April 8, 2014
Issaquah School District Golden Acorn and Outstanding Advocate Awards were recognized at a reception at Swedish/Issaquah on March 25.
Golden Acorns are presented, by a local PTA unit or council, to volunteers in recognition of their dedication and service to children and youths.
Since the beginning of the program, more than 44,000 Golden Acorns have been presented to volunteers throughout Washington state. A contribution in the name of the recipient(s) is made by the honoring PTA to the Washington State PTA Scholarship Program. From these contributions, WSPTA is able to provide grants to freshman students entering post-secondary education.
April 1, 2014
The Issaquah School District recently contracted with Swedish Hospital to provide professional mental health services at all schools.
The three mental-health specialists will be housed at Issaquah, Liberty and Skyline high schools, but all schools will have access to them.
The cost of the services is $280,000, and is being paid with additional state money provided to Issaquah schools this year, said Jake Kuper, the district’s chief of finance and operations.
April 1, 2014
Liberty welcomes Japanese visitors
Alex Tachiyama, a Liberty High School senior, was lucky. He got to partake in a Thanksgiving dinner twice in the past six months.
He celebrated the gluttonous holiday in November with the rest of the nation, but he also munched on helpings of turkey and mashed potatoes again in March.
The March feast was for the benefit of his foreign visitor, Kazuyoshi Hirata, as 20 Liberty High School families hosted 24 students from Japan through a cultural exchange program.
April 1, 2014
Inspired by TED Talks, Liberty High School is introducing its own forum to share ideas about building a culture of sustainability.
Liberty’s STARTalks, set for April 3, will feature three presentations about how sustainability fits in the classroom. STAR stands for Sustainability Tools for Assessing and Rating, the nation’s first self-reporting system for measuring progress on sustainable community conditions.
April 1, 2014
Damon Sterne serves as senate page
Damon Sterne, of Renton, recently served a week as a page in the Washington State Senate and was sponsored by Sen. Mark Mullet, D-Issaquah.
During the week, pages assist senators, staff and attend seminars where they learn from guest speakers and hold mock hearings on bills they create.
April 1, 2014
The fourth annual Issaquah Teen Poetry Slam, hosted by the Issaquah Youth Advisory Board, was held March 2 at the Issaquah Coffee Co.
Naomi Florsheim, an eighth-grader at Issaquah Middle School, won first place.
Teachers Christine Boas, from Skyline High School, and Henry Level, from Liberty High School, served as judges. They determined the first-, second- and third-place winners, who received gift cards for the Issaquah Coffee Co.
About 15 middle and high school students from Issaquah attended and participated, bringing their poetry to life.
March 25, 2014
Imagine moving to a different country, where you don’t know anyone, and having to join a school when you barely understand the country’s culture. This is reality for exchange students like Bablina Celis, from Cancún, Mexico, who is attending Liberty High School.
Celis said moving to America for the school year was a fascinating experience.
“The thrill of going to a different country to live with a different family and change my everyday life has been absolutely amazing,” she said.
Things are different in America, but in a good way. As an exchange student, she had to move in with an unfamiliar family: the Guzmans.
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.