Washington Scholars program honors seniors

July 15, 2014

Five Issaquah School District seniors have been recognized by the Washington Scholars program.

The Washington Scholars award represents the highest meritorious honor conferred by the state’s education and government leaders on the most exemplary (top 1 percent) graduating high school seniors across the state, recognizing excellence in academic achievement, leadership and community service.

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Discovery Elementary School principal chosen

July 8, 2014

The Issaquah School District has selected Michele Nishioka as the principal at Discovery Elementary School for the 2014-15 school year.

Nishioka comes to Issaquah from Seattle Public Schools, where she most recently served as assistant principal at Beacon Hill International School. She previously taught in California and with the Bellevue School District, where she completed an administrative internship.

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A program with !MPACT

July 1, 2014

Firefighters bring career perspectives to students

If Chris Tarkir hadn’t been tenacious, he likely never would have landed what he calls his “dream job” with Eastside Fire & Rescue.

“It’s about believing in yourself, and probably the biggest characteristic a person has to have is that you can’t take no for an answer,” Tarkir told a group of students during a June 5 visit to Beaver Lake Middle School’s !MPACT after-school program.

Four of the Issaquah School District’s five middle schools offer !MPACT as a safe haven for students with working parents. The program generally runs until 6 p.m. on weekdays, and costs between $95 and $230 a month, depending on how often a child attends.

By Neil Pierson Firefighter Chris Tarkir, of Eastside Fire & Rescue, helps Jakob McInerney, a sixth-grade student at Beaver Lake Middle School, remove a hose from a hydrant during a June 5 demonstration at the school.

By Neil Pierson
Firefighter Chris Tarkir, of Eastside Fire & Rescue, helps Jakob McInerney, a sixth-grade student at Beaver Lake Middle School, remove a hose from a hydrant during a June 5 demonstration at the school.

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Superintendent presents formal plan to close Tiger Mountain Community High School

July 1, 2014

Superintendent presents formal plan to close school permanently

The Issaquah School District has started a 90-day process that could result in the permanent closure of Tiger Mountain Community High School.

Superintendent Ron Thiele presented his rationale for the closure at the Issaquah School Board’s June 26 meeting. Several Tiger Mountain students and parents were in attendance, and some provided their reasons for keeping the alternative school open.

The idea to close Tiger Mountain first began circulating in February, and the board adopted an official school closure policy in April.

District administrators have cited the school’s declining enrollment numbers, low test scores and low attendance figures as factors behind the closure plan.

They’ve been working to design a new alternative high school, which would open in a new location, and likely under a different name, at the start of the 2016-17 school year.

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Tera Coyle is named new Creekside principal

July 1, 2014

Tera Coyle, who has served as principal at Discovery Elementary School since 2008, will become principal at Creekside Elementary School starting in the 2014-15 school year.

Robin Earl announced her resignation June 10.

Issaquah School District Superintendent Ron Thiele announced Coyle’s appointment in a June 18 email to Creekside families.

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Issaquah schools will lengthen secondary students’ time in classrooms next year

June 29, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. June 29, 2014

Middle-school and high-school students in the Issaquah School District will spend more time in the classroom in the 2014-15 year, after the school board approved a change at its June 11 meeting.

State law mandates an increase in instructional time for the 2015-16 year, but Issaquah will implement the switch a year earlier.

To meet the requirement of 1,080 instructional hours, middle school and high school students will get out of class 45 minutes later on Wednesdays next year.

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Issaquah School District Graduations / June 2014

June 18, 2014

School renames gym after beloved teacher, coach

June 17, 2014

Chuck Lee has left a lasting legacy for his colleagues and students at Beaver Lake Middle School, with or without any kind of tribute on their part.

Lee, 58, died Feb. 6 after a decadelong battle with cancer. He’d made an impression on countless individuals during his teaching and coaching career in the Issaquah School District, which spanned 24 years.

The Beaver Lake community mourned Lee’s passing, holding a remembrance ceremony earlier this spring where students and teachers spoke of their favorite memories with Lee. He spent 13 years at the school, teaching math and coaching basketball.

By Neil Pierson One of Chuck Lee’s favorite activities was the annual International Talk Like a Pirate Day, which gave him license to don a funny hat and an eye patch.

By Neil Pierson
One of Chuck Lee’s favorite activities was the annual International Talk Like a Pirate Day, which gave him license to don a funny hat and an eye patch.

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Kelly Munn receives leadership award

June 17, 2014

The Issaquah School District honored Kelly Munn with its Community Leadership Award at the Washington School Administrator Association’s regional awards ceremony held at the Puget Sound ESD on May 23.

Kelly Munn

Kelly Munn

Munn has been an active volunteer in the Issaquah School District and an advocate for public education for many years. Her leadership has been instrumental in helping the district maintain high quality programs and meet the demands of continued growth as co-chair of the Volunteers for Issaquah Schools Community Bond and Levy Committee, according to a news release.

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Robin Earl resigns as Creekside Elementary School principal

June 14, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. June 14, 2014

Creekside Elementary School is searching for its next principal after Robin Earl announced her resignation June 10 in an email to families.

Earl has worked in the Issaquah School District for more than 20 years, serving as principal at Creekside and Challenger elementary schools, and as one of the original science magnet program teachers at Briarwood Elementary School.

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