Pine Lake Middle School celebrates local heroes

May 5, 2015

Sixth-grader Anna Chisholm had never before volunteered for community service, but she said she enjoyed the time she spent helping homeless residents in Seattle earlier this year.

By Neil Pierson Mustafa Miyaziwala, a sixth-grade student at Pine Lake Middle School, tells others about his community service project at the school’s Heropalooza event April 21. Miyaziwala and others formed Snacks for Slavery, which used a bake sale to raise $386 for the International Justice Mission.

By Neil Pierson
Mustafa Miyaziwala, a sixth-grade student at Pine Lake Middle School, tells others about his community service project at the school’s Heropalooza event April 21. Miyaziwala and others formed Snacks for Slavery, which used a bake sale to raise $386 for the International Justice Mission.

“I feel so sad for people that don’t have the opportunities that I have,” said Chisholm, who packed and delivered supplies, and prepared breakfast for homeless adults and teens, alongside members of her select basketball team.

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Grand Ridge students take green challenge to next level

May 5, 2015

The message written on the playground in colorful chalk got right to the point: “Aphids are pests. Ladybugs eat aphids.”

By Neil Pierson Joon Chang, a volunteer with the Issaquah Highlands Community Association, helps students Natalie Burch (left) and Mai Murakami release ladybugs into the Grand Ridge Elementary School garden during and Earth Day event April 22.

By Neil Pierson
Joon Chang, a volunteer with the Issaquah Highlands Community Association, helps students Natalie Burch (left) and Mai Murakami release ladybugs into the Grand Ridge Elementary School garden during and Earth Day event April 22.

That was one of the main lessons Grand Ridge Elementary School students took away from their Earth Day activities April 22. With the help of volunteers from the Issaquah Highlands Community Association, the students released about 18,000 ladybugs into the school’s Grizzly Patch Garden and neighboring landscape.

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Nourish Every Mind banquets highlight donor-funded school programs

April 28, 2015

The Issaquah Schools Foundation’s 17th annual Nourish Every Mind Luncheon and second annual Nourish Every Mind Breakfast will celebrate the foundation’s role in creating its motto of “Great Schools and Great Communities.”

The luncheon is from 11 a.m.to 1 p.m. May 14 at the Issaquah Community Center. The breakfast is from 7-8:45 a.m. May 20 at Eastridge Church.

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Congratulate 2015 Golden Acorn winners

April 28, 2015

The Issaquah PTSA Council recently recognized the Issaquah School District’s outstanding volunteers at a reception at Swedish Hospital.

Contributed Issaquah PTSA Council award recipients, from left to right, are Korista Smith-Barney, Caroline Brown, Dianne Bugge, Becky Gordon and Dawn Peschek.

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Issaquah PTSA Council award recipients, from left to right, are Korista Smith-Barney, Caroline Brown, Dianne Bugge, Becky Gordon and Dawn Peschek.

Congratulations to the following award recipients:

Council — Golden Acorn: Korista Smith-Barney, Becky Gordon and Dawn Peschek; Outstanding Advocate: Dianne Bugge; Honorary Life Membership: Caroline Brown

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Let’s Talk About It — Learn the terminology of the LGBTQ community

April 22, 2015

You may know the terms lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, but there are several other terms of which you might be unaware.

Erika Kumar Skyline High School

Erika Kumar
Skyline High School

Sexual orientation and romantic orientation are completely different and independent of each other. Sexual orientation is the sexual/physical attraction toward a gender, while romantic orientation is the possible development of romantic feelings for a gender.

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Transitioning our views of transgender

April 22, 2015

High school is a confusing place where countless awkward personalities mingle, experiment socially and academically, and embark on tumultuous journeys of self-discovery.

Megan So Liberty High School

Megan So
Liberty High School

Kimberly McVicker is like any other teen — she seeks happiness and wants to be comfortable being herself. However, a particular quality of hers has impacted her life more negatively than it should.

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A safe space: Equal Club

April 22, 2015

High school is one of the most difficult times for teenagers when it comes to expressing their sexuality.

Zoe Buchli Issaquah High School

Zoe Buchli
Issaquah High School

Thankfully, there are clubs like Equal Club at Issaquah High School to provide students with a safe environment for talking about gender identification.

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Join the Gay-Straight Alliance at Skyline

April 22, 2015

The Gay-Straight Alliance Network is a national organization focused on empowering youth leaders to advocate for the rights of LGBTQ youths.

Noela Lu Skyline High School

Noela Lu
Skyline High School

Skyline’s own GSA club, a member of the GSA Network, has in the past brought together LGTBQ and straight students to work together and educate the Skyline community about the importance of equality for all youths.

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Girl-Up Club combats gender inequality

April 22, 2015

The Eastside Catholic Girl-Up Club’s mission is to raise funds to provide the tools girls in developing countries need to acquire an education.

Billy Dimlow Eastside Catholic         High School

Billy Dimlow
Eastside Catholic
High School

Kate Christensen, Fiona Madden, Sienna Colburn and Meredith Troy founded the Girl-Up Club to combat the gender inequality still deeply ingrained in our world.

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The Beat — Hot List

April 22, 2015

“Yes Please,” by Amy Poehler

Beat List Amy Poehler 20150400Although released in October 2014, Amy Poehler’s book is current because of her presence on television. Poehler is a feminist icon, an internationally recognized actress and director, and a comedy idol preaching the motto of doing what makes you happy. Her book “Yes Please” may make you awkwardly snort-laugh in public places, cry because you are overcome by her inspiring words or make you force the person sitting next to you to read what you just read because you can’t get over it.

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