Mental health services offered at schools

November 26, 2014

The Oct. 24 school shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School has raised awareness of the importance of mental health services offered at schools.

Noela Lu Skyline         High School

Noela Lu
High School

“While school shootings are rare, we do have to prepare for the possibility,” Issaquah School District Superintendent Ron Thiele wrote in an email to parents.

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Girls fight bullies, Find Kind in club

November 26, 2014

Four years ago, Eastside Catholic High School welcomed guest speakers Lauren Parsekian and Molly Thompson to talk about their campaign and film — “Finding Kind” — that discussed the cause and effects of girl-on-girl bullying.

Marissa Secreto Eastside Catholic         High School

Marissa Secreto
Eastside Catholic
High School

The idea caught fire: Shortly after Parsekian and Thompson’s visit, EC created its own club under the same name, where middle-school and high-school girls could meet up once a week and discuss bullying prevention.

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Hot List

November 26, 2014

Movie: ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1’

Beat HotListMovie 20141100In the first installation of the final ‘Hunger Games’ chapter directed by Francis Lawrence, heroine Katniss Everdeen continues to fight against the totalitarian Capitol. After destroying the arena of the previous games, Katniss finds herself in the elusive District 13 — without Peeta, who is being held prisoner and tortured in the Capitol. With the help of President Coin and other rebels, Katniss becomes the symbol of a nationwide rebellion.

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Photo of the Month

November 26, 2014

By Pratik Vaidya Light from a streetlight diffracts as it passes through icicles  surrounding the  branches of a tree outside an Issaquah home.

By Pratik Vaidya
Light from a streetlight diffracts as it passes through icicles
surrounding the
branches of a tree outside an Issaquah home.

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.

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