District’s newest school named Creekside Elementary

December 15, 2009

By Chantelle Lusebrink

Creekside Elementary School as seen from the northeast, with the main entrance at left and classrooms at right. By Issaquah School District

Creekside Elementary School as seen from the northeast, with the main entrance at left and classrooms at right. By Issaquah School District

The Issaquah School District’s 15th elementary school finally has a name.

Creekside Elementary School, 20777 S.E. 16th St., Sammamish, will open in fall 2010 for students on the Sammamish Plateau near Pine Lake.

The school board unanimously voted on the name at its Dec. 9 regular business meeting.

The Chang family, of Sammamish, couldn’t be more thrilled with the choice, since it was their submission, Melody Chang said.

Jesse and Melody Chang’s two daughters, Emma, 7, and Erin, 4, will attend the school.

“When the community was asked to submit names, we came up with the name Creekside because it was simple, yet true to the area,” Melody Chang said. “We think it is indicative of the surrounding area and the nurturing environment that the elementary school has such an important role in playing.”In early November, Planning Principal Robin Earl gave a presentation to the board about the five names the school’s Naming Selection Committee chose.

Those were Creekside, Ebright Creek, Lake Vista, Opportunity and Samena elementary schools.

Community members submitted more than 130 submissions based on a set of rules, which included the school’s name be derived from the area, geographic landmarks, housing developments, voting precincts, directional names or from names of people that have contributed greatly to education in the district.

After the five names were chosen, community members had an opportunity to rank their top choices in order. Creekside was the overwhelming leader; Ebright was the runner-up.

The significance of the name Creekside, Earl said, is a creek that runs near the school, and the Snoqualmie Tribe used the area and the creek as part of its summer lands where they would live for a time and fish.

“My personal favorite going into it was not Creekside, but I’m warming to it,” board member Chad Magendanz said. “I really think the community has spoken here and I want to honor that.”

“I was really surprised,” Melody Chang said. “We thought there would be other families with the same name suggestion, but we were the only ones.

“We are honored that we helped come up with a name that will stick with the elementary, even 30 years down the road.”

The $22.8 million school is under construction. When it is finished, the two-story building will have 28 classrooms, a computer lab, music room, multipurpose room, gym and resource room for occupational and physical therapies. It will also have two covered play areas in addition to a sand playfield.

The school’s layout is very similar to Grand Ridge and Newcastle elementary schools.

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