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Join Cornell Atwater, Executive Director, and Ellie Roberts and Tanvi Shah, two of our Student Trustees, as they share more about NEM and this week's focus on Academic Support!
Join some of our district students as they share their stories about what school was like during remote learning and some of the academic obstacles they faced. They will also share how the Issaquah Schools Foundation’s programs, funded by your generous donations, has helped them find success as they headed back to the classroom.
Natalia shares her family’s story about receiving academic support from programs that the Issaquah School Foundation provides thanks to your generous donations!
Natalia’s son, Nico, was struggling in school until Natalia reached out the Foundation. After receiving a Student Academic Grant, Nico participated in a tutoring program that allowed him to pass math, gain self-confidence, and achieve future academic success.
Join Rich Mellish, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning Services, as he explains how the Issaquah School District provides multi-level tiered support systems to accommodate for each student in the district by providing the teachers, time, and services that each student needs to achieve academic success. Rich will also touch on how before and after school learning programs, funded by your donations, support our students, along with a new literacy program called , which support student learning and helps to overcome reading struggles.
Stay tuned as we proudly present Dr. Dana Bailey, Assistant Superintendent of Special Services with the Issaquah School District. She offers her insights on what impact the pandemic and remote learning has had upon students in general education, and those that benefit from special service support as it relates to academics. Dr. Bailey also shares some of the academic resources available for the families in our district and how the Issaquah Schools Foundation supports those resources.
Join Rachel Hines, one of our Student Trustees, as she shares more about NEM and this week's focus on Mental Health & Social Emotional Support!
Join some of our district students as they share their stories about what school was like during remote learning and some of the mental health & social emotional obstacles they faced. They will also share how the Issaquah Schools Foundation’s programs, funded by your generous donations, has helped them find success as they headed back to the classroom.
Natalia shares her story as a Learning Needs Specialist for the Issaquah School District. Natalia participated in the Youth Mental Health First Aid® session. Youth Mental Health First Aid helps to build knowledge, skills, and awareness of resources to support students experiencing mental health challenges.
Natalia shares how participating this Foundation-funded training has helped prepare her to help our students in their path to success.
Holly Stipe, Middle School Teacher at our newly opened Cougar Mountain Middle School (CMMS) shares her story about Where Everyone Belongs (WEB). She speaks to the importance of this program and its impact upon the emotional and social well-being of students in building their confidence, character, leadership skills, and friendship connections.
Holly is proud to lead the WEB program at CMMS where she selects 8th grade leaders to then become mentors for incoming 6th graders and help them find their place in the school community.
Dr. Nathan Brown, psychologist and data scientist with TrueBearing Consulting, shares a summary of the recent Healthy Youth Survey (HYS). The HYS is a statewide, collaborative effort of the Office of Superintendent of Public Education, the State Department of Health, Health Care Authority, and the Liquor and Cannabis Board. The survey asks students their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors pertaining to a variety of health and safety topics, including school climate and community safety, anxiety and depression, substance use and abuse, and healthy eating habits, and physical activity.
Because 1 in 5 youth will experience a mental health challenge, it is crucial that adults know how to identify, understand, and respond to young people showing signs of mental health or substance use concerns. Youth Mental Health First Aid® training helps to build knowledge, skills, and awareness of resources to support students who are experiencing mental health challenges. Training sessions are led by mental health first aid instructor Michelle Brode, who shares her expertise and years of experience working in schools, supporting students, staff, and parents. Educators who attend also receive clock-hours towards their certification.
Join Alicia Spinner, our Cultural Bridges Manager, and Megha Mistra, one of our Student Trustees, as they share more about NEM and this week's focus on Equitable Access to Educational & Community Resources!
Hi, I am Alicia Spinner, Cultural Bridges Manager. I have the privilege to work every week with amazing families from our district, making sure all of them have the resources that their children need to succeed at school and thrive in our communities. I am honored to present to you this week some of the students and parents that we assisted this last year. Watch their videos and read their stories. They are excited to be included in this event and very thankful to our donors for their support! Join Echo, a Gibson Ek High School student, Naydeline, a graduate from Issaquah High School, and Yeni & Rita, Issaquah Valley Elementary parents as they share their stories with you!
Naydeline Daniela Gutierrez Cruz:
The Foundation’s Tools4School program annually provides 1,000 backpacks filled with school supplies for Issaquah School District students who need financial support. Backpacks and supplies are provided by the Foundation to each school so that they can offer them to the students who need them.
Alaina Sivadasan, Executive Director of Equity, and Lorna Gilmour, Family Partnerships Specialist, share their thoughts on our week 3 topic, Equitable Access to Educational & Community Resources. Alaina and Lorna share the gaps that they noticed working with families through the pandemic and how the district, in partnership with the Issaquah Schools Foundation, has supported our students' transition back into the classroom.
Did We Miss You? Here's the Month in 8 Minutes!
Thank you so much for joining us online for Nourish Every Mind 2022! Each week in May, we digitally dedicated and delivered a special focus on our students’ needs in the form of Academic Support, Mental Health & Social Emotional Support, and Equitable Access to Educational & Community Resources!
Watch the video above to view this week’s parent/community poll results and view how your Foundation support translates into programs and resources for our students.
You make a difference! Join us in providing students in all 26 schools of the Issaquah School District with the programs and resources they need to succeed and reach the promise of their potential. We can’t do it without you!
Join Druv Naik, one of our Student Trustees, as he shares more about NEM and this week's focus on Our Vision Forward – Making a Positive Impact!
As a young student, Amita was initially introduced to the Issaquah Schools Foundation through the VOICE Mentor program, which was founded by the Issaquah Schools Foundation in 2004 and is now a permanent, district program. In middle school, she went on to play the baritone Saxophone (supported by funding from the Foundation’s fine arts fund) and then proceeded to join the Robotics club in high school! Watch now to hear more about what makes her an "ISF Kid!"
Did You Know? The Issaquah Schools Foundation Funds Programs From STEM, the Arts, and Classroom Enrichment Grants at Your School?
As you’ve seen throughout the month, the Issaquah School’s Foundation provides funding derived from your generous donations to a number of programs at each of the 26 schools in the Issaquah School District. Watch some of these amazing videos featuring Foundation-funded programs such as robotics, classroom enrichment grants, and after school homework help!
Join our former Board of Trustees President, Jenell Tamaela, as she shares some of the Issaquah Schools Foundation's past successes and future goals. Jenell also sums up what we have focused on over the past several weeks and how we can work together as a community to keep our students' needs first! Watch what she has to say!
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