Is the Snoqualmie Valley Racially Naive? The struggle to promote and celebrate diversity at Mt. Si High (part one)

I was 8 in 1975. That year was Saigon's fall when refugees fled Vietnam, and later Laos and Cambodia, by boat. All of the kids in my mostly white grade school called them "the boat people." Until I had a … [Read more...]

SVSD Planning for Phased-in Approach to Return to In-school Learning

In a letter dated September 18, 2020 Superintendent Rob Manahan had this to say to Snoqualmie Valley families and staff: Thanks to all of our students, staff, and parents for a successful start to the … [Read more...]

Snoqualmie Valley students back to school, families adapt to online learning

At the beginning of any other school year, students would be taking their first day of school photos, holding up chalkboard signs bearing their newest grade level, and waving to their parents from aboard the … [Read more...]

SVSD School Board adopts resolution to start year fully remote; addresses parent concerns about distance learning plan

On August 13th, the Snoqualmie Valley School District approved its official decision regarding the reopening of schools for the upcoming 2020-21 school year at its Board of Directors Meeting. Following suit of … [Read more...]

Honoring the Past: dramatic two-story history mural installed in new Mount Si High School entryway

Last month - and after years of planning - Mount Si High School’s dramatic new front entrance mural was completed. Upon entrance to the high school, the mural - which contains historic photos of the … [Read more...]

Mount Si High School Football, Girls Soccer and Volleyball seasons postponed until spring

On Tuesday, July 21st, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) Executive Board announced a major modification the 2020-21 high school sports seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The … [Read more...]

Snoqualmie Valley School Board President: Reopening Schools? We Hear You

[By Carolyn Simpson, SVSD School Board President. Letters can be sent to info@livingsnoqualmie.com] Dear SVSD Families, It has become the most popular topic in the news and on social media: Reopening … [Read more...]

First Look at Snoqualmie Valley School District Preliminary Fall Reopening Plan

At a July 2nd Snoqualmie Valley School Board work session, preliminary information on the district's fall reopening plan was presented. An announcement to families is expected on July 8th. The district has … [Read more...]

SVSD survey: large majority want kids back in classrooms; state safety mandates make return to normal almost impossible

A recent Snoqualmie Valley School District 'ThoughtExchange" survey regarding reopening schools in the fall - in which 82% of respondents (2,349) were SVSD parents - showed a large majority (88%) are somewhat … [Read more...]

Cheer on the Mount Si High School Class of 2020: Graduation Car Parade, Virtual Ceremony happen Friday, June 19th

In lieu of a traditional, large in-person graduation ceremony, the Mount Si High School Class of 2020 is practicing the art of flexibility - and making the best of a bad situation brought on by the coronavirus … [Read more...]

State wants kids back in classroom this fall; Snoqualmie Valley School District reopening plan expected by early July

On Thursday, June 11th, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) released guidance that was intended to help Washington state school districts as they begin planning what returning to … [Read more...]

A Life of Impact: Dillon Garnes, the Friend Everyone called their Best Friend

On Sunday, June 7, 2020 Mount Si High School senior Dillon Garnes passed away peacefully in his sleep from complications of an undiagnosed, underlying heart condition. While holding back tears, his mother … [Read more...]

Hundreds fill downtown North Bend: peacefully protest racial inequality, stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter movement

Amidst some community concern that Saturday's Stand in Solidarity Snoqualmie Valley anti-racism protest could lead to violence and property damage by opportunists, the event went off as organizers planned: a … [Read more...]

Class of 2020: a look back at the history and events that Shaped the Journey

This is the 9th installment of our annual trip down memory lane for high school seniors and their parents who can't believe 18 years went so quickly It's also the the most emotional for me to write, as my … [Read more...]

Working to Honor the Mount Si High School Class of 2020: Babies of 9/11, Graduates of the Pandemic

Mount Si High School administrators, staff and parents have been working for weeks on graduation plans to honor the Class of 2020, which had the last months of its senior year upended by the COVID-19 … [Read more...]

Mount Si High School student dies of fentanyl-laced drug overdose

On Tuesday, May 5, 2020, Mount Si High School Principal John Belcher wrote and hit send on a heartbreaking schoolwide email no principal ever wants to draft - one announcing the tragic loss of a … [Read more...]

Snoqualmie Valley School District announces new grading practices during COVID-19 closure

Last week, Washington State OSPI released new school guidance and rules for grading after the COVID-19 crisis forced the closure of schools statewide. Taking key points from OSPI, the Snoqualmie Valley … [Read more...]

Snoqualmie Valley History: nearly 90 years ago local schools, some businesses closed, children quarantined

According to the Snoqualmie Valley Historical Museum, the current closure of the Snoqualmie Valley School District due to the novel coronavirus is not the first time a potentially deadly virus has closed local … [Read more...]

Governor: schools closed rest of year; online learning will become new normal

In a special afternoon press conference on Monday, April 6, 2020, Washington State Governor Inslee announced that schools across the state would be closed for in-person learning for the remainder of the 2019-20 … [Read more...]

2020 Snoqualmie Valley Educators of the Year announced, surprised at school

Last week the Snoqualmie Valley Schools Foundation announced the winners of its annual Educators of the Year award.  This year's winners are: Elementary School: Colleen Myers, Fall City … [Read more...]