Issaquah schools add 16 board-certified teachers

December 21, 2013

NEW — 2 p.m. Dec. 21, 2o13

Washington has the largest group of new national board certified teachers in the nation, and the Issaquah School District is among the state’s top 10 districts when it comes to adding high-quality teachers.

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards released numbers Dec. 17 which show Washington added 516 new board-certified teachers this year, the most among the 50 states, and now has a total of 7,333, the fourth-highest in the nation.

Issaquah added 16 new board-certified teachers, placing it ninth among the state’s 295 public school districts. Seattle led the state with 54 additions, followed by Highline, Spokane, Bellevue, Clover Park, Evergreen, Federal Way and Tacoma.

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Cedar Hills Regional Landfill gas flow resumes after pipeline is repaired, tested

December 20, 2013

NEW — 4:14 p.m. Dec. 19, 2013

Although an investigation into a gas pipeline break at the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill south of Issaquah remains under investigation, repairs, inspections and pressure testing have been completed.

The pipeline is once again sending collected gas from decomposing garbage to an energy conversion plant, according to a news release from King County.

The break in a pipe that delivers the gas to a plant that cleans and sends the scrubbed gas to a nearby natural gas pipeline was discovered Dec. 7.

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Winter wonderland

December 20, 2013

By Christina Corrales-Toy A bundled up Adelaide Gregory (right), 16 months, receives a snow ball from older sister Barbara, 9, as the two put the finishing touches on their snowman at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery Dec. 20. School was canceled as Issaquah was blanketed with about 1 1/2 inches of snow today.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
A bundled up Adelaide Gregory (right), 16 months, receives a snow ball from older sister Barbara, 9, as the two put the finishing touches on their snowman at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery Dec. 20. School was canceled as Issaquah was blanketed with about 1 1/2 inches of snow today.

Issaquah schools closed due to snow

December 20, 2013

NEW — 7 a.m. Dec. 20, 2013

Issaquah School District students will start their winter break a day early, after district officials announced that schools are closed Dec. 20.

The district initially called for a two-hour delay, but worsening conditions caused them to close schools for the day.

All meetings, field trips, and after-school activities are cancelled. Morning and afternoon school-age care is cancelled. School will resume Jan. 6, after the winter holiday break.

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Police find no bomb after threat at Skyline High School

December 20, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 19, 2013

After hours of searching the building with a special canine team last night, Sammamish police discovered no bomb or any other suspicious items at Skyline High School.

“The police are following leads and will continue to investigate the source of the threat,” Principal Lisa Hechtman wrote in an email to families. “In any situation where there is even a possibility of danger for students or staff, we will always take every precaution necessary until the threat is dispelled.

“We have comprehensive evacuation and safety plans in place. Although we have received the all-clear from the police, today we will continue to operate with heightened vigilance,” she added. “We will have additional police on campus and administrators and support staff will be a continual presence at bus lanes, in hallways, and in common areas.”

Snow prompts Issaquah School District to delay classes

December 20, 2013

UPDATED — 6:15 a.m. Dec. 20, 2013

All Issaquah School District schools are delayed two hours Dec. 20 because of snow and icy conditions that blanketed the area early Friday morning.

Because of the delay, district officials canceled all before-school activities, including morning school-age care, Headstart, morning and afternoon preschool, morning and afternoon kindergarten, and out-of-district transportation. Buses are on snow routes.

Other programs not mentioned will continue as regularly scheduled. Any changes to field trips and after-school activities will be determined by each school. Check with your school for decisions about field trips and after-school activities today.

Skyline High School swept by police, trained dogs after bomb threat

December 19, 2013

NEW – 9 p.m. Dec. 18, 2013

Police were conducting a sweep of Skyline High School tonight using specially trained dogs after a bomb threat was found on a wall in a boy’s restroom, according to an email from Principal Lisa Hechtman.

“The threat indicated that the school should evacuate or a bomb would go off on Friday,” the email read. “Since the threat was discovered, we have been working closely with local law enforcement to ensure the safety of students and staff.

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Sammamish author to sign books at Issaquah event Saturday

December 19, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 19, 2013

Sammamish author A.C. Christensen will sign copies of her books “Patrick The Naughty Pony,” “Annie and Alley” and “Motorbikes and Murder” from 2-4 p.m. Dec. 21 at the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Writers’ Cottage, 317 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Suite 8.

Learn more by calling 888-361-9473 toll free or email Michelle Whitman at

Don’t forget holiday concert tonight at Mary, Queen of Peace

December 18, 2013

NEW — 5:15 p.m. Dec. 18, 2013

Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church and Temple B’nai Torah present a holiday interfaith concert from 7-8:30 p.m. tonight at Mary, Queen of Peace, 1121 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish.

The guests of honor are Tent City 4 residents.

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Satire: Here’s how to get into college

December 18, 2013

NEW — 11 a.m. Dec. 18, 2013

  • Start doing community service at the age of 10. Choose something big and attention-getting, like your local hospital, a homeless shelter or a nonprofit like the American Red Cross or charity: water. The longer the commitment, the better.
  • Start keeping track of and obsessing over your grades once you get to middle school. You never know what colleges might ask for. Having good middle school grades will give you an advantage over your competition.
By Helen Wang Skyline High School

By Helen Wang
Skyline High School

  • At the age of 12, ask for SAT books for Christmas. Not having your own money shouldn’t stop you from getting a head start on studying for college entrance exams. Also, get a job so that you can start feeling like a grown-up and start saving for college. Who cares about child labor? Read more

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