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PAGE C 6 THE ISSAQUAH PRESS SCHOOLs WEDNESDAY APRIL 8 2009 GOLD STARS Natalie Robinson (above) and Bridget Harrod Natalie Robinson, 11, and Bridget Harrod, 12, picked up more than five pounds of garbage from the Issaquah Highlands on March 21. Na- talie's sister, Rachel Robinson, who nominated them, wrote "I think they did a great deed for our Issaquah community." Music students honored Eight Pine Lake Middle School eighth-graders were selected to perform in the Washington Mu- sic Educators Association Junior All-State West band March 14 at the Highline Performing Arts Center in Burien. Congratulations to Andrew Abel, John Abercrombie, Caleb Crouse, Zach Hall, Andrew Hansen, Madison Kelly, Jihan Lee and Yvonne Worden. "They worked hard to audi- tion for the band, and they worked hard to learn the new music in such a short time," Anne Hall, Zach's mother, wrote. "Their dedication resulted in a fantastic performance." Anna Magidson Anna Magidson, a 14-year- old ninth-grader at the Pacific Cascade Freshman Campus, was awarded with the Presi- dent's Volunteer Service Award for her work with the Issaquah Youth Advisory Board. Anna has spent countless hours organizing a basketball tournament to help raise money Espresso stand is a new beginning BY CHANTELLE LUSEBRINK Milk, vanilla, chocolate and espresso beans combined provide great pleasure, and much needed energy, to teachers at Pine Lake Middle School. But what students are learning between the grinding of beans is what's really important, said Gaff Oseran, a special needs and cub- nary teacher. "They're learning to work to- gether, politely as a team," she said. "Each person has a job to do and each job is important for the overall product of a well-run coffee bar. Those are all skills they are going to need throughout their life as our kids leave here and go into the workforce. "These are students who have had so much done for them. This is an opportunity for them to do some- thing for someone else," she added. Her students have set up a popu- lar espresso bar, Steamed Lightning. Last year, she submitted a grant application to the Washington Ed- ucator's Association and the PTSA. The money she was awarded helped purchase an espresso ma- chine from Starbucks and neces- sary supplies to start the business, which she runs with 12 students in her first-period communication lab class. For $1.50, or $2 for two shots of espresso, teachers can keep up with their caffeine habit, and Os- eran's students, who have varying degrees of special educational needs, learn basic food and prod- uct handling and business skills. Each Friday, students spend their time grinding, pouring and steaming their way through first period. On average, the espresso bar receives about 12 beverage or- ders during the morning. "Teachers e-mail Mrs. Oseran with their order from our menu. Then, one person writes on the cup and one person puts either Schools in focus This week-- Pine Lake Middle School chocolate or vanilla into the cup," said eighth-grader Amy Wiesinger. "Then, there are two people who make it, one on the machine and one who puts in the milk or cream. There axe also two people running the orders to teachers." "It's pretty easy work," said Ma- son Peters, another eighth-grader. "I'm usually the one to start the coffee and steam the milk, then I pass it on to Amy to pour the milk into the drink when I'm done." "The tricky thing he does is he has to pour it directly into the cup, or the shot goes bad and we can't use it," Amy said. When the students take the or- ders to the teachers, Oseran has a script to help them let the teachers know their coffee order has arrived and stimulate friendly conversation to stir up repeat business. "I've never had coffee, but I like making coffee," said Peter Daynes, a sixth-grader who helps with de- livery. "I like working with a group and giving people their coffee." Right now, the students are re- stricted to making only about 15 beverage orders, because they have one espresso machine, Os- eran said. However, she has plans to expand the business ff she re- ceives additional grant money to BY CHANTELIJE LUSEBRINK Above, Amy Wleslnger, an eighth- grader at Pine Lake Middle School, pours steamed milk into a teacher's latte from their student-run espresso bar, Steamed Ughtning. At right, Mason Peters, an eighth-grader, pours an espresso shot while teacher Gall Oseran watches over the process. purchase a second one. "I love working with Mrs. Os- eran," said Laura McAdams, an educational assistant in her class. "She finds a way to work with unique kids in unique ways. "They've really taken to learning this task and have grown a lot," she added. "It's a big effort to teach kids to work together, and this class is doing that and then some." When sixth-grader Nick Dominguez delivered teacher Karin Daar's latte, she was grate- ful for the piping hot cup. "It's a nice Friday treat," she said. "It's creative and fun to sup- port what Mrs. Oseran is doing in her communication lab class." Although great at delivering, Nick said he doesn't plan to stay in the position long, as he's eyeing the barista position, which will be open by the end of the year when Mason moves to ninth grade. for orphans in Africa whose parents have died of AIDS. Su- perintendent Steve Rasmussen and PCFC Principal Dana Bailey presented the award March 5. "Anna is an outstanding ex- ample of the youth of today, dedicated, engaged and com- mitted to improving not only her world, but the world," Bai- ley said. "She is a model citizen and we are most proud to have her at Pacific Cascade." Gold Stars is an opportunity for the corn- inanity to highlight all accomplishments -- big or small-- by Issaquah students. Send a few sentences giving the student's name, age, grade and schoo and good deed to dusebrink@isspress.com. If state parks are closed, citizens will suffer BY AHREN STROMING Washington's state parks are in dire straits. Our Parks and Recreation Com- mission has identified more than 47 state parks that will either be closed or transferred to local gov- ernments at some point in the near future to account for a fore- casted $22.9 million budget cut. Our Legislature is debating an optional $5 car-tab fee to keep them open. I do not know if that is the way to do it or not. But I do know that they must be kept open. Since I was a very small child, I have been fortunate enough to have been instilled with an appre- ciation and wonder for the natu- ral world around me. I have no problem with video games or tele- vision. Believe me, I am a huge fan of both. What troubles me is when those types of pursuits achieve a monopoly on our free time. The fact of the matter is that outdoor recreation activities -- re- Hall Monitor hhmn Stroming Uberty High Shool gardless of whether they are team sports, individual hobbies or some combination of the two stimu- late a healthy, productive life. The physical benefits are obvious, from increased cardiovascular and mus- cular strength to a healthier im- mune system. But according to countless studies, playing outside also improves self-esteem and re- duces stress. Furthermore, outdoor activities instill a senseofpride in our com- munity, which leads to greater re- sponsibility in caring for our envi- ronment. When you are out enjoy- ing our beautiful parks regularly, you have incentive to keep them that way. Beyond that, preservation of outdoor areas increases prop- erty values. A closed state park can quickly "fall prey to all kinds of abuses, whether it's target shooting, meth labs [or] inap- propriate use of motorized vehi- cles on trails," according to Jonathan Guzzo, advocacy direc- tor for the Washington Trails As- sociation. State parks provide an impor- tant, affordable and healthy leisure activity for all citizens. Let's keep the outdoors open. Not Sure What To Do About Your Child's Poor Grades? Your child may need help with reading, math or study skills. Our specially trained teachers and personal attention can give your child the boost he or she needs to do well this school year. If your child is unmotivated, lacks confidence, or has weak basic skills, our certified teachers and individualized programs help children overcome frustration and failure and get them on the path to success in school. WF_JK BASIC SKILLS .....  FRUSTRATION WITH SCHOOL LACK OF CONFIDENCE :. 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