LWSD students earn state music honors

November 24, 2015

NEW — 2:36 p.m. Nov. 24, 2015

Forty-seven Lake Washington School District high-school music students have been accepted to the 2016 Washington Music Educators Association’s high school all-state honor groups.

The students will perform at the WMEA State Conference in Yakima on Feb. 14, 2016. The list includes several Eastlake High School students, who are listed below: Read more

Through silence, Renaissance students lift up homeless voices

November 18, 2015

NEW – 3:55 p.m., Nov. 18, 2015

Most middle-school teachers can relate to the verbal overload that comes from working with groups of preteens for several hours each day. Read more

Construction bond may be ultimate answer for LWSD

November 17, 2015

NEW — 3:46 p.m. Nov. 17, 2015

After nearly a year of work by the Lake Washington School District Long Term Facilities Task Force, P.S. Reilly, a task force member and parent, called its recommendations “a reasonable person’s approach to what is a very tough problem.”

The tough problem is the issue of classroom capacity and aging schools in a rapidly-growing school district. The “reasonable person” is the collective thoughts of the 63-person task force as well as the larger community, represented by input collected during the process.

The task force’s 254-page report was presented to the district’s board of directors at its Nov. 9 meeting.

To sum up the report, the task force recommends the district build more schools to meet growing needs, with some guidance on how to approach building. Updating or replacing aging schools can also add more classrooms. Read more

Issaquah School Board earns distinction honor

November 5, 2015

NEW — 1:58 p.m. Nov. 5, 2015

The Issaquah School Board was one of nine entities labeled a “Board of Distinction” by the Washington State School Directors’ Association Nov. 4.

Issaquah joined school boards from Auburn, Ferndale, Kent, Puyallup, Riverview, South Kitsap, University Place and West Valley (Spokane).

“Each of these boards is a great example of the excellent work of Washington’s 295 school boards and 1,477 school board members,” said Chris Nieuwenhuis, president of the association. “We applaud their commitment to their students and communities.” Read more

Lake Washington School District is state’s fourth largest

November 5, 2015

NEW — 1:34 p.m. Nov. 5, 2015

The Lake Washington School District serves nearly 28,000 students, making it the fourth largest district in the state. Only the Seattle, Spokane and Tacoma school districts are larger.

The district’s enrollment grew by 1,114 students last year, bringing the total to 27,830 as of Oct. 1, according to a Lake Washington news release.

This year’s increase follows five straight years of enrollment increases, and forecasts expect that to continue. The district is projected to grow to more than 30,000 students by the 2020-2021 school year, according to the news release. Read more

District to seek public input on school start times

November 3, 2015

NEW — 2:53 p.m. Nov. 3, 2015

The Issaquah School Board wants the public’s help in deciding whether or not any changes in starting and stopping times for the local school day are desirable.

They also need to determine if changes are feasible.

“There certainly is a lot of energy around it,” said Superintendent Ron Thiele at an Issaquah School Board meeting Oct. 28.

Thiele added that if the board wants to put changes in place for the 2016-2017 school year, they need to make a decision on the topic by March 2016. Read more

Journey to the White House: Skyline’s Gretel Von Bargen is state’s 2015 Presidential Award-winning science teacher

November 3, 2015

NEW — 2:45 p.m. Nov. 3, 2015

Gretel Von Bargen’s vacation plans took an interesting twist this past summer.

One hundred and ten miles into a “lifetime bucket list” backpacking trip on the John Muir Trail with her husband, Von Bargen, a teacher at Skyline High School, received a special invitation to fly to Washington, D.C., meet President Obama, and be recognized by the National Science Foundation with a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Although it meant cutting the hiking trip short, there was no way Von Bargen could miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Von Bargen said that was when the real, epic journey began, as the couple proceeded to “hike, boat, hitchhike, train, bus and drive home from California” in time for her to catch a flight to Washington D.C. and participate in the awards ceremony.

The ceremony in the nation’s capital was the culmination of a process that began in November 2012 when Von Bargen’s former principal, Lisa Hechtman, nominated her for the award. For six months, Von Bargen worked on an extensive application packet that included essays, videos of her teaching, and letters of recommendation. Read more

Eastlake High School students get financial reality check at BECU event

November 3, 2015

NEW — 2:27 p.m. Nov. 3, 2015

Eastlake High School sophomore Ashley Croshaw has “a greater appreciation for my parents because I now realize how much stuff they have to pay for.”

She called the Financial Reality Fair, hosted by Boeing Employees Credit Union workers, eye-opening and said, “It gave me a glimpse into real life and actually how much it costs.”

Local BECU employees used their “Closed For Good” day off work on Oct. 20 to host the Financial Reality Fair at Eastlake. About 100 students in related classes took part in this event.

Students received a packet that contained a worksheet. On the worksheet, each student was given a job with a realistic yearly salary and a total monthly take-home amount. Read more

Issaquah School District sends $533.5 million bond issue to April ballot

October 30, 2015

NEW — 11:43 a.m. Oct. 30, 2015

The Issaquah School District is asking voters to approve a $533.5 million bond sale that will appear on the April 26 ballot.

The Issaquah School Board unanimously approved the issue at its meeting Oct. 28 following months of discussion.

If approved, the money will go toward a fourth comprehensive high school at a cost of $120 million, along with the district’s sixth middle school with a price tag of $74 million.

The district also is hoping for two new elementary schools — numbers 16 and 17 — with price tags of $36.5 million and $38 million. Read more

Sammamish students save environment through recycling program

October 29, 2015

NEW — 2:02 p.m. Oct. 29, 2015

Students at Cascade Ridge Elementary School are saving the environment one applesauce pouch at a time.

The school is making a difference this year by recycling their lunchtime waste with TerraCycle, a leader in the collection and repurposing of hard-to-recycle post-consumer waste.

Cascade Ridge students have already collected 1,257 empty applesauce pouches this year. Since signing up for the TerraCycle recycling program, the school has saved a total of 2,663 pouches from local landfills. Read more

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