Special Olympics gets student support

January 21, 2014

Madeline Wells Issaquah High School

Madeline Wells
Issaquah High School

Issaquah High School has a tradition of supporting special-needs students, whether through the Sharing Interests, Forming Friendships Club, where students go see movies together and organize other fun activities, or through a peer tutoring system. One of the most popular traditions, however, is cheering for our Special Olympics team.

At the “cram the stands” Special Olympics basketball game last year, an amazing turnout made for an incredible experience for everyone present.

“A huge portion of the student body came to support, and the result was this enormous, meaningful and validating experience,” senior Rebecca Chinn said.

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Liberty debuts forensic sciences

January 21, 2014

Nathan Dahm Liberty High School

Nathan Dahm
Liberty High School

Lined with outlines of corpses, fingerprint classification charts and DNA posters, Room 128 is home to three sections of the new “Forensic Science” class at Liberty High School.

The class focuses on subjects including fingerprint analysis, toxicology, blood type and splatter patterns, and DNA investigation, and is a popular course elsewhere in the district. In its first year at Liberty, the class has drawn 93 students.

Science teacher Alisa Jeremica, who previously student-taught forensic science at Lakes High School, is teaching the class. She had asked for a forensics class after she began teaching at Liberty in 2007; approval from the Issaquah School District did not arrive until last May.

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January 21, 2014

‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’

“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” the second installment in Peter Jackson’s new trilogy, features “Lord of the Rings” alum Orlando Bloom reprising his role as Legolas, and Benedict Cumberbatch as the dragon Smaug, in addition to the returning cast from the first Hobbit movie. The plot revolves around a hobbit recruited to help 13 dwarves on a quest to take back their home, which has been seized by a monstrous dragon. Filled with intense drama and laughs all around, the movie is very enjoyable and keeps audience members on the edges of their seats.

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Let’s Talk About It

January 21, 2014

Sampurna Basu Skyline High School
Sampurna Basu
Skyline High School

Hitting the snooze button to get more sleep

It is finals season and that means stress levels are going up while hours of sleep are going down. Some days, you feel forced to choose between that extra hour of sleep or a potentially better grade. However, all of the choices we make for our bodies come with consequences; choosing to forgo sleep is no exception.

Sleep is basically food for the brain, so depriving your brain of much-needed rest detracts from your mood, awareness and overall performance, according to the National Sleep Foundation. By not getting enough sleep, you are actually detracting from your ability to score well on that test you were cramming for in the first place.

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Teen Talk

January 21, 2014

How are you doing with your New Years resolutions?


“I actually really don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions. The new year is kind of arbitrary. It’s just another day, right?”

Akielly Hu, junior


“I honestly do not believe in New Year’s resolutions, but I do make a set of New Year’s resolutions that I would like to accomplish even though they’ll most likely never get done. ”

Lamiya Kazi, senior

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Help the Issaquah Schools Foundation while shopping at Fred Meyer

January 19, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 19, 2014

With Fred Meyer’s new Community Rewards Program, you can help earn money for local students and schools each time you shop.

All you have to do is go online to connect your Fred Meyer Reward Card to the Issaquah Schools Foundation. The program begins Feb. 3, but you need to register now.

You will still earn your Rewards points, fuel points and rebates. If you do not have a Rewards Card, they are available at the customer service desk of any Fred Meyer store.

Learn more or sign up here. Search for the foundation by its name or nonprofit number — 91119.

School officials review survey results prior to contract negotiations

January 17, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 17, 2014

Issaquah School District administrators and members of its teachers’ union bargaining team met Jan. 9 to discuss the results of a community values survey.

The survey, conducted during the fall by the Issaquah PTSA Council, sought to gain information from district parents, students and teachers. The council conducted similar surveys prior to the last two rounds of contract negotiations between the district and the teachers’ union, the Issaquah Education Association.

The current IEA contract runs through Aug. 31. In 2010, negotiations began in March and a new four-year deal was ratified in June.

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Rotary honors students of the month

January 14, 2014

The Rotary Club of Issaquah’s honored the following seniors for its November 2013 Students of the Month.

Note: Due to a scheduling conflict, photos of November Students of the Month were not taken.


Madeline Wells

  • Issaquah High School
  • Recognition in language arts
  • Editor-in-chief of IT Magazine

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How to keep your New Year’s resolutions

January 14, 2014

NEW — 10:55 a.m. Jan. 14, 2014

— Try to remember the resolutions you made on New Year’s Eve. They were probably very ambitious, like “I will go to the gym four times a week,” or “I will stop procrastinating on my homework.” If, two weeks later, you’ve managed to keep any of these resolutions, then congratulations! You have a superpower. Everyone else, keep reading.

Jacob Brunette Issaquah High School

Jacob Brunette
Issaquah High School

— Try to figure out what went wrong with the resolutions you didn’t keep. (Common problems: working out kind of sucks, doing homework kind of sucks, etc.) Read more

The post-holidays slump takes over

December 30, 2013

NEW — 4:30 p.m. Dec. 30, 2013

Whether it was Christmas, Hanukah or any other December holiday that needs to be inserted here for my statement to be politically correct, you, my fellow mourner, are probably experiencing a post-holiday depression that is only too well-known.

Sampurna Basu  Skyline High School

Sampurna Basu
Skyline High School

Seniors, you are experiencing the final stretch of frenzied essay writing (BSing?) as you submit the last of your college applications. And in your head, you are directing some carefully selected words and phrases at certain classmates who have already been accepted to their dream school, and are now floating on the clouds of happiness that you can only dream about while waiting for decision day in March. But until then, wallowing in misery is a nice way to put it.

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