Issaquah School District introduces Atomic Learning

August 26, 2014

The Issaquah School District invites Issaquah parents and students to use a new resource for learning technology tools called Atomic Learning.

The district’s subscription includes nearly 50,000 step-by-step tutorials on common software, workshops and projects on topics such as blogging and Internet safety.

Atomic Learning can be used by parents and their children at home. Contact your school for its Atomic Learning account information.


High School Class Officers 2014-2015

August 26, 2014

Failing-school letters to go out

August 19, 2014

School districts include retort

Because most Washington school districts don’t have 100 percent of their students passing state math and reading tests, the federal No Child Left Behind law says the districts must send letters to families explaining why.

But the districts don’t have to like it, and 28 school superintendents have jointly written a second letter they will send along with the first, explaining why they think their schools are doing much better than the No Child letters make it seem.

“Some of our state’s and districts’ most successful and highly recognized schools are now being labeled ‘failing’ by an antiquated law that most educators and elected officials — as well as the U.S. Department of Education — acknowledge isn’t working,” the cover letter states.

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Editorial — The kids are (probably) all right

August 19, 2014

Sometime soon, some area parents will get a pair of letters. One is a federally mandated notice informing them their child’s school is failing. The other, likely included in the same envelope, will tell them not to worry about what the first letter says — things are just fine.

The mixed message will undoubtedly confuse some.

Here we are: 2014 was the year that every child in America was supposed to be at grade level standard in math and reading, according to the federal No Child Left Behind law.

The idea was well-meaning, but obviously flawed. While pretty much everyone agrees the law needs revisions, revisions mean Congress needs to get involved. Since Congress can barely agree on the color of the sky, it’s unlikely to see revisions any time soon.

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Issaquah schools budget set to receive slight boost

August 19, 2014

The Issaquah School District will receive an additional $5.4 million from the state government, which equates to revenue growth of less than 1 percent in the 2014-15 school year.

Public school districts and the state Legislature continue to battle over the McCleary decision of 2012, which said lawmakers weren’t fully funding basic education costs and called for them to rectify the situation.

The state increased funding by about $1 billion for its 2013-15 biennial budget, but that isn’t quite cutting it when it comes to meeting the requirements of the McCleary decision, school officials said.

“Though a billion dollars sounds like a lot, when you split it over two years and divide it by 295 school districts, you see it translates to a rather minute increase in the proportion of state revenue,” said Jake Kuper, the Issaquah district’s chief of finance and operations.

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Take Issaquah School District online sports survey by Friday

August 13, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 13, 2014

The Issaquah School District is asking students about their interest in school athletic programs.

The answers will help with future planning of such programs. Responses to the online survey are completely confidential.

Take the survey here. It must be completed by 11:59 p.m. Aug. 15.

Issaquah schools superintendent receives 2.5 percent salary boost

August 2, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 2, 2014

The Issaquah School Board recently renewed the contract of Superintendent Ron Thiele and gave him a raise of 2.5 percent.

Thiele, who took over as head of the Issaquah School District in July 2013, will make $235,750 in the coming year. That’s up from $230,000 last year. The new contract was approved at the board’s June 26 meeting.

Board members cited several reasons for renewing Thiele’s contract, including his work to pass three levy measures in February, and helping to negotiate a new three-year collective bargaining agreement with the local teachers union.



July 29, 2014

Please don’t feed the bears, ever


“A fed bear is a dead bear.”

Those were true words from an expert who spoke to The Issaquah Press several years ago about the bears people were reporting in their yards and trashcans in the Issaquah area.

They are still true now. We have built our homes and businesses in their yards, and we are going to come into contact with wildlife.

We are the stewards of this land, and we have a responsibility to keep those animals (along with our neighbors) safe. That means letting animals be when we encounter them. Don’t hassle them. Don’t try to pet them. Don’t feed them.

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Family Drop-in Center now on summer hours

July 29, 2014

The Issaquah Family Drop-in Center is open by appointment only during the summer.

The program was started in late February at the Community Hall, 180 E. Sunset Way, to provide a resource for families in the Issaquah School District who are experiencing housing instability.

On Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, volunteers have been providing a listening ear, companionship and advocacy while helping families connect with local resources that may be able to help them stay housed or to access assistance that could help them remain within the area where their children go to school while they look for stable affordable housing.

The service is provided by volunteers through the Issaquah Sammamish Interfaith Coalition.

Call 206-478-3899 for an appointment.

King County honors local organizations’ sustainability efforts

July 15, 2014

King County has credited a number of local organizations for commitment to sustainability.

Rowley Properties Inc., Outsource Marketing, PCC Natural Markets, Cartridge World, the Issaquah School District and the city of Issaquah were named Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling.

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