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January 2, 2013

Events

The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce monthly lunch is from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 9 at Tapatio Mexican Grill, 6920 Coal Creek Parkway S.E. Guest speaker is to be determined. Cost is $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers.

City Hall is closed Jan. 21 for the Martin Luther King holiday.

After Hours at Valley Medical event is from 6-7:15 p.m. Jan. 17. Come to meet a doctor and take a tour at 7203 129th Ave. S.E., Suite 200. Also enjoy a glass of wine or cold beer and some light appetizers. Learn more by emailing info@newcastlecc.com.

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Miss Washington shows military support at family holiday event

January 2, 2013

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. — Mandy Schendel, who was officially crowned Miss Washington 2012 in July, has spent the better part of her life serving others.

At 11, she started her own nonprofit organization, focused toward helping children and teens discover leadership potential within themselves through volunteer projects with their local communities.

In high school, she said, she involved herself in “everything under the sun.”

U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Christopher M. Gaylord
Sydney Flores (far right), 8, and her two younger sisters pose for a photo Dec. 15 with Mandy Schendel, Miss Washington 2012, at the annual Holiday Fest event offered by the Hillside Youth Center on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

So one might assume Schendel would fit in well among military men and women, who live a life of voluntary service to their country.

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Hazelwood PTSA hosts annual pancake breakfast Jan. 12

January 2, 2013

By Christina Lords
Spencer Rowland (left) and Indigo Bamba flip through pages of ‘Star Wars’ books at last year’s annual Hazelwood PTSA pancake breakfast and book fair.

More than 500 students, neighbors and family members are expected to get a belly full of pancakes at Hazelwood Elementary School PTSA’s annual pancake breakfast Jan. 12.

The all-you-can-eat affair runs from 8-11 a.m. and includes mounds of pancakes, as well as sausage, fruit and beverages, all cooked by PTSA volunteers.

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Newcastle Elementary School crowns geography bee champ

January 2, 2013

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.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Nathan Jackson (left) and Molly Keegan, students at Newcastle Elementary School, pose with their prizes after competing in the championship round of the school’s geography bee Nov. 30.

Ultimately, it was fifth-grader Nathan Jackson who won the competition after correctly identifying Australia as the country where Fremantle Prison is located.

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Former Hazelwood educator named interim superintendent

January 2, 2013

Vera Risdon, Renton School District’s assistant superintendent, will serve as interim superintendent when Mary Alice Heuschel transitions to her new position as Gov.-elect Jay Inslee’s chief of staff in January.

Risdon will serve during the expected months-long search for a new superintendent.

Vera Risdon

The Renton School Board voted unanimously to name Risdon, an educator in Renton for 46 years, to the post.

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Issaquah School Board leaves Liberty schedule as is

January 2, 2013

A celebratory cry gushed from the audience Dec. 12 as the Issaquah School Board voted 4-1 to preserve the eight-period block schedule at Liberty High School.

“The data to support a six-period day has always seemed to me to be weak,” board member Chad Magendanz said. “At this point, I think it is premature to make a change without a compelling case driving it.”

Since 1995, Liberty has used an eight-period block schedule where students take four 90-minute classes each day. Many in the school’s community like that eight periods give students more chances to explore electives. This, supporters of the block schedule say, cultivates creativity, innovation and a commitment to learning.

“I think we have something at Liberty, that is evidenced by the groundswell of feedback from the community, that says this is very valuable to us,” board President Brian Deagle said. “I don’t know how to measure it. We haven’t been measuring it, yet it’s been proposed that we get rid of it.”

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Hazen High School assistant principal Ed Crow honored

January 2, 2013

The Association of Washington School Principals has named Hazen High School Assistant Principal Ed Crow the Seamount League’s Distinguished Assistant Principal of the Year.

Crow was selected based on his strong educational leadership, commitment to the needs of his students and his strong community ties with parents and local businesses, according to a press release.

The recognition is also based on his ability to create a school climate where students thrive, cultivating a focused team of teachers, and building relationships with students, parents and staff.

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Support Newcastle Elementary at ice skating fundraiser

January 2, 2013

Relish in the wintry holiday season with a family visit to Chaplins Bellevue Volkswagen Ice Arena and support the Newcastle Elementary School PTSA at the same time.

From Jan. 7-13, visit the ice rink, mention you are with Newcastle Elementary School and a $3 donation will be made to the PTSA for each paid rink admission.

The ice rink is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 3-9 p.m.; Wednesday from 1-9 p.m.; Friday from 3-11 p.m.; Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the dates listed above.

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Newcastle PTSA makes snowflakes for Sandy Hook

January 2, 2013

The Newcastle Elementary School PTSA is doing its part to ensure students of Sandy Hook Elementary School are greeted with a winter wonderland when the students are relocated to their new building.

Students and families are encouraged to get creative and make snowflakes that will be sent to help decorate the school.

The PTSA will collect snowflakes and send them to Connecticut. To ensure your snowflakes are included, put them in an envelope and drop them off at the PTSA office, once school is back in session, no later than Jan. 4.

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Newcastle students make dean’s lists

January 2, 2013

Biola University

Jeremy Hamann, of Newcastle, was named to Biola University’s spring 2012 dean’s list. To qualify, students must have a grade point average of 3.6 or higher while enrolled in 12 or more credit units and whose cumulative GPA is at least 3.2.

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