Liberty SRO honored as best in the state

October 3, 2014

By Greg Farrar Deputy Dave Montalvo, Liberty resource officer, is greeted warmly by a visiting graduate near the grandstand student section as he patrols a Sept. 12 football game.

By Greg Farrar
Deputy Dave Montalvo, Liberty resource officer, is greeted warmly by a visiting graduate near the grandstand student section as he patrols a Sept. 12 football game.

Deputy Dave Montalvo has had his fair share of assignments in a 27-year career with the King County Sheriff’s Office. Read more

Schools welcome new principals in changing of the guard

August 29, 2014

Students and staff members will notice some new faces roaming the halls when the 2014-2015 school year kicks off in September.

Both Newcastle and Hazelwood elementary schools will welcome new principals, while Hazen High School welcomes back a familiar face to lead its students.

Newcastle Elementary School Principal Rich Mellish will take over for outgoing Principal Marla Newton, who secured a position in the Federal Way School District.

Judy Busch will come out of retirement to temporarily assume the Hazelwood principal spot left open by Principal Cindy Farnsworth, who is now at the Meadow Crest Early Learning Center. Read more

Elementary school principal is leaving

June 5, 2014

Newcastle Elementary School Principal Marla Newton announced May 30 that she is leaving at the end of the school year.

Newton has accepted a position in the Federal Way School District.

“I believe this is not only an opportunity for me professionally, but for Newcastle Elementary to continue to grow and develop with new ideas as well,” she said in an email to families. “I have every confidence that your next principal will be a leader with the energy, ideas and the heart necessary to care for and expand this school’s achievement levels in new ways into the future.”

Before coming to Newcastle in 2010, Newton served as principal at Apollo Elementary School.

The search for Newton’s replacement will begin in earnest, but first, Issaquah School District Superintendent Ron Thiele wants to know what traits the community would like to see in their new principal. Families can offer feedback in an online survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/Newcastleprincipal14 until 4 p.m. June 9.

Schools win academic awards

May 1, 2014

The Issaquah School District announced that 10 of its schools received Washington Academic Achievement Awards, the top honor for schools in the state.

Apollo Elementary School, Newcastle Elementary School and Liberty High School were among the winners.

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Apollo students learn real-life lessons in Rocket City

May 1, 2014

About a dozen little heads peered out from a row of oversized cardboard boxes, directing their attention toward a classroom door at Apollo Elementary School.

Moments later, a line of third-graders from a visiting class entered the room, and the quiet anticipation was quickly replaced with the busy wheeling and dealing of a marketplace.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Anne Moore, Issaquah School Board member (left), makes a purchase from Rocket City merchant Ishan Misro during Apollo ’s Classroom City simulation.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Anne Moore, Issaquah School Board member (left), makes a purchase from Rocket City merchant Ishan Misro during Apollo ’s Classroom City simulation.

Such is life in Rocket City, a bustling simulated town, marked by cardboard shops and led by an elected student mayor in Lauren Molnar’s third-grade class.

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Local schools win Academic Achievement Awards

April 17, 2014

NEW — 10:30 a.m. April 17, 2014

The Issaquah School District announced that 10 of its schools received Washington Academic Achievement Awards, the top honor for schools in the state.

Apollo Elementary School, Newcastle Elementary School and Liberty High School were among the winners.

“We are overjoyed that 10 of our schools are receiving this recognition,” Superintendent Ron Thiele said in a statement. “It is a testament to our district’s commitment to excellence and evidence of the effort our teachers and administrators put in every single day to assure our students are achieving at the highest level possible.”

Apollo received special recognition in reading; Newcastle was honored for overall excellence and special recognition in reading; and Liberty earned the honor for high progress.

Apollo students get lesson in real-life stresses

May 3, 2012

By Greg Farrar Maren Larsen (left), who operates Maren’s Craft Store, buys a joke-of-the-day card from Sam Nelson in their third-grade town of Merlinville at Apollo Elementary School.

Amid Lauren Molnar’s third-grade Apollo Elementary School classroom, student Emily Robinson squares her shoulders and raises her hand.

All around her, the room has evolved into the city of Merlinville, which boasts streets of elaborate buildings made of cardboard, representing shops and offices for the goings on of the town.

Robinson, the city’s health officer, has a burning — and legitimate — question.

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$219 million Issaquah bond could revamp Liberty, Apollo schools

April 5, 2012

For Liberty High School, passage of the April 17 Issaquah School District $219 million bond would mean completion of the reconstruction and modernization plan now under way thanks to a 2006 voter-approved bond.

At the same time, Apollo and other elementary schools in the district would receive sizable space additions, making room for 120 additional students at each building. Apollo and other schools would benefit from some much-needed maintenance, according to the principals of the schools.

Outside of schools being rebuilt or transplanted, Liberty, Apollo and Issaquah Valley Elementary are the three individual school facilities that would receive the most attention in terms of dollar value should the district win passage of its current bond proposal.

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Students experience salmon’s ‘miracle of life’

April 5, 2012

By Greg Farrar Jerry Pearson and his grandson Dylan Pearson, 5, release salmon fry into Issaquah Creek March 21 under the Northwest Sammamish Road crossover.

Five-year-old Dylan Pearson took extra care as he crept his way across the rocks under the watchful eye of his PeePah to the edge of the creek to release the young salmon fry swimming at the bottom of his plastic cup.

The youngster and his grandfather joined third-graders from Apollo Elementary School on March 21 to release more than 230 small coho salmon that were raised from eggs in their classroom into Issaquah Creek behind Pickering Barn.

Participating in the life cycle of the salmon was an important lesson that Dylan’s grandfather, Issaquah native Jerry Pearson, wanted to teach his grandson. Pearson can still remember the salmon spawning in Lewis Creek near his home when he was the same age as his grandson.

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School renovations at Apollo, Liberty a priority for $219 million bond

March 23, 2012

Susan Mundell, Apollo Elementary School principal, checks some deterioration on a two-unit portable classroom dating from 1995, the oldest of three on the school grounds. By Greg Farrar

For Liberty High School, passage of the April 17 Issaquah School District bond would mean completion of the reconstruction and modernization plan now under way thanks to a 2006 voter-approved bond.

At the same time, Apollo and Issaquah Valley elementary schools would receive sizable space additions, making room for 120 additional students at each building. Both schools would benefit from some much-needed maintenance, according to the principals of each school.

Outside of schools being rebuilt or transplanted, Liberty, Apollo and Issaquah Valley are the three individual school facilities that would receive the most attention in terms of dollar value should the district win passage of its current bond proposal.

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