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Newly Crowned National Champions from Newport Rocketry Team to Share Experiences at School Board Meeting - 05/18/22

The students from Newport High School’s National Championship first and second place rocketry teams will attend the Thursday, May 19, 2022, regularly scheduled meeting of the Bellevue School Board. The students will present their experience competing in and winning the national competition. Members of the press are invited to attend this general public meeting. 


What: Presentation by the Newport High School Rocketry Team at the Bellevue School District School Board meeting. 


Who: Newport High School Rocketry Team, Bellevue School District 


When: Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. 


Where: WISC (Wilburton Instructional Service Center, 12241 Main St, Bellevue, WA 98005, USA (map)) 



On Saturday, May 14, 2022, Newport High School students competed in the American Rocketry Challenge, the world’s largest student rocketry competition. Out of 724 teams from 41 states that participated in the competition this year, in an unprecedented finish, Newport teams came in both first and second place.  


To qualify for the finals, teams had to build a rocket that could safely carry two raw eggs with a target flight duration of 41-44 seconds and an altitude of 835 feet. At the national competition, the top 42 teams conducted a launch required to reach 860 feet with a duration of 42-45 seconds. 

Newport students will now represent the United States at the International Rocketry Challenge at the Farnborough Airshow outside London in July. 


Media Instructions 

Members of the media are invited to attend this event. Email Janine Thorn to confirm your attendance. 

Press Release  

Bellevue School District to hold Asian American and Pacific Islander Read-In - 04/29/22

BELLEVUE, Wash. — The Bellevue School District is pleased to hold an Asian American and Pacific Islander book reading, Wednesday, May 4, 2022. Professionals of different backgrounds will join school administrators to read culturally responsive books to students at Stevenson Elementary School.

Stevenson Elementary School Teacher-Librarian Jennifer Ching plans read-ins throughout the year, promoting literacy among BSD students, and sometimes coordinating them to celebrate and highlight ethnic cultures at significant times in history. Books chosen for this read-in are those written or illustrated by AAPI authors, and students from kindergarten through 5th grade will be read to during the first period of the school day. Jennifer said about the read-in, “They [read-ins] connect students with book creators that they might not know and give students a chance to see themselves and their friends reflected in both books and readers.”

BSD Superintendent Art Jarvis remarked, "We were fortunate to have staff who create exceptional learning opportunities that connect students to culture, rooted in literacy. There is nothing quite like a great story to provide a greater context for learning.”

With a host of school administrators and professionals leading the day by reading inspiring literary works to recognize and honor Asian American culture, another goal for the day is to connect with students who most often don’t see themselves reflected in some educational settings and want to see images they can relate to in books, stories and other tools used in the learning process.

The Bellevue School District, with nearly 20,000 students and 29 schools, is diverse and dynamic in East King County, Washington. Its mission is "To serve every student academically, socially, and emotionally, through a rigorous and relevant education that is innovative and individualized. As a learning community that values one another's humanity, we strive to provide courageous support for an equitable and exceptional education for all students."