October 14, 2013
NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 14, 2013
Washington has adopted a new set of standards aimed at providing consistent science education for students in all grade levels.
The adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards — which emphasize skills in engineering and technology — was announced Oct. 4 by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn and Gov. Jay Inslee at a press conference at Cascade Middle School in Highline.
The standards spell out what students at each grade level should know in four domains: physical science; life science; earth and space science; and engineering, technology and science application.
October 12, 2013
NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 12, 2013
Emily Perl Kingsley, a writer, author and 20-time daytime Emmy Award winner, will speak at Kindering’s annual Salute to Courage benefit luncheon Oct. 17.
Kingsley, who has a son with Down syndrome, was instrumental in expanding the cast of “Sesame Street” to include children with disabilities.
Kindering is the Eastside’s largest early intervention center for children with special needs. The organization served more than 3,500 children and families last year.
The event is free, but donations are encouraged. It begins at noon at the Westin Bellevue, 600 Bellevue Way N.E. RSVP here or call 289-7506.
October 1, 2013
Alison Meryweather and Lisa Callan are familiar with each other, having been finalists for the Issaquah School Board’s vacant position earlier this year.
Meryweather was appointed to the Position 4 post — left open by Chad Magendanz’s move to the state House of Representatives — in March. But Meryweather will have to impress voters to keep the job, and Callan will challenge her again on the Nov. 5 ballot.
The Position 4 seat covers the southeast region of the district. Although candidates run for a specific geographic seat, voters districtwide cast ballots for all Issaquah School Board members. Members are elected to four-year terms.
October 1, 2013
Hamilton heads home after nearly a week on the lam
A python hid behind the walls in an Issaquah High School classroom for almost a week.
Even though Hamilton, biology teacher Bryan Robles’ ball python, posed no threat to the children who learned his secret hiding spot, it still is an unsettling thought.
Robles said that the almost 4-foot snake had never tried to escape. However, after a summer left in the care of a student, Hamilton grew.
“All last year, he didn’t attempt to get out,” Robles said. “He’s just grown. He’s graduated to eating rats and he used to just eat small mice.”
September 30, 2013
NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 30, 2013
The Issaquah Schools Foundation has started its annual All in for Kids fundraiser, and is looking for families to donate money to fund basic programs throughout the school district.
Issaquah remains near the bottom of the state’s public school districts in terms of per-pupil funding. The foundation’s goal is to make up the gap between what the state provides for basic education and the actual cost.
September 7, 2013
NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 7, 2013
The long road toward Liberty High School officially bears a rather appropriate name, after new Patriot Way Southeast signs were installed Sept. 6.
The name change for the road formerly known as 168th Avenue Southeast was approved by the King County Council in June after students from the Liberty Associated Student Body, along with support from the school’s dean of students Michelle Munson and school resource officer Dave Montalvo, paved the way to make it happen.
“A lot of folks worked really hard the last year, including members of every class and graduated seniors, to go through a really tough government process,” King County Councilman Reagan Dunn said, addressing the school at a Sept. 6 assembly.
September 3, 2013
Twelfth-graders in the class of 2013 passed state assessment requirements by an overwhelming majority and, overall, test scores continue to show a slight improvement, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn said Aug. 26.
Dorn’s comments came as part of the official release of scores for the 2013 administration of the Measurements of Student Progress for grades three through eight, and High School Proficiency Exams and End-of-Course exams for students in high school-level courses.
“There aren’t any dramatic changes from last year,” Dorn said in a news release about the scores. “But our scores are up on more tests than down. In particular, I congratulate the class of 2013 for their success in meeting a high bar on their exit exams.”
September 3, 2013
Washington’s 12th-graders have again outscored the national average on the ACT exam in the 2012-13 school year, according to numbers released by ACT Aug. 21.
Washington’s average composite score is 22.8, the nation’s seventh highest among states in which at least 20 percent of graduating seniors took the test.
A “composite score” consists of four content areas: English, reading, math and science. Scores are scaled from 1 (lowest) to 36 (highest). This year’s national average composite score is 20.9.
About 21 percent of Washington 12th-graders (14,316) took the ACT in the 2012-13 school year. This number reflects a consistent, slightly upward trend in ACT participation.
Learn more at:
- 2013 ACT national and state scores (www.act.org/newsroom/data/2013/index.html),
- List of ACT scores by state (www.act.org/newsroom/data)
August 20, 2013
Major projects are designed to upgrade school district facilities
Voters in the Issaquah School District are starting to see the results of a $219 million bond measure they approved more than a year ago.
Work is well under way at most of the district’s 24 schools on a variety of projects, some to increase student capacity and some to improve aging infrastructure.
August 20, 2013
As the bustle of the back-to-school shopping season descends upon Issaquah School District families, it’s likely that a new backpack is at the top of the shopping list.
The backpack featuring a student’s favorite cartoon character will likely stand out, as will the one with that particularly hip design, but it’s not the color that matters so much as the function.
Studies show that overloaded or improperly worn backpacks can cause back, neck and shoulder pain that, if left untreated, could grow worse into adulthood.