Numbers don’t lie: Inglewood Middle School students loving new summer math work

August 31, 2014

New: Aug. 31, 2:17 p.m.

Summer weather in the Puget Sound region has been awfully friendly, and most children are taking advantage of the perpetual sunshine with outdoor activities like bike riding, swimming and sports.
But Inglewood Middle School students are also filling their summer schedule with time at their home computers. A few years ago, the Lake Washington School District began implementing IXL, an online math program, and the results have been overwhelmingly positive.
Inglewood started using IXL in its math classes during the 2013-14 school year after principal Tim Patterson and several teachers paid a visit to neighboring Evergreen Middle School in Redmond. Read more

Schools getting creative to bolster kindness ideals

August 30, 2014

New: August 30, 2014, 12:15 p.m.

Kym Clayton has a child who struggles with social skills and speech delays, and in her quest to find help, she stumbled across an idea from a suburban school in Pennsylvania.
Christian Bucks, a student at Roundtown Elementary School in York, Pa., invented a simple but effective way of helping children who were feeling sad or lonely. His Buddy Bench concept – a bench where kids can sit when they’re in need of a friend – has spread like wildlife in less than a year, reaching schools around the world. Read more

Skyline Graduation 2014

June 17, 2014

Beaver Lake Middle School mourns, memorializes teacher

June 15, 2014

New: June 15, 11:14 a.m.

Chuck Lee has left a lasting legacy for his colleagues and students at Beaver Lake Middle School, with or without any kind of tribute on their part.
Lee, 58, died Feb. 6 after a decade-long battle with cancer. He’d made an impression on countless individuals during his teaching and coaching career in the Issaquah School District, which spanned 24 years.

One of Chuck Lee’s favorite activities was the annual International Talk Like a Pirate Day, which gave him license to don a funny hat and an eye patch. Lee, who taught and coached for 13 years at Beaver Lake Middle School, died in February.   Contributed photo

One of Chuck Lee’s favorite activities was the annual International Talk Like a Pirate Day, which gave him license to don a funny hat and an eye patch. Lee, who taught and coached for 13 years at Beaver Lake Middle School, died in February. Contributed photo

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Creekside earns prestigious honor for leadership training

June 8, 2014

New: June 8, 2:16 p.m.

Ines Kaminski’s family moved from Germany to the United States three years ago, and she had very few English skills when she arrived at Creekside Elementary School.
Thanks to the school’s English Language Learners program and its Leader in Me system, Kaminski is not only surviving in her new environment, she’s thriving. The fifth-grader performed an excerpt of a French opera during the school’s third annual Leadership Day on May 28.
“I am now a fluent English speaker, reader and writer,” Kaminski told an audience of 80 visitors representing 13 school districts, who were in attendance to learn more about the Leader in Me approach Creekside has been using since it opened in 2010. Read more

Pacific Science Center visits Discovery Elementary

May 4, 2014

New May 4, 3:16 p.m.

Students in the Eagle Club at Discovery Elementary School aren’t just set loose to play before and after school – they’re also given time to work on the same academic skills they practice in the classroom.
As part of the Eagle Club philosophy, students got a visit April 23 from Pacific Science Center instructor Nicolette Neumann, who brought lessons from the center’s Science on Wheels program. Read more

Eastside Catholic special-ed program helping students

May 3, 2014

New: May 3, 10:14 a.m.

Eastside Catholic School senior Shawn Smith is a model student: He plays defensive line for the Crusaders’ football team, is the baseball team’s student manager, and has plans to attend Bellevue College next year.
Smith is also a high-functioning autistic, and he needs help to succeed in some subject areas. Read more

Skyline rocketry club blasting off to a national competition

April 27, 2014

New: April 27, 1:14 p.m.

Many of them don’t have the desire to study physics in college, but the eight members of the Skyline High School rocketry club are united this year on lessons in propulsion, weight distribution and mass.

Along with Newport High in Bellevue, Skyline is one of two teams from Washington that have qualified for the Team America Rocketry Challenge, a 100-team national competition that takes place May 10 in The Plains, Va., near Washington D.C.

Members of Skyline’s rocketry club prepare a rocket for a test launch.  Photo by Neil Pierson

Members of Skyline’s rocketry club prepare a rocket for a test launch. Photo by Neil Pierson

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Principal Lisa Hechtman to leave Skyline

April 21, 2014

New: April 21, 1:55 p.m.

Lisa Hechtman, who has served as Skyline High School’s principal since 2007, will be leaving her position at the end of the school year.

In an email to Skyline families April 14, Hechtman said she had accepted an offer to serve as the Issaquah School District’s executive director of personnel. Read more

Creekside kids get schooled in career-path planning

April 12, 2014

Young children may rarely think about the work they’ll be doing after finishing school, but Creekside Elementary School is trying to open their eyes to the possibilities.

The plateau school held its first career day April 1, bringing more than 40 parents and community members from a wide variety of fields into classrooms. Counselor April Stevens was the brain trust behind the event.

Second-grade students at Creekside Elementary School excitedly interact with builder Dave Ritter as he shows them blueprints during an April 1 career day event.  Photo by Neil Pierson

Second-grade students at Creekside Elementary School excitedly interact with builder Dave Ritter as he shows them blueprints during an April 1 career day event. Photo by Neil Pierson

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