Schools use visiting mentor to grow reading, writing skills

January 27, 2015

There are a lot of statistics for Issaquah School District educators to ponder as they work to improve reading and writing skills in their classrooms.

National research shows children are increasingly less interested in reading — particularly after age 13 — and that aversions to deep, sustained reading sessions are impacting their ability to succeed in college.

Penny Kittle has been studying literacy trends for many years. A high-school English teacher in North Conway, New Hampshire, she also mentors other teachers and travels the country as a literacy coach.

While much of Kittle’s knowledge is accessible online, Issaquah officials chose to bring it to their doorstep last week by having her visit several classrooms, and by speaking to parents Jan. 21 at Pacific Cascade Middle School. Read more

Value Village to open Feb. 19 in long vacant supermarket space

January 20, 2015

The move first was announced in December 2013. Now, after months of planning and remodeling work, Value Village is ready to open in the former Albertson’s supermarket space.

The store, at Southeast 56th Street and East Lake Sammamish Parkway, will open its doors at 8:45 a.m. Feb. 19.

A large network of thrift stores, Value Village operates off donations of clothes, housewares, appliances, kitchen items and so on. The items are resold for charity, particularly Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Puget Sound, according to information released by Value Village.

Instead of going to landfills, unused items are recycled or sent to developing countries. Read more

Bring children to free dental screenings Saturday

January 9, 2015

NEW — Noon Jan. 9, 2015

Free dental screenings by the University of Washington Center for Pediatric Dentistry are being offered for low-income youths ages 1-18 from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 10 at the YWCA Village, 930 High St.

No appointment is necessary. All forms will be provided at the screening site.

Parents are asked to accompany their children. Screenings will include application of fluoride varnish to help protect the child’s teeth. Each child will receive a screening report detailing any dental needs.

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Editorial — Get a fresh start by being a volunteer

January 6, 2015

Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank — “The working poor. The newly homeless. Struggling seniors. The mentally ill. Whether underemployed or unemployable, the victim of tough times or tough streets, representing a long-term need or a short-term crisis, we try to help everyone who comes to us.” The organization helps people of all ages all year long. You can help by donating food, money or time. Learn more at http://issaquahfoodbank.org.

Simple solution — Pick up a few extra canned goods when you’re doing your own grocery shopping and drop them by the bank at 179 First Ave. S.E. Read more

Illustrating hunger — Local children’s book brings light to national problem

January 6, 2015

If you tell your best friend you’ll keep something secret, when is it OK to break the promise?

Photos by Greg Farrar Lois Brandt is teaching children about hunger with her book ‘Maddi’s Fridge.’ The book, published in September, is a big hit with fourth-graders.

By Greg Farrar
Lois Brandt is teaching children about hunger with her book ‘Maddi’s Fridge.’ The book, published in September, is a big hit with fourth-graders.

Sofia struggles with the promise and the knowledge that her best friend, Maddi, doesn’t get enough to eat.

Lois Brandt, of Issaquah, wrote a book, “Maddi’s Fridge,” that poses that dilemma.

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Heroin use is on the rise in Issaquah and King County

December 30, 2014

Over a year ago, in June 2013, then-Issaquah Police Chief Paul Ayers said the use of heroin locally was on the rise.

“It appears the use of heroin has risen over the meth usage,” Ayers said.

The situation has not improved.

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New blog hopes to reach teens with mental health, drug issues

December 30, 2014

With topics ranging from managing panic attacks to managing eating disorders, a new blog site for Issaquah- and Sammamish-area students already is covering a lot of ground.

“‘Mindfulness’” should have been the 2014 Word of the Year, because I’m seeing it everywhere. There’s even a new magazine called ‘Mindful,’ available on newsstands…”

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Participate in Holiday Book Drive through Dec. 31

December 9, 2014

Help Barnes & Noble’s Holiday Book Drive for the Issaquah Schools Foundation.

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High schools revive ‘Almost, Maine’ that almost wasn’t

November 18, 2014

They say there is no such thing as bad publicity.

By David Hayes Junior Joey Askew (left) and sophomore Lindsey Guajardo rehearse a scene from Issaquah High School’s Performing Arts Department’s production of ‘Almost, Maine.’

By David Hayes
Junior Joey Askew (left) and sophomore Lindsey Guajardo rehearse a scene from Issaquah High School’s Performing Arts Department’s production of ‘Almost, Maine.’

Issaquah High School has joined the bandwagon of other secondary drama programs across the United States that are producing the hot property “Almost, Maine.”

The play by John Cariani features several short vignettes about ordinary people finding relationships in unexpected places of one small town.

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Go All in For Kids tonight in Issaquah School District fundraiser

October 28, 2014

NEW — 10:35 a.m. Oct. 28, 2014

Almost 200 high schoolers will descend on the Issaquah School District administration building tonight for the final phase of the Issaquah Schools Foundation’s All in for Kids Phone-a-thon.

Fueled by pizza and treats, determined students will attempt to call 6,000 families and raise $160,000. The foundation asks that you answer the phone when you receive your call.

Your gift — whether $5 a month or $500 a year — will fund programs that help all students achieve the promise of their academic potential. You can also donate online here.

 

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