December 11, 2012
Palms were sweating and nerves were rattled when a group of 10 fourth- and fifth-graders gathered to compete in Newcastle Elementary School’s 2012 geography bee Nov. 30.
The 10 competitors stood in front of more than 50 of their classmates and answered questions taken directly from the National Geographic Society.
Ultimately, it was fifth-grader Nathan Jackson who won the competition after correctly identifying Australia as the country where Fremantle Prison is located.
December 4, 2012
Newcastle Elementary School received $26,000 in donations from its PTSA Nov. 7.
The money was accepted as two separate gifts from the school’s PTSA during the Nov. 7 Issaquah School Board meeting.
The largest one, $16,000, will be used to buy a SmartCart mobile computer lab, which will help teachers temporarily turn their classrooms into computer labs for specific lessons.
The other $10,000 was donated with the intent to purchase new fitness equipment for the physical education program at Newcastle.
October 23, 2012
Several area education programs got a helping hand Oct. 10 when the Issaquah School Board approved nearly $30,000 worth of donations.
The Associated Student Body Robotics Club at Skyline High School received $5,000 from David Levin through The Boeing Co.’s Gift Match Program. The Endeavour Elementary School PTSA donated $7,035.08 to help pay salaries for additional education assistants at its school while the Pacific Cascade Middle School PTSA gave $5,099,74 to be used for teacher mini grants.
Teachers at Newcastle Elementary School got $12,500 from the school’s PTSA to buy various supplies and materials. Most of that money is to be distributed by grade: kindergarten ($1,200); first grade ($1,600); second grade ($2,000); third grade ($1,600); fourth grade ($1,600); and fifth grade ($1,600).
October 16, 2012
Programs and classrooms in the Issaquah School District got a $150,000 boost last month in the form of donations.
The various gifts were approved by the school board during its regular meetings Sept. 12 and 26.
The first allotment, $90,750 was approved Sept. 12 and included a $56,250 check from the Issaquah Schools Foundation. The money is set to be divided among four district programs — $12,750 for financial literacy, $18,000 for high school robotics, $7,500 for middle school robotics and $18,000 for pre-K summer school.
August 14, 2012
Standing in line next to a row of big yellow school buses, a flock of incoming kindergartners squirmed and jibber-jabbered as they awaited their maiden voyage.
May 8, 2012
The Issaquah School District’s green side was on display recently when it received several environmental honors from King County Executive Dow Constantine.
April 3, 2012
The primary decorations were orange construction cones and yellow caution tape. Winners were described in terms keeping with that theme, such as construction tools or architects. One winner from the Issaquah School District PTSA Council was described as “the construction glue” that holds the council together.
Gathered in the commons of Pacific Cascade Middle School, the Issaquah PTSA Council held its annual Golden Acorn Awards ceremony March 27.
Not counting the several winners from the districtwide PTSA council, the night honored approximately 75 winners from 23 PTSA units, said Becky Lawrence, vice-president of elementary schools for the PTSA council. A committee of PTSA leaders from each school picked the winners from their individual schools, Lawrence added. As you might expect, criteria included what PTSA members have done for their schools, but also the district and their involvement in the community as a whole.
January 31, 2012
Winner Colby Vuong has chance to enter state competition
Just slightly and not at all.
That’s how much runner-up Bridget Ury and first-place winner Colby Vuong said they studied for Newcastle Elementary School’s National Geographic Bee — which concluded in a showdown of 14 contestants vying for the top spot in front of their instructors, classmates and family members.
Newcastle Mayor Rich Crispo and Deputy Mayor Lisa Jensen served as official judges at the Jan. 13 event.
Each fourth- and fifth-grade class held a geography bee of its own — sending two representatives of each class to go head to head with their peers for the school’s National Geography Bee.
“These questions were a lot harder than the ones in class,” Ury said. “Then we had multiple choice answers of A, B, C, D … here you just pretty much had to know them.”
Because Newcastle Elementary’s bee is a part of the National Geographic Bee, Vuong will have the opportunity to take a written test to qualify for the state bee.
Vuong and Ury, both residents of Newcastle, represented the top-two qualifiers from Mariel Hanna’s fifth-grade class.
The other 12 participants were Olivia Lesnik, Andre Wax, Brooke Ury, Dillon Gyotoku, Joey Eigo, Trisha Jaggi, Tristan Brecht, Jacob Robblee, David Heyward, Toshin Rao, Tommy Todderud and Nathan Jackson.
January 3, 2012
Liberty High School junior Stacey Hurwitz, 16, has no relatives serving in the military.
Still, she noticed some things regarding United States soldiers that bothered her. She saw news stories about high unemployment rates among former soldiers. She read a story about high suicide rates among military personnel over the holidays. In the end, she wanted to do something about what she saw and heard.
“I decided I could probably do something to help them,” Stacey said, adding she became determined to do something more personal than donate money.
“She’s a humble girl but she’s definitely a go-getter,” mom Barbra Hurwitz said.
November 29, 2011
Newcastle Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Liza Rickey leaves no doubt that part of her teaching philosophy is to challenge her students as much as possible. Read more