October 31, 2016

Mark your Calendar

    Thurs, Nov 3

    • LGBT Family Dinner, 6-8PM - Washington Middle School

    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

    Thurs, Dec 5

    • Discover Your Power Workshop, 3:30-6PM - Library

    This Week and Next

    LGBT Family Dinner - Nov 3

    LGBT FamilyThe annual lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Families Dinner will be held this Thursday, Nov. 3 from 6-8 p.m. at Washington Middle School. Members of the Seattle School Board will be there to welcome LGBT families and their friends. All SPS students, families and staff are welcome! This donation-funded event is brought to you by the Health Education Office and the Office of School Family Partnerships. Dinner and entertainment will be provided. To reserve space at this popular event, please RSVP with the number of people in your party to Lisa Love in the Health Education Office at 206-252-0982 or llove@seattleschools.org.

    Drama Production Final WeekBright Day

    The WSHS Drama Club proudly presents Bright Room Called Day by Tony Kushner. The production continues this week - 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.

    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.


    Workshop PosterAttention Girls! Discover Your Power Workshop

    A powerful workshop seeking to make sexual assault awareness, self defense can relationship violence education will be held on Monday, Dec 5 from 3:30-6:00pm in the WSHS library. The event is sponsored by Neighborhood Health, The WAVE Foundation and Fight the Fear. This event is open to WSHS students, girls, allies and all genders learn the skilss and confidence to stay safe! Student need to complete a participation agreement which can be picked up at the Teen Health Center at school. FREE!

    Buy Auction and Raffle Tickets! Sign Up to Volunteer!

    Saturday, NOVEMBER 19 - the METROPOLIST

    PTSA Auction

    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 THROUGH TOMORROW 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.

    Raise your Voice in the Seattle Neighborhood Safety Survey

    SurveySeattle University is administering the citywide 2016 Seattle Public Safety Survey. The purpose is to solicit feedback on public safety and security concerns from those who live and/or work in Seattle. A report on the survey results will be provided to the Seattle Police Department to assist them with making your neighborhood safer and more secure. Take the survey at from Oct. 15 through Nov. 30.

    Breaking News About the HPV Vaccine

    HPVDid you know almost 30,000 cancers per year could be prevented by the HPV vaccine? Now, new guidelines from the Center for Disease Control show that younger teens only need 2 shots - 6 months apart - as long as they complete the series by 15 years of age. This is because younger teens develop a stronger immune response than older teens. Students 15 years old or older still need 3 shots. Need help getting your student up to date on shots? Call Neighborcare at West Seattle High School Based Health Center at 206-658-8048 to make an appointment or if you have questions. Learn more about why HPV is recommended. Register for 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 - Today, Oct 31, 12:45pm
    • Eastern Washington University - Weds. Nov 2nd, 1:30pm
    • Evergreen State College - Thurs. Nov 3rd, 9:00am

    Student Highlights and Opportunities

    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.

    • 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

    College Essay Workshop at Chief Sealth HS

    college essayThis Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, 11a.m.– 4p.m. Volunteers from the BFI (Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas) will help high school seniors work on their college entrance essays. Students are advised to bring their own laptops to work on. Refreshments will be provided. Email questions to Ken Gollersrud.

    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

    Winter Sports Packets Due

    attentionPlease turn in your Winter Athletic Packet or Safety Guideline to Ms. Shelley Yeigh in the Main Office. One major change for 2016-17: ASB Sticker required to try out. Gymnastic packets must be in no later than today, October 31st to guarantee trying out on November 7th. Friendly reminder: only one packet per year and a signed Safety Guideline, sport specific, if your student already knows what sports they would like to try out for in Spring, please ask for those particular guideline forms and sign up for both seasons all at once.


    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


    Westside Weekly - Monday, October 31, 2016
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