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News from the Schools - October 6, 2011
Events, Awards & Achievements

US News ranks ICS eighth in the country for math, science
Redmond High also acknowledged

US News & World Report ranked International Community School number eight in the country in its first ever ranking of top high schools for math and science. As one of the top 208 schools, ICS earned a gold medal. Redmond High School was also recognized for excellence in math and science, earning a silver medal.

Rankings were based on 2008 data for schools that made the US News Best High Schools ranking in December 2009. Schools were ranked on the basis of math and science participation and success in Advanced Placement test data for science, technology, engineering and math.

Two local celebrities visit classrooms, participate in Read for the Record

Mike Gregoire, First Gentleman of the state of Washington, joined Kari Ely’s kindergarten class at Rose Hill Elementary School in Kirkland on Thursday, October 6, to participate in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record (right). John Marchione, the mayor of Redmond joined Monica Peter’s kindergarten class at Redmond Elementary for the event as well. This program, presented in partnership with the Pearson Foundation, is a world-record-breaking campaign that brings together children and adults to read the same book on the same day. The event focuses attention on the importance of early education.

Both “First Mike” and Mayor Marchione read the official campaign book, Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney. Each student received their own copy of the book to take home, courtesy of the Pearson Foundation, which also provided copies of the book for other pre-K and kindergarten classes around Lake Washington School District. “First Mike” also gave each student a Trooper the First Dog trading card, with information on the Gregoires’ Shiba Inu.

Juanita Elementary School celebrates Red Ribbon Week

Juanita Elementary students participated in an anti-drug event put on by the Drug Enforcement Administration at their school on Tuesday, October 4. The event was part of Red Ribbon Week, which raises awareness of drug use and the problems related to drugs, and encourages parents and educators to promote drug-free lifestyles. Red Ribbon week commemorates the life of DEA Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, who was murdered by Mexican drug traffickers.

Students learned about jobs with the DEA and some of the functions of the department. A parade of law enforcement vehicles included some from the DEA as well as Kirkland Police and Kirkland Fire. A highlight was a flyover by a DEA helicopter. Students were able to take a close look at all the vehicles, including the helicopter, and meet law enforcement personnel after an assembly that conveyed the anti-drug theme. As part of the assembly, students pledged to remain drug-free.

Photo: Seahawks mascot Blitz joined the Red Ribbon festivities at Juanita Elementary

Redmond High School junior receives community award

Jillian Roels, a Redmond High School (RHS) junior, has been awarded a Brotherton Community Champion award for making a positive impact on her community, putting her in the running for a $5,000 scholarship. Roels is a varsity cheerleader at RHS and is also Miss Redmond Teen USA, vying for the title of Miss Washington Teen USA this month.

Roels works to make a positive impact in her community through Girl Talk, Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to mentoring junior high girls through positive weekly meetings. She opened a chapter of Girl Talk in Redmond, which meets weekly at the Re/Max Preference office.

She also runs her own nonprofit organization, Spark Your Heart, dedicated to inspiring random acts of kindness. Spark Your Heart volunteers write positive notes to service men and women, send gifts, and send holiday cards to active living communities.

Muir Elementary teacher receives OfficeMax “A Day Made Better” award

Jamie Uphus, a third grade teacher at John Muir Elementary, was recognized Tuesday by OfficeMax as part of a nationwide cause called A Day Made Better. This annual event, founded by OfficeMax and Adopt-A-Classroom, rewards and recognizes extraordinary teachers for their hard work. Local OfficeMax associates surprised Jamie in her classroom with $1,000 worth of school supplies, including a new computer chair, digital camera and more. In addition, OfficeMax and local shoppers donated over $3,000 worth of school supplies to Muir Elementary. Her principal, Jeff DeGallier, nominated Jamie for this award. She was one of 1,000 teachers nationwide to receive surprise deliveries from OfficeMax, with the total donations equaling one million dollars.

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