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 December 2015 PTSA Newsletter 

Dear Issaquah High School PTSA members,

December always begins with a flurry of activity, and this past month has been no exception for the IH PTSA.

The week before Thanksgiving we hosted a Newcomers Night and a Reflections Reception, and held a Saturday Mock ACT exam.  We provided staff meeting treats and Senior Exit Interview snacks. The Angel Committee continued to serve the students at IHS.The Grants Committee concluded their first round of grants, Special thanks to Grants Committee Chair, Sally Feldman and her committee for vetting and presenting the grant applications and thank you to all PTSA members for providing funds to enrich student life at IHS.
  • A grant of up to $775.00 was awarded to Holly Whiting, drama teacher, for the rental of a scenic backdrop for use by the drama class and the technical theater class in the presentation of the Spring Children’s Show.  
     
  • A grant for $1525 was awarded to Kelly Crickmore, IHS Librarian, for an upcoming author visit to Creative Writing and Language Arts classes and all interested students during a lunch time presentation.
Last Friday at the General Membership meeting we received updates from Neil Lasher, Keri Dean, Erin Connolly, and Andrea McCormick.  We approved two grants, filled seven boxes of food for the Issaquah Food Bank’s Lunch for the Break program, and adjourned at 11:34!
 
As the IH PTSA closes their binders in preparation for the first Winter Break, we send you warm wishes this holiday season and hope you have a wonderful New Year.


Sincerely,

Becky Gordon and Bertina Loeffler Sedlack
IHS PTSA co-Presidents
 

REFLECTIONS ARTS RECEPTION

November 17, 2015 IHS Commons


This year, over thirteen students submitted their artistic reflections upon the theme: "Let Your Imagination Fly". Please enjoy some of the Visual Arts submissions below. Also represented were Literature submissions by Ruby Fulford and Lauren Rosen.
 

District-wide reception:

Tuesday, January 12, 6:30-8:00pm
IHS Commons

Issaquah High School will host the Issaquah School District PTSA Reflections Open House, displaying all the works that advanced on in the competition. This will be a great opportunity to see the district-wide contest submissions that are moving on to State Reflections.  
Contact Leah Gibson (redleah@mindspring.com) or Tiffany Aske (askefamily@comcast.net) with any related questions.
"Developing Butterfly" by Ina Min
"Freedom to Express" by Priyanshi Rastogi
 "Sonic Escape" by Darynn Lung
"Imagination Flies Up High" by Priyanshi Rastogi
"Two-Toned" by Darynn Lung
"Unlock Your Cage" by Sayaka Kenmochi
"Imagination Takes Flight" by Ashlyn Aske
"Icarus" by Cameron Unson
THINKING ABOUT COLLEGE: WHAT MATTERS? 

Many high school seniors and their parents are heavily into the college application season. Colleges are being considered, ranked and evaluated on multiple parameters. How well regarded is the school? Who teaches most of the courses? How nice are the residence halls and lab facilities? How competitive is the school? How much financial aid is available?

Click here to continue to the National PTA's article on these engaging questions, and resources for parents.
   COLLEGE PREP 
 
MOCK TESTS   
TAKING THE ACT OR SAT THIS YEAR?  Sign up for a practice test first!  Only $25 at Issaquah High.  Six Saturdays throughout the year.  Find one that's right for you!  

The registration deadline for the February 6, 2016 ACT Exam is January 8th. Register for the real ACT exam first, and then sign up here for the IHS ACT Practice Exam on January 9. 

Our practice exams simulate the actual test environment to prepare for the entire experience. That is why we offer them on Saturdays at 8:00am -- just like the actual exams. Results will be emailed 7-10 business days later. Discover your strengths and weaknesses in the subject areas, then study accordingly! 

Email IHPTSAMockExams@gmail.com with your questions.
 

PREP CLASS
Issaquah High PTSA, in partnership with Kaplan Test Prep and Eastside Fire and Rescue, is offering a weekend ACT Prep Course Sundays beginning Jan 31st through April 3rd (skipping Feb.14/ Winter break and March 27/ Easter Holiday).  The course is taught by expert, Kaplan-certified instructors.
 
All classes will be held at Eastside Fire and Rescue Headquarters - 175 Newport Way N.W. –Issaquah, WA 98027
Additional details and
registration information can be found here
For questions regarding Winter College Prep Classes please contact: Jeanne Simon, 5imonsays@centurylink.net
Outstanding Stand-outs
It's time for Golden Acorn nominations

Do you know a volunteer, advocate or teacher who has really exemplified the spirit of Issaquah High School? Your PTSA would like you to take a moment and nominate individuals in the three categories: Outstanding Advocate, Outstanding Educator, and Golden Acorn. Shine a light on those who make IHS a great school!
  • The Outstanding Advocate Award honors individuals for their continued and dedicated advocacy for all children and a demonstrated commitment to helping create strong policies relating to the health, welfare, safety, and education of children and youth. OAA Form.  Due Feb. 12, 2016
  • The Outstanding Educator Award is your chance to say thank you to the teacher who has gone above and beyond, and provided a positive influence to your student.  Nominations will be accepted until April 8, 2016. OEA Form.  
  • The Golden Acorn Award honors people who have given exemplary volunteer service to children and youth in our school community, and is an excellent way to honor PTSA members for their contributions to our organization. Golden Acorn Form. Accepted until Feb. 12, 2016
Email the form to the Awards Chair, Sandi Lum at sandi4ihs@gmail.com or return the form to the IHS office (attention “PTSA Awards Chair”).
 

Are you ready to Stand up, Speak up and Show up?

Join Washington State PTA in Olympia for the 2016 Focus Day on Wednesday, February 3, 2016. We have reserved the Columbia Room, 1st floor of the Legislative Building as a place to gather, share information and prepare for the day's events.

Bring your family and friends to meet with legislators and to rally in the main capitol building's Rotunda at noon. 

An event agenda will be posted in mid-January. Please watch the WSPTA website and Leadership News.


https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wspta-focus-day-2016-registration-19893269304

MESSAGES FROM OUR COMMUNITY

Adjusting School Start and End Times Under Consideration

The Issaquah School District has received numerous requests from parents and community members asking for a later start time for our high school students. In response, the Superintendent directed senior staff to study the issue from an operational and financial standpoint with the following parameters. March 1, 2016 will be a decision date for the following proposition:





















If you are interested in communicating your thoughts, please send an email to BellTime@issaquah.wednet.edu. We will make certain you receive an invitation to participate in the online Thought Exchange. http://issaquah.thoughtexchange.com/invitation/

YOU'RE INVITED!
2016 School Bond Kickoff Event
Who:   Volunteers for Issaquah Schools (VIS) 
What:  School Bond Kickoff Event
When:  Tues., January 19, 2016   7-8:30PM 
Where: KCLS Service Center, 960 Newport Way NW, Issaquah, 98027   (directions)
 Here is the document that outlines Three Reasons Why we Need a School Bond Now
This event begins the informational and organized roll out for the upcoming April 26, 2016 School Bond.  
If at any time you have campaign questions, please contact Dawn Peschek dawn@visvote.org or Alicia Veevaert  alicia@visvote.org  

April 26, 2016 School Bond factual info can be found at http://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/2016-school-bond-feasibility 
and campaign details on the VIS website: http://www.visvote.org/
Influence the Choice
  • Influence the Choice Drug Prevention Alliance for Youth is currently seeking someone to fill a short-term contract to assist with the planning and implementation of their 4th Annual ITC Video Contest.
  • The potential contract would be between 5-10 hours per week from now until April 2016 (and could be beyond depending on funding).  Duties would include promoting the contest, working with student and teachers submitting videos, planning and overseeing a judging of the video submissions, and coordinating with the staff and students planning an Awards Ceremony.   There would be some evening meetings for the planning team involved however most work should be done through emails, phone calls, etc. 
  • Contact Project Coordinator Pat Castillo at pat@isdfn.org  if you are interested in applying for the contract.
Parent Seminars presented by Issaquah PTSA Council at Skyline HS:

Topic: "Safe Dating: Talking to your Teen" January, 19, 2016 at 7:00pm
Skyline High School Library
Students welcome with parents

 

Also...

January 6, 2016 - 6:30 - 8pm at Skyline HS:  

Thomas Guskey, author of “On Your Mark” among other publications, will be speaking to parents of the Issaquah School District about grading practices.

The Issaquah School District administration has brought him for 2 days to speak to our educators, and he will stay for an evening to speak to parents as well. Peruse a copy of his book and come hear new ideas about assessing student learning! Relevant for parents of any aged student in our district.

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