Schools honor top volunteers

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.

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Issaquah schools partner with Swedish

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.

Exchange project

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.

By Greg Farrar Liberty High School students (from left) Daniel Doan, Shannon Hsu and Emily Hsu, cultural exchange students Nao Shimomura and Kazuyoshi Hirata, and Liberty student Alex Tachiyama get acquainted over a welcome meal.

By Greg Farrar
Liberty High School students (from left) Daniel Doan, Shannon Hsu and Emily Hsu, cultural exchange students Nao Shimomura and Kazuyoshi Hirata, and Liberty student Alex Tachiyama get acquainted over a welcome meal.

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.

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Liberty High School hosts sustainability workshop

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.

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Who’s News

April 1, 2014

Damon Sterne serves as senate page

Sen. Mark Mullet and          page Damon Sterne

Sen. Mark Mullet and page Damon Sterne

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.

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Naomi Florsheim wins Teen Poetry Slam

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.

 

Exchange student: Bablina Celis

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.

Azan Sarosh Liberty High School

Azan Sarosh
Liberty High School

“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.

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Network keeps Patriots informed

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.

Azan Sarosh Liberty High School

Azan Sarosh
Liberty High School

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.

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Students find joy and meaning in volunteering

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.

Above, left, Taylor Woo, a junior at Liberty High School, helps a visitor at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Top right, Issaquah High School senior Robin Lustig volunteers with organizations like Friends of Youth, the Issaquah Community Network and the Drug Free Community Coalition. Above, right, Skyline High School senior Jonathan Yee helps fellow students through the school’s Key Club and Link Crew, and also works with Treehouse, an organization that supports foster children.

Taylor Woo, a junior at Liberty High School, helps a visitor at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

“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.

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District may close alternative high school for one year

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.

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