Reflection — Writing for The Beat teaches confidence

July 8, 2014

As cliché as it sounds, I truly have no words to express how grateful I am to have been a part of The Beat for the past year.

Writing for The Beat has made a huge impact on my life and taught me so many new things: collaboration, the importance of facts and opinions, etc. Through the Beat, I’ve gained new confidence about my writing and sharing my opinions.

Noela Lu Skyline         High School

Noela Lu
Skyline
High School

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Reflection — Journalism is a field I enjoy

July 8, 2014

In my two years on The Beat, I’ve gotten to pursue journalism not only inside school, but outside of school as well.

I initially discovered my passion for it through journalism class at school, and when I heard about The Beat from my teacher, I couldn’t wait to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity. Getting the chance to write for a real newspaper as a high school student was quite a unique and exciting experience.

Madeline Wells Issaquah         High School

Madeline Wells
Issaquah
High School

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Reflection — The Beat gives teens a voice

July 8, 2014

Although I have not spent a long time with The Beat, the experience has been amazing.

The Beat has given me an opportunity to not only improve my skills as a writer, but to learn more about what it takes to create a newspaper. For the two editions I have been a part of, I have had a fantastic time, and I am ecstatic to begin writing again next year.

Billy Dimlow Eastside Catholic         High School

Billy Dimlow
Eastside Catholic
High School

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Reflection — Organization, collaborative thinking are important

July 8, 2014

My final year writing for The Beat has certainly been a great one.

Together, my team was able to create monthly issues of our page, incorporating our opinions and the opinions of fellow students and community members. Though no short paragraphs can fully encompass all of the things I learned, I would like to share a few in this reflection.

Salma Mahmoud Skyline High School

Salma Mahmoud
Skyline High School

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Reflection — The Beat staff has a passion for news

July 8, 2014

I joined the members of The Beat in March of this year.

While my time has been limited with them, what I have learned so far has been quite simple but ultimately rewarding: The members of The Beat are a community of prospective writers who have a passion for news, the art of writing in and of itself, and for others to know the truth about teenage life and the social system of high school.

Marissa Secreto Eastside Catholic         High School

Marissa Secreto
Eastside Catholic
High School

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Reflection — Learn to forgive yourself

July 8, 2014

It’s strange to think that I am approaching the end of my second year as a writer for The Beat. Not only that, but the end of junior year.

Junior year was definitely as stressful and exhausting as my friends and teachers warned me it would be, if not more. While I am grateful to have this year behind me, I am thankful for everything I learned and how I have grown — not only as a student, but as a person.

Sophie Mittelstaedt Issaquah High School

Sophie Mittelstaedt
Issaquah High School

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Maywood takes second at Rubik’s Cube competition

July 8, 2014

Maywood Middle School took second place at the local “You CAN do the Rubik’s Cube” competition June 7 at Mill Creek Elementary School.

Seven Maywood students, plus one from a Marysville school to round out the team, combined to solve the cube faster than all but one team.

Contributed Maywood Middle School team members (from left) Ben Royce, Cameron Chadd, Andrew Chappelle, Shelby Reese, Matt Barta, Will Slaton, Spencer Slaton and Davan Hwang are whizzes with the Rubik’s Cube, taking second place at the 2014 ‘You CAN do the Rubik’s Cube’ competition June 7.

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Maywood Middle School team members (from left) Ben Royce, Cameron Chadd, Andrew Chappelle, Shelby Reese, Matt Barta, Will Slaton, Spencer Slaton and Davan Hwang are whizzes with the Rubik’s Cube, taking second place at the 2014 ‘You CAN do the Rubik’s Cube’ competition June 7.

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Discovery Elementary School principal chosen

July 8, 2014

The Issaquah School District has selected Michele Nishioka as the principal at Discovery Elementary School for the 2014-15 school year.

Nishioka comes to Issaquah from Seattle Public Schools, where she most recently served as assistant principal at Beacon Hill International School. She previously taught in California and with the Bellevue School District, where she completed an administrative internship.

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Photo of the month

July 8, 2014

By Ali Bedbury Children in a remote Peruvian village smile to see outsiders for the first time in their life, including The Beat's photographer, Ali Bedbury.

By Ali Bedbury
Children in a remote Peruvian village smile to see outsiders for the first time in their life, including The Beat’s photographer, Ali Bedbury.

Superintendent presents formal plan to close Tiger Mountain Community High School

July 1, 2014

Superintendent presents formal plan to close school permanently

The Issaquah School District has started a 90-day process that could result in the permanent closure of Tiger Mountain Community High School.

Superintendent Ron Thiele presented his rationale for the closure at the Issaquah School Board’s June 26 meeting. Several Tiger Mountain students and parents were in attendance, and some provided their reasons for keeping the alternative school open.

The idea to close Tiger Mountain first began circulating in February, and the board adopted an official school closure policy in April.

District administrators have cited the school’s declining enrollment numbers, low test scores and low attendance figures as factors behind the closure plan.

They’ve been working to design a new alternative high school, which would open in a new location, and likely under a different name, at the start of the 2016-17 school year.

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