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September 2017

Issaquah Highlands Connections

SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT Issaquah School District

Grand Ridge Elementary

9/6 9/11 9/13 9/27

Issaquah Middle School

First Day of School First Day of School for Kindergarten School Board Meeting @ 7:00 P.M. School Board Meeting @ 7:00 P.M.

Issaquah School Foundation


“All in for Kids” Campaign

Challenger Elementary

Meet the Teacher @ 10:00 A.M Kindergarten Family Connections Curriculum Night @ 5:15 P.M.

9/19 9/21 9/26 9/28

Clark Elementary 9/15 9/28

Curriculum Night- 7th/8th @ 6:00 P.M. Back to School Social Curriculum Night – 6th Grade @ 6:00 P.M. PTSA General Membership Meeting

Gibson Ek High School

Curriculum Night @ 6:00 P.M. PTA General Membership Meeting

Endeavour Elementary

Issaquah High School

9/5 9/8 9/14

Picture Day Fall Sports Begin Curriculum Night PTSA General Membership Meeting Walkabout Training

Pacific Cascade Middle School

9/5 9/6-8 9/14

9/8 9/11 9/12 9/27 9/28

Meet the Teacher @ 9:00 A.M. Popcorn Friday Curriculum Night @ 6:00 P.M.

**Be sure to check individual web sites for details and updates

9/1 9/8 9/14 9/15 9/23

First Football Game vs Eastlake Wolves @ 7:00 P.M. Picture Day Curriculum Night @ 6:00 P.M. IH PTSA Meeting @ 9:30 A.M. Homecoming Dance

Building New Schools – The Quest for Suitable Land

When residents of the Issaquah School District approved our 2016 school bond, they recognized that we are facing an immediate need to increase classroom space to accommodate current and growing enrollment in our District. To that end, the bond authorized the ISD to acquire property, build four new schools, and expand six existing schools. As stewards of your tax dollars, we work diligently to find properties suitable for new school construction. That said, we are aware that there are important issues facing our communities, including the impact of growth, traffic, and a desire to preserve existing treed hillsides.

The ISD has been building multistory schools that require less land and favor walking over other modes of transportation. However, we still need enough usable land to include playing

fields and the site must allow safe and efficient access for walkers, cars, and buses. Ideally, we look for these criteria in a location that will do the most to relieve overcrowding and accommodate future growth once the school is built. The cost of land and the cost to build on it are also important considerations. Usable property is scarce and highly desired by developers and that drives prices higher. As a last resort, eminent domain can be used to acquire property for public use. However, the legal process involved not only delays the building of a needed school, it increases the cost to build it. The district has identified several properties, including a site for an elementary school adjacent to Swedish Hospital in the Highlands, that meet our needs in terms of suitability and cost.

Join Clark Elementary PTA 2017 - 2018 Positions Available This year is full of possibilities at Clark! With a new school campus and a growing student body - it promises to be an exciting year! Clark Elementary PTA is recruiting for Board and committee positions. The theme this year is “Parent Participation.” Together, we are building the volunteer schedule to offer MANY different and unique ways to get involved. Whether you have one hour a week, or one hour a quarter - volunteering at Clark is not one size fits all - we have something for you! If interested in learning more about how to get involved, or about any of the open opportunities, please email Andi Tate, at

ISD Volunteer Background Check Process

ALL volunteers within the Issaquah School District are required to complete an online background check, application, and training. Completing this mandatory process once covers all schools within the district. Just make sure to check the boxes for each attending school. At the district level, application processing takes approximately one week for approval. Don’t delay, complete your application today!

We are building and expanding schools to accommodate current and new housing already planned and permitted. The Growth Management Act has created a definitive boundary within which residential and commercial development must occur to preserve our forests and protect our hillsides so that we, and future generations, can enjoy them. For more information, we have posted an FAQ specifically related to the Highlands property on our website under our Construction Projects tab. L. Michelle Executive Director of Communications, Issaquah School District

IMS Student Assistance Program- SAP

The Student Assistance Program (SAP) helps Issaquah Middle School kids who need a boost. Throughout the year, IMS counseling staff work with students in need of clothing, school supplies, and/ or other types of assistance. In response to our community program, the IMS PTSA created an anonymous network of IMS families to help meet those specialized needs. To simplify the process, the PTSA developed a Sign-Up Genius webpage to track special requests where everyone in the community can sign-up to provide assistance. Most recently, the PTSA delivered two sets of bunk beds and clothes to one of our IMS families. If you would like to be on our donation list to receive e-mails, or sign-up to volunteer, please e-mail IMSStudentAssistanceProgram@ Thank you for your continued generosity!

2017-2018 Reflections Art Competition

Reflections is right around the corner! The 2017-18 ISD Reflections theme is “Within Reach.” Reflections allows all budding artists to unleash their imaginative talents in creating original masterpieces. Entries may be submitted in the following areas, from every grade level: dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography, and visual arts. Students may submit up to three Reflections entries. Collection dates start in October. Be sure to check with individual schools for more details and dates! Don’t wait! Get inspired, today!

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