May 6, 2014

By Contributor

Tiger Mountain

Librarian hopes school will continue for years to come

My personal experience with Tiger Mountain Community High School was limited to about an hour and a half on Dec. 7, 1992.

I was at that time the young adult librarian at the Issaquah Library, and I visited the school to present a program to a group of young parents.

I didn’t know what would be of interest, but I took along cloth books, board books, books about making toys or clothes or baby food — everything I could think of.

In my entire career as a librarian, I’ve never addressed such an interested, even rapt, audience! Those students were so keen to see the materials I’d brought. They loved the hand puppets (which at that time were for circulation), and some decided then and there to convert the stuffed toys they were scheduled to make into hand puppets instead. Their teacher agreed to help them with the project.

I was able to give every parent a copy of “Goodnight Moon,” (and incidentally, I’d really had to work to persuade the library administration to let me have those books for that particular audience).

The teenagers were happy to show me their lovely babies after the program, and to tell me how they were caring for them — only 15 or 16 years old, but devoted caregivers.

I’ve often thought of those students and their children, children who would now be much older than their parents were in 1992. I do hope their lives turned out happily. I’m sure that attending Tiger Mountain Community High School helped a lot in that respect, and that the school will continue to assist all its students for years to come.

Marnie Webb


History Day

Thanks to those who participated in event

The Issaquah History Museums would like send a huge “thank you” to Liberty High School’s History Day Club members and the Issaquah High School Key Club for presenting and hosting National History Day presentations at the Depot Museum on April 26. These students keep our hearts warm through their dedication as burgeoning cultural caretakers in our community.

National History Day is a U.S.-wide extracurricular program for students who compete at local, state and national levels. Students do a project in one of five categories based on a theme picked each year. Categories include documentaries, exhibits, papers, performances and websites.

Participating students conducted intensive historical research through primary sources, such as interviews and government records, on a wide variety of topics to reflect the theme. The theme for this year is “Rights & Responsibilities.” The presenters included:

  • Andrew Cooper — The Indian Reorganization Act of 1934
  • Vincy Fok and Lorrin Johnson — Hanford Nuclear Reservation
  • Carlyn Schmidgall — The Vietnam Draft
  • Clara Bardot and Paige Hopkins — Misguided Responsibilities and Disregarded Rights: The Cultural Assimilation of American Indians

Our local winners compete at the state level on May 3 at Green River Community College. Winners there will go on to represent the state at nationals at the University of Maryland in June.

Special thanks to student volunteers Lucy Huffman and Megan Huang, and to LHS librarian JoAnn Olsson for coaching!

Lissa Kramer

Issaquah History Museums


Ask a Cop!

Officers were friendly and helpful while teaching

I would like to sincerely thank the Issaquah Police Department for its participation in Life Enrichment Option’s “Ask a Cop!” presentation April 24.

Detective Brian Horn, Officer Nate Lane and Officer Jesse Petersen did a wonderful job teaching important skills to help people with developmental disabilities interact safely with law enforcement, including ways to identify themselves and their disability.

They were friendly, approachable, patient and even humorous throughout the evening. They brought their vehicles for those in attendance to inspect and stayed until every question was answered.

It truly was one of those events that highlight all the great things that makes Issaquah such a great place to live.

Becky Gordon

LEO outreach committee chairwoman


Dave Reichert

Thank you, Congressman Reichert, for visit to school

Thank you, Congressman Dave Reichert, for coming to Sunny Hills Elementary School, on April 24 to see, firsthand, how we are using Project Learning Tree lessons to bring our STEM learning in the classroom to the outdoors. The students enjoyed sharing a Discovery Walk with you while showing their first-grade “Pony Pals” components of a forest ecosystem in our forest classroom.

I appreciate the fact that you advocate for preserving natural spaces, such as the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, and that you took the time to tour the natural spaces on our school campus that enhance the learning in all subject areas, but especially science. Such natural spaces provide students the opportunity to take what is learned in the classroom, outside, which has a direct effect on how the students treat the natural environment at home, in their neighborhoods, in their community and beyond.

Such outdoor STEM opportunities for students require support at local, state and national levels. Issaquah has had long-term support from the Pacific Education Institute for teachers to learn how to take students outdoors, providing PLT lessons and modeling student achievement of standards. Boy Scouts helped build our forest trail and platform, and Maranakos supplied beautiful rocks (connected to the third-grade geology unit) for our Millennium Garden.

Supporting legislation such as “No Child Left Inside” and environmental education funding through programs such as EPA is key at a national level to share the importance of outdoor classrooms for every student.

By your example, my students, more than ever, are inspired to be stewards of this beautiful land of ours — today, and tomorrow. Thank you.

Mrs. Jane Ulrich

Fourth-grade teacher,  Sunny Hills Elementary School



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One Response to “Letters”

  1. Rob Young on May 27th, 2014 8:07 pm

    Klahanie PAA Annexation Update:

    For all who are interested in following the progress of the annexation of the Klahanie PAA to the City of Sammamish, the PAA rights will be transferred to Sammamish over the next couple of weeks by King County. After that, by RCW, there is a period of 90 days which must pass before the City of Sammamish can request to meet with the King County Boundary Review Board who can bless the annexation. Once that is completed, the City of Sammamish will add the Annexation Area to their Comprehensive Plan. After legal stuff is completed and the council approves the study, the comprehensive plan changes, and all the rest, then the election or vote will be set for probably February or March of 2015. The vote needed is a majority of 51% and must pass, as this will be the last effort from any city or group to annex the Klahanie PAA. If the vote passes, then the annexation would take place most likely in the summer of 2015. If it fails, then the Klahanie PAA will remain unincorporated for the long future. This would be a sad state if we cannot pass a majority vote. Look in your mailboxes for the now monthly City of Sammamish Newsletter.

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