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Blue Ribbon’ pride LHS students, staff savor national designation l‘_lbf3rty High School staff and "' trators aren’t giving away the " a but they are planning a school- “Campus day” on Friday with a tory assembly. 11Will be “something special for has,” said Assistant Principal McClary. 6 school has received quite a Phone calls, letters and flowers 321 With the public attention in the Weeks since the national Blue "' Award was announced, ary said. ’8 been really, well, I guess pos- . Would be a mild way of putting ‘ the said. allldents in the leadership class " aetured a 20-foot tall paper blue " and hung it in the main hall — new part of the school that was just opfin walkway before the current . ullllion remodeling project began Year. Blue satin ribbons were tied bl7W8 throughout the school on ' gthat didn’t move. ‘ e’re really proud,” Principal ‘ Campbell told the ISsaquah " Board last week. He pointed that in the same month the school , of its Blue Ribbon designa- fi Liberty also received recognition "8. teachers with the Christa \ lffe Award for Jann Longman, » for its students with a national // lace finish in DBCA competi- ,by senior Ben Feely. ‘3 kind of significant that we a teacher and student that exem- )Nhat the Blue Ribbon is all 5 Campbell said. The school ‘3 Working on fund—raising plans ’3‘] a team of representatives to hmston, DC, in November for aWard ceremony, and a chance to ‘ hands with President Clinton. AS a former Liberty parent, I am grilled,” said school board mem- S 31y Scott. ,This recognition is long over- saId Donna Kahn, Liberty’s reg- .' and counseling secretary. She m positio“ whee“ at the school since it opened indicates {fall of 1977. lconsidFr' berry High School is the best- ,lunteerlflg,‘ .secret in the Issaquah School lbtless do” .. ct” Kahn said. “I Speak with nms will ms enrolling their sons and ny causes" me to one r % “Vi-gig“ @llywepie est i 333%?“ SETS Wee 2401 Utah Ave. S. 4339 University Wa NE 16,, the Seattle (Sodo Center) Seattle, WA 981 8 "Sega (206) 292-1786 (206) 547-7975 EV h; NEW STOCK 0 PULLOVERS 8c MORE! SEATTLE '45 Front St. 8. daughters who tell me Liberty has been recommended to them. Many of them come from surrounding districts and have chosen to attend Liberty.” “The Blue Ribbon is a great credit to our school,” said Andy Jarvis, a junior at Liberty. “... Students here at Liberty know that this is a great school, and there would be few to complain. I hope that this honor brings the recognition to this school that it deserves, so that people outside of Liberty know how great a school it is.” Not everyone at Liberty was as enthusiastic. Some students said they weren’t sure Liberty deserved such an honor because it still has areas that can be improved. But others echoed the sentiments of senior Jesse Saylor, who assisted the team assembling the application. “It means quite a bit to us,” he said of the award. He talked about how the staff and administration make Liberty different from other high schools. “It’s much more relaxed. You can go talk to the teacher for, like, an hour after school, and they don’t put a number on your head.” Liberty was one of 166 public and private schools across the country to be named a Blue Ribbon school this year by the US. Department of Education. The other Washington winners were Blanchet and Shorewood high schools. The award recognizes schools that offer a rigorous curriculum and chal— lenge students with the support of teachers and parents. The benefits of the award include the self-assessment process of the application and the opportunity to share successful prac— tices among schools nationally. Liberty was chosen from among 469 schools nominated by states. Of those, 179 were chosen for site visits by volunteer evaluators. Liberty’s evaluator was Vlrginia Lish of Modesto, Calif, a retired school administrator who has been verifying Blue Ribbon applications for 10 years. She visited Liberty April “My Pizza Time Coupon Ads . Are Getting A Really Good Response!” “I’m really happy with the results we have had with our pizza coupon specials in The IsSaguah Egg. The response has been pretty decent and we are bringing in new customers For more information on success in advertising call THE ISSAQUAH PRESS ' (425) 392-643 UNIVERSITY DISTRICT . '3, o 2 and 3, which happened to coincide with the annual Pathways to Education showcase of Liberty atten- dance-area students. “She spent some time, lots of time, with our students including repre- sentation from all areas of the student body,” said McClary, who led the Blue Ribbon application process last fall. Lish met with student panels, sat with them at lunch and asked subtle ques- tions to reveal student attitudes about the school, such as “If you had a friend who was interested in going to Liberty, what would you tell them?” “She commented about what nice student we have —— just all-around polite, caring students,” McClary added. She also learned her way around the construction areas. “She was great about that,” McClary said. “It was just a mess.” Staff and students assembled an “evidence room” full of awards and plaques from DECA, ROTC and the school drill team, as well as student portfolios, attendance records, gradu- ate information, school clubs and activities, and test scores. “She picked apart our testing with a fine-toothed comb,” McClary said. She also was introduced to programs such as the Technology Information Project and the school’s multi-media capabilities. “She was just dazzled by the things that our students could do, and that they run the district networ ,” McClary said. School officials weren’t sure what impact the award might have in the future, but they weren’t too concerned about the possibility of losing students under the district’s new open enroll- ment policy. “With our new image, with our new remodeling and this award, it’s going to help, I think,” McClary said. “We’re not really doing anything dif- ferent. It’s just a reaffirmation of what we’ve been doing. It’s been there all along.” ISSAQUAH 975 NW. Gilman Blvd. The Commons, next to Ross (425) 392-3355 THE ISSAQUAH PRESS - WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 1998 — PAGE A5 We can help you feel good about losmg your LOOKS 00 ,, off any transferred (from Looks Pharmacy. for example) I or new prescription ' Expires 7/17/98. Valid only at the lssaquah Drug Emporium. Not valid on transfers I from other Drug Emporiums. One coupon per prescription. Cash value 1/20 of to. SAVE 40°/o* Everyday AMERICAN@GREETlNC6 FORGET ME NOT greeting cards and party goods! *Oft manufacturer suggested retail prices. 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