School board approves gifts to district

June 10, 2015

The Issaquah School Board approved the following gifts of $5,000 or more to the school district:

$5,000 from the Pine Lake Middle School PTSA to help fund Homework Club at Pine Lake Middle School.

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Congratulations, local Eastside Catholic High School graduates

June 3, 2015

By Brian DalBalcon Seventeen students who are residents of Issaquah will graduate as part of Eastside Catholic High School’s class of 2015.  The residents are top row, from left to right, are Samuel Brakken, Clayton Dungey, Matthew Williams, Mathew Maximo and Cameron Cronk; middle row, from left to right, are Colton Mahovlich, Kathryn Reiff, Kyra Didier, Nicole Musser and Morgan Clark; bottom row, from left to right, are Kiera Schild, Mckenna George, Hannah Johnson, Ashley Blanton and Kaitlyn Carmody. Not pictured are Nicole Costello and Cody Baker. The graduation ceremony will be at 7:30 p.m. June 8 at Benaroya Hall in Seattle. A Baccalaureate Mass will be held June 5 at Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Sammamish. This will be the 33rd graduating class for Eastside Catholic with 171 students participating in the ceremony. Ninety-eight percent of graduates will attend 72 different colleges in the fall. One hundred and forty two seniors will graduate with honors and two students, Tinuola Dada and Amali Fernando, were named National Merit Scholars.

By Brian DalBalcon
Seventeen students who are residents of Issaquah will graduate as part of Eastside Catholic High School’s class of 2015.
The residents are top row, from left to right, are Samuel Brakken, Clayton Dungey, Matthew Williams, Mathew Maximo and Cameron Cronk; middle row, from left to right, are Colton Mahovlich, Kathryn Reiff, Kyra Didier, Nicole Musser and Morgan Clark; bottom row, from left to right, are Kiera Schild, Mckenna George, Hannah Johnson, Ashley Blanton and Kaitlyn Carmody. Not pictured are Nicole Costello and Cody Baker.
The graduation ceremony will be at 7:30 p.m. June 8 at Benaroya Hall in Seattle. A Baccalaureate Mass will be held June 5 at Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Sammamish. This will be the 33rd graduating class for Eastside Catholic with 171 students participating in the ceremony. Ninety-eight percent of graduates will attend 72 different colleges in the fall. One hundred and forty two seniors will graduate with honors and two students, Tinuola Dada and Amali Fernando, were named National Merit Scholars.

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City names Waste Free Wednesday Challenge winners

June 3, 2015

To celebrate Earth Day, the city joined the Issaquah School District to issue a Waste Free Wednesday Challenge to every school in the district.

The winning schools are Apollo Elementary, Issaquah Middle and Issaquah High schools.

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Council approves plan for new middle school

June 3, 2015

In a unanimous decision May 18, the Issaquah City Council approved the Issaquah School District’s master site plan and site development permit for the new middle school.

The new campus will be built on the current site of Clark Elementary School along Second Avenue Southeast.

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Let’s Talk About It — Beware the dangers of texting while driving

May 27, 2015

In an era dominated by technology, texting has become the go-to method of fast communication. Especially for teenagers, texting is present everywhere in our lives: when we’re at school, when we’re hanging out with friends, when we’re talking to parents and when we’re driving.

Noela Lu Skyline High School

Noela Lu
Skyline High School

The truth of the matter is that if someone were to say, “Don’t text while driving” and another person were to say, “Don’t drink while driving”, the latter person would be taken more seriously. It’s easy to downplay the dangers of texting, emailing or calling when driving because of the perceived benign nature of the cell phone compared to other substances, such as alcohol.

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The Beat — Student survey reveals driving habits

May 27, 2015

Whether sneaking a glance at your phone screen during a red light or blasting the latest single on the radio, most students can admit that they have been exposed to distractions while driving.

Megan So Liberty High School

Megan So
Liberty High School

It is also likely that such distractions were present with passengers in their cars.

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The Beat — Speed limits are not suggestions

May 27, 2015

It is an unfortunate tendency of many drivers to regard speed limit signs as suggestions.

Mathew Duff Issaquah High School

Mathew Duff
Issaquah High School

Whether they are trying to keep up with the flow of traffic, enjoy the thrilling adrenaline of velocity or are simply running late, drivers — especially teens — often pursue speeds in excess of the posted limit. We have a perception that of all the various dangerous driving habits, speeding is “not that bad.”

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The Beat — Drunken driving is not a good I.D.E.A.

May 27, 2015

Skyline High School students have built a reputation for being the drinkers of the district. In the 2014 Healthy Youth Survey, 23 percent of Skyline seniors reported binge drinking. These rates of youth alcohol abuse translate to more underage drunken drivers.

Erika Kumar Skyline High School

Erika Kumar
Skyline High School

In the past four years, there have been 233 DUI arrests in Sammamish, 40 percent of which were underage, according to the Sammamish Police Department. These are the tip of iceberg. The average drunken driver will drive 80 times before his or her first arrest, according to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. Thirteen percent of Skyline students reported having ridden in the past month with a drunken driver.

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The Beat — Drowsy driving is like drunken driving

May 27, 2015

With a combination of late bedtimes and early school start times, drowsy driving puts teenage students at a high risk for car accidents.

Marissa Secreto Beat reporter

Marissa Secreto
Eastside Catholic High School

Teenagers who get less than nine hours of sleep are one-third more likely to be involved in a car accident than teenagers who sleep for nine or more hours, according to statistics from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

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The Beat — Hot List

May 27, 2015

Movie: ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’  

Beat ListAvengers 20150500The highly anticipated sequel to Marvel’s “The Avengers” that was released in May 2012 came to theaters everywhere May 1. This second installment to Marvel’s most successful series follows the superheroes as they battle an evil lord when he is summoned from the Ultron program. Additionally, there is the development of each character’s individual story. It is well done, with very few scenes that are lacking in plot, and the movie is constantly entertaining.

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