Schools learned lessons from Nisqually earthquake

February 22, 2011

Kathy Connally remembers sitting at her classroom desk, looking out the window at the students playing during recess, when the earth started shaking 10 years ago.

Her Discovery Elementary School second-grade students were in music class with a teacher who was eighth months pregnant.

“My first through was, ‘Oh my gosh, my kids are out in a portable at music where there are no desks,’” Connally said.

Issaquah High School students waited for more than an hour on the school's football field Feb. 28, 2001, after the Nisqually earthquake. File

She took cover under her desk, and then ran to the portable, where “My students were all safe and sound. They had stopped, dropped and covered.”

The entire school headed away from the building toward the field, where teachers released students if their parents had come to collect them, and then released the rest at the regular bell time.

“One of my students came back and said, ‘Was that a drill or was that for real?’” Connally said.

At Liberty High School, the earthquake happened during lunch, when some upperclassmen were off campus eating at restaurants. After the quake, students reported to their first period class on football field where teaches took attendance.

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Students save with pocket change

February 1, 2011

Endeavour Elementary School third-grader Zoe Czaja gives her deposit to her mom Teresa Czaja while third-grader Zander Schock forks over his money to his mom Alison Schock. By Laura Geggel

Whether depositing four quarters or a $30 check, Endeavour Elementary School students are saving for their futures through school banking. Read more

Issaquah schools face end of Salmon in the Classroom

January 4, 2011

State program is a casualty of deep budget cuts

The salmon — or, more specifically, delicate salmon eggs no larger than a pencil eraser — return to a Clark Elementary School classroom each year.

But fourth- and fifth-grade teacher Liza Rickey could face a change in the curriculum soon as the state Salmon in the Classroom program ends.

In the program, students raise salmon, learn about water quality and salmon habitat, and discover the relationship between Issaquah Creek and Puget Sound.

State legislators eliminated dollars for the program in a round of budget cuts during a Dec. 11 special session. The program is a casualty of cuts as state leaders face a $4 billion budget hole. Read more

Donated gifts saved Christmas for Issaquah families

December 28, 2010

Debra Rowley-Petruccelli did not want to fill out a wish list for the holidays, but her friends at the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank insisted.

Rowley-Petruccelli began frequenting the bank soon after a divorce tore apart her world five years ago. Between surgeries for intestinal problems and going back to school to get a degree, she has relied on the food bank.

“It’s the heartbeat of the city for those who don’t have anything,” she said. “You got to have that heartbeat and then everything else works. It prevents people from being lost. It provides them services.” Read more

Sammamish children sing, dance to honor veterans

November 16, 2010

Members of the Sunny Hills choir wave flags as they sing for the crowd in the school’s multipurpose room. By Christopher Huber

World War II veteran Phil Sulman, always says he’s got 195 stories to tell for his 195 days of combat.

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10 local students place on talented youth test

November 9, 2010

Ten students in the Issaquah School District received recognition from the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth at an Oct. 9 awards ceremony at Seattle Pacific University.

For the past 30 years, the Center for Talented Youth has conducted national and international talent searches to find the best and brightest students, according to the program website. During the search, students take a test designed for students much older than they are. How the high-performing students score helps the organization identify their gifted academic areas. Read more

Hundreds down picnic favorites to promote community at barbecue

September 21, 2010

Photos by Christopher Huber Above, eighth-grader Nicholas Meinhofer (left) ladles barbecue sauce for a student, while parents mingle (below) in the cafeteria during the annual back-to-school barbecue Sept. 10.

Eighth-grader Nicholas Meinhofer (left) ladles barbecue sauce for a student, in the cafeteria during the annual back-to-school barbecue Sept. 10. Photo by Christopher Huber

PTA volunteers greeted them, handed each a small plate and student leadership class members served pulled pork, coleslaw, root beer floats and other barbecue elements. Read more

Girl Scouts host open houses

September 7, 2010

Local Girl Scout troops are hosting informational meetings or open houses. Learn more by calling 641-1126. Middle and high school troops are welcoming new girls as well. All events are from 7-8 p.m.

Information meetings (all take place in school multipurpose rooms)

-Newcastle Elementary — Sept. 23

-Clark and Issaquah Valley elementary — Sept. 27, Clark multipurpose room

-Apollo Elementary — Sept. 28

-Cougar Ridge and Sunset elementary — Sept. 29, Cougar Ridge multipurpose room

-Briarwood and Maple Hills elementary — Sept. 30, Briarwood multipurpose room Read more

Ideas sprout at ‘green’ schools

August 17, 2010

For many students heading back to school this year, green is the new black.

From the clothes and appliances they buy to the way they conserve energy and recycle waste, green students are infusing their lives with an environmental perspective.

But even students with the greenest of intentions need guidance, and many got it from King County’s Green Schools program. Out of Issaquah’s 25 schools, 10 have participated in the program: Cascade Ridge, Challenger, Clark, Discovery, Endeavour and Newcastle elementary schools, Beaver Lake, Maywood and Pine Lake middle schools and Liberty High School.

Jack Sansing (left) and Katie and Noah Springborn directed their classmates to use the correct bins after lunch as members of Cascade Ridge Elementary's 2009 Green Team. By Christopher Huber

King County Green School began as a pilot program in 2002 and opened to K-12 public and private schools in 2003, Project Manager Dale Alekel said.

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Issaquah students turn building into art gallery

July 6, 2010

Avery Felix and Dhara Patel

The Issaquah School District administration building received an artsy makeover June 9.

Five students from across the district submitted masterpieces they created for the annual installation of the Kateri Brow Memorial Student Art Collection. Their art will hang in the building for the next few weeks before being hung in permanent locations.

Each year, district officials ask educators across the district to submit their students’ artwork as recommendations for the collection. The program is designed to encourage students to study and practice the arts.

“Art and art appreciation is a fundamental part of the Issaquah School District educational experience,” Superintendent Steve Rasmussen said in a press release. “Creativity is what brings learning to life, unleashing new ideas and beauty into the world.

“That’s why it is such a privilege to be able to acknowledge our burgeoning student artists and display their work for the community through the Kateri Brow collection.”

The collection began in 1998 as a tribute to former superintendent Brow, who championed school art programs during her tenure, 1986-1992. Private donors created a fund allowing the district to purchase pieces from students for the collection each year.

The artwork and artists are:

  • “Beauty Is …,” an acrylic painting on canvas by Issaquah Valley Elementary School second-grader Sabrina Peterson.
  • “Within your Heart,” a textile piece by Endeavour Elementary School fifth-grader Avery Felix.
  • “Calmness Comes,” a textile piece by Endeavour fifth-grader Dhara Patel.
  • “The Melody,” a watercolor painting by Liberty High School junior Kyle Stewart.
  • “Paradise,” an acrylic painting on canvas by Skyline High School senior Destiny Whitcomb.

You can view the pieces between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday-Friday at 565 N.W. Holly St.

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