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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Students receive club scholarships

May 27, 2014

The Issaquah Women’s Club has awarded four $1,000 “Follow Your Dreams” scholarships to senior girls in the Issaquah School District.

The scholarship winners are Skyline High School students Sydney Smith, Madison Laycock and Gabrielle Diebner, and Liberty High School student Jana Walker.

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Federal waiver loss could affect schools

May 20, 2014

Last month’s U.S. Department of Education decision to revoke Washington state’s No Child Left Behind waiver is starting to filter down to school districts and individual buildings.

At the Issaquah School Board’s May 14 meeting, officials discussed the loss of the waiver, which was officially announced April 24. Washington had been one of 43 states with the waiver, allowing it to deviate from NCLB, a nationwide accountability system for public schools that has been in place since 2001.

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Issaquah schools win environmental award

May 20, 2014

The Issaquah School District was one of three districts in the state to earn a Washington State Green Leader Award in 2014.

Issaquah was recognized for reducing environmental impacts and costs through new programs. Examples include building stormwater retention ponds at schools to return cleaner water to aquifer systems; conserving water in irrigation practices; planting drought-resistant plants; and reducing idle times for buses to cut back on emissions.

The district has been tracking its monthly utility bills in recent years and has found energy consumption has decreased by 7.6 percent, even though its square footage has gone up nearly 30 percent.

Issaquah schools are recycling 49 percent of their materials, and they’ve reduced water usage by 40.4 percent since 2001.

Issaquah Community Network seeks youth representatives

May 18, 2014

NEW — 10 a.m. May 18, 2014

The Issaquah Community Network is seeking youth representatives for the 2014-15 school year.

The deadline for applications is June 20. Interviews with applicants will be conducted over the summer and representatives announced in late August.

The Issaquah Community Network operates within the Issaquah School District boundaries to reduce adverse childhood experiences and risky behaviors in youths ages 12-20.

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City hosts job fair May 28

May 13, 2014

Job seekers are invited to meet with a slew of local employers at the city of Issaquah’s first job fair May 28.

Attendees can connect with hiring businesses such as Fred Meyer, Marshalls and Sports Authority. Experts will review job seekers’ résumés and offer advice.

Prospective employees can apply online with companies prior to the event, or complete online applications at the job fair.

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Issaquah educators receive grants

May 13, 2014

The East-King School Retirees’ Association recently presented grants to a pair of Issaquah School District teachers.

Jane Brammer, a kindergarten teacher at Issaquah Valley Elementary School, will receive money to purchase “Reading Like a Writer” mentor texts for her classroom.

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Liberty’s renovation is the talk of earth-friendly buildings

May 13, 2014

Liberty High School students are keenly aware their school is undergoing a major modernization project, but they might not know the intricate details about the new building’s environmental friendliness.

Liberty’s renovation was part of a large-scale discussion at the school last month when the school’s Sustainability Ambassadors hosted three assemblies about green-building practices.

The discussions, titled STAR Talks (Sustainability Tools for Assessing and Rating) were designed to give the student body a taste for what the new wave of building standards look like, particularly in regard to schools.

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