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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Skyline cheerleader selected to perform in London parade

December 24, 2013

Kailin Patterson

Kailin Patterson

While many Americans will tune into the famous Tournament of Roses Parade on Jan. 1, Skyline High School senior Kailin Patterson will be on the other side of the globe, performing in a similar event.

Patterson is one of more than 500 high school cheerleaders and dancers from across the country chosen to perform in the London New Year’s Day Parade. She was selected as an All-American during a summer camp hosted by the Universal Cheerleaders Association.

The cheerleaders who are traveling to London represent the top 12 percent of participants in Varsity, a national organizational body for cheer and dance teams. UCA is one of Varsity’s five divisions.

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Skyline’s Scinite rocks out

December 24, 2013

Victoria Snitsar Skyline High School

Victoria Snitsar
Skyline High School

Scinite is a hard rock band started in 2011 by three Skyline High School students — Austin Lowrance, Chris Hart and Andrew Pedroni — who performed as a three-member band until March 2012.

Their major musical influences include AC/DC , Guns and Roses, Led Zeppelin, The White Stripes and Aerosmith.

The band has played in many venues in Seattle and on the Eastside, including Ground Zero, the Sammamish EX3 Teen Center, El Corazon, the Old Redmond Firehouse, Rendezvous, the Black Dog Cafe and the annual Teenfest event at Sammamish City Hall.

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Skyline targets pediatric cancer research

December 17, 2013

Teenagers are generally a competitive bunch, and Skyline High School tried to take advantage of that during its Winter Wonder Week fundraising campaign.

From Dec. 9-13, the school’s Associated Student Body leaders organized a series of fundraising activities to benefit the Ben Towne Foundation, a local organization that supports pediatric cancer research at Seattle Children’s Research Institute.

The ASB brought in donations through: an acoustic music night; a “Buff Puff” volleyball tournament that featured a match between the Skyline varsity squad and staff members; and a “Pack the Rack” basketball doubleheader against rival Issaquah, where students were encouraged to wear blue shirts in support of cancer research.

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Skyline thespians serve up witch’s brew with ‘The Crucible’

December 10, 2013

People who are well-versed in “The Crucible” might not find a lot of surprises in Skyline High School’s adaptation, but the student actors and actresses have been working hard to put their own spin on Arthur Miller’s famous 1950’s production.

The play includes many real-life elements of the Salem witch trials that occurred in colonial New England during the late 1600s. And the cast at Skyline, under the direction of Hannah Fry, has used a fine-toothed comb to unearth historical nuggets of the story.

The junior and senior cast members have studied “The Crucible” in class, and at the start of fall rehearsals, the entire cast took part in a dramaturgy — research for a dramatic performance — said sophomore Madeline Miller, who has taken on the key role of Betty Parris.

Photos by Neil Pierson Above, Skyline High School students (from left) Nathan Landolff, Madeline Miller and Carly Rosenbaum rehearse a scene from ‘The Crucible.’

Photos by Neil Pierson
 Skyline High School students (from left) Nathan Landolff, Madeline Miller and Carly Rosenbaum rehearse a scene from ‘The Crucible.’

“We kind of learned about the show itself and the time period … and the different relationships that have changed,” Miller said. “Now, a father and daughter would probably be pretty casual, but back then it was really strict, and if you did something wrong, you got whipped.”

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Spartans secure third state berth in a row

November 12, 2013

By Greg Farrar Brianna Hodges (left) and Crystal Anderson, Skyline High School seniors, return an Eastlake volley during the first set of their KingCo 4A volleyball tournament championship match Nov. 5 in the Spartan gymnasium. Skyline won, 25-17, 25-11, 25-17.

By Greg Farrar
Molly Gallaher (left), Skyline High School sophomore, and senior Crystal Anderson return an Eastlake volley during the first set of their KingCo 4A volleyball tournament championship match Nov. 5 in the Spartan gymnasium. Skyline won, 25-17, 25-11, 25-17.

When the Skyline and Eastlake volleyball teams met in a regular-season match Oct. 21, Skyline let down its guard and nearly let Eastlake back into contention.

When the rival programs met again Nov. 5 in the KingCo Conference tournament with a berth into the Class 4A state tournament at stake, the Spartans didn’t let history repeat itself.

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Teen center hosts MDA awareness day

November 12, 2013

The first Mighty Muscle Day to raise awareness for muscular dystrophy is Nov. 30 at the Sammamish EX3 Teen Center, 825 228th Ave. N.E.

The free event is from 1-4 p.m. and will include activities for all ages, including Hula Hooping and jump roping competitions; healthy snacks; local vendors; arts and crafts; video games; and presentations about muscular dystrophy, which affects more than 1 million Americans.

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Clash for the crown

November 5, 2013

Skyline blanks Issaquah to win 4A KincCo title

By Greg Farrar Amanda Johnston (left), Skyline junior forward, and senior midfielder Aleisha Gable, fight Issaquah freshman defender Kaylene Pang for the ball early in the first period.

By Greg Farrar
Amanda Johnston (left), Skyline junior forward, and senior midfielder Aleisha Gable, fight Issaquah freshman defender Kaylene Pang for the ball early in the first period.

Skyline High School has had a stellar defensive record all season, but in the span of seven days, it got even better against one of the state’s top teams.

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Battle of the Fans in the Stands is Oct. 25

October 22, 2013

Football fans, show your spirit and support the Issaquah Schools Foundation at the rivalry game of the season, Issaquah vs. Skyline, on Friday, Oct. 25, at Issaquah High School Stadium.

Battle of the Fans in the Stands is a friendly competition between Issaquah and Skyline to see which fans can rally the most support for the Issaquah Schools Foundation.

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Issaquah Schools Foundation donations make a big impact in Issaquah classrooms

October 15, 2013

NEW — 10:45 a.m. Oct. 15, 2013

At Discovery Elementary School, fourth-grade students recently huddled around plastic bins filled with sediment and conducted science experiments about water flow.

It was a simple lesson, but one that might not have been possible without private funding.

Each of the 15 elementary schools in the Issaquah School District has received money to improve its science curriculum from the Issaquah Schools Foundation, a nonprofit organization. It’s just one of dozens of programs ISF assists every year at all grade levels.

By Neil Pierson Ansley Jaye reads in Stephanie Keibel’s third-grade class at Discovery Elementary School. Students are seeing their reading scores improve thanks in part to funding from the Issaquah Schools Foundation.

By Neil Pierson
Ansley Jaye reads in Stephanie Keibel’s third-grade class at Discovery Elementary School. Students are seeing their reading scores improve thanks in part to funding from the Issaquah Schools Foundation.

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