Liberty SRO honored as best in the state

October 3, 2014

By Greg Farrar Deputy Dave Montalvo, Liberty resource officer, is greeted warmly by a visiting graduate near the grandstand student section as he patrols a Sept. 12 football game.

By Greg Farrar
Deputy Dave Montalvo, Liberty resource officer, is greeted warmly by a visiting graduate near the grandstand student section as he patrols a Sept. 12 football game.

Deputy Dave Montalvo has had his fair share of assignments in a 27-year career with the King County Sheriff’s Office. Read more

Old Hazelwood sees its final days

October 3, 2014

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Schools welcome new principals in changing of the guard

August 29, 2014

Students and staff members will notice some new faces roaming the halls when the 2014-2015 school year kicks off in September.

Both Newcastle and Hazelwood elementary schools will welcome new principals, while Hazen High School welcomes back a familiar face to lead its students.

Newcastle Elementary School Principal Rich Mellish will take over for outgoing Principal Marla Newton, who secured a position in the Federal Way School District.

Judy Busch will come out of retirement to temporarily assume the Hazelwood principal spot left open by Principal Cindy Farnsworth, who is now at the Meadow Crest Early Learning Center. Read more

Meet the 2014-2015 class officers

August 29, 2014

By Greg Farrar Hazen High School Associated Student Body executive board officers are (from left) Katie Dunn, Highlander Club Girls; Nolan Hoover, Highlander Club Boys; Annie Dang, vice president; Kyle Hanis, president; Johnny Le, secretary; Paul Charbonneau, treasurer; and D.J. Anderson, historian. View the full slate of photos from both Liberty and Hazen at http://bit.ly/1llGgoh

By Greg Farrar
Hazen High School Associated Student Body executive board officers are (from left) Katie Dunn, Highlander Club Girls; Nolan Hoover, Highlander Club Boys; Annie Dang, vice president; Kyle Hanis, president; Johnny Le, secretary; Paul Charbonneau, treasurer; and D.J. Anderson, historian. View the full slate of photos from both Liberty and Hazen at http://bit.ly/1llGgoh.

School’s out for Hazelwood building

July 31, 2014

By Greg Farrar An empty hallway at Renton Academy, which was the former Hazelwood Elementary School when constructed in 1963, waits for demolition to begin as early as Aug. 4 for the new middle school to be built on the site by the Renton School District in time for the 2016-17 school year.

By Greg Farrar
An empty hallway at Renton Academy, which was the former Hazelwood Elementary School when constructed in 1963, waits for demolition to begin as early as Aug. 4 for the new middle school to be built on the site by the Renton School District in time for the 2016-17 school year.

Hazelwood students publish firefighter book

July 2, 2014

By Christina Corrales-Toy TJ Spencer (second from left), author of the ‘Nozzlehead’ book series, signs books at Hazelwood Elementary School June 16. Spencer collaborated with a class of first-graders to pen a student-authored book, ‘Firefighter Nozzlehead What Firefighters Do.’

By Christina Corrales-Toy
TJ Spencer (second from left), author of the ‘Nozzlehead’ book series, signs books at Hazelwood Elementary School June 16. Spencer collaborated with a class of first-graders to pen a student-authored book, ‘Firefighter Nozzlehead What Firefighters Do.’

First-graders in Kristen Schutter’s class at Hazelwood Elementary School are experts when it comes to the duties of a firefighter.

They know that firefighters save people, educate schools about fire safety and use a vast array of tools to keep people safe. Firefighters also work closely with police officers, and yes, they do rescue the occasional kitten out of a tree.

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Issaquah to increase secondary students’ time in classrooms

July 2, 2014

Middle-school and high-school students in the Issaquah School District will spend more time in the classroom in the 2014-15 year, after the school board approved a change at its June 11 meeting.

State law mandates an increase in instructional time for the 2015-16 year, but Issaquah will implement the switch a year earlier. To meet the requirement of 1,080 instructional hours, middle school and high school students will get out of class 45 minutes later on Wednesdays next year.

“This is the right thing to do for our students,” Superintendent Ron Thiele said in a news release. “Increasing instructional time is in alignment with our stakeholder values and the district’s mission and goals for students.”

The Issaquah Education Association, the union that represents classroom teachers, also approved the change. Get schedules for each of the district’s nine secondary schools at www.issaquah.wednet.edu/schools/belltimes.aspx.

Newcastle Elementary gets news principal

July 2, 2014

The lions have a new leader.

Richard Mellish will take over as Newcastle Elementary School’s principal, Issaquah School District Superintendent Ron Thiele announced in an email to the school community.

Mellish comes to Newcastle from the Mercer Island School District, where he served as principal of West Mercer Elementary School.

“If there is one core value that I would share initially, it would be the value of community,” Mellish said. “I believe that for students to grow and learn at their best, strong collaboration and partnerships among the staff team and with our families is critical. Read more

Liberty singers get superior marks

July 2, 2014

Liberty High School’s Women’s Concert Chorale and the Liberty Singers mixed choir both received superior ratings and took first place in their divisions at the recent Music in the Parks competition in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Both groups were recognized for their kindness and inclusive attitudes toward other singers. After the thrill of the competition, students wound down with a fun afternoon at the Silverwood Theme Park.

The singers are under the direction of Robin Wood, who spent many years at Newcastle Elementary School before taking over the Maywood Middle School and Liberty choirs.

AAUW honors Hazen juniors

July 2, 2014

The American Association of University Women honored three Hazen High School juniors with Certificates of Excellence.

Constance La, a scholar-athlete and a Washington Aerospace Scholar, was recognized for Excellence in Technology; Tudi Le, who plays piano and tutors others in violin, was recognized for Excellence in Science; and Sarah Sherrod, a three-sport athlete and mentor of freshman students, was recognized for Excellence in Mathematics.

The AAUW Scholars Program recognizes and encourages young women who excel in the areas of science, math and technology to pursue careers in these fields.

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