May 5, 2015
The message written on the playground in colorful chalk got right to the point: “Aphids are pests. Ladybugs eat aphids.”
That was one of the main lessons Grand Ridge Elementary School students took away from their Earth Day activities April 22. With the help of volunteers from the Issaquah Highlands Community Association, the students released about 18,000 ladybugs into the school’s Grizzly Patch Garden and neighboring landscape.
March 31, 2015
The Sammamish Learning Center, which has been serving Eastside families and their preschool students since 1995, will permanently close its doors in June at the end of the current school year.
It wasn’t the original intention of the school’s directors, Jill Porter and Helen Glenn, who sold the property to a developer last year.
March 31, 2015
Endeavour Elementary School is the first school to attain the title of Level Four Sustaining Green School from the King County Green Schools Program.
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
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.
March 3, 2015
Emily and Lori Kargl sat down in an Issaquah coffee shop last Friday and started rattling off names.
First, a grandmother, and then a soccer coach. Next, a neighbor, followed by a family friend. All of them, acquainted or not, were connected through a shared battle of a debilitating disease.
February 17, 2015
The 15 boys who stood on the stage were mostly solemn, but some of them allowed grins to creep across their faces as they absorbed the magnitude of the moment.
Cub Scout packs across the country hold annual transition ceremonies for 11- and 12-year-olds who have fulfilled the requirements to join Boy Scouts. Cub Scout Pack 682, which draws its members from Issaquah and Sammamish, honored its graduating fifth-graders Feb. 3 at Pacific Cascade Middle School.
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 8, 2014
Spring is typically a time when students in the Issaquah School District have a chance to let their scientific flowers blossom.
That was the case at Endeavour Elementary School last week. The school had roughly 400 of its 660 students participate in its annual science fair, Little Minds at Work.
“It’s one of the biggest events we have here at the school,” said Jill Bengis, a member of the Endeavour PTSA. “The kids really look forward to it, and it’s a great opportunity for them to really shine and show what they can do.”
February 24, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 24, 2014
Seven King County schools, including four from the Issaquah School District, were recognized this month by the county’s Green Schools Program for having successful conservation practices.
Students and staff at the seven schools embraced waste reduction, recycling and other conservation actions, program manager Dale Alekel said in a news release.
Three Issaquah elementary schools — Cascade Ridge, Challenger and Endeavour — were given Level 2 recognition for energy conservation, waste reduction and recycling practices.