Local schools win Academic Achievement Awards

April 17, 2014

NEW — 10:30 a.m. April 17, 2014

The Issaquah School District announced that 10 of its schools received Washington Academic Achievement Awards, the top honor for schools in the state.

Apollo Elementary School, Newcastle Elementary School and Liberty High School were among the winners.

“We are overjoyed that 10 of our schools are receiving this recognition,” Superintendent Ron Thiele said in a statement. “It is a testament to our district’s commitment to excellence and evidence of the effort our teachers and administrators put in every single day to assure our students are achieving at the highest level possible.”

Apollo received special recognition in reading; Newcastle was honored for overall excellence and special recognition in reading; and Liberty earned the honor for high progress.

Liberty welcomes Japanese visitors

April 3, 2014

By Greg Farrar Japanese cultural exchange students and the Liberty High School families hosting them get together for a group photo, appropriately among Japanese cherry trees in bloom, at a welcoming ceremony March 22 in Redmond.

By Greg Farrar
Japanese cultural exchange students and the Liberty High School families hosting them get together for a group photo, appropriately among Japanese cherry trees in bloom, at a welcoming ceremony March 22 in Redmond.

Alex Tachiyama, a Liberty High School senior, was lucky. He got to partake in a Thanksgiving dinner twice in the past six months.

He celebrated the gluttonous holiday in November with the rest of the nation, but he also munched on helpings of turkey and mashed potatoes again in March.

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Renton Schools receive $24,000 gift

April 3, 2014

Walker’s Renton Subaru and Subaru of America donated $24,041 to the Friends of Renton Schools foundation in March.

The money will be used to support funding for science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs for schools through the Renton School District.

Contributed Dr. Merri Rieger, Renton School District superintendent (third from left), and Pam Teal, chairwoman of the Friends of Renton School Foundation (fourth from left), receive a check for more than $24,000 from Walker’s Renton Subaru representatives.

Contributed
Dr. Merri Rieger, Renton School District superintendent (third from left), and Pam Teal, chairwoman of the Friends of Renton School Foundation (fourth from left), receive a check for more than $24,000 from Walker’s Renton Subaru representatives.

“Providing these funds to our local schools is something that I and my team here at Walker’s Renton Subaru believe in,” said Walker’s Renton Subaru owner Dale Walker. “A high quality school system benefits our entire community.”

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Hazen educator receives honor

April 3, 2014

The Renton School Board recognized Hazen High School educator Josh Viles as one of the district’s top employees at its March 26 meetings.

Viles, who leads the Hazen music department, was one of five district staff members to receive an Outstanding Employee Award.

Josh Viles

Josh Viles

The board has presented the awards for more than 30 years to recognize staff who demonstrate an extraordinary level of job performance, support of students, professionalism and dedication.

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Rotary club honors student of the month

April 3, 2014

Christina Ta, a senior at Hazen High School, was selected as a Renton Rotary Club Youth of the Month for February.

She maintains a 3.94 grade point average, and is involved in Associated Student Body office, DECA, National Honor Society and drill team.

Christina Ta

Christina Ta

Ta has been named an Advanced Placement Scholar and an Academic All Star, and has received scholar athlete honors, a certificate of participation for drill state championships and a varsity letter in drill.

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March is music month for Renton Schools

March 12, 2014

NEW — 9 a.m. March 12, 2014

By Christina Corrales-Toy Members of the Hazen High School jazz band perform during a practice last year.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Members of the Hazen High School jazz band perform during a practice last year.

The Friends of Renton Schools are on a mission to raise $10,000 for Renton School District music programs in the month of March. The goal is to strengthen music programs in the district and make those programs accessible to as many students as possible. Read more

Liberty teens get candid about marijuana at school forum

March 5, 2014

By Christina Corrales-Toy Liberty High School students (from left) Jenna Purkis, Neil Chakravarty and Ashton Herrild talk about the effects the legalization of marijuana has on teens at a Drug Free Community Coalition forum held at Liberty on Feb. 6.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Liberty High School students (from left) Jenna Purkis, Neil Chakravarty and Ashton Herrild talk about the effects the legalization of marijuana has on teens at a Drug Free Community Coalition forum held at Liberty on Feb. 6.

Not much has changed about the perception of marijuana among teens since voters elected to legalize the drug with the passage of Initiative 502 in 2012.

If anything, legalization has made the drug seem more acceptable, according to a group of Liberty High School students at the third and final forum hosted by the Drug Free Community Coalition Feb. 6.

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Damon Sterne serves as Senate page

March 5, 2014

Damon Sterne, of Renton, recently served a week as a page in the Washington State Senate and was sponsored by Sen. Mark Mullet, D-Issaquah.

“Damon is a bright, driven young man,” Mullet said. “My impression is that Damon came away with greater respect and appreciation for the importance of public service after his time in Olympia.”

Sen. Mark Mullet and Damon Sterne

Sen. Mark Mullet and Damon Sterne

During the week, pages assist senators, staff and attend seminars where they learn from guest speakers and hold mock hearings on bills they create.

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Hazen publishes literary magazine

March 5, 2014

As most teenagers do, Hazen High School juniors Shelby Mathison, Christine Beal and Hannah Dolling have a lot of thoughts, feelings and things to say.

Until now, though, the three writing enthusiasts didn’t have an accessible outlet to express themselves on paper.

Illustration by Liz Wolcott

Illustration by Liz Wolcott

That all changed with the creation of the Hazen Literary Magazine, a new student-and-staff-created publication filled with poems, short stories and visual art.

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A tie-in to Dr. Seuss

March 5, 2014

  A weeklong Seussical Celebration got under way Feb. 24 at Apollo Elementary School, as student council members led by (from left) Jessica Tomlinson, Lauren Pizarro, Sam Nelson and Alex Boster, and school librarian Carol Fujioka, return to class after greeting the kindergarten bus wearing Cat in the Hat accessories. Part of the nationwide Read Across America, the highlight of the week’s activities is a Read-In the evening of Feb. 27, with high school volunteer readers, cookies and optional pajamas. Dr. Seuss’ birthday is March 2.   By Greg Farrar

By Greg Farrar

A weeklong Seussical Celebration got under way Feb. 24 at Apollo Elementary School, as student council members led by (from left) Jessica Tomlinson, Lauren Pizarro, Sam Nelson and Alex Boster, and school librarian Carol Fujioka, return to class after greeting the kindergarten bus wearing Cat in the Hat accessories. Part of the nationwide Read Across America, the highlight of the week’s activities is a Read-In the evening of Feb. 27, with high school volunteer readers, cookies and optional pajamas. Dr. Seuss’ birthday is March 2.

 

 

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