Thank you for serving our students, staff and community
We want to take this opportunity to thank outgoing Board members, Paul Mills and Mike Murphy, for their years of service to our students, staff and community. Mills joined the Board in 2001 and Murphy in 2007. As part of the district's five member School Board, they provided tremendous insight into district work and direction. Thank you!
Newport High Graduate Scores Perfect AP Exam
A recent Newport High School graduate is one of only 33 students in the world to earn every point possible on her Advanced Placement (AP) Microeconomics exam. 2013 Newport graduate Amy Hou received a perfect score on the AP Microeconomics exam taken last May. She earned every point possible by answering every multiple-choice question correctly and earning the maximum scores on each of the problems in the free-response section of the exam. Hou was a student in Caryn Heffernan's AP Microeconomics course. Hou currently attends Emory University. Read more
Sammamish High School Named Microsoft Mentor School
Sammamish High School has been selected as a Microsoft Mentor School for the 2013-2014 school year. It’s one of only six schools in the United States and just 80 worldwide to receive the recognition for their innovative use of technology to transform education. Participation as a Microsoft Mentor School means Sammamish will have the opportunity to share valuable experiences, lessons and best practices with Microsoft and other schools and educators, while also working to promote ideas to innovate in teaching and learning. The school will have the opportunity to develop a pitch for a technology plan to be presented at the Microsoft Education Global Forum next spring in Spain. Read more
Lake Hills Teacher Named "Symetra Hero in the Classroom"
Lake Hills kindergarten teacher Megan James was named a “Symetra Hero in the Classroom” during a surprise school assembly in late October. James was nominated for the award by a Lake Hills parent. She’s one of 16 teachers across the Puget Sound region recognized for their ability to make a real difference in students’ lives; for going above and beyond their daily responsibilities; and for helping students build life skills. James received a donation for classroom supplies and tickets to a Seahawks game, where she will be recognized during an on-field presentation.
Interlake Volleyball, Newport Girls Swim Teams Named Academic State Champions
The Interlake High School volleyball team and Newport High School girls swim team have been named Academic State Champions by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association. The award recognizes teams with the highest average GPA in their sport and division. The Interlake volleyball team, coached by Melissa Brodsky, had a team average GPA of 3.871. The Newport swim team, coached by Eric Bartleson, had a team average GPA of 3.786. Both teams will be recognized at the upcoming state championships.
International Teacher Named Finalist for National Math & Science Teaching Award
International School teacher Isabel Lee Holt has been selected as a state-level finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Holt has spent the majority of her career teaching 10th grade and AP Biology at International. She’s one of 8 teachers from across the state to receive the nomination. The PAEMST is the highest honor for K-12 math or science teachers and is given annually to teachers from each of the 50 states. Finalists are selected by a statewide committee. National award recipients will be announced in the spring.
Interlake Student Named Semifinalist for National Achievement Scholarship Program
Interlake Senior Jonathan Harvey-Buschel is one of 1,600 high school seniors nationwide selected as a Semifinalist in the 50th annual National Achievement Scholarship Program. The program, conducted by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, recognizes academically promising black students throughout the nation. Semifinalists have the opportunity to compete for approximately 800 Achievement Scholarship awards worth about $2.5 million. Recipients will be announced next spring.
Interlake High Chamber Orchestra Places Third in National Competition
The Interlake High School Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Shira Katsman, recently earned third place in the school orchestra division of The American Prize competition. Interlake was selected from applications reviewed this summer from all across the country. The American Prize recognizes and rewards the best performing artists, ensembles and composers in the United States, based on submitted recordings. Judges commented that Interlake’s orchestra had a “generous depth of tone, good intonation… performances with a sense of direction and considerable expression.”
District Receives Best Workplace for Waste Prevention and Recycling Award
The district has been recognized as a Best Workplace for Waste Prevention and Recycling by King County's Solid Waste Division. This is the third year the district has received the award. The district was recognized for employing an aggressive recycling and waste reduction program in which all schools are required to participate. All schools in the district have completed all three levels of the King County Green Schools Program. Read more
National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist List Includes 44 Bellevue Students
Forty four students from Bellevue have been named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists. Semifinalists received the highest scores in the state on the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). They represent less than one percent of high school seniors across the nation.
To advance to the Finalist stage, Semifinalists must submit a detailed scholarship application, have an outstanding academic record, be endorsed by a high school official, write an essay and score well on the SAT. Finalists compete for 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth about $45 million. Finalists will be announced next spring.
National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists:
Bellevue High School
Interlake High School
Jia Wen Chan
Newport High School
Odle Student Wins National Chemistry Competition
Congratulations to Odle Middle School student Eshan Kemp, who took home top honors at the 2013 National You Be the Chemist Challenge this past summer in Philadelphia. Kemp emerged as the 2013 National Champion following nine rounds of competition designed to test students’ knowledge of chemistry concepts, important scientific discoveries, and more. Kemp advanced to the nationals after winning the state championship last spring.
Enatai Student Wins National Creative Writing Contest
Congratulations to Enatai fifth grader Erin Stark, whose essay won the national “Celebrate America” creative writing contest. Stark advanced to the national competition after her essay on the theme “Why I am Glad America is a Nation of Immigrants” placed first in the state competition. The nationwide competition is judged by U.S. senators, award-winning authors and noted journalists. Erin has been invited to read her essay at an event in San Francisco. Her winning entry will also be printed in the Congressional Record. Enatai fifth graders Malia Yamamoto and Eva Richards also placed second and seventh, respectively, at the state competition.
Interlake Students Place at Intel International Science & Engineering Fair
Interlake students Alisha Saxena and Meera Srinivasan wowed the competition at the recent Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (IntelISEF) in Phoenix, Arizona. Saxena, a junior, won third place in the Mechanical and Electrical Engineering category for her project, “A Microprocessor Controlled Device with Cloud Connected Sensors for Improving Cardiovascular Health and Workout Efficacy.” Srinivasan, a sophomore, won fourth place in the Microbiology category for her project, “Rett Syndrome: Determining the Optimal Viral System for Gene Therapy.” IntelISEF is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition.
Bellevue Bands Hit High Note at 2013 BHS Jazz Festival
More than 50 bands from across Washington and Oregon competed at the 31st annual Bellevue High School Jazz Festival. The student musicians took part in two days of competition, each of which ended with a finals concert in the brand new Performing Arts Center at BHS. The following Bellevue schools placed at the top of their division:
Junior High School
First place: Chinook Middle School, directed by Todd Mahaffey
First Place: Sammamish High School, directed by Mark Wilbert
Third Place: Interlake Jazz 2, directed by Paul Gillespie
First Place: Interlake Jazz 1, directed by David Kim
First Place: Newport High School, directed by Cory Edwards
Spencer Edgers, Newport Jazz tenor saxophonist; Danae Greenfield, Newport Jazz piano; Ben Zobel, Newport Jazz clarinet; Stanley Ruvinov, Interlake Jazz Bass; Carlos Eine, Interlake Jazz Tenor Saxophone; and Ben Acone, Sammamish Jazz piano.
Interlake Senior Named 2013 Presidential Scholar in the Arts
Interlake High School senior Ben Kadie has been named a 2013 U.S. Presidential Scholar. Kadie is one of only 141 seniors nationwide to receive the honor, which recognizes students' accomplishments in academics or the arts. Kadie was recognized as one of the 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts. Scholars are chosen based on their academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership and commitment to high ideals. Kadie will receive a medal at a White House ceremony in June. His film, “The Painted Girl,” will be screened at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.
Four Bellevue students win National Merit Scholarships
Four Bellevue students are among this year’s National Merit Scholarship winners. They were chosen from more than 15,000 finalists in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program. Winners of the $2,500 scholarship are judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.
International School: Katherine Becker
Newport High: Isabel Chien, Emily Zhang
Interlake High: Margaret Locke
Tyee Students Featured in Health Lesson Videos
Two new videos on a state website feature Tyee Middle School students using mallets, rubber tubing and some mashed apples to learn an important lesson about how their bodies get proper nutrition. Their hands-on and a bit messy seventh grade nutrition lesson was captured on camera for a training video for teachers across the state, demonstrating best practices around the Health Trek lessons. The “Nutrient Wise” and “Think Before You Drink” videos can be seen on the website of the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (select the Middle School tab).
Five BSD students win corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarships
Five students from the Bellevue School District have received corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarships. Winners were selected from students who advanced to the Finalist level in the National Merit Scholarship competition and met the criteria of the scholarship sponsors.
National Merit Boeing Scholarship
Interlake High School: Graham Jordan, Kayla Miller, Haoming Wang
International School: Margit Lund
Newport High School: Shannon Ren
Interlake Jazz Band Takes First Place at Reno Jazz Festival
Interlake High School's Jazz Band placed first in their division at the annual Reno Jazz Festival, which attracts some of the best high school bands in the nation. Interlake was the only high school in Washington selected to perform in the festival's showcase awards ceremony. Interlake's Jazz Band is directed by David Kim and Paul Gillespie. Watch their performance at the Reno Jazz Festival
Medina Third Grader Eva Lindberg is the Washington State Winner in the 2013 Doodle 4 Google Contest
Eva’s doodle for “My Best Day Ever” is a colorful drawing of a Day at the Island. She says on her best day ever, she would play with the island monkeys, snakes, turtles, parrots and ants before heading home at sunset. Eva won a trip to New York City for the national awards ceremony. Voters will choose the national finalists from the 50 state winners. Vote for Eva’s design
Two Tyee Middle School students were among the 250 State Finalists nationwide. View Leah Chen and Eva Smerekanych's designs.
Bellevue students recently took top honors at the Washington Future Problem Solving State Bowl
Students who finished in first and second place advance to the Future Problem Solving International competition this June at Indiana University. The competition stimulates critical and creative thinking skills, encourages students to develop a vision for the future, and prepares students for leadership roles.
First Place: Camille Richards, Odle Middle School
First Place: Alex Tang, Interlake High School (placed 10th at International competition)
Second Place: Michael Kim, Interlake High School
Third Place: Huadian Zhang, Interlake High School
Scenario Writing Competition Winners:
Second Place: Michael Kim, Interlake High School
Third Place: Aashka Damani, Interlake High School
First Place: Odle (Mehek Dedhia, Surtaz Khan, Gabriel Shen, Vaughn Poon)
Second Place: Odle (Jacob Zhang, Maxwell Zhang, Colin Tang, Ethan Ling)
First Place: Interlake (Jiaqi Chen, Mahalaxmi Elango, David Li, Jessica Jiang) -- placed 10th at International competition
Third Place: Odle (Terrance Wang, Nikolai Warner, Andrew Xue, Jenny Xu)
First Place: Interlake (Sheuli Chowdhury, Zeynep Ertugay, Laetitia Zhang, Kathleen Zhu
Second Place: Interlake (Akshath Sivaprasad, Mathi Manavalin, Mira Liu, Aashka Damani) -- placed 7th at International competition
Third Place: Interlake (Clarine Long, Douglas Mui, Sarah Williams, Yanisa Techagumthorn)
In addition, one junior team from Odle (Rasika Obla, Eshan Kemp, Anirudh Prakash, Eshika Saxena) ranked third in junior presentations. Interlake participants this year were coached by Daniel Becker, and Debby Benzinger and Joan Boyd coached the Odle teams.
Tyee Middle School students and Teacher Karen Barkley received the "Commitment to Community" Award
Tyee Middle School students and Teacher Karen Barkley received the "Commitment to Community" Award at the 2013 American Red Cross King County Heroes Breakfast for their fundraising efforts for Superstorm Sandy relief.
After learning in class about the human impact on natural disasters, students raised more than $800 in a week. Most of it was collected during Halloween trick-or-treating. Watch the Red Cross video about Tyee's Commitment to Community.
International Student Invited to Aspen Music Festival and School this summer in Colorado
International School eighth grader and violinist Christina Ding has been invited to attend the Aspen Music Festival and School this summer in Colorado. Aspen is a prestigious orchestral and operatic summer music festival, which offers students a combination of one-on-one instruction and professional performance experience. Ding is one of about 600 students from around the world who were invited to attend, out of an estimated 350,000 applications.
Interlake High School Chamber Orchestra's Excellent Rating
The Interlake High School Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Shira Katsman, earned an “Excellent” rating at the ASTA National Orchestra Festival in Rhode Island. The Interlake orchestra was one of seven high school orchestra from across the nation who participated in the finals of the national competition.
District Jazz Musicians Earn Rave Reviews
Talented jazz musicians from Chinook Middle School and International School earned rave reviews at the Jazz Northwest Festival in Spokane. The Chinook Jazz Band, under the direction of Todd Mahaffey, was awarded first place in the Middle School division. The International School band, under the direction of Andy Rubesch, was awarded third place in the A/AA High School Division.
Interlake High School Counselor Named "Super Counselor"
Congratulations to Interlake High School counselor Mary Beth Gunson, who has been named the March 2013 “Super Counselor” by NextStepU.com, a website designed to help students plan for their next steps in planning for college, careers and life. Ms. Gunson was nominated by a student, who described her as “incredibly energetic and thoughtful” and someone students know they can count on. Read more
Odle Mathletes Win First Place
Odle Middle School “mathletes” won first place at the 2013 Washington State MATHCOUNTS Competition. Members of the winning team are Patrick Wang, Colin Tang, Allen Yang and Erich Liang. As first, second and fourth place finishers overall Wang, Tang and Yang will represent Washington at the national MATHCOUNTS Competition in Washington, D.C. in early May. Tang also won first place in the written contest.
Principal Eric Ferguson Named a King County Earth Hero
Congratulations to Highland Middle School Assistant Principal Eric Ferguson, who has been named a King County Earth Hero at a School. Ferguson works with Highland’s Green Team and recruited students to help with the school’s new composting stations.
Tyee Students are Big Winners at Washington State Chinese Language and Talent Competition
Students from Tyee Middle School were big winners at the recent Washington State Chinese Language and Talent Competition. Teacher Rongfen Sun Burford shared the following results:
Public Speech in Chinese
First Place - Andrea Scallon
Third Place – Sarah Ea
Honorable Mention – Angela Ea
First Place – Leah Chen
China Knowledge Bowl
First Place – Angela Ea, Sarah Ea, Janet Jue, Sonya Lao
Second Place – Jessica Wang, Sharon Zhang, Miku Hanatate, Jocelyn Dawson
Second Place – Jocelyn Dawson and Janet Jue
Third Place – Sarah Ea and Angela Ea
Bellevue Students Chosen for 2013 NAfME All-Northwest Music Events
Students selected for the 2013 NAfME All-Northwest Band, Mixed Choir, Treble Choir, Orchestra and Jazz Band will perform at the NAfME Northwest Division Conference in Portland, Oregon in mid-February. All-Northwest represents six states, including Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska and Wyoming. Congratulations to the following students:
2013 NAfME All-Northwest Band
2013 NAfME All-Northwest Jazz Band
2013 NAfME All-Northwest Mixed Choir
2013 NAfME All-Northwest Orchestra
2013 NAfME All-Northwest Treble Choir
42 Bellevue Students Chosen to Participate in 2013 WMEA All-State Music Events
Students selected for the 2013 WMEA All-State Concert Band, Symphonic Choir and Symphony Orchestra will meet and perform at the Washington Music Educators Association conference in Portland, Oregon in mid-February. Congratulations to the following students:
2013 WMEA All-State Concert Band
Zi Bing Chang
Kevin (Myungki) Kang
Chloe (Chungeun) Lee
2013 WMEA All-State Symphonic Choir
2013 WMEA All-State Symphony Orchestra
Tae Hyun Kwon
The Newport High School Football Team Named 2012 4A Football Academic State Champion
The Newport High School Football Team has been named the 2012 4A Football Academic State Champion in the WIAA/Dairy Farmers of Washington/Les Schwab Tires Scholastic Awards Program. The award recognizes teams or groups that maintain a high collective academic standard, with the team with the highest average GPA named Academic State Champion. The Newport football team’s average GPA is 3.314.
Curriculum Developer Patty Shelton has been named the 2012 Educator of the Year by MOHAI
BSD Social Studies Curriculum Developer Patty Shelton has been named the 2012 Educator of the Year by the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) in Seattle. The award honors an individual in Washington who “demonstrates dedication, innovation and excellent in the areas of history, geography and civics education.” Shelton has worked with MOHAI for more than five years. She has helped plan exhibits and develop education initiatives and projects, including special artifact kits called “People on the Move,” which are used in fourth grade classrooms throughout Bellevue. Shelton is a Sammamish High School graduate who has worked for the district since 1984, both in the classroom and as a curriculum developer.
BHS Football Wins the Class 3A State Title
Bellevue High School Football team wins the Class 3A State Title. With this win, the Wolverines have won five straight state championships and ten of the last twelve.
Bellevue High School Boys Water Polo Team Wins State, Newport Finishes Third
The Bellevue Boys Water Polo Team won the 2012 State Championship and also earned the No. 1 ranking in the state. This is Bellevue's second consecutive state championship win. The Newport team finished in third place. Players from both teams made All-State Teams. Read more... (Seattle Times)
Newport Wins the 2012 WIAA 4A Girls Swimming & Diving State Championship
Newport wins the 2012 WIAA 4A Girls Swimming & Diving State Championship with a point total of 217. The NHS SWIVE team had strong performances in all events including the 200 free relay (2nd place), the 200 medley relay (3rd place) and the 400 free relay (3rd place). Go Knights! Read more... (Seattle Times)