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.
December 3, 2014
The clients that come to Issaquah Community Services are often at one of the lowest points in their lives.
It’s the single mother struggling to find money for rent; it’s the family about to endure long nights without electricity or water; and it’s the job seeker that needs money for gas or bus fare just to make it to his or her interview.
“Helping nearly 500 families get by every single year is the sole reason why we exist,” said Lori Birrell, ICS board president.
November 26, 2014
Students and staff of the Issaquah School District have a new way to react to emergency situations.
Based on its relationship with local law enforcement (like the school resource officers), district officials have implemented a more fluid procedure, called “Run-Hide-Fight” to deal with on-campus threats as effectively as possible.
November 25, 2014
The only source of heat in Marty Wright’s Issaquah-area home is a wood-pellet stove.
Without the wood pellets, though, the stove is nothing more than decoration, and a reminder of the cold nights ahead.
Last year, Issaquah Community Services kept Wright’s fire on with a donation of wood pellets, as the disabled veteran without an income waited approval for disability benefits, while receiving services for injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder.
November 25, 2014
Leaders of the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank have renamed the longstanding Caring through Sharing program to Holiday Gift Barn.
“We decided to rebrand it,” said Cori Walters, executive director of the food bank.
The Holiday Gift Barn allows registered parents of students in the Issaquah School District to select new toys and other goods as holiday gifts for their children. Shopping is Dec. 10-11 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W. Shopping times vary.
November 18, 2014
Cynthia Jackson lost all of her belongings when a pipe burst in her Bellevue home, flooding her bathroom and forcing the single mom to pick up the pieces.
The strife didn’t end there, though. A mold problem made her family sick, so she had no choice but to uproot her life from Bellevue to Issaquah.
“We had to abandon ship and leave everything behind, and I ended up in an apartment in Issaquah with nothing,” she said.
November 17, 2014
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.
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.”
November 4, 2014
September 2014 represented a new beginning for Issaquah resident Michelle Curtis.
It’s when, after living in a domestic violence shelter for the past two years, the single mother of four moved into permanent housing.
That Talus apartment represented security, freedom and most of all stability, as Curtis worked tooth and nail to overcome abuse and the resulting health issues to make a home for her family.