LWSD | News from the Schools – March 24, 2010

LWSD-Logo Seventh Grade Student Is Youngest Ever Invited to Summer Research Program at MIT Gabriel See, a seventh grader at Renaissance School of Art and Reasoning, has been invited to attend an all-expense-paid summer research program at the Research Science Institute (RSI) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Each summer, 80 of the world's most accomplished high school students are invited to MIT for the RSI, which is sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Education. Edmund Bertschinger, MIT physics professor who supervises students in the program, compares the typical RSI student to the very best MIT sophomore physics major.

At age 12, Gabriel will be the youngest participant ever to participate in this program. Gabriel is the first student from Lake Washington School District to be invited. Gabriel has already participated in three years of ongoing biomedical research at different research labs at the University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine.

During RSI, students enjoy a program designed to kick-start their careers of leadership in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology. Participants experience the entire research cycle from start to finish. They read the most current literature in their field, draft and execute a detailed research plan, and deliver conference-style oral and written reports on their findings. RSI projects are open-ended and relevant, fitting into the larger work of the host laboratory. The experience gives many their first taste of work at the creative edge of science.

Family Learning Center Information Night Family Learning Center will host an information meeting for those families who are exploring home schooling and may be interested in enrollment the Family Learning Center for September 2010. The meeting will be held Thursday, March 25, at 7 p.m. in the BEST Commons of the BEST/FLC building (10903 NE 53rd Street, Kirkland, WA 98033). A presentation will be given followed by a question and answer session, course catalogs and intake information. The evening will conclude with a tour of the Center and reception hosted by the FLC Parent Board. For more information and to register your children on the FLC Interest list, please e-mail the Home School Liaison, Marianna Hanefeld, (mhanefeld@lwsd.org) or call (425) 936-2311.

Redmond High School Orchestra Wins Third Place at Northwest Orchestra Festival The Redmond High School Chamber Orchestra won third place at the Northwest Orchestra Festival held on March 13 at Mt. Hood Community College. Fourteen schools competed in Division IV (which had string orchestras of high schools with over 1,300 students enrolled). Schools ranged from as far north as Everett, as far east as Spokane and as far south as West Linn, Ore.

RHS finished just behind the orchestra "powerhouse" schools of Newport High School in Bellevue and Roosevelt High School in Seattle. Director Paula Ferguson was proud of the quality of musicianship these students displayed in their performance of Antonin Dvorak's Serenade for Strings.

The following students are part of this orchestra: Claire Asplund, Melissa Boyer, Chris Chiu, Carly Gilliland, Emma Jacobsen, Esther Kang, Rachel Kim, Maddie Kinzer, Jihoon Lee, Alex Lin, Mana Maloney, Estelle Martorelli, Taiga Matsumoto, Angela Page, Andrew Pang, Kaitlin Puryear, Anand Raghuraman, Nick Rogers, Jennifer Schumaker and Kevin Shen.

Lake Washington High School Students Qualify for AIME

Two Lake Washington High School math students qualified to take the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME) on Tuesday, March 16. The AIME is the next step after the American Math Competition (AMC) 10 or 12 to qualify for participation in the USA Math Olympiad. The AIME is intended to provide further challenge and recognition, beyond that provided by the AMC 10 or AMC 12, to the many high school students in North America who have exceptional mathematical ability. All students who took the AMC 12 and achieved a score of 88.5 or more or were in the top five percent are invited to take the AIME. The two LW students who qualified are SueJean Hwangpo (Sophomore with a score of 90) and Joseph Wu (junior with a score of 90). Honorable mention goes to Ken Narita (senior with a score of 82.5).

New Netbooks Put to Good Use at Blackwell In conjunction with the new social studies curriculum and the netbook pilot at Blackwell Elementary, 75 third-grade students used Microsoft Publisher and Microsoft Paint to produce colorful brochures advertising the geography of Sammamish. Out of these 75 student products, 15 were randomly selected (based on accuracy) to display their brochures at City Hall in Sammamish. The brochures will be on display from March 22 through April 2. LWSD Students Win Big at Regional History Day Competition Students from International Community School (ICS), Redmond Junior High (RJH), Rose Hill Junior High (RHJH) and Redmond High School (RHS) participated in the regional National History Day competition on Friday, March 19 in Shoreline. The teams and individuals listed below will move on to compete in the state championship at Bellevue College on May 1.

Senior Group Web site:

  • First place: Alice Chang, Olivia Kao and Jamie Azimova (ICS) – “Coco Mademoiselle: Ripping the Seams within Fashion, Society and History”
  • Third place: Jessica Jin and Anastasiya Kirichuk (ICS) – “The Defibrillator: Revolutionizing the Pulse of Medical Innovation One Beat at a Time”

Senior Group Documentary Film:

  • First place: Anand Raghuraman, Tian Kisch and Raluca Ifrim (RHS) - "The Transcontinental Railroad: Changing the Face of the West." They also won a special award for Best Use of Primary Sources.
  • Second place: Tara Balakrishnan, Maya Balakrishnan, Sarah Du and Edward Zhang (RHS) - "Our Land: Preserving the American Wilderness"

Senior Group Performance:

  • First place: Abby Burlinghame and Ceri Riley (ICS) – “H-4: John Harrison’s Steadfast Determination to Conquer Space with Time”
  • Third place: Elliot Wyse, Johnson Hsieh, Joe Mercer and Jeff McNerney (RHS) - "The Atomic Bomb: Third Time's the Charm"

Senior Individual Documentary Film:

  • First Place: Nathan Maris (ICS) – “Blood Plasma: Dr. Charles Drew’s Innovation and its Impact”

Junior Historical Paper:

  • Second place: Jonathan Qu (RJH) “The Dawn of Modern Medicine: The Germ Theory of Disease”

Junior Individual Website:

Junior Individual Documentary:

  • First place: Samhita Karnati (RJH) – “Satyagraha: Seeking Truth to Alter the World”
  • First place: Ashley Yoo (ICS) – “The Sony Walkman: The innovative audio player that forever changed pop culture”
  • Second place: Josef Benzaoui (ICS) – “The Douglas DC-3: Innovation in Aviation”

Junior Individual Exhibit:

  • Second place: Meghana Noonavath (RJH) – “The Women’s Suffrage Movement in the U.S.: Foundations of Equality” – Award: Best Use of Primary Sources

Junior Group Exhibit:

  • First place: Karen Ai and Elaine Wang (RJH) – “Confucianism: Building Social Norms and Stability”

Junior Individual Performance:

  • First place: Alyssa Foster (RJH) “The Ancient Dr. Seuss: Shakespeare’s Influence on the English Language”
  • Second place: Devon Bortfield (ICS) – “OKLAHOMA!: Impacting the Standards of Broadway Musicals”

Junior Group Performance:

  • First place: Rachel Roberts and Aishwarya Nirmal (ICS) – “The 1949 Geneva Conventions: An Innovation in Humanity”
  • Second place: Anton DeLeon, Zack Packer, Hannah Parish, and Nikki Sharma (RJH)“Magna Carta: Charter for Change”

Junior Group Documentary Film:

  • First place: Sophia Urrutia and Kathleen Park (ICS) – “X-Rays: Changing Our Understanding of the Human Body and Beyond”
  • Second place: Brandon McNerney, Dylan Steele and Anwell Wang (ICS) – “Changing the Way We Fly: The Boeing 707”
  • Fourth place: Ana Calinov and Axel Hauduc (ICS) – “From Novelty to Commodity: Les Paul’s Innovative Guitar”

Andrew Li (RJH) won an award for Best Use of Primary Sources on his Junior Individual Documentary titled “Marxism: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back.”