‘IB Film’ develops creativity, enjoyment

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.

Salma Mahmoud Skyline   High School

Salma Mahmoud
Skyline High School

“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.”

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Students find joy and meaning in volunteering

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.

Above, left, Taylor Woo, a junior at Liberty High School, helps a visitor at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Top right, Issaquah High School senior Robin Lustig volunteers with organizations like Friends of Youth, the Issaquah Community Network and the Drug Free Community Coalition. Above, right, Skyline High School senior Jonathan Yee helps fellow students through the school’s Key Club and Link Crew, and also works with Treehouse, an organization that supports foster children.

Taylor Woo, a junior at Liberty High School, helps a visitor at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

“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.

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District may close alternative high school for one year

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.

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Pinning down a title

February 18, 2014

Issaquah, Skyline grapplers heading for Mat Classic

By Greg Farrar Torre Eaton (top), Issaquah High School senior, proceeds to take down Isaiah Av, Evergreen sophomore, for the only points scored in their 113-pound title match Feb. 15 in his 2-0 victory for the 4A Region 2 wrestling championship.

By Greg Farrar
Torre Eaton (top), Issaquah High School senior, proceeds to take down Isaiah Av, Evergreen sophomore, for the only points scored in their 113-pound title match Feb. 15 in his 2-0 victory for the 4A Region 2 wrestling championship.

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.

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Schools won’t revise homework policies

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.

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Student squeezes beauty pageant into busy schedule

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.

Ava Trindeva

Ava Trindeva

But a pageant adviser found Trindeva on Facebook, and she then considered the prospect of running.

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Duel meet two-fer

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.

By Greg Farrar Paul Jett (left), Skyline High School senior, is one stroke ahead of Issaquah High School senior Ben Nussbaum at the end of their 200-yard individual medley race Jan. 23 at the Julius Boehm Pool. Jett qualified for the KingCo championships in a time of 2 minutes, 2.07 seconds.

By Greg Farrar
Paul Jett (left), Skyline High School senior, is one stroke ahead of Issaquah High School senior Ben Nussbaum at the end of their 200-yard individual medley race Jan. 23 at the Julius Boehm Pool. Jett qualified for the KingCo championships in a time of 2 minutes, 2.07 seconds.

“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.”

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Special-education programs draw from district M&O levy dollars

January 14, 2014

Like her fellow administrators around the Issaquah School District, Michelle Caponigro is concerned about providing resources for her special-education students.

By Greg Farrar Michelle Caponigro, Pine Lake Middle School principal, visits a computer lab classroom Jan. 10 while giving a tour of the school.

By Greg Farrar
Michelle Caponigro, Pine Lake Middle School principal, visits a computer lab classroom Jan. 10 while giving a tour of the school.

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.

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Eagles outgrapple Spartans

January 14, 2014

By Greg Farrar Robert Steil (top), Issaquah High School senior, closes in on a pin of Skyline High School freshman Henry Bainivalu in the third period of their 220-pound wrestling bout Jan. 9 at Skyline.

By Greg Farrar
Robert Steil (top), Issaquah High School senior, closes in on a pin of Skyline High School freshman Henry Bainivalu in the third period of their 220-pound wrestling bout Jan. 9 at Skyline.

It wasn’t the ideal situation for Robert Steil to wrestle his first varsity match, but the Issaquah High School senior was up to the task.

With their regular 220-pound starter, Terrance Zaragoza, out of commission, the Eagles turned to Steil to pick up some points in their Class 4A KingCo Conference dual against rival Skyline.

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High schools offer new optional seventh-period

January 7, 2014

For the first time, high-school students at Issaquah and Skyline high schools will have the ability to sign up for a seventh-period course.

The courses will be available for the start of the second semester on Jan. 27. The district intends the classes to be additional learning opportunities for students. They are optional, extend beyond the regular school day and do not increase graduation requirements.

Skyline students will have 12 options available for seventh period, including subjects like algebra, courtroom law, film analysis, food science, robotics and theater production.

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