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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS PAGE C6 -WEDNESDAYs SEPTEMBER 99 2009 GOLD STARS Giuliana Sercu Giuliana Sercu, an 11-yearo old sixth grader at Forest Ridge School and an Issaquah resi- dent, donated a carload of school supplies to the Issaquah Food and Clothing bank Sept. 2. Giuliana reached out to neighbors, former teachers and soccer teammates to collect the items. She came up with the idea after reading an article in The Issaquah Press asking for donations, her mother Susan Sercu wrote. The response kom her friends was so over- whelming that Giuliana do- nated another carload Sept. 4. We want your Gold Stars Every year, Issaquah students do great things. We see children reaching out to feed the home- less, raising money for local and international organizations, and traveling the world to help those less fortunate. It isn't just big things that make Issaquah students great; it's also small things that go relatively unnoticed, like hold- ing the door for someone, giv- ing another student a helping hand or paying someone a compliment. Unfortunately, we can't al- ways tag along on international trips and we're not always there when a student reaches out a hand to help another. With that in mind, we launched our Gold Stars column last year. It's dedicated to celebrating all of the wonderful things, big and small, that our students do. So, please help us celebrate all the wonderful things your children, grandchildren, sib- lings, fi'iends and students do. We hope that by telling these stories, we help brighten your day and help make Issaquah an even better place to live, work and play. Everyone within the Is- saquah School District is in- vited to share stories with us. Just send an e-mail with a few sentences about your student's good deed, their name, age, grade and school to cluse- brink isspress.com. If you can, send us a photograph, too. Above, students create a din of noise and laugh- ter as they crowd the commons at Skyline High School waiting for the first day of classes to begin. At right, Cashier Jenny Wilson-Miller keyboards stu- dent lunches for sixth-graders navigating the cafeteria for the first time at Issaquah Middle School. PHOTOS BY GREG PARRAI~ Above, Maywood Middle School seventh-graders Isabella Ashraf, Emily Rau, Tyler Settle and Lexi Hofer compare their schedules after receiving them from teachers in the cafeteria, At right, Pat Dinsmore, health and fitness teacher at Beaver Lake Middle School, helps a student learn to work the combi- nation lock as pupils fill their lockers on the first day of class. BY GREG FARRAR BY CHANTELLE LUSEBRINK The Uberty High School Patriot band, led by student McLane Harfington, rocked the first day by playing school and pop favorites, like the high school's fight song and 'Woolly Bully; BY CHANTELLE LUSEBRINK Students across the district get acclimated to classes after summer break BY GREG FARRAR Sharon Hastings, a parent volunteer, writes the bus route number on Endeavour Elementary School fourth- grader Emily Martin's hand as she arrives with her classmates 9 By Caltlin Doxsie Issaquah High School student Welcome back, students -- a new school year has begun! All students feel some form of excitement about a new school year and I have to admit that I am excited for this year to begin. Whether students are excited about new classes, new school supplies and clothes, or just see- ing their friends again, the begin- ning of a school year creates an opportunity for a fresh start. It is fun to start a new year with a clean slate. The construction of the Issaquah High School campus epitomizes the spirit of new beginnings. The skeleton of the furore school cur- rently dominates the grounds. As a IN T'HE CLASSIFIEDS - " Add S mamlsh Review assmeds only $12 extra HIV/AIDS Curricu[um Information Sessions Grades 6- 12 THE GREAT AMERICAN The lssaquah Press makes it easy and fun with our GARAGE SALE PACKAGE which includes all the basics for success: A 25 word ad in The Issaquah Press Placement on issaquahpress.com Location listing on our garage sale map w-ww.SVAOnline.org (425) 441,8364 360t7 SE Fish Hatchery Rd. Fall City, WA 98024 Classified Advertising 425-392-6434 ext. 222 classifieds@isspress.com senior, I will never attend the fin- ished school. But seeing the school torn down and rebuilt right before our eyes is in a way, inspiring. Yes, our class will always wish that we could have attended the beautiful new school, but when we return to campus for our 10-year reunion, we will understand that our minor discomforts were part of a grander purpose for making a DIVORCE, Group Starts Wed. 9/16 - 7pm weet~ ~uic~t~ on Life, tare Join us any Monday - 6:30pro Hall Monitor Caitlin Doxsie Issaquah High School This * , I Lifes i Healingi i Chozces i Group Starts Tues. 9/15 - 7pm 7:: Group Starts Wed. 9/23 - 7pm Join us any Friday 6-Opm new beginning for the students at Issaquah High. In the spirit of the changes that are taking place at our school, I am going to make my own changes. This year, I am going to make the most of every opportu- nity, and I hope other students, no matter what grade or high school they attend, do the same. Go to a variety of sporting events, participate in spirit week activities, join school clubs, meet new friends and, in general, try things that you have never tried before. These are four short years of our lives and we should make the most of them. So, this year, let us make our own, individual fresh start and make this school year the best it can be. ISSAQUAH SCHOOL DISTRICT Parents and Community Are invited to attend Tuesday - Sept. 22, 2009 6:30 p.m. Saturday - Sept. 26, 2009 9:00 a.m. Your chitd's health teacher witt be teaching the district adopted HIV/AIDS curriculum. To arrow you an opportunity to examine the instructionat materiaLs and view the videos that wi[[ be used, there witt be two pubtic viewings of the materiaLs. It is not necessanJ for parents to attend a pubtic preview session if they do not intend to exempt their chi[d from HIV/AIDS instruction. The Washington State Omnibus AIDS law requires a parent to attend a public viewing session and review the materiats before such an exemption may be requested or granted. District representatives wi[[ be available to answer questions. AU information sessions wit[ be held at: Issaquah Vattey Etementary - Mufti-Purpose Room 555 NW Holty St. Issaquah, WA 98027