January 4, 2011
Pine Lake Middle School student Laurel Buck could not have had a better mentor for her eighth-grade humanities project. Read more
December 2, 2010
NEW — 3 p.m. Dec. 2, 2010
The recent snowstorm prompted Issaquah School District administrators to make a few adjustments to the school calendar.
All middle school students in the district have a half-day on Friday. The half-day was originally scheduled for Nov. 23, but district administrators rescheduled it after school was canceled Nov. 23 and 24.
Teachers will use the half-day for administering end-of-trimester grades.
The snow days have also changed the school calendar for this spring. Students will now attend school on Friday, May 27, and the final day of school will be Thursday, June 16.
If more school days are canceled due to inclement weather, the district will hold school on June 17, 20 or 21.
November 30, 2010
Girl Scout Troop, University House team for food donations
Girl Scout Troop 42669 teamed with the University House of Issaquah for its autumn food drive. The troop of 11 seventh-graders from Pine Lake, Beaver Lake and Issaquah middle schools went to University House on Nov. 1 with their Halloween costumes and collected 467 pounds of food donations and $157 for the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank. Read more
November 22, 2010
NEW — 12:30 p.m. Nov. 22, 2010
Issaquah School District middle school students could get a snow day tomorrow, but high school and elementary school students might not be as lucky.
All five middle schools — Beaver Lake, Issaquah, Maywood, Pacific Cascade and Pine Lake — have an early release day Tuesday, because of an end-of-the trimester grading day.
If the school district operates on a delayed start timetable on Tuesday, middle school students will not have school, but their younger and older peers in elementary and high school will still have class.
If the snow continues to accumulate, the district may delay school on Wednesday. If school is delayed two hours, lunch will not be served for middle- and high-school students. Elementary schools will still serve lunch.
If there is a one-hour delay on Wednesday, lunch will be served at all three levels.
Learn more about snow delays at the district website.
October 26, 2010
School administrators put Sunny Hills Elementary School under lockdown for about 25 minutes Oct. 22 after students reported a suspicious person on school grounds.
Students reported the person — with what they believed to be a weapon — in a school parking lot at about 11:30 a.m., Principal Sarah White wrote in a message e-mailed to community members. The school lifted the lockdown at about 11:55 a.m.
The school was placed into lockdown, and the afternoon kindergarten class was re-routed to Pine Lake Middle School as Sammamish police investigated.
Chief Nate Elledge said police found no evidence of anything dangerous. Police believe the suspicious person to be a construction worker holding a nail gun across the street from the school.
October 19, 2010
Students typically aren’t allowed to eat in class, but Camille Wright’s class is always talking about food.
August 24, 2010
The night before Great Waves played a make-or-break set, the Sammamish band stumbled through the worst performance members could remember.
Holed up in Ballard, the band played to a room empty except for a brooding hipster nursing a beer. Great Waves had not rehearsed in two weeks — and the rustiness crept into the show through botched intros and forgotten lyrics. Read more
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.
July 6, 2010
Hundreds descend upon Pine Lake to play faster paced-style of Chumash
While preparing for their run at a girls high school lacrosse trophy at the annual Sammamish Shootout, the Mincin sisters, of Sammamish, had to come up with a team name.
They had members from Issaquah Youth Lacrosse and the Snohomish league, so of all the possibilities, naturally they thought of “IssMish,” said Katie Mincin, a rising senior at Skyline High School.
Regardless of their logic in naming the team, the girls seemed to perform to their standards at the July 3 post-season tournament.
“We work pretty well together,” she said.
Hundreds of lacrosse players, coaches and their families from Washington, Oregon, Canada and even Wyoming, converged on the fields at Pine Lake Middle School to partake in the final major lacrosse tournament of the 2010 season.
Unlike other area lacrosse tournaments, though, each of the 53 participating teams was comprised of three to five players, rather than a dozen or more, from various league teams. The playfields at Pine Lake were divided into 10 fields, thus optimizing the amount of games played.
“It’s getting a lot more intense and competitive,” said Katie Mincin, who recently played on the East Coast with the national high school girls team. “It reflects how good all the Issaquah (Youth Lacrosse league) teams did this year.” Read more
June 15, 2010
Loose Change to Loosen Chains
Pacific Cascade Freshman Campus and Pine Lake Middle School students raised more than $33,500 for International Justice Mission through the annual Loose Change to Loosen Chains fundraiser in May.
IHS sports medicine class
Issaquah High School’s sports medicine class bandaged and bound up the competition at the Sports Medicine Competition and Symposium.
Of more than 50 teams and 600 competitors from across the nation, Issaquah took third place at the April 24 symposium held at the Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound. It is the sixth year the team has been ranked among the Top 5 teams in the nation.
Congratulations to the scoring team members — Hillary Dixon, Ayala Goldstein, Malorie Kerouac, Carter Mitchell, Brianna Fowler-Linder, Jordan Schroeder, Jack Chase and Mikenzie Vows.
IHS DECA international
Issaquah High School’s Blair Drangsholt, Andrew Park, Davis Leigh and Eric Yu are international champions.
The foursome competed in DECA’s Quiz Bowl during the International Career Development Conference April 23-28 in Louisville, Ky. They are the first Washington team in DECA’s history to win the international title.
They were among 15,000 students from around the world to compete at the conference, the third year in a row Issaquah has represented the state. They beat a highly competitive team from Ontario, Canada, in the final round, 30-24.
Halina Moran and Lauren Flynn also represented the school, competing in the Chapter Awards Project. They placed fifth in their event, another first for the school.
District gets classroom grant
The state’s Recreation and Conservation Office through the Department of Natural Resources awarded the Issaquah School District with an Invasive Species Council Awards Grant for classroom education May 18.
The $12,000 grant, given in partnership with the Pacific Education Institute, will help teach students about invasive species, the harm they cause and how to prevent their spread. The institute will also develop policies for science programs to discourage the use of invasive plants and animals in the classroom.
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