In This Issue of Issaquah High School E-News

  • Issaquah High School
    • 2020 Renewal Levy
    • ELPA21 Testing
    • Summer School Registration
    • Open Enrollment Begins February 1
    • Schedule Change Requests- January 17
    • Running Start Informational Meeting
    • Finals Care Packages
    • Yearbook Purchasing Deadline
    • Preparing for Winter Weather
    • Yearbook Is Seeking Pictures
    • IHS Traffic Safety Education Program
  • Issaquah Schools Foundation
    • Dining For Kids
    • Art Docents Needed
    • Nourish Every Mind
    • General Membership Meeting
    • Winter Grant Deadline
    • ParentWiser Event
    • Escalation Workshop
    • New To The Area?
    • Awards Season
    • Senior All Night Grad Party Tickets

Issaquah High School

2020 Renewal Levy

Next month, the Issaquah School District will ask voters to approve an Educational Programs and Operations (EP&O) levy to replace a levy that will expire this year. For a quick overview of the proposed levy and some of the programs it would pay for, check out this brief video:

If approved, the EP&O renewal levy will provide continued funding for a wide range of programs and services throughout the district, including school-based mental health counselors, career and technical education, special education, school security staff, teacher professional development and much more.

For more information on the renewal levy, visit the district website. You can also see more videos explaining the levy and highlighting many of the programs and services it will fund on the ISD YouTube channel.

ELPA21 Testing

The annual ELPA21 assessment is an online assessment given between February 3- March 27 to all students who qualify for English language development (ELD) services.The ELPA21 summative assessment measures students' English language proficiency  in reading, listening, writing, and speaking. Results from this test determine which students are eligible to continue receiving ELD services.

Please contact your student’s ELL teacher with questions regarding specific dates for testing.

Summer School Registration

Registration for High School Summer School 2020 is open! Additional information, including live registration links, can be found on the Secondary Summer School webpage.

Open Enrollment Begins February 1

Per ISD Regulation 3131 regarding In-District Student Transfers, students and their parent(s)/guardian(s) may apply to transfer to any District school other than their neighborhood school during open enrollment through the month of February for the following school year. For complete information on the open enrollment process, including applications, please click here

Schedule Change Requests

Students who would like to request a schedule change may do so using this form. Requests must be made on or before January 17th at 3 pm using the online form. 

Running Start Informational Meeting

If your student is interested in participating in the Running Start program for the 2020-2021 school year, mark your calendars for Thursday, January 30th! The IHS Counseling Team will be providing a short presentation going over the Running Start program, pros/cons on participating, and going over the outline on how to sign-up. Students are welcome to join but this will be the same presentation covered with students the day before (29th) during NEST. Our presentation will start at 5:30pm in the Library and will be available on our website afterwards for those unable to attend. Sincerely, IHS Counseling Team

Finals Care Packages

Finals are coming up and it can be a stressful time for students! Help alleviate some stress and purchase a finals care package for your child! They are currently being sold by Senior Class Council and will be delivered to students before finals begin. The packages include snacks, a water bottle, supplies such as pencils and erasers, a stress relieving toy, and a personalized, handwritten note! They are 25 dollars and are on sale now through Monday, the 20th. You can buy a care package for your student on ISD pay online, where any other school fines or purchases are made. All proceeds go towards lowering the ticket prices for senior prom later this year. Buy your student a finals care package today and help them out during these stressful times!”

Yearbook Purchasing Deadline- Extended!

The deadline for purchasing a yearbook was Dec. 31, 2019. Since online pay was unavailable over break due to malware, we will sell yearbooks at the ASB bookkeeper’s window from 7:30 – 2:30 until Jan. 17. 2020. This will be your LAST CHANCE to purchase a yearbook. Please note that yearbooks can no longer be purchased online

Preparing for Winter Weather

With snowflakes in the 10-day forecast, please make sure your family and child care givers are signed up for snow day closure and delay texts or emails from our Transportation Department through FlashAlert. (Only families with verified mobile numbers in Family Access will receive texts from the District.) The District and school websites will post information by 6:30 a.m. Please take a moment to locate your Emergency Transportation Bulletin (ETB) that was mailed out in October or access the ETB online. Also take a moment to use SNOW E-Link to find your emergency snow route and make sure you check the chart below to become familiar with program changes due to delays and closures. For more information, including how programs such as field trips and athletics are affected during school closures, please click here.

Yearbook Is Seeking Pictures

Yearbook would like to have pictures of students with their pets. Please send a high resolution photo to Mrs. Jarvinen with the pet’s name and student’s name. We’d especially like to have unusual pets (as in, ones besides cats and dogs)!

IHS Traffic Safety Education Program

The Spring session of the Issaquah High School Traffic Safety Education program will open for enrollment on December 9. The application is available on the Teacher webpage tab under Brenda Fortier (CTE and PE) as well as the bottom of this message. Enrollment is open to the first 20 students that apply so sign up today.

The session begins on January 29. Please see the registration for exact dates and times. Classes will be held at Issaquah High School in room 3206. If you have any questions please contact Brenda Fortier at

Issaquah Schools Foundation

Dining For Kids

La Casita is the February Dining for Kids partner.  Join us Wednesday, February 5th and La Casita will donate a portion of your bill to Issaquah Schools Foundation. These funds go to programs and resources for Issaquah School District students, including food & snack support during the school day. More info:

Art Docents Needed! 

Are you creative? Do you love art and working with students? You should attend our free Art Docent training for Issaquah School District students! January and February classes are scheduled, including painted landscapes, drawing the face, Frida Kahlo portraits, painting with wool, and more! Get more info and register here:

Nourish Every Mind 2020

Mark your calendars for Issaquah Schools Foundation’s Annual Fundraiser and Celebration: Nourish Every Mind 2020.  

Nourish Every Mind 2020:

Luncheon - Friday, May 8th, Breakfast - Tuesday, May 19th

Both Events Held at Eastridge Church, Issaquah

Online Auction – April 24-May 4, 2020

More info:

Issaquah PTSA

IH PTSA General Membership Meeting

Friday, January 17, 9:30am- IHS Conference Room

Please join us for our January General Membership Meeting. This month our speakers will include; Principal Andrea McCormick, ASB Coordinator Kelly Henry, and Security Officer Neil Lasher. Please arrive as early as 9:15 AM for coffee, tea, goodies, and social conversation. The meeting will start promptly at 9:30 AM. Please note, if school is delayed by one hour, we will still have the meeting at 9:30 AM. If school is delayed by two hours or cancelled, then the meeting will be cancelled.

IH PTSA Grants Winter Deadline

The Issaquah High PTSA has a budget to fund selected projects and programs proposed by teachers, staff, parents and/or students to further our mission, "To expand educational opportunities and enhance the learning and social enrichment opportunities at Issaquah High School."  The winter deadline to apply for a grant is January 17, 2020.  You can find an application and the criteria for selecting a proposal by clicking this link:  

ParentWiser Event: How to be a Culturally Competent Family in 2020

Jan 22nd at 7-8:30pm at Liberty High

Are your kids exposed to racially or culturally-charged comments? Parent Wiser hosts Dr. Caprice Hollins for a paradigm-shifting talk to help parents engage in courageous conversations with our children and learn.  Participants will increase their understanding of equity vs equality, privilege, and implicit bias to develop a community where everyone benefits through inclusivity and the honoring of differences. For all parents of K-12.  Register at

Escalation Workshop, A Film Documentary & Discussion

February 3rd, 7pm IHS

Escalation is a true story re-enacted in honor of Yeardley Love, a 22-year-old college student who lost her life to an abusive relationship. Nobody saw the signs; but shocking to learn that 1 in 3 women, 1 in 4 men, and 1 in 2 trans and non-binary people will experience relationship abuse. The One Love Foundation educates young people about healthy vs unhealthy relationships and mobilizes them for change. ( Sponsored by Issaquah High PTSA. Public welcome. )

Is your Family New to the Area? 

Join us every third Tuesday of the month at Capri Cellars in Issquah for a social mixer.  Come get to know people and find out about IHS and our community.  Our next socials are on  is Tuesday, December 17th and Tuesday January 21st.  Questions? Email:

Its Awards Season!

This is the time of year that we honor our outstanding PTSA Volunteers! Do you know a volunteer who goes “above and beyond” for our kids at IHS? Each year the Issaquah High PTSA presents the following awards to honor the dedication and service of our volunteers: The Golden Acorn Award and the Outstanding Student Advocate Award.  More information and an online submission form can be found on the PTSA Awards page of the IHS website HERE.. Award recipients will receive a Washington State PTA certificate, pin, and will be honored at the March 20th Issaquah High PTSA meeting and at a district-wide reception in April. Click HERE to nominate.  

2020 Senior All-Night Graduation Party 2020

SIGN-UP NOW The Senior All Night Party is an Issaquah High annual tradition that takes place the night of graduation. Seniors are whisked off by bus to a night full of fun, food, surprises, and fantastic memories.  Student have one last night to spend with their classmates, to relax after all the hustle and bustle of graduation activities.  Parents rest easy know that their new graduate is having a blast in a safe, entertaining, drug- and alcohol- free party. ***EARLY BIRD PRICE  ~ DON’T WAIT!***  Today, the tickets are $170.  Ticket prices go up on March 1,2020 to $195.Scholarships (financial aid) available.  If you or someone you know may need assistance in paying for a ticket, please email Cindy Liddle,  All requests are kept strictly confidential.Visit the IHS Senior All Night Party to sign-up, see the guest list, FAQs, and Senior Timeline with deadlines.  

Back-to-School Quick Links

IHS Website.   2019-20 IHS Bell Schedule.   ISD Family Access.  IHS Fall Sports Registration.  IHS Booster Club.  Issaquah Schools Foundation.  ParentWiser.  ISD Cultural & Family Partnerships.  ISD My School Bucks-Lunch Program.  ISD Online Free-Reduced Student Lunch Application.


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