Attend Issaquah High School class of 1964 reunion Sept. 13

September 9, 2014

Issaquah High School’s class of 1964 is having its 50-year class reunion Sept. 13.

The reunion is at 5:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, 1801 12th Ave. N.W.

Organizers are inviting anyone who attended the school from 1960-1964. There were 182 people in the graduating class in 1964, but 263 people attended the school in that time period.

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Liberty Patriots ready to take on 2A

September 2, 2014

After 16 years at the helm, Liberty High School football coach Steve Valach has seen his fair share of senior classes.

By Greg Farrar The Liberty High School Patriots’ top athletes, in their brand new weight room, include, from left, senior lineman Nate Jarvis, senior running back/linebacker Drew Hall, senior running back/linebacker Romney Noel, senior running back/defensive back Russell Boston, senior lineman Alec Waters, senior offensive/defensive lineman Quinn Magendanz and junior quarterback Nate Solly.

By Greg Farrar
The Liberty High School Patriots’ top athletes, in their brand new weight room, include, from left, senior lineman Nate Jarvis, senior running back/linebacker Drew Hall, senior running back/linebacker Romney Noel, senior running back/defensive back Russell Boston, senior lineman Alec Waters, senior offensive/defensive lineman Quinn Magendanz and junior quarterback Nate Solly.

This year’s, though, the class that will graduate in 2015, is in the running for the best he has ever coached.

“I think we were 3-7 in their sophomore year, so they’ve seen some lean times and still kept competing,” Valach said. “There’s some talent, and then it’s bigger than ability, it’s who they are as guys.”

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Issaquah School District finishes school projects, delays others

August 26, 2014

Staff members, parents and students at Apollo and Issaquah Valley elementary schools have been waiting years for their buildings to be refurbished, and their wishes will be granted when school starts Sept. 3.

By Greg Farrar A lighted reader board has been put up at Issaquah Valley Elementary School.

By Greg Farrar
A lighted reader board has been put up at Issaquah Valley Elementary School.

The two elementary schools were major pieces of a $219 million bond measure that Issaquah School District voters approved in April 2012. Issaquah Valley and Apollo received about $6.6 million each for similar modernization projects that focused on creating additional classroom spaces, improving building security and upgrading existing spaces for a continued influx of new students.

The district is expecting to add 350 students in the 2014-15 year, and projections released last year showed the school system could grow by more than 2,800 students over the next 30 years.

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Community news roundup — schools, high school, college, dean’s lists, scholarships

August 26, 2014

National Merit Scholarship

Five local high school seniors are among its collegiate-sponsored winners for the 2014 scholarship program of the National Merit Scholarship Corp.:

  • Catherine Ball, Issaquah High School, is pursuing a degree in computer programming at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn.
  • Grant Vaska, Issaquah High School, will attend Washington University in St. Louis, Minn.
  • Kathleen Park, of Sammamish, will pursue a degree in communications at Wheaton College near Chicago.
  • Shanchen Pu, of Sammamish, will pursue a degree in medicine at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.
  • Nikila Vinugopal, of Sammamish, will pursue a career in dance at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

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High School Class Officers 2014-2015

August 26, 2014

Issaquah schools budget set to receive slight boost

August 19, 2014

The Issaquah School District will receive an additional $5.4 million from the state government, which equates to revenue growth of less than 1 percent in the 2014-15 school year.

Public school districts and the state Legislature continue to battle over the McCleary decision of 2012, which said lawmakers weren’t fully funding basic education costs and called for them to rectify the situation.

The state increased funding by about $1 billion for its 2013-15 biennial budget, but that isn’t quite cutting it when it comes to meeting the requirements of the McCleary decision, school officials said.

“Though a billion dollars sounds like a lot, when you split it over two years and divide it by 295 school districts, you see it translates to a rather minute increase in the proportion of state revenue,” said Jake Kuper, the Issaquah district’s chief of finance and operations.

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Tossing for a title

July 22, 2014

By Kerry Baker Torey Anderson, who started as a freshman on the Liberty High School varsity baseball team last year, throws a pitch in the USSSA state championship game at Cheney Stadium July 9. His team, Eastside Select Sports 14U, won the game, 8-5.

By Kerry Baker
Torey Anderson, who started as a freshman on the Liberty High School varsity baseball team last year, throws a pitch in the USSSA state championship game at Cheney Stadium July 9. His team, Eastside Select Sports 14U, won the game, 8-5.

Superintendent presents formal plan to close Tiger Mountain Community High School

July 1, 2014

Superintendent presents formal plan to close school permanently

The Issaquah School District has started a 90-day process that could result in the permanent closure of Tiger Mountain Community High School.

Superintendent Ron Thiele presented his rationale for the closure at the Issaquah School Board’s June 26 meeting. Several Tiger Mountain students and parents were in attendance, and some provided their reasons for keeping the alternative school open.

The idea to close Tiger Mountain first began circulating in February, and the board adopted an official school closure policy in April.

District administrators have cited the school’s declining enrollment numbers, low test scores and low attendance figures as factors behind the closure plan.

They’ve been working to design a new alternative high school, which would open in a new location, and likely under a different name, at the start of the 2016-17 school year.

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Liberty’s Colton Ronk named All-State

July 1, 2014

The postseason accolades continue to pileup for Liberty High School soccer player Colton Ronk, even after the senior graduated in June.

The Washington State Soccer Coaches Association named him to its first-team All-State list in the 3A classification.

Colton Ronk

Colton Ronk

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‘The Freak’ throws another no-hitter

July 1, 2014

San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum threw his second-career no-hitter June 25, defeating the San Diego Padres, 4-0.

Lincecum, a 2003 Liberty High School graduate known as “The Freak” because of his unorthodox delivery, needed just 113 pitches to put away the Padres, compared to the 148 he used to no-hit the same team nearly a year ago.

Tim Lincecum

Tim Lincecum

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