What’s new at Eastside Catholic High School?

September 25, 2012

Shreya Tewari
Eastside Catholic High School

Eastside Catholic High School has some exciting new additions in place for the 2012-13 school year.

First, there are a ton of new teachers. From English, to theology, to history, to world languages, to art, the majority of departments and subjects have at least one new teacher.

Secondly, there has been an addition to the available opportunities for world language classes. Besides the standard French and Spanish classes, students now have the option to take Mandarin Chinese.

Read more

Dump expired, unused medication at Issaquah City Hall

September 25, 2012

Saving unused or expired medication can lead to improper and illegal use.

So the Issaquah Police Department is offering residents a chance to dump leftover medication. The agency is hosting a medication take-back event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 29 at City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way.

Issaquah residents can also drop off medications anytime from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, at the police department.

Liberty High School undergoes construction

September 25, 2012

Liberty High School students returned to school Sept. 4 in the midst of heavy construction, after the passing of the Issaquah School District’s estimated $219 million bond in April.

Veronica Austin
Liberty High School

The bond will help modernize classrooms and common areas, according to the district website.

The process began after school was closed for the summer; the commons was demolished, and several new portable classrooms were brought to campus to serve as temporary homes for some English and foreign language classes, as well as administration and counseling offices.

Music classes are also being held in the portables while the performing arts center is finished. It is yet to be determined where Liberty’s Patriot Players will perform the fall play, “Snow Angel,” while the performing arts center is under construction.

Read more

Skyline High School adds new courses to curriculum

September 25, 2012

Students at Skyline High School are able to join two new learning environments via International Baccalaureate Sports, Exercise and Health Science and IB Chinese.

Lee Xie
Skyline High School

IB Sports “incorporates the traditional disciplines of anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, psychology and nutrition, which are studied in the context of sport, exercise and health.”

“It’s been two weeks into the year and we’ve studied bones and joints already,” senior Emily Jones said. “I’m definitely looking forward to what’s coming up next.”

Another new course being offered this year is IB Chinese. The class is ab initio, which means students don’t need to have prior knowledge of the language to enroll.

Read more

Top baggers sought for Best Bagger Championship Finals

September 25, 2012

Washington grocers want to know if the best bagger in the land is bagging up groceries in Issaquah.

Best Bagger Championship Finals organizers put out a call for contestants to compete in the annual bag-off. The event runs from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Baggers compete for $1,500 and a chance to head to the national bag-off in Las Vegas.

Contestants can enter the competition through Oct. 10. Find more details at the Washington Food Industry Association website, www.wa-food-ind.org.

In November 2010, Nathan Frerker, a cashier at the Issaquah Trader Joe’s, competed in the Best Bagger Championship Finals.

Nightmare at Beaver Lake frighteners needed for Halloween haunt

September 25, 2012

Nightmare at Beaver Lake organizers need actors to frighten, spook and go bump in the night as the Halloween haunt prepares to terrorize the Sammamish Plateau.

Organizers plan actor training for Oct. 13-14 for actors with two or fewer years of experience in the haunt. More experienced volunteers can attend, too, because the show changes each year. Training runs from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Beaver Lake Park. Participants should bring a bag lunch and dress appropriately for the weather.

Volunteers can also register for make-up training. The make-up session runs from 1-4 p.m. Oct. 14. Previous make-up volunteers interested in participating again should email Jeeprider78@aol.com.

Read more

Voter registration deadlines approach

September 25, 2012

In the march to Election Day, local and state elections officials encourage residents to register to vote — by mail, online or, in a recent development, on Facebook.

Oct. 6 is the deadline for mail-in registration and updates. Oct. 8 is the deadline for online registration and updates.

Facebook users can like the Secretary of State’s MyVote app in order to register to vote.

More information about registration — by mail or online — is available at the King County Elections registration website, www.kingcounty.gov/elections/registration.

In order to register as a Washington voter, a person must be a U.S. citizen, a Washington resident, at least 18 by Election Day and not under the authority of the state Department of Corrections.

In Washington, voters do not register by political party or declare political party membership to vote.

Mayor to deliver 2013 city budget Oct. 1

September 25, 2012

Mayor Ava Frisinger plans to unveil the 2013 municipal budget Oct. 1 and outline priorities for the year ahead.

The annual announcement launches at least a month of deliberations between City Council members and city staffers to craft a complete budget. The council is required to adopt the budget before Dec. 31.

Frisinger is due to deliver a budget address at the Oct. 1 council meeting. Leaders meet at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall South, 135 E. Sunset Way.

In December 2011, council members approved a $36 million general fund budget — dollars used to fund police and fire services, community development and planning, parks and recreation, and municipal government.

The total city budget — including dollars for capital expenses and from other accounts — reached $85.7 million.

Off the Press

September 25, 2012

What do criminals think before they act?

Kathleen Merrill
Press managing editor

Thoughts of gunman Ronald Ficker have roamed around in my head since he walked through downtown Issaquah, randomly shooting at people before getting into a gunfight with police on Sept. 24, 2011.

The incident ended with him being shot to death. And I haven’t been able to get that out of my head.

While he was driving around our fair city that morning, thinking about God knows what, I was spending time outside with my German shepherd, and then heading out for a cruise in my car on a sunny day. While he was dying on an elementary school campus, I was chatting with a friend while shopping.

I can’t get that out of my head either.

For some time that morning he drove around our city, even running out of gas and having contact with a police officer on Interstate 90, before he ran out of gas yet again downtown.

Read more

Press Editorial

September 25, 2012

No need here for charter schools

Once again, Washington voters are being asked whether charter schools should be allowed here, as they are in 41 other states.

From some perspectives, a charter school run by a nonprofit organization with a goal of better education might make sense. But from the Issaquah perspective, charter schools are not needed. Test scores are among the highest in the state and 21 Issaquah School District students were recently named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists.

Supporters see charter schools as an alternative to a system seen as failing. The Issaquah district already strives to offer innovative curriculum for those students who need and desire more challenging classes. Witness the International Baccalaureate program at Skyline High School, the science-technology program for third graders, the Night Academy for students needing to make up failed high school classes and the Humanities Plus program for highly capable middle school students.

Read more

« Previous PageNext Page »