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Gibson Ek seeks professionals to mentor students and host "interns" Tuesdays and Thursdays. Our daytime, school-year internships allow students to explore careers and build skills as they assist with routine tasks, observe, and work on authentic projects. All fields welcome, but especially needed are in-person opportunities in technology, construction trades, automotive, culinary, and the arts — as well as general small business operations.

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Gibson Ek Graduation class of 2022
Congratulations Class of '22!

Gibson Ek is a choice school open to any ISD student looking for a more independent approach to learning. With no traditional classes or grades, Gibson Ek students learn through self-directed projects and build professional skills through internships. Our '22 graduates head toward exciting futures as they apprentice in lucrative trades, attend highly selective colleges, study abroad, or pursue degrees in the arts, engineering, and computer science, among other diverse goals.

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Administration Building, 5150 220th Ave SE, Issaquah, WA

Your child’s teacher will be teaching the district adopted FLASH (Family Life and Sexual Health) and HIV/AIDS curriculum during this school year. To allow you an opportunity to examine the instructional materials and view the videos that may be used, there will be 2 public viewings of the materials at the Issaquah School District Administration Center.

  • Thursday, October 6, 6:00 PM (presentation lasts about 1.5 hours)
  • Saturday, October 8, 9:00 AM (presentation lasts about 1.5 hours)

At the appointed time, there will be an informal presentation. Curriculum staff will be available to answer your questions. The passage of SB 5395, Comprehensive Sexual Education Bill, did not impact the District’s adopted sexual health curriculum. Our current sexual health curriculum content meets the requirements of the bill.

FLASH Instruction:

Under the Federal Hatch Amendment of 1974, all sexual education instructional materials must be available for parent inspection. Parents have the right to exempt their child from sexual health education instruction at any time. The public viewings provide a centralized opportunity to do so. While it is not required for you to attend the parent preview to exempt your child from sexual education, it is necessary to submit your request in writing to your school principal. This must be done each year. To opt out of FLASH, please email your request to opt out to your student's principal and health teacher. You may opt out of the entire FLASH unit or individual lessons.

HIV/AIDS Instruction: Please note – the process of exempting your child from HIV/AIDS education is treated separately from exempting your child out of sexual education.

In recognition of the significant threat that the HIV/AIDS virus presents to the health of the people of our nation, the Washington state legislature passed the Omnibus AIDS Bill in 1988. This law directs local school districts to provide yearly instruction to students in grades 5-12 about the pathology and prevention of the HIV/AIDS virus. The law requires that parents/guardians must preview the HIV/AIDS curriculum which is found within the FLASH curriculum, before exempting your child. This must be done each year. Click here for the opt out form for HIV/AIDS.

It is not necessary for parents to attend a public review session if they do not intend to exempt their children from HIV/AIDS instruction. Being familiar with the curriculum will enhance your ability to talk with your children about this serious health threat. FLASH curriculum can be previewed through the King County Department of Public Health at https://kingcounty.gov/depts/health/locations/family-planning/education.aspx.

Due to copyright laws the detailed FLASH lessons and units cannot be shared electronically. If you are unable to attend one of the above sessions, the curriculum materials will be available to preview in the lobby of the District Administration building during business hours, 8:00 AM-4:00 PM daily from September 19, 2022-October 21, 2022.

Session Location: Issaquah School District Administration Center, 5150 220th AVE SE, Issaquah, WA 98029.

Contact Information:

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Administration Building, 5150 220th Ave SE, Issaquah, WA

Your child’s teacher will be teaching the district adopted FLASH (Family Life and Sexual Health) and HIV/AIDS curriculum during this school year. To allow you an opportunity to examine the instructional materials and view the videos that may be used, there will be 2 public viewings of the materials at the Issaquah School District Administration Center.

  • Thursday, October 6, 6:00 PM (presentation lasts about 1.5 hours)
  • Saturday, October 8, 9:00 AM (presentation lasts about 1.5 hours)

At the appointed time, there will be an informal presentation. Curriculum staff will be available to answer your questions. The passage of SB 5395, Comprehensive Sexual Education Bill, did not impact the District’s adopted sexual health curriculum. Our current sexual health curriculum content meets the requirements of the bill.

FLASH Instruction:

Under the Federal Hatch Amendment of 1974, all sexual education instructional materials must be available for parent inspection. Parents have the right to exempt their child from sexual health education instruction at any time. The public viewings provide a centralized opportunity to do so. While it is not required for you to attend the parent preview to exempt your child from sexual education, it is necessary to submit your request in writing to your school principal. This must be done each year. To opt out of FLASH, please email your request to opt out to your student's principal and health teacher. You may opt out of the entire FLASH unit or individual lessons.

HIV/AIDS Instruction: Please note – the process of exempting your child from HIV/AIDS education is treated separately from exempting your child out of sexual education.

In recognition of the significant threat that the HIV/AIDS virus presents to the health of the people of our nation, the Washington state legislature passed the Omnibus AIDS Bill in 1988. This law directs local school districts to provide yearly instruction to students in grades 5-12 about the pathology and prevention of the HIV/AIDS virus. The law requires that parents/guardians must preview the HIV/AIDS curriculum which is found within the FLASH curriculum, before exempting your child. This must be done each year. Click here for the opt out form for HIV/AIDS.

It is not necessary for parents to attend a public review session if they do not intend to exempt their children from HIV/AIDS instruction. Being familiar with the curriculum will enhance your ability to talk with your children about this serious health threat. FLASH curriculum can be previewed through the King County Department of Public Health at https://kingcounty.gov/depts/health/locations/family-planning/education.aspx.

Due to copyright laws the detailed FLASH lessons and units cannot be shared electronically. If you are unable to attend one of the above sessions, the curriculum materials will be available to preview in the lobby of the District Administration building during business hours, 8:00 AM-4:00 PM daily from September 19, 2022-October 21, 2022.

Session Location: Issaquah School District Administration Center, 5150 220th AVE SE, Issaquah, WA 98029.

Contact Information:

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On Wednesday, October 12 all 10th and 11th grade students in the Issaquah School District are invited to take the PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test). Gibson Ek’s 10th and 11th grade students will begin the exam at 8:00 AM on campus. We expect students to finish testing by noon. 

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ISD Family Partnership Events 2022-2023

All session in English, Spanish and Mandarin. Interpreters in other languages available upon request.

Financial Aid Information Night for Families of Students in Grades 9-12

October 12th at 6:30 pm via Zoom. Sessions in English, Spanish, and Chinese. Sessions in other languages will be scheduled at an alternative time.

Presentation for high school families and students on how to get financial aid to pay for post high school education.

Topics will include information on what is financial aid, difference between aid/loans/scholarships. FAFSA (Federal Application for federal aid), WASFA (State application for financial aid), when to start the process, and what the process looks like.

Register at https://forms.office.com/r/maa3kBvySV

Noche de información sobre ayuda financiera para familias de estudiantes en los grados 9-12

12 de octubre a las 6:30 pm vía Zoom. Se ofrecerán sesiones en inglés, español y chino. También se ofrecerán sesiones en otros idiomas en diferentes horarios.

Presentación para familias y estudiantes de preparatoria sobre cómo obtener ayuda financiera para pagar la educación superior.

Los temas incluirán información sobre qué es la ayuda financiera, la diferencia entre ayuda/préstamos/becas. FAFSA (Solicitud federal de ayuda federal), WASFA (Solicitud estatal de ayuda financiera), cuándo iniciar el proceso y cómo es el proceso.

Regístrese en https://forms.office.com/r/maa3kBvySV

9-12 年級學生的經濟援助信息説明會

10 月 12 日下午 6:30 通過 Zoom以英語、西班牙語和普通話舉行説明。其他語言的説明會將安排在其他時間。

向高中家長和學生介紹如何獲得經濟援助以支付高中後教育費用。

主題將包括有關什麼是經濟援助? 援助/貸款/獎學金之間的差異的信息。 FAFSA(聯邦援助聯邦申請)、WASFA(華州財政援助申請)、何時開始流程以及流程是什麼樣的。

請由此註冊登記 https://forms.office.com/r/maa3kBvySV

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ISD Central Administration Building, 5150 220th Ave. S.E., Issaquah, WA 98029

Hello, ISD Community! Today I am excited to share my progress on the first half of my First 100 Days. So far, my work has been centered on listening and learning.

Here's a video I filmed to share a bit about how I've been inspired by our students and staff as I visited our schools and service sites

The next 50 days of the plan are focused on engaging with you. As a part of this phase, I’d like to invite all students, families, community members and staff to a Community Forum from 5-6:30 p.m. on Oct. 20 at the Administration Building, 5150 220th Ave. S.E., Issaquah. I’ll share more about the format and topics soon. 

This event will be hosted in-person only. We will have interpreters available. 

By the Numbers

175

Students

Our small student body in grades 9-12 reflects a wide diversity of goals, from college to entrepreneurship to careers in a trade or the arts.

500+

Mentors

Hundreds of working professionals have volunteered to mentor our students through on-site internships and remote career-related projects.

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Competency Areas

With no traditional classes or grades, students learn through self-directed projects, incorporating competencies in reading, writing, science, social studies and math.

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Innovation Spaces

“Exploration time” allows students to dive hands-on into 3-D printing, visual arts, science, woodworking, music and audio recording, cooking, digital media, gardening, & more.

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School Highlights & Programs

Gibson Ek students commit to a personal vision through authentic new learning that empowers them to contribute their knowledge and skills to meaningfully influence the school and community.

Principal Julia Bamba

Meet Principal Julia Bamba!

Hi, Gibson Ek families! Two of my favorite things about being a principal are our students and working with my amazing staff team. Our Gibson Ek staff care so much about our students and work tirelessly every day to bring care, energy, and creativity to the work we do at Gibson Ek. A few fun facts about me: I love reggae music, and I could eat chips and salsa forever. In my sophomore year of college, I left for a year to work construction as a roller operator. I made enough money to pay for the last two years of college, and I bought a 1983 Volvo station wagon! 

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Project-Based Model

Gibson Ek High School is a choice school open to any Issaquah School District student looking for a more independent, project-based approach to learning. With no traditional classes or grades, Gibson Ek students learn through self-directed projects, using the design thinking process to guide their work. Projects incorporate reading, writing, science, social studies and math along the way. Certificated teachers guide and assess students as they work independently. As a Big Picture school, we develop students to live lives of their own design, supported by caring mentors and equitable opportunities to achieve their greatest potential. Students graduate from Gibson Ek with the skills, knowledge and qualities necessary to be activists in their world.

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Learning Through Internship

Learning Through Internship

Gibson Ek High School students learn from working professionals whose careers match the students’ interests. Mentors have the opportunity to teach a student about the job, coach soft skills, and make a lifelong impact on a teen. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, Gibson Ek students are mentored by adult professionals, either in-person at a workplace or remotely while the student completes a project from home. Well over 100 volunteers mentor our students, from local shop owners to professionals across the country and the world.

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