Third graders inched precariously toward the North Fork Issaquah Creek as they carried their cups full of water and baby salmon. Each student had the opportunity to release a baby salmon into the creek. Max, an Apollo Elementary School third grader, shared, “Today is an amazing day because we get to release salmon!” Prior to the salmon release, Apollo Elementary third grade students learned about the anatomy and life cycle of salmon in the classroom and visited the Issaquah State Salmon Hatchery to make real-life connections to their classroom learning. Throughout their lessons, salmon provided countless resources and intrigue for students as they watched them grow. Another third grader, Hannah, shared, “One of the things I learned about salmon is that they can get stuck in sand. I’m worried some will get stuck in the creek.” Other students were less worried, however, and eagerly released their salmon with the wish of safe travels.
Six Cougar Ridge Student Council members delivered 100 books to the pediatric ward at Swedish Hospital in Issaquah. Books were gathered during the school-wide book drive in November. During their visit, students met with the Swedish Hospital Family Life Specialist and pediatric nurses to discuss what a visit to Swedish would be like for children. Sharon Roy, Cougar Ridge Dean of Students shared, “One of the nurses put on her protective clothing (long gowns, masks, eye protections, shoe covers, etc.) to show students what they need to wear so they don’t pass germs. The Swedish staff also showed the students a hospital room, the special aspects of a hospital bed, and how they weigh children that can’t stand up, etc. After the visit, we discussed with the students how we wanted to take away the mystery of visiting hospitals, and how they can share this information with their friends.” While delivering books, they also met a service dog that visits the ward every week.
More than 250 students from the Issaquah, Lake Washington, Redmond, and Bellevue School Districts, along with several private and home schools in the East Puget Sound area, participated in the Regional History Day Competition hosted on March 14 at Liberty High School. This is the third year Liberty students have competed in this national competition for middle and high school students.
Projects included historical papers, exhibit websites, and documentaries and performances. JoAnn Olsson, Liberty High School Librarian shared, “We have a History Club at Liberty. Students who compete begin researching over the summer. Around January, students formulate their projects, so it is a tremendous amount of work! Several teachers did in class projects during the first semester using Leadership and Legacy as the theme. Several students used those projects as a springboard to enter the contest this year.”
Liberty student Kiran Singh took first place for his paper Ashoka Maurya and Sabrina Suen took second place for her paper Emperor Kangzxi. The group of Lorrin Johnson, Issabelle Hayden and Vincy Fok took first place for their exhibit Edward R. Murrow, Andre Dennis and Siri Bhatt took second place for their group exhibit Ghenis Kahn, and Jyotsna Kuramkote took third place for his exhibit Dag Hammerskjold. Carlyn Schidgall, Lauren Hepp, and Sally Rim took second place for their group website Cuban Missile Crisis: 13 Days that Galvanized the Leadership of John F. Kennedy, and Clara Bardot, Paige Hopkins, and Tyra Christopherson took fourth place for their group website Deeds Not Words: Emmeline Pankhurst’s Leadership in the Suffrage Movement. Dhamanpreet Kaur took second place for his individual website The Leadership of Margaret Sanger and Andrew Cooper took third place for his website George Washington Goethals: Leader of the Greatest Human Achievement of All.
As the sun began to set, more than 300 parents arrived at Discovery Elementary School ready to learn about literacy. Discovery teachers greeted families and hosted classes for primary, intermediate, and combination levels of reading and writing. The primary sessions focused on sequencing and alliteration while the intermediate sessions focused on inferring and elaboration. The combination sessions offered a mixture of the primary and intermediate lessons and focused on alliteration and elaboration. Throughout the night families worked with teachers as they learned strategies and techniques to help their students become better readers and writers.
One hundred and seventy one students from grades K-5 set up their presentations in the gymnasium during the Sunny Hills Elementary School PTSA Science Fair. The Science Fair is a long standing tradition for students at Sunny Hills and this year was no exception, with projects ranging from germs to air pressure. Before students brainstormed science projects and crafted hypothesis, Sunny Hills hosted an interactive assembly with presentations by the Seattle Science Center to inspire students to get excited about science and think about possible science projects.
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