December 11, 2013
NEW — 10:40 a.m. Dec. 11, 2013
At some point recently, the Issaquah Highlands became a place that people would actually want to go to. I don’t really know what happened.
Whenever I thought of the highlands, I thought of an ugly place. The main image that came to mind was a neat grid of streets, with nothing but flat wasteland separating them. Farther up the hill was a huge neighborhood of houses that were eerily similar and spaced too close together.
December 3, 2013
The Issaquah School District had two schools — Clark Elementary and Creekside Elementary — earn 2013 School of Distinction awards in October.
The awards were given to 55 elementary schools, 24 middle/junior high schools and 23 high schools throughout the state.
To attain the honor, schools must demonstrate outstanding student performance and improvements over a five-year period. Student achievement in both reading and math must be above the state median. Both math and reading improvements must be among the top 5 percent of the state’s schools.
December 2, 2013
Last month, custodian Allen Anderson walked into Issaquah High School, wearing his camouflage jacket and carrying his umbrella. A short while later, he was facing down a squad of armed police officers.
The confrontation came about as a result of a 911 call reporting a suspicious man carrying what looked like a gun. The police contacted school administrators, who enacted lockdown procedures to protect everyone in the building from the potential weapon: Anderson’s umbrella. After hearing the description of the supposed gunman over his district-issued two-way radio, Anderson recognized himself as the suspect and used the radio to inform administrators.
Under directions from Assistant Principal Derek Heinz, Anderson walked to the front of the school, alone, wearing the coat mentioned in the 911 call. When he reached the front door, he saw four armed police officers in the parking lot.
December 2, 2013
While there is generally strong support throughout Sammamish for Tent City 4, the sudden decision to host the camp near Skyline High School alarmed many parents in the area.
Most Skyline students welcome the change and many have contributed with donations and meals. Curious about the set-up of the traveling homeless encampment and wanting to make my own judgment, I decided to visit the site.
Driving in, the first thing I noticed was that the donations and security tents, along with the general kitchen, washing and common areas, were separated from the actual campsite. As I stepped out of my car, I was greeted by a smiling volunteer who helped me unload donations and introduced me to the people working at the desk.
December 2, 2013
Youths are exposed to challenging circumstances every day. Every happy face has a story behind it, and sometimes that story is bad enough to drive someone to take his or her life.
Teen suicide, a subject some don’t like to breach, is a crippling problem when it comes to attempting to reverse the statistics. In our community, we are lucky enough to have access to a variety of great resources, like school administrators and TeenLink, to help students in need. But, frankly, teens are still reluctant to approach an adult or peer if they are struggling.
The general attitude among teens is it is easier to ignore a problem than get involved in a serious ordeal if you suspect someone you know might be struggling. This is not helped by the fact that, according to the Healthy Youth Survey administered by the Issaquah School District, most students do not feel comfortable approaching a staff member at their school with personal problems.
December 2, 2013
How comfortable do you feel reporting a problem to the school administration?
“I feel very comfortable … Ever since I’ve been at IHS, the staff here have been nothing but accommodating, and we have a lot of incredible teachers and faculty members that are willing to talk about anything.”
Benny Feinsilber, junior
“Usually, I feel like I can figure it out on my own or it’s none of my business, but I guess if I was really put in a tough situation, I wouldn’t be that afraid to go to the administration.”
Lutza Petrin, senior
November 29, 2013
NEW — 11 a.m. Nov. 28, 2013
November and December are two of the most stressful yet exciting months of the year.
Homecoming has come and gone in a blur of anticipation and pictures. The novelty of reconnecting with friends and gossiping about languish summer travels has long since worn away.
It’s during these two months that the grind of school truly kicks in, and getting up in the morning becomes a battle. Grades begin to slip while the number of tests and quizzes continues to increase exponentially. Hitting snooze on your alarm clock has become an unfortunate habit, and so has sleeping at twelve o’clock, or one o’clock, or two o’clock…
November 15, 2013
NEW — 1:55 p.m. Nov. 15, 2013
Nov. 7 was just another regular day of rehearsal for Liberty High School choir students Cassi Cox, Sarah Edmonds and Jennifer Wood.
They stood, staggered among their peers, with their faces buried in the music sheets, singing along as teacher Robin Wood dutifully instructed.
Just a week earlier, though, the Liberty trio was in Nashville, Tenn. performing in front of an audience of more than 2,500 people, hand selected to stand among the best singers in the nation.
“It was kind of surreal, performing with so many talented singers,” Edmonds said.
November 12, 2013
The Rotary Club of Issaquah honored the following high school seniors as its students of the month for October:
- Issaquah High School senior
- Recognition in Science
- National Honor Society president
- STEM scholar science recognition award
- 3.99 GPA
- National Charity League class of 2014 president
October 15, 2013
NEW — 10:45 a.m. Oct. 15, 2013
At Discovery Elementary School, fourth-grade students recently huddled around plastic bins filled with sediment and conducted science experiments about water flow.
It was a simple lesson, but one that might not have been possible without private funding.
Each of the 15 elementary schools in the Issaquah School District has received money to improve its science curriculum from the Issaquah Schools Foundation, a nonprofit organization. It’s just one of dozens of programs ISF assists every year at all grade levels.