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June 17, 1971

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SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY activities center at Hood Canal School District's new multi-purpose room, shown with the table set for a parents' meeting. A GOOD PLACE to study is the school library at Hood Canal Junior High School, enlarged in a recent improvement program. THE PLAY AREA at North Mason Elementary School's modern building shows plenty of activity during the noon hour. Page S-50- Shelton-Mason County Journal - Thursday, June 17, 1971 new " A large new addition to the Hood Canal School District's educational building complex at the junction of Highway I 01 and State Route 106 went into service early this year. All grades from kindergarten through ninth are now housed in a modern, centrally located facility, including primary students who formerly attended the Skokomish Reservation school. The $393,000 improvement includes eight new classrooms, a multi-use cafeteria which accomodates 240 persons, a teachers work room, and a bus garage. Next phase in a program which started more than 10 years ago when several small districts were consolidated will be a vocational training and crafts building. This could also be used for adult evening classes and possibly a Skokomish Indian museum. School officials are exploring the possibility of financing this project with federal and other funds which might be obtained without recourse to a district bond issue, according to Superintendent John Peel. Preliminary planning visualizes this as a community-oriented facility where students would be 'taught electronics, metal and plastics fabrication, auto mechanics, and mechanical drawing in day classes and their parents could learn similar skills in the evening. Expanded recreational facilities which are available for community as well as school use include a new football field which went into service last fall, a baseball field also used for Little League play, and a quarter-mile track. For college-bound students in the junior high school, the curriculum will continue to stress academic subjects. These include French, algebra, mechanical drawing, art, drama, music, band, two years of home economics, and typing. Music and art are taught in all grades. Speech thera- py is also available. Senior high school students from the district are trans- ported to Shelton. Team teaching was inaugurated for primary grade pupils of North Mason schools in an ultra-modern new building which went into service at the beginning of the 1970-71 school year. The $412,000 facility is the latest addition in an educational complex near Belfair. The structure consists of two separate units, connected by a covered walk. One is a multi-purpose building with a small gym for physical education, public assemblies, and administrative functions. The other consists of eight classrooms for 30 pupils each. This is of open design adapted to full scale team teaching. Acoustic tile ceilings and carpeted floors keep the noise level so low that no walls are needed. Instead movable sight dividers are placed so that students sitting at their desks cannot see those in adjoining rooms but teachers standing up can observe several rooms. The floor plan is arranged so that three class units can be made into one. By simply turning their chairs around all students in the enlarged room can face the teachers. The multi-purpose unit is large enough to accomodate students from 20 classrooms. Twelve more can be built in the future when enrollment growth requires it. North Mason High School offers a four-year curriculum with emphasis on subjects required for college entrance. As many as 65 percent of graduating seniors go on to higher education, according to Superintendent Norman E. Sanders. The school is housed in a modern new building which went into service in 1967. Its construction climaxed a ten- year program Of building improvement. The standard course includes four years of English (three required) and four years of mathematics (two re- quired). Math analysis is offered for seniors. The course includes two years of French and Spanish, both of which are taught every year. Since conversational Spanish is taught in the seventh and eighth grades, four years of that language may be taken. Because of an ideal location near Hood Canal, the school offers a three-year course in marine biology. Students observe live speciments in a salt water aquar- ium. Chemistry and biology are pre-requisites. Small class- es have eight to ten students. Music is also a strong subject. Each teacher gives vocal instruction in the first three grades. Instrumental ipstruction starts in the fourth grade. ~q~, :to] s~teux SAND, and For the Finest In GRAVEL PRE-MIX CRUSHED ROCK Angle Agency, the people who know their business. 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