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    Mark your Calendar

    Mon, Jun 19
    • Last Day for Seniors - Senior Breakfast and Graduation Rehearsal, 9AM
    Wed-Friday, June 21-23
    • Final Exams for Underclassmen
    Wed, June 21
    • Class of 2017 Graduation, 8PM SWAC
    • Grad Night Party, 10PM-6AM - leaves from SWAC
    Mon, Jun 26
    • Last Day of School for Underclassmen

    This will be the final Westside Weekly of the Year - Have a Safe and Happy Summer!

    Happy Graduation to our Class of 2017!!!

    This Week and Next

    Final Exam Schedule

    final examsThere's only 2 more weeks of the school year! Can you believe it? This means that finals are just around the corner. Help your student prepare for their finals which will be held on the following schedule:

    • Wed, June 21 - 2nd and 4th period exam
    • Thurs, June 22 - 3rd and 5th period exams
    • Fri, June 23 - 1st and 6th period exams

    Graduation DetailsClass of 2017

    The last day for Seniors is Monday, June 19th and will start at 9AM with the Senior Breakfast. Graduation rehearsal begins directly after breakfast and is mandatory for students who wish to walk. Graduation will be held at 8PM on Wednesday, June 21 at the SW Athletic Center across from Sealth.

    Grad Night Party Details

    Today is the Last Day to Buy Tickets

    • What is it? A safe, fun and chaperoned all-night graduation party for seniors
    • When? Wednesday, June 21 at 9:30PM to Thursday, June 22 at 6AM
    • Cost? Tickets are $100. 
    • Questions? Contact Catha Elder, or 206-937-6119 or Amy Doll, or 206-252-8813

    Grad Night Details  Last chance to purchase GradNight Tickets will be during SeniorLet's Celebrate Breakfast. Grad-night buses leave from Sealth gym at 10PM, Wednesday night, and return at 6AM to the WSHS parking lot, Thursday morning. Seniors will have time to change out of graduation robes and into casual comfortable clothing, including wearing socks and shoes, no flip-flops. All personal items should be left at home, NO CELL PHONES ALLOWED. Bag check available, Grad Night chaperones will take care of all their needs for the entire evening. Seniors that are under 18 years old must bring a parent or guardian to check in and sign a permission slip, no exceptions to this rule. Want to chaperone? Please contact Catha Elder at or 206-941-7490 or Amy Doll at or 206-252-8813 if you would like to chaperone.

    Baseball Team Fundraiser: Mariners vs. Astros - This Saturday!

    MarinersThe baseball team is selling 1000 tickets to the Saturday, June 24th Mariners Game. Tickets are $18 each and it's a 7:10pm first pitch. It's "Turn Back the Clock Night" and the first 20K fans will receive a retro Mariners cap courtesy of Stihl. Help support the WSHS Baseball team and buy your tickets today! To purchase tickets, contact Download the flier for more info. Play Ball!


    Thank you Coach Velko!

    Thank you!Some may have already heard, but if you have not, our Boys Baseball Coach, Velko Vitalich, is retiring after 31 years. Coach Velko has been a prominent fixture in the WSHS Athletic Department for many years. He started out coaching the Girls Basketball team, and also coached Girls Soccer and Golf. He is still coaching Golf and will remain as that coach for one more year. The West Seattle Blog published a great article about our beloved Coach. Congratulations on your wonderful career, Coach Velko!

    End of Year Med Pick Up

    If your student has medications kept in the nurse’s office, please encourage them toAttention! drop by the nurse's office to pick them up and bring them home for the Summer! This includes EpiPens, Insulin, Ibuprofen, inhalers, and all other medications.

    Reminder: Bell Times Change in the Fall

    ClockSPS is implementing new school bell schedules for the 2017-2018 school year. WSHS bells will ring at 8:45AM and 3:35PM. This change will allow for 20 extra minutes of instruction for students.

    Summer School at WSHS

    Summer SchoolOur 5th year of summer school credit recovery will be starting this year on Wednesday July 5th and end August 3rd. This program allows students to make up their missing credits. If your students are missing any credits, please encourage them to speak to their counselor to receive a registration form so they can take advantage of this opportunity. This includes classes they may not pass this semester! If you have any questions please contact your counselor or contact Justin Little at

    School Calendar Releasedcalendar

    The 2017-2018 school calendar has been approved. It includes a weekly Wednesday early release. Students will be released at 2:30PM each week. Additionally, the first day of school is September 6 and the last day of school is June 22, 2018. Review the calendar and all announcements on the SPS website.

    Football Equipment Support Needed

    Please Donate!The second week of Spring practice ended last week. Our young men and women are learning and progressing daily. We are extremely proud and excited for the fall and the future careers of all Wildcats! Due to a scarcity of funds and resources, our football program has a shortage of equipment. This equipment ranges from shoulder pads, knee pads, and girdles to agility bags and practice jerseys; all pieces of equipment to ensure a positive and safe environment. We must ensure that we provide equipment to our student athletes. Currently 10 student athletes are going through spring practice without properly fitted shoulder pads, and anticipating a number of new student athletes joining our program during the summer months, immediate funds are needed to purchase new equipment. Please help by making a donation, larger or small to the GoFundMe for WSHS Wildcat Football. The team and coaching staff appreciates your support.

    Student Recognition

    Marine Science Student Highlights

    Citizen ScienceMr. Barth teaches a college credit level Marine Science class at WSHS. Again this year, hi students participated in the Citizen Science Program. It began with two data collection days with Seattle Aquarium staff who are part of a larger effort to monitor changes over time in the inter-tidal zones of the Puget Sound Region. Next, students conducted their own research and and presented at the Salish Sea Symposium at the UW. Presentations culminated last Monday.

    Cupcake Wars at WSHS

    Cupcake WarsThis week the Baking and Pastry classes competed in our very own WSHS Cupcake Wars. Students devised a theme, design and built a display to hold their cupcakes. They planned, costed out and decorated 8 cupcakes and had to include a last minute secret ingredient in their cupcakes. They were racing against the clock to finish in time while managing a four person team. The only way they could finish in time is if they had good communication, were proactive, had specific jobs and trusted each other. When the judges came to judge there were many smiles and looks of relief and accomplishment from the students.

    Summer Activities

    Arts Workshop

    Foundry10 would like to inform West Seattle High School about our upcoming arts Creative Sideprogram "ReFramed". This is a FREE week-long workshop series giving high school students the opportunity to explore one of four artistic tracks: fashion, film, audio, or dance. Learn more about the program. ReFramed is running July 10th-14th, 4-7PM at the Foundry10 building located at 100 NE Northlake Way Suite 100, Seattle, WA 98115. Transportation reimbursement is available.

    Seahawks Internship!?!?!

    Seattle SeahawksThe TeamWork Seahawks Internship is a unique partnership between YouthForce, the Seahawks, and CenturyLink Field. The program offers teens a paid(!), meaningful entry-level work experience supported by adult mentorship, positive peer and professional networks, and on the job training. TeamWork Interns work as either Fan Support Staff or in Research & Development at CenturyLink Field. They will play a key role in ensuring the best possible experience for fans during Seahawks games. All YouthForce interns are also connected to career development opportunities such as workshops, career fairs, and networking visits with local businesses and organizations. Learn more and apply online.

    Chamber Music this Summer at Delridge

    music notesEvery summer the Seattle Chamber Music Society produces a summer festival with concerts at Benaroya Hall throughout the month of July. These concerts are streamed (live audio) to local parks in Seattle, including Delridge Playfield! Before each live-stream, a student or pre-professional chamber music ensemble performs LIVE at the park. Music Under the Stars will be at Delridge on Mondays July 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th this summer. The live ensemble will begin at 7:30PM, and the live audio broadcast begins at 8:00PM. The Delridge Community Center will be on site with free snacks before each event, and on Monday July 10th the Delridge Neighborhood Development Association will host an art activity. Learn more and join this fun event!

    Learn Arabic, Chinese or Korean This Summer

    worldOneWorld Now!’s three-week summer camp for high school students focuses on fostering language acquisition, intercultural understanding and a desire to experience the world. Students can enroll in beginning Modern Standard Arabic, Mandarin Chinese or Korean and will learn through immersion classes, guest speakers, cultural activities and field trips. There is a $25 registration fee but thanks to continued support from STARTALK, there are no other fees or deposits to attend this camp; all meals, snacks and supplies will be provided. The deadline to apply is June 21, 2017. Learn more.

    United Way Summer Job

    Work for United Way to provide high-quality meals and educational programming for community youth. Students would receive training and professional development, a $1,222 monthly stipend, and a $1,194 AmeriCorps Education Award for student loans summer job opportunityor future education. Contact Helen Maynard for more information.

    Earn Service Hours this Summer

    Arbor Heights Elementary is seeking science mentors (no experience required) for a summer program being held from July 10-14, 9AM-3:30PM. Students will earn 40 hours of service toward their graduation requirement. Contact Helen Maynard for a connection.


    Westside Weekly - Monday, June 19, 2017