Online fundraiser underway for child’s heart transplant expenses

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.

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Committee approves $518 million school bond proposal

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.

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Congratulate 2015 Golden Acorn winners

April 28, 2015

The Issaquah PTSA Council recently recognized the Issaquah School District’s outstanding volunteers at a reception at Swedish Hospital.

Contributed Issaquah PTSA Council award recipients, from left to right, are Korista Smith-Barney, Caroline Brown, Dianne Bugge, Becky Gordon and Dawn Peschek.

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Issaquah PTSA Council award recipients, from left to right, are Korista Smith-Barney, Caroline Brown, Dianne Bugge, Becky Gordon and Dawn Peschek.

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

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School officials plan new bond vote for 2016

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.

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School community takes heart in student with transplant

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.

Contributed Maddie Sprague is still recovering from a heart transplant. Friends are raising funds to pay for the costly surgery.

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Maddie Sprague is still recovering from a heart transplant. Friends are raising funds to pay for the costly surgery.

“They all squabble, of course, but they’re very close and enjoy being together,” said Jeannie Sprague, their mother.

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Reflections art contest winners announced

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.

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Application period opens for special education preschool program

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.

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Math club activities add up to engaged students

December 16, 2014

The stereotypical math classroom evokes images of students taking dreary quizzes with bored or frustrated looks on their faces.

By Neil Pierson Karthik Sellakumaran (left) and Varun Pradeep work together to solve problems during a Dec. 9 meeting of the Pine Lake Middle School math club.

By Neil Pierson
Karthik Sellakumaran (left) and Varun Pradeep work together to solve problems during a Dec. 9 meeting of the Pine Lake Middle School math club.

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.

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Several schools start fresh with new principals

October 14, 2014

The Issaquah School District hired new principals at eight schools for the 2014-15 year, including five newcomers to the district.

Donna Hood

Donna Hood

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.

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Discovery Elementary School principal chosen

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.

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