Bomb threat at Skyline turns up no programs

January 7, 2014

Police conducted a sweep of Skyline High School the night of Dec. 18 using specially trained dogs after a bomb threat was found on a wall in a boy’s restroom that day.

Police discovered no bomb or any other suspicious items

“The threat indicated that the school should evacuate or a bomb would go off on Friday,” an email from Principal Lisa Hechtman read. “Since the threat was discovered, we have been working closely with local law enforcement to ensure the safety of students and staff.

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Sammamish students use photography to spark writing ideas

June 21, 2011

Manisha Tirumalai, left, created her own interpretation of a Norman Rockwell scene for a writing prompt. Photo by Manisha Tirumalai

Cole Penz looked to the sky as the snow fell in his self portrait photo made for the “Best of Me” photo-writing project. Photo by Cole Penz

Fourth-grader Luke Boyer really didn’t like to write when he entered Lynette Springborn’s class at Cascade Ridge Elementary School last fall. He wasn’t bad at it. He just couldn’t find inspiration when given a writing prompt.

“He was always stuck,” Springborn said.

But when Springborn introduced writing assignments that incorporated digital cameras, Luke and many of his classmates became hooked.

“Photos really help us visualize what we’re writing about,” Luke said June 14. “To have that one slice (of life) in one click, that’s amazing.”

Springborn’s fourth-graders took their own photographs to inspire their writing exercises throughout the school year. Not only did it inspire more students to engage in the creative writing process, it taught them a little about the art of photography.

“We didn’t have much boundaries,” Luke said. “We got to be incredibly creative. It helped us become better writers.”

The entire project came to fruition thanks to a grant from the Cascade Ridge PTA, which purchased about 30 cameras for all grade levels to use. Read more

Two Skyline students are merit scholars

May 31, 2011

Two Skyline High School students recently received scholarship awards from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The organization announced May 25 that Saumya Copparam and Dipanwita Maulik each won a scholarship to attend their respective university this fall.

The award ranges from $500 to $2,000 annually for up to four years. As National Merit Scholarship finalists, Copparam and Dipanwita are among approximately 8,300 high school seniors in the country to be awarded scholarships, which come from various corporations and universities, as well as the organization itself, in 2011. Approximately 2,900 students earned financial awards from universities through the National Merit Scholarship program. Read more

Arjun Kumar returns from National Geographic Bee experience

May 31, 2011

Arjun Kumar, 13, recently competed in the National Geographic Bee in Washington, D.C. The Beaver Lake Middle School seventh-grader was ultimately eliminated during the preliminary round May 24. The top-10 finalists competed for a $25,000 scholarship and a trip to the Galapagos Islands in the finals May 25 at the National Geographic Society.

During the preliminary round of questions, Arjun missed one question: In which country is the Airedale Valley and the Aire river located? The correct answer is the United Kingdom. The mistake sent him to the tie-breaker, where he was eventually eliminated with the question: Amman and Cochin-China are the former names of which country? The answer is Vietnam. Read more

Beaver Lake and other math teams do well at state

May 31, 2011

The Beaver Lake Middle School math team poses with awards after the 2011 Washington State Math Championship May 7 in Blaine. Photos courtesy Dennis Rogers

Eighth-grader Tommy Lin doesn’t care if people call him a nerd because he likes math. He’s the ASB president at Beaver Lake Middle School but also competes with the math team every year at the state championships.

And he does well.

Lin and his 23 fellow Beaver Lake math club competitors all placed in the top 40 percent at the 2011 Washington State Math Championships May 7 at Blaine High School, said team coach and BLMS math teacher Dennis Rogers. Read more

Rachel Carson Elementary goes gaga for GaGa

May 31, 2011

Sixth graders Nick Gordon, Tom Lawler and Yijun Xie (left to right) hinge pieces of the Gaga Pit together on the field last week at Rachel Carson Elementary. Photo by Anna Marum

Kelly Cameron’s sixth grade class went GaGa after they returned from Camp Seymour for their sixth grade trip.

But we’re not talking about Lady Gaga. The students had been playing an intense form of dodgeball in a GaGa Pit (a fence-like structure enclosing the players) and couldn’t get enough of the game. So, two students from Cameron’s class, Nick Gordon and Tom Lawler, decided to build a pit of their own for the students at Rachel Carson Elementary School.

Jennifer Gordon helped her son and several of his classmates build the pit, comprised of eight hinged slabs of wood, in her garage. She said the pit provides good exercise that everyone can take part in. Read more

Sammamish students run from school to school

May 31, 2011

Skyline student Ryan Wolfe, closely trailed by a Spartan classmate, pushes toward the 5k finish line on the Eastlake football field Thursday afternoon. Photo by Anna Marum

A dozen members of the Eastlake band greeted more than 700 Skyline and Eastlake students with a loud, energizing performance Thursday afternoon as the runners arrived at the Eastlake football field one by one, dripping with sweat.

The 5k run was part of the students’ final in their P.E. classes. In order to pass the final, the students were required to complete the 3.1 mile trek that stretched from Skyline to Eastlake in less than 36 minutes.

Tracy Schellberg, the Skyline P.E. instructor, said she got the idea from a similar run that Issaquah High School held for its students. Read more

Parent launches Our School Pages online

May 24, 2011

Paperwork aside, getting a Parent-Teacher-Student Association up and running at a school can be tough work — work that just got a little easier thanks to Raveej Goel.

Goel, the Cascade Ridge Elementary School PTA webmaster, has created a template for PTSA websites that can be individualized around the world. Using his company, Our School Pages, Goel plans to sell the websites for $120 per year, a fee that will cover the labor, server, storage and processing fees. Read more

Rotten tomatoes will help teach genetics to Eastlake

May 24, 2011

Lara Hollingworth, an Eastlake science teacher, worked with UW geneticists to sequence DNA of nematode organisms (miniscule worms). She recently received a new grant to bring those efforts into the high school classroom.

Students burying tomatoes in their backyard this fall could help geneticists discover more about human disease and aging.

That was the hope of Eastlake High School science teacher Lara Hollingworth when she set out to do a summer research program with the University of Washington in 2008.

Hollingworth received a $7,000 grant to help implement a new laboratory research curriculum for students in her biology classes, according to the Vancouver, Wash.-based Murdock Charitable Trust. She is one of just 10 teachers in a five-state region to receive the grant — she’s one of three in Washington.

She first received a grant for the two-year summer research program, where she conducted research with Ryan Emerson and James Thomas at the University of Washington’s genome sciences department. They were — and still are — searching for a sister species of the C. elegans (nematode worm), the first multi-cellular organism for which scientists sequenced the genetic code. Read more

Skyline, Eastside Catholic and Eastlake high schools spend a day in the pink

May 17, 2011

Eastlake students Jack Callahan, left, and Madison Heck play Twister with friends in the Eastlake gym at Plateau Pink Day May 11. Photo by Christopher Huber

It didn’t matter that the rain had forced vendors and event goers inside for the second year in a row. The Eastlake drum line cheerfully welcomed students from Skyline, Eastside Catholic and Eastlake to the second annual Plateau Pink Day May 11 with a groovy beat.

The event was organized entirely by students on the Tri-school Council, a group of ASB officers from all three high schools in Sammamish and aimed to promote cancer awareness while providing a festive community event. The event raised money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, said students. Read more

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