In This Issue of Issaquah High School E-News 

  • Issaquah High School
    • Ballots Due February 11th
    • National School Counseling Week
    • Coronavirus Update
    • Recognition and Graduation Cord Listening Session
    • DECA Clothing Drive
    • Weather Make Up Days and Future School Calendars
    • Dyslexia Family Engagement Forum
    • ELPA21 Testing
    • Summer School Information
    • Open Enrollment Begins February 1
    • Stemposium- Save the Date
  • Issaquah Schools Foundation
    • DiningFor Kids 
    • Art Docents Needed
    • Nourish Every Mind
    • Awards Season
    • ParentWiser Event- Plugged in Parents
    • Thank You Volunteers
    • Practice ACT and SAT
    • Senior All Night Grad Party Tickets

Issaquah High School 

Remember to Vote and Return Your Ballot – ISD Levy Renewal

We’ve got just over a week left to vote in the 2020 levy election. Return your ballot by mail or in a ballot drop box by next Tuesday, February 11.

To see what’s funded by this levy, check out this short video. Two ISD high school students walk through some of the many important programs and services funded by levies, including mental health counselors, school security, extra-curricular activities and many more. While you’re at it, you can check out all of our videos about the important things funded by the levy.

National School Counseling Week

National School Counseling Week is our opportunity to honor and celebrate the unique contribution of counselors in our schools! Counselors are integral members of our learning community who work with students to remove barriers to learning by addressing students’ academic concerns, post-secondary options, and social/emotional skills. They help students identify their abilities, strengths, interests, and talents and set healthy, realistic, and optimistic aspirations for themselves. Counselors work in partnership with parents as they face the challenges of raising children in today’s world and collaborate with educators to create an environment in which students can realize their potential. During National School Counseling Week, our Counseling Specialists will be visiting schools and taking photos and videos that illustrate special themes for each day of the celebration, including Lend a Helping Hand, Offer Encouragement, Show Appreciation, and Be the Change in the World. You can follow the fun on social media with the hashtag #NSCW2020. Be sure to thank your school counselor for all they do to support our students, families, and staff every day!

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. 

Recognition And Graduation Cord Listening Session

Students who are interested in providing feedback on what factors they believe are important in creating a recognition program to celebrate accomplishments that used to be celebrated at graduation through the cords and stoles and brainstorming ways to improve the recognition program at Issaquah High are invited to attend a Nest Session on February 11th.  This session is open to all Issaquah High School students, but you must register through FlexiSched.  Please note that there is limited space due to the theatre’s capacity and only current IHS students are allowed to attend.  

At this session we’ll be focusing on the following guiding questions:

  • What do you think are the most important things that the school should formally recognize?
  • How do you most authentically feel recognized? 
  • What specific suggestions do you have for the school to authentically recognize students for without sacrificing some of the non-negotiables?

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.

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.

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.

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 

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.  

ParentWiser Event – Plugged-in Parents

Even the most in-tune parents could use some extra tips for keeping up with the fast-changing media landscape and how their kids engage with it. Parent Wiser hosts local technology fixation expert, Jocelyn Skillman, with research and tips from Common Sense Media for Plugged-In Parents: Keeping Kids Safe, Happy & Healthy in the Digital Age, Feb 10 th  at 7-8:30pm at Issaquah High.  Parents will learn how to balance media use as a family, find quality content, set expectations for healthy use, and raise kids to be media savvy and safe. For all parents of K-8.  Register at


Many thanks to the volunteers who helped create and serve amazing breakfasts for the IHS Staff in November, December and January:  Lida Buckner, Sandra Puliezi, Kim Wilkinson, Tracie Jones, Lynda Corcorran, Jaime Crothers, Steffeny Wood, Joslyn Rucker, Natalie Isensee, Terri Sanders, Victoria Evans, Elaine Eckert, Sara Carmichael, Dallas Serumgard, Danielle Graham, Tianqing Liu, Vidya Persaud, Carol Stuckey, Barb Dollier, Wendy Marucheck, Sylvia Chin, Sheila Barlow, Carmella Gellos, Meng Qian, Lisa Small, Wendy Cummins, Laren Bartholomew, Daphne Lenhardt, Sue Richards, Barb Howe, Christina Johnson, Laurie Staats, Karen Crowe, Carri Christianson, Mei Lee,  Ellen Yoon, Kathy DeCaprio, Cynthia Lydum, Stephanie Shipley, Cindy Wong


Thank you to all the volunteers and contributors who helped with the 40 Angel Bags during the holidays!  Special thanks to program chairs Joanne Wrightson and Jen Crew and VP of Outreach Valerie Yanni.


Huge thanks to Leah Gibson, Kristen Allen-Bentsen and Heather Bratton for all their time, effort and dedication to this year’s National PTA Reflections Competition!

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.   

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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