May 8, 2017

Mark your Calendar

Wednesday, May 10
  • Two-Hour Early Dismissal
Friday, May 12
  • Spring Fling Dance benefiting the Athletic Dept, 8-11PM - Commons
Fri, May 19
  • Talent Show, 7PM - Theatre
Sun, May 21
  • West Seattle 5K, 9AM - Alki Beach
Thurs, May 25
  • CTE Student Exhibition, 6-8PM
  • Blood Drive During School Hours
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 at "Within Sodo" - 8PM-12AM
Mon, Jun 19
  • Last Day for Seniors - Senior Breakfast and Graduation Rehearsal, 9AM
Wed, June 21
  • Class of 2017 Graduation, 8PM SWAC
  • Grad Night, 10PM-6AM - leaves from SWAC

This Week and Next

AP Exams Continue this Week - Student Be Prepared!

Student should arrive early at 7:45 for an 8AM start and 11:45 for a 12PM start. All exams take place in the library except as noted. Students should not be late, no refunds for missed exams, no bags, phones, wearable technology or blankets. Students should come well-rested, bring a snack pencils, erasers and black ink pens. Good luck students!

  • Biology - May 8, 8AM
  • Calculus - May 9, 8AM
  • English Language - May 10, 8AM
  • World History - May 11, 8AM
  • Statistics - May 11, 12PM

Last Chance - Order Hanging Baskets by Tuesday!

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.

Spring Dance This Friday

school dance“Getcha Head in the Game” Athletics department sponsored dance here at West Seattle High School will be held on Friday May 12th, 8-11pm. Tickets are $15, $10 with ASB sticker. Students are encouraged to wear athletic inspired outfits. Power 93.3 will be DJ’ing the event and will also make a special lunch visit to WSHS during both lunches on the 12th.


CTE Hosts Student Showcase & South Seattle College Big Announcement

Our Career Tech Education Department will be showcasing student work at an Exhibition on Thursday, May 25th from 6:00pm - 8:00pm. Creations by our students - ceramics, photography, drawing, music, culinary treats, woodworking, CAD design, auto mechanics, and IT will be on display and students will serve as docents, talking to parents and community members about their creations. Faculty from South Seattle College will be attending.

At this event, we will also be announcing our exciting new partnership with South Seattle College. WSHS has just been designated a 13th Year Promise Scholarship school which means any student who graduates from WSHS (starting with Class 2018) can attend SSC 1st year tuition FREE. We believe our school helps students to launch their career pathways in high paying, in-demand professional/technical fields. Now with the 1st year FREE, a student can obtain a degree/certification (no more than 1.5 years) in many in-demand professions at a fraction of the cost.

Judges Sought for Senior Projects

Volunteers NeededIt’s May already, and the class of 2017 is preparing to take flight. The last big assignment for them is the 10-minute oral presentation of their research for their senior project, a West Seattle High School tradition for over twenty years, and a requirement for their senior English Language Arts class. We are looking for judges and wonder if you would like to take part? If you are a parent of an underclassmen or rising senior, this would be a great way to see what senior project is all about, and give feedback to current seniors for all their hard work.

There will be six presentation days: June 5, June 6, June 7, June 8, June 9. The presentations are from 3:30 to 6:30 each day. Come and sign up a friend, and then go out for dinner afterwards. Please email Kira Hopkins if you have interest: Let me know which day you prefer, and if you have a friend who will judge with you.

Food and Funds for WS Food Bank!

Food BankA HUGE thank you to the students who participated in the food drive on Saturday, May 6th at West Seattle Thriftway, benefiting the West Seattle Food Bank! Students politely (and enthusiastically) provided wish lists to customers as they entered the store, and collected food and cash donations throughout the day. The response by the West Seattle Community was overwhelming! The entire Food Bank van was full...53 large crates of food were collected and several hundred dollars in cash that will benefit families in need in the West Seattle Community who visit the food bank! A huge thank you to Michaela Coontz, Mees Warmerdam, Alissa Jensen, Payton Leggett, Riley Fredericks, Sara Harmon, Caitlin Bell, Hailey Bell, Sophia Bell and Lola Demurger. Official pounds of food and dollars donated will be posted on the WS Food Bank Facebook page this week. For more information about community projects organized by ONE | West Seattle, contact Dana Ross at or on Facebook @ONEWestSeattle.

West Seattle 5k Just 2 Weeks Away!

WS5K 2017Our annual spring fundraiser, the West Seattle 5k is Sunday, May 21st.  Run or walk from the Alki Beach House to the Anchor and back.  This is a great family fun event that raises much needed funds for West Seattle High School.  Plus, you'll receive a cool tech T-shirt designed by our very own WSHS parent, Erik Bell and awesome swag bag.  If you're super speedy, we've got great prizes from West Seattle Runner, Coastal and Salty's for the top three finishers male/female.  And, we'll have music, water/fresh fruit from The Metropolitan Market, lots of tasty samples and more.  Come join the fun!  Register now at
If you're not able to make the event, you may still make a donation through the event website and if we have shirts leftover, your donation will earn you a shirt too! 

Donations of Black Shoes, Uniforms Sought

Music NotesMadison Gig Gear is establishing a swap to help Madison musicians find the shoes and clothes they need, help parents keep costs down, and recycle uniforms to better use our resources. Gig Gear is seeking donations of black dress shoes suitable for our musicians, of all different sizes and any no longer used blacks slacks/skirts, band tuxedo shirts, ties and cummerbunds. We'll hold our first swap the week of May 15th, before/after school, and we'd love to have something to offer, especially shoes. You don't have to be in band to help, bring your student's outgrown shoes to the office at Madison and we'll get them to a musician. For more information email or visit our page on the Madison PTSA website.

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 Download the flier for more info. Play Ball!

Okinawan Middle-Schoolers Coming to West Seattle this Summer!

West Seattle welcomes 20 middle-school students from Okinawa for three weeks, from July 27-August 17th. We are looking for three more families who would enjoy hosting two students together. Hosts can be single, working families with or without children, retirees, we welcome all! It is not an overwhelming burden for busy people -- there is some financial compensation and the students are picked-up and dropped-off M-F for ESL classes and all-day field excursions. We would love to provide you with more info: Elaine Ikoma Ko, West Seattle resident,; 206.940.6803.

Spring Testing Schedule

Annual testing at WSHS begins next week with AP exams (see full schedule above). Additional testing is as follows:

  • May 15-17 SBAC ELA for Sophomores
  • May 18 SBAC ELA for Juniors/make-ups
  • May 22-23 SBAC Math for Sophomores in Algebra 2 and aboveTesting
  • May 25-26 SBAC Math for Juniors/make-up
  • June 7th EOC Algebra and Geometry make-up for Juniors testing in the Commons
  • June 8th EOC Biology for all Freshmen in Biology
  • June 8th EOC Biology for Sophomores and Juniors who have not met standards

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.

Student Recognition

NateWSHS Star Shines Bright

WSHS standout senior Nate Pryor was recognized on the All-State 3A team as 3A Player of the Year. Nate, shown here, proudly shares his plaque which can be seen in the office. Pryor will be missed has he heads off to play at the UW this fall. Congrats and Good Luck Nate!

5 Students Receive Awards at Naramore Art Show

Each year, SPS holds the Naramore Art Show to recognize outstanding student artists across the district. This year, 5 students from WSHS placed in the show. Please congratulate:

  • Madalyn Stewart, 1st Place in Drawing
  • Costanza Bigolin, 2nd place in Painting
  • Quinn Fitzgerald, 2nd place in Photography
  • Adrian Metzelar, 3rd place in Mixed Media
  • Jack Durham, 2nd place in Ceramics

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. Download the details about this fun event for our grads. Tickets are $75.

Student Opportunities

JazzED Summer Programs - Now Enrolling

  • Summer Jazz Ambassadors - 2 Week 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 or call 206-324-JAZZ (5299).

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.


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