School officials plan new bond vote for 2016

March 25, 2015

Three years ago, Issaquah School District voters approved a $219 million bond measure to refurbish and expand several facilities.

Next year, they’ll likely be asked to do something similar.

Issaquah officials have formed a bond feasibility committee, which will work for the next two months to study options for a ballot proposal that could be presented to voters in the first half of 2016.

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Rite of passage marks Scouts’ long-term achievement

February 17, 2015

The 15 boys who stood on the stage were mostly solemn, but some of them allowed grins to creep across their faces as they absorbed the magnitude of the moment.

By Neil Pierson Alex Hammingh is adorned with a new scarf and his Arrow of Light award, signifying his transition into Boy Scouts during a Feb. 3 ceremony at Pacific Cascade Middle School.

By Neil Pierson
Alex Hammingh is adorned with a new scarf and his Arrow of Light award, signifying his transition into Boy Scouts during a Feb. 3 ceremony at Pacific Cascade Middle School.

Cub Scout packs across the country hold annual transition ceremonies for 11- and 12-year-olds who have fulfilled the requirements to join Boy Scouts. Cub Scout Pack 682, which draws its members from Issaquah and Sammamish, honored its graduating fifth-graders Feb. 3 at Pacific Cascade Middle School.

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Schools use visiting mentor to grow reading, writing skills

January 27, 2015

There are a lot of statistics for Issaquah School District educators to ponder as they work to improve reading and writing skills in their classrooms.

National research shows children are increasingly less interested in reading — particularly after age 13 — and that aversions to deep, sustained reading sessions are impacting their ability to succeed in college.

Penny Kittle has been studying literacy trends for many years. A high-school English teacher in North Conway, New Hampshire, she also mentors other teachers and travels the country as a literacy coach.

While much of Kittle’s knowledge is accessible online, Issaquah officials chose to bring it to their doorstep last week by having her visit several classrooms, and by speaking to parents Jan. 21 at Pacific Cascade Middle School. Read more

Several schools start fresh with new principals

October 14, 2014

The Issaquah School District hired new principals at eight schools for the 2014-15 year, including five newcomers to the district.

Donna Hood

Donna Hood

Three of the new hires have prior experience in Issaquah, including Donna Hood, who took over as Skyline High School’s principal after serving as an assistant principal at Liberty High School.

Hood said the support she has received from other district leaders has helped her prepare to be a first-time principal.

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Tera Coyle is named new Creekside principal

July 1, 2014

Tera Coyle, who has served as principal at Discovery Elementary School since 2008, will become principal at Creekside Elementary School starting in the 2014-15 school year.

Robin Earl announced her resignation June 10.

Issaquah School District Superintendent Ron Thiele announced Coyle’s appointment in a June 18 email to Creekside families.

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Robin Earl resigns as Creekside Elementary School principal

June 14, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. June 14, 2014

Creekside Elementary School is searching for its next principal after Robin Earl announced her resignation June 10 in an email to families.

Earl has worked in the Issaquah School District for more than 20 years, serving as principal at Creekside and Challenger elementary schools, and as one of the original science magnet program teachers at Briarwood Elementary School.

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Schools honor top volunteers

April 8, 2014

Issaquah School District Golden Acorn and Outstanding Advocate Awards were recognized at a reception at Swedish/Issaquah on March 25.

Golden Acorns are presented, by a local PTA unit or council, to volunteers in recognition of their dedication and service to children and youths.

Since the beginning of the program, more than 44,000 Golden Acorns have been presented to volunteers throughout Washington state. A contribution in the name of the recipient(s) is made by the honoring PTA to the Washington State PTA Scholarship Program. From these contributions, WSPTA is able to provide grants to freshman students entering post-secondary education.

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King County conservation program honors four Issaquah schools

February 24, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 24, 2014

Seven King County schools, including four from the Issaquah School District, were recognized this month by the county’s Green Schools Program for having successful conservation practices.

Students and staff at the seven schools embraced waste reduction, recycling and other conservation actions, program manager Dale Alekel said in a news release.

Three Issaquah elementary schools — Cascade Ridge, Challenger and Endeavour — were given Level 2 recognition for energy conservation, waste reduction and recycling practices.

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Take survey by July 24 to help choose new Challenger Elementary School principal

July 22, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. July 22, 2013

Former Challenger Elementary School Principal Sue McPeak has taken a position with the Shoreline School District, so district officials need to start the hiring process for a new principal.

Superintendent Ron Thiele wants to work closely with the public in the process and is asking people to fill out an online parent survey here by 4 p.m. July 24.

Your answers will provide a foundation and “look fors” that the interview team will use to narrow down the candidate pool. The superintendent hopes to choose a new principal by early August, and will keep the public posted on the progress along the way, according to a news release from the school.

Challenger principal leaving for new post

July 9, 2013

Dr. Sue McPeak, the principal at Challenger Elementary School for the past four years, is leaving the Issaquah School District.

McPeak has accepted the principal’s position at Ridgecrest Elementary School in the Shoreline School District. Issaquah officials have begun the search for her replacement.

McPeak said Shoreline Superintendent Sue Walker sought her for the new position.

“I was not looking to make a change,” McPeak said in a letter to the Challenger community, “but I believe it’s important to make the most of life’s serendipitous opportunities and to continually accept new challenges — these are the same lessons we teach all of our students.”

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