Issaquah School District students head back to class

September 1, 2015

NEW — 5:45 p.m. Sept. 1, 2015

By Greg Farrar Jane Harris (right), the new Apollo Elementary School principal, greets students arriving Sept. 1 for the first day of school in the Issaquah School District. Click the photo to see more Back to School photos.

By Greg Farrar
Jane Harris (right), the new Apollo Elementary School principal, greets students arriving Sept. 1 for the first day of school in the Issaquah School District. Click the photo to see more Back to School photos.

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Issaquah School District students return to school

September 1, 2015

NEW — 5:40 p.m. Sept. 1, 2015

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School district embraces the new

August 26, 2015

NEW — Noon Aug. 26, 2015

As students head back to school Sept. 1, many will enter new buildings and utilize new facilities.

While this year’s school budget is in place, the future of the Issaquah School District’s finances is yet to be determined. While the state Legislature tackles a Supreme Court mandate to fully fund education, the Issaquah School Board will discuss future bond issues later this month as the 2012 bond expires.

Jake Kuper, chief financial operating officer, said the district has completed a lot of the work in the $219 million bond approved in 2012.

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Three schools are failing federal standards

August 25, 2015

NEW — 5:55 p.m. Aug. 25, 2015

Parents from three Issaquah elementary schools received letters last week informing them their schools were failing under federal standards.

Briarwood, Clark and Issaquah Valley elementary schools have failed to meet the standards established under the No Child Left Behind act. The school principals explained, however, the standards are nearly impossible to achieve — 100 percent of students must meet proficiency standards in schools this year to meet their Adequate Yearly Progress under NCLB, regardless of special needs or English language mastery.

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King County honors local Green Schools programs

June 10, 2015

Several Issaquah schools were among 55 schools the King County Green Schools Program is recognizing this month for conservation achievements.

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School board approves gifts to district

June 10, 2015

The Issaquah School Board approved the following gifts of $5,000 or more to the school district:

$5,000 from the Pine Lake Middle School PTSA to help fund Homework Club at Pine Lake Middle School.

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City names Waste Free Wednesday Challenge winners

June 3, 2015

To celebrate Earth Day, the city joined the Issaquah School District to issue a Waste Free Wednesday Challenge to every school in the district.

The winning schools are Apollo Elementary, Issaquah Middle and Issaquah High schools.

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Congratulate 2015 Golden Acorn winners

April 28, 2015

The Issaquah PTSA Council recently recognized the Issaquah School District’s outstanding volunteers at a reception at Swedish Hospital.

Contributed Issaquah PTSA Council award recipients, from left to right, are Korista Smith-Barney, Caroline Brown, Dianne Bugge, Becky Gordon and Dawn Peschek.

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Issaquah PTSA Council award recipients, from left to right, are Korista Smith-Barney, Caroline Brown, Dianne Bugge, Becky Gordon and Dawn Peschek.

Congratulations to the following award recipients:

Council — Golden Acorn: Korista Smith-Barney, Becky Gordon and Dawn Peschek; Outstanding Advocate: Dianne Bugge; Honorary Life Membership: Caroline Brown

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Jane Harris is named new Apollo Elementary School principal

April 21, 2015

Jane Harris will take over as Apollo Elementary School principal next fall, the district announced in an email to parents at the beginning of April.

Jane Harris

Jane Harris

Harris moves to Apollo from Maywood Middle School, where she most recently served as assistant principal for the past eight years. She was also a longtime teacher at Liberty High School.

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Apollo principal to take district administration job

March 25, 2015

Apollo Elementary School will be in the market for a new principal come next school year.

Susan Mundell announced March 4 that she will leave the school to take a position in the Issaquah School District administration, serving as the director of elementary special programs.

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