarten through Grade 12, please contact the school principal where your child attends school if you suspect a child of having disabilities and may need special education services.
South Whidbey School District serves all children (public school, private school, home school) residing within their boundaries. A child may be referred by any source that has knowledge about the student.
If your family is living in a temporary situation, you may contact the district where you are staying to attend a screening.
For more information about Child Find refer to the OSPI web address referenced below:
If you would like more information about the Child Find process, please contact the Special Education Department at 360-221-6808 ext.2206 or refer to the Special Education website for helpful links and resources.
South Whidbey Band Program
There are a lot of exciting things happening in our amazing band program under the direction of Chris Harshman with the assistance of Leslie Bellastrasse.

During the holiday season we participated in playing music for the Langley Tree lighting ceremony and also had a successful wreath selling fundraiser. Recently our SWHS jazz ensemble and combo had the privilege of performing at the UW Jazz Festival.

Annie Saltee was awarded the Young Artist Award from Island Consort Organization. She also received an Excellent Rating for the baritone saxophone. The South Whidbey Bassoon Trio , which includes Annie Saltee, Brennan Pearson and Aiden Donnel ly received Superior Rating and Regional Play-Off. Eric Keene received a Superior Rating and Alternate for State Solo Competition for the Guitar. He also received a Superior Rating for a mixed percussion solo. Chandra Wallace received a Superior Rating for the clarinet. Quinn Pease received a superior rating for the trumpet.

The Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in Idaho was a huge success! The SW Middle School Jazz band did excellent and once again the High School Jazz Band captured first place.

Upcoming Events:
March 9- "Dance of Hope" touring dance group from Africa/SWHS Jazz Ensemble concert @SWHS @ 7:30
March 13- SWSD Spring Band Concert @SWHS gr. 5-12 @ 7pm
March 14- SWHS Wind Ensemble to Sno-King Band Fest in Edmonds all day back by 3pm
March 21- 6-8th gr. Bands to Sno-King Band Fest in Edmonds all day back by 5:30pm

Thank you to all who continue to support the SWSD Band Program!
South Whidbey Community Center
South Whidbey Community Center is filling up with recreation and educational programs, artists, and non-profits organizations. The center is open Monday - Thursday from 9:00 - 5:00. More information about community partners, programs, and volunteer opportunities can be found at or by calling the office at 360 221-0663. 
The theme for February has been "Spread Kindness Like Confetti!". Young and old, experienced and inexperienced, participated in painting rocks with happy and kind images and messages throughout the week of Feb 19th. Over 100 people participated and now we have many beautiful rocks to place around the campus. The March theme will be "March Mindfulness." Two mindfulness and stress relief class series are in session and the techniques being taught to the parents and community members attending are the same as teachers are learning through a similar class. Our intention is to wrap kindness and wellness around all students through offering consistent messages about how to deal with strong emotions and stress.  
In May, there will be a grand opening and celebration - date to be announced soon! Right now, the Recreation Room (121) in the main building is open to all. It is equipped with a ping pong table, couches and chairs, bistro style table, art supplies, coffee and daily fresh baked cookies. Stop by and join in the fun!  Let's build a vibrant community center together!

Gail LaVassar 
Director, South Whidbey Community Center
360  221-6808 ext 4602  
The South Whidbey School Farms are Busy....
Join us for TACO TUESDAYS (SWES 5-7pm):
March 13,
April 10,
May 8,

Link to the website

Follow  South Whidbey School Farms  on Facebook and Instagram.

Farm Fundraiser 2 for 1 match!
Health Update
As a parent, there is nothing more important that safeguarding your child's health. The Washington State Legislature requires us to make information available to you about meningococcal disease and human papillomavirus (HPV). Know the facts about these diseases and the vaccines available to protect your child.  More information about the Meningococcal and HPV diseases is linked here.
Free & Reduced Priced Lunches
Do You Qualify for Free or Reduced Priced Meals?
Based on your household income your children could qualify for free or reduced priced meals. To find if you qualify, you must fill out a National School Lunch & Breakfast Application. You will find the application in any school office or you may download and print the application from the website linked here.
Families may apply at any time during the school year.
A new application must be completed each year
Only one application is required per family
Separate applications are required for all foster children
Questions? Please call Kellee at 360-221-6808 ext. 5371
Here is what your South Whidbey PTSA has been up to: we helped to purchase Unity Day t-shirts for the students; before the holidays we gave the staff and teachers a little gift bag and hosted a dessert table for them; and we held the Elf Chase and had unprecedented support from local sponsors and cleared $4700 to give to staff and teacher Grants! Thank you to everyone who sponsored and participated! 

Those grants will be given at the rescheduled Open House but will go towards a SWA graduation lunch, PE dot drill mats, a slack line stand, juggling set and yo-yos, Science is purchasing Vernier Counter Drop probes, board games are being bought, the Library is setting up a video recording studio, and an English teacher is purchasing books. Congratulations to the teachers who are receiving the grants and congratulations to all of the students who get to use the new equipment and supplies!

It is now time to apply for our two $500 Scholarships that we give away in June. If you are or you have a Senior please apply by the March 30th deadline.

Volunteer opportunities are coming up for the 7th and 8th grade PE section on rollerblading in early March. Please watch for the sign-up if you can help! Grad night fundraising is under way! Please support the senior class by choosing from a wide array of gifts from Yankee Candle! And please help out with future fundraisers when they come along!

Speaking of Grad Night....the location and activities are all set! The students will leave at noon on June 10th and return at midnight on the 11th. We’d love everyone to attend and have a last wonderful goodbye celebration with their friends. Scholarships are available for anyone who needs it, please let one of the school counselors know if your child is in need (it is strictly confidential).

Lastly, don’t forget to buy through Amazon Smile when you purchase online and designate the SW PTSA for a small percentage of your purchase. Every little bit helps us support the teachers, staff and students!

Our next meeting is Tuesday, March 13th at 6:30 pm in the high school office conference room. Hope to see you there!

Your board,
Kathy, Kelly, Jamie, and Colleen
t's hard to believe we are more then halfway done with the school year! The last few months SWEPTA has hosted a Harvest Party for the 5th and 6th graders, a community Holiday Market, multiple family fun nights as well as helped support teachers in the classrooms including our new art program. We also finally got a new popcorn machine.

Currently we are working on a few big things, we are having a spiritwear sale for our K-4 families, helping plan a spring party for the 5th and 6th grade students, having our biggest fundraiser of the year Jog-a-thon which provides approximately 50% of our annual budget. We are also issuing checks for 3 of our largest grants!  $1200 for the Art Docent program art supplies that we share with the K-6 art program, $700 for the mediator field trip and $7900 between the K-4, SWA K-6 and 5/6 programs for curriculum enrichment. This grant the school uses to fund buses for classroom field trips to help keep the cost to families down.

Our next meeting is  March 22nd at 6pm  in the SWES Art Room.

Upcoming PTA volunteer oppritunities:
Jog-a-thon (K-4 Mar. 7th & 5/6 Mar. 14th)
5/6 Grade Under the Sea Party (Mar. 16)
Science Day (late March or mid April)
Bingo Night (April)
Family Movie Nights
Staff Appreciation Week (May)
Open House/Art Night (June)

We also have board and chair positions open for next year if you want to get involved including membership, volunteer coordinator and more.

Have questions or want to order spiritwear? You can find us on Facebook:

Thank you to our volunteers. Volunteer opportunities are available at the schools, farm, community center and more. We appreciate all of your help!
Welcome to the following new employees:
Valerie Heggness K-6 Art Teacher
Karen Calhoun K-6 Music Teacher
Susan Richards, Assistant Principal Grades 5-8
Mark Roughsedge Student Support Behavior Specialist, Sped
Jennie Franks, K-4 Secretary
Karen Brockman, Paraeducator, SPED
Janice Powell, Paraeducator, SPED
Elizabeth Simchuk, 5-6 Secretary