February 13, 2017

Mark your Calendar

    Wed, Feb 15
    • 2-Hour Early Dismissal
    Thurs, Feb 16
    • 9th Grade Celebration, 6:30-8:30PM, WSHS
    Mon, Feb 20 - Fri, Feb 24
    • Mid-Winter Break - NO SCHOOL
    Wed, Mar 1
    • SAT Testing for Juniors, 8:40AM
    Fri, Mar 3
    • Big Band Dinner Dance, 6PM - WSHS Commons
    Mon, Mar 7
    • Booster Club Meeting, 7PM
    Mon, Mar 20
    • No School - Presidents Day
    Mar 30, 31, April 1, 5, 6, 7 Spring Musical - Bonnie & Clyde

    Sat, Jun 3
    • WSHS All Class Reunion and 100th Anniversary of WSHS Building event

    This Week and Next

    TONIGHT - Rescheduled Booster Club Meeting - 7PM, Library

    WSHS Celebration for Freshman and Their Families

    celebrateOn Thurs, Feb 16 from 6:30-8:30PM a special event will be held to honor our 9th grade students. The first year of high school can be challenging. We thought organizing an evening of sharing, caring and building community around this idea would benefit everyone – students, parents, guardians, teachers, and administrators. Students will speak and share their thoughts about what they find challenging and likewise, rewarding about their first year in high school. The Teen Health Center and other community organizations will be available for families to learn about their community services. Dinner will be served.


    Big Band Dinner Dance - Mar 3

    Big BandEnjoy an fabulous evening at WSHS’s annual Big Band Dinner Dance, Friday, Mar 3 at 6pm in the WSHS Commons. Featuring swing-era dance music performed by WSHS’s Jazz bands, along with the West Seattle Big Band (with its many WSHS alumni musicians). Appetizers, dinner and desserts will be catered by WSHS’s own Culinary Arts Program students. Please join us for this showcase of the incredible talents of our WSHS students, and a fun evening of dinner and dancing. All proceeds benefit WSHS’s Music Programs. Purchase tickets online today! (Tickets purchased online before Feb 15 receive reserved seating and priority dinner service!)

    AP Exam Registration Has Begun

    AP ExamAttention AP Students! Scoring well on the AP exam can often earn students college credit for their high school class, saving a significant amount on tuition. This year, we offer online registration. The exam costs $100. Students in need of financial aid should contact Amy Doll. To complete registration, students must answer all of the required questions and we recommend that parents help the student complete the registration. Registration is not complete until students have printed the pdf of the confirmation page that is provided at the end. Payments made after Mar 1 will incur a $20 late fee. Student who require accommodations must apply by February 17th. For questions, contact Amy Doll.

    Westside Drama Production of Bonnie & Clyde

    Bonnie & ClydeJoin us for a thrilling musical with a non-traditional score combining blues, gospel and rockabilly music. At the height of the Great Depression, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow went from two small-town nobodies in West Texas to America's most renowned folk heroes and Texas law enforcement's worst nightmares. Fearless, shameless and alluring, the Tony-nominated Bonnie & Clyde, from the legendary Frank Wildhorn (Jekyll & Hyde, Civil War, Dracula) is the electrifying story of love, adventure and crime that captured the attention of an entire country. When Bonnie and Clyde meet, their mutual craving for excitement and fame immediately sets them on a mission to chase their dreams. Their bold and reckless behavior turns the young lovers' thrilling adventure into a downward spiral, putting themselves and their loved ones in trouble with the law. Forced to stay on the run, the lovers resort to robbery and murder to survive. As the infamous duo's fame grows bigger, their inevitable end draws nearer.

    Tickets are $10 with reservation, $15 at the door. For reservations, email tickets@westisdedrama.com. Mar 30, 21, April 1, 5-7. There will be a special performance on April first to raise funds for musical rights, costumes, props and building supplies.

    Be Part of West Seattle's History!

    All Class ReunionSave the Date - June 3rd - West Seattle High School Alumni Association will be celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the opening of our school building at the 2017 All School Reunion. This year’s West Seattle High School’s All School Reunion will culminate with a special community photo to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the landmark West Seattle High School building. This photo will be taken in front of the School’s Historic Main Entrance on SW Stevens Street. West Seattle High School Alum and Hall of Fame member, Dow Constantine, will be a featured speaker. The photo known as a Group Hug for West Seattle High School will be taken at the conclusion of the annual All School Reunion that afternoon.

    SAT Offered FREE to Juniors - March 1


    WSHS will offer the College Board’s SAT on March 1st. All Juniors will be tested in the main gym. Doors will open at 8AM and will be closed at 8:40AM; and no late arrivals will be admitted. Students must bring the following items: Identification (Driver’s License or school ID), #2 Pencils with eraser, acceptable calculator (Must be battery operated - all scientific and most graphing calculators are acceptable. Students may not share calculators.) Students must leave personal items at home. No backpacks, smartphones, laptops, cell phones, headphones, or wearable tech, will be allowed.

    The exam is being offered at no cost to the class of 2018. WSHS has preregistered the entire junior class of students. Students/families that opt out of the exam will need to contact the attendance office to excuse their day. There will be no regular Junior classes offered on March 1st and no early release will be allowed that day. Questions? Contact the testing coordinator.

    PTSA Seeking Fundraising Committee Membersjoin us

    The PTSA Board is looking for interested people to participate on a committee to explore ideas for fundraising in the 2017-2018 school year. No commitments required! We would like to determine preferred approaches to fundraising which will meet financial goals for the school. If you are interested, please contact the PTSA president.

    Preserve Memories - Get a Yearbook 

    Yearbook DeadlineBuy a yearbook so that your student can remember their high school days. The 2017 West Seattle High School Yearbooks will be sold from now until May 3, 2017 online. If we sell out before May 3, we will close down the purchasing site at that time. WSHS Yearbooks cost $50 now through March 17 and there will be a price increase to $60 March 18 – May 3.

    Student Opportunities

    YMCA Environmental Symposium

    Environmental YESC is hosting its annual Environmental Symposium on March 24th from 9:00-2:00 at the University of Washington. The Symposium gathers passionate, motivated student leaders together to learn about the environmental issues facing our world and how to create a sustainable future for our schools, communities and beyond! Participants will take part in hands-on workshops led by local organizations and designed to educate students about environmental topics as well as give teens the skills they need to address environmental issues in their schools and communities. Youth will be networking with peers and adults and gaining tools to create real, positive change. Lunch will be provided with vegetarian options available. There will also be a free raffle of outdoor and environmental prizes for all in attendance. This opportunity is for students 13-18 and will be held on March 24 from 9am-2pm at Mary Gates Hall. Register online or call 206-587-6116. Deadline to register is March 17 - space is limited.

    UW Young Women's Leadership Summit 2017

    LeadershipIs your female student interested in exploring business? Let them know about a fantastic opportunity at the UW Foster School of Business this summer. The Foster Young Women’s Leadership Summit is a three and a half day overnight program at the University of Washington Seattle campus for high school sophomores and juniors. young women in this program will learn professionalism and what to expect in a college business setting. Over the course of the program, students will interact with faculty, alumni, and employers in the areas of finance, operations and supply chain management, and information systems, while learning about the different fields of business they can study and careers they can pursue. Download the flier. Application deadline is 3/20 at 10am.

    Senior News

    scholarshipsScholarship Central

    Seniors, it’s scholarship season! Many scholarships are available from local organizations, SPS and even West Seattle groups. Our fabulous Counseling Center has a comprehensive list on their website. Check it out now!

    The annual WSHS Alumni Association Scholarship application is now available! Download it an apply today.

    Fill out the FAFSA Today!

    Graduating Senior? Everyone is eligible for some form of financial aid, no matter their circumstances, no matter which institution they are planning to attend (e.g. 2 yr. college or 4 yr. university), or whether they ultimately use the aid or not. It is also important to be aware that many colleges offer merit aid that doesn’t even consider financial need; merit aid is based on achievements such as grades, SAT scores or athletics. In other words, your financial circumstance does not matter for this type of aid, but you can’t get it if you don’t fill out the FAFSA. Filling out the FAFSA is easier than you think! It can take less than an hour to complete if you have all of your documents ready. Keep in mind, it is a free application.

    Sports Desk

    Congrats to Winter Sports TeamsCongrats

    As always, the entire Westside community is proud of our Wildcats! Great job teams!

    • Girls Basketball finishes 2nd in Metro Tourney
    • Keffrey Fazio is the Metro League Coach of the Year
    • Nate Pryor chosen for the all-league first team
    • Jasmine Gayles chosen on the all-league second team
    • Grace Sarver chosen on the all-league third team
    • Gymnatics team members competed at the District Meet on Saturday


    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: Mar 7, Apr 4, May 2 and June 6.


    Westside Weekly - Monday, February 13, 2017
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