Cascade Ridge Elementary School teacher earns leadership title

January 17, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 17, 2015

Anjuli Johnston, a fifth-grade teacher at Cascade Ridge Elementary School in the Issaquah School District, was recently named a teacher leader by the Puget Sound Educational Service District.

Anjuli Johnston

Anjuli Johnston

The PSESD used a competitive hiring process to find 15 new teacher leaders who joined with 10 returning ones.

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LWSD launches online open house for facility planning

January 13, 2015

The Lake Washington School District’s long-term facilities planning task force began working last month, and has launched an online open house aimed at gathering community feedback about school facilities.

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Eastlake High School students advance in art competition

January 13, 2015

Four Eastlake High School students have qualified for the Washington State PTA’s 2015 Reflections art competition.

The students are Jessica Birchfield (visual arts), Melissa Birchfield (literature), Heather Keyser (photography) and Liam Thrun (photography).

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Skyline High School seniors use their business smarts to help charities

December 31, 2014

When Arjun Narayan began researching search engine concepts, he discovered the humongous profits he could tap into.

Contributed From left, Skyline High School seniors Parker Ciambrone, Arjun Narayan and Justin Zhong have collaborated to create Fundify, a search engine that donates 70 percent of its profits to charities.

From left, Skyline High School seniors Parker Ciambrone, Arjun Narayan and Justin Zhong have collaborated to create Fundify, a search engine that donates 70 percent of its profits to charities.

Google alone makes about $50 billion per year from advertising, money that trickles in from millions of online searches taking place every day.

“I thought, if we could take a small part of that and channel it toward nonprofits, we can create a big social impact,” Narayan said.

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Lake Washington School District teachers earn national certificates

December 30, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 30, 2014

Ten teachers from Sammamish-area schools were among 28 educators in the Lake Washington School District who recently achieved National Board Certification status from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

Seven of the teachers are from Eastlake High School: Darin Fisher (English, language arts); Kathrine Hauser (math); Jenine Hutsell (English, language arts); Jennifer Macchiarella (English, language arts); Rebecca Nelson (English, language arts); Sarah Norris (English, language arts) and Mariana Timofte (math).

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Eastside Catholic teachers achieve national certifications

December 29, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 29, 2014

Eastside Catholic School announced Dec. 4 that four teachers earned their National Board Certification in 2014.

The newly certified teachers are high school Vice Principal Justyna King, high school science teacher Tara Maloney, high school art teacher Megan McDermott and middle school science teacher Erin Vickers.

Eastside Catholic now has seven teachers with national certifications.

“National Board Certification sets high standards for what teachers should know and be able to do as accomplished educators,” ECS Principal Polly Skinner said in a news release. “Enhancing student achievement is the ultimate outcome of earning this advanced teacher credential.”

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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