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Last updated 3/27/2019 at Noon

Kamiak’s Got Talent returns March 29

Kamiak High School will again be hosting their annual talent show, “Kamiak’s Got Talent,” on March 29 at the Kamiak Performing Arts Center.

The event is a fundraiser, and the goal of it is to showcase a variety of Kamiak talent including comedy, vocal, instrumental, and other performances.

The show will benefit Kamiak’s ASB, and the entire community is invited to attended. The show will run from 7 to 9 p.m., and admission is 10 dollars. Children under 5 and adults over 65 get in free.

Tickets went on sale March 18, and tickets will also be sold at the door.

Seating is limited, so it is recommended you buy tickets early.

To order tickets before the event, contact Kamiak's bookkeeping office at 425-366-5428. You can pick up your tickets at the Kamiak main office during weekday hours from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The last day of school will be June 25

The change in the calendar was made by the school board last night to account for school days that were canceled by a series of snowstorms in February. The change is still pending state approval of a school district request to waive two of the days that were canceled during the storm. A total of seven days had been canceled because of the storms. Five of those will be made up by adding five days to the end of school year, thus changing the last day from the originally scheduled Tuesday, June 18 to June 25.

The school district has requested that the state waive the other two days, which is permitted because those canceled days occurred during a state of emergency that was declared by the governor. While school days can be waived, a state requirement for total instructional time still must be met by schools. That requirement will be met in Mukilteo by the students attending school until Tuesday, June 25.

Note that Friday, June 21 will be a full day of school and that students will be dismissed 75 minutes early on Tuesday, June 25.

Forecast says more students coming

Enrollment in Mukilteo schools is likely to increase by more than 1,300 students in the next 10 years, according to a recent report to the school board by Dr. Les Kendrick, a consultant to the school district. To put that number in perspective, the typical Mukilteo elementary school has about 600 students, a middle school has about 900 students, and the two comprehensive high schools have about 2,000 students. Total enrollment in Mukilteo schools reached 15,244 last October. Kendrick estimates that enrollment will reach 16,000 students in five years and will hit about 16,500 students in 2028. During that time, he predicts that enrollment in elementary schools will increase by about 700 students, middle school enrollment will increase by about 250 students, and high school enrollment will go up by almost 400 students.

Mariner Drama presents “Almost, Maine”

Drama students at Mariner are excited to perform their spring play “Almost, Maine,” a story written by John Cariani that is comprised of nine short plays that explore love and loss in a remote, mythical, almost-town called Almost, Maine. The play premiered in 2004 at the Portland State Company in Portland, Maine, where it broke box office records and garnered critical acclaim. It was selected by the American National Theatre as one of the most outstanding regional theatre productions of that season and has become among the most produced plays in North American high schools. Performances will take place in Mariner’s Little Theatre at 7 p.m. on March 29, and 30. Tickets will be available at the door beginning at 6 p.m. each night. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens.

Explorer Orchestra invited to play at national festival

The advanced orchestra from Explorer was one of six middle schools from around the country invited to participate in the annual National Orchestra Festival in Albuquerque, New Mexico, recently. It was a life-changing opportunity for students to broaden their perspectives and world views, to be among other students who strive to perform at the highest caliber, and to grow in independence, confidence, and social skills, said orchestra teacher Robin Enders.


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