May 11, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. May 11, 2015
A panel of middle and high school students will discuss the results of the 2014 Healthy Youth Survey on May 28.
The Healthy Youth Initiative is hosting a free breakfast, along with presentation of the survey results and panel discussion, from 7-9 a.m. at the Issaquah Holiday Inn, 1801 12th Ave. N.W.
Issaquah Schools Foundation Executive Director Robin Callahan will serve as the event facilitator. The Healthy Youth Survey provides important results about the health of Washington state students.
Registration is required as attendance is limited to 100. Sign up at www.signupforms.com/registrations/4729.
March 31, 2015
Results from a new survey show Issaquah School District students aren’t very different from students around the state when it comes to using alcohol, drugs, cigarettes and other behavior.
At a March 25 study session, district officials shared results of the 2014 Healthy Youth Survey with Issaquah School Board members.
October 9, 2014
NEW — 10:30 a.m. Oct. 9, 2014
The Issaquah School District will join other public school districts across the state in administering the 2014 Healthy Youth Survey to students Oct. 14-17.
The survey is voluntary and confidential, and is open to students in grades six, eight, 10 and 12. It is designed to gather information and plan programs to support students in their school and in the community.
Parents and students can opt out of the survey by calling their school’s office by Oct. 10. Learn more about the survey here.
April 22, 2014
Liberty High School
Alina Nguyen, senior
“It has caused many people I know in my community to grow distant from relationships and hide from their responsibilities or problems.”
Christine Dao, junior
“I’ve witnessed families being torn down due to it.”
April 22, 2014
Everyone knows getting behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol is not only a poor choice, but also illegal.
However, many students continue to make such dangerous decisions.
In the most recent Healthy Youth Survey administered to Skyline High School sophomores in October 2012, 7 percent of students reported having driven drunk and 20 percent reported having ridden with a drunken driver within the past month.
April 22, 2014
The prevalence of substance abuse among teenagers is skyrocketing, as more youths are being challenged by emotional, mental and social difficulties.
In October 2012, the Issaquah School District conducted its fifth biennial Healthy Youth Survey among Issaquah sixth-, eighth-, 10th-, and 12th-graders. The anonymous survey asked about students’ physical activity and nutrition, drug abuse, emotional health and other “risky behaviors.” Questions regarding substance abuse made up more than half of the survey.
Today’s high school students experience laborious amounts of homework, time-consuming extracurricular activities and elevated parental expectations. As teenagers begin entering high school, some resort to substance abuse to cope with the additional stress and responsibility they didn’t face in middle school.
February 21, 2014
For Taylor Woo, a particular memory stands out from her time working at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
Woo, a Liberty High School junior, serves as a volunteer patient care liaison at the hospital, one of the largest in the Northwest. One day, she was asked to speak with an 8-year-old boy who’d been in a car accident with his parents and younger sister.
The boy was responsive, but his sister lay in coma in an adjacent bed.
“You can hear the heart monitor just beeping to her heart, and it was so hard to see,” Woo said. “It was sad how he couldn’t really comprehend what was happening with his parents.