Principal Lisa Hechtman leaving Skyline High School for Issaquah School District position

April 19, 2014

NEW – 6 a.m. April 19, 2014

Skyline High School Principal Lisa Hechtman will leave her position at the end of the school year.

In an email to Skyline families April 14, Hechtman said she had accepted an offer to serve as the Issaquah School District’s executive director of personnel.

Hechtman was in her second stint at Skyline. She was one of its original staff members when the school opened in 1997, serving for seven years as a humanities teachers, dean of students and assistant principal.

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Issaquah Alps club announces scholarship topics

April 15, 2014

The Issaquah Alps Trails Club has announced the topics for its annual Bill Longwell Memorial Scholarship.

Longwell was a longtime club member who taught English at Hazen High School for many years. He was an avid hiker and trail builder who, often with the help of his students, was responsible for building and maintaining many of the trails on Tiger and Squak mountains.

Each year since his death in 2007, the Issaquah Alps Trails Club has offered a $1,000 scholarship available to graduating seniors at Issaquah, Liberty, Skyline and Hazen high schools. Often, runners-up qualify for smaller awards.

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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.

Here’s to getting to know you — at long last

April 1, 2014

I’ve been working for this newspaper for 10 months, so it seems high time I got around to introducing myself.

To be perfectly honest, I’ve never been a big fan of reporters who write about themselves, even in opinion pieces. My job is to tell your stories, not my own. But hey, most people are a little curious about the guy hanging around the school board meetings and the high-school football games, so I’m happy to oblige.

Neil Pierson Press reporter

Neil Pierson
Press reporter

I grew up in Spokane and matriculated to the fine institution of Washington State University to get my journalism degree. Basically, it’s the only school I ever wanted to attend because half my family did as well. My dad, aunt and uncle all earned pharmacy degrees in Pullman. For three years, I lived in the same dormitory my grandfather did in the 1940s.

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Students honored at piano competition

April 1, 2014

Several students from Issaquah and Sammamish were awarded prizes at the 17th annual Helen Crowe Snelling Memorial Awards Piano Competition on March 9.

Division one winners from grades six through nine include second-place winner Athena Dai, of Pine Lake Middle School, and third-place winner Lisa Zhou, of Beaver Lake Middle School.

Division two winners for grades nine through 12 include first-place winner Lisa Tang, of Skyline High School, second-place winner Lisa Zhou, of Issaquah High School, third-place winner Kristin Yose, of Skyline, and honorable mention Austin Chang, of Skyline.

 

 

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: Greta Loss

March 25, 2014

On the first day of school, the attention of students in the International Baccalaureate Spanish class was quickly captivated by someone speaking in the most authentic, beautiful Spanish accent they had heard.

Greta Loss is actually Italian, an exchange student this year at Skyline High School. The Beat caught up with Loss to see what she thinks of her new life in the United States.

Salma Mahmoud Skyline   High School

Salma Mahmoud
Skyline High School

“The thing I miss most is my family, of course,” she said. “And the Italian food.”

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Skyline FCCLA and ‘The Hunger Games’ teach students about hunger

March 19, 2014

NEW – 11:30 a.m. March 19, 2014

Hunger debilitates the mind and body, and hinders a person’s ability to function properly.

Let’s take a moment to understand a staggering statistic about hunger in America: Currently, 16.2 million — or one in five — students in the United States struggle with hunger. According to Skyline High School’s FCCLA chapter, only 40 percent of Skyline students were aware of this growing issue.

Noela Lu Skyline High School

Noela Lu
Skyline High School

FCCLA, or the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, supports many causes. For the past few years, the Skyline chapter has supported No Kid Hungry, a nonprofit organization working to raise awareness of childhood hunger in America.

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Jason Jones hired as Skyline athletic director

March 11, 2014

Skyline High School hired Jason Jones as its new athletic director March 1, replacing outgoing Ryan Gilbert, who left to take a position with a youth camp in Bellevue.

Jones was an interim athletic director at Cleveland High School in Seattle during the 2006-07 school year. He has since coached in Sammamish as part of the Skyline Select seventh-grade boys feeder program.

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