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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Eastlake musical goes after stereotypes

April 12, 2014

New: April 12, 11:14 a.m.

When the Eastlake High School drama club takes the stage April 24, it’ll be reinforcing some stereotypes about teenagers while breaking down others.

Eastlake’s annual spring musical, directed by Rachelle Horner, takes aim at the highly popular and recognizable “High School Musical,” a story that gained fame through the Zac Efron- and Vanessa Hudgens-led Disney films of 2006-08. Read more

Science fair a chance for young minds to shine

April 6, 2014

New: April 6, 4:28 p.m.

Spring is typically a time when students in the Issaquah and Lake Washington school districts have a chance to let their scientific flowers blossom.

That was the case at Endeavour Elementary School last week. The plateau school, located in the Issaquah School District, had roughly 400 of its 660 students participate in its annual science fair, “Little Minds at Work.” Read more

Eastlake senior selected for prestigious scholars program

April 5, 2014

New: April 5, 2:25 p.m.

Less than 1 percent of the nation’s high-school seniors score at least 2,370 on the SAT or 35 on the ACT, the most common tests for measuring college readiness.

Eastlake High School senior Nikhil Auradkar accomplished both tasks.

 Nikhil Auradkar

Nikhil Auradkar

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Beaver Lake thespians take on the task of ‘Shrek’

March 27, 2014

Carol Woodman has directed the annual Beaver Lake Middle School musical for 15 years, and she’s never had as much help as she’s gotten this year.

While middle-school drama clubs don’t typically have the same participation levels as their high-school counterparts, that might not be the case at Beaver Lake, where 89 students have been cast in roles for this year’s musical, “Shrek.”

Beaver Lake Middle School rehearsed scenes last week from its musical, ‘Shrek,’ which will be performed March 27-29. Alexis Jucht, left, plays Princess Fiona, and Hammer Shalawylo plays Donkey.  Photo by Neil Pierson

Beaver Lake Middle School rehearsed scenes last week from its musical, ‘Shrek,’ which will be performed March 27-29. Alexis Jucht, left, plays Princess Fiona, and Hammer Shalawylo plays Donkey. Photo by Neil Pierson

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Eastlake forensics club preaches the power of words

March 27, 2014

Eastlake High School senior Ross Coken believes there’s a virtual color wheel of people who comprise forensics – the world of speech and debate teams.

Coken was one of 10 Eastlake team members who competed at the state forensics tournament, held March 15 at the University of Puget Sound. Although no one reached the finals in their respective events, the Eastlake club qualified a record number of participants for state and has quadrupled its membership over the past three years.

The Eastlake High School speech and debate team sent 10 members to the March 15 state forensics tournament at the University of Puget Sound. Pictured above are team members who won trophies at an event at Newport High School earlier in the year – from left, Lauren Vasquez, Katie Vasquez, Colton Hemphill, Madelyn Mendlen, Greg Lauer, Andy Mohajeri and Ryan Holmdahl.  Contributed

The Eastlake High School speech and debate team sent 10 members to the March 15 state forensics tournament at the University of Puget Sound. Pictured above are team members who won trophies at an event at Newport High School earlier in the year – from left, Lauren Vasquez, Katie Vasquez, Colton Hemphill, Madelyn Mendlen, Greg Lauer, Andy Mohajeri and Ryan Holmdahl. Contributed

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Solar power project gives students real-world work

March 18, 2014

New: March 18, 3:10 p.m.

Five months ago, students at the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math School embarked upon a project that, initially, was puzzling and overwhelming.

Last week, however, the students at the Lake Washington School District choice school sounded like seasoned electrical engineers pitching a professional product to a potential client.

Six Sammamish residents were among the roughly 15 STEM students who were part of an internship opportunity with Genie, a Redmond-based company that produces various mechanical and electrical items for the construction industry.

From left, STEM School students Aaron Johnston, Kanaad Deodhar, Lynsey Liu and Pavan Kumar talk during a March 12 presentation about the sustainable, solar-powered house they created.  Photo by Neil Pierson

From left, STEM School students Aaron Johnston, Kanaad Deodhar, Lynsey Liu and Pavan Kumar talk during a March 12 presentation about the sustainable, solar-powered house they created. Photo by Neil Pierson

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Students invited to join science centered programs

March 4, 2014

The Issaquah School District is holding three meetings in March for families of third-grade students interested in joining the district’s science and technology magnet programs.

The programs typically serve 50-plus fourth- and fifth-grade students over a two-year period. The magnet program is located at Briarwood, Cascade Ridge and Clark elementary schools, but is open to students from other schools. Read more

Issaquah schools seeking student art for calendars

February 19, 2014

Issaquah School District students are invited to submit their artwork for possible publication in the district’s 2014-15 student art calendar.

The calendar is distributed free of charge to every family and staff member in the district. All current students are eligible to submit up to three pieces. Read more

STEM students build skills through state program

February 13, 2014

Hana Keller and Pavitra Siva enjoy different disciplines within the world of science, but both are participating in a five-month-long program to build their skills in aerospace technology.

Keller and Siva, of Sammamish, attend the Lake Washington School District’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) School in Redmond. Along with Eastlake High School student Rahul Singal, they were included among the 308 high-school juniors in the state selected last month to participate in the seventh annual Washington Aerospace Scholars program. Read more

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