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  • ASB Election packets will be available in the ASB office Feb. 3
  • First ASB Student Senate meeting on Jan. 24. 
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  • Sign up for ASB Senate with your fourth period teacher

Haley van Meurs makes All-State as a freshman

Haley van Meurs makes All-State as a freshman

Sonya Sheptunov, Editor-in-Chief

December 20, 2019

  When freshman Haley van Meurs went to an orchestra concert for the first time at the age of five, she fell in love with the violin and begged her mom to let her learn to play.  “I just loved the sound and the person that was playing it. They were so passionate, and they looked like th...

Gabriela Mootz finds a family in choir

Gabriela Mootz finds a family in choir

Rory Knettles, Reporter

December 20, 2019

Music has been a part of junior Gabriela Mootz’s life. Since she was young, her grandmother would take her to church  to sing in their choir. Throughout elementary and middle school though, she wasn’t in choir—she was in band. Mootz said she loved it, but she realized that she would rather purs...

Northshore School District approves name for new elementary school

Northshore School District approves name for new elementary school

Margaret He

December 20, 2019

On Dec. 9, the Northshore School District School Board finalized and announced the name for Elementary #21, currently under construction, as “Ruby Bridges Elementary School.” The choice was selected from eleven finalists and was based on feedback from students and the community. The chosen name ...

Standardized testing fails to account for complete student profile

Standardized testing fails to account for complete student profile

Eli Shafer, Co-Business Manager

December 20, 2019

From the SAT to Common Core tests, standardized assessments have been used to measure student achievement for years. However, these tests measure student success in a very specific and limiting way, and they often do not provide an accurate reflection of a student’s achievements. With these tests,...

Tidbits and plaudits: December

Tidbits and plaudits: December

Sofia Leotta, Reporter

December 20, 2019

Tidbits Be a part of the Chinese Club’s Lion Dance Team by contacting @ihschineseclub on Instagram. Trainings are from 2:35-3:45 every Monday in the Great Hall. Come to Link Cookies and Cram from 1:15-2:30 p.m. on Jan. 8 to study for finals while eating cookies! Good luck to DECA at their Area C...

Places to show your support

Places to show your support

Ishika Kaushik and Cathy Zhao

December 20, 2019

United Way  United Way of King Country aims “to bring caring people together to give, volunteer and take action to help people in need and solve our community’s toughest challenges,” according to their website. They have a variety of programs targeted at  solving racial equity, helping stu...

Washington State revises overtime laws

Washington State revises overtime laws

Margaret He, Opinion Editor

December 20, 2019

Washington is implementing what the Seattle Times considers to be one of the nation’s toughest overtime policies. The laws were finalized by the Department of Labor and Industries on Dec. 11 and will be formally implemented by 2028. According to the Seattle Times, the legislation states that salarie...

Corner Store offers opportunities for real world experience

Corner Store offers opportunities for real world experience

Aditi Jain, Editor-in-Chief

December 20, 2019

  The Corner Store has recently reopened for the school year. According to FSA teacher Denise Holsapple, the goal of the store is to expose the special education students to real-world communication skills.    “I personally think it is fun to watch the kids come in here and interact with our stude...

editorial: Growth based grading

editorial: Growth based grading

Miles Gelatt, News Editor

December 20, 2019

Growth-based grading is a measure of a student’s performance and improvement over time, in which teachers base a part of a student’s grade on growth. This grading system, in theory, is supposed to help students in their work by raising their grades and encouraging students to strengthen their ex...

Cheeky horoscopes

Cheeky horoscopes

Gabe Kramer and Margaret He

December 20, 2019

  Your freezer breaks and all your ice cream melts. Forget the ice cream and yell at your freezer for breaking down. Inspired by your pep talk, your freezer begins running again. Literally. After a few laps around your house, your creamy dessert is saved! You take your mildly-melted d...

End of a decade

End of a decade

Aditi Jain and Gloria Shen

December 20, 2019

Students Aditi Jain The end of the decade has signaled the end of many students’ childhoods, including memories of growing up and important milestones. Teenage years are filled with trying to fit in and developing as a person, and this decade has done just that, according to sophomore Neeka Ghaz...

Bothell city council approves higher school impact fees

Bothell city council approves higher school impact fees

Sofia Leotta, Reporter

December 20, 2019

On Dec. 3, Bothell’s City Council voted to increase school impact fees. The price paid by housing developers for single-family homes increased from $16,038 to $20,092, and the fee paid for multifamily units increased from $1,818 to $3,540.  When housing developments are built, and the number of families ...

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