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Newcastle Student Handbook

Newcastle Elementary

Safe, Kind, & Productive!

Student/Parent Handbook




8400 136TH Avenue SE
Newcastle, WA 98059

PHONE:  425-837-5800
ATTENDANCE LINE: 425-837-5800, Option 1

FAX NUMBER: 425-837-5850

Principal:  Dr. Tod Wood
Dean of Students:  Shaun Cornwall

OFFICE HOURS: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Welcome Newcastle Elementary Students and Families

Dear Newcastle Families,

Welcome to Newcastle Elementary! On behalf of our school staff and the Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PTSA), I offer a warm welcome, and hope that you find our school to be a wonderful home and safe haven for you and your child. At Newcastle, we are committed to family partnerships that allow us, together, to encourage the intellectual, academic, social, and emotional growth and well-being of each and every student we serve. Communication is key to any successful partnership, and I invite you to reach out to any member of our staff (particularly your child’s teacher!) with any questions or concerns that may arise. In the meantime, I hope that this handbook is a help to you as we begin our first steps in this journey together.

Dr. Tod Wood – Newcastle Principal  


Learning Together with Pride

At Newcastle, our students…

  • Build character as caring and responsible citizens.
  • Grow as inquisitive, independent and confident learners.
  • Acquire problem solving skills and strategies with perseverance and creativity..
  • Develop thinking skills and habits applied across content and to real life situations.

To support student growth, our staff designs the school environment and experiences to…

  • Integrate peer collaboration and support positive social engagement.
  • Guide students as they share the responsibility of their learning.
  • Design authentic learning tasks and questions that connect new concepts and skills to the world around them.
  • Identify and adjust to each student’s needs to deepen knowledge and thinking skills.

Equitable Conduct Expectations

The Issaquah School District values equity, diversity and inclusion. The district is committed to building and sustaining a welcoming school community. Our district and community are made up of people of different backgrounds, needs and perspectives. Our learning community includes people of varying races, ethnic backgrounds, abilities/disabilities, religions, ages, languages, socioeconomic status, immigration status, sexual orientation, gender expressions or identities.

Student expectations include:

  • Respect each individual, even if that person’s identity is different from your own.
  • Seek to understand your impact on others while seeking to understand other’s intent.
  • Communicate respectfully with others in person, on social media and in any other form.
  • Use what you are learning to use good judgment and make ethical and informed decisions.
  • Take responsibility for your words and actions.

We all have a responsibility to report behavior that interferes with having an equitable and inclusive learning environment that honors and respects people of all identities. If you become aware of any actions that violate the expectations above, we encourage you to speak up through one or more of the following ways:

  • Tell a teacher, staff member or other trusted adult immediately.
  • If you are comfortable and safe doing so, speak up in the moment to encourage more equitable and inclusive talk or action, and/or support those being hurt.