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A2 * WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2009 THE ISSAQUAH PRESS S IO,O00 grant,, 0000s:pand high school's music tech lab By Christopher Huber lssaquah Press reporter Skyline High School senior James Nielsen plays and sings in nearly every music group at the school. He plays euphonium in the concert band, trombone in the jazz band and sousaphone in the pep band. He even sings in the concert choir. But what he seems most excit- ed about this school year is what he and his classmates will be able to play during piano lab class. Obviously, they will learn key- boarding skills, such as writing tunes with music software or prac- ticing a new playing style. But the excitement comes from the prospect of doubling the size of the tab and upgrading outdated soft- ware. Until the school receives its new equipment this fall, only 10 students of the 25-student class are able to play a keyboard at a time. "Half of the time, half of the class is not able to participate," Nielsen said. "The software we have now works, but it's antique." The Skyline PTSA recently grant- ed the school's fine arts program $10,000 to expand its music tech- nology lab. The money will help school officials purchase 10 new keyboard pianos and accompany- ing software. "These dollars will touch every- body across the school," said PTSA co-president Caroline Brown. She said the thinking behind the grant was that since students must complete some fine arts credits to graduate, the school needs to provide ample curricu- lum opportunities despite lacking state funding. The PTSA has worked with CONTRIBUTED Skyline High School PTSA members present a $10,000 check to Skyline principal Lisa Hechtman during halftime at the Skyline-Oaks Christian football game Sept. 18. Photo by Christopher Huber. Principal Lisa Hechtman to create three new entry-level class periods, room in the master schedule for said PTSA co-president Heather Gillette. "It's just one of those things that the timing just worked out and that it presented itself," Gillette said. Skyline choir teacher Nancy Ziebart, who worked with Hechtman and the PTSA to direct the funds, said the grant opens up more opportunity to students who may not have taken music to fulfill fine arts credits. "My excitement is that we will then be able to add a piano class here," Ziebart said. Skyline currently offers classes in concert band, jazz band, concert choir, vocal jazz, Skyline Symphony, IB music study, music technology, movies and music, and guitar. "This anows for students who maybe aren't involved in the arts already to find a niche," Ziebart said. Nielsen said students often have trouble with software-keyboard compatibility, thus creating prob- lems during class. He said the new software and equipment will streamline the music recording and writing process. "It's making it more accessible to a 'now' situation and to everyone all the time," he said. "It will make everything easier. It makes life so much simp!er. What we've got now, it works, it ll do, but the efficiency aspect, we can get twice as much stuff done." All of the money raised for the grant came from the PTSA's Pass the Hat donation drive from fall PTSA sign-up time, Brown said. The PTSA awarded the Skyline science department an $8,500 grant in 2008. Christopher Huber: 392-6434. ext. 242, or chuberisspress.com. Comment at www. issaquahpress, com. Middle school dance to take over commun center Sept. 25 Issaquah School District middle schoolers will take over the com- munity center in the first of six districtwide dances Sept. 25. The dance is from 7-10 p.m. Tickets are available for $5 at the door, but students must have photo identification, such as a school identification card. Concessions will be available for students to purchase. Once students are through the door, they must stay inside until 10 p.m., unless a parent meets them in the lobby. Students aren't allowed to the leave the building unescorted. Every stu- dent must also pass through a metal detector upon entering the building. All skateboards and backpacks need to be left at home. Students must also follow the dress code: No hats or bandanas. Shirts must touch the top of the waistband. Underwear can't be exposed or displayed. + Clothing must not have drug, hate, alcohol or violence refer- ences on it. Shorts, dresses and skirts above the mid-thigh or that are provocative are prohibited. Parent volunteers are still need- ed for the event. Anyone interest- ed should call 837-3317 or e-mall cathyj@ci.issaquah.wa.us. Community honors Harvey Manning at statue unveiling By Warren Kagarise Issaquah Press reporter Harvey Manning, who dubbed the mountains around the city the Issaquah Alps, is now immortal- ized in bronze at the Issaquah Trails House. Manning, known as the "Wilderness Warrior," founded the Issaquah Alps Trails Club and helped establish Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park. Manning died at 81 in November 2006. Elected officials, residents and friends of the late conservationist, more than 100 people in all, turned out Sept. 20 to dedicate the life-sized statue. The artwork epicts Manning in his signature 4d,-brimmed hat and thick- rimmed glasses seated atop a boul- der. The rocks included in the stat- ue installation were hauled from the Manning property. Artists Sara Johani and her hus- band, Tom Jay, used a photo of Manning seated on a rock outcrop- ping as inspiration for the statue. The sculpture was installed at the trails house Sept. 10. City Councilman David Kappler, who spoke at the ceremony, later recalled his first visit to the statue, a few days before the unveiling ceremony. "It was almost eerie having Harvey staring at you," Kappler said. "I wanted to say, 'Stop staring at me, Haey, and go save some open space. Kappler said the ceremony served as a reminder of what Manning accomplished and a call to complete still-unfinished efforts to preserve open space. Organizers raised about $65,000 to cover costs of the stat- ue and installation. Most of the contributions arrived in the form of small donations, though the charitable arm of outdoor retailer REI kicked in $10,000 and the city Arts Commission pledged Ss,ooo. Doug McClelland, the state Harvey Manning's statue, dedicated Sept. 20, sits on its permanent rocky perch the corner of Southeast Bush Street at Rainier Boulevard South. Department of Natural Resources official whose territory includes Tiger Mountain, worked with Manning to help create Tiger Mountain State Park. McClelland recalled how he received typewritten letters from Manning -- always sent on a sheet of recycled paper -- every few months with suggestions about how to protect wilderness and increase public access. McC!elland said the people at the Sept. 20 unveiling consisted of conservationists who had worked with Manning for years. He recalled working with Manning from 1980 to until he died in 2006. "The crowd was full of people who had worked with Harvey since the beginning," McClelland said. He challenged young people in the crowd to continue the work to preserve open space. McClelland said, without inter- vention from Manning, houses would dot large expanses of Cougar, Squak and Tiger moun- tains. He said Manning word help in "any way, shape or form' to pro- tect natural resources. Manning wrote several books and guides about hiking trails throughout Washington and the Pacific Northwest. His well-known titles include the "100 Hikes" guidebooks of the Cascades and the Olympics. Manning also helped edit a seminal book on climbing, "Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills." The statue is the latest commem- BY GIEG FAIIAR looking toward Squak Mountain from oration for Manning, known across the region for his lifelong efforts to protect wilderness. In May, city officials honored Manning with a top city environ- mental award -- the Ruth Kees Award for a Sustainable Community. The honor is awarded to people who work to protect nat- ural resources. Besides founding the trails club, Manning lobbied to protect Cougar Mountain and pre- serve North Cascades National Park. City Council members voted in April to rename Talus Park on Cougar Mountain as Harvey Manning Park at Talus. Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment at www. issaquahpress, com. *  Iquah Press is a vOtUm npaper in many height.s Y ° I ! dYes, I d like to he p tl I " the school PTSA. I I r-I New subscriber r-I Renewal ' I Name: I I Phone; -- i Address--  ! 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Human services campus agreement heads to council Officials will consider a partner- ship with a Redmond social servic- es agency as Issaquah leaders work to establish a human services campus. The agreement would enable officials at a Redmond nonprofit, the Family Resource Center, to city. City Council members will con- sider the proposal Oct. 5. When the measure returned to the Council Services & Operations Committee last week, Councilwoman Eileen Barber asked whether the city would receive the best possible informa- tion from the Family Resource Center. Though Barber lauded the a document we can an agree on to move forward comfortably, Barber said. Schaer called the agreement a "linchpin" to establishing a human services campus -- a goal council members set for themselves at a May retreat. 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