|September 29, 2014 08:38 AM|
|A visit from the governor|
Governor Jay Inslee was so impressed by a short presentation from a team working on cellulosic ethanol production that he suggested a conversation with a venture capitalist interested in similar projects. The team was not from a start-up company or business incubator — it was a student team from Tesla STEM High School.
Governor Inslee visited the school on Tuesday, September 23, to discuss STEM education issues with Science Teacher Mike Town, Principal Cindy Duenas, and Superintendent Traci Pierce. But the highlight of his visit was the chance to talk to six student teams whose projects won awards at various competitions last spring.
Projects included a sustainability game, energy efficiency gains for elevators and escalators, and a concept that would increase the efficiency of electric cars.
Before he left, the governor proclaimed Mike Town as the “Washingtonian of the Day” and gave him the governor’s official apple pin.
|September 18, 2014 08:27 AM|
|FMA Live! comes to Rose Hill MS and Kamiakin MS|
What do you get when you combine hip hop music and dance with Sir Isaac Newton’s three laws of motion? Forces in Motion Live! (Called FMA Live!) Rose Hill Middle School
and Kamiakin Middle School
students were treated to a live show sponsored by Honeywell and NASA, where Sir Isaac Newton’s three laws of motion were shared through hip hop music and dance, as well as fun demonstrations. The goal of FMA Live! is to get middle school students excited about careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields by showing them that physics can be fun. Several student participants showed the three laws of motion in a series of demonstrations: jumping on a Velcro wall to show the law of inertia; teachers “sumo” wrestling in costumes to show that Force = Mass x Acceleration; and showing the law of action / reaction through an applesauce dunk tank over a teacher. The FMA Live! show visited Rose Hill Middle School on September 15 and Kamiakin Middle School on September 16 before continuing on its West Coast tour.
|September 15, 2014 09:16 AM|
|Emily Morgan named Symetra Hero in the Classroom|
Emily Morgan, a kindergarten teacher at Franklin Elementary, will be recognized as a Symetra Hero in the Classroom at the September 21 Seahawks game versus the Denver Broncos. On Wednesday, September 10, representatives from the Seattle Seahawks and Symetra surprised Emily with the award at an early morning assembly at her school. Emily won $1,000 for Franklin Elementary, as well as a customized Seahawks jersey and tickets to the September 21 Seahawks game, with an opportunity to go down to the field prior to the game. Emily was nominated for this award by Riley Frazier, a parent of a student in Emily’s class last year. Award recipients are selected for making a real difference in the lives of students by going above and beyond in their day-to-day responsibilities and for helping students build life skills.
|September 12, 2014 04:26 PM|
|Living a dream...and encouraging students to do the same|
Austin Jenckes, who recently finished in the top 10 of the NBC show “The Voice” stopped by Evergreen Middle School today for an assembly about setting goals and working hard to achieve your dreams. Austin embodies working hard toward a dream. Growing up in Duvall, Wash., Austin spent many years paving his own way in the music industry before landing an audition for “The Voice.” Austin came to Evergreen because he has a connection to the school: Robert Johnson, the new principal at Evergreen, was once Austin’s English teacher.
|September 12, 2014 10:31 AM|
|Successful senior project leaves safety legacy|
In May 2014, Lake Washington High School senior Taylor Holliday made a request to the Kirkland City Council for a traffic signal with a left turn arrow for westbound traffic to enter Lake Washington High School. This request was the culmination of her senior project. In response to the request, the Kirkland Public Works Street Division added an arrow to the existing traffic signal, which was operational in time for the first day of school on September 2. The modified signal now shows a left green arrow for westbound traffic on NE 80th Street, giving drivers the ability to enter the high school, while eastbound drivers yield to a red light. Read more.
|August 29, 2014 09:32 AM|
|Lake Washington Literacy Council helps prevent “summer slide”|
Three hundred LWSD students received age-appropriate, engaging books in a book tote at the end of last school year, courtesy of the Lake Washington Literacy Council. The Council is comprised of over 350 teachers from LWSD. The Literacy Council held a Summer Book Packs event on June 12 to help put books into the hands of at-risk readers during the summer with the goal of preventing the “summer slide” for these students. Students who received the books responded as though they had won the lottery when selected.
|August 28, 2014 11:12 AM|
|School supplies for Kamiakin students|
Students in need of school supplies at Kamiakin Middle School are in luck! On Thursday, August 21, the Liberty Road Foundation based in Redmond, Wash., delivered 111 student backpacks filled with school supplies to meet the needs of Kamiakin students. (Photo left to right: Mike Friedrich, John Dammarell Ph.D., Executive Director of Liberty Foundation, Ron Harris and Joe Joss, Kamiakin principal).
|August 27, 2014 04:31 PM|
|From Farm to Table: Teachers Explore the Science Behind the Nation’s Food Supply |
Tracy Bumgarner, a teacher at Emerson High School, was one of 32 teachers nationwide selected to complete a food science training program developed and implemented in partnership between the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and Graduate School USA. The one-week program for middle and high school science teachers, family and consumer science teachers, and health education teachers, took place in Washington, D.C., this summer.
The goal of the program is to educate teachers and students about critical food safety issues such as foodborne illnesses by exploring the science behind them. The program arms teachers with a unique topic and curriculum with which to teach science. In addition, participants learn about nutrition, food allergies, cosmetics safety and color additives from FDA experts. The teachers also receive nutrition material to help teach their students how to use the Nutrition Facts Label to make better food choices.
|August 27, 2014 04:31 PM|
|DonorsChoose to help English language learners at Rockwell Elementary |
In May, Rockwell Elementary kindergarten teacher Lynn Armstrong posted a request on the website DonorsChoose.org for various books to support her “Eager Readers” program. On the DonorsChoose.org request form, Lynn wrote, “With new books, our Eager Reader book packs can be individualized to support English language learners with engaging texts that teach sight words, rhymes, and new vocabulary. These books will last for many years and be used by hundreds of students and their families.” While attending the National Education Association Representative Assembly in July, Lynn learned that Horace Mann Companies chose to complete the funding of her project.