Class of 2014 earns high ACT scores

November 11, 2014

American College Testing College Readiness exam scores released recently show Washington’s 12th-grade students from the class of 2014 achieving the seventh-highest composite score in the nation.

In the Issaquah School District, students showed an even higher level of college preparedness. The district’s composite score of 26.6 is 3.6 points higher than Washington state’s 23 and 5.6 points higher than the nation’s 21.

Additionally, Issaquah district seniors have consistently scored two to three points higher than the state on the exam for the past five years.

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Evergreen Academy Preschool principal named Preschool Principal of the Year

November 11, 2014

Principal Ami Satterfield, of Issaquah’s Evergreen Academy Preschool, has been named Preschool Principal of the Year by its parent organization, Nobel Learning Communities Inc.

Satterfield received the honor at Nobel Learning Communities’ annual principal conference, held in Las Vegas.

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School Board approves gifts to schools

November 11, 2014

The Issaquah School Board approved several gifts and donations last month that will fund various educational materials and programs at four elementary schools.

The Creekside Elementary School PTSA donated $15,000 to provide additional support for its Learning Assistance Program.

Endeavour Elementary School’s PTSA gave a total of $29,125 — $12,000 of it for the salary of an additional educational assistant to support its Learning Assistance Program, and the rest to purchase 24 laptops and a technology cart for its computer lab.

Educational assistant salaries were the targets of PTSA donations at Sunny Hills and Sunset elementary schools. Sunny Hills raised $12,000 and Sunset took in $16,000.

Friends of Youth to host Rise and Thrive Breakfast in Issaquah

November 6, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 6, 2014

Group to raise funds for counseling, prevention services

As the Marysville-Pilchuck High School shooting rocked communities across the state, Issaquah School District Superintendent Ron Thiele sent a message to parents.

In it, Thiele expressed his condolences to the victim’s families and provided insight into how the district prepares for the rare possibility of a local school shooting.

He mentioned active-shooter trainings for staff and students, improving situational awareness and the need for mental health services.

“Last year, we began a partnership with Swedish Hospital to provide mental health counseling in our high schools,” Thiele wrote. “Additionally, we work with Friends of Youth to provide mental health and drug and alcohol counseling.”

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Stream of Dreams

November 5, 2014

Permanent fish mural guides the way for drivers, students

What first appeared to be a colorful display for Salmon Days attendees is actually an education project that will last for hopefully a decade or more.

All Issaquah Valley Elementary School students, from preschoolers to fifth-graders, have a fish on the Stream of Dreams.

It was a “massive volunteer effort,” according to Tiffany Aske, who co-chaired the project with Leah Gibson. They were inspired by a similar mural project at Laurelhurst Elementary School in Seattle, and coached through it by the Canadian-based Stream of Dreams Murals Society.

by Greg Farrar Fish swim in swirls (above) on the fence in part of the long Stream of Dreams mural at Issaquah Valley Elementary School on Newport Way Northwest.

By Greg Farrar
Fish swim in swirls on the fence in part of the long Stream of Dreams mural at Issaquah Valley Elementary School on Newport Way Northwest.

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Schools foundation phone-a-thon tops $100,000

November 4, 2014

A final phone drive by high school students helped raise $60,000 the last day of the Issaquah School Foundation’s All in for Kids annual fund drive.

Over a two-day phone-a-thon, the students raised a record $105,426, according to event co-chair Dana Rundle.

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School board pushes back Tiger Mountain closure to 2016

October 28, 2014

Tiger Mountain Community High School will close after the 2015-16 school year, a plan that deviates slightly from the one proposed by the Issaquah School District’s superintendent.

Superintendent Ron Thiele had recommended the closure of Tiger Mountain at the end of the current year, but the Issaquah School Board voted 5-0 at its Oct. 22 meeting to delay the closure by a year and remove a gap in alternative education for district students.

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Go All in For Kids tonight in Issaquah School District fundraiser

October 28, 2014

NEW — 10:35 a.m. Oct. 28, 2014

Almost 200 high schoolers will descend on the Issaquah School District administration building tonight for the final phase of the Issaquah Schools Foundation’s All in for Kids Phone-a-thon.

Fueled by pizza and treats, determined students will attempt to call 6,000 families and raise $160,000. The foundation asks that you answer the phone when you receive your call.

Your gift — whether $5 a month or $500 a year — will fund programs that help all students achieve the promise of their academic potential. You can also donate online here.

 

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.

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