Learning to teach with the best

January 5, 2010

Twenty-one Issaquah teachers earn National Board Certification

If you thought cramming for an SAT or advanced physics courses was tough, try spending more than 400 hours preparing videos, lesson plans and presentations before placing it neatly before a panel of national experts. Read more

2000s were a decade for local championships

January 5, 2010

When it comes to local high school sports, the new decade faces quite a challenge. Read more

Patriot Players present double feature

January 5, 2010

Liberty High School actors star in ‘Broken Hallelujah’ and ‘Sorry, Wrong Number’

Liberty High School junior Kylie Ishimitsu, who plays Bridh, cradles junior Garrett Bagdon, a Union soldier, near the battlefield for the city of Petersburg in the play ‘Broken Hallelujah.’ By Chantelle Lusebrink

Liberty High School junior Kylie Ishimitsu, who plays Bridh, cradles junior Garrett Bagdon, a Union soldier, near the battlefield for the city of Petersburg in the play ‘Broken Hallelujah.’ By Chantelle Lusebrink

The Liberty High School Patriot Players will present a special double-feature production of “Broken Hallelujah” and “Sorry, Wrong Number,” beginning Jan. 8.

It is a new undertaking for many of the school’s drama students.

“It will show audiences what we can do here,” said junior Garrett Bagdon, who plays Hosgood, a Union soldier. “In the past few years, we’ve been doing a lot of comedies. This is our first play that’s been a true drama in some time.”

“I think it will really show the quality of our actors,” said junior Brandon Crader, who plays Stewart, a Union soldier.

“Broken Hallelujah,” commissioned by the A.C.T Young Conservatory of San Francisco in partnership with Theatre Royal Bath, was first staged in 2005. It is a contemporary play written by Sharman Macdonald.

In the battle-worn city of Petersberg, Va., the long days of the Civil War stretch on while people die from hunger, tensions are high and the deafening silence overwhelms young souls in a battle to defend a way of life.

“It’s a really beautiful, meaningful and relevant script that hasn’t been overdone,” Director Katherine Klekas said. “As a teacher and a mother, I don’t think [young people] realize that we’re involved in two wars. I know it’s something my kids could end up in.
“People tend to want what is easy and they want someone to blame. They want villains and heroes. But in war, especially the Civil War, it’s not that easy,” she added. “This show is complex, real and brutal. It show’s the reality of the situation, rather than what is portrayed in video games or produced movies.”

Sophomore Fiona Kine, who plays Maureen, a Southern teen, said the play has given her a look into the emotional and psychological side of war, and common themes of growing from a child into an adult.

“No one in the play is over the age of 19,” said sophomore Sierra Hunt, who plays Loren, a Southern teen. “During the play, we all have to come to terms with who we are and what our part is in the cause.”

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Rosemarie Johnston

January 5, 2010

Rosemarie Johnston, of Issaquah, died Jan. 1, 2010, at Providence Marianwood Care Center in Issaquah. She was 87. Read more

Community calendar

January 5, 2010

Events

File Chinese History lesson “What You See: Violence Against Chinese Immigrants in the Pacific Northwest,” the winter installment of the Issaquah History Museums’ history program series featuring Pacific Northwest photographer Tim Greyhavens sharing his most recent project, is from 11 a.m. – noon Jan. 9 at the depot museum, 50 Rainier Blvd. N. Learn more by calling 392-3500 or e-mailing info@issaquahhistory.org.

Chinese History lesson “What You See: Violence Against Chinese Immigrants in the Pacific Northwest,” the winter installment of the Issaquah History Museums’ history program series featuring Pacific Northwest photographer Tim Greyhavens sharing his most recent project, is from 11 a.m. – noon Jan. 9 at the depot museum, 50 Rainier Blvd. N. Learn more by calling 392-3500 or e-mailing info@issaquahhistory.org. File

Eastside residents are being sought for temporary paid positions with the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau, to begin in late winter/early spring in Issaquah and surrounding areas. Walk-ins are welcome, though it is best to call and reserve a space. The next test is Jan. 6 at the King County Library Service Center, 10 E. Sunset Way. To apply and test for these positions, call the Bellevue Census Office at 749-5111 or go to www.2010censusjobs.gov for practice tests and more information.

The Issaquah Alps Trails Club presents its winter 2010 hike schedule. Meet at the Trails Center, 110 S.E. Bush St. Learn more at www.issaquahalps.org or call the individual hike coordinator.

-Cougar Mountain — 9:30 a.m. Jan. 10, Fred Zeitler, 882-3435

-Taylor Mountain — 10 a.m. Jan. 17, Harry Morgan, 432-3249

-East Bellevue’s parks and green spaces — 9:30 a.m. Jan. 23, Ralph Owen, 746-1070 Read more

Prepare for overnight bridge closures

January 5, 2010

State Department of Transportation crews will install electronic speed limit and lane-status signs above each lane on the Interstate 90 and state Route 520 bridges. Read more

Would-be copper thief disrupts cable service for Issaquah customers

January 5, 2010

Vandalism caused cable outages Dec. 26 and 28 for about 6,000 Broadstripe customers, including Issaquah Highlands and Providence Point residents. Read more

Franklin Delano Richard Kleingartner

January 5, 2010

Franklin Delano Richard Kleingartner, 70, of Issaquah, died Dec. 25, 2009. He was 70. Read more

Trio strives to keep middle school green

January 5, 2010


By Chantelle Lusebrink Issaquah Middle School sixth-graders in Diana Rackers’ classroom practice accurately sorting their recyclables into various piles, as part of a schoolwide effort to reduce the amount of trash students throw away.

Issaquah Middle School sixth-graders in Diana Rackers’ classroom practice accurately sorting their recyclables into various piles, as part of a schoolwide effort to reduce the amount of trash students throw away. By Chantelle Lusebrink

“This recycling education program is different from past efforts, because it focuses on teaching small groups the correct recycling practices and it requires student interaction and participation,” teacher Michelle Pickard wrote in an e-mail. “This is more effective than simply showing student-made educational videos.”

Afterward, the girls go through a slide presentation that shows students exactly where their trash goes, what landfills look like and information about the Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch, which contains more than 1,700 miles of floating trash in the middle of the ocean.

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Who’s News

January 5, 2010

Californian wins Compassion House fundraising raffle

Congratulations to Maria Phillips, of Pleasanton, Calif., the winner of the 2008 limited edition Dodge Challenger in the Compassion House benefit raffle. Read more

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