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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Drivers beware of construction work on Second Avenue Southeast

April 14, 2015

Drivers should prepare for changes along Second Avenue Southeast as the Issaquah School District starts construction on a new Issaquah Middle School campus.

The contractor has begun pre-construction work, although the majority of construction will take place during the summer break.

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Police activity puts schools into short, modified lockdown

April 13, 2015

NEW — 3:35 p.m. April 13, 2015

Four Issaquah School District buildings went into a modified lockdown at the request of city police at about 11:50 a.m. for just shy of a half-hour April 13.

Schools involved were Clark Elementary, Issaquah High, Tiger Mountain Community High and Issaquah Middle schools.

The lockdowns were done as a precaution, said L. Michelle, district communications director, and were due to unspecified police activity in the areas around the schools.

Michelle said she did not know what the police activity was that brought about the lockdowns. A police spokesperson did not immediately return a phone call for comment.

Such modified lockdowns are common and probably occur about once a month or so somewhere in the 110 square-mile district, Michelle said. She added police often don’t share the cause of the lockdowns with district officials.

Under modified lockdown, any children outside the building are brought in and the outer doors to schools are locked. Otherwise, the school day continues as normal.

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Reflections art contest winners announced

March 17, 2015

The Issaquah School District announced this year’s Reflections art contest winners, who will have a chance to compete at the state level this spring. Students in every grade are eligible to compete in several different categories.

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