Committee approves $518 million bond proposal for Issaquah schools

June 4, 2015

A committee of parents, principals and other educational leaders has approved a plan that would ask Issaquah School District voters for more than a half-billion dollars to build four new schools and modernize several others.

At a May 6 meeting, the district’s bond feasibility and development committee approved a package that would raise $518.5 million in voter-approved funds. The bond measure would likely appear on ballots in spring 2016.

The final item to be added to the proposal is a big one: $120 million for a fourth comprehensive high school. The school would likely be built for a core population of 1,500 – smaller than Skyline and Issaquah high schools, but bigger than Liberty, which finished an expansion and modernization project last year.

Another $148.5 million would go toward building a new middle school and two new elementary schools. That would give the district a total of six middle schools and 17 elementary schools. Read more

Issaquah Schools Foundation fundraiser lunch tops $617,000

June 4, 2015

Almost 900 community members attended the Issaquah Schools Foundation’s 17th annual Nourish Every Mind Luncheon on May 14 at the Issaquah Community Center and donated $617,000 for local schools.

The program featured several students and educators who spoke passionately about the foundation’s impact on education.

Newcastle resident Ashton Herrild described how the foundation’s Healthy Youth Initiative helped him redefine himself in his recovery from drug addiction and find his calling as a filmmaker. Through the Influence the Choice video contest, a program of the Healthy Youth Initiative’s Drug Free Community Coalition, Ashton has produced several videos aimed at reducing youth substance abuse.

Clark Elementary School educator Shaun Cornwall and fifth-grade students Cole Pak and Ajay Santiago told attendees about Scratch Programming Clubs, introducing elementary students to computer science through a simple, web-based programming language. Read more

Issaquah schools seek student art for calendar

March 23, 2015

NEW — 2:40 p.m. March 23, 2015

Issaquah School District students are invited to submit their artwork for possible publication in the district’s 2015-2016 student art calendar.

The calendar is distributed free of charge to every family and staff member in the district. All current students are eligible to submit up to three pieces.

Art should be submitted in a high-resolution digital format through email attachments, and can be sent to Melissa Johnson at JohnsonM@issaquah.wednet.edu with the words “Art Calendar” in the subject line.

Be sure to include the student’s name, grade, school, and teacher, as well as parent name and email in your message. Make sure your digital pictures are taken straight on (eye level, not crooked) and without flash/lighting irregularities.  Read more

Friends of Youth will host Rise and Thrive Breakfast to support Issaquah schools

November 6, 2014

NEW — 3:20 p.m. Nov. 6, 2014

Group to raise funds for counseling, prevention services

As the Marysville-Pilchuck High School shooting rocked communities across the state, Issaquah School District Superintendent Ron Thiele sent a message to parents.

In it, Thiele expressed his condolences to the victim’s families and provided insight into how the district prepares for the rare possibility of a local school shooting.

He mentioned active-shooter trainings for staff and students, improving situational awareness and the need for mental health services.

“Last year, we began a partnership with Swedish Hospital to provide mental health counseling in our high schools,” Thiele wrote. “Additionally, we work with Friends of Youth to provide mental health and drug and alcohol counseling.”

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Issaquah Schools Foundation to host fundraiser breakfast, lunch

April 28, 2014

NEW — 5 p.m. April 28, 2014

The Issaquah Schools Foundation is hosting two events in May to raise money for local schools.

The foundation’s Nourish Every Mind lunch and breakfast events will feature inspirational stories from students and staff members in the Issaquah School District about why community-based financial support is needed, in addition to education dollars the district gets from the state.

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Issaquah schools levies pass handily

March 5, 2014

Three Issaquah School District levy proposals passed with flying colors, according to elections results.

Issaquah’s three measures were way above the 50-percent mark needed for approval.

The district’s four-year, $198 million maintenance and operations levy passed with 69 percent approval. The measure, labeled as renewal of the current M&O levy, pays for teacher salaries and classroom-related costs not covered by the state.

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Issaquah schools seek student art for calendars

March 4, 2014

NEW — 4 p.m. March 4, 2014

Issaquah School District students are invited to submit their artwork for possible publication in the district’s 2014-15 student art calendar.

The calendar is distributed free of charge to every family and staff member in the district. All current students are eligible to submit up to three pieces.

Art should be submitted in a high-resolution digital format through email attachments, and can be sent to Lorraine Michelle at MichelleL@issaquah.wednet.edu with the words “Art Calendar” in the subject line.

You can also mail or deliver high-quality color copies — reduced to 11-by-8 1/2 (preferably landscape or Read more

Snow prompts Issaquah School District to delay classes

December 20, 2013

UPDATED — 6:10 a.m. Dec. 20, 2013

All Issaquah School District schools are delayed two hours Dec. 20 because of snow and icy conditions that blanketed the area early Friday morning.

Because of the delay, district officials canceled all before-school activities, including morning school-age care, Headstart, morning and afternoon preschool, morning and afternoon kindergarten, and out-of-district transportation.

School buses will now run on snow routes. Here is a list of snow route bus stops for Newcastle Elementary: http://e2.ma/message/vv0ji/jqc8oe. Read more

Alison Meryweather, Lisa Callan vie for Issaquah School Board

October 31, 2013

Alison Meryweather and Lisa Callan are familiar with each other, having been finalists for the Issaquah School Board’s vacant position earlier this year.

Meryweather was appointed to the Position 4 post — left open by Chad Magendanz’s move to the state House of Representatives — in March. But Meryweather will have to impress voters to keep the job, and Callan will challenge her again on the Nov. 5 ballot.

The Position 4 seat covers the southeast region of the district. Although candidates run for a specific geographic seat, voters districtwide cast ballots for all Issaquah School Board members. Members are elected to four-year terms.

Alison Meryweather

Alison Meryweather

Lisa Callan

Lisa Callan

Meryweather has lived in Issaquah for more than 25 years, and she has served with various Parent Teacher Student Association groups for nearly half that time. She has spent time in Olympia as a PTSA advocacy representative, and was part of education reform efforts in 2009. That led to the McCleary decision that is currently revamping the state’s funding of basic education.

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Chamber hosts director of Issaquah Schools Foundation at Aug. 14 luncheon

August 10, 2013

NEW — 11 a.m. Aug. 10, 2013

Robin Callahan

Robin Callahan

The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce will host Robin Callahan, executive director of the Issaquah Schools Foundation, at its Aug. 14 luncheon.

Callahan will discuss the power of small business investment in public education.

“I think it’s important that local communities learn about the many ways we see business invest in our schools, and the successful partnerships that result,” she said.

The Issaquah Schools Foundation is a nonprofit organization that drives resources to help students achieve the promise of their academic potential. Read more

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