Katya Rukhlinskaia

An International Community School student is the 2019-20 winner of the sixth annual Washington State Zine Contest. Katya Rukhlinskaia, who is now in eighth grade, won for grades 7-9 for her “Tribes: The Cowlitz” zine entry.


When schools closed in March, the traditional end-of-year band concerts that showcase a year’s worth of practice and progress were effectively canceled. Rose Hill Middle School (RHMS) Band Instructor, Angela Laulainen got creative during the remote learning period and had her students record their parts at home.



    ICS students plant shade trees to save energy, reduce idling

    ICS tree planting

    The Green Team and sixth grade classes at International Community School planted seven flame maple trees on the east side of the school on March 7. As the trees mature, the shade will help keep classrooms cool in the morning and help keep parents cool in the afternoon while they are waiting to pick up students. 

    Julie Vasiliauskas, science teacher and Green Team adviser, said the project is intended to save energy and reduce car idling, since parents will be less tempted to use their vehicle’s air conditioning in the no-idle zone. 

    The idea came from eighth graders last year as part of their Climate Change Solutions science unit.

    The ICS Green Team, grades 6-12, secured a PTSA grant to fund the project. Green Team members trained groups of sixth graders on how to plant the trees in the morning. Sixth grade teachers facilitated plant-related lessons in the afternoon. Parent volunteers donated time and tools for the day.

    ICS Tree Planting group