Math club keeps Pine Lake Middle School students engaged

December 16, 2014

The stereotypical math classroom evokes images of students taking dreary quizzes with bored or frustrated looks on their faces.

By Neil Pierson Pine Lake Middle School math club students Ananta Ranganathan and Daniel Hong (from left) work on team-based tests during a Dec. 9 club meeting. The academic club has 73 students enrolled this year.

By Neil Pierson
Pine Lake Middle School math club students Ananta Ranganathan and Daniel Hong (from left) work on team-based tests during a Dec. 9 club meeting. The academic club has 73 students enrolled this year.

Walk into the multipurpose room at Pine Lake Middle School on a December afternoon, however, and the picture changes drastically. Students are cheerfully sharing problem-solving techniques and appear to be learning at an exponential rate.

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Eastlake grad flies with Navy patrol squadron ‘War Eagles’

December 16, 2014

A 2005 Eastlake High School graduate and Seattle native is serving with Patrol Squadron Sixteen, also known as the “War Eagles.”

By Navy Office of Community Outreach Lt. j.g. Kyle Atakturk, a 2005 graduate of Eastlake High School, is serving with the U.S. Navy’s “War Eagles” squadron and is piloting some of the newest maritime patrol aircraft in the military.

By Navy Office of Community Outreach
Lt. j.g. Kyle Atakturk, a 2005 graduate of Eastlake High School, is serving with the U.S. Navy’s “War Eagles” squadron and is piloting some of the newest maritime patrol aircraft in the military.

Lt. j.g. Kyle Atakturk is a pilot with VP-16, a Jacksonville-based squadron that operates the Navy’s newly designed maritime patrol aircraft, the P-8A Poseidon.

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Local holiday display tabbed among the tops in Seattle area

December 16, 2014

A national real estate brokerage firm based in Seattle, Redfin has listed the spots they believe have the most outstanding holiday lighting displays, company Communications Specialist Kafia Hosh said.

For the Seattle area, Redfin named six displays as among the best, including Sammamish’s Heritage Hills neighborhood, which Redfin describes as being known for its bright lights. Also look out for the first cul de sac from the Northeast 28th Street entrance boasting one of the largest local displays.

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Sammamish woman has a passion for helping children and families

December 9, 2014

Cheryl Buettemeier’s face lights up when she begins talking about the success stories she has witnessed during her 30-year career as a speech language pathologist.

Image provided by Radford Creative Sammamish resident Cheryl Buettemeier, a speech language pathologist at Boyer Children’s Clinic in Seattle, was honored in November at the organization’s annual fundraiser auction with the first North Star Award for advocacy efforts.

Image provided by Radford Creative
Sammamish resident Cheryl Buettemeier, a speech language pathologist at Boyer Children’s Clinic in Seattle, was honored in November at the organization’s annual fundraiser auction with the first North Star Award for advocacy efforts.

Several years ago, she worked with a young boy who sustained a head injury after falling down stairs while being carried by his mother.

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Local children are performing in ‘Nutcracker’

December 3, 2014

Pacific Northwest Ballet is celebrating the last year of its one-of-a-kind Kent Stowell and Maurice Sendak “Nutcracker” that has been dazzling Northwest audiences for the past 31 years and 15 Sammamish kids are in the production.

The local kids and their roles are Carmen Callahan, Fighting Mice Woman; Ana Laura Hiciano, Tall Servant; Evelyn Li, Infantry; Charlotte Nash, Fighting Mice Woman; Addison Boll, Scrim Mouse; Emerson Boll, Toy Theater Girl; Ana Paula Lanzara, Scrim Mouse; Rachael Morgan, Cavalry; Audrey Stuck, Infantry; Rena Wang, Artillery; Charlotte Stuck, Scrim Mouse; Isabella Chavez, Chinese Attendant; Joan Theresa Munoz, Cavalry; Victoria Pearson, Tall Servant; and Isobel Pearson, Fighting Mice Woman.

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Community news

November 26, 2014

Hung Nguyen, of Sammamish, earned a master’s degree of computer science from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Teen girls combat bullying on World Kindness Day

November 25, 2014

Claire Wright was miserable. Fellow students threw basketballs at her in physical education class, she wasn’t invited to participate in activities with other girls and one bully in particular kept pestering her.

By Rochelle Wright Counselor Lisa Daniel (from left) and high-school students Claire Wright and Swarathmika Kakaviya speak to Carson Elementary School students Nov. 13 during World Kindness Day.

By Rochelle Wright
Counselor Lisa Daniel (from left) and high-school students Claire Wright and Swarathmika Kakaviya speak to Carson Elementary School students Nov. 13 during World Kindness Day.

“I started getting headaches and stomachaches, and never wanted to go to school because I just didn’t feel safe there anymore,” Wright recalled.

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Center stage

November 25, 2014

Contributed  Ryan Vlahovich performs a song during the second Sammamish Teen Talent Show, held Nov. 8 at the EX3 Sammamish Teen Center. The show, emceed by Will Flash and co-produced by Denine Monet and Frances Garcia Hoffman, featured 54 performers in a variety of acts, including singing, rap, a cappella, instrumentals and martial arts.

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Ryan Vlahovich performs a song during the second Sammamish Teen Talent Show, held Nov. 8 at the EX3 Sammamish Teen Center. The show, emceed by Will Flash and co-produced by Denine Monet and Frances Garcia Hoffman, featured 54 performers in a variety of acts, including singing, rap, a cappella, instrumentals and martial arts.

Eastlake drama has plenty of laughs planned for soap opera-based show

November 18, 2014

Anyone unfamiliar with the soap opera-based play, “The Bold, the Young and the Murdered,” might be thrown off by the title. It’s not strictly a murder mystery — it’s also a comedy that pokes fun at day-time television programs.

By Neil Pierson Eastlake High School drama students Will Eames, left, and Chandler Gerdes rehearse a scene from the school’s performance of “The Bold, the Young and the Murdered,” which runs from Nov. 20-22.

By Neil Pierson
Eastlake High School drama students Will Eames, left, and Chandler Gerdes rehearse a scene from the school’s performance of “The Bold, the Young and the Murdered,” which runs from Nov. 20-22.

The Eastlake High School drama club has spent most of the fall learning the complex performance written by Don Zolidis. First-time director Rick Eames, who has experience as a semiprofessional actor, said he likes the play’s mix of humor and intrigue. It might best be described as a cross between the movies “Soapdish” and “Clue,” he said.

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Fantastic fun run

November 11, 2014

Contributed McAuliffe Elementary School held its annual Challenger Chase Fun Run Oct. 10, with 491 students and the entire staff donning bright yellow T-shirts to run the course. The school set a new record by raising $56,000.41, breaking the old mark of $52,433. The race included live music from DJ Brooklyn Dicent, and members of the Eastlake High School cheer squad helped fuel the runners to the finish line. All of the funds go toward educational materials and programs at McAuliffe. ‘I’m blown away by the support and generosity of our community,’ Principal Brady Howden said. ‘Fifty-six thousand dollars is an unbelievable amount, and it will greatly help us provide a safe, fun and educational school experience for our students.’

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McAuliffe Elementary School held its annual Challenger Chase Fun Run Oct. 10, with 491 students and the entire staff donning bright yellow T-shirts to run the course. The school set a new record by raising $56,000.41, breaking the old mark of $52,433. The race included live music from DJ Brooklyn Dicent, and members of the Eastlake High School cheer squad helped fuel the runners to the finish line. All of the funds go toward educational materials and programs at McAuliffe. ‘I’m blown away by the support and generosity of our community,’ Principal Brady Howden said. ‘Fifty-six thousand dollars is an unbelievable amount, and it will greatly help us provide a safe, fun and educational school experience for our students.’

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