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July 30, 2015  2:22 PM
Summer School students soar with special poetry lesson
John Muir Elementary summer school students received a special visit from nationally known poet Janet Wong. On July 22, Wong shared her children’s poems, stories about poetry and how to be a poet.
Wong brought a large brown alligator suitcase with special props inside. She had student helpers choose something from the case and she told a story or poem about the item. Students engaged as Wong read stories about food, family, and immigration. She read a story in Spanish, and stories about her own father. She also taught the teachers a special noodle dance. The students learned to speak Wookie.
Wong’s message to the children was clear. “Do you have an idea?” she asked. “Write it down. Don’t worry about making it ‘good’ - just TRY. The key is getting started. Getting those big wheels in your brain to move. If you sputter, if you stall, no problem. Wait a little while and start it up again.”
King County Library System librarian Jennifer Duffy arranged for Wong’s visit.
July 16, 2015  7:53 AM
A different kind of summer school
Summer school isn’t just for students who need some extra help. It can also help students get a head start on a career. LWSD is the host district for the Washington Network for Innovative Careers (WANIC), which is open to students from seven school districts on the Eastside. The WANIC Summer Skills Academy offers students a hands-on chance to test out a career field, before they invest time and money in training and further education. And, they receive a half credit (one semester) toward high school graduation. Classes cover fields including computer science and engineering, culinary arts, health careers, art & animation, robotics, game programming, and more. While classes for this summer are almost done, high school students can get more information on WANIC's regular school year courses or plan ahead for the Skills Academy next summer.
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