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.”

Record Brain Freeze

February 26, 2013

Students build, eat ‘world’s largest’ ice cream sandwich

By Greg Farrar Freyana Kapadia, a Pacific Cascade seventh-grader, sprays ‘!MPACT’ with whipped cream on a giant ice cream sandwich the students assembled Feb. 21 at Beaver Lake Middle School.

By Greg Farrar
Freyana Kapadia, a Pacific Cascade seventh-grader, sprays ‘!MPACT’ with whipped cream on a giant ice cream sandwich the students assembled Feb. 21 at Beaver Lake Middle School.

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.

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Off the Press

January 8, 2013

Each new shooting jars painful memories

Joe Grove
Press proofreader

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.

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Students learn not to bully, or let others act as bullies

January 1, 2013

Pam Ridenour, counseling specialist at Challenger Elementary School, is surrounded by students from Haley Davis’ first-grade class as they declare they want to turn thumbs down on bullying. By Greg Farrar

What can parents do when their child is being bullied, or — gasp — when their child is the bully?

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