Reflection — Learn to forgive yourself

July 8, 2014

It’s strange to think that I am approaching the end of my second year as a writer for The Beat. Not only that, but the end of junior year.

Junior year was definitely as stressful and exhausting as my friends and teachers warned me it would be, if not more. While I am grateful to have this year behind me, I am thankful for everything I learned and how I have grown — not only as a student, but as a person.

Sophie Mittelstaedt Issaquah High School

Sophie Mittelstaedt
Issaquah High School

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Maywood takes second at Rubik’s Cube competition

July 8, 2014

Maywood Middle School took second place at the local “You CAN do the Rubik’s Cube” competition June 7 at Mill Creek Elementary School.

Seven Maywood students, plus one from a Marysville school to round out the team, combined to solve the cube faster than all but one team.

Contributed Maywood Middle School team members (from left) Ben Royce, Cameron Chadd, Andrew Chappelle, Shelby Reese, Matt Barta, Will Slaton, Spencer Slaton and Davan Hwang are whizzes with the Rubik’s Cube, taking second place at the 2014 ‘You CAN do the Rubik’s Cube’ competition June 7.

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Maywood Middle School team members (from left) Ben Royce, Cameron Chadd, Andrew Chappelle, Shelby Reese, Matt Barta, Will Slaton, Spencer Slaton and Davan Hwang are whizzes with the Rubik’s Cube, taking second place at the 2014 ‘You CAN do the Rubik’s Cube’ competition June 7.

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Discovery Elementary School principal chosen

July 8, 2014

The Issaquah School District has selected Michele Nishioka as the principal at Discovery Elementary School for the 2014-15 school year.

Nishioka comes to Issaquah from Seattle Public Schools, where she most recently served as assistant principal at Beacon Hill International School. She previously taught in California and with the Bellevue School District, where she completed an administrative internship.

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Photo of the month

July 8, 2014

By Ali Bedbury Children in a remote Peruvian village smile to see outsiders for the first time in their life, including The Beat's photographer, Ali Bedbury.

By Ali Bedbury
Children in a remote Peruvian village smile to see outsiders for the first time in their life, including The Beat’s photographer, Ali Bedbury.

Superintendent presents formal plan to close Tiger Mountain Community High School

July 1, 2014

Superintendent presents formal plan to close school permanently

The Issaquah School District has started a 90-day process that could result in the permanent closure of Tiger Mountain Community High School.

Superintendent Ron Thiele presented his rationale for the closure at the Issaquah School Board’s June 26 meeting. Several Tiger Mountain students and parents were in attendance, and some provided their reasons for keeping the alternative school open.

The idea to close Tiger Mountain first began circulating in February, and the board adopted an official school closure policy in April.

District administrators have cited the school’s declining enrollment numbers, low test scores and low attendance figures as factors behind the closure plan.

They’ve been working to design a new alternative high school, which would open in a new location, and likely under a different name, at the start of the 2016-17 school year.

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Tera Coyle is named new Creekside principal

July 1, 2014

Tera Coyle, who has served as principal at Discovery Elementary School since 2008, will become principal at Creekside Elementary School starting in the 2014-15 school year.

Robin Earl announced her resignation June 10.

Issaquah School District Superintendent Ron Thiele announced Coyle’s appointment in a June 18 email to Creekside families.

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Issaquah School District superintendent’s contract renewed

July 1, 2014

The Issaquah School Board voted unanimously June 26 to renew the contract of Superintendent Ron Thiele, who just completed his first year in the position.

State law requires school boards to review their superintendent’s contract on an annual basis prior to July 1. Issaquah board members cited several reasons for retaining Thiele, including his work to help the district pass three levy measures in February.

The board felt his leadership in that area and his leading the charge during that campaign was strong, board President Marnie Maraldo said.

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Diane Holt to leave Issaquah Valley Elementary School, take survey to help find new principal

June 26, 2014

NEW – 11:40 a.m. June 26, 2014

Diane Holt, the principal at Issaquah Valley Elementary School, has accepted a new job with the Federal Way School District.

Holt, principal at Issaquah Valley for the past five years, will be the new director of leadership support for Federal Way schools.

She has been working for the past year to become a nationally certified principal mentor, and the position in Federal Way will allow her to put those skills into practice, Holt said in an email to Issaquah Valley families.

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Rep. Chad Magendanz will give higher education perspective to workforce discussion June 18

June 17, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. June 17, 2014

Fifth District Rep. Chad Magendanz will take part in a discussion on higher education June 18.

“Closing the Skills Gap: How Higher Education, Business and Policy Can Collaborate,” will draw a diverse set of experts to discuss actions that more effectively integrate the collaboration between businesses and higher education institutions.

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Robin Earl resigns as Creekside Elementary School principal

June 14, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. June 14, 2014

Creekside Elementary School is searching for its next principal after Robin Earl announced her resignation June 10 in an email to families.

Earl has worked in the Issaquah School District for more than 20 years, serving as principal at Creekside and Challenger elementary schools, and as one of the original science magnet program teachers at Briarwood Elementary School.

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