March 15, 2011
Students collect 7,500 crayons
The students at Cougar Ridge Elementary School have collected 7,500 crayons for the patients at Seattle Children’s.
By working with parent advisers Kavita Hegde and Jennifer Goldberg, students used goal-setting strategies, marking skills and leadership talents to put together the crayon drive. Their business acumen paid off, with the students collecting the 7,500 crayons in less than a month, from Jan. 19 to Feb. 28.
Children’s uses more than 100,000 crayons each year. Efforts like those made by the Cougar Ridge Student Council help the hospital offset the cost of purchasing crayons and allow those funds to be used for more immediate needs, such as uncompensated care.
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
December 14, 2010
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
March 30, 2009
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
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
February 9, 2009
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