Dear Sunset Families,
It is hard to believe that Winter Break is almost upon us. It was wonderful to see so many families, teachers and students during conferences engaging in conversations around your student’s strengths and success, as well as areas they will continue to focus and grow this year. Through my classroom visits and trips around the school, I know that teachers are engaging students in rich, academically challenging, conversations and activities that build on student strengths and interests. I am so proud of the hard work and dedication of our students and staff! I hope that you found this time valuable and feel a stronger school to home connection with your child’s teacher. Please know how deeply your child’s teacher cares about their success and feel free to reach out if you ever have questions, concerns, or celebrations to share.
As a reminder, each month we practice emergency drills at Sunset Elementary to ensure that we know what to do in a real emergency. We kicked off our drills earlier this year during our Sunset Safety Week. Next week we will continue our emergency preparedness by engaging in a school wide Modified Lockdown Drill. During our drills, we tell students to look for an adult, listen to the adult, do what the adult says, keep voices off, and act quickly to make sure everyone is safe. Please know that all staff are VERY sensitive to the angst this can cause in some of our students. Teachers do a wonderful job explaining the importance of why we practice these drills and are very calm in their conversations. We are required to practice one drill a month for the entire school year.
During any drill or emergency, it is important for Sunset families and visitors to follow the procedures of the building as well as the following:
I wish you all a wonderful Winter Break and I look forward to welcoming our students, staff and families back on January 6th as we continue our focus on #learning.growing,inspiring!
Happy New Year,
Highly capable testing for second grade students will occur at all elementary schools January 14 through January 17 and continue March 10 through March 13. Students who are identified as “most highly capable” will be invited to enter either SAGE or MERLIN in the 2020-21 school year. Second grade students attending private or home-based schools are invited to participate. Contact your neighborhood school for more information about how to participate. More information about the Issaquah School District Highly Capable Program and testing for second grade students is available on the Highly Capable Issaquah School District webpage.
2nd Grade Highly Capable Testing Dates
3rd - 5th Grade Smarter Balanced Testing Dates
Family Trips During Assessment Windows
As we have done in the past, family trips taken during assessment windows will be marked as Unexcused. This is because the data collected during these assessments informs our practice and supports your child's learning. Naturally, our preference is for families to travel during vacation periods outlined by the ISD. If your family needs to travel outside of those windows, please be aware of two things:
Absences during assessment windows are marked as unexcused
Per State Law:
5 or more unexcused absences in a month require a letter and a petition to be filled with the courts.
10 or more unexcused absences in a year require a letter and a petition to be filed with the courts.
Things to note:
Any absence is marked unexcused if you do not call prior to the absence.
Annual Community Report for the 2018-2019 School Year
The Issaquah School District invites the community to view our annual report online for the 2018-2019 school year. The report contains an interactive scorecard along with links to take a deeper dive into student performance data on state assessments. Because student achievement is also demonstrated through extra-curricular activities, the arts, community service, leadership, and citizenship, the report connects to our snapshots page celebrating these accomplishments. Information and links are also provided to learn about programs and services designed to assist students in accomplishing the ISD School Board’s Ends for Students. An overview of the District’s finances including revenues and expenditures is reported along with a comprehensive guide to understanding the 2018-2019 budget. For more information regarding the community report, please contact Executive Director of Communications, L. Michelle at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-837-7004.
Important Note: The Issaquah School District is committed to providing access to all individuals visiting our district website, including persons with disabilities. If you cannot access content on our website or this annual report because of a disability, please call L. Michelle at 425-837-7004 or email email@example.com and describe the nature of the accessibility needs and your contact information. We will make every effort to provide the information requested in an accessible format and seek to correct any accessibility issues on our website.
Second Grade Highly Capable Testing
Highly capable testing for second grade students will occur January 14 through January 17 and continue March 10 through March 13. Students who are identified as “most highly capable” will be invited to enter either SAGE or MERLIN in the 20-21 school year. Second grade students attending private or home-based schools are invited to participate and are encouraged to contact their neighborhood school for more information about how to participate. More information about the Issaquah School District Highly Capable Program and testing for second grade students is available on the Issaquah School District Website at https://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/academics/programs/gifted.
Elementary Phase 1 Curriculum Adoption – Foundational Reading Skills Parent Survey
Please read the important safety, health, and equal-rights notices that are posted online on our Legal Notices page. You will find information about asbestos, nondiscrimination, pest management, possession of firearms, sexual harassment, Title IX, and more.
Sunset Elementary partners with Peachjar, an online bulletin board system, to help families see all the opportunities happening with community partners in the greater ISD community.
LeAnn Tuupo, Principal
Michelle Larson, Dean of Students
Sicily Graham, Principal's Assistant
Katherine Johnson, Registrar
Trish Neill, Support Secretary
Jenny Coylar, School Nurse
Martha Snowden, Health Room Specialist