Programs and Services
The district offers a variety of programs for students with various learning needs, including Multilingual English Learners, Title 1 and highly capable students. These services are based upon the same foundation of curriculum, instruction, and assessment provided for all general education students. In collaboration with Special Education, Career and Technical Education, and at-risk partners, these offerings constitute a full continuum of student services supporting our belief that in the Issaquah School District, all children can and do learn powerfully.
In this section of the Community Report, you will find highlights from the 2020-2021 school year. However, we encourage you to explore Programs and Services on our website to get a more comprehensive overview of the programs that support student achievement. For more information about student activities, student and family programs, student achievements, and more, please visit our News page.
Issaquah School District Nurses Help Provide Vaccine Clinic
Team members across the district joined together to host a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Issaquah Middle School, to provide staff members doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Hundreds of staff members were able to receive the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine as one of the key elements important to mitigating the risks of COVID-19.
The vaccine has continued to help protect our staff and the community, and it helped us safely get our students back into schools as soon as possible. Learn more about the clinic in our First Week of ISD Vaccine Clinic YouTube video.
Thank you to all the staff and volunteers who made this clinic possible!
V.O.I.C.E. Mentors Continue their Positive Influence on ISD Kids from a Distance
Like so many things over the course of the global pandemic, Volunteers of Issaquah Changing Education (V.O.I.C.E.) Mentor Program was forced to make some difficult changes, but the program’s committed staff and volunteers didn’t let that stop them from having a positive impact for students.
During the pandemic, many volunteer mentors met with their students remotely by Zoom, and even more exchanged emails, cards, letters, drawings and other mailed correspondence with their students.
V.O.I.C.E. Mentors are adult and high school-aged community volunteers who connect one-on-one with ISD students who can benefit from a relationship with a caring adult or older student. In past years, mentors and students have met weekly and spent their time together working on academic progress, social skills, emotional development, or whatever else could benefit the student.
To learn more about V.O.I.C.E.’s efforts to connect with students during the pandemic, check out Liberty High student Rachel Matteson’s article in Liberty’s Patriot Press.
Career and Technical Education and Secondary STEM Programs Participate in Hour of Code
Career and Technical Education (CTE) Computer Science Discoveries students at Maywood Middle School participated in the Hour of Code! Students who completed the hour were awarded a “Certificate of Completion” to show their accomplishment in learning more about coding. CTE teacher, Anisa Zareh-Mohazzab, shared some of the fun examples students created during Computer Science Education week:
Computer Science concepts, including computational thinking, are skills students can utilize in nearly any subject.
The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code," to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts. This grassroots campaign is supported by more than 400 partners and 200,000 educators worldwide.