City, school district join local businesses honored for waste prevention

August 27, 2015

NEW — 5:48 p.m. Aug. 27, 2015

The city of Issaquah, the Issaquah School District and several local businesses were honored by King County’s Solid Waste Division on its eighth annual list of Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling.

Every year, King County Executive Dow Constantine and the King County Solid Waste Division honor businesses and organizations for adopting practices that reduce waste and increase recycling. It was the ISD’s seventh year on the list and the third in a row on the Honor Roll. The city of Issaquah joins the ISD on the Honor Roll for the first time, having been named to the list five straight years.

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School district embraces the new

August 26, 2015

NEW — Noon Aug. 26, 2015

As students head back to school Sept. 1, many will enter new buildings and utilize new facilities.

While this year’s school budget is in place, the future of the Issaquah School District’s finances is yet to be determined. While the state Legislature tackles a Supreme Court mandate to fully fund education, the Issaquah School Board will discuss future bond issues later this month as the 2012 bond expires.

Jake Kuper, chief financial operating officer, said the district has completed a lot of the work in the $219 million bond approved in 2012.

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Off The Press — Sunny remembrances

August 19, 2015

NEW — 3:48 p.m. Aug. 19, 2015

Have you driven by Sunny Hills Elementary School on the Sammamish Plateau lately?

It is, quite simply, a vast, desert-looking wasteland dotted with large construction vehicles and even larger mounds of dirt.

Construction is well underway on a much-needed facelift for the Issaquah School District building.

Christina Corrales-Toy Press reporter

Christina Corrales-Toy
Press reporter

I drive by it every day on my way to the office, and each time I pass it, without fail, I can feel a small, but noticeable, pull on my heartstrings.

You see, I’m a Sunny Hills Mustang, and so is my brother, Thomas. I started at the school as a third grader after our family moved from California. For my brother, Sunny Hills was the only elementary school he ever knew. Read more

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Healthy Youth Initiative seeks youth reps

August 8, 2015

NEW — 5 p.m. Aug. 8, 2015

The Issaquah Schools Foundation’s Healthy Youth Initiative is seeking youth representatives for the 2015-2016 school year.

The deadline for applications is Aug. 17. Applicant orientations will be conducted between Aug. 18 and the first day of school.

The Healthy Youth Initiative is a program that supports healthy life choices and growth opportunities for students and families in the Issaquah School District. This initiative focuses primarily on three areas: preventing and reducing youth substance abuse; preventing youth suicide and supporting youth mental health; and lowering barriers to academic success experienced by financially challenged youths and families.

Youth representatives and volunteers are welcome to participate in all groups within the Healthy Youth Initiative. Read more

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Issaquah’s Karin Weihe wins SRO award

August 7, 2015

NEW — 4 p.m. Aug. 7, 2015

Contributed Karin Weihe (left) smiles as she is named the 2015 Washington State School Resource Officer of the Year and receives the award from Washington School Safety Organization President John Giudice during the WSSO annual conference July 20 in Kennewick. The award was in recognition of her decade of service to the Issaquah High School community, students and parents. ‘All of us at the Issaquah School District should feel honored to say we have the best of the best SROs in the state,’ Issaquah High School Security Chief Neil Lasher said.

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Karin Weihe (left) smiles as she is named the 2015 Washington State School Resource Officer of the Year and receives the award from Washington School Safety Organization President John Giudice during the WSSO annual conference July 20 in Kennewick. The award was in recognition of her decade of service to the Issaquah High School community, students and parents. ‘All of us at the Issaquah School District should feel honored to say we have the best of the best SROs in the state,’ Issaquah High School Security Chief Neil Lasher said.

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Skyline students receive more than $3 million in scholarships

August 5, 2015

NEW — 1:20 p.m. Aug. 5, 2015

Skyline High School and the Issaquah School District are grateful for the generosity of the community who contributed in part to more than $3 million in scholarships to Skyline’s class of 2015 as reported by students and their parents.

Students received scholarships and grants for academic merit, community service, athletic ability and leadership, and honors scholarships from the schools they will be attending and from community leaders.

Skyline thanks Girl Scouts of Western Washington, Overlake Alumnae Panhellenic, Puget Sound Association of Phi Beta Kappa, Issaquah Women’s Club, Rotary Club of Sammamish, American Association of University Women,  Kiwanis Club of Sammamish and the Skyline Gridiron Club. Read more

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Skyline string quartet takes center stage with touring musical

August 5, 2015

NEW — 11:15 a.m., Aug. 5, 2015

The music of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr has impacted countless musicians worldwide, and their influence will soon be seen in tangible ways through four Skyline High School seniors. Read more

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Magazine names Issaquah a top town for families

July 29, 2015

NEW — 11:33 a.m. July 29, 2015

Issaquah has been named one of the Best Towns for Families in 2015 by “Family Circle” magazine.

To compile the list, the magazine’s team of editors worked with Onboard Informatics, a New York City research firm that provides real estate, demographic and other data, to select 4,500 cities and towns with populations between 10,000 and 100,000. From that, about 1,400 localities having a high concentration of households with median incomes between $60,000 and $110,000 were selected.

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Editorial — Help children succeed with Tools 4 School

July 29, 2015

NEW — 11:13 a.m. July 29, 2015

Before you know it, summer will be over and children will head back to school.

And although it’s an exciting time for the many children who get new clothes and school supplies, it’s a tense time for families who don’t have the money for such things.

That’s where Tools 4 School comes in.

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Hometown Hero Barbara de Michele is education superstar

July 23, 2015

Barbara de Michele is no stranger to community accolades.

By Greg Farrar Barbara de Michele accepts her 2012 Hall of Fame award.

By Greg Farrar
Barbara de Michele accepts her 2012 Hall of Fame award.

The tireless education and youth advocate was first honored with the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year Award in 1989.

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