Incoming kindergartners and their parents practiced riding school buses during Transportation’s “Ride the Big Yellow Bus” event last week. This three day annual event helped prepare the District’s newest bus riders and their parents for the upcoming school year. Each school bus drove a modified route through neighborhoods, on the freeway, and through a school that was designed to demonstrate a typical bus ride to and from school. Before families began their bus ride, transportation specialists spoke with each bus of riders about bus etiquette, bus safety, and offered helpful tips to parents to ensure each student makes it home safely. After the bus ride, students received a school bus safety coloring book and practiced safely exiting the bus and crossing the street.
Congratulations to Skyline High School students Kaley Romero and Ben Therrien who are the 2016 Skyline High School Book Award Winners. Kaley received "The Norton Book of Women's Lives" in recognition of outstanding academic achievement and leadership within the school and community from the Washington State Wellesley Club, and Ben received "The Boys in the Boat" in recognition of superior scholastic achievement in the liberal arts and sciences from Puget Sound Association of Phi Beta Kappa.
Earlier this month, the inaugural Gibson Ek student body met at Pickering Barn for a day of games, information, and connection building.
Congratulations to the Liberty High School Boys’ Varsity Golf Team for their 2A State Championship win. The team, coached by Head Coach Jon Kinsley and Assistant Coach Glen Larson, defeated thirteen 2A high schools at the WIAA State Golf Tournament in Spokane, WA. The team clinched the championship with a final score of 120.50, beating second place Bellingham (69.50) by almost double. The Boys’ Varsity Golf Team includes: Collin Fletcher, Ben Graham, Luke Hall, Chase McIntosh, Cole Sherman, and Alex Wilsey.
Issaquah High School continues to make a name for itself in the field of Sports Medicine, again taking top honors at the National High School Sports Medicine Competition sponsored by the American Academic Competition Institute. This is the fourth year in a row that a team from Issaquah High has won the national championship. Qualifying schools from all over the nation took a 90 minute, 300 question multiple choice test that covered emergency medicine, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology, general sports medicine topics, and a difficult set of questions about the injuries, assessment, treatment, and rehab of the head, face, eyes and neck.
More than 3,500 students from 300 schools around the country competed this year. “I am so proud, humbled, and pretty much in awe of this group of students,” says Todd Parsons, Issaquah High Sports Medicine Instructor. “Their work ethic and willingness to dive so deeply into the material is inspiring. The level of knowledge they strived to learn was equivalent to what a second or third year medical school student would be responsible for learning.”
In addition to the team win, individual students also placed in the Top 10 Finalists, including Gillian Brandt, Liam Sullivan, Jessica Hart, and Bob Weng. Top 25 All American winners included Kristen Hines, Arman Naderi, Elliott Tan, Tessa Buck, Shreya Kumar, Jessica Gallawa, and Ian Lambert.