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

County adds safety features near Briarwood, Pacific Cascade campuses

September 2, 2010

NEW — 1:30 p.m. Sept. 2, 2010

King County crews completed pedestrian-safety projects near Briarwood Elementary School and Pacific Cascade Middle School in time for students to return to campus.

The county Road Services Division installed electronic speed limit signs along 168th Avenue Southeast and Southeast 314th Street near Briarwood. The signs use solar power to operate.

Near Pacific Cascade, the Road Services Division added curb, gutter and sidewalk to Southeast Issaquah-Fall City Road, plus electronic speed limit signs.

Classes started Tuesday in the Issaquah School District.

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Parents face choice after Issaquah Valley Elementary School falls short

August 31, 2010

Issaquah Valley Elementary School fell just shy of meeting standards set by the No Child Left Behind Act and is being sanctioned for not meeting standards in low-income reading.

This is Issaquah Valley’s second year in a row of not meeting Adequate Yearly Progress standards in low-income reading.

At a presentation Aug. 30, Issaquah Valley Principal Diane Holt said students had made progress in many areas, including third- and fourth-grade reading, but missed making standard for low-income reading by less than a 2 percent index.

Third-, fourth- and fifth-graders are judged together, and while low-income third- and fourth-graders met standard on the reading test, low-income fifth-graders did not.

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Parents face choice after Issaquah Valley Elementary School falls short

August 27, 2010

UPDATED — 3:40 p.m. Aug. 27, 2010

Issaquah Valley Elementary School fell just shy of meeting standards set by the No Child Left Behind Act and is being sanctioned for not meeting standards in low-income reading.

This is Issaquah Valley’s second year in a row of not meeting Adequate Yearly Progress standards in low-income reading.

If a subgroup of students fails in reading or math, then the school or district does not meet AYP. Schools that do not meet AYP in a subgroup for two consecutive years face sanctions if they receive federal Title I dollars.

In the sanctions leveled against Issaquah Valley, the school will have to notify parents, give families the opportunity to send their children to another elementary school and pay for that transportation.

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Volunteers sought for VOICE mentor program

August 24, 2010

Paula Cockerham earned Cs and Ds in her high school classes until her biology teacher pulled her aside and said, “You’re smarter than this.”

Cockerham began spending more time on homework and studying harder, transforming herself into an A student. Now, she works at The Boeing Co. as an environmental chemist.

“It just took having someone tell you, ‘You can do this’, and ‘I believe you can do this,’” she said.

In 2006, Cockerham decided to return the favor to Issaquah’s students. She registered with Volunteers Of Issaquah Changing Education — more commonly known as VOICE — and began mentoring high school students in physical science.

Cockerham is one of VOICE’s 155 mentors, and Director Susan Gierke said she hopes to raise membership to 200 volunteers this year. Read more

School district sells remaining 2006 bonds

April 6, 2010

Issaquah School Board members unanimously approved the final sale of $41.2 million in bonds at their March 24 meeting.

The sale included $29.8 million in taxable Build America Bonds and $11.3 million in general obligation bonds that were refinanced from the 2006 voter-approved $242 million construction bond.

District officials refinanced the bonds because market conditions will potentially allow up to 5.5 percent, or close to $750,000, in savings for taxpayers over the life of the bonds.

The bonds were marketed by Seattle Northwest Securities March 23. District officials were present at that sale, made pending final approval by school board members the next day.

The money will be used to finish planning and construction on several schools in the south end of the district, like the Briarwood Elementary School rebuild project outlined in the 2006 measure.

Dr. Seuss helps make reading fun for students

March 16, 2010

Liberty High School senior Alexis Court and Alexander Munson (above) enjoy the annual Read Across America Read Aloud, held March 4 to coincide with the birthday of ‘The Cat in the Hat’ author Dr. Seuss. Below, elementary students and their families from Apollo, Briarwood, Maple Hills and Newcastle attended the event. Contributed

With more than 300 students reading, March 4 was a night at Liberty High School to do Dr. Seuss proud — after all, it was the famed author’s birthday

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Voters will decide fire-protection funding measure

October 27, 2009

Voters will decide fire-protection funding measure

Voters in Klahanie, Preston, Tiger Mountain, May Valley and Carnation — the area covered by Fire Protection District 10 — will decide whether to reauthorize a charge to provide dollars for emergency fire and medical service on the Nov. 3 ballot.

Proposition 1 would lower the district property tax rate from $1.50 to a maximum of $1 per $1,000 of assessed value. No organized opposition to Proposition 1 has materialized.

District officials said a lower property tax rate in conjunction with the charge — based upon building size and use — is a more equitable and stable way to pay for emergency services.

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Telephone lines down at some schools; use e-mail instead

October 26, 2009

NEW — 9:45 a.m. Oct. 26, 2009

Due to stormy weather, telephone lines were out at Challenger and Briarwood elementary schools and Liberty High School this morning.

District officials are trying to determine the cause of the outage.

Challenger’s telephone lines went out at about 8 a.m., and Liberty’s and Briarwood’s sometime before that, said Lissy Mandel, spokeswoman for the district.

District officials ask that you contact the schools via e-mail for emergency situations.

Board approves $149 million budget

September 1, 2009

A quorum of Issaquah School Board members unanimously approved a $149.6 million budget Aug. 26. Read more

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