Posts Tagged ‘Coupeville Elementary School’

Chayse Van Velkinburgh with dad Dustin. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Chayse shreds the defense. (Photo courtesy Dustin Van Velkinburgh)

“All in all, it was a good day.”

Chayse Van Velkinburgh, a 10-year-old Coupeville Elementary School student, continues to play above his age group on the soccer pitch.

Saturday, mask in place, he participated in two games, while repping the uniform of two different teams.

Van Velkinburgh opened the day by suiting up for the U12 NWU Black squad, starting at left back, where he helped trigger two of his team’s three goals in a loss.

The first score came off of a long ball played from the back, while on the second tally the young supernova dropped in a pinpoint quick throw to give a teammate an advantage on a backpedaling goaltender.

“The score won’t show it, but he played really well at that level,” said dad Dustin.

Game two brought Chayse back to his normal squad, U11 NWU Black, and he propelled them to an 8-3 victory.

The younger Van Velkinburgh scored twice in his nightcap, punching in a laser from 25 feet out for one score, before getting creative for another goal.

Smartly reading the opposing goaltender, he picked off a goal kick, then lit up the goalie.

A little dribble opened things up, before Van Velkinburgh slid the ball between the opposing player’s legs to set off a celebration.

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Coupeville Schools Superintendent Steve King

The return to semi-normal continues.

Coupeville Schools Superintendent Steve King announced Wednesday that the district will meet the next step in its COVID-19 reopening plan.

That means children in grades 3-5 will join hybrid in-person learning Monday, February 22.

Grades K-2 had earlier returned to Coupeville Elementary, while the town’s middle and high school students are next on the list.

Target dates for a return to in-person education at CMS (grades 6-8) and CHS (9-12) are currently Mar. 8 and 15, respectively.

When grades 3-5 return, the schedule which awaits is:

8:45 to 9:00 — CES doors open to students for health screening and entry
9:00 to 11:30 — In-Person classes for Group A
11:30 to 12:45 — Teacher lunch and planning; room sanitization
12:45 to 1:00 — CES doors open to students for health screening and entry
1:00 to 3:30 — In-Person classes for Group B

“While in-person school looks very different from how school operated prior to COVID, we are excited to share this good news for our students, staff, and families,” King said.

The reopening plan, which was created in conjunction with Island County Public Health, was approved Jan. 11 in a 4-1 vote by the Coupeville School Board.

A weekly data sheet created by ICPH places Coupeville currently at “moderate risk,” with all data either flat or decreasing.

“We have had a very positive and successful beginning for our K-2 students who have begun in our Elementary Hybrid model,” King said. “We have no evidence of transmission of COVID-19 occurring in our schools.

“Please know that we will continue cautiously phasing in our students to in-person learning.”

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Deb Sherman, here with some of her grandkids at a basketball game coached by son Brad, joins Coupeville Elementary School teachers to read students a bedtime story. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Local teachers continue to find new and creative ways to stay in touch with their students during the pandemic shutdown.

Today’s example is a bedtime story read by educators at Coupeville Elementary School, presented in the video below.

Follow along, as they bring new life to the lovely tale of The Kissing Hand, written by Audrey Penn and illustrated by Ruth E. Harper and Nancy M. Leek.


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With Washington state schools closed down due to the fight against COVID-19, we’re offering all Whidbey Island students a chance to be heard and stay connected.

Brookelynn Van Velkinburgh, who created the artwork seen in this story, is a 6th grader at Coupeville Middle School.

Her career goals are to be a police officer or detective when she grows up.

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Brynn Parker displays a painting she created. (Corinn Parker photos)

Skylar Parker contributes a beautifully-crafted drawing.

Avery Parker is working at the top of her artistic game, as always.

School’s out, but creativity blooms everywhere.

While the current shutdowns are keeping Coupeville students away from the classroom, that hasn’t stopped them from writing, drawing, painting, and finding multiple ways to express themselves.

The photos above capture the Parker sisters — Skylar, Brynn, and Avery — showcasing their artistic muses.

Want to join them?

High school, middle school, elementary school, parent, coach, grad, it’s open to all of you.

Send me your artwork, your writing, all of your creative achievements, and I’ll use Coupeville Sports to let the world see your work.

Find me on Facebook or email me at davidsvien@hotmail.com.

PS — A couple of people have raised the idea they might be willing to contribute if they can remain anonymous.

To that, I say, sure. As long as I know who you are, the rest of the world can guess.

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