The Brady Bunch comes to mind when I think of Skip and Linda Johnson. Skip (Tod) and Linda met through the choir of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in 1983. Tod had six children and Linda three.
“I thought, ‘What kind of woman is going to want to marry a guy with six kids?’” says Skip.
Well, he found that woman. Tod and Linda married in 1987 and over the next several years, they built a home for their family of 11 in Carnation, Washington—about 25 miles northeast of Seattle.
“All the kids worked on small construction tasks in their spare time,” reminisces Skip.
Building community and building homes is something Skip and Linda have excelled in.
Skip started Sno-Valley Construction in 1973. Since then, he reckons they’ve built nearly 90 percent of the multi-family homes in Carnation. They also built Tolt Town Center, the main shopping center in town, Carnation Storage Center and three laundromats —Carnation, Monroe and Snohomish.
Construction isn’t the only way Skip and Linda have shown support for their community. Skip served on Carnation’s first Planning Commission and on the King County Library Board from 1970 to 1982. Linda sings with Los Orchids, a 1950s and 60s Rock n’ Roll band and is a music director for St. Anthony’s. They were also named Grand Marshals of the 2016 Carnation 4th of July Parade.
“Part of our gig is to be involved in the community,” says Skip. As a Jesuit-endorsed Catholic school, we hope all of our graduates make community involvement part of their gig.
Skip and Linda have lived in the Carnation area for more than 40 years now. They have watched 17 grand children and two great-grandchildren grow up there and do not have plans to leave the area.
Linda hails from the south. Skip, of course, grew up in Fairbanks and attended the Catholic Schools.
“I should have graduated from Monroe in 1962,” says Skip, “but I ended up transferring to Copper Valley High School and then joining the Navy.”
Skip and Linda return to Fairbanks to visit Skip’s family and meet up with old friends like Pat Doogan ‘62.
Tod “Skip” Johnson and Pat Doogan are pictured as freshman in the 1959 Monroe High School yearbook.
Come and enjoy our Band/Orchestra Concert on Monday, December 12th beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Gym.
Pleae join us for the Comet Choir Dress Rehearsal beginning at 1:00 p.m., MPR on December 6th OR Comet Choir Concert on December 6th beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Mrs. Halvarson our librarian is looking for help during the Book Fair taking place from 12/14 - 12/16 in the Academic Center. Here are the times she can use some help. If you can give an hour or two that would be great.
Dec. 13th - Set up, 6:00-8:00 pm
Dec. 14th - 7:30-1:30 (2 hour slots)
Dec. 15th - 7:30-1:30 (2 hour slots)
Dec. 16th - 7:30-1:30 (2 hour slots)
Dec. 17th - 2:00-5:00 take down
Click on the link to sign up to volunteer.
It is hard to overstate the meaningful contributions that Makayla makes to our Science 8 class and its community of learners. As Makayla’s physical sciences teacher, I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Makayla make profound contributions both within and outside of the classroom.
Makayla is a perceptive, sharp, quick individual with a high aptitude for math and science, which she informs via a nuanced and sophisticated understanding of the empiric process and scientific inquiry. She is driven to understand how things work, whether it’s the microcosm of the atomic nucleus or the forces that hold our universe together, and everything in between. Makayla’s recent project in class was especially impressive, culminating in a fascinating lecture on the Noble Gas, neon, and fun activities that got everyone thinking and talking.
Makayla’s personal strengths are as impressive as her intellectual accomplishments. She’s an active, outgoing presence in Science 8 class with a delightful wit and great sense of humor. Makayla’s the perfect person to get a group project rolling, but she also knows how to support her peers to take the lead. Her uncommon kindness, cheerful nature and requests for feedback means she’s always learning and growing academically, an impressive strength of character that will continue to serve Makayla and those fortunate enough to make her acquaintance. Makayla is just the kind of driven, engaging, and curious student that helps make Period 6 a lively environment and safe place to take intellectual risks.
Makayla consistently demonstrates excellence in all that she puts her mind to, and never ceases to impress by way of academic efforts that consistently go above and beyond requirements and exceed expectations. Makayla’s endless curiosity and distinguished mind, combined with her sweetness of spirit and willingness to take risks, convinces me that there will be no limit to her growth and achievements at Monroe, in college, and beyond.
The Academic Decathlon team has always held a special place in my heart, from when I was coaching it. Each one of those students, Sarah, Ola, Selina, Morgan, Katie, Brooke, Michael, Scott, and Sasha manage to brighten my day over and over again. Two of them, Sarah and Ola, have been part of the team since for four years now, and have contributed tremendously to the team’s success and to building the social environment that helps make the team work. I have also taught both of them since they were in seventh grade. Since earlier this year I made Ola my student of the week, it is time now that I talk about Sarah Reed.
The great secret about Sarah Reed is that she has a fantastic, intelligent, and wicked sense of humor. Many people see her studying, practicing, reading, or knitting, and have no idea of what they are seeing. Indeed, one of the reasons to read literature is to keep an eye out for people like Sarah. Knowing her sense of humor and her avid interest in reading a variety of sources, I am not entirely convinced that Sarah has not learned from Madame Defarge for her knitting, secretly encoding messages in all that she knits. Indeed, I could see Sarah in the role of Atropos – or possibly Lachesis – from Greek mythology, weaving a grand joke into the tapestry of life. While Sarah does not have the same sensibilities as Madame Defarge, she does have a brilliant mind and a deep sense of humor. At some point or another, every teacher has caught Sarah quietly, or not so quietly, giggling at a joke the rest of the class has missed.
Sarah manages to keep that sense of humor even in the maelstrom of a schedule that would make most mortals quail, focusing on academics, an incredible commitment to music, the challenges on work required for Academic Decathlon, and cross country too. With all of that, she manages to give every one of her endeavors the attention it deserves. At the end of the day, she can always be heard to say, “well, that’s alright then.”
Parking Lot Safety Reminders-
It is the time of year when because of darker mornings/afternoons, more snow and cold, and busier days - we all need to be more vigilant as drivers.
Please keep in mind the safety of our students when driving in our parking lots, both in the front and the back.
Thank you for attention and efforts in keeping our students and families safe.
We have early dismissal on Wednesday, 12/14th and 15th at 12:50 p.m. We DO have a.m. busses but NO p.m. busses.
We have early dismissal also on Friday, 12/16th at 12:50 p.m. We DO have both a.m. and p.m. busses
ICS has regular hours for the After School Program.
Hours for Academic Assistance-
Monday, 12/12 from 2:20 - 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 12/13 from 2:20 - 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 12/14 Final Review Only with individual teachers
Thursday, 12/15 Final Review Only with individual teachers
Friday, 12/16 NO Academic Assistance
Help us collect hats, gloves and scarves to benefit the S.O.A.P program of Fairbanks. The Street Outreach & Advocacy Program helps 10-21 year olds who are at high risk of becoming homeless, or who are currently homeless or have run away from home. The hat, gloves and scarf drive will be happening Monday, 12/5 through Friday, 12/16.
Here is the finals schedule-