August 26, 2014
Issaquah schools are great — there’s no doubt about it. Our district is consistently ranked as one of the top in the state and our students’ test scores are among the best in the nation. Ask any real estate agent and he or she will regale you with tales of parents who relocated just so their kids can get an Issaquah education.
What is less apparent is how our schools continue to be world-class centers for learning. Much credit goes to our teaching staff and fiscally savvy administration. An equal measure belongs to the community — parents, residents and businesses who donate to the Issaquah Schools Foundation, join our PTSAs and volunteer in our schools.
June 9, 2014
NEW — 5:45 p.m. June 9, 2014
Two leading youth advocate organizations — the Issaquah Schools Foundation and Issaquah Community Network — are joining forces to better serve students of the Issaquah School District.
The two groups will formally merge Sept. 1 with the Issaquah Schools Foundation providing funding for the new initiative.
“We are excited by the possibilities the merger offers,” foundation Executive Director Robin Callahan said in a news release. “The foundation’s goal is to help all students achieve the promise of their potential. The community network addresses the underlying issues that keep our children from reaching their potential. It’s a strategically aligned pairing.”
June 3, 2014
Leadership Eastside, the region’s pre-eminent leadership enrichment program, has announced the graduation of the Leadership Eastside class of 2014.
This year’s graduates join a powerful network of more than 1,500 of the region’s leaders in business, nonprofits and the public sector who work together to address the community’s greatest needs, according to a news release from Leadership Eastside.
Over the course of two years, members of the class of 2014 have deepened their understanding of the seven elements that make up a healthy community and have demonstrated their ability to effectively apply an adaptive leadership approach by successfully completing a series of sustainable community projects, including:
- Supporting the launch of a Bellevue Arts District.
- Developing a communitywide wellness effort for the city of Issaquah.
Distinction for Dedication — 35th annual Issaquah Community Awards celebrates extraordinary community service
May 27, 2014
Robin Callahan and Ava Frisinger were the big winners during the 35th annual Issaquah Community Awards.
The Issaquah Chamber of Commerce held the event at the Hilton Garden Inn in a room full of city leaders and passionate citizens May 22. The yearly program aims to honor dedication to Issaquah and longtime volunteers for their service to the community.
Fourteen awards were given, celebrating multiple facets of how people improve Issaquah.
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.
May 27, 2014
April 29, 2014
Many of them don’t have the desire to study physics in college, but the eight members of the Skyline High School rocketry club are united this year in lessons in propulsion, weight distribution and mass.
Along with Newport High School in Bellevue, Skyline is one of two teams from Washington that have qualified for the Team America Rocketry Challenge, a 100-team national competition that takes place May 10 in The Plains, Va., near Washington, D.C.
The eight team members are Kieran Dong, Griffin Johnson, Crystal Liang, Ankit Madhira, Gleb Sych, Ben Therrien, Ian Walp and Pan Zhang. Skyline physics teacher Rebecca Fowler is their adviser, although contest rules prohibit her from providing physical help.
It’s the third time in four years Skyline will send a team to the challenge, which invites students in grades seven through 12 to participate. The rules change annually, and teams must submit data from practice launches to qualify.
April 28, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. April 28, 2014
The Issaquah Schools Foundation is hosting two events in May to raise money for local schools.
The foundation’s Nourish Every Mind lunch and breakfast events will feature inspirational stories from students and staff members in the Issaquah School District about why community-based financial support is needed, in addition to education dollars the district gets from the state.
April 25, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. April 25, 2014
April 8, 2014
As the members of the Issaquah High School Robotics Society accepted the FIRST Robotics Competition Chairman’s Award at the district competition held in March, it represented a win for thousands of district students.
In six short years, the robotics club raised awareness in the community and generated a wave of interest and demand for robotics among students in younger grades.
It’s also led to increased interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics class across the district, according to Dennis Wright, Issaquah School District director of career and counseling services.