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10 • August 29, 2012 • Snoqualmie Valley Record

Macaroni Kid honors Teacher of the Month Starting in September, local teachers will be getting a little more recognition for all their hard work. Macaroni Kid is teaming up with Bridget Franklin, a real estate agent from The Cascade Team, the Flat Iron Grill in Issaquah, and other sponsors to bring the community the second year of “Teacher of the Month” promotion. “The first year of the program was a huge success, with about 35 teachers being nominated from Issaquah and Snoqualmie Valley schools,” said Diana Reul-Shapiro, co-publisher and editor of Macaroni Kid Snoqualmie Valley-Issaquah. “Every teacher that won the monthly award last school year said the honor was special, the prizes were generous, but that teaching is their passion and they couldn’t imagine doing anything else!” This school year Macaroni Kid will spotlight teachers from the Issaquah and Snoqualmie Valley school districts, as well as local preschools and daycare centers. “If your child has a teacher that they look up to, we hope you will nominate them,” said Reul-Shapiro. Learn more or sign up for the newsletter at www.snoqualmievalley.


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Cedarcrest sophomore Becca Bramwell will start her second year of high school as the first-place winner of the state Technology Student Association (TSA) photography award, and as the president of the Cedarcrest chapter. Bramwell has been an involved member of TSA since the beginning of her freshman year. TSA gives students the ability to create, learn and experience technology, art, robotics, fashion design, photography, and video production, she explained. It also offers opportunities for friendship, building confidence, and developing leadership skills through many competitions. Her winning photo, a blackand-white portrait called “Understand Me,” was created to help express and bring an awareness to the subject of


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Cedarcrest sophomore takes top photo prize for look at depression

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The first day of school in Snoqualmie Valley School District for students in grades 1-12 is Wednesday, Aug. 29. There is no school on Labor Day, Monday, September 3. The first day of Kindergarten and preschool is Tuesday, Sept. 4. In the Riverview School District, classes begin on September 4.

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Taking first place in a Technology Student Association submission, Cedarcrest sophomore Becca Bramwell’s image looks at the lost voices of students dealing with depression. depression, which is very close to Bramwell’s heart. “Depression in teens and adults affects a large population, and it crosses all cliques, and demographics throughout our schools and communities. My hope was that my body of photography work would help to be the voice for others who have lost their voice along their way...and help to make negative experiences for good,” she said.

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Bramwell also expressed her deep gratitude to TSA advisor and teacher Tim Kennedy for his unwavering dedication and for the “passion for photography” he instilled in her. Along with her commitments to TSA, Bramwell also participates in drama, FFA and the art club. She is an evolving musician and accomplished athlete, playing soccer for 10 years, setting five school records and placing at the state finals during her years at Tolt Middle School.

Families who would like free or reduced-cost meals provided for their children during the school day should apply for the program in September. Applications are available at all SVSD schools, and the district office in Snoqualmie, and online. Register at departments/foodservices/ MealApplications.asp.

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