October 25, 2012
NEW — 9 a.m. Oct. 25, 2012
The minimum age to vote is 18, but the hurdle did not stop students throughout the Issaquah School District from casting ballots in the tight races for president and governor.
Educators on local campuses organized mock elections or joined the annual Student Mock Election overseen by the state elections office to educate students about the importance of participation in the political process.
Students at Issaquah and Tiger Mountain Community high schools, Issaquah Middle School, and Creekside, Endeavour and Sunny Hills elementary schools cast ballots in ersatz elections or plan to do so by the actual Election Day, Nov. 6.
Teachers involved in the mock elections said the exercise is about more than determining whether students support Jay Inslee or Rob McKenna for governor.
October 23, 2012
The Seattle Seahawks, in partnership with Symetra Financial Corp., honored Issaquah Middle School’s Liz Villa and Tiger Mountain Community High School’s Lane Helgeson as Heroes in the Classroom this month.
The duo is among 24 teachers across the Puget Sound area being honored for educational excellence during the 2012 NFL season.
Winners are recognized in front of their students at surprise in-school presentations and receive a $1,000 donation for classroom books and supplies.
In addition, Villa and Helgeson were recognized in an on-field presentation at the Oct. 14 game when the Seahawks beat the New England Patriots.
October 16, 2012
Viktoria Titova knew from the start.
Titova, the artistic director of the Emerald Ballet Theatre in Bellevue, knew she had someone special in Chloe Heninger, a 6-year-old from Preston.
The year was 2005, and Titova had been Chloe’s teacher for less than a year. In the middle of a lesson, the CD player quit.
The music would not start.
Chloe could not wait to.
“I was struggling with the music,” Titova remembers. “She was 6 years old. The dancers are usually like, ‘OK, let me know when you are ready.’”
Not Chloe. She did not move from her pose. She did not even blink, Titova said, until the music was ready.
September 25, 2012
Skyline High School closed Sept. 20, after a still-unidentified online bulletin board user threatened to unleash a Columbine-style attack and shoot students on campus.
September 20, 2012
UPDATED — 5 p.m. Sept. 20, 2012
Police continue to investigate a shooting threat against students at Skyline High School, as attendance at other Issaquah School District campuses — particularly Sammamish Plateau schools near Skyline — declined Thursday.
District administrators announced a decision late Wednesday to close Skyline after a threat made online targeted the school for a mass shooting. The district kept all other schools open.
Skyline also canceled all extracurricular activities and school athletics events scheduled for Thursday.
Sammamish Police Administrative Sgt. Jessica Sullivan said police continue to follow several leads on the identity of the user behind the threat posted Wednesday on the online bulletin board 4chan. Investigators have not yet been able to determine if the user is a Skyline student.
September 11, 2012
Students from Clark, Sunset, Issaquah Valley and Grand Ridge elementary schools, as well as those who attend Pacific Cascade and Issaquah middle schools, are invited to audition for the upcoming production of “The Sound of Music.”
The musical, being produced by Issaquah High School, is looking to fill five Von Trapp children roles with students from feeder schools.
Auditions for younger children are scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Sept. 12 in the choir room at Issaquah High and should last one to two hours. High school student auditions will be at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 11 and could take more than three hours.
August 28, 2012
Issaquah police plan to reactivate speed-enforcement cameras near Issaquah High School and other campuses Sept. 4, as students return to schools along Second Avenue Southeast.
July 31, 2012
Local schools are no stranger to environmental awards, but the Issaquah School District was pleasantly surprised July 23 when two of its schools were honored by the state for their “green” leadership.
July 10, 2012
Three Issaquah soccer players are going to represent America in the Gothia Cup, a tournament held in Sweden.
June 12, 2012
The trophy case at Issaquah Middle School just got a lot more crowded.
The school’s music department brought home seven top awards from the Music in the Park competition in North Idaho on June 2.
All three of the school’s groups — band, chorus and orchestra — won both first place in their divisions and best overall among the junior high/middle school musicians. Seventh grade chorus member Emily Rudolph also received a medal for best soloist in her age group.
“We are so proud of these kids,” chorus instructor Karen Lee said. “And we got these big trophies.”
While the music department at Issaquah Middle School includes sixth graders, only the advanced seventh and eighth-grade students attended the contest.
Held at Coeur d’Alene High School, the students spent the morning performing pieces for the contest’s judges. With the hard part over, everyone ventured north to Silverwood Theme Park, where the awards ceremony was held that evening.
“There were about 1,400 student performers,” Lee said. “The orchestra and band teachers and I all felt that the kids did well. We really didn’t get a chance to hear the others so we really had no idea that they would win all their divisions.”