First Tee connects golf to life lessons

July 23, 2013

When the physical education teachers working with the greater Seattle chapter of First Tee interact with kids, they are not just handing off golf clubs and sports advice. They dole out life lessons, too, on par with situations that youths encounter in life.

The nationwide First Tee School Golf Program meshes golf and character lessons in the classroom. Since its introduction to the Issaquah School District this past year, it has become a hit in local schools. Fifteen of the district’s physical education teachers participate in the school program, teaching students the First Tee curriculum in a monthlong rotation.

Photos contributed Above, Megan Miller, physical education specialist teaches Creekside Elementary School students to proper form during their courtesy unit. At right, Kira Yoshimura, a first-grader at Creekside Elementary School, lines up her putt during her physical education class in fall 2012.

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Above, Megan Miller, physical education specialist teaches Creekside Elementary School students to proper form during their courtesy unit. At right, Kira Yoshimura, a first-grader at Creekside Elementary School, lines up her putt during her physical education class in fall 2012.

The pioneer behind the program coming to Issaquah schools was Kris Coleman, the physical education specialist at Creekside Elementary School. He first heard about it at a P.E. conference a couple of years ago, and introduced the idea of writing a grant request in one of his monthly meetings with other P.E. teachers in the district.

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Endeavour Elementary School, programs garner gifts

January 29, 2013

Endeavour Elementary School and educational programs in the Issaquah School District received more than $120,000 in donations during a Jan. 9 Issaquah School Board meeting.

Endeavour PTSA gave $24,647.98 to the school, with $10,000 of that earmarked for buying reading book sets for a new book room. The remaining money is to replace the building’s sound system equipment.

The Issaquah Schools Foundation donated $96,606 to programs in the district, including $4,000 for Career & Technical Education; $12,500 for Financial Literacy; $2,600 for the PSAT; $19,000 for TEALS; $26,000 for VOICE; $6,231 for English Language Learners; $7,475 for All in for Kids; $18,000 for National Board Certificate Training; and $800 for Robotics/STEM at Issaquah High School.

Residents create 1,000 snowflakes for Sandy Hook Elementary School

January 1, 2013

Arden Caley, a second grade student at Endeavour Elementary School, said she liked the idea of making snowflakes. By Lillian O’Rorke

Fold after fold and snip after snip, white paper trimmings piled up Dec. 21 at the Beaver Lake Lodge, where more than 130 local residents, mainly children, gathered to create snowflakes for Sandy Hook Elementary School students.

After the Dec. 14 shooting in Newtown, Conn., Sandy Hook students will return to class Jan. 3 in a new building. To help welcome them back, volunteers plan to turn the school into a winter wonderland using paper snowflakes.

Corene Caley, who has a 7-year-old daughter at Endeavour Elementary School, saw a post about the snowflakes on Facebook and thought it would be fun to join in the effort.

“It’s cool to live in a place where you can have an idea, send out an email and 48 hours later this happens,” Caley said.

After reading about the snowflakes online, she contacted Dawn Sanders, volunteer coordinator for the city of Sammamish, to rent the space at Beaver Lake Lodge. Sanders said, “Let’s do one better.”

In order to get the lodge for free, she connected Caley with the local nonprofit Kids Without Borders. Word about the snowflakes spread and by 3 p.m. Dec. 14 a crowd of people from around Sammamish, Issaquah and beyond was busy turning ordinary printer paper into giant ice crystals.

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Eastside Fire & Rescue’s Reindeer Engine to collect food, toys

December 11, 2012

NEW — 5 p.m. Dec. 11, 2012

Eastside Fire & Rescue’s Reindeer Engine is scheduled to deliver holiday cheer — and collect food and toys for families in need — as Christmas approaches.

The fire engine — decked out in blinking lights, reindeer and a sleigh, and a holiday banner — heads to Endeavour Elementary School on Wednesday and then, on Sunday, to Four Lakes, Mirrormont, and other communities in May Valley and on Tiger Mountain.

Residents can donate food and toys Sunday as volunteers from Fire Station 76 on Tiger Mountain drive the Reindeer Engine travels through the communities near Issaquah from 5:30-7 p.m.

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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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Issaquah High School stage comes alive with ‘The Sound of Music’

November 27, 2012

Maria Rainer, played by Annika Dybevik (center), is surrounded by the Von Trapp children, played by (clockwise from lower left) Zoe McDowell, Reagan Panah, Elizabeth Moore, Daniel Repp, Rachel Panah, Jenni Young and Matthew Bratton, during the song ‘Do-Re-Mi’ from ‘The Sound of Music.’ By Greg Farrar

When Annika Dybevik, a senior at Issaquah High School, was younger, she had a well-worn VHS copy of the “The Sound of Music.”

“I’ve grown up with the movie,” she said. “My cousins would re-enact the show when we were little and watch it over and over again.”

So, when Dybevik was cast in the lead role of Maria Rainer in her high school’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s final collaboration, she already knew most of the lyrics.

That was also the case for much of the cast, which has been rehearsing since the middle of September for its Nov. 29 opening night. Along with 12 crewmembers, the cast of 35 is made up of mostly Issaquah High students with the exception of five Von Trapp children, who were cast from area middle and elementary schools.

Staying true to their characters, the older Von Trapp children and Maria help look after the younger actors, keeping them focused during rehearsals that can span several hours.

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‘Magic of the Moment’ sparks creativity at Endeavour

November 20, 2012

Students and their families admire students’ works of art for the annual PTA Reflections competition. This year’s theme was ‘The Magic of the Moment.’ By Lillian O’Rorke

“Moments come and go in physical action/But stay in our brain/Never is there a time when moments aren’t happening/Sometimes they are sweet/Sometimes bitter.”

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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 students cast ballots in mock elections

October 30, 2012

The minimum age to vote is 18, but the hurdle did not stop students throughout the Issaquah School District from casting ballots in the tight races for president and governor.

Educators on local campuses organized mock elections or joined the annual Student Mock Election overseen by the state elections office to educate students about the importance of participation in the political process.

Students at Issaquah and Tiger Mountain Community high schools, Issaquah Middle School, and Creekside, Endeavour and Sunny Hills elementary schools cast ballots in ersatz elections or plan to do so by the actual Election Day, Nov. 6.

Teachers involved in the mock elections said the exercise is about more than determining whether students support Jay Inslee or Rob McKenna for governor.

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King County OKs cell tower near Endeavour Elementary School

October 30, 2012

Construction can start on a 150-tell cell tower near Endeavour Elementary School, after King County planners determined the project can proceed.

T-Mobile proposed constructing a tower for antennae and other equipment, plus a shelter at the base. The structure is designed for other telecommunications companies to add equipment in the future, too.

The county Department of Permitting and Environmental Review required T-Mobile to provide sufficient backup power for equipment on the tower, and to paint equipment on the tower the same color as the pole.

The telecommunications giant applied last year to construct a cell tower at 26325 S.E. 39th St., about a mile northeast of the Klahanie Center shopping complex and less than a half-mile from the elementary school.

The county conducted environmental and permit reviews, and approved the project Oct. 1.

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