Here’s what to expect on your November ballot

September 30, 2015

NEW — 3:26 p.m. Sept. 30, 2015

Former Newcastle Planning Commissioner Rob Lemmon’s voters’ pamphlet statement begins with a declaration.

“I’m Rob Lemmon, and I was a candidate.”

“Was” is the operative word there, as Lemmon withdrew from the Newcastle City Council Position No. 3 race shortly after he filed. Due to what he called a “logistics” issue, King County Elections did not receive his withdrawal paperwork in time, so his name will appear on the Nov. 3 ballot.

But make no mistake, he is not a candidate for the Newcastle City Council, Lemmon said. Read more

Editorial — Consider volunteering in the classroom

September 2, 2015

NEW — 4:50 p.m. Sept. 2, 2015

Newcastle parents whisked their children off to school this week, symbolically bringing an end to the long summer nights.

After dropping the kids off at school, you might feel the urge to kick back, relax and enjoy some “me” time. You deserve it after a long summer keeping the young ones entertained.

But wait! The schools need you. The volunteer jobs are endless. The playgrounds need monitors, the libraries can use assistance, the front offices might need your organizational skills, teachers almost never have enough helpers and the nurse’s offices are often in need of a mother’s touch to watch over a sick child.

But the best volunteer jobs may be working directly with students. Parents, grandparents and other citizens are always welcome to just listen to children read. Read more

Hazen and Liberty High School Graduations

June 25, 2015

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

Renton teachers to hold after-school walkout Thursday

May 26, 2015

NEW — 1:30 p.m. May 26, 2015

Renton School District teachers will join colleagues across the state in protesting lawmakers’ failure to fully fund public education, but they’ll do it outside of regular school hours.

The district announced today that teachers voted to hold an after-school one-day walkout May 28.

“Teachers in the Renton School District are dedicated to the success of every student. They display that dedication every day in every classroom, and they did so again when union leaders from every school voted to hold one-day walkouts at a time that doesn’t affect classroom learning,” the district said in a statement.

Teachers and supporters will gather at the intersection of Rainier Avenue and Airport Way and the intersection of Rainier Avenue and Grady Way to wave signs at about 3 p.m. Thursday. Read more

Education and roads key topics as state lawmakers visit area

April 2, 2015

State legislators descended on their Eastside jurisdictions March 14, holding an open house in Bellevue.

At Somerset Elementary School, one main topic was education, with dozens of teachers outside, and later inside, carrying signs mostly declaring, “It’s time to fully fund education.”

The state Legislature still is working on meeting the demands of the state supreme court in the now famous McCleary case, said State Sen. Steve Litzow, R-Mercer Island.

State Reps. Judy Clibborn and Tana Senn, both D-Mercer Island, joined Litzow for about a two-hour question-and-answer session with residents. 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

Newcastle at 20

October 3, 2014

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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

Editorial: School begins with need for volunteers

August 29, 2014

On Tuesday, parents across the Issaquah and Renton school districts will walk their children to the school bus or to school for the start of a new school year.

Finally, a bit of free time for a second cup of coffee.

But wait, your school needs you. The volunteer jobs at school are endless. The playground needs monitors, the library can use assistance, the front office might need your organizational skills, teachers almost never have enough helpers and the nurse’s office is often in need of a mother’s touch to watch over a sick child.

But the best volunteer jobs may be working directly with students. Parents, grandparents and other citizens are always welcome to just listen to children read. For a bigger role, ask about becoming a mentor, helping guide a child in his or her social development and studies — or sometimes just to be there to listen. Read more

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