State schools superintendent releases plan to fully fund basic education

April 21, 2015

At an April 14 press conference, state Superintendent Randy Dorn released a plan to fully fund basic education costs, to help state legislators comply with a state Supreme Court mandate.

The state is under court order to produce a complete plan detailing how it intends to fully fund K-12 basic education without the use of local funding. Neither Gov. Jay Inslee nor the Legislature has introduced such a plan.

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Eastside Catholic hires new president

April 7, 2015

John T. Kennedy will be the next president of Eastside Catholic School, effective July 1, the school announced  March 26.

John T. Kennedy

John T. Kennedy

Kennedy will join Eastside Catholic from Wakefield School in The Plains, Virginia, where he serves as assistant headmaster for finance and operations.

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Eastlake students win at Teen CEO competition

April 7, 2015

Eastlake High School students Riley Kendall and Anthony Humay won prizes at the recent Teen CEO competition through the Lake Washington School District.

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Schools look to learn from new Healthy Youth Survey

March 31, 2015

Results from a new survey show Issaquah School District students aren’t very different from students around the state when it comes to using alcohol, drugs, cigarettes and other behavior.

At a March 25 study session, district officials shared results of the 2014 Healthy Youth Survey with Issaquah School Board members.

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Residents still object to access at new Sunny Hills school

March 31, 2015

Despite resident complaints, the Issaquah School District plans to start construction of the new Sunny Hills Elementary School, complete with access for buses off 235th Place Southeast.

The end of that sentence is bound not to sit well with some residents near the school, especially those in the Timbercrest subdivision.

“The Sunny Hills process is moving forward,” said Steve Crawford, director of capital projects for the district.

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Rachel Carson Elementary School raises $16,000 for cancer research

March 31, 2015

Staff, students and families at Rachel Carson Elementary School raised more than $16,000 in the past month through the Pennies for Patients drive.

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Apply by April 13 for new scholarship

March 29, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. March 29, 2015

The Issaquah Schools Foundation has created a new scholarship to help Issaquah School District juniors and graduating seniors continue their educational journey.

The foundation’s new Impact Scholarship will be awarded to students who submit essays about the ways foundation-funded programs have enriched their education.

The Impact Scholarship will be awarded in two categories. Entries to the Written category will be judged on answers to two essay questions. Students who enter under the Presentation category will be judged on a five-minute oral presentation of their written essays.

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Learn about being a school board member at information night

March 26, 2015

NEW — Noon March 26, 2015

Community members interested in serving on the Issaquah School Board can learn about the process for applying and running for office at an informational meeting April 2.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the ISD Administration Building, 565 N.W. Holly St., Issaquah.

Three current board members will be in attendance to offer their perspective, share their experiences and answer questions.

Skyline preschool provides the best of both worlds

March 25, 2015

Deep within Skyline High School, there’s a room that serves as a quasi-laboratory for preschool students trying to learn vital social and academic skills, and high-school students looking to take the first steps on a possible career path.

The Skyline preschool has been around for many years, but some parents might not be aware of its existence, said Michelle Campbell, the program’s lead teacher.

By Neil Pierson Teacher Annemarie Willey plays with a group of students at the Skyline High School preschool March 10. The school serves a few dozen families, and is accepting new students, ages 3-5, for the 2015-16 year.

By Neil Pierson
Teacher Annemarie Willey plays with a group of students at the Skyline High School preschool March 10. The school serves a few dozen families, and is accepting new students, ages 3-5, for the 2015-16 year.

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Issaquah schools studying options for 2016 bond vote

March 25, 2015

Three years ago, Issaquah School District voters approved a $219 million bond measure to refurbish and expand several facilities.

Next year, they’ll likely be asked to do something similar.

Issaquah officials have formed a bond feasibility committee, which will work for the next two months to study options for a ballot proposal that could be presented to voters in the first half of 2016.

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