565 NW Holly Street, Issaquah, WA 98027
(425) 837-7000
 

Snapshots

Do you have a great school snapshot?
Contact L Michelle about posting it to this webpage.

Summer School Robotics

Published Monday, 28 July 2014

Fourth and fifth grade students learned the fundamentals of robotics with LEGO Mindstorm Kits during summer school. For their final projects, teams of students programmed robots to follow path they had created.

Summer School Robotics

STEM Engineering

Published Friday, 25 July 2014

Middle School students engineered a harmless holder during STEM summer school.

STEM Engineering

Plankton Towing the Deep at Lake Crescent

Published Monday, 21 July 2014

Summer School Ecology students recently spent 5 days at the NatureBridge facility in the Olympic National Park. During the course, students designed and collected data related to a field ecology research problem of their choosing. Students also researched forest, stream, and lake organism diversity and density.

Plankton Towing the Deep at Lake Crescent

Hiking to Poo Poo Point

Published Wednesday, 09 July 2014

Summer School PE students hiked to Poo Poo Point on Tiger Mountain under sunny skies this week.

Hiking to Poo Poo Point

Members of the Teaching and Learning Department Work with International Literacy Consultant

Published Tuesday, 01 July 2014

Literacy Support Teachers and members of ISD’s Teaching and Learning Department met with International Literacy Consultant and Author, Lucy Calkins at a recent Teacher’s College Writing Institute at Columbia University this week. The district’s elementary writing curriculum is based on Lucy Calkins work. Teachers had an opportunity to learn from Calkins and many other top notch educators on best practices in literacy and writing instruction. From left to right: Tami Westmorland, Literacy Support Teacher, Cougar Ridge; Cim Dew, Literacy Support Teacher, Maple Hills and Clark; Lucy Calkins, International Literacy Consultant and Author; and Emilie Hard, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning

Members of the Teaching and Learning Department Work with International Literacy Consultant

Kateri Brow Memorial School Art Collection

Published Thursday, 26 June 2014

The newest piece to be added to the district’s Kateri Brow Memorial School Art Collection was introduced to an appreciative crowd at the June 25 school board meeting. Superintendent Ron Thiele helped Thomas Rosario, a first grader in the 2013-2014 school year from Sunset Elementary, unveil his artwork titled, “The Bird”. In his artist’s statement, Thomas wrote “The bird is a young bird, a baby – he hasn’t flown yet but he knows he can, he believes he can. He is ready.” Each year the administration building purchases one or two pieces of artwork selected from the works displayed at the PTSA’s Reflections Art show each year. The Superintendent presented Thomas a check made out in his name for $50.00. The artwork will be displayed in the ISD Administration Building for many years to come.

Kateri Brow Memorial School Art Collection

Liberty High School Senior Lara Khalil Receives $2500 Cedar Grove “Seeds for Scholars” Scholarship

Published Thursday, 19 June 2014

Congratulations to Laura Khalil! Lara, who just graduated from Liberty High School, received a $2,500 “Seeds for Scholars” scholarship from Cedar Grove Composting. Lara earned a 3.63 GPA and, according to her teacher, Erin Stephens, “has worked extremely hard to get where she is. Lara’s first language is not English and she and is paying for post-secondary education on her own. This scholarship is an essential piece of the puzzle for paying for college.” Lara will also have an opportunity to interview for an internship at Cedar Grove this summer and every summer she is in college.

Liberty High School Senior Lara Khalil Receives $2500 Cedar Grove “Seeds for Scholars” Scholarship

Signing Off on the Old Gym Floor at Apollo Elementary

Published Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Renovations continue at Apollo Elementary and will include a brand new gym floor, which will be installed over the summer. PE teacher, Todd Johnson, wanted students to commemorate the current gym floor before demolition and thought it would be fun to have all of the students at Apollo sign a section. Pictured is the 5th grade section with student signatures.

Signing Off on the Old Gym Floor at Apollo Elementary

Cougar Ridge Elementary Student Council Supports Children Affected by Cancer through Camp Goodtimes Fundraiser

Published Tuesday, 17 June 2014

The Cougar Ridge Elementary Student Council is always looking for ways to contribute to their community. For their spring humanitarian project, the group decided to raise funds through donations for Camp Goodtimes. Along with their charitable contributions, an anonymous donor challenged the Student Council with a funding match. For each dollar raised throughout the week long fundraising campaign the anonymous donor matched in contributions. The Cougar Ridge Student Council collected $2000 from the student body and was matched by the anonymous donor for a total of $4,000 raised for Camp Goodtimes. Camp Goodtimes West was established in 1984 on Vashon Island to provide a no cost camp environment for children affected by cancer where they can recapture the joys of childhood. To learn more about Camp Goodtimes and the Goodtimes Project, visit www.thegoodtimesproject.org

Cougar Ridge Elementary Student Council Supports Children Affected by Cancer through Camp Goodtimes Fundraiser

Issaquah Middle School Music Students Celebrate Achievement

Published Monday, 16 June 2014

The Issaquah Middle School advanced band, orchestra, and chorus classes recently travelled to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho where they competed in the Silverwood Music in the Parks Festival. The three groups represented the school with pride and took home exceptional reviews and awards. The band was awarded second place in the middle school division and received a rating of Excellent. The orchestra was awarded first place in the middle school division and received a Superior rating. The chorus was awarded first place in the middle school division and was recognized as the best overall chorus for middle schools and junior highs.

Issaquah Middle School Music Students Celebrate Achievement

Discovery Fifth Graders Serve Up a Warm Meal

Published Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Fifth graders at Discovery Elementary are passionate about helping their community. On April 29th, a group of fifth graders served dinner to the residents of Tent City 4 after careful planning and preparation. Students also hung posters at school and made announcements encouraging their fellow schoolmates to donate supplies to Tent City 4 residents.

Discovery Fifth Graders Serve Up a Warm Meal

Fifth Graders Enjoy Camping at Camp Warm Beach

Published Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Fifth graders at Sunny Hills, along with their teachers, the Dean of Students, the Nurse and many fabulous parent volunteers recently attended their fifth grade camp at Camp Warm Beach in Stanwood on May 14, 15, and 16. Everyone in attendance had a great time and the weather was wonderful. Groups of students and adults attended outdoor educational classes and the occasional fifth grade teacher was seen cartwheeling for a digital scavenger hunt.

Fifth Graders Enjoy Camping at Camp Warm Beach

Liberty Sings Superior at Silverwood

Published Monday, 09 June 2014

Liberty High Women’s Concert Chorale and The Liberty Singers mixed choir, both received superior ratings and took first place in their divisions at the recent “Music in the Parks” competition in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Both groups had amazing performances and were recognized for their kindness and inclusive attitudes towards other singers. After the thrill of the competition, students wound down with a fun afternoon at Silverwood Theme Park.

Liberty Sings Superior at Silverwood

Honoring VOICE Mentor Volunteers

Published Friday, 06 June 2014

The Issaquah Schools District Office hosted a reception celebrating the VOICE Mentor Volunteers who work with students in our schools. Mentors were treated to live jazz music by the Issaquah High Jazz Band and a preview of new recruitment videos produced by Issaquah High video students. VOICE stands for Volunteers of Issaquah Changing Education and is funded by the Issaquah Schools Foundation. You can be a VOICE mentor! For more information visit voicementor.org.

Honoring VOICE Mentor Volunteers

Skyline Rocketry Team Soars to New Heights

Published Thursday, 05 June 2014

Congratulations to the Skyline High Rocketry Team for their achievements at the Team America Rocketry Challenge National Fly-Offs. The team recently competed against 102 teams in Virginia. After an intense competition, the rocketeers placed 28th in the nation. This is their best finish in the competition since 2004 and their fifth trip to nationals. The team was excited about their achievements and has already started planning their rocket for next year’s competition.

Skyline Rocketry Team Soars to New Heights

Issaquah High Special Olympics Track and Field Team Qualifies for State

Published Wednesday, 04 June 2014

The Issaquah High Special Olympics Track and Field team recently competed at the Regional Special Olympics Track and Field meet. After rigorous competition, the team qualified for State and earned 12 gold medals, 8 silver medals, and 9 bronze medals. The team will compete in early June at the State competition.

Issaquah High Special Olympics Track and Field Team Qualifies for State

Briarwood Book Swap

Published Tuesday, 03 June 2014

Instead of running outside to play, some students at Briarwood Elementary were eagerly swapping books. Students surrounded tables lined with lightly used books during their recess. Students who participated brought gently used books from home that they then swapped for books brought by other students. This great opportunity allowed students to refresh their bookshelves with new and interesting titles for the summer.

Briarwood Book Swap

Kelly Munn Honored with Community Leadership Awards

Published Monday, 02 June 2014

The Issaquah School District honored Kelly Munn with its Community Leadership Award at the Washington School Administrator’s Association’s regional awards ceremony held on May 23, 2014. Kelly has been an active volunteer in the Issaquah School District and an advocate for public education for many years. Kelly’s leadership has been instrumental in helping the district maintain high quality programs and meet the demands of continued growth as co-chair of the Volunteers for Issaquah Schools Community Bond and Levy Committee. Over the years she has also been very active in PTSA and served on the board of the Issaquah Schools Foundation. Kelly has our sincere thanks for putting her heart and soul into public education and the Issaquah School District.

Kelly Munn Honored with Community Leadership Awards

Newcastle Students Find Success at Math Olympiad

Published Monday, 02 June 2014

Eleven teams from Newcastle Elementary recently took part in the statewide Math Olympiad hosted by the Washington State Mathematics Council. Throughout the competition, teams completed six different types of mathematical problems. These mathematical challenges included a long problem. Students deduced the surface area of a hand using two methods and communicated their mathematical thinking on five short problems using number sense, algebra, probability and statistics, geometry, and measurements. Based on their success with each mathematical challenge, teams were awarded either a medal or ribbon in the long problem category and the short problem categories. Seven teams received medals and five teams received ribbons. “All students did a wonderful job!” noted math advisors Liza Rickey and Trent Neugebauer. “We are so proud of their hard work and accomplishments. Thank you to all the families that supported Math Olympiad this year.”

Newcastle Students Find Success at Math Olympiad

Issaquah High Robotics Team Season Ends in Strong Finish

Published Thursday, 29 May 2014

The Issaquah High School Robotics Society (IRS) completed its competition season at the 2014 FIRST Robotics World Championship Event. IRS was among 400 teams that represented 43 states and 8 countries at the 2014 FIRST Robotics Championship. During the competition, IRS reached the divisional finals before being eliminated. The team ended the competition with a 7-3 record and was ranked 18th. IRS is only the second Washington team to ever reach the division finals at the World Championship, and the first Washington team to win a division finals match. Congratulations on a great season!

Issaquah High Robotics Team Season Ends in Strong Finish

Maywood MS student demos Soma Cube at School Board

Published Thursday, 29 May 2014

Maywood Middle School student, Will Russell, demonstrates a Soma Cube solution to the school board at the May 28 meeting. Several Maywood students and their teacher, Steve Wessel, gave a presentation about the school's new Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and Career and Technical Education (CTE) elective classes covering Automation and Robotics, Design and Modeling and Robotics. This middle school curriculum engages students and is a great preparation for taking STEM classes in high school.

Maywood MS student demos Soma Cube at School Board

Bike, Scoot, and Walk to School

Published Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Discovery Elementary recently celebrated National Bike Month by encouraging students to ride to school in style for their “Bike, Scoot, and Walk” event. Many students celebrated by pumping their pedals or feet to help preserve their health and the environment. Parents were encouraged to accompany their students and helped make this a fun and safe event.

Bike, Scoot, and Walk to School

Pioneer Bread Bakers

Published Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Ms. Nocente’s third grade class at Challenger Elementary had the opportunity to make bread during their recent unit on pioneers. An official baker from Starbucks visited their class and taught them about the differences of making bread as a pioneer versus how bread is made today. Many students enjoyed the hands on activity and were pleased with their baked bread.

Pioneer Bread Bakers

Issaquah Middle School Chorus Earns Superior Ratings

Published Tuesday, 27 May 2014

The Issaquah Middle School’s Seventh and Eighth Grade Choruses recently earned superior ratings at the Eastshore Choral Festival. The group performed three challenging pieces and had the opportunity to listen to performances by other area middle schools. Students gained valuable experience through adjudicator feedback and participated in constructive discussions regarding other competing choirs. The seventh and eighth grade choruses will perform their festival pieces at their final concert on June 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the Issaquah Middle Commons.

Issaquah Middle School Chorus Earns Superior Ratings

Building for the Future

Published Friday, 23 May 2014

Site Managers from Issaquah School District’s Before and After School Care Program spent several hours this week building props and carnival games getting ready for the program’s annual summer kickoff at Beaver Lake Middle School that takes place June 26. Pictured are: James LaFranchi (Grand Ridge), Eli Breckel (Beaver Lake), Amy Anderson (Endeavour), and Katie Lange (Specialist).

Building for the Future

Earth Heroes at Creekside

Published Friday, 23 May 2014

Fifth grade “Waste Watcher” Captains Maxim Chu, Eli Rubenstein, Lily Scott, Justin Tran, and Jocelyn Xie were recently recognized at the King County 2014 Earth Heroes at School Awards presentation for taking leadership roles in the Creekside Elementary food-scrap collection program. “Maxim, Eli, Lily, Justin, and Jocelyn go above and beyond their responsibilities of helping their peers sort their lunch waste into compostable food scraps, recyclables, and garbage by being proactive in seeing ways to improve and sustain our Waste Watcher program,” explained Judy Bowlby, Dean of Students at Creekside.

Earth Heroes at Creekside

Green Team Beautifies Campus

Published Thursday, 22 May 2014

Students, staff, and volunteers recently got their hands dirty as they helped with the Campus Beautification Project at Maple Hills Elementary. This green initiative was put together by the third grade green team and Dean of Students Tracy MaGee. Groups of volunteers helped weed the garden beds along the back of the school and helped spread bark in the garden beds at the front of the school.

Green Team Beautifies Campus

Walking Through Art

Published Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Thousands of pieces of student artwork were recently on display at Sunset Elementary during their annual PTA Art Walk. This event not only showcased student artists but also the great work that art docents and teachers do with their students.

Walking Through Art

Kiwanis Builders Club Chartered at Maywood

Published Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Maywood Middle School has a new club! Builders Club is a student-driven service organization at the middle school level that is part of the Kiwanis International family. The newly chartered club was recognized by its Issaquah Kiwanis Club sponsors in an official chartering ceremony. During the ceremony the benefits of service and the many projects recently completed by the group were highlighted. “Maywood students who are interested in service projects in the community and at school are welcome to participate in our bi-weekly meetings,” says Samantha Neff, Builders Club advisor. “So far the group has done an amazing job and I am thrilled with their progress.” After the ceremony, the club participated in their first service-driven field trip, visiting Spiritwood at Pine Lake, an assisted living and senior home community, to deliver tissue paper flowers and origami cranes students had made for the residents.

Kiwanis Builders Club Chartered at Maywood

Music to Our Ears

Published Friday, 16 May 2014

Congratulations to the Skyline Vocal Jazz ensemble that recently placed 3rd at the State Solo and Ensemble Competition in the large mixed ensemble division and to Emily Licholai who placed 2nd for her flute solo. The Jazz Vocal group competed against 22 regions from around the state.

Music to Our Ears

Career and Technical Education Showcase Spring 2014

Published Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Issaquah School District Career and Technical Education Department recently honored their top students at the 2014 Spring CTE Showcase. Students presented displays and were honored with achievement awards. View the video here: http://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/news/media/ViewMedia.aspx?MID=985

Career and Technical Education Showcase Spring 2014

Hold the Presses

Published Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Proactive fourth graders interested in journalism recently started the Creekside Elementary Newspaper Club. Before finding an advisor they created and published the very first edition entirely on their own. Seeing their keen interest in writing April Stevens, Guidance Counselor, offered to be the formal advisor for the Newspaper Club and opened it up to all other students who were interested in joining. The club now meets every other Wednesday morning at 8:30am. In between meetings, students are encouraged to work on their own articles. “The students really run the club. They decide what they want to write about,” explained April. “I just help them pull it all together into a newsletter format.”

Hold the Presses

Reflections Short Film Winner from Skyline

Published Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Congratulations to Skyline sophomore Jenne Bellavia! Jenne won first place in the 2014 Washington School Parent Teacher Association’s Reflections Contest in the Outstanding Interpretation in Film category for her short film The Dreamer in Each of Us. Her short film was one of more than 600 high school entries competing from all across the state. Jenna will now move onto the national competition in June representing Washington State.

Reflections Short Film Winner from Skyline

Liberty History Day Team to Send Competitors on to Nationals

Published Monday, 12 May 2014

Liberty High History Day Team recently competed at the State Championship at Green River Community College. More than 38 schools competed with the top nine entries moving on to Nationals. Liberty took an impressive four out of nine spots on the Nationals roster with Andrew Cooper placing first and Dhamanpreet Kaur placing second in the individual website competition. Lauren Hepp, Carlyn Schmidgall and Sally Rim placed second in the group website competition and Vincy Fok and Lorrin Johnson placed second in the group exhibit competition. Sabrina Suen finished sixth in the historical paper competition and Clara Bardot, Paige Hopkins, and Tyra Christopherson placed sixth in the group website competition. In the photo: Lorrin Johnson, Lauren Hepp, JoAnn Olsson, Sally Rim, Dhamanpreet Kaur, Paige Hopkins, Carlyn Schmidgall, Tyra Christopherson, Clara Bardot, (on floor) Vincy Fok. Not pictured: Andrew Cooper, Sabrina Suen, Joytsna Kuramkote, and Madison Nendick

Liberty History Day Team to Send Competitors on to Nationals

Congratulations to Marianna Vail, Orchestra Teacher at Beaver Lake Middle School

Published Thursday, 08 May 2014

Marianna has just been named President-Elect of the Washington American String Teachers Association. W-ASTA works with college students, private teachers, and school orchestra educators to enrich lives through the joy of teaching and playing stringed instruments. Marianna will serve two years as President Elect and then two as President.

Congratulations to Marianna Vail, Orchestra Teacher at Beaver Lake Middle School

National School Nurse Day May 7

Published Wednesday, 07 May 2014

Thank you to all of our nurses who do so much for our students and schools!

National School Nurse Day May 7

A Rocketing Success at Skyline

Published Tuesday, 06 May 2014

The Skyline Physics Club Rocketry Team has qualified to compete in the National “Team America Rocketry Challenge” National Fly-Offs. The team designed, constructed and launched a rocket weighing less than 650g equipped with two identical parachutes. Per the challenge requirements, the rocket successfully launched a raw egg to an altitude of exactly 825 feet while keeping it unbroken for 48-50 seconds of the launch. A member of the National Association of Rocketry scored the team and ranked them based on the sum of their best two flights and points received for precision and consistency in their rocket design. These scores were submitted to the National Team America Rocketry Challenge Board and the team ranked in the top 100 nationwide! Becky Fowler, club coordinator adds, “This is the third time in four years that we’ve qualified for the national fly-offs. In the past 10 years we’ve participated in the competition, this is the fifth time we’ve qualified!” The Team America Rocketry Challenge National Fly-Offs takes place in Virginia on May 10. Along with the rocketry competition, students will enjoy breakfast on Capitol Hill and visit the Air and Space Museums.

A Rocketing Success at Skyline

National Teacher Appreciation Week May 5-9

Published Monday, 05 May 2014

Tell us about your teachers and why they are so amazing! #IssaquahTeachersRock

National Teacher Appreciation Week May 5-9

Heartfelt Recognition

Published Monday, 05 May 2014

Morning kindergarten students at Cascade Ridge Elementary recognized Principal Fowler when they presented her with a heartfelt poster on National Principal’s Day.

Heartfelt Recognition

An Exciting Season for Liberty’s Robotics Team

Published Friday, 02 May 2014

Kudos to the Liberty High Robotics Team for an exciting season! The team, in only its third year of existence, started its season in its first district competition by winning the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Team Spirit Award. The team’s performance in its 2nd district competition earned them a second place overall finish and impressed the judges enough to earn the FIRST Judges Award. These two performances qualified the team for the Pacific Northwest FIRST Robotics Regional competition in Portland. They battled well against the best in Oregon and Washington, ultimately finishing in the top third in the region. Again Liberty’s Team Spirit, perseverance and professionalism impressed the FIRST Judges and awarded them FIRST Gracious Professionalism Award. To cap off this fantastic season, team president Christine Chappelle, was selected as a “Dean’s List” finalist. The Dean’s List honors team students around the world for their example of leadership, professionalism and promoting the ideals of FIRST.

An Exciting Season for Liberty’s Robotics Team

Students Practice Environmental Awareness on Earth Day

Published Friday, 25 April 2014

Each year Earth Day - April 22 - is marked with demonstrations of support for environmental protection and awareness. See how our students got involved and took action on the Issaquah School District facebook page.

Students Practice Environmental Awareness on Earth Day

A big shout out to the Maywood Math Club!

Published Thursday, 24 April 2014

After taking first place in the MathCounts Mt. Rainier Division competition, the team placed 15th in the recent state competition. The MathCounts Competition is a national middle school coaching and competitive program promoting mathematics achievement. A special thank you to parent volunteer, Doug Chappelle, Math Club Advisor at Maywood for your time and dedication on behalf of these students! Pictured from left to right: Mai Linh Tran, Spencer Slaton, Patrick Jarvis, Felicia Yan, and Doug Chappelle, Math Club Advisor.

A big shout out to the Maywood Math Club!

Congratulations to Skyline Students Accepted Into the Microsoft Summer Intern Program

Published Monday, 21 April 2014

Congratulations to the Skyline High School International Baccalaureate Program Computer Science Students Conner Gillette, Arjun Narayan, and Parker Ciambrone! After a rigorous application and interview process, each has landed one of 20 coveted summer internships for high school students at Microsoft.

Congratulations to Skyline Students Accepted Into the Microsoft Summer Intern Program

Endeavour Math Club Places Second In Math Is Cool Competition

Published Monday, 21 April 2014

Endeavour Elementary School’s Math Club students recently participated in the very challenging Math Is Cool competition in Blaine, WA. Teams tested their math skills with individual exams, mental math, probability and statistics, algebra, geometry, and a potpourri category. After hours of crunching numbers, analyzing statistics, and measuring angles, the Endeavour teams placed second among more than 100 teams in the state!

Endeavour Math Club Places Second In Math Is Cool Competition

Skyline HS Science Club Qualifies for State at Science Olympiad

Published Friday, 18 April 2014

In their first ever trip to the Regional Science Olympiad, Skyline High School’s Science Club qualified for the state competition and received an award for the highest scoring new team! The club sent a team of 15 students who participated in the competition's 23 rigorous events ranging from anatomy to magnetic levitation. Skyline’s Science Club includes: Akkshay Khoslaa, Rohan Perisitla, Annette Guo, Helen Song, Lisa Tang, Brian Shih, Kedar Yadav, Manoj Panchalavarapu, Claire Guo, Gokul Kumarresen, Jeffrey Cheng, Joe Zhang, Sudharsan Prabu, Neal Moorthy, and Arghya Kanadugali. The team brought home medals in five events. Arghya and Lisa placed first in Water Quality; Brian, Sudharsan, and Jeffrey placed first in Experimental Design; Lisa and Jeffrey placed second in Boomilever; Akkshay and Kedar placed third in Circuit Lab; and Lisa and Claire placed second in Entomology. Great job Skyline Science Club and good luck at state!

Skyline HS Science Club Qualifies for State at Science Olympiad

Liberty High School History Day Team Moves on to State

Published Thursday, 17 April 2014

Congratulations the Liberty High School History Day Team for their great work at the regional contest at Green River Community College. Many History Day Team students qualified for the state competition in May. Students qualified in the following topics: Individual Website: 1st Place Dhamanpreet Kaur – The Caste System of India, 2nd Place Brittany Toombs – Women’s Rights Movement, and 3rd Place Madison Nendick – The Cuban Revolution. Group Website: 2nd Place Clara Bardot, Paige Hopkins, and Tyra Christopherson – Misguided Responsibilities and Disregarded Rights: The Cultural Assimilation of American Indians, and 3rd Place Lauryn Hepp, Sally Rim, and Carlyn Schmidgall – Vietnam Draft. Historical Paper: 3rd Place Sabrina Suen – The Tiananmen Massacre. Individual Exhibit: 3rd Place Jyotsna Kuramkote – The Struggle for Aboriginal Rights In Australia. Group Exhibit: 3rd Place Vincy Fok and Lorrin Johnson – Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

Liberty High School History Day Team Moves on to State

Liberty Student Wins Drug Free Coalition's Student Video Contest

Published Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Bravo to Liberty High junior, Ashton Herrild for his excellent video that recently won the Drug Free Community Coalition’s “Influence the Choice” student video contest. In two short minutes, Ashton makes his point in a poignant, yet positive way. Take a moment to watch his inspiring film here: http://bit.ly/1hM2T2q

Liberty Student Wins Drug Free Coalition's Student Video Contest

Sunset Elementary Welcomes New Principal Amanda Dorey

Published Monday, 14 April 2014

Issaquah School District Superintendent Ron Thiele (left) and Executive Director of Elementary Schools Jodi Bongard (right) recently introduced Amanda Dorey (center) to the Sunset Elementary School staff. Amanda will become the new principal at Sunset in the fall, taking over for Wayne Hamasaki, who is retiring at the end of this school year.

Sunset Elementary Welcomes New Principal Amanda Dorey

Endeavour’s Destination Imagination Team Laughs It’s Way into Third Place

Published Thursday, 10 April 2014

The “Thinking Jaguars" sure know how to make a crowd laugh. This second grade Destination Imagination team recently won third place in the “Laugh Out Loud” challenge at the Destination Imagination Regional Competition. Endeavour had four teams take part in the regional competition.

Endeavour’s Destination Imagination Team Laughs It’s Way into Third Place

Science Exploration at Grand Ridge Elementary School

Published Wednesday, 09 April 2014

Grand Ridge Elementary School recently hosted their PTSA-sponsored Science Fair and Expo. More than 650 guests attended the event, that showcased 120 student science fair projects created by 149 students. “Our students demonstrated so much talent and creativity” praised principal Christy Otley.“We would like to give a big thank you to the Science Fair Committee members, who brought this great event to life: Alisa George, Alicia Spinner, Carrie Mount, Carolyn Kennedy, Cheryl Gilbert, Danielle Graham, Jen Rapkin, Lynn Erskine, Nathalie Isensee, and Theora Dalupan.” Both teachers and parents played a large role in getting students excited about science with their own exhibitions on a variety of topics. Mrs. DeTolla stretched the minds of students back to prehistoric times, Mrs. Rappin lead students through a world of fossils, Ms. Christenson showed students the mammals of Washington; and Ms. Jones taught students about whales. Parents also exhibited exciting experiments including: Antibody 2D Models by Janhavi Bhandari and Anh Leith; DNA and Me, by Bryce Lakely; Balloon Blast by Doren and Alicia Spinner; Dry Bubbles by Steve Santi; and Imagination Circle by Alex Games.

Science Exploration at Grand Ridge Elementary School

Sunny Hills 5th Graders Search for Treasure in a Musical Adventure

Published Thursday, 03 April 2014

Fifth grade thespians at Sunny Hills Elementary School recently ventured into an adaption of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. This musical performance featured lively songs and dance numbers, corny jokes, sibling rivalry, pop-culture references, and plenty of pirates. The fifth grade musical is a long standing tradition at Sunny Hills and fifth graders, teachers, and parents worked hard since the fall to put together an amazing performance.

Sunny Hills 5th Graders Search for Treasure in a Musical Adventure

A Calendar of Music with Maple Hills Second Graders

Published Wednesday, 02 April 2014

Students at Maple Hills Elementary School sat in eager anticipation as second grades prepared to perform their “Around the Calendar” spring concert. Before each song, music teacher Ms. Wilkinson explained how the song related to that month and what musical concepts and techniques students had learned and were performing. Month themes included: January-Martin Luther King, February- Make New Friends, March- Drums, April- Easter, May- Gardening, June/July/August- Summer, September- Seasons, October- Halloween, November- Thanksgiving, and December- Hanukah and Christmas. Students closed out the concert with a song describing all of the calendar months.

A Calendar of Music with Maple Hills Second Graders

Budding Scientists at Apollo Elementary

Published Thursday, 27 March 2014

Scientists of all grades gathered after school in the Apollo Elementary School cafeteria and gym to showcase their science fair projects and try hands-on science activities. Many students animatedly demonstrated their projects to guests and explained their experiments, hypotheses, and conclusions. Both parents and students were impressed with the wide range of projects and the interesting conclusions drawn by students. A couple of crowd pleasing projects included a baking soda volcanic eruption and electricity sparked with a hand crank. Teachers were also on hand to discuss projects with students and present them with awards for their hard work. Along with science fair projects, students were also able to participate in science activities such as creating slime, using Lego robots, and taking a closer look at salmon. Students were excited to try these hands on activities that allowed them to delve further into science.

Budding Scientists at Apollo Elementary

Sunset Teachers Serve French Fries for a Night

Published Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Excited students and parents clamored inside the Issaquah McDonald’s on Gilman Boulevard for McDonald’s McTeacher Night. Teachers dressed as McDonald’s coworkers greeted students and took their food orders inside and at the drive-thru. Principal Hamasaki, Miss Carpenter, Mrs. Edwins, Mrs. Pierce, Mrs. Nelson, Ms. Blakley, Miss Cress, Mr. Merrill, Ms. Eshom, Mrs. Larson, Mrs. Buder, Mrs. Daley, Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Kline, and Mrs. Montgomery all donated their time to prepare and serve dinner for the McTeacher Night fundraiser. The $1,600 in proceeds from the sales during their three hour shift will support the Fifth Grade Camp Fund.

Sunset Teachers Serve French Fries for a Night

Sound Transmissions at Sunset Elementary

Published Monday, 24 March 2014

Fifth graders Alivia and Laura discovered how sounds are transmitted in a recent “Science to Go” unit at Sunset Elementary School. The Sunset Elementary School PTA provided funding for this hands-on science lesson.

Sound Transmissions at Sunset Elementary

Where’s the Pot of Gold?

Published Friday, 21 March 2014

During this week of St. Patrick’s Day, Sunset Elementary School Kindergartners used their artistic skills to build Leprechaun traps. These creative traps were also incorporated in reading and writing activities throughout the week.

Where’s the Pot of Gold?

Pi Day Celebrations

Published Thursday, 20 March 2014

Congratulations to Vinny Palaiappan who won the Issaquah High School Pi Contest. The Pi Contest was held on Pi Day (March 14). To win the competition, Vinny memorized 370 digits of Pi!

Pi Day Celebrations

Congratulations Beaver Lake Middle School Spelling Bee Champs!

Published Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Beaver Lake Middle School recently held their 2014 Annual Spelling Bee. Students competed in their Language Arts classrooms before finalists moved onto a school-wide competition. The winner from each class competed for an opportunity to enter the Annual Regional Spelling Bee in Seattle. This year’s winner of the Beaver Lake Middle School 2014 Annual Spelling Bee was seventh grader Vikram Tirumalai. He will compete later this month at Seattle Town Hall with approximately 75 other students from the Seattle area. The second and third place winners of the 2014 BLMS Annual Spelling Bee were eighth grader Kaichen Liu and sixth grader Queenie Nguyen, respectively. “We are proud of our Bulldogs!” cheered BLMS Spelling Bee coordinator Michelle Wells.

Congratulations Beaver Lake Middle School Spelling Bee Champs!

Classified Appreciation Week: Kindergartners at Challenger Thank Their Bus Driver

Published Monday, 17 March 2014

Challenger Elementary School kindergartners presented their bus driver with a special “sweet” card for Classified Appreciation Week. Randy Young serves only kindergartners who live in the Highlands and is much appreciated at Challenger.

Classified Appreciation Week: Kindergartners at Challenger Thank Their Bus Driver

Classified Appreciation Week: Kindergartners at Challenger Thank Their Bus Driver

Published Monday, 17 March 2014

Challenger Elementary School kindergartners presented their bus driver with a special “sweet” card for Classified Appreciation Week. Tammie Lowery serves only kindergartners who live in the Highlands and is much appreciated at Challenger.

Classified Appreciation Week: Kindergartners at Challenger Thank Their Bus Driver

Thank You Administration Center

Published Thursday, 13 March 2014

The administration center houses many departments essential to running the district. Did you know that ISD’s payroll department processes an average monthly payroll of $7.6M and 2,300 paychecks a month? The District owns 14,388 computers with an IT department of 30 people working as technology specialists in the building and supporting all of the network, e-mail, media, telecommunications, and media systems!

Thank You Administration Center

Issaquah Elementary Schools Celebrate Dr. Seuss During Read Across America Week

Published Thursday, 13 March 2014

Many Issaquah elementary schools celebrated Dr. Seuss during the Read Across America program, last week. Dr. Seuss’s birthday falls in the middle of this reading celebration and is a great way to involve students in reading. Some of the activities included: dressing in wacky clothes, Drop Everything and Read, Read-Ins, Family Reading Nights, and Dr. Seuss Trivia.

Issaquah Elementary Schools Celebrate Dr. Seuss During Read Across America Week

Cougar Ridge Student Council Donates Books

Published Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Representatives from Cougar Ridge Elementary School Student Council recently delivered new books to the pediatric wing of the Issaquah Swedish Medical Center. These books had been donated during the school’s book fair. During their visit, the student council also met with the Child Life Specialist and learned about their job of reducing the negative impact on the lives of children and how their donation of books will help that process. Pictured above from left to right is: Camille Prescott, Trace Nangle, Anna Salvador, Risa Wagner, Joniann Nguyen, Zach Eastern

Cougar Ridge Student Council Donates Books

Briarwood Elementary Presents: "Beauty Lou and the Country Beast"

Published Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Briarwood Elementary School recently performed the musical "Beauty Lou and the Country Beast", thanks to the help of the Briarwood PTA and the Missoula Children’s Theatre. "Beauty Lou and the Country Beast" is a one week production. Two directors from Missoula Children’s Theatre host auditions, cast students, and begin rehearsals on Monday. Rehearsals go through Thursday and students present the final production on Friday during an all school assembly and a night-time performance. Principal Drew Terry explained, “It’s an exhausting week for our kids, especially the ones with larger parts but the product at the end of the week is amazing!”

Briarwood Elementary Presents: "Beauty Lou and the Country Beast"

Thank You Trasportation

Published Monday, 10 March 2014

Thank you to our bus drivers! ISD’s 143 bus drivers drove more than a million miles (1,374,931 to be exact) transporting students safety to and from school last year!

Thank You Trasportation

Thank You May Valley Service Center

Published Monday, 10 March 2014

Thank you May Valley Service Center! Nearly 1.2 million meals were served by our food service department, while custodians and maintenance workers cleaned and served more than 2.4 million square feet of building space.

Thank You May Valley Service Center

Liberty Robotics Club Brings Home Team Spirit Trophy

Published Friday, 07 March 2014

Liberty High School Robotics Club recently competed in the 2014 Washington Robotics Tournament at Auburn Mountainview High School. This thirty-one team, multi-day competition was rigorous. Liberty placed fourteenth after several rounds of competition and was selected to compete in the finals. Although the Patriots were ultimately eliminated in the quarter-finals by the eventual District Champions, they brought home the Team Spirit trophy and have high hopes for their next competition in March.

Liberty Robotics Club Brings Home Team Spirit Trophy

Issaquah High School Chess Team Takes Home 4th at State Competition!

Published Tuesday, 04 March 2014

Congratulations Issaquah High School Chess Team! The State Chess Tournament is an annual competition where qualifying teams from all over the state compete. This year’s tournament started on a Friday afternoon and went through Saturday night. Teams of 5 players competed in 5 matches, each lasting up to 3 hours long. The Issaquah High School Chess Team went into competition ranked 9th in the state and finished 4th overall. They are very excited about their 4th place finish and are looking forward to keeping the momentum going. Team members pictured from left to right: Anurag Mantrala, Nathan Lee, Romil Sirohi, Wesley Esko, Rajat Lahiri, and Alex Wang.

Issaquah High School Chess Team Takes Home 4th at State Competition!

Congratulations to our Beaver Lake Math is Cool Winners!

Published Monday, 10 February 2014

Congratulations to Quennie Nguyen and Kyle Reese! These two Beaver Lake Middle School Students competed against 50 other middle school math students at the recent Math is Cool competition held at Mt. Rainier High School. Quennie and Kyle took second and first place respectively.

Congratulations to our Beaver Lake Math is Cool Winners!

Congratulations to our Issaquah High School Musicians!

Published Thursday, 06 February 2014

Congratulations to our Issaquah High School musicians who earned the opportunity to compete at the Washington State Solo and Ensemble Contest at Central Washington University on April 25 and 26, 2014. Press Release

Congratulations to our Issaquah High School Musicians!

Cougar Ridge Celebrates Kindness

Published Tuesday, 04 February 2014

“Creating my own kind deed!” exclaimed fourth grader Abigail Stipe. Abigail, along with hundreds of his schoolmates at Cougar Ridge Elementary, capped off The Great Kindness Challenge week at their school by turning in their kindness challenge checklists. Students who brought their checklists with at least 25 of the challenges completed received a Kindness @ Cougar Ridge wristband as they came to school Friday morning. Items on the checklist ranged from “smile at 25 people” and “say thank you to a bus driver” to “sit with a new group of kids at lunch” or, Abigail’s favorite – “create your own kind deed.” Abigail’s deed was to put together toiletry kits for people in need. As you can see, the rain certainly could do nothing to dampen anyone’s spirit on this fun morning! Pictured: Claire Su, 4th Grade and Principal, Jackie Patten

Cougar Ridge Celebrates Kindness

Beaver Lake Flautist to Perform on University of Washington Stage

Published Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Hard work, talent, and practice earned Hannah Ko first place in the Seattle Flute Society's 2014 Horsfall Competition. She will share her musical skill with audiences at the Horsfall Winners' Recital on Sunday, February 9 at the UW Brechemin Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. Another performance can be heard on KING FM's live studio show, NW Focus Live on February 14 at 8:00 p.m.

Beaver Lake Flautist to Perform on University of Washington Stage

Elementary Students Give Special Recognition to School Board

Published Friday, 17 January 2014

The Issaquah School Board received a special recognition from some of their youngest constituents at a recent meeting. Students from Creekside Elementary spoke in turn, sharing how they are accomplishing the board’s Student Learning Goals at their school. After expressing their appreciation for the work of the school board, the students came forward to shake hands with each board member. January is School Board Recognition Month in Washington. Superintendent, Ron Thiele, read Governor Inslee’s proclamation, voiced his thanks for the countless hours the board members volunteer on behalf of students and the district.

Elementary Students Give Special Recognition to School Board

IHS physics students represent excellence at AAPT Conference

Published Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Issaquah High School science teachers Tom Haff and Linda Sorenson accompanied nine physics students to the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) Conference in Orlando, Florida in January. Students met with faculty from top physics departments across the USA, including MIT, Purdue, Harvard, Bristol, England, and Cal Poly. The students were the only high school level presenters at the conference and although they were competing with graduate students, one of their presentations earned a Society of Physics Students Award for Excellence.

IHS physics students represent excellence at AAPT Conference

Beaver Lake teacher named Symetra Hero in the Classroom

Published Friday, 10 January 2014

Beaver Lake's Heather Ireland, Math Department co-chair, Cross-country basketball and track coach, B.L.O.C.K. Club advisor, and now Symetra Hero in the Classroom, was honored recently with a surprise visit from representatives from the program who delivered the news along with a $1,000 check for her classroom. Principal Stacy Cho nominated Heather saying, "She cares so much about Beaver Lake's students. In just three years she has become an integral part of the fabric of our school. She is a positive staff member who always puts the needs of others before her own." Congratulations, Heather!

Beaver Lake teacher named Symetra Hero in the Classroom

Fostering Global Citizenship

Published Thursday, 09 January 2014

Issaquah High School World Studies students participated in a videoconference with students from MAN 3 Malang HS in Indonesia this week. Students engaged in a dialogue sharing their daily routines, life in school, and life in their communities. It was special opportunity for promoting cultural awareness and understanding between students from both schools. Students will continue their conversation in an online forum set up for both schools.

Fostering Global Citizenship

IHS Dance Team invited to perform with SeaGals

Published Tuesday, 07 January 2014

Issaquah High's dance team has again been invited to perform with the SeaGals at the upcoming Seahawks playoff game on Saturday, January 11. After a similar half-time show last October, IHS' talented dancers will join the SeaGals and three other local high school dance teams to entertain the playoff crowds at the CLINK!

IHS Dance Team invited to perform with SeaGals

Using Data to Inform Instruction

Published Tuesday, 07 January 2014

Diana Eggers, Teaching and Learning Services; Kristina Voskes, Maywood Middle School; Allison Gullingsrud; Issaquah Valley Elementary; and Jeff Burgard, Pine Lake Middle School presented at the annual Washington Education Research Association conference in December. They shared their strategies and insights for “Using Student Data to Inform Instruction."

Using Data to Inform Instruction

Holiday hams

Published Thursday, 19 December 2013

Creekside Elementary staff recently celebrated the holiday season with a "Less than Pretty Festive Sweater Day."

Holiday hams

Fundraiser for District Nurses’ fund nets $10,297.00

Published Tuesday, 10 December 2013

The Issaquah Schools Foundation donated $7,500 to the Issaquah Nurses Fund at the district’s annual Nurses’ Breakfast fundraiser held on December 6. An additional $2,797 was raised by district administration center staff who donated time, treasure, and talent to this special event. There are many students and families who find themselves in need, be it of medical attention, basic supplies, or money to pay for transportation, utilities, or rent. ISD nurses come face to face with these realities every day. Through the fund, our nurses are able to extend aid with necessary resources to get these students and families through in difficult times. Pictured left to right, Neva Luke, ISF board member and Jan Stromgren, ISD Lead Nurse

Fundraiser for District Nurses’ fund nets $10,297.00

Super Grand!

Published Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Our superheroes at Grand Ridge Elementary get into school spirit day.

Super Grand!

They've got the spirit!

Published Monday, 02 December 2013

Beaver Lake Middle School's Buddy the Bulldog and her owner Patrick Ford show off their Seahawks spirit.

They've got the spirit!

Board of Distinction

Published Monday, 02 December 2013

The Issaquah School Board of Directors received a special award of merit at the recent Washington School State Director’s Association conference. The board was recognized for attaining “Board of Distinction” status for five consecutive years, a milestone attained by Issaquah and just two other districts in the state. Pictured Left to Right: Superintendent, Ron Thiele; Suzanne Weaver; Board President, Brian Deagle; Legislative Representative, Anne Moore; and Marnie Maraldo. Not pictured: Alison Meryweather, board member 2012-2013.

Board of Distinction

Soccer champs

Published Monday, 25 November 2013

A jubilant Liberty Girls Soccer Team runs off the field the victors of the state 3A championship!

Soccer champs

State Soccer Send-off at Liberty

Published Friday, 22 November 2013

Liberty’s Girls Soccer team is playing at its best as they head to state for the third year in a row. The team upset undefeated, number one ranked Columbia River last Wednesday and the number two ranked Blanchet last Saturday to put them in the semi’s on Friday. The team got a rousing send-off today as the band led the team in a parade through the school and out to the buses waiting to take them on to state.

State Soccer Send-off at Liberty

Schools of Distinction-Creekside Elementary

Published Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Congratulations to Creekside and Clark Elementary Schools. Both were recognized as 2013 Schools of Distinction at ceremony held at the Puget Sound Educational Service District this week. The schools were among the top 5% in the state showing outstanding improvement in student achievement over the past five years. The award is given by the Center for Educational Effectiveness, Association of Educational Service Districts, the Association of Washington School Principals, Washington Association of School Administrators, and Washington State School Directors' Association.

Schools of Distinction-Creekside Elementary

Schools of Distinction-Clark Elementary

Published Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Congratulations to Creekside and Clark Elementary Schools. Both were recognized as 2013 Schools of Distinction at ceremony held at the Puget Sound Educational Service District this week. The schools were among the top 5% in the state showing outstanding improvement in student achievement over the past five years. The award is given by the Center for Educational Effectiveness, Association of Educational Service Districts, the Association of Washington School Principals, Washington Association of School Administrators, and Washington State School Directors' Association.

Schools of Distinction-Clark Elementary

Staff spirit!

Published Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Skyline High School staff get ready for a big playoff game! Go Spartans!!

Staff spirit!

Liberty Sophomore is Seahawk CenturyLink Athlete of the Week

Published Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Liberty High School’s sophomore quarterback Nate Solly was a recent Seahawk CenturyLink Athlete of the week. He was nominated not only for his athletic and academic performance, but for his leadership and service to his school and community. He received $1,000 for the Liberty High ASB courtesy of CenturyLink and the Seahawks as well as game tickets and recognition during game broadcasts and announcements.

Liberty  Sophomore is Seahawk CenturyLink Athlete of the Week

After the Sunny Hills Veterans Day celebration

Published Wednesday, 13 November 2013

After Sunny Hills' Veterans Day assembly, several servicemen who had been in attendance stayed behind and high-fived departing students as they boarded the buses taking them home for the three day Veterans Day weekend.

After the Sunny Hills Veterans Day celebration

Cougar Ridge Scouts present colors at Veterans Day assembly

Published Wednesday, 13 November 2013

A troop of Cougar Ridge fifth grade Girl Scouts who have been together since kindergarten were honored to present the colors at their school's recent Veterans Day assembly.

Cougar Ridge Scouts present colors at Veterans Day assembly

Cougar Ridge honors veterans

Published Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Cougar Ridge fourth and fifth grade students used handmade posters to personally thank all veterans including some who were in the audience at the school's Veterans Day assembly recently.

Cougar Ridge honors veterans

Josh Feinsilber appears in Village Theater production of Les Miserables

Published Wednesday, 13 November 2013

The latest Village Theater role for Pacific Cascade seventh grader Josh Feinsilber is Gavroche in Les Miserables. He will appear in over 100 shows in Issaquah and Everett through February 2, 2014. Josh has also performed with The 5th Avenue Theatre and will appear on the big screen as Young Drew Jacobs when the movie One Square Mile is released in theaters in the next few months. Photo ©2013 Tracy Martin, courtesy of Village Theatre.

Josh Feinsilber appears in Village Theater production of Les Miserables

Briarwood Students Run the School for a Day

Published Thursday, 07 November 2013

Students at Briarwood Elementary recently had a chance to spend a day as the school’s Principal, Secretary, and Custodian. Students who participated in the school’s jog-a-thon had their names drawn from a hat. The students chosen received an official Issaquah School District badge with their name and title on it. They worked alongside the school principal, secretary, and custodian on a busy Friday helping with a student recognition program by announcing students who were recognized, handing out certificates, and cleanup. All were terrific and worked hard! L to R: Michael W., Custodian of the Day; Brynn K., Secretary of the Day; Skye H., Principal of the Day; and Briarwood Principal, Drew Terry

Briarwood Students Run the School for a Day

Halloween dress up day at PLMS

Published Tuesday, 05 November 2013

Colorfully-costumed Pine Lake students gathered for a group picture to commemorate the day!

Halloween dress up day at PLMS

Cowabunga!

Published Tuesday, 05 November 2013

The 5th grade teaching team at Sunny Hills Elementary celebrated Halloween as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and even got a new name from their students: The Teenage Mutant Ninja Teachers!

Cowabunga!

Spartans Play Irish Games

Published Monday, 21 October 2013

Members of the Seattle Gaels, a local hurling and Gaelic football club, brought the sport of hurling to Spartan PE classes earlier this month. Visiting Gaelic Sports Director, Paudie Butler, taught the students the basic skills needed for hurling and in short order the games were underway! It was a great experience for all involved. Paudie was overheard calling an official back home in Dublin: “You won't believe what I just experienced. I saw 60 teenagers go from naught to a full hurling match in less than 10 minutes instruction!” The Spartans are poised to raise the profile of the sport; helping to support a state initiative to bring the National Championship games in Gaelic Sports in the USA to Seattle in 2016.

Spartans Play Irish Games

Dancing at the Clink

Published Friday, 18 October 2013

Liberty High School's Drill Team was one of eight local high school dance/drill teams that were invited to perform with the SeaGals at the halftime show at Century-Link Seahawks Stadium on October 13.

Dancing at the Clink

All in the name of IHS spirit!

Published Friday, 18 October 2013

Issaquah High School physics teacher Tom Haff sports a new "do" in honor of the school's Homecoming Week last week.

All in the name of IHS spirit!

Happy 20th Birthday, Beaver Lake Middle School! How time flies!

Published Thursday, 17 October 2013

At the school's birthday celebration in mid-October, three of the five principals who have led BLMS to greatness over the past 20 years joined the festivities and celebrated with former colleagues. Left to right: Ron Taylor (now Superintendent of Bellevue Christian Schools), Josh Almy (now principal of Liberty High School), and current principal, Stacy Cho, were Star Guests as many sought them out to reminisce about the amazing staff and students who were and always will be Bulldogs.

Happy 20th Birthday, Beaver Lake Middle School! How time flies!

Skyline celebrates Homecoming Week

Published Thursday, 17 October 2013

Skyline counselors get into the spirit of Homecoming Week's Twins Day as the Blues Brothers!!

Skyline celebrates Homecoming Week

Eagles Accept Rachel’s Challenge

Published Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Maple Hills Elementary students spent a riveting hour learning about the life of Rachel Scott, the first student who died tragically at Columbine High School in 1999. Rachel left a legacy of reaching out to those who were different and felt picked on by others. Nina, a local Rachel’s Challenge speaker, taught the students about Rachel’s kindness and advocacy for others, her dream to have a positive influence in the world, and how Rachel set goals for herself. The students were challenged to accept the five principles of kindness, acceptance, influence, goal setting, and journaling and signed their name to a Rachel’s Challenge banner to show their commitment. The students will receive follow up lessons focused on Rachel’s message and that tie in to the school’s “Soaring Eagle” expectations throughout the year.

Eagles Accept Rachel’s Challenge

Caring community brings Breakfast Club to Tiger Mountain

Published Thursday, 10 October 2013

Hunger. It may come as a surprise, but food scarcity is a reality for a substantial number of students attending Tiger Mountain Community High School. Without a good breakfast to start the day, it is difficult for students to concentrate on their academics. Recognizing the need, Principal Michael Schiehser and his staff enlisted the help of the Issaquah Schools Foundation and community volunteers to launch their Wednesday morning Breakfast Club this year. Wednesday mornings from 10:00 to 10:30 a.m., students gather for a nutritious breakfast that is purchased, cooked, and served by the volunteers free of charge. On other days of the week, students are offered a breakfast bar before school starts. The Breakfast Club encourages students to arrive on time and be able to engage and focus on their learning.

Caring community brings Breakfast Club to Tiger Mountain

Sunday night lights!

Published Wednesday, 02 October 2013

The Issaquah High School Dance Team and the Seattle Seagals will excite the crowd at Century Link Field with a special performance Sunday, October 13 as the Seahawks take on the Tennessee Titans. The Dance Team is shown here practicing their high-energy routine with the Seagals at the Seahawks Training Facility.

Sunday night lights!

First day of school 2013

Published Monday, 23 September 2013

Pine Lake friends happy to be together again for the new school year.

First day of school 2013

First day of school 2013

Published Monday, 23 September 2013

Pine Lake staff ready for another great year!

First day of school 2013

First day of school 2013

Published Monday, 23 September 2013

Pine Lake friends happy to be together again for the new school year.

First day of school 2013

First day of school 2013

Published Monday, 23 September 2013

Pine Lake friends happy to be together again for the new school year.

First day of school 2013

First day of school 2013

Published Monday, 23 September 2013

Always a favorite part of the school day at Pine Lake...Lunch!

First day of school 2013

First day of school 2013

Published Monday, 23 September 2013

Discovery buddies head into class

First day of school 2013

First day of school 2013

Published Monday, 23 September 2013

Pacific Cascade assistant principal Ms. Beane helps a student out with a first day question.

First day of school 2013

First day of school 2013

Published Monday, 23 September 2013

Pacific Cascade students check out their class assignments.

First day of school 2013

First day of school 2013

Published Monday, 23 September 2013

Educational assistant Ms. Floyd lends a helping hand to these Issaquah Valley students.

First day of school  2013

First day of school 2013

Published Monday, 23 September 2013

Skyline's back to school spirit shows in the Commons' welcome messages!

First day of school 2013

First day of school 2013

Published Monday, 23 September 2013

There's nothing better than a sharp new pencil on the first day of school!

First day of school 2013

First day of school 2013

Published Monday, 23 September 2013

Welcome to Creekside, Class of 2025!

First day of school  2013

Fitness is fun in the Issaquah Alps

Published Thursday, 12 September 2013

Students in Andy Hogle's summer Fitness class really enjoyed hiking the Tradition Plateau! On the final day of class, the students reached Poo Poo Point, one of the most popular hiking points in the Issaquah area.

Fitness is fun in the Issaquah Alps

A patriotic day for the Patriots!

Published Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Several of Liberty High’s band students were accepted into the Washington State Marching Band and played in Philadelphia as part of the nation’s Fourth of July celebration. Their fun activities included a cruise on the Delaware River (pictured).

A patriotic day for the Patriots!

A picture is definitely worth a thousand words!

Published Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Former fourth-grader Jacob Berg crosses the "school year finish line" at Discovery Elementary! No one has to wonder what he's feeling....

Photo by Lynne Hickman

A picture is definitely worth a thousand words!

Sweet music!

Published Thursday, 06 June 2013

Pacific Cascade Middle School’s Choir, Band and Orchestra students returned from the “Music in the Parks” Festival with the following awards: Concert Band—2nd Place, String Orchestra – 2nd Place, Choir—1st Place, Jazz Band—1st Place, Best Overall—Choir (Perfect Score) Best Overall – Jazz Band, Espirit de Corps Award, Choir Accompanist Award—Astor Tellman & Rachel Panah.

Sweet music!

King County Council approves name change

Published Wednesday, 05 June 2013

Looking for 168th Ave. S.E. near Liberty High? Well, it's no longer there because ASB leaders just got the unanimous approval from the King County Council to rename it Patriot Way!

King County Council approves name change

Sweet music!

Published Wednesday, 05 June 2013

Pacific Cascade cleaned up in the middle-school division at the recent Music in the Parks competition in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Choir and Jazz Band took best overall; and Concert Band (pictured) and String Orchestra took second place. Outstanding individual awards went to Rachel Panah and Astor Tellman.

Sweet music!

Among giants!

Published Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Issaquah Middle School teacher Liz Villa (left) and principal Corrine DeRosa (right) got up close and personal with Seahawks such as Russell Okung (center) last Friday during a ceremony to honor recipients of the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom award. Also there were Tiger Mountain teacher Lane Helgeson and principal Michael Schiehser. Villa and Helgeson were special guests at a Seahawks game in the fall, and they received lunch and a behind-the-scenes tour of CenturyLink Field during the official awards ceremony last week.

Among giants!

Yeeehhhaaw!

Published Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Once again, the Issaquah School District cleaned up at the regional bus driver “road-eo” in May sponsored by the Washington Association for Pupil Transportation. For the third straight year, the team brought home the overall trohpy, and Debbie Randall took second place in the “regular bus” category and Tabatha Love took first plpace in the “rookie” category. They will go on to compete at the state road-eo in Yakima in June. The competion tests drivers’ on- and off-road skills, including navigating obstacles, safety inspections, and knowledge of laws and regulations. Pictured (from left): Lynn McArthur, Coach Kathy Garrison, Debbie Randall, and Tabatha Love. Not pictured: Violeta Sialer and Coach Becky Flaherty and Coach Kathy Isaac.

Yeeehhhaaw!

Can't hold 'em

Published Friday, 24 May 2013

Issaquah High School students and staff got together for the fourth annual Lip Dub and rocked out to Macklemore's "Can't Hold Us."

Can't hold 'em

Masterworks Concert features district musicians

Published Thursday, 23 May 2013

Featured at the Masterworks Concert on May 11th in the Issaquah High School Theatre were the Liberty HS, Issaquah HS and Skyline HS Mixed Choirs along with the Issaquah School District Evergreen Philharmonic.

Masterworks Concert features district musicians

Music's in the air...

Published Thursday, 23 May 2013

The Liberty Singers returned from the annual "Music in the Parks" Festival Competition in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho with a superior rating and a first place trophy!

Music's in the air...

Music's in the air...

Published Thursday, 23 May 2013

The Liberty Women's Chorale returned from the annual "Music in the Parks" Festival Competition in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho with a superior rating and a second place trophy.

Music's in the air...

Go fly a kite!

Published Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Geometry students in Kevin Houghton’s class at Issaquah High recently took advantage of sunny weather to study polygons in an exciting way—by building kites out of tissue paper, straws, and ribbon. “Lots of rich math in there!” Houghton said. With almost no wind, the students had to really run, but the kites flew (to, ahem, the teacher’s amazement!).

Go fly a kite!

Teaming up for science

Published Wednesday, 15 May 2013

In May, Issaquah High School's Chemistry Club teamed up with students from Grand Ridge Elementary for an afternoon of science exploration and experiments!

Teaming up for science

Appreciation for their Seahawks-loving teacher!

Published Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Students in Kelsey Jensen’s second-grade class at Sunny Hills Elementary celebrated her during teacher appreciation week by wearing their teacher’s favorite colors—which happen to coincide with her favorite sports team!

Appreciation for their Seahawks-loving teacher!

On the job!

Published Thursday, 02 May 2013

Tiger Mountain students get hands-on career training at the local Issaquah Food Bank, working every Tuesday and Thursday supporting the local community through service while learning the essential skills to maintain jobs and demonstrate professionalism.

On the job!

Congratulations!

Published Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Congratulations to this year’s recipients of Issaquah Schools Foundation Kateri Brow Big Idea Grants!

Congratulations!

Congratulations!

Published Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Congratulations to this year’s recipients of Issaquah Schools Foundation Classroom Enrichment Grants!

Congratulations!

Kids helping kids

Published Friday, 05 April 2013

Liberty High’s Future Educators Association—including public relations coordinator Hewan Solomon, president Aretha Luong, and vice president Cassie Reyes (from left)—partnered with Generation Joy to collect books and school supplies to send to children at schools in South Africa. Thanks to the generosity of the Liberty community, they donated 1,125 books!

Kids helping kids

Hands-on learning

Published Friday, 05 April 2013

In March, Skyline students in Joelle Nelson’s IB Environmental Systems and Societies class spent three days in the Olympic National Park applying what they had learned in the class to the monitoring and management of park resources.

Hands-on learning

Always at your service!

Published Tuesday, 02 April 2013

Briarwood fifth-grade teacher Ben Coyne joined his colleagues at a local McDonalds on March 29 to support his school. In return for the work force, the restaurant donated part of the proceeds from every meal purchased during the teachers' shift to the Briarwood PTA.

Always at your service!

Science is magic!

Published Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Clark Elementary’s PTA recently piqued students’ fascination with science—just in time to promote entries in the upcoming science fair—by having a “magician” demonstrate the wondrous properties of solids, liquids, and gases as well as air pressure, static electricity, and density.

Science is magic!

How many were there??!

Published Thursday, 21 March 2013

Endeavour Elementary students teamed up with Skyline DECA student Anjali Grutzius and Generation Joy recently to collect donations of shoes, shoes, and more shoes for South African students. The project was an enormous success and generated lots of smiles—and lots of shoes! 440 pairs, to be exact!

How many were there??!

Leprechauns on the loose!

Published Wednesday, 20 March 2013

First-graders at Creekside Elementary wore magic leprechaun-detecting bracelets to recess for St. Patrick's Day. If they turned green, it meant the lucky creatures were near. Little did the students know that the beads were UV-reactive, turning from white to green in natural light. The leprechaun-hunters were amazed—all in good fun!

Leprechauns on the loose!

The Playground Pied Piper?

Published Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Landscape Technician Dan Sheffer recently attracted quite a curious audience as he attended to some toy maintenance on the Endeavour Elementary playfield.

The Playground Pied Piper?

Beaver Lake bus drivers honored with tasty treats!

Published Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Beaver Lake staff thanked their bus drivers with an afternoon snack during Classified Public School Employees Week in March.

Beaver Lake bus drivers  honored with tasty treats!

Skyline alum performs with chorale group in Rome

Published Wednesday, 13 March 2013

The world may be awaiting a white puff of smoke, but for 2011 Skyline alum Lauren Anderson, something much sweeter was emanating from the Vatican last week—beautiful music! She traveled to Rome with the University Chorale of Boston College to sing in St. Peter's Basilica.

Skyline alum performs with chorale group in Rome

Move over, Taylor!

Published Tuesday, 05 March 2013

When practicing piano after school at Sunny Hills Elementary, fourth-grader Dani Ehlinger has flying fingers and a pop-loving ear! She perfects her art learning recent chart-topping songs from Taylor Swift and Pink.

Move over, Taylor!

One good Thing deserves another!

Published Tuesday, 05 March 2013

Cascade Ridge kindergarten teacher Toni Osotio and educational assistant Denise Hsia got into the spirit of Read across America Week, which coincides with Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

One good Thing deserves another!

Who’s the funniest of them all?

Published Tuesday, 05 March 2013

Fourth- and fifth-grade teachers at Newcastle Elementary, who dressed up for Storybook Character Day in celebration of Read across America Week!

Who’s the funniest of them all?

Yeeehaw!

Published Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Creekside staff got into costume to celebrate Cowboy and Cowgirl Spirit Day!

Yeeehaw!

BizTown

Published Monday, 25 February 2013

Elementary-aged students may not be old enough to drive, work, vote, or be the boss (much to their consternation)—but that didn’t stop Challenger fifth-graders recently from operating banks, managing restaurants, writing checks, and deciding the mayoral race! Thanks to Junior Achievement BizTown, these students combined in-class lessons with a day-long visit to a fully interactive simulated town to learn about finances, checking and savings accounts, economies, employment, free enterprise, and taxes.

BizTown

Surprise!

Published Friday, 15 February 2013

Representatives from the Issaquah Schools Foundation surprised Casade Ridge librarian Zana Moore (center) with the news that she has won a 2013 ISF Classroom Enrichment grant! Grants in the program are funded up to $1,000. Ms. Moore's grant includes new DVD's to supplement Cascade Ridge's science curriculum, impacting over 570 students.

Surprise!

Watch out Superman and Batman ...

Published Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Maybe the second-grade team at Creekside Elementary came ready for Dress like a Superhero Day during the most recent spirit week in February … or maybe they are true superheroes in the classroom every day?

Watch out Superman and Batman ...

City officials honor student volunteers

Published Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Congratulations to the Renton Youth Council—including students at Maywood Middle School and Liberty High School—that recently received accolades for their volunteer efforts from the Renton Mayor and City Council. The Renton Youth Council is a group of middle- and high-school students that volunteers their time to the community through various projects and community events.

City officials honor student volunteers

Career Fair at Pacific Cascade

Published Wednesday, 06 February 2013

Following a career-related unit in their Lynx Life advisory classes, PCMS students enjoyed the school's third annual Career Fair filled with presentations from parents with a wide range of work experience. Careers represented were police officer, professional musician, civil engineer, test pilot, FBI agent, movie producer, nurse, pediatrician, ER doctor, orthodontist, airline pilot, probation officer, and trading card game designer, to name a few. Pictured here: Sixth-grader Angelo Bassetti in firefighters' gear and Air Force Sergeant and presenter Michael Petzold.

Career Fair at Pacific Cascade

A lunar challenge

Published Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Fourth- and fifth-graders Brandon Toy, Vincent Ung, Ethan Chiem, and Victor Wu (left to right) designed and built a lunar vehicle that would simulate carrying a load across the moon’s surface. As part of Briarwood Elementary’s Science Technology Program, students worked in teams to build a unique lunar vehicle to meet these requirements: it had to be able to carry lunar rocks (represented by blocks), and it had to move across the workspace in 4 to 6 seconds being pulled by a rope simulating gravity on the moon. Oh, and the teams only had 30 minutes to complete the challenge!

A lunar challenge

What do you get if you multiply ...

Published Friday, 25 January 2013

Grand Ridge's eight first grade teachers decided to celebrate the school's recent "Twin Day" by coming to school as...octuplets!

What do you get if you multiply ...

Coyote Club kids get a cheer-ful visit from Skyline squad members

Published Tuesday, 22 January 2013

At a Cheer Clinic during Cascade Ridge’s after-school care program, Skyline cheerleaders Erin and Jacqueline taught some future Spartans not only some basic cheerleading moves but also about leadership, goal-setting, and commitment. The Coyote Club kids will showcase their newly acquired cheer skills at an upcoming family event at the school.

Coyote Club kids get a cheer-ful visit from Skyline squad members

A familiar face in Olympia

Published Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Former Issaquah School District school board member and newly-elected state Representative Chad Magendanz recently welcomed Maple Hills fourth graders to the state capitol.

A familiar face in Olympia

Congressman Smith visits IMS

Published Wednesday, 16 January 2013

U.S. Congressman Adam Smith recently spoke to seventh-graders at Issaquah Middle School as part of their studies on the Middle East. He is the Ranking Member of the Armed Services Committee and, as such, has taken many trips to that area of the world. Students questioned him on the economy, budget, “fiscal cliff” and “trillion dollar coin,” Arab culture, and his views on gun regulation and gay marriage, among other topics. Fun fact: He told the students that he was the youngest state senator in the nation at 25 when he first got into politics.

Congressman Smith visits IMS

IHS ASB students spearhead successful food and clothing drive

Published Monday, 07 January 2013

During one week in December, Issaquah High School students, teachers, and staff members--in a show of true school and community spirit--collected over 25,000 food and clothing items for the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank. After sorting and organizing the donations and when everything was, as IHS student Nick Co described, "crammed together and precisely placed" into a moving truck, the students delivered the goods onto the ready and waiting food bank shelves.

IHS ASB students spearhead successful food and clothing drive

Apollo elves send you wishes for a very merry winter break!

Published Wednesday, 19 December 2012

The elves at Apollo Elementary wished everyone a very merry start to their winter break! Looking good in striped stockings are principal Susan Mundell, secretaries Barbara Creek and Billie McCaffrey, and educational assistant Cindy Thompson (from left).

Apollo elves send you wishes for a very merry winter break!

And they even got to tour the fire engine!

Published Wednesday, 19 December 2012

A week before winter break, Eastside Fire and Rescue firefighters and Holiday "Hopelink" Engine paid a visit to Endeavour's E-kids Service and Leadership Club students. Firefighters and E-kids visited together, enjoyed holiday treats, and celebrated the 400 gifts Endeavour students donated to Hopelink as part of their "Caring through Sharing" drive this year.

And they even got to tour the fire engine!

Admin staff make holiday donations

Published Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Just a tiny example of the generosity of our school district this holiday season: following the lead of our schools, employees in the Administration Building provided many items for the Issaquah Food Bank's annual gift program for families in need. Look closely and you will see two huge boxes of diapers in the background and the bin in front is filled with jackets, hats, and gloves. Not pictured is $1,000-worth of winter coat donations from Marmot. Hoping this will make for even warmer and happier holidays throughout the district!

Admin staff make holiday donations

What's your favorite snack?

Published Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Discovery fifth-graders in Hailey Woodbury's class learned about pie charts by voting for their favorite snack: Candy bars, fruit, granola bars, cookies, or other (it's too bad there was not an option for "pie"!).

What's your favorite snack?

Beaver Lake students know Math is Cool!

Published Monday, 10 December 2012

Beaver Lake students Sophia Chiang, Paari Gopal, Christina Nguyen and Tasha Mok earned a 1st place in the 8th grade Division 1 “Math is Cool Masters” competition at Moses Lake High School in early December. Tasha Mok earned 8th place in an individual classification.

Beaver Lake students know Math is Cool!

Mock the vote!

Published Tuesday, 04 December 2012

Issaquah students—as well as many of their peers across the district—exercised the power of the ballot to mirror the real general election on Nov. 6.
Photo credit to IHS student Saam Amiri

Mock the vote!

Tiger knits

Published Tuesday, 04 December 2012

Students in Tiger Mountain Community High School’s Knitting Club donated 25 hand-made scarves and 25 hand-made hats to the New Horizons Teen Center in downtown Seattle just in time for the cold winter season. “We’re so thrilled that the teens in Seattle are keeping warm,” said club advisor Linda Johnson. The yarn was all donated to the club, and students are grateful to the community; they are also in need of more! If you have any yarn to donate, contact Linda at johnsonl@issaquah.wednet.edu.

Tiger knits

Pacific Cascade sixth grader lands roles in local musical theater productions

Published Friday, 30 November 2012

Pacific Cascade sixth grader Josh Feinsilber performs in several musical productions throughout December and January, all while balancing middle school, homework, and rehearsals. In the Village Theatre Mainstage's production of Fiddler on the Roof, Josh is featured as a young boy—singing, dancing, and acting throughout the show. On December 10, Josh is "Tiny Tim" in NY City based Mainstreet Musicals and Seattle's Balagan Theatre's A Country Christmas Carol. And following that, Josh will be "Winthrop" in The Music Man at 5th Avenue Theatre.

Pacific Cascade sixth grader lands roles in local musical theater productions

Garbage never looked so beautiful!

Published Thursday, 29 November 2012

On Nov. 15, Creekside Elementary participated in Zero Waste Challenge Day and reduced the total amount of garbage thrown away during lunch to less than about 10 gallons while packing the recycle and compost bins. Supporting the effort, a group of third-graders (pictured) independently collected plastic containers to clean and make available for art projects or stacking games. The school also started a Waste Watcher program in which students monitor various bins daily as their peers clean their trays.

Garbage never looked so beautiful!

Hands-on Science at Beaver Lake

Published Thursday, 29 November 2012

Beaver Lake student Nathan T. in Ms. Applehoff’s 7th grade science class carefully performs an experiment as part of the unit on Convection Currents in the Air.

Hands-on Science at Beaver Lake

Leadership is ...

Published Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Leadership is no laughing matter—it's an uproarious matter! On Nov. 20, student ASB officers from all our high schools came together to break the ice, share ideas, and hear/brainstorm about service leadership.

Leadership is ...

Forget the rain! Liberty students prepare for spring!

Published Monday, 19 November 2012

Busy little students in Gail Halvorsen's Liberty Preschool program plant bulbs in planters made by Liberty's "Woods" students.

Forget the rain! Liberty students prepare for spring!

BUGS!

Published Monday, 05 November 2012

Second-grader Sydney shows off her ladybug costume—complete with matching dress—that complimented the insect curriculum in Ms. Ferguson's classroom on Oct. 31.

BUGS!

Just super!

Published Thursday, 01 November 2012

Discovery fifth-grade teacher Hailey Woodbury came in costume Oct. 31—or did she? She is Super Teacher every day!

Just super!

Gourd-old-fashioned fun

Published Thursday, 01 November 2012

Briarwood families got into the festive fall spirit during the PTSA’s annual pumpkin-carving night—complete with games and a book sale—in October. Photo courtesy of Robyn Elliott

Gourd-old-fashioned fun

Then I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll ...

Published Thursday, 01 November 2012

The first-grade team at Discovery Elementary illustrated their curriculum on fairytales by coming as an all-time favorite on Oct. 31.

Then I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll ...

BUGS!

Published Thursday, 01 November 2012

Abigail Ferguson's second-graders donned homemade bug costumes to compliment a whole day of curriculum-themed, insect-based learning (including "mantas math" and "ant art") on Oct. 31.

BUGS!

Gourd-old-fashioned fun

Published Thursday, 01 November 2012

Briarwood families got into the festive fall spirit during the PTSA’s annual pumpkin-carving night—complete with games and a book sale—in October. Photo courtesy of Robyn Elliott

Gourd-old-fashioned fun

Informed voters

Published Thursday, 01 November 2012

On Oct. 31, Issaquah High hosted a debate on Initiative 502, which would legalize and tax the possession of marijuana for adults. Moderated by social studies teacher Jeremy Ritzer (left), representatives for the initiative, against the initiative, and against substance abuse in general squared off and answered student questions. The debate was part of the process to educate students on the issues and candidates before they cast their votes in a mock election at the school on Nov. 5.

Informed voters

Embracing the mud

Published Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Liberty High students in Diane Allen’s biology class joined the fish and trees in their favorite element one very rainy Saturday in October to restore a local river corridor and earn extra credit. Embracing the mud, they planted hundreds of native trees and shrubs on the Cedar River and used special polarizing lenses to reduce the glare to watch spawning salmon.

Embracing the mud

Go burpees!

Published Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Cougar Ridge third-graders kicked off the school year with a junior cross-fit workout!

Go burpees!

IHS inspiration

Published Thursday, 04 October 2012

Issaquah High football player Kenny Norton—along with a teammate and two cheerleaders—visited Sunset Elementary during lunch in October to encourage the younger students to focus on school now to be successful later, to be a positive high-school role model, and to get everyone pumped up with school spirit!

IHS inspiration

A blustery affair

Published Thursday, 04 October 2012

Grand Ridge students sat enrapt while a Puget Sound Energy official talked about the school’s new wind turbine during the dedication ceremony for the device, which will not only provide clean energy to the school but also lessons about sustainability, math, and science for classrooms.

A blustery affair

Band Aid

Published Thursday, 04 October 2012

The entire University of Washington (UW) Marching Band entertained the halftime audience at Issaquah High’s Sept. 28 football game, and the school’s own band, cheer, dance, and drill squads joined in the action. The partnership stretches back almost a century to when Issaquah High adopted its purple-and-gold colors because they were given hand-me-down uniforms from UW! Photo credit: Chris Nodder

Band Aid

First day 2012

Published Monday, 17 September 2012

Briarwood Kindergartner Evan leads the pack off the bus for his first day of kindergarten!

First day 2012

First day 2012

Published Monday, 17 September 2012

The very first student on the very first day at a very brand new school! First-grader Amelia—alongside younger sister Kate, a preschooler—had the honor of arriving before any other student to open Briarwood Elementary.

First day 2012

First day 2012

Published Monday, 17 September 2012

First-grader Kaleb says goodbye to little sister Kaitlyn before heading to his first day of school at Endeavour Elementary.

First day 2012

First day 2012

Published Monday, 17 September 2012

Big sister Eden, a fourth-grader, helps brother Jacob during his first day of first grade at Briarwood Elementary.

First day 2012

First day 2012

Published Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Jordan's first day of Kindergarten at Newcastle Elementary!!

First day 2012

First day 2012

Published Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Shwoooooooo! Briarwood second-grader Hayden takes a minute to decompress after an exciting first day!

First day 2012

First day 2012

Published Thursday, 06 September 2012

Fifth grader Max dressed the part for the first day of school at Briarwood—look out Donald Trump!

First day 2012

First day 2012

Published Wednesday, 05 September 2012

Everyone at Maple Hills Elementary enjoyed the beautiful weather on the first day of school by strolling and chatting in the student-planted garden.

First day 2012

First day 2012

Published Wednesday, 05 September 2012

Perhaps the coolest hairdo to kick off the new school year? In Ms. Honn's Humanities class at Pacific Cascade Middle School, students reported what current issues are capturing their attention, including the Presidential election, the longest dry spell ever in Washington state, and the trend of Texans becoming—wait for it—vegetarians!

First day 2012

First day 2012

Published Wednesday, 05 September 2012

Second-graders Manny and Bronson waste no time collaborating and getting to work learning on the first day of school!

First day 2012

First day 2012

Published Tuesday, 04 September 2012

Chloe Hua and her parents walk to Cougar Ridge together to kick off her first-grade year!

First day 2012

First day 2012

Published Tuesday, 04 September 2012

Sixth-grader Anna Ohrt and her classmates take full advantage of 30 seconds of unrestricted stool-twirling in Mrs. Jaeger's science room on the first day of school. "Get it out of your system now, because this is the first and last time you'll be swiveling in my classroom," Mrs. Jaeger laughed.

First day 2012

Physics students gather at Tri-High Symposium

Published Friday, 08 June 2012

More than 300 physics students throughout the district presented their culminating projects at the 3rd Annual Tri-High Physics Symposium at Liberty High School in late May. Served up alongside fantastic physics projects was entertainment by the Liberty High String Ensemble and wonderful edible fare from the school's culinary arts students. All in all a great evening of fun, food, music, and scientific inquiry!

Physics students gather at Tri-High Symposium

Check out IVE first graders' thumbs...they're GREEN!!

Published Thursday, 07 June 2012

It all began with an orientation in February, followed by careful soil buildup and preparation in March, and planting tiny seeds and seedlings in early April. Then, for the past eight weeks, 115 first graders at Issaquah Valley Elementary carefully tended their vegetable gardens. Thanks to a combination of cooperative growing weather and their skill and determination, all their efforts culminated with an amazing donation of 129 pounds of lettuce, spinach, and radicchio to the Issaquah Food Bank—with plenty left over for their annual first grade Salad Celebration at the school in early June!

Check out IVE first graders' thumbs...they're GREEN!!

IMS musicians make award-winning Music in the Parks

Published Tuesday, 05 June 2012

Issaquah Middle School music students brought home "First Place" and "Best Overall" awards for their performances at Silverwood’s Music in the Parks Festival. Seventh grade singer Emily Rudolph received an individual award for best junior high/middle school soloist and the seventh and eighth grade Band (pictured here), Chorus, and Orchestra musicians excelled with all three groups winning the top spot in their divisions and Best Overall among the junior high/middle school groups competing at the event.

IMS musicians make award-winning Music in the Parks

IMS musicians make award-winning Music in the Parks

Published Tuesday, 05 June 2012

Issaquah Middle School music students brought home "First Place" and "Best Overall" awards for their performances at Silverwood’s Music in the Parks Festival. Seventh grade singer Emily Rudolph received an individual award for best junior high/middle school soloist and the seventh and eighth grade Band, Chorus (pictured here), and Orchestra musicians excelled with all three groups winning the top spot in their divisions and Best Overall among the junior high/middle school groups competing at the event.

IMS musicians make award-winning Music in the Parks

Firefighters are a big hit with Endeavour students

Published Monday, 04 June 2012

Eastside Fire and Rescue firefighters recently visited students at Endeavour Elementary. Four fascinating firefighter facts especially intrigued the students who were excited to learn that under all their gear, firefighters wear blue uniforms just like policemen; firefighters have to stop eating—even in the middle of a meal—if there's an emergency; firefighters visit school kids to teach them about safety and emergency preparedness; and students can visit fire stations and even check out the fire engines!

Firefighters are a big hit with Endeavour students

High school Japanese students host benefit

Published Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Japanese classes and clubs from district high schools hosted the second annual Japan Matsuri/Expo on May 19. The 3-hour festival was open to the community and featured dancing, kendo, skits, traditional games, and Japanese calligraphy and raised $300 for Peace Winds America to benefit recovery programs in Japan.

High school Japanese students host benefit

Firemen go above and beyond

Published Wednesday, 16 May 2012

While Issaquah Valley fourth-grader Tudor was unharmed when his bicycle was struck by a car in a crosswalk on the way to school, his trusty ride was not so lucky. Local fireman responded and gave him a ride to school in their engine. As if that wasn’t cool enough, the crew reported that they had such a great interaction with Tudor—and his attitude was so positive—that they wanted to do something more. The crew—Firefighters Tanner, Harper, and Stotler—went out and purchased a new bicycle, helmet, and lock with their own money. After school, they surprised Tudor and his family, who were incredibly thankful for the gift.

Firemen go above and beyond

Cheering up the kids

Published Monday, 14 May 2012

Students in the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) chapters from Issaquah and Skyline high schools partnered with Swedish Hospital to design and paint nine ceiling tiles for the Swedish Hospital pediatric procedure room.

Cheering up the kids

Inspirational teachers!

Published Friday, 11 May 2012

2010 Issaquah High graduates Kathleen Moore (left) and Shahaf Nuriel (right) honored math teacher Vale Crain (center) by naming her an Inspirational High School Teacher. Every year, the University of Washington asks its Computer Science and Engineering undergraduate students for such nominations, and the educator honorees are thanked during a reception and dinner on the university campus. Issaquah High social studies teacher Jeremy Ritzer, Liberty High band teacher Phillip Donley, and Skyline retired chemistry teacher Al Ko were also nominated.

Inspirational teachers!

District musicians gather for annual concert

Published Tuesday, 08 May 2012

The 24th annual Masterworks Concert on May 5 melded Issaquah and Skyline High School choirs with the Evergreen Philharmonic. Together over 250 students presented some of the world's great music for choir and orchestra, performing works of Beethoven, Bach, Brahms, and Mendelssohn.

District musicians gather for annual concert

Giving back

Published Friday, 04 May 2012

The Grand Ridge Elementary Student Council, made up of 20 fourth- and fifth-graders, recently helped ensure students throughout the district do not go hungry this summer. The student leaders collected jars of peanut butter for the Issaquah Food Bank’s summer lunch program, which provides lunches to Issaquah School District families over summer vacation. The drive collected 517 jars of peanut butter! The Student Council members hand delivered the peanut butter (not an easy task since it weighted a total of 1,005 pounds) on May 2, and they took a tour and heard about how the food bank and the peanut-butter donation will directly help the Issaquah community.

Giving back

Two schools, two continents, knit together

Published Monday, 23 April 2012

Tiger Mountain Community High School’s knitting club sent some warmth across the world when Educational Assistant Linda Johnson traveled to Africa over spring break with a large collection of hats made specially for Zambian students in the Mukuni Village. The students loved the hats, according to Ms. Johnson, and they even had enough to walk around the village and hand them out to babies with their mothers. The knitting club members worked on the hats since the beginning of the school year, and they have also made donations to Seattle Children’s Hospital and Generation Joy. They are now working on hats for a homeless teen center in Seattle.

Two schools, two continents, knit together

IVE wins waste challenge award from Issaquah mayor

Published Monday, 23 April 2012

Issaquah Valley Elementary received a surprise visitor in celebration of Earth Day—Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger! During lunch, she presented students the award—an artistic raccoon made out of recycled metal—for winning the America Recycle’s Zero Cafeteria Waste challenge earlier in the school year. Issaquah Valley had the lowest amount of garbage produced during that week: 17 gallons or .03 gallons per student!

IVE wins waste challenge award from Issaquah mayor

Sunset's Club Connection gets inspirational visitor

Published Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Seahawks quarterback Josh Portis visited Sunset Elementary’s Club Connection over spring break to talk about the importance of sportsmanship. He also described how he worked hard throughout life to reach his goals, and he answered many questions and signed autographs.

Sunset's Club Connection gets inspirational visitor

Liberty students focus on kindness

Published Tuesday, 17 April 2012

“Spring into Happiness,” the theme of Liberty High’s 2012 spring-fling week, had the entire school community focused on kindness. Each day had a “what if” thought (“What if … we were all equal?”) as well as spirit activities. This included a Wall of Kindness in the commons on which students could write compliments or nice notes to each other. The idea was inspired by the documentary “Finding Kind.”

Liberty students focus on kindness

A real STAR of a teacher!

Published Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Radio station STAR 101.5 surprised Issaquah Valley Elementary second-grade teacher Jessica Harper (left) on April 6 by presenting her with the Teacher of the Week award. She was nominated by one of her students, Tanner, who said she is a wonderful teacher in every way! Ms. Harper received a plaque, a $100 check, and a gift card to a nursery. She also will get to choose between a spa makeover or a Kindle.

A real STAR of a teacher!

Light it Up Blue!

Published Tuesday, 10 April 2012

The Autism Research Club at Skyline High invited the entire school to "Light it Up Blue" for World Autism Awareness Day on April 2.

Light it Up Blue!

Teaching Academy students welcome visitors

Published Monday, 09 April 2012

In March, Liberty’s Teaching Academy interns heard from Superintendent Steve Rasmussen and school board members Marnie Maraldo and Suzanne Weaver about their job responsibilities and the career pathways they took to get there.

Teaching Academy students welcome visitors

Luke Boyer named to AAA Safety Patrol Hall of Fame

Published Monday, 26 March 2012

Cascade Ridge fifth-grader Luke Boyer was selected in February as one of the top 10 Safety Patrol students for the AAA Safety Patrol Hall of Fame for Washington State. Educational Assistant and Safety Patrol Leader Paula Parks (pictured at left) nominated him and wrote an essay about his commitment to the program, which is responsible for directing students and traffic during morning arrival and afternoon dismissal from the school. As an added bonus, Luke will be recognized at a Mariner’s game in May. AAA Washington created the Hall of Fame in 1991 to recognize school safety patrol members who demonstrate qualities of leadership, responsibility, initiative, and reliability in their duties.

Luke Boyer named to AAA Safety Patrol Hall of Fame

Saturday school

Published Friday, 23 March 2012

About 75 Issaquah School District elementary teachers dedicated a Saturday in March to attend a literacy training entitled "Creating Classroom Cultures of Thinking, Understanding, and Independence." They discussed comprehension strategy instruction, book selection, and instilling the spark of action/motivation in young readers, among other topics.

Saturday school

Congratulations are in order!

Published Friday, 23 March 2012

Congratulations to our newly National Board Certified teachers!

Congratulations are in order!

Like Us!

Published Monday, 19 March 2012

Liberty High School Career Center hosted two Facebook software engineers who shared with students about their exciting careers. They discussed the positive global impact of social networking and the application of computer science to an incredibly wide range of career fields. The speakers—a district graduate and former Robotics Team member and a district parent—stressed the high need for engineers in the technology field, especially women. They also stressed that students entering the quickly evolving tech industry need to “learn how to learn,” “be comfortable being uncomfortable,” and “continuously think outside the box.” They also emphasized that everyone be cognizant of their online profile as the Internet automatically archives postings which can never be permanently removed.

Like Us!

Lunch bags of love!

Published Friday, 16 March 2012

This winter, students in Linda Ogden's second-grade class at Discovery Elementary studied communities, specifically "needs" versus "wants." They ended with a conversation about how some people do not have their basic needs met, let alone their wants, such as an Xbox or other such fancy toys. The students decided they wanted to do something about the need in their own community, so they came up with the Lunch Bags of Love idea: together with their fourth-grade buddies, they filled oversized lunch bags and decorated them with positive messages. The bags were delivered later that day to Tent City.

Lunch bags of love!

Here are the numbers:

Published Thursday, 15 March 2012

94; more than 99,000; about 2,000. Respectively, that’s the number of Sunset Elementary Singers, how many elementary schools nationwide they were selected from, and the size of the audience that will hear them perform in front of the National Association of Elementary School Principals National Conference on March 24 in Seattle. Under the direction of Music Specialist Marie Bean, this talented group of fourth- and fifth-graders was the only elementary school chorus across the U.S. invited to perform at the annual conference. Their program will include the songs “Sansa Kroma,” “One Nation,” and “People of the 21st Century.”

Here are the numbers:

The aesthetic of science

Published Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Skyline biology teacher Gretel von Bargen annually has her students create works of art showcasing a 3D model of a DNA molecule.

The aesthetic of science

R-E-A-D!

Published Tuesday, 06 March 2012

Grand Ridge Elementary second-grade teachers created an acrostic poem for Read Your Shirt Day to celebrate “Read Across America Week” in late February. Together, their shirts spelled ...

S- studying communities
E- excited about books
C- counting up money
O- outrageously fun
N- new discoveries
D- doing our best everyday

G- grand attitude
R- reading, reading, reading
A- Adding and subtracting
D- doing experiments
E- exploring new things

R-E-A-D!

Surprise!

Published Tuesday, 06 March 2012

The Issaquah Schools Foundation on March 1 stopped by unsuspecting educators’ classrooms to reveal they had received 2012 Classroom Enrichment Grants. This group of Creekside teachers was awarded $552 to enhance the Northwest Coastal Native American Unit through a supplemental problem-solving approach that fosters higher-order thinking activities

Surprise!

One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish!

Published Monday, 05 March 2012

Newcastle Elementary staff members—like these third-grade teachers—got into the spirit of Read across America Week by dressing like their favorite book character on February 29.

One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish!

Liberty preschool students visit their fireman friends

Published Thursday, 09 February 2012

Preschoolers in Gail Halverson's class at Liberty High School studying transportation and safety paid a visit to their neighborhood fire station where they learned how to be safe, when to call 911, and how firefighters are their friends. Highlights of the day? Sitting in the fire truck and watching a firefighter don his awesome protective gear!

Liberty preschool students visit  their fireman friends

Kindness—pass it on!

Published Friday, 03 February 2012

In February, filmmakers Lauren Parsekian and Molly Thompson talked to a standing-room-only crowd in Issaquah High’s theater about their “Finding Kind” campaign, which includes a documentary of their cross-country trip across America talking to people about their experiences with girl-on-girl bullying. The duo asked the attendees to take a pledge to end this universal “mean girl” phenomena, and even handed out cards where girls could offer apologies to someone they may have hurt. The film screening—including showings at Beaver Lake Middle School, Issaquah High, and Skyline High—was brought to the Issaquah School District through funding from PTSAs and the Issaquah Schools Foundation.

Kindness—pass it on!

Acting is "Doin' What Comes Natur'lly" for Clark fifth grader

Published Thursday, 29 December 2011

As Little Jake, Annie Oakley's youngest sibling and only brother, in Village Theatre's Mainstage production of Annie Get Your Gun, Clark fifth grader Josh Feinsilber sings and dances his way through over 80 shows during December and January. The popular production includes Annie, Little Jake, and their sisters performing "Doin' What Comes Natur'lly"—an Irving Berlin tune from the original Broadway show.

Acting is "Doin' What Comes Natur'lly" for Clark fifth grader

Certainly Distinct!

Published Thursday, 15 December 2011

For being one of the 5 percent highest improving schools in reading and math achievement, Cascade Ridge Elementary was honored as a Washington state 2011 School of Distinction at an awards ceremony on December 7.

Certainly Distinct!

Certainly Distinct!

Published Thursday, 15 December 2011

For being one of the 5 percent highest improving schools in reading and math achievement, Issaquah Valley Elementary was honored as a Washington state 2011 School of Distinction at an awards ceremony on December 7.

Certainly Distinct!

Patriotic Patriots

Published Thursday, 08 December 2011

Liberty High junior Stacey Hurwitz collected more than 350 letters for soldiers in Afghanistan from her fellow students and staff members as well as friends and family. She was inspired to try to make a personal connection with service members after reading about their increased incidents of suicide around the holidays as well as the decreasing numbers of supportive letters being sent to them; she also was remembering of her own family members who in the past served in areas such as Korea. “I thought of instead of just asking people to donate money, I can do something that can really put a smile on a soldier’s face and let them know they are appreciated and never forgotten,” she said.

Patriotic Patriots

All hands on deck!

Published Monday, 28 November 2011

Issaquah High’s Nick Co led the pack of buccaneers during “Shipwreck,” which had students running from stern to port and clinging to the walls like starfish. This fast-paced icebreaker was part of the Intra-District Student Council’s annual leadership event in November; students from all the District’s high schools came together to share ideas, brainstorm about future events, and get to know each other.

All hands on deck!

Skyline students sample volunteer opportunities

Published Monday, 14 November 2011

Issaquah PTSA Council Co-President Caroline Brown mans the Generation Joy table at Skyline's Service Fair where students learned about community volunteer opportunities from nearly 50 non-profit organizations.

Skyline students sample volunteer opportunities

IMS actor heading off on five-city tour

Published Thursday, 27 October 2011

Issaquah Middle School 7th grader Emily Rudolph is heading off on another national tour! This time it’s with “A Christmas Story, the Musical,” with Emily as one of main character Ralphie Parker’s classmates. The production will open in Hershey, PA and end at the Historic Chicago Theatre. The five-city tour will disband at the end of December and Emily will be back at IMS in January. Emily's first tour was the 30th Anniversary Tour of "Annie, the Musical" where she was ten-year-old orphan Tessie.

IMS actor heading off on five-city tour

Swedish ER Medical Director makes an impact at IHS

Published Tuesday, 04 October 2011

Dr. John Milne, the director of Medical Services at Swedish’s emergency room in Issaquah, visited every Health class at Issaquah High in September to talk about risky behaviors that cause students to end up in his workplace. To prepare, students learned about teenage brain development and personality types. Teacher Alexis Davison says that such presentations make “a big impact,” and she and her colleagues are grateful to Dr. Milne and Swedish.

Swedish ER Medical Director makes an impact at IHS

Eeeewwww-oobleck!

Published Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Fourth-grade students at Newcastle Elementary experimented with the non-Newtonian (and goopy!) fluid Oobleck. After testing its unusual properties, teams designed spaceships to travel to Planet Oobleck; they are submitting their designs to real rocket scientists at Boeing.

Eeeewwww-oobleck!

Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of … football!

Published Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Liberty Patriots show their school pride as their team plays the Issaquah Eagles.

Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of … football!

Creekside Otters host state Land Commissioner

Published Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark toured Creekside Elementary to see first-hand how construction dollars from his agency are benefiting schools. To the students’ delight, he handed out Smokey the Bear stickers and goodies, as well as an important message: Preserve and enjoy this state’s natural resources!

Creekside Otters host state Land Commissioner

Donation that may save a life

Published Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Sunny Hills Principal Sarah White (left), nurse Kim Rocco (second from right) and parent Shannon Holliway (right) thank Bill Merritt with Merit Emergency for facilitating and delivering the donation of an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) to the school. An AED is a portable device that delivers an electric shock through the chest to restart a heart that has stopped beating. White and Rocco recognized the importance of having an AED on campus should a student or adult go into sudden cardiac arrest, and Holliway was instrumental in researching and advocating for the AED. When Sunny Hills alum Merritt became aware of the need, he contacted a local family, the Gaffneys from Carnation, because Merritt knew they had an AED they wanted to donate to a deserving organization. “Working together on this has given us the power to save lives,” said White.

Donation that may save a life

First day of school 2011

Published Tuesday, 06 September 2011

Second-grader Ashley Dean hangs upside down during her first recess of the new school year at Creekside Elementary. Perhaps all that blood in the head facilitates extra learning?

First day of school 2011

First Day of School 2011

Published Friday, 02 September 2011

Fallon Faerber doesn’t waste any time getting down to learning on the first day of school at Issaquah Middle.

First Day of School 2011

First Day of School 2011

Published Friday, 02 September 2011

The Eagle Crew—a group of upperclassmen at Issaquah High—welcome the swarm of freshmen on the first day with small-group activities.

First Day of School 2011

First Day of School 2011

Published Friday, 02 September 2011

When there’s so much to learn on the first day of school at Issaquah Valley Elementary—how to walk quietly and orderly in a line, where the bathroom is located—staff make sure students don’t have to work too hard to remember which bus to take home.

First Day of School 2011

First Day of School 2011

Published Friday, 02 September 2011

The hardest first-day task for many Issaquah Middle School sixth-grader turned out to be opening their lockers. Remember: Turn the lock all the way past the first number in the combination before stopping on the second!

First Day of School 2011

First Day of School 2011

Published Friday, 02 September 2011

It actually is easy being green! Second-grader Maggie Noble is happy to be back in the classroom at Issaquah Valley Elementary, especially since she gets to read books and see her friends.

First Day of School 2011

Beiber—or is it “Beaver”—Fever?

Published Thursday, 18 August 2011

After being labeled “Beiber Lake” with posters and a life-sized cardboard cut-out of Justin Beiber in a good-natured prank by a rival middle school, the Beaver Lake !mpact program decided to embrace the pop idol! At a Mariners game, with the help of “The Beibes,” !mpact was featured eleven times on the jumbo screen cheering and dancing with their new inherited friend. The Mariners even dedicated an entire break to !mpact with the song “Never say Never.” Through the end of the summer, Justin then accompanied !mpact on their field trips around the Seattle area. Mr. Beiber was well prepared for each location as the middle school students designed appropriate accessories and apparel that acquired much attention from the public eye. !mpact is the Issaquah School District’s summertime camp-like childcare program for middle-school students.

Beiber—or is it “Beaver”—Fever?

Forecast: Clear with smiles

Published Monday, 08 August 2011

While this summer’s weather may be more clouds than breaks, the forecast for the Discovery Club Connection classroom in August was 100-percent sunny dispositions thanks to a visit from television meteorologist Jeff Renner. Mr. Renner presented a lesson about weather patterns and forecasting, complete with several experiments. Club Connection is a camp-like enrichment extension of the District’s before- and after-school care that runs during July and August.

Forecast: Clear with smiles

Just DO-IT!

Published Monday, 08 August 2011

Skyline High’s Joshua Schaier creates a webpage during the week-long DO-IT Scholars program at the University of Washington in July. DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) promotes the success of individuals with disabilities and the use of computer and networking technologies to increase their independence, productivity, and participation in education, careers, and leadership. The Scholars program is designed to give high-school students a taste of life on a college campus—figuratively and literally as they stay in dorms and eat the dorm food while taking challenging, hands-on classes focused in the science, engineering, and computing career fields.

Just DO-IT!

Sunny Hills garden

Published Thursday, 28 July 2011

Ms. Ulrich's fourth-graders tend to their plants in the Millennium Garden, an outdoor learning site at Sunny Hills Elementary.

Sunny Hills garden

Sav-egged by the bell!

Published Monday, 25 July 2011

Mr. Herzberg’s fourth-graders at Grand Ridge Elementary each worked hard to design protective packaging to help an egg survive a two-story fall on to pavement; so when an unexpected alarm signaled a fire drill during the actual event (whose egg would break? whose would drop fastest?), the students collected their data sheets, parachutes, and eggs and headed somewhat disheartened to the evacuation field. When the Eastside Fire and Rescue crewmembers noticed all the gear, however, they came up with an even better offer: They would drop the top five egg-package designs off the extended ladder on their truck. Mr. Herzberg donned a firefighter’s hat, climbed in the bucket, and went up 75 feet (compared to the 18-foot platform they had been using previously). All five eggs landed intact—proving that several students have promising engineering futures ahead!

Sav-egged by the bell!

Sibling Rivalry

Published Monday, 25 July 2011

Beaver Lake Middle School has a tradition at its end-of-the-year assembly called Sibling Rivalry; the ASB hosts entertaining activities in which any eighth-graders with sixth-grade siblings can square off against their brother or sister for bragging rights and good fun. This year, the "hamster ball" was included, and the crowd went wild!

Sibling Rivalry

“Super sugary drinks are everywhere. Why can’t I find more milk?”

Published Monday, 25 July 2011

Beginning this summer, you can see such questions posted throughout the region on buses, billboards, and other print, radio, and television advertisements. The campaign, called “Let’s do this” is an effort by the Seattle & King County Health Department to inspire residents to work together for healthier places to live, learn, work, and play. And just who is the face behind the ads? None other than the Issaquah School District’s own seventh-grader Hillary Dominguez!

“Super sugary drinks are everywhere. Why can’t I find more milk?”

Surprise!

Published Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Before first-grade Apollo teacher Cari Gish retires at the end of the year, her colleagues decided to pull one final goodbye prank: they filled her classroom doorway full of popcorn before school. Luckily, the starchy surprise came with full clean-up service included!

Surprise!

Coming soon: "Super 8" ... with local connection

Published Monday, 06 June 2011

Catastrophic train crashes, military search and seizures, inexplicable disappearances and creatures—it’s all part of a day’s work for Beaver Lake Middle School eighth-grader Riley Griffiths (far right), star of the new JJ Abrams/Steven Spielberg film “Super 8”!

Coming soon: "Super 8" ... with local connection

Bye, fry!

Published Wednesday, 01 June 2011

In May, students in the Science Technology program at Clark Elementary released the young salmon they had carefully raised from eggs into the Issaquah Creek. They wished their fishy friends good luck in their migration to the Puget Sound and beyond. Through the salmon-rearing program, the students learned about water quality, wildlife habitat, and ecosystems.

Bye, fry!

She’s the real pièce de résistance

Published Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Congratulations to Vicki Hoffman, recipient of the 2011 Community Leadership Award for the Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD). This honor, sponsored by the Washington Association of School Administrators, is for individuals and groups who go above and beyond to support their local schools. Vicki (left) is pictured receiving her award alongside Janice Watson, PSESD deputy superintendent. For the past 12 years, Vicki has been an art champion for Issaquah schools, which includes heading the district’s art docent program, standardizing art curriculum across elementary grades, and writing numerous grants each year to fund art resources.

She’s the real pièce de résistance

A true glass ceiling!

Published Thursday, 19 May 2011

Maple Hills students recently returned after the weekend to discover their decorated glass tiles hanging above. The all-school art project was funded through the PTA auction; each grade was assigned a specific color, and that was the theme students used to adorn a clear glass tile with smaller glass chips to create a design. The tiles were then fired in a kiln and strung together to create a glass curtain. Voilà—a beautiful masterpiece to decorate the school as well as an instant treasure hunt as students and families hunted for their specific glass tile.

A true glass ceiling!

Next year's leaders

Published Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Skyline's 2011-2012 incoming ASB officers learn the ropes at a King County inter-high training and brainstorming session at Mercer Island High School.

Next year's leaders

The hunt’s on!

Published Friday, 13 May 2011

Issaquah High biology students collaborated to create a time of the entire history of the world—at least in terms of major geological events and changes, appearance and disappearance of species and landforms, and climate shifts. The timeline spanned an entire classroom wing, and students then had a scavenger hunt using the timeline to answer different peer-written questions. For example: Originally, did fish have jaws? What are the four ways that the dinosaurs in the Triassic era went extinct? Where is a remnant of Earth’s original crust found?

The hunt’s on!

iWin!

Published Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Pacific Cascade Middle School humanities teacher Emily Ellis (third from right) was the lucky recipient of a new iPad for Teacher Appreciation Week courtesy of MyCommunityPlace.com. Her student Cameron (third from left) submitted her name as an outstanding educator, which was randomly pulled out of thousands of entries for the grand prize. Cameron and the school did not go unrewarded for the good deed: He won a new iPod Touch, and the school received a giant $1,000 check!

iWin!

Patriots and patriotic spirit!

Published Tuesday, 03 May 2011

Liberty High’s varsity cheer team shows its colorful support for the U.S. flag during the most recent Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon in Seattle.

Patriots and patriotic spirit!

All in a day's work

Published Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Issaquah Valley full day kindergartners Levi Stoner and Nolan Dennis had the ultimate job-shadow experience when they were Custodians for a Day! Thanks to IVE custodian extraordinaire Dusty Duke, the students—in their special custodian-for-a-day tee-shirts—toured the fire riser, electrical, and communications rooms, used a walkie-talkie, learned about the fire panel and tested the fire alarm, repaired a water fountain and a broken door, and, courtesy of Mr. Duke, learned the true definition of the word "custodian"—One who protects, guards, and maintains.

All in a day's work

Happy Earth Day!

Published Friday, 22 April 2011

Teaming with the City of Issaquah, Academy for Community Transition students celebrated by planting trees and spreading mulch at Bernsten Park along the Issaquah Creek.

Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day!

Published Friday, 22 April 2011

Teaming with the City of Issaquah, Academy for Community Transition students celebrated by planting trees and spreading mulch at Bernsten Park along the Issaquah Creek.

Happy Earth Day!

How rough is it?

Published Thursday, 14 April 2011

Students in Briarwood’s Science-Technology program visited a marine research vessel in the fall to learn about ecosystems, marine biology, and the Puget Sound Watershed—and, of course, to see how rough a starfish feels!

How rough is it?

Where in the world is...?

Published Tuesday, 05 April 2011

Beaver Lake seventh-grader Arjun Kumar shows off his champion medal he won at the state National Geographic Bee in March. Next up: The national level competition in Washington D.C. in May. Take the quiz to see how you’d fare in the competition.

Where in the world is...?

Future teachers collaborate (and visit Coca-Cola World)!

Published Friday, 01 April 2011

Issaquah School District is home growing its next leaders: Two Liberty High students—Arianna Romo, the school’s Future Educators Association (FEA) president and Teaching Academy 2 participant, and Evonna Wilhelm, Child Development participant—plus advisor Delores Leber attended the National FEA conference in Atlanta in February. They thank the Liberty Booster Club, the Career and Technical Education department, and the Liberty community for the support.

Future teachers collaborate (and visit Coca-Cola World)!

Fairytales do come true!

Published Friday, 01 April 2011

The cast of Skyline High’s “Once Upon a Time in Eastwood” greet elementary students who made up an enthralled audience during the performance (some of younger students even refused to high five the actor who played the villain because of his previous dastardly doings onstage!). This production is a tradition at Skyline, where theater students write, stage, and perform a children’s show each year, much to the delight of the elementary classes that attend.

Fairytales do come true!

Trash never looked so good!

Published Friday, 01 April 2011

This is the ENTIRE amount of garbage—7 gallons—produced by about 500 students in all three lunch periods during a recent “Waste Free Lunch” day at Issaquah Valley Elementary. How did they do it? The students increased their recycling rate from 62 percent to 92 percent. The result was a 23.5-pound weight reduction and 30.35-gallon volume reduction of daily garbage. Put in perspective, that’s the yearly equivalent of eliminating three Volkswagen beetles or two above-ground swimming pools worth of trash!

Trash never looked so good!

Plugged in

Published Wednesday, 23 March 2011

The Issaquah School District sent about 30 surplus computers to indigent South African students as part of Beaver Lake Middle School’s annual fundraiser to provide school supplies to these cross-continental peers. The organization that delivered the supplies, Generation Joy, reported that some of the schools did not have electricity but the townships supplied a power line once the computers arrived so they could be utilized.

Plugged in

A packed house

Published Monday, 14 March 2011

Families toured the booths during Clark Elementary School’s annual science fair on March 3. About 70 percent of students participated, the largest turnout ever. The event included judges from Issaquah High’s National Honor Society and demonstrations from the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery and Issaquah Middle School’s robotics club.

A packed house

Rachel's Challenge comes to Liberty

Published Tuesday, 08 March 2011

Liberty High students listen enrapt during an assembly for Rachel’s Challenge, a program in memory of a student killed at Columbine High School who believed in the chain reaction of everyday acts of kindness.

Rachel's Challenge comes to Liberty

Rachel's Challenge comes to Liberty

Published Tuesday, 08 March 2011

Liberty High students take a moment to close their eyes and think of how they can make a personal commitment to everyday kindness during an assembly for Rachel’s Challenge, a program in memory of a student killed at Columbine High School who believed in being a catalyst for positive change.

Rachel's Challenge comes to Liberty

The Staff in the Hat

Published Wednesday, 02 March 2011

Cascade Ridge educators donned Dr. Seuss hats in celebration of Read Across America Week! The silliness kicked off a week of literary celebrations.

The Staff in the Hat

Spotlights on "Treasure Island"

Published Wednesday, 02 March 2011

The action was backstage for fourth-grader Kevin Zhao, who ran the lights for his thespian comrades during Briarwood Elementary’s production of “Treasure Island” at Liberty High School in February. The production was put on by the Missoula Children’s Theatre, a professional company that comes to schools to produce entire plays with roles for 50 to 60 students in the span of a one-week residency.

Spotlights on "Treasure Island"

High school students meet up and mingle

Published Wednesday, 02 March 2011

Student leaders from all four of the District’s high schools gathered together in February to share and brainstorm ideas and solidify cross-campus friendships.

High school students meet up and mingle

Teachers honored

Published Thursday, 17 February 2011

Teachers who earned National Board Certification in December 2010 were recognized by the School Board during a community reception.

Teachers honored

What does it take to make, test, and sell the Boeing 747-8?

Published Thursday, 17 February 2011

Liberty Engineering and Honors Physics students found out when two Boeing workers— Project Manager Jim Blohowiak and Software Engineer Alison Lauderbach—visited in February. Students learned why the plane has four engines, how the nose comes off to load cargo, why its quieter than other models, and what it’s like to design flight simulators, among many other interesting facts.

What does it take to make, test, and sell the Boeing 747-8?

Jump for joy!

Published Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Skyline High Spartans really had something to cheer about—in addition to all of the other cheering—when its squads took first place in two categories at the state cheerleading championships in January. Photo credit: Brad Wong of Sammamish Patch.

Jump for joy!

IHS science students team up for learning

Published Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Issaquah High upperclassmen in advanced physics teamed with freshmen in physical science throughout the month of December to tackle lessons about gravity, forces, and motion. Through teaching, the upperclassmen deepened their understanding of the concepts, according to physics teacher Tom Haff. As for the freshmen, Haff said they benefited from the small-group instruction and varied teaching styles, while learning an important nuance about Issaquah High culture from their older mentors: “Hey, it’s okay to be smart!”

IHS science students team up for learning

Off and running!

Published Wednesday, 19 January 2011

The morning of January 11, about 700 students and staff ran in Issaquah High's inaugural Issy 5K Fun Run, which started and ended on the school's track and weaved through surrounding trails and neighborhoods. Students in P.E. classes had been working towards the run all semester, which was meant to show "teenagers that running can be fun, exciting, and rewarding," according to teacher Brenda Middleton.

Off and running!

District students share love of books

Published Friday, 07 January 2011

Issaquah Middle School 6th grader Emily Rudolph is the voice of Annie in the Magic Treehouse book series interactive website. Emily is pictured here perfecting her voice-overs in a Seattle recording studio. And this isn’t Emily’s only activity where she shares her love of books with others. She and Pine Lake Middle School student Hillary Dominguez volunteer at the Sammamish Library singing songs about fun storybook characters to promote literacy for young children.

District students share love of books

They did it!

Published Thursday, 16 December 2010

Discovery Elementary students exceeded their goal of bringing in 500 box tops to earn dollars for their school—they brought in 5,000 box tops! To celebrate, principal Tera Coyle dressed up as “Snow Principal” for the day (and, ironically, the snowsuit is exceptionally hot, she notes!).

They did it!

High schools unite!

Published Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Leadership students from Issaquah, Liberty, and Skyline lock arms in friendship during a KingCo Interhigh meeting in December about sportsmanship.

High schools unite!

Liberty "Snowcoming" benefits local food bank

Published Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Students not only transformed the hallways into a winter wonderland for Liberty High’s “snowcoming” in December, they also brought in more than 2,300 canned food items and raised more than $1,200 in a coin drive to benefit the Issaquah Food Bank.

Liberty "Snowcoming" benefits local food bank

Future leaders

Published Friday, 10 December 2010

Apollo third graders showed off and deepened their civic lessons when King County Deputy Executive Fred Jarrett visited to talk about government and answer questions in December. Students learned that Mr. Jarrett favors a council-manager form of city government, he thinks his current job is the best in the world, and he has, indeed, “heard about branches” (“You mean like on trees?” he jokingly responded. “Or do you mean our three-tier government system?”).

Future leaders

Cookies for a cause

Published Thursday, 09 December 2010

Liberty High’s culinary students had a goal to make 500 cookies for Children Hospital’s Festival of Trees fundraiser. Students and staff donated all the ingredients, and many came in before and after school to bake. When all the flour had settled, they ended up donating more than 2,500 cookies!

Cookies for a cause

Apollo takes the 60-minute pledge

Published Tuesday, 07 December 2010

This fall, Seahawks halftime announcer Ken Carson, Seagals, members of the Blue Thunder Band, and Blitz all came to Apollo Elementary to urge students to be active as part of NFL Play 60, a campaign that asks children to physically play for at least 60 minutes a day. In conjunction, teachers filled out a wellness grant application and held healthy activities, such as inviting personal trainer to lead students through specialized exercises.

Apollo takes the 60-minute pledge

Maywood's Ashton Herrild stars in 5th Avenue Theatre production

Published Monday, 15 November 2010

“Scut Farkus! What a rotten name! There he stood, between us and the alley. Scut Farkus staring out at us with his yellow eyes. He had yellow eyes!” With that dubious introduction in the production, Maywood Middle School’s own Ashton Herrild will star as the infamous bully in “A Christmas Story” at 5th Avenue Theatre through the holiday season. In this picture, Ashton shows off his acting chops as Bradley Chalkers in “There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom.”

Maywood's Ashton Herrild stars in 5th Avenue Theatre production

Surprise!!!

Published Tuesday, 02 November 2010

Representatives from the Seahawks and U.S. Army visited Issaquah High to name senior wide-receiver Evan Peterson the U.S. Army Player of the Week. In a triple-overtime game against Eastlake on October 15, Evan had 11 catches for 176 yards and four touchdowns. Evan’s honor was announced on the radio broadcast the following Seahawks game, he received two Seahawks game tickets and a personalized jersey and football, and the Seahawks donated $250 to Issaquah High’s ASB in his name.

Surprise!!!

Friendship—the universal language

Published Friday, 15 October 2010

Romanian Gypsy children show off in T-shirts with messages of camaraderie created for them by students at Echo Glen Children's Center. Representatives from International Smile Power delivered the T-shirts while also providing much-needed dental care for the Romanians.

Friendship—the universal language

New IHS DECA store is a big hit!

Published Friday, 01 October 2010

Issaquah High School seniors Jane Mallett, Milena Go, Catlyn Chaffin, Alex White and MacKenzie Bauer celebrate the grand opening of the new DECA store on campus. Can you guess the most popular item sold there? If you guessed fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies, you're right!

New IHS DECA store is a big hit!

Teacher training kicks off the new school year

Published Tuesday, 07 September 2010

Superintendent Rasmussen welcomed educators to the 2010-2011 school year while kicking off an all-teacher training at the end of August at Skyline High School. For the first time in many years, all certificated employees came together to learn a common protocol to help them reflect on and hone their instructional strategies. Spearheaded by principals, schools will implement the protocol throughout the next two years.

Teacher training kicks off the new school year

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL 2010

Published Thursday, 02 September 2010

Warning—could cause extreme hunger! Culinary students at Tiger Mountain Community High School wasted no time taking a bite out of their curriculum as they made pumpkin, squash, and zucchini bread.

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL 2010

FIRST DAY 2010

Published Thursday, 02 September 2010

Pine Lake math teacher Rena Pitasky referred to the photos on her projected seating chart to help the sixth-graders get to know each other. Her tip for students to help them remember her own name: “It’s a hard one, but it’s just like ‘pita’ and ‘sky’ together.”

FIRST DAY 2010

FIRST DAY 2010

Published Thursday, 02 September 2010

Discovery Elementary’s Makayla Dino reverently opened her brand new supplies to get started on her first assignment of the school year—matching the color words to decorate a picture of a shoe.

FIRST DAY 2010

FIRST DAY 2010

Published Wednesday, 01 September 2010

Discovery teacher Harriet Arnold welcomed each student as they stepped into her first-grade class for the first time this school year.

FIRST DAY 2010

FIRST DAY 2010

Published Wednesday, 01 September 2010

The 2006 bond in action: Seventh- and eighth-graders report feeling less “cramped” on campus with Beaver Lake Middle School’s sleeker enrollment count. Because of the opening of the District’s fifth middle school—which was the 2006 bond committee’s highest priority—Beaver Lake has about 220 fewer students this school year.

FIRST DAY 2010

FIRST DAY 2010

Published Tuesday, 31 August 2010

She’s here to serve! Pine Lake Middle School teacher Gail Oseran went through back-to-school business with her culinary students with some added humor. Her warning to students: no swamp muffins this year (of the variety that ooze green, uncooked goo when they are poked).

FIRST DAY 2010

FIRST DAY 2010

Published Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Pine Lake staff members were on hand to help with last-minute locker distribution and combination issues. Like in real estate, location is everything when it comes to locker placement, according to the students.

FIRST DAY 2010

FIRST DAY 2010

Published Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Rain and friendship were in the air as first-graders Makenzie Sexsmith and Riley Wade immediately noticed their similar fashion sense on the bus ride to school.

FIRST DAY 2010

District wins King County Best Workplace for Recycling Award

Published Thursday, 24 June 2010

The Issaquah School District was recognized with another Best Workplace award because of our continued commitment to recycling and waste reduction programs in District facilities.

District wins King County Best Workplace for Recycling Award

She said YES!

Published Friday, 18 June 2010

Teacher Sarah Miller was briefly called away from her classroom only to return to find her second-graders each holding up a letter to spell “M-R-S. F-O-R-K-N-E-R-?” But wait—who was that holding up the question mark? None other than Mr. Forkner himself, Daniel, who proceeded to get down on his knee and propose. In front of her principal and many applauding students, Ms. Miller (soon to be Forkner) whole-heartedly accepted.

She said YES!

Rejoice for radishes! Love your lettuce!

Published Friday, 11 June 2010

First-grade gardeners at Issaquah Valley Elementary celebrated a productive spring harvest with a delicious Salad Celebration on June 4. Eighty students planted and cared for a variety of salad greens and vegetables during the last several months. They used sustainable gardening methods and learned about nutrition. The students’ harvest was a great success—in addition to sampling the produce at the Salad Celebration, they were able to donate 32 pounds of lettuce to the Issaquah Food Bank.

Rejoice for radishes! Love your lettuce!

Hooray for graduation!

Published Friday, 11 June 2010

To whoops and loud applause, Lauren Wise holds up her diploma in front of her fellow Academy of Community Transition (ACT) graduates Evan Johnson, Sean Benson, and Jonathan Thornton. The 2010 ACT graduation ceremony was held June 10 and included a guest speaker and a special slide show for each honoree.

Hooray for graduation!

The next generation of Jacques Cousteaus?

Published Tuesday, 08 June 2010

Maywood Middle School seventh-graders Andrew Zimmerman and Jason Jarman competed in the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Remote Operated Vehicle Challenge on May 7 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. The competition was associated with the University of Washington School of Oceanography.

The next generation of Jacques Cousteaus?

Teachers for a day

Published Tuesday, 01 June 2010

Skyline IB Biology students became the teacher for the day when a class of Discovery fifth-graders visited to learn about scientific principles like classification and respiration in fun, hands-on, rotating mini lessons. Of course, all the candy and slime helped build the excitement!

Teachers for a day

Liberty High School debuts new solar panel

Published Monday, 24 May 2010

On May 4, science teacher Mark Buchli introduced Liberty High’s new solar panel to an audience that included state legislators, Puget Sound Energy and Issaquah Schools Foundation officials, and school board members. In addition to providing the school clean energy, the solar panel will allow classrooms to conduct hands-on experiments and demonstrations—and perhaps inspire a new generation of scientists to better harness the vast energy potential of the sun. The panel was funded by a grant from Puget Sound Energy with additional funding from the Issaquah Schools Foundation.

Liberty High School debuts new solar panel

Best wishes to an Issaquah High legacy

Published Monday, 24 May 2010

After 37 years on the job, counseling secretary Marcia McGinnis retired at the end of April 2010. Along with well wishes from her many friends and colleagues, Marcia received a clock from the District to symbolize the time she has dedicated to serving students (and newly freed time ahead!).

Best wishes to an Issaquah High legacy

Fly Away!

Published Wednesday, 19 May 2010

A picture's worth 1,000 words—and many accolades, in the case of Skyline High junior Emily Gitelman. Two of Emily's photos—including "Fly Away," pictured here—were chosen as finalists in the 2010 Washington State High School Photography Competition the first weekend in May. Her winning snapshots were selected out of 3,700 entries!

Fly Away!

All in a day's work

Published Monday, 17 May 2010

Issaquah Valley fifth-graders Tristan Auclair and Vincent Smith had the ultimate job-shadow experience when they were Custodians for a Day! Thanks to Issaquah Valley custodian extraordinaire Dusty Duke, the students got to test the fire alarm, put together a paper roller, learn about transformers, use the walkie-talkies to speak to the principal, and release their peers to recess during lunch. To top off the day, they received special t-shirts, new tools, and a 10-piece McNugget meal for lunch! “Vincent said it was his best day at school ever,” his mom said.

All in a day's work

Pine Lake Middle School's Culinary Arts class celebrates Nacho Day

Published Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Here's one class in which students will gladly take home assignments to finish! Sixth-graders in Pine Lake Middle School's Culinary Arts class busily prep, cook, clean, and eat during Nacho Day. This lesson focuses on cultural foods adapted into American cuisine. When making the nachos, students learn about different dietary habits around the world, including various forms of protein and fiber substitutes. In the end, students should be able to whip up a fast, nutritious, adaptable meal perfect for their busy lives on the go.

Pine Lake Middle School's Culinary Arts class celebrates Nacho Day

Hats off to Mom!

Published Tuesday, 11 May 2010

First-grade students at Briarwood Elementary regaled their moms with beautiful paper bonnets, poems, and songs, during a special Mother's Day Tea in May.

Hats off to Mom!

Issaquah Middle School students raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Published Tuesday, 11 May 2010

ASB students at Issaquah Middle School held a "Make Leukemia Disappear" campaign in April and May that raised $3,751 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Issaquah Middle School students raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

IMS' Nathan Lee is national chess champion

Published Tuesday, 04 May 2010

With a perfect 7-0 record, Issaquah Middle School eighth-grader Nathan Lee (left) won the individual United States Chess Federation’s 2010 National K-8 Championship in Minneapolis in April.

IMS' Nathan Lee is national chess champion

Trash Monsters on the loose at Sunny Hills

Published Friday, 30 April 2010

To celebrate Earth Day, Sunny Hills kindergartners created “Trash Monsters,” slightly-less-than-ferocious bag creatures who just love to eat up trash! Then the students teamed with their third-grade reading buddies to roam campus searching for food to satiate the Trash Monsters. By the end of the day, Sunny Hills had a very clean campus and very happy Trash Monsters!

Trash Monsters on the loose at Sunny Hills

6th grade math champions

Published Friday, 30 April 2010

Beaver Lake 6th grade students pose with the 15th place awards they earned at the Washington State Math Championship in April. Read more at Add it up: Local schools are Math Champions!

6th grade math champions

7th grade math champions

Published Friday, 30 April 2010

Beaver Lake 7th grade students (and coach) pose with the 10th place awards they earned at the Washington State Math Championship in April. Read more at Add it up: Local schools are Math Champions!

7th grade math champions

Mad scrappers

Published Thursday, 29 April 2010

Apollo Elementary fifth-graders in Carrie Alexander’s classroom recently completed a project to scrapbook a “Week in Our Lives.” Not only did they hit 11 writing and communication learning goals, they learned important insights from one another. For instance, one boy wrote: “I am afraid of girls. They somehow make you do things you don’t want to do without realizing it.” Other students spotlighted their little-known interests, such as raising chickens. Ms. Alexander reports that: “EVERY one of my kids finished the project, EVERY one of my kids had good things to say, and EVERY one of my kids showed great growth in their writing skills! Just goes to show that if you are writing about something you care deeply about, you get AMAZING writing!”

Mad scrappers

Math is really cool for fabulous Clark Sharks

Published Monday, 26 April 2010

Clark Elementary students Dylan Dean, Zachary Van Dyke, Devika Richi and Rebecca Walker placed 3rd overall in their division in the 4th Grade "Math is Cool" Championship. Dylan placed 1st in his school, and 2nd overall in his division.

Math is really cool for fabulous Clark Sharks

Discovery fourth graders win Washington state Disney Planet Challenge!

Published Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Congratulations to students in Tasha Kirby’s fourth-grade classroom at Discovery Elementary. They won first in the state for the portfolio they submitted about local killdeer preservation for the Disney Planet Challenge! The award came with a $1,000 grant and student certificates. The students had to develop a project that not only made a difference in their community but also in their perception about how they can personally make positive environmental changes.

Discovery fourth graders win Washington state Disney Planet Challenge!

Celebrating Earth Day

Published Friday, 16 April 2010

The Maple Hills Student Council poses with puppets they used to film a video in honor of Earth Day.

Celebrating Earth Day

Liberty culinary crew wows judges at ProStart Invitational

Published Thursday, 25 March 2010

On March 6, Liberty High's culinary students wowed judges at the 2010 Boyd Coffee ProStart Invitational at South Seattle Community College. The "culinary team" (Marissa Harrell, Michelle DiMaggio, and Erik McAskill) prepared chicken and bacon roulade with Washington cheeses, a watercress and frisée salad with a blackberry vinaigrette, Petrale Sole with clam chowder, risotto, sautéed celery greens with a lemon-parsley butter, steamed apple cake with maple ice cream, and candied bacon and blackberry coulis. The "management team" (Jessica Warren, Danielle Miller, Anderson Tran, and Danyelle Loucks) also fared very well, showing off their conceptual restaurant knowledge and creative solutions.

Liberty culinary crew wows judges at ProStart Invitational

Making a difference around the world

Published Monday, 22 March 2010

Ugandan orphans proudly show off jerseys they received from a used-sports-gear drive held earlier this school year at Issaquah High.

Making a difference around the world

See the legislative process close-up

Published Wednesday, 17 March 2010

State Representative Judy Clibborn (D-Mercer Island) with Pacific Cascade Freshman Campus student Sam Hendrickson on the floor of the House of Representatives, where he served as a legislative page. Any student (aged 14-17) is eligible to serve as a legislative page in the state House or Senate where for one week they deliver messages for lawmakers and learn first-hand about the democratic process.

See the legislative process close-up

Discovery volunteer blends classical composers with history lessons

Published Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Volunteer Kerry Holmes teaches Discovery Elementary fifth-graders about German classical musician Clara Schumann, a “rock star” of her time whose innate talent was bolstered by having a noted piano teacher as a father and hands large enough to reach 12 piano keys. For almost a decade, Ms. Holmes has presented a comprehensive set of lessons about classical composers to Discovery students, adding an artistic and cultural component to their history studies.

Discovery volunteer blends classical composers with history lessons

Technology "rocks" at Pine Lake!

Published Tuesday, 09 March 2010

Sixth-graders Abbey Powers and Joey Lee show how technology is bringing science to life in Pine Lake Middle School’s Learning Resource Center II (LRCII) classroom. The students took pictures of rocks with digital cameras purchased through a PTSA grant, downloaded the pictures to their student profiles for further study, and wrote a report on their findings.

Technology "rocks" at Pine Lake!

Welcome home!

Published Tuesday, 09 March 2010

Diane Miller’s kindergarten class at Cougar Ridge learned about service, community, family, and thankfulness when they made a giant banner to welcome home a student’s dad, a reservist in the JAG Corps for the U.S. Navy deployed on a 10-month tour in Iraq. The dad has now returned to his civilian job as a Seattle police officer, and he says: “I sincerely appreciate all the support Cougar Ridge has given to my son … and my family when I was deployed. It made the separation bearable knowing that [my son] was being taken care of by people who truly cared about him.”

Welcome home!

Beaver Lake BLOCK Club leads annual drive

Published Thursday, 04 March 2010

During an assembly at Beaver Lake Middle School, students hold up signs to represent the number of schools—20 out of 24—that would not have a library, computer lab, or science lab if the Issaquah School District were a microcosm of the school system in South Africa. The assembly, produced by the Beaver Lake Outreach Community Kids (BLOCK) Club, kicked off the school’s annual drive to collect educational and living supplies for students in rural areas outside of Johannesburg. All community members can contribute to the drive.

Beaver Lake BLOCK Club leads annual drive

Science in action at Clark Elementary science fair

Published Tuesday, 02 March 2010

Did you know that it takes 367 licks to get to the center of a cherry flavored Tootsie Pop but 460 licks to get to the center of a grape Tootsie Pop? Or that Sprite preserves cut flowers even better than the florist-provided liquid feed? Or that certain mice seem to make it through mazes faster when listening to Mozart or Reba McEntire? (And save your money: Bleach and regular laundry detergent do a better job fighting stains than OxiClean.) These helpful tidbits and many more awaited attendees of Clark Elementary School’s science fair in February, thanks to a bevy of well-crafted and executed student projects.

Science in action at Clark Elementary science fair

Surgery of the future

Published Tuesday, 02 March 2010

In February, Overlake Hospital invited Issaquah High robotics club students Loren Wang, Seung Lee, John Feiler, Greg Finch, Taylor Bruce, and Elliot Chin (from left) to try their hand driving a $2 million machine that performs minimally invasive operations. Finch proved to be the fastest completing certain tasks--which replicate the skills actual surgeons will use--and earned a trophy and a $100 gift certificate to an electronics store. The Issaquah High team and their Eastside high-school counterparts at the Overlake event are preparing for nationwide FIRST Robotics competitions that begin next month.

Surgery of the future

Liberty senior links first grade pen pals across the District

Published Wednesday, 24 February 2010

As part of the Liberty High Teaching Academy, senior Sarah Lowes read “Mr. Blueberry” to students in an Apollo Elementary first-grade class during a lesson about pen pals. She then gave each child a personal letter from another first-grader at a different elementary school across the District, Endeavour. Soon after, Sarah and the classroom teacher helped the students write replies to their pen pals.

Liberty senior links first grade pen pals across the District

Maple Hills and Mercy Corps raise funds for Haiti relief

Published Wednesday, 03 February 2010

A Maple Hills first grade student truly captured the spirit of a Mercy Corps Haiti relief fundraiser by donating her piggy bank savings and including a caring message on her ziplock bag: To: Haiti, From: USA.

Maple Hills and Mercy Corps raise funds for Haiti relief

Become a VOICE mentor

Published Thursday, 28 January 2010

Julie Fowler volunteers through the V.O.I.C.E. Mentor Program to work one-on-one with a student at Sunset Elementary every week. Currently, many students throughout the District are on list waiting for more adults to become V.O.I.C.E. mentors. If you are interested—or if you know a neighbor, colleague, or friend who may be interested—contact Susan Gierke at 425-837-7139 or voice@issaquah.wednet.edu. Mentors are matched with students based on interests, and staff strives to make their time together as meaningful as possible for both.

Become a VOICE mentor

Couches into … cows!

Published Thursday, 28 January 2010

The Tiger Mountain Community High School culminating project class raised almost $1,200 to benefit an orphanage in Uganda through a community rummage sale. With the support of the local community, the students collected and sold items as diverse as furniture, clothing, books, and novelty items. When all was said and done, they were able to purchase two cows for a Ugandan orphanage to help the organization become more self sufficient.

Couches into … cows!

Liberty ROCKS!

Published Thursday, 14 January 2010

What do David Hasselhoff, "Dr. Feelgood," and superheroes have in common? They all unite into one musical and visual masterpiece in Liberty High School's band's entry into a battle-of-the-bands competition sponsored by a local radio station. To see the entry (and vote!), visit http://therockwfp.com/category/botb-2010/.

Liberty ROCKS!

Flying portables?

Published Friday, 08 January 2010

It’s beginning: Maywood Middle School received portables (they magically flew into place!) over winter break to prepare for a major expansion and renovation project. To keep up with all capital projects across the District, visit our Construction Projects web page.

Flying portables?

Where the Wild Things Are

Published Friday, 18 December 2009

Maple Hills PE teacher Polly Vaughn, known for her obstacle courses for students, created her first one based on children's literature. Here students tackle the new and exciting course “Where the Wild Things Are.”

Where the Wild Things Are

Festive and delicious!

Published Thursday, 17 December 2009

Eighth-grader Dea Strahler looks over the gingerbread house that she helped her homeroom create for Pine Lake Middle School’s holiday festivities. Dea was especially adept at frosting piping, although her favorite part of the sticky abode are the marshmallow-adorned trees. She had no definitive tally for the amount of raw materials that ended up on the house versus in students’ stomachs.

Festive and delicious!

Jessica's National Anthem precedes Skyline's big win

Published Friday, 11 December 2009

Skyline senior Jessica Fisher sang the National Anthem before Skyline's 4A football state title game at the Tacoma Dome on December 5. Skyline went on to win the championship 45-21 over Spokane's Ferris High School.

Jessica's National Anthem precedes Skyline's big win

Pinocchio comes to Briarwood Elementary

Published Thursday, 10 December 2009

Briarwood students recently learned what happens when they tell lies—their noses begin to grow! Or at least that was the case with fourth-grader Arianna Vinup, who played the lead role in the school’s production of “Pinocchio.” Trying in vain to keep her from going astray was Pinocchio’s trusty green conscience Jiminy, played by fifth-grader Kendra Selby.

Pinocchio comes to Briarwood Elementary

Have a ball!

Published Monday, 30 November 2009

Skyline students in Cari Crane’s and Elizabeth Lund’s European Studies block class attended a Renaissance Ball the day before Halloween. They came as popes, kings, queens, writers, and artists of the Renaissance. While socializing in predetermined groups, they discussed issues such as religion, art, and politics—all from the viewpoint of their Renaissance selves. It was truly a ball!

Have a ball!

Moroccan artistic exchange

Published Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Artists from Issaquah’s sister city, Chefchaouen, Morocco, visited Issaquah High and several other schools in October to give demonstrations of their metal- and wood-working skills. Students were enthralled by their craft and culture, and they were especially eager to sample the Moroccan tea the artists brought with them!

Moroccan artistic exchange

Mix It up!

Published Friday, 20 November 2009

Students at Clark Elementary held Mix It Up Day on November 10. The idea was simple—everyone sat in a different spot than usual during lunch—but the results were more profound. Students learned to get out of their comfort zone, cross the invisible lines of school division, and make new friends with all different types of students.

Mix It up!

Political process in action

Published Thursday, 19 November 2009

Luke Esser, chairman of the Washington Republican Party and former state senator, spoke to Issaquah High A.P. U.S. Government students about the value of a multi-party system, the mechanics of heading a major political organization, and historical ideological differences between Republicans and Democrats. Teacher Jeremy Ritzer and his social-studies colleagues often invite such guest speakers to class to help government come to life for students.

Political process in action

Jazz spectacular!

Published Tuesday, 17 November 2009

The Issaquah, Liberty, and Skyline High jazz bands played to a sold-out house at The Triple Door in Seattle in November. Stay tuned: a recording of the collaborative effort will soon be available for sale on CD.

Jazz spectacular!

Skyline's IB Biology class at work

Published Tuesday, 17 November 2009

In November, enrapt Skyline students in Gretel von Bargen’s IB Biology class used molecular model kits to learn about the chemical bonds in lipids. Sound impressive? It was! Check out Ms. von Bargen’s fact-filled Biology for Life website for more information about her students’ work and projects.

Skyline's IB Biology class at work

The Toyman visits Endeavour Elementary

Published Thursday, 12 November 2009

As part of Endeavour Elementary’s simple machines science curriculum, the Toyman visited to help fifth-graders build trapezes out of particle board and yardsticks. (The “acrobats” were constructed from clothespins and wires.) The ends of the trapezes adjusted to demonstrate incline planes and the difference slope can make in speed, force, and gravity during the acrobats' trips from one end to the other.

The Toyman visits Endeavour Elementary

Jenny Schaffer is Teacher of the Week!

Published Thursday, 12 November 2009

Congratulations to Cascade Ridge fifth-grade teacher Jenny Schaffer, who was recently recognized as a STAR 101.5 Teacher of the Week! Student Sara Reed nominated her for the award, and the radio station surprised Ms. Schaffer and presented her with a $100 check.

Jenny Schaffer is Teacher of the Week!

Learning on the job

Published Friday, 06 November 2009

In November, District construction coordinator Royce Nourigat led a group of students interested in construction careers through the Issaquah High building site. While taking an up-close look at the project, they discussed various jobs within the industry. Following up on the tour, the students will soon have the opportunity to meet and chat with some of the construction workers during a question-and-answer session at the school’s career center.

Learning on the job

Connie Fletcher retires

Published Wednesday, 04 November 2009

During an October goodbye party for Connie Fletcher, a young reveler shows her his calculations to determine how many weeks she served on the Issaquah School Board (she has accepted a position on the State Board of Education).

Connie Fletcher retires

First day of school 2009-10

Published Friday, 04 September 2009

PCFC teacher Michele Van More prepares to fall backward from her classroom’s railing into the arms of her awaiting students. The exercise is meant to demonstrate that—even in the face of very challenging tasks throughout the school year—the students must trust that Van More will not let them fall.

First day of school 2009-10

IHS cheerleaders cheer first day of school 2009-10

Published Friday, 04 September 2009

Issaquah High cheerleaders, with some foundational help from a few football players, energize the crowd at a welcome-back assembly for all students.

IHS cheerleaders cheer first day of school 2009-10

First day of school 2009-10

Published Friday, 04 September 2009

Tiger Mountain students celebrate the return of school with a barbecue.

First day of school 2009-10

Tracking the Grizzly

Published Friday, 04 September 2009

First day of school 2009-10: Grand Ridge Elementary first-graders get to know the campus by tracking the elusive Grand Ridge grizzly clue by clue throughout the school. Where do they finally find him? In Principal Barb Walton’s office, of course!

Tracking the Grizzly

Cookies and construction

Published Monday, 06 July 2009

Future students watch construction work and eat cookies during the Elementary 15 groundbreaking ceremony on the Sammamish Plateau in June. The school will open in the fall of 2010.

Cookies and construction

Students support Habitat and affordable housing

Published Thursday, 02 July 2009

Students in Mrs. Jane Ulrich’s 4th grade class at Sunny Hills presented a check for $280 to Habitat for Humanity. They raised the funds at the Issaquah ArtWalk through the sale of notecards featuring their photography and poetry. Students selected Habitat for Humanity out of several charities they considered to receive their donation.

Students support Habitat and affordable housing

IMS students win for recycling cart design

Published Tuesday, 09 June 2009

Me eat recycling! Representatives from Waste Management presented Issaquah Middle School students in Becky Havekost’s art class with a $250 check on June 2 for winning a regional contest to design the most creative recycling cart. The City of Issaquah’s Solid Waste Department will now exhibit the Cookie-, ahem, Recycling-Monster inspired cart in public spaces to remind everyone about waste conservation efforts. The $250 prize is to be spent on an environmental program or project that the students select in their school community.

IMS students win for recycling cart design

Optimal High School Conversation Café

Published Thursday, 21 May 2009

On May 18, more than 50 students, staff members, and parents came together to talk about the high-school experience in the Issaquah School District—what works, what doesn’t, and what type of outside-the-box thinking do we need to help all students succeed? Click “Optimal High School Experience” in the What’s Happening section below for a transcript of the conversations as well as more information about the Optimal High School Experience.

Optimal High School Conversation Café

Endeavour loves their bus drivers

Published Thursday, 14 May 2009

Endeavour Elementary celebrated Bus Driver Appreciation Day in May with a banner signed by all students. PTSA members held the banner for drivers when they arrived in the morning and handed out homemade muffins. Endeavour PTSA President Becky Lawrence said, “We love our Bus Drivers and appreciate everything they do to keep our kids safe while traveling to and from school.”

Endeavour loves their bus drivers

SHARK-E at Clark E-lementary

Published Thursday, 14 May 2009

The Clark Elementary Sharks had an amazing science fair this year. The organizers creatively played off the movie “WALL-E” to form the theme “SHARK-E” (Scientific, Hardworking, Achieving, Researching Kid – Earth Class). Middle school and high school science teachers judged the projects. Events throughout the night included two different robotic demonstrations, flight experiments, gak making, and salmon dissection.

SHARK-E at Clark E-lementary

A sunny Sunset May Day celebration

Published Monday, 04 May 2009

Students in the School Age Care Sockeye Club at Sunset Elementary celebrated a sunny May Day by constructing a Maypole while singing May Day songs and learning the history of the international holiday.

A sunny Sunset May Day celebration

The demolition has begun!

Published Friday, 17 April 2009

On April 16, bulldozers began knocking down unused classroom wings at Issaquah High in preparation for the school's rebuild.

The demolition has begun!

Surprise!

Published Thursday, 16 April 2009

Surprise! Unbeknownst to the woman of honor, staff at Issaquah Valley Elementary planned a gala 90th birthday celebration for Elvira Lindsay in April. Ms. Lindsay is an incredible aide and advocate for local children. After a five-year teaching career in South Dakota, she joined the Issaquah School District as an educational assistant in 1968. She worked at Issaquah Valley from 1969 until her retirement in 2004—but there’s no holding her back! Ms. Lindsay continues to volunteer daily at Issaquah Valley in the library and on the playground.

Surprise!

Clark fifth graders visit ceremonial gift site

Published Thursday, 26 March 2009

Ms. Landa’s fifth-grade classroom at Clark Elementary capped a series of lessons about Moroccan culture with a walking field trip to the City of Issaquah’s ceremonial Moroccan door. The door was a gift from Issaquah’s sister city, Chefchaouen. The students brought friendship journals to present to Issaquah city leaders, who will personally deliver them to students in Chefchaouen during an upcoming trip to Morocco.

Clark fifth graders visit ceremonial gift site

Team 1318 competes in Portland

Published Monday, 23 March 2009

Issaquah High School's Robotics Team brought home another first place award in the 2009 Oregon Regional FIRST Robotics competition in Portland. Here they are in the contest’s semifinal round. The team went on to win first place which qualifies them to travel to April’s international competition in Atlanta.

Team 1318 competes in Portland

Issaquah Robotics team is FIRST again!

Published Monday, 23 March 2009

Issaquah High School's Robotics Team outperformed 53 other high school teams in the 2009 Oregon Regional FIRST Robotics competition in Portland, bringing home another first place award. The win means that they, the Northwest’s only undefeated robotics team, qualify for the international championship at Atlanta’s Georgia Dome in April. Thanks to Flow International for their generous contribution to registration fees and team lodging at this championship event!

Issaquah Robotics team is FIRST again!

Students create tribute to artist Georges-Pierre Seurat

Published Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Issaquah Valley's Cougar Club students used pointillism to imitate Seurat’s Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. It took one man more than two years to complete the famous work. It took 30 students using markers just four weeks to complete their tribute to the artist.

Students create tribute to artist Georges-Pierre Seurat

Special needs bus road-eo

Published Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Issaquah special needs students are in good hands—some of the best in the nation!—on our school buses.Drivers Donna Patterson and Alaine Tibbets recently won fourth place at the National Special Needs Road-eo competition in Indianapolis. The team demonstrated superior driving abilities—including navigating tricky course work, such as the serpentine event shown in this picture—and incredible skill in areas such as emergency evacuation, first aid, and knowledge of rules and regulations.

Special needs bus road-eo

Young musicians-in-training

Published Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Apollo preschoolers recently visited Liberty orchestra students. They were treated to a mini-concert, learned how to be mini-conductors, and even got to try out the instruments. The 19 preschoolers, armed with their newly-acquired musical appreciation, now make beautiful music together back in their Apollo classroom. Bravo!

Young musicians-in-training

IVE Rocks!!!

Published Friday, 06 February 2009

More than 89 performers and seven backstage “roadies” entertained a standing-room only crowd during Issaquah Valley’s “’Camp Quah Final Jam” third-annual variety show. The 47 acts included singing, dancing, skateboarding, jumping ropes, hula hoops, comedy, and piano performances. Student emcees Daniel Repp, Onti Rosen, Jennifer Ochs, and Rhoddy Jensen led the excitement. According to Rhoddy: “We had to put in time and dedication to be able to memorize the script …We learned to work hard, encourage others and cooperate with kids from all grades. It was very fun.”

IVE Rocks!!!

French Revolution comes to Skyline

Published Friday, 06 February 2009

10th-grade Honors European Studies students at Skyline High School held a French Revolution Romantics get-together complete with an integrated music program (a French exchange student even played the harp). The festivities included an "absentee monarch" table, and students had food and conversation in their assigned roles about several essential curriculum questions.

French Revolution comes to Skyline

Come together!

Published Thursday, 29 January 2009

Leadership students from each ISD high school—like the Issaquah High, Liberty, and Skyline representatives in this picture— held a retreat in January to promote unity and brainstorm ideas for an all-District high school event this school year.

Come together!

Cougar Ridge gets physical

Published Monday, 26 January 2009

Cougar Ridge Elementary celebrated physical activity and fitness when students invited their moms and dads to come explore the school’s climbing wall, play tennis, hula hoop, and generally remember the joy of moving around during several evenings in January. More than 200 people attended the first event.

Cougar Ridge gets physical

Democracy never tasted so good!

Published Thursday, 22 January 2009

Susan Adler’s fifth-graders and their families at Issaquah Valley Elementary helped usher in the 44th President of the United States of America with a potluck and ceremonial viewing of the Inauguration. As Ms. Adler was able to point out real-life examples of the civics and history lessons the students were learning in class, one parent remarked: “I know this will be a memory our children will keep for years to come!”

Democracy never tasted so good!

Construction's new face

Published Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Art students at Skyline High School are spreading Spartan culture and beautifying their under-construction campus by painting larger-than-life images of students on the temporary wall separating the commons area from demolition work.

Construction's new face

It's a wrap!

Published Friday, 16 January 2009

Students in the Academy of Community Transition show off Safeway gift cards they purchased and donated to the Issaquah Food Bank. The students wrapped presents at a local retail store in December, raising $180 in donations to purchase the gift cards. (Students pictured from left: Lauren Wise, Kelley Boehlke, and Kelley Pitcher, with Food Bank staff behind.)

It's a wrap!

Olympic gold at Grand Ridge

Published Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Olympic gold medalist Anna Cummins visited Grand Ridge Elementary in December to share her experience as part of the USA Rowing Team and to challenge students to set and achieve their own personal goals.

Olympic gold at Grand Ridge

Sunny Hills Art Walk

Published Thursday, 11 December 2008

Sunny Hills students admire art during a recent Art Walk. In partnership with artEAST, art docents have transformed a room at the school to look like a musuem, with replicas of famous paintings and even original pieces from local artists. Each class visits the room during an Art Walk, looks at the art up close, follows up with conversations about specific themes in the art, and, frequently, has a hands-on lesson to replicate the art. The “musuem” will change five times this year to focus on the elements of color, line, shape and form, texture and pattern, and space.

Sunny Hills Art Walk

IMS gets Seahawk's visitor

Published Wednesday, 10 December 2008

As the winner of the NFL’s Take a Player to School contest, Issaquah Middle School student Andy Co was escorted to school in a limo by Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck in December. Hasselbeck led a few exercises in Andy’s PE class and spoke at an assembly about the importance of goals and healthy living.

IMS gets Seahawk's visitor

Spencer's big award

Published Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Endeavour student Spencer Young—with his music teacher Holly Miller and Board Member Connie Fletcher—received an award at the Technology and Learning Conference after being named the best elementary music composer by the Music Educators National Conference for his piece “March of the Ogres.”

Spencer's big award

Local veterans celebrated in District schools

Published Thursday, 13 November 2008

Student Caroline Mull sits with her grandfather, Veteran Herb Mull, during Sunset Elementary's Veterans Day celebration. Veterans who attended received flowers and were entertained with choir songs commemorating each military branch, a student skit, and a special poem about veterans. As veterans exited the assembly, the students shook their hands and gave them high fives. Every school across the District honored veterans in some special way for Veterans Day.

Local veterans celebrated in District schools

Tomorrow's electorate

Published Wednesday, 12 November 2008

To enhance their studies about American Symbols and Democracy, third graders at Cougar Ridge Elementary held mock elections to coincide with the General Election. Students learned a key message: No matter who you cast your ballot for, it’s your right and responsibility as a U.S. citizen to vote!

Tomorrow's electorate

Discovery Green Team

Published Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Discovery Elementary Green Team members (looking ghoulish in their Halloween costumes) celebrate with their official Guinness World Record certificate: Last April, their school community collected and recycled the most plastic bottles ever in an 8-hour period (657 pounds of bottles!).

Discovery Green Team

Flat Stanley

Published Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Flat Stanley is on his way on a worldwide field trip! Each year, Maple Hills first-grade teachers read "Flat Stanley" by Jeff Brown to students. Then, each first grader brings in an address of a relative who lives outside of Washington, and the teachers use all the addresses to establish Stanley’s travel itinerary. As Stanley visits each destination, he sends back postcards and letters to the class (with a little help from his host family). Students track his progress as he travels around the world. In past years, Stanley has visited homes in Asia, Australia, Africa, Europe and North America.

Flat Stanley

Issaquah High's impressionists

Published Thursday, 23 October 2008

Issaquah High students in Martha Legier’s French classes and have traveled from the Seattle Art Museum to Monet’s home in Giverny to study Impressionism—and now they are combining their knowledge of this French-based art genre with their creativity and skill to transform a wall of their classroom into a masterpiece. Très beau!

Issaquah High's impressionists

Newcastle recycle

Published Thursday, 09 October 2008

Rubbish-bedecked students from Newcastle Elementary took center stage at the Salmon Days Festival, performing a three-act performance production called “Recycle … What a Wonderful Whirl.” Each act showed recycling from a different perspective: the garbage’s, the ecosystem’s, and the planet’s. Led by the festival’s artist in residence, Jeroen Mourik, and supported by Newcastle’s PE and Music teachers, the students worked the month of September and into October to prepare for the performance.

Newcastle recycle

Astronauts make perfect landings at District schools

Published Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Astronaut Wendy Lawrence visited Issaquah Middle School in September to speak to students during the "Exploring Space, Inspiring Planetary Stewardship" Planetary Congress in Seattle in September. Romanian Cosmonaut Dorin Prunariu also visited South-End schools in the District.

Astronauts make perfect landings at District schools

NFL seven-on-seven tournament

Published Thursday, 21 August 2008

Football players from Skyline and Issaquah High–selected from among all the high schools in Washington State–represented the Seattle Seahawks and won the NFL's seven-on-seven national tournament in New Orleans this summer.

NFL seven-on-seven tournament

Newcastle Egg Drop

Published Thursday, 14 August 2008

“Did you survive?” was the question of the day as Newcastle Elementary fourth graders learned about gravity and air properties by each dropping an egg three stories to pavement below. If the student had designed a successful package—from bubble wrap, hollowed-out bread, balloons, or anything else they could think of—the egg “survived.” If not, well, things got a little stickier!

Newcastle Egg Drop

Endeavour Elementary super sleuths

Published Thursday, 14 August 2008

Endeavour “super sleuths” in Lorre Mark’s MERLIN classroom started the year off with a carefully orchestrated mystery: Who was responsible for leaving behind the remains of a camp fire near their school? While digging up some answers, they ended up finding more than they first bargained for—clues like feathers, seashells, and fossils in each layer of dirt that revealed the history the surrounding area. When the investigation was over, the students had solid theories about what happened on that piece of land thousands and even millions of years ago.

Endeavour Elementary super sleuths

Clark ecofriendly carwash

Published Thursday, 14 August 2008

As part of their lessons about the environment and preservation, fourth- and fifth-grade students in the Science Technology program at Clark Elementary hosted an eco-friendly car wash on Saturday, March 15, at Front Street Market in downtown Issaquah. Students used environmentally friendly soap and cleansing products and offered preservation tips to customers. They washed more than 70 cars and raised about $1,200 in donations that will help the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery build a wetland.

Clark ecofriendly carwash

About this websiteReport a problemThe Issaquah School District provides equal opportunity in its programs, activities, and employment.