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.
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.
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.
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.
“I studied a long time, at least two to three years,” the charismatic fourth-grader said after his big victory.
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
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.
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.
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.
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).
October 16, 2012
Programs and classrooms in the Issaquah School District got a $150,000 boost last month in the form of donations.
The various gifts were approved by the school board during its regular meetings Sept. 12 and 26.
The first allotment, $90,750 was approved Sept. 12 and included a $56,250 check from the Issaquah Schools Foundation. The money is set to be divided among four district programs — $12,750 for financial literacy, $18,000 for high school robotics, $7,500 for middle school robotics and $18,000 for pre-K summer school.