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.

 

 

Organizations host father-daughter dances for Valentine’s Day

January 29, 2013

Dads, it’s time to ask your daughters to dance.

Liberty High School is inviting elementary school students and their fathers to a Daddy Daughter Dinner Dance in the Liberty Commons on Feb. 8.

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Issaquah School District offers free preschool

January 15, 2013

The Issaquah School District invites parents of preschool-aged children to apply for free early childhood education courses.

The district is looking for typically developing youngsters to be a part of early childhood education classrooms that serve children with special needs at Apollo, Discovery and Sunset elementary schools.

Students must be at least 3 years old by April 15 to participate. Interested parents can pick up an application and get more information at the main offices of Apollo, Discovery or Sunset.

Issaquah History Museums unveils oral history treasure trove

August 28, 2012

For decades, old cassette tapes sat squirreled away in the Issaquah History Museums’ expansive collection.

The cassettes, long relegated to gathering dust, contained oral histories from early residents and intimate details about a bygone era — Issaquah in the early 20th century, as a coal- and timber-fueled boom started to wane and decades before explosive growth transformed the area into subdivisions and shopping centers.

The cassettes in the oral history collection ranged in date from 1958 to 1993, but little information accompanied the tapes, so museum staffers and volunteers could only speculate about the contents.

Until now.

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Issaquah School Board is unhappy about King County’s school site decisions

May 8, 2012

Members of the Issaquah School Board were unhappy to hear last week that a district-owned 80-acre property is most likely unusable.

“We own the land. If the county wants to condemn it then they can pay us and we’ll go find something else,” board member Brian Deagle said.

The board got the bad news at its April 26 meeting, when it received an update about the recent recommendations of the King County School Siting Task Force.

In his presentation to the board, Steve Crawford, director of capital projects for the Issaquah School District, explained that one of the recommendations is for Issaquah to basically give up the nearly 80 acres of land it owns on Southeast May Valley Road. The $1.4 million property, which sits between Squak Mountain to the north and the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill to the south, is outside of King County’s urban growth boundary.

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Apollo Elementary School students transform classroom into city

April 17, 2012

Lauren Molnar (left), Apollo Elementary School third-grade teacher, collects Merlinville money from Allyson Magnus during a Classroom City session that includes businesses, city officials and public works. By Greg Farrar

Amid Lauren Molnar’s third-grade Apollo Elementary School classroom, student Emily Robinson squares her shoulders and raises her hand.

All around her, the room has evolved into the city of Merlinville, which boasts streets of elaborate buildings made of cardboard representing shops and offices for the goings on of the town.

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