The Beat — DECA will showcase student skills at state

February 24, 2015

Technically defined, DECA is a business and marketing club whose mission is to prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.

Noela Lu Skyline High School

Noela Lu
Skyline High School

But at Skyline High School, DECA becomes as much as about leadership, innovation and teamwork skills as business skills. With a total of 276 members, Skyline DECA is both the largest academic organization in the Issaquah School District and one of the biggest in the state.

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VOICE Mentor Program seeks volunteers

February 21, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 21, 2015

The VOICE Mentor Program is looking for community volunteers to work one-on-one with Issaquah School District students.

Students are referred by teachers and counselors as needing extra support, whether academic, social or emotional. The volunteers work in the school setting in partnership with school staff members.

A mentor’s passion can be anything including literacy, ESL students and math.

Learn more by emailing Susan Gierke or Teresa Bretl, VOICE Mentor directors, at VOICE or call 837-6801.

Teacher Anjuli Johnston earns leadership title

February 10, 2015

Anjuli Johnston, a fifth-grade teacher at Cascade Ridge Elementary School in the Issaquah School District, was recently named a teacher leader by the Puget Sound Educational Service District.

Anjuli Johnston

Anjuli Johnston

The PSESD used a competitive hiring process to find 15 new teacher leaders who joined with 10 returning ones.

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Seat will open on Issaquah School Board

February 3, 2015

Because Issaquah School Board Director Brian Deagle will not seek re-election at the end of his term in November, a new director will need to be elected.

Deagle, who will have served nine years, will continue through the end of his current term, through November.

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Application period opens for special education preschool program

February 3, 2015

The Issaquah School District is accepting applications for children to participate as “Peer Models” in its Early Childhood Special Education Preschool for the 2015-16 school year.

The district provides special education services and peer model tuition programs for children ages 3-5.

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Charity Circle has Skyline students smiling about volunteer work

January 27, 2015

By Neil Pierson Members of Charity Circle, a volunteer organization comprised of high-school and middle-school students from Sammamish, gather together during a Jan. 14 meeting at Sammamish City Hall.

By Neil Pierson
Members of Charity Circle, a volunteer organization comprised of high-school and middle-school students from Sammamish, gather together during a Jan. 14 meeting at Sammamish City Hall.

Teenagers might have some negative stereotypes about volunteer work, but the leaders of a Sammamish organization are trying to dispel the notion that unpaid labor is dreary and challenging. Read more

Schools use visiting mentor to grow reading, writing skills

January 27, 2015

There are a lot of statistics for Issaquah School District educators to ponder as they work to improve reading and writing skills in their classrooms.

National research shows children are increasingly less interested in reading — particularly after age 13 — and that aversions to deep, sustained reading sessions are impacting their ability to succeed in college.

Penny Kittle has been studying literacy trends for many years. A high-school English teacher in North Conway, New Hampshire, she also mentors other teachers and travels the country as a literacy coach.

While much of Kittle’s knowledge is accessible online, Issaquah officials chose to bring it to their doorstep last week by having her visit several classrooms, and by speaking to parents Jan. 21 at Pacific Cascade Middle School. Read more

Time remains to donate to Merry Christmas Issaquah

January 13, 2015

Fund has record number of donors

When The Issaquah Press began its 2014 Merry Christmas Issaquah series more than two months ago, readers met Michelle Curtis.

Curtis is exactly the type of person Issaquah Community Services seeks to assist. She is a survivor, a fighter and, most of all, a mother intent on seeking a better life for her family.

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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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Editorial — Get money for traffic solutions, education

January 13, 2015

While it’s all well and good for city officials to try to get money from the state Legislature to ease congestion on Interstate 90, we think, and residents likely would agree, they should focus on congestion on city streets.

The congestion on I-90 was a main topic of conversation at a recent talk between city leaders and the area’s lawmakers.

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