Apollo, Issaquah Valley budgets revised

May 27, 2014

The ongoing construction projects at Apollo and Issaquah Valley elementary schools had details revised for a third time at the Issaquah School Board’s May 14 meeting.

A revised contract of $10,318,949 was approved at the meeting, an increase of $141,622 from the previous amount. Babbit Neuman Construction Co. is the contractor on the two schools.

The revisions include changing storage rooms into small instructional spaces, sound-system changes in multipurpose classrooms, and the addition of call buttons in classrooms and activity spaces at both schools.

The revised contract total is within the board’s original budget.

Tentative agreement in place for teachers union

May 27, 2014

The Issaquah School District and Issaquah Education Association announced a tentative agreement for a new three-year contract May 23.

The IEA, which represents the district’s certificated teaching staff, will hold a contract ratification vote May 28. Bargaining teams from both the teachers union and the school district are recommending approval of the agreement.

The current contract is a four-year deal that expires Aug. 31. The parties have been negotiating a new agreement for the past few months.

In November, Issaquah teachers publicly aired some grievances with the school board, including the need to reduce working hours and class sizes. Many of the complaints stemmed from the state’s adoption of Common Core Standards to assess student progress.

Donna Hood hired as Skyline High School’s new principal

May 27, 2014

The Issaquah School District has announced that Donna Hood, an assistant principal at Liberty High School, will begin serving as the new principal at Skyline High School effective July 1.

Hood has a long history of academic and teaching excellence, beginning with her degrees in English and German at Long Island University in New York.

She earned a Fulbright scholarship and went on to study for a year at a university in Salzburg, Austria. She earned a master’s degree in teaching from the University of Washington in 2000, and became a National Board Certified teacher in 2005 at Sammamish High School in Bellevue.

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Prom at the zoo was unforgettable

May 27, 2014

Marissa Secreto Eastside Catholic         High School

Marissa Secreto
Eastside Catholic
High School

Eastside Catholic High School held its annual junior-senior prom May 17 at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo.

Following the previous year, where prom was hosted at the Space Needle, the EC Leadership and Associated Student Body representatives worked together to choose a well-known, popular and unique location for the dinner and dance. The dance, from 7-11 p.m., was full of laughter, animals and fun.

The Alice in Wonderland-inspired theme was titled “Through the Looking Glass,” and the Rain Forest Food Pavilion was decorated with white lanterns, twinkling lights and a purple-and-blue color scheme in order to create a magical aura as students ate and danced the night away.

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Skyline car show unites school’s students

May 27, 2014

Noela Lu Skyline         High School

Noela Lu
Skyline
High School

Maseratis, Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Bentleys and a Mitsubishi Evo X were just a few of the pricey cars that were present at Skyline High School’s annual car show earlier this month.

Skyline’s Associated Student Body is in charge of hosting the popular event where Skyline students are allowed to physically touch all of the cars present and vote for their favorite ones. Held during lunch, this is a much loved and well-known tradition for students.

All of the cars were owned by the families of Skyline students, with each individual car costing between $50,000 and $300,000. The less expensive cars were placed near the entrance of the school’s patio while the security-guarded row of Lamborghinis and Ferraris formed an intimidating line near the back.

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Reclaiming ‘May Madness’ for caring

May 27, 2014

Madeline Wells Issaquah         High School

Madeline Wells
Issaquah
High School

After last year’s fiasco with the infamous “May Madness” competition, Issaquah High School is responding by reclaiming the name.

This year, May has been dedicated to a series of service projects and events geared toward creating a more caring and unified student body.

“Our hope for ‘May Madness’ was to create a new perspective for the student body,” said Amanda Levenson, a student involved in Associated Student Body. “We wanted students to look around, see how other people are hurting, and understand each other better and how they should interact.”

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Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps continues

May 27, 2014

Azan Sarosh Liberty         High School

Azan Sarosh
Liberty
High School

Liberty High School’s Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps has been instructing high school students in military training since 2002.

NJROTC provides incoming freshman with the opportunity to take it as an alternative to physical education, offering benefits of military training with “absolutely no military obligation,” according to the school’s NJROTC website. After the closing of the program at Issaquah High School, Liberty became the only school in the district offering NJROTC, but that has led to only one student transferring to Liberty to join the program.

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Teen Talk

May 27, 2014

What are your plans for the summer?

Liberty High School

“I plan on playing basketball, and balancing track, mostly staying in shape and doing ASB camps and activities.”

 Danielle Demps, junior

 

“I plan on taking the opportunity to indulge myself in many foods so I can store up fat for the winter.”

 Bi Dao, junior

 

Issaquah High School

 

“I’ll be interning at Microsoft this summer, basically working 9 to 5 every day

 Megan Chen, senior

 

“I’m going to be an intern at Triumph Aerospace in Redmond.”

Spencer Tickman, junior

 

Skyline High School

 

“I am interning at the University of Washington through UW ALVA’s GenOM (Genomics Outreach for Minorities) project this summer. I will be working in a lab with a professor, doing my own research and conducting my own experiments.”

 Jon Yee, senior

 

“I’ll be going to Taiwan to take an SAT class while visiting family, too.”

 Jessica Ma, sophomore

 

Eastside Catholic High School

“I am going to visit colleges, and spend as much time with my friends as possible.”

 Hannah Johnson, junior

 

“I am going on vacation in Europe, specifically Ireland and England.”

Maggie McKay, senior

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s Talk About It — Bullying over the Internet is easier than in person

May 27, 2014

Jacob Brunette Issaqauh         High School

Jacob Brunette
Issaquah
High School

Students at Issaquah High School pride themselves on their kindness and the inclusive atmosphere of their school. Yet, in the few instances where IHS makes the national news, it always seems to be for something that totally contradicts that positive self-image: Racist tweets directed toward students at Garfield High School or the sexist “May Madness” competition are the two major examples that come to mind.

And while Issaquah certainly has the most prominent profile in that regard, neither Skyline, Liberty, nor Eastside Catholic is free of bullying either. The question is, how can schools that pride themselves on being friendly, welcoming places still be host to such negative behavior?

A major explanation comes in the rise of social media. While the stereotypical view of bullying is that of bullies beating up kids for lunch money, in reality, that hasn’t been accurate for a long time.

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Keep it together until summer

May 20, 2014

NEW — 12:18 p.m. May 20, 2014

As always, the school year has miraculously flown by. A mere four and half weeks remain until the beginning of summer break.

It is particularly common for students to slack off around this time of year, which is entirely understandable. The sunshine calls you outdoors and, in the heat, an ice cream run never sounds better. Plans for summer distract you, and it has become exceedingly challenging to concentrate on your work.

Seniors especially have difficulty focusing, with prom and graduation fast approaching. Besides, they’ve already completed the college application process, so why keep up the grades?

Erika Kumar Skyline High School

Erika Kumar
Skyline High School

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