Welcome Back Saints!

It’s hard to believe the 2021-2022 school year is here! We’ve been working steadily through August to prepare for the year and I’m personally excited and ready to see IHS filled with students and staff. We will welcome everyone back in person on the first day of school, Wednesday, September 1st. You can anticipate quick and responsive communication from me while we continue to navigate a large comprehensive high school during a pandemic. I also have questions about this year and remain committed to sharing any information, processes, and/or updates as they develop. For those of you that know me, I operate from a work hard/play hard mentality but student and staff safety will remain paramount to our high school.

Last year, possibly the most challenging year for us all, still afforded me many things to be grateful for. As I reflect on my first year as principal, I’ll never forget the support, grace, and encouragement I felt from the students, staff, and our parent community. Ending the year with graduation at T-Mobile park was a great experience and it gave me momentum heading into summer and thinking about this year.

IHS will remain an exemplary college preparatory high school, that brings the uniqueness of an International Baccalaureate education, while meeting the social and emotional needs of our students.

Please read below for some key announcements and updates as we return to school.

Bret Cochrun


No Taking Care of Business Days (TCOB)

We will not host Taking Care of Business days this year.  Students can pay fees and complete and return all necessary forms online. Class fees, if applicable, will be automatically updated to student accounts based on their schedules.  We encourage families to purchase yearbooks, ASB, cards and sports fees online on our website, https://wa-bellevue.intouchreceipting.com/.  Families/Students will pay class fees mid-September once schedules are finalized.

Student Forms, Information and Applications

This year, all forms, information and applications are available online.It is important that all families use the list of links below to ensure a smooth start to the school year for their student.

  1. Verify your student’s data using ParentVue, available beginning August 18th, 2021.  The data verification process is available in 22 languages other than English.
    On August 18th, families can:


    • Please contact us at dataverification@bsd405.org. You can also go to our district website to learn more.
    • If you are having trouble logging into your ParentVUE account, please contact parenthelp@bsd405.org for assistance.​
  1. Pay Student Fees (https://touchbase.bsd405.org/ )
  2. Complete Free/Reduced Lunch Application (http://bsd405.org/services/nutrition-services/free-reduced/ )(form available on August 18th)
    • All students enrolled in the Bellevue School District can receive lunch at no charge during the 2021-22 school year.  Completing the school meal benefit application to qualify for free or reduced price meals will allow your student to gain access to:
      • Fee waivers or discounts offered by the district including fees for IB and AP tests, extracurricular activities such as ASB dues, event registration, field trips, performances, social events/dances, transportation fees, athletic fees and discounted summer school tuition.
      • Community resources such as Operation School Bell, Backpack Meals and Shoes that Fit
      • Potential expansion of federal P-EBT benefits;  and
      • Uninterrupted school meal benefits for the first 30 days of the 2022-23 school year
  3. No charge for school meals this year! Breakfast and lunch is free to students!
  4. Review District Calendar (http://bsd405.org/about/calendar/)
  5. Donate Bellevue Schools Foundation (http://www.bellevueschoolsfoundation.org/ )



Laptop Distribution for students new to Interlake High School

  • Thursday, August 26th – 8am-10am during New Student Orientation

Backpack Distribution

  • It’s backpack distribution season once again!  Our community partners at Congregations for Kids will be providing us with backpacks through their Good Start Back to School Back program shortly.
  • Ms. Forbes, Family Engagement Specialist, will have backpacks available August 25th for freshmen and August 31st and thereafter for all students.

Orca Card Distribution

Freshmen – August 25th from 1-3pm

Grades 9-12 – August 26th from 8-12pm

Location: in front of school

  • Any eligible student needs to stop by to pick up their Orca Card for the first day of school
  • Students living outside the school’s one mile eligibility boundary will be eligible to receive an Orca Card
  • Orca Cards will only work on King County Metro and local Sound Transit Buses and are activated beginning the first day of school and deactivated after the last day of school in June
  • To speed up the process, please print and fill out the ORCA card application and bring it with you when you come to get your card. The application can be found here: http://bsd405.org/wp-content/pdf/transportation/Orca-Card-Application.pdf

Parking Permits

  • Students will be informed the week of August 16th if they have been approved for a parking permit.  Applications are still open.
  • Students can pay for their Parking Pass on our Online Payment Site using their school laptop, https://wa-bellevue.intouchreceipting.com/
  • Students who have purchased a parking pass can pick up their pass on Tuesday, August 31st, from 9am – 1pm

Freshman Orientation – Wednesday, August 25th

  • 9:00 am -1:00 pm: All 9th graders – Orientation (check-in starts at 8:45am)
  • 1:00pm – 3:00pm – Field Day
  • Freshman will meet & greet staff leaders and student leaders
  • Reconnect with friends and make new ones
  • Get familiar with our campus and the day to day life in high school

Freshman Parent Meeting – Wednesday, August 25th

  • 9:15-10:15 am in our Performing Arts Center (PAC)
  • Parents will hear from Mr. Cochrun and IHS Counselors and have an opportunity to ask questions

New Student Orientation and 10th grade tours – Thursday, August 26th

  • 9:00-11:00am
  • Student will meet in person to connect with staff and student leaders and get familiar with our campus

Curriculum Night – TBD, expect more information soon with a mid-September date


First Day of the 2021-2022 School Year Wednesday, September 1st

Attend all classes, 35-minute class periods with a 20-minute Nutrition Break:

CLASS PERIOD            START TIME                END TIME

Zero                                         7:00am                             7:50am

1st                                             8:00am                             8:35am

2nd*                                         8:40am                             9:20am (extra 5 min)

3rd                                            9:25am                             10:00am

4th                                            10:05am                           10:40am

Nutrition Break                    10:40am                           11:00am

5th                                            11:00am                           11:35am

6th                                            11:40am                           12:15pm

7th                                            12:20pm                           12:55pm

Changes to Interlake High School Staff

Please join me in welcoming our new staff at Interlake High School!

Abigail Asplund – Mental Heath Counselor

Shaun Aylward – Welding

Melissa Ballantyne – Special Education

Kylie Carpenter – English

Erik Derrow – Paraeducator

Reggie Friedle – Art

Miguel Gutierrez – Assistant Principal

Christopher Hosanna – Paraeducator

Rheannon Kickham – Science

Rene Lathrop – English

Cynthia Lowry – Transitions Teacher

Kyle Mckenna – Athletic Director

Kelsey Morgan – Special Education

Destini Powell – Science

Gynine Takacs – Paraeducator


Schedule Changes for Next Year

If you believe there is an error in your schedule, please fill out the schedule correction form below. Additionally, to make a schedule change, you must meet one of the six criteria:

*Incomplete Schedule.  9th and 10th graders must be enrolled in seven classes and 11th and 12th graders must have a minimum of six classes. (Open 1st or 7th period only). *Seniors missing a course required for graduation  *Prerequisite courses not completed (or previously failed) *Time conflict with a course taken at another school  *Scheduled for the same course twice *Have already taken this class.

Do not request schedule changes over email. They will not be honored. If you need to make a correction- please use this survey.

Interlake High School 21-22 Schedule Correction Survey


A Message From Our School Nurse

All students attending Bellevue School District schools must have medically verified immunization records on file with the school or a valid, Washington state immunization exemption on file.
Required vaccinations for students: English | Spanish | Chinese
Changes were made to state immunization laws in 2020—you can read about these changes here, including what you need to show medically verified records, and what types of exemptions are allowable.Students who have life-threatening health conditions, such as life-threatening allergies, asthma, seizure disorder, diabetes, etc. must have signed orders from their child’s healthcare provider and unexpired rescue medications (if needed) in place at school by the first day or they will not be allowed to attend.  Students who arrive without the required orders or medication will be sent home until their parent/guardian can bring the signed orders and unexpired medications to school.  If you have questions about whether your student needs orders and medication at school, please contact Marylee Allan RN at allanm@bsd405.org. If you would like a blank copy of an Individual Health Plan for your student’s healthcare provider to complete, you can download one here. School nurses will be back in buildings to answer your questions and help make a safe plan for your child starting mid-August.

If your child requires medication at school, you and your child’s healthcare provider must complete a Medication Authorization Form  (Formulario de autorizacion para medicamentos) even if the medication is an over-the-counter medication such as ibuprofen, Tylenol, or vitamins. Please turn in a completed Medication Authorization Form and medication labelled with your student’s name and date of birth (or with the prescription label attached if the medication is prescribed) to your school nurse.
Updates on COVID-19 will follow guidance as updated from the CDC, OSPI and local health departments and expected the week of August 16.  Check our Start of School information regularly updated information.
Thank you for helping us keep your students healthy, safe, and learning at school! 


Interested in Participating in Athletics & Activities at Interlake?

We are looking forward to a full year of Athletics and Activities for the students at Interlake High School and there are a great deal of options to choose from.  Go to http://bsd405.org/interlake/saints/athletics/ for more information about Athletics and http://bsd405.org/interlake/saints/activities-clubs/ for additional information about clubs.  *Keep in mind that fall sports begin prior to the start of school** (Football 8/18, all other fall sports 8/23)

Fall Sports Parent Meeting: Monday, August 30, 6:00 pm in the PAC – General Meeting and Team Breakouts

All Athletics programs will require all forms to be completed on FinalForms including an up to date physical clearance form and for sports that more physical a concussion protocol ImPACT test. ImPACT testing is ongoing and done through our Athletic Trainer Shauna Delaney.  http://bsd405.org/wp-content/pdf/health/sports-medical-history-physical-exam.pdf


Kyle McKenna
Athletic Director


Technology Update for Students and Families: Preparing for School

We encourage all students to plug in, turn on and log in to their school-issued iPad or laptop. This is one way to help students prepare for the first day of school. If the laptop or iPad does not turn on or students are unable to log in, they may visit the Student Tech Center for in-person support through Aug. 25. Technical support is available Monday through Friday from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Wilburton Instructional Service Center (building 6) located at 12241 Main St, Bellevue, WA 98005. Starting Aug. 26, students may get technical support from their Tech Specialist at their home school.

Read the complete message in multiple languages

Click here to also read about Devices for Returning Students (including Virtual Academy Students), Devices for New Students (including Virtual Academy Students), Technology Responsible Use Pledge and General Tech Support


The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.