Issaquah High Families, 

As you hopefully know already, one of the things Issaquah High School (and the district) has been working on is to intentionally build in time for students to have intentional social, emotional and behavioral learning opportunities.

On February 25th, Issaquah High, in conjunction with the Issaquah School Foundation, is bringing an educational program “SAFER Choices: Dating, Communication, Respect, and Sexual Assault Awareness” to our students.  All high school students in the district will also hear the same presentation on different dates.  Parents, educators, and community members and students who have experience this program report that it resulted in a change in students’ ability to make better, safer choices in their lives, and in the lives of their peers. Here is what some of the reviews have had to say:

  • We had the privilege of presenting Mike Domitrz’s interactive assembly “Safer Choices” at our high school. I can’t recall an assembly that was more well-received on such a relevant topic to the lives of young people in my 29 years in public education.
  • Mike has a captivating style that challenges students to reassess their pre-conceived notions regarding appropriate conduct in dating relationships. Mike puts kids on the spot to think and value, but does it in a way that is respectful and courteous. He mixes in appropriate humor that makes the assembly fun as well as enlightening.

You can learn about Mike Domitrz, Founder of The Center for Respect, and the “SAFER Choices” program online at  Mike’s personal story is part of the program so we ask you to NOT share anything specifically about Mike with your student so he/her can learn about Mike’s journey during the presentation. 

If you have concerns about your child attending this program based on the topic, please email your child’s assistant principal to discuss your concerns and options:

Students’ last name / assistant principal 

In addition to our student assembly, Mike Domitrz will offer a free evening program designed specifically for parents.  The program titled, “HELP! My Teen is Dating - Real Solutions to Tough Conversations” will start at 7:00pm on February 27th, at the Issaquah High School Theatre.  The one-hour parent presentation has been promised to us to be fun, interactive, thought-provoking, and sure to leave you with a few simple tips you can apply immediately in your own home.

Thank you to the Issaquah Schools Foundation for helping us bring this presentation to our students and parents. Parents, thank you for your continued support in helping us expose students to social/emotional/behavioral content.


Andrea McCormick