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.
March 4, 2014
Only two Issaquah athletes earned medals at the girls state gymnastics finals Feb. 21-22 at the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall.
Issaquah High School’s Amanda Dumont placed eighth on the bars with a score of 8.4.
Skyline High School’s Rikki Uhrich scored a 9.325 on the floor exercise, good enough for a sixth-place finish.
February 25, 2014
This school year, Skyline High School added a new class to its International Baccalaureate course offering: “IB Film.”
The course aims to develop in students a “creative and critical independence in their knowledge, experience and enjoyment of film.” The class focuses on three main aspects of film — textual analysis, film theory and history, and creative process.
“Our goal was to develop an awareness of how film is constructed and how meaning is developed when you work with audiovisual imagery,” said Richard Harvey, chief examiner of the IB film program. “By understanding that process, students develop a greater awareness of how film communicates to them.”
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.
“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.
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.
February 18, 2014
Issaquah, Skyline grapplers heading for Mat Classic
Senior 113-pounder Torre Eaton may be the most promising chance for Issaquah High School’s wrestling medal hopes.
Eaton had an outstanding regular season, and won the regional crown by eking out a 2-0 decision over Evergreen (Vancouver) sophomore Isaiah Av at the Class 4A Region 2 championships, held Feb. 15 at Inglemoor High School in Kenmore.
February 4, 2014
After an 18-month process that included many discussions with parents, teachers and students, the Issaquah School District has decided not to make any changes to existing policies and procedures about homework.
Superintendent Ron Thiele announced the decision at the Issaquah School Board’s Jan. 29 meeting. While no changes are coming, Thiele said the process sparked an important discussion throughout the district, and administrators reserve the right to make changes when they are deemed necessary.
Thiele also admitted the decision may not satisfy everyone.
February 4, 2014
The sheer course load involved with the rigorous curriculum overwhelms many International Baccalaureate diploma students, but that hasn’t stopped Ava Trindeva from running for Miss Teen Washington USA this year.
“I never thought of myself as doing one,” Trindeva, a member of DECA at Skyline High School and a classical piano player, said regarding pageants.
But a pageant adviser found Trindeva on Facebook, and she then considered the prospect of running.
January 28, 2014
Keith and Ben Nussbaum don’t usually swim against each other in high school meets, but an exception was made Jan. 23, when the Issaquah High School seniors competed for the final time at the Julius Boehm Pool.
Even though Keith got the best of Ben in their sibling rivalry, winning two individual events and beating his brother head-to-head in the 500-yard freestyle, the duo helped Issaquah topple the Skyline, 116-69, in a Class 4A KingCo Conference dual meet.
“We usually never race in the same events for high school, so it was really interesting to finally race him in my last home meet of my high school career,” Keith said. “And it felt good to beat him for once.”
January 14, 2014
Like her fellow administrators around the Issaquah School District, Michelle Caponigro is concerned about providing resources for her special-education students.
For Caponigro, the principal at Pine Lake Middle School, that means having teachers in two learning resource centers — an LRC I class for students with specific learning disabilities who spend much of their day in a general classroom setting and an LRC II class for students with “significant challenges” who are more difficult to manage.