Liberty SRO honored as best in the state

September 30, 2014

Deputy Dave Montalvo has had his fair share of assignments in a 27-year career with the King County Sheriff’s Office.

By Greg Farrar Dave Montalvo, King County Sheriff’s Office deputy and the Liberty High School resource officer for 12 years, patrols the field during a football game last month.

By Greg Farrar
Dave Montalvo, King County Sheriff’s Office deputy and the Liberty High School resource officer for 12 years, patrols the field during a football game last month.

He spent time on the SWAT team; he taught new recruits as a master police officer; he served on motorcycle patrol; and he also worked with a traffic enforcement unit.

But he has truly found his home in the south end of the Issaquah School District where, for the past 12 years, Montalvo has served as the school resource officer at Liberty High, Maywood Middle and surrounding elementary schools.

“This is by far, in my opinion, the best job that anybody can have, because you get to work with the kids and make a difference,” he said.

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School board holds study session about Tiger Mountain’s future

September 30, 2014

After months of discussion, questions and public criticism, the Issaquah School Board is still trying to decide the long-term fate of Tiger Mountain Community High School.

The board met with several district administrators Sept. 24 in a roundtable-format study session. Much of the two-hour meeting was spent addressing concerns about what happens to students if the district’s plan to close the alternative school next year is approved.

The board held two public hearings on the matter earlier in September, but a timeline for making a decision hasn’t been announced.

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Officials discuss controversial Common Core education

September 23, 2014

The Common Core State Standards, designed to create a consistent set of learning standards for K-12 students, are among the most contentious topics in public education these days.

Politicians, school administrators and public policy experts discussed various aspects of Common Core during a town hall-style meeting Sept. 15 at Pacific Cascade Middle School. About two dozen audience members participated and provided feedback to a seven-person speaking panel.

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Community news roundup — graduates, military, scholarships, National Merit, Associated Students

September 23, 2014

Local students graduate from Seattle Pacific University

Issaquah: Jenive Brooks, Bachelor of Arts, psychology; Heather Clauson-Sells, Doctor of Education, doctoral studies in education; Pallavi Dua, Master of Science, information systems management; Joanna Harmon, Master of Arts, teaching; Jaclyn Kopson, Master of Arts, business administration management; Madison Maloney, Master of Arts, industrial and organizational psychology; Abigail Platter, Magna Cum Laude, Bachelor of Arts, art; Daniel Schafer, Master of Science, information systems management; Kristina Schwartz, Master of Arts, teaching; Kerry Truell, Master of Education, literacy; and Tara Walker, Magna Cum Laude, Bachelor of Science, mathematics

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Class of 2014 passes grad assessments at 90 percent clip

September 23, 2014

More than 90 percent of the class of 2014, last year’s high-school seniors, passed all of their assessment graduation requirements, the state’s Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction announced Aug. 27.

Tests included in the assessment results were the High School Proficiency Exams and End of Course exams for grades nine through 12, and the Measurements of Student Progress for grades three through eight.

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School district makes $70,000 in change orders

September 23, 2014

Nearly $70,000 in change orders have been made to the construction projects at Apollo and Issaquah Valley elementary schools.

A contract with Babbit Neuman Construction Co. has been increased by $68,661.32. The revised contract total of $12,165,180.02 is within the project budget.

The amount includes siding, combining two classrooms into a single large classroom and changing faucets in restrooms to automatic faucets.

Both schools held ribbon-cutting ceremonies earlier this month, commemorating the official end of modernization efforts that were approved by voters in 2012.

Public hearings begin for possible school closure

September 16, 2014

The Issaquah School Board has yet to set a date for when it will consider closing Tiger Mountain Community High School, but it began a public comment period last week that brought dozens of impassioned people out in defense of the alternative school.

The first public hearing regarding the possible closure of Tiger Mountain was held Sept. 10 and generated comments from students, parents and teachers. The public comment period was scheduled to last 50 minutes, but went nearly an hour longer as more than a dozen people spoke about the issue, the vast majority supporting ideas to keep it open.

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Give your input on Tiger Mountain school closure at Sept. 17 meeting

September 15, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 15, 2014

Community members wishing to give input to the Issaquah School Board regarding the proposed closure of Tiger Mountain Community High School are invited to attend one of two public hearings.

The meetings are at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 10, prior to the regular school board meeting, and at 7 p.m. Sept. 17. The hearings will be in the Issaquah School District board room, 565 N.W. Holly St.

Learn more about the proposed closure here.

Public invited to Common Core town hall Sept. 15

September 12, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 12, 2014

Parents, teachers, activists and anyone interested in discussing or learning more about the growing controversy surrounding Common Core are invited to a public forum about the standards.

The forum is at 6 p.m. Sept. 15 at Pacific Cascade Middle School, 24635 S.E. Issaquah-Fall City Road.

Hear from legislators, educators, activists and policy experts on both sides of the issue of Common Core Standards. Questions from the media and the audience will be answered.

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Teens in Issaquah, Sammamish will wear T-shirts Sept. 10 to support suicide prevention

September 9, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 9, 2014

Teenagers in Issaquah and Sammamish will wear special T-shirts to school Sept. 10 as part of National Suicide Prevention Day efforts.

Nick Pringle, a youth pastor at Pine Lake Covenant Church, is spearheading local awareness efforts. He said the last two years have been the hardest of his eight-year ministry career, with many area teens committing suicide.

Five teens in Issaquah, Sammamish and Snoqualmie took their own lives during the past school year. And 2013 was considered the most violent year for teen suicides in King County in the past five years, with the number rising from three to 11.

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