In This Issue Of Issaquah High School E-News

  • Issaquah High School
    • Updates on Bus Routes
    • Attendance Calls Update
    • Family Access Help Event
    • Student Parking
    • Nest Time For Part Time and Running Start Students
    • Yearbook Needs Your Pictures
    • National Honor Society’s First Meeting
    • Highly Capable Program Referral Window
    • Free and Reduced Lunch Applications Now Available
    • Change in WA State Law Regarding Vaccinations
  • Issaquah Schools Foundation
    • Support ISF
    • Dining For Kids
    • First Membership Meeting
    • Tuxes and Tiaras
    • Volunteers Needed
    • College Practice Tests
    • New Family Ambassador Program
    • Join IH PTSA
    • Volunteer @ IH PTSA
    • Pass The Hat Donations
    • Back to School Quick Links
    • One Stop Shop
  • Issaquah High Booster Club
    • Join Boosters Today
    • Logo Wear Volunteers Needed
    • Booster September Meeting
    • Stay informed and share your achievements

Issaquah High School

Update on Bus Routes from ISD Transportation Department

Dear ISD families,

We are working hard to address bus overloads and adjust schedules based on actual ridership as we move into our first full week of school. Please have patience while we continue to make the necessary adjustments to the routes. Thank you!

Attendance Calls Update

The ISD is using a new system to send out attendance calls to families when a student is absent from class. This year, both a phone call and an email will be sent according to the primary contact information in Family Access. Phone calls will simply alert families of an unexcused absence. The emails will contain information regarding class periods missed for students in secondary grade levels.

Family Access Help Event

Family Access provides parents information about your child’s progress at school and class information. Come learn how to use it and support your child’s learning. Help session will include support on how to check your child’s grades in middle and high school, maintain contact through school communications via Skyward, access teacher websites and assignments, check attendance, lunch balance, report cards and test scores. For more information, please click here to visit the ISD website.

Interpreters will be available in Spanish and Mandarin.  If you need an interpreter in another language, please contact Lorna Gilmour at by September 19. Snacks and Children’s corner available.

Senior Portraits Due

  • Please see "Portrait specs" so that you know what we are requiring for your portrait.
  • Upload pictures titled with your last name first, then first name in JPEG format.
  • Students whose pictures we have not received by the due date will be notified in early November via e-mail. Please do not call or email to confirm receipt of the pictures. With nearly 600 seniors, this just slows the process down.
  • We will put a photo of each senior, if possible, in the yearbook. If we do not receive a portrait from you, we will use the Dorian picture (ID card) if available and appropriate. Please know that we will not use goofy ID card pictures. Questions? Email Ellen Jarvinen.​

Student Parking

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.

Nest Time for Part Time and Running Start Students

NEST time is connected to 1st period on Tuesdays and 6th period on Wednesdays. If you have a 1st and/or 6th period you need to participate in the Nest session attached to the period you’re enrolled in. If you are off campus for 1st, you do not need to participate in Nest on Tuesdays. If you are off campus for 6th period, you do not need to participate in Nest on Wednesdays.

Highly Capable Program Referral Window

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.
  2.    Referrals for second grade students will not be accepted as testing for these students will occur mid-year.
  3. Referrals for students new to the district who enroll after September 15 will be accepted for ten (10) school days from the enrollment date.
  4.    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.

Yearbook Needs Your Pictures

The Yearbook Staff needs your pictures!

  1. Did you travel abroad this summer? If so, please send us an email, telling us where you went and tell us a little about your experience. Also, please include a couple of pictures and give first and last names of people in the pictures.
  2. Do you have a pet? We would love to have picture of YOU with your PET, especially if you have something other than a dog or cat. Please include your first and last name, as well as your pet’s name, in the email.

Send emails to

National Honor Society- First Meeting

National Honor Society is having its first meeting on September 9th at 3:00-3:30pm in the library.

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.

Issaquah Schools Foundation News

Issaquah Schools Foundation

Your partnership with the Issaquah Schools Foundation benefits every student at every school in the district. Donating to the Foundation give students opportunities to explore and cultivate their interests, thrive academically, and graduate with the skills they need for rewarding and productive futures.

  • $10/month supports 44 students as they explore STEM through robotics, rocketry & sports medicine clubs.
  • $25 a month Provides 30 books for school libraries, improving student access to print, the most successful way to improve reading success.  
  • $50 a month supplies 17 backpacks filled with school supplies for students who need financial assistance. 

Thanks to our generous donors, we were able to provide over 1000 backpacks filled with school supplies to district students this year!  

Step Up for Kids and donate to our fall campaign at

Dining for Kids

Welcome back to school! Come celebrate the first day with us Wednesday, September 4th. Join us anytime between 4:00-9:00pm for happy hour or dinner at The RAM Restaurant & Brewery in Issaquah Highlands and the RAM will donate a portion of your bill to fund programs and resources for Issaquah Schools District students, including food & snack support during the school day.

Issaquah PTSA

FIRST IH PTSA Membership Meeting of the Year! 

Get involved, join us, learning more about IH PTSA! Please join us at our next General Membership Meeting on Friday, Sept. 13, in the large conference room at IHS.  Enjoy some snacks starting at 9 AM; the meeting will begin promptly at 9:30 AM.  Extra parking is available in the staff lot in the back near the stadium.  Please bring your driver's license to check-in at the front desk. Special guests:  Neil Lasher, our School Resource Officer, will talk about Juuls and bring confiscated items.  Principal Andrea McCormick will be available for questions.  Questions, Issaquah High PTSA.

Tuxes and Tiaras

Come shop with us!  All Issaquah School District students are welcome!  When:  September 14th 2-6pm at The Garage, a Teen Café.  Come find dresses,shoes, jewelry, accessories, suites and ties.  For more information visit Click HERE for INFO

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


New Family Ambassador Program

Transitioning to a new school district can be overwhelming. The New Family Ambassador Program is here to help! Our volunteers off to help with questions and offer support for families new to the area. We host social and educational gatherings throughout the year, including a mixer for adults every third Tuesday of the month at Capri Cellars, 6-8pm. Questions, email  CLICK HERE for more info.  Questions, Rebecca and Amber.  In order to help new families to the area, we need great volunteers! Time and commitment is minimal, but the reward in helping others is huge! Please consider becoming an Ambassador today. Questions, email by clicking here.

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?

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!

Issaquah High Booster Club   ~   Join Boosters Today!

Do your friends and neighbors know about Boosters Club and what it means to be a member? Help spread the word about how our IHS Booster Club helps support ALL clubs, sports and activities at Issaquah High School through funding and grants. 

Our membership goal is 500 members - Help us reach that goal for our kids!   Members the difference; Check out last year’s Impact Report.


Sign up to help sell logo-wear at home events and during Friday lunch periods.  Volunteers get free admission to the game!  Come join our fun group and sign-up today.

Booster Club September Meeting

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.  

Stay informed  and  share your student’s extra-curricular achievements on Facebook & Twitter.   Follow and submit photos and updates to Booster Club anytime,

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