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Page 2- The Issaquah Press, Wednesday, June 15, 1983 I Opinion Editorial Letters What's all the fuss about TLC this time? Almost exactly two years ago, the Issaquah School Board formally wel- comed The Learning Community into the district's flock of special programs. Up until then, the program had operated for four years as the labor of love of a group of determined and well- organized parents. When board members began to suspect it was grow- ing into what one called "a shadow organization," the program was held up to scrutiny and deemed not only acceptable but outstanding. It was then turned over to the curriculum depart- ment for future direction. Clearly, parents had won a major victory in making the school district responsive to their wishes. The program has withstood the kind of trials that would have destroyed many others. It was moved from its home base of Sunset to the worst possi- ble place -- way out in the boonies at May Valley. The board justifiably changed some of the rules about the TLC operation, making it more diffi- cult for parents to participate. There were problems getting the right sort of teachers to make the program work. Despite everything, TLC survived. And now that it's moving to Issaquah Valley -- a good, central location -- the pro- gram is booming. It's booming so much, in fact, there's a waiting list to get in. When Cur- riculum Director Kateri Brow found out there was another classroom available at Issaquah Valley to accommodate the overflow, she asked the School Board to approve the addition of a sixth classroom for the program• She had no Public meetings reason to think this board, which had always supported TLC, would give her a problem now. But oh, how the complaints rolled in. Gary Raid grumbled that TLC was probably on its way to taking over the whole Issaquah Valley complex. Tom McLaughlin fretted about all the flack he might have to take if there are more budget cutbacks this fall and the board is accused of sparing TLC at the ex- pense of other programs. Bill McGlashan wondereed aloud why parts of the program couldn't be incor- porated into the regular curriculum. Do these sound like the same board members who endorsed the program two years ago? Hardly. It's true that last week they were put into a spot they hate -- having to make an immediate decision -- but in this case it should have been a comfortable one. They all support the philosophy of parent in- volvement in the classroom, which is the key to TLC. They sure do like it when parents choose public schools over private. They made darn sure two years ago that the program would cost the district no more than educating students in traditional classrooms. The board finally did approve the extra classroom and teacher, but not until it had fussed for a good 40 minutes. Raid said there has to be a "strategic plan" for the program to grow into in the years ahead. Perhaps, but it appears to be set for at least two years at Issa- quah Valley. What the program really needs is what the board promised it two years ago -- predictable support. Development Commission Thursday June 16, 7:30 p.m. Community Hall. The Dairy Queen Landscaping Plan and the Water- works Park design will be discussed. City Council Monday, June 20, 7:30 p.m. Community Hall. The Makers will show the downtown revitalization plan and there will be a public hearing on the six-year transpor- tation improvement plan. River and Streams Board, Tuesday, June 21 7:30 p.m. City Council Conference Room. Results of a study on the Watershed at Lake Tradition will be discussed. Planning Policy Commission, Wednes- day, June 22, 8 p.m., Community Hall. There will be a work session on annexation guidelines. Meeting follow-up School Board, June 8. Joan Udd donated several books to the Sunset library • • . Ann Carson donated two 20-gallon aquariums to Pine Lake Junior High, valued at about $100... The Maywood Junior High Honor Society donated a water cooler fountain to the school, valued at $400 ... The Maywood PTSA donated two TRS-80 Model Four computers, valued at $2,000 • .. The district's high schools and junior highs will be members of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association next year. Lousie Carson, sixth grade teacher at Sunset, will take a leave of absence next year... Helen Follis, a social studies teacher at Issaquah Jumor l-iigh will take leave next year to study and travel abroad ... Eve Martine, an Enllish and French teacher at Issaquah Junior High, will take leave next year to continue advanc- ed studies... Marilyn Newman, second grade teacher at Sunny Hills, will take a leave of absence next year... Donn Strand, a business teacher at Issaquah High, will take a part-time leave next year to do re- search at the University of Washington. Christopher Ahearn, a special education teacher at Maywood Junior High, will move to Tucson, Arizona, where his wife has got- ten a job... Louise Wenberg Luce, who is on leave this year, has submitted her resig- nation to attend to family needs. Ill Illl THE ISSAQUAH PRESS Published every Wednesday since 1900 45 Front St. S. (Box HH), IssaclUah, King Co., WA 98027 Phone (206) 392-6434 $10 per year. $17.50 for two years in King County; $10.75 per year outside King County; $5.00 for senior citizens. Deborah Berto, managing editor; Rodl Shemeta Ludlum, associate editor; Rhoda Donkin, reporter; Brian Bretland and Joan BIInooe, dlsplay advertising; Wllma Coleman, classifieds; Marllyn Boyden, circulation; Myrtle Wlnslow, bookkeep. per; Roxalne Reynolds, Norms Starke, contdbutlng writers; Fred Marler, con- tributing writer; Debble Brusius, darkroom technician. ' DEADLINES News ................... ' .......... Friday, 5 p.m. twsP4pt, p Display Advertising..." ............ Monday, 3 p.m. . '=. Classified Advertising ............. Monday, 3 p.m. , *' Office Hours ............... Mon.-Fri. g a.m.-5 p.m. OFFICIAL PAPER FOR THE CITY OF ISSAQUAH Entered as second class matter at the Issa- ,tt,OClMlOt r. quah Post Office under Act of March 2, 1897. A O,v,s,on of Murrly Publishini Company All deserve congratulations The "counselor who's been at the high school for 15 years" feels she must respond to your editorial of June 8. When I was called and asked if IHS had ever had so many valedictorians or students with high grades, I naively assumed that to be a compliment to these bright, talented, motivated young men and woman. My response remains the same: I responded with, "I think it's a really strong class." There were several reasons for that statement beyond their grade points. True, IHS has only one National Merit Finalist this year. But, we have 13 Commended students whose scores in the National Merit Competition place them in the top 2% of the nation. The final tabulation of the SAT scores for this class is not available yet but I am confident the results will bear out my remark. You wonder about grade inflation. If that were true, why does the class of '84 have only one student with a 4.0 and 51 above a 3.5? Why did the classes of '82 and '81 have four valedictorians and 76 above 3.5 and 3 valedictorians and 66 above 3.5 respectively? The groups are/were comparable in size to this class. Was grade deflation in operation in those years? I am also chagrined at the inference that these students did not challenge themselves. The reporter who called me did not ask anything about the programs these students have com- pleted. Is it not 'challenging' to have completed three or four years of science, four years of math, through calculus, three years of a foreign language, three years of social science and four of English (35 in all in Advanced Placement English). And they were required to work into their schedules some music or art classes, and occupational and physical education. Is it not challenging that most are also involved in com- munity/church organizations ranging from Boy Scouts and the Cancer Society to teaching Sunday School? Somehow, this group of students who did not challenge themselves managed to compete for and win scholarships and awards whose value is close to $600,000. Of over 1,100 applicants in the state, one of the 38 SeaFirst Merit Scholarship was won by one of our valedictorians. In what College Board calls one of the most competitive scholarship programs in the nation, one of our valedictorians won a Central Broadcasting Scholar- ship. One of our distinguished graduates has an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy, another to the Naval Academy. These students who did not challenge themselves have been admitted to Brown, Pepperdine, Pomona, Harvey Mudd, Claremont-McKenna, Colorado School of Mines, University of Colorado, Lewis and Clark, Pacific Lutheran University, University of Puget Sound and Whitman, not to mention the University of Washington. Yes, the students who challenged themselves really deserve congratulations. You printed their pictures and names last week. Gretchen Lee Senior Counselor Issaquah High School Senior class--a bountiful harvest Your editorial of June 8, entitled "Too many students get high grades at Issy," absolutely infuriated me. You imply that because there are more valedictorians this year than last, that their grades must be inflated. You try to steal the joy from a joyous "Golden Harvest" of talent. As with bountiful harvests, vintage years, a renaissance; these wonderful occurances cannot be bought or predicted, but are a culmination of all things favorable. In other words, a phenomenon! Yes, rightfully so, it is a time to tear apart the U. S. educa- tional system as a whole, especially when one reads of students graduating who cannot read beyond the third grade level, and are therefore classified as functional illiterates. Yes, let's pick on and try to improve what's wrong with the system not what's right! It is to be expected, and hoped for, that when, and if, our Issaquah High School graduates go on to colleges or univer- sities that they will have a tough time. Ars adua astra  on- ward to the stars[ On page four, there is a photo of John Canny graduating from Annapolis. Before his graduation from lssaquah High, we all knew him as one of the football stars. Is he another pro- duct df Issaquah High School's inflated grades? One of this year's distinguished graduates is Jonathen Lar- sen, who has accepted an appointment to Annapolis. In order to accept this appointment, he had to turn down three other scholarships: A Presidential Scholarship to Brigham Young University, an appointment to West Point, and an ROTC Scholarship to a college of choice! Our daughter, Rosalie, is a distinguished graduate, and we are as proud of her as is possi- ble. Rosalie is our third child to graduate from Issaquah High School, and I should like to take this opportunity to thank all the dedicated Issaquah School System teachers, who have be- friended, taught, molded and inspired our three children to fulfill their potential. Many thanks and three cheers to you wonderful teachers. To the mean-spirited individual who wrote the editorial -- partake yourself of a meal of humble pie, followed by a generous serving of crow. May Rose Jepsky IHS grads do well in college We wish to express our thoughts in regard to your editorial in the June 8 Press. You concluded in your editorial that the Issaquah graduating class of 1983 had too many honor students and so, therefore, there had to be some grade inflation by the teachers in order for so many students to do so well. Shame on you for jumping to such unfounded conclusions about our young peo- ple and our teachers. If you had done your homework, you would surely have discovered that those students are excellent examples of many of our young people who are dedicated to being the best that they can be in order to bring about changes in a society filled with those who are willing to think only of themselves. These young people know that a good education will enable them to think and make objective decisions on matters of vital im- portance. They will be our leaders of tomorrow and we, most certainly, are not looking forward to old age without these achievers in the decision making posts in our government, schools, etc. Our daughter graduated with the Issaquah class of 1982 as a 4.0 student and she didn't take any "Mickey Mouse" classes either. She worked diligently and with many personal sacrifices to be the best that she could be. She has also main- mined a 4.0 average for her first year at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma as a pre-nursing major. Does this in- dicate that an education from PLU is mediocre? Hardly! Many of her friends at Issaquah High School were honor students and have gone on to a number of different colleges and universities and have done exceptionally well. Are all of these schools using inflated grading systems and, therefore, offering a mediocre educaton? Of course not! We think you owe these fine young people and their teachers a public apology• Sincerely, Mike and Jan Khatibi Seniors are challenged This is a letter in response to your editoral concerning the high grades at Issy. What courses do you consider "challeng- ing" at Issy? Our daughter Kristal, one of the distinguished graduates, elected to take the highest math courses offered: from geometry to calculus, three years of French, advanced placement English, two years of sciences plus the basic requirements. To me, these are challenging courses. It makes me mad to have someone who obviously hasn't done their homework to insinuate that the distinguished graduates took only the less challenging courses in order to get high grades. Sincerely, Jack and Ann Orni Dog was running loose I would appreciate the opportunity to respond to Mrs. Helen Thompson's letter regarding her dog who was run over by the King County garbage truck I was driving. Mrs. Thomp- son neglected to explain the circumstances surrounding this unfortunate incident. As I drove past her neighbor's drive- way, a large dog came out from some bushes and ran under the trailer tires. I immediately slowed down and saw in my rear view mirror that I had run over him and that he was very obviously dead. Quoting Mrs. Thompson, he was "strung out all over the road." Since there is very little shoulder and a curve in the road where I showed down, I felt that it was very unsafe for me to stop there, possibly endangering other traffic. I immediately called my dispatcher on the radio and reported it to King County Animal Control. I felt Mrs. Thompson's 1 impression that I was an irresponsible driver "no idea what I had killed." This simply is not true have learned the hard way about keeping my control. I, too, have lost a beautiful Siberian was loose on the road and run over. I am very sorry that this loss ever occurred and other neighbors on the Cedar Grove Road will King County garbage truck drivers do try to be tious and watchful of children and animals on 0r: road. Don't be fooled by the high tech lure I am a resident of Bellevue, but I graduated fr ol High School in 1973. I share an interest in the future] and land use of the Issaquah region• I want to about the Picketing Farm greenbelt and the im we are trying to create for ourselves and our children. I was an employee of a high-technology Sunnyvale California named Atari, Inc. As a staff of about 30 engineers and programmers, we some of the idiotic video games you'll find in pizzeria or arcade. I am not at liberty to disclose the my contributions to the corporation• While there many things, not just about electronics and but also about economics, politics, psychology studied the totality of the Silicon Valley area temporary residence in Santa Clara. Currently, as know, a severe recession has destroyed the of these computer firms and the San Jose teacher attrition and lowered educational standards. of complete surprise to me, as my expectations academia should flourish in such an technology. The facts are otherwise. As you may know, the changing character of economy has induced some changes in our beliefs. The American farmer is becoming a dying agribusiness consolidates huge land areas. Today 1% of the national population find livelihood feeding the nation. Before the growth in turfed during the Vietnam War, that used to with orchards and pasture land. After in traffic congestion and pollution run rampant. the San Jose area, and for many people, that become a less desirable place to live. entrepreneurs and opportunists of a most And the water is unfit for drinking. There are many attractions to a hi out however, there are trade-offs. More services are required in largely populated areas. Our tinuity for the area is adequately represented by hatchery. At low cost, food and care for these fish vided at a great return for our lakes and be anxious about our monetary sources. God will continue to provide. There is much misunderstanding about what tually is. Everyone who has read Plato knows the images flashing on the wall of the caves and sionary who "escaped" to the real world to the wind and a deep appreciation of the mysten¢ When he returned to the caves with his tale to ed to listen, hypnotized as they were, by the false light and shadow. There is a great moral computer technology. Those sucked into its greal sorry lot, idolizers of dungeons and dragons, the true values life has to offer. You're either fornicated by Hollywood, or you're setting the quality of an environment we may cherish. developers to their polluted cities and we may keep industry and the medical profession strong. ands or buts about this. You cannot serve Mammon. I value the atmosphere of the small communitY' no lack of education from the Issaquah Everyone here is fed and clothed. I don't all about. It is my prayer that you may see the low profile. Money is a carrot on a stock, but it is : all evil. Speak now whileyou have the chance. Stoplight will mean the end of the Front Street foxtrot Rodi Shemeta Ludlum Someday soon, there will be a stop light at the corner of Front and Sunset. While I hate to stand in the way of progress, it's going to be a little sad to say goodbYe to the Front Street four-car fox[rot. It's the best show in town. The interesting thing about that corner is that no one ever remembers the rule about who goes first at a four-way. There is a rule, isn't there? Something about the car on the left going first? (Whose left?) I'm sure I got that answer wrong on my driver's exam. And judging from the folks I've met at that intersection, so did everyone else in town. Some days, everything works out fine. Cars arrive one at a time and drivers stop, look and listen. They signal properly and proceed with caution. What happens most often, however, is that four cars come together at exactly, precisely the same time and then sit there chugging at each other. The next ntep depends on a dehcate balance of emotion among the four drivers. In the ideal situation, which doesn't happen unless all the planets are in perfect alignment, the following four drivers will meet: the morn from Mirrormont who's late picking up her kid at soccer practice, the little lady from Hutchison House on her way to pick strawberries in Fall City, the teenage girl from Overdale Park who's been allowed to take the family station wagon to the post office and the bachelor who's just finished a month's laundry at the Suds Shop. Morn doesn't hesitate a second. She guns the Mercedes through the intersection and disappears. Wow, thinks the bachelor. Zero to 60 in 3.2 seconds. Wish my car had that kind of pick-up. He floors it next and rattles across in a cloud of blue smoke. The little lady thinks that young man needs a shave and gives him the once-over as she rolls serenely by. The teenager is grateful to go last. Her sweaty palms have been slipping down the wheel as she contemplates the left turn. Please don't let me hit anything, she prays. She oversteers around the corner and quickly overcorrects. Hope the guys at the Gull Station don't laugh. The real problem starts when everyone arrives at exactly, precisely the same time in exactly, Precisely the same mood. Sometimes, everyone's feeling mellow. The morn from Mirrormont doesn't have to pick up the kid for another half hour. The bachelor's in no rush to get home and put his socks away. The little lady's wondering if she should stop and get some pectin for the jam. And the teenager is still wants to go last. They all sit there and figure, oh, I'll let someone else go first today. Everyone smiles at one another and nobody moves. Morn and the little lady begin to wave at each uthL. Come on, honey, go on, No, no, that's OK, you. The bachelor's grinning at the teenager. look at her trying to drive that freighter. Go on, first. The teenager is frozen. Everyone will watch first. No way. I'm waiting till every6ne's gone. After a round of encouraging smiles and sighs and thinks, well, OK, here goes. They all forward and stop, eyeing each other with growing impatience. Boy, you try to be nice and look What The teen and the little lady back up a bit. The bachelor creep up a bit. After a long minute of starts, waves and smiles, all four are finally on rolling their eyes heavenward. But the best Front and Sunset action afternoon. The mood is significantly different. only late picking up the kid, she just found out his ankle on the field. The bachelor has a only three hours left to stash his laundry and apartment. The little lady wants to make tracks to before it rains. The teenager is picking up a her boyfriend, who's away at college. Each driver rolls through the intersection and rolling. All four slam on the brakes, cursing. up -- and crunch the cars behind them. their horn. A black labrador with a limp decides good time to jaywalk. Six little boys on stingrayS curb. The cops show up to look at the fender Front Street's backed up to the Mercantile guy's radiator boils over and steam pours out the bystander calls it in as a car fire. The city sirens Does issaquah really want to forgo all this a plain old boring streetlight?