The Beat — DECA will showcase student skills at state

February 24, 2015

Technically defined, DECA is a business and marketing club whose mission is to prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.

Noela Lu Skyline High School

Noela Lu
Skyline High School

But at Skyline High School, DECA becomes as much as about leadership, innovation and teamwork skills as business skills. With a total of 276 members, Skyline DECA is both the largest academic organization in the Issaquah School District and one of the biggest in the state.

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The Beat — Baseball gets going at Eastside Catholic

February 24, 2015

In March, Eastside Catholic baseball opens its season against nonleague opponent Skyline.

Billy Dimlow Eastside Catholic High School

Billy Dimlow
Eastside Catholic High School

Although this game does not affect either team’s league records, both teams are determined to be the “best team on the plateau.”

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The Beat — Hot List

February 24, 2015

Movie:

“The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge  Out of Water” 

Beat Hot Spongebob 20150200The loveable sponge that has captured the hearts of several generations makes his second big-screen debut with a film that promises the usual silly humor and nautical nonsense. In this new story, SpongeBob must join forces with friends and long proclaimed enemy Plankton in order to take back the Krabby Patty Secret Formula that had been stolen by a pirate called Burger Beard. Their mission takes the group up to the land above water, where they have to learn the magic of teamwork and how to stop a common foe.

 

 

 

Album: 

‘Morning Phase’  

Beat Hot Beck 20150200By Beck

Winner of three Grammys, including the coveted Album of the Year, “Morning Phase” breaks through the alternative and rock genres and gives listeners an experience filled with acoustic sounds, electronic vibes and harmonic vocals. With a mix of songs filled with similar soothing sounds and a beautiful collaboration of instruments and vocals, Beck creates a cohesive album that lives up to the stature of the Grammys and opens up the hearts of all those who listen.

The Beat — Teen Talk

February 24, 2015

Should colleges base their admissions on standardized test scores?

Raman Kaur, senior, LHS “No, because you can’t wrap up 12 years worth of education in one test score.”

Raman Kaur, senior, LHS
“No, because you can’t wrap up 12 years worth of education in one test score.”

Hayley Murdoch, senior, LHS “No. Colleges should base their admissions on GPA, references and essays, because they show the long-term improvement and intelligence of the student.”

Hayley Murdoch, senior, LHS
“No. Colleges should base their admissions on GPA, references and essays, because they show the long-term improvement and intelligence of the student.”

Sabrina Loos, sophomore, SHS “Yes … standardized tests remain the same through every school district, nationwide. Therefore, they provide the only unbiased way to compare students academic ability, regardless of different grading scales or teacher leniency.”

Sabrina Loos, sophomore, SHS
“Yes … standardized tests remain the same through every school district, nationwide. Therefore, they provide the only unbiased way to compare students academic ability, regardless of different grading scales or teacher leniency.”

Paul Kim, junior, SHS “No, because, in my opinion, they do not accurately depict the intelligence of the student, and it takes credit away from the achievements that students have received in their school work.”

Paul Kim, junior, SHS
“No, because, in my opinion, they do not accurately depict the intelligence of the student, and it takes credit away from the achievements that students have received in their school work.”

Tristana Leist, senior, ECHS “Colleges should use standardized testing as a baseline but not as a factor carrying more than 30 percent of the weight in the application. All colleges should conduct personal interviews as part of the admissions process.”

Tristana Leist, senior, ECHS
“Colleges should use standardized testing as a baseline but not as a factor carrying more than 30 percent of the weight in the application. All colleges should conduct personal interviews as part of the admissions process.”

Jack Morgan, junior, ECHS “Absolutely not, because standardized tests don’t test how smart you are. They only test how much money you have to pay for prep courses.”

Jack Morgan, junior, ECHS
“Absolutely not, because standardized tests don’t test how smart you are. They only test how much money you have to pay for prep courses.”

Namrata Chintalapati, junior, IHS “Standardized tests present an extremely narrow depiction of a student’s abilities, because privileged children have the resources to prepare for tests like the SAT or ACT better, and that therefore skews the representation of how ‘smart’ a student is.”

Namrata Chintalapati, junior, IHS
“Standardized tests present an extremely narrow depiction of a student’s abilities, because privileged children have the resources to prepare for tests like the SAT or ACT better, and that therefore skews the representation of how ‘smart’ a student is.”

Kunal Gupta, senior, IHS “For me, my ACT score was a way to show college that I am knowledgeable separate of what they see from my GPA.”

Kunal Gupta, senior, IHS
“For me, my ACT score was a way to show college that I am knowledgeable separate of what they see from my GPA.”

VOICE Mentor Program seeks volunteers

February 21, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 21, 2015

The VOICE Mentor Program is looking for community volunteers to work one-on-one with Issaquah School District students.

Students are referred by teachers and counselors as needing extra support, whether academic, social or emotional. The volunteers work in the school setting in partnership with school staff members.

A mentor’s passion can be anything including literacy, ESL students and math.

Learn more by emailing Susan Gierke or Teresa Bretl, VOICE Mentor directors, at VOICE @issaquah.wednet.edu or call 837-6801.

Investigation into threatening letter left at Pacific Cascade Middle School winding down

February 17, 2015

The King County Sheriff’s Office has or is about to put into the inactive file the investigation into who left a letter threatening violence at Pacific Cascade Middle School.

Principal Dana Bailey made that announcement in an update on the investigation placed into a recent school newsletter.

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Teacher Anjuli Johnston earns leadership title

February 10, 2015

Anjuli Johnston, a fifth-grade teacher at Cascade Ridge Elementary School in the Issaquah School District, was recently named a teacher leader by the Puget Sound Educational Service District.

Anjuli Johnston

Anjuli Johnston

The PSESD used a competitive hiring process to find 15 new teacher leaders who joined with 10 returning ones.

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Rotary Club honors students of the month

February 10, 2015

These seniors are Rotary Club of Issaquah Students of the Month.

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Chase Steiner named as national youth delegate

February 10, 2015

Chase Steiner, a student at Eastside Catholic High School, has been selected to represent Washington as a National Youth Delegate to the 2015 Washington Youth Summit on the Environment at George Mason University.

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Seat will open on Issaquah School Board

February 3, 2015

Because Issaquah School Board Director Brian Deagle will not seek re-election at the end of his term in November, a new director will need to be elected.

Deagle, who will have served nine years, will continue through the end of his current term, through November.

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