September 27, 2011
Thanks to police officers for keeping all safe
Issaquah narrowly escaped a tragedy of epic proportions Sept. 24.
While a gunman died from retaliatory gunshots from the police, no innocent bystanders were hurt or killed. As the community reflects on what might have been — and what was — there is much to be grateful for.
Issaquah, King County and neighboring city police responded with the professionalism we expect. They made sure that children and adults nearby were safe before exchanging gunfire.
September 20, 2011
The first districtwide middle school dance sponsored by the Issaquah School District is from 7-10 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Issaquah Community Center, 301 Rainier Blvd. S.
All youths in grades six through eight are welcome to attend. Students must have a photo ID; an Associated Student Body card would work best. The cost is $5 per person at the door. Concessions are available.
Once a youth is inside the community center, he or she must remain there until 10 p.m., unless a parent or guardian meets him or her in the lobby. Unescorted youths will not be allowed to leave.
All youths pass through a metal detector upon entering. A dress code, similar to that of the Issaquah School District middle school code, will be enforced.
The district said parent volunteers always are needed. Call 837-3317 to learn how to volunteer at the dance.
September 20, 2011
As early as the first day back at Skyline High School, students were exchanging words about a topic that had been virtually extinct until this school year.
Rumors about a dress code had leaked out to the entire student population: tank tops, strapless shirts and even the ever-so-popular yoga pants were now banned from the eyes of the administration.
With the new dress code regulations, girls would not be able to wear strapless dresses to homecoming.
After the complaints and confusion, administrators finally put an end to the rumors and set things straight with the Leadership for Officers class at Skyline. Yoga pants were allowed at school, and strapless dresses could in fact be worn to homecoming.
Yet, this homecoming dilemma was only the first of the student body’s worries about the annual dance that is looked forward to by freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors alike.
June 14, 2011
Two students from Liberty and Eastside Catholic high schools — junior Tucker Goodman and senior John Winslow — have landed the most prestigious acting awards of their young careers.
Liberty High School’s Goodman won Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role at The 5th Avenue Theatre’s annual awards honoring high school musical theater on June 6.
For the winning role, he played the Chairman of the Board for the Patriot Players’ performance of “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” a musical based on an unfinished novel written by Charles Dickens.
This isn’t Goodman’s first nomination, although it is his first award from The 5th Avenue. In 2010, Goodman received a nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance as Cinderella’s prince in “Into the Woods”
June 7, 2011
Eighth-grader Tommy Lin does not care if people call him a nerd because he likes math.
May 31, 2011
Time was of the essence as students navigated their handmade robots underwater, doing their best to stop the oil spill and save the sea life from impending disaster.
April 26, 2011
The Rotary Club of Issaquah recently honored the following seniors as its students of the month for March.
-School: Liberty High School
-Category of recognition: physical education
-Parent: Jennene Hurley
-Sponsoring teacher: Emily Corley
-Achievements: lacrosse team captain (two years); varsity athletic letters (track, football)
-Activities: FCA president, Link Crew, Associated Student Body Spirit director
-Interests: history, aviation
-Hobbies: lacrosse, pole vault, snowboarding, football
-Future goals: undecided about educational goals; become a pilot
April 19, 2011
Liberty High School’s first garage sale is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 23 in its main gym.
The garage sale is in honor of Maple Hills Elementary School teacher Steve Birdsall who died of multiple system atrophy in February. All proceeds will benefit Shy-Drager, an organization that offers support to families affected by the disease.
Donate gently used clothing, home furnishings, luggage, electronics, computer equipment, child supplies and sports equipment for the sale. Students from the school’s Associated Student Body will collect donations at the school from 2:30-3:30 p.m. through April 20 in the upper gym.
School officials ask that parents drop off donations with a student present.
April 12, 2011
King County is honoring Grand Ridge Elementary School — plus teachers, a student and a staff member from the Issaquah School District — as Earth Heroes at School.
The annual honor highlights schools and people for contributions to environmental protection and student environmental education. The county Department of Natural Resources and Parks’ Solid Waste Division announced the 2011 honorees March 30.
“Winners of the Earth Heroes at School awards are a diverse group who share the common goal of making our world a better place,” County Executive Dow Constantine said in a statement. “It is an honor to recognize their achievements in environmental education, waste reduction, energy conservation and other positive efforts.”
March 29, 2011
First Columbine shooting victim’s message of kindness lives on
One day in a busy high school lunchroom, a new student sat down at an almost full table. Those at the table rudely cleared out as the new girl sat, prompting Rachel Scott — who sat at a different table — to approach and join the new student for lunch.