April 5, 2011
For every strong school, there are strong volunteers who organize cultural fairs, chaperone field trips, coordinate family fun nights, photocopy assignments and hold bank days for student deposits.
The Issaquah PTSA Council awarded 73 volunteers from 23 schools with Golden Acorn Awards at the 2011 Recognizing Our All-Stars reception March 29.
Boy Scout Troop Pack 636 started the function with a flag salute, and Issaquah PTSA Council President Janine Kotan welcomed the crowd.
The ceremony had a sports theme, with presenters dressed in their favorite sports garb and giving speeches about how volunteers had wowed their fans and hit home runs for their schools.
Jennifer Good, a parent volunteer at Challenger Elementary School, said she began volunteering to meet people and promote education. She organized an ice cream social at the beginning of the year, while Ruth Steck, another parent volunteer, regularly snaps photos of students for the Challenger yearbook.
Both women said they appreciated the Golden Acorn Awards, though, “You don’t do it to be recognized,” Good said.
March 8, 2011
As a journalist, I’ve covered fatal accidents, murder plots and bizarre incidents involving women jumping naked through living room windows. These stories always catch me off guard, but a room of 11-year-olds recently caught me more off-guard than ever.
As part of Newcastle Elementary School’s literacy celebration the first week of March, I volunteered to read aloud to the school’s fifth-graders. After reading, I talked about my job and answered questions from the students.
“Do you do more interviews on the phone or in person?” one girl asked.
Very good question, I told her. Definitely on the phone.
“Have you ever interviewed Tim Lincecum?”
Not yet, but I’d love to, I said.
Then, the weird questions came.
“Who do you like more, the New York Knicks or the Orlando Magic? Who do you like more, the Orlando Magic or the Miami Heat? Do you like Duke University?”
“Knicks? Magic? Yes?” I said.
March 1, 2011
There was no place he could hide.
Around each corner, students greeted him with excitement. Whenever he stopped moving, a line would form of students who wanted to say hello, get autographs and share their own story ideas.
January 25, 2011
Creekside, Grand Ridge recognized for recycling
Milk carton, paper and bottle recycling? Check.
Composting? Capri Sun recycling? Check and check again.
King County Green Schools Program honored Issaquah’s Creekside and Grand Ridge elementary schools in January for their resource conservation, recycling included.
Creekside and Grand Ridge were two of eight schools honored countywide.
January 11, 2011
After hundreds of hours of self-reflection, videotaping their classes and studying for subject tests, 31 teachers in the Issaquah School District have earned their National Board Certification.
This brings the total number of district board certified teachers to 81. Read more
October 26, 2010
Being a parent can be hard, as any mother or father will tell you. Newcastle resident Tina Palmer got a reminder of that Oct. 31, 2008, when she had her then-3-year-old son Jack and 1-year-old daughter Kate put on their costumes and sit next to each other on the front porch for a photo.
It didn’t go so well, and Kate began to yell. As she screamed, Jack covered his ears.
“I was like, ‘Come on, guys. Can’t you just sit normal for a second?’” Palmer said.
She captured a photo mid-scream, and entered the photo with a caption to Hallmark’s Scare Up Some Fun competition this year, which invited customers to create their own Halloween cards with an offer to print the best entries.
Hallmark chose Palmer’s card to be one of 23 customer-created cards sold online and 16 sold in stores across the country.
September 7, 2010
Local Girl Scout troops are hosting informational meetings or open houses. Learn more by calling 641-1126. Middle and high school troops are welcoming new girls as well. All events are from 7-8 p.m.
Information meetings (all take place in school multipurpose rooms)
-Newcastle Elementary — Sept. 23
-Clark and Issaquah Valley elementary — Sept. 27, Clark multipurpose room
-Apollo Elementary — Sept. 28
-Cougar Ridge and Sunset elementary — Sept. 29, Cougar Ridge multipurpose room
-Briarwood and Maple Hills elementary — Sept. 30, Briarwood multipurpose room Read more
August 17, 2010
To the tune of hammering and buzzing saws on a hot day at the end of July, Principal Robin Earl walked through the crowded hallways of her new school.
August 17, 2010
For many students heading back to school this year, green is the new black.
From the clothes and appliances they buy to the way they conserve energy and recycle waste, green students are infusing their lives with an environmental perspective.
But even students with the greenest of intentions need guidance, and many got it from King County’s Green Schools program. Out of Issaquah’s 25 schools, 10 have participated in the program: Cascade Ridge, Challenger, Clark, Discovery, Endeavour and Newcastle elementary schools, Beaver Lake, Maywood and Pine Lake middle schools and Liberty High School.
King County Green School began as a pilot program in 2002 and opened to K-12 public and private schools in 2003, Project Manager Dale Alekel said.
June 22, 2010
Issaquah School District schools are lean and green and were honored for being so by King County officials.
King County’s executive, Dow Constantine, and the Department of Natural Resources and Parks honored 65 schools June 14 for their conservation work as part of the county’s Green Schools Program, according to a press release.
Liberty High School, Maywood and Beaver Lake middle schools and Clark, Endeavour and Newcastle elementary schools were each honored.
Since its inception in 2003, the Green Schools Program has helped more than 400 schools provide hands-on assistance and education to put new recycling techniques in action which help save the environment and schools money.
There are two levels of awards county officials gave to Issaquah Schools.
The first level represents schools that have entered the program and initiated or improved their recycling programs by focusing on waste reduction strategies. The second level awards go to schools who also engage in energy conservation techniques, like turning off lights in unoccupied rooms, changing out lighting and water systems for ones with better efficiencies.