Edmonds School Board addresses recognition of transgender students

The Edmonds School District Board of Directors at its Tuesday night meeting addressed parents’ and teachers’ concerns about how the district is recognizing transgender students. During the meeting’s public comments section, Jennifer Fitzgerald – a teacher and mother of four in the district – talked about how sad some recent public comments have made her….

Edmonds School District High School Students of Month for April 2022

Edmonds eLearning Academy Saul Sahagun Parent’s name: Pedro Sahagun Interests: I like reading, playing video games and hanging out with family/friends. Education Goals: To go to college and explore careers I like. Edmonds Heights K-12 Madi Steiner Parents’ names: Laura and Jeremy Steiner GPA: 3.89 Clubs & Activities: Thespian President, Yearbook Staff, ASB, theater ASB:…

Westgate Elementary PSO virtual spring auction begins May 4

Edmonds’ Westgate Elementary PSO is hosting a virtual fundraising auction from 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 4 through 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 11. The auction proceeds will go toward providing school supplies for all students for the 2022-23 school year.Providing these school supplies takes a financial burden off families, provides equitable supplies for all students and gives…

Edmonds School Board selects interim superintendent, discusses school-based health center

In addition to selecting Dr. Rebecca Miner as interim superintendent for the 2022-2023 school year, the Edmonds School Board at its Tuesday night meeting also heard an update on a proposal to create a school-based health center at Meadowdale High School. Regarding the interim superintendent appointment, Board President Nancy Katims said the board is “confident that…

Maplewood school speech language pathologist earns top state honor

Melissa Petersen, an Edmonds School District speech language pathologist at Edmonds’ Maplewood Parent Cooperative, recently was named the 2022 Washington Educational Staff Associate of the Year. Candidates are nominated by colleagues and final selection is determined by a committee of Washington Education Association members. Petersen is also an assistive technology expert for the district and…

Edmonds School Board set to pick an interim superintendent Tuesday

The Edmonds School District Board of Directors will announce their selection and vote to elect an interim superintendent for the 2022-2023 school year at the board’s regular business meeting on Tuesday, April 26. Superintendent Dr. Gustavo Balderas, who has been with the Edmonds School District since July 2020, announced in March that he is leaving to…

Students invited to become leaders of change during first-ever conference

More than 300 high school students gathered at the Edmonds Center for the Arts Wednesday to attend the Edmonds School District’s first annual Becoming Leaders of Change conference.  District Superintendent Dr. Gustavo Balderas welcomed students as they made their way into the theater, thanking them for spending the day wanting to learnhow to become better…

State Board of Health votes against requiring COVID-19 vaccines for K-12 students

The Washington State Board of Health on Wednesday voted not to include COVID-19 in the state’s immunization requirements for K-12 students to attend school. According to The Seattle Times, the vote comes after the board’s technical advisory group voted at the end of February to recommend against adding a COVID vaccine to the list of…

Meadowdale High’s MAMBO auction, variety showvirtual this year

The Meadowdale Arts & Music Booster Organization (MAMBO) auction and variety show is a virtual event this year. MAMBO is a nonprofit art and music booster organization that positively supports, promotes and enhances the experience of artists, thespians and musicians at Meadowdale High School. Attendees will be able to view items and bid from their…

Scriber Lake High students learn to create podcasts during online English class

Scriber Lake High School English teacher Marjie Bowker has been pouring her heart into her students since she began teaching. Looking for unique ways to keep her students engaged, Bowker in 2011 created a Scriber Lake Writing Program that encouraged her students — who come from across the Edmonds School District — to talk about…

Edmonds School Board Feb. 22 set to discuss mask-wearing policy and funding for projects

The Edmonds School District Board of Directors at its Tuesday, Feb. 22 regular business meeting is scheduled to discuss mask-wearing requirements and also budget authorizations for several upcoming projects. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced Feb. 17 that statewide mask orders will be ending for most indoor settings on March 21, including K-12 schools and child…

School district discusses student safety measures at virtual town hall

Social media safety, how schools respond to a campus threat, providing social and emotional support for students and weapon safety were among the topics discussed during a virtual town hall hosted Feb. 15 by the Edmonds School District. “One of the most powerful tools that we deal with in schools, both positively and negatively, is…

Edmonds School District High School Students of Month for January 2022

Edmonds eLearning Academy Andrew Gifford Interests: I like writing, and I play guitar. Community Service: I help in the kids wing at church. Education goals: To learn how to write scripts for television and film. Career Goals: It would be fun to write a screenplay for a movie someday, but I’m not sure yet on…

Reminder: Edmonds School District to host virtual town hall on student safety Feb. 15

The Edmonds School District is sponsoring a virtual town hall from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15 to discuss student safety. Local law enforcement agencies will join district staff to go over the the following topics: Social media safety How schools respond to a campus threat Social emotional support for our students Weapon safety Those who…

Voters continuing to approve Edmonds School District levy in Wednesday returns

The latest vote count released Wednesday by the Snohomish County Elections Office showed continued support for the Edmonds School District’s replacement programs and operations levy. The measure was passing with 61.28% approval, up slightly from the 60.53% approval it received in first-day results issued Tuesday. The levy requires a simple majority to pass. The district…

Edmonds School Board authorizes facilities improvements at educational services center

The Edmonds School District Board board of directors at its Feb. 8 meeting approved a measure to fund facilities improvements at the school district’s Lynnwood-based educational services center, which houses administrative offices. The project consists of replacing the building’s roof and making improvements to the HVAC system and lighting. All approximately 30 years old, these systems…

Early returns show Edmonds School District levy passing with over 60 percent approval

Preliminary election results released Tuesday night show the Edmonds School District’s replacement programs and operations levy passing with 60.53% voter approval. The levy requires a simple majority to pass. “Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote, and all those who volunteered to share the importance of this levy,” said District Superintendent Dr….

Comedian Kermet Apio continues looking for punchlines during the pandemic

Why did the comedian perform bits from his bedroom? Because he was Zooming in on the humor. Professional comedian and longtime host of Edmonds Comedy Night, Kermet Apio recently discussed challenges he has faced with writing and developing new material during the COVID-19 pandemic. Apio is a past winner of the Seattle Comedy Competition and…

Reminder: Ballots due Feb. 8 for Edmonds School District levy

A reminder that the deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 8 to return your ballot for the Edmonds School District levy now before voters. According to district staff, the proposed levy aims to bridge the gap and cover costs for staff and programs at all schools that are not fully funded by state or federal dollars. Superintendent…