Community news roundup — graduates, military, scholarships, National Merit, Associated Students

September 23, 2014

Local students graduate from Seattle Pacific University

Issaquah: Jenive Brooks, Bachelor of Arts, psychology; Heather Clauson-Sells, Doctor of Education, doctoral studies in education; Pallavi Dua, Master of Science, information systems management; Joanna Harmon, Master of Arts, teaching; Jaclyn Kopson, Master of Arts, business administration management; Madison Maloney, Master of Arts, industrial and organizational psychology; Abigail Platter, Magna Cum Laude, Bachelor of Arts, art; Daniel Schafer, Master of Science, information systems management; Kristina Schwartz, Master of Arts, teaching; Kerry Truell, Master of Education, literacy; and Tara Walker, Magna Cum Laude, Bachelor of Science, mathematics

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Class of 2014 passes grad assessments at 90 percent clip

September 23, 2014

More than 90 percent of the class of 2014, last year’s high-school seniors, passed all of their assessment graduation requirements, the state’s Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction announced Aug. 27.

Tests included in the assessment results were the High School Proficiency Exams and End of Course exams for grades nine through 12, and the Measurements of Student Progress for grades three through eight.

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School district makes $70,000 in change orders

September 23, 2014

Nearly $70,000 in change orders have been made to the construction projects at Apollo and Issaquah Valley elementary schools.

A contract with Babbit Neuman Construction Co. has been increased by $68,661.32. The revised contract total of $12,165,180.02 is within the project budget.

The amount includes siding, combining two classrooms into a single large classroom and changing faucets in restrooms to automatic faucets.

Both schools held ribbon-cutting ceremonies earlier this month, commemorating the official end of modernization efforts that were approved by voters in 2012.

Public hearings begin for possible school closure

September 16, 2014

The Issaquah School Board has yet to set a date for when it will consider closing Tiger Mountain Community High School, but it began a public comment period last week that brought dozens of impassioned people out in defense of the alternative school.

The first public hearing regarding the possible closure of Tiger Mountain was held Sept. 10 and generated comments from students, parents and teachers. The public comment period was scheduled to last 50 minutes, but went nearly an hour longer as more than a dozen people spoke about the issue, the vast majority supporting ideas to keep it open.

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Give your input on Tiger Mountain school closure at Sept. 17 meeting

September 15, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 15, 2014

Community members wishing to give input to the Issaquah School Board regarding the proposed closure of Tiger Mountain Community High School are invited to attend one of two public hearings.

The meetings are at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 10, prior to the regular school board meeting, and at 7 p.m. Sept. 17. The hearings will be in the Issaquah School District board room, 565 N.W. Holly St.

Learn more about the proposed closure here.

Public invited to Common Core town hall Sept. 15

September 12, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 12, 2014

Parents, teachers, activists and anyone interested in discussing or learning more about the growing controversy surrounding Common Core are invited to a public forum about the standards.

The forum is at 6 p.m. Sept. 15 at Pacific Cascade Middle School, 24635 S.E. Issaquah-Fall City Road.

Hear from legislators, educators, activists and policy experts on both sides of the issue of Common Core Standards. Questions from the media and the audience will be answered.

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Teens in Issaquah, Sammamish will wear T-shirts Sept. 10 to support suicide prevention

September 9, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 9, 2014

Teenagers in Issaquah and Sammamish will wear special T-shirts to school Sept. 10 as part of National Suicide Prevention Day efforts.

Nick Pringle, a youth pastor at Pine Lake Covenant Church, is spearheading local awareness efforts. He said the last two years have been the hardest of his eight-year ministry career, with many area teens committing suicide.

Five teens in Issaquah, Sammamish and Snoqualmie took their own lives during the past school year. And 2013 was considered the most violent year for teen suicides in King County in the past five years, with the number rising from three to 11.

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Give your input on Tiger Mountain school closure at Sept. 10 meeting

September 7, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 7, 2014

Community members wishing to give input to the Issaquah School Board regarding the proposed closure of Tiger Mountain Community High School are invited to attend one of two public hearings.

The meetings are at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 10, prior to the regular school board meeting, and at 7 p.m. Sept. 17. The hearings will be in the Issaquah School District board room, 565 N.W. Holly St.

Learn more about the proposed closure here.

Food, football add appeal to All in for Kids fundraiser

September 2, 2014

The Issaquah Schools Foundation is partnering with area businesses for its All in for Kids annual fund campaign Sept. 5-10.

Funds will support advancing academic achievement, support struggling students, promote professional development and connect students to their futures.

Sept. 5 — Battle of the Fans in the Stands — Issaquah vs. Skyline football game, Issaquah High School, 7:30 p.m.
It’s the district’s rivalry game of the year. Dress in school colors and feed the jar with $1 or $5 contributions in support of your favorite team upon entrance. All who donate receive a Battle of the Fans gift. The winning side will win the coveted Battle of the Fans trophy for their school and bragging rights for a year.

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Issaquah School District finishes school projects, delays others

August 26, 2014

Staff members, parents and students at Apollo and Issaquah Valley elementary schools have been waiting years for their buildings to be refurbished, and their wishes will be granted when school starts Sept. 3.

By Greg Farrar A lighted reader board has been put up at Issaquah Valley Elementary School.

By Greg Farrar
A lighted reader board has been put up at Issaquah Valley Elementary School.

The two elementary schools were major pieces of a $219 million bond measure that Issaquah School District voters approved in April 2012. Issaquah Valley and Apollo received about $6.6 million each for similar modernization projects that focused on creating additional classroom spaces, improving building security and upgrading existing spaces for a continued influx of new students.

The district is expecting to add 350 students in the 2014-15 year, and projections released last year showed the school system could grow by more than 2,800 students over the next 30 years.

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