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

Issaquah tragedies, triumphs define a tumultuous year

December 28, 2010

Traffic lines up on state Route 900 at Northwest Talus Drive in February. State Department of Transportation crews completed the long-running project in 2010. By Greg Farrar

The economy lurched from the recession, population growth all but stalled and Issaquah — after cutbacks and setbacks in 2009 — defied the odds to reach major milestones throughout 2010.

Momentum returned in 2010 after a year spent in a holding pattern. Set against the backdrop of a fragile recovery, leaders cut the ribbon on businesses and roads, laid the foundation for preservation and construction, and marked tragedies and successes. Read more

Santa Claus joins Eastside Fire & Rescue to collect toys Thursday

December 22, 2010

NEW — 2 p.m. Dec. 22, 2010

Christmas cheer comes to the Issaquah Brewhouse on Thursday evening, as Eastside Fire & Rescue and the pub partner to collect toys for the less fortunate.

EFR plans to park the “Reindeer Engine” outside the brewhouse, 35 W. Sunset Way, from 6-8 p.m. Thursday. People can drop off a new, unwrapped toy and receive a ticket for use at the eatery. Santa Claus is also expected to pick up the donated toys.

“This has been our biggest year yet,” Firefighter Danny Evanger, public relations officer for Union Local 2878, said in a statement. “We work hard to stay connected to the community we serve and there’s no better time to collect food and toys from our generous community than during the holiday season.”

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Creekside students take Seven Habits program to heart

October 12, 2010

Annie Tang (left), Creekside Elementary School fifth-grader, and teacher Carrie Alexander learn Seven Habits to be effective. Contributed

Fifth-grader Annie Tang likes to play with the neighbors right after school. But since the new school year began at Creekside Elementary School, she has put first things first: homework.

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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

Creekside Elementary welcomes students with natural setting, high-tech touches

August 17, 2010

Robin Earl, Creekside Elementary School principal, stands in a balcony hallway overlooking the library core. Large windows bring the outdoor beauty inside. By Christopher Huber

To the tune of hammering and buzzing saws on a hot day at the end of July, Principal Robin Earl walked through the crowded hallways of her new school.

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Creekside Elementary School tour / Aug. 16, 2010

August 16, 2010

Bus drivers first to ratify contract with district

May 18, 2010

Three contracts remain

Issaquah School Board members approved a new three-year bus drivers’ contract at their May 12 meeting.

The contract begins July 1, 2010, and expires June 30, 2013.

All contract language remains the same, except that drivers will receive a 20-cent raise per hour above the cost of living adjustment in the first year of the contract, and no raise above the cost of living adjustment in the second and third years.

“It’s wonderful to look forward to moving on to next year,” said Gina Carey, the bus drivers’ union representative.

A significant majority of the drivers’ membership voted to approve the contract, she said.

“This contract is done and I celebrate that,” said Transportation Director Jo Porter. “That work was possible because of the positive way we worked together and a building of this trust we have.

“Anytime you have a settled contract the way we did, there has to be trust on both sides.”

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Leaders get sneak peek at school’s new look

May 11, 2010

Issaquah School Board members and district officials received an advance look at construction at Issaquah High School on May 5.

“This will be an incredible environment for student learning,” Superintendent Steve Rasmussen wrote in an e-mail. “The layout facilitates connections, there is an emphasis on green construction, we have flexible spaces to accommodate different instructional needs, science labs are customized for each course, the performing arts facility is going to be state of the art, and the list goes on and on.

“Not only will this building facilitate learning, it’s a school that everyone will be proud to belong to,” he wrote. “I expect that it will be a focal point for the entire community.”

It’s hard to remember the school’s former configuration; the changes have been that drastic. All that really remains familiar to the eye is the stadium and the part of Building A, facing the student parking lot.

In place of the school’s former gymnasium, the new classroom wings are in plain view. But the construction goes deeper than what you see from Second Avenue.

“What you see from the road is about half of what is going on right now,” said district Capital Projects Director Steve Crawford. “If there was a sporting event that took you to the football field and stadium, you could look back to the courtyard between the classrooms and the gym and get a full extent of what has been going on this year.”

Principal Paula Phelps led the tour that took board members and district officials through new classroom wings, sky bridges, gymnasiums and weight facilities, locker rooms, part of the commons, administrative offices, and library and mechanical systems.

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New Liberty High School look is unveiled

May 4, 2010

Residents are getting their first look at the new and improved Liberty High School, as drawings for the school are made available.

The plans include an increased budget and the potential for a second phase of construction, which would include a new classroom wing with science labs and a new arts and technology wing for the school, if district officials and community members determine another construction bond is a viable option.

In 2006, the project was budgeted at $15.17 million. The project’s budget is now $15.4 million, according to the district’s Capital Projects website.

The schematic and site plan drawings are available on the district’s website.

Increases in the budget are mainly because the recession has enabled district officials to save money on construction costs at other project sites, like Issaquah High School and Creekside Elementary School, said Sara Niegowski, district communications director.

“The costs are coming in under what we expected, which is wonderful because in years previous to the economic downturn, construction costs kept escalating,” she said. “Now, we’re within or a bit below our estimated costs when the bond happened, which is why there is a little extra for other projects, like Liberty.”

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