School district embraces the new

August 26, 2015

NEW — Noon Aug. 26, 2015

As students head back to school Sept. 1, many will enter new buildings and utilize new facilities.

While this year’s school budget is in place, the future of the Issaquah School District’s finances is yet to be determined. While the state Legislature tackles a Supreme Court mandate to fully fund education, the Issaquah School Board will discuss future bond issues later this month as the 2012 bond expires.

Jake Kuper, chief financial operating officer, said the district has completed a lot of the work in the $219 million bond approved in 2012.

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Fall Football Practice

August 24, 2015

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Off The Press — Sunny remembrances

August 19, 2015

NEW — 3:48 p.m. Aug. 19, 2015

Have you driven by Sunny Hills Elementary School on the Sammamish Plateau lately?

It is, quite simply, a vast, desert-looking wasteland dotted with large construction vehicles and even larger mounds of dirt.

Construction is well underway on a much-needed facelift for the Issaquah School District building.

Christina Corrales-Toy Press reporter

Christina Corrales-Toy
Press reporter

I drive by it every day on my way to the office, and each time I pass it, without fail, I can feel a small, but noticeable, pull on my heartstrings.

You see, I’m a Sunny Hills Mustang, and so is my brother, Thomas. I started at the school as a third grader after our family moved from California. For my brother, Sunny Hills was the only elementary school he ever knew. Read more

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Issaquah students accepted into Teach for America

August 14, 2015

NEW — 4 p.m. Aug. 14, 2015

Three recent graduates from Issaquah have been accepted into Teach for America’s 2015 teaching corps.

The students are Brandon Boyd, a 2011 graduate of Skyline High School and a 2015 graduate of University of Washington; Max Sugarman, a 2010 graduate of Issaquah High School and a 2014 graduate of University of Washington; and Kelsey Smith a 2011 graduate of Eastlake High School and a 2015 graduate of Seattle University.

Teach For America is a national nonprofit working to expand educational opportunity for students in low-income communities. Corps members commit to teach in high-need urban or rural public schools and become lifelong advocates for educational equity.

The trio joins a network of 50,000 corps members and alumni working alongside parents, principals and communities for positive change.

To learn more about Teach for America, go to

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Skyline’s Gretel von Bargen earns national teaching award

August 6, 2015

NEW — 10 a.m. Aug. 6, 2015

Gretel von Bargen, a science teacher at Skyline High School, was one of two educators from Washington state to earn the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teachers, according to a news release from the organization.

By Neil Pierson Skyline High School’s Gretel von Bargen won a national teaching award.

By Neil Pierson
Skyline High School’s Gretel von Bargen won a national teaching award.

This year’s award winners represented all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, several U.S. territories and the U.S. Department of Defense education activity schools. Read more

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Skyline students receive more than $3 million in scholarships

August 5, 2015

NEW — 1:20 p.m. Aug. 5, 2015

Skyline High School and the Issaquah School District are grateful for the generosity of the community who contributed in part to more than $3 million in scholarships to Skyline’s class of 2015 as reported by students and their parents.

Students received scholarships and grants for academic merit, community service, athletic ability and leadership, and honors scholarships from the schools they will be attending and from community leaders.

Skyline thanks Girl Scouts of Western Washington, Overlake Alumnae Panhellenic, Puget Sound Association of Phi Beta Kappa, Issaquah Women’s Club, Rotary Club of Sammamish, American Association of University Women,  Kiwanis Club of Sammamish and the Skyline Gridiron Club. Read more

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Skyline string quartet takes center stage with touring musical

August 5, 2015

NEW — 11:15 a.m., Aug. 5, 2015

The music of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr has impacted countless musicians worldwide, and their influence will soon be seen in tangible ways through four Skyline High School seniors. Read more

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Skyline students earn scholarships from True Martial Arts studio

July 29, 2015

NEW — 5:18 p.m. July 29, 2015

True Martial Arts in Sammamish recently announced four recipients of its 2015 Senior Scholarship awards.

Each student received $700 for college expenses by showing outstanding leadership and attaining high achievements at the studio. They were required to teach other students for at least two years, earn their Black Belt and train consistently.

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Local grad gives family Phi Beta Kappa trifecta

July 29, 2015

NEW — 5:15 p.m. July 29, 2015

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Lakeside zeroes in on American Legion baseball regionals

July 29, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. July 29, 2015

Lakeside Recovery won its first three games at the Senior American Legion state tournament, putting the team in prime position to earn a berth at next week’s regional championships.

Lakeside Recovery (32-15) was scheduled to face the Kennewick Outlaws on July 27, after press time, with a win putting the group of Issaquah, Skyline and Newport high school players in the July 28 state title game at Bellingham’s Joe Martin Field.

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