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      Wed, Nov 30
      • 2-Hour Early Release
      • Chipotle Fundraiser for Winter Ball, 3-close- Library
      Thurs, Dec 1
      • 8th Grade Parent Night/Open House, 6:30PM
      Sat, Dec 3
      • Saturday MASH, 9AM-12PM
      Thurs, Dec 5
      • Discover Your Power Workshop, 3:30-6PM - Library
      • Booster Club Meeting, 7PM - Library
      Fri, Dec 16
      • 1-Hour Early Release
      Mon, Dec 19 - Mon, Jan 2
      • Winter Break-NO SCHOOL

      This Week and Next

      1st Quarter Report Cards were mailed last Wednesday

      Chipotle Night Benefits Winter Ball

      ChipotleThis Wednesday, Nov 30th, the WSHS ASB is holding a fundraiser at Chipotle in the Junction to benefit the Winter Ball. Half of the proceeds made that night will go towards funding an off campus dance venue. The fundraiser runs from 3 to close. Skip making dinner and come join us at Chipotle!

      Hour of Code - Next Week

      Hour of CodeThe week of Dec 5th is Computer Science Education Week. There is a national effort to increase the exposure of students to computing and computational thinking. There is much said about the huge number of computing jobs that go unfilled because we don’t graduate enough qualified CS engineers. In addition to that, nearly all jobs in the future will have some aspect of computing involved. The first step to increasing the amount of computer education in our graduates is to increase the exposure of students to CS. To get that started, WSHS is offering an ‘Hour of Code’ during 1-4th periods all week from Dec 5th though the 9th. Teachers will give students a brief overview of the CS landscape and then lead them in doing some fun exercises that expose them to what coding is all about.

      Workshop Poster

      Discover Your Power Workshop - All Welcome!

      A powerful workshop seeking to make sexual assault awareness, self defense can relationship violence education will be held on Monday, Dec 5 from 3:30-6:00pm in the WSHS library. The event is sponsored by Neighborhood Health, The WAVE Foundation and Fight the Fear. This event is open to WSHS students, girls, allies and all genders learn the skilss and confidence to stay safe! Student need to complete a participation agreement which can be picked up at the Teen Health Center at school. FREE!


      PTSA Seeks 5K Chair

      Volunteers NeededThe West Seattle 5K is an important community event and fundraiser for the school. Jeff Mensing, who has chaired the event for several years, is ready to pass the torch. The PTSA hires a company to do the heavy lifting in organizing the event and the school's volunteer coordinator, Amy Doll is available to assist the new chair. We cannot hold this event without a point person so please consider a chair or co-chair role. The PTSA website has a job description available here. If you are interested in learning more, contact Julie Howell, PTSA president today!

      Support WSHS with a Direct Donation

      Donate The PTSA Spanish Nights Auction was a fun event for all who attended. Since attendance was low, the PTSA fell far short of their fundraising goal. Please consider making a direct donation to support the school grant program. Donate here!

      ***Congratulations to Karen Sequinia for winning the Beats 2 Online Raffle!

      Beloved Ketler Passes

      Charlie and studentsIt is will a heavy heart that the family of Charlie Ketler, our former Auto Shop teacher announced his passing yesterday peacefully and surrounded by family. Charlie was a fighter and had been battling pancreatic cancer for the past year. His wife Amber wanted us all to know that Charlie felt his true calling in life when became a teacher here at WSHS; he adored his students and the WSHS family. Charlie will be missed by all.

      Study Abroad in Germany!

      GermanyFull scholarships are provided for studying abroad in Germany. Since 1983, this program has enabled more the 17k students to expand their global perspective and make new friends. No previous study of German required. Contact Ms. Schumacher for information.

      Raise your Voice in the Seattle Neighborhood Safety Survey

      SurveySeattle University is administering the citywide 2016 Seattle Public Safety Survey. The purpose is to solicit feedback on public safety and security concerns from those who live and/or work in Seattle. A report on the survey results will be provided to the Seattle Police Department to assist them with making your neighborhood safer and more secure. Take the survey at from Oct. 15 through Nov. 30.

      Breaking News About the HPV Vaccine

      HPVDid you know almost 30,000 cancers per year could be prevented by the HPV vaccine? Now, new guidelines from the Center for Disease Control show that younger teens only need 2 shots - 6 months apart - as long as they complete the series by 15 years of age. This is because younger teens develop a stronger immune response than older teens. Students 15 years old or older still need 3 shots. Need help getting your student up to date on shots? Call Neighborcare at West Seattle High School Based Health Center at 206-658-8048 to make an appointment or if you have questions. Learn more about why HPV is recommended. Register for an appointment.

      Class of 2017

      Senior Pictures for Yearbook Due Dec 5

      The deadline to get senior photos to Yearbook Staff is December 5. Below are guidelines for your picture. If you do not provide an image, the Lifetouch school photo will be used.

      • Vertical, portrait orientation
      • Color photos
      • Highest resolution/quality as possiblecamera
      • Keep the background simple
      • No pets or other people
      • No props
      • No passport photos
      • No partial headshots; full face must be showing
      • No photos with dark shadows. These do not print well in the yearbook.
      • No costumes or makeup that you don’t normally wear. (i.e. clown makeup, fake bruises, vampire teeth)

      Email a digital copy of your picture to Ms. Gerard at with the subject line: Senior Picture – [student's name].

      Sports Desk

      Coach Burggraff Retires

      BurggraffAfter a career of service spanning back 26 years, Tom Burggraff has announced his retirement as Head Football Coach at WSHS. Coach first made his announcement to his team in the WSHS locker room following the team’s season-ending playoff loss in Regionals. The 2016 football team graduates several key players with the class of 2017. This is the school’s 100th graduating class, and Coach Burggraff has worked at the school for over a quarter of that century. He will continue to teach Social Studies at the school. Read the full story on the WS Blog.


      Booster Club Meeting Schedule

      The club meets once a month at 7pm in the school library - please join us. Mark your calendar with the following dates: Dec 5, Jan 9, Feb 7, Mar 7, Apr 4, May 2 and June 6.


      Westside Weekly - Monday, November 28, 2016