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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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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