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ISA Survey: This is your chance!

ISA (International Spanish Academy) Committee 2016 Survey
Your input would be greatly appreciated. Please respond before Feb 27th.

We’re interested to know what you think of the ISA program, and to gain your feedback and ideas.

The District announced at our Parent Education Meeting in December that there will be changes in the final year of he Program surrounding credit levels.  We have learned that this is a result of a UW policy change. We especially need to hear from High School Parents!!!
Please click the button below to start the survey. It should only take a few minutes of your time.

Thank you for your participation!
ISA Committee

First Parent Night of 15/16 is December 10th!

Please join us for the first parent night of the school year. It will take place on:

December 10th

6:30 pm

Newport High School Library

We will have representatives from Newport, Interlake and Sammamish High Schools to talk about their Spanish language courses. Also speaking is:

Paris Granville, World Curriculum Developer for the Bellevue School District

And the ISA Committee will update you on things we are working on. Think…study abroad opportunities for our kids!

Please pass this information along. Remember we do not have a mailing list of ISA parents. All parents welcome!!

Spain’s Ministry of Education’s Visiting Teacher Program

The Ministry of Education of Spain oversees the ISA Program. They have a number of other amazing programs that we will begin highlighting. As this is on our minds with the departure of Sarah Soares at Tillicum, we will start with the Visiting Teacher’s Program. Teachers in Spain are interviewed and vetted for the program and various schools across the US can hire them for short term contracts (no more than 3 years is my understanding). They come with a J1 visa, the cost of which is covered by the school district or school who hires them.

This is from their Facebook Page today (search Education Office of Spain-USA if interested):

“The recruitment week for the Visiting Teachers from Spain who will teach in U.S. and Canadian schools during the 2015-2016 school year is currently underway in Madrid. We are thrilled to have the participation of numerous school district and state education administrators who are interviewing candidates.”


According to Ana Garcia de Jalon, the Ministry representative here in WA, our state sent a representative from the Highline School District to participate. A Highline school currently employs a visiting teacher.

The Bellevue School District has never hired a teacher from this program.

What do you think about this idea? What would be advantages and disadvantages? Please comment below. We may send a general snapshot of our comments to Tillicum or perhaps to all school for future reference.

Also, we’ve had a couple of email discussions with Mr. Peterson at Tillicum with regard to the recruitment process to replace Sra. Soares. If you have questions about the search, please ask and we’ll get back to you. If you don’t wish for your comments or questions to be public, please email

Map of ISA Schools in the U.S. Here is a link to a map of all the ISA schools in the country. Please let me know if you have issues with the link.

New ISA Committee!!

Thanks to the Puesta del Sol Elementary PTA, the 2014-2015 year now has an International Spanish Academy (ISA) Committee. The committee serves all levels of the ISA program: Puesta del Sol Elementary, Tillicum Middle School and Newport High School. Here are our goals:

1. To educate the parent population on ISA related topics such as benefits, school choices, testing and opportunities.

2. To ensure that communication between all three schools is streamlined and consistent and to develop a web presence with all pertinent ISA information in one place.

3. To cultivate cross school activities that benefit all three age groups.

4. To provide financial assistance to students for ISA related endeavors.

Potential programming/endeavors this year will include:

1. Resource Nights (2 per year) – topics could include language acquisition, ISA and what it means, making school choices throughout the ISA process, international and local summer opportunities.
2. Cross School Activities – could include conversation sessions, tutoring, book fairs or movie nights.
3. Scholarships – could assist students with the DELE test fees or other ISA related endeavors.

We are in the beginning stages and the committee could use your advice, assistance and expertise. Please contact Jodi Wilson at if you have an interest in getting involved.

Also, we hope this site is one you will visit often. Make comments and share ideas – that is all part of our mission as a committee.

Last but not least, please help us by taking this quick poll on what you would most like to see this year. If you just couldn’t decide, choose one on the poll and leave a comment on your second choice.