National Geograpic Map Visits Sunset Elementary

June 11, 2014

Editorial: Bond ratings are good news

June 10, 2014

City and school district leaders should be applauded. While the story is the sort that many readers just gloss over, local taxpayers are set to save a bundle of money as a result of recent developments.

The city of Issaquah and the Issaquah School District both recently had their bond ratings upgraded. The city’s rating was bumped up to AAA — the highest possible — by Standard & Poor’s, while the district’s was raised to AA+ by the same agency.

Ratings are determined only after the rating agency goes over the fiscal policies of an agency with a fine-tooth comb. They look at financial management, assets, existing debt and budgeting assumptions.

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Seth Adams to take over as IMS principal

June 10, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. June 10, 2014

Seth Adams will be the next principal at Issaquah Middle School.

Adams formerly served as an assistant principal at the school. He replaces outgoing Principal Corrine DeRosa, who is leaving to take a job as the Issaquah district’s director of school improvement.

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Waving the baton

June 3, 2014

Dorothy Hay completes 25 years with Issaquah Singers

When Dorothy Hay takes the director’s stand at the Issaquah Singers annual concert for the public June 7, it will mark 25 years of directing the choir.

The concert at Sammamish Presbyterian Church is free, though donations for support of the group will be accepted.

By David M. Boss Bob Quindt (left), on the trumpet, and the Issaquah Singers crack up as conductor Dorothy Hay makes a joke during a concert in a previous year to celebrate the Fourth of July.

By David M. Boss
Bob Quindt (left), on the trumpet, and the Issaquah Singers crack up as conductor Dorothy Hay makes a joke during a concert in a previous year to celebrate the Fourth of July.

Hay said the concert title, “Snapshots,” comes from the hope that songs will bring back pictures for the audience from their past: pictures from the likes of “Naughty Lady of Shady Lane,” “In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening,” “Crawdad Hole,” “In The Garden” and others.

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Relay For Life 2014

June 3, 2014

School district passes state audit

May 31, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. May 31, 2014

The Washington State Auditor’s Office recently performed an accountability audit and examination of the Issaquah School District’s financial statements and federal requirements for the period of Sept. 1, 2012, through Aug. 31, 2013.

In the areas the state examined for its accountability audit, it found Issaquah’s internal controls were adequate to safeguard public assets and that the school district complied with state laws and regulations and its own policies and procedures.

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Community is invited to attend tri-high school science fair June 3

May 30, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. May 30, 2014

It’s like no other high school science fair you’ve experienced before.

The Issaquah School District invites the community to attend the Tri-High Physic Symposium from 4-8 p.m. June 3 at Liberty High School, 16655 S.E. 136th St., Renton. There is no charge to attend.

Visualize more than 600 students from Issaquah, Liberty and Skyline high schools sharing fascinating research in kinematics, dynamics, energy and work, momentum, and wave behavior.

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Schools foundation raises $737,000

May 27, 2014

With 38 sponsors, 275 in-kind donors and nearly 1,300 guests, the Issaquah Schools Foundation raised $737,000 from its Nourish Every Mind luncheon and breakfast events.

The annual fundraising events support Issaquah School District students and teachers by investing in a wide variety of educational programs and materials.

Jim Dever, of KING-5 TV, and Molly Shen, of KOMO-4 TV, emceed the two events, which also included student speakers giving their account of donor investments in classrooms, and performances by musical acts from Issaquah High, Grand Ridge Elementary and Pacific Cascade Middle schools.

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Tentative agreement in place for teachers union

May 27, 2014

The Issaquah School District and Issaquah Education Association announced a tentative agreement for a new three-year contract May 23.

The IEA, which represents the district’s certificated teaching staff, will hold a contract ratification vote May 28. Bargaining teams from both the teachers union and the school district are recommending approval of the agreement.

The current contract is a four-year deal that expires Aug. 31. The parties have been negotiating a new agreement for the past few months.

In November, Issaquah teachers publicly aired some grievances with the school board, including the need to reduce working hours and class sizes. Many of the complaints stemmed from the state’s adoption of Common Core Standards to assess student progress.

Donna Hood hired as Skyline High School’s new principal

May 27, 2014

The Issaquah School District has announced that Donna Hood, an assistant principal at Liberty High School, will begin serving as the new principal at Skyline High School effective July 1.

Hood has a long history of academic and teaching excellence, beginning with her degrees in English and German at Long Island University in New York.

She earned a Fulbright scholarship and went on to study for a year at a university in Salzburg, Austria. She earned a master’s degree in teaching from the University of Washington in 2000, and became a National Board Certified teacher in 2005 at Sammamish High School in Bellevue.

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