Reflections art contest winners announced

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.

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Pine Lake Middle School on alert after another suspicious message discovered

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.

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Officials still seek threatening letter writer at Pacific Cascade

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.

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Pine Lake Middle School evacuated after threat

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.”
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Math club activities add up to engaged students

December 16, 2014

The stereotypical math classroom evokes images of students taking dreary quizzes with bored or frustrated looks on their faces.

By Neil Pierson Karthik Sellakumaran (left) and Varun Pradeep work together to solve problems during a Dec. 9 meeting of the Pine Lake Middle School math club.

By Neil Pierson
Karthik Sellakumaran (left) and Varun Pradeep work together to solve problems during a Dec. 9 meeting of the Pine Lake Middle School math club.

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.

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Skyline coach looks to make basketball more competitive

June 17, 2014

The Skyline High School boys basketball program has reached the state tournament twice in its 17 seasons of existence, something Bill McIntyre will be looking to change as he takes over as head coach for the 2014-15 season.

McIntyre was hired this spring after former coach Maui Borden’s contract wasn’t renewed. Borden had a 13-24 overall record in two seasons, including 8-22 in conference games.

Bill McIntyre

Bill McIntyre

McIntyre has strong ties to the Skyline community, having coached at the youth level for the Skyline Select program from 1998-2011. For the past two seasons, he served as an assistant under head coach Omar Parker at Liberty High School.

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Issaquah educators receive grants

May 13, 2014

The East-King School Retirees’ Association recently presented grants to a pair of Issaquah School District teachers.

Jane Brammer, a kindergarten teacher at Issaquah Valley Elementary School, will receive money to purchase “Reading Like a Writer” mentor texts for her classroom.

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Teen Talk: How has substance abuse affected your school or community?

April 22, 2014

Liberty High School

Alina Nguyen, senior

“It has caused many people I know in my community to grow distant from relationships and hide from their responsibilities or problems.”
Christine Dao, junior

“I’ve witnessed families being torn down due to it.”

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Let’s Talk About It: Healthy Youth Survey shows increase in substance abuse

April 22, 2014

The prevalence of substance abuse among teenagers is skyrocketing, as more youths are being challenged by emotional, mental and social difficulties.

In October 2012, the Issaquah School District conducted its fifth biennial Healthy Youth Survey among Issaquah sixth-, eighth-, 10th-, and 12th-graders. The anonymous survey asked about students’ physical activity and nutrition, drug abuse, emotional health and other “risky behaviors.” Questions regarding substance abuse made up more than half of the survey.

Noela Lu  Skyline High School

Noela Lu
Skyline High School

Today’s high school students experience laborious amounts of homework, time-consuming extracurricular activities and elevated parental expectations. As teenagers begin entering high school, some resort to substance abuse to cope with the additional stress and responsibility they didn’t face in middle school.

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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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