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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Public invited to Reflections art exhibit Jan. 13

January 11, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 11, 2015

Come be inspired by incredible artworks produced by Issaquah School District students.

Through visual arts, dance, music and literature, students have produced outstanding works reflecting on the theme “The world would be a better place if….”

The exhibition reception is from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Commons at Issaquah High School, 700 Second Ave. S.E.

The event is sponsored by the Issaquah PTSA.


Pine Lake Middle School evacuated after threat

January 9, 2015

NEW — 2:40 p.m. Jan. 9, 2015

Administrators evacuated Pine Lake Middle School toward the end of the school day Jan. 9, after a student found a note referencing a bomb in a boys bathroom.

Per the school’s emergency procedures, staff ushered students onto the school’s track and notified police.

“As this was at the end of the school day, buses were arriving,” Principal Michelle Caponigro wrote in an email to parents. “Students where walked over to our adjacent transportation facility where they were picked up and driven home as normal. Staff waited with students in the evacuation area until students were boarded on the buses. Walkers and parent pick-up was moved to the Park and Ride across the street from PLMS.”

Caponigro said her staff, law enforcement and bomb-sniffing dogs were searching the building, but she had “reason to believe this is not a credible threat.”
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Pacific Cascade students return with no leads on author of threating letter

January 6, 2015

The investigation into the author or authors of a threatening letter that closed Pacific Cascade Middle School for three days in December was continuing even as the school reopened Jan. 5.

By Greg Farrar Karin Weihe (left), Issaquah Police School Resource Officer, stands outside Pacific Cascade Middle School as parents leave after the morning meeting with school staff and law enforcement Jan. 5.

By Greg Farrar
Karin Weihe (left), Issaquah Police School Resource Officer, stands outside Pacific Cascade Middle School as parents leave after the morning meeting with school staff and law enforcement Jan. 5.

For students returning to the Issaquah district school after winter break, the day at Pacific Cascade started an hour later than usual to accommodate a meeting for parents that attracted between 250 and 300 people to the school gym.

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2014 remembered for what went away

December 31, 2014

Annexations, retirements, plastic bags, development, a looming school closure, retail marijuana, bank robberies, the Concerts on the Green series, and business and occupation taxes made the list of the top 10 news stories of the year in Issaquah.

Here are those stories, in no particular order:

Klahanie-area annexation issue moves to Sammamish

Issaquah residents voted no, for the second time, on the city of Issaquah annexing the Klahanie area. The King County Growth Management Planning Council then unanimously approved the idea to move the Klahanie area from Issaquah’s Potential Annexation Area to Sammamish’s.

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Merry Christmas Issaquah fund is only about halfway to goal

December 24, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 24, 2014

With just two weeks left, the Merry Christmas Issaquah fund is almost halfway to its $100,000 goal.

That total is less that half of what will be needed to meet Issaquah Community Services’ client demands in 2015.

The people that the nonprofit supports are not residents looking for a handout; they are men and women who are simply looking to survive amidst a harrowing set of circumstances.

“We are getting families coming that are so desperate, they have completely exhausted everything,” said Lori Birrell, ICS board president.

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School threatened in letter will reopen after winter break

December 23, 2014

Issaquah School District officials were being largely quiet last week regarding the continuing investigation into a threatening letter found Dec. 17 outside a classroom at Pacific Cascade Middle School.

“We aren’t at liberty to talk about the specifics of an investigation while it is underway,” L. Michelle, district director of communications, said in an email.

“At this point, we haven’t identified a suspect,” she added Dec. 19.

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