Beaver Lake thespians take on the task of ‘Shrek’

March 25, 2014

Carol Woodman has directed the annual Beaver Lake Middle School musical for 15 years, and she’s never had as much help as she’s got this year.

While middle-school drama clubs don’t typically have the same participation levels as their high-school counterparts, that might not be the case at Beaver Lake, where 89 students have been cast in roles for this year’s musical, “Shrek.”

That means Woodman, who teaches art and drama at the school, needs a lot of behind-the-scenes assistance.

By Neil Pierson Alexis Jucht (left) plays Princess Fiona and Hammer Shalawylo plays Donkey in Beaver Lake Middle School’s ‘Shrek.’

By Neil Pierson
Alexis Jucht (left) plays Princess Fiona and Hammer Shalawylo plays Donkey in Beaver Lake Middle School’s ‘Shrek.’

“It’s a big undertaking,” she explained. “High school has some advantages that middle school doesn’t have, and that has to do with kids who can sew and help make costumes, kids who can help make sets. We have to depend upon the parents to help do everything.”

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Young musicians take their talents to big stage

March 4, 2014

Heliqiong Sun began playing the piano when she was 4. Ten years later, it’s the instrument she’s most proficient with.

But Sun, an eighth-grader at Beaver Lake Middle School, has some versatility. She picked up the violin three years ago, and has mastered it enough that she can be considered among the best violinists in the state for her age group.

Photos by Neil Pierson Named to the Washington Music Educators Association All-State Orchestra were (from left, during recent school rehearsals) Beaver Lake Middle School violinist Heliqiong Sun; Pacific Cascade Middle School seventh-grade trumpist Sarah Hall, trombonist Emily Ko, bass clarinetist Joshua Lee and eight-grade clarinetist Austin Denton.

Photos by Neil Pierson
Named to the Washington Music Educators Association All-State Orchestra were (from left, during recent school rehearsals) Beaver Lake Middle School violinist Heliqiong Sun.

She was among 58 middle-school students from the Issaquah School District selected for the Washington Music Educators Association’s Junior All-State groups. Students from across the state converged Feb. 15 in Yakima, and they spent several hours rehearsing before the three choirs, two bands and one orchestra took the stage that evening for their performances.

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Beaver Lake teacher dies after fight with cancer

February 11, 2014

Chuck Lee, a math teacher and basketball coach at Beaver Lake Middle School, died Feb. 6 after a 10-year battle with cancer.

Chuck Lee

Chuck Lee

Lee had worked in the Issaquah School District since 1990, including the past 13 years at Beaver Lake. Previously, he had taught at Sunset and Issaquah Valley elementary schools, and at Skyline High School.

Counselors have been available to meet with Beaver Lake students during lunch periods to help them work through any grief, Principal Stacy Cho said via email.

 

Beaver Lake middle school teacher honored as ‘Hero in the Classroom’

December 22, 2013

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Beaver Lake Middle School teacher Heather Ireland was honored Dec. 18 by the Seattle Seahawks and financial services firm Symetra as a Symetra Hero in the Classroom.

The educational program honors K-12 teachers throughout the Puget Sound region. Ireland is one of 16 selections during the 2013 NFL season.

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Anna Smith establishes herself as standout U-14 keeper

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.

Contributed Anna Smith, a 13-year-old student at Beaver Lake Middle School, rises up in traffic to snare the soccer ball during a match with Crossfire Premier this year.

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Anna Smith, a 13-year-old student at Beaver Lake Middle School, rises up in traffic to snare the soccer ball during a match with Crossfire Premier this year.

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.

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Local schools recognized for achievement award

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.

 

 

 

 

Skyline grad’s anti-rape PSA video goes viral

April 9, 2013

By Samantha Stendal This frame from Samantha Stendal’s video, ‘A Needed Response,’ shows a man talking as a woman lies slumped on a sofa, in a scenario where his choice was to show her respect and compassion.

By Samantha Stendal
This frame from Samantha Stendal’s video, ‘A Needed Response,’ shows a man talking as a woman lies slumped on a sofa, in a scenario where his choice was to show her respect and compassion.

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.

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Issaquah school district gets nearly $35,000 in donations

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.

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Record Brain Freeze

February 26, 2013

Students build, eat ‘world’s largest’ ice cream sandwich

By Greg Farrar Freyana Kapadia, a Pacific Cascade seventh-grader, sprays ‘!MPACT’ with whipped cream on a giant ice cream sandwich the students assembled Feb. 21 at Beaver Lake Middle School.

By Greg Farrar
Freyana Kapadia, a Pacific Cascade seventh-grader, sprays ‘!MPACT’ with whipped cream on a giant ice cream sandwich the students assembled Feb. 21 at Beaver Lake Middle School.

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.

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Anna Smith makes cut for national youth soccer camp

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.

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