January 30, 2017

Mark your Calendar

    Fri, Mon, Tues, Jan 27-31

    • Semester 1 Finals

    Tues, Jan 31

    • Movie Screening
    Wed, Feb 1
    • NO SCHOOL - Day between Semesters
    Sat, Feb 4
    • Winter Ball, Fred Wildlife Refuge
    Mon, Feb 7
    • Booster Club Meeting, 7PM - Library
    Wed, Feb 15
    • 2-Hour Early Dismissal
    Mon, Feb 20-Fri, Feb 24
    • Mid-Winter Break - NO SCHOOL
    Wed, Mar 1
    • SAT Testing for Juniors, 8:40AM
    Mar 30, 31, April 1, 5, 6, 7 Spring Musical - Bonnie & Clyde

    (xīn) (nián) (kuài) (lè) Happy New Year!

    This Week and Next

    WSHS Screens Most Likely to Succeed - Tuesday

    movieJoin us at West Seattle High School on Tuesday, January 31st for an evening of exploration and inquiry into innovative schools for the 21st Century. We will be hosting a FREE screening of the film "Most Likely to Succeed," followed by a panel of local and state education innovators. Social starts at 6:30 and the screening begins at 7PM. Please RSVP. Learn more about the movie.

    Finals Continue This Week

    First semester finals will be held on the following schedule.

    • Monday, Jan 30 - 3rd and 5th Periods
    • Tuesday, Jan 31 - 1st and 6th Periods
    • Wednesday, No School - Day Between Semesters


    PTSA Grants 5K and Auction Funds

    Thank you!The WSHS PTSA Board met last week and awarded over $27K in school grants funded by the 2016 5K and Auction. The auction also funded significant investment in the school's theatre with monies raised with the fund-an-item paddle raise. $750 was also provided to the tutoring center. The following grants were awarded:

    • $2200 for science equipment and supplies
    • $1655 for a camera lens
    • $2000 for student incentives for the counseling and CAN departments
    • $1300 for a Raku ceramics class instructor and supplies
    • $1500 for the kitchen used by the culinary program
    • $900 for French books
    • $300 for Nurse's Office
    • $359 for special ed portfolios
    • $7000 for Shadow Boxes to safely display student artwork
    • $600 for a refrigerator for the tutoring center
    • $150 for gardening supplies for the Earth Club
    • $100 for a sign for the all-gender bathroom
    • $100 to support the Film Club
    • $1500 for special ed sports uniforms

    Thank you to our generous Westside families and community for making this possible!

    Encouraging News About Levy Cliff

    school fundingMonday, January 23, 2017, the Washington State House voted to pass a bill designed to delay the Levy Cliff by one year. The bill passed by the House on Monday, now moves to the Senate. This is hopeful news for Seattle Public Schools and many districts across the state. The Levy Cliff is a significant component of next year’s $74 million budget shortfall. If the total Levy Cliff loss is extended, it could reduce our deficit by $30 million. Over the past few months, staff, and the School Board have been working to address the projected budget shortfall. On January 11, at a special meeting of the School Board, we came to consensus on how to address the majority of the 2017-18 deficit. Unless the state takes action by February 28, the district will need to move forward with the budget reduction plan. Read more about the Board consensus on how to address a majority of budget shortfall.

    Spring Sports Packets Available Now

    spring sportsSpring Sports (baseball, girls softball, boys soccer, tennis and track) begin soon! Students interested in trying out for any of the spring teams should pick up a packet in the office, complete and return it by February 10th. Students must also have an ASB card and a physical on file to try out. Forms must be returned to guarantee a tryout.

    Schedule Spring Sports Physicals

    Look!If your student will be participating in sprint sports, you can take advantage of our Teen Health Center at West Seattle High School. Set up an appointment for your student soon because time slots are going fast! Enjoy the convenience! Call 206-658-8048 or email the health center.

    SAT Offered FREE to Juniors - March 1SAT

    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.

    Senior News

    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.


    Seattle Public Library Foundation Scholarship Announced

    The 4th annual Stimson Bullitt Civic Courage Scholarship seeks essays that explore civic courage. Essays may be submitted online through March 15. Three scholarships will be awarded - $5K for the winner and $2,500 for 2 second-place essays. Winners announced in June. Learn more and submit your essay.

    Sports Desk


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


    Westside Weekly - Monday, January 30, 2017
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