Pacific Cascade Middle School is closed after teacher threats

December 17, 2014

NEW — 10:45 a.m. Dec. 17, 2014

Pacific Cascade Middle School is closed today because of a threat to four teachers.

The decision was made this morning, according to an email to parents.

“We have just learned this morning of a typed letter left outside a teacher’s classroom threatening violence against four PCMS staff members this Friday,” the email read. “The note also contains unspecified threats to do violence at lunch or during the school’s winter assembly on Friday and makes reference to having access to a gun.

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Issaquah School District teachers earn national certifications

December 16, 2014

Thirty-one teachers in the Issaquah School District earned their National Board Certifications this year, district officials announced Dec. 5.

Issaquah is among the top 15 districts in the nation this year for the number of newly certified teachers, and the 31 new additions gives Issaquah a total of 155 board-certified teachers.

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Inglewood students compete in national math event

December 9, 2014

Sixty-eight students at Inglewood Middle School participated in the 30th annual American Mathematics Competition 8, held the week of Nov. 17-21.

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High-school musicians chosen for all-star groups

December 9, 2014

Fifty-two high-school music students from the Lake Washington School District have been accepted to the National Association for Music Education’s All-Northwest groups and the Washington Music Educators Association’s All-State groups for 2015.

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Middle-school students earn all-state recognition

December 9, 2014

Thirty-eight middle-school students from the Lake Washington School District were chosen for the Washington Music Educators Association’s Junior All-State ensembles, which will perform at the WMEA conference in Spokane on Feb. 14.

Students from Sammamish, along with their grade level, instrument and the school they attend, are:

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Lake Washington schools honored for Advanced Placement achievements

November 29, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 29, 2014

The Lake Washington School District was one of 14 districts in the state to be named to CollegeBoard’s fifth annual AP District Honor Roll.

A total of 547 school districts across the U.S. and six Canadian provinces earned the honor for increasing access to Advanced Placement courses while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP exams.

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Parents pledge to make parties alcohol- and drug-free

November 26, 2014

How many parents know and understand what is happening in the community with teens and their choices to use alcohol, marijuana and other drugs?

The Eastlake High School PTSA hosted a Plateau Parent Night last month to bring parents up to date regarding alcohol and other drug trends, as well as the growing numbers of teen depression within the community.

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Issaquah schools launch updated website

November 26, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 26, 2014

The Issaquah School District is using an updated website designed to improve access to frequently visited pages and be more user-friendly for smartphones, tablets and desktop computers.

Visitors to the website should notice the same navigation links have been retained across the top of the page. New tabs have been added for parents, new parents, community and staff.

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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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