In This Issue of Issaquah High School E-News

In This Issue of Issaquah High School E-News 

  • Issaquah High School
    • 2020 Renewal Levy
    • Snow Make Up Days
    • Weather Make Up Days and Future School Calendars
    • Special Olympics Game
    • Running Start Informational Meeting
    • Dyslexia Family Engagement Forum
    • Bellevue College Application Day
    • ELPA21 Testing
    • Summer School Registration
    • Open Enrollment Begins February 1
    • Stemposium- Save the Date
    • Yearbook Is Seeking Pictures
    • Corona Virus, Cold and Flu Season
  • Issaquah Schools Foundation
    • DiningFor Kids 
    • Art Docents Needed
    • Nourish Every Mind
    • Reflections Update
    • Awards Season
    • Thank You Volunteers
    • Practice ACT and SAT
    • ParentWiserEvent 
    • Escalation Workshop
    • Senior All Night Grad Party Tickets

Issaquah High School 

Levy Ballots Mailed This Week – Be sure you’re registered to vote

King County is mailing out ballots this week for the district’s EP&O renewal levy. Vote and return your ballot through Feb. 11. You can mail it back or put it in an election drop box.

It's not too late to register to vote! Register online or by mail through February 3 and in person until February 11.

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 many more. For more information on the renewal levy, visit the district website.

Snow Make Up Days - Last Day of School to be Announced in Spring

A reminder to our families that school closure make up days will be added to the end of the school year. Because we are still in the winter season, it is possible more snow or weather will come our way that may result in school closures or delays. We will announce that last day of school in E-News and on our website later this spring when we are past the possibility of snow and hazardous conditions on the roads or at our buildings. *Specific information for seniors will be communicated to students and families by their high schools. 

Weather Make Up Days and Future School Calendars

Our snow and ice event last week has resurfaced requests from the community to build weather make up days into our school calendars. In an effort to enable students, families, and staff to plan, we make every effort to post calendars three years in advance.  As a reminder, our school calendars are developed and adopted as part of the bargaining process with the Issaquah Education Association (IEA) who represent our certificated staff. As we shared with the community last spring, while the current 2019-2020 school year calendar was established in 2017, because of the weather experience last year and because calendars for the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 school years were not established, the District would explore opportunities to build in more weather make up options for future calendars. 

To that end, District staff members negotiate with IEA’s leadership and gather input from the other labor organizations regarding calendar refinements.  As part of negotiations, we shared with IEA the results of the community survey we conducted last spring asking for input on preferences. It is important to note that while 81.8% of survey respondents stated that they want built-in make up days, there was no clear majority favoring options to refine the calendar by starting the school year before Labor Day or making changes to winter, mid-winter, or spring break. While a majority of parent responders did favor taking time from teacher professional development and prep time on Wednesdays, it would take four Wednesdays to recoup one snow day. In order for us to insert weather make up days, we need to adjust one or several of those factors or extend the school year; all of which have competing desires. See survey here.

We do make every effort to use all options available to us, including application for waiving the school day if we have met the state minimum for instructional time. Meanwhile, calendar negotiations are in process now, and we expect to bring 2021-22 and 2022-23 calendar proposals to the school board for approval at the February 13, 2020 regular meeting. We will announce the approved future calendars through our usual communications channels, like E-News and websites, when the process is complete.

Special Olympics Game

The Special Olympics Basketball Game has been rescheduled for 1/29/20 at 7:00 PM at Issaquah High School. This event features players from Issaquah, Skyline, Liberty, and the ACT program. The event is free and the kids would love as much support as possible.

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   

Dyslexia Family Engagement Forum - February 6

Families interested in connecting with the Issaquah School District regarding support for students with dyslexia are invited to a community forum hosted at the Administration Building at 5150 220thAVE SE, Issaquah from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. The purpose of the forum is to facilitate two-way communication, collaboration, and shared learning related to supporting students with dyslexia. Two additional forums will be held on March 5 and May 21. Families are welcome to attend one, two, or all three meetings. The February 6 session will include active listening opportunities and time for families to share their stories, interests, and learnings with ISD staff.

Bellevue College Application Day- Seniors

Seniors planning on registering at Bellevue College (BC)  for fall 2020 are encouraged to come to this session on January 29th from 2:45-3:45 in the Issaquah High School Library 

There will be college representatives from Bellevue College available to assist students in registering and answering their questions about BC!

Any student who wants to learn more about Bellevue College are welcome to come and ask questions.

Sign up on the NEST Schedule under College & Career Center or stop by!

If you have questions, please stop by or email the College & Career Cente

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 opens February 3 at 8:00am. Additional information, including live registration links, will be available at that time. For more information about secondary summer course offerings, please visit 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 

Stemposium- Save the Date

WHAT: Showcase of STEM learning hosted by teachers and students from the Issaquah School District. Teachers and students through interactive booths and demonstrations share how they learn STEM skills and knowledge through classroom projects, afterschool clubs, and student competitions. In addition to teacher/student booths, there will be various STEM related industries invited to share their work in the area of STEM 

WHEN: February 13, 2020 - 5:30-7:30 pm.

WHERE: Issaquah High School Commons – 700 2ndAvenue SE, Issaquah 98027

Everyone is welcome to attend! More information and event program can be found 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)! 

Coronavirus – Cold and Flu Season – When to Keep Your Child Home

You have likely seen in the news or on social media that Washington State has had one confirmed case of coronavirus. We know this kind of news is worrisome to families. The District has an emergency response plan and protocols in place for health risks that we will enact if needed. The Washington State Health Department is generally the lead agency in health crisis situations and they provide direction to school districts. While it is a serious illness, at this time the Washington State Health Department considers it a low risk to the public.

Cold and Flu season is here! We respectfully ask that if your child is sick, please keep them at home. If you're not sure whether or not to keep your child home, please check your child’s symptoms with this handy chart. Ways to protect yourself, your family, and others from colds and flu are to get a flu shot, wash hands thoroughly, drink plenty of fluids, get plenty of rest, and stay home when ill. We have information in multiple languages about how to stop the spread of germs and the flu on our website.

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 

Reflections Update

Thank you to all IHS students who participated in this year's Reflections program.  We have 3 students and 4 pieces moving forward to state!  Finalists from IHS are: Olivia Wang, ‘Resistance’ Music Composition, 9-12, Olivia Wang, ‘The Wicked Within’ Photography, 9-12, Adya Mohapatra, ‘I'll Write the Future For Us’, Literature, 9-12 and Benjamin Eskenazi, ‘Submerged in Self-Reflections’, Photography, 9-12.  Also recognized as Honorable Mention were:   Julianna Carragher, ‘Look Within’ - Music Composition, 9-12 and  Brandon Yeo, ‘An American Bird's Dream’- Visual Arts,  9-12.  Way to go student artists!

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 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. 


Many thanks to the volunteers who helped with the college practice tests.  Thank you to Yan Philippe, Amrita Kalkura and Tracie Kinsley and VP’s of programs Victoria Evans and Wendy Cummins.

Practice Test for SAT or ACT

Last Opportunity for 2019/2020 School Year February 29th (9am-1pm) is the last chance to take an SAT or ACT test just for practice at Issaquah High School for the 2019/2020 school year.   It is full length with an essay option, and different from the previous practice tests offered this year.  The results and feedback session will be at IHS with Huntington Learning Center on Mar 5 @ 8 PM.  Fee: $25/test (scholarships available). Sign-up HERE by Feb 25    For more information on the SAT, ACT, or our  practice tests, see our FAQs.   

ParentWiser Event

How to be a Culturally Competent Family in 2020 - Jan 22 nd 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.) Please register HERE

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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IH PTSA is a 501(c)(3) organization; Donations are100% tax-deductible. 

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