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84 WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 2009 THE ISSAQUAH PRESS i BY CHA~qTELLE LUSEBRINK awards were given to 18 school deavour, Pine Lake and Skyline. PTSAs and the districtwide PTSA Endeavour and Beaver Lake council. PTSAs who earn thewere given Taking Significant Ac- Several local school PTSAs and award meet standards that include tion awards for planning child-fo- their leaders received awards at setting and meeting goals, serving cused programs. the state PTSA conference held members, training leaders and Two schools, Apollo and Beaver May 1-3 in SeaTac. managing funds well. Lake, were also given awards for The Issaquah district has 14,122 The PTSAs given those awards their newsletters. PTSA members, meaning 91 per- were: Apollo, Cascade Ridge, Chal- "The point of all that we do is cent of all students are repre- lenger, Cougar Ridge, Discovery, programming we put in sented by a PTSA member. Endeavour, Grand Ridge, Maple schools," said Nancy Campi, co- Ten Issaquah schools were rec- Hills and Sunset elementarycouncil president for the dis- ognized as having 100 percent schools; Beaver Lake, Issaquah, trictwide PTSA. "But to be rec- membership in their PTSAs. They Maywood and Pine Lake middle ognized for these awards shows are: Cascade Ridge, Cougar Ridge, schools; Issaquah, Liberty and we are modeling best practices Discovery, Endeavour, Maple Hills, Skyline high schools; and the dis- and providing sustainable, vi- Newcastle and Sunset elementary trictwide council, able organizations so that they schools; Beaver Lake and Pine Only 31 PTSAs across the state can focus on the work at hand in Lake middle schools; and Skyline earned Standards of Excellence the schools." High School. awards. Only 23 schools in the entire Three local schools were also Reach Reporter Chantelle Lusebrink at state were recognized as having given Honor Unit awards, pre- 392-6434, ext. 241, or clusebrink@iss- 100 percent membership, sented to PTSAs who go above and press.com. Comment on this article at PTSA's Standards of Excellence beyond standards. Those are En- www.issaquahpress.com. Issaquah School District to graduate 1,129 students Congratulations to the 1,129 graduates of the class of 2009. Each of the district's four high schools -- Issaquah, Liberty, Skyline and Tiger Mountain Community-- as well as the district's community-based transition program for special- needs students, will have com- mencement celebrations next week. Photo coverage of gradua- tion day will be presented in a keepsake special section in The Issaquah Press on June 17. TransitJon program 13 graduates 7 p.m. June 8 Issaquah School District Ad- ministration Building, 565 N.W. Holly St. Skyline High School 389 graduates 2 p.m. June 9 Safeco Field Senior Isabela Comerford and teacher B.J. Sherman will speak. Issaquah School District Board member Connie Fletcher will accept the class. Issaquah High School 431 graduates 5 p.m. June 9 Safeco Field Senior AuslJn O'Neil and teacher Josh Moore will speak. Issaquah School District Board member Brian Deagle will accept the class. Uberty High School 275 graduates 8 p.m. June 9 Safeco Field Senior Malcolm Dike and teacher Mark Buchli will speak. Issaquah School District Board member Connie Fletcher will accept the class. Tiger Mountain Community High School 21 graduates 6 p.m. June 11 Tiger Mountain Community High School Seniors Eliana Pearl and Christina Reddy will speak. Issaquah School District Board member Chad Magen- danz will accept the class. C ONTRIBUTED Arlelle Gordon (center) plays Yelda, playing Bonana the Cannibal Queen, in the film-within-a-play in a scene from Uberty's Patriot Players production of 'Kiss Me Quick Before the Lava Reaches the Village' Aaron Russell (left) and Rebecca Queitzsch play Nebraska town folk cast as extras in the film. 'Kiss Me S Liberty High School's production of "Kiss Me Quick Before the Lava Reaches the Village" received five nominations for this year's 5th Av- enue High School Musical Theatre Awards. The production was nomi- nated in the following cate- gories: outstanding orchestra, outstanding choreography, out- standing lobby display, out- standing performance by a cho- rus, and outstanding hair and makeup design. A jury of theater professionals selected nominees. Trophies will be presented to winners at a cere- mony with performances from nominated shows. The awards are 7 p.m. June 8 at the 5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 Fifth Ave., Seattle. Tickets are $27.50 for adults and $16.50 for students. Go to www.5thavenue.org or call 206-625-1900 Spread your good news! Births, weddings, golden anniversaries, achievements. Submit your news via www.issaquahpress.corn Roberto Tolosa, of Issaquah (left), and his son, Roberto Jr., 13, have the condiments ready to go for their jurnbo hot dogs at last year's Tastin' n Racin' festival at Lake Sammamish State Park. FILE Y FROM PAGE B1 sciousness. "It is truly exciting to see, side by side, today s 32-foot unlimited sitting next to a 10-foot vintage hydro," she said. "The fans love it, and even the racers love seeing all the boats from the other cate- gories." With good weather, Courtright said she also expects more ven- dors signing up than they have spaces and as many as 350 classic hot rods for the car show. The hot rod boat show is also growing in popularity. As an American Power Boat Association sanctioned event, fans of the hy- dro can enter a souped up fiat bottom jet boat into their own event. IFYOU GO ,5 p.m.- Soulstice (Reetwood June 5 Mac tribute) 6:30 p.m.- The Grand Delusion 4:30-7:30 p.m. Expertease (Top (Styx tribute) 40, classic rock) June 7 June 6 ~ 11 a.m: - Shane Cobane (Elvis 11 a.m. - Everyday Jones (soul, tribute) folk, pop) ~ 12:30 p.m.- Notorious 12:30 p.m.- Loud Mouth Sensation (80s) Blonde (Top 40, classic rock) ~ 2 p.m. - PettyThief (Tom Petty 2 p.m.- Budokan (Cheap Trick tribute) tribute) ~ 3:30 p.m. - Hi Watt (current & 3:30 p.m.- Chrome Molly classic rock) (AC/DC tribute) ~ 5 p.m, - Slacker (classic rock) "These boats are painted up tright sees Tastin' n Racin' as one beautiful and gives the fans a way of the best bangs for your buck. to show themselves off," Cour- tright added. Reach Reporter David Hayes at 392- With so much to see and do in 6434, ext. 237, or dhayes@isspress.com. one weekend at Lake Sam- Comment on this story at www.issaquah- mamish, it's no wonder Cour- press.com. FROM PAGE B1 terintuitive to me," Niegowski said. "I'm very heartened that this award is a sign that we have the type of open and honest communication channels that help us best support our stu- dents together. Even so -- it re- ally was a great feeling when my name was called as the recipi- ent." Niegowski does many things parents rely on every day -- managing the district's e-mailed newsletter that goes to every household; maintaining the dis- trict's Web site with interesting stories about classes or pro- grams; obtaining research and information about district initia- tives; and answering questions in a timely fashion are all things Niegowski does on a daily basis .......... to help parents, Campi said. "Reaching our goals this year would have been very difficult without Sara's support," she said. "She has an understanding from a parent perspective, that we need access to information and it ................. is an important part, not only from a parent of an individual kid, but also for the PTSA leader- ship, so we can fulfill our respon- sibility as leaders in the commu- nity." Before taking on the role with the district in 2006, Niegowski was education reporter for The Issaquah Press for three years. She is a graduate of Seattle Uni- versity. Recipients of the award have a donation to a post-secondary scholarship funded by the PTSA contributed in their name. Reach Reporter Chantelle Lusebrink at 392-6434, ext. 241, or clusebrink@iss- press.com. Comment on this story at www. issaquahpress, com. comfort and 'I Nor we ffs A rt Gc ter es - Now .... /:~ ii Join the Celebration, in Gilman Village, Sat., June 6th, lOam - 6pm Featuring David Prince iScrimshaw Artist 7th Generation Totem Carver 3 ! 7 NW Gilman Blvd, Bldg # 20 Issaquah 425-392-0967 www.frontiergalleryseattle.com