Skyline High School dances resume after student ‘problem solving’

September 27, 2011

In an email newsletter sent to the families of Skyline High School students, school officials said they had concerns about what they considered inappropriate behavior at school dances.

With that in mind, the letter also states school leaders had “put a hold on dances while the Associated Student Body and the student body did some problem solving.”

The school’s next dance would be the annual homecoming slated for Oct. 14. But the school newsletter claims that event was never definitively cancelled.

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Press Editorial

September 27, 2011

Thanks to police officers for keeping all safe

Issaquah narrowly escaped a tragedy of epic proportions Sept. 24.

While a gunman died from retaliatory gunshots from the police, no innocent bystanders were hurt or killed. As the community reflects on what might have been — and what was — there is much to be grateful for.

Issaquah, King County and neighboring city police responded with the professionalism we expect. They made sure that children and adults nearby were safe before exchanging gunfire.

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Districtwide middle school dances start Sept. 23

September 20, 2011

The first districtwide middle school dance sponsored by the Issaquah School District is from 7-10 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Issaquah Community Center, 301 Rainier Blvd. S.

All youths in grades six through eight are welcome to attend. Students must have a photo ID; an Associated Student Body card would work best. The cost is $5 per person at the door. Concessions are available.

Once a youth is inside the community center, he or she must remain there until 10 p.m., unless a parent or guardian meets him or her in the lobby. Unescorted youths will not be allowed to leave.

All youths pass through a metal detector upon entering. A dress code, similar to that of the Issaquah School District middle school code, will be enforced.

The district said parent volunteers always are needed. Call 837-3317 to learn how to volunteer at the dance.

Stricter dress code is least of student worries

September 20, 2011

As early as the first day back at Skyline High School, students were exchanging words about a topic that had been virtually extinct until this school year.

Hall Monitor Susie Tinker Skyline High School

Rumors about a dress code had leaked out to the entire student population: tank tops, strapless shirts and even the ever-so-popular yoga pants were now banned from the eyes of the administration.

With the new dress code regulations, girls would not be able to wear strapless dresses to homecoming.

After the complaints and confusion, administrators finally put an end to the rumors and set things straight with the Leadership for Officers class at Skyline. Yoga pants were allowed at school, and strapless dresses could in fact be worn to homecoming.

Yet, this homecoming dilemma was only the first of the student body’s worries about the annual dance that is looked forward to by freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors alike.

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High school students win 5th Avenue Theatre best acting awards

June 14, 2011

Tucker Goodman, a Liberty High School junior, accepts his award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a leading Role at the 5th Avenue Theatre’s annual awards June 6 honoring high school musical theater. By Sam Freeman/nwtnews

Two students from Liberty and Eastside Catholic high schools — junior Tucker Goodman and senior John Winslow — have landed the most prestigious acting awards of their young careers.

Liberty High School’s Goodman won Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role at The 5th Avenue Theatre’s annual awards honoring high school musical theater on June 6.

For the winning role, he played the Chairman of the Board for the Patriot Players’ performance of “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” a musical based on an unfinished novel written by Charles Dickens.

This isn’t Goodman’s first nomination, although it is his first award from The 5th Avenue. In 2010, Goodman received a nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance as Cinderella’s prince in “Into the Woods”

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Math students calculate the best way to success

June 7, 2011

The Beaver Lake Middle School math team poses with awards after the 2011 Washington State Math Championship May 7 in Blaine. By Dennis Rogers

Eighth-grader Tommy Lin does not care if people call him a nerd because he likes math.

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Robots stop swimming pool’s pretend oil spill

May 31, 2011

Maywood Middle School’s team (from left) members Hannah Matson, Matthieu Blanchet, Jason Jarman and Sydney Hartford, check the buoyancy and maneuverability of Vortex, the name of their remote operated vehicle. By Marla Crouch

Time was of the essence as students navigated their handmade robots underwater, doing their best to stop the oil spill and save the sea life from impending disaster.

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Issaquah Rotary Club honors top students

April 26, 2011

The Rotary Club of Issaquah recently honored the following seniors as its students of the month for March.

Forrest Hurley

Forrest Hurley

-School: Liberty High School

-Category of recognition: physical education

-Parent: Jennene Hurley

-Sponsoring teacher: Emily Corley

-Achievements: lacrosse team captain (two years); varsity athletic letters (track, football)

-Activities: FCA president, Link Crew, Associated Student Body Spirit director

-Interests: history, aviation

-Hobbies: lacrosse, pole vault, snowboarding, football

-Future goals: undecided about educational goals; become a pilot

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Liberty High School to host garage sale April 23

April 19, 2011

Liberty High School’s first garage sale is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 23 in its main gym.

The garage sale is in honor of Maple Hills Elementary School teacher Steve Birdsall who died of multiple system atrophy in February. All proceeds will benefit Shy-Drager, an organization that offers support to families affected by the disease.

Donate gently used clothing, home furnishings, luggage, electronics, computer equipment, child supplies and sports equipment for the sale. Students from the school’s Associated Student Body will collect donations at the school from 2:30-3:30 p.m. through April 20 in the upper gym.

School officials ask that parents drop off donations with a student present.

County honors district schools as Earth Heroes

April 12, 2011

King County is honoring Grand Ridge Elementary School — plus teachers, a student and a staff member from the Issaquah School District — as Earth Heroes at School.

The annual honor highlights schools and people for contributions to environmental protection and student environmental education. The county Department of Natural Resources and Parks’ Solid Waste Division announced the 2011 honorees March 30.

“Winners of the Earth Heroes at School awards are a diverse group who share the common goal of making our world a better place,” County Executive Dow Constantine said in a statement. “It is an honor to recognize their achievements in environmental education, waste reduction, energy conservation and other positive efforts.”

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