November 12, 2015 Edition

In Eagle Times this week...

  • ISWA website link
  • Newsletter contributor link
  • Student Spotlight - Marisa Recker
  • Student photography - Jared Halvorson
  • Prom information
  • Student photography - Delany Geist
  • K12 National Clubs information
  • Student photography - Phillip Horning
  • Student article, "Five Best Ways to Study" - Eve Hudson
  • Student artwork - Isaiah Rein
  • Get-together idea - Tacoma
  • Learning Coach Corner - PollyAnn Buffer


My name is Marisa Recker, and I am a junior at Insight. I am from Anacortes, Washington, although my heart belongs at Disneyland. I am a huge Disney fan, and I also love writing, reading, and animals. I want to go to Stanford, or another Ivy League college, then work for the Disney Company and write a best selling novel. One thing I live by is a quote from Walt Disney, "All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them."
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Photograph by Jared Halvorson

Insight School of Washington PROM

Saturday, June 18th 2016 at 7-10pm

3000 Landerholm Circle Southeast

Bellevue, WA

The Insight School of Washington Prom is open to ALL ISWA students in ALL grade levels! Our Prom Committee will be chosen in February 2016, and will decide on the event theme and decor. We'll have a professional photographer on site, a professional DJ, a fun photobooth with props for HILARIOUS pictures with your friends, and we'll provide a side room for parents/guardians/drivers who want to wait onsite while you enjoy your magical evening.

More information will be sent in early 2016! Stay tuned!!!
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National clubs meet online, and include students from across the United States. Clubs will meet online twice a month in November, but only once a month in December and January, due to holidays. Students are welcome to join up to FOUR K12 National Clubs!

Almost all K12 National Clubs are open year-round! The time it takes to hear from a national club after sign-up depends on the timing of the sign-up. Signups are collected every 2 or 3 weeks, so don't worry if you don't hear from the club leader for a week or two!
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I know that starting high school can be hard, so I put together the Five Best Ways to Study. I hope this gets you started on your path to high school success!

Tip 1:

Always study when you are feeling awake, grounded, and ready to learn. Research shows that you will recall something better when you are in the same mental, physical, and/or drug state as when you learned it. This is called state dependent memory.

Tip 2:

Pick one place to do your school work. Try not to move around a lot while learning and studying. A nice corner of your room with a desk to hold all your materials will do just fine. It does not need to be elaborate or expensive at all, just some place you are the most comfortable. Studies show that it is easier for you to remember something in the same place it was learned. This is called context memory.

Tip 3:

Don’t be stressed. I know, better said than done. But tip-of-the-tongue syndrome is when memories are temporarily blocked because of stress and frustration. If you are taking a test and get frustrated, take a break for a few seconds before moving on.

Tip 4:

If you are not completely sure of something, don’t be afraid to ask for clarification. If you don’t, you could wind up filling in the gaps with false information, a phenomenon called reconstruction.

Tip 5:

Associate what you are learning with something you like. This is utilizing mnemonic devices. It is easier to take something out of memory this way.

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Thursday, Nov. 19th, 5-8pm

1801 Dock Street

Tacoma, WA


Enjoy free admission to Museum of Glass from 5-8 pm on the third Thursday of each month!

This is not a school-sponsored event, and our faculty and staff may not be there. If you go, please take lots of pictures and email them to kblythin@k12insightwa.org!

LEARNING COACH CORNER: Featuring PollyAnn Buffer

With the holiday season approaching, I encourage you to take the time to help others in need. Volunteer at a local kitchen or homeless shelter. Maybe there is someone you know who can use some help?

You might not have a lot of money to give to others, and that's okay. You have your time and that can be the most important thing to help someone. Help your parents or another adult with household chores, or offer to babysit so they can take some time for themselves. You could volunteer at a nursing home and bring cheer to those who don't have family.

If you are looking to donate, find your local shelters or research tent cities and other places that need blankets, gloves, coats, and warm clothing. Get the whole family involved! It is important to help others, especially with the cold arrives.

Anything helps - giving back is ALWAYS a great thing to do!