Officials still seek threatening letter writer at Pacific Cascade

January 13, 2015

Pine Lake Middle School receives bomb threat

There were no problems during the first week back in class for students at Pacific Cascade Middle School, said Principal Dana Bailey in an email to parents.

But the search goes on for whomever penned a letter threatening violence at the school, a letter that caused officials to close the building for three days in December just prior to winter vacation.

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Growth and traffic are on the minds of city leaders

January 13, 2015

Growth and development, along with traffic, seemed to be the main topics of the day as the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce held its second annual Preview Luncheon on Jan. 8.

“One thing is clear to me,” Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler told the gathering of about 150 people at the Holiday Inn of Issaquah. “Our community is evolving… Your government is evolving also.”

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2014 remembered for what went away

December 31, 2014

Annexations, retirements, plastic bags, development, a looming school closure, retail marijuana, bank robberies, the Concerts on the Green series, and business and occupation taxes made the list of the top 10 news stories of the year in Issaquah.

Here are those stories, in no particular order:

Klahanie-area annexation issue moves to Sammamish

Issaquah residents voted no, for the second time, on the city of Issaquah annexing the Klahanie area. The King County Growth Management Planning Council then unanimously approved the idea to move the Klahanie area from Issaquah’s Potential Annexation Area to Sammamish’s.

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Never too busy to read

December 9, 2014

By Lynn Juniel Ron Thiele, Issaquah School District superintendent, and his wife Jill read to more than 30 students Dec. 3 at Pajama Storytime at the Issaquah Barnes & Noble. Children enjoyed hot chocolate and sugar cookies while listening to classics old and new. Among the books Thiele read included his favorite, ‘Carrot Seed.’

By Lynn Juniel
Ron Thiele, Issaquah School District superintendent, and his wife Jill read to more than 30 students Dec. 3 at Pajama Storytime at the Issaquah Barnes & Noble. Children enjoyed hot chocolate and sugar cookies while listening to classics old and new. Among the books Thiele read included his favorite, ‘Carrot Seed.’

Issaquah teachers earn national certifications

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.

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Class of 2014 earns high ACT scores

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.

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Friends of Youth to host Rise and Thrive Breakfast in Issaquah

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.”

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School board pushes back Tiger Mountain closure to 2016

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.

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School board holds study session about Tiger Mountain’s future

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.

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Public hearings begin for possible school closure

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.

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