March 6, 2012
Mitt Romney emerges as top choice among local participants
Republicans clustered at community halls and elementary schools in Issaquah and nearby communities March 3, as a long presidential nominating contest offered local caucusgoers a chance to shape the national contest.
Issaquah caucusgoers headed to Discovery and Issaquah Valley elementary schools, and Colin Hall at Providence Point, to support the GOP candidates vying to face President Barack Obama in November.
March 3, 2012
NEW — 3:15 p.m. March 3, 2012
Republicans clustered at community halls and elementary schools in Issaquah and nearby communities Saturday, as a long presidential nominating contest offered local caucusgoers a chance to shape the national contest.
February 14, 2012
An incident of alleged child luring may or may not have been a false alarm, said Sgt. Cindi West, public information officer for the King County Sheriff’s Office.
Officials put out a warning just in case, West said Feb. 13.
Two men tried to lure a local fifth-grader into a truck at about 2:40 p.m. Feb. 8, Issaquah School District officials said.
The student was walking home from Discovery Elementary School when a truck approached him on Southeast 20th Street just west of 228th Avenue Southeast on the Sammamish Plateau, said Sara Niegowski, district executive director of communications.
Two men inside the truck reportedly waved to the student, pulled the vehicle over and then motioned for the student to come closer, Niegowski said in a press release.
February 8, 2012
NEW — 6 p.m. Feb. 8, 2012
Unknown men tried to lure a local fifth-grader into a truck about 2:40 p.m. Wednesday, Issaquah School District officials said.
The student was walking home from Discovery Elementary when a truck approached him on Southeast 20th Street just west of 228th Avenue Southeast on the Sammamish Plateau, said Sara Niegowski, district executive director of communications.
Two men inside the truck reportedly waved to the student, pulled the vehicle over and then allegedly motioned for the student to come closer, Niegowski said in a press release.
When the student walked away, the truck reportedly began to follow. When the student pulled out a cellphone, the truck drove away. The student immediately returned to school and informed staff members, according to Niegowski.
February 7, 2012
Local Republicans could tilt the national contest to nominate a GOP challenger to President Barack Obama, as residents across Washington gather for caucuses early next month.
January 17, 2012
The Issaquah School District is offering a chance for parents of preschool-aged children to enroll their youngsters in Early Childhood Education classes at no cost to the families.
The district is looking for typically developing youngsters to be part of Early Education classes that serve children with special needs at Apollo, Discovery and Sunset elementary schools.
Each classroom may have up to 12 children with special needs along with three typically developing peers – who will pay no cost to participate in the preschool program. Research shows that such combined learning opportunities benefit both special-needs and typically developing children. Students must be at least 3 years old by April 15 to participate.
Any interested parent can pick up an application and get more information at the main offices of any of the three elementary schools involved. Applications are due Feb. 10; peer volunteer screening is scheduled for Feb. 15.
January 17, 2012
All in all, there were 247 examples of student creativity on display, according to Theora Dalupan, a member of the Issaquah School District PTSA Council board of directors.
Dalupan helped organize, and the district PTSA sponsored, the annual Reflections art show and reception the evening of Jan. 10 at Pacific Cascade Middle School.
Reflections is a yearly, nationwide PTSA art contest centered around a specific theme, which this year was “Diversity means…”
The work on display at Pacific Cascade represented the best entries from each district school, up to 12 per building.
“There’s some very creative ideas out there,” Dalupan said regarding the entries, which ran the spectrum from paintings and drawings to creative writing to musical pieces. Dalupan said there were also two short film entries.
Walking around the display at Pacific Cascade, one saw plenty of visual art with animal or nature themes in common. Plenty of creations had representations of people of all colors and ethnicities. Rainbows were another common symbol.
December 20, 2011
What’s not to love about climbing onto a fire truck and seeing your principal dressed up as Frosty the Snowman?
Hundreds of Discovery Elementary School students and their families literally filled Eastside Fire & Rescue’s traveling reindeer fire truck to capacity with toys Dec. 16. A steady stream of children poured out of the school onto the back playground for more than three hours on the last day before winter break, as they handed off toys for fellow youths they don’t know.
“I’ve never filled up the engine ‘til today,” said Emily Harig, a volunteer firefighter with EFR.
Harig and fellow volunteer firefighter Michele Julum estimated that the students donated 500 items, including Candy Land, Bop-It and other types of toys. The one-day effort was part of a massive, two-week food and toy drive to benefit Hopelink and the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank.
When it was all said and done, Discovery families donated 2,874 pounds of food and hygiene necessities from Dec. 12-16, including 305 pounds of pasta and rice, 477 pounds of peanut butter and jelly, 811 pounds of flour and sugar, 625 pounds of oils and sauces and 656 pounds of diapers and toiletries, Principal Tera Coyle said. In addition, fourth-graders spent much of their last day of school making uplifting cards for cancer patients at Seattle Children’s. She was excited about the outpouring of generosity from the Sammamish students and families.
“We have an incredible community that has more than a lot of others and is willing to give back to the community that is less fortunate,” Coyle said.
November 15, 2011
If it weren’t for the “Marvin Redpost” series, a bunch of fourth-grade boys at Discovery Elementary School might not be so into reading this school year.
And if it weren’t for a staff member’s vision and nearly $30,000 from the PTA, the school might not even have that book series by Louis Sachar in its selection. Discovery opened its new literacy room this fall. It’s a “re-purposed” former art room and storage space that now offers nearly 1,000 different book sets at varying reading levels for the entire school population. The point is to expand options for teachers as they work with students, each of whom has a different focus or need in their reading development, teachers and staff members said. The school is on the leading edge of the Issaquah School District’s efforts to overhaul its reading curriculum.
“Now it’s become more purposeful,” said Chelsea Dziedzic, literacy support coach for Discovery and Challenger elementary schools. “Discovery and district teachers realized one-size-fits-all does not work and doesn’t foster a love of reading.”
August 23, 2011
Inch by inch, row by row, students are planting lettuce, herbs and broccoli in their school gardens.
This fall, teachers are transforming gardens into outdoor classrooms as students pick up trowels and learn about drip irrigation systems.
Dozens of schools incorporate gardening into their curriculum or have gardening clubs, including Apollo, Cascade Ridge, Challenger, Clark, Creekside, Discovery, Endeavour, Grand Ridge, Issaquah Valley, Maple Hills and Sunny Hills elementary schools; Issaquah and Pine Lake middle schools; and Liberty and Tiger Mountain Community high schools.
“I think the outdoors is just a natural place that kids want to be,” Sunny Hills fourth-grade teacher Jane Ulrich said.