May 27, 2014
The Issaquah School District has announced that Donna Hood, an assistant principal at Liberty High School, will begin serving as the new principal at Skyline High School effective July 1.
Hood has a long history of academic and teaching excellence, beginning with her degrees in English and German at Long Island University in New York.
She earned a Fulbright scholarship and went on to study for a year at a university in Salzburg, Austria. She earned a master’s degree in teaching from the University of Washington in 2000, and became a National Board Certified teacher in 2005 at Sammamish High School in Bellevue.
May 27, 2014
The Issaquah Women’s Club has awarded four $1,000 “Follow Your Dreams” scholarships to senior girls in the Issaquah School District.
The scholarship winners are Skyline High School students Sydney Smith, Madison Laycock and Gabrielle Diebner, and Liberty High School student Jana Walker.
May 20, 2014
Last month’s U.S. Department of Education decision to revoke Washington state’s No Child Left Behind waiver is starting to filter down to school districts and individual buildings.
At the Issaquah School Board’s May 14 meeting, officials discussed the loss of the waiver, which was officially announced April 24. Washington had been one of 43 states with the waiver, allowing it to deviate from NCLB, a nationwide accountability system for public schools that has been in place since 2001.
May 20, 2014
The Issaquah School District was one of three districts in the state to earn a Washington State Green Leader Award in 2014.
Issaquah was recognized for reducing environmental impacts and costs through new programs. Examples include building stormwater retention ponds at schools to return cleaner water to aquifer systems; conserving water in irrigation practices; planting drought-resistant plants; and reducing idle times for buses to cut back on emissions.
The district has been tracking its monthly utility bills in recent years and has found energy consumption has decreased by 7.6 percent, even though its square footage has gone up nearly 30 percent.
Issaquah schools are recycling 49 percent of their materials, and they’ve reduced water usage by 40.4 percent since 2001.
May 18, 2014
NEW — 10 a.m. May 18, 2014
The Issaquah Community Network is seeking youth representatives for the 2014-15 school year.
The deadline for applications is June 20. Interviews with applicants will be conducted over the summer and representatives announced in late August.
The Issaquah Community Network operates within the Issaquah School District boundaries to reduce adverse childhood experiences and risky behaviors in youths ages 12-20.
May 13, 2014
Job seekers are invited to meet with a slew of local employers at the city of Issaquah’s first job fair May 28.
Attendees can connect with hiring businesses such as Fred Meyer, Marshalls and Sports Authority. Experts will review job seekers’ résumés and offer advice.
Prospective employees can apply online with companies prior to the event, or complete online applications at the job fair.
May 13, 2014
The East-King School Retirees’ Association recently presented grants to a pair of Issaquah School District teachers.
Jane Brammer, a kindergarten teacher at Issaquah Valley Elementary School, will receive money to purchase “Reading Like a Writer” mentor texts for her classroom.
May 13, 2014
Liberty High School students are keenly aware their school is undergoing a major modernization project, but they might not know the intricate details about the new building’s environmental friendliness.
Liberty’s renovation was part of a large-scale discussion at the school last month when the school’s Sustainability Ambassadors hosted three assemblies about green-building practices.
The discussions, titled STAR Talks (Sustainability Tools for Assessing and Rating) were designed to give the student body a taste for what the new wave of building standards look like, particularly in regard to schools.
April 29, 2014
The Issaquah School District is likely to lose some flexibility in budgeting next year.
State officials announced April 24 that Washington would lose a waiver it has been receiving from the federal government which allowed the state flexibility under portions of the No Child Left Behind law.
Under the law, 100 percent of students need to be at their grade level standard in both reading and math by this year. For the past few years, the federal government has granted more than 40 states waivers from the requirement.
April 22, 2014
The Issaquah School District’s nutrition advisory committee will host a public meeting regarding new U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines for student nutrition and activities.
The meeting will be from 3-5 p.m. April 30 at the district’s administration building, 565 N.W. Holly St. The committee will listen to public comments for 10-20 minutes at the beginning. The public is invited to stay and listen to the remainder of the meeting.