Apollo students pen book about the ABCs of firefighters

June 24, 2014

Kittens, ladders, sirens and zombies — yes, zombies — all have something in common. They each make an appearance in the Apollo Elementary School student-penned book “Firefighter Nozzlehead Letter by Letter.”

At just 7 and 8 years old, Jamie Burcheci’s second-grade students are now published authors. They unveiled at a June 17 celebration their picture book about what firefighters do.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Jamie Burcheci and her second-grade students celebrate their new published book, ‘Firefighter Nozzlehead Letter by Letter.’

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Jamie Burcheci and her second-grade students celebrate their new published book, ‘Firefighter Nozzlehead Letter by Letter.’

Firefighters use ladders to save kittens, sound the siren when someone is in trouble and even take down zombies with water hoses, according to the book.

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Apollo student authors debut firefighter book collaboration on June 17

June 10, 2014

Second-graders in Jamie Burcheci’s class at Apollo Elementary School are now published authors.

The students recently worked with Eastside Fire & Rescue firefighter Tim Castner to write and illustrate a book about firefighters called “Nozzlehead: What Firefighters Do.”

By Greg Farrar Tim Castner, Eastside Fire & Rescue firefighter, visits an area elementary school in April during a career day to show firefighting tools to youngsters.

By Greg Farrar
Tim Castner, Eastside Fire & Rescue firefighter, visits an area elementary school in April during a career day to show firefighting tools to youngsters.

The publishers and students will hold a book release and signing celebration from 10:30-11:10 a.m. June 17 at the school, 15025 S.E. 117th St., Renton.

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Newcastle Elementary School principal is leaving

June 8, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. June 8, 2014

Newcastle Elementary School Principal Marla Newton announced May 30 that she is leaving at the end of the school year.

Newton has accepted a position in the Federal Way School District.

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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.

Federal waiver loss could affect schools

May 20, 2014

Last month’s U.S. Department of Education decision to revoke Washington state’s No Child Left Behind waiver is starting to filter down to school districts and individual buildings.

At the Issaquah School Board’s May 14 meeting, officials discussed the loss of the waiver, which was officially announced April 24. Washington had been one of 43 states with the waiver, allowing it to deviate from NCLB, a nationwide accountability system for public schools that has been in place since 2001.

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Elementary economics

May 6, 2014

Apollo students learn real-life lessons in Rocket City

About a dozen little heads peered out from a row of oversized cardboard boxes, directing their attention toward a classroom door at Apollo Elementary School.

Moments later, a line of third-graders from a visiting class entered the room, and the quiet anticipation was quickly replaced with the busy wheeling and dealing of a marketplace.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Jenna Silvestri, of Newcastle, gives a customer change, after recording a sale in the simulated town of Rocket City at Apollo Elementary School.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Jenna Silvestri, of Newcastle, gives a customer change, after recording a sale in the simulated town of Rocket City at Apollo Elementary School.

Such is life in Rocket City, a bustling simulated town, marked by cardboard shops and led by an elected student mayor in Lauren Molnar’s third-grade class.

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Local schools could lose budget flexibility

April 29, 2014

The Issaquah School District is likely to lose some flexibility in budgeting next year.

State officials announced April 24 that Washington would lose a waiver it has been receiving from the federal government which allowed the state flexibility under portions of the No Child Left Behind law.

Under the law, 100 percent of students need to be at their grade level standard in both reading and math by this year. For the past few years, the federal government has granted more than 40 states waivers from the requirement.

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Schools honor top volunteers

April 8, 2014

Issaquah School District Golden Acorn and Outstanding Advocate Awards were recognized at a reception at Swedish/Issaquah on March 25.

Golden Acorns are presented, by a local PTA unit or council, to volunteers in recognition of their dedication and service to children and youths.

Since the beginning of the program, more than 44,000 Golden Acorns have been presented to volunteers throughout Washington state. A contribution in the name of the recipient(s) is made by the honoring PTA to the Washington State PTA Scholarship Program. From these contributions, WSPTA is able to provide grants to freshman students entering post-secondary education.

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Apollo student shows geography supremacy

January 14, 2014

It’s been a while since Apollo Elementary School held a geography bee, but when the competition was revived Jan. 10, it was almost as if it had never stopped.

The school’s fourth- and fifth-grade contestants didn’t skip a beat when it came to testing their geography knowledge, making for a rather competitive scene.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Susan Mundell, Apollo Elementary School principal, is flanked by the school’s geography bee finalists Ishaan Sharma (left) and Sanjana Addanki. Ishaan won the Jan. 10 contest.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Susan Mundell, Apollo Elementary School principal, is flanked by the school’s geography bee finalists Ishaan Sharma (left) and Sanjana Addanki. Ishaan won the Jan. 10 contest.

“I thought it was great,” said Jessica Ferranti, a fifth-grade teacher and the bee’s coordinator. “It was really fun, and it was great to see the audience so engaged. I think the kids learned a lot about geography.”

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Schools honored for ‘green’ behavior

July 9, 2013

Three Issaquah School District schools earned recognition in June from the King County Green Schools program for their successful conservation practices during the 2012-13 school year.

Skyline High School was honored with a Level 3 Green Schools award — the highest honor the program gives — for reducing waste, improving recycling practices, and engaging in energy and water conservation activities.

Apollo Elementary School and Liberty High School earned a Level 2 award. Thirty-nine schools in 13 school districts across the county earned Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3 distinctions.

 

 

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