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November 1, 2011

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Thomas Harms earns Eagle Scout

Thomas Harms, of Troop 609, obtained his Eagle Scout rank this summer.

He has been part of the Issaquah troop for six years.

For his project, he built the entrance kiosk at Timberlake Park along Lake Sammamish in conjunction with the city of Issaquah and Matt Mechler, of the Issaquah Parks & Recreation Department.

In addition, Harms also procured the necessary supplies.

New leader takes over at Open Window School

Jeff Stroebel is the next head of school at the Open Window School, effective July 2012. Stroebel’s appointment is the result of a nationwide search conducted with input from the entire Open Window School community, including students, parents, teachers and administration.

Jennifer Skorny, president of the Open Window School board of trustees, named Stroebel “the unanimous choice” to guide the school into its second 25 years.

Stroebel will come with extensive administrative experience at independent schools for gifted children. Stroebel is currently in his fifth year as head of school at the Da Vinci Academy in Elgin, Ill.

Stroebel has helped develop a tailored gifted certification program through Northwestern University for his teachers, served on and led four accreditation teams for the Independent School Association for the Central States, evaluated and developed curriculum at all levels, developed mission-focused professional development and parent education activities and enhanced all aspects of philanthropic activity at the Da Vinci Academy.

He was previously head of the middle school at Sycamore School in Indianapolis, where he also taught middle school history. Stroebel’s 18-year teaching career was capped by his receipt of the Indiana Association for the Gifted “Teacher of the Year” award in 2001.

Open Window School, in Bellevue, serves nearly 310 students from more than 231 families from Bellevue, Issaquah, Renton, Sammamish, Mercer Island, Redmond and surrounding communities. Open Window School is accredited by the Pacific Northwest Association of Independent Schools and approved by the Washington State Board of Education.

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