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    Thurs, May 17

    • IEP Parent Night - 7-8:30PM, Library

    Sun, May 20

    • West Seattle 5K, Alki Beach

    Wed, May 23

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

    Thurs, May 24

    • Blood Drive at WSHS
    • Multicultural Night - 5:30, Commons

    Fri, May 25

    • Talent Show

    Mon, May 28

    • Memorial Day Holiday - No School

    Thurs, May 31

    • Senior Awards Night - 7-10PM

    Sat, June 9

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

    Wed, June 13

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

    Fri, June 15

    • Last Day for Seniors

    Thur, June 21

    Fri, June 22

    • Last Day of School - 1 Hour Early Release

    This Week/Next Week

    Yearbook Shout-Outs

    Class of 2018Due to requests from parents to recognize students in the yearbook pages, we are doing a special two page spread with parent shout-outs for graduates. If you have a graduating senior and would like to send a congratulations message, please send your message to Please keep messages no longer than two sentences. Messages must be sent by
    Wednesday, May 16 by 2PM in order to be featured.

    IEP Parent Night - Thursday

    Parent MeetingThe 2nd IEP Parent Night will be held on May 17 at 7-8:30 PM in the WSHS Library. Families of students with IEPs are invited to discuss your experiences and needs and to hear updates from Principal Vance and the Head of the Special Education Department, Mykenna Ikehara.

    Especially with 2018 registration processes going on and ensuring smooth transitions in September, we hope to hear from you about making those processes work as well as possible for you and your students. I will also provide updates on progress we have made on topics that were brought up at the last meeting:

    • Our students/families need systems *in GenEd* for obtaining accurate and complete information about HW assignments and tests.
    • Our students need GenEd teachers to allow different methods/strategies for demonstrating competence.
    • Families need to be involved proactively in decision making about courses and location of services, and need accurate information about their options.
    • Status of Unified sports.
    • IEP classes detract from students’ abilities to meet the 24 credit requirement.

    Contact the WSHS SPED PTSA Liaison, Anne Sheeran, for more information at

    AP Exams Continue this Week

    Almost Complete! AP Exams continue this week in the school library and theater.

    • 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

    West Seattle 5k Next Sunday - Sign Up Today!

    WS 5KLooks like it will be a gorgeous day for the 5k! It’s the last week to register for the West Seattle 5k, Sunday, May 20th – 9:00 a.m. start time at Alki Beach. The West Seattle 5k is our Spring Fundraiser to raise much needed funds for West Seattle 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. We need your support! West Seattle Students run for just $15 with code WILDCATS10 valid on youth registration only. 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. Come support West Seattle High School on Sunday, May 20th. The weather is calling for sun and you’ll be rewarded with an awesome T-shirt.

    We still need volunteers on Saturday for packet pick up and Sunday during the race. Email Amy Doll to sign up!

    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

    SBA and WCAS Online Exams - NEXT WEEK

    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.



    Senior Project Judges Sought

    Volunteers neededIt’s May already, and the class of 2018 is preparing to take flight. The last big assignment for them is the 10-minute oral presentation of their research for their senior project, a West Seattle High School tradition for over twenty years, and a requirement for their senior English Language Arts class. This year, popular student project topics included reducing use of plastics, gun violence, teen resources for mental health, gender inequality in the workplace, particularly in the areas of STEM and politics, increasing diversity in advanced classes and the Highly Capable Cohort, and more. If you are a parent of an underclassmen or rising senior, this would be a great way to see what senior project is all about, and give feedback to current seniors for all their hard work. There will be five presentation days: June 4 - June 8. The presentations are from 3:45 to 6:45 each day. Sign up a friend and then go out for dinner afterwards.

    If you are interested in judging, email to sign up for a shift.

    Senior Graduation Night Party Chaperones Needed!!!

    VolunteerPlease consider volunteering to help chaperone our Senior Graduation Night Party. The party is a safe and fun way for our seniors to celebrate all night long with their friends immediately following graduation. We welcome parents, guardians, aunts, uncles, grandmas, grandpas as chaperones; we need chaperones to make the party happen! We especially encourage parents/guardians/relations of juniors to chaperone and see what the party is all about, since their children will be seniors next year! Chaperones can volunteer to help for the entire evening of June 21, or take a shift from 9 PM to 2 PM or from 2 AM to 6 AM. Please contact Catha Elder at or 206-941-7490 or Amy Doll at or 206-252-8813 if you would like to chaperone.

    Recognize a Staff Member and Volunteer!

    NominationEach year the WSHS PTSA gives an Outstanding Educator and an Outstanding Volunteer Award. The Outstanding Educator recognizes individuals who have gone beyond the normal expectations of their jobs to make the learning environment fun, beneficial and challenging. An outstanding educator could be a teacher, assistant, custodian, administrator, or community member. The Golden Acorn Award is presented to a volunteer in recognition of his/her dedication and service to children and youth. Award winners receive a pin and a certificate from the Washington State PTA. Their names are added to a plaque on display in the WSHS office, and PTSA contributes $65 in each winner’s name to the Washington State PTA Scholarship Foundation, which provides scholarships to post-secondary students. Please help us identify outstanding educators from our WSHS community for this special award. Our awards committee will review your nominations and make the final selections after Friday, May 18. Return your completed form to the WSHS office or email it to Amy Doll at Download Golden Acorn and Golden Apple forms and make a nomination today.

    Guns and Safety Resources for Parents

    Be SmartBe Smart School Outreach visited our last PTSA meeting and make a presentation about kids, guns and safety. For those who were not able to attend, the PTSA website has the handouts available for your reference. Download them from the website today and learn how to help keep our students safe.

    Public School Funding Survey

    Speak UpHelp WA State plan our budget requests to the Governor and the Legislature! Your feedback will help the OSPI as we develop a budget that moves our public schools from “basic” funding toward a system better designed to meet the needs of all learners. Please take five minutes to complete the entire survey – your feedback will be invaluable. The survey will remain open until Friday, June 8. Take the survey now.

    Host a Student from Madrid this Summer!

    Attention PleaseThe Homestay program has two groups of Spanish and Basque students coming to Washington this summer. This is a great program for families in Washington who have teens at home. Since students on immersion programs don't have scheduled classes or other group activities, they are available to join you in all your favorite summer activities...whether that means biking around the neighborhood, meeting your relatives and friends, or joining host siblings at summer camp. The teens are looking forward to speaking English and to experiencing everyday life as part of your family. There are two sessions: June 22 to July 13 and July 2 - 26. Learn more and apply today.

    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 Highlights and Opportunities

    Students Visit Author at Benaroya Hall

    Teachers Sean Riley, Lou Jurcik, Joy Patman, and Colleen Carlson took 45 students to seeStudent Activities Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Viet Thanh Nguyen, at Benaroya Hall. Put on by Seattle Arts and Lectures, students listened to Nguyen discuss the writing process, the Vietnam War, and the role of memory in American history. According to junior, Isabel Ortiz, “The biggest thing I got was to be proud of where you come from, and not suppress your identity, even if a society tries to make you suppress it.” What a great experience for the students.

    Teen Activity Opportunities

    Please notice thisOutdoor Opportunities (O2) is an outdoor expedition program designed to expose multi-ethnic, high school teens ages 14-19 to environmental education, urban conservation, and stewardship. O2 strives to create an environment for community leadership and empowerment via workshops, service projects and outdoor excursions, all of which are free for our students. O2 offers summer stipend programs as well as fun activities throughout the year. More information and the application can be found online.

    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.

    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 for the final meeting of the school year on Wed, June 13.

    Senior Class News

    Ticket Prices will Rise Again on June 1 - LAST CHANCE!

    Grad NightATTENTION SENIOR PARENTS! The WSHS Annual Grad Night Party planning is underway! Our Grad Night party keeps your student safe

    Class of 2018

     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 $125 per ticket, prices will increase again to $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. Th

    e 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!


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