Girl Scouts host open houses

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

Creekside Elementary welcomes students with natural setting, high-tech touches

August 17, 2010

Robin Earl, Creekside Elementary School principal, stands in a balcony hallway overlooking the library core. Large windows bring the outdoor beauty inside. By Christopher Huber

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.

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Ideas sprout at ‘green’ schools

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.

Jack Sansing (left) and Katie and Noah Springborn directed their classmates to use the correct bins after lunch as members of Cascade Ridge Elementary's 2009 Green Team. By Christopher Huber

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.

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King County honors Issaquah’s green schools

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.

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School’s sustainability programs win state award

June 1, 2010

Newcastle Elementary School is the recipient of a $300 grant from the state Department of Ecology, officials announced May 18.

The annual Terry Husseman School Awards program recognizes and rewards schools for their commitment to ongoing sustainable programs, including waste reduction efforts, creating new environmental awareness programs, and developing and implementing innovative curricula.

Newcastle, part of the Issaquah School District, is one of 45 public and private schools from across the state to win an award ranging between $150 and $3,150. More than 70 applications were received.

Newcastle won a Sustainable School Program Award for its ongoing waste reduction and composting program as well as its program to encourage alternative commuting options for energy conservation.

Two other types of awards were given. A Seed Award is given to schools or communities to initiate a new waste reduction or sustainability program and the Creative Environmental Curriculum Award is given to students, teachers or school officials who introduce original curricula to further conservation efforts in schools.

In total, more than $28,000 in funding will be given out.

Funding for the program comes from the Waste Reduction, Recycling, and Litter Control Account, generated by a tax on industries that sell, manufacture, or distribute products and packaging that tend to become litter, a press release said.

See a full list of winners here.

Cascade Ridge Elementary School gets new principal

May 25, 2010

Issaquah School District officials announced May 6 that they had hired a new principal for Cascade Ridge Elementary School.

Natalie Fowler, a program assistant for Cougar Ridge and Newcastle elementary schools, will begin in July. She is also a teacher for the gifted program at Apollo Elementary School.

Cascade Ridge Principal Colleen Shields announced her resignation earlier this spring after her husband was relocated to California.

Fowler has worked in the district for six years. She came to the district after relocating from the Austin, Texas, area, where she worked as a teacher for two years.

She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in textiles and apparel from the University of Texas at Austin, and holds a post-baccalaureate degree in education from there as well.

In her six years with the district, Fowler went back to school to earn her master’s degree in education and educational leadership certification from City University in 2009.

Superintendent Steve Rasmussen wrote in a letter to the community that it was clear from community survey responses that the next Cascade Ridge principal should be a person who builds relationships through honesty, openness and approachability. The next principal also needed to remain committed to helping every student succeed while retaining a unique sense of community, he wrote.

“It’s a tall order — justifiably so — and I believe I have found a match in Principal Fowler,” Rasmussen said. “For the past six years, Principal Fowler has shown tremendous instructional leadership in the Issaquah School District.”

Shields will help Fowler transition into her new role at Cascade Ridge in the coming months.

Newcastle school’s sustainability programs win state award

May 25, 2010

Newcastle Elementary School is the recipient of a $300 grant from the state Department of Ecology, officials announced May 18.

The annual Terry Husseman School Awards program recognizes and rewards schools for their commitment to ongoing sustainable programs, including waste reduction efforts, creating new environmental awareness programs, and developing and implementing innovative curricula.

Newcastle, part of the Issaquah School District, is one of 45 public and private schools from across the state to win an award ranging between $150 and $3,150. More than 70 applications were received.

Newcastle won a Sustainable School Program Award for its ongoing waste reduction and composting program as well as its program to encourage alternative commuting options for energy conservation.

Two other types of awards were given. A Seed Award is given to schools or communities to initiate a new waste reduction or sustainability program and the Creative Environmental Curriculum Award, is given to students, teachers or school officials who introduce original curricula to further conservation efforts in schools.

In total, more than $28,000 in funding will be given out.

Funding for the program comes from the Waste Reduction, Recycling, and Litter Control Account, generated by a tax on industries that sell, manufacture, or distribute products and packaging that tend to become litter, a press release said.

See a full list of winners here.

Newcastle Elementary PTSA hosts unique student fundraisers

May 18, 2010

Rory Brown, a Newcastle Elementary School fourth-grader (front), prepares to send a ball down the lane at the PTSA social at Lucky Strike in Bellevue April 25. Meanwhile, from left, Newcastle fourth-graders Adam Morrison, Mason Vold and Shaan Luthra, and second-graders Drew Blik and Ryker Vold strike a pose for the camera. By Tim Pfarr

The Newcastle Elementary School PTSA hosted two unique, back-to-back fundraisers the weekend of April 24 and 25 — a recycling drive at Lake Boren Park and a social at the Lucky Strike bowling alley at Lincoln Square in Bellevue. Read more

Newcastle Elementary School’s sustainability programs win state award

May 18, 2010

NEW — 3:35 p.m. May 18, 2010

Newcastle Elementary School was the recipient of a $300 grant, the state Department of Ecology announced Tuesday.

The annual Terry Husseman School Awards program recognizes and rewards schools for their commitment to ongoing sustainable programs, including waste-reduction efforts, creating new environmental awareness programs, and developing and implementing innovative curricula, a press release said.

Newcastle, in the Issaquah School District, is one of 45 public and private schools from the state to win an award ranging between $150 and $3,150. More than 70 applications were received.

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District hires new Cascade Ridge Elementary School principal

May 6, 2010

NEW — 2:45 p.m. May 6, 2010

Issaquah School District officials announced Thursday that they had hired a new principal for Cascade Ridge Elementary School.

Natalie Fowler, a program assistant for Cougar Ridge and Newcastle elementary schools, will begin in July. She is also a gifted teacher at Apollo Elementary School.

Cascade Ridge Principal Colleen Shields announced her resignation earlier this spring after her husband was relocated to California.

Fowler has worked in the district for six years at the three schools. She came to the district after relocating from the Austin, Texas, area, where she worked as a teacher for two years.

She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in textiles and apparel from the University of Texas at Austin, and holds a post-baccalaureate degree in education from UT as well.

In her six years with the district, Fowler went back to school to earn her master’s degree in education and educational leadership certification from City University in 2009.

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