Editorial

April 8, 2014

Tiger Mountain school rethink can work

The Issaquah School Board is planning some big changes for Tiger Mountain Community High School. Some of these changes are necessary, but the disruption of the community is not.

Tiger Mountain has about 100 students who would generally be considered “at risk.” The school tries to reach these students with nontraditional methods in an attempt to keep them engaged.

The attempt isn’t working as well as it should. The school’s graduation rate of 37 percent shows this. Whatever methods district officials are attempting are actually reaching only a fraction of the students.

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Board eyes new closure policy for Issaquah schools

April 1, 2014

The Issaquah School Board is considering a new policy pertaining to school closures, which could have an impact on the proposal to shut down Tiger Mountain Community High School.

At its March 26 meeting, the board conducted the first reading of a policy that aims to clarify the process for closing a school, including the steps the superintendent must take and the timeline for soliciting public input.

The board could adopt the new policy at its April 23 meeting.

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Tiger Mountain community speaks out on school’s possible closure

March 18, 2014

Last month’s news that Tiger Mountain Community High School could be closed has sparked sadness, anger and shock among students and parents at the Issaquah School District’s alternative high school.

The Issaquah School Board began publicly discussing a possible closure Feb. 12, and droves of Tiger Mountain community members showed up for that meeting. Several people returned to speak to the board at its March 12 meeting.

Neil Schmidt, who graduated from Tiger Mountain last year, said he was “dumbfounded” and “appalled” the district would consider closing the school, which has provided a nontraditional learning environment for high-school students since 1991. The school currently has an enrollment of about 100.

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District may close alternative high school for one year

February 18, 2014

Tiger Mountain students would go to the nearest high school

The Issaquah School District is considering a plan to close Tiger Mountain Community High School for one year while the school is moved to a different location, and then reopen the alternative school with a revamped educational model.

Issaquah Superintendent Ron Thiele spoke about the plan with school board members at a work study session prior to the board’s Feb. 12 meeting. The audience included about two dozen Tiger Mountain staff members, parents and students.

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Middle school land annexed to Issaquah

December 24, 2013

Less than 6 acres that encompasses Issaquah Middle School was annexed into the city by the City Council during its Dec. 16 meeting.

In a short presentation by city Long Range Planning Manager Trish Heinonen, she said school officials wanted the annexation because the school is about to undergo a massive restoration and officials want to do so under city regulations.

Upgrades of the school facilities are planned for 2014 through 2015. The proposed improvements include remodeling and expanding the existing school to become the new Clark Elementary School and Tiger Mountain Community High School.

The council held a public hearing the same night as the vote. No one stood in support of or against the annexation.

 

Tiger Mountain school hosts rummage sale

December 10, 2013

Tiger Mountain Community High School’s class of 2014, in an effort to raise funds for its leadership and culminating project programs, is hosting a rummage sale.

The sale is from noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 14 and from noon to Dec. 15 at Tiger Mountain Community High School, 355 S.E. Evans St.

The funds will specifically be used for high interest reading materials and peripherals to encourage reading and increase performance in school and on state assessment tests.

 

Bring donations Sunday for Tiger Mountain Community High School fundraiser


November 22, 2013

NEW — 2 p.m. Nov. 22, 2013

Tiger Mountain Community High School is seeking donations from the community for its upcoming rummage sale and silent auction to benefit the school’s Culinary Arts Program and Associated Student Body.

Donations are being accepted from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at Issaquah Newport Way Storage, 795 N.W. Juniper St.

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School is back in, and so are traffic cameras

September 5, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 5, 2013

School is back in session and so are the speed cameras along Second Avenue Southeast.

The cameras were installed to reduce speed and increase safety.

The cameras, which operate from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on school days, monitor traffic in both directions along Second Avenue Southeast near Clark Elementary, Issaquah High and Tiger Mountain Community High schools.

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Officials warn of measles exposure at Issaquah-area businesses

January 30, 2013

NEW — 5:10 p.m. Jan. 30, 2013

Customers at businesses in Klahanie could have been exposed to measles in recent days, local public health officials said Wednesday.

The case is the second person with confirmed measles in King County since Jan. 25. The infected person is a King County resident and contracted measles from a contagious traveler at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Before receiving the measles diagnosis, the local resident might have exposed others to measles at QFC and Starbucks in Klahanie Center.

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

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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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