Medical emergency causes traffic backup near Issaquah Valley Elementary School

November 24, 2014

NEW — 8:19 p.m. Nov. 24, 2014

A medical incident on a middle school bus passing by Issaquah Valley Elementary School caused a minor traffic backup on Newport Way Northwest at about 3 p.m. Nov. 24.

“The bus pulled into our lot in order to care for the student,” Principal Denise Waters wrote in an email to parents. “The middle school students were calm and quickly disembarked from the bus while the other student was cared for by medics.

“Another district bus promptly arrived to take the middle school students home,” she added. “Our IVE staff and the district transportation team along with Issaquah first responders were able to attend to the situation quickly and safely.”

Traffic was directed around the buses by Issaquah police officer Nathan Lane.

Donate now to Clothes for a Cause fundraiser at Issaquah High School

November 21, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 21, 2014

The Issaquah High School Booster Club and the Associated Student Body are holding a Clothes for a Cause fundraiser through Nov. 22.

Items that will be accepted: clothing of any kind/condition, shoes of any kind/condition, towels, rags, sheets, blankets, quilts, bedspreads, belts, purses, gloves, hats, curtains, drapery, throw rugs, bath mats, outdoor rugs, table cloths, placemats and stuffed animals.

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High school girls invited to attend Fight the Fear

November 12, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 12, 2014

Singer Brandi Carlile will join two Issaquah educators at a special event aimed at teaching high school girls self-defense and self-empowerment Nov. 13.

Empowering girls is a passion for the event organizers, Meggan Atkins, a Maywood Middle School teacher, and Karin Walen, an Issaquah High School teacher. The two offer self-defense classes at Issaquah and Liberty high schools.

They were inspired after attending Carlile’s Fight the Fear campaign kickoff in 2010. The program provides training in basic self-defense skills and offers resources to survivors of violence or abuse. Carlile’s goal is to make self-defense available to as many people as possible.

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Class of 2014 earns high ACT scores

November 11, 2014

American College Testing College Readiness exam scores released recently show Washington’s 12th-grade students from the class of 2014 achieving the seventh-highest composite score in the nation.

In the Issaquah School District, students showed an even higher level of college preparedness. The district’s composite score of 26.6 is 3.6 points higher than Washington state’s 23 and 5.6 points higher than the nation’s 21.

Additionally, Issaquah district seniors have consistently scored two to three points higher than the state on the exam for the past five years.

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Evergreen Academy Preschool principal named Preschool Principal of the Year

November 11, 2014

Principal Ami Satterfield, of Issaquah’s Evergreen Academy Preschool, has been named Preschool Principal of the Year by its parent organization, Nobel Learning Communities Inc.

Satterfield received the honor at Nobel Learning Communities’ annual principal conference, held in Las Vegas.

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School Board approves gifts to schools

November 11, 2014

The Issaquah School Board approved several gifts and donations last month that will fund various educational materials and programs at four elementary schools.

The Creekside Elementary School PTSA donated $15,000 to provide additional support for its Learning Assistance Program.

Endeavour Elementary School’s PTSA gave a total of $29,125 — $12,000 of it for the salary of an additional educational assistant to support its Learning Assistance Program, and the rest to purchase 24 laptops and a technology cart for its computer lab.

Educational assistant salaries were the targets of PTSA donations at Sunny Hills and Sunset elementary schools. Sunny Hills raised $12,000 and Sunset took in $16,000.

Friends of Youth to host Rise and Thrive Breakfast in Issaquah

November 6, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 6, 2014

Group to raise funds for counseling, prevention services

As the Marysville-Pilchuck High School shooting rocked communities across the state, Issaquah School District Superintendent Ron Thiele sent a message to parents.

In it, Thiele expressed his condolences to the victim’s families and provided insight into how the district prepares for the rare possibility of a local school shooting.

He mentioned active-shooter trainings for staff and students, improving situational awareness and the need for mental health services.

“Last year, we began a partnership with Swedish Hospital to provide mental health counseling in our high schools,” Thiele wrote. “Additionally, we work with Friends of Youth to provide mental health and drug and alcohol counseling.”

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Stream of Dreams

November 5, 2014

Permanent fish mural guides the way for drivers, students

What first appeared to be a colorful display for Salmon Days attendees is actually an education project that will last for hopefully a decade or more.

All Issaquah Valley Elementary School students, from preschoolers to fifth-graders, have a fish on the Stream of Dreams.

It was a “massive volunteer effort,” according to Tiffany Aske, who co-chaired the project with Leah Gibson. They were inspired by a similar mural project at Laurelhurst Elementary School in Seattle, and coached through it by the Canadian-based Stream of Dreams Murals Society.

by Greg Farrar Fish swim in swirls (above) on the fence in part of the long Stream of Dreams mural at Issaquah Valley Elementary School on Newport Way Northwest.

By Greg Farrar
Fish swim in swirls on the fence in part of the long Stream of Dreams mural at Issaquah Valley Elementary School on Newport Way Northwest.

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Schools foundation phone-a-thon tops $100,000

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.

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School board pushes back Tiger Mountain closure to 2016

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.

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