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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Sweets from the Spartans

October 14, 2014

By Greg Farrar Skyline High School freshman class royalty Mariah Alexander (from left), Danielle Bae and Claire Wate throw candy to youngsters greeting them along the route of the school’s annual Homecoming parade Oct. 10.

By Greg Farrar
Skyline High School freshman class royalty Mariah Alexander (from left), Danielle Bae and Claire Wate throw candy to youngsters greeting them along the route of the school’s annual Homecoming parade Oct. 10.

College news — Oct. 15

October 14, 2014

Ten Sammamish students made the president’s honor roll for the 2014 summer semester at Washington State University in Pullman: Tyler John Bongiani, Stephanie Laine Coffey, Jonathan  Cook, Brianna Erin Dankberg, Hannah Ellen Goehri, Konrads Timothy Leitis, Jocelynne Lo, Mitch Duncan Matsuo, Thomas Peyton Pelluer and Jordan Waverly Richards.

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Lake Washington School District asks for public input about adding more classrooms

October 14, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 14, 2014

The Lake Washington School District finished all of its projects from a 2006 bond measure on time and under budget, and officials are planning to use the remaining money to build more classrooms for the fastest-growing district in King County.

District officials estimate they’ll have about $12 million left from a $436 million bond sale authorized eight years ago. That money was used to modernize 11 schools throughout the district, and also to build Carson Elementary School in Sammamish.

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Healthy Youth Survey is next week, parents can opt out by tomorrow

October 9, 2014

NEW — 10:30 a.m. Oct. 9, 2014

The Issaquah School District will join other public school districts across the state in administering the 2014 Healthy Youth Survey to students Oct. 14-17.

The survey is voluntary and confidential, and is open to students in grades six, eight, 10 and 12. It is designed to gather information and plan programs to support students in their school and in the community.

Parents and students can opt out of the survey by calling their school’s office by Oct. 10. Learn more about the survey here.

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