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    From the Desk ofGood evening. We officially finished classes for first semester today and I hope your student takes advantage of a day off from school on Wednesday and is ready to start up semester 2 on Thursday.

    There continues to be many things happening on campus that I want to be sure all parents are staying informed about. 

    Second Semester Classes: Second semester started on Thursday, 2/1/18. Students will get their second semester schedules in their first period class on Thursday. Lists will be posted around the school Thursday morning for students to double check where they should go for period 1. Any schedule questions should be directed toward your student's counselor.

    Registration Letter: Attention families of grade 9-11 students. Please read the important attached letter regarding our upcoming class registration process for the 2018-2019 school year. We move into our registration process starting next week. 

    Suicide Prevention Training for Parents: On February 7th from 6 to 8 PM, please join us for our first annual LEARN™ Suicide Prevention Training for parents and guardians. The LEARN™ steps are designed to help empower individuals to play a role in recognizing peers, friends, and family who might be having thoughts of suicide, and to know how and where we can refer those individuals to keep them safe. Come learn about how to help your children and their friends stay safe! All parents/guardians welcome! This training is offered free of cost. Food and refreshments will be provided. Questions? Contact Kari Lombard (School Nurse) at KRLombard@seattleschools.org or Mallory Neuman (Counselor) at MLNeuman@seattleschools.org.

    Vaping/Juuling: This is an information piece that I thought parents/guardians would be interested in knowing more about. Some of our students are engaging in this activity and it is currently a hot topic among high school educators in our area and around the country. We are seeing an increase in use of these products and we want to empower families with information to help you engage in conversations with your student. The story in the Boston Globe I include below, does a nice job describing the issue and providing a context for this being a problem across the country, not just here in Seattle. At WSHS, we are educating staff, monitoring hallways and bathrooms, and contacting families as needed. In addition, our ASB and Journalism students are putting together a campaign to help educate students about the impacts of using these products and to encourage healthy lifestyle choices.  Read the Boston Globe Article.   

    Go Wildcats!
    Brian Vance
    Principal West Seattle High School

    (published 12/4/17)