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Last updated 1/28/2021 at 12:17pm

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New National Board Certification teachers

Meadowdale Players presents 'The COVID Chronicles'

Meadowdale Players presents "The COVID Chronicles," a collection of original theater pieces created by the Meadowdale High School Play Production class.

The show shows how the pandemic has affected lives, from students at Meadowdale High School to people around the world. The show will be streamed on Zoom 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29.

Admission is free.

For streaming information, visit the Meadowdale Players website at meadowdaledrama.wixsite.com/players.

Black Lives Matter Month of Action in Edmonds

In February 2020, the Edmonds School District Board adopted the Black Lives Matter Month of Action.

In preparation for this year, the district has formed a Black Lives Matter Month of Action Planning Committee. Any Edmonds School District student, family and staff are welcome to join to help create virtual activities and events for students, families, and staff.

Upcoming meeting dates are 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10.

Those attending can email Sally Guzmana [email protected]

More information: bit.ly/2YdnS7G.

Eight district teachers earn National Board Certification

Eight Edmonds School District teachers have earned their National Board Certificates.

They are Karen Boddie, Meadowdale Elementary; Megan Drobnicki-Girdhar, Ben Hammond, Emily Turner, and Sarah Fox, VOICE Transition; Theresa Forssen, Lynndale Elementary; Lois Park, College Place Elementary; and Meaghan Veysey, Scriber Lake High.

"To me, this means that I have met a very high standard by showing evidence of high efficacy in my craft, and that I intend to continue to do so to best serve students in our community," said Ben Hammond, a VOICE Program teacher who also has taught in the ProjectSearch program, in which students serve as interns at Swedish Medical Center's Edmonds campus.

"This is really quite remarkable," Scriber Lake High Principal Andrea Hillman said.

"Our VOICE and ProjectSearch staff work so hard, and this recognition is so well deserved. It really adds a mark of prestige to what our staff offers to these adult students transitioning into supported employment and their overall ability to maximize their potential and lead fulfilling lives, in spite of their disabilities."

Scriber Lake High also earned the distinction of being among five schools nationwide with the most growth in national board certifications, Hillman added.

Asian cultural exploration at EWHS Mandarin Chinese class

The 2021 Lunar New Year, which begins Feb. 12, is the year of the Ox. And the Lunar New Year is the most popular holiday to celebrate family togetherness in most Asian countries, such as China, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Edmonds-Woodway High teacher (Christine) Hong Chi has gathered some thoughts from students enrolled in Mandarin Chinese courses. Every year, the Chinese language classes host a Lunar New Year class party. Why do they like this cultural experience so much?

Here are some comments from students:

"I have enjoyed a lot of cultural exploration activities in our Mandarin Chinese class, like watching traditional Chinese lion dance and dragon dance performances, Kung Fu shows, Chinese face-changing opera, and traditional Chinese instruments like the Erhu, Pipa, and Guzheng."

"We get to try many Asian snacks and tea including Bubble tea."

Lunar New Year celebrations also help students find connections with their family heritage culture.

"The way LNY is celebrated in China is very similar to how we celebrate in Vietnam, but some zodiac animals are different. In Vietnamese tradition, the rabbit and ox are replaced with the cat and buffalo."

"There is a celebration that looks similar to the LNY that is celebrated in my culture, known as the Carnival de San Miguel, a city in El Salvador."

"I also received a Hongbao this year because my family, even though they are of European descent, wanted to integrate Chinese culture more into my life."

Hong Chi and her students are busy working together to create a Lunar New year resource webpage for school district families and teachers who are interested to learn more.


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