Bellevue Assistant Principal Named 2015 Academic Assembly Distinguished Award Winner
January 8, 2015
Congratulations to Newport High School’s Assistant Principal, Lance Balla, who was selected by the College Board as the 2015 Academic Assembly Distinguished Award winner for the Western Region. The award recognizes those who have offered meritorious service to their profession and proven ability as a “leader of leaders.”
The award also recognizes individuals with exemplary contributions which enhance the aims and professional activities of the College Board and for outstanding professional outreach on behalf of students over an extended period of time. Balla will be formally recognized at the Western Regional Forum in Newport Beach, Calif. on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015.
“Lance is an innovative leader and influential spokesperson for important issues in education not only in the Bellevue School District, but also on the national stage and specifically with College Board,” said Curriculum Developer Cathy Wellington. “Lance advocates for rigorous education for all students and has been an invaluable asset for our district. He is well deserving of this distinguished service award.”
Tillicum Choir Wins Holiday Song Contest
December 23, 2014
Tillicum’s Advanced Choir of seventh and eighth graders was awarded $1000 from Bellevue Schools Foundation for their rendition of “Winter Wonderland.” Students were asked to write new lyrics about the Foundation to the tune of an original holiday song.
“Asking our students to exercise their creativity and vocal cords on behalf of the Foundation so as to earn a $1000 prize seems like the perfect way to express our appreciation to our donors,” said Bellevue Schools Foundation executive director Roxanne Shepherd. “While enjoying the holiday video, donors are reminded of the Foundation’s gratitude knowing their money wasn’t spent buying and mailing cards, but put to work supporting student music.”
“Students tackle a “real world problem” – helping a nonprofit spread holiday greetings in a fun way that stands out during a busy season – working collaboratively to earn money for the choir. And, of course, we are so proud of the students and delighted to have them represent us to our community. It just works all the way around,” Shepherd said.
Additionally, the students delighted district central office workers with holiday songs on Dec. 17, expressing their appreciation to the staff for their support and all that they do.
Watch a video of the students performing the award-winning song.
Puesta del Sol Teacher Honored as Hero in the Classroom
December 19, 2014
Fourth grade teacher Kjell Mattson was named Hero in the Classroom on Tuesday, Dec. 16 by Symetra and the Seattle Seahawks. Mattson was awarded $1000 for his classroom by Symetra and received two tickets to see the Seattle Seahawks face off against the St. Louis Rams on Dec. 28.
Sixteen Puget Sound K-12 teachers will be honored during the 2014 NFL season through the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom program.
Big Wins for Bellevue Robotics Teams
December 11, 2014
On December 6th, over two dozen First Lego League (FLL) teams from the Bellevue School District participated in the Edmonds Regional.
Bellevue Big Picture school had three teams comprised of students in grades 6-8 score in the top 12. Two of their teams advanced to the state semi-final:
- Team 1623, the Metallic Panthers, received the Research Award, which recognizes a team that utilizes diverse resources to formulate an in-depth and comprehensive understanding of the problem they have identified. The team researched the learning of languages for their project.
- Team 1624, the Jungle Knights, received the coveted Champion’s Award, which recognizes a team that embodies the FLL experience, by fully embracing the Core Values while achieving excellence and innovation in both the Robot Game and Project.
Elementary students came up big as well. Ardmore, Cherry Crest, Phantom Lake, Puesta del Sol, Sherwood Forest, Somerset, and Woodridge all sent teams to the regional. Impressively, four elementary teams qualified for the state semi-final after competing against middle school teams:
- Team 11078, the Go-Go Gadgets (Woodridge), received the Judges Award. This top honor celebrates the team that exemplifies the core values of FIRST in their relationships with other teams and by their demonstrated gracious professionalism.
- Team 14394 (Cherry Crest) received the Outstanding Research Project Award.
- Team 14392 (Cherry Crest) received the Gracious Professionalism Award.
- Team 11421 (Cherry Crest)
Four Interlake High School Students Perform with the 2014 NAfME All-National Honors Ensembles
November 5, 2014
Congratulations to Interlake High School students, Rolanda Fu (violin), Emily Sun (violin), Trey Sakazaki (alto sax) and Chance Sweetser (trombone), for being named to the 2014 NAfME All-National Honor Ensemble sponsored by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). Together these four Interlake High School students joined the most musically talented and skilled high school students in the United States for a once-in-a-lifetime experience: performing on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee, on October 29, 2014.
Fu and Sun who study under the direction of Dr. Shira Katsman are two of only four students from Washington State named to the 150 member Symphony Orchestra, while Sakazaki and Sweetser, under the direction of Interlake High School’s David Kim and Paul Gillespie, are two of just three Washington State students named to the 150 member Concert Band.
District social worker named Distinguished School Social Worker of the Year
October 29, 2014
Longtime Bellevue School District social worker Piper Sangston was named 2014 Distinguished School Social Worker of the Year at the annual Washington Association of School Social Workers conference.
Bellevue teacher Enid Smith Becker named Secondary Level Educator of the Year
October 14, 2014
Enid Smith Becker, who teaches at Bellevue’s International School, was named Secondary Level Educator of the Year by The Washington Art Education Association.
“Enid is deeply committed to her students being able to express their creativity through many forms of media and in supporting them to high levels of mastery,” International School Principal Jen Rose said in a press release.
The award is given to a Washington state teacher that has extensive history of highly accomplished teaching at the high school level.
Bellevue Student Named Semifinalist in 2015 National Achievement Scholarship Program
October 14, 2014
Haelan Nunn, a student at Bellevue High, was named a semifinalist in the 2015 National Achievement Scholarship Program.
The National Achievement Scholarship Program, conducted by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, is a privately financed academic competition. It was initiated in 1964 to recognize academically promising black students throughout the nation and to provide scholarships to a substantial number of the most outstanding program participants.
To advance to the finalist level in the competition, semifinalists and their school must submit a detailed scholarship application in which they provide information about the student’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received.
International Principal Jen Rose recognized for educational leadership
October 14, 2014
Jen Rose, Principal at International School, was selected by the UW College of Education for the University Council for Educational Administration Excellence in Educational Leadership Award.
The award is given to school administrators who have made significant contributions to the improvement of administrator preparation.
Bellevue Students Win National Merit Scholarships
September 23, 2014
Bellevue students were among some 2,500 Merit Scholars chosen from 15,000 finalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. Factors considered included academic record, including difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned; scores from two standardized tests; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay written by the finalist; and a recommendation written by a high school official.
Bellevue National Merit Scholarship winners include:
- Tiffany Chen, International School
- Aashka Damani, Interlake
- Menglan Ji, Interlake
- Michael Kim, Interlake
- Stafford-Ames Morse III, Interlake
- Oliver Hu, Bellevue High
- Audrey Chen, Interlake
College-Sponsored National Merit Scholarship Winners from Bellevue include:
- Varun Dhananjaya, Interlake
- Tanner Peterson, Interlake
- Ottomar Shih, Interlake
Bellevue Schools Ranked Among Top in the Nation
September 10, 2014
School ranking lists are out for 2014 and Bellevue schools
have once again been named among the best in the nation.
The International School was ranked 32nd overall in the
country by The Daily Beast. Also ranked were Newport High at 158th, Bellevue
High at 310th, and Interlake High at 407th. Also by The Daily Beast, the
International School, Newport, and Interlake were ranked in the top 100 for
rigor, and the International School was also ranked in the top 100 for
graduation rate and ACT/SAT scores. According to The Daily Beast, criteria used
to rank schools included: “college-level courses and exams, percentage of students
with free or reduced lunch, as well as SAT and ACT scores.”
Additionally, Newport High School was ranked 219th in the
country on the “America’s Top High Schools” list by Newsweek.
Bellevue Teachers Honored as Symetra Heroes in the Classroom
September 10, 2014
Medina Elementary teacher Susan Muller and Sammamish High teacher Elayne Grueber were both named Symetra Heroes in the Classroom last week.
Mueller and Grueber were named Teachers of the Week and were honored both at their respective schools and at the Seahawks game vs. Green Bay on Sept. 4. Both received two tickets to the game, and each school received a $1,000 donation.
Throughout the 2014 NFL season 16 Puget Sound area K-12 teachers will be honored for educational excellence through the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom program.
Interlake Junior Places at Intel International Science & Engineering Fair
June 11, 2014
Meera Srinivasan, a junior at Interlake, won the second award for Environmental Sciences at the Intel ISEF in Los Angeles. Meera was awarded $1,500 for her project "P.A.H. (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons) Mixtures: Using Zebrafish to Elucidate Mechanisms of Toxicity."
Millions of students around the world compete for an opportunity to advance to 450 regional fairs. Winners of the regional fairs advance to the Intel ISEF.
Team of Bellevue students win Warren Buffett's "Grow Your Own Business Challenge"
May 19, 2014
Tyee students Krystal and Kei and Somerset student Allyson, won the 3rd annual Secret Millionaires Club "Grow Your Own Business Challenge". The competition challenged kids to create original business ideas. Krystal, Kei and Allyson created a business idea called WiseGuide which they presented to Warren Buffett and a panel of judges at a Grand Prize Event in Omaha, NE. WiseGuide is an online community that helps connects people with grandparents and the elderly.
Bellevue Students Qualify for US Presidential Scholars Program
May 18, 2014
Of the three million graduating seniors in the class of 2014, 3,900 qualified for the US Presidential Scholars Award. Twenty of those students are from the Bellevue School District; three of them were named semifinalists.
- Jenny Jin, BHS
- Alisha Saxena, IHS
- Stafford-Ames Morse, IHS
Coral Bays-Muchmore (IHS); Irving Chen (NHS); Johan How (SHS); Menglan Ji (IHS); Rona Ji (IHS); Julia Liu (IHS); Charles Lu (IHS); Arielle Menn (IHS); Ottomar Shih (IHS); Akshath Sivaprasad (IHS); Alex Tang (IHS); Yanisa Techagumthorn (IHS); Thomas White (BHS); Matthew Zhao (NHS); Joseph Pooley (IHS); Kevin Liu (IHS); Mira Liu (IHS)
The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, appointed by President Obama, selects honored scholars annually based on their academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership, and demonstrated commitment to high ideals.
Odle Student Wins First Place in World Citizen Essay Contest
May 14, 2014
Odle Middle School seventh-grader Anirudh Prakash's essay won First Place at the World Citizen Essay Contest, among nearly 450 entries from across WA state. Anirudh will be presented his award at the June Council meeting, where he will meet the Famous travel-author Rick Steves is the keynote speaker and award presenter for this year's awards ceremony.
Excerpt from Anirudh's essay Piracy: A Conspiracy to Shun Ancient Growth is below:
“Although the Oscar-nominated Captain Phillips shed the spotlight on Somalia last year, current events research had already sparked my curiosity about the horn of Eastern Africa. Like Peter Pan craving Neverland, I dared to venture into an unconventional travel on the rarely chosen path…I would question international organizations and tourists…I would dig deep into a young pirate’s origin…I could help earn a well deserving respect for a misunderstood ancient settlers’ nation with a vibrant past.”
Science Infinity Club Places 4th at the National Science Bowl
May 5, 2014
Bellevue students Sagarika Samavedi (Odle) and Veenadhari Kollipara (Highland), along with their team Science Infinity, took home 4th place in the middle school competition at the National Science Bowl in Washington D.C.
The National Science Bowl is a nationwide competition that tests students across all areas of science and mathematics and is run by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). This year over 5,000 middle students and over 9,000 high school students competed across the entire country.
Sagarika and Veenadhari reached the national competition after placing 1st in a regional competition. At regionals they were joined on the podium by Odle students Anirudh Prakash, Colin Tang, Evan Tung, Gabriel Shen and Matthew Shum who, together as a team, placed 3rd.
Bellevue Students Earn Awards at the WA Future Problem Solving State Bowl, April 2014
May 5, 2014
Eighty-six Odle Middle School and 50 Interlake High School students won top honors in the Washington State Future Problem Solving Bowl held at the Warm Beach Conference Center from April 14-16. Teams and individuals were challenged to devise solutions to solve problems related to this year’s topic, land transportation.
Senior Team Competition:
- 3rd place: Interlake High School (Daniel Becker-coach) Mahalaxmi Elango, Jessica Jiang, David Li, Julia Chen
- 2nd place: Bellevue Independent Team, PRISM (Coach Rajesh Bansal) Rana Bansal, Po Bodin, Renhao Hu, Hari Mahesh
- 1st place: Interlake High School (Daniel Becker-coach) Aashka Damani, Akshath Sivaprasad, Mathi Manavalan, Mira Liu
All first, and many second-place winners will move on to the International FPS Conference at Iowa State University June 12-15. Odle coaches are Mrs. Debby Benzinger, Mrs. Joan Boyd, and Ms. Emily Elzea. Daniel Becker coaches the Interlake students.
Read more here about the Individual Winners...
Bellevue Chemist Wins State Competition and is Heading to Nationals
April 28, 2014
Several young chemists from the Bellevue school District participated in the Washington State You Be The Chemist Challenge on April 19th, 2014 at Chief Kanim Middle School. There were over 90 students from thirty five schools across King, Pierce, Snohomish and Thurston counties took part at this year’s challenge. All the participants took a written test as a qualifier from which 31 students were selected for the electronic rounds. There were four electronic rounds each consisting of fifteen multiple choice questions. Students with lowest scores were eliminated at the end of each round.
Aum Upadhyay, a 7th grader from Odle Middle School, emerged as the state winner. Veenadhari Kollipara (8th grade, Highland Middle School) was 2nd runner up. Additionally Colin Tang and Anirudh Prakash from Odle Middle school were tied for the grade level winner. Aum Upadhyay will be traveling to Philadelphia for the National You Be The Chemist Challenge.
Six Bellevue Students Receive National Merit Scholarships
April 28, 2014
Six Bellevue students are among this year’s National Merit Scholarship winners. They were chosen from more than 8,000 finalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. Most of the awards are renewable for up to four years of college undergraduate study and provide annual stipends between $500 to $10,000 per year, some provide a single payment between $2,500 and $5,000. Winners of the scholarship are judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.
Interlake High: Coral Bays-Muchmore, Clarine S. Long, Sarah K. Williams, Justina J. Chen
International School: Brandon S. McNerney
Newport High: Adrienne T. Chen
Newport Rocketry Club Advances to Nationals
April 28, 2014
One year ago the Newport Rocketry Club didn't exist. This year they are heading to Virginia to compete in the national Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) after qualifying as one of the top 100 teams out of 700 in the country.
With 5,000 annual participants, TARC is the world’s largest student rocket contest and a key piece of the aerospace industry’s strategy to build a stronger U.S. workforce in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). In one of the most difficult challenges in the competition’s 12-year history, teams must design and build a model rocket that can travel to exactly 825 feet and back within 48-50 seconds while carrying precious cargo — two raw eggs that must return safely to the ground undamaged.
The Newport Rocketry Club has more than bragging rights on the line. Winners of the national competition receive $60,000 in scholarships and prizes along with a trip to England to compete in the international competition.
Odle Students Bring Home Washington State Elementary Chess Trophy
April 14, 2014
On Saturday, April 12, Odle Middle School was represented at the Washington State Elementary Chess tournament, which includes K through 6th grade students from all over Washington state, one of the most competitive regions in the country for elementary chess.
Seven Odle students (Zachary Zhang, Andrew McKeehan, Lance McKeehan, Tara Reddy, Nikata Singh, Sanford Long, and Benjamin Mousseau) represented all Odle programs: Gen Ed, GMSP and Prism. Seventh graders competed in an open category spanning grade 7 through adult. Sixth graders competed within their grade level for individual trophies and in the grades 4 through 6 overall category.
The Odle 6th graders successfully accumulated points for their performance and ended up bringing home the 8th place Team Trophy in Grade 4-6 category. This is an impressive victory considering only five 6th graders participated, compared with some other elementary school teams with double and even triple the team size. Three of our students finished among the top twenty 6th graders and brought home personal trophies for their performance.
Additionally nine Odle Middle School students (Derek Zhang, Nathaniel Yee, Aditya Kannan, Shifa Somji, Jason Yang, Subham Behera, Dorian Clay, Rahul Sehgal and Gabriel Shen) participated in the WA State Middle School Championship. It is an individual championship with no team category. One student (Dorian Clay) won first place in the K-9U1300 section. In the Open section, three of the students placed in the top 15 finishes.
Bellevue Educators Receive Grants
March 24, 2014
East-King School Retirees’ Association presented grants to four Bellevue School District educators this month.
Bellevue High School’s Stephanie Kubej received funds to purchase a document camera and accessories for use in her English classes. Instead of scanning pages at the copy machine, she’ll be able to use the camera to project and magnify texts and student writing for all to easily study.
Three elementary school teachers also received grants. Chelle Swim requested money to purchase sets of math manipulatives for use by all three first grade teachers at Phantom Lake. Nancy Mowat at Sherwood Forest was presented funds to purchase “We Both Read” books for joint use by K-5 students and their parents. Ardmore’s librarian, Jan DuBois, was awarded a grant to purchase a collection of non-fiction books that focus on science topics.
The East-King unit of the Washington State School Retirees’ Association meets monthly throughout the year and welcomes active and retired school employees at its meetings. The more than 430 members of the East-King unit raise funds year-round so they can assist active educators in need of extra funding for projects and programs.
Odle Middle School Wins 9th Consecutive MathCounts State Championship
March 19, 2014
On Saturday March 15th, 10 Mathletes, who won their qualification from Mathcounts Lake Washington Chapter Competition in February, represented Odle Middle School in the 2013-2014 MathCounts Washington State Competition. About 160 students from across Washington State participated.
Once again, Odle won first place in the team competition. This is the ninth year in a row that the Odle Mathcounts Team has won first place in this competition. This year’s Odle team members are: Colin Tang, Sophia Zhi, Anthony Lu and Richard Dong.
In addition to the team win, our Matheletes performed well in individual competition. Three students finished in the top 4, and overall 9 students placed in the top 20:
Colin Tang (7th grade) 1st place
Anthony Lu (8th grade) 3rd place
Richard Dong (8th grade) 4th place
Adrian Fan (8th grade) 5th place
Eshan Kemp (7th grade) 6th place
Daniel He (8th grade) 9th place
Sophia Zhi (8th grade) 12th place
Zong Zhang (8th grade) 13th place
Daniel Lee (8th grade) 18th place
Colin Tang, Anthony Lu and Richard Dong will be representing our state in the 2013-2014 MathCounts National Competition on May 9th, in Orlando, Florida. First place team coach from Odle Middle School, Qi Lu, will be the WA state coach for this year's national competition.
Odle Academy Symphony Orchestra Wins First in Division at NW Orchestra Festival!
March 10, 2014
The Odle Academy Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Barney Blough and comprised of 80 students from the Mr. Blough's Academy Orchestra and Mr. Roberts' Academy Band, came together to perform as a full symphony orchestra this past weekend at the NW Orchestra Festival in Gresham, Oregon. The group took home the First Place Trophy in its division! Past divisional winners include such noted music programs as those of Roosevelt and Garfield High Schools of Seattle. This is truly a huge accomplishment, and all of the students, parent chaperones, and members of Friends of Odle Music are justifiably proud and thrilled.
The Odle Academy Symphony Orchestra is made up of mostly eighth grade students. The Odle Symphonic Symphony Orchestra, mostly seventh graders, also competed at the NW Orchestra Festival and performed admirably. Altogether, 133 students represented Odle with distinction. For the past month and a half, all of the students participated in special rehearsals and concerts conducted by Mr. Blough, devoting many hours to perfecting their performances.
Interlake Senior Commits to Play Division 1 Lacrosse at Princeton
Interlake senior and three-sport athlete Camille Sullivan has committed to play NCAA Division 1 Lacrosse at Princeton. Sullivan has been co-captain of the Bellevue East Lacrosse Club for three years and helped lead the team to a state championship in 2011. She’s also been named to the All-America team, All-State team and All-Academic team. In addition to lacrosse, Sullivan is also a four-year letter winner in both basketball and soccer. Sullivan maintains a 4.0 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society.
Bellevue First Lego League Teams Take on Nature’s Fury
Elementary school teams from Bellevue came up with some innovative solutions to tackle “Nature’s Fury” at the recent North Sound First Lego League (FLL) Regional Competition in Edmonds. Teams participating in the FLL competition were required to develop a solution to a problem dealing with a natural disaster, while also displaying teamwork and collaboration. Teams also programmed a Lego robot to perform missions on a Lego playing field.
Teams from Ardmore, Bennett, Medina, Newport Heights and Puesta del Sol were among the 53 teams competing at the Edmonds regional. The Puesta del Sol teams (pictured) did very well. Team 2323, the Mustache Monkeys, placed sixth and advance to the state semi-finals in early February. Team Phenomenon and Team Stormbots placed 37th and 42nd, respectively. The Stormbots also received a special Core Values Inspiration Awards, which celebrates a team that is empowered by their FLL experience and displays extraordinary enthusiasm and spirit.
Update: The Mustache Monkeys from Puesta del Sol received the "Gracious Professionalism Award" at the state semi-finals. The award recognizes a team whose members show each other and other teams respect at all times. They recognize that both friendly competition and mutual gain are possible, on and off the playing field.
Bellevue Students Chosen to Participate in 2014 WMEA All-State Music Ensembles
117 student musicians from Bellevue schools have been selected to participate in the upcoming 2014 All-State Music Ensembles. The ensembles are sponsored by the Washington Music Educators Association (WMEA) and will perform at the WMEA state conference in Yakima in mid-February. Congratulations to the following students:
2014 WMEA All-State Chamber Orchestra
Bellevue: Christine Kwon, Gina Lee, Bryan Oh
Interlake: Audrey Chen, Rona Ji, Darren Leung, David Li, Chance Sweetser, Jerry Tsui
Newport: Steven Kim, Jamie Sanidad
2014 WMEA All-State Concert Band
Bellevue: Taylor Hill, Oliver Kou, Olivia Tsang,
Interlake: Bradley Bartos, Andrew Cao, Josef Kauffman, Charlene Kwon, Aldous Root, Trey Sakazaki, Rebecca Xie
International: Timotheus Letz
Newport: Victoria Chen, Myungki Keven Kang, Shelley Liao, Zirun Kevin Wu
Sammamish: Jenny Kim
2014 WMEA All-State Jazz Band
Interlake: Carlos Eiene
2014 WMEA All-State Jazz Choir
International: Ahrif McKee, Julia Pyke
2014 WMEA All-State Symphonic Choir
Bellevue: Oliver Hu, Riley McGinn, Drew Stuart
Interlake: Kara Duval-Fowler, Lincoln Gee
International: Jonathan Malyon, Edwin Smith, Mark So
Newport: Chido Chang, Niki Johnson, Emily Kohl, Jordan Sanberg, Annie Wan
Sammamish: Alicia Murowchick, Samantha Ruhl
2014 WMEA All-State Symphony Orchestra
Bellevue: Kristine Choi, Jungwoo Lee, Athan Liu, Sarah Oh, Hannah Tsai
Interlake: Brian Baek, Rolanda Fu, Alice Hsu, Pramod Kotipalli, Grant Lee, Jason Lee, Connor Murphy, Emily Sun, Stephanie Zhang
International: Lucas Chen
Newport: Sarah Davis, Claire Hillier, Kelsey Luu, Brie Mortensen, James Park, Peyton Schmidt, Kevin Xu, Katie Zhao
2014 WMEA All-State Treble Choir
Bellevue: Samantha Fredman, Lara McSherry, Roxanneh Mousavi
Newport: Chloe Collins, Carly VanDongen
Sammamish: Sophia Burroughs
2014 WMEA All-State Wind Ensemble
Bellevue: Sean Mahoney
Interlake: Mina Liao, Matthew Saathoff, Nicholas Teoh
Newport: Auden Durant, Ethan Ong, Erica Sanidad, Sam Spicer
2014 WMEA Junior All-State Band
Chinook: Sarah Ihn, Andrew McDonald
International: Jacqueline Lu
Odle: Juia Dai, Sten Hoffman, Ethan Solomon
Tillicum: Maddy Bixby, Kieran Matz, Gunnar Virgin
Tyee: Alexa Gherman
2014 WMEA Junior All-State Orchestra
Chinook: Dianne Lee, Jiao-Jiao Lin
International: Christina Joo, Rachael Koo
Odle: Michael Huang, Jonathan Kuntz, Anne Lim, Aman Mohammed, Glen Oh, Matthew Shum, Akshay Venkatesh, Chen Xu, Jay Yang, Eric Zhu
Tillicum: Keila Fujinaka, Adeline Hillier, Leo Li
Tyee: Michelle Lin, Fiona Yang
2014 WMEA Junior All-State Choir
Highland: Anna Trohimovich
Tillicum: Sarah Shank, Ruby Barnes
Tyee: Kayan (Sissi) Wang, Devrim Eryurek, Connor McKenna
Newport Jazz Students Invited to Swing Central Jazz Band Competition
The Newport High School Jazz 1 Band, directed by Todd Mahaffey, is one of just 12 high school jazz bands from across the country selected to participate in the ninth annual Swing Central Jazz Band Competition and Workshop in Savannah, Georgia. In late March, Newport students will travel to Savannah, where they will work with jazz masters for three days, perform in several showcase events around the city, and compete for the coveted Faircloth Award. Students will also have the opportunity to attend a number of performances at the Savannah Music Festival.
Nineteen Bellevue Teachers Receive National Board Certification
Congratulations to the nineteen Bellevue School District teachers who recently earned their National Board Certification. National Board Certification is the highest credential available to educators. Teachers who are National Board Certified must complete a rigorous process and meet high standards regarding what educators should know and be able to do. They demonstrate an ongoing commitment to the education of students, as well as their own professional development and growth. With 19 new National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs), the district is among the top five districts in the state in the number of new NBCTs.
Newly certified National Board Certified Teachers in Bellevue:
- Joseph Achelphol
- Karen Berry
- Stephanie Brown
- Adrienne Dickinson
- Jenni Eicher
- Shari Gehrke
- Karen Greytak
- Jennifer Hampshire
- Ann Harkness
- Taryn Hope
- Kimberly Kaufman
- Katherine Kikawa
- Kevin Kincaid
- Christina Maricich
- Lisa Neshyba
- Tracy Nishimura Shulman
- Melinda Pederson
- Allison Snow
- Rachael Yeager
See all NBCT teachers in the Bellevue School District
Newport Heights Wins Green Genius Cafeteria Challenge
Newport Heights Elementary recently won first place in the district-wide 2013 Green Genius Cafeteria Challenge, sponsored by the Bellevue School District and the City of Bellevue. Newport Heights generated the least amount of lunchtime garbage among 13 competing schools. By recycling, composting food scraps and saving their leftovers, Newport Heights generated less than a third of a garbage can of trash during the two-week contest.
Cherry Crest Elementary placed second in the Green Genius Challenge and Phantom Lake Elementary came in third, with each generating a little more than a third of a garbage can of trash during the challenge.
As the winning school, Newport Heights will receive a “Recycle Robin” award made from recycled materials and a special assembly delivered by Radio Disney Team Green. Congratulations to all the winners and participants who did a fantastic job of reducing waste, composting and recycling.
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)