During the week of January 12-16, Sunny Hills Elementary School challenged their students to go “screen free.” Students who took the challenge were asked to find alternatives to watching their favorite TV shows, such as reading a book, family game night, or playing outside.
According to the challenge flier passed out to students, too much TV may increase the risk of attention problems, cause aggression in kids, contribute to obesity, and disrupt normal sleeping patterns. Principal Leslie Lederman shared, “The hope is to get kids to see how many ways they can be engaged without using a screen. We all know that students need to be more active to be physically healthier.”
Throughout the week, students filled out their challenge score card. If they completed an entire week being “screen free” they turned it in with their parent signature during recess Friday for a sweet treat. Sunny Hills Elementary also hosted a “Bingo and Brownies night” to offer a fun family friendly alternative to watching TV.
Beaver Lake Middle School celebrated diversity in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, during the week of January 20-23. Throughout the week, each day offered a variety of activities for students to celebrate. On Tuesday, students used the theme “I have a dream” and wrote down their dreams for the future on clouds. The clouds were placed on a large poster in the commons area for all students to see and share. Wednesday, students celebrated diversity awareness. Throughout the day teachers and staff worked to educate students on the many important people who have influenced diversity and civil rights. Thursday, students were encouraged to share what makes them unique by dressing up in clothing that illustrated their uniqueness. Friday was Bulldog Unity Day where students showed school spirit and wore their bulldog school apparel.
Physical Science students at Maywood Middle School recently spent a week building roller coasters. This thrilling experience allowed students to use engineering practices to design the best possible roller coaster track. Throughout the lesson, students had to keep in mind how energy transfers would affect the ability of a marble to stay on the track. Pictured at right are Cameron McLaren, Kendall Boston, Lindsay Rau, and Taylor Clay, showing off the 12th man spirit incorporated into their roller coaster design.
Last week Lucynda Campbell and Kaitlin Parks, two Cougar Ridge Elementary School teachers, had the opportunity to tour Microsoft’s Envisioning Center. For the last five years Microsoft has provided exclusive tours of the Envisioning Center to clients as a way to inspire and ignite enthusiasm for what a future with technology could look like. A parent in Lucynda and Kaitlin’s LRC II Program, David Jones, led their tour and discussed with them various work and home uses for technology. During their tour, Lucynda and Kaitlin had the ability to interact with a multitude of technology designed for all settings including; touchscreen whiteboards, intuitive software, and virtual meetings that connect real people in real time.
Lucynda and Kaitlin shared, “Some of the hurdles in special education include teaching while taking data, meeting with teams across the District, and identifying alternate ways for students with differing abilities to communicate with their world.”
While Lucynda and Kaitlin are unsure about how future technology will impact their classroom, they are optimistic about the possibility of working with the Gates Foundation in the spirit of bettering the lives of students and creating an efficient workspace based on the unique needs of their program.
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.
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