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List of 20 news stories.

  • 4th Grader wins All-Girls National Chess Championship

    For her victory, Miranda qualifies to represent the USA at the 2024 World Cadet Championship, which takes place later this year in Brazil.
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  • Open Window Students win NASA Competition

    Bellevue’s Open Window School is the only school in Washington and one of 60 in the nation to be selected by NASA to build their rocket-powered lander and fly it through the NASA Tech-Rise competition. 
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  • Eighth Graders joined a video call with Governor Inslee

    As part of the Teach with TVW program, Open Window eighth graders along with high school students from across the state had a chance to ask Governor Inslee questions on topics ranging from hydrogen fuel to housing.

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  • PetConnect Team

    Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision 2023 National Finalists

    Bellevue’s Open Window School fifth grade students Julian Kotsis, Brody Cho, and Chase Carlson won the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision 2023 national prize in the grades 4-6 category for their PetConnect idea to help pet owners better understand their pets.
    The Toshiba/ NSTA ExploraVision competition is a project-learning based collaborative program which encourages innovation and real-world problem solving.
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  • OWS Fifth Graders Win National NSTA/Toshiba Exploravision Competition

    Bellevue’s Open Window School fifth grade students Julia Stewart and Jacob Park have won the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision national prize in the grades 4-6 category for their Coagulation Filtration System to provide clean contaminated water.
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  • Mission Patch designed by Trudy Inagawa

    Open Window School Experiment Launched to ISS on Sunday morning

    Open Window School alumni scientists Armaan Thomas, Atiwit Miles Chanbai, and Cadence Ching experienced a once in a lifetime opportunity watching the launch of the experiment they developed to the International Space Station on the SpaceX-21.
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  • Zoom call with WA Secretary of State Kim Wyman

    Students Hear from Secretary of State Kim Wyman About Election Process

    Ms. Paulson's eighth grade humanities students engage in real world work that matters. In 2020, hot topics are elections, election safety, voter access, and civic engagement. Through their work with Teach with TVW, students were invited to ask Secretary of State Kim Wyman a few questions over a Zoom call about the upcoming election and civic engagement at the state level.
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  • Students in a Zoom class with their teacher

    Time Management for Kids

    Kerrin Scott, Lower School Head
    We have so many things that we are monitoring and worrying about right now that are beyond our control, it feels comforting to know that the children will be able to gather virtually for the second week of school. Building community, stamina for learning, and comfort in routines and expectations are the big goals for the week.

    This year, students are starting school at home. Adults in the students’ lives are seeing a glimpse into the happenings during a school day that they never have before. As a parent, I am sure this can feel exciting and a little scary! We know children are asynchronously learning, growing, wiggly, funny, need redirection, can tell time, can’t tell time, will ask for help when they need it and when they don’t sometimes, want to connect, daydream, feel shy, get tired, need a snack, whine when they don’t like something… even to us… the list goes on and on. Please trust me when I say that all of these are expected! You are getting a front row seat to an experience that is usually conducted without parents around. We all know children can act differently in front of their parents than their peers and even their teachers. I have faith that our students will find their way in this new normal. 
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  • Effects of Microgravity on Penicillium Chrysogenum’s Ability to Inhibit Cell Wall Synthesis in Staphylococcus Epidermis designed by a team of eighth graders, Armaan Thomas, Atiwit Miles Chanbai, and Cadence Ching

    Open Window School Student Experiment to Fly to the International Space Station

    Updated January 8, 2020- The Step 2 Review Board has made its selection, and the Open Window experiment to fly to the ISS will be: Effects of Microgravity on Penicillium Chrysogenum’s Ability to Inhibit Cell Wall Synthesis in Staphylococcus Epidermis by eighth grade student scientists, Miles Chanbai, Cadence Ching, and Armaan Thomas and faciliatated by teacher, Elliott Skopin.
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  • Jeff Stroebel receiving the award for Distinguished Leader

    Head of School Jeff Stroebel Recipient of WAETAG's Distinguished Leader Award

    Open Window  Head of School Jeff Stroebel received the Washington Association of Educators of the Talented and Gifted’s Distinguished Leader Award today at the WAETAG 35th Annual Conference in recognition of four decades of service on behalf of gifted education. In accepting the award, Stroebel thanked those who work with gifted children:
    “I am deeply honored by this award. Any contribution I have made has only been possible due to the commitment of many other educators and families who understand the importance of nurturing and inspiring the children who need our support in order to reach their potential.“
    “More than an honor for me, this is also an acknowledgment of the work of so many good people in making Open Window School a leader in gifted education.”
  • Elaine Christensen

    Open Window School Names Head of School Successor

    Open Window School has selected Elaine Christensen to succeed Jeff Stroebel as its new Head of School following Stroebel’s retirement at the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Christensen is currently the Middle School Director and Director of Professional Development at Lakeside School in Seattle.
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  • Sixth Grade HAB Launch was (Nearly) Out of this World

    Sixth grade students worked on their HAB projects throughout the spring and were very excited to get the High Altitude Balloons aloft at last. The student-designed and built satellites were the result of research and skill-building in both the science and the innovation labs.
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  • Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson Visits Eighth Graders

    Eighth grade students were honored to welcome Attorney General Bob Ferguson to campus to speak and answer questions about the role the Office of Attorney General plays at the state level. AG Ferguson opened his talk by asking if anyone had any experience with chess, which resulted in many hands in the air.
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  • Photo from @MarcusJMulcahy

    Australian Interview with Adrienne Gifford

    Open Window’s reputation for being a leader in innovative education stretches internationally.  Last year, we were visited by Australian teacher and Digital Technologies Educator of the Year, Marcus Mulcahy.  Mr. Mulcahy was the recipient of a Churchill Fellowship to study maker spaces in leading U.S. schools. Of course, he came to Open Window. You can hear his interview with OWS Director of Innovation and Technology Adrienne Gifford as she describes how we encourage teacher and student innovation.
  • Image credit: https://www.npr.org/2018/07/10/626184256/new-kids-books-put-a-human-face-on-the-refugee-crisis

    Open Window Students Contribute to NPR Story on the World Refugee Crisis

    Humanizing complex issues through literature helps Open Window students develop into passionate, purposeful global citizens. Ms. Russell's seventh grade students were interviewed by NPR's Deborah Amos as part of this July 2018 Morning Edition story on the world refugee crisis.' Story and Audio Link
  • 28th Annual Youth Link Ceremony Honors Two Open Window School Eighth Graders

    Two Open WIndow School eighth graders were the recipients of the City of Bellevue Youth Link 28th Annual Community Leadership Awards. Anika Mehta was awarded "Most Inspirational" and Samantha O'Connor, "Outstanding Middle School Student". Open WIndow alum and former Outstanding Middle School Student award winner Rachel Lau  (Lakeside '18) joined Open Window Head of School Jeff Stroebel in congratulating Anika and Samantha.
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  • OWS Humanities Teacher and Program Honored at Celebrating Civics

    On September 14, eighth grade humanities teacher Corey Paulson spoke at The Museum of Flight's "Celebrating Civics" ceremony. Ms. Paulson was honored as the State of Washington's Civic Educator of the Year and described how she fosters the civic engagement of her students through authentic participation in the legistative process.

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  • Image credit: https://425business.com/30-under-30-2017/

    First Grade Teacher Ms. Sandberg Honored as a Leading Eastside Professional

    This September issue of 425 Business included the annual 30 Under 30 Special Report. Find our own first grade teacher, Marissa Sandberg on the list!
  • Fourth Graders Predict the Future of Bellevue

    Fourth graders (high school grads in the year 2025) spent some time imagining the future of Bellevue, think hoverboards, lightrail, drone deliveries and also an erupted Mt. Rainier! 425 Business Magazine published a few of their ideas in the February 2017 issue of the magazine. 
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  • Open Window School Student Experiment on International Space Station

    In 2015 Open Window students in grades 4-8 developed microgravity experiments, one of which was selected to be conducted on the International Space Station. After many launch delays astronauts performed the experiment, designed by a team of three seventh graders, aboard the ISS in March 2017.

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