Guest Column — End high-stakes tests as graduation requirement

July 2, 2015

Thousands of students did not graduate from Washington high schools with their classmates this month — even though they successfully completed the same courses — solely because they failed one or more state-required, high stakes tests.

Some students are simply not good at taking high-stakes tests, even when they know the material and did well in their courses. There are students who earn As in courses only to freeze up on the day of a high-stakes test. This is not a test of knowledge; it’s a test of who tests well.

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Issaquah Women’s Club awards ‘Dream’ scholarships

June 10, 2015

The Issaquah Women’s Club has awarded three $1,000 “Follow Your Dreams” scholarships to graduating senior girls from the Issaquah School District.

These young women have shown dedication to their studies and communities, and a common desire to further their education after high school.

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Bygone python

October 1, 2013

Hamilton heads home after nearly a week on the lam

A python hid behind the walls in an Issaquah High School classroom for almost a week.

Even though Hamilton, biology teacher Bryan Robles’ ball python, posed no threat to the children who learned his secret hiding spot, it still is an unsettling thought.

Robles said that the almost 4-foot snake had never tried to escape. However, after a summer left in the care of a student, Hamilton grew.

“All last year, he didn’t attempt to get out,” Robles said. “He’s just grown. He’s graduated to eating rats and he used to just eat small mice.”

Contributed Student Devon Keller was very glad to see Hamilton, the ball python, return after his almost weeklong disappearing act.

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Student Devon Keller was very glad to see Hamilton, the ball python, return after his almost weeklong disappearing act.

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