The drum line played and a sea of blue and lime green clad students crowded the Issaquah High School court yard in anticipation as Mayor Fred Butler and Miss Issaquah stepped up to the podium. Quiet settled over the crowd as Mayor Butler proclaimed the city of Issaquah to be renamed 12saquah in honor of the Seahawks returning to the Super Bowl. With the city and thus Issaquah High School renamed, the crowd cheered and shared in the Seahawk chant with Mayor Butler.
Do you know which continent lies entirely north of the Tropic of Cancer? Apollo Elementary School fourth and fifth grade students tested their geographical knowledge at the school’s 2nd Annual National Geographic Bee. To qualify, students participated in mini geography bee challenges in their individual classrooms during the month of December. The classroom bees determined which grade-level finalists would compete for the title of Geography Champion.
During the Championship Round, ten student finalists gathered on the Apollo stage and correctly answered as many geography questions as they could. Arthur Gwozdz, a fourth grade student, answered the most questions correctly and took home first place. The runner-up was a fifth grade student, Henry Nguyen.
School champion Arthur Gwozdz is awaiting results from a written test taken after the competition to determine his eligibility for the state bee. That competition will held on March 27, 2015. State winners are invited to National Geographic headquarters to compete in the national finals for scholarships and exciting prizes.
The Pine Lake Middle School Wolverine Philharmonic added jubilant sounds to shopper’s ears in December when they performed Holiday music at the Bellevue Square Mall. Two separate classes of 73 eighth grade orchestra students, led by orchestra teacher Cindy Elder, entertained shoppers with 30 minute string performances.
During a school-wide assembly on January 16, Challenger Elementary School celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The assembly featured music coordinated by music teachers Laura Raff and Hank Klein and by Dean of Students, Chelsea Dziedzic. Students carried signs that honored Dr. King and promoted unity and acceptance as they entered the assembly. First and fourth grade students performed the songs “One Nation" and "Over My Head." The assembly also included a history of the holiday and a reading of the book “White Socks Only” by Evelyn Coleman. The assembly concluded with the song "We Shall Overcome," led by the fifth grade students. Students, staff, and community members joined in the song as they exited the assembly.
Sunny Hills Elementary School students excitedly gathered in a small art gallery style setting as PTA parent volunteer Katelyn Shriber shared, “Today we’re going to learn about art that depicts people in various mediums from real pieces of art.”
The art gallery featured seven pieces of art, and showcased various mediums and styles. Throughout the presentation, students learned what art mediums were on display; mixed media, sculpture, acrylic, lithograph, oil, and graphite and how the artists incorporated symbols into their work. Many students were eager to share what they saw in each piece of art and how it made them feel. At the end of the presentation, students were invited to touch the river rock sculpture and take a closer look at the paintings.
The showcased art was borrowed from the Junior League and the Bellevue Arts Museum. It will be on display at the Sunny Hills Library for an additional two weeks after each class has had the opportunity to learn about and view them in the PTA sponsored art walk classes.
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