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.

Liberty senior receives $2,500 scholarship

July 2, 2014

Liberty High School senior Lara Khalil received the $2,500 Cedar Grove “Seeds for Scholars” Scholarship.

Khalil earned a 3.63 grade point average, and according to her teacher, Erin Stephens, “has worked extremely hard to get where she is. Lara’s first language is not English, and she is paying for post-secondary education on her own. This scholarship is an essential piece of the puzzle for paying for college.”

Khalil will also have an opportunity to interview for an internship at Cedar Grove this summer and every summer she is in college.

Newcastle students graduate

July 2, 2014

The following Newcastle students graduated from college. Email your graduation and school news to newcastle@isspress.com.

  • Gonzaga University: Qianhui Tu, Bachelor of Arts in French
  •  Oregon State University: Jocelyn McNeil, Bachelor of Science in economics
  •  Tulane University: Kirsten Lacist, Bachelor of Arts


Local students named to WSU honor roll

July 2, 2014

Local students were named to the Washington State University president’s honor roll for spring 2014 semester.

Newcastle: Pui Ho, Henry Kohm, Paige Lane, Ryan Maio and Chelsea Moorhead.

Renton school honors Pam Teal

July 2, 2014

The Renton School District honored Friends of Renton Schools Foundation Chairwoman Pam Teal with its 2014 Community Leadership Award at the Washington School Administrator’s Association’s regional awards ceremony.

Teal is also a Renton School Board director (her District 5 includes Newcastle) and chairwoman of the Renton Chamber of Commerce Education Committee.

Learn more about the Friends of Renton Schools at www.friendsofrentonschools.org.


Students collect stuffed animals

July 2, 2014

Newcastle Elementary School students collected 458 stuffed animals in a drive to benefit Treehouse, an organization that supports foster kids and their families.

The collection doubled the initial goal of 200. Students helped count, bag and load all of the collected toys so they could be transported to the Treehouse “wear house,” a location that foster kids can visit to “shop” up to five times per year.

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