‘IB Film’ develops creativity, enjoyment

February 25, 2014

This school year, Skyline High School added a new class to its International Baccalaureate course offering: “IB Film.”

The course aims to develop in students a “creative and critical independence in their knowledge, experience and enjoyment of film.” The class focuses on three main aspects of film — textual analysis, film theory and history, and creative process.

Salma Mahmoud Skyline   High School

Salma Mahmoud
Skyline High School

“Our goal was to develop an awareness of how film is constructed and how meaning is developed when you work with audiovisual imagery,” said Richard Harvey, chief examiner of the IB film program. “By understanding that process, students develop a greater awareness of how film communicates to them.”

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HotList

February 25, 2014

‘When the Night’ By St. Lucia

St. Lucia is the solo project of Jean-Philip Grobler, a Brooklyn-based and South African-born electronic artist who has done remixes for the likes of Passion Pit, Foster the People and Charli XCX. “When the Night” is an electronic album inspired by 80’s synth pop that has its share of catchy choruses and masterful production. Songs on the album are all incredibly dance-worthy, with driving beats and rhythmic synth action, and they’re all pulled together by Grobler’s well-suited pop vocals.

Madeline Wells Issaquah High School

Madeline Wells
Issaquah High School

 

‘I Am Malala’ By Malala Yousafzai

When she was just 15, Malala Yousafzai stood up for her right to education in Pakistan and was shot by the Taliban. Miraculously, she survived and since her recovery, has been an outspoken activist and was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for her nonviolent protest. This book is her story, wherein she tells the tale of her family’s struggle due to global terrorism and their fight for education for daughters, not just sons.

Let’s Talk About It

February 25, 2014

Homework: What does Finland do that we don’t?

Students, how many times in the past week have you complained about your workload? What if I told you that this workload might be detrimental?

This is not the opinion of a mere high school senior frustrated by the amount of homework assigned by teachers. In fact, recent studies show the United States is consistently outscored in terms of academic ability by countries such as Finland, with radical differences in their educational systems, including — you guessed it — significantly less homework.

By Helen Wang Skyline High School

By Helen Wang
Skyline High School

So, how are their students so successful? There are many explanations, one of which is that they have more free time. I know I speak for many when I say that having 30 minutes of homework a day, rather than three hours, would make me feel less stressed. Instead of drowning in pointless papers, we would be able to do more things that we truly cared about.

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Photo of the Month

February 25, 2014

Photo of the Month The Issaquah High School medley relay team, (from left) Jason Klein, Ben Nussbaum, Gabe Florsheim and Henry Pratt, prepare for their race at the 4A state meet. The team won, and set a new meet record. By Tracy Williams

The Issaquah High School medley relay team, (from left) Jason Klein, Ben Nussbaum, Gabe Florsheim and Henry Pratt, prepare for their race at the 4A state meet. The team won, and set a new meet record.
By Tracy Williams

Teen Talk:

February 25, 2014

How does your homework load affect your life outside of school?

 

“The workload I get from school is completely manageable for me. … My problem is with procrastination.” Ian Paige, junior

 

“I try to plan ahead to make sure I stay on task and finish all my homework on time, but there are still times when I find myself doing homework on the way to places.” Sandra Mata Diaz, junior

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The 2014 Winter Olympics weren’t perfect, but they were great

February 25, 2014

NEW — 10:55 a.m. Feb. 25, 2014

#SochiProblems. That was how the 2014 Winter Olympics started, with Western bloggers griping about the lack of hospitality in Sochi, Russia.

Of course, complaining wasn’t enough; the bloggers rushed to Twitter, giving birth to the now-trending hashtag, #SochiProblems. Pictures of “peach juice,” multiple toilets in a bathroom stall and light bulbs as door handles popped up on the Internet, all amusing and lighthearted…at the time.

Noela Lu  Skyline High School

Noela Lu
Skyline High School

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Tips for studying for finals

January 23, 2014

NEW — 1:45 p.m. Jan. 22, 2014

Believe it or not, this school year is already halfway over! Though this may be good news, it comes with a heavy weight: finals.

Azan Sarosh Liberty High School

Azan Sarosh
Liberty High School

This week typically involves student all-nighters in a desperate attempt to cram a whole semester’s worth of material in one night, hoping to somehow raise or retain a class grade.

Though finals week may be an incredibly stressful time of year for many, here are some tips to make it more bearable:

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Environmental Club raises awareness

January 21, 2014

Noela Lu  Skyline High School

Noela Lu
Skyline High School

Skyline High School’s Environmental Club is about to make a huge impact — its members have decided to help transform their school into an eco-friendly learning environment for students and staff alike.

The King Country Green School Organization provides three levels a school must reach in order to be considered “green”: Level One is waste reduction, Level Two is energy conservation and Level Three is water conservation.

Skyline is not even a Level One school. Other schools in the district, such as Liberty High School and Pine Lake Middle School, are well on their way to reaching Level Two.

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Special Olympics gets student support

January 21, 2014

Madeline Wells Issaquah High School

Madeline Wells
Issaquah High School

Issaquah High School has a tradition of supporting special-needs students, whether through the Sharing Interests, Forming Friendships Club, where students go see movies together and organize other fun activities, or through a peer tutoring system. One of the most popular traditions, however, is cheering for our Special Olympics team.

At the “cram the stands” Special Olympics basketball game last year, an amazing turnout made for an incredible experience for everyone present.

“A huge portion of the student body came to support, and the result was this enormous, meaningful and validating experience,” senior Rebecca Chinn said.

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Liberty debuts forensic sciences

January 21, 2014

Nathan Dahm Liberty High School

Nathan Dahm
Liberty High School

Lined with outlines of corpses, fingerprint classification charts and DNA posters, Room 128 is home to three sections of the new “Forensic Science” class at Liberty High School.

The class focuses on subjects including fingerprint analysis, toxicology, blood type and splatter patterns, and DNA investigation, and is a popular course elsewhere in the district. In its first year at Liberty, the class has drawn 93 students.

Science teacher Alisa Jeremica, who previously student-taught forensic science at Lakes High School, is teaching the class. She had asked for a forensics class after she began teaching at Liberty in 2007; approval from the Issaquah School District did not arrive until last May.

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