Local students make UW dean’s list

July 2, 2014

Local students were named to the University of Washington’s dean’s list for the 2014 winter quarter.

Newcastle: Tyler Bauer, Joseph Becker, Roland Deex, Daniel Elworth, Stacey Hurwitz, Dylane Jacobs, Nathanael Jones, Joanne Kim, Rebecca Lau, Jason Lee, Stephanie Lee, Brian Luu, Jordan Metz, Jacob Morrison, Lauren Mortier, Brandon Nguyen, Natalie Nichols, Jonathan Pendleton, Dragos Puscalau, Tia Riley, Nathanael Rollins, Lydia Sim, Haley Strandberg, Rebecca Stusser, Nathan Tat, Ky To, Nicholas Turner, Shayna Waldbaum, James Wang and Stephanie Yea.

Maywood places second at Rubik’s Cube competition

July 2, 2014

Maywood Middle School took second place at the local “You CAN do the Rubik’s Cube” competition June 7 at Mill Creek Elementary School.

Seven Maywood students, plus one from a Marysville school to round out the team, combined to solve the cube faster than all but one team.

Contributed Maywood Middle School team members (from left) Ben Royce, Cameron Chadd, Andrew Chappelle, Shelby Reese, Matt Barta, Will Slaton, Spencer Slaton and Davan Hwang are whizzes with the Rubik’s Cube, taking second place at the 2014 ‘You CAN do the Rubik’s Cube’ competition June 7.

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Maywood Middle School team members (from left) Ben Royce, Cameron Chadd, Andrew Chappelle, Shelby Reese, Matt Barta, Will Slaton, Spencer Slaton and Davan Hwang are whizzes with the Rubik’s Cube, taking second place at the 2014 ‘You CAN do the Rubik’s Cube’ competition June 7.

“Solving the cube requires a great deal of mathematical patterning and problem solving,” Maywood teacher Ron Ciraulo said. “Solving them quickly requires combining all those skills with physical dexterity and focused attention.”

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Passion for the past

June 5, 2014

Liberty’s History Day competitors make it to nationals

Contributed Liberty High School students (from left) Sally Rim, Lauryn Hepp and Carlyn Schmidgall accept an award for their project about the Vietnam draft at the regional History Day competition.

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Liberty High School students (from left) Sally Rim, Lauryn Hepp and Carlyn Schmidgall accept an award for their project about the Vietnam draft at the regional History Day competition.

Liberty High School student Lorrin Johnson is almost at a loss for words when asked to describe her love of history. Read more

Hazelwood student’s poem inspires

June 5, 2014

Hazelwood Elementary School student-teacher Joshua Heintz gave his fifth-graders 30 minutes and a prompt.

“Write a poem about a time when you did not fit in,” he told them.

Upon review, one poem in particular stood out from the rest, Heintz said. Faith Montes’ uplifting poem about image and self-confidence struck a chord with all who have read it.

“I have received such a positive response from the teachers and staff I have shared the poem with,” he said.

Read Faith’s poem in its entirety, below. Read more

Elementary school principal is leaving

June 5, 2014

Newcastle Elementary School Principal Marla Newton announced May 30 that she is leaving at the end of the school year.

Newton has accepted a position in the Federal Way School District.

“I believe this is not only an opportunity for me professionally, but for Newcastle Elementary to continue to grow and develop with new ideas as well,” she said in an email to families. “I have every confidence that your next principal will be a leader with the energy, ideas and the heart necessary to care for and expand this school’s achievement levels in new ways into the future.”

Before coming to Newcastle in 2010, Newton served as principal at Apollo Elementary School.

The search for Newton’s replacement will begin in earnest, but first, Issaquah School District Superintendent Ron Thiele wants to know what traits the community would like to see in their new principal. Families can offer feedback in an online survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/Newcastleprincipal14 until 4 p.m. June 9.

Hazelwood authors release book

June 5, 2014

First-graders in Kristen Schutter’s class at Hazelwood Elementary School are now published authors.

The students recently worked with Eastside Fire & Rescue firefighter Tim Castner to write and illustrate a book about firefighters called “Nozzlehead: What Firefighters Do.”

The publishers and students will hold a book release and signing celebration from 4-5 p.m. June 16 in the school library, 7100 116th Ave. S.

The student’s words and illustrations capture a moment that provides readers an inside look into the world of firefighting in a very educational and endearing way.

Themes of the book include health, wellness, responsibility, compassion, teamwork, fellowship, understanding, order and a sense of community.

Locals graduate from ECHS

June 5, 2014

Contributed Newcastle residents (from left) Moni Ioane, Lara Tkachenko, Mason Hitchings, Callie Enfield and Bradley Strode, a salutatorian, will graduate from Eastside Catholic High School June 8 in a ceremony at Seattle's Benaroya Hall.

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Newcastle residents (from left) Moni Ioane, Lara Tkachenko, Mason Hitchings, Callie Enfield and Bradley Strode, a salutatorian, will graduate from Eastside Catholic High School June 8 in a ceremony at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall.

Rotary clubs honor top seniors

June 5, 2014

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Cindy Hanson, a senior at Hazen High School, was selected as a Renton Rotary Club Youth of the Month for May.

She maintains a 3.8 grade point average, and is involved in Associated Student Body office, National Honor Society and the varsity soccer team.

Hanson has received the Joe Dahl Award, Director’s Award, varsity letters and academic awards. Her performance on the soccer team also earned her Seamount All-League honors. Read more

Liberty senior receives honors

June 5, 2014

Liberty High School senior, and Newcastle resident, Neil Chakravarty is a National Merit Scholarship finalist.

He is also a winner of the National Merit Boeing Scholarship.

He was selected based on his academic record, leadership abilities and his exceptional performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Chakravarty is also a Washington Scholar. The merit award represents the highest honor the state confers on graduating seniors each year. Read more

Newcastle residents make dean’s list

June 5, 2014

Seattle Pacific students make dean’s list
The following students made the Seattle Pacific University 2014 winter quarter dean’s list:
Newcastle: Joshua Guimaraes and Jacob Zimmer
Renton: Kiana Hafferty, Nichole Montinola, Christian Roy, Evelyn Turner and Haley Vincent

Newcastle student makes Northeastern University dean’s list
Newcastle resident Kaitlyn Tsutakawa was named to Northeastern University’s spring semester dean’s list. Tsutakawa is majoring in criminal justice.

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