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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19, 2014 n DAILY UPDATES AT WWW.VALLEYRECORD.COM n 75 CENTS

Season preview for Valley prep sports, full schedules Pages 7-10

Not just for teens: Adult dance helps senior program Page 3

INDEX Opinion 4 5 Legal Notices On the Scanner 11 Classifieds 11-14 15 Movie Times 15 Calendar

Vol. 100, No. 43

Police urge caution in wake of sex assault

Stacking schools

By Valley Record Staff

Staff Reporter

New to North Bend, Snoqualmie police reached out to business owners and employees in the city’s business districts in the wake of a violent crime. On Sunday, March 9, two days after Snoqualmie took over police duties fromthe King County Sheriff ’s Office, a woman working late at a restaurant on Mount Si Boulevard, a few blocks from Interstate 90 was attacked, stabbed, tied up with duct tape and sexually assaulted. The incident happened at about 11 p.m. at a restaurant in the Mountain Valley Center, near Safeway. In the following days, Valley police met and interviewed staff at businesses in the shopping area, the Exit 31 interchange area, and North Bend Premium Outlets. “We’ve met with managers of those complexes and the manager of the outlet mall, and been doing extra patrols… making sure they’re safe at night,” said Snoqualmie Police Chief Steve McCulley.

Mount Si High School’s Freshman Campus passes first-semester checkup BY CAROL LADWIG

Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo

Mount Si horticulture teacher Nick Kurka, center, helps students in the school greenhouse, where they are prepping plants for city flower baskets and the school plant sale in May.

Growing young minds

Meet Mount Si’s Nick Kurka, Educator of the Year BY CAROL LADWIG Staff Reporter

Nick Kurka, horticulture teacher at Mount Si High School, has been teaching students for 13 years, 11 of them at Mount Si. Named one of four Educators of the Year for 2014 by the Snoqualmie Valley Schools Foundation, Kurka below answers questions about his approach. Kurka’s original degrees were in water supply and wastewater technologies, from Green River Community College, and he received his Career and Technical Education (CTE) certification from Bates College through Pacific University.

What do you love about teaching? Did you always want to teach? “To me learning should be fun; if I am not having fun while I am learning, then I am not going to learn.”

SEE CASE, 3

SEE KURKA, 2

Educator all-stars Learn about how education and the arts intersect at Snoqualmie Valley Schools Foundation’s Small Hands to Big Plans annual luncheon, 11 a.m. Thursday, March 20, at the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. The fundraiser event will celebrate the Valley’s educators of the year for 2014, Nick Kurka, Carolyn Phelps, Karen Lewis and Danielle Bernardo. Keynote speakers from Seattle Children’s Theater will talk about their programs, and the Mount Si High School Jazz Band will perform, prior to leaving for New York City for the Essentially Ellington competition. Register to attend at www. svsfoundation.org.

Discipline issues are down, so are failing grades. Club participation is up among Snoqualmie Valley School district’s newest high school students, and that, say Freshman Campus staff, shows just how secure the Class of 2017 feels in their first year of high school. “These kids really have come together,” says Jenny Foster, a teacher at both Mount Si High School and the new Freshman Campus, in a presentation to the Snoqualmie Valley School District Feb. 27. “They are just tighter. They work well together. It’s age appropriate.” Foster and counselor Elaine Maimon added their comments to Freshman Campus Principal Vernie Newell’s end-of-semester report, each echoing the others’ positive responses. Maimon felt fortunate to work at the freshman campus, where she could focus on one age group, and help them with high school transition challenges, rather than also juggling in college application help for older students. “I feel like I’m more available to check in with all levels of kids,” she said. Foster, who also has a child attending the freshman campus, said, “This is the most fun I’ve had in many years!” SEE STACKS, 2

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Snoqualmie Valley Record, March 19, 2014