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.JLl ,KILL ill JlU!  I [ PAGE B 7 THE ISSAQUAH PRESS SCHOOLS WEDNESDAY 9 APRIL 69 2011 Key Club goes extra mile For her 17th birthday, ls- saquah High School Key Club President Kaileen Dougherty celebrated by helping others. She and more than 100 Key Club members made Valentine s Day cards for Seattle Children's and made two banners that read "IHS Key Club Loves You!" that she and student Aaron Tham delivered to Aegis Liv- ing and Regency Newcastle. Key Club members who helped with the project re- ceived a piece of homemade birthday cake. Seattle Chil- dren's staff had nothing but positive anecdotes about chil- dren in hospital beds thrilled to know that some "high school kid" was thinking about them, Dougherty said. Mostly Americana Concert sounds at Issaquah Higil The community is invited to the sixth annual Mostly Ameri- cana Concert at 7 p.m. April 16 at Issaquah High School, 700 Second Ave. S.E. Dessert comes with the ticket, costing $16.50 online at www.seatyourself.biz/Issaquah and $20 at the door. Veterans are free and will be honored during the program. The show includes entertain- ment from hundreds of perform- ers, including the Issaquah High choir and musicians from Pacific Cascade Middle School, Issaquah Middle School and Sunset Ele- mentary School, as well as spe- cial guest choir Breath of Aire. Poet gives free show Children's poet Kenn Nesbitt AWll.rfigi(4e a free shw at 6:30 P.m. at Discovery Elementary School, 2300 228th Ave. S.E. Nesbitt will provide a family evening of poetry, jokes and tim. Sixth-grade immunizations Students entering the sixth grade this fall have two new immunization requirements. Varicella: The school must have the date of vaccine or the date when the student had the disease, also known as chick- enpox, on file. Tdap: The school must have the date of the vaccine, and proof the student was at least 11 years old when he or she received it. Washington allows exemp- tion from vaccines for medical, personal or religious reasons. Notify the school nurse about these vaccines to ease the tran- sition to middle school. ARBOR SCHOOLS Education Without Limits Toddlers - Junior High 1107 228th Ave SE Sammamish 425.392.3866 www.arborschools.corn Sunday Worship 8:30 AM & 11:00 AM Sunday School for all ages 9:45 AM JOIN US FOR LENTEN DINNERS AND WORSHIP every Wednesday, March 16- April 13 5:30- 6:30 PM Dinner ($5 suggested donation) 7:00 PM Worship Everyone Welcome! LIVING GOD'S LOVE 745 Front Street South, Issaquah Phone: 425-392-4169 www.oslcissaquah.org Your news comments welcome! , ISSAQUAH 0000PRESS.,00n Science fair offers lessons about earth, space By Laura 6eggel Issaquah Press reporter For Cascade Ridge Elementary School's annual science fair, fifth- ader Vikram Chennai wanted to ow what materials would work best for an astronaut suit. He knew space has extreme temperatures of hot and cold, so his parents drove him to an indus- trial fabric store where he bought GORE-TEX, Thinsulate, Mylar and a rubber material called Neo- prene. Chennai grabbed a needle and thread and sewed the fabrics to- gether, using different combina- tions for each sample. Reasoning that astronauts are at least 60 percent water, he filled small jars with water and heated them to a body temperature of 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, he wrapped them in his mix-and- matched fabrics and --just like temperatures a spaceman might encounter -- put the bottles and their coats in hot and cold envi- ronments. Every 10 minutes, he recorded the rate of their temperature in- crease or decrease. The bottle that stayed closest to the temperature of 98.6 degrees would be best suited for an astronaut, he said. The winning sample -- Mylar on the outside to deflect cold and heat, Neoprene in the middle for insulation and Thinsulate on the inside for thermal insulation -- had the slowest rate of increase when heated and the slowest rate of decline when chilled. Chennai's project won his class' Best in Show award. "It was absolutely fantastic," fifth-grade teacher Scott Bishop said. "Vikram consistently finds ways to go above and beyond. He is very creative and an excellent problem solver. More than 360 students partici- pated in Cascade Ridge's science fair, a school record. While fourth- and fifth-grade students were re- BY GREG ][PAIRAR Vlkram Chonnal shows different fabric combinations in a science experiment to find out what would keep astronauts warmer. He won a best-in-classroom ribbon at Cascade Ridge Elementary School's science fair. quired to create an experiment, younger students could also enter, and eight classes choose to enter projects together. The exhibits are phenomenal," organizer Pete Wengert said. Community volunteers also came to Cascade Ridge's science fair: the Issaquah /alley Rock Club shared information about rocks, fossils and minerals; Amgen taught students about salmon DNA; and parents taught students about space and flight. For his experiment, fifth-grader Sriram Parasurama wondered which tree -- a conifer or a decid- uous -- would perspire more wa- ter. "I found two trees, one with leaves and one without leaves, and I tied plastic bags around their branches for a week," he said. After seven days, Parasurama found that the pine tree branch had perspired 880 milliliters of water, while the tree with leaves perspired 2,940 milliliters, show- ing that leaves are like sweaty ath- letes, perspiring water more than Skyline's class of 2011 turns to future Many of us have been thinking and talking about what lies be- yond high school for as long as we can remember. But now, after months and months of tense anticipation, the mail has come for Skyline High School's class of 2011. The verdict is in. Decisions have been made on our behalf by faceless admis- sions officers. Our future is here, and now it is our turn to be the ones making decisions. For many seniors, this spring is the culmination of the past 18 years of our lives. Everything we ve been working towardbe- comes real with that acceptance or rejection letter, that job offer, that graduation day. For some, the college admis- sions website loaded with a hearty "Congratulations" is there to greet them. For others, the mailmen de- livered a slim envelope, its size Hall Monitor Palge Suelzle Skyline High School starkly disproportionate to the im- mensity of the recipient's dreams. Seniors have been supportive of their friends who had to make a change of plans when things did- n t go according to plan. These students are not letting them- selves be defined by their disap- pointments, but r mer reinvigo- rated by them. Seniors have also been euphoric over one another's tremendous successes and eager to know the path that each of their classmates has chosen. We now emerge from that tur- bulent time, no longer in the dark about what our future holds, standing on the threshold of the rest of our lives. Before, many of us did not know what the future held for us past June 10, 2011, so it seemed like we had all the time in the world. Now, we are finaliz- ing our decisions and setting our S.ghts on a future that is now tan- e, on a life that departs from what we have always known. Skyline s class of 2011 is about to scatter across the state, the country and the world as a certifi- able force to be reckoned with. Whatever our next endeavor might be, we only have two months left together before we take what we have learned here and apply it to the rest of our lives. Here's to you, class of 2011. We're on the final stretch. their pine counterparts. His classmate, fifth-grader Re- gan Rodman, studied another plant -- the onion. More specifically, she wondered the best way she could cut one without crying. "When you cut onions, you break the cells, releasing their content," Rodman wrote on her research poster. "The gasses re- leased mix with the water in your tear ducts to form sulfuric acid, which burns, causing your eyes to sting or cry." Rodman tried a variety of inde- pendent variables. She cut an onion with various foods in her mouth -- a sugar cube, a piece of bread and a lemon. None of these helped stymie her tears. "I found out that cuttingan onion under water is the best way," she said. Fifth-grader Mikey Wilson ex- amined electromagnets. Which wire -- a 30-gauge insulated with paint or a 20-gauge insulated with plastic -- would pick up more pa- perellps when an electrical current was running through it? He hypothesized the 20-gauge wire would pick up more paper clips, because it had thicker insu- lation. His experiment supported his claim. "If you are trying to make an electrical magnet, then you should get a higher gauge and a more in- striated wire," he said. Laura Geggel: 392-6434, ext. 241, or lgeggel@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com. Top volunteers honored at Golden Acorn Awards By Laura Geggel Issaquah Press reporter For every strong school, there are strong volunteers who organ- ize cultural fairs, chaperone field trips, coordinate family fun nights, photocopy assignments and hold bank days for student deposits. The Issaquah PTSA Council awarded 73 volunteers from 23 schools with Golden Acorn Awards at the 2011 Recognizing Our All-Stars reception March 29. Boy Scout Troop Pack 636 started the function with a flag salute, and Issaquah PTSA Coun- cil President Janine Koran wel- comed the crowd. The ceremony had a sports theme, with presenters dressed in their favorite sports garb and giving speeches about how vol- unteers had wowed their fans and hit home runs for their schools. Jennifer Good, a parent volun- teer at Challenger Elementary School, said she began volunteer- ing to meet people and promote education. She organized an ice cream social at the beginning of the year, while Ruth Steck, an- other parent volunteer, regularly snaps photos of students for the Challenger yearbook. Both women said they appreci- ated the Golden Acorn Awards, though, "You don't do it to be recognized," Good said. Third-grade Discovery Elemen- tary School teacher Tasha Kirby received an award for her work advocating that students get civi- cally involved in their community. She encourages her students to attend public meetings. Her third-graders entered the Dis- ney's Planet Challenge and are ON1HEWEB See the full list of 2011 Golden Acorn Award recipients at www.issaquahpress.com. creating action plans about how to save the environment. "I've had students present to the City Council," Kirby said. "They get so excited and I think it shows them they can have an impact." Pine Lake Middle School par- ent Diane Laucius, another Golden Acorn recipient, said her proudest moment happened at Discovery. When she learned that the fifth-grade camp pro- gram would be discontinued, she joined other parents and rallied for the cause. Though the camp is not being held this year, she still felt em- powered by her advocacy, she said. The Golden Acorn Award is given to PTA and PTSA members who excel in their duties, such as organizing or helping with stu- dent activities. The winners are honored in two ways. First, a $65 contribu- tion to the Washington State PTA Financial Grant Program fund for higher education is made in the recipient's name. Second, the recipients receive a Golden Acorn Award pin. More than 44,000 Golden Acorn Awards have been awarded statewide since the pro- gram's inception. Laura Geggel: 392-6434, ext. 241, or lgeggel@issaquahpress.com. Comment at www. issaquahpr ess. com. DigiPen Institute of Technology proudly presents a two-week summer workshop sel:[s,-for video game and technology enthusiasts in Grade {3 and beyond. These workshops are specially designed to introduce participants of all experience levels to the fundamentals of: Video Game Programming 3D Computer Animation Game Design Robotics Not yet in Grade 8? ProjectFUN also offers Junior Workshops in both video game design and animation for students who are in Grades 5-7. at Preview Day on Saturday, } of the I P#bTectP00,00 HDRHSHDP5 DigiPen INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY 9931 Willows Road NE, Redmond, WA 98052 Phone: (425) 558-0299 eTolI-Free (866) 478-5236 For more information, visit: http://workshops.digipen.edu !" . .JLl ,KILL ill JlU!  I [ PAGE B 7 THE ISSAQUAH PRESS SCHOOLS WEDNESDAY 9 APRIL 69 2011 Key Club goes extra mile For her 17th birthday, ls- saquah High School Key Club President Kaileen Dougherty celebrated by helping others. She and more than 100 Key Club members made Valentine s Day cards for Seattle Children's and made two banners that read "IHS Key Club Loves You!" that she and student Aaron Tham delivered to Aegis Liv- ing and Regency Newcastle. Key Club members who helped with the project re- ceived a piece of homemade birthday cake. Seattle Chil- dren's staff had nothing but positive anecdotes about chil- dren in hospital beds thrilled to know that some "high school kid" was thinking about them, Dougherty said. Mostly Americana Concert sounds at Issaquah Higil The community is invited to the sixth annual Mostly Ameri- cana Concert at 7 p.m. April 16 at Issaquah High School, 700 Second Ave. S.E. Dessert comes with the ticket, costing $16.50 online at www.seatyourself.biz/Issaquah and $20 at the door. Veterans are free and will be honored during the program. The show includes entertain- ment from hundreds of perform- ers, including the Issaquah High choir and musicians from Pacific Cascade Middle School, Issaquah Middle School and Sunset Ele- mentary School, as well as spe- cial guest choir Breath of Aire. Poet gives free show Children's poet Kenn Nesbitt AWll.rfigi(4e a free shw at 6:30 P.m. at Discovery Elementary School, 2300 228th Ave. S.E. Nesbitt will provide a family evening of poetry, jokes and tim. Sixth-grade immunizations Students entering the sixth grade this fall have two new immunization requirements. Varicella: The school must have the date of vaccine or the date when the student had the disease, also known as chick- enpox, on file. Tdap: The school must have the date of the vaccine, and proof the student was at least 11 years old when he or she received it. Washington allows exemp- tion from vaccines for medical, personal or religious reasons. Notify the school nurse about these vaccines to ease the tran- sition to middle school. ARBOR SCHOOLS Education Without Limits Toddlers - Junior High 1107 228th Ave SE Sammamish 425.392.3866 www.arborschools.corn Sunday Worship 8:30 AM & 11:00 AM Sunday School for all ages 9:45 AM JOIN US FOR LENTEN DINNERS AND WORSHIP every Wednesday, March 16- April 13 5:30- 6:30 PM Dinner ($5 suggested donation) 7:00 PM Worship Everyone Welcome! LIVING GOD'S LOVE 745 Front Street South, Issaquah Phone: 425-392-4169 www.oslcissaquah.org Your news comments welcome! , ISSAQUAH 0000PRESS.,00n Science fair offers lessons about earth, space By Laura 6eggel Issaquah Press reporter For Cascade Ridge Elementary School's annual science fair, fifth- ader Vikram Chennai wanted to ow what materials would work best for an astronaut suit. He knew space has extreme temperatures of hot and cold, so his parents drove him to an indus- trial fabric store where he bought GORE-TEX, Thinsulate, Mylar and a rubber material called Neo- prene. Chennai grabbed a needle and thread and sewed the fabrics to- gether, using different combina- tions for each sample. Reasoning that astronauts are at least 60 percent water, he filled small jars with water and heated them to a body temperature of 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, he wrapped them in his mix-and- matched fabrics and --just like temperatures a spaceman might encounter -- put the bottles and their coats in hot and cold envi- ronments. Every 10 minutes, he recorded the rate of their temperature in- crease or decrease. The bottle that stayed closest to the temperature of 98.6 degrees would be best suited for an astronaut, he said. The winning sample -- Mylar on the outside to deflect cold and heat, Neoprene in the middle for insulation and Thinsulate on the inside for thermal insulation -- had the slowest rate of increase when heated and the slowest rate of decline when chilled. Chennai's project won his class' Best in Show award. "It was absolutely fantastic," fifth-grade teacher Scott Bishop said. "Vikram consistently finds ways to go above and beyond. He is very creative and an excellent problem solver. More than 360 students partici- pated in Cascade Ridge's science fair, a school record. While fourth- and fifth-grade students were re- BY GREG ][PAIRAR Vlkram Chonnal shows different fabric combinations in a science experiment to find out what would keep astronauts warmer. He won a best-in-classroom ribbon at Cascade Ridge Elementary School's science fair. quired to create an experiment, younger students could also enter, and eight classes choose to enter projects together. The exhibits are phenomenal," organizer Pete Wengert said. Community volunteers also came to Cascade Ridge's science fair: the Issaquah /alley Rock Club shared information about rocks, fossils and minerals; Amgen taught students about salmon DNA; and parents taught students about space and flight. For his experiment, fifth-grader Sriram Parasurama wondered which tree -- a conifer or a decid- uous -- would perspire more wa- ter. "I found two trees, one with leaves and one without leaves, and I tied plastic bags around their branches for a week," he said. After seven days, Parasurama found that the pine tree branch had perspired 880 milliliters of water, while the tree with leaves perspired 2,940 milliliters, show- ing that leaves are like sweaty ath- letes, perspiring water more than Skyline's class of 2011 turns to future Many of us have been thinking and talking about what lies be- yond high school for as long as we can remember. But now, after months and months of tense anticipation, the mail has come for Skyline High School's class of 2011. The verdict is in. Decisions have been made on our behalf by faceless admis- sions officers. Our future is here, and now it is our turn to be the ones making decisions. For many seniors, this spring is the culmination of the past 18 years of our lives. Everything we ve been working towardbe- comes real with that acceptance or rejection letter, that job offer, that graduation day. For some, the college admis- sions website loaded with a hearty "Congratulations" is there to greet them. For others, the mailmen de- livered a slim envelope, its size Hall Monitor Palge Suelzle Skyline High School starkly disproportionate to the im- mensity of the recipient's dreams. Seniors have been supportive of their friends who had to make a change of plans when things did- n t go according to plan. These students are not letting them- selves be defined by their disap- pointments, but r mer reinvigo- rated by them. Seniors have also been euphoric over one another's tremendous successes and eager to know the path that each of their classmates has chosen. We now emerge from that tur- bulent time, no longer in the dark about what our future holds, standing on the threshold of the rest of our lives. Before, many of us did not know what the future held for us past June 10, 2011, so it seemed like we had all the time in the world. Now, we are finaliz- ing our decisions and setting our S.ghts on a future that is now tan- e, on a life that departs from what we have always known. Skyline s class of 2011 is about to scatter across the state, the country and the world as a certifi- able force to be reckoned with. Whatever our next endeavor might be, we only have two months left together before we take what we have learned here and apply it to the rest of our lives. Here's to you, class of 2011. We're on the final stretch. their pine counterparts. His classmate, fifth-grader Re- gan Rodman, studied another plant -- the onion. More specifically, she wondered the best way she could cut one without crying. "When you cut onions, you break the cells, releasing their content," Rodman wrote on her research poster. "The gasses re- leased mix with the water in your tear ducts to form sulfuric acid, which burns, causing your eyes to sting or cry." Rodman tried a variety of inde- pendent variables. She cut an onion with various foods in her mouth -- a sugar cube, a piece of bread and a lemon. None of these helped stymie her tears. "I found out that cuttingan onion under water is the best way," she said. Fifth-grader Mikey Wilson ex- amined electromagnets. Which wire -- a 30-gauge insulated with paint or a 20-gauge insulated with plastic -- would pick up more pa- perellps when an electrical current was running through it? He hypothesized the 20-gauge wire would pick up more paper clips, because it had thicker insu- lation. His experiment supported his claim. "If you are trying to make an electrical magnet, then you should get a higher gauge and a more in- striated wire," he said. Laura Geggel: 392-6434, ext. 241, or lgeggel@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com. Top volunteers honored at Golden Acorn Awards By Laura Geggel Issaquah Press reporter For every strong school, there are strong volunteers who organ- ize cultural fairs, chaperone field trips, coordinate family fun nights, photocopy assignments and hold bank days for student deposits. The Issaquah PTSA Council awarded 73 volunteers from 23 schools with Golden Acorn Awards at the 2011 Recognizing Our All-Stars reception March 29. Boy Scout Troop Pack 636 started the function with a flag salute, and Issaquah PTSA Coun- cil President Janine Koran wel- comed the crowd. The ceremony had a sports theme, with presenters dressed in their favorite sports garb and giving speeches about how vol- unteers had wowed their fans and hit home runs for their schools. Jennifer Good, a parent volun- teer at Challenger Elementary School, said she began volunteer- ing to meet people and promote education. She organized an ice cream social at the beginning of the year, while Ruth Steck, an- other parent volunteer, regularly snaps photos of students for the Challenger yearbook. Both women said they appreci- ated the Golden Acorn Awards, though, "You don't do it to be recognized," Good said. Third-grade Discovery Elemen- tary School teacher Tasha Kirby received an award for her work advocating that students get civi- cally involved in their community. She encourages her students to attend public meetings. Her third-graders entered the Dis- ney's Planet Challenge and are ON1HEWEB See the full list of 2011 Golden Acorn Award recipients at www.issaquahpress.com. creating action plans about how to save the environment. "I've had students present to the City Council," Kirby said. "They get so excited and I think it shows them they can have an impact." Pine Lake Middle School par- ent Diane Laucius, another Golden Acorn recipient, said her proudest moment happened at Discovery. When she learned that the fifth-grade camp pro- gram would be discontinued, she joined other parents and rallied for the cause. Though the camp is not being held this year, she still felt em- powered by her advocacy, she said. The Golden Acorn Award is given to PTA and PTSA members who excel in their duties, such as organizing or helping with stu- dent activities. The winners are honored in two ways. First, a $65 contribu- tion to the Washington State PTA Financial Grant Program fund for higher education is made in the recipient's name. Second, the recipients receive a Golden Acorn Award pin. More than 44,000 Golden Acorn Awards have been awarded statewide since the pro- gram's inception. Laura Geggel: 392-6434, ext. 241, or lgeggel@issaquahpress.com. Comment at www. issaquahpr ess. com. DigiPen Institute of Technology proudly presents a two-week summer workshop sel:[s,-for video game and technology enthusiasts in Grade {3 and beyond. These workshops are specially designed to introduce participants of all experience levels to the fundamentals of: Video Game Programming 3D Computer Animation Game Design Robotics Not yet in Grade 8? ProjectFUN also offers Junior Workshops in both video game design and animation for students who are in Grades 5-7. at Preview Day on Saturday, } of the I P#bTectP00,00 HDRHSHDP5 DigiPen INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY 9931 Willows Road NE, Redmond, WA 98052 Phone: (425) 558-0299 eTolI-Free (866) 478-5236 For more information, visit: http://workshops.digipen.edu !" .