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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Maywood Middle School whooping cough case reported

December 11, 2012

Maywood Middle School reported a case of pertussis, or whooping cough, Dec. 10.

Whooping cough is a bacterial illness that may begin with symptoms similar to the common cold (runny nose or scratchy throat) or simply a dry cough. The cough usually becomes worse over one to two weeks. Fever is minimal or absent. Most recover without any complications, but for infants, whooping cough can be life-threatening.

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Science Path II improves opportunities for students

December 11, 2012

Hall Monitor
Rachel Shaw
Liberty High School

The Issaquah School District excels in providing opportunities for students who want to challenge themselves academically.

Elementary school students can become involved in programs such as SAGE, MERLIN or Science-Tech; high school students have a variety of Honors and Advanced Placement classes to choose from; and middle schoolers can opt to take Humanities Plus or Math Path II.

However, there is one piece missing in this web of academic opportunities: a chance for students to challenge themselves while taking middle school science.

Science is the favorite subject of many young students — it inspires curiosity and wonder, and is often viewed as more interesting than math, history or language arts. Since many students would willingly take an advanced science class if they had the opportunity, it is unfair to deny students a chance to learn more in-depth about a subject that they are already enthusiastic about.

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Student musicians rank among top performers statewide

December 4, 2012

Dozens of local students are among the state’s top performers that have been chosen to participate in one of the Washington Music Educators Association’s 2013 All-State Honor or one of the National Association for Music Education’s All-Northwest performing groups.

The group of school musicians from throughout the state and region will rehearse and perform in concert under the direction of world-renowned conductors. The All-State high school honor groups and the All-Northwest groups will meet in Portland, Ore., Feb. 14-17. Junior All-State groups, grades five through eight, will meet in Vancouver, Wash., on Feb. 16.

This year’s group includes students from all five of the district’s middle schools and all three of the district’s traditional high schools.

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Liberty High School wrestlers adjust to home away from home

November 27, 2012

Joanna Moreira, Liberty High School freshman (top) wrestles Garfield junior Amanda Triandafilou in the 132-pound women’s match in an exhibition match last January at Issaquah High School. By Greg Farrar

The uniform will say Liberty, but for the 2012-2013 wrestling season, the Patriot wrestlers will have to call Maywood Middle School home due to construction going on at Liberty High School.

It’s been an adjustment for the squad, Liberty coach Manny Brown said. The team practices at Maywood but must wait to use the wrestling mats until the middle school team is done.

“Since Liberty is in construction mode, we will have all of our home matches over at Maywood Middle School,” he said. “It’s worked out well for us, but we still miss being home at Liberty High School.”

Despite the inconvenience, Brown said the team is excited and eager to build upon its fourth-place finish at last year’s KingCo 3A Conference championships.

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Local runners raise money for colon cancer

November 13, 2012

Local runners made strides in the fight against colon cancer Nov. 4 when they banded together for the Get Your Rear in Gear event at Marymoor Park, winning an award for raising the most money.

Team Marcy’s Mojo was comprised of nearly 50 area family members, friends and neighbors who gathered to honor Marcy Rand, of Maple Hills. Rand died of colon cancer in July.

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Maywood Middle School construction costs rise by $51,000

November 13, 2012

During its regular meeting Oct. 24, the Issaquah School Board approved more than $51,000 of additional building costs for the Maywood Middle School modernization project.

The change includes $47,309 worth of additions and $4,068 in taxes, bringing the grand total of the construction contract to more than $14 million. Changes include $6,829 for gym work, $2,834 to revise the venting in the kiln room and $3,571 to reroute roof drain pipes to clear the new framing. The largest ticket item was $15,467 for conduits, sewer and footing revisions for expansion of the cafeteria.

The original estimated cost for Maywood was $12.19 million. After several previous board-approved change orders, the price tag rose to $13.08 million. The total, including tax, now stands at $14.25 million.

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