October 24, 2016

Mark your Calendar

    Sat, Oct 29

    • Saturday School, 9AM-12PM - Library

    Mon, Nov 7

    • Booster Club Meeting, 7PM - Library

    Tues, Nov 8

    • Boosters Night at Chipotle, 5-9PM
    • FAFSA Night, 6:30-8:30PM - Library

    Sat, Nov 19

    • PTSA Auction, 5-10PM - Metropolist

    This Week and Next

    Saturday School This Weekend

    Is your student struggling with a subject? Do they have missed work they need to complete? Our amazing tutoring team will be working with students THIS SATURDAY in the library during Saturday Study Hall. Doors open at 9am for 3 hours of tutoring time.

    Farewell to Karen Ross

    Best WishesOur long time administrative secretary Karen Ross has decided to head south and explore life in Casa Grande, Arizona. Karen has been such an important member of our administrative team and has taken very good care of our WSHS families and staff. We will all miss Karen greatly and wish her happiness in her next adventure. She leaves very big shoes to fill but the search is on for her replacement and we will announce when we have made a selection. THANK YOU KAREN!

    Drama Production OpensBright Day

    The WSHS Drama Club proudly presents Bright Room Called Day by Tony Kushner. The production runs October 27, 28, 29, November 2, 3 and 4 at 7:30pm in the theater at WSHS. Tickets are $10 with reservation (email for reservation) and $15 at the door. Learn more about the production on the Westside Drama website.


    PTSA AuctionBuy Auction and Raffle Tickets! Sign Up to Volunteer!

    Saturday, NOVEMBER 19 - the METROPOLIST

    Come socialize with WSHS families and staff! The Spanish Nights Auction will be held at the METROPOLIST in SODO this year. Checkout all the details on our auction website.

    Volunteer - Buy Tickets - Donate an Item or ServiceBeats

    Early Bird Ticket Sales End THIS FRIDAY at Midnight!

    Attending an auction not your thing? There's plenty of other ways you can show your support. Buy a Raffle Ticket for your chance to win a pair of Beats Solo2 Wireless Earphones - a great holiday gift for you or you student!

    Share your time! Check out the available slots on our Sign Up Genius page. There are things we need help with right now! Day-of volunteers get free admission to the event and the ability to bid on silent auction items.

    WSHS Night at Chipotle

    ChipotleMake dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support West Seattle HS sports. Come in to Chipotle at 4730 California Ave SW on Tuesday, November 8th between 5:00pm and 9:00pm. Bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to West Seattle HS Booster Club.

    Get Protected from Cancer

    Attention!Prevent 230 HPV cancers diagnosed in King County annually through HPV immunization at the Neighborcare Health Center at WSHS. This FREE service is available for students of all genders through the school year. Once registered, students never need to miss class when they use the Teen Health Center to start or complete the 3 dose HPV immunization series. For safe and effective prevention of the leading cause of cervical and oral cancers, call us at 206-658-8048 or have your student drop by the center to make an appointment.

    Clothing Drive Continues Through Thanksgiving

    Clothing DriveThe WSHS girls basketball team is partnering with Clothes for a Cause to hold a used clothing and textile drive. Instead of discarding surplus clothing and household linens, give them a second life, donate your used clothing, bedding, shoes and linens to the WSHS Girls Basketball Team. All donated items will either be re-worn, recycled or re-purposed. Drop off bins will be located at WSHS, at the SWAC West Seattle football games or the girls basketball team will come to your house to pick up donated items. This fundraiser will help the West Seattle Girls Basketball get to California while you clean out your clutter. Email us for a pick-up at wshsgirlsbball@gmail.com. Download the flier to see what types of items can be donated.

    College Visits Continue!

    College VisitsAttention parents of Juniors and Seniors: If your student is interested in visiting with reps, they must be signed up to attend. Sign up sheets are located outside the counselors' offices.

    • Whitworth University - Oct 31, 12:45pm

    Student Highlights and Opportunities

    WSHS Students Participate in "Letters to the Next President 2.0"

    LettersOur very own Kira Hopkins' 9th grade Language Arts classes were featured in the West Seattle Herald last week highlighting their participation in a national writing project. Students are encouraged to choose a topic which matters to them, research it and analyze their findings in an opinion piece. Ms. Hopkins students are focusing on a wide variety of issues such as college tuition, abortion, police brutality, climate change, racial inequality and education, and creating videos and written letters. This is an opportunity not only to learn more about the election but also practice important technology skills. Learn more about the project and read the letters. Mr. Rose's class is also taking part in the project.

    JazzED Ensembles, placement on Nov 19 & Nov 20

    JazzEdThe award-winning Seattle JazzED Big Band Ensembles are now enrolling kids in grades 6-12, at every skill level. Weekend rehearsals, January through May 2017. Work with legendary jazz educators like Clarence Acox, Wayne Horvitz, Darin Faul and many more. Top ensembles travel to New York in the spring. Advanced students on any instrument encouraged to sign up for New Works Ensemble. Scholarships are easy to get and payment plans available to every family. Register for Placement Day (Nov 19 or Nov 20) and get more information at  or call 206-324-JAZZ (5299).

    Service Learning Hours Opportunities

    Service LearningDoes your student love basketball and want service learning hours? The boy’s basketball team is looking for 5 basketball managers this year to help with practices, games, statistics, film, and other duties. You will be a part of the program, travel to all games and be valued for your hard work just like the players. Please attend the informational meeting Thursday, October 20th at 3:25pm in the gym.

    The West Seattle Library needs volunteers on Tuesdays from 3:45-5:15pm to play Math Games with students. Starts this week and ends in early December. Email Helen Maynard for an application.

    Teen Activities at Hiawatha

    Hiawatha Community Center has announced several fun, safe activities for teens.

    • Service Hours! The Center is hosting an all-ages Halloween Carnival Friday, October 28th and we need your help to make it a success.
    • Boys & Girls Youth Basketball - This is Recreation Basketball at its best! $70.00 covers all practices, weekend games, coaching, jersey and more. Season extends from November through March. Space is limited, so sign up today at Hiawatha Community Center.
    • Hiawatha Open Gym - Remember Hiawatha Community Center for after school open gym, hoops, volleyball, weight training and current entertainment. Every day right after school until 4:30pm. FREE!

    Class of 2017

    Senior Pictures for Yearbook Due Dec 5

    The deadline to get senior photos to Yearbook Staff is December 5. Below are guidelines for your picture.

    • Head size from top of head to chin: 1 inch minimum (1.5w x 2v inches preferred)
    • Color photos
    • At least 300 dpicamera
    • Keep the background simple
    • No full body
    • No props
    • No passport photos
    • No photos with partial heads. Your full head must be showing.
    • No photos with dark shadows. These do not print well in the yearbook.
    • No costumes or makeup that you don’t normally wear. (i.e. clown makeup, fake bruises, vampire teeth)

    Email a digital copy of your picture to Ms. Gerard at cwgerard@seattleschools.org with the subject line: Senior Picture – your name.

    Financial Aid Important Date

    FAFSANovember 8th - FAFSA night @ WSHS from 6:30-8:30 pm in the Library.  Receive help in completing and submitting your 2017 FAFSA!  To begin your online application and to see what documentation you will need to bring with you, go to their website.

    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: Nov 7, Dec 5, Jan 9, Feb 7, Mar 7, Apr 4, May 2 and June 6


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