May 12, 2015
A committee of parents, principals and other educational leaders has approved a plan that would ask Issaquah School District voters for more than a half-billion dollars to build four new schools and modernize several others.
At a May 6 meeting, the district’s bond feasibility and development committee approved a package that would raise $518.5 million in voter-approved funds. The bond measure would likely appear on ballots in spring 2016.
May 5, 2015
Sixth-grader Anna Chisholm had never before volunteered for community service, but she said she enjoyed the time she spent helping homeless residents in Seattle earlier this year.
“I feel so sad for people that don’t have the opportunities that I have,” said Chisholm, who packed and delivered supplies, and prepared breakfast for homeless adults and teens, alongside members of her select basketball team.
April 28, 2015
The Issaquah PTSA Council recently recognized the Issaquah School District’s outstanding volunteers at a reception at Swedish Hospital.
Congratulations to the following award recipients:
Council — Golden Acorn: Korista Smith-Barney, Becky Gordon and Dawn Peschek; Outstanding Advocate: Dianne Bugge; Honorary Life Membership: Caroline Brown
April 5, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. April 5, 2015
The public is invited to a clothing drive and fundraiser to benefit Treehouse, an organization that helps foster children.
The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 11-12 at Fred Meyer, 6100 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway in Issaquah.
March 25, 2015
Three years ago, Issaquah School District voters approved a $219 million bond measure to refurbish and expand several facilities.
Next year, they’ll likely be asked to do something similar.
Issaquah officials have formed a bond feasibility committee, which will work for the next two months to study options for a ballot proposal that could be presented to voters in the first half of 2016.
March 17, 2015
The Issaquah School District announced this year’s Reflections art contest winners, who will have a chance to compete at the state level this spring. Students in every grade are eligible to compete in several different categories.
January 15, 2015
UPDATED — 4:20 p.m. Jan. 15, 2015
Pine Lake Middle School was again on alert, after a student reported a suspicious message written on the wall of a boys bathroom.
“The message references the school blowing up, but was not at all specific as to by what means or when,” Principal Michelle Caponigro wrote in an email to parents.
Caponigro said the message was likely a prank, but that law enforcement was quickly alerted. After a thorough sweep, police found no evidence of any explosives. School will resume normally on Friday, she added.
“We will continue our investigation and certainly hope to identify the individual responsible,” she said.
January 13, 2015
Pine Lake Middle School receives bomb threat
There were no problems during the first week back in class for students at Pacific Cascade Middle School, said Principal Dana Bailey in an email to parents.
But the search goes on for whomever penned a letter threatening violence at the school, a letter that caused officials to close the building for three days in December just prior to winter vacation.
January 9, 2015
NEW — 2:40 p.m. Jan. 9, 2015
Administrators evacuated Pine Lake Middle School toward the end of the school day Jan. 9, after a student found a note referencing a bomb in a boys bathroom.
Per the school’s emergency procedures, staff ushered students onto the school’s track and notified police.
“As this was at the end of the school day, buses were arriving,” Principal Michelle Caponigro wrote in an email to parents. “Students where walked over to our adjacent transportation facility where they were picked up and driven home as normal. Staff waited with students in the evacuation area until students were boarded on the buses. Walkers and parent pick-up was moved to the Park and Ride across the street from PLMS.”
Caponigro said her staff, law enforcement and bomb-sniffing dogs were searching the building, but she had “reason to believe this is not a credible threat.”
December 16, 2014
The stereotypical math classroom evokes images of students taking dreary quizzes with bored or frustrated looks on their faces.
Walk into the multipurpose room at Pine Lake Middle School on a December afternoon, however, and the picture changes drastically. Students are cheerfully sharing problem-solving techniques and appear to be learning at an exponential rate.