Breaking ground — School district launches construction of new Issaquah Middle School

July 2, 2015

Consisting mostly of dignitaries from the Issaquah School District and the city of Issaquah, a small crowd joined together the morning of June 26 to mark the official groundbreaking for the new Issaquah Middle School.

“We love to celebrate things that are going to be great resources for the community,” said L. Michelle, school district director of communications.

By Greg Farrar Issaquah School District School Board members (on left), Superintendent Ron Thiele and King Issaquah Ed Pingul toss dirt during a groundbreaking event June 26 at the new Issaquah Middle School site between Clark Elementary and Issaquah High schools.

By Greg Farrar
Issaquah School District School Board members (on left), Superintendent Ron Thiele and King Issaquah Ed Pingul toss dirt during a groundbreaking event June 26 at the new Issaquah Middle School site between Clark Elementary and Issaquah High schools.

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Skyline hosts summer dance camp

July 2, 2015

Girls entering kindergarten through eighth grades are invited to join the Skyline High School dance team for its annual Junior Spartans Summer Dance Camp.

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Liberty students get more than $2.3 million in scholarships

June 17, 2015

Liberty High School and the Issaquah School District are grateful for the generosity of the community who contributed in part to more than $2.3 million in scholarships to Liberty’s class of 2015 as reported by students and their parents.

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King County honors local Green Schools programs

June 10, 2015

Several Issaquah schools were among 55 schools the King County Green Schools Program is recognizing this month for conservation achievements.

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Maywood Middle School team wins Rubik’s Cube Challenge

June 10, 2015

Maywood Middle School won the Washington Regional Rubik’s Cube Challenge May 16 in Everett.

The competition featured 175 students on 18 teams from Western Washington trying to solve cubes as fast as their fingers would let them.

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School board approves gifts to district

June 10, 2015

The Issaquah School Board approved the following gifts of $5,000 or more to the school district:

$5,000 from the Pine Lake Middle School PTSA to help fund Homework Club at Pine Lake Middle School.

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Congratulations, local Eastside Catholic High School graduates

June 3, 2015

By Brian DalBalcon Seventeen students who are residents of Issaquah will graduate as part of Eastside Catholic High School’s class of 2015.  The residents are top row, from left to right, are Samuel Brakken, Clayton Dungey, Matthew Williams, Mathew Maximo and Cameron Cronk; middle row, from left to right, are Colton Mahovlich, Kathryn Reiff, Kyra Didier, Nicole Musser and Morgan Clark; bottom row, from left to right, are Kiera Schild, Mckenna George, Hannah Johnson, Ashley Blanton and Kaitlyn Carmody. Not pictured are Nicole Costello and Cody Baker. The graduation ceremony will be at 7:30 p.m. June 8 at Benaroya Hall in Seattle. A Baccalaureate Mass will be held June 5 at Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Sammamish. This will be the 33rd graduating class for Eastside Catholic with 171 students participating in the ceremony. Ninety-eight percent of graduates will attend 72 different colleges in the fall. One hundred and forty two seniors will graduate with honors and two students, Tinuola Dada and Amali Fernando, were named National Merit Scholars.

By Brian DalBalcon
Seventeen students who are residents of Issaquah will graduate as part of Eastside Catholic High School’s class of 2015.
The residents are top row, from left to right, are Samuel Brakken, Clayton Dungey, Matthew Williams, Mathew Maximo and Cameron Cronk; middle row, from left to right, are Colton Mahovlich, Kathryn Reiff, Kyra Didier, Nicole Musser and Morgan Clark; bottom row, from left to right, are Kiera Schild, Mckenna George, Hannah Johnson, Ashley Blanton and Kaitlyn Carmody. Not pictured are Nicole Costello and Cody Baker.
The graduation ceremony will be at 7:30 p.m. June 8 at Benaroya Hall in Seattle. A Baccalaureate Mass will be held June 5 at Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Sammamish. This will be the 33rd graduating class for Eastside Catholic with 171 students participating in the ceremony. Ninety-eight percent of graduates will attend 72 different colleges in the fall. One hundred and forty two seniors will graduate with honors and two students, Tinuola Dada and Amali Fernando, were named National Merit Scholars.

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City names Waste Free Wednesday Challenge winners

June 3, 2015

To celebrate Earth Day, the city joined the Issaquah School District to issue a Waste Free Wednesday Challenge to every school in the district.

The winning schools are Apollo Elementary, Issaquah Middle and Issaquah High schools.

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Council approves plan for new middle school

June 3, 2015

In a unanimous decision May 18, the Issaquah City Council approved the Issaquah School District’s master site plan and site development permit for the new middle school.

The new campus will be built on the current site of Clark Elementary School along Second Avenue Southeast.

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Let’s Talk About It — Beware the dangers of texting while driving

May 27, 2015

In an era dominated by technology, texting has become the go-to method of fast communication. Especially for teenagers, texting is present everywhere in our lives: when we’re at school, when we’re hanging out with friends, when we’re talking to parents and when we’re driving.

Noela Lu Skyline High School

Noela Lu
Skyline High School

The truth of the matter is that if someone were to say, “Don’t text while driving” and another person were to say, “Don’t drink while driving”, the latter person would be taken more seriously. It’s easy to downplay the dangers of texting, emailing or calling when driving because of the perceived benign nature of the cell phone compared to other substances, such as alcohol.

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