School district offers new online learning tool

May 27, 2015

The Issaquah School District invites parents and students to use its new resource for learning technology tools — Atomic Learning.

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The Beat — Teen Talk

May 27, 2015

Jill Roberson, IHS senior “I was with a friend who wanted to drive after they drank, so they got in the car and started to drive, but was swerving instead. I was scared that we were going to crash, but we didn’t.”

Jill Roberson, IHS senior
“I was with a friend who wanted to drive after they drank, so they got in the car and started to drive, but was swerving instead. I was scared that we were going to crash, but we didn’t.”

Ian McConnell, IHS junior “The only time I was scared was when my friend was driving in the snow and the car started skidding.”

Ian McConnell, IHS junior
“The only time I was scared was when my friend was driving in the snow and the car started skidding.”

Janae Skinner, LHS freshman “One time, my friend was driving me to my play rehearsal and they weren’t paying attention to their speed. It made me really nervous.”

Janae Skinner, LHS freshman
“One time, my friend was driving me to my play rehearsal and they weren’t paying attention to their speed. It made me really nervous.”

Brenden Siththisakd, LHS junior “My friend and I were driving down Patriot Way and when he looked away from the road for a second, we got in a car accident. Luckily, it wasn’t a hard hit and we were fine.”

Brenden Siththisakd, LHS junior
“My friend and I were driving down Patriot Way and when he looked away from the road for a second, we got in a car accident. Luckily, it wasn’t a hard hit and we were fine.”

Kenny Ly, SHS sophomore “Once, I was in a friend’s car and he was just looking at his phone while driving. I did feel scared, but I reminded him to focus on the road and it was an easy problem to fix.”

Kenny Ly, SHS sophomore
“Once, I was in a friend’s car and he was just looking at his phone while driving. I did feel scared, but I reminded him to focus on the road and it was an easy problem to fix.”

Thomas Bowler, SHS junior “One time, I was scared while I was in my friend’s car because he chose to drive more people than seats available. Along with a crowded car, the passengers were all loud and obnoxious people who demanded the music be at a high volume, which put my safety at risk, so I requested to be let out.”

Thomas Bowler, SHS junior
“One time, I was scared while I was in my friend’s car because he chose to drive more people than seats available. Along with a crowded car, the passengers were all loud and obnoxious people who demanded the music be at a high volume, which put my safety at risk, so I requested to be let out.”

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Rotary Club honors students of the month

May 20, 2015

The following seniors were named Rotary Club of Issaquah Students of the Month for February 2015:

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Scholarships

May 20, 2015

Students receive $1,000 scholarships

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Nourish Every Mind Luncheon raises $617,000 to benefit students and schools

May 20, 2015

Almost 900 community members attended the Issaquah Schools Foundation’s 17th annual Nourish Every Mind Luncheon on May 14 at the Issaquah Community Center and donated $617,000 for local schools.

The program featured several students and educators who spoke passionately about the foundation’s impact on education.

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Committee approves $518 million school bond proposal

May 12, 2015

A committee of parents, principals and other educational leaders has approved a plan that would ask Issaquah School District voters for more than a half-billion dollars to build four new schools and modernize several others.

At a May 6 meeting, the district’s bond feasibility and development committee approved a package that would raise $518.5 million in voter-approved funds. The bond measure would likely appear on ballots in spring 2016.

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Issaquah Schools Foundation hosts fundraisers May 14 and 20

May 12, 2015

The Issaquah Schools Foundation invites the public to participate in two Nourish Every Mind fundraising events in the coming week.

The foundation will host a luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 14 at the Issaquah Community Center, and a breakfast from 7-8:45 a.m. May 20 at Eastridge Church.

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Transmission lines going in for new school

May 12, 2015

Puget Sound Energy has begun installing new transmission lines near Southeast Evans Street — close to Clark Elementary School and the Issaquah Sportsmen’s Club — for the new Issaquah Middle School.

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Pine Lake Middle School celebrates local heroes

May 5, 2015

Sixth-grader Anna Chisholm had never before volunteered for community service, but she said she enjoyed the time she spent helping homeless residents in Seattle earlier this year.

By Neil Pierson Mustafa Miyaziwala, a sixth-grade student at Pine Lake Middle School, tells others about his community service project at the school’s Heropalooza event April 21. Miyaziwala and others formed Snacks for Slavery, which used a bake sale to raise $386 for the International Justice Mission.

By Neil Pierson
Mustafa Miyaziwala, a sixth-grade student at Pine Lake Middle School, tells others about his community service project at the school’s Heropalooza event April 21. Miyaziwala and others formed Snacks for Slavery, which used a bake sale to raise $386 for the International Justice Mission.

“I feel so sad for people that don’t have the opportunities that I have,” said Chisholm, who packed and delivered supplies, and prepared breakfast for homeless adults and teens, alongside members of her select basketball team.

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Grand Ridge students take green challenge to next level

May 5, 2015

The message written on the playground in colorful chalk got right to the point: “Aphids are pests. Ladybugs eat aphids.”

By Neil Pierson Joon Chang, a volunteer with the Issaquah Highlands Community Association, helps students Natalie Burch (left) and Mai Murakami release ladybugs into the Grand Ridge Elementary School garden during and Earth Day event April 22.

By Neil Pierson
Joon Chang, a volunteer with the Issaquah Highlands Community Association, helps students Natalie Burch (left) and Mai Murakami release ladybugs into the Grand Ridge Elementary School garden during and Earth Day event April 22.

That was one of the main lessons Grand Ridge Elementary School students took away from their Earth Day activities April 22. With the help of volunteers from the Issaquah Highlands Community Association, the students released about 18,000 ladybugs into the school’s Grizzly Patch Garden and neighboring landscape.

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