August 5, 2015
UPDATED — 5:09 p.m. Aug. 5, 2015
The Children’s Organ Transplant Association and volunteers from Sammamish have teamed to start an online fundraiser through the end of August for Maddie Sprague, a 6-year-old student at Discovery Elementary School.
Sprague received a heart transplant in December 2014 and is undergoing chemotherapy for a post-transplant disorder.
The fundraiser, “Hearts for Maddie S.,” has a stated goal of $50,000 to cover expenses. Donors are asked to take pictures of hearts and post them to the Hearts 4 Maddie Facebook page, along with a suggested donation of $10 to COTA. Donate here.
COTA is a national charity based in Indiana, and is dedicated to organizing and guiding communities in fundraising for transplant-related expenses. All funds generated through COTA campaigns go directly to those expenses.
May 12, 2015
A committee of parents, principals and other educational leaders has approved a plan that would ask Issaquah School District voters for more than a half-billion dollars to build four new schools and modernize several others.
At a May 6 meeting, the district’s bond feasibility and development committee approved a package that would raise $518.5 million in voter-approved funds. The bond measure would likely appear on ballots in spring 2016.
April 28, 2015
The Issaquah PTSA Council recently recognized the Issaquah School District’s outstanding volunteers at a reception at Swedish Hospital.
Congratulations to the following award recipients:
Council — Golden Acorn: Korista Smith-Barney, Becky Gordon and Dawn Peschek; Outstanding Advocate: Dianne Bugge; Honorary Life Membership: Caroline Brown
March 25, 2015
Three years ago, Issaquah School District voters approved a $219 million bond measure to refurbish and expand several facilities.
Next year, they’ll likely be asked to do something similar.
Issaquah officials have formed a bond feasibility committee, which will work for the next two months to study options for a ballot proposal that could be presented to voters in the first half of 2016.
March 17, 2015
Maddie Sprague is the typical kindergarten student in many ways. She loves art, puzzles, singing and dancing, and make-believe stories. She also loves her three brothers — Warren, Jake and Joe.
“They all squabble, of course, but they’re very close and enjoy being together,” said Jeannie Sprague, their mother.
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.
February 3, 2015
The Issaquah School District is accepting applications for children to participate as “Peer Models” in its Early Childhood Special Education Preschool for the 2015-16 school year.
The district provides special education services and peer model tuition programs for children ages 3-5.
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.