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.
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.
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.
March 17, 2015
School resource officers
A new set of eyes helps to protect our resources
Officer Karin is a great asset to the Issaquah School District, Issaquah High School and the entire community. Honestly, she’s exceptional at her job and has been since she started serving this community.
Officer Diego is also an talented detective and an adept problem solver. He is approachable, helpful and dedicated to being the best.
March 10, 2015
City is keeping people from use with high prices
I have lived on the Sammamish Plateau since 1978 in unincorporated King County. I pay taxes to the Issaquah School District. I shop and dine daily in Issaquah and by doing so, pay sales taxes to Issaquah.
February 3, 2015
It’s not unusual to see three families become close friends, but it’s a bit abnormal when they give up Christmas at home for a two-week volunteer effort in Central America.
The Connor, Nelson and Walley families have literally grown up together in Issaquah. The six children know each other well — four of them are classmates at Issaquah High School, and the other two attend Pacific Cascade Middle School together.
October 14, 2014
District unveils remodeled Liberty High School
The new Liberty High School building is sleek, modern and almost industrial in its appearance.
Past Liberty students would hardly recognize it as the same school, but some internal touches, most importantly a can’t-miss banner inscribed with the words “Proud to be a Patriot,” bring familiarity and warmth to the newly remodeled campus.
The Issaquah Chamber of Commerce and Issaquah School District partnered to unveil the new Liberty at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 10.
August 26, 2014
Staff members, parents and students at Apollo and Issaquah Valley elementary schools have been waiting years for their buildings to be refurbished, and their wishes will be granted when school starts Sept. 3.
The two elementary schools were major pieces of a $219 million bond measure that Issaquah School District voters approved in April 2012. Issaquah Valley and Apollo received about $6.6 million each for similar modernization projects that focused on creating additional classroom spaces, improving building security and upgrading existing spaces for a continued influx of new students.
The district is expecting to add 350 students in the 2014-15 year, and projections released last year showed the school system could grow by more than 2,800 students over the next 30 years.
May 20, 2014
Last month’s U.S. Department of Education decision to revoke Washington state’s No Child Left Behind waiver is starting to filter down to school districts and individual buildings.
At the Issaquah School Board’s May 14 meeting, officials discussed the loss of the waiver, which was officially announced April 24. Washington had been one of 43 states with the waiver, allowing it to deviate from NCLB, a nationwide accountability system for public schools that has been in place since 2001.
April 29, 2014
The Issaquah School District is likely to lose some flexibility in budgeting next year.
State officials announced April 24 that Washington would lose a waiver it has been receiving from the federal government which allowed the state flexibility under portions of the No Child Left Behind law.
Under the law, 100 percent of students need to be at their grade level standard in both reading and math by this year. For the past few years, the federal government has granted more than 40 states waivers from the requirement.