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    Tues, April 17

    • Junior SBA Testing
    • FAFSA Event -      6-7PM, Library

    Fri, April 20

    • College & Career Fair - 9AM - 12PM, Commons

    Tues, April 24

    • Career Connections Showcase - 6-8PM, Commons

    Thurs, April 26

    • Teen Mental Health Panel, 5:30-7:30PM - WSHS Library

    Tues, May 1

    • SPS Sped Ed PTSA Meeting - 7-9PM, John Stanford Center

    Mon, May 7

    • PTSA Meeting - Elections and Budget Vote - 7PM, Library

    Sun, May 20

    • West Seattle 5K, Alki Beach

    This and Next Week

    SBA Testing Starts Tues for Juniors

    TestingSpring SBA testing for those Juniors who have not previously passed the Math and English language exams will take place Tuesday and Wednesday in the school library. Affected students have been notified that this is a graduation requirement. Students with last names A-L will test in the morning and M-Z in the afternoon. Review the school website for the exact times. Sophomores will take SBA exams beginning May 24. For any questions regardingtesting, email Amy Doll.

    Senior FAFSA Support - Tuesday

    FAFSACongratulations, you’ve completed Your FAFSA! Now what? Once your FAFSA has been processed you should receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). You can also view your SAR by going to and logging in, using your FSA ID. Select ‘View’ or ‘Print your Student Aid Report’ from the ‘My FAFSA’ page. Corinne Soltis from South Seattle College will be here to help WSHS parents and students better understand their Student Aid Report. Corrine is the Financial Aid Director at SSC, and she will cover the following topics, as well as answer your questions.

    • The different types of financial aid
    • What is required to keep financial aid
    • How to understand financial aid award letters
    • Determining which financial aid package is best for your student

    Please join us in the WSHS Library on Tuesday, April 17 from 6 – 7 PM, for valuable information about your student’s SAR and options for college financial aid. Light snacks will be provided.

    College & Career Fair for Students - Friday

    Career ChoiceFrom 9:45AM - 12 noon, our College and Career Center will be hosting more than 30 representatives from 2- and 4-year colleges and universities, 15 technical/vocational programs, local government agencies and representatives from South Seattle College's 13th Year Promise Scholarship program. This is a big event for our 9-11th grade students - encourage your student to attend at their appropriate timeslot.

    Career Connections Event Announced

    WSHS will hold their “Career Connections: A Student Showcase” event on Tuesday, April 24. Over 100 students in the Career Tech Education and Art Departments will showcase their skills and products related to professional and technical fields.

    Join UsWSHS’s academic programs feature teaching and learning with hands-on, project-based instruction. CAD design, woodworking, culinary, IT, auto mechanics, ceramics, photography, music, health and human services programs will be highlighted. Seattle Skills Center’s Certified Nursing Assistant program is also housed at WSHS. The event will be held from 6 - 8 PM in The Commons. The WSHS Jazz Band will provide music. Donations for WestSide Baby will be accepted.

    Student Mental Health Panel - April 26

    Mental HealthYou are enthusiastically invited to join our WSHS Student Health Council for their Spring 2018 Mental Health Panel, on Thursday, April 26th from 5:30 to 7:30 in the Library! Our students will speak about their experiences with mental health, for the purpose of educating parents, staff, and community members about how to work with adolescents struggling with anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, and other mental health issues. Our panel now occurs in the Fall and Spring, and students will address different topics in each session (topics TBA). Ben Berger, one of our Neighborcare Mental Health Therapists, will introduce and facilitate the panel and a Q&A session with the students. Any adult who is important in the life of an adolescent can benefit from hearing from our brave and insightful students! Questions? Contact Kari Lombard (School Nurse) at


    Hanging Basket Sale Benefits Girls Basketball

    Hanging BasketJust in time for Mother's Day! Celebrate spring and support the WSHS Girls Basketball team by purchasing a gorgeous annual hanging basket for $30. Tomato plants are also available 2 for $5. Chooses from Petunias, Fuchsia (shade), Million Bells, Geraniums, Bachopa or Mixed Sunny Annuals. You can pay online or send in a check made payable to the Booster Club. Download the order form and chose your favorite for your Mom or your front porch! Orders are due by May 9.

    PTSA Membership Chair Sought for 2018-2019 School Year

    The PTSA will be holding elections at their May 7 meeting. Below are the nominees for the elected positions:

    • Vikas Luthra - PresidentVolunteer
    • Cause Haun - Vice President
    • Miki Fly - Treasurer
    • Jen Watt/Gina Allen - Co-Secretaries
    • Need Nominations - Building Leadership Team Member

    The PTSA is also looking for a volunteer to serve as Membership Chair. Review the role description on the PTSA website. Contact Julie Howell if you are interested. This is a limited role which is perfect for someone who has a small amount of time to spare. Computer user is required.

    Register for the West Seattle 5K - One Month Away!

    RegisterThe West Seattle High School PTSA is proud to present the West Seattle 5K Run/Walk on May 20th this year. Please consider supporting our event this year by sponsoring at one of the levels indicated below. Sponsorships may also be customized to meet your organization's goals for giving. We welcome our community of sponsors. We are also looking for help in sponsor solicitation. To become a sponsor or for more information, please contact Linda Rackner.

    Skills Center Summer and School Year Programs

    MegaphoneThe Seattle Skills Center applications for next school year (for students 16 to 20 years old) and for this summer are both available online. Just a reminder, the summer courses are free, students earn .5 HS credit, and are open to incoming 9th graders through 12th graders (seniors who are not graduating may take a summer course). We emphasize hands on learning, field trips, guest speakers, and career exploration. Summer Skills Center will run from July 9 to August 3rd, 11:30am to 4:15 pm, Monday through Friday. Bus tokens or Orca cards will be provided. Learn more and apply online.

    An Invitation to Italy!

    ItalyJoin the Ergon cross cultural exchange program and host an Italian student next fall semester or school year! The Italian family will offer your son or daughter a direct exposure to Italian culture through an all-expenses paid summer vacation. Ergon sponsors the flight! Ergon specializes in a rigorous selection process ensuring that students are academically strong, responsible, and proficient in English; we devote great care to matching students with host families. Students are fully insured and arrive with pocket money for all expenses, including recreation activities and vacations. Host parents are happy to share their experience with you. To learn more, please email and visit our website.

    Purchase Yearbooks OnlineYearbooks

    This year, you will be able to purchase a student yearbook online with the new Schoolpay system. Yearbooks are $55. Reserve a copy of the yearbook today - your student will thank you!

    Not too Early to be a Wildcat Football Fan!

    WSHS Wildcats fan gear is new for 2018! Beanies, hoodies and t-shirts are available forfootball purchase ahead of the 2018 football season. Attention Madison families - get your rising 8th grader started now! Go Cats! Email to arrange purchase with cash or check.

    WSHS Night at Safeco - Mariners vs. Astros

    The WSHS Baseball team is selling 1000 tickets to an upcoming Mariners game in order Marinersto continue a tradition of playing at Safeco in 2019. Buy your tickets today! 100 or 300 level tickets. $40 or $20 tickets are available to purchase. Email to arrange ticket pick up. Donations are also welcome if you can't make the game. All tickets purchased buy not resold will be donated to local youth organizations. The game is Tuesday, July 31st at 7:10PM - Mariners vs. Astros.

    Special Education Corner

    SPS Special Ed PTSA Meetings

    The Seattle Special Education PTSA is made up of Seattle area parents, educators, friends, Special Educationand students with disabilities. We strive to be a racially, culturally, and socio-economically inclusive group that is representative of the students we serve. We have regular meetings throughout the school year. These meetings are often attended by SPS Special Education administrators (sharing new information and answering questions from parents and staff) and feature guest speakers from a variety of areas related to special education. Please consider joining us. See our website for more information. All meetings are 7 - 9 PM in the auditorium at the John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence, 2445 3rd Avenue South. Please join us at one of our upcoming meetings on Tues, May 1 and Wed, June 13.

    SPS Special Ed Parent Partner Program

    Attention ParentsThe Seattle Public Schools Special Education Parent Partners Program assists parents and guardians of students with an IEP (Individual Education Plan), to navigate SPS, the IEP process, and to access community resources. This program connects trained and experienced Parent Partners with parents and guardians who want support in their child's IEP and special education process. It is the goal of this program to foster an atmosphere of family/professional collaboration in special education in Seattle Public Schools. To request the services of a Parent Partner or to get more information about the program, please email or call 206-252-0794.

    Student Opportunities

    Biliteracy Testing Could Earn Language Credit

    Do you know a current WSHS 11th or 12th grader who is able to read, write and speak in a language other than English? WSHS will be offering a testing date to evaluate world language proficiency on May 19 from 10 AM - 1 PM in the library. Almost any language can be tested although students must know they will need to have the the equivalent of about 7th grade proficiency to take the test. Between 1-4 world language credits may be biliteracyearned and applied to the student's transcript as well as the potential to receive the seal of bi-literacy from the State of Washington. Students interested in taking a test must sign up with Ms. Patman in room 221 either before school or during 2nd lunch (no exceptions!) on or before April 20. We anticipate having another testing date in the fall for those students who are not yet 11th or 12th graders or those individuals who would like more time to practice working in the language for which they'd like to test. Additional 

    Senior Class News

    Ticket Prices will Rise Again on May 1 - BUY NOW!

    Grad NightATTENTION SENIOR PARENTS! The WSHS Annual Grad Night Party planning is underway! Our Grad Night party keeps your student safe while allowing them to have a fun night out on the town with their classmates. This is a chaperoned, all night party filled with activities, music, selfies and memories to be cherished. The cost of grad night is currently $100 per ticket, prices will increase to $150 on May 1st and $175 on June 1st, so buy now. Grad Night is June 21st this year. Download the registration form and learn more.

    Scientific Scholarship Announced

    scienceWe have recieved notification that, Dr. Shahram Salemy - a board-certified plastic surgeon in Seattle, will offer $1000 scholarship to a college-bound senior interested in the sciences. The written application includes a personal statement, 3 references and an interview. All applications are due by May 31. For more information and application, visit their website.

    Scholarships Availablescholarships

    The WSHS Counseling team keeps a current list of available scholarships on their website. Check it out! You would be surprised at how much FREE money is available for the taking! Apply now!

    Important Info for SeniorsClass of 2018

    Senior year brings lots of additional activities and deadlines. Download the Class of 2018 Senior Letter and make sure you stay on top of it all.


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