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Mrs. Lorentzen

      In a world that, despite all the negative things one may hear about, truly has so many wonderful opportunities to offer, you would think saying "thank you" would be easy.  But when someone has done so much for you to be thankful for, it's incredibly difficult to accurately portray just how much you feel you owe them, and how much they have affected you.  For instance, I have spent two weeks trying, and failing, to write this single installation of Gratitude.  Despite my attempts to be eloquent, the most I've been able to write down is a few clumsy lines which I scribble out.  So, I'm letting go of eloquence, and I'm going to attempt to write just enough to get my point across.  

      I was in seventh grade when the Chimacum school district hired a new middle school choral teacher, Mrs.  Lorentzen.  She is without a shadow of a doubt, the best teacher I've ever had the pleasure of meeting; I've been in her choirs for four years all together, thanks to scheduling conflicts and resolutions, and have her to thank for all of the vocal progress I've made since seventh grade.  Mrs. Lorentzen devotes a monumental amount of time to her choirs, and it is not only her undeniable musicianship skills, but this fanatical dedication that motivates her students to learn and improve so zealously.  It's truly inspiring to share a classroom with her.  Even when she admits to being tired, or even exhausted, she never fails to work through it and be entirely present for her students.

     While, of course, the majority of her time is committed to her choirs, she still somehow manages to work individually with any student that seeks her help.  There have been several instances where she's met with me personally-- whether that be to prepare for the Solo Ensemble Festival, or simply because I've asked for her help.  During these meetings, there's never been an instance where she's been anything but patient and understanding if I don't immediately pick up on a concept.  I can't properly express just how thankful I am for all the time she's invested in working with me, and helping me overcome some long held insecurities I have involving my singing.  Without her, I dare say I might not even be singing.  

      Above all though, I have to thank her for teaching her students many things that have very little to do with singing. Mrs. Lorentzen has said many times before that "the most important thing [she] will teach [us], will not be music."  At first, in seventh grade, I didn't entirely understand what she meant.  Now though, as a senior two months from stepping out into the real world, I finally have a solid grasp on what she was saying. Music is incredibly important, and so are musicianship skills, and while some people may keep those skills with them for the entirety of their lives, the real gain is found in the abstract things.  Mrs. Lorentzen teaches her students perseverance, by example and instruction alike-- she refuses to let students back out of a piece of music simply because it gets difficult.  She teaches kindness, compassion, and emotional awareness, by picking musical literature that deals with these topics, and practicing them herself as well.  Every student that passes through Mrs. Lorentzen's choir should leave a better person.  If they don't, they weren't really paying attention.  

      There's so much more I could recognize her for, but I simply don't believe I have the time.  For now, I can only give an overarching thank you, and hope it suffices.  


--Kelle Settje


                           From left: Morgan Hartnett and Courtney Lawlor

West Sound Tech 
By Courtney Lawlor

      Last year, I attended the Professional Medical Career program through the West Sound Technical Skills Center. I can surely say that was the best decision I have made throughout the entirety of my high school career. Going into the medical class, I was still unsure about pursuing a career in healthcare, but by the end of the year I was absolutely convinced that this was the only field of study for me. By April, I was top of the class, and one of only 20 students that were accepted into a Certified Nursing Assistant, or CNA, program where I would spend 55 hours at Manor Care Health Services in Gig Harbor.

      The first day there was really nerve wracking.  The people there were relying on me to take care of them in ways I had never taken care of someone else before. Some people needed help getting out of bed, using the restroom, getting dressed.  Other people needed help with literally every single aspect of their life. Some days I would be assigned to the full assistance dining room, where I would spoon feed elderly people who couldn’t speak, couldn’t move, and on rare occasions couldn’t even open their eyes.  This experience was extremely illuminating and taught me to be more patient with every part of my own life and the people in it.  By the end of my time there I was more than excited to pursue my career in health care.

            When it came time to choose a senior project, my mind was already made up. I decided to start volunteering at the hospital every Tuesday and Wednesday. I mostly volunteer in Medical Short Stay-- which is where people being treated for cancer and people who need help with wound care go. Spending my days there means rooming patients, cleaning and stocking rooms, and getting to talk to people who do exactly what I hope to spend my life doing.

            This summer I will be attending a medical program that is all the way in Baltimore, Maryland. I will be spending nine days there with people who I have never talked to in my life, flying across the country by myself and learning. This program will be a lot more than another bullet point on a checklist of things that will help me be successful in the healthcare industry. I am very lucky to be able to attend this program because it was extremely expensive and hard to be accepted into.

            The path that I have chosen to take for my life is extremely competitive, motivating, rewarding, and fun. I have never been more inspired to learn than I am right now. This is very important to me as there are many options for careers and life choices and I have been able to find out exactly what I want to do and how to get there while I am still in high school. I will be attending Olympic College to complete all of my Nursing pre-requisites and then attending nursing school while working as a CNA throughout school to gain experience and knowledge so that I can do the best I can when finished.


The Nordland Store
By Brend'n Blankenship


      The Nordland Store is located on Flagler Road, on the way to Fort Flagler, right in the center of Marrowstone Island. It was originally known as the Nordland Trading Company and established in 1923 by Harry Johnson. It started out as a barter system with the local natives who lived on Indian Island and local farmers.  Mr. Johnson would make weekly trips by boat over to Seattle to buy products. He would bring orchard fruit, vegetables and chickens that were raised on the island to sell or trade in Seattle. They would return with the supplies they needed for their customers: sacks of feed, flour, sugar and boxes full of cloth and other things families on the island would need.

      The store grew, and it became necessary to build a small warehouse nearby to support the increase of supply for the higher demand. The warehouse was built in 1925. Having a warehouse meant they did not need to make a trip over to Seattle every week, and as the store kept growing they had a bigger dock built in 1928 to accommodate the bigger boat they also purchased.  Then as Marrowstone Island was becoming more established and populated, they needed to install more proper roads.  Around 1927 a large road project was done and the road that today is Flagler Road was rerouted causing the Nordland Trading Post to be moved back 20 feet from the shoreline.

      Over the years Harry Johnson kept the store running until his death. It stayed in his family many generations after he passed away.

      The Nordland General Store is currently owned by Tom and Sue Rose, who purchased it in 1994. They have equipment for the frequent campers at Fort Flagler and residents. The shelves are stocked with local produce, fresh seafood and an espresso bar for coffee.  They also sell toys, Marrowstone Island T-shirts, hats, kitchen products, fishing gear, rental movies, and lots of canned goods.

      The store is not only a general store but also a gathering place for the island residents and a starting point for the activities that take place year round.  The store has an annual tree lighting in the middle of December and Santa Claus arrives by boat to the dock on Christmas Eve.  The New Year starts off with a Polar Bear dip which was first held in 1995 with approximately 35 people taking the jump. In 2004 they had about 100 people, and it has grown every year since then. They also have a band and barbecue to make it an all-day event. In the spring the Nordland Store holds a tractor parade. People drive tractors, riding lawn mowers, excavating equipment and any kind of machinery they have in their barns or garages.  In the summer they open the season with boat and canoe rentals. The store is very busy in the summer with most of the shopping being the tourists who camp at Fort Flagler. They slow down in the winter but the island people support the store and shop for the small items that save them a trip into Port Hadlock or Silverdale.

      As time has passed, the Nordland Store has grown and changed, as everything does, but it has still managed to keep its small-town charm.


Bee Campus USA
By Kelle Settje

      In recent years, scientists have noticed a steady and shocking decrease in global honeybee populations.  Just between April 2015 and April 2016, the United States alone lost 44% of their bee colonies.  Bees are a vital part of the entire earth’s ecosystem, and without them we would lose one-third of the world’s crops.  Chimacum High School, in an effort to help preserve the bees, has become the first ever high school Bee campus USA. 

      There are several requirements a school must meet to become a certified bee campus.  To begin, a school must establish and maintain a Bee Campus USA Committee comprised of the landscape director as well as other staff, administrators, faculty and students.  This committee is charged with developing a list of native, pollinator-friendly plants, and a “least toxic integrated pest management plan.”  The school must also host an annual campus event or events to raise awareness of the importance of pollinators, along with an assortment of other requirements. 

      Chimacum’s main goal in becoming a Bee campus USA is to first and foremost educate the students and community on the importance of pollinators and give them tools to help increase their populations.  Gary Coyan, a teacher at Chimacum, supervises a club in which students work directly with our campus bees.  They learn proper beekeeping skills, how to manage equipment, and most importantly how to keep the colonies happy and healthy. 

      The community has shown an immense amount of support towards the school.  They have received two grants from two different local associations; the Tri-Area Garden Club gifted $900 dollars that will be spent on a Warre hive, topsoil, and native wildflower seeds that will be planted around the campus.  East Jefferson Bees donated $500 that will go towards three “packages” of bees, as well as equipment for the Bee Club.  Their generosity and support is greatly appreciated by Chimacum High School, and it will go a long way in helping the campus and the bees flourish. 

      For those interested in keeping up with the bee campus, updates will be posted on the school’s website: 


Recipe of the Month
By Gary Coyan
      I consider the Chimacum foods and horticulture classes to be one program. I make an effort to get horticulture students in the kitchen to prepare food that we grow in the greenhouse, and on occasion, the foods class will work in the garden.  This past month we had a bountiful crop of cilantro in the greenhouse. We decided that the best use of this beautiful herb would be to make street tacos, using it in both the marinade and as a garnish. We hope you enjoy this recipe!

•             ½ lb. flank or skirt steak
•             2 or 3 Chicken breasts
•             2 limes, juiced
•             1 orange, juiced
•             ¼ cup olive oil
•             5 cloves garlic, minced
•             ½ jalapeño seeds removed and finely chopped
•             1 tsp. cumin
•             ½ tsp. Chile powder
•             ½ tsp. fresh oregano
•             ½ tsp. salt
•             Several grinds of fresh black pepper
•             ¾ C. chopped fresh cilantro
•             Chopped cilantro
•             Diced onions some students grilled the onions
•             lime wedges
•             crumbled Cotija cheese
  1. Combine marinade ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
  2. Put steak, chicken, and marinade including orange and lime rinds in zip lock bag and marinate in the refrigerator overnight.
  3. Remove steak and chicken from marinade. Grill to desired doneness.
  4. Remove from grill and let rest a bit, then slice against the grain into thin strips.
  5. Fill warmed corn tortillas with some steak or chicken, top with additional cilantro, onions, squeeze of lime, Cotija cheese, and chipotle crema.
Chipotle Crema
1/4 Cup sour cream
2 Tablespoons half-and-half
1 tablespoons adobo sauce
1 teaspoon agave nectar
2 tablespoons diced cilantro
Juice of 1 lime
The articles contained within this newsletter were completed by Chimacum High School students in Mr. Coyan's art, horticulture and foods classes. The newsletter was edited by high school senior Kelle Settje as part of her senior project.  
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