July 16, 2013
1. Writing lists is easier than writing articles. People love reading lists, even if they don’t care about the topic at all. I think adding numbers makes them think that it’s important.
2. Writing articles is hard. Coming up with an interesting take on a subject isn’t easy, and writing about it is harder. I’d much rather just tell other people to do that stuff for me. Except…
July 16, 2013
Over the past three years, I have been fortunate to have been a member of The Beat. I started off as a kid that wanted to be involved in journalism, but I couldn’t write to save my life. Granted, I still can’t write to save my life. However, as I end my time with The Beat, the lessons I have learned during my tenure will forever stay with me.
One of these lessons is about persistence. I learned that if you are persistent, success will start coming your way. Even though my writing skills were far from superb, I kept volunteering for writing tasks so that I could have my writing edited and gain mentorship through the staff. After a lot of work and support, my writing started to mature. But, The Beat has also taught me about persistence in another avenue as well.
June 19, 2013
June 11, 2013
Nine students are set to graduate next week from the Academy for Community Transition, an Issaquah School District program for children with developmental disabilities.
The Celebration of Passage graduation ceremony is at 7 p.m. June 17 at the district administration building, 565 N.W. Holly St., Issaquah. Community members are invited to attend the event.
The ACT program is designed to help developmentally disabled students achieve independent lives by focusing on social, economic and self-esteem issues.
June 11, 2013
Kevin Liu, a student at Skyline High School, was one of 160 students statewide accepted into the Washington Aerospace Scholars’ summer residency program.
The residency program will be held in June and July at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. Students qualified for the program through a five-month distance-learning program. The 160-student pool was chosen from 283 applicants.
Washington Aerospace Scholars is a program designed to inspire students to pursue careers in science, technology, math and engineering.
June 10, 2013
NEW — 6 a.m. June 10, 2013
Community members have until June 14 to share their opinions about homework practices and experiences in the Issaquah School District.
The school district has partnered with the Issaquah PTSA Council on the eight-question survey. Learn more about the homework discussion and take the survey here.
Survey results will be given to the district superintendent.
June 4, 2013
A version of a pilot program at Issaquah High School recently passed through the Legislature to be available for the whole state.
In a bill drafted and promoted by freshman State Rep. Chad Magendanz, the state has undertaken the commitment to increase the availability of computer science instruction within the schools. In its passed language, the bill states that the Legislature “intends to take additional steps to improve and expand access to computer science education, particularly in advanced courses that could prepare students for careers in the field.”
Though it is not as complex as the Technology Education and Literacy in Schools program Magendanz was involved with while he served on the Issaquah school board, he said he is still very excited about his first co-sponsored bill to be signed into law.
May 28, 2013
Participation in band, orchestra or choir doesn’t just mean practicing your instrument or working on your piece in class each day — it is also an after-school commitment.
Issaquah High School’s spirited band, directed by Patrick Holen, fired up fans and cheered on the football team at nearly every game this year. The band marched and played in the annual Salmon Days parade. In winter, there were basketball games, the Solo and Ensemble contest, concerts and “Swingin’ in Vienna.”
In addition, the Greenwood Orchestra and the Evergreen Philharmonic Orchestra, both directed by Doug Longman, have become trademarks through the various concerts they perform each year. The choir, directed by Barbara Irish, is also a much-enjoyed and respected program. Each year, they perform in assemblies, musicals, the Candlelight Concert, the Choir Bash, the Solo and Ensemble contest, and deliver Sing-a-grams.
May 28, 2013
Art students at Issaquah High School express their creativity on a daily basis.
With a wide array of art classes, including “Studio Graphic Arts,” “Ceramics,” “Photography,” “Visual Art,” “Advanced Art” and, starting next year, “AP Studio Art,” students have many opportunities to engage creative outlets.
Photography classes utilize technology with digital cameras and editing, as well as darkroom techniques with film. Visual art focuses on various forms of painting and drawing, and ceramics involves learning the clay-working process and design and glaze techniques.
Sophomore Hannah Balducci, a student who takes photography, filmmaking, drawing, printmaking and painting, enjoys taking advanced photography at IHS. She also plans to take “AP Studio Art” next year, and said she is looking forward to a challenge.
May 28, 2013
Fine arts credits make up merely 3.5 percent of the total required credits to graduate at Liberty High School and 4.5 percent at Issaquah and Skyline high schools.
While algebraic ability and an understanding of American government are certainly invaluable, skills gleaned from involvement in the arts, particularly drama classes and productions, are equally applicable to the world outside high school.
“I would like to see the arts integrated more into the core curriculum,” Liberty drama teacher and director Katherine Klekas said. “When I taught for a couple of years in Germany, I noticed that every student was automatically signed up for music and art classes… They weren’t ‘electives.’ The ability to read music and sketch things were considered part of a basic education.”