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Last updated 4/10/2019 at Noon

Former Beacon carrier awarded at Purdue

Chris Musoke, a Purdue University student who was a Beacon carrier for five years, is scheduled to receive an award as part of the 44th Annual Academic and Service Awards Program of the Purdue Black Caucus of Faculty and Staff. The Caucus expects to honor about 150 undergraduates at Purdue University on Saturday, April 13. Congratulations, Chris!

Annual parent survey is underway

Mukilteo School District parents are taking a short online survey asking a series of questions about their child’s school. This is the 21st year the school district has conducted a parent survey. The survey asks parents if they have a positive impression about the quality of education at their child’s school, whether staff members understand and support their child’s learning needs, whether teachers communicate with them regularly about their child’s progress, and much more. The survey results primarily will be used by schools in developing School Improvement Plans and to help both schools and the school district improve communication with parents. The survey can be completed online using a computer, a tablet, and a mobile device. To take the survey, go to

Kamiak awarded for representation in AP course

Congratulations to Kamiak on receiving the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award by the College Board, for attaining female student representation in Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles for 2018. Kamiak was one of only 685 out of 18,000 secondary schools worldwide to be honored for achieving significant result.


To the Mariner Jazz Band on taking second place in the 4A category finals at the Newport Jazz Festival recently and to senior Solomon Howell, who won the Best Soloist award for his performance on the alto saxophone.

Schools foundation offering scholarships

The Mukilteo Schools Foundation is offering scholarships to graduating seniors from Mukilteo schools who will be enrolled in post-secondary education next year. The application forms are available at each high school and on the Foundation’s website at To complete the application, students should be prepared to write briefly about their commitment to goals and tasks, their commitment to community service, their experience with diversity, any leadership and group collaboration, and their adaptability to change. The foundation is particularly interested in offering scholarships to students who may not be getting others, so be sure to apply. The scholarship applications are due on Friday, April 26.

Upcycle Craft Fair and Auction at Explorer

Explorer invites the public to attend its 2nd Annual Upcycle Craft Fair and Silent Auction from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, in the gym at Explorer. The seventh grade science students, as part of their Human Impact unit of study, have created art and functional items out of materials that would normally be thrown away or recycled. They are now ready to sell their creations. All money raised will fund field trips and educational opportunities for the students.

Music boosters’ spaghetti dinner at Explorer

Support music and fine arts education at the annual Explorer Music Boosters’ Spaghetti Dinner and Auction from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, April 26. The evening will include a delicious spaghetti dinner with salad, bread, and beverage, and scrumptious desserts will be available for purchase. Enjoy a wide variety of baskets in the silent auction, amazing prizes to bid on during the live auction (weekend in Palm Springs, anyone?) or try your luck with the 50/50 raffle. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students, and free for children five and under. Or, step it up a notch and enjoy reserved VIP seating for just a few dollars more at $15 for adults and $10 per child. Tickets may be purchased by downloading the order form found on the Music Boosters website at Your tickets will be waiting for you at check in.

Youth and Family Wellness Fair

The 4th annual Youth and Family Wellness Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 4 at Evergreen Middle School (7621 Beverly Lane) in Everett. This free, fun community event is perfect for families. Entertainment includes the Reptile Man and Eric Ode, national award-winning children’s singer/songwriter and widely published author and poet. Community resources will be available for free: dental vans, family photos, haircuts and manicures, face painting, cooking demonstrations, art activities, bike helmets, basketball, and drawings and giveaways. Free lunch will be served from noon to 2:30 p.m.

Last day of school is June 25

The last day of the 2018-19 school year will be Tuesday, June 25.

The change in the calendar was made to account for the 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 the school year, thus changing the last day from the originally scheduled Tuesday, June 18 to June 25.

The school district 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 with the students attending school until Tuesday, June 25.

In other changes to the calendar, Tuesday, June 18 and Friday, June 21 will be full days of school and students will be dismissed 75 minutes early on Tuesday, June 25, just as they are on Learning Improvement Time Fridays.


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