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Superintendent Tow-Yick bumps elbows with a fifth grader at Creekside while participating in the class's morning meeting.

Dear Issaquah School District Community,

Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year! I’m thrilled to be joining you in the ISD, and can’t wait to build upon the great work that students, staff, families and community members have done together through the years. I feel deeply honored and grateful for the opportunity to serve as your new superintendent. If you haven't already seen it, please visit my First 100 Days Plan page to read about what I'm hoping to learn from all of you in the coming weeks and months.

As part of that plan, I’ll be visiting buildings, classrooms and departments throughout the district and attending community events – I look forward to meeting and talking with you! Until then, to share a few highlights about myself, I began my career in education teaching English and U.S. History, and have worked in multiple school district and nonprofit organizations including Mukilteo School District, Providence Public Schools, New York City Department of Education and Teach For America. Two of my core values are equity and excellence, rooted in my culture and my upbringing. I am Chinese American, and was raised by a single mom with the support of our extended family. I spent a lot of time with my maternal grandmother and grandfather when my mom worked at the family restaurant on weekends and at night. My mother, grandmother and grandfather always engaged in the work of building community and helping others, something I seek to emulate.

From what I’ve learned about the Issaquah School District Community, there is already a strong sense of excellence for academic programming and achievement. The members of the Superintendent's Cabinet and I will seek to uphold and grow those. As you know, it will be important to provide the necessary supports and services to help catch up those students who have missed learning over the past two years, while at the same time supporting students who are further ahead to accomplish their goals and dreams. I also look forward to working with all of you to ensure that the programs and activities we offer our students – and that we invest our financial resources in – are ones that work.

The ISD community is already on a journey of engaging in more equitable practices, and that’s another path I hope to contribute to and learn from alongside all of you. I enjoy reading about and learning from others about their life experiences, and I invite you all to join me in that pursuit, so that we can work together to provide better access for our students through an equitable lens. We will continue to support our students in the ways that they each need as individuals, from mental health services to social emotional learning.

I am committed to listening to all voices, and to two-way communication. Let’s work together to identify our priorities, then use those priorities to help align our business operations and our educational programming work. I am looking forward to connecting with you and continuing to build our community together, with vision, shared understanding and purpose.


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Heather Tow-Yick

Superintendent Announcements

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To gather a broader range of feedback about experiences and perspectives from community members, Superintendent Heather Tow-Yick launched four Thought Exchange discussions after the Community Forum on Oct. 20. The feedback shared at the forum was entered into the Thought Exchanges, which will close at midnight on Thursday, Nov. 3. 

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At this week's Community Forum, Superintendent Heather Tow-Yick wants to hear from parents/guardians, staff and community members about their experiences and perspectives within the district. She'll ask those who attend three questions, including what they envision their child's life to look like after they graduate from high school. The forum will be from 5-6:30 p.m. on Oct. 20 at the Administration Building.

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The Issaquah School Board held a regular meeting Thursday, Oct. 13, at the Issaquah School District Administration Building. Topics discussed and action taken included the approval of Monitoring Report EL-11, review of a Work Study about the Monthly Financial Report, and a report about Middle School Athletics.

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Read More about Board Recap: Oct. 13, 2022