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
October 14, 2014
The Issaquah School District hired new principals at eight schools for the 2014-15 year, including five newcomers to the district.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
February 26, 2013
Students build, eat ‘world’s largest’ ice cream sandwich
Twenty-seven pounds of flour, 48 eggs, 9 pounds of white sugar, 9 pounds of brown sugar, 15 pounds of butter and about 10 gallons of vanilla ice cream — those are just some of the ingredients that went into making the state’s (unofficially) largest ice cream sandwich Feb. 21.
January 8, 2013
Each new shooting jars painful memories
The imprinted memories come back with every school shooting. I was in my first year of teaching at Westside High School in Jonesboro, Ark. It was March 28, 1998, during my prep period. I heard the principal in the hall.
“What’s going on?” I asked.
“There’s been a shooting at the middle school and we’re locking down the school,” he replied.
I helped him finish the task and then stood in front of the glass doors to observe the middle school about 50 yards away. Two boys, 11- and 14-year-olds, had set up a sniper’s nest just off the school playground.
One slipped into the school, set off the fire alarm, and ran to his post. The students and teachers, thinking it was a fire drill, filed out of the building. The boys began picking them off, killing four students, one teacher and wounding 16 others.