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 20, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. March 20, 2015
Congratulations to the following students whose works of visual and performing art are being recognized at the Washington State PTA Convention Reflections reception.
First-place winners advance to the National PTA competition. Second- and third-place winners have placed second and third place, respectively, in the state for their category. All state finalists’ works will be on display April 17-19 at the Washington State PTA Convention at the Bellevue Hyatt.
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 13, 2015
NEW — 4:05 p.m. March 13, 2013
Students at three local schools have been diagnosed with whooping cough, according to an email from the Issaquah School District.
Multiple students at Issaquah High and Pacific Cascade Middle, as well as one at Grand Ridge Elementary, were diagnosed with the bacterial infection that causes a severe cough.
The district and King County Public Health sent out letters today alerting parents of all children at affected schools.
In the note sent to the Issaquah High School community, it said the students diagnosed with pertussis “were at school and potentially contagious” from Jan. 30 to March 11. Read more
January 20, 2015
The long-awaited Skyline High School stadium improvement plan may be closer to reality, after the Issaquah School Board received an update at its Jan. 14 meeting.
Steve Crawford, the Issaquah School District’s director of capital projects, told board members the bidding process for potential contractors on the stadium construction projects at both Skyline and Liberty high schools would open this week.
The Skyline project, budgeted at nearly $6.5 million, was approved by voters in an April 2012 bond measure. Since, members of the school’s football boosters club have criticized the project, saying school district officials aren’t interested in an alternate design that would have a concrete grandstand and increased storage space, and be more cost-effective.
Construction, scheduled to last a few months, has been delayed multiple times, including twice in the past year. Read more
January 6, 2015
If you tell your best friend you’ll keep something secret, when is it OK to break the promise?
Sofia struggles with the promise and the knowledge that her best friend, Maddi, doesn’t get enough to eat.
Lois Brandt, of Issaquah, wrote a book, “Maddi’s Fridge,” that poses that dilemma.
May 27, 2014
With 38 sponsors, 275 in-kind donors and nearly 1,300 guests, the Issaquah Schools Foundation raised $737,000 from its Nourish Every Mind luncheon and breakfast events.
The annual fundraising events support Issaquah School District students and teachers by investing in a wide variety of educational programs and materials.
Jim Dever, of KING-5 TV, and Molly Shen, of KOMO-4 TV, emceed the two events, which also included student speakers giving their account of donor investments in classrooms, and performances by musical acts from Issaquah High, Grand Ridge Elementary and Pacific Cascade Middle schools.
April 8, 2014
Issaquah School District Golden Acorn and Outstanding Advocate Awards were recognized at a reception at Swedish/Issaquah on March 25.
Golden Acorns are presented, by a local PTA unit or council, to volunteers in recognition of their dedication and service to children and youths.
Since the beginning of the program, more than 44,000 Golden Acorns have been presented to volunteers throughout Washington state. A contribution in the name of the recipient(s) is made by the honoring PTA to the Washington State PTA Scholarship Program. From these contributions, WSPTA is able to provide grants to freshman students entering post-secondary education.
May 7, 2013
State Superintendent Randy I. Dorn and State Board Chairman Jeff Vincent recognized several Issaquah schools with the Washington Achievement Award at an awards ceremony in Covington on April 30.
A total of 381 schools received awards, including Discovery Elementary School for overall excellence, math and science; Grand Ridge Elementary School for overall excellence; Beaver Lake Middle School for overall excellence; Cascade Ridge Elementary School for math; and Sunset Elementary School for science, according to a press release from the state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.
The Washington Achievement Awards are based on Washington’s School Achievement Index and recognize elementary, middle school, high school and comprehensive schools. Schools are awarded using performance from 2010 to 2012 on statewide assessments in reading, writing, math and science, as well as graduation rates.
December 18, 2012
Dan and Sarah Forkner welcomed son Grady Joseph to their Issaquah home Nov. 9, 2012.
Grady was born at Swedish/Issaquah, weighing 7 pounds, 11 ounces and measuring 20 1/2 inches.
His grandparents are Patty and Thom Miller, of Issaquah; Joe and Michele Forkner, of Issaquah; and Gary and Elaine Brummett/Haines, of Arkansas.
Great-grandparents are Evelyn Miller, of Pittsburgh; Hank Miller, of Pittsburgh; and Jim and Audrey Forkner, of Spokane.
Sarah is a 2000 graduate of Skyline High School. She is a second-grade teacher at Grand Ridge Elementary School.
Dan is a 1996 graduate of Issaquah High School.