In Eagle Times this week...

  • ISWA website link
  • Eagle Times Newsletter contributor link
  • Photo of Ash Robinson, artist at work
  • Photo by Maggie Gilk: Sunset
  • Ribbon Club - interested in volunteering?
  • We need your pictures in our yearbook!
  • Mystery Spotlight WINNER: Laura Majewski
  • K12 National Clubs information
  • Learning & Coaching by Shannon R.
  • Photo by Ciara Renda
  • Insight's Got Talent - 12.16.15 Recording Link
  • Photo by Maggie Gilk: Sunrise
  • Learning Coach Corner with PollyAnn Buffer


Are you an artist? Do you write song lyrics? Do you paint, draw, or take photographs? Are you a gifted writer? We need your creativity!

To share your ideas and interest, CLICK HERE: http://bit.ly/2015ISWANEWSLETTER!

Or email me directly at kblythin@k12insightwa.org.

(Photograph to right - Ash Robinson, artist at work)

Photograph to left - Maggie Gilk, Sunset

RIBBON CLUB - Information from Marisa Recker

Hello everyone! Ribbon Club is doing it's first ever in-person volunteering get together!

WHEN: Tuesday, January 26th from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: Marysville Community Food Bank

WHY: We will be distributing food to the less fortunate.

If you are interested or would like more information please email me at MarisaRecker@gmail.com or kmail Tami Caldwell!

Thank you and Happy volunteering!

Marisa Recker


Our yearbook will include many pages of different subjects like hobbies, pets, families, favorite sports teams, things you make, and even baby pictures! Please submit YOUR pictures!!! http://www.replayit.com/r/

Also, please upload your favorite photo with your face showing, with your grade (or, if you're a teacher, what you teach).

The 2015-2016 Yearbook is on sale now! Here is the link to order yours! http://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A01099003

Make sure you follow the school's Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InsightWashington/

Twitter: @ISWAYearbook

Instagram: iswayearbook



I grew up in Bothell, WA and am a graduate of Bothell High. When I was younger, I snowshoed on Mt. Rainer, built an igloo and camped. After high school, I attended Edmonds Community College with the vision of majoring in business. After taking a lot of accounting classes, I found myself in a quandary. I found a love for biology when completing a pre-req! In fact the teacher kept saying things like, “this is not really how this process works, we teach the ‘truth’ in microbiology”. I took microbiology and then changed my major to Biology Education. After college, I taught biology and business at Wahluke High School for four years. When I got married, I moved to Arizona and worked at charter schools for 10 years. I moved back to WA to work at Insight School four years ago and have loved every minute of it.




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!

Learning & Coaching: A Learning Coach Perspective with Shannon R.

I have a fairly unique perspective as a Learning Coach, as I'm not my student's parent, rather his aunt. During the week (and some weekends) my nephew lives with my family then he is home with his family (my sister) on his off time. This is our second semester at ISWA and so far it is working really well for us. We are proof that online learning can happen almost any time, anywhere.

My nephew has always had learning difficulties and for a number of years I kept telling my sister she should try schooling from home. A few years ago I went back to college-I had earned my AA degree right out of high school but never went on to a four year school. In June of 2011 I earned my BS degree from Central Washington University, taking all of my classes online. That experience gave me a real appreciation for online learning.

I will admit there is a real learning curve to online learning, but once you get the hang of it, it isn't any more difficult than any other education system. Plus, ISWA is extremely supportive!

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Photograph above by Ciara Renda

Photograph to left - Maggie Gilk, Sunrise



We have all seen kids get picked on. Maybe you have been bullied at some point in time, too.

It's important to know that bullying in any form is not okay. It's not okay if its happening to you or someone you know, and it's not okay if it's in person or even online.

Bullying causes real harm, and that harm can last a lifetime. It can and usually does make the person who is being bullied shut down, or even the opposite, to act out.

Please know that in life it is okay not to be like everyone else. It's okay not to have tons of stuff, and a hundred friends.

If you are being bullied please talk with someone about the issue. If you see someone being bullied please speak out and stand up for that person no matter who they are. If its online bullying, you may need to report the matter but sometimes its as easy as removing these negative and hurtful people from your social media pages, and in real life.

Hurtful words are not okay and there are long lasting effects. Everyone wants to be loved and accepted! If more people take a stand and take the time to care, we could take away a lot of hurt in peoples lives.

Be kind today and please choose your words wisely, no matter your age. One day you may be a parent and dealing with a child who has been hurt, and it will truly break your heart.

Learn how to accept yourself and your choices and stand by your beliefs. When others are cruel and mean to you, you have to take a stand - even if not out loud, in your own mind - that you are great.

ISWA School Resources:

Are you feeling bullied? Are you struggling? Do you need someone to talk with? Call your counselor! (425) 533-2700

Your counselor is kind, caring, and smart, and she can help you find real solutions.

Stacey Marshall - counselor for students with last names A-D, ext. 7165

Mari Bisson - counselor for students with last names E-K, ext. 7126

Julie Powers - counselor for students with last names L-Rh, ext. 7171

Kay Bloomdahl - counselor for students in special education, ext. 7210