Calendar of Events


06/05-06/07    Book Fair - Library   

06/06              Student Council 3:40-4:25

06/07              PTA Art Walk 6:00PM-8:00PM

06/07              Library Books Due

06/11              Grand Ridge Kindergarteners Visit School

06/12              Volunteer Luncheon 11:25-1:25




School Information




Please check the Lost and Found for your missing clothing items, hats, gloves, water bottles etc.

We will be donating all the remaining items on Friday June 28th


      Hello Challenger Families,

            May and June are busy months in the library!  Author  and KCLS visits, as well as gearing up for the return of Summer Library!  Please take a moment to check out the updates on my website and blog

Additionally, please note that all library books need to be returned to the library by Friday, June 7th, 2019!  As always, thank you for your support! 

Mrs. McDowell & Ms. Erlitz

    ***Student Safety is our Priority***

We are utilizing a secure badge making process for all visitors.  Once you are buzzed in through the secure entry, all visitors and volunteers are required to check in at the office and will be asked to present ID.  Pam or Tanya will scan your Driver’s License and issue you a visitor badge.  All other procedures are the same, you will still sign in on the blue sheet, and continue to wear your Volunteer Badge. Below is a short video explaining these safety procedures.



 PTA Information




Get ready to stock up on summer reading with Challenger’s upcoming Book Fair that will be held in Challenger’s Library June 5th -7th.  We need volunteers to make this a successful event. You can sign up to volunteer at

If you have any questions contact the Book Fair Chairs:

Yvonne Bergholm   Neeti Yerneni

The Challenger PTA is proud to bring another exciting, creative and vibrant edition of Art Walk on Friday, June 7th from 6:00pm-8:00pm at the school. The Challenger corridors will come alive with the creative talents of our students. Tour the students' art work, participate in hands-on art activities, fun games or grab a bite to eat at the hot dog stand. Grandparents, parents, siblings, neighbors and friends are all invited!   

We need your help to make it possible!  Sign up to volunteer:

  or contact

Rachelle Roberts at or Elisa Parry at




  District Information  





To: Parents and guardians of students in Issaquah School District

New Teacher Website Tool Survey

A leadership advisory team has formed to explore a replacement for Connect as the teacher website tool. As part of our selection process we would like to hear from parents about what they would like in a classroom web tool.

Our goals include finding a tool that:

  • Meets communication needs for teacher to student and families
  • Provides a consistent look and feel throughout the district
  • Integrates with other online tools such as Office365, Classlink, Skyward and online textbooks
  • Is accessible to persons with disabilities
  • Includes translation tools for a variety of languages

Please take a few minutes to complete the survey by clicking this link:

 The Issaquah School District asks local voters to approve levies to pay for educational enrichments that the state does not fund, including the seven period day at two of our comprehensive high schools, mental health and counseling support, safety and security measures, activities/clubs/sports, etc., equivalent to about 15 percent of the operations budget. Because our current levies expire next year, the District is forming a community committee now to help plan the renewal/replacement of the Educational Programs and Operations Levy. (Formerly referred to as the M & O Levy)  If you are interested in representing Challenger on the committee, please pick up an application in the main office and return it by May 17th, 2019. Committee members will consider the overall need, proposed content, total cost, and tax impacts of the ballot measure and present a final recommendation to the Superintendent. The commitment is a minimum of two Wednesday evenings in June.

Parent Night – Second Step/ Social Emotional Learning

Please join us at one of the PBSES parent nights!  Second Step is the curriculum that is being taught K-8 and this parent night will highlight ways that you can support your child’s emotional growth at home.


 Issaquah Middle School - June 11, 6-7pm


2019 Plan for Exceptional Placement Testing


This year we will be offering two testing dates with an third to be added if there is a need.

Wednesday, June 19               4:00 pm – 6:00 pm                  IMS library

Wednesday, June 26               2:00 pm – 4:00 pm                  IMS library


  1. We’ve created a google doc to use to sign up for testing, the link is in the communication below and is linked here link
  2. We’ll provide the testing results and a way to communicate to families the scores (student list and scores, letter)
  3. Communicate testing information to 5th grade students and families-below is a sample communication schools to include in their e-news, the district website has also been updated
  4. Middle schools will still have access to the exceptional placement test in order to test new students and for other placement purposes.

Exceptional Placement Math Test for Incoming 6th grade students.

Exceptional Placement provides an additional acceleration option for students who are ready to skip CC 7/8 and begin middle school in CC 8/Algebra 1. Interested students must demonstrate sufficient mastery of CC 7/8 concepts and skills on a district-administered assessment. The exceptional placement assessment will be offered to interested students on Wednesday, June 19 from 4:00-6:00 OR Wednesday, June 26 from 2:00-4:00 at the Issaquah Middle School Library.

*Since CC6 math is taught in the 5th grade MERLIN program, 5th grade MERLIN students will take the CC 7/8 Math Mastery Assessment test in their classrooms each spring.

To Register take the Exceptional Placement assessment please complete the sign up at

Once a student has qualified for Exceptional Placement, parents make the final determination of whether or not to accept that placement. Further information will be provided to families of students who qualify for Exceptional Placement to help inform this decision. More information can be found at or you may contact Susan Ford at or 425-837-7051

The City of Issaquah is still seeking applicants for the Issaquah Youth Advisory Board who are currently in grades 5-7 and live and/or attend school within the Issaquah School District. Consider joining this dynamic group of teens! Deadline: Monday, June 3.

Bus Drivers Needed – We’re Hiring! Schools all across the country are experiencing a shortage of school bus drivers. This is true in the Issaquah School District as well. The ISD offers paid training and a competitive wage of up to $25.38/hour. Drivers may work part time or up to 40 hours. Full benefits include medical, dental, and vision. Drivers work a school calendar and schedule. If you or someone you know is interested, please call 425-837-6327 for more information or apply online by clicking here. Classes will be starting soon.

  Office is open Monday-Friday 8:30-4:00