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    Thurs, May 24

    • Blood Drive at WSHS

    Fri, May 25

    • Talent Show

    Mon, May 28

    • Memorial Day Holiday - No School

    Thurs, May 31

    • Senior Awards Night - 7-10PM
    • Multi-Cultural Dinner - 6-8PM, Commons

    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

    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.

    Spring Blood Drive - Thursday

    blood driveThe spring blood drive is on Thursday, May24. Students who have donated before and students who are 18 can stop by room 211 at lunch or after school to make an appointment. 16 and 17 year old students who have never donated must have a permission slip signed by their parent to make an appointment. Students can pick up a permission form from the library, front office, or ASB office. There will be no day-of-the-drive appointments and no walk-ins.


    2018-2019 School Calendar Confirmed

    School calendarLooking to schedule a trip during the holidays? What's the last day of school next year? Seattle Public Schools has released the 2018-2019 school calendar. It identifies days that schools are in session and which days are shorter duration than normal, such as for early release. The document also identifies weekdays when school is not in session and why. Check out the calendar here.

    The 5k was a Success!

    CelebrateCongrats to top finisher Evan Williams and Johanna Erikson!!! Jeff Ursino was the top finishing WSHS teacher! Thank you to race director Linda Rackner and volunteer coordinator Amy Doll.

    A final thank you 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

    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.

    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.

    2018-2019 Athletics Packets Available

    AttentionStudents interested in playing football, girls soccer, boys and girls cross country, girls volleyball and co-ed golf should pick up an athletic packet from Ms. Yeigh in the office. Football athletes please return by May 25 to guarantee a tryout spot. All other athletes must return packets by June 15. Students must also have a current physical on file and have purchased an ASB sticker for next school year.

    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

    WSHS Honor Society Supports WS Food Bank

    Food BankA huge THANK YOU to the West Seattle High School Honor Society students who packaged up 500 lbs of chocolate (it was a rough job resisting a taste!), 33 pounds of pet food, 50 lbs of granola, and sorted/labeled 40 lbs of snacks at the West Seattle Food Bank! They also got to learn about the services offered by the food bank, including the new shopping model experience, the backpack program and more. These 14 students are awesome, and such hard workers. Can't wait to do another project next school year! Contact Dana Ross at 206-617-4563 if you are interested in organizing a service project in the West Seattle Community. #ONEWestSeattle

    Spring Sports Highlights

    A big shout out goes to our girls softball team who just finsihed up their season last week. They finished 6th in the district tourney. Also thanks to the West Seattle Eagles #2643 for their generous donation to uor softball team.

    It was a great showing for West Seattle HS athletes at the Seattle Metro LeagueWoo Hoo Championships at Southwest Athletic Complex, May 9th and 11th. The boys’ team compiled 51 points to tie defending champs O’Dea for 4th; the girls earned 34 points for 10th. The boys' team was led by:

    • Senior Cass Elliott defending his 300 hurdles title, winning in 37.76 seconds. He also placed 3rd in the 200m dash in 22.81 to contribute 16 points total.
    • Junior Rylee Farrison came up 3rd in the boys 400m.
    • Elliott, Farrison, Jackson Delaney and Alec Maroon placed 3rd in the 4x400m relay.
    • Joe Kirk-Woodbury achieved personal bests for 2nd in discus and 4th in shot put.
    • The boys 4x100m relay team of Abdifatah Jeyland, Lucas Bower, Tom Nguyen and Kahlel Kelley placed 5th.

    Girls' team highlights included:

    • Junior Chloe Cunliffe defended her pole vault title and placed 6th in the long jump.
    • Symmone Davis advanced to districts in 4 events
    • The 4x200m relay team of Davis, Madison Kipley, Sierrah Bettin, Katherine Long and placed 5th.
    • Davis, Cunliffe, Bettin and Marissa Rackner placed 4th in the 4x100m relay.

    Great job Wildcats!

    Summer Language and Leadership Camp

    languageLooking to learn a foreign language this summer? Consider signing your student up for the OneWorld Now! Summer Language & Leadership Camp. In this three-week program, students will take beginning Modern Standard Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, or Korean and earn up to 0.5 World Language credits. In the afternoons, students will participate in cultural activities and leadership workshops. There is a registration fee of $25, but all other costs (supplies, snacks, lunch, field trips) are covered by OneWorld Now! thanks to a grant from STARTALK.

    The OneWorld Now! Summer Language & Leadership Camp will take place from July 9 to the 27, 9 am to 3 pm, Monday through Friday, at Franklin High School in Seattle, WA. We will accept applications through June 15. All students (rising 9th graders through graduating 12th graders) interested in learning these languages are encouraged to apply for the program. Students can find more information and apply online. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Minju Kang at or (206) 223-7703.

    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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