Maywood Middle School whooping cough case reported

December 11, 2012

Maywood Middle School reported a case of pertussis, or whooping cough, Dec. 10.

Whooping cough is a bacterial illness that may begin with symptoms similar to the common cold (runny nose or scratchy throat) or simply a dry cough. The cough usually becomes worse over one to two weeks. Fever is minimal or absent. Most recover without any complications, but for infants, whooping cough can be life-threatening.

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Science Path II improves opportunities for students

December 11, 2012

Hall Monitor
Rachel Shaw
Liberty High School

The Issaquah School District excels in providing opportunities for students who want to challenge themselves academically.

Elementary school students can become involved in programs such as SAGE, MERLIN or Science-Tech; high school students have a variety of Honors and Advanced Placement classes to choose from; and middle schoolers can opt to take Humanities Plus or Math Path II.

However, there is one piece missing in this web of academic opportunities: a chance for students to challenge themselves while taking middle school science.

Science is the favorite subject of many young students — it inspires curiosity and wonder, and is often viewed as more interesting than math, history or language arts. Since many students would willingly take an advanced science class if they had the opportunity, it is unfair to deny students a chance to learn more in-depth about a subject that they are already enthusiastic about.

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Student musicians rank among top performers statewide

December 4, 2012

Dozens of local students are among the state’s top performers that have been chosen to participate in one of the Washington Music Educators Association’s 2013 All-State Honor or one of the National Association for Music Education’s All-Northwest performing groups.

The group of school musicians from throughout the state and region will rehearse and perform in concert under the direction of world-renowned conductors. The All-State high school honor groups and the All-Northwest groups will meet in Portland, Ore., Feb. 14-17. Junior All-State groups, grades five through eight, will meet in Vancouver, Wash., on Feb. 16.

This year’s group includes students from all five of the district’s middle schools and all three of the district’s traditional high schools.

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Liberty High School wrestlers adjust to home away from home

November 27, 2012

Joanna Moreira, Liberty High School freshman (top) wrestles Garfield junior Amanda Triandafilou in the 132-pound women’s match in an exhibition match last January at Issaquah High School. By Greg Farrar

The uniform will say Liberty, but for the 2012-2013 wrestling season, the Patriot wrestlers will have to call Maywood Middle School home due to construction going on at Liberty High School.

It’s been an adjustment for the squad, Liberty coach Manny Brown said. The team practices at Maywood but must wait to use the wrestling mats until the middle school team is done.

“Since Liberty is in construction mode, we will have all of our home matches over at Maywood Middle School,” he said. “It’s worked out well for us, but we still miss being home at Liberty High School.”

Despite the inconvenience, Brown said the team is excited and eager to build upon its fourth-place finish at last year’s KingCo 3A Conference championships.

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Local runners raise money for colon cancer

November 13, 2012

Local runners made strides in the fight against colon cancer Nov. 4 when they banded together for the Get Your Rear in Gear event at Marymoor Park, winning an award for raising the most money.

Team Marcy’s Mojo was comprised of nearly 50 area family members, friends and neighbors who gathered to honor Marcy Rand, of Maple Hills. Rand died of colon cancer in July.

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Maywood Middle School construction costs rise by $51,000

November 13, 2012

During its regular meeting Oct. 24, the Issaquah School Board approved more than $51,000 of additional building costs for the Maywood Middle School modernization project.

The change includes $47,309 worth of additions and $4,068 in taxes, bringing the grand total of the construction contract to more than $14 million. Changes include $6,829 for gym work, $2,834 to revise the venting in the kiln room and $3,571 to reroute roof drain pipes to clear the new framing. The largest ticket item was $15,467 for conduits, sewer and footing revisions for expansion of the cafeteria.

The original estimated cost for Maywood was $12.19 million. After several previous board-approved change orders, the price tag rose to $13.08 million. The total, including tax, now stands at $14.25 million.

Issaquah, Liberty host homecoming festivities

October 9, 2012

It’s homecoming time again and here’s what’s on the docket for Issaquah and Liberty high schools this week.

The theme for Liberty High School’s spirit week is “Lights, Camera, Liberty!” Students are dressing up all week at school and breaking out their spirit wear for Friday’s LHS Color War. Before the big game, catch the annual homecoming parade, which will begin at Maywood Middle School at 4 p.m. Oct. 12.

Liberty’s football team kicks off against Mercer Island at Liberty High School at 7 p.m. The week caps off Saturday night, Oct. 13, with the homecoming dance from 8:30-11:30 p.m.

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Schools’ construction costs rise $176,430

October 2, 2012

The Issaquah School board approved $176,430 worth of school construction changes Sept. 26 at Maywood Middle and Briarwood and Challenger elementary schools.

The largest change order was for an additional $119,241, including a little more than $10,000 in state taxes, for construction work at Briarwood. The contract was originally set at nearly $18.9 million and has already had five additions. The new total for the reconstruction project is now $21.4 million.

The most recent change includes an additional $37,838 to pay workers overtime to make up for construction delays due to bad weather. Another $1,472 is for weekend overtime; $37,766 is for electrical revisions in multiple locations; and another $17,271 is for data revisions per revised drawings. Other additions include $9,266 for lighting and $1,696 for changes to the staff lounge.

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Construction crews clear out as staff, students return to school

September 4, 2012

Construction continues on the performing arts center at Liberty High School. By Greg Farrar

It’s official. The new school year is here.

“It’s always exciting,” Superintendent Steve Rasmussen said. “The beginning of the school year is the culmination of a lot of work.”

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Issaquah History Museums unveils oral history treasure trove

August 28, 2012

For decades, old cassette tapes sat squirreled away in the Issaquah History Museums’ expansive collection.

The cassettes, long relegated to gathering dust, contained oral histories from early residents and intimate details about a bygone era — Issaquah in the early 20th century, as a coal- and timber-fueled boom started to wane and decades before explosive growth transformed the area into subdivisions and shopping centers.

The cassettes in the oral history collection ranged in date from 1958 to 1993, but little information accompanied the tapes, so museum staffers and volunteers could only speculate about the contents.

Until now.

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