Liberty students win big at History Day contest

July 2, 2015

Liberty High School students took home a slew of top awards at the 2015 Washington State History Day competition May 2.

This year’s theme was “Leadership and Legacy in History.” The school sent 16 students to the contest at Green River Community College, and eight of them qualified for the national competition by placing in the top two of their categories.

Vincy Fok, Lorrin Johnson and Issabelle Hayden’s project about Edward R. Murrow earned first place in the senior group exhibit category.

Carlyn Schmidgall, Lauryn Hepp and Sally Rim earned first place for their group website about John F. Kennedy’s leadership during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Read more

Renton School Board honors Hazen seniors

July 2, 2015

Twelve Hazen High School students were recognized as outstanding seniors by Renton School Board members at their May 12 meeting.

Students were selected based on academic achievement, leadership, co-curricular involvement, citizenship and character, community service and contributions to their classmates and school.

The honorees were Jesse Choi, Pauline Mogilevsky, Lina Li, Sarah Sherrod, Sablena Milinganyo, Eddie Garcia, Connor Broughton, Connor Garrels, Ryan Howe, Shelby Mathison, Tudi Le and Spencer Chin.

Hazen, Liberty celebrate the class of 2015

July 2, 2015

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Planting the seeds of science

July 2, 2015

By Christina Corrales-Toy Newcastle Elementary School students (from left) Rex Ryan, Charlie Arnold and David Jimenez explored how insects affected plants for their fifth-grade science project. The school held a science symposium June 12, where students showed off their projects. ‘The students did an amazing job showcasing their findings and sharing their discoveries with an authentic audience,’ said fifth-grade teacher Liza Rickey.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Newcastle Elementary School students (from left) Rex Ryan, Charlie Arnold and David Jimenez explored how insects affected plants for their fifth-grade science project. The school held a science symposium June 12, where students showed off their projects. ‘The students did an amazing job showcasing their findings and sharing their discoveries with an authentic audience,’ said fifth-grade teacher Liza Rickey.

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Newcastle students graduate from Eastside Catholic

July 2, 2015

Contributed Three Newcastle residents graduated as part of Eastside Catholic High School’s class of 2015. They are, from left: Evan Welsh, Griffin Mueller and Rachel Sohlstrom.

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Three Newcastle residents graduated as part of Eastside Catholic High School’s class of 2015. They are, from left: Evan Welsh, Griffin Mueller and Rachel Sohlstrom.

Committee approves $518 million bond proposal for Issaquah schools

June 4, 2015

A committee of parents, principals and other educational leaders has approved a plan that would ask Issaquah School District voters for more than a half-billion dollars to build four new schools and modernize several others.

At a May 6 meeting, the district’s bond feasibility and development committee approved a package that would raise $518.5 million in voter-approved funds. The bond measure would likely appear on ballots in spring 2016.

The final item to be added to the proposal is a big one: $120 million for a fourth comprehensive high school. The school would likely be built for a core population of 1,500 – smaller than Skyline and Issaquah high schools, but bigger than Liberty, which finished an expansion and modernization project last year.

Another $148.5 million would go toward building a new middle school and two new elementary schools. That would give the district a total of six middle schools and 17 elementary schools. Read more

Hazelwood Elementary seeks mentors

June 4, 2015

The Hazelwood Elementary School PTSA is partnering with the school to offer a mentorship program next year.

The program is geared toward children who would “benefit from some one-on-one time with an adult,” according to a PTSA email. “These are all children in need of support, guidance, attention and realizing they are special with potential.”

Volunteers must be able to commit 30 minutes a week to their mentee. That time could be spent doing a variety of things, including playing games, doing art or just talking.

“This is an opportunity to reach out, teach, learn and assist our children in positive ways,” the PTSA said. Read more

Hazen brings back marching band

June 4, 2015

Hazen High School will reinstitute its marching band program in the fall thanks to contributions from parents, students, staff and the community.

An anonymous donor pledged a $2,000 matching gift if band students could raise $2,000 by the end of the school year.

Highlander band students, under direction of band and orchestra teacher Chris Coy, met the goal through a breakfast fundraiser at Applebee’s, online donations from parents and the public, and other means.

Coy will use the funds to purchase a sousaphone, marching French horns, marching baritones, uniforms and more. Students will begin practice during the summer and be ready for performances at parades and field shows. Read more

Issaquah Schools Foundation fundraiser lunch tops $617,000

June 4, 2015

Almost 900 community members attended the Issaquah Schools Foundation’s 17th annual Nourish Every Mind Luncheon on May 14 at the Issaquah Community Center and donated $617,000 for local schools.

The program featured several students and educators who spoke passionately about the foundation’s impact on education.

Newcastle resident Ashton Herrild described how the foundation’s Healthy Youth Initiative helped him redefine himself in his recovery from drug addiction and find his calling as a filmmaker. Through the Influence the Choice video contest, a program of the Healthy Youth Initiative’s Drug Free Community Coalition, Ashton has produced several videos aimed at reducing youth substance abuse.

Clark Elementary School educator Shaun Cornwall and fifth-grade students Cole Pak and Ajay Santiago told attendees about Scratch Programming Clubs, introducing elementary students to computer science through a simple, web-based programming language. Read more

Local students make honor roll and dean’s list

April 30, 2015

The following students earned collegiate academic honors:

  • Katherine Kerstetter, a 2014 Liberty High School graduate, made Southern Methodist University’s Honor Roll with High Distinction during fall quarter.
  • Newcastle resident Junice Marino made the winter 2015 dean’s list at Eastern Washington University.
  • Newcastle resident Justyn Jacobs made the winter term honor roll at Oregon State University.
  • Newcastle residents Olivia Hirschey and Sarah Gardner made the Central Washington University winter term honor roll.

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