Seth Adams to take over as IMS principal

June 10, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. June 10, 2014

Seth Adams will be the next principal at Issaquah Middle School.

Adams formerly served as an assistant principal at the school. He replaces outgoing Principal Corrine DeRosa, who is leaving to take a job as the Issaquah district’s director of school improvement.

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Newcastle Elementary School principal is leaving

June 8, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. June 8, 2014

Newcastle Elementary School Principal Marla Newton announced May 30 that she is leaving at the end of the school year.

Newton has accepted a position in the Federal Way School District.

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Rotary Club honors top seniors

June 3, 2014

March

Taryn Frazier

  • Tiger Mountain Community High School
  • recognition in pre-vocational
  • volunteer at Eastside Baby Corner and Providence Marianwood nursing home
  • enjoys all classroom subjects, especially European studies, and is a teacher’s assistant
  • activities include drawing, knitting, sewing, dancing, reading, video games and solving brain puzzles
  • plans to attend Bellevue College and Texas Woman’s University and pursue a career as occupational therapist/nurse

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Community is invited to attend tri-high school science fair June 3

May 30, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. May 30, 2014

It’s like no other high school science fair you’ve experienced before.

The Issaquah School District invites the community to attend the Tri-High Physic Symposium from 4-8 p.m. June 3 at Liberty High School, 16655 S.E. 136th St., Renton. There is no charge to attend.

Visualize more than 600 students from Issaquah, Liberty and Skyline high schools sharing fascinating research in kinematics, dynamics, energy and work, momentum, and wave behavior.

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Hot List — check out ‘In The Lonely Hour’ and ‘The Fault In Our Stars’

May 27, 2014

NEW — 6:30 p.m. May 27, 2014

‘In The Lonely Hour’

"In The Lonely Hour," by Sam Smith

“In The Lonely Hour,” by Sam Smith

British singer/songwriter Sam Smith is already well known in the United Kingdom and starting to gain a following in the United States due to his stunningly beautiful and unique voice. The craze began with an acoustic version of “Latch” in collaboration with Disclosure. Every one of Smith’s current songs have found huge success; “Money on My Mind,” “Stay With Me,” “Leave Your Lover” and “Not in That Way” have all been chart toppers. From what we’ve seen already, In the Lonely Hour (to be released June 17) should be a remarkable album.

 

 

 

‘The Fault In Our Stars’

“The Fault In Our Stars”

“The Fault In Our Stars”

“The Fault In Our Stars,” by John Green has been recognized as a heart-wrenching story of two lovers, 16-year-old cancer patient Hazel Lancaster and 17-year-old amputee Augustus Waters. A film based on the novel is set to be released this upcoming summer and already has a huge following of teens anticipating the movie, which will star Shailene Woodley as Hazel and Ansel Elgort as Augustus. If you have yet to read the book, there’s still time; the movie premiers June 6.

Beaver Lake looking to dedicate gym to teacher

May 27, 2014

Beaver Lake Middle School is seeking to name its gymnasium Chuck Lee Court, after one of its teachers who lost his battle with cancer this year.

Principal Stacy Cho made the proposal at the Issaquah School Board’s May 14 meeting, and the board is expected to adopt the plan at its May 28 meeting.

Lee spent more than three decades teaching and coaching in the community, at Beaver Lake and Skyline High School. Peers and students lauded him for not only teaching fundamentals, but for being a strong role model and developing character among children, Cho wrote in a letter to the board.

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Apollo, Issaquah Valley budgets revised

May 27, 2014

The ongoing construction projects at Apollo and Issaquah Valley elementary schools had details revised for a third time at the Issaquah School Board’s May 14 meeting.

A revised contract of $10,318,949 was approved at the meeting, an increase of $141,622 from the previous amount. Babbit Neuman Construction Co. is the contractor on the two schools.

The revisions include changing storage rooms into small instructional spaces, sound-system changes in multipurpose classrooms, and the addition of call buttons in classrooms and activity spaces at both schools.

The revised contract total is within the board’s original budget.

Tentative agreement in place for teachers union

May 27, 2014

The Issaquah School District and Issaquah Education Association announced a tentative agreement for a new three-year contract May 23.

The IEA, which represents the district’s certificated teaching staff, will hold a contract ratification vote May 28. Bargaining teams from both the teachers union and the school district are recommending approval of the agreement.

The current contract is a four-year deal that expires Aug. 31. The parties have been negotiating a new agreement for the past few months.

In November, Issaquah teachers publicly aired some grievances with the school board, including the need to reduce working hours and class sizes. Many of the complaints stemmed from the state’s adoption of Common Core Standards to assess student progress.

Donna Hood hired as Skyline High School’s new principal

May 27, 2014

The Issaquah School District has announced that Donna Hood, an assistant principal at Liberty High School, will begin serving as the new principal at Skyline High School effective July 1.

Hood has a long history of academic and teaching excellence, beginning with her degrees in English and German at Long Island University in New York.

She earned a Fulbright scholarship and went on to study for a year at a university in Salzburg, Austria. She earned a master’s degree in teaching from the University of Washington in 2000, and became a National Board Certified teacher in 2005 at Sammamish High School in Bellevue.

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Prom at the zoo was unforgettable

May 27, 2014

Marissa Secreto Eastside Catholic         High School

Marissa Secreto
Eastside Catholic
High School

Eastside Catholic High School held its annual junior-senior prom May 17 at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo.

Following the previous year, where prom was hosted at the Space Needle, the EC Leadership and Associated Student Body representatives worked together to choose a well-known, popular and unique location for the dinner and dance. The dance, from 7-11 p.m., was full of laughter, animals and fun.

The Alice in Wonderland-inspired theme was titled “Through the Looking Glass,” and the Rain Forest Food Pavilion was decorated with white lanterns, twinkling lights and a purple-and-blue color scheme in order to create a magical aura as students ate and danced the night away.

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