Issaquah teachers earn national certification

January 11, 2011

After hundreds of hours of self-reflection, videotaping their classes and studying for subject tests, 31 teachers in the Issaquah School District have earned their National Board Certification.

This brings the total number of district board certified teachers to 81. Read more

Cougar Ridge celebrates cultures and diversity

December 14, 2010

Preschool student Emma Dickinson (right) applies a glop of glue to her asymmetrical Korean fan project as her sister first-grader Jessica works on her own. By Laura Geggel

The golden Chinese lion tossed its head left and right as the drummers carried a beat, heralding in the fourth biennial Festival of Cultures Nov. 19 at Cougar Ridge Elementary School.

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Girl Scouts host open houses

September 7, 2010

Local Girl Scout troops are hosting informational meetings or open houses. Learn more by calling 641-1126. Middle and high school troops are welcoming new girls as well. All events are from 7-8 p.m.

Information meetings (all take place in school multipurpose rooms)

-Newcastle Elementary — Sept. 23

-Clark and Issaquah Valley elementary — Sept. 27, Clark multipurpose room

-Apollo Elementary — Sept. 28

-Cougar Ridge and Sunset elementary — Sept. 29, Cougar Ridge multipurpose room

-Briarwood and Maple Hills elementary — Sept. 30, Briarwood multipurpose room Read more

District hires new Cascade Ridge Elementary School principal

May 6, 2010

NEW — 2:45 p.m. May 6, 2010

Issaquah School District officials announced Thursday that they had hired a new principal for Cascade Ridge Elementary School.

Natalie Fowler, a program assistant for Cougar Ridge and Newcastle elementary schools, will begin in July. She is also a gifted teacher at Apollo Elementary School.

Cascade Ridge Principal Colleen Shields announced her resignation earlier this spring after her husband was relocated to California.

Fowler has worked in the district for six years at the three schools. She came to the district after relocating from the Austin, Texas, area, where she worked as a teacher for two years.

She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in textiles and apparel from the University of Texas at Austin, and holds a post-baccalaureate degree in education from UT as well.

In her six years with the district, Fowler went back to school to earn her master’s degree in education and educational leadership certification from City University in 2009.

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Teachers receive schools foundation grants

April 20, 2010

Issaquah School District educators have received grants to help students achieve big ideas next year.

Issaquah Schools Foundation officials released more than $73,000 in Academic Enrichment Grants to more than 30 educators March 18.

The funding helps bolster programs in classes throughout the district, amid a year when district officials aren’t sure whether state cutbacks will affect their budget.

“School district resources are in short supply for even the basics like new curriculum, much less the extras that help learning really come alive for students,” foundation Executive Director Robin Callahan wrote in an e-mail. “In addition to supporting teachers looking for those enriched learning opportunities for their students, these grants seed innovative programs that often become districtwide initiatives.”

There are two types of grants foundation officials give out, the Kateri Brow Big Idea/Biggest Need Grant and the Classroom Enrichment Grant. Both enable teachers to fulfill educational goals in classrooms throughout the district.

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Give teachers a helping hand before school starts

August 21, 2009

NEW — 4 p.m. Aug. 21, 2009

Bringing an apple for the teacher may be an excellent idea the first day, but how about helping them get their classrooms ready?

Some teachers, especially those recently hired, spend long hours putting their classrooms together, which is why Pine Lake Covenant Church is asking for your help.

This year, church pastors and volunteers are sponsoring Help A Teacher Day 2009 for the next two Saturdays. Volunteers are assigned to teachers in the Issaquah School District who need help prepping their classrooms.

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School district awards Golden Acorns

March 30, 2009

Kimberly Montague (left), Alison Meryweather, Robin Callahan and Ramona Lawrence, and Susan Evans (not pictured), received districtwide PTSA Council Golden Acorn Awards March 24. Contributed

Kimberly Montague (left), Alison Meryweather, Robin Callahan and Ramona Lawrence, and Susan Evans (not pictured), received districtwide PTSA Council Golden Acorn Awards March 24. Contributed

Seventy-five school volunteers and community members were recognized by Issaquah School District’s PTSA council at the annual Golden Acorn Awards at Liberty High School March 24. Read more

DECA club markets ‘grand’ concert to save music programs

March 23, 2009

Students in Issaquah High School’s DECA club are getting a real-world education in marketing by volunteering their services to a nonprofit organization aimed at saving music programs in schools. Read more

Student art at Reflections reception leaves judges floored

February 9, 2009

Mackenzi Hirayama, a Beaver Lake Middle School eighth-grader, stands with her Reflections award-winning photograph, ‘Unreachable,’ at the district award exhibit. By Greg Farrar

Mackenzi Hirayama, a Beaver Lake Middle School eighth-grader, stands with her Reflections award-winning photograph, ‘Unreachable,’ at the district award exhibit. By Greg Farrar

Inspiring photographs, enticing artwork and poetic verse were among the works honored at the Issaquah PTSA Council’s districtwide Reflections reception Jan. 20 at the Pacific Cascade Freshman Campus.

This year, 244 students were recognized for having competed at the district Reflections competition. PTSA officials invited the students and their families to a reception, so their works could be viewed and honored.

“This is the largest participation we’ve had at the district level,” Donna Gelinas, co-chair for Reflections, said while looking around at the packed auditorium.

This year’s theme, “Wow!” produced entries in six categories — visual arts, photography, literature, music composition, film/video and dance choreography. Read more

Local Scouts help remember our veterans

November 18, 2008

Cub Scouts in Pack 639, sponsored by Issaquah VFW Post 3436, collect and return spent shells used in the Veterans Day 21-gun salute at City Hall to post commander David Waggoner. Photo by Greg Farrar.

Cub Scouts in Pack 639, sponsored by Issaquah VFW Post 3436, collect and return spent shells used in the Veterans Day 21-gun salute at City Hall to post commander David Waggoner. Photo by Greg Farrar.

For some students, Nov. 11 may have just been a day off from school. But for others, it was a time toremember sacrifices made by many men and women who have served in the country’s armed forces.

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