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Welcome to the Issaquah Middle School 
Walkabout Program!

Greetings Awesome Walkers!

New to Walkabout?  
Mark your calendar for your one-time only required Walkabout Training: 

Thursday January 24th, 2019 at 7:00pm in the IMS Library

Walkabout needs lots of parents to keep our program vibrant and effective and we want you!  Training is once per lifetime during your children's tenure at IMS but is required before you can participate in the program.  Please join Principal Seth Adams and Walkabout co-chairs for our training this year!

Don't forgot the volunteer "paperwork" system is entirely on-line and includes uploading a picture of your driver's license.  The wonderful part is only having to fill it out once for every school you plan to volunteer in this year!

Please use the following link to begin the district volunteer application process.  


What is Walkabout?                 

The Walkabout Program at IMS is a PTSA sponsored, school supported, parent staffed program that provides a positive adult presence on campus during peak traffic times (before school and during lunch).  The additional adult presence discourages inappropriate behavior allowing students to feel safe.  It also gives parents the opportunity to volunteer in an area that directly impacts their child's safety and gives them an additional connection to a big part of their child's day.

The program was started in the Fall of 2001 by parents (Caryn Cissna & Lynnie Laks), program originator (Ken Wong) and IMS principals (Ron Thiele and Corrine DeRosa). It received a Washington State PTSA award the first year!

Walkabout receives great administrative support from our teachers and staff!

It is a very popular program among working Moms and Dads because of the flexible times to volunteer!

All IMS parents are welcome to participate after completing a one time training session!

Once parents attend a once in a lifetime training, they will receive weekly 
walkabout updates with the link to our volunteer spot sign ups.  

If you have attended training and are not receiving these emails, 
please contact us at  


Mission Statement/Purpose

To provide a positive and safe learning environment for students by having trained parent volunteers at school during high traffic times  (before/after school and lunch times) moving through the campus in pairs to discourage inappropriate behaviors and act as a positive adult presence.

The Walkabout program coincides with the Issaquah School District "Safe and Positive Environment" policy (page 23).         

Website questions or comments? Please, e-mail: WalkAbout@issaquahmiddleptsa.org


2018-2019 Walkabout Co-chairs:

Amy Cancelosi       Blyth Claeys    Jodi Freudenberger    Laura McCarthy



Written by:  Seth Adams Principal of Issaquah Middle School


Written in June 2010


I have had the privilege of observing and working with the WalkAbout program in two different schools and I have seen nothing but success.  The saying goes, “It takes a village…”  The WalkAbout program allows this saying to become a reality.  By having additional adult community members on campus there are a couple of different messages being sent.  They are:

At IMS we value student safety.  The WalkAbout parents help keep the students calm and provide a presence that encourages good kids to make good decisions.  The parents increase our area of supervision significantly and provide a presence that is encouraging to the staff and kids alike. They head off problems before they begin and model to our young learners appropriate behaviors.  Their smiles warm the spirits of students and staff alike!

At IMS we value our parents and guardians.  The students see their own parents walking around the campus and this further reinforces the message that we work together in partnership for our students’ educational futures.  Our WalkAbout parents show our kids that once they leave home, their parents still have a vested interest in their lives and it isn’t simply a matter of handing the kids off from one group of adults to another. 

Because of the WalkAbout program, our building is a safer and more encouraging environment. 




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