Throughout my stay at Chimacum high school, I have seen some absolutely exceptional parents.  Among these select few, is a certain mother who thinks, not only of her own children, but of every person associated with the school.  Maggie Ejde, whose eldest daughter graduated from Chimacum last year and currently has two other daughters attending the school, is always seen bustling about the district brightening people's day.  From simply an enthusiastic wave while passing by, to delivering home made food to certain students, Maggie is a monumental positive force within the community.  

      When I met Maggie Ejde, I was receiving an award from the school board and assumed any contact we would have after our warm handshake would simply be a polite formality.  Maggie is surprising in her geniality, though, and has since greeted me enthusiastically every time she sees me.  I am sure Maggie greets everyone in a similar fashion, and while it may seem minuscule to some, it is a lovely and genuine gesture many appreciate.  It is not often a person makes you feel valued with simply a smile. 

     Of course, Maggie does much more than simply saying hello to people.  Last year, she was an active member of the school board and concerned herself greatly with problems arising in the school.  She was a supporter of Chimacum high's music program, though neither of her high school daughters participated in music classes.  It seemed she was always tackling problems that didn't directly affect her or the people in her life, yet she treated them with equal importance.  

          Though these problem solving skills are greatly appreciated, Chimacum high school has come to a consensus that it is the small things Maggie Ejde does that we value the most.  Maggie is known for always having homemade food; sometimes she delivers it to her daughters (a welcome gift in the middle of class,) and other times she generously gives it away to those lucky enough to be in near proximity.  A few days ago, I was lucky enough to be in just such a situation.  Maggie had brought in a warm, homemade pizza along with smoothies made from peaches in her garden to everyone  that frequented Mr. Coyan's art room at lunch.  Happily, she handed out large slices of the pizza until everyone that desired a piece was served.  She smiled around the "thank you's" and "are you sure's?" before gathering what was left and sweeping out the door.  Those of us still standing in the art room were astounded by her benevolence.

     Maggie isn't nice because people tell her to be, she doesn't give things away to later gain something in return.  She is simply a genuinely sweet, generous human being.  Even as this piece of writing was in it's final stages, she once again strolled into the art room carrying a tray of oatmeal cookies and offered one to each student present.  The things Maggie Ejde does, even just the smallest wave, leave lasting impacts on the people that surround her.  She is an unbelievably positive woman, and Chimacum is more than lucky to have her rushing about its halls.  Students and faculty alike are so grateful to have passed through at the same time as Maggie Ejde, and we extend a warm, enthusiastic thank you to her, and everything she does.  

--Kelle Settje 

Malaki, Titus, Michael, Brenda, Olivia, Isabelle, Whitney, Beautifull. 
Photos provided by Chimacum High School junior, Whitney Hill

Can You Taste Your Dreams?
By Whitney Hill

      Sugar Hill began as a small time sweet stand at local farmer’s markets, with their six young children Olivia, Whitney, Isabelle, Malaki, Titus, and Beautifull, known for using recipes dating back to the days that candy was a rare and special gift. In a time where candy is at every front counter for a dime a dozen, Sugar Hill’s mission is to create confections that taste like someone cares.  Each piece is hand crafted by a family with a dream and a love for life and great confections.

      Sugar Hill started in June 2012 as a stand going to the summer market in Port Ludlow bringing their core sweets, caramel, licorice, in both flavors: coconut and sea salt.  Since  then, Sugar Hill has grown and supplies 44 stores across the northwest with yummy treats. The company is also on Amazon- or you can order directly from Sugar Hill. They can be found on Facebook. They are in the process of creating their own website which will make their signature treats available to more people all over.  Currently they ship to all 50 states.

      When asked what’s most important for their company, Sugar Hill’s representative “boss” of the operations Brenda Hill said, “the most important thing is raising our kids. They come first; my husband Michael and I always agreed on that. Our business is second.”   Before signing up for an event the couple has family meeting because the “kids are involved in every aspect of the company.” Sugar Hill’s “family first” philosophy is exactly what they try to ensure people understand.  The sweet company “[strives] to bring people yummy, wholesome snacks that are GMO free and use Fair Trade chocolates and biodegradable wrappers.” Brenda boasts that each piece is carefully hand crafted and wrapped. “Even though we could make a living just wholesaling to stores we choose to still go to markets, fairs, and festivals- because it brings us back to the beginning and incorporates our kids and other family members.”  At Sugar Hill, family comes before all else.  Though it is still a business, the company promises to “keep a balance of family and treats so life can’t get any better.”  

      There are always two sides to every story.   Sugar Hill’s tale could go all the way back to Brenda making candy with her grandmother, or to Michael going to flea markets in South Carolina. But Sugar Hill believes it got its start when Brenda and Michael got married. Brenda wanted to be able to work as a stay-at-home mom and Michael worked for his father-in-law in construction. It was there that Michael learned from Brenda’s uncle how to climb and fall trees- a skill he added in with his landscaping talents.   He then set off to work as a handy man for a while. He and Brenda’s father worked and converted their barn into a photography studio for Brenda. Brenda then started Picture This a photography and catering company.  Michael had worked as a cook many times and between the two of them they had all the experience they needed.

      The Hill family had visited the Port Ludlow farmers market a few times and thought it would be a good experience to actually participate as Sugar Hill. With this in mind, they made their signature caramel and licorice and took it to the market. They enjoyed it greatly and continued going.  The company was baffled when asked where people could buy their candy to stock stores.  Such a feat had never even been considered. Together they decided to jump at the chance. After going through the proper channels they started wholesaling candy to stores.

      Isabelle Hill says “my mom told us kids that she had us so close in age so we could have 'built in best friends.'  It’s not always true that siblings get along and want to hang out but that’s how we were raised; we didn’t have any other options. My mom says we are Hills: proud, strong, brave, and together.  Sometimes markets are long; we’ve done three day markets and stayed in our motor home.  We’ve catered wedding four hours away."  

      The children of Sugar Hill have learned valuable lessons being apart of this family oriented company.  They've been taught that "life is what you make it," and the only person responsible for their life is themselves.  Sugar Hill, to the adolescents of the family, as well as the owners, is a life style.  It allows a spacious freedom most jobs restrict.  "We can pick up and go to Idaho to visit my family," comments Isabelle.  It is through this freedom that they have realized that "life is sweet," and one must enjoy every bite.  


Top: Bailie Seton and Alice Yaley Bottom: Alice Yaley shares a book with Bailie Seton Photos by Jaime Seton
Cultivating the Future
By Alice Yaley 

      Reading is a key foundation of education. It connects you to the different cultures, people, and areas around you. Reading is an essential daily tool that must be known in order to be successful. From reading a sign on the side of the road, to reading a recipe that has been passed down through generations, to simply reading a book­­­­-- the skill is used even when you don’t think about it. You might be taught to read simple words before you even start kindergarten, and quickly move on to more challenging chapter books by the third grade.  But it isn't uncommon for young kids to struggle or dislike literacy. It takes patience and practice to learn, and at young ages this is hard to come by.
        Growing up I was one of those kids who struggled with reading. It didn't come naturally to me like it did for my siblings and my parents. My mom put me in tutoring to see if it would help, but I would get bored and impatient with the books I was assigned to read.  I knew for my senior project I wanted to work with young children, and after receiving a tutoring offer I realized it was the perfect opportunity to connect my respect for literacy and my desire to teach. One of my goals when I was asked to tutor was to make sure reading was something to look forward to, even for the kids who struggled with it.  .

        I had never met most of the kids I worked with and reading was the only thing we had in common at first. I started off simple; they picked the appropriate books out and read to me and then when we were done we talked about what we had in common. Over time the kids got used to me and with each week they grew more excited to strengthen their reading skills. My number one goal after realizing I could make this fun was showing the kids how this was connecting them to their community. I began to point out that every week we were at the local library, the same couple of people noticed how their fluency was getting better and would complement each child. I showed them how the librarian began to know each kid individually and knew what kind of books they liked to read. Each kid was incredibly encouraged by the fact that other people besides me and their parents cared about what they were accomplishing.

      Even though we only met once or twice a week throughout the summer and into the school year, I made sure that each child I tutored knew that, even though they weren't directly impacting the community, the community was impacting them.  It was important for them to realize that it wasn't just me helping them get stronger in reading, but the people and area around them.

       I learned a lot through this project. I learned how I, myself, impacted the community I lived in, even if it was just a handful of kids. Those kids can now say they are stronger readers-- because both the children and myself stepped out of our comfort zone. I continue to encourage people to do just that-- step out of your normal life. Make an impact on those around you. Even if you don’t think you're skilled enough, I guarantee the young eyes watching you will think you are everything they want to be.


Wood Shop
By Cameron Anderson 


      Wood shop gets you working with your hands and creating things you didn't think you could create. I like hunting, fishing, building things, and growing plants in my garden, but most importantly being outside, that is why I am in Horticulture and Wood Shop. When I first started Wood Shop, I was looking at things students built that were required to pass the class. At first I thought it wasn’t possible to make things look that amazing, but my opinion soon changed.

One of my favorite assignments was crafting a hand plane.  The first thing we did was file a piece of metal, and sharpen a blade for the plane.  After that, we were taught all the safety requirements to properly use the tools we needed to build our projects. We could use the band saw, grinders, drill press, etc. We were also given various written instructions on lengths, widths and heights of the wood we needed to complete the project.

      We took two different sized pieces of wood and cut the smaller piece down the center with the band saw. This became the sides of the hand plane. Next, we took the thicker piece and drew a triangle out of the center.  We discarded the triangle and were left with two angled pieces that came together to a point. We drilled three holes with the drill press; then we used our sharpened chisels to hollow it out so the screw on our blade would fit in the hand plane. We took a little piece of square wood and rounded two corners off-- this would help us set the depth of the blade when the plane was finished. We made a wedge out of a longer piece of square stock which would wedge our blade between the wooden structures of the plane.  Next we glued the sides on, putting the two angled pieces in the middle and creating the body of the plane. We put our blade and wedge together and tried the plane out for the first time. My plane worked, but not as efficiently as I wanted.

       Next, we were allowed to do any design we wanted to make our plane look good. I rounded the front and made a curve in the back on the band saw. Then I sanded the hand plane with 80 grit sandpaper; then 120,150,180 and 210 to finish it off. After it was smooth, I added the first coat of oil and I let it dry overnight.

      The next day I added the last coat of oil and it was finished. I tried the hand plane again but it still didn’t work to my satisfaction. I then realized I had not sharpen it well enough. I spent the class period sharpening the blade and it cut much better than it previously had.

      After building my own hand plane I learned that I am capable of doing things I didn’t think I could do. In my experience with a little hard work and effort one can accomplish many things. My plane looked better than some of the ones I was admiring before we started the project and that gave me a great sense of pride. Chimacum high school offers many classes that give students a chance to take a "hands on" approach to education.  I believe this is the greatest way one can be taught, and everyone, at some point or another, should learn by doing.  


Recipe of the Month:
Foster Family Bread Recipe
By Amelia Foster

      This recipe has been passed down throughout the Foster family for decades.  It was created by my great-great-great-grandmother, Overhaus.  She then passed it down to her daughter, Bertha O' Overhaus-Danielson, and shortly thereafter down to her daughter, Carrol Beth Danielson-Williams.  This was followed by my grandmother, Diane Kay Williams-Knutson, and was finally passed to my mom, Stephanie Ann Knutson-Foster.  

      Every holiday season my family would make these buns, though I didn't start helping with the process until I was about 12 years old.

      The recipe is nearly 200 hundred years old, and it makes me happy knowing that it's been passed down for so long without being forgotten or lost entirely. I feel blessed knowing that my great-great-great grandmother used to make these, and now my sister and I can enjoy making them together as well-- especially since my grandmother is so passionate about the recipe.  Often times she takes over baking the rolls because she loves it so much.
       There's just something special about age old family traditions, and I am more than thankful to not only carry them on, but to now share them with whomever may read. 

1 cup water
1 cup shortening
2 cups milk
Bring all to boil.
Add 1/2 cup sugar
1 tbsp. salt
Let mixture cool.
In another bowl add 1 tsp. sugar
1 cup lukewarm water
1 1/2 pkg of yeast
Stir and leave to raise.
Let mixture cool.
Add 3-4 cups flour
Beat until smooth, then add
2 eggs and yeast
Make sure to add enough flower to make the dough stiff.
Then put it on board with flower. 
Knead dough.
Let it raise for about 2 hours.
Knead down again, then let raise.
Form the dough into buns on the pan,
Let raise and bake in 435 degree oven.
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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