Let’s Talk About It

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.

Sampurna Basu Skyline High School

Sampurna Basu
Skyline High School

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.

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Teen Talk

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

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Rotary club honors students of the month

November 12, 2013

The Rotary Club of Issaquah honored the following high school seniors as its students of the month for October:

Amanda Levenson

  • 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

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Student scores improve on state assessments

September 3, 2013

Twelfth-graders in the class of 2013 passed state assessment requirements by an overwhelming majority and, overall, test scores continue to show a slight improvement, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn said Aug. 26.

Dorn’s comments came as part of the official release of scores for the 2013 administration of the Measurements of Student Progress for grades three through eight, and High School Proficiency Exams and End-of-Course exams for students in high school-level courses.

“There aren’t any dramatic changes from last year,” Dorn said in a news release about the scores. “But our scores are up on more tests than down. In particular, I congratulate the class of 2013 for their success in meeting a high bar on their exit exams.”

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Graduating seniors outscore national average

September 3, 2013

Washington’s 12th-graders have again outscored the national average on the ACT exam in the 2012-13 school year, according to numbers released by ACT Aug. 21.

Washington’s average composite score is 22.8, the nation’s seventh highest among states in which at least 20 percent of graduating seniors took the test.

A “composite score” consists of four content areas: English, reading, math and science. Scores are scaled from 1 (lowest) to 36 (highest). This year’s national average composite score is 20.9.

About 21 percent of Washington 12th-graders (14,316) took the ACT in the 2012-13 school year. This number reflects a consistent, slightly upward trend in ACT participation.

Learn more at:

  • 2013 ACT national and state scores (www.act.org/newsroom/data/2013/index.html),
  • List of ACT scores by state (www.act.org/newsroom/data)

Rebuilding the rubric

August 20, 2013

Major projects are designed to upgrade school district facilities

 

By Greg Farrar Construction workers continue to demolish the old and create the new at Liberty High School, with a new commons, auxiliary gym and science lab ready for students, but many classes are being held in portable classrooms this school year.

By Greg Farrar
Construction workers continue to demolish the old and create the new at Liberty High School, with a new commons, auxiliary gym and science lab ready for students, but many classes are being held in portable classrooms this school year.

Voters in the Issaquah School District are starting to see the results of a $219 million bond measure they approved more than a year ago.

Work is well under way at most of the district’s 24 schools on a variety of projects, some to increase student capacity and some to improve aging infrastructure.

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Pack light when it comes to backpack safety matters

August 20, 2013

As the bustle of the back-to-school shopping season descends upon Issaquah School District families, it’s likely that a new backpack is at the top of the shopping list.

The backpack featuring a student’s favorite cartoon character will likely stand out, as will the one with that particularly hip design, but it’s not the color that matters so much as the function.

Thinkstock Backpacks, with increased capacity for a growing homework load, can cause problems with students’ backs if worn incorrectly.

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Backpacks, with increased capacity for a growing homework load, can cause problems with students’ backs if worn incorrectly.

Studies show that overloaded or improperly worn backpacks can cause back, neck and shoulder pain that, if left untreated, could grow worse into adulthood.

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Welcome Back

August 20, 2013

New superintendent is ready to hit the ground running

Dear Issaquah School District community,

After more than 12 years here in Issaquah in leadership positions ranging from principal to associate superintendent, I am thrilled to write my first message to you as the new superintendent!

Ron Thiele

Ron Thiele

My heart and my passion is for public education, and I want to work together to ensure that every student has a successful and fun experience in their school. As such, one of my top priorities is getting out into the community to hear from you about how we are doing.

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Issaquah Schools Foundation annual fund raising campaign begins Aug. 1

August 20, 2013

The Issaquah Schools Foundation’s All In for Kids Annual Fund Campaign, its fall fund drive, began Aug. 1. The fundraiser goes until Nov. 14, ending with a phoneathon as in previous years.

Once parents start to register their children for the upcoming school year, parents can donate to the campaign as part of the online process. The foundation will also put out flyers and letters to district families in the coming months.

“Parents and community members are still the driving force behind education,” Lynn Juniel, development director of the foundation, said.

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Back-to-School Essentials

August 20, 2013

District website: The main district web address is www.issaquah.wednet.edu.

Verify enrollment: If you have not registered or still need assistance, contact your school directly.

Family Access: A link to this website sits at the bottom left of the district main page. The site provides parents and students online access to student information, including test scores, attendance, class schedules and immunization records. If you have forgotten your password, you can get a new one sent to the e-mail address on file with the district.

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