December 16, 2014
The stereotypical math classroom evokes images of students taking dreary quizzes with bored or frustrated looks on their faces.
Walk into the multipurpose room at Pine Lake Middle School on a December afternoon, however, and the picture changes drastically. Students are cheerfully sharing problem-solving techniques and appear to be learning at an exponential rate.
October 14, 2014
The Issaquah School District hired new principals at eight schools for the 2014-15 year, including five newcomers to the district.
Three of the new hires have prior experience in Issaquah, including Donna Hood, who took over as Skyline High School’s principal after serving as an assistant principal at Liberty High School.
Hood said the support she has received from other district leaders has helped her prepare to be a first-time principal.
July 8, 2014
The Issaquah School District has selected Michele Nishioka as the principal at Discovery Elementary School for the 2014-15 school year.
Nishioka comes to Issaquah from Seattle Public Schools, where she most recently served as assistant principal at Beacon Hill International School. She previously taught in California and with the Bellevue School District, where she completed an administrative internship.
July 1, 2014
Tera Coyle, who has served as principal at Discovery Elementary School since 2008, will become principal at Creekside Elementary School starting in the 2014-15 school year.
Robin Earl announced her resignation June 10.
Issaquah School District Superintendent Ron Thiele announced Coyle’s appointment in a June 18 email to Creekside families.
June 3, 2014
Buy houses that are for sale before building more
So, 100-plus houses are going to be built next to Discovery Elementary School on 228th Street.
With the sudden clear-cutting of trees next to the park and ride, the surge in development is obvious. The destruction of trees should be the first concern. Trees improve our health, are part of history and support wildlife.
Another concern is road capacity. Drive on 228th at 7 a.m. or 5 p.m. to see the traffic backlog. The street is now supposed to absorb 100-plus additional families coming on and off the road as the two new developments are created? There has to be a point where the City Council, planning commission and citizens agree enough is enough.
April 22, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. April 22, 2014
The state’s Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and Board of Education announced the 2013 Washington Achievement Award winners April 15, and 10 Issaquah School District schools made the cut.
The awards are selected annually using two academic indexes. A total of 413 schools statewide were chosen this year in six categories: overall excellence, high progress, reading growth, math growth, extended graduation rates and English language acquisition.
Issaquah schools that earned awards in overall excellence included all three comprehensive high schools — Issaquah, Liberty and Skyline — as well as four elementary schools: Cougar Ridge, Discovery, Endeavour and Newcastle.
April 15, 2014
Communities across the world will celebrate Easter on April 20, but Issaquah residents don’t have to go far to enjoy the holiday festivities.
Get a head start on the Easter holiday weekend with the city’s annual Underwater Egg Hunt and Carnival on April 18 at the Julius Boehm Pool, 50 S.E. Clark St.
Attendees should bring a swimsuit, towel and plastic basket to join in on the fun. Prizes are awarded for eggs gathered. While swimmers bob for eggs below, others can enjoy carnival games on the observation deck.
April 8, 2014
Issaquah School District Golden Acorn and Outstanding Advocate Awards were recognized at a reception at Swedish/Issaquah on March 25.
Golden Acorns are presented, by a local PTA unit or council, to volunteers in recognition of their dedication and service to children and youths.
Since the beginning of the program, more than 44,000 Golden Acorns have been presented to volunteers throughout Washington state. A contribution in the name of the recipient(s) is made by the honoring PTA to the Washington State PTA Scholarship Program. From these contributions, WSPTA is able to provide grants to freshman students entering post-secondary education.
November 19, 2013
The families who are part of the Discovery Elementary School community are ethnically diverse.
The school with an enrollment of about 630 is comprised of nearly 50 percent minorities, and more than 40 percent of the student body is of Asian heritage.
That seemingly made Discovery the perfect place for an ethnic food festival, and there was a huge turnout Nov. 6, when the school hosted its free “Taste of Discovery” event.
October 15, 2013
NEW — 10:45 a.m. Oct. 15, 2013
At Discovery Elementary School, fourth-grade students recently huddled around plastic bins filled with sediment and conducted science experiments about water flow.
It was a simple lesson, but one that might not have been possible without private funding.
Each of the 15 elementary schools in the Issaquah School District has received money to improve its science curriculum from the Issaquah Schools Foundation, a nonprofit organization. It’s just one of dozens of programs ISF assists every year at all grade levels.