December 3, 2013
New: Dec. 3, 2:04 p.m.
Music students from the Issaquah School District, Lake Washington School District and Eastside Catholic School have been selected to take part in the Washington Music Educators Association’s all-state ensembles in February.
The WMEA selects students from around the state annually for its all-state groups, which include multiple bands, orchestras and choirs. The ensembles will practice and perform under the direction of world-renowned conductors in Yakima from Feb. 12-16. Read more
November 20, 2013
Arts education may not be a primary part of the curriculum in public schools these days, but visitors to Endeavour Elementary School would be hard-pressed to believe it.
Along with other Issaquah School District campuses, Endeavour held its annual arts competition last week. The competition known as Reflections, which is sponsored by the National PTA, has been going since 1969 and features more than 1 million participants across the country.
November 5, 2013
Danielle Maletta has many students who’ve left her classroom and put their knowledge in mathematics to use in college engineering programs, but those upper-echelon students aren’t typically who fuel her desire for teaching.
“What I’m really passionate about are the kids who are struggling learners in mathematics,” said Maletta, who is in her sixth year at Eastside Catholic School.
November 1, 2013
New: Nov. 1, 10:54 a.m.
The Washington Student Science Association, which was founded last year by a group of Skyline High School students, is seeking sponsors for its first statewide innovation conference. Read more
October 28, 2013
New: Oct. 28, 3:14 p.m.
State Superintendent Randy Dorn announced eight state-level finalists Oct. 23 for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
Danielle Maletta of Eastside Catholic School is one of the four finalists in the math category, and Skyline High School’s Gretel von Bargen is one of the four finalists in the science category. Read more
October 16, 2013
Casey Engstrom has been helping her sons, Josh and Luke, get to and from Blackwell Elementary School for the better part of the last six years.
For Engstrom, the Oct. 9 International Walk to School event at the Lake Washington district school was the proverbial icing on her cake. She has helped organize a “walking school bus” for her Sammamish neighborhood in which parents lead children on their morning journey to the school, and back to their homes in the afternoon. Read more
October 2, 2013
Jacob Berg isn’t interested in stealing the limelight. When it comes to singing, the Eastlake High School junior simply likes to blend in.
“I like singing, but I don’t really like to solo sing,” Berg said. “I don’t want to go out there and do a big song by myself. I like the idea of a group – big harmonies.”
Berg will have the chance to do what he loves on one of the biggest stages imaginable for a high-school student. The National Association for Music Education selected Berg in July for its All-Nation Mixed Choir, a 350-member all-star ensemble that will meet Oct. 27-30 in Nashville, Tenn. Read more
September 11, 2013
Over the summer, Rachel Catterall and Megan O’Brian achieved something none of their peers at Skyline High School can claim.
The two seniors won gold-medal honors in July at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America’s National Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tenn. Thousands of students attended the event, but a relatively small percentage did as well as Catterall and O’Brian. Read more
June 17, 2013
May 23, 2013
For a physics teacher, even a popcorn movie can be a chance to cement a lesson.
And so it happened that students in Pete Saxby’s class, at the Lake Washington School, District’s STEM school were watching the Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock movie “Speed.”
As the bus approached a highway ramp with a 50-foot gap, Saxby stopped the film to check if the students were able to find the variables such as the buses’ speed and the distance of the jump. Students estimated the angle of the roadway, while Saxby muted some of the saltier dialogue, and calculated that, yes, it was feasible that the bus could make the jump. Read more