Skyline student earns youth writing award

September 4, 2015

NEW — 4:22 p.m. Sept. 4, 2015

Elaine Park, 16, a student at Skyline High School, earned a 2015 Youth Honor Award from Skipping Stones, a youth-centered multicultural magazine.

Park was one of 10 award recipients from the U.S., Singapore and Hong Kong, all between the ages of 13-17. The winners received a certificate, five multicultural and/or nature books, a subscription to Skipping Stones, and an invitation to join the magazine’s student review board.

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‘You Matter’ is message of local teens supporting National Suicide Prevention Day

September 2, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 2, 2015

According to the Washington State Department of Health, between two and three youths ages 15-24 commit suicide every week in Washington state.

“The last three years have been some of the hardest years of my ministry when we saw several young people take their lives,” Nick Pringle, pastor of student ministries at Pine Lake Covenant Church for nearly 10 years, says in a Facebook video. “Each year in America, there are over 1 million attempts of suicide, and that’s too many.”

For the second year, teens from Issaquah and Sammamish will join the national movement for National Suicide Prevention Day on Sept. 10 and wear “You Matter” T-shirts to school that day.

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New buildings, facilities greet students at Issaquah schools

August 25, 2015

NEW — 5:18 p.m. Aug. 25, 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 later this month discuss future bond issues 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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Improved security tops list of changes in Lake Washington schools

August 25, 2015

NEW — 5:15 p.m. Aug. 25, 2015

Possibly the biggest change in the Lake Washington School District for the coming school year is not one that will be immediately apparent. But it could make a big difference in school buildings across the district, which serves portions of Sammamish, under certain circumstances.

Previously, classroom doors in the district had to be locked from the outside, said Kathryn Reith, district director of communications.

“That was not such a great thing if you were in a lock-down situation,” Reith added.

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Lake Washington School District receives clean audit

July 23, 2015

The Washington State Auditor’s Office issued two reports in late May concerning the Lake Washington School District.

The district had no findings of noncompliance on either the accountability audit report or the financial and federal audit report. This is the sixth consecutive year the district has earned both accountability and financial audits free of findings. Both reports covered the district’s last fiscal year, Sept. 1, 2013, through Aug. 31, 2014.

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Issaquah School Board accepts gifts to district

July 16, 2015

The Issaquah School Board at its June 24 meeting accepting the following gifts to the school district of $5,000 or more: Read more

Skyline hosts summer dance camp

July 2, 2015

Girls entering kindergarten through eighth grades are invited to join the Skyline High School dance team for its annual Junior Spartans Summer Dance Camp.

The camp will be held at Skyline from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 19-21. Dancers will perform a routine for parents at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 21.

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LWSD School Board accepts gifts to district

July 2, 2015

The Lake Washington School District board of directors approved at its June 1 meeting the following donations to the district of more than $1,000: Read more

PTSA awards college scholarships to EHS students

July 2, 2015

The Lake Washington PTSA awarded the following scholarships to Eastlake High School students at the June 1 meeting of the Lake Washington School District board of directors: Read more

Local teacher wins Buchwald Summer Fellowship?for graduate study

July 2, 2015

Teacher David Dingler, of Eastside Catholic School in Sammamish, has been awarded a competitive Buchwald Summer Fellowship by the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University in Ohio.

The center is a highly regarded nonprofit provider of educational programs for U.S. history and government teachers, as well as high school and college students.

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