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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Young musicians take their talents to big stage

March 4, 2014

Heliqiong Sun began playing the piano when she was 4. Ten years later, it’s the instrument she’s most proficient with.

But Sun, an eighth-grader at Beaver Lake Middle School, has some versatility. She picked up the violin three years ago, and has mastered it enough that she can be considered among the best violinists in the state for her age group.

Photos by Neil Pierson Named to the Washington Music Educators Association All-State Orchestra were (from left, during recent school rehearsals) Beaver Lake Middle School violinist Heliqiong Sun; Pacific Cascade Middle School seventh-grade trumpist Sarah Hall, trombonist Emily Ko, bass clarinetist Joshua Lee and eight-grade clarinetist Austin Denton.

Photos by Neil Pierson
Named to the Washington Music Educators Association All-State Orchestra were (from left, during recent school rehearsals) Beaver Lake Middle School violinist Heliqiong Sun.

She was among 58 middle-school students from the Issaquah School District selected for the Washington Music Educators Association’s Junior All-State groups. Students from across the state converged Feb. 15 in Yakima, and they spent several hours rehearsing before the three choirs, two bands and one orchestra took the stage that evening for their performances.

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Freshmen phenoms

January 7, 2014

Liberty’s fall sports underclassmen take the stage

By Greg Farrar Liberty High School freshmen varsity athletes, swimmer Sydney Hartford, cross country twin sisters Brigette and Kelsey Takeuchi and football player Noah Pritchett, stand by a poster in the Liberty High School commons proclaiming ‘We Are One,’ the motto of Patriot athletes and their student body fans.

By Greg Farrar
Liberty High School freshmen varsity athletes, swimmer Sydney Hartford, cross country twin sisters Brigette and Kelsey Takeuchi and football player Noah Pritchett, stand by a poster in the Liberty High School commons proclaiming ‘We Are One,’ the motto of Patriot athletes and their student body fans.

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.

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Student’s heavy lifting helps Maywood food donations top one ton

December 17, 2013

A whole lot of families will eat well this holiday season, thanks to Maywood Middle School’s annual food drive benefitting Northwest Harvest.

Students took the challenge seriously to bring in as much canned and nonperishable food as possible, collecting about 3,500 pounds of donations.

Contributed Sam Catherall, Maywood Middle School eighth-grader, stands among the 576 pounds of canned and nonperishable food he collected for his school’s annual food drive.

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Sam Catherall, Maywood Middle School eighth-grader, stands among the 576 pounds of canned and nonperishable food he collected for his school’s annual food drive.

One student in particular, though, went above and beyond in his quest to bring needy families a dash of holiday cheer.

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Maywood teacher heads to sea

June 11, 2013

The last time Maywood Middle School science teacher Marla Crouch traveled Alaskan waters, she was on a cruise ship. She headed north once again June 8, but this time she will be living aboard a different vessel.

Crouch joined the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Teacher at Sea program, allowing her to spend about three weeks aboard the Oscar Dyson, where she will study Pollock, a type of fish, alongside NOAA scientists.

Marla Crouch

Marla Crouch

“Just living and working with these scientists, I expect to get a great deal of information I can share with my students when I return,” she said.

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Maywood Middle School hosts youth wrestling camp

January 8, 2013

Maywood Middle School is offering a youth wrestling camp for grades 1 through 5 from Jan. 9 to Feb. 13 on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

The classes run from 6:15-7:30 p.m. on each day the class is offered. The cost for classes is $60 per participant.

Call Wright Noel at 837-4717, ext. 106, with questions.

Liberty High School’s first female wrestler defies odds

January 1, 2013

Joanna Moreira, Liberty High School sophomore (right), wrestles her opponent at the Auburn Mountainview Girls Tour in December. By Laurel Bluhm

Just a day before competing in last year’s Mat Classic, Liberty High School wrestler Joanna Moreira stood high up in the rafters of the Tacoma Dome and stared down at the 12 perfectly placed mats laid across the floor.

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Issaquah School Board approves school construction changes

January 1, 2013

The Issaquah School Board approved more than $300,000 worth of changes Dec. 12 for construction at Briarwood Elementary, Liberty High and Maywood Middle schools.

Briarwood’s costs went up by $116,230.69. Of the 25 items included on the change order, 18 are $2,000 or more and nine of those have price tags more than $5,000.

The largest addition, by far, is $29,055 for modifications to the school’s ductwork.

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Issaquah School Board OKs construction changes

December 18, 2012

The Issaquah School Board approved nearly $72,000 worth of changes to the construction projects at Maywood Middle and Challenger Elementary schools during the board’s Nov. 28 meeting.

Eight changes were made to Maywood’s building project and add up to $64,681 before taxes. The most expensive item on the list is $51,000 for additional underdrains for the softball field. According to the change order, the softball field contains large areas of poor draining fill soil. The $51,000 price tag does not include the cost of any impact to landscaping work.

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Popular after-school program aims for deep !MPACT

December 11, 2012

Drew Fritz (left) and Will Dunlap play foosball during the !MPACT after-school program at Maywood Middle School. By Christina Corrales-Toy

Most days of the week, it takes a bit of coaxing to get Maywood Middle School sixth-grader Alya Phillips out of bed.

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