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.
October 21, 2014
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.
October 14, 2014
The Issaquah School District hired new principals at eight schools for the 2014-15 year, including five newcomers to the district.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.