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    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

    Wed, May 23

    • Multi-Cultural Dinner - 6-8PM, Commons

    Thurs, May 24

    • Blood Drive at WSHS

    Fri, May 25

    • Talent Show

    Thurs, May 31

    • Senior Awards Night - 7-10PM

    Sat, June 9

    • Prom "Somewhere Beyond the Sea - 8-11PM, Ballard Bay Club

    Fri, June 15

    • Last Day for Seniors

    Thur, June 21

    • Class of 2018 Graduation!

    Fri, June 22

    • Last Day of School - 1 Hour Early Release

    This and Next Week

    Special Ed PTSA Meeting - May 1

    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.

    PTSA Meeting: Budget and Election of Officers

    The PTSA will be holding elections at the 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.

    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.


    Naramore Art Show Highlights

    NaramoreSupport Seattle Public Schools (SPS) artists by viewing the Naramore Art Show! The show celebrates more than 200 artworks by our middle and high school students at the Seattle Art Museum’s Community Gallery. The show will end on May 27. The awards ceremony will be held on May 4 from 6-7PM and will include refreshments and guest speakers.
    West Seattle students Emma Brown, Christa Ursino, Daykia Knight, Geraldine Valenzuela, Zoe Steers, Yonjae Choi, Nathaniel Thompson, Rueben Gut, Ashly Brown, Emma Foulk, Daphne Lee and Quinn Fitzgerald will have work in the show. Congrats students!

    Talent Show Auditions

    Students will audition for the Talent Show after school this Wednesday, May 2. The Talent Show will be held the evening of May 25 - more details to come.

    Seeking a Home for Andrea, Mattia and Alice

    exchange studentJoin the Ergon cross cultural exchange program and host Andrea, Mattia or Alice in the next school year! The Italian family will offer your son or daughter a direct exposure to Italian culture through an all-expenses paid summer vacation in Italy and Ergon sponsors the flight! Andrea enjoys soccer, skiing, biking and is a well-rounded, independent young man. Mattia loves the outdoors and any sport. He is an only child who would love a temporary host sibling. Alice is sensitive and determined girl with a passion for art and drama. She enjoys nature, pets and sailing. Students are fully insured and arrive with pocket money for all expenses. Interested families should e-mail and visit the website.

    Teacher Appreciation Week - Support Requested

    Our PTSA is supporting and celebrating our staff the week of May 7-11. Each morning,Thank You 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.

    Hanging Basket Sale Ends May 9

    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.

    West Seattle 5K is May 20!

    WS 5KRegister now for the West Seattle 5k! The walk/run is Sunday, May 20 with a 9:00 AM start time. Save $5.00 on registration now through May 7th using code MAYDAY5. West Seattle students run for just $15 with code WILDCATS10 valid on youth registration only. Plus, be entered to win a $25 Salty’s Gift Card if you register before May 7th. Register today at

    The West Seattle 5k is our Spring Fundraiser to raise much needed funds for West SeattleWS 5K Shirt High School supported by the PTSA. Proceeds from previous events have been used to improve math, science, music, drama and communications at West Seattle High School.
    You do not need to be a runner to participate. Walkers are welcome, as well as strollers and leashed dogs. This is a family friendly event on a flat course. Those who love to run can shoot for a PR on our fast course and a shot at some great prizes from West Seattle Runner, Coastal Surf Boutique and Salty’s on Alki.

    Thank You WS 5k Sponsors!

    A big shout out to our 2018 sponsors! Thank you to Erik Bell for the awesome tech t-shirt design. Please support them by visiting their businesses.

    • CHI Franciscan Health - Premiere Sponsor
    • West Seattle Health Club – Premiere Sponsor
    • VCA Animal Hospital – The official Canine First Aid Center – yes, leashed dogs are welcome in the race!
    • Metropolitan Market
    • Therapeutic Associates Physical TherapyThank You
    • Elliott Bay Brewing
    • West Seattle Autoworks
    • West Seattle Runner
    • West Seattle Blog
    • Colburn Law
    • Dr. Solbel
    • Brett McCandlis Brown & Conner – Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Lawyers, PLLC
    • Shine Agency
    • WebCami
    • Saffron Key
    • Coastal Surf Boutique
    • Salty’s Seafood Grills
    • Alki Mail & Dispatch
    • Swifty Printing
    • ImageSource

    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.

    Summer Schedule for Football Released

    Students interested in participating in summer football and next year's 2018-2019 football season should note the following dates shared by the athletic department. Students will need to complete a fall athletic packet and purchase an ASB sticker. Ms. Yeigh in the main office will accept packets now through Friday, May 25.

    • May 25 - Athletic Packets Due 
    • May 29 - Mandatory Parent Meetingfootball
    • May 30 - June 30 - Spring Ball
    • July 9 - August 8 - Speed and Strength Program
    • August 15 - 30 - Fall Camp
    • August 31 - First Game

    Student Testing

    AP Exam Schedule Posted

    Get Ready! AP Exams will be held May 8-12 in the school library and theatre.

    • Tues, 5/8 Afternoon - Physics
    • Wed, 5/9 Morning - English Lit
    • Thur, 5/10 Morning - US Government
    • Thur, 5/10 Afternoon - Environmental ScienceAP Exams
    • Fri, 5/11 Morning - US History
    • Fri, 5/11 Afternoon - Computer Science Principles
    • Mon, 5/14 Morning - Biology
    • Tues, 5/15 Morning Calculus
    • Tues, 5/15 Afternoon - Computer Science
    • Wed, 5/16 Morning - English Language
    • Thur, 5/17 Morning - World History
    • Thur, 5/17 Afternoon - Statistics

    SBA and WCAS Online Exams

    lightbulbELA and Math Smarter Balance Assessments for all Sophomores will be held Thursday - Friday (Math) and Tuesday - Wednesday (ELA) May 24, 25, 29 and 30. Students taking the ELA will need to bring headphones. Running Start students need the WCAS and SBA as a graduation requirement and should plan on taking the exams at WSHS. Anyone with questions about the exams or schedules please contact your student's counselor.

    Student Highlights and Opportunities

    Raku Returns to WSHS


    Ceramics classes have enjoyed learning and experimenting with the Raku pottery technique. This week classes fired their original pieces with beautiful results. The PTSA granted funds to hire an artist from Seattle Pottery Supply to come into the class to work with the students.

    New Camp Long Summer Day Camp Announced

    summer campA unique opportunity at Camp Long will be offered to youth ages 12-15. This camp introduces students to wilderness survival, backpacking skills, first aid, environmental science, and more. Campers will also get to build their weekly schedule Monday morning each week ensuring campers are working on skills they want to focus on. SurvivorQuest starts the week of July 2nd and runs for eight weeks. Each session lasts five days, Monday through Friday. Sessions cost $325 with scholarships and sibling discounts available. Call Camp Long for more details 206-684-7434.

    Service Learning Opportunities

    Service LearningMake sure your student doesn't wait until the end of the year or even worse the end of Senior year to get those service hours. There are many opportunities available now and ongoing. Visit the service learning webpage to download the service learning form and review some of the upcoming service learning 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.

    Senior Class News

    Last Minute Cap and Gown Orders

    cap and gownStudents who have not ordered their cap and gown, must pay shipping to have them delivered directly. Visit the Herff Jones site and Shop by School. The 'Cap and Gown Unit' is the only thing required for graduation. The price is $49 and includes cap, gown, stole and tassel. Students who barrowed the gown can order only the stole and tassel package for $29.95. If your student ordered their cap and gown with the group, they will be delivered on May 2 and can be picked up during lunch in the Commons.

    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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