Learning never stops for our teachers. August 19-20 educators were busy prepping for the new school year at the Powerful Learning Conference. Keynote speakers Dr. Yong Zhao, Presidential Chair and Director of the Institute for Global and Online Education in the College of Education and the University of Oregon and Myron Dueck, Teacher and Vice Principal at Summerland in British Columbia, and author of Grading Smarter, Not Harder shared powerful messages about our students’ globally competitive environment and how to best assess and motivate students for effective learning.
New teachers were welcomed to the District last week with an orientation and luncheon. Superintendent Ron Thiele shared encouragement and excitement for the upcoming school year with our new teachers and wished them an exciting start to their teaching careers in the Issaquah School District.
Incoming kindergartners and their parents practiced riding school buses during Transportation’s “Ride the Big Yellow Bus” event last week. This three day annual event helped prepare new bus riders and parents for the upcoming school year. Each school bus drove a modified route designed to demonstrate a typical bus ride to and from school. Before beginning the bus ride, transportation specialists spoke to each bus of riders about bus etiquette, bus safety, and offered helpful tips to parents to ensure each student makes it home safely. After the bus ride, students practiced safely exiting the bus and crossing the street and received a bus safety handbook.
The Classroom in the Woods Interpretive Trail at Maple Hills Elementary is looking wonderful thanks to the efforts of a hard working volunteer crew who spent a recent Saturday morning spreading bark chips on the path. The volunteers included families, alumni, students, and staff. During the upcoming school year, Maple Hills students will use the interpretive trail to learn about the temperate forest ecosystem and write informational texts which will be published on sign posts along the trail. A special thanks goes to The Issaquah Schools Foundation for funding this project.
Over the summer Apollo Elementary School opened the library doors to encourage summer reading and provide multiple storytelling events for students and families.
On one such occasion, local storyteller Norm Brecke entertained students. His interactive folk tales encouraged students to make funny faces, sing, and create story lines.
Apollo Elementary Librarian, Carol Fujioka, shared, “This is the first time we’ve opened up the library during the summer. IT’s exciting to see so many students interested in reading.”
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