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6:00p Supporting Your Teen During COVID-19
Supporting Your Teen During COVID-19

Date:
Wednesday, February 24
Time:
6:00p - 7:00p
Where:
Zoom

Encore Presentation: How to support your teens’ anxiety and stress during COVID-19, as well as how to cope with the stresses of parenting during a pandemic and a time of remote learning.

Join via Zoom HERE.

Presenters' info HERE.

NOTE: This is the same as the Nov. 17, 2020, presentation. 300 person cap. A recording will be available afterwards.
9:30a Issaquah PTSA Council Meeting
Issaquah PTSA Council Meeting

Date:
Thursday, February 25
Time:
9:30a - 11:30a
Where:
Zoom

Issaquah Area PTSA Countil Meeting.

Schedule HERE with documents HERE.
6:00p Last day for yearbook submittal
Last day for yearbook submittal

Date:
Friday, February 26
Time:
6:00p - 8:00p
Where:
Online

Send us pictures of you (and your same-grade friends if in the photo) from THIS school year. They can be formal, informal, posed or candid.

Seniors can send photos from any year.

Please send the original photo in the original size (from the phone it was taken on if taken on a phone) to Mrs. Jarvinen jarvinene@issaquah.wednet.edu .

More info HERE
8:00a SAT Practice Test
SAT Practice Test

Date:
Saturday, February 27
Time:
8:00a - 12:00p
Where:
Zoom

Sponsored by IH PTSA CCP (College and Career Planning). Administered by Huntington Learning Center.

Feb 27: SAT Practice Test

March 6: ACT Practice Test

Cost $25. Scholarships available at IHPTSACCP@gmail.com .

More details to come HERE.

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WSPTA Game Development Competition DUE
WSPTA Game Development Competition DUE

Date:
Monday, March 1
Where:
Online

The WSPTA//Game Development Competition is a STEM-based program to encourage student success in computer science.

This provides an opportunity for students, up to six members, to use their creative talents and express themselves by developing a computer game. Students’ submissions are judged in the following areas: game of the year, arts and animation, game design, programming (code), and audio design.

More info HERE.
WSPTA Essay Contest Entry DUE
WSPTA Essay Contest Entry DUE

Date:
Monday, March 1
Where:
Online

Every day children are exposed to a variety of people and each one has an opportunity to influence the path a child decides to take. Whether it is someone that sparks an interest in a new topic, helps them work through a problem, shapes the kind of person they want to become by modeling behavior, simply listens to them, or any number of other actions, this is the platform for students to share their appreciation.

More info HERE
WSPTA Scholarship DUE
WSPTA Scholarship DUE

Date:
Monday, March 1
Where:
Online

Washington State PTA offers three $3,000 scholarships and one $1,000 scholarship to graduating seniors from Washington state public high schools with an active PTA, who will be starting college (either two-year or four-year) in the fall.

This is separate from the IHS Senior Scholarship found HERE.

More info HERE.
6:00p 8th to 9th Grade Transition Night
8th to 9th Grade Transition Night

Date:
Monday, March 1
Time:
6:00p - 8:00p
Where:
Online

Watch the virtual Course Selection Welcome Program (for both parent/guardians AND students)!

This video will provide a brief introduction to Issaquah High School as well as detailed information about the graduation requirements for YOU the Class of 2025.

This will also be where you learn about what courses we offer to meet your graduation requirements and will be the same date Skyward opens up for you to request your classes for freshmen year!

Stay tuned by middle school E-News!
10:30a IH PTSA Board Meeting
IH PTSA Board Meeting

Date:
Wednesday, March 3
Time:
10:30a - 12:30p
Where:
Zoom online

Meeting for the IH PTSA Board of Directors. Questions? Contact issaquahhighptsa@gmail.com .

12:00p 8th to 9th Grade Transition Drop-ins
8th to 9th Grade Transition Drop-ins

Date:
Wednesday, March 3
Time:
12:00p - 3:00p
Where:
Zoom

Issaquah High School Counselors will be available via drop in zooms from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. on March 3, 2021, in case you have questions after watching the Course Selection Welcome Video and before you enter your course requests.

They will be available to answer questions about graduation requirements and course selection so you feel confident you can complete your course requests by the due date of March 10.

Stay tuned to middle school E-News!

7:00p ParentWiser: Powerful Studying Techniques
ParentWiser: Powerful Studying Techniques

Date:
Wednesday, March 3
Time:
7:00p - 8:15p
Where:
Virtual

Gretchen Wegner’s presentation condenses the complex neuroscience of learning into a simple 3-steps.

Participants will learn the science behind effective study strategies, and walk away with an easy checklist for what to do before each test to rock your learning... and your grades!

**Middle and high school students are invited to attend with a caregiver.

Register HERE.
8:00a ACT Practice Test
ACT Practice Test

Date:
Saturday, March 6
Time:
8:00a - 12:00p
Where:
Zoom

Sponsored by IH PTSA CCP (College and Career Planning). Administered by Huntington Learning Center.

Feb 27: SAT Practice Test

March 6: ACT Practice Test

Cost $25. Scholarships available at IHPTSACCP@gmail.com .

More details to come HERE.
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Make a difference!  Join the 2021-22 PTSA Board of Directors! 

Our Board of Directors is looking for new members for the 2021-22 school year! Are you interested in learning more about the school and how the PTSA supports your student? Be involved in the process! No prior experience is necessary — just a desire to build a stronger school community!  

To learn more about available positions, please contact the IH PTSA Nominating Committee at:  IHPTSAOutreach@gmail.com .  Position descriptions are available upon request. 


Creative, Organized, or Tech Savvy?  Looking for a Senior Farewell team!

The ONLINE Senior Farewell event is a celebration of our seniors and includes performances, speeches, and short question-and-answer memories of our seniors. We need a team of parents/co-chairs willing to advertise auditions, collect virtual performances and speeches, and stitch them into a pre-recorded virtual celebration. We really want to keep this special event, but cannot do it without your help.   

Please contact Betzy at betzyjones@gmail.com or Cynthia at cynthia.lydum@conferencedirect.com for more information. Thank you for considering being part of the team to celebrate our kids!


College and Career Planning Save-the-dates:

April 1, 2021 (@ 7 PM) - Build your Interview Skills

April 21, 2021 (@ 4 PM) - Entrepreneurs

May 5, 2021 (@ 2 PM) - College Essay Writing 

More details HERE


Did you miss the last ParentWiser event with Dr. Lisa Damour on Stress and Anxiety?  You can now access the video plus resources at https://www.parentwiser.org/watch-online .  This resource is free to PTSA members.  Not a member?  Join HERE!


Senior Signs

Help your senior feel celebrated and proud by recognizing them with a personalized yard sign!  Each 18”x24” sign is $20.  Photo and non-photo signs are available.  Scholarships for signs also available.

Orders due by February 28, 2021.  Signs will be delivered in early April. For questions or scholarships, contact: Nicole Garcia or call 206-858-2517

Order HEREIf purchasing the photo sign,  upload photos HERE . 


SAT & ACT Practice tests   

SAT Practice Exam - Saturday, Feb 27, 2021 (8:30 AM) - Registration closes at 4 PM, 2/24/21.
ACT Practice Exam - Saturday, March 6, 2021 (8:30 AM) - Registration closes at 4 PM, 3/3/21.
Cost $25. Scholarships are available - email ihptsaCCP@gmail.com. Refunds are not available.
More info here.  Register here 


 Staff & Student Spotlights   

We are featuring fun information about our Issaquah High Community. Find out more about our amazing IHS staff and wonderful students!  Our next spotlights are teachers Kelly Henry and Nico Hakes and students Naomi Sneath and Christian Mohr .


Remembering Jamie Beck 

Issaquah High PTSA lost our friend Jamie Beck in December to cancer.
In addition to being a beloved mother, wife and friend, Jamie was a
selfless volunteer and served as VP of Programs two years ago and as a
committee member for the IH PTSA. Donations can be made to a 
Memorial Fund at the American Cancer Society in her honor.
She will be missed! 


Washington State PTA Competitions

Who inspires you?   

Write about them for the Washington State PTA Essay Contest (due March 1)!  IHS student Aashika Vishwanath did and won first place in the high school division in 2018-2019.   More info HERE. 

Game on!   

Got ideas for a computer game or a board game?  Then enter the Washington State PTA Game Competition (deadline March 1)!  This year’s theme is Hope.  More info HERE. 

Free money for seniors going on to college!   

Washington State PTA offers four $2,500 scholarships to graduating seniors from Washington state public high schools who will be starting college (either two-year or four-year) in the fall. 

Students may submit a scholarship application with an essay through the online form HERE. The application deadline is March 1 each year and scholarships are awarded by April 30.

More free money for those going on to college!   

Other scholarship opportunities are posted on the Issaquah High College and Career Center’s board HERE including the Issaquah School’s Foundations’ $1000 and $1500 Impact Scholarships


Zoom Bombing  

We sincerely apologize to the attendees at one of our Fall PTSA events for the Zoom bombing. We are taking this computer trespass very seriously and have consulted with school administrators and local law enforcement. As an immediate result, we are making the following changes:  instituting a Zoom waiting room, not allowing attendees to change their names, and not allowing attendees to unmute themselves (they will have to ask the host). We already do not allow screen sharing and annotation by attendees.  We will continue to discuss our security options internally.  As a PTSA, we want our areas to be safe places while making our events as accessible as possible. 

The Issaquah High PTSA supports the positive, inclusive, and welcoming environment at Issaquah High School. We stand against racism, sexism and all other forms of bigotry and intolerance.  

Sara Torelli, the IHS Mental Health Counselor, has suggested this article. 

Help Guide: Emotional and Psychological Trauma (PDF)

The Issaquah School District has provided the following resources for dealing with hate.  

ISD Resources for Teaching Tolerance 

Dear Educators: Responding to Students Using the N-Word 

ISD Racial Trauma Resources 


New to the Area?

We have a group for you!  Sign up to be paired with a New Family Ambassador HERE.   Interested in meeting those new people?  Socials happen yearlong.  Get on the list by contacting IHSNewFamilyConnect@gmail.com.  More info including the calendar HERE


New to IHS?  

Check out our webpage for guardians of 9th graders and 10-12 grade transfers, including a list of acronyms!


Community Service Hours

Students with 100+ community service hours can earn an optional graduation honor cord (due May 1st, senior year).  See Issaquah High PTSA Community Service for more info.  Submit hours HERE.


Corporate Matching  

Hundreds of local companies offer matching.  There are MANY companies that match, so please see if your company does. Claiming your match takes seconds. We’ve made it as easy for you with links on our corporate matching site.   


National PTA News 

The Issaquah High PTSA aligns with the National PTA.  Please see the National PTA's statement of Our Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity HERE


Do you PTSA? 

By joining the Parent-Teacher-Student Association HERE, you support the Angel Program, Senior Events, School Grants, Community Service, the Reflections Art Program, PTSA ParentWiser, New Family Ambassadors, and more!  You also have access to the online directory and state/national discounts such as FedEx, Great Wolf Lodge, and car rentals.  Are you a staff member?  Join HERE instead. 


Quick Links: IHS Website.  IHS COVID Bell Schedule.  ISD Family Access.  IHS Booster Club.  Issaquah Schools Foundation.  ParentWiser.  ISD Cultural & Family Partnerships.  My School Bucks-Lunch Program.  ISD Online Free-Reduced Student Lunch Application.  Senior ScholarshipsCommunity Service Hours


Support the IH PTSA: Join the IH PTSA, Pass the Hat,  Donate Here, AmazonSmiles. IH PTSA is a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations are100% tax-deductible. Join us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Questions? Contact Us