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.

Schools get donations for programs, materials

October 7, 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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Local students chosen as National Merit semifinalists

October 7, 2014

Fifteen Sammamish residents were named as 2015 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists last month, part of a group of 16,000 academically talented seniors nationwide.

The local nominees include four Eastlake High School students — Akanksha Bawa, Ashwathy Goutham, Gabriel See and Cheng Shan. Eastside Catholic’s Tinuola Dada and Amali Fernando were also selected.

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Eastlake music boosters’ clothing drive continues through Friday

October 7, 2014

NEW — 12:49 p.m. Oct. 7, 2014

The Eastlake High School music boosters’ Clothes for the Cause fundraiser continues through Oct. 10 at the school’s parking lot.

The group is collecting used clothing and textiles to raise money for the school’s music department activities. Clothing and shoes, regardless of condition, will be accepted, along with purses, towels, blankets, curtains, coats, stuffed animals and other cloth-based items.

Items that won’t be accepted include breakables, electronics, pillows, hotel linens or carpeting.

A large truck will be parked at the school. Drop-off times are from 7-9 a.m. Oct. 8, and from 2-7 p.m. Oct. 9-10. Donors should place their items in plastic bags during hours that volunteers are staffing the truck.

School board holds study session about Tiger Mountain’s future

September 30, 2014

After months of discussion, questions and public criticism, the Issaquah School Board is still trying to decide the long-term fate of Tiger Mountain Community High School.

The board met with several district administrators Sept. 24 in a roundtable-format study session. Much of the two-hour meeting was spent addressing concerns about what happens to students if the district’s plan to close the alternative school next year is approved.

The board held two public hearings on the matter earlier in September, but a timeline for making a decision hasn’t been announced.

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