In This Issue of Issaquah High School E-News

  • Issaquah High School
    • Student Parking
    • Welcome New Tennis and Track and Field Coaches
    • Highly Capable Program Referral Window
    • Free and Reduced Lunch Applications Now Available
    • IHS Traffic Safety Education
    • Change in WA State Law Regarding Vaccinations
    • AP Summer Reading
  • Issaquah Schools Foundation
    • Tools4School
    • Support ISF
    • Join the IH PTSA
    • Volunteer Opportunities
    • Pass The Hat
    • New to IHS Night
    • New Family Ambassador Program
    • First Meeting Of the Year
    • ParentWiser
    • ISD Background Check Process
    • Back to School Quick Links
    • One Stop Shop
  • Issaquah High Booster Club
    • Booster Buzz Enews
    • New Spirit Wear
    • Stay Informed
    • Next Booster Meeting

Issaquah High School

Student Parking

Parking forms will be collected between September 4th and September 6th. Each student driver will need to fill out their own form and present it along with their driver's license to Mr. Lasher, in the Security Office. Students wishing to carpool will need to turn in forms together, and all drivers in a carpool will need to present their licenses. All considered for carpools need at least 2 licensed drivers. One MUST be of at least intermediate status. The fee for parking is $140. The fee for WaNic/running start parking is $70. WaNic/running start students must only be on campus for three or fewer periods to obtain parking.

We have a limited number of stalls at IHS, therefore we will issue stalls in the lottery in the following order. Carpools are selected first, single senior drivers are second, and single junior drivers are third. All forms must be turned between the 4th-6th of September, with no exceptions. A list will be formulated and posted on Tuesday the 10th. If your name is on the list, you will have until September 13th to pay the bookkeeper. The bookkeeper will close her doors at 2:30 daily. All fines and fees must be paid prior to paying for parking.  Any space not paid for by the 13 will be forfeited and reassigned. All fines and fees must be paid before a stall can be paid for.

Parking will be open for all until September 13th, but only in the Student Parking Lots.  Any student who parks in staff, parking fire lane, the parent drop off lane, or any place outside of student parking will be ticketed or towed. However, parking tickets will still be given for students parking in visitor, staff, drop off, or any non-designated parking area. 

Welcome New Head Boys Tennis Coach and New Head Women’s Track and Field Coach

Issaquah High would like to welcome our new Head Boys Tennis coach, Nico Hakes.

Nico was born and raised in Spokane, Washington where he played Tennis throughout high school. He attended Gonzaga University where played Lacrosse and earned a degree in finance.  After graduating, Nico went to work for the Walt Disney Company in Florida.  He moved to New Jersey and earned his MBA from Montclair State University, then returned to the Walt Disney Company in Anaheim.  He proceeded to live and work at a summer camp in Maine as a tennis coach and counselor.  He then earned his M.I.T. degree from Gonzaga so he could teach secondary Social Studies.  He enjoys tennis, lacrosse, soccer, and traveling.  His wife, Kelly, is an elementary school teacher in the Lake Washington School District.

Issaquah High would like to welcome Jason Bean, as our new Head Girls Track & Field Coach.  Jason has been with the Track & Field program as an assistant coach for the previous 3 seasons.  In addition, he has coached 16 seasons of High School Football, the last 3 at Issaquah.  Jason lives in Issaquah and enjoys being part of the Issaquah community.  Jason was raised in Newcastle and attended Eastside Catholic and Washington State University.  Outside of coaching, Jason enjoys spending time with his brothers, reading, working-out and hiking.

Highly Capable Program Referral Window-September 1-15

The Highly Capable Program Referral Window is Open September 1st through September 15th. Referrals of students to determine possible eligibility for the Highly Capable Program will be accepted online beginning September 1 through September 15.  

 *Please note, all kindergarten students will be screened this fall to determine eligibility for further testing for possible selection into the Highly Capable program.

The District’s referral procedure may include screening procedures as allowed by state statute. Please go to the Highly Capable website for further information and to access the online referral questionnaire and referral form. Individuals making a referral must use the District provided online referral form.  The following exceptions will apply:

  1. Referrals will not be accepted for students who were tested for the Highly Capable Program in the previous school year.
  1.    Referrals for second grade students will not be accepted as testing for these students will occur mid-year.
  2. Referrals for students new to the district who enroll after September 15 will be accepted for ten (10) school days from the enrollment date.
  3.    Students new to the district enrolling after the Highly Capable fall testing window who meet the screening criteria will be assessed prior to the beginning of the next school year.

Students may be referred by individuals including teachers, other staff, parents, and members of the community.

Free and Reduced Lunch Applications Now Available for 2019-2020 School Year
If your family requires financial assistance with school meals and you would like to apply for free or reduced-price lunches please click the following link to fill out an online application:https://issaquah.strataapps.comFor additional information on the application process, please click here to visit the ISD website.

 IHS Traffic Safety Education

The Fall session of the Issaquah High School Traffic Safety Education program will open for enrollment on Monday, August 19. The application is attached, but please keep in mind that the bookkeeper WILL NOT accept forms or payment until Monday, August 19.

Please download the attached registration form, fill it out, and bring it with payment to the bookkeeper. Enrollment is limited to the first 20 students that apply so sign up today. As soon as the bookkeeper has accepted your paperwork and money, you are enrolled in the program. You will then be able to go to the DOL 10 days prior to the first day of class to pick up your permit without taking the test.

There are NO scholarships for this class as it is an extra-curricular activity not required for graduation. However, we do offer a payment plan. Please email Mrs. Fortier if you are interested in breaking up the cost into smaller increments.

If you have any questions regarding the traffic safety program, please contact Brenda Fortier at

An Important Change in Washington State Law Regarding Vaccinations

Effective July 28, 2019 no personal or philosophical exemptions from the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccination will be available to families. The law applies to all public and private schools and licensed child care facilities in Washington State.

If a student has had a personal or philosophical exemption in the past, we must now have documentation of MMR immunization from a health care provider or on or before the first day of school on September 4, 2019 as a condition of enrollment. The new law does not affect religious or medical exemptions.

Two doses of MMR are required for all students in grades K-12. The two doses must be given at least 28 days apart. When your child has a first MMR vaccination, please let your school nurse know the date it occurred as well as the date the second dose is administered. We are notifying families now to allow sufficient time to meet the new immunization requirement before the first day of school.

More information can be found at the WA Department of Health exemption law change web page, including FAQs: You are also welcome and encouraged to contact your school nurse if you have questions.

AP Summer Reading

AP Lang

Students who are taking AP Language/American Literature need to read To Kill a Mockingbird during the summer. Information on the book and the accompanying writing assignment can be found on Ms. Dean’s website:

AP Lit

Students who are taking AP Literature this year should be sure to complete the summer reading assignment. The Summer Reading and Assignment can be found here.

AP Psychology Summer Reading

If your child is planning to take AP Psychology next year there is a summer reading assignment.  For more details please check Ms. Heilman’s website:

AP U.S. History Summer Reading

If your child is planning to take AP U.S. History next year there is a summer reading assignment.  For more details please check Ms. Kelly’s website:

AP Human Geography

There is not a summer assignment for AP Human Geography, but if you want to get a head start preparing for the class, you can find some suggestions here:

Issaquah Schools Foundation News


While you are out gathering supplies for the upcoming school year, please also help a child in need.  You can help by donating a school supply kit, backpack, or both here:

Support the Issaquah Schools Foundation

Step up to support your community by engaging with the Issaquah Schools Foundation! When enrolling your child through the back to school enrollment verification process this summer, please consider a donation to the Foundation. Your support fuels vital programs including after school homework help, artistic support, STEM/Robotics clubs, snack/lunch support, teacher grants, and more.  Learn more at

Issaquah PTSA

Join the IH PTSA! 

Joining the IH PTSA supports IHS Programs, Events, and advocacy efforts, positively impacting the quality of our children’s education, and investment in the future, all for $25. Membership helps WA State and National PTAs speak on our families’ behalf. Increased membership means stronger programs and voice!  In order to accomplish our mission, IH PTSA needs you!  Join TODAY!  100% of your donations are tax deductible.  Click HERE for INFO.

Volunteer @IH PTSA. 

Consider volunteering!  It's a great way to connect with families, find new friends, and know what's happening at IHS. Lots of opportunities, something for EVERYONE!  One hour can make a HUGE DIFFERENCE, especially at the start of year!  Upcoming opportunities:  IHS Safety Backpacks Prep, Picture Day, Volunteer Coordinator (@home, online position), Textbook Check-out, Test Prep, Family Ambassadors, and more.  Click HERE for more.

Pass-the-Hat Donations

Support ALL IH PTSA Programs: Pass-the-Hat is our one and only fundraiser, supporting programs such as New to IHS Night, Angel Programs, Senior Events, College Test Prep, New Family Ambassadors, Senior Scholarships, Teacher Grants, & more.  We deliberately avoid auctions, fundraisers, magazine drives as we believe parents strongly prefer donating directly to our IH PTSA student-centered programs. IH PTSA is a 501(c)(3) organization, and all memberships and donations are 100% tax-deductible.  To learn more, visit our website or Why Join?

New to IHS Night: August 27th, 2019

Tours begin @6:15 PM, identical informational sessions @6:30 PM & 7:15 PM, IHS Theater. Join other 9th grade families & New to IHS students to our annual tradition. IHS planned activities: individualized info-sessions for transfer families & incoming 9th graders, campus tours, student panels, spirit wear, meet admins, PTSA, Boosters, ASB, school clubs. Translation services available @7:15 PM Library session; last tours @7:15 PM. Great way to start the year! Questions, Issaquah High PTSA.

New Family Ambassador Program: Transitioning is overwhelming! 

IH PTSA would love to help match new families w/ experienced Ambassadors, guiding the way, answering questions, offering support. We’re also looking for experienced IHS families interested in helping New to IHS families? We’re already scheduling get-togethers, family dinners, events throughout the year! Consider becoming an Ambassador, today! Questions, email  CLICK HERE for more info.  Questions, Rebecca and Amber.

FIRST IH PTSA Membership Meeting of the Year! 

Get involved, join us, learning more about IH PTSA! Friday, September 13, 2019, in the IHS Conference Room. Doors open @9:00 AM, meeting begins @9:30 AM. Questions, Issaquah High PTSA.

ISD Volunteer Background Check Process

ALL ISD volunteers are required to complete an updated, on-line background application. Don't delay, complete application today, especially when volunteering for IHS Back to School events, like Picture Day, Textbook Checkout! Click Here for 2019-20 ISD Application.  Questions, Issaquah High PTSA.

Volunteers Needed for College Practice Test Program

*SAT/ACT Practice Test Coordinator (Advertise testing dates (already set). Send reminder emails. Finalize/send student lists to testing organizers. Work with Programs VPs for Proctors/Test sign-in. 

*Practice Test Proctors (9am-1pm on one or more Saturday test days at IHS). Contact for more details with no obligation.

College Practice Tests

Decide which test is right for you.  Take an SAT or ACT Practice Test on Oct 12, Nov 23, or Feb 29.

More info here:

Purchase here:

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.


Join the IH PTSA, Pass the Hat,  Donate Here, AmazonSmiles. Join us on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.  IH PTSA is a 501(c)(3) organization; Donations are100% tax-deductible.

Issaquah High Booster Club ~ Join Boosters Today!

  • DID YOU KNOW….Issaquah High School Booster Club supports ALL clubs, sports, and activities at IHS!  Booster dollars directly benefit our students through scholarships, awards, grant requests, spirit events and all school ASB activities. Boosters is the only Issaquah High School non-profit that supports  IHS extra-curricular activities (clubs, activities, sports).   
  • Check out last year’s Impact Report to see performance and donor dollar impact.
  • 501c3 non-profit.    100% of your Booster donations are tax deductible.   
  • Join Boosters Today!

BENEFIT:  Booster Buzz Enews   

Booster members get the popular Booster Buzz email touting the impressive extra-curricular accomplishments of our IHS students.  Visit to learn more.  

Important:  You must click the “opt-in” button when you join Boosters to ensure you receive the Buzz!   

Cool NEW Issaquah Spirit Wear

Check out the new stuff!  The Booster Club will be selling IHS spirit wear during lunch time of all home Varsity Football games, and at the Varsity home games.  Superior Seconds in downtown Issaquah also sells a small selection of our Issaquah spirit wear. 

Stay informed ~ Facebook & Twitter! 

Follow and submit photos and updates to Booster Club anytime,

You are invited

Please join us at the next Booster Club meeting, September 17th, 6:30pm in the school library.  Hear from the Athletic Director Luke Ande, and ASB Advisor, Kelly Henry or ASB President, Jack Githens.

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