Pacific Cascade Middle School presents ‘Willy Wonka, Jr’

December 2, 2011

NEW — 3:45 p.m. Dec. 2, 2011

The Pacific Cascade Middle School Players present “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Jr.,” at the school, 7 p.m. Dec. 2, 3 and 9, with a matinee at 2 p.m. on Dec. 10.

The play is directed by Kelli Jaeger, with musical direction from Joellen Santos. Choreography was provided by Heather Carlyle.

The play is based on the well-known book, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” by Roald Dahl.

General admission tickets are $5 at the door; $4 for students with a Pacific Middle School Associated Student Body card.

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Committee sifts through criteria for uniform high school schedule

November 22, 2011

It’s a complex subject with a lot of variables and one that has ignited plenty of outspoken opinions.

But Patrick Murphy, executive director of secondary education for the Issaquah School District, said he believes a volunteer committee will meet a seemingly ambitious deadline and come up with a uniform schedule to be implemented at all four district high schools.

“That’s the goal,” Murphy said, noting the committee has two meetings and plenty of issues remaining.

In the meantime, many parents, especially those from Liberty High School, haven’t been shy about expressing their thoughts regarding the current high school schedules. Liberty operates on a different pattern than the other district high schools and many parents and students alike are defensive of the flexibility they believe that unique schedule allows.

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November 22, 2011

Kayla Foremski named scholar athlete of the month

Kayla Foremski

Kayla Foremski, a senior at Issaquah High School, has been selected as the Red Robin Scholar Athlete of the Month by the Issaquah Booster Club and Red Robin Restaurant.

Laura Halter, Issaquah swim and dive coach, nominated Foremski, writing, “Kayla is one of the main reasons the swim team at IHS is the current KingCo sportsmanship award winner. She has always demonstrated great sportsmanship towards all of the other teams, their coaches and all officials. She is currently the captain of the team and has been doing a fabulous job all season. She is especially skilled in her communication with her team and coaches. She is often found watching and cheering on all of her teammates at the meets. She leads by example in the pool by taking her workouts very seriously and making sure everyone is working together.”

Foremski qualified for three events at the district meet. She dropped time in all her events, and her 200 freestyle relay team finished first overall.

Foremski also participates in club lacrosse. She joined the lacrosse team her freshman year and plays defense and midfield.

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Junior State of America students win awards for speaking their minds

November 1, 2011

Jake Barokas, a Skyline High School sophomore, takes to the podium during a regional Junior State of America debate at O’Dea High School. Contributed

A simple description would state the Issaquah School District’s Junior State of America groups are debate teams.

While technically accurate, such an explanation doesn’t seem to convey the whole story.

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Dance drama offers lesson about rules, rule breakers

October 25, 2011

Lee Xie Skyline High School

It was the subject of school gossip. Upperclassmen, lowerclassmen, guys, girls — the students of Skyline High School filled the halls with buzz surrounding the potential cancellation of homecoming.

Eventually, the Associated Student Body was able to secure the dance for the Spartans after all, with some conditions involved. But just like that, A Knight for a Princess really did turn into an evening of happily ever after.

However, now that the dance is over and done with, students may forget what prompted the near-cancellation to begin with. To clear things up with the hopes of learning information that can help Skyliners avoid such a problem in the future, I sat down with our principal, Lisa Hechtman, to discuss school policies and how they fit into Skyline.

When the news of homecoming’s possible cancellation first hit, students immediately pointed fingers at Hechtman and her “strict” policies. However, when I asked her what the goals behind her policies were, she clarified, “School boards set policies. Rules and procedures will mirror district policies, but I don’t make the rules themselves. What everyone is trying to accomplish is to help students become honorable, thinking, skillful citizens.”

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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.

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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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