November 25, 2015
NEW — 12:53 p.m. Nov. 25, 2015
The Issaquah Press Beat staff, made up of writers and editors from Issaquah, Skyline and Liberty high schools, tackles homelessness, Black Friday and more in this Thanksgiving issue. Click the photo to enlarge the page.
November 10, 2015
NEW — 3:10 p.m. Nov. 10, 2015
Gretel von Bargen’s vacation plans took an interesting twist this past summer.
One hundred and ten miles into a “lifetime bucket list” backpacking trip on the John Muir Trail with her husband, von Bargen, a teacher at Skyline High School, received a special invitation to fly to Washington, D.C., meet President Obama, and be recognized by the National Science Foundation with a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
Although it meant cutting the hiking trip short, there was no way von Bargen could miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Von Bargen said that was when the real, epic journey began, as the couple proceeded to “hike, boat, hitchhike, train, bus and drive home from California” in time for her to catch a flight to Washington D.C. and participate in the awards ceremony. Read more
November 6, 2015
NEW — 3:18 p.m. Nov. 6, 2015
Liberty High School students Tiffany Yamasaki and Amanda Ross were among a select group of students chosen to perform in a national honor chorus. Read more
November 5, 2015
NEW — 1:54 p.m. Nov. 5, 2015
The Issaquah School Board was one of nine entities labeled a “Board of Distinction” by the Washington State School Directors’ Association Nov. 4.
Issaquah joined school boards from Auburn, Ferndale, Kent, Puyallup, Riverview, South Kitsap, University Place and West Valley (Spokane).
“Each of these boards is a great example of the excellent work of Washington’s 295 school boards and 1,477 school board members,” said Chris Nieuwenhuis, president of the association. “We applaud their commitment to their students and communities.” Read more
October 30, 2015
NEW — 3:21 p.m. Oct. 30, 2015
The Issaquah School Board wants the public’s help in deciding whether or not any changes in starting and stopping times for the local school day are desirable.
They also need to determine if changes are feasible.
“There certainly is a lot of energy around it,” said Superintendent Ron Thiele at an Issaquah School Board meeting Oct. 28.
Thiele added that if the board wants to put changes in place for the 2016-2017 school year, they need to make a decision on the topic by March 2016. Read more
October 30, 2015
NEW — 11:43 a.m. Oct. 30, 2015
The Issaquah School District is asking voters to approve a $533.5 million bond sale that will appear on the April 26 ballot.
The Issaquah School Board unanimously approved the issue at its meeting Oct. 28 following months of discussion.
If approved, the money will go toward a fourth comprehensive high school at a cost of $120 million, along with the district’s sixth middle school with a price tag of $74 million.
The district also is hoping for two new elementary schools — numbers 16 and 17 — with price tags of $36.5 million and $38 million. Read more
October 29, 2015
NEW — 2:05 p.m. Oct. 29, 2015
Students at Cascade Ridge Elementary School are saving the environment one applesauce pouch at a time.
The school is making a difference this year by recycling their lunchtime waste with TerraCycle, a leader in the collection and repurposing of hard-to-recycle post-consumer waste.
Cascade Ridge students have already collected 1,257 empty applesauce pouches this year. Since signing up for the TerraCycle recycling program, the school has saved a total of 2,663 pouches from local landfills. Read more
October 25, 2015
NEW — 3:18 p.m. Oct. 25, 2015
Skyline High School’s Silver Orchestra had the honor of playing for Irish President Michael Higgins and his wife, Sabina Higgins, during the duo’s Oct. 1 visit. Read more
October 22, 2015
NEW — 1:35 p.m. Oct. 22, 2015
On the first Wednesday of every month, restaurants across the community will partner with the Issaquah Schools Foundation to donate a portion of sales to benefit Issaquah students.
The Klahanie Hop Jacks will host the first Dining for Kids night on Wednesday, Nov. 4. Dine anytime during dinner and Hop Jacks will donate 20 percent of your bill to the foundation. The restaurant is located at 4506 Klahanie Drive and closes at 11 p.m.
October 22, 2015
NEW — 12:30 p.m. Oct. 22, 2015
Three Eastside Catholic School students were named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists in its academic competition. They are Patrick Brady, of Redmond, Elizabeth Bernstein, of Sammamish, and TJ Mandelkorn, of North Bend.
About 16,000 high school students nationally made the list. These academically talented seniors will now compete for 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered in the spring of 2016.
The semifinalists are among the top scorers on the Preliminary SAT in the state and represent less than 1 percent of high school seniors nationally.