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Issaquah Highlands School Spotlight: December 2021

School Spotlight

Be Prepared for Emergency Weather Closures

As we enter the winter weather season, it’s important to prepare for school delays or closures.

ISD Superintendent to Retire

On Nov. 9, ISD Superintendent Ron Thiele announced his decision to retire at the end of the 2021-2022 school year. The ISD School Board held a special meeting on Nov. 30 to discuss the important qualities and characteristics of the next ISD superintendent and solicited community feedback. The board will continue to discuss the superintendent search at the next school board meeting on Dec. 9.

ISD Levy Feedback Requested

On Dec. 2, ISD held the first Levy Development Committee meeting. The Levy Development Committee will consider the proposed content, total cost, and tax impact of three ballot measures: an Educational Programs and Operations Levy (formerly called the Maintenance and Operations Levy), a Capital (Technology and Critical Repairs) Levy, and a Transportation (Bus) Levy.

The ISD Levy Development Committee needs your input! Please email your thoughts to and all 42 members of the committee will get a copy of your email.

Issaquah Schools Foundation Update

The Issaquah Schools Foundation (ISF) was thrilled by the community support for its first-ever Monster Mash 5K. From business sponsors and race day volunteers to participants in festive costumes, it was a great morning to come together for Issaquah students. Check out race photos here: ISF looks forward to next year’s race.

As we move into winter, ISF heads into grant season. Teachers and staff were invited to submit grant requests in November; ISF will judge those requests and announce winning grants in January. ISF is excited to announce Student Academic Grants will return in the new year. This program aims to improve accessibility to academic support services for Issaquah students. Stay tuned for application details in January.

These programs wouldn’t be possible without the support of the community. ISF would like to thank everyone who “Stepped Up for Kids” this fall. Here’s to bright things ahead in 2022!

Part-Time Online Learning Program Accepting Applications for Spring 2022

Is your high school or middle school student interested in taking an asynchronous (self-directed) high school online learning course within or in addition to their school schedule? ISD Online Learning is accepting Spring 2022 applications until Jan. 24, 2022. Find more information on the ISD website.

Chelsea Musick is a member of the Issaquah Highlands Community Fund Board of Directors, and a Central Park resident.