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    Spirit Week This Week!
    Sat, Apr 7

    • Golf Tourney - Riverbend Golf Complex, 7AM
    • Baseball Classic - Safeco Field

    Monday - Friday, April 9-13: Spring Break - No School

    Fri, April 20

    • College and Career Fair

    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

    Sun, May 20

    • West Seattle 5K, Alki Beach

    This Week and Next 

    'A Chorus Line' Continues this Week

    A Chorus LineWestside Drama presents 'A Chorus Line' starting this week - April 4, 5 and 6. Tickets with reservation are $10 and will be $15 at the door. Make your reservation today by emailing tickets@westsidedrama.com. All performances will be in the WSHS theater.

    Baseball Classic at Safeco

    The High School Baseball Classic is Saturday, April 7th at 12:30PM. Come watch the Wildcats play at Safeco Field!

    April 7 - Boosters Golf Tourney

    Golf The WS Boys Basketball Boosters Golf Tournament date has been announced. The benefit will be held on Saturday, April 7 at Riverbend Golf Complex - 7AM check in. Get your foursome together and register online today! Email Coach Fazio with questions about this fundraising opportunity supporting the WSHS Basketball Program.

    WSHS Alumni Scholarship Apps Due Friday

    DeadlineThe WSHS Alumni Association Scholarship deadline is fast approaching. Submit applications by April 6 (postmark). Alumni Scholarships assist WSHS graduates who possess gifted minds and a passion for higher learning but face a financial roadblock, in furthering their formal education. You can find the application online.

    Spirit Week Kicks Off Spring Break

    Our Spring Spirit Week is this week! The week’s theme is based off of thespirit week movie “The Breakfast Club.” In the movie the stereotypical characters show that they are more than what they look like on the outside. We will be celebrating the many different “stereotypical” students of West Seattle.

    • Monday: “The Brain”
    • Tuesday: “The Artist”
    • Wednesday: “The Jock”
    • Thursday: “The Princess: Teen Royalty”
    • Friday: “The Rebel”
    We will have an all-school pep assembly on Thursday as well.

    Announcements

    Levy Info Session at Madison

    Parent MeetingPlanning is underway for two levies to be submitted to Seattle voters in February 2019. The Operations Levy, a renewal of the expiring Operations Levy, provides approximately 20 percent of the district’s general fund annual budget and supports educational programs not fully funded by the state. The Building Excellence V (BEX V) Capital Levy, a renewal of the expiring BEX IV Capital Levy, includes projects to improve safety and security needs, add space to meet growing enrollment, replace or repair school buildings and systems and fund major preventive maintenance throughout the district. Seattle Public Schools requests your input and feedback on possible projects at a community meeting being held at Madison Middle School this Tuesday, April 3 from 6:30-8:15 PM. District staff members will present information, listen and collect your input and feedback, and answer questions. The district can provide ASL and language interpreters if requested five days in advance. Email publicaffairs@seattleschools.org or call 206-252-0070 to request interpreter support. Learn about the Levy programs.

    West Seattle 5K Seeking Event Sponsors

    WS 5KThe 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.

    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 krlombard@seattleschools.org.

    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 info@ergon-se.org and visit our website.

    Budget Committee Members Needed

    Volunteers NeededThe PTSA is looking for a couple of volunteers to help on the Budget Committee. This is an easy way to help our PTSA! There will be one meeting during the evening at a mutually agreed upon time the week of April 16. They can email wshsptsatreasurer@gmail.com if they are interested.

    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 westsidewildcats1111@gmail.com 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 beth@triggweb.com 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 information is available through the WSHS counselors and Ms. Patman.Link Crew

    Link Crew Applications Due Thursday

    Link Crew is an awesome leadership opportunity for students in 10th grade. Link Crew is a high school transition program that works to train high school juniors and seniors as peer mentors (Link Leaders) for incoming 9th graders, and these mentors serve as positive role models and help guide the freshmen through a successful transition to high school. Learn more about the Crew or contact Ms. McCarthy, Link Crew Coordinator.

    Be Inspired - Volunteer for Special Olympics 2018

    Special OlympicsSpecial Olympics USA is creating a powerful team of 10,000 volunteers to provide their time and talents to produce the USA Games and to help amplify the Special Olympics message of diversity, unity and inclusion. From sports competition and special event assistance, to emergency management and behind-the-scenes operations and logistics support, volunteers of every skill and experience level will be essential to the success of the USA Games. Volunteers of all ages are welcome; volunteers younger than age 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Positions will be available from June 29 - July 7. Please join us! For info about volunteering or other involvement, call 206-900-9490 or visit 2018 Special Olympic USA Games-Seattle. The deadline for volunteer registration is April 14.

    Skills Center Summer Programs

    Summer LearningSummer Skills Center courses are open to all Seattle Public Schools' incoming 9th-12th graders. Skills Center is a free program to provide hands-on classes in real-world career fields. Courses range from an exploration of aerospace technology, where students learn how to build, service and modify aircraft and aircraft components, to an introduction to recording arts. Classes are held July 9 - August 3 from 11:30AM - 4:15PM at various locations. Contact your

    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.

    QUICK LINKS

    Westside Weekly - Monday, April 2, 2018
    Contact:  csrogers@seattleschools.org 
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