Skyline student earns youth writing award

September 4, 2015

NEW — 4:22 p.m. Sept. 4, 2015

Elaine Park, 16, a student at Skyline High School, earned a 2015 Youth Honor Award from Skipping Stones, a youth-centered multicultural magazine.

Park was one of 10 award recipients from the U.S., Singapore and Hong Kong, all between the ages of 13-17. The winners received a certificate, five multicultural and/or nature books, a subscription to Skipping Stones, and an invitation to join the magazine’s student review board.

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Issaquah School District students head back to class

September 1, 2015

NEW — 5:45 p.m. Sept. 1, 2015

By Greg Farrar Jane Harris (right), the new Apollo Elementary School principal, greets students arriving Sept. 1 for the first day of school in the Issaquah School District. Click the photo to see more Back to School photos.

By Greg Farrar
Jane Harris (right), the new Apollo Elementary School principal, greets students arriving Sept. 1 for the first day of school in the Issaquah School District. Click the photo to see more Back to School photos.

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Angels in wait: Issaquah High School program helps students in need

August 27, 2015

NEW — 3:25 p.m. Aug. 27, 2015

It can be unsettling for a high-school student who can’t afford functional clothing, prom attire or the fees to participate in certain classes, clubs and sports.

Issaquah High School began addressing those issues three years ago when its PTSA formed an Angel Program that collects a wide range of items and distributes them anonymously to students and families.

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School district embraces the new

August 26, 2015

NEW — Noon Aug. 26, 2015

As students head back to school Sept. 1, many will enter new buildings and utilize new facilities.

While this year’s school budget is in place, the future of the Issaquah School District’s finances is yet to be determined. While the state Legislature tackles a Supreme Court mandate to fully fund education, the Issaquah School Board will discuss future bond issues later this month as the 2012 bond expires.

Jake Kuper, chief financial operating officer, said the district has completed a lot of the work in the $219 million bond approved in 2012.

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Three schools are failing federal standards

August 25, 2015

NEW — 5:55 p.m. Aug. 25, 2015

Parents from three Issaquah elementary schools received letters last week informing them their schools were failing under federal standards.

Briarwood, Clark and Issaquah Valley elementary schools have failed to meet the standards established under the No Child Left Behind act. The school principals explained, however, the standards are nearly impossible to achieve — 100 percent of students must meet proficiency standards in schools this year to meet their Adequate Yearly Progress under NCLB, regardless of special needs or English language mastery.

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Bartell Drugs hosts School Tools for Kids in Need donation drive

August 16, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 16, 2015

Bartell Drugs seeks donations of school supplies and hygiene products for its 12th annual School Tools for Kids in Need through Aug. 29 at all 64 Bartell Drugs locations.

The drive supports students in 160 schools in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties through World Vision’s Teacher Resource Center in Fife. Donated items help restock the center, where teachers “shop” free of charge for supplies to assist qualifying students.

Donations of basic school supplies and hygiene products can be made at Bartell Drug locations. The Issaquah location is at 5700 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E. Make monetary donations to the drive at www.bartellsschooltools.com. Read more

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Issaquah PTSA welcomes expert parent educators to public conversation

August 15, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 15, 2015

The Issaquah PTSA Council presents a conversation with parent education experts Dr. Jong Zhao and Myron Dueck from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 19 in the Issaquah High School theater.

Zhao is the author of numerous books including “World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students” and Dueck is the author of “Grading Smarter, Not Harder: Assessment Strategies That Motivate Kids and Help Them Learn.”

During the free presentation, Zhao and Dueck will share their message about students’ global competitiveness and how to best assess and motivate kids for effective learning.

Issaquah High School is at 700 Second Ave. S.E.

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Issaquah’s Karin Weihe wins SRO award

August 7, 2015

NEW — 4 p.m. Aug. 7, 2015

Contributed Karin Weihe (left) smiles as she is named the 2015 Washington State School Resource Officer of the Year and receives the award from Washington School Safety Organization President John Giudice during the WSSO annual conference July 20 in Kennewick. The award was in recognition of her decade of service to the Issaquah High School community, students and parents. ‘All of us at the Issaquah School District should feel honored to say we have the best of the best SROs in the state,’ Issaquah High School Security Chief Neil Lasher said.

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Karin Weihe (left) smiles as she is named the 2015 Washington State School Resource Officer of the Year and receives the award from Washington School Safety Organization President John Giudice during the WSSO annual conference July 20 in Kennewick. The award was in recognition of her decade of service to the Issaquah High School community, students and parents. ‘All of us at the Issaquah School District should feel honored to say we have the best of the best SROs in the state,’ Issaquah High School Security Chief Neil Lasher said.

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Skyline’s Gretel von Bargen earns national teaching award

August 6, 2015

NEW — 10 a.m. Aug. 6, 2015

Gretel von Bargen, a science teacher at Skyline High School, was one of two educators from Washington state to earn the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teachers, according to a news release from the organization.

By Neil Pierson Skyline High School’s Gretel von Bargen won a national teaching award.

By Neil Pierson
Skyline High School’s Gretel von Bargen won a national teaching award.

This year’s award winners represented all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, several U.S. territories and the U.S. Department of Defense education activity schools. Read more

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Skyline students receive more than $3 million in scholarships

August 5, 2015

NEW — 1:20 p.m. Aug. 5, 2015

Skyline High School and the Issaquah School District are grateful for the generosity of the community who contributed in part to more than $3 million in scholarships to Skyline’s class of 2015 as reported by students and their parents.

Students received scholarships and grants for academic merit, community service, athletic ability and leadership, and honors scholarships from the schools they will be attending and from community leaders.

Skyline thanks Girl Scouts of Western Washington, Overlake Alumnae Panhellenic, Puget Sound Association of Phi Beta Kappa, Issaquah Women’s Club, Rotary Club of Sammamish, American Association of University Women,  Kiwanis Club of Sammamish and the Skyline Gridiron Club. Read more

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