December 9, 2014
December 9, 2014
Thirty-one teachers in the Issaquah School District earned their National Board Certifications this year, district officials announced Dec. 5.
Issaquah is among the top 15 districts in the nation this year for the number of newly certified teachers, and the 31 new additions gives Issaquah a total of 155 board-certified teachers.
November 11, 2014
American College Testing College Readiness exam scores released recently show Washington’s 12th-grade students from the class of 2014 achieving the seventh-highest composite score in the nation.
In the Issaquah School District, students showed an even higher level of college preparedness. The district’s composite score of 26.6 is 3.6 points higher than Washington state’s 23 and 5.6 points higher than the nation’s 21.
Additionally, Issaquah district seniors have consistently scored two to three points higher than the state on the exam for the past five years.
November 6, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 6, 2014
Group to raise funds for counseling, prevention services
As the Marysville-Pilchuck High School shooting rocked communities across the state, Issaquah School District Superintendent Ron Thiele sent a message to parents.
In it, Thiele expressed his condolences to the victim’s families and provided insight into how the district prepares for the rare possibility of a local school shooting.
He mentioned active-shooter trainings for staff and students, improving situational awareness and the need for mental health services.
“Last year, we began a partnership with Swedish Hospital to provide mental health counseling in our high schools,” Thiele wrote. “Additionally, we work with Friends of Youth to provide mental health and drug and alcohol counseling.”
October 28, 2014
Tiger Mountain Community High School will close after the 2015-16 school year, a plan that deviates slightly from the one proposed by the Issaquah School District’s superintendent.
Superintendent Ron Thiele had recommended the closure of Tiger Mountain at the end of the current year, but the Issaquah School Board voted 5-0 at its Oct. 22 meeting to delay the closure by a year and remove a gap in alternative education for district students.
September 30, 2014
After months of discussion, questions and public criticism, the Issaquah School Board is still trying to decide the long-term fate of Tiger Mountain Community High School.
The board met with several district administrators Sept. 24 in a roundtable-format study session. Much of the two-hour meeting was spent addressing concerns about what happens to students if the district’s plan to close the alternative school next year is approved.
The board held two public hearings on the matter earlier in September, but a timeline for making a decision hasn’t been announced.
September 16, 2014
The Issaquah School Board has yet to set a date for when it will consider closing Tiger Mountain Community High School, but it began a public comment period last week that brought dozens of impassioned people out in defense of the alternative school.
The first public hearing regarding the possible closure of Tiger Mountain was held Sept. 10 and generated comments from students, parents and teachers. The public comment period was scheduled to last 50 minutes, but went nearly an hour longer as more than a dozen people spoke about the issue, the vast majority supporting ideas to keep it open.
September 16, 2014
Closing the school will help the numbers, not the students
Closing Tiger Mountain Community High School during renovations and not creating a temporary home for the school would be a very grievous mistake. The students currently enrolled at Tiger Mountain are there because the conventional high school experience is detrimental to their learning experience. Sending them to a regular high school for even a year will cause them great suffering and hardship.
August 26, 2014
Staff members, parents and students at Apollo and Issaquah Valley elementary schools have been waiting years for their buildings to be refurbished, and their wishes will be granted when school starts Sept. 3.
The two elementary schools were major pieces of a $219 million bond measure that Issaquah School District voters approved in April 2012. Issaquah Valley and Apollo received about $6.6 million each for similar modernization projects that focused on creating additional classroom spaces, improving building security and upgrading existing spaces for a continued influx of new students.
The district is expecting to add 350 students in the 2014-15 year, and projections released last year showed the school system could grow by more than 2,800 students over the next 30 years.
August 26, 2014
Kym Clayton has a child who struggles with social skills and speech delays, and in her quest to find help, she stumbled across an idea from a suburban school in Pennsylvania.
Christian Bucks, a student at Roundtown Elementary School in York, Pa., invented a simple but effective way of helping children who were feeling sad or lonely. His Buddy Bench concept — a bench where kids can sit when they’re in need of a friend — has spread like wildfire in less than a year, reaching schools around the world.
Clayton believed the Buddy Bench might be a useful tool at Sunny Hills Elementary School, where she was PTSA president during the 2013-14 school year.
But simply going to a local hardware store and building a bench wasn’t what she had in mind.
“I think it would be really neat to be full circle, that kids are building this bench for other kids,” she explained. Read more