Students choose Barack Obama, Jay Inslee in mock election

November 27, 2012

Students statewide and in the Issaquah School District chose the same candidates as grown-up voters — Barack Obama for president and Jay Inslee for governor.

The exercise included 38,848 students statewide, including classes at Cascade Ridge Elementary, Endeavour Elementary, Sunset Elementary, Pine Lake Middle and Issaquah High schools in the Issaquah School District.

The number of students participating statewide shattered the record for participation — about 18,000 students — set in 2008.

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Students choose Barack Obama, Jay Inslee in mock election

November 13, 2012

NEW — 8 a.m. Nov. 13, 2012

Students statewide and in the Issaquah School District chose the same candidates as grown-up voters — Barack Obama for president and Jay Inslee for governor.

The exercise included 38,848 students statewide, including classes at Cascade Ridge Elementary, Endeavour Elementary, Sunset Elementary, Pine Lake Middle and Issaquah High schools in the Issaquah School District. The number of students participating statewide shattered the record for participation — about 18,000 students — set in 2008.

Students cast ballots online from Oct. 29 to Nov. 2, and then Secretary of State Sam Reed’s office posted the results online. The results in the statewide Student Mock Election reflected the outcome in the real election, albeit with different margins.

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Issaquah schools receive $150,085 in donations

October 16, 2012

Programs and classrooms in the Issaquah School District got a $150,000 boost last month in the form of donations.

The various gifts were approved by the school board during its regular meetings Sept. 12 and 26.

The first allotment, $90,750 was approved Sept. 12 and included a $56,250 check from the Issaquah Schools Foundation. The money is set to be divided among four district programs — $12,750 for financial literacy, $18,000 for high school robotics, $7,500 for middle school robotics and $18,000 for pre-K summer school.

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Cascade Ridge students embrace reading, technology in schoolwide contest

May 1, 2012

Ella Matias, 6, shows off her Eager Reader minutes. Contributed

If the students at Cascade Ridge Elementary School had a dollar for every minute they read last month, they’d be a long way toward paying for college.

At the beginning of April, the children were challenged to track how much time they spent reading for pleasure outside class. The numbers were tallied April 27 and in the end the students had read for 628,191 minutes — well over 10,000 hours.

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Issaquah PTSA honors outstanding volunteers at Golden Acorn Awards

April 3, 2012

The primary decorations were orange construction cones and yellow caution tape. Winners were described in terms keeping with that theme, such as construction tools or architects. One winner from the Issaquah School District PTSA Council was described as “the construction glue” that holds the council together.

Gathered in the commons of Pacific Cascade Middle School, the Issaquah PTSA Council held its annual Golden Acorn Awards ceremony March 27.

Not counting the several winners from the districtwide PTSA council, the night honored approximately 75 winners from 23 PTSA units, said Becky Lawrence, vice-president of elementary schools for the PTSA council. A committee of PTSA leaders from each school picked the winners from their individual schools, Lawrence added. As you might expect, criteria included what PTSA members have done for their schools, but also the district and their involvement in the community as a whole.

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¿Hablas español? Language program for kids takes flight in Issaquah

January 31, 2012

Students in Marta Ramos’ first-level Spanish class take a make-believe shopping trip to Spain for an educational game to help them with clothing vocabulary. By Celina Kareiva

Students riffle through articles of clothing in “La Tienda de Ropa,” a make-believe clothing store in a first-level Spanish class.

“La bufanda!” and “El vestido!” they shout as their teacher instructs them to repeat after her.

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Reflections showcases students’ creative thoughts on diversity

January 17, 2012

These artworks were among the local works chosen to go on to the state level Reflections competition. This year’s national contest revolved around the theme ‘Diversity means…’ By Tom Corrigan

All in all, there were 247 examples of student creativity on display, according to Theora Dalupan, a member of the Issaquah School District PTSA Council board of directors.

Dalupan helped organize, and the district PTSA sponsored, the annual Reflections art show and reception the evening of Jan. 10 at Pacific Cascade Middle School.

Reflections is a yearly, nationwide PTSA art contest centered around a specific theme, which this year was “Diversity means…”

The work on display at Pacific Cascade represented the best entries from each district school, up to 12 per building.

“There’s some very creative ideas out there,” Dalupan said regarding the entries, which ran the spectrum from paintings and drawings to creative writing to musical pieces. Dalupan said there were also two short film entries.

Walking around the display at Pacific Cascade, one saw plenty of visual art with animal or nature themes in common. Plenty of creations had representations of people of all colors and ethnicities. Rainbows were another common symbol.

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Issaquah Valley Elementary principal feted for school’s academic improvement

December 6, 2011

Diane Holt named a distinguished principal of the year

When her school was named a School of Distinction for 2011, Issaquah Valley Elementary School Principal Diane Holt handed out specially made commemorative key chains to each member of her staff. By Tom Corrigan

“If somebody does something spectacular for your children, you’re never going to be more grateful,” said Trisha Neill, a PTSA officer and parent of a young student at Issaquah Valley Elementary School.

Neill is one of apparently a lot of parents ready and willing to sing the praises of Issaquah Valley Principal Diane Holt.

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Education opportunities grow in student gardens

August 23, 2011

Sunny Hills Elementary School first-grader Digant Dash (left) plants flower bulbs in the school’s first-grade garden with fourth-graders Derek Chao and Spencer Bernsten. By Jane Ulrich

Inch by inch, row by row, students are planting lettuce, herbs and broccoli in their school gardens.

This fall, teachers are transforming gardens into outdoor classrooms as students pick up trowels and learn about drip irrigation systems.

Dozens of schools incorporate gardening into their curriculum or have gardening clubs, including Apollo, Cascade Ridge, Challenger, Clark, Creekside, Discovery, Endeavour, Grand Ridge, Issaquah Valley, Maple Hills and Sunny Hills elementary schools; Issaquah and Pine Lake middle schools; and Liberty and Tiger Mountain Community high schools.

“I think the outdoors is just a natural place that kids want to be,” Sunny Hills fourth-grade teacher Jane Ulrich said.

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Gold Star

June 14, 2011

Cascade Ridge students pack 5,456 meals

Cascade Ridge Elementary School students

By working with the nonprofit organization Children of the Nations, 110 fifth-grade students at Cascade Ridge Elementary School packed 5,456 meals for children overseas April 19.

Each meal included a dehydrated vegetable mix, a vegetarian flavoring with added vitamins and minerals, and rice and lentils.

The meals will go to Sierra Leone, Malawi, Haiti or the Dominican Republic.

For the third year, Cascade Ridge fifth-graders learned about common foods eaten in other countries, such as lentils and rice. Students also did household chores to raise money for the nonprofit, bringing in $1,360 that will help transport the food.

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