Let’s Talk About It

December 24, 2013

Bullying: Do we even know what it is?

Noela Lu Skyline High School

Noela Lu
Skyline High School

A threatening note placed in a locker, a taunting remark in the hallway, a misguided rumor. Bullying has become a pressing issue in schools nationwide, affecting kids as young as 6 years old, and often has played the role of catalyst in teenage suicides and self-harm.

If bullying is such an important concern, why are 50 percent of bullying incidents not reported? The first step to lowering this statistic is to understand what bullying truly means. To put it simply, bullying occurs when one person or group uses superiority or aggression to exploit the weaknesses and flaws of another. This exploitation of others is seen everywhere, from elementary schools through high schools.

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Teen Talk

December 24, 2013

How do you think the recent focus on bullying has affected the issue?

 

“I definitely think the focus is a positive thing, because schools don’t seem to focus much on teaching kids to be good people otherwise.”

Wooyang Son, senior

 

“I’m not sure of the effect it has had on eliminating bullying, but it’s certainly increased awareness about its dangers and consequences.”

 Henry Pratt, junior

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Fundraisers go above and beyond

December 24, 2013

 

Sophie Mittelstaedt Issaquah High School

Sophie Mittelstaedt
Issaquah High School

Issaquah High School students have gone above and beyond in their three fundraisers so far this year.

Stuff the Bus was a toy drive for Seattle Children’s. For a week, students stuffed a bus full of toys and books for the children at the hospital. In addition, many took the time to write kind notes to patients.

“Seattle Children’s was very appreciative and they even wrote an article about Issaquah High School’s donation in the magazine they publish,” junior Suzy Emerson, Associated Student Body representative, said.

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Skyline’s Scinite rocks out

December 24, 2013

Victoria Snitsar Skyline High School

Victoria Snitsar
Skyline High School

Scinite is a hard rock band started in 2011 by three Skyline High School students — Austin Lowrance, Chris Hart and Andrew Pedroni — who performed as a three-member band until March 2012.

Their major musical influences include AC/DC , Guns and Roses, Led Zeppelin, The White Stripes and Aerosmith.

The band has played in many venues in Seattle and on the Eastside, including Ground Zero, the Sammamish EX3 Teen Center, El Corazon, the Old Redmond Firehouse, Rendezvous, the Black Dog Cafe and the annual Teenfest event at Sammamish City Hall.

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Hot List

December 24, 2013

Album:

‘Beyonce’ — Beyonce

Salma Mahmoud Skyline   High School

Salma Mahmoud
Skyline High School

Many Facebook users were surprised on Friday the 13th with a notification announcing the release of Beyoncé’s fifth studio album. Hailed by many as “the year’s most brilliant release,” the album contains 14 brand-new songs and includes collaborations with Drake, Frank Ocean, and, of course, her husband Jay-Z. By not promoting her album at all — no pre-release singles or teaser videos on YouTube — Beyoncé made its release a true surprise for fans worldwide. The album quickly shot to No. 1 on iTunes within a few hours. As always, this is Beyoncé’s world, and we are just living in it.

BeatList BrokenStarBook 20 copy

 

‘These Broken Stars,’ by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Think “outer space Titanic.” This science fiction novel deals with the timeless love story of Lilac LeRoux, daughter of the most powerful man in the entire galaxy, and Tarver Merendsen, an army-enlisted son of a teacher and a poet. One night, the massive luxury spaceliner called The Icarus crashes, leaving the two teens to fend for themselves. With few resources and little information about their whereabouts, the pair makes a desperate trek to find other survivors and send for rescue.

Liberty: 3A or 2A?

December 23, 2013

Azan Sarosh Liberty High School

Azan Sarosh
Liberty High School

Whether to be in the 2A or 3A sports division has caused an uproar at Liberty High School. Some see 2A as Liberty’s big chance to win, while others perceive 3A as home.

The main argument for remaining in 3A is Liberty has an opportunity to show that despite its size, it can win against larger schools.

“I honestly want to stay 3A. That’s where we’ve always been as long as I can remember,”

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Beaver Lake middle school teacher honored as ‘Hero in the Classroom’

December 22, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 22, 2013

Beaver Lake Middle School teacher Heather Ireland was honored Dec. 18 by the Seattle Seahawks and financial services firm Symetra as a Symetra Hero in the Classroom.

The educational program honors K-12 teachers throughout the Puget Sound region. Ireland is one of 16 selections during the 2013 NFL season.

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Issaquah schools add 16 board-certified teachers

December 21, 2013

NEW — 2 p.m. Dec. 21, 2o13

Washington has the largest group of new national board certified teachers in the nation, and the Issaquah School District is among the state’s top 10 districts when it comes to adding high-quality teachers.

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards released numbers Dec. 17 which show Washington added 516 new board-certified teachers this year, the most among the 50 states, and now has a total of 7,333, the fourth-highest in the nation.

Issaquah added 16 new board-certified teachers, placing it ninth among the state’s 295 public school districts. Seattle led the state with 54 additions, followed by Highline, Spokane, Bellevue, Clover Park, Evergreen, Federal Way and Tacoma.

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Satire: Here’s how to get into college

December 18, 2013

NEW — 11 a.m. Dec. 18, 2013

  • Start doing community service at the age of 10. Choose something big and attention-getting, like your local hospital, a homeless shelter or a nonprofit like the American Red Cross or charity: water. The longer the commitment, the better.
  • Start keeping track of and obsessing over your grades once you get to middle school. You never know what colleges might ask for. Having good middle school grades will give you an advantage over your competition.
By Helen Wang Skyline High School

By Helen Wang
Skyline High School

  • At the age of 12, ask for SAT books for Christmas. Not having your own money shouldn’t stop you from getting a head start on studying for college entrance exams. Also, get a job so that you can start feeling like a grown-up and start saving for college. Who cares about child labor? Read more

Opinion: Pro on Obamacare

December 18, 2013

NEW — 10:50 a.m. Dec. 18, 2013

In the past few years, you have most likely heard people around you discussing Obamacare. Chances are you haven’t really paid much attention to what they were saying. I mean, as a teen, it doesn’t affect you right? Think again.

Before I begin, what is Obamacare?

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