July 9, 2013
Three Issaquah School District schools earned recognition in June from the King County Green Schools program for their successful conservation practices during the 2012-13 school year.
Skyline High School was honored with a Level 3 Green Schools award — the highest honor the program gives — for reducing waste, improving recycling practices, and engaging in energy and water conservation activities.
Apollo Elementary School and Liberty High School earned a Level 2 award. Thirty-nine schools in 13 school districts across the county earned Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3 distinctions.
July 2, 2013
On the afternoon of June 11, Pine Lake Middle School student Ernie Yang nearly caught a ride a home with his mother, but his decision to ride the school bus turned out to be an important one.
Yang, 14, was on his way back to his Sammamish home with bus driver Adrienne Gelfer, whom he’d been riding with for three years. Gelfer made three stops, and most of the 70 students she typically carries got off.
Then Gelfer began coughing, and she couldn’t stop. The bus sat alongside the road at a regular stop, which may have caused the dozen or so children aboard to believe nothing was wrong.
June 25, 2013
Issaquah School District officials aren’t overly concerned with the number of items students failed to return when the school year ended, but the financial cost to the district — reaching into six figures — is a burden of sorts.
The district reports students owe more than $143,000 in unpaid fines and fees as of June 14. Thousands of students haven’t returned things like textbooks and uniforms, and others owe money for things like using classroom materials, damaging school property and collecting parking tickets.
The largest amount racked up among the district’s 24 schools is at Issaquah High School. The June 14 report from IHS claimed $38,275 in unpaid fines and fees, although the school’s bookkeeper said the number swelled to more than $42,000 because the due date for textbooks was June 20.
June 18, 2013
June 11, 2013
There’s no consensus about whether homework policies at individual schools in the Issaquah School District are too strict or too lenient, said Sara Niegowski, executive director of communications for the district.
Niegowski, along with Associate Superintendent Ron Thiele, updated the school board June 5 about a homework study the district has worked on for the past year with various parent-teacher-student groups.
The issue came about after some parents complained to the district that their children had too much homework, and it was causing them too much stress for limited benefit.
June 4, 2013
May 28, 2013
The Issaquah School District is hosting an open house for retiring Superintendent Steve Rasmussen on June 5.
Rasmussen is retiring after more than four decades in education, according to a press release from the district.
The open house is from 4-6 p.m. at the Administration Building, 565 N.W. Holly St. Remarks will begin at 5 p.m.
May 28, 2013
Ninth-graders at three Issaquah School District high schools will soon benefit from a new environmental stewardship education program that culminates in a field trip and hands-on stewardship event, according to a press release from the Issaquah Schools Foundation.
About 180 students in the “Biodiversity and Lab Concepts” course will participate in the Environmental Stewardship Learning Opportunity program each year, with curriculum developed by the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust. Funding for the program will be made possible by an Issaquah Schools Foundation grant created by Port Blakely Companies and local businesses.
Port Blakely Companies, the parent company of Port Blakely Communities and developer of the Issaquah Highlands, created the grant in celebration of its 20 years of development activity in the highlands, where it has applied principles of environmental stewardship to every aspect of development, the release said.
May 14, 2013
More high school seniors binge drink in the Issaquah School District than their peers in the state, according to the results of the 2012 Healthy Youth Survey.
Every two years, students across the state are asked to voluntarily take an anonymous survey of nearly 250 questions about risky behaviors and other items related to their well-being. The survey — a joint effort between the state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Family Policy Council and several other state agencies — was administered in October to 295,899 Washington students, in grades six, eight, 10 and 12.
May 14, 2013
State auditors found no problems in finances or accountability within the Issaquah School District for the 11th year in a row.
Each year, state law calls for each school district to go through two audits — an accountability report and a financial audit report. The audits took place between Sept. 1, 2011, and Aug. 31, 2012, and, just like the previous 10, found no blemishes on Issaquah’s record.