King County honors local Green Schools programs

June 10, 2015

Several Issaquah schools were among 55 schools the King County Green Schools Program is recognizing this month for conservation achievements.

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Grand Ridge Elementary School library needs volunteers

May 19, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. May 19, 2015

Grand Ridge Elementary School needs volunteers to help inventory materials starting June 1.

Tasks include checking and adjusting books in the correct shelf order and scanning the barcodes of the books on the shelves. Get specific times volunteers are needed at http://bit.ly/1e3BRnA.

If you are able to volunteer an hour or more to assist with this time-consuming task, contact librarian Theresa Gekeler at gekelert@issaquah.wednet.edu or 837-7935.

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Grand Ridge students take green challenge to next level

May 5, 2015

The message written on the playground in colorful chalk got right to the point: “Aphids are pests. Ladybugs eat aphids.”

By Neil Pierson Joon Chang, a volunteer with the Issaquah Highlands Community Association, helps students Natalie Burch (left) and Mai Murakami release ladybugs into the Grand Ridge Elementary School garden during and Earth Day event April 22.

By Neil Pierson
Joon Chang, a volunteer with the Issaquah Highlands Community Association, helps students Natalie Burch (left) and Mai Murakami release ladybugs into the Grand Ridge Elementary School garden during and Earth Day event April 22.

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.

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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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Artists win Washington State PTSA awards

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.

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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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Whooping cough cases reported at local schools

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

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Skyline, Liberty stadiums move closer to reality

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

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Illustrating hunger — Local children’s book brings light to national problem

January 6, 2015

If you tell your best friend you’ll keep something secret, when is it OK to break the promise?

Photos by Greg Farrar Lois Brandt is teaching children about hunger with her book ‘Maddi’s Fridge.’ The book, published in September, is a big hit with fourth-graders.

By Greg Farrar
Lois Brandt is teaching children about hunger with her book ‘Maddi’s Fridge.’ The book, published in September, is a big hit with fourth-graders.

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.

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