February 25, 2014
The Liberty Student Network is a news channel broadcasted to all Liberty High School staff and students every month, keeping Patriots up to date on new topics regarding the school.
LSN works to provide its viewers with diverse topics, such as fun facts about teachers, updates on construction progress and much more. The network’s main priority is keeping Patriots informed.
The network is changing this year since new teacher Torrey Womble has taken over. With the change in leadership came a change in equipment as well: The network now has newer equipment that it hopes will allow it to provide viewers with more special effects and better quality video.
February 21, 2014
For Taylor Woo, a particular memory stands out from her time working at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
Woo, a Liberty High School junior, serves as a volunteer patient care liaison at the hospital, one of the largest in the Northwest. One day, she was asked to speak with an 8-year-old boy who’d been in a car accident with his parents and younger sister.
The boy was responsive, but his sister lay in coma in an adjacent bed.
“You can hear the heart monitor just beeping to her heart, and it was so hard to see,” Woo said. “It was sad how he couldn’t really comprehend what was happening with his parents.
February 18, 2014
Tiger Mountain students would go to the nearest high school
The Issaquah School District is considering a plan to close Tiger Mountain Community High School for one year while the school is moved to a different location, and then reopen the alternative school with a revamped educational model.
Issaquah Superintendent Ron Thiele spoke about the plan with school board members at a work study session prior to the board’s Feb. 12 meeting. The audience included about two dozen Tiger Mountain staff members, parents and students.
February 11, 2014
Not much has changed about the perception of marijuana among teens since voters elected to legalize the drug with the passage of Initiative 502 in 2012.
If anything, legalization has made the drug seem more acceptable, according to a group of Liberty High School students at the third and final forum hosted by the Drug Free Community Coalition Feb. 6.
February 11, 2014
No Liberty High School athletes signed national letters of intent on signing day Feb. 5 to his knowledge, said Stark Porter, the school’s athletic director.
There are a handful of athletes, however, who plan to continue their careers at the next level.
Aaron Bowe, who led the boys cross-country team to its first state appearance this year, will compete at Gonzaga University.
January 28, 2014
With just one upperclassman on the Liberty gymnastic team’s 21-person roster, it’d be an understatement to say the program is experiencing a youth movement.
The team is riddled with freshmen and sophomores, some of whom have never even played the sport.
January 28, 2014
Liberty High School sophomore Paige Balut stood on the football field at the University of Montana this fall, and felt at home.
She was there, flute in hand, with 150 other band students, handpicked for the school’s first all-star high school band experience.
“I have this friend who made a joke that I was ‘among my people,’” Paige said.
January 14, 2014
Liberty High School sports teams will compete in the 2A classification for a two-year period beginning in the 2014-2015 school year.
The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association released enrollment numbers showing that Liberty, at 891.8, is the size of a 2A school. Schools with less than 990.8 students, but more than 472, are considered 2A.
In the recent past, the Patriots have opted up to the 3A level, despite its stature as one of the state’s smallest 3A schools, but this time around administrators have decided to test the 2A waters.
January 7, 2014
Voters will have the chance to approve or deny three levy proposals the Issaquah School District is placing on the Feb. 11 ballot.
The district is seeking the renewal of its existing maintenance and operations levy, which provides a large chunk of employee salaries not covered by the state.
The district is also asking for a one-year, $1.7 million transportation levy, and a four-year, $52 million capital levy aimed at improving technology and making key repairs to facilities.
If all three levies are approved, the total tax rate for a district property owner would rise 8 cents to $4.83 per $1,000 from 2015-18. That equates to a $40 annual increase on a $500,000 home.
Bonds and levies: the differences
January 7, 2014
Liberty’s fall sports underclassmen take the stage
Less than a year ago, Brigette and Kelsey Takeuchi, Sydney Hartford and Noah Pritchett roamed the halls at Maywood Middle School.
Fast forward to their first year at Liberty High School. Three of them have competed among the top athletes in the state, while the fourth has found a place on a varsity squad that rarely makes room for freshmen.