Candidates square off for open Issaquah School board seats

October 9, 2011

Patrick Sansing

“I still think we have more work to do,” Issaquah School Board member Brian Deagle said, about why he decided to seek re-election to the board seat he has held since late 2006.

“I think we have good schools,” challenger Patrick Sansing said. “But I think they are not good enough. I really think we can do better.”

The two Sammamish residents will square off in November for the Issaquah School Board’s District 3 seat, which covers the north end of the school district including parts of Klahanie and parts of the portion of Sammamish included in the district.

Although candidates run for a specific geographic seat, voters districtwide cast ballots for all Issaquah school board members.

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Anne Moore running unopposed for District 1

October 8, 2011

Anne Moore

Local voters are guaranteed of seeing at least one new face on the Issaquah School Board next year.

Bellevue resident Anne Moore is running unopposed for the District 1 seat being vacated by current board president Jan Colbrese.

“I will always be deeply invested in the Issaquah School District,” Colbrese said.

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Candidate encourages keeping cuts away from classrooms

October 8, 2011

Denise Eider

As a mother of two children in the Renton School District, school board candidate Denise Eider has seen back-to-school supply lists get longer and longer.

“Everyone’s had to cut back and really watch dollars,” she said. “The district has definitely had to do that, too. Educators are being asked to do so much more with less from Olympia. Our main focus needs to be keeping those cuts away from classrooms.”

Eider, an account executive for a title company who lives in the West Hill area, is running unopposed for the four-year, district No. 4 position.

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Teacher draws strength from community in cancer fight

September 2, 2011

Katie Tinnea (center), a first-grade teacher at Newcastle Elementary School, has been diagnosed with stage four colon cancer. Her husband Ryan Tinnea (left) and her daughter Kennedy Tinnea join other family, friends and students who have supported her through her diagnosis. Contributed

Katie Tinnea, a first-grade teacher at Newcastle Elementary School, received the heartbreaking diagnosis last month that she has stage four colon cancer. Doctors discovered the cancer, which by then had spread to her liver and lungs, during a routine colonoscopy.

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Area churches provide volunteers groups for back to school efforts

September 2, 2011

Hazelwood Elementary School first-grade teacher Daniela Driscoll usually starts to prepare her classroom weeks before the first day of school.

Desks and other furniture need to be wiped down and dusted, material packets must be sorted and separated, bulletin boards have to be updated and redecorated — and that’s just a glimpse at her to do list.

By Christina Lords Daniela Driscoll, Hazelwood Elementary School first-grade teacher (left), shows Margareta Bjorkegren how to organize student workbooks for the start of the school year.

During her first year, Driscoll’s family came to help set up her room, and most years, it’s just her doing the work.

But this year — thanks to about 40 volunteers from Newcastle’s three churches — Driscoll and other elementary school teachers throughout the city received a helping hand to prepare their classrooms for incoming students.

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Liberty remodel plan changes

September 2, 2011

Though they already bid their theater a tearful goodbye, Liberty High School’s Patriot Players will have another year to use the stage in spite of the school’s remodel.

Liberty’s remodel is divided into two phases. Phase one is being paid for by the voter-approved 2006 Issaquah School District bond, and will last through summer 2012. Phase two will proceed if at least 60 percent of voters approve a proposed spring 2012 bond.

District administrators have recently changed what projects will happen in each phase.

Even with the delays to remodeling certain areas, such as the commons, Superintendent Steve Rasmussen said the changes show the district’s commitment to remodeling Liberty the right way.

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Unique classes are becoming common in Issaquah high schools

September 2, 2011

Do you remember the days when the electives available to high school students were limited to band, orchestra, art and shop? Those who feel nostalgic about the good old days probably haven’t recently opened a course catalog from an Issaquah School District high school.

Issaquah, Skyline and Liberty high schools are continuously offering new, unique classes to students, making their course catalogs look more like those of college campuses than high schools.

New classes help students pick up hard skills, delve into the world of literary monsters and even learn about local government. Each course is one semester.

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Issaquah School District 2011-12 Calendar Dates

September 2, 2011

  •  Aug. 30 — First day of school for students
  •  Sept. 5 — Labor Day (no school)
  •  Nov. 11 — Veterans Day (no school)
  •  Nov. 24-45 — Thanksgiving holiday (no school)
  •  Nov. 30 – Dec. — Elementary conferences (no school for elementary school students)
  •  Dec. 19 – Jan. 2 — First winter break (no school)
  •  Jan. 16 — Martin Luther King Jr. Day (no school)
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Patriot sharpshooters hit No. 1 spot in nation

August 5, 2011

Liberty High School air rifle team members Sean Denson (left), Jacky Cheung, John Lorenz, Murphy Ransier and Tyler Snook are the scholastic military champions after placing first at the NRA Air Gun competition. By Art Weatherford

After an incredible show of teamwork, Liberty High School’s National Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps placed first nationwide as scholastic military champions at the National Rifle Association Air Gun Competition June 23-25.

“As a team, they scored better than any other team in the nation,” Liberty naval science instructor Al Torstenson said.

Five Liberty air rifle team students — including graduating seniors Tyler Snook, Jackie Chueng and Murphy Ransier, incoming senior John Lorenz and incoming junior Sean Denson — flew to Camp Perry, Ohio, for the championship.

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Robots stop swimming pool’s pretend oil spill

June 3, 2011

By Marla Crouch Maywood Middle School’s team (from left) members Hannah Matson, Matthieu Blanchet, Jason Jarman and Sydney Hartford, check the buoyancy and maneuverability of Vortex, the name of their remote operated vehicle.

Maywood Middle School’s team (from left) members Hannah Matson, Matthieu Blanchet, Jason Jarman and Sydney Hartford, check the buoyancy and maneuverability of Vortex, the name of their remote operated vehicle. By Marla Crouch

Time was of the essence as students navigated their handmade robots underwater, doing their best to stop the oil spill and save the sea life from impending disaster.

Granted, there was no actual oil spewing into the swimming pool, but students from Maywood Middle School pretended there was as they sent their robots to save the day.

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