District students score above state average on Washington math tests

September 27, 2011

As Issaquah School District students headed back to class Aug. 30, state education officials were releasing the first results of a newly required math test.

The state also put out final numbers on which schools were able, or not able, to meet annual improvement goals set out by the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

Last spring, Washington students in algebra and geometry classes took a state test immediately at the end of their course work. The system is known as “end of course,” or “EOC” testing. It replaced the standardized math test students formerly took near the end of the school year.

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Union calls for action on school crowding

September 13, 2011

After passing their latest district spending plan, Issaquah school officials quickly stated that despite funding cuts and the overall economic downturn, local class sizes had remained the same.

“We were able to retain our class sizes from the prior year’s budget cycle,” said Jake Kuper, Issaquah School District chief of finance and operations.

That may be true, according to Phyllis Runyon, president of the Issaquah Education Association, the local teachers union.

But Runyon also said teachers still are struggling with oversized classes throughout the district. She added there are at least a few overloaded classes in every building and also talked about class size problems at specific schools and in specific grade levels.

For example, there are about 36 science and language arts-social studies classes overloaded at Beaver Middle Lake Middle School, Runyon said. She also talked about crowded conditions in secondary music classes.

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Issaquah Gliders hold final meet of summer season

July 19, 2011

Young athletes from Auburn, Renton, Snoqualmie and Issaquah who are in the Gliders program, pound Skyline High School's track as they dash towards the finish line of a girls race. By Quinn Eddy

The Issaquah Gliders program held its final track meet of the 2011 summer season July 14. The event at Skyline High School hosted teams from Renton, Auburn and Snoqualmie. Whether the young athlete comes in first or last, every youngster is a winner.

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Harlem Globetrotters draft Beaver Lake basketball phenom

June 28, 2011

Jordan McCabe, a basketball-handling phenomenon from Beaver Lake Middle School, was drafted by the Harlem Globetrotters on June 21, according to his family and a press release from the team.

Jordan McCabe juggles three balls in February during a Beaver Lake Middle School assembly featuring a visit from members of the Harlem Globetrotters. By Greg Farrar

He was among six players selected as part of the team’s 2011 draft class. Other players included 2011 College Slam Dunk Champion Jacob Tucker, and 2011 College 3-point Champion Andrew Goudelock, according to the press release.

Jordan’s selection was unique because the Globetrotters exercised its special “future discovery clause.” That means the team obtains the rights to sign McCabe once he graduates from college.

Jordan’s father, Matt McCabe, said he wasn’t sure to what to think of the news, but that it follows a busy past few months for the rising star. Jordan appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” performed at the NBA All-Star Weekend and has wowed crowds across the country at college basketball halftime shows.

Harlem Globetrotters draft Beaver Lake basketball phenom

June 22, 2011

NEW — 2 p.m. June 22, 2011

Jordan McCabe, the basketball-handling phenom from Beaver Lake Middle School, was drafted by the Harlem Globetrotters on Tuesday, according to his family and a press release from the team.

He was among six players selected as part of the team’s 2011 draft class. Other players included 2011 College Slam Dunk Champion Jacob Tucker, and 2011 College 3-point Champion Andrew Goudelock, the press release said.

Jordan’s selection was unique because the Globetrotters exercised its special “future discovery clause.” That means the team obtains the rights to sign McCabe once he graduates from college.

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Issaquah actor Riley Griffiths, 14, stars in ‘Super 8’

June 21, 2011

On a morning in March, as Beaver Lake Middle School language arts and social studies teacher Karen Smith greeted students in the hallway, eight-grader Riley Griffiths stepped up and asked a question.

Actors Joel Courtney (left) and Issaquah resident Riley Griffiths discuss a scene with director J.J. Abrams before filming on the set of ‘Super 8.’ By Francois Duhamel/Paramount Pictures

Griffiths, 14, whispered, “‘The trailer for ‘Super 8’ came out last night. Can we watch it in class this morning?’” Smith recalled.

“Super 8” — a summer blockbuster about a creature turned loose in a Rust Belt town — started filming not long after Griffiths started school at Beaver Lake. Other students in Smith’s class realized Griffiths had left for a film shoot, but none understood the magnitude. Yet.

The rapt class watched the “Super 8” trailer — and burst into laughter and cheers at the conclusion.

“The students were just so enthralled, and they were so happy for him,” Smith said.

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I hope to bring my experiences to journalism

June 21, 2011

By Lee Xie

Writing has always been a passion of mine, and the fact that it serves as almost a hobby for me was the biggest factor that motivated me to apply for The Beat.

There’s something about being able to use words to translate your thoughts onto paper, or in this case, the Internet. There’s writing for pleasure, and also writing to inform, which I think is absolutely essential to our world. This year, I’m excited to be on The Beat staff to do both!

My history in regards to journalism began in eighth grade, when I wrote for the Beaver Lake Middle School student newspaper. I found that a certain euphoria enveloped me when I saw my article on the front page, and I knew from that point on that journalism would be something important in my life.

Last summer, I interned for Northwest Asian Weekly at its Seattle offices, and had the opportunity to be published in that paper, a true honor for me because I was their youngest intern. It was very interesting to see how a real newspaper functioned, and I hope to bring my experiences to The Beat this year.

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Maple Hills Elementary School principal goes to PCMS

June 7, 2011

Maple Hills Elementary School Principal Monique Beane has nurtured her school’s community since 2007, but this fall she has decided to move up to the middle school level.

In an email to parents June 6, Beane announced her move to Pacific Cascade Middle School, where she will work as assistant principal.

The current assistant principal, Condee Wood, has accepted a position with Washington Middle School in the Olympia School District.

When Issaquah School District Superintendent Steve Rasmussen learned of Wood’s move, he asked Beane if she would consider taking the Pacific Cascade position, she wrote in the email. Just as she taught her students at Maple Hills, Beane said she decided to take on a new challenge.

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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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Maple Hills Elementary principal takes middle school post

June 6, 2011

NEW — 5:45 p.m. June 6, 2011

Maple Hills Elementary School Principal Monique Beane has nurtured her school’s community since 2007, but this fall she has decided to move up to the middle school level.

In an email to parents Monday, Beane announced her move to Pacific Cascade Middle School, where she will work as assistant principal.

The current assistant principal, Condee Wood, has accepted a position with Washington Middle School in the Olympia School District.

When Issaquah School District Superintendent Steve Rasmussen learned of Wood’s move, he asked Beane if she would consider taking the Pacific Cascade position, she wrote in the email. Just as she taught her students at Maple Hills, Beane decided to take on a new challenge, she wrote.

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