Issaquah elementary science curriculum moves forward

May 24, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. May 24, 2011

The public is invited to review the newly recommended elementary science curriculum material approved by the Issaquah School District’s Instructional Materials Committee. The current elementary science curriculum, last updated in 2003, does not meet state standards.

The recommended materials are available for public review during regular business hours through June 8 in the lobby of the district administration building, 565 N.W. Holly St.

Public comment forms are available. The Issaquah School Board will review any comments before voting on whether or not it will approve the curriculum.

District administrators are still searching for money to purchase the recommended curriculum. Administrators had planned to purchase the material with money from the district’s reserves, but they abandoned that idea after the state unexpectedly cut the district’s budget by $1.45 million this year.

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School supporters launch science campaign

May 10, 2011

State lawmakers’ unexpected midyear $1.45 million cut to the Issaquah School District has sparked an initiative to pay for a new elementary school science curriculum.

The Issaquah Schools Foundation, the Issaquah PTSA Council and the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce have joined forces to raise money for the Elementary Science Initiative.

The district had initially planned to use money from its reserves to pay for the curriculum, but that money has since been used to make up the state’s cuts.

The current curriculum does not match state standards, and half of the district’s fifth-graders did not pass the 2010 science Measurement of Student Progress state test.

The new curriculum would give teachers lessons and materials that would help bring students up to speed.

The district has committed $700,000 to the new curriculum, and the Elementary Science Initiative partnership has committed to raising an additional $500,000 by June 30. So far, the foundation has raised $263,000, but more is needed. The Elementary Science Initiative has launched a website, www.issaquahscience.org, with more information about donations.

Or tax-deductible checks can be made out to the Issaquah Schools Foundation with “Science” in the memo line. Mail any donations to P.O. Box 835, Issaquah, WA 98027.

Issaquah Schools Foundation launches campaign for science curriculum

May 4, 2011

NEW — 9 a.m. May 4, 2011

State lawmakers’ unexpected midyear $1.45 million cut to the Issaquah School District has sparked an initiative to pay for a new elementary school science curriculum.

The Issaquah Schools Foundation, the Issaquah PTSA Council and the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce have joined forces to raise money for the Elementary Science Initiative.

The district had initially planned to use money from its reserves to pay for the science curriculum, but that money has since been used to backfill the state’s cuts.

The current science curriculum does not match state standards, and half of the district’s fifth-graders did not pass the 2010 science Measurement of Student Progress state test.

The new curriculum would give classrooms lessons and materials that would help bring students up to speed.

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PTSA message — Be a part of your community

August 17, 2010

More than 14,700 parents have joined their local Parent Teacher Student Association at the elementary, middle and high school levels in the Issaquah School District.

This means more than 93 percent of students in the district — there are nearly 16,000 students — are represented by a PTSA member, making Issaquah’s organization one of the most effective in the state.

The mission of Issaquah’s school PTSAs and districtwide PTSA council is to support the educational community — students, teachers and principals — by donating their time and fundraising efforts to schools.

School PTSAs bring programs and events to each school through a variety of fundraising efforts. Last year, PTSAs donated more than $1 million to the schools. Read more

Heather Gillette elected Washington State PTA Region 2 director

May 28, 2010

NEW — 5:02 p.m. May 28, 2010

Heather Gillette, of Sammamish, was recently elected as Washington State PTA Region 2 director for a two-year term, beginning June 1.

Region 2 includes all PTAs and PTSAs in the Bellevue, Issaquah, Lake Washington, Mercer Island, Riverview and Snoqualmie Valley school districts.

As region director, Gillette will head up a service delivery team that will be responsible for organizing training and support activities for all PTAs and PTSAs in the region.  She will also serve on the association’s governing board of directors.

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A night of shining stars

March 30, 2010

Parents thank dedicated schools volunteers

Big contributions were the order of the night as the Issaquah Parents Teachers and Students Association Council celebrated the volunteers of the Issaquah School District. Read more

Ballot includes tax measure, open space protections

October 20, 2009

Washington voters will decide between now and Nov. 3 whether to cap property taxes and add additional protections for county conservation land. Read more

Meet your school board candidates

October 11, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 11, 2009

Local Parents, Teachers and Students Associations are hosting a community forum and a community meeting with Issaquah School Board candidates Oct. 12 and 13.

Wright Noel and Marnie Maraldo are running for the Director District No. 2 position on school board.

The first event is a forum, held by the districtwide PTSA council, at 7 p.m. Oct. 12 at Pacific Cascade Freshman Campus, 24635 S.E. Issaquah-Fall City Road.

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Sara Niegowski named outstanding educator

June 2, 2009

Sara Niegowski, Issaquah School District communications director, (center) receives the Issaquah PTSA’s Outstanding Educator of the Year Award from co-council presidents Alison Meryweather (left) and Nancy Campi at their annual luncheon.Contributed

Sara Niegowski, Issaquah School District communications director, (center) receives the Issaquah PTSA’s Outstanding Educator of the Year Award from co-council presidents Alison Meryweather (left) and Nancy Campi at their annual luncheon.Contributed

The Issaquah PTSA council awarded Sara Niegowski, district communications director, with the Outstanding Educator of the Year award at their luncheon May 14.

“She is passionate, informative and inquisitive. We admire her dedication to public education and in recognition for all that she has done to support PTA and Issaquah Schools,” said Nancy Campi, co-council president for the PTSA. “Her passion for education and children is evident each day in everything she does.”

The award is offered by the state PTSA, but awarded by local PTSA councils to educators in their districts. The award is given to individuals who go above and beyond the normal expectations of their job to make the learning environment beneficial, challenging and fun. It also recognizes innovative individuals or groups who have successfully transformed education.

Local school PTSA units give awards at their building level. Read more

School district awards Golden Acorns

March 30, 2009

Kimberly Montague (left), Alison Meryweather, Robin Callahan and Ramona Lawrence, and Susan Evans (not pictured), received districtwide PTSA Council Golden Acorn Awards March 24. Contributed

Kimberly Montague (left), Alison Meryweather, Robin Callahan and Ramona Lawrence, and Susan Evans (not pictured), received districtwide PTSA Council Golden Acorn Awards March 24. Contributed

Seventy-five school volunteers and community members were recognized by Issaquah School District’s PTSA council at the annual Golden Acorn Awards at Liberty High School March 24. Read more

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