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A Message From Our Principal

    April marks the beginning of a busy season of assessments, sports, activities, and special events. Our spring sport season is underway with baseball, track, and girls tennis. Prom will be on Saturday, April 8, at Zoe’s Cafe and Events Center.

    High school statewide testing will take place on April 10 and 16. On April 10, 9th and 10th graders will take the PSAT in the main building. Juniors will take the SAT at Island Grove and seniors will come in for afternoon classes. Juniors will take the CMAS science test on Monday, April 16.

    On Thursday, April 5, we will hold a meeting for parents of juniors to review senior project requirements. The meeting will be in room 1408 (the high school choir room) in the main building at 7:00 p.m. After this meeting, students who wish to get an early start on their projects may submit a letter of intent by April 20. Juniors who do not turn in an early letter will submit senior project letters of intent in the fall.

    On Monday, April 9, we will release school for 9th - 11th graders at 1:00 p.m. instead of 2:35 p.m. Seniors will come to school in the afternoon to present their senior projects to panels made up of teachers and community volunteers starting at 1:00 p.m. We are still accepting volunteers to serve on the panels. Please email Denise Vaardahl if you are interested in serving.

    Information for seniors about the requirements for presentations are on our website under Academics/Advising. Select Senior Project Booklet on the right side of the page and see pages 26 - 29 for information about presentation requirements, a speech outline, and a rubric. Senior project portfolios were due to advisors on March 30. The portfolio must be submitted in order for seniors to be scheduled for a presentation. Seniors must score “acceptable” or higher on their presentation to meet the senior project graduation requirement.

    Students who miss the presentations due to unavoidable circumstances or who do not meet the standard will have an opportunity to make up the presentation at the end of April. Any student who does not pass a board presentation at that time will have one more opportunity to present to University Schools’ administrators (who will have the final say as to whether the project presentation meets requirements) in mid-May.

    Our students have been doing an outstanding job this school year. We appreciate their hard work and I know they will step up to do their best on these assessments and presentations. Thank you for supporting their efforts to achieve excellence.

    .Holly Sample

    Holly Sample, Principal

    High School News
    Teaching Children About Money

    Green sometimes gets a bad wrap. It is often associated with nausea, envy, and jealousy. On St. Patrick’s Day, if you are not wearing green, you will get pinched! But green also has its positive side. Take cash, for instance. Having a lot of green is definitely a good thing.

    Money is a huge part of our society, and there is so much to learn. Children need to be taught to spend wisely, distinguish between wants and needs, and use coupons, ads, and sales. They also need to learn how to save, and budget. Early life experience will prepare them for making financial decisions as adults.

    With so much to teach, where do we begin? And how can we help our children to enjoy the process? Learning about money can, and should be, fun. Teaching concepts through games helps children to learn practical skills in a challenging and entertaining environment. The Washington Department of Financial Institutions has compiled a list of financial education websites with games for children of all ages. also has compiled information for children about earning, saving, spending, and giving.

    Along with games, children need to see money in action. Allowing children to take an active role in figuring and maintaining a household budget will help them to understand the value of money, saving, and using a budget. If they earn money, encourage them to keep their own budget. A child’s budget form is available at

    Knowledge of money is a necessity. So give green, green knowledge that is.  Help the learning process to be fun and exciting through games and challenges and by giving opportunities to see how money works in real life.