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    Tues, April 24

    • Career Connections Showcase - 6-8PM, Commons

    Thurs, April 26

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

    Sat, April 28

    • Boys Basketball Golf Tourney, Rivers Bend - 7:30AM Tee Time

    Tues, May 1

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

    Mon, May 7

    • Holocaust Speaker - 10:55AM - 12:25PM, Theater 
    • PTSA Meeting - Elections and Budget Vote - 7PM, Library

    Fri, May 11

    • Flashback Friday 2000s Spring Fling Tolo - 8-11PM, Commons

    Sun, May 20

    • West Seattle 5K, Alki Beach

    This and Next Week

    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

    Golf Fundraiser Rescheduled to Apr 28

    GolfDue to poor weather conditions, the WSHS Boys Basketball fundraiser has been rescheduled. The NEW DATE is April 28th at Riverbend Golf Course in Kent, WA. Tee-off will be at 7:30AM. Single golfers and foursomes are still being accepted. Purchase tickets now to reserve your space. Contact coach Keffrey Fazio with any questions, It is sure to be a fun day!


    Teacher Appreciation Week - Support Requested

    teacher appreciationOur PTSA is supporting and celebrating our staff the week of May 7-11. Each morning, teachers will be treated to coffee and treats. Parents are encouraged to add to the celebration by bringing or sending in a breakfast item or afternoon snack to share in the staff room. Bring items to the office starting Monday.

    Garage Sale Benefits Senior Grad Night

    garage saleWSHS is hosting a garage sale on May 12 during the West Seattle Yard Sale event. All proceeds benefit our Senior Grad Night Event. the sale is Saturday from 9-1PM. Parents and students in need of service hours are needed to provide items and work the event. Contact Amy Doll at or Catha Elder at to arrange a donation or sign up to volunteer.

    Spring Fling Tolo Scheduled

    danceStudents are planning a Spring Fling "Flashback Friday" Early 2000s dance on Friday, May 11 from 8-11PM in the Commons. What's a "Tolo" you ask? It's a high school dance where the gals ask the guys..... You're welcome! Tickets are $10.

    Holocaust Speaker to Visit WSHS

    You're InvitedHolocaust Speaker, Peter Metzelaar will be coming again to tell his story of survival during World War II. Peter was raised in his early childhood in Holland, but lives right here in West Seattle and is the grandfather of one of our students. Parents are encouraged to join our sophomore World History classes to hear his story. Peter's talk will be held on May 7 in the WSHS Theater from 10:55AM to 12:25PM. Please RSVP to, and give yourself time to get a visitor’s pass at the Main Office.

    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 

    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.

    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!

    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.

    Student Opportunities

    Summer Opportunity with Youth Heritage Project

    Experience the majestic beauty of the North Cascades, while learning about its historic environment, this summer at the Washington Trust’s Youth Heritage Project! This multi-day program will explore the balance of protecting historic and environmental resources, summer learningand the role of national parks in historic preservation.

    YHP is an annual field school that connects high school students and teachers to historic, cultural, and natural resources in Washington. YHP engages students hands-on as they expand their knowledge about historic preservation and develop an understanding of how cultural resources affect a community. The Washington Trust seeks to engage younger and more diverse audiences in historic preservation offers the program free of cost to accepted applicants in order to have as diverse a group and collection of ideas. Any entering or graduation high school student are encouraged to apply for this unique opportunity July 10 - 13.

    WSHS Social Studies Teacher Renee Phelps has participated in this program 3 of the last 4 and highly recommends it to any and all students interested in the outdoors, history or the Pacific Northwest! Visit their website for more information! Applications due 5/31.

    Youthforce Hosts Teen Employment Fair Saturday

    Job FairThe Teen Employment Conference is about providing unique learning and career building opportunities. This is a time for students to invest in themselves, expand their knowledge, meet new people, explore new career paths, challenge themselves, and have fun! This event being held at Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club (4520 MLK Jr Way S) will feature onsite interviews, career and college preparedness training, free lunch and snacks. This FREE event is open to all youth age 14-21. Register online today and attend Saturday, April 28 from 11-3PM!

    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 inf

    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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