May 29, 2012
The Washington State University Center for Distance and Professional Education will offer eight reading skills programs for 4-year-olds through adults in Issaquah. Tuition and materials fees vary by program level.
Early summer session begins the week of June 21 and a late summer session begins the week of July 28.
Reading programs for younger students build comprehension, and students learn the phonics and fluency skills they need to become strong readers. Programs for older students and adults are geared toward improving comprehension and study skills, vocabulary and speed reading. The skills taught in the classes reinforce the importance of reading for pleasure and developing a lifelong love of books.
The programs have been offered as a service to the community by the Washington State University Center for Distance and Professional Education since 2004. The programs are taught by instructors from the Institute of Reading Development.
Call 888-201-2448 toll free from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday for information about the reading programs or to register.
May 22, 2012
Local students graduate from WWU
The following Western Washington University 2012 winter quarter graduates earned their bachelor’s or master’s degrees and were awarded diplomas.
Issaquah: Kendra Lyndon, Bachelor of Arts, music; Mora Shaw, Bachelor of Arts, communication; and Jennifer Thompson, Bachelor of Arts, English literature emphasis
Newcastle: Ryan Gaines, Bachelor of Arts, economics
Renton: Timothy Chi, Bachelor of Science, kinesiology (pre-physical therapy specialization); and Scott Warlick, Bachelor of Arts, general studies
Sammamish: Nicholas Abraham, Bachelor of Arts, economics/environmental studies; Alison Grinberg, Bachelor of Arts, business administration (marketing); and Karissa Sakai, Bachelor of Arts, general studies
May 8, 2012
Local student receives scholarships from WSU
Deven Tokuno, the daughter of Darla and Rik Tokuno, of Bellevue, was awarded a $1,000 April Seehafer Scholarship and a $1,500 Basil and Ella Jerard Scholarship by the Washington State University Department of English.
The April Seehafer Scholarship is given to undergraduate women majoring in composition, professional writing or literary studies, who are of sophomore standing or above, have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and demonstrate financial need.
The Basil and Ella Jerard Scholarship is given to outstanding, full-time English majors who demonstrate financial need and merit.
Tokuno graduated from Issaquah High School in 2009 and plans to graduate from WSU in May with a degree in English and zoology. She is the Student Bookstore Corp. vice chairwoman, president of the Student Alumni Ambassadors and the chief editor for the Landscapers Literary Journal.
May 1, 2012
Local students earn Eagle Scout rank
Ian Engelbeck, a senior at Skyline High School, and Douglas Dietzel, a 2011 Skyline graduate and student at Washington State University, have earned the highest honor in Boy Scouting, the rank of Eagle Scout.
Engelbeck has been involved in Scouting since 2000 and joined Troop 636 in 2005. He has been a camp counselor at Camp Parsons on Hood Canal for the past two summers and will work there again this summer. His Eagle Service Project involved planning, supervising and organizing volunteers to build an observation deck at the Evans Creek Preserve in Sammamish.
Dietzel has been involved in Scouting since 1999 and joined Troop 636 in 2004. His Eagle Service Project involved planning, supervising and organizing volunteers to build a shelter at the preschool playground at Faith United Methodist Church.
Both Scouts were honored at a ceremony at Faith United Methodist Church on March 11.
April 24, 2012
Lisa Van Cise and Joel Mathieson, both of Shoreline, recently announced their engagement to be married in May in Seattle.
The bride-to-be, the daughter of Shari and Rick Van Cise, of Issaquah, is a 2000 graduate of Skyline High School. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in communications in 2004 from Washington State University. She is the weather anchor at King 5 TV.
The future groom, the son of Anne Devine, of Niantic, Conn., is a 1998 graduate of East Lyme High School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in graphic communications in 2006 from Rhode Island College. He is a broadcast engineer at Fisher Communications.
April 17, 2012
12,000 Rain Gardens campaign aims to curb pollution, create beautiful landscapes
As more than 14 million pounds of toxins enter the Puget Sound each year, two Washington entities are working hard to curb the contamination — 12,000 times over.
April 17, 2012
Katie Elmquist and Freddy Ruiz, both of Issaquah, were married April 7, 2012, at Pickering Barn, in Issaquah. The Rev. Ed Pohlreich officiated.
A reception followed, also in Pickering Barn.
The couple honeymooned at Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
The bride is the daughter of Don and Joan Elmquist, of Issaquah. Her bridal attendants were Liz Elmquist, Brenna McGinnis, Janelle Gallagher, Amy Doerschel and Joslynn Ruiz.
April 10, 2012
The Edmonds School District has tabbed Issaquah School District administrator Patrick Murphy as its new assistant superintendent for secondary schools, according to an announcement made on the Edmonds district website.
Murphy currently serves as Issaquah’s executive director of secondary education, a position he has held for four years. Murphy also spent 12 years as a middle school principal and high school assistant principal in Issaquah schools.
In his current post, Murphy’s duties include providing leadership and support for secondary schools; supervision of high school principals; all high school co-curricular activities, athletic and academic programs; and oversight of the Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs, according to the Edmonds website.
Murphy received his Washington State Superintendent Certificate from Washington State University in 2010 and will earn his doctorate in education from WSU this fall. His state principal certification was through the Danforth Program at the University of Washington.
Prior to coming to Issaquah, Murphy was a junior high school assistant principal in Bremerton. He taught social studies in the South Kitsap School District before going to Bremerton.
In Edmonds, Murphy replaces Assistant Superintendent Ken Limon, who is retiring in June. Murphy’s first day on the job in Edmonds is July 1.
Issaquah schools are on spring break and Murphy was not available for comment.
March 13, 2012
Local students make deans’ lists
The following students recently made the dean’s list for the fall semester 2011 at the University of Idaho. To qualify, students must earn a 3.5 grade point average or higher on at least 10 graded credits.
Issaquah: Alyssa Schultz, Alicia Hensen, Kelle Agassiz, Jeffrey Crocker and Taylor Lundeen
Sammamish: Erika Ikstrums, Jeffrey Discolo, Alyssa Charston and Andrew Shajenko
Imran Jiwani and Nina Zook, both of Issaquah, were named to the fall 2011 semester dean’s list at Emory College, in Atlanta. To qualify, students must be in the top 20 percent or have a grade point average of 3.81 or higher.
March 6, 2012
I kind of know how Bill Gates must have felt when he made his first million. When I joined The Issaquah Press news staff May 22, 2000, I struck it rich, too!
Five days after being hired at The Press I covered my first Issaquah School District state championship team. Actually, it was inevitable that an Issaquah team would win when Issaquah and Skyline met for the 3A state baseball title in Tacoma’s Cheney Stadium. Issaquah won 5-3.