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June Counselor Corner 

🌈Happy Pride Month🌈 

June is a time to celebrate the diversity and strength of our LGBTQ+ community. At IHS, we honor and support every student's journey and identity. Remember, your IHS school counselors are here for you—whether you need someone to talk to, resources, or support. If you or someone you love is in need of resources, The Trevor Project is a great resource and way to access supports. We are committed to fostering an inclusive and safe environment for all.  

Let's embrace love, acceptance, and pride together! 🏳️‍🌈 


Summer Wellness 

With summer just around the corner, students and families alike are looking forward to rest and relaxation. Summer can be a great time to recharge and refuel. The National Council for Mental Wellbeing has put this list of 15 summer wellness ideas and activities. Some can be done independently, some can be done as a family or with a friend, and all a great for all ages: students, parents/guardians, everyone! Click to see the list: 15 Activities for Your Summer Self-Care Checklist 

Summer is also a great time to engage in community camps and activities. Check out this list of free local camps for kids and young people in kindergarten through 12th grade from Best Start for Kids

Summer Lunch 

Registration is open now for “Summer Lunch,” an Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank program that provides groceries for the summer break including kid-friendly produce, dairy and proteins for families with children who live in zip codes 98027, 98029, 98059, 98074, and 98075 or who have children attending school in the Issaquah School District. Families can sign up online.

Summer Lunch food selection days, or “shopping” days are from 1-7 p.m. on June 27, July 11, July 25, Aug. 8 and Aug. 22. Time slots will be assigned to minimize wait times, and you will receive regular reminders throughout the summer at the email you provide. These dates are bonus grocery shopping dates, every other Thursday on the weeks that the food bank is not open for regular market shopping. On regular market days, there are no requirements, and no restrictions based on income, place of residence or other documentation. If families attend the Summer Lunch dates above and also the regular market shopping dates, they can shop once every week from mid-June to late August.

Additional details are available in Spanish, Chinese, Ukrainian, Russian and English on the food bank website.


Final Exams 

Finals exams for students in grade 9-11 start on June 11th (be sure to check the school website for half day schedules). Finals can sometimes bring on stress and last-minute cramming. Try to avoid the late-night study session the night before a final by following these 10 Study Tips For Surviving Finals Week from Point Loma Nazarene University.  

Finals Wellness and destress event June 12th: The Counseling office will host a wellness and destress event for students during finals week on Wednesday, 12th during lunch and the optional Flex, from 12:40 to 1:45. Come join us in the courtyard for some relaxing Slow Flow Yoga with Ms. Bykonen (no yoga experience necessary), Tie Dye a scrunchy or bandana, make friendship bracelets and lanyards, and create some art with sidewalk chalk. We hope to see you there! 

First page of the PDF file: CounselingJune12FestivalPoster


Seniors (12th grade): This is the time of year students start asking how to order final transcripts. All Seniors needing a final transcript (whether it be for your 4-year college, 2-year college, military branch, or any other destination) will need to complete a request through no later than 11:59 PM on Sunday, June 30.  You will need to complete a request for your transcript to be sent directly to the institution who needs it. You can order your transcript now through - be sure to select 'hold for grades', and it will be sent once final grades post. If you need Parchment access, please contact Mrs. Lipsen:  

Transcript requests made after Sunday, June 30, may be subject to longer processing times due to summer hours.  Failure to meet the Sunday, June 30 deadline could result in delayed admissions and impact your financial aid for your post-secondary institution.  If you have any concerns with this timeline, please proactively contact your college admissions officer. 

Juniors (11th grade): The last day of school, June 18th, is the last day for 11th grade students to request the removal of grades taken while in middle school from their transcript. Remember that all trimesters are removed when this request is made. For example, if a student took Algebra 1 in 8th grade and earned an A, A- and B- for Trimesters 1, 2, and 3 respectively, the A’s would be removed along with the B-. Students can use online GPA calculators to determine if they want to remove or keep the grades on their transcript (note: we are unable to help students calculate what their GPA would be if removed.) Once removed, the state does not allow us to put the grades back on the transcript, so requests for removal of middle school grades are final.   

Log into Parchment and update your “self-view” to find out:  

  • Your current GPA  

  • If you have middle school grades on your transcript  

  • Don’t have a parchment account yet? Read the directions found here.  

Visit this page on our Counseling Website under “Credits” to find the Request to Remove HS Credit Earned in MS from Transcript form or stop by the Counseling Office during passing periods or lunch to pick up a paper copy.  



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