Here’s your chance to question the Issaquah school board candidates

March 2, 2013

Have a question for the five people vying to fill the empty school board seat? Now is your chance to ask it.

The five candidates will be interviewed in a public meeting at 6 p.m. March 6, at the district’s administration building, 565 N.W. Holly St., Issaquah.

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Measles exposure possible at Tiger Mountain Community High School

January 30, 2013

NEW — 4 p.m. Jan. 30, 2013

Officials said a staff member with contagious measles could have exposed Tiger Mountain Community High School employees, students, visitors and volunteers to the disease.

Public Health – Seattle & King County alerted the school community Wednesday to the possible exposure. The agency said people at the Issaquah campus from Jan. 23-25 could have been exposed to measles.

Measles is easily spread and highly contagious, although most people are immune to the disease due to vaccinations.

Officials said people exposed to the disease and not immune is likely to become ill between Jan. 30 and Feb. 4, or as late as Feb. 15.

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Flu epidemic spares Issaquah community — so far

January 22, 2013

Beth Whitaker (left), a staff nurse at Eastgate Public Health Center, gives a flu vaccine to Patrick Gill, of Bellevue, as his wife Candice Gill looks on in sympathy after receiving her own shot Jan. 19 during the free flu clinic. By Greg Farrar

Beth Whitaker (left), a staff nurse at Eastgate Public Health Center, gives a flu vaccine to Patrick Gill, of Bellevue, as his wife Candice Gill looks on in sympathy Jan. 19 during a free flu clinic. By Greg Farrar

Health officials urge vaccinations

Flu remains widespread in Washington and throughout the United States, and local health care providers and school administrators said although the epidemic is raging elsewhere, Issaquah is OK — so far.

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Issaquah High School student arrested for shooter hoax

January 15, 2013

Issaquah police arrested a man Jan. 9 for falsely reporting a shooter on the Issaquah High School campus, prompting a swift police response and lockdowns at Issaquah High and other nearby schools.

Investigators said the 18-year-old Sammamish man, a student at Issaquah High, reported seeing a man with a gun in the school’s upper parking lot at about 10:05 a.m. Jan. 9. Police rushed to the scene to investigate and provide security at Issaquah High and nearby campuses.

Meanwhile, school administrators placed the school and Tiger Mountain Community High, Issaquah Middle and Clark Elementary Schools on lockdown.

The lockdown lasted for about 45 minutes as police investigated the report.

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Student dies on Skyline High School campus

December 18, 2012

Skyline High School students and a Sammamish family are mourning the loss of a 16-year-old student who committed suicide on the school campus Dec. 13.

Sammamish Police Administrative Sgt. Jessica Sullivan said dispatchers got a call from the teen at about 9:30 p.m. The teen told police he was in the lower student parking lot and intended to kill himself. Police arrived six minutes later and found him dead just outside of his vehicle from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Sullivan said the teen was alone at the time.

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Student dies on Skyline High School campus

December 14, 2012

UPDATED — 3:15 p.m. Dec. 14, 2012

A 16-year-old boy, a Skyline High School student, committed suicide on the school’s campus Thursday night.

Sammamish Police Administrative Sgt. Jessica Sullivan said that the agency’s dispatchers received a call from the boy at about 9:30 p.m.

The teen told police he was in the lower student parking lot and intended to kill himself. Police arrived six minutes later and found him dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound just outside of his vehicle. Sullivan said he was alone at the time.

Sullivan declined to comment on the method of death, and said the King County Medical Examiner’s office would be releasing that information by late Friday.

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Spurred by Skyline threat, absences jump 70 percent at other schools

September 25, 2012

Student attendance in the Issaquah School District tumbled Sept. 20, and absences spiked by 70 percent, as police investigated a shooting threat against Skyline High School.

District administrators decided late Sept. 19 to close Skyline the next day in response to the online threat and keep other campuses open. Staffers and students at other schools felt the ripples early.

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University of Washington Husky Marching Band to perform at Issaquah football game

September 25, 2012

J. W. ‘Bill’ Isotalo (left), a 1950 Issaquah High School graduate and Korean War veteran home on leave during Labor Day 1951, and brother Leo Isotalo, beginning his sophomore year at IHS, wait for the school’s band to form up near the old community church prior to the Labor Day parade. Contributed

The Issaquah High School football field will be covered in a sea of purple-and-gold this Friday evening, when more than 200 members of the University of Washington marching band take the field to entertain spectators before the Eagles take on Roosevelt.

The Husky marching band and the UW pom squad will perform a pregame and halftime show at the Sept. 28 contest.

Issaquah High School band director Patrick Holen had been trying to get the band to come to a home game for years and his persistence finally paid off. When the UW band director notified Holen of an open date, he didn’t hesitate to grab the opportunity to host the band.

“I started teaching here in 2001 and ever since I started, I always wanted to get a relationship with university bands across the region,” Holen said. “So, I was very quick to say yes to the band director. Now, it’s a reality and they’re coming out and we’re very excited to have them.”

Issaquah High School must pay for the band’s transportation and arrange to feed the group, but that was no problem, Holen said. With the support of the IHS Associated Student Body, the IHS band and the IHS Booster Club, the visit was quickly financed.

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Spurred by Skyline threat, absences jump 70 percent at Issaquah schools

September 20, 2012

NEW — 6:15 p.m. Sept. 20, 2012

Student attendance in the Issaquah School District tumbled Thursday, and absences spiked by 70 percent, as police investigated a shooting threat against Skyline High School.

District administrators decided late Wednesday to close Skyline on Thursday and keep other campuses open. Staffers and students at other schools felt the ripples early.

Districtwide, absences increased at 18 of 25 schools Thursday, although not every instance is attributable to the Skyline threat.

Officials counted 1,158 students absent Thursday, up from 680 a week earlier, Sept. 13, according to a comparison of attendance data. The district serves about 17,000 students from Preston to Newcastle, and from Sammamish to Renton.

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Investigation into Skyline threat continues as attendance drops elsewhere

September 20, 2012

UPDATED — 5 p.m. Sept. 20, 2012

Police continue to investigate a shooting threat against students at Skyline High School, as attendance at other Issaquah School District campuses — particularly Sammamish Plateau schools near Skyline — declined Thursday.

District administrators announced a decision late Wednesday to close Skyline after a threat made online targeted the school for a mass shooting. The district kept all other schools open.

Skyline also canceled all extracurricular activities and school athletics events scheduled for Thursday.

Sammamish Police Administrative Sgt. Jessica Sullivan said police continue to follow several leads on the identity of the user behind the threat posted Wednesday on the online bulletin board 4chan. Investigators have not yet been able to determine if the user is a Skyline student.

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