Issaquah schools get creative to bolster ‘culture of kindness’ ideals

August 26, 2014

Kym Clayton has a child who struggles with social skills and speech delays, and in her quest to find help, she stumbled across an idea from a suburban school in Pennsylvania.

By Neil Pierson In June, Sunny Hills Elementary School received its new Buddy Bench, a place for students to confront their emotions and make new friends. Pictured in the front row are Sunny Hills student Evan Baker, and Beaver Lake students Alejandro Calderon and Jade Griffiths. In the back row are Beaver Lake teacher Patrick Ford, Sunny Hills Principal Leslie Lederman and Sunny Hills PTSA President Kym Clayton.

By Neil Pierson
In June, Sunny Hills Elementary School received its new Buddy Bench, a place for students to confront their emotions and make new friends. Pictured in the front row are Sunny Hills student Evan Baker, and Beaver Lake students Alejandro Calderon and Jade Griffiths. In the back row are Beaver Lake teacher Patrick Ford, Sunny Hills Principal Leslie Lederman and Sunny Hills PTSA President Kym Clayton.

Christian Bucks, a student at Roundtown Elementary School in York, Pa., invented a simple but effective way of helping children who were feeling sad or lonely. His Buddy Bench concept — a bench where kids can sit when they’re in need of a friend — has spread like wildfire in less than a year, reaching schools around the world.

Clayton believed the Buddy Bench might be a useful tool at Sunny Hills Elementary School, where she was PTSA president during the 2013-14 school year.

But simply going to a local hardware store and building a bench wasn’t what she had in mind.

“I think it would be really neat to be full circle, that kids are building this bench for other kids,” she explained. Read more

Rotary Club honors top seniors

June 3, 2014

March

Taryn Frazier

  • Tiger Mountain Community High School
  • recognition in pre-vocational
  • volunteer at Eastside Baby Corner and Providence Marianwood nursing home
  • enjoys all classroom subjects, especially European studies, and is a teacher’s assistant
  • activities include drawing, knitting, sewing, dancing, reading, video games and solving brain puzzles
  • plans to attend Bellevue College and Texas Woman’s University and pursue a career as occupational therapist/nurse

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Work sucks

April 24, 2014

NEW – 10:35 a.m. April 24, 2014

My first day at work: sitting in front of a computer for four hours watching training videos. My second day at work: sitting in front of a computer for four hours watching training videos.

Jacob Brunette Issaquah High School

Jacob Brunette
Issaquah High School

I am praying with all of my heart that my third day of work will involve the excitement of (gasp) putting items in bags for four hours! It will probably be more training videos.

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Teen Talk: How has substance abuse affected your school or community?

April 22, 2014

Liberty High School

Alina Nguyen, senior

“It has caused many people I know in my community to grow distant from relationships and hide from their responsibilities or problems.”
Christine Dao, junior

“I’ve witnessed families being torn down due to it.”

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Officer Montalvo helps keep students safe

April 22, 2014

Drugs are available worldwide to countless people, but are they available to students in high school as well?

For students at Liberty High School, it’s not that easy to get them. School resource officer Dave Montalvo is Liberty’s most important measure against unsafe drug usage among students.

Azan Sarosh Liberty High School

Azan Sarosh
Liberty High School

Montalvo patrols school parking lots and helps students through an online Q & A found on Liberty’s homepage. Montalvo’s mission is “to develop a partnership between law enforcement and the school community that provides a safe environment in which teachers, students, parents and the community can fulfill the mission and goals of the school district.”

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Speaker gives useful drug abuse speech

April 22, 2014

While Issaquah High School sophomores were slogging through HSPE testing and upperclassmen were enjoying a few more hours of sleep last month, freshmen had an array of morning activities throughout one week.

While many initially groaned about the activities, some of the speakers that they got to listen to had an influential message to impart.

Madeline Wells Issaquah High School

Madeline Wells
Issaquah High School

One of the speakers, Jerry Blackburn, is a faculty member in the Addiction Studies Program at Bellevue College. Blackburn is a teacher, community educator, and health and wellness consultant. His presentation focused on the damaging effects of substance abuse.

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ECHS drug policy keeps campus safe

April 22, 2014

Eastside Catholic High School administrators view drug abuse prevention as of the utmost importance, evident from the school’s policies regarding drug use and abuse.

These policies include drug-detection tests, reliance on law enforcement and the use of drug dogs.

Billy Dimlow Eastside Catholic         High School

Billy Dimlow
Eastside Catholic
High School

The school follows up on this policy with random sweeps of the campus with drug dogs and an annual drug abuse assembly. By being thorough in its attack on drug usage, the school fosters an environment where drug use is forbidden in order to create a safer school environment.

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Drunken driving is about making choices

April 22, 2014

Everyone knows getting behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol is not only a poor choice, but also illegal.

However, many students continue to make such dangerous decisions.

Erika Kumar Skyline High School

Erika Kumar
Skyline High School

In the most recent Healthy Youth Survey administered to Skyline High School sophomores in October 2012, 7 percent of students reported having driven drunk and 20 percent reported having ridden with a drunken driver within the past month.

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HotList

April 22, 2014

Movie: ‘Divergent’

In this electrifying, post-apocalyptic thriller based on the book by Veronica Roth, Tris Prior must choose between five factions, with whom she will have to reside for the rest of her life. However, when Tris discovers that she is a Divergent, meaning she is unable to fit into any one particular faction, she will have to fight for her life by keeping her true identity a secret from those who see the Divergent as a threat to society.

 

Music: ‘G I R L’

By Pharrell Williams

After having helped produce two smash hits in 2013 with “Blurred Lines” and “Get Lucky,” Pharrell Williams continues his string of soulful, pop singles in his second studio album. With duets with superstars such as Justin Timberlake and Alicia Keys, and his acclaimed single “Happy,” Williams has created another great musical success.

 

Let’s Talk About It: Healthy Youth Survey shows increase in substance abuse

April 22, 2014

The prevalence of substance abuse among teenagers is skyrocketing, as more youths are being challenged by emotional, mental and social difficulties.

In October 2012, the Issaquah School District conducted its fifth biennial Healthy Youth Survey among Issaquah sixth-, eighth-, 10th-, and 12th-graders. The anonymous survey asked about students’ physical activity and nutrition, drug abuse, emotional health and other “risky behaviors.” Questions regarding substance abuse made up more than half of the survey.

Noela Lu  Skyline High School

Noela Lu
Skyline High School

Today’s high school students experience laborious amounts of homework, time-consuming extracurricular activities and elevated parental expectations. As teenagers begin entering high school, some resort to substance abuse to cope with the additional stress and responsibility they didn’t face in middle school.

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