Spotlight on Success: July 17, 2020
Issaquah School District Re-Opening
Planning Underway for Fall 2020
For the past few weeks six work groups comprised of dozens of Issaquah School District staff, students and parents have been developing a reopening plan for ISD schools this fall. Superintendent Ron Thiele calls it a “re-imagining plan.”  The delivery of instruction and creation of learning opportunities, either in-person, remotely, or in a hybrid model, is complex and challenging work, especially in this dynamic environment.

The plans being considered by the work groups are built around the current recommendations from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) offered in the Reopening Washington Schools 2020 District Planning Guide. Those recommendations include guidance from Department of Health, Labor and Industry, Occupational Health and Safety Administration, and the Center for Disease Control providing constraints and considerations on physical interactions. Further, we abide by the updated Governor’s Proclamations and our own District Regulations, which include an equity lens.

Plans must be approved by our elected School Board and then submitted to the State Board of Education and OSPI. The District plans to make our recommendation to the ISD School Board during the July 30, 2020 meeting. 

New Student Trustees Appointed for 2021 Fiscal Year
We are thrilled to announce and extend a warm welcome to our new incoming Junior Student Trustees!

Megha Mishra, Gibson Ek HS
Chembe Fontama, Issaquah HS
Dhruv Naik, Liberty HS
Jamil Islam, Skyline HS

These students will represent the interests of their school and student body, as well as the Foundation impacts in their community. They exhibited thoughtful communication, avid listening, and passion for advocating for education and meaningful change. 

Our new Junior trustees will join our team of Senior Trustees in serving Foundation impacts within their school communities. Welcome back to our Senior leadership!
Connor Hyde, Gibson Ek HS
Kathryn McIntyre, Issaquah HS
Cassidy (CJ) Applegate, Liberty HS
Katy Manning, Skyline HS

As we enter another semester of some physical separation and new ways of learning, we are confident our team of Student Trustees will continue to help the Foundation find ways to bridge gaps in education and engage social connection in our high school communities.
Upcoming Parent Education Events
Aug 13, 2020
Equip yourself with tools to get a successful tech plan for your family in place before school starts! Doreen Dodgen-Magee PsyD, psychologist with 25 years of experience working with individuals and groups, will supply us with a variety of solutions to fit our families’ needs. While the effects of technology differ at each point of development, real changes to the brain, relationships, and personal lives are well documented. Doreen will explore these alterations and offer a realistic look at how we can better use technology and break away from the bad habits we’ve formed.

Sept 14, 2020
What and when are our kids learning about race and bias? Not sure how to handle complicated conversations at home? Rosetta Lee, local educator, diversity consultant and activist, will explain what racial concepts are absorbed at what age and provide straightforward language on how to introduce hard topics like race, bias, diversity, and inclusivity. She will teach us how to process our childrens’ points of view and methods to develop intentionally inclusive children. Rosetta will close with advice on how to incorporate lessons of respect and tolerance in day-to-day activities before leaving time for Q&A.

How much do your teens know about race and racism? In what ways do our students experience the effects of implicit bias? Does your family want to know how to be an ally? Join Rosetta Lee, local educator, diversity consultant and activist, for an evening full of age-appropriate tools on how to address the complexities of race, racism, privilege, bias and inclusivity. Walk away with increased confidence and tools will help you handle tough topics and conversations for years to come with your teen. Q&A to follow. Students in grades 6-12 are encouraged to attend with supervision. 

2020 Summer Reading Program
Join us Wednesdays for Summer Reading Program!

2020 Summer Reading Program: Wednesdays at 1:30pm and 6 pm – July 22nd thru August 12th (6PM Sessions Online via Zoom).

COVID-19 guidelines are in effect, our in-person meetings will be for a small group, and a zoom meeting will be offered in the evenings, registration is encouraged.

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Tools4School Sign Up and Donations
Tools4School is a partnership between the Issaquah Schools Foundation and Issaquah Food & Clothing bank to provide new backpacks filled with basic school supplies for Issaquah School District K-12 students who need financial support.
You can help by donating a school supply kit, backpack, or both here:
If you are in need of a backpack with school supplies, please register at:
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