Liberty SRO honored as best in the state

September 30, 2014

Deputy Dave Montalvo has had his fair share of assignments in a 27-year career with the King County Sheriff’s Office.

By Greg Farrar Dave Montalvo, King County Sheriff’s Office deputy and the Liberty High School resource officer for 12 years, patrols the field during a football game last month.

By Greg Farrar
Dave Montalvo, King County Sheriff’s Office deputy and the Liberty High School resource officer for 12 years, patrols the field during a football game last month.

He spent time on the SWAT team; he taught new recruits as a master police officer; he served on motorcycle patrol; and he also worked with a traffic enforcement unit.

But he has truly found his home in the south end of the Issaquah School District where, for the past 12 years, Montalvo has served as the school resource officer at Liberty High, Maywood Middle and surrounding elementary schools.

“This is by far, in my opinion, the best job that anybody can have, because you get to work with the kids and make a difference,” he said.

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Newcastle Elementary School principal is leaving

June 8, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. June 8, 2014

Newcastle Elementary School Principal Marla Newton announced May 30 that she is leaving at the end of the school year.

Newton has accepted a position in the Federal Way School District.

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Ten Issaquah schools named achievement award winners

April 22, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. April 22, 2014

The state’s Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and Board of Education announced the 2013 Washington Achievement Award winners April 15, and 10 Issaquah School District schools made the cut.

The awards are selected annually using two academic indexes. A total of 413 schools statewide were chosen this year in six categories: overall excellence, high progress, reading growth, math growth, extended graduation rates and English language acquisition.

Issaquah schools that earned awards in overall excellence included all three comprehensive high schools — Issaquah, Liberty and Skyline — as well as four elementary schools: Cougar Ridge, Discovery, Endeavour and Newcastle.

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Schools honor top volunteers

April 8, 2014

Issaquah School District Golden Acorn and Outstanding Advocate Awards were recognized at a reception at Swedish/Issaquah on March 25.

Golden Acorns are presented, by a local PTA unit or council, to volunteers in recognition of their dedication and service to children and youths.

Since the beginning of the program, more than 44,000 Golden Acorns have been presented to volunteers throughout Washington state. A contribution in the name of the recipient(s) is made by the honoring PTA to the Washington State PTA Scholarship Program. From these contributions, WSPTA is able to provide grants to freshman students entering post-secondary education.

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Newcastle crowns its geography bee champ

November 26, 2013

As a fourth-grader competing against fifth-graders, one might call Newcastle Elementary School student Pravir Chugh an underdog in the school’s annual geography bee.

If you knew how long he prepared for the competition, though, you wouldn’t be surprised that he took first place in the Nov. 22 contest.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Pravir Chugh, a Newcastle Elementary School fourth-grader, reacts after he is named the school’s 2013 geography bee champion.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Pravir Chugh, a Newcastle Elementary School fourth-grader, reacts after he is named the school’s 2013 geography bee champion.

“I studied a long time, at least two to three years,” the charismatic fourth-grader said after his big victory.

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Lane reductions begin on Coal Creek Parkway in Newcastle

September 11, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 11, 2013

Newcastle Elementary gives kids extra time to get to class

The city of Newcastle began work to repave a segment of Coal Creek Parkway in mid-August, but lane reductions relating to the project began Sept. 9 and will continue through Sept. 21, weather permitting.

Only one southbound lane and one northbound lane will remain open at all times between Newcastle Way and Southeast 84th Way between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. The city says to expect significant delays.

Newcastle Elementary School is giving kids extra time to get to class due to construction. Students have until 9:25 a.m. to be in their seats without receiving a tardy citation. School starts at 9:15 a.m., and the 10-minute cushion for late arrivals will be in effect until Sept. 20. Read more

Organizations host father-daughter dances for Valentine’s Day

January 29, 2013

Dads, it’s time to ask your daughters to dance.

Liberty High School is inviting elementary school students and their fathers to a Daddy Daughter Dinner Dance in the Liberty Commons on Feb. 8.

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Newcastle Elementary School crowns geography bee champ

December 11, 2012

Palms were sweating and nerves were rattled when a group of 10 fourth- and fifth-graders gathered to compete in Newcastle Elementary School’s 2012 geography bee Nov. 30.

The 10 competitors stood in front of more than 50 of their classmates and answered questions taken directly from the National Geographic Society.

Ultimately, it was fifth-grader Nathan Jackson who won the competition after correctly identifying Australia as the country where Fremantle Prison is located.

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PTSA donates $26,000 to Newcastle Elementary

December 4, 2012

Newcastle Elementary School received $26,000 in donations from its PTSA Nov. 7.

The money was accepted as two separate gifts from the school’s PTSA during the Nov. 7 Issaquah School Board meeting.

The largest one, $16,000, will be used to buy a SmartCart mobile computer lab, which will help teachers temporarily turn their classrooms into computer labs for specific lessons.

The other $10,000 was donated with the intent to purchase new fitness equipment for the physical education program at Newcastle.

Local schools receive $30,000 boost from community

October 23, 2012

Several area education programs got a helping hand Oct. 10 when the Issaquah School Board approved nearly $30,000 worth of donations.

The Associated Student Body Robotics Club at Skyline High School received $5,000 from David Levin through The Boeing Co.’s Gift Match Program. The Endeavour Elementary School PTSA donated $7,035.08 to help pay salaries for additional education assistants at its school while the Pacific Cascade Middle School PTSA gave $5,099,74 to be used for teacher mini grants.

Teachers at Newcastle Elementary School got $12,500 from the school’s PTSA to buy various supplies and materials. Most of that money is to be distributed by grade: kindergarten ($1,200); first grade ($1,600); second grade ($2,000); third grade ($1,600); fourth grade ($1,600); and fifth grade ($1,600).

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