Tiger Mountain closure pushed back a year

October 22, 2014

The Issaquah School Board will deviate slightly from the district superintendent’s plan to close Tiger Mountain Community High School after the 2014-15 school year.

In a 5-0 vote Oct. 22, the board chose to approve the closure a year later, at the end of the 2015-16 school year. Board members said delaying the closure for a year, and then opening a new alternative school at the start of the 2016-17 year, will remove any gaps in alternative education for Issaquah School District students.

Several parents and Tiger Mountain students spoke to the board, similar to a series of meetings and public hearings that began taking place in February. That’s when Superintendent Ron Thiele first announced a plan to close Tiger Mountain at the end of the 2014-15 year.

More information on the board meeting and the future of Tiger Mountain will be published Oct. 29.

Seahawks honor teacher

October 21, 2014

By Greg Farrar Melissa Norman (holding check), a ninth-year special education teacher at Maywood Middle School, was surprised in front of her students and honored by the Seattle Seahawks and Bellevue-based Symetra Financial Corporation in September as a ‘Symetra Hero in the Classroom,’ one of just 16 K-12 teachers across the Puget Sound area chosen during the 2014 National Football League regular season. Norman received a $1,000 donation for classroom books and supplies, tickets to a Seahawks home game including a pre-game visit on the field, and a jersey and football. With Norman were (from left) Jane Harris, assistant principal; Jason Morse, principal; Shaun Angell, Seahawks corporate partnership manager; and Candace Bailey, Symetra customer service representative.

By Greg Farrar
Melissa Norman (holding check), a ninth-year special education teacher at Maywood Middle School, was surprised in front of her students and honored by the Seattle Seahawks and Bellevue-based Symetra Financial Corporation in September as a ‘Symetra Hero in the Classroom,’ one of just 16 K-12 teachers across the Puget Sound area chosen during the 2014 National Football League regular season. Norman received a $1,000 donation for classroom books and supplies, tickets to a Seahawks home game including a pre-game visit on the field, and a jersey and football. With Norman were (from left) Jane Harris, assistant principal; Jason Morse, principal; Shaun Angell, Seahawks corporate partnership manager; and Candace Bailey, Symetra customer service representative.

Patriots get their palace

October 14, 2014

District unveils remodeled Liberty High School

The new Liberty High School building is sleek, modern and almost industrial in its appearance.

Past Liberty students would hardly recognize it as the same school, but some internal touches, most importantly a can’t-miss banner inscribed with the words “Proud to be a Patriot,” bring familiarity and warmth to the newly remodeled campus.

The Issaquah Chamber of Commerce and Issaquah School District partnered to unveil the new Liberty at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 10.

By Greg Farrar Marnie Maraldo, Issaquah School District School Board president, cuts the ceremonial ribbon as other board members, Superintendent Ron Thiele, Principal Josh Almy and others applaud and smile, as the completion of the final phase of the school remodel is celebrated Oct. 10 during a community open house.

By Greg Farrar
Marnie Maraldo, Issaquah School District School Board president, cuts the ceremonial ribbon as other board members, Superintendent Ron Thiele, Principal Josh Almy and others applaud and smile, as the completion of the final phase of the school remodel is celebrated Oct. 10 during a community open house.

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Several schools start fresh with new principals

October 14, 2014

The Issaquah School District hired new principals at eight schools for the 2014-15 year, including five newcomers to the district.

Donna Hood

Donna Hood

Three of the new hires have prior experience in Issaquah, including Donna Hood, who took over as Skyline High School’s principal after serving as an assistant principal at Liberty High School.

Hood said the support she has received from other district leaders has helped her prepare to be a first-time principal.

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Healthy Youth Survey is next week, parents can opt out by tomorrow

October 9, 2014

NEW — 10:30 a.m. Oct. 9, 2014

The Issaquah School District will join other public school districts across the state in administering the 2014 Healthy Youth Survey to students Oct. 14-17.

The survey is voluntary and confidential, and is open to students in grades six, eight, 10 and 12. It is designed to gather information and plan programs to support students in their school and in the community.

Parents and students can opt out of the survey by calling their school’s office by Oct. 10. Learn more about the survey here.

Liberty High School hosts Oct. 10 open house for the community

October 9, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 9, 2014

Community members can get a look at the remodeled Liberty High School at an Oct. 10 open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce.

Highlights of the remodel include the replacement of the old 500 wing of classrooms, a new and enlarged commons, and a new auxiliary gym. There is also a culinary arts instructional kitchen and a new library. More science labs were added and existing ones were upgraded.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony starts at 12:30 p.m., followed by school tours led by Liberty Principal Josh Almy. The school is at 16655 S.E. 136th St., Renton.

Skyline parade to shut down 228th Avenue Oct. 10

October 7, 2014

Skyline High School’s annual Homecoming parade will affect traffic in Sammamish’s central area on the evening of Oct. 10.

The northbound lanes of 228th Avenue will close from 4-6:30 p.m. between Discovery Elementary School and Skyline. The parade starts at 5 p.m.

Two-way traffic will be maintained on what are normally the southbound lanes of 228th. City officials encourage motorists to take alternate routes.

Liberty SRO honored as best in the state

September 30, 2014

Deputy Dave Montalvo has had his fair share of assignments in a 27-year career with the King County Sheriff’s Office.

By Greg Farrar Dave Montalvo, King County Sheriff’s Office deputy and the Liberty High School resource officer for 12 years, patrols the field during a football game last month.

By Greg Farrar
Dave Montalvo, King County Sheriff’s Office deputy and the Liberty High School resource officer for 12 years, patrols the field during a football game last month.

He spent time on the SWAT team; he taught new recruits as a master police officer; he served on motorcycle patrol; and he also worked with a traffic enforcement unit.

But he has truly found his home in the south end of the Issaquah School District where, for the past 12 years, Montalvo has served as the school resource officer at Liberty High, Maywood Middle and surrounding elementary schools.

“This is by far, in my opinion, the best job that anybody can have, because you get to work with the kids and make a difference,” he said.

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School board holds study session about Tiger Mountain’s future

September 30, 2014

After months of discussion, questions and public criticism, the Issaquah School Board is still trying to decide the long-term fate of Tiger Mountain Community High School.

The board met with several district administrators Sept. 24 in a roundtable-format study session. Much of the two-hour meeting was spent addressing concerns about what happens to students if the district’s plan to close the alternative school next year is approved.

The board held two public hearings on the matter earlier in September, but a timeline for making a decision hasn’t been announced.

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Officials discuss controversial Common Core education

September 23, 2014

The Common Core State Standards, designed to create a consistent set of learning standards for K-12 students, are among the most contentious topics in public education these days.

Politicians, school administrators and public policy experts discussed various aspects of Common Core during a town hall-style meeting Sept. 15 at Pacific Cascade Middle School. About two dozen audience members participated and provided feedback to a seven-person speaking panel.

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