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PAGE C 6 THE ISSAQUAH PRESS SCHOOLS WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 9 2009 41. GOLD STARS Issaquah NJROTC More than 50 Naval Junior Re- serve Officers Training Corps stu- dents from Pacific Cascade Freshman Campus and Issaquah High School attended a Basic Leadership Training course Nov. 21 and 22 in Stanwood. Students were jarred awake Nov. 21 and headed into a full day of basic training courses at Camp Warm Beach facihty. Cadets spent 48 hours march- ing, drilling, running and doing calisthenics. They learned about leadership, the history of the Navy, the Navy ROTC program at IHS and the importance of the Navy uniform; received armed drill training and proper flag etiquette. They formed ranks and stood at attention; any mistakes were met with shouting and pushups, all carefully observed to make sure no student was pushed be- yond his or her abilities. "The purpose of BLT is to teach basic leadership and mentoring skills," naval science instructor Rick "Top" DeMarco, a retired master sergeant of the U.S. Marine Corps, said in a press release. After completing their courses Nov. 22, the students attended a graduation cere- mony at PCFC. Students who attended the training received an advance in rank and parents were shown a brief slideshow demonstrating the tough rigors their children had endured. Skyline High School students Keeping their school's spirit alive, several varsity athletes competed during the school's half-time football activities dur- ing their game against Ken- tridge High School Nov. 6 at French Field in Kent. Two varsity representatives from the cross country, boys golf, boys tennis, girls soccer and volleyball teams took time to help boost their fans before their football team won. The teams worked their way through a series of obstacles, and fans cheered them on, showing their support with an abundance of Spartan spirit. The competition was fierce, but in the end the boys golf duo tri- umphed and won bragging rights as the best half-time ath- letes for fall season. Gold Stars highlights accomplishments -- big or small-- by Issaquah stu- dents. Send a few sentences and the student's name, age, grade, school, good deed and a photograph, if possi. Liberty High School's solar panels have been installed just behind the reader board at the entrance to the school's parking lot. BY TIM PFARR Lberty's solar panels nearly read, v* Sustainability curriculum to follow By Tim Pfarr Issaquah Press reporter he installation of Liberty High School's new solar panels is nearly complete, and the school will likely adopt new sustainabil- ity curricula into its science classes next semester. Science teacher Mark Buchli said the school's panels were supposed to be in- stalled in August, but contracting difficulties delayed the installation until October. "It's been a long haul," he said, noting that the project has been in the works for two years. Liberty's nine solar panels now sit atop a "I'm excited to see the curriculum piece. That's where we plant the seed." - Mark Buchli Liberty High School science teacher pole about 20 feet from the ground, just be- hind the reader board at the entrance to the parking lot. Liberty's panels were funded by a $26,700 grant from Puget Sound Energy as part of the Solar 4R Schools program. The Bonneville Environmental Foundation over- sees the program. The Issaquah Schools Foundation con- tributed $9,500 to the school for enhance- ments to the basic solar panel structure as part of its Big Ideas grant program. The money from the foundation funded a track- ing device that allows the panels to physi- cally follow the sun across the sky. Issaquah School District Resource Con: servation Manager John McCartney said the tracking device will allow the panel to produce 25 percent to 40 percent more en- ergy. "It's getting the maximum amount of en- ergy from the sun," he said. Workers from A & R Solar installed the structure from Oct. 26-28, and it now awaits final cable installations, an electrical inspection and a productivity examination from PSE after the panels are fully opera- tional. Once the panels are up and recording data, a Bonneville Environmental Founda- tion official will visit Liberty to inform teachers of the different options available for implementation of a sustainability cur- riculum. Buchli said he expects the curriculum to be incorporated into all of Liberty's science courses except biology. "I'm excited to see the curriculum piece," IN THE CURRICULUM New curricula Liberty High School students will see added to their science classrooms: Ninth-grade physical science: data analy- sis and organization Chemistry: the science of making a solar panel / Physics: energy conversion and introduc- tion to AC and DC power Environmental science: Uberty solar pan- els' efficiency in comparison to other panels in the area he said. "That's where we plant the seed." Through the grant, Liberty also received a solar oven and portable solar panel that can be used for demonstration and research. Buchli said the new equipment has caught students' eyes. "There's been a lot of amazement," he said, adding that he already has an honors physics student who plans to use the portable device to conduct her own re- search. Those who have been involved with the project are excited the panels arenearly operational and ready to help students learn. "I'm just thrilled," said volunteer Eleonor Schneider, who co-wrote the grant proposal. "Mark is just a bundle of energy. It,s just so neat to give him a tool like this, because I know he's totally going to take advantage of it." In the 2010-2011 school year, the edu- cational outreach program will begin, and Buehli, Schneider and Liberty students will travel to Maywood Middle School and local elementary schools to teach younger students about the solar technology at Lib- erty. 7m Pfarr: 392-6434, ext. 239, or newcas@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com. Kids' Night Out is Dec. 11 Looking for a night out for the kids, or yourself?. Challenger Elementary School is hosting Kids' Night Out from 5-9 p.m. Dec. 11. The cost for children to have fun with Skyline High School Associated Student Body leaders and other parents is $15. All proceeds go to the Cancer Care Alliance in Seattle. There will be games and fun activities and a pizza dinner. E-mail Emily@jkematson.org for more information. Celebrating traditions is impoi00:zmt fi)]: l:e00ens and my reserved spot by the fire- place where I sit each night. Small traditions like these sometimes have the most impact. A whole new world has been uncovered for me and I urge you this holiday season to not only reach out and try something new, but to also take time to recognize and treasure the small traditions you may have, whether that is lighting your menorah or decorat- ing your tree. t  ISSAQE AH FINANCE PROGRAM J (42) 888-2343 www.centuryrooflng.blz 1-800-943-8730 *with this coupon limited time offer I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I with a new roof installation LA OR 50/o OFF Local news, updated daily! 1MITIS lClAISlS re'V[ t IBI E[Sl - Giving you the best warranties in the business! CENTURY ROOFING le to clusebrink@isspress.com. , , , , your roof inspected before inclement weather hits - Installing roofs since the late 60's! By Kate Borgnes radition has never struck me as being im- portant. Why stick to the old when you can expe- rience the new? How- ever, this last holiday, I realized the strength of tradition's hold on me. Every Thanksgiving, there must be sweet potatoes with marshmal- lows on the table. In my family, that's the way it always has been and that's the way we will always do it. This year, however, I had Thanksgiving with a new side of the family. They were polite, kind, quiet and they had sweet potatoes with marshmallows. However, this was not my recipe for sweet potatoes with marshmal- lows. This was not the house I was accustomed to giving thanks in; this stuffing was not cooked by my grandma; there was no football game in the background. At that moment, I realized that traditions had always been around Hall Monitor Kate Borgnes Issaquah High School me, but I was so used to their pres- ence I had not taken the time to no- tice them. I had not seen how much it had shaped and defined me. It has been tradition that has made me feel safe, comfortable and loved. Whether it is mother's meatloaf, high school's homecoming or the Salmon Days Parade, traditions are tangible reminders of a per- son's family and community, the places he or she belongs. And it does not just stop there, because traditions are not just re- served for these cold winter months. I am beginning to appre- ciate my early morning cup of tea [ Receptions Accommodates 2oo * Stage for band or DJ \\; RENT Pl' LAA'E \\; co00Ma00ar aus /