In This Issue of Issaquah High School E-News 

  • Issaquah High School
    • Thank you for Voting and Renewing Our Levy
    • Coronavirus Update 
    • Spring Sports Recognition
    • Cheer Team Tryouts
    • Welcome Our New Tennis Coach
    • Welcome Our New Softball Coach
    • DECA Clothing Drive 
    • Weather Make Up Days and Future School Calendars 
    • ELPA21 Testing 
    • Summer School Information 
    • Open Enrollment Begins February 1 
    • Stemposium- Save the Date 
    • City of Issaquah Dodgeball and Doughnuts
  • Issaquah Schools Foundation
    • Impact Scholarships Available
    • Spread the Love Campaign
    • DiningFor Kids - March
    • General Membership Meeting
    • Practice ACT and SAT
    • Awards Season 
    • Outstanding Advocate Award and Outstanding Educator Award
    • Senior Scholarships
    • Senior All Night Grad Party Tickets 

Issaquah High School 

Thank you for Voting and Renewing the Educational Programs and Operations Levy!
Thank you to our community for renewing our two-year Educational Programs and Operations Levy! Your support for ISD schools ensures local kids will continue to receive a high quality education in a safe learning environment. Early election returns show the levy passing by 61.5%. To pass, levies in Washington State must receive more than 50% approval by voters.

Coronavirus Update – Guidance from Public Health Seattle and King County

While the immediate risk to the general public in Washington and the United States is still considered to be low, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all travelers from China, including school students, staff, and volunteers arriving in the U.S. AFTER February 2, 2020 at 2 pm stay at home away from others and monitor their health for 14 days. If you get a fever or develop a cough or difficulty breathing during this 14-day period, avoid contact with others. Call your doctor or healthcare provider to tell them about your symptoms and your recent travel.

There is no recommendation for people showing no symptoms arriving before this time to restrict their activities. All travelers from China who arrived BEFORE February 2, 2020 at 2pm can continue to attend school.

The normal precautions during cold and flu season to prevent the spread of germs apply.

  • Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds; use alcohol-based sanitizer if no water is available Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact (within 6 feet) with those who are sick 
  • Stay home if sick 
  • Cover cough or sneeze with tissue, throw tissue in trash, wash hands immediately
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched object and surfaces 

You can find more about conronavirus at the links below or call the Washington State Department of Health at 1-800-525-0127 and press the # key. 

Spring Sports Recognition

The Athletic Registration process for the 2019-2020 school year requires you to register online AND submit documents in person to the Bookkeeper and Athletic Secretary.  Online registration for SPRING SPORTS will be available starting January 27th  

From January 27th – February 28th, before & after school, and during lunches, the Bookkeeper and Athletic Secretary will accept the required documents to complete the Athletic Registration process. All forms must be turned in before Friday, February 28th.  

Forms will NOT be accepted on Monday, March 2nd.

Cheer Team Tryouts

Cheerleading tryout applications for the 2020/2021 season are now available at the athletic secretary window.  Tryouts will be the week of March 16-20th, every day after school, and attendance at a parent/student information meeting is also required.  Applications are due by Friday March 13th at 3pm to either Mrs. Couty or Coach Laura Meserole at PCMS.  See application packet for more details and requirements, or send questions to Coach Mez at!

Welcome Our New Softball Coach

Issaquah would like to welcome Chelsea Gocke as the new Fastpitch coach.  Here is a message from Chelsea: My name is Chelsea Gocke, I am 28 years old, and grew up in Lake Chelan, WA. I have been playing competitive softball since the age of 8. Most recently I played for the University of Idaho (Go Vandals) where I graduated in 2015 with a degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology. In my spare time, I am the mom of a wonderful 1 year old little girl and am working towards getting my teaching certification. Softball has always been a huge part of my life and I am looking forward to getting back into the sport that’s given so much to me. I’m looking forward to the beginning of the season and hope everyone can make it out to support the girls this spring. 

Go Eagles!  

Welcome to Our New Tennis Coach

Issaquah would like to introduce Nico Hakes as the new Head Girls tennis coach. There will be an introductory meeting after school tomorrow, Thursday 2/13 at 3:00 pm in the large conference room. All current or interested players are encouraged to attend. 

DECA Clothing Drive

Issaquah DECA is running a clothing drive on February 29th from 2-5 PM in the IHS parking lot. All donations benefit Goodwill and Issaquah DECA. DECA is a business club designed to prepare high schoolers for business skills in real life, and all donations help with travel expenses. Any and all donations are very much appreciated!

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.

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 

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.

City of Issaquah Dodgeball and Doughnuts

2nd Annual Dodgeball & Doughnuts is back on Friday, March 13, at the Issaquah Community Center! High Schoolers and Issaquah Police Officers are joining forces in this epic double-elimination dodgeball tournament! Prizes, FUN and of course...doughnuts! Last year’s event was so fun!! 6:00-9:00pm. $25/team. Reserve a spot in the bracket for your team of 5 or 6 by emailing If you're a team of 5, a Police Officer will join you to make a team of 6. This event is hosted by the Issaquah Youth Advisory Board.

Issaquah Schools Foundation 

Impact Scholarships Available

The Issaquah Schools Foundation Impact Scholarships are open to juniors and seniors in the Issaquah School District. The scholarships will be awarded to 2 students who describe how Issaquah Schools Foundation-funded programs have enriched their education. The scholarships will be awarded in two categories. Written category ($1000) and Presentation category ($1500). 

Application deadline is February 21, 2020

More information:

Spread the Love 2020: Make a Contribution in Your Teacher's Name!

The Issaquah Schools Foundation loves to support our teachers! The Foundation began by providing grants to educators in the Issaquah School District, and because of YOUR donations we are able to continue this great work! This February, share the love by expressing our appreciation for the teachers of the Issaquah School District! Donate in honor of a teacher and what they give to us every day.  Make your contribution here ( )and include your teacher’s name and personal message. We will let them know of the gift you made in their honor.  You can view the list of all teachers honored here! (

Dining for Kids: March

Next month's Dining for Kids partner is Big Fish Grill. Join us on Wednesday, March 4th from 11AM-10PM and Big Fish Grill 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:

Issaquah PTSA 

IH PTSA General Membership Meeting, Friday, February 14th, 9:30am

Please join us for our February IH PTSA General Membership meeting this Friday at 9:30am. Come hear updates from School Security Officer Neil Lasher, Principal Andrea McCormick and College and Career Specialist Charolett Henderson.  Check in at the office and ask them to direct you to the PTSA meeting in the office’s large conference room.

Practice Test for SAT or ACT on Feb. 29th 9am to 1pm; Volunteers Needed

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 by Feb 25 HERE  For more information on the SAT, ACT, or our  practice tests, see our FAQs.   Volunteers are needed for help with sign-in and proctoring the exams.  Please contact Tracie Kinsley at if you are available to help.

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

Outstanding Advocate Award and Outstanding Educator 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. 

Hey Seniors!

The Issaquah High PTSA encourages students to continue their education after graduation, by offering five $1,000 scholarships for Tech/Vocational and College/University pursuits.  For more information please CLICK HERE or contact

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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