Class teaches parents about cyber safety

April 19, 2011

A free class sponsored by the Pine Lake Middle School PTSA invites parents of pre-teens and teens to learn about cyber safety at 7 p.m. April 21 at the school, 3200 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish.

Top volunteers honored at Golden Acorn Awards

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.

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County honors Issaquah district schools as Earth Heroes

March 30, 2011

NEW — 12:15 p.m. March 30, 2011

King County is honoring Grand Ridge Elementary School — plus teachers, a student, and a staff member from across the Issaquah School District — as Earth Heroes at School.

The annual honor highlights schools and people for contributions to environmental protection and student environmental education. The county Department of Natural Resources and Parks’ Solid Waste Division announced the 2011 honorees Wednesday.

“Winners of the Earth Heroes at School awards are a diverse group who share the common goal of making our world a better place,” County Executive Dow Constantine said in a statement. “It is an honor to recognize their achievements in environmental education, waste reduction, energy conservation and other positive efforts.”

Grand Ridge Elementary recorded a 35-percent recycling rate last year.

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Missing Klahanie girl found dead after search

March 8, 2011

A King County Sheriff’s Office detective found the body of a missing 12-year-old Klahanie girl on March 6. Investigators said the death was noncriminal in nature.

The girl, a seventh-grade student at Pacific Cascade Middle School, went missing March 2. A concerned friend of the girl called the sheriff’s office shortly before 6 p.m. that day, reporting that the girl had sent suicidal text messages and mentioned suicide on Facebook, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

The sheriff’s office had received reports about the girl within the past two months. The family had called the sheriff’s office Jan. 17, saying the teen was missing and that she was a chronic runaway. She returned home the next day, Jan. 18.

After receiving the concerned call March 2, the sheriff’s office checked the area, including Pine Lake Park, but could not find the girl. When the sheriff’s office contacted the girl’s parents, “they did not believe the girl was actually suicidal, although she was not at home,” the release said.

Her parents reported her missing the next day, March 3, when she did not return home.

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Missing Klahanie girl found dead after search

March 7, 2011

NEW — 9 p.m. March 7, 2011

A King County Sheriff’s Office detective found the body of a missing 12-year-old Klahanie girl Sunday. Investigators said the death was noncriminal in nature.

The girl, a seventh-grade student at Pacific Cascade Middle School, went missing March 2. A concerned friend of the girl called the sheriff’s office shortly before 6 p.m. that day, reporting that the girl had sent suicidal text messages and mentioned suicide on Facebook, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

The sheriff’s office had received reports about the girl within the past two months. The family had called the sheriff’s office Jan. 17, saying the teen was missing and that she was a chronic runaway. She returned home the next day, Jan. 18.

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District: Pacific Cascade Middle School student dies

March 7, 2011

NEW — 11:20 a.m. March 7, 2011

Issaquah School District administrators announced Monday morning the death of a seventh-grade girl.

The girl attended Pine Lake Middle School as a sixth-grader and Pacific Cascade Middle School as a seventh-grade student.

The principals at each school e-mailed parents, telling them each school would offer extra counseling.

In her e-mail, Pacific Cascade Principal Dana Bailey asked the community to respect the “privacy of the family, and we understand at this point that the memorial services will be private.”

Both Bailey and Pine Lake Principal Roy Adler asked parents and guardians to be aware of how their children were handling the news of the passing of their classmate.

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Students snap photos to strengthen sister-city ties

January 18, 2011

Sarah Cluff snapped a photo of ducks and a toddler for a sister cities photo contest. By Sarah Cluff

Students snapped photos of a mountain panorama, football practice and “Copper Clad” — the metal horse sculpture downtown — to showcase Issaquah in a recent sister-cities photo contest.

The inaugural photo contest included students in Issaquah and sister city Chefchaouen, Morocco, in a transatlantic effort to foster cultural ties between students in both places. Read more

Students put the book ‘Light in the Forest’ on trial

January 4, 2011

Prosecutor Carly Rosenbaum (left) questions witness Ashmi Chakraborty as judge Tiffany Tran looks on during a mock trial at Pine Lake Middle School Dec.1. By Christopher Huber

Pine Lake Middle School student Laurel Buck could not have had a better mentor for her eighth-grade humanities project. Read more

Issaquah middle school students scheduled for half-day Friday

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.

Who’s News

November 30, 2010

Girl Scout Troop, University House team for food donations

Girl Scout Troop 42669

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

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