Congratulations to Challenger Elementary School Librarian and Music Teacher Hank Klein for being named one of the 2016 King County Earth Heroes for Waste Reduction and Recycling. Along with his teaching duties, Hank is also the Challenger Green Team leader. Throughout the year, Hank initiated the use of reusable utensils and dishware in the cafeteria and the composting of paper towels throughout the school. These programs have proven to be cost saving initiatives and have made Challenger a greener place. Thanks to Hank’s efforts, the school earned their Level 2 Green School status in the King County Green Schools Program.
As part of the King County Earth Heroes program, school Green Teams are inspiring to others to create their own projects that conserve resources, protect the environment, and educate about simple, everyday actions that can contribute to a healthier planet.
This week is set aside to recognize awesome teachers here in the Issaquah School District and all across the nation. Teachers face many challenges, so we thank you for your choice of profession. The reason you went into teaching is to make a difference in children's lives and to convey a love of learning. You have chosen to spend each and every day helping your students discover themselves and the world. Beyond curriculum, technology, or community partnerships, teachers are the single most important factor in a student's learning. You are the spark that ignites a student's mind, passion, and heart. So as we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, know that you are valued and have a wonderful week!
Congratulations to the Skyline High School Chinese Club students who recently won all of the language categories at the 2016 Washington State Chinese Language and Talent Competition. At this year’s annual Chinese culture competition, 424 students from 120 area schools participated in sharing their knowledge of Chinese culture and activities through art competitions including: group poetry readings, personal poetry readings, lectures, storytelling, a talent contest, a singing contest, a drawing contest, Chinese chess, general knowledge Chinese quizzes, and an oral talent contest.
The following Skyline students were awarded for their efforts at the competition. Byron Jin, 1st place in Chinese Language Arts; Jaron Jin, Dana McCaw, and Tasha Mok 2nd place in Chinese Language Arts; Cindy Kohlleppel, 1st place in Public Speaking (class A); Victoria Pao, 2nd place in Public Speaking (class A); Dana McCaw, 1st place in Public Speaking (class B); Tasha Mok 3rd place in Public Speaking (class C); Annie Xia, Jaron Jin, Dana McCaw, and Tasha Mok, 2nd place in Group Poetry Recitation; Benjamin Yu, Shide Zhang, Aaron Wang, and Kaichen Liu, 3rd place in Chinese Knowledge Bowl; and Annie Tang, 1st place in Chinese painting.
This annual competition was co-sponsored by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and Dr. Gil Mendoza, Deputy Superintendent attended the awards ceremony. Skyline Junior, Cindy Kohlleppel, led the awards ceremony and received high praise for her excellent work.
From plants to food to human behavior, Sunset Elementary School students explored science and questioned the world around them during the annual PTA Science Fair. More than 230 students displayed their projects that showcased their use of the scientific method. Volunteer judges from the Issaquah High School Honor Society and Key Club met with students and discussed their projects from their initial questions that started their inquiries to their background research that led to their hypotheses and testing, and then to how they analyzed the data and drew conclusions for their results. Josi Beck, Sunset Elementary School PTA Science Fair Co-chair shared, “Students loved the chance to conduct an experiment and share it with the volunteer judges.” Along with student experiments, the science fair offered a variety of hands-on activities that highlighted the importance of science thanks to Mad Science, Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery (FISH), the Bellevue Stream Team, and Bellevue Recycling.