Pacific Cascade Middle School is closed after teacher threats

December 17, 2014

UPDATED — 1:05 p.m. Dec. 17, 2014

Pacific Cascade Middle School is closed today because of a threat to four teachers.

The decision was made this morning, according to an email to parents.

“We have just learned this morning of a typed letter left outside a teacher’s classroom threatening violence against four PCMS staff members this Friday,” the email read. “The note also contains unspecified threats to do violence at lunch or during the school’s winter assembly on Friday and makes reference to having access to a gun.

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Phi Kappa Phi accepts Spencer Patzman

December 16, 2014

Spencer Patzman, of Sammamish, was recently initiated into Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Patzman is pursuing a degree in biology at the University of Southern California.

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Never too busy to read

December 9, 2014

By Lynn Juniel Ron Thiele, Issaquah School District superintendent, and his wife Jill read to more than 30 students Dec. 3 at Pajama Storytime at the Issaquah Barnes & Noble. Children enjoyed hot chocolate and sugar cookies while listening to classics old and new. Among the books Thiele read included his favorite, ‘Carrot Seed.’

By Lynn Juniel
Ron Thiele, Issaquah School District superintendent, and his wife Jill read to more than 30 students Dec. 3 at Pajama Storytime at the Issaquah Barnes & Noble. Children enjoyed hot chocolate and sugar cookies while listening to classics old and new. Among the books Thiele read included his favorite, ‘Carrot Seed.’

Issaquah teachers earn national certifications

December 9, 2014

Thirty-one teachers in the Issaquah School District earned their National Board Certifications this year, district officials announced Dec. 5.

Issaquah is among the top 15 districts in the nation this year for the number of newly certified teachers, and the 31 new additions gives Issaquah a total of 155 board-certified teachers.

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Participate in Holiday Book Drive through Dec. 31

December 9, 2014

Help Barnes & Noble’s Holiday Book Drive for the Issaquah Schools Foundation.

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Let’s Talk About It — What causes school shootings?

November 26, 2014

For decades, school shootings have plagued our country.

Zoe Buchli Beat reporter

Zoe Buchli
Issaquah High Schoo

In fact, since 1980, there have been more than 100 college and high school shootings recorded in the United States. There are a plethora of theories as to why they occur so frequently, but is there a single, definitive reason for these shootings or do they result from a complex combination of things?

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The Mind Matters at Liberty

November 26, 2014

Monday, Nov. 3, was the first meeting of Mind Matters, a club at Liberty High School founded by seniors Jenna Purkis and Lily Dunlap.

Megan So Liberty High School

Megan So
Liberty High School

The club’s focus is educating the student body and cultivating the school’s awareness of the impact mental illnesses have on teenagers.

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New emergency policy aims to help protect students

November 26, 2014

Students and staff of the Issaquah School District have a new way to react to emergency situations.

Mathew Duff Issaquah High School

Mathew Duff
Issaquah High School

Based on its relationship with local law enforcement (like the school resource officers), district officials have implemented a more fluid procedure, called “Run-Hide-Fight” to deal with on-campus threats as effectively as possible.

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Mental health services offered at schools

November 26, 2014

The Oct. 24 school shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School has raised awareness of the importance of mental health services offered at schools.

Noela Lu Skyline         High School

Noela Lu
Skyline
High School

“While school shootings are rare, we do have to prepare for the possibility,” Issaquah School District Superintendent Ron Thiele wrote in an email to parents.

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Girls fight bullies, Find Kind in club

November 26, 2014

Four years ago, Eastside Catholic High School welcomed guest speakers Lauren Parsekian and Molly Thompson to talk about their campaign and film — “Finding Kind” — that discussed the cause and effects of girl-on-girl bullying.

Marissa Secreto Eastside Catholic         High School

Marissa Secreto
Eastside Catholic
High School

The idea caught fire: Shortly after Parsekian and Thompson’s visit, EC created its own club under the same name, where middle-school and high-school girls could meet up once a week and discuss bullying prevention.

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