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PAGE C4 THE ISSAQUAH PRESS SCHOOLS ,'EDNESDAY, )IARCH 31, 200'} ONE BY ONES Cascade Ridge Two or three parents are needed for to help Irene Davis with the math club. Math ex- pertise is not required. Call 837-5584. This year's volunteers who have been awarded Golden Acorns are Susan Evans, Tammy Jett and Leigh Stokes. District curriculum specialist Jerry Miller presents the sec- ond parent workshop on traits of good writing -- including the differences between writing ex- pectations in fifth- and sixth- grade -- at 6:30 p.m. April 5 in the Coyote Caf6. Issaquah Middle Spring pictures are April 1-2. Students do not need to pre- order. Proofs will be sent home with order information. Maple Hills At the recent Math is Cool competition at Mt. Rainier High School, Maple Hills had the sec- ond highest level of participa- tion of any Western Washington school with three fifth-grade teams and four fourth-grade teams. Maple Hills was the only non-magnet school to qualify a team for the state champi- onship, and 10 Maple Hills stu- dents finished in the top 50 overall. In the fifth-grade divi- sion, Taylor Lorenz earned a plaque for achieving the highest score at Maple Hills. In the fourth-grade division, out of 141 mathematicians, Hannah Grandine won the eighth-place individual trophy. The honor for best school performance went to Tucker Goodman, who fin- ished third overall. The team, as a whole, finished second overall and qualified for the state championship in May. To celebrate, an ice-cream part), was held at school. Skyline , Next year's seniors are eligible to be on the Bon-Macy's board and learn about the operation of a large retail corporation, re- ceive fashion training and be eli- gible for a scholarship. Applica- tions, which are in the career center, are due by May 3. The Honor Society is collect- ing formal dresses to donate to the Ruby Room, which pro- vides prom dresses for under- privileged Seattle girls, during lunch through April 2. Crazy Hair Day is March 31. The talent show is 6:30 p.m. April 2. The eTA Hodge Podge Night is 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 7 in the multipurpose room. Worms convert students' garbage into compost BY CHRISTINE ERMEY he worms crawl in. The worms crawl out. The worms eat your food waste and replace it with fertilizer. At least that's what happens at Briarwood Elementary's vermicomposting bin. Late last year, the school embarked on a new food-composting program that uses red worms to convert lunchroom waste into fertilizer. Vermicomposting is the aerobic process in which microorganisms and worms decompose biodegrad- able material into a humus-like product. Or in other words, worms eat food waste and out comes the compost. "We have a greenhouse here at Briarwood," said fifth-grade teacher Tina Wear. "The idea was to get students involved in garden- ing and community service." With that idea in mind, Wear re- ceived a grant from the King County Solid Waste Division that covers more than 87 percent of the start-up costs to set up the composting unit at the school. The school pledged a three-year com- mitment to the vermicomposting project in return. Briarwood's eTA covered the re- mainder of the costs. "The unit itself is almost $2,000," Wear said. "It ended up being about $4,300 to set it in place." The student leadership team, composed of fourth-grade and fifth- grade students superved by Wear, gathers food waste from the lunch- room, feeds the worms, monitors the unit and harvests the compost. "The students are excited about using worms," Wear said. "We've only been doing this for a couple of months and the students have seen a big response." Wear said the entire student body has been charged with sepa- rating their lunchroom waste into two categories: composting mate- rials and trash. King County Master Recycler Corn- poster Suzanne Bagdon came to the school at lunchtime recently to teach the students what can and cannot be put into a vermicomposting bin. "Worm bins don't like meat, milk products or anything that gets rancid really quickly," Bagdon said. "In a ... worm composter you don't put in that kind of material because it doesn't smell good." Some of the things that can go into the compost unit are bread crusts, egg shells, tea bags, coffee grounds and filters and plant material. Wear said the students know what they can put in the compost- ing unit and what goes in the trash. "No one has tried to put any- thing foreign in there," she said. "They really care what happens." The worms and the food waste are kept in a dark, damp bin. The worms eat the food after it begins to decompose and leaves behind com- post that looks and smells like dirt. "Even to adults it really smells like dirt," Bagdon said. BY GI'IEG FARRAR Bdammod Elementary leadership team members display compost cre- atod by worms in their vermicom- posting bin. The goal of the vermicomposting is to teach children about the in- terdependency of organisms whether they are plants or ani- mals. This is the first year the entire school has had a vermicomposting bin. Last year Wear had one in her classroom. She said that last year a student tried a science experi- ment by planting beans in both composted and non-composted soil and noticed a difference. Last summer Wear also had a bin at her home. "l noticed a difference in my own garden at home," she said. "I was quite excited so I thought I'd bring it to school." Bagdon has four vermicompost- ing bins at her home. "Since I've ... applied compost to my garden, I don't have a bug BY Cafeteria feed waste is placed in a vermicomposting bin to (x el problem," she said. "Lots of people use it for pest control.  Bagdon says that after vermi- composting at her home for the last eight years, she is unable to kill worlns. "It's impossible for l said. "Instead, I worm bins. I'm of room." DISTRICT NOTES Special board meeting The Issaquah School Board publicly interviews and selects a candidate to fill the board vacancy 7 p.m. April 7 at the Administration Building, 565 N.W. Holly St. The school board hosts a work-study session to complete work on Policy Governance drafts at 7 p.m. April 19 at the Administration Building. State Reflections awards The following students received awards at the state PTA Reflections art contest ( , Anabel Watson, Sunset, hon- orable mention primary music. Karlie LeClair, Sunset, second place intermediate visual arts. Margaret Wallace, Endeavour, third place intermediate literature. Stephanie Schott, Briarwood, third place intermediate music. ,Zachary Gilligan, Cascade Ridge, honorable mention interme- diate photography. Alicia Kim, Pine Lake, third place middle/junior visual arts. Dale Terasaki, Skyline, honor- able mention senior music. Kristen Tordillos, Skyline, hon- orable mention senior visual arts. IHS remodel Anyone who has an opinion on how Issaquah High School (IHS) should be modernized may take an online survey at before April 1, or may come to a design team planning session at 7 p.m. March 31, April 6, April 20, April 27 and May 4 in the IHS commons. Spring break There is no school April 12-16. Senior ids scholarship The Issaquah Women's Club is offering two $500 scholarships to senior girls graduating from any lssaquah high school. Applications are in high school career centers. Deadline for submission is May 1. Call Susan Marcolina at 427-8625 for more information. Eastside Catholic scholarships Eastside Catholic High School has awarded scholarships of $1,500 to $2,500 to four Sammamish students who will be freshmen this fall: Cristine Carlton from St. Monica Parish, Emily Hart from St. Joseph Parish and Bill ann and Drew Wate from St. Louise Pa:ish. Each has exhibited that he or she is a top scholar with character, honor, integrity and generosity of spirit. Eastside Catholic is a private, faith-centered high school found- ed in 1980 with a current enroll- ment of 500. 6 ,he Best Buy Children's Foundation awarded Liberty High School $2,500 to provide addition- al lab equipment. The Sammamish Little League donated $20,123 to purchase bleachers, player benches and backs'tops to support PE programs and improve Ridge, elementary Students ages 6-1l join in workshops the Puget Sound Activities Expo, 9 April 24 and 9 25 at the Kent Ave N., Kent. CamP s ketball, swimming, ice tennis, football ball. 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