10 local students place on talented youth test

November 9, 2010

Ten students in the Issaquah School District received recognition from the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth at an Oct. 9 awards ceremony at Seattle Pacific University.

For the past 30 years, the Center for Talented Youth has conducted national and international talent searches to find the best and brightest students, according to the program website. During the search, students take a test designed for students much older than they are. How the high-performing students score helps the organization identify their gifted academic areas. Read more

Apollo students take teamwork to ‘Challenges’

October 5, 2010

Apollo Elementary School fifth-grader Spencer Slaton (right) protects his face with his hands as classmate Zach Marucheck tries to throw a Hula Hoop around him during an obstacle course at Challenges Northwest. By Laura Geggel

Ten Apollo Elementary School fifth-graders wearing raincoats held onto a looped rope and, on the count of three, leaned back at the same time.

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Girl Scouts host open houses

September 7, 2010

Local Girl Scout troops are hosting informational meetings or open houses. Learn more by calling 641-1126. Middle and high school troops are welcoming new girls as well. All events are from 7-8 p.m.

Information meetings (all take place in school multipurpose rooms)

-Newcastle Elementary — Sept. 23

-Clark and Issaquah Valley elementary — Sept. 27, Clark multipurpose room

-Apollo Elementary — Sept. 28

-Cougar Ridge and Sunset elementary — Sept. 29, Cougar Ridge multipurpose room

-Briarwood and Maple Hills elementary — Sept. 30, Briarwood multipurpose room Read more

Teens robbed at gunpoint at Apollo Elementary School

August 17, 2010

Police said masked men robbed two teenagers at gunpoint at Apollo Elementary School early Aug. 9.

King County Sheriff’s Office detectives said an 18-year-old man and 19-year-old man were robbed at gunpoint at the school, 15025 S.E. 117th St., just after 1 a.m.

Investigators said the teenagers received a call from a 16-year-old friend late the previous night. The friend told them he was in trouble and needed $90. He told them he was at a mutual friend’s house and that he could meet them at the school.

The teenagers picked up the 16-year-old at Apollo. They described the younger teenager as acting nervous and shaking. Immediately after the 16-year-old got in their car, two masked men smashed the front side windows.

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District launches social networking site to link students

August 17, 2010

Forget Facebook. Issaquah School District students, teachers and parents will soon be connected online with a site dedicated to advancing education.

This fall, every student in the district will get usernames to Issaquah Connect, a secure social networking site run from the district’s server.

“This is a virtual extension of our classrooms,” Executive Director of Educational Technology Colleen Dixon said. “This is the world, this is how we interact, how we get information and how we talk to each other in many ways.”

Issaquah Connect, the Issaquah School District’s new social network, links students for sharing educational opportunities. Contributed

Issaquah Connect has been operational for about a half-year, but teachers have been using other online tools, like Blackboard and Google Groups, to connect with students for years.

The new site enables every school and teacher to have easily accessed and updatable information on one page. The pages are similar in nature to those you’d see on other social networking sites, like Facebook, but the information is relevant and educational.

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Teenagers report armed robbery at Apollo Elementary

August 11, 2010

NEW — 4:45 p.m. Aug. 11, 2010

Police said masked men robbed two teenagers at gunpoint at Apollo Elementary School early Monday morning.

King County Sheriff’s Office detectives said an 18-year-old man and 19-year-old man were robbed at gunpoint at the school, 15025 S.E. 117th St., just after 1 a.m. Monday.

Investigators said the teenagers received a call from their 16-year-old friend late Sunday night. The friend told them he was in trouble and needed $90. He told them he was at a mutual friend’s house and that he could meet them at the school.

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Cascade Ridge Elementary School gets new principal

May 25, 2010

Issaquah School District officials announced May 6 that they had hired a new principal for Cascade Ridge Elementary School.

Natalie Fowler, a program assistant for Cougar Ridge and Newcastle elementary schools, will begin in July. She is also a teacher for the gifted program at Apollo Elementary School.

Cascade Ridge Principal Colleen Shields announced her resignation earlier this spring after her husband was relocated to California.

Fowler has worked in the district for six years. She came to the district after relocating from the Austin, Texas, area, where she worked as a teacher for two years.

She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in textiles and apparel from the University of Texas at Austin, and holds a post-baccalaureate degree in education from there as well.

In her six years with the district, Fowler went back to school to earn her master’s degree in education and educational leadership certification from City University in 2009.

Superintendent Steve Rasmussen wrote in a letter to the community that it was clear from community survey responses that the next Cascade Ridge principal should be a person who builds relationships through honesty, openness and approachability. The next principal also needed to remain committed to helping every student succeed while retaining a unique sense of community, he wrote.

“It’s a tall order — justifiably so — and I believe I have found a match in Principal Fowler,” Rasmussen said. “For the past six years, Principal Fowler has shown tremendous instructional leadership in the Issaquah School District.”

Shields will help Fowler transition into her new role at Cascade Ridge in the coming months.

District hires new Cascade Ridge Elementary School principal

May 6, 2010

NEW — 2:45 p.m. May 6, 2010

Issaquah School District officials announced Thursday that they had hired a new principal for Cascade Ridge Elementary School.

Natalie Fowler, a program assistant for Cougar Ridge and Newcastle elementary schools, will begin in July. She is also a gifted teacher at Apollo Elementary School.

Cascade Ridge Principal Colleen Shields announced her resignation earlier this spring after her husband was relocated to California.

Fowler has worked in the district for six years at the three schools. She came to the district after relocating from the Austin, Texas, area, where she worked as a teacher for two years.

She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in textiles and apparel from the University of Texas at Austin, and holds a post-baccalaureate degree in education from UT as well.

In her six years with the district, Fowler went back to school to earn her master’s degree in education and educational leadership certification from City University in 2009.

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Taproot Theatre brings anti-bullying message to school

May 4, 2010

Sir Alex, played by Solomon Davis (left), stands up to Adrienne Littleton, who plays the dragon and bully in Taproot Theatre’s production about bullying at Apollo Elementary School. By Chantelle Lusebrink

Sir Alex, his classmates and a dragon made a special appearance at Apollo Elementary School to help students better understand why bullying is hurtful.

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Middle-school programs making an !MPACT this summer

April 13, 2010

Looking for something to keep your elementary or middle schooler occupied this summer?

Look no further than the Issaquah School District’s summer programs.

District officials are registering students for their Club Connection and !MPACT programs through April 16. The programs provide care for students from 7 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. during the workweek, and provide fun activities and field trips for students at neighborhood schools all summer.

“It’s not a normal summer camp and it’s not a daycare,” said Amanda Enright, a program leader. “This is way more fun for kids. In fact, we’re away from the schools three days a week. And on the days we’re there, we have cool activities, like theater improv, video game design contests, water battles, cooking and food fights.”

!MPACT serves all 2010-11 incoming sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders. There are two locations — Beaver Lake Middle School and Pacific Cascade Middle School (the former freshman campus).

Club Connection is hosted at five locations: Apollo, Challenger, Grand Ridge, Cascade Ridge and Sunset elementary schools. Read more

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