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Weekly Newsletter, Jan. 30, 2019

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Junior sees Washington’s Legislature at work

Senate page

By WMHS College Counselor Jill O’Keefe

A WMHS junior inspired her peers to become engaged in government Friday as she shared her experiences as a Washington State Senate Page.

The Senate Page program is a selective program available to teens ages 14-16 who are interested in serving the state Legislature and experiencing state government up close.

Read more inside→.

Lunar New Year

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with WMS!

Celebrate: the Family Alliance hosts a Lunar New Year Celebration on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 1-3 p.m., at the North Creek campus, moved to the new high school space, suite 250, upstairs on the north end of Building 2.

Activities for the whole family include calligraphy, traditional art work, tea culture, making dumplings, finger food for purchase, traditional instrumental performance and a photo booth.

Carp windsocks culminate Asian art studies

Carp windsocks

The Spruce class wrapped up its Asian art studies by creating colorful carp windsocks in the tradition of Japan’s Children’s Day. Read more on the Lower Elementary program page.→

Interlude during intersession


Snowshoeing at Gold Creek Pond was a highlight of last week’s Middle School intersession activities. Here, a student takes a few quiet moments to herself.

Intersession—formerly Immersion Week—gives the Secondary students opportunities to try some different learning experiences between quarters. The Middle and High School began third quarter on Jan. 28.

See more intersession photos inside.→

Snowshoeing photos courtesy of Max Koh

Monitoring the region’s measles outbreak

WMS is monitoring the measles outbreak in Western Washington. If any measles cases have been identified in our area we will work with and follow Public Health advice and regulations. As per state law (included in our Parent Handbook, page 43), “In case of an outbreak of a vaccine-preventable disease in the school, we will be required to exclude all unimmunized children…”

If you have any questions or concerns, please consult your doctor. WMS cannot provide medical advice. Several online resources provide more information on measles:


Completed in the Pine classroom

Fencing demo piques student interest

Fencing demonstrationFencing demonstration

The High School students were enthralled by a fencing demonstration at school on Friday.

WMHS explores various ideas for new elective offerings. Learning that a fencing school is opening a Bothell branch, we invited an instructor to visit.

The students learned a little fencing history and philosophy, and enjoyed watching one of their classmates try his hand at it.