April 17, 2017

Mark your Calendar

Wednesday, April 19
  • PTSA Fundraising Meeting, 7:30PM - Alaska Junction Starbucks
Friday, April 28
  • College & Career Fair, 9:45AM-11:45AM - Career Center
Tuesday, May 2
  • Booster Club Meeting, 7PM - Library
Fri, May 19
  • Talent Show, 7PM - Theatre

Sun, May 21

  • West Seattle 5K, 9AM - Alki Beach

Thurs, Jun 1

  • Senior Awards Dinner, 7PM - Theatre

Sat, Jun 3

  • WSHS All Class Reunion and 100th Anniversary of WSHS Building event

Fri, June 16

  • Prom "Within Sodo" - 8PM-12AM

Mon, Jun 19

  • Last Day for Seniors - Senior Breakfast and Graduation Rehersal, 9AM

Wed, June 21

  • Class of 2017 Graduation, 8PM SWAC
  • Grad Night, 10PM-6AM - leaves from SWAC

This Week and Next

PTSA Fundraising Meeting

Please come help our WSHS PTSA explore ideas for fundraising for the 2017-2018 school year. Our Auction Chair position is open and we need to consider: is an auction still the way to go? Do other fundraising strategies make more sense at this time? Please join us this Wednesday night, 4/19 at 7:30PM at the Starbucks in the Junction (California and Alaska) to discuss and make some important decisions.

2017 College and Career Fair - Next Week

FutureWest Seattle HS's Career Center will host a College and Career Fair next Friday from 9:45 to 11:45AM. Encourage your student to visit with colleges and universities and tech and vocational programs. There's something for every student! Download the flier.

SPS Family Survey Coming Soon

Important NoticePlease keep your eyes open for an email with a link to take the 2017 Family Survey. The Family Survey is administered each spring to families of K-12 students. The survey provides an important opportunity to reflect on your child's school and the district as a whole. All Family Survey responses are confidential. Surveys are also administered each year to all school staff and students in grades 3 through 12. Results from these surveys are used to guide improvements at the school and district level. Please participate in this important opportunity to share your views.


Hanging Basket Fundraiser

Hanging BasketJust in time for Mother’s Day, the girls basketball team is doing their annual fundraiser of selling hanging baskets and tomato plants. The baskets are really beautiful and make a perfect gift! Download the flier and send in your order today to support our team! Orders are due May 9th.

Baseball Team Fundraiser: Mariners vs. Astros

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 WSHSMarinerstickets@gmail.com. Download the flier for more info. Play Ball!

Help WSHS Enforce the Dress Code

Attention ParentsInappropriate attire can be cause for significant distraction and disruption. Numerous egregious violations of the SPS dress code have been reported and the administration is seeking parent support in promoting the policy at home. For your reference, below is the policy, as found in the student handbook.

Students are expected to dress appropriately for school. Dress and appearance must not present or cause disruption. All logos and attire must be school appropriate. No alcohol or drug references or paraphernalia on clothing are permitted. Shoes must be worn at all times. Overly revealing or disruptive clothing, e.g. sagged pants, exposed underwear, gang related insignia, including bandanas, obscenities, etc. are not permitted. Students out of compliance with the dress code will be referred to administration or security. Students may be asked to change or modify their clothing, parents/families contacted, or asked to leave campus.

Explore the SPS Skills Center

The Seattle Skills Center provides advanced Career and Technical Education (CTE) to Optionshigh school students. In the regular school year we serve 16 to 20 year olds, and in the summer, we provide introductory Skills Center courses to incoming 9th graders through 12th graders. In all of our courses, students can earn high school credit, industry recognized certifications, and in some cases, college credit.

One new summer course that is specially designed for incoming 9th graders is called, “9th Grade Advantage.” This summer course will help students transition into high school and build skills while getting a jump start on the new 24 credit graduation requirement. Learn more about the Skills Center options.

  • 9th – 12th grade: Our summer courses are open to all students in 9th – 12th grade and run from July 5 to July 28, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. everyday. If students need to take a credit retrieval class, they can do this in the morning and still take one of our Skills Center classes.
  • 16 to 20 year olds: During the school year we provide 16 to 20 year old students advanced CTE preparatory courses in career pathways like culinary, medical, construction, manufacturing, media arts, teaching, fire fighting, auto technology, video game production, and maritime operations.

Register now for the West Seattle 5k!

WS5K 2017The West Seattle 5k is our Spring Fundraiser to raise much needed funds for West Seattle High School supported by the PTSA. Proceeds from previous events have been used to improve math, science, music, drama and communications at West Seattle High School. With school budget cuts, fundraising is essential to support the quality education and programs our students receive. You do not need to be a runner to participate. Walkers are welcome, as well as strollers and leashed dogs. This is a family friendly event on a flat course. Those who love to run can shoot for a PR on our fast course and a shot at some great prizes from West Seattle Runner and Salty’s on Alki. Everyone gets a cool tech t-shirt and swag bag.

AP Exam Schedule Announced

AP exams are just around the corner so mark your calendar! All exams are held in the library unless otherwise noted. Registration for the exams ends on this Wednesday. Exams

  • Environmental Science - May 1, 8AM
  • Computer Science - May 2, 8AM
  • Physics - May 2, 12PM
  • English Literature - May 3, 8AM
  • Government and Politics - May 4, 8AM
  • US History - May 5, 8AM
  • Biology - May 8, 8AM
  • Calculus - May 9, 8AM
  • English Language - May 10, 8AM
  • World History - May 11, 8AM
  • Statistics - May 11, 12PM

Spread the Word - All School Reunion

All School ReunionHelp spread the word about the West Seattle HS All-School Reunion being held on Saturday, June 3 from 4-7pm. This year culminates in a Group Hug photo in front of the school, celebrating our 100th year in the school house. Download the details and schedule of the event.

Senior News

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 attendees will leave from SWAC at 10PM and return to the WSHS parking lot at 6AM on Thursday. More details next week about this fun event for our grads. Tickets are $75.

Student Recognition

Student Opportunities

South Seattle College 13th Year Promise Scholarship for Class of 2018

ScholarshipSouth Seattle College would like to announce West Seattle High School as the next school to be included in the 13th Year Promise Scholarship, sponsored by the South Seattle College Foundation. West Seattle High School seniors graduating in June 2018 will have the opportunity to attend South Seattle College, tuition-free for their first year! Tuition provided by the 13th Year Promise Scholarship is paid through private funds and financial aid grants. The 13th Year Promise Scholarship is sponsored by the South Seattle College Foundation. Download the full announcement to learn more and apply.

JazzED Summer Programs - Now Enrolling

  • Summer Jazz Ambassadors - 2 Weeks program. Awesome music. Community performances. High-schoolers can earn service hours! Session 1 July 10 - July 21 Session 2 July 24 - August 4 Grades 6-12, all instruments
  • Summer Vocal Institute - Sing the Great American Song Book with Dida and Martina this summer! No prior experience required. A great opportunity to expand your skills or try vocal training for the first time. August 14 - 18 Grades 7-12
  • Summer Advanced Institute - Take your music to the next level this summer. Up-and-coming NYC jazz sensations, and recent Juilliard graduates, Riley Mulherkar and Sammy Miller team up for a week-long intensive to train the bandleaders of tomorrow. You'll end the week with a live in-studio performance at KNKX 88.5 FM. August 21 - August 25 Grades 9-12, all instruments

Register and get more info about scholarships at www.seattlejazzed.org or call 206-324-JAZZ (5299).

Paid Summer Internships

summer internThe Port of Seattle is providing over 150 paid internships in the maritime sector this summer. Deadline to apply is April 23. There are additional jobs through one of the teen assistance programs: Seattle Goodwill Job Training Program, Seattle Youth Employment Program, Neighborhood House, GEM, Multi-Service Cdnter, YouthCare, YouthForce and King County Education and Employment Services. Learn more and review jobs on the jobs portal.

Student Leadership Opportunity: ASB Officers!

Student ASBThe ASB is an excellent opportunity for students to build their high school resume. The Associated Student Body is the student leadership team at WSHS. ASB elections will be held on April 20. Class officers need not have experience to run for President, VP, Secretary, Treasurer, Tech Rep, Public Relations or School Relations officer. Experienced ASB offices include President, VP, Secretary, Treasurer and Tech Rep. This is a great way to use your voice to make a difference at West Seattle HS! Encourage your student to step up!

Public Library Student Assistant Program

Summer JobThe Student Assistant Program gives young people valuable work experience at the Library. Teens ages 16 and older are invited to learn about and apply to the Student Assistant Program at The Seattle Public Library. Eligible students have until 5 p.m., Sunday, April 30, 2017 to apply. Students must be 16 by May 31 to be considered. This is a paid opportunity. Learn more and apply today!

Booster Club

Meeting Schedule

The club meets once a month at 7pm in the school library - please join us. Our final meeting of this school year will be held on June 6.


Westside Weekly - Monday, April 17, 2017
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