Understanding kindness and being kind to others is one of the many lessons learned in kindergarten. “In the fall our kindergarteners learned about the idea that we all have an invisible bucket inside of us that gets filled up when others are kind to us,” shared Elisabeth, kindergarten teacher at Cougar Ridge Elementary School.
Along with the invisible bucket, Elisabeth’s kindergartners have a shiny silver bucket that they scoop pom-poms into for being kind, helpful, and respectful. To recognize their many acts of kindness throughout the year, students vote on how they would like to celebrate when the bucket is full.
“Our most recent kindness party gave each student the chance to bring a special stuffed animal to school,” explained Elisabeth. During the kindness celebration, students introduced their animals to the class and taught their plush visitors how to show their best behavior.
Student artwork from all Issaquah schools was recently showcased in the PTSA Reflections Reception and Gallery. The National PTA Reflections Program is designed to enhance quality arts education. Students in all grades were encouraged to create works of art in the areas of dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography, and visual arts that embodied the theme ‘Let Your Imagination Fly.” The students that qualified at the building level were showcased at the District level in the PTSA gallery. At the District level student artwork was judged based on interpretation of theme, artistic merit/creativity, and mastery of medium. Students advancing to the Washington State Reflections Competition include:
Apollo Elementary Max Novak, Grade 4, Photography: Soon You Will Fly Marisa Schiehser, Grade 5, Dance: Dreamer
Beaver Lake Middle School Anika Ajwani, Grade 7, Literature: Sibling Rescue Ishan Parikh, Grade 8, Visual Arts: Mystical Midnight Toys Shreya Masina, Grade 8, Visual Arts: Bubble Travels James Huang, Grade 8, Special: I can fly like an eagle when my imagination fly.
Briarwood Elementary Matthew Bascao, Grade 3, Special: The Sunrise
Cascade Ridge Elementary Ananth Krishnan, Grade 4, Music: Witch's Craft
Challenger Elementary Vidhya Narayanan, Grade 5, Literature: The Thoughtful One Anika Kolagotla, Grade 5, Visual Arts: In My Head Joanna Turner, Grade 4, Dance: I Can Dream, I Can Imagine, I Can Fly
Clark Elementary Alexander Shelton, Grade 4, Photography: Lady Liberty Space Needle
Cougar Ridge Elementary Grace Shigeyama, Grade 3, Visual Arts: Fantasy in a Bubble Tea Watson, Grade 4, Music: If You Want It
Creekside Elementary Ella MacDonald, Grade 3, Photography: Heaven Lucas O'Connor, Grade 1, Visual Arts: My Big Smiley Brain Addison Trencher, Grade 5, Dance: Fly To Your Heart
Discovery Elementary Grace Walker, Grade 4, Literature: The Secret Room Tanisha Kshirsagar, Grade 4, Visual Arts: Colorful Rain
Endeavour Elementary Albert Weng, Grade 5, Photography: Growing Imagination Anuj Chandel, Grade , Visual Arts: Bloom Your Bubbles Jyac Truong-Ho, Grade 5, Film: Let Your Imagination Fly
Grand Ridge Elementary Anusha Rao, Grade 5, Literature: Reaching out to Earth's Cousin Kepler-452b Joseph So, Grade 4, Visual Arts: Grand Ridge in Nebula Space Zoe Mockford, Grade 4, Music: Dance of the Bees Katherine Farr, Grade 4, Dance: Imagine Dancing Broadway
Issaquah High School Lauren Rosen, Grade 10, Literature: Imagine a Brighter Future Ruby Fulford, Grade 10, Literature: Blue Skies Over Grey Lives Darynn Lung, Grade 12, Photography: Two-toned Darynn Lung, Grade 12, Photography: Sonic Eclipse Darynn Lung, Grade 12, Photography: Lady Pareidolia
Issaquah Middle School Ian Duncan, Grade 8, Photography: Rushing Water Aaron Ott, Grade 8, Special: Ludwig van Koopa Francisco Cayere, Grade 8, Special: Wolves Muktar Osmon, Grade 6, Special: My Favorite Cat John Gordon, Grade 7, Special: Starry Spongebob Evan Chang, Grade 6, Visual Arts: Your Imagination Will Take You Places
Issaquah Valley Elementary Jhacoli Yang, Grade 5, Photography: Awesome Ducks of Epicness Haelyn Jeon, Grade K, Visual Arts: My Rainbow Playground Rose Taheri, Grade 1, Visual Arts: Red Space Wolf
Maywood Middle School Ella Gage, Grade 7, Visual Arts: Separate World Manal Sherani, Grade 6, Visual Arts: The World of Imagination Caitlin Thornhill, Grade 6, Dance: FLY! A Contemporary Piece
Newcastle Elementary Chiara Bettelli Oukka, Grade 5, Literature: Alice and the World of Imagination Morgan Heim, Grade 4, Photography: Someone Elizabeth Cameron, Grade 2, Music: Flying With Butterflies
Pacific Cascade Middle Savannah Lor, Grade 8, Visual Arts: Splashes of Color Julia Rucker, Grade 7, Visual Arts: Imagination Tree Taylor Wang, Grade 7, Visual Arts: Airplanes Rishit Khare, Grade 7, Film: Operation Snowglobe Isobel Grudin, Grade 8, Film: Once There Was A …
Pine Lake Middle School Mansi Joshi, Grade 8, Literature: A Flying Imagination is a Reality Tomorrow.
Skyline High School Arya Ajwani, Grade 9, Literature: The Plunge Julia Hong, Grade 10, Literature: Childhood Voice Alex Elevathingal, Grade 11, Film: Trophies Kaley Romero, Grade 11, Music: Journey Evan Minicucci, Grade 11, Music: Above The Clouds
Sunset Elementary Anna Raymond, Grade 5, Literature: The Ballad of Amelia Earheart : The Last Flight Arine Choi, Grade 1, Visual Arts: I Want To Fly
As the ten National Geographic Bee finalists sat with their white boards and markers in hand, Newcastle Elementary School students filed into the gymnasium to watch their fellow classmates test their geography knowledge. Throughout the competition, Principal Mellish emceed the event asking questions such as “Western Canada's most populous metropolitan area has a large number of Chinese immigrants. Name this city.” Judges Wendy Kirchner, Newcastle Community Activity Liaison, and Rob Wyman, Newcastle City Manager, recorded and timed student answers throughout the competition.
After multiple rounds of questions and a slow elimination of students, the Newcastle National Geographic Bee championship round came down to Thomas Dawson and Vincent Diesch. In the end, it was Vincent who earned the title of school champion and was awarded a $75 Amazon gift card, a geography bee pennant flag, and a geography bee water bottle. As the second place winner, Thomas was awarded a $25 Amazon gift card and a geography bee water bottle.
Vincent will now take an online test provided by the National Geographic Society in an attempt to qualify for the state competition this spring.
Congratulations to all of the Newcastle geography bee finalists who competed on stage in the PTSA sponsored National Geographic Bee: Zach B, Maury C, Thomas D, Vincent D, Ethan J, Hana K, Matisse M, Mirabelle W, Mia W, and Jensen W.
Through DECA, students explore career paths, develop job skills, and grow personally.
In the fall, DECA students chose projects for competition from categories based on their skills and interests. Students then researched and prepared as individuals, duos or trios to create projects in their chosen categories. At the Area 4 DECA competition, students showcased knowledge of their chosen category through written tests and interviews with judges, presentations of promotional campaigns, and online projects.
While at the Area 4 competition, 56 students from the Issaquah High School DECA chapter competed with students from other DECA chapters in the Seattle, Bellevue, Issaquah, Renton, and North Bend areas. Of the 56 IHS students that competed, 22 qualified for state competition. Those students are Aashi Jhawar, Sherlane Yuen, Mikhaila Villani, Daley Potter, Kameron Ramirez, Sophie Cohen, Scott Kellum, Kameron Chowanski, Joe Deeny, Christine Nguyen, Sherlane Yuen, Amy Behar, Lauren Milne, Arin Tykodi, Mary Scoggins, Pera Tran, Noah Stullberg, Lauren Chung, Dane Mui, Josh Morris, Sam Schaengold, and Lauren Soloway.
Andrew Shanafelt, IHS DECA Advisor shared, “A few notable successes from the Area 4 competition include Arin Tykodi who took first place in the Sports and Entertainment Individual Series Event, Aashi Jhawar who took first place in the Start Up Business Plan, and Sherlane Yuen who took second place in both of her events.”
Students who placed in the top ten in their category qualified for the State Career Development Conference competition in March.
“DECA students who did not attend the Area 4 competition can still qualify for State through alternative paths,” noted Andrew Shanafelt. “While 22 students qualified at Area 4, another 40 to 60 of their classmates will also qualify, so a lot of students will have the opportunity to compete at the state level competition this spring.”
Twenty Issaquah Middle School students recently participated in the American Mathematics Competition 8. The 25 question, 40 minute, multiple choice exam covered middle school mathematics and promoted the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills. The exam provided an opportunity for students to apply the concepts taught in the classroom to real world problems that covered a wide range of applications.
Five math club students earned outstanding honors for their problem solving skills. Jay Sivadas took first place and was honored as the school winner. Vincent Wei placed second. Jay and Vincent’s exam scores were in the top 5% earning them a place on the honor roll. Jacob Lessing, Emily Robinson, and Matthew Kim tied for third place.
Math Club Advisor Traci Brewster shared, “We are very proud of all of our Math Club student participants. They put in the extra time and effort in order to improve their math skills.”
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