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    Tues, May 29

    • Mandatory Parent Meeting/Football - 6PM, Theatre

    Thurs, May 31

    • Senior Awards Night - 7-10PM
    • Multi-Cultural Dinner - 5:30-8PM, Commons

    Thurs, June 9

    • Field Day - 1:30-3:20PM

    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 ReleaseThis Week/Next Week

    Mandatory Parent Meeting for Football - Tonight!

    parent meetingThe West Seattle Football program is having their kick off and mandatory parent meeting tonight at 6 PM in the theater. All parents of players who want to be members of the team must attend this meeting. The coaches will review policies, schedules, rules and expectations. Don't miss it!

    Honoring Seniors - Thursday

    Awards NightSenior Awards Night will be held on Thursday, May 31  at 7 PM in the West Seattle High School Theater. All seniors receiving an award or scholarship will receive an invitation, but the event is open to all families. If your senior receives an invitation, please plan to join them for this special evening.

    Multicultural Potluck - Thursday

    Strength in diversityThe end of the school year is sneaking up on us, and there is one thing we need to do before the end of school. Namely, we need to invite YOU to attend and participate in our Annual Multi-Cultural Potluck! Please join us at 5:30 and bring an entree, salad, dessert or snack tray (enough to serve six people) to share. Your dish can express your culture, or it can just be something that you like, and want to share – no pressure here. If you are not able to bring food or a beverage, please come anyway to enjoy food and conversation. This potluck is about building community, making new friends, and spending time with old friends. Our potluck will be held at the same time as our Senior Appreciation Night, so please, if you are going to Senior Awards Night, plan to come a little early, and enjoy some food and fellowship. If you are NOT going to Senior Awards Night, please feel free to stay in the commons for relaxation and FUN! Next year, we will plan a Multicultural event closer to the beginning of the school year, so come with your ideas for that as well. Join us!

    Deadline Extended - Nominations Needed!

    please and thank youWe only received 2 nominations for the Golden Acorn and Golden Apple awards given by the PTSA. We know there are more deserving candidates out there so the PTSA decided to extend the deadline in hopes that more entries would be shared. Please consider completing the short nomination form today to recognize someone who has gone beyond the call of duty in their support of students at WSHS. Download the form today - deadline extended to Thursday, May 31. Return your completed form to the WSHS office or email it to Amy Doll at asdoll@seattleschools.org. Download Golden Acorn and Golden Apple forms and make a nomination today.

    Lost and Found Overflowing

    Lost and FoundWarmer weather means the lost and found is overflowing. We have coats, shoes, lunch boxes, glasses, keys, and water bottles galore - all will be available in the Historical entrance from May 31 through June 4. All unclaimed items will be donated to local charities.

    Announcements

    ASB Field Day - Volunteers Needed

    VolunteerThe ASB has gotten approval to host a Field Day on June 7 from 1:40-3:25 PM! There will be a stage, carnival games, inflatable games and food. We are looking for parent volunteers to help with serving ice cream and cotton candy and working the game booths. If anyone can stay to help break down the event, that would be appreciated as well. Contact Angela Ferda at 478-396-7042 or aaferda@seattleschools.org. Help us make this event a big success for our students!

    Message from our Attendance Office

    Attention PleaseUnfortunately, there are times when it is not possible to complete all the updates to attendance by the end of the day. This results in you receiving an automated notification that your student has an unexcused absence. Please allow a 48-hour window for processing and then check the Source. Using the Source, you can confirm that the absence was excused. If the absence is still unexcused after the 48-hour window, feel free to contact the Attendance Specialist so that we can resolve and correct any errors or omissions.

    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.

    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 kwhopkins@seattleschools.org to sign up for a shift.

    Senior Graduation Night Party Chaperones Needed!!!

    Volunteers NeededPlease 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 cathasue@comcast.net or 206-941-7490 or Amy Doll at asdoll@seattleschools.org or 206-252-8813 if you would like to chaperone.

    SPS Pride Flag Raising June 1

    LGBTFor the first time at a district building, the LGBTQ and Transgender Pride flag will be raised at the SPS John Stanford Center on June 1. Brief remarks will be given by leadership and board members. The flag will be flown for the month of June as a symbol of our commitment to building inclusive environments for staff and students.

    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.

    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 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.

    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.

    Student Highlights and Opportunities

    Concert Band and Orchestra Perform at Disneyland

    DisneylandThe WSHS Concert Band and Orchestra traveled to Southern California last weekend. While down there, we participated in the Music in the Parks competition at Disneyland, took part in a studio soundtrack session led by renowned conductor/musician, Stan Freese, and performed at Disney’s California Adventure Park. Both groups placed 1st in their division of the competition. While in California we had the opportunity to visit Balboa Beach, spent two days at Disneyland and one day at Universal Studios. Fun and lasting memories!

    WSHS Student Qualifies for Rowing Nationals

    good luckOur very own Reed Lower, senior, qualified last weekend for a national competition in the Mens Varsity 4+ event. Reed's boathouse - Mount Baker Crew - pulls from WSHS, Mercer Island, U Prep, Garfield and other schools in the area. He will represent his team at Nationals in Lake Natoma in Sacrement, CA June 8-10. Reed will be attending Santa Clara University in the Fall. Good Luck Reed!

    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 minju@oneworldnow.org 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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