September 9, 2014
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.
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.
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.
September 3, 2014
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
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
June 17, 2014
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.
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