Issaquah School Board earns distinction honor

November 5, 2015

NEW — 2 p.m. Nov. 5, 2015

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

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

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

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

October 30, 2015

NEW — 3:08 p.m. Oct. 30, 2015

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

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

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

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

Newcastle Elementary seeking Spanish language volunteers

October 19, 2015

NEW — 6:17 p.m. Oct. 19, 2015

Newcastle Elementary School administrators are looking for community members who can speak Spanish.

The school needs two volunteers who are “conversant” in Spanish for two classrooms this fall.

Those that have time, Spanish language skills and the willingness to help in a classroom or two should email Principal Rich Mellish at to get involved.

District seeks public input in naming of new middle school

October 9, 2015

NEW — 4:05 p.m. Oct. 10, 2015

Construction on the new Renton School District middle school is on time and on budget.

The two-story school designed by NAC Architecture will occupy the 11-acre site of the Renton Academy, next to Hazelwood Elementary School. It is set to open September 2016.

Now, the district is seeking public input to determine the name of the new school. Everyone is encouraged to offer their suggestions in this four-question survey offered by the district here.

District officials outlined the following criteria when determining a name: Read more

Students named Merit scholarship semifinalists

September 30, 2015

NEW — 2:59 p.m. Sept. 30, 2015

Several local high school seniors were among about 16,000 semifinalists for the annual National Merit Scholarship.

The high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.

About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and about half
of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title. Read more

Hazen marching band is back after more than 30 years

September 1, 2015

NEW — 6:15 p.m. Sept. 2, 2015

When Chris Coy interviewed for a teaching position at Hazen High School several years ago, it was clear administrators were looking for someone with a particular set of skills.

“The first question they asked me was what did I know about marching bands,” Coy, now the school’s director of bands and orchestra, said.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Hazen High School senior Devin Dolling plays the drum at an Aug. 18 preseason practice of the school’s new marching band.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Hazen High School senior Devin Dolling plays the drum at an Aug. 18 preseason practice of the school’s new marching band.

Coming from Ohio, a mecca for marching band enthusiasts, Coy knew quite a lot. In addition to marching himself in high school and college, he also taught students to march and play. Read more

College news roundup — August 2015

August 6, 2015

NEW — 3:15 p.m. Aug. 6, 2015

Local students graduate 

  • Alanah Bell, of Newcastle, graduated June 13, with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and a minor in chemistry from the University of Washington. She will attend the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy in the fall to obtain her doctorate in pharmaceutical sciences.
  • Julie-Elisa S. Acosta, of Newcastle, graduated July 13 with a Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering from Wichita State University, in Wichita, Kansas.
  • Madison Dinger, of Newcastle, Bachelor of Science, nursing, Linfield College, Oregon
  • The following Newcastle students graduated in the spring semester at Washington State University:
    • Alexis Garvin, Bachelor of Arts, hospitality business management; Chelsea Gillies, Bachelor of Arts, communication; Shannon Heric, Bachelor of Arts, digital technology and culture; Ocean Skyrud, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine; Nicole Smith, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine; and Scott Turner, Bachelor of Arts, business administration

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Liberty students win big at History Day contest

July 2, 2015

Liberty High School students took home a slew of top awards at the 2015 Washington State History Day competition May 2.

This year’s theme was “Leadership and Legacy in History.” The school sent 16 students to the contest at Green River Community College, and eight of them qualified for the national competition by placing in the top two of their categories.

Vincy Fok, Lorrin Johnson and Issabelle Hayden’s project about Edward R. Murrow earned first place in the senior group exhibit category.

Carlyn Schmidgall, Lauryn Hepp and Sally Rim earned first place for their group website about John F. Kennedy’s leadership during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Read more

Renton School Board honors Hazen seniors

July 2, 2015

Twelve Hazen High School students were recognized as outstanding seniors by Renton School Board members at their May 12 meeting.

Students were selected based on academic achievement, leadership, co-curricular involvement, citizenship and character, community service and contributions to their classmates and school.

The honorees were Jesse Choi, Pauline Mogilevsky, Lina Li, Sarah Sherrod, Sablena Milinganyo, Eddie Garcia, Connor Broughton, Connor Garrels, Ryan Howe, Shelby Mathison, Tudi Le and Spencer Chin.

Hazen, Liberty celebrate the class of 2015

July 2, 2015

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