February 21, 2014
May 30, 1911, was a special occasion for Issaquah resident Mabel Ek.
So special, in fact, that the moment called for a new outfit. Ek arrived at Issaquah’s Baptist Church, near what is now the Darigold plant, wearing a new dress, knitted gloves and shoes specially ordered from Oregon.
City residents, of which there were only 500 at the time, arrived in droves to honor Ek and her classmates Mary and Olive Gibson.
After all, the three were about to make history, representing the very first graduating class of Issaquah High School.
February 18, 2014
Tiger Mountain students would go to the nearest high school
The Issaquah School District is considering a plan to close Tiger Mountain Community High School for one year while the school is moved to a different location, and then reopen the alternative school with a revamped educational model.
Issaquah Superintendent Ron Thiele spoke about the plan with school board members at a work study session prior to the board’s Feb. 12 meeting. The audience included about two dozen Tiger Mountain staff members, parents and students.
December 24, 2013
Less than 6 acres that encompasses Issaquah Middle School was annexed into the city by the City Council during its Dec. 16 meeting.
In a short presentation by city Long Range Planning Manager Trish Heinonen, she said school officials wanted the annexation because the school is about to undergo a massive restoration and officials want to do so under city regulations.
Upgrades of the school facilities are planned for 2014 through 2015. The proposed improvements include remodeling and expanding the existing school to become the new Clark Elementary School and Tiger Mountain Community High School.
The council held a public hearing the same night as the vote. No one stood in support of or against the annexation.
December 17, 2013
Officials are hoping to break ground on the new Issaquah Middle School next summer, and the replacement building will look much different than what was first envisioned.
The city of Issaquah’s 30-year plan for its central business district is expected to add more than 7,700 residential units, and it’s forcing the Issaquah School District to think more about long-term impacts to its facilities.
Steve Crawford, the district’s director of capital projects, told school board members Dec. 11 that if downtown Issaquah grows as projected in the Central Issaquah Plan in the next three decades, it would add an estimated 2,850 students to the school district’s enrollment. That represents a 15 percent increase over the district’s current population of 18,400 students.
November 19, 2013
The Squak Valley Players invite the entire community to Issaquah Middle School’s latest production, “Under the Hulder’s Spell.”
Performances are at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 22 and 23, and 2 p.m. Nov. 23. The school is at 400 Second Ave. S.E.
October 22, 2013
One has to sympathize with Allen Anderson for what transpired Oct. 10.
The longtime custodian at Issaquah High School has regularly worn a camouflage-printed jacket and carried an umbrella into work. But this particular day, someone mistook his signature look for that of a mysterious gunman.
The high school and other nearby schools went into lockdown. When Anderson realized it was he who had caused the confusion, he told school administrators who advised him to turn himself in to the police surrounding the school.
June 4, 2013
The film “Laser Rabbit” and Issaquah Middle School eighth-graders Matt Wells and Chase Helgeson received the Michael J. Rima youth-filmmaker award in the 2013 3-Minute Masterpiece digital film contest, presented by The Seattle Times and the Seattle International Film Festival.
The film features Helgeson and Flash the Rabbit, along with Wells. The story begins with a cute white rabbit arriving by UPS, but things take a dangerous turn when the rabbit reveals supernatural powers.
“Laser Rabbit” was shown at a public screening of the 11 3-Minute Masterpiece contest winners May 18 at the SIFF at Uptown Cinema. Another screening of “Laser Rabbit” was held May 27 at SIFF as part of FutureWave Shorts, a program showcasing a selection of the best films from the National Film Festival for Talented Youth, the largest youth film festival in the world.
Watch “Laser Rabbit” at www.issaquahpress.com. You can also see “Laser Rabbit” and other Matt Wells video creations at his YouTube channel, AngryFlash.
April 30, 2013
Taking advantage of recent low interest rates, the Issaquah School District saved more than $2 million April 24 when it refinanced 21.17 million of bonds originally sold in 2004.
The district also sold $55 million worth of new bonds that day.
Seattle-Northwest Securities assisted in the sale. Refinancing more than $21 million of old bonds meant the interest rate went down from 5.25 percent to 1.27 percent, meaning that about $2 million will be saved over the next six years.
February 19, 2013
There are more than two dozen territorial carnivores that call the Issaquah area home, and for the past four months the sixth-grade life science students at Issaquah Middle School have been leading their own investigations into these wild neighbors.
Since the end of September, the students have been learning about the local critters, ranging from raccoons and skunks to coyotes and bears, and developing scientific studies to find out how the animals use resources in the Issaquah community to meet their needs. The children teamed with staff from the Woodland Park Zoo and Western Wildlife to put the scientific method to use — asking questions, doing background research, forming and testing hypotheses, analyzing data and reporting their conclusions.
“I think it was interesting, because there was a lot to talk about since we have a lot of carnivores living in the area,” Engu Fontama said.
February 5, 2013
The Issaquah Community Center will host the 2013 Special Olympics King County Regional basketball tournament beginning with opening ceremonies at 8 a.m. Feb. 10.
Games tip off at 8:30 a.m., with matches taking place at the Issaquah Community Center, Issaquah High School, Issaquah Middle School and Clark Elementary School.