Rachel Carson Elementary School kids head back to class

September 9, 2014

Photos by Neil Pierson Teacher MaryLou Luce greets her fourth- and fifth-grade students during the first day of class Sept. 2 at Rachel Carson Elementary School.

Photos by Neil Pierson
Teacher MaryLou Luce greets her fourth- and fifth-grade students during the first day of class Sept. 2 at Rachel Carson Elementary School.

Natalie Nickels, a fifth-grade student ambassador, helps a fellow Rachel Carson Elementary student find her way to class after stepping off the school bus.

Natalie Nickels, a fifth-grade student ambassador, helps a fellow Rachel Carson Elementary student find her way to class after stepping off the school bus.

Clad in bright yellow patrol vests, parent volunteers Mikal McCarthy, left, and Julie Henderson help direct a family where it needs to go on the first day of school at Rachel Carson Elementary School.

Clad in bright yellow patrol vests, parent volunteers Mikal McCarthy, left, and Julie Henderson help direct a family where it needs to go on the first day of school at Rachel Carson Elementary School.

Clad in bright yellow patrol vests, parent volunteers Mikal McCarthy, left, and Julie Henderson help direct a family where it needs to go on the first day of school at Rachel Carson Elementary School.

Clad in bright yellow patrol vests, parent volunteers Mikal McCarthy, left, and Julie Henderson help direct a family where it needs to go on the first day of school at Rachel Carson Elementary School.

Public invited to Common Core town hall Sept. 15

September 9, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 9, 2014

Parents, teachers, activists and anyone interested in discussing or learning more about the growing controversy surrounding Common Core are invited to a public forum about the standards.

The forum is at 6 p.m. Sept. 15 at Pacific Cascade Middle School, 24635 S.E. Issaquah-Fall City Road.

Hear from legislators, educators, activists and policy experts on both sides of the issue of Common Core Standards. Questions from the media and the audience will be answered.

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Back to school: 10 ways to keep students, pedestrians and motorists safe

September 4, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 3, 2014

As the new school year begins today in the Issaquah School District, AAA Washington urges drivers to be aware and extra cautious when traveling in school zones, backing out of driveways and navigating through parking lots and neighborhoods.

More than 1.1 million students in Washington state are preparing for back to school, which brings an increase in child pedestrian activity in and around roadways, especially during morning and afternoon hours.

In the Issaquah district, 135 buses travel more than 1.2 million miles and provide rides to and from schools and school-related activities to more than 8,000 students.

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Hearing coming on Tiger Mountain High School

September 3, 2014

The Issaquah School Board will hold a pair of hearings on their plans to close Tiger Mountain Community High School.

The district has plans to close the alternative high school while it builds a new school on the land. It then plans to re-open another alternative school, possibly working under a different model than Tiger Mountain.

The hearings are set for 5:30 p.m. Sept. 10 and 7 p.m. Sept. 17 at the school district boardroom, 565 NW Holly St. in Issaquah.

Pine Lake Middle School Spirit Day introduces students to middle school

September 3, 2014

Photos by Neil Pierson Hundreds of students and parents showed up Aug. 22 to Pine Lake Middle School’s Spirit Day event, a chance for incoming sixth-graders to learn about their school, and meet teachers and new friends.

Photos by Neil Pierson
Hundreds of students and parents showed up Aug. 22 to Pine Lake Middle School’s Spirit Day event, a chance for incoming sixth-graders to learn about their school, and meet teachers and new friends.

From left, Pine Lake Middle School sixth-graders Kevin Harmon, Brennon Lee and Jakob Stavehaug use teamwork to pass along a Hula Hoop.

From left, Pine Lake Middle School sixth-graders Kevin Harmon, Brennon Lee and Jakob Stavehaug use teamwork to pass along a Hula Hoop.

Pine Lake Middle School student Karlee Wilson gets help from her mom, Julie, to decorate her locker during the school’s orientation day Aug. 22.

Pine Lake Middle School student Karlee Wilson gets help from her mom, Julie, to decorate her locker during the school’s orientation day Aug. 22.

Pine Lake Middle School Principal Michelle Caponigro speaks to a large group of incoming sixth-graders during the school’s Aug. 22 Spirit Day.

Pine Lake Middle School Principal Michelle Caponigro speaks to a large group of incoming sixth-graders during the school’s Aug. 22 Spirit Day.

Sixth-grader Brady Smart runs back to his teammates during a relay race.

Sixth-grader Brady Smart runs back to his teammates during a relay race.

From left, students Amanda Abeyta, Daniel Hong, Samantha Pell and Lana Madkour pass a ball during the Aug. 22 Spirit Day orientation event.

From left, students Amanda Abeyta, Daniel Hong, Samantha Pell and Lana Madkour pass a ball during the Aug. 22 Spirit Day orientation event.

Numbers don’t lie: Inglewood Middle School students loving new summer math work

August 31, 2014

New: Aug. 31, 2:17 p.m.

Summer weather in the Puget Sound region has been awfully friendly, and most children are taking advantage of the perpetual sunshine with outdoor activities like bike riding, swimming and sports.
But Inglewood Middle School students are also filling their summer schedule with time at their home computers. A few years ago, the Lake Washington School District began implementing IXL, an online math program, and the results have been overwhelmingly positive.
Inglewood started using IXL in its math classes during the 2013-14 school year after principal Tim Patterson and several teachers paid a visit to neighboring Evergreen Middle School in Redmond. Read more

Schools getting creative to bolster kindness ideals

August 30, 2014

New: August 30, 2014, 12:15 p.m.

Kym Clayton has a child who struggles with social skills and speech delays, and in her quest to find help, she stumbled across an idea from a suburban school in Pennsylvania.
Christian Bucks, a student at Roundtown Elementary School in York, Pa., invented a simple but effective way of helping children who were feeling sad or lonely. His Buddy Bench concept – a bench where kids can sit when they’re in need of a friend – has spread like wildlife in less than a year, reaching schools around the world. Read more

Skyline Graduation 2014

June 17, 2014

Beaver Lake Middle School mourns, memorializes teacher

June 15, 2014

New: June 15, 11:14 a.m.

Chuck Lee has left a lasting legacy for his colleagues and students at Beaver Lake Middle School, with or without any kind of tribute on their part.
Lee, 58, died Feb. 6 after a decade-long battle with cancer. He’d made an impression on countless individuals during his teaching and coaching career in the Issaquah School District, which spanned 24 years.

One of Chuck Lee’s favorite activities was the annual International Talk Like a Pirate Day, which gave him license to don a funny hat and an eye patch. Lee, who taught and coached for 13 years at Beaver Lake Middle School, died in February.   Contributed photo

One of Chuck Lee’s favorite activities was the annual International Talk Like a Pirate Day, which gave him license to don a funny hat and an eye patch. Lee, who taught and coached for 13 years at Beaver Lake Middle School, died in February. Contributed photo

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Creekside earns prestigious honor for leadership training

June 8, 2014

New: June 8, 2:16 p.m.

Ines Kaminski’s family moved from Germany to the United States three years ago, and she had very few English skills when she arrived at Creekside Elementary School.
Thanks to the school’s English Language Learners program and its Leader in Me system, Kaminski is not only surviving in her new environment, she’s thriving. The fifth-grader performed an excerpt of a French opera during the school’s third annual Leadership Day on May 28.
“I am now a fluent English speaker, reader and writer,” Kaminski told an audience of 80 visitors representing 13 school districts, who were in attendance to learn more about the Leader in Me approach Creekside has been using since it opened in 2010. Read more

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