School district embraces the new

August 26, 2015

NEW — Noon Aug. 26, 2015

As students head back to school Sept. 1, many will enter new buildings and utilize new facilities.

While this year’s school budget is in place, the future of the Issaquah School District’s finances is yet to be determined. While the state Legislature tackles a Supreme Court mandate to fully fund education, the Issaquah School Board will discuss future bond issues later this month as the 2012 bond expires.

Jake Kuper, chief financial operating officer, said the district has completed a lot of the work in the $219 million bond approved in 2012.

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School zone speed cameras to be turned back on Sept. 1

August 26, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 26, 2015

The speed cameras along Second Avenue Southeast will be reactivated Sept. 1.

The cameras operate from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. during school days. The cameras monitor both directions of traffic along Second Avenue near Clark Elementary, Issaquah High, Issaquah Middle and Tiger Mountain Community High schools.

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Three schools are failing federal standards

August 25, 2015

NEW — 5:55 p.m. Aug. 25, 2015

Parents from three Issaquah elementary schools received letters last week informing them their schools were failing under federal standards.

Briarwood, Clark and Issaquah Valley elementary schools have failed to meet the standards established under the No Child Left Behind act. The school principals explained, however, the standards are nearly impossible to achieve — 100 percent of students must meet proficiency standards in schools this year to meet their Adequate Yearly Progress under NCLB, regardless of special needs or English language mastery.

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Breaking ground — School district launches construction of new Issaquah Middle School

July 2, 2015

Consisting mostly of dignitaries from the Issaquah School District and the city of Issaquah, a small crowd joined together the morning of June 26 to mark the official groundbreaking for the new Issaquah Middle School.

“We love to celebrate things that are going to be great resources for the community,” said L. Michelle, school district director of communications.

By Greg Farrar Issaquah School District School Board members (on left), Superintendent Ron Thiele and King Issaquah Ed Pingul toss dirt during a groundbreaking event June 26 at the new Issaquah Middle School site between Clark Elementary and Issaquah High schools.

By Greg Farrar
Issaquah School District School Board members (on left), Superintendent Ron Thiele and King Issaquah Ed Pingul toss dirt during a groundbreaking event June 26 at the new Issaquah Middle School site between Clark Elementary and Issaquah High schools.

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Council approves plan for new middle school

June 3, 2015

In a unanimous decision May 18, the Issaquah City Council approved the Issaquah School District’s master site plan and site development permit for the new middle school.

The new campus will be built on the current site of Clark Elementary School along Second Avenue Southeast.

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Nourish Every Mind Luncheon raises $617,000 to benefit students and schools

May 20, 2015

Almost 900 community members attended the Issaquah Schools Foundation’s 17th annual Nourish Every Mind Luncheon on May 14 at the Issaquah Community Center and donated $617,000 for local schools.

The program featured several students and educators who spoke passionately about the foundation’s impact on education.

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To the Editor — May 13, 2015

May 12, 2015

Student sleep

Help make school start times later

Issaquah has joined the national Start School Later movement, where health care professionals, sleep scientists, educators, economists, legislators, parents and students are united in their concern that early school start times for teenagers are a major factor contributing to the widespread sleep deprivation facing teens, and that this constitutes a significant public health concern.

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Transmission lines going in for new school

May 12, 2015

Puget Sound Energy has begun installing new transmission lines near Southeast Evans Street — close to Clark Elementary School and the Issaquah Sportsmen’s Club — for the new Issaquah Middle School.

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Editorial — People care about the little things

May 5, 2015

In the past 10 years at The Issaquah Press, one topic has received the most website comments, the most letters to the editor and the most phone calls.

The police shootout with a gunman at Clark Elementary School? Elections? Annexations? Plastic bag ban? Growth? Development? Traffic?

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Congratulate 2015 Golden Acorn winners

April 28, 2015

The Issaquah PTSA Council recently recognized the Issaquah School District’s outstanding volunteers at a reception at Swedish Hospital.

Contributed Issaquah PTSA Council award recipients, from left to right, are Korista Smith-Barney, Caroline Brown, Dianne Bugge, Becky Gordon and Dawn Peschek.

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Issaquah PTSA Council award recipients, from left to right, are Korista Smith-Barney, Caroline Brown, Dianne Bugge, Becky Gordon and Dawn Peschek.

Congratulations to the following award recipients:

Council — Golden Acorn: Korista Smith-Barney, Becky Gordon and Dawn Peschek; Outstanding Advocate: Dianne Bugge; Honorary Life Membership: Caroline Brown

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