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.
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.
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.
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.
October 21, 2014
October 14, 2014
District unveils remodeled Liberty High School
The new Liberty High School building is sleek, modern and almost industrial in its appearance.
Past Liberty students would hardly recognize it as the same school, but some internal touches, most importantly a can’t-miss banner inscribed with the words “Proud to be a Patriot,” bring familiarity and warmth to the newly remodeled campus.
The Issaquah Chamber of Commerce and Issaquah School District partnered to unveil the new Liberty at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 10.
October 14, 2014
The Issaquah School District hired new principals at eight schools for the 2014-15 year, including five newcomers to the district.
Three of the new hires have prior experience in Issaquah, including Donna Hood, who took over as Skyline High School’s principal after serving as an assistant principal at Liberty High School.
Hood said the support she has received from other district leaders has helped her prepare to be a first-time principal.
October 9, 2014
NEW — 10:30 a.m. Oct. 9, 2014
The Issaquah School District will join other public school districts across the state in administering the 2014 Healthy Youth Survey to students Oct. 14-17.
The survey is voluntary and confidential, and is open to students in grades six, eight, 10 and 12. It is designed to gather information and plan programs to support students in their school and in the community.
Parents and students can opt out of the survey by calling their school’s office by Oct. 10. Learn more about the survey here.
October 9, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 9, 2014
Community members can get a look at the remodeled Liberty High School at an Oct. 10 open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce.
Highlights of the remodel include the replacement of the old 500 wing of classrooms, a new and enlarged commons, and a new auxiliary gym. There is also a culinary arts instructional kitchen and a new library. More science labs were added and existing ones were upgraded.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony starts at 12:30 p.m., followed by school tours led by Liberty Principal Josh Almy. The school is at 16655 S.E. 136th St., Renton.
October 7, 2014
Skyline High School’s annual Homecoming parade will affect traffic in Sammamish’s central area on the evening of Oct. 10.
The northbound lanes of 228th Avenue will close from 4-6:30 p.m. between Discovery Elementary School and Skyline. The parade starts at 5 p.m.
Two-way traffic will be maintained on what are normally the southbound lanes of 228th. City officials encourage motorists to take alternate routes.