August 27, 2013
Most eighth-graders will settle into their routines at school in mid-September, but 13-year-old Anna Smith will be off on another soccer adventure.
Smith, an eighth-grader at Beaver Lake Middle School, is considered one of the top under-14 players in the country. She’s been invited to participate in the U.S. U-14 girls national team camp in Carson, Calif., from Sept. 14-21.
Smith, goalkeeper for the Redmond-based Crossfire Premier club, is making her name known with the nation’s top coaches. Only 36 players, including four keepers, have been invited to California next month.
May 7, 2013
State Superintendent Randy I. Dorn and State Board Chairman Jeff Vincent recognized several Issaquah schools with the Washington Achievement Award at an awards ceremony in Covington on April 30.
A total of 381 schools received awards, including Discovery Elementary School for overall excellence, math and science; Grand Ridge Elementary School for overall excellence; Beaver Lake Middle School for overall excellence; Cascade Ridge Elementary School for math; and Sunset Elementary School for science, according to a press release from the state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.
The Washington Achievement Awards are based on Washington’s School Achievement Index and recognize elementary, middle school, high school and comprehensive schools. Schools are awarded using performance from 2010 to 2012 on statewide assessments in reading, writing, math and science, as well as graduation rates.
April 9, 2013
After handing in her blue book for her Japanese final March 19, Samantha Stendal returned to her dorm and got to work on a video that she hoped would change the conversation about rape.
The 2011 Skyline High School graduate is now a sophomore and cinema studies major at the University of Oregon. For months, she had been following the Steubenville rape case, in which two Ohio teenagers were found guilty March 17 of raping a 16-year-old girl while she was intoxicated.
April 2, 2013
Local students got a nearly $35,000 helping hand March 13 when the Issaquah School Board approved several donations to the district.
The Beaver Lake Middle School PTSA donated $9,366 to help staff members buy iPads, books, a pulse oximeter, microphones, chess games and an algebra set.
February 26, 2013
Students build, eat ‘world’s largest’ ice cream sandwich
Twenty-seven pounds of flour, 48 eggs, 9 pounds of white sugar, 9 pounds of brown sugar, 15 pounds of butter and about 10 gallons of vanilla ice cream — those are just some of the ingredients that went into making the state’s (unofficially) largest ice cream sandwich Feb. 21.
January 15, 2013
Anna Smith, a seventh grade student at Beaver Lake Middle School, has been invited to attend the 2013 US Youth Soccer National Development Camp in Phoenix. The program runs from Jan. 29 to Feb. 3.
Smith, a starting goalkeeper and captain of Crossfire’s U14 ECNL Reece team, was invited to the camp after a long selection process. It began with tryouts of about 200 girls from Washington for 40 spots on the state’s Elite Player Development team.
January 8, 2013
Each new shooting jars painful memories
The imprinted memories come back with every school shooting. I was in my first year of teaching at Westside High School in Jonesboro, Ark. It was March 28, 1998, during my prep period. I heard the principal in the hall.
“What’s going on?” I asked.
“There’s been a shooting at the middle school and we’re locking down the school,” he replied.
I helped him finish the task and then stood in front of the glass doors to observe the middle school about 50 yards away. Two boys, 11- and 14-year-olds, had set up a sniper’s nest just off the school playground.
One slipped into the school, set off the fire alarm, and ran to his post. The students and teachers, thinking it was a fire drill, filed out of the building. The boys began picking them off, killing four students, one teacher and wounding 16 others.
January 1, 2013
Kickers are a strange and quirky bunch.
Often thriving on pressure and almost always being either the scapegoat or the hero, they sit comfortably by themselves during games, lost in their thoughts, while their teammates are passing, catching, running, blocking or tackling. No one wants to sit next to the kicker and jinx or disturb him.
December 4, 2012
Dozens of local students are among the state’s top performers that have been chosen to participate in one of the Washington Music Educators Association’s 2013 All-State Honor or one of the National Association for Music Education’s All-Northwest performing groups.
The group of school musicians from throughout the state and region will rehearse and perform in concert under the direction of world-renowned conductors. The All-State high school honor groups and the All-Northwest groups will meet in Portland, Ore., Feb. 14-17. Junior All-State groups, grades five through eight, will meet in Vancouver, Wash., on Feb. 16.
This year’s group includes students from all five of the district’s middle schools and all three of the district’s traditional high schools.
November 27, 2012
Since 1983, Christmastime in the Northwest has meant a trip to the ballet to see the fantasy dream world come alive in “Nutcracker.” But for a lucky few, the thrill extends to dancing on stage to Tchaikovsky’s classic score.
Not just reserved for professionals, each year the Pacific Northwest Ballet opens 86 roles to its local students.
And this December’s cast includes eight area dancers. From youngest to oldest, Chelsea Inagawa will dance the role of Little Girl; Serena Martin has been cast as part of the infantry; Chloe Chow and Anna Park are tall servants; Danielle Bae, Anna Paula Lanzara and Megan McKelvey are all members of the cavalry; and Alyssa Collister will dance as a fighting mice woman.
“Nutcracker” auditions were held in early October.
“It was nerve-wracking, but it was interesting to see other people who are auditioning,” said McKelvey, explaining that there were dancers from all levels at the auditions. “I learned from it because they were older and more experienced … I saw their technique and I saw how, even though it gets harder, it looks a whole lot cleaner and sharp.”