To the Editor

December 25, 2012

By Contributor

‘The Sound of Music’

High school musical was as good as professional production

I recently attended the first high school musical I’ve ever seen: “The Sound of Music,” by Issaquah High School’s performing arts department. In summary: Wow! It was a superb performance.

Annika Dybevik, the senior who played Maria, was flawless and has a voice equal to any I’ve heard at the Village Theatre, 5th Avenue or the Paramount.

After Maddy Bennett’s moving “Climb Every Mountain,” I noticed quite a few teary eyes in the audience. There were other wonderful performances (sorry, can’t name you all), fabulous scenery and a great orchestra.

If you’ve never thought about attending a high school show, you should give it a try. You’re in for a treat if you attend performances at IHS (and probably the other district high schools, as well). Financially, it’s a steal compared to other theater options. And, perhaps best of all, you get to support all the students who appear on, behind and below the stage.

Matthew Barry

Liberty schedule

Thanks for the right decision

I want to thank the Issaquah School Board for the courage and leadership the members showed at the board meeting in regard to the Liberty schedule change. I know it was not easy for the board to vote against the superintendent’s recommendation.

It was clear that they had looked at the data and listened to the community input on the issue. As was mentioned by members of the board, Liberty clearly has something special going on that the community values, but that the school district doesn’t fully understand or know how to measure.

The community conversation that has started around what makes a successful well-rounded student that is ready for the challenges of today’s world is a good one and should continue.

What responsibility does the district have to teach our kids beyond the core subjects? How do we place value on these expanded educational opportunities?  How should we measure the value delivered in our schools beyond subjects that have standardized tests?

I applaud the board for thinking broadly about this subject. There is more national conversation about what elements are needed for a balanced educational offering beyond core subjects. We are a progressive school district where the administration, board and community clearly are aligned around the goal of doing what is best for our kids.

Let’s help lead the way by keeping the conversation going around how we can deliver and place value on a broader range of educational opportunities for all of our students.

Julie Colehour-Mitchell

Liberty parent and schedule committee member

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