School cafeterias have never been renowned for their gourmet cuisine. Students especially, however, are criticizing the new regulations regarding school nutrition.
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The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 aimed to create a healthier menu in school cafeterias across the nation to increase student health. That includes limiting the maximum calories of a dish, increasing available fruits and vegetables, limiting sodium and fat, and mandating that the first ingredient of any food offered be a meat, vegetable, fruit or whole grain.
After wondering what class to fill a hole in my schedule this year, I selected Mr. Jon Whitney’s class “Globalization and Sustainability,” hoping my random choice would not lead to a yawn-filled semester.
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Whitney, who also teaches history at Issaquah High School, created the curriculum for this semester class.
Should colleges base their admissions on standardized test scores?
Raman Kaur, senior, LHS
“No, because you can’t wrap up 12 years worth of education in one test score.”
Hayley Murdoch, senior, LHS
“No. Colleges should base their admissions on GPA, references and essays, because they show the long-term improvement and intelligence of the student.”
Sabrina Loos, sophomore, SHS
“Yes … standardized tests remain the same through every school district, nationwide. Therefore, they provide the only unbiased way to compare students academic ability, regardless of different grading scales or teacher leniency.”
Paul Kim, junior, SHS
“No, because, in my opinion, they do not accurately depict the intelligence of the student, and it takes credit away from the achievements that students have received in their school work.”
Tristana Leist, senior, ECHS
“Colleges should use standardized testing as a baseline but not as a factor carrying more than 30 percent of the weight in the application. All colleges should conduct personal interviews as part of the admissions process.”
Jack Morgan, junior, ECHS
“Absolutely not, because standardized tests don’t test how smart you are. They only test how much money you have to pay for prep courses.”
Namrata Chintalapati, junior, IHS
“Standardized tests present an extremely narrow depiction of a student’s abilities, because privileged children have the resources to prepare for tests like the SAT or ACT better, and that therefore skews the representation of how ‘smart’ a student is.”
Kunal Gupta, senior, IHS
“For me, my ACT score was a way to show college that I am knowledgeable separate of what they see from my GPA.”
Issaquah resident Stacy Strickland can remember the immediate bond she felt with Karen Conley the morning they met at Relay for Life on the track behind Issaquah High School.
Karen Conley (right) and Michelle Salene, of Team Aloha, which Conley started, get a ride up in the Eastside Fire & Rescue ladder truck during a recent Relay for Life event at Issaquah High School.
The women were both at the school in response to an article in The Issaquah Press that described the need for additional help at the annual fundraiser that raises money to fight cancer.
These seniors are Rotary Club of Issaquah Students of the Month.
It’s not unusual to see three families become close friends, but it’s a bit abnormal when they give up Christmas at home for a two-week volunteer effort in Central America.
The Walley, Nelson and Connor families traveled together over the recent holiday break from Issaquah to Nicaragua, where they spent two weeks helping impoverished residents.
The Connor, Nelson and Walley families have literally grown up together in Issaquah. The six children know each other well — four of them are classmates at Issaquah High School, and the other two attend Pacific Cascade Middle School together.
Life is a cabaret for Issaquah High School drama students.
The school’s drama program has found a creative way to raise funds for its spring musical, “Beauty and the Beast.” Students, and some staff members, will perform in a fundraiser cabaret Feb. 5 and 6.
By Christina Corrales-Toy
A group of Issaquah High School students clusters around Sammy the Salmon for pictures as they wear full Seattle Seahawk gear and facepaint Jan. 23 and wave 12th Man flags. The campus declared itself 12saquah High School to celebrate the mayor’s proclamation of Feb. 1 as ’12saquah Day’ when the NFL team meets the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX.
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