Issaquah School Board honored by state organization

November 23, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 23, 2014

The Issaquah School Board was one of 17 school boards in Washington recently named as Boards of Distinction by the Washington State School Directors’ Association.

The Issaquah board — Marnie Maraldo, Lisa Callan, Brian Deagle, Anne Moore and Suzanne Weaver — received the honor along with boards from Bellingham, Clover Park, Everett, Ferndale, Kent, Lake Stevens, Pasco, Pullman, Puyallup, Riverview, Sunnyside, Tacoma, Tumwater, Union Gap, University Place and West Valley (Spokane).

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Courage, strength define Fight the Fear event

November 18, 2014

Issaquah High School junior Aanya Nigam is done being silent.

By Greg Farrar One of 20 students from the audience who went onstage takes her turn in a demonstration about gouging an assailant’s eyes, using a foam block held by Issaquah High School teacher Karin Walen.

By Greg Farrar
One of 20 students from the audience who went onstage takes her turn in a demonstration about gouging an assailant’s eyes, using a foam block held by Issaquah High School teacher Karin Walen.

She’s done feeling fear, embarrassment and shame for a past incident that doesn’t deserve it, and she’s intent on speaking up, so others know they don’t have to experience those emotions.

That’s why, on Nov. 13, the brave teen stood in front of a packed Issaquah High School theater and recounted the night she was raped.

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Eastlake drama has plenty of laughs planned for soap opera-based show

November 18, 2014

Anyone unfamiliar with the soap opera-based play, “The Bold, the Young and the Murdered,” might be thrown off by the title. It’s not strictly a murder mystery — it’s also a comedy that pokes fun at day-time television programs.

By Neil Pierson Eastlake High School drama students Will Eames, left, and Chandler Gerdes rehearse a scene from the school’s performance of “The Bold, the Young and the Murdered,” which runs from Nov. 20-22.

By Neil Pierson
Eastlake High School drama students Will Eames, left, and Chandler Gerdes rehearse a scene from the school’s performance of “The Bold, the Young and the Murdered,” which runs from Nov. 20-22.

The Eastlake High School drama club has spent most of the fall learning the complex performance written by Don Zolidis. First-time director Rick Eames, who has experience as a semiprofessional actor, said he likes the play’s mix of humor and intrigue. It might best be described as a cross between the movies “Soapdish” and “Clue,” he said.

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Friends of Youth to host breakfast for mental-health support

November 6, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 6, 2014

As the Marysville-Pilchuck High School shooting rocked communities across the state, Issaquah School District Superintendent Ron Thiele sent a message to parents.

In it, Thiele expressed his condolences to the victim’s families and provided insight into how the district prepares for the rare possibility of a local school shooting.

He mentioned active-shooter trainings for staff and students, improving situational awareness and the need for mental health services.

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Attend holiday bazaar and help Eastlake students Saturday

October 30, 2014

NEW — Noon Oct. 30, 2014

Get your holiday shopping done and kick off the season with Eastlake High School’s 21st annual Holiday Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The show features more than 70 artisans and crafters. You’ll find beautiful items for your home and special holiday gifts for friends and family.

The event sponsored by the Eastlake PTSA is at Eastlake High School, 400 228th Ave. N.E., Sammamish.

Learn more by emailing bazaarinfo@ehsptsa.org.

Lake Washington School District task force seeks volunteers

October 29, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 29, 2014

The Lake Washington School District invites applicants interested in serving on a Long-Term Facilities Planning Task Force. The group will study, analyze and make recommendations concerning the district’s long-term facilities needs.

The district seeks 41 parents (one from each neighborhood school, plus the three choice high schools with their own campus), two members of the business community, two senior citizens and four community members at large.

Apply here by Nov. 6.

As the fastest-growing district in King County over the last two school years, Lake Washington School District is facing a need for classrooms to house its growing enrollment, which has increased close to 2,000 students in the past three years to 26,708. At the same time, the district has been following a plan to modernize all of its school buildings.

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School board pushes back Tiger Mountain Community High School closure to 2016

October 28, 2014

Tiger Mountain Community High School will close after the 2015-16 school year, a plan that deviates slightly from the one proposed by the Issaquah School District’s superintendent.

Superintendent Ron Thiele had recommended the closure of Tiger Mountain at the end of the current year, but the Issaquah School Board voted 5-0 at its Oct. 22 meeting to delay the closure by a year and remove a gap in alternative education for district students.

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Go All in For Kids tonight in Issaquah School District fundraiser

October 28, 2014

NEW — 10:35 a.m. Oct. 28, 2014

Almost 200 high schoolers will descend on the Issaquah School District administration building tonight for the final phase of the Issaquah Schools Foundation’s All in for Kids Phone-a-thon.

Fueled by pizza and treats, determined students will attempt to call 6,000 families and raise $160,000. The foundation asks that you answer the phone when you receive your call.

Your gift — whether $5 a month or $500 a year — will fund programs that help all students achieve the promise of their academic potential. You can also donate online here.

Tiger Mountain closure pushed back a year

October 22, 2014

The Issaquah School Board will deviate slightly from the district superintendent’s plan to close Tiger Mountain Community High School after the 2014-15 school year.

In a 5-0 vote Oct. 22, the board chose to approve the closure a year later, at the end of the 2015-16 school year. Board members said delaying the closure for a year, and then opening a new alternative school at the start of the 2016-17 year, will remove any gaps in alternative education for Issaquah School District students.

Several parents and Tiger Mountain students spoke to the board, similar to a series of meetings and public hearings that began taking place in February. That’s when Superintendent Ron Thiele first announced a plan to close Tiger Mountain at the end of the 2014-15 year.

More information on the board meeting and the future of Tiger Mountain will be published Oct. 29.

Schools receive donations for programs, materials

October 21, 2014

The Issaquah School Board approved several gifts and donations at its Sept. 24 meeting that will fund various educational materials and programs at four elementary schools.

The Creekside Elementary School PTSA donated $15,000 to provide additional support for its Learning Assistance Program.

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