This Week and Next
Welcome to 2016-2017 School Year!
The Westside Weekly is a weekly compilation of school announcements, activities and shout outs mixed with community news relating to student life. We hope you find it useful. If you have news fit for the WW, please email the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
College Visits Starting Today!
Attention parents of Juniors and Seniors - It's College Rep Visit Season Already!!! If you student is interested in visiting with reps from any of the schools visiting, they must be signed up to attend. Sign up sheets are located outside the counselors' offices. Visits include:
- Gonzaga - Sept 20, 1:30pm
- UNLV - Sept 22, 12pm
- Pacific Lutheran - Sept 22, 2pm
- Whitman College - Sept 27, 8:45am
- Western Washington - Sept 30, 10:30am
- Central Washington - Oct 3, 9am
- Montana Tech - Oct 3, 1:05am
- Ursinus College - Oct 18, 9am
- Willamette University - Oct 18, 10am
- Coe College - Oct 19, 9am
- Whitworth University - Oct 31, 12:45pm
NHS Applications Accepted Now Thru 9/30
West Seattle’s chapter of National Honor Society is accepting applications for the 2016 – 2017 school year! NHS is historic and well regarded program for academically achieving high school students. At West Seattle, we pair academic success with volunteering in our school and community and each student will complete a minimum of two service events over the course of the year. Our program is open to sophomore, junior and senior students whose cumulative GPA is at or above 3.5. Students must reapply every year. Applications will be available outside room 242, and the counselors office and will be due 9/30. We hope to welcome your student into our chapter!!
New SPS Communication Policy
Seattle Public Schools has launched SchoolMessenger InfoCenter to enable families to customize how they receive communications from their school(s) and the district. Every family is automatically enrolled to receive all messages from their school(s) and the district. This allows schools and district to use phone calls and email messages for non-emergency related issues in addition to emergency notices.
Families are able to opt-out of non-emergency calls by updating their InfoCenter account preferences. Learn more about the policy or change your preferences.
Get Registered for Health Care Services
At WSHS, we are very lucky to have a Neighborcare School-based Health Center, located in room 127, the same office as the School Nurse. We are a full scale primary care clinic that can serve as your main health care home, or as a complement to your regular doctor. A great option for parents who can’t take off work to bring their child to the doctor, for kids who feel sick in school.The School-Based Health Center also offers a full range of medical and mental health services from our Nurse Practitioner, Mental Health Therapists, and other staff, including sports physicals, Asthma, allergy and skin care, reproductive healthcare and mental health counseling.
Students must be registered by a parent or guardian to receive the full scope of services. Paperwork can be found in the beginning of the year packets or on the WSHS website. Learn more about these services.
Healthy Youth Survey Info
Our school will participate in the 2016 Healthy Youth Survey during the weeks of October 10th to 21st. Students in 10th and 12th grades will join teens from across the state in taking the survey. Learn more about it on the Healthy Youth Survey website.
Spanish Nights Auction - November 19
November 19th will be a night to remember! The Spanish Nights Auction will be held at the METROPOLIST in SODO this year. We are kickin' it up a notch this year to bring you a fun night out with West Seattle friends. Buy your Early Bird tickets now for $60. Prices go up on October 29th. We are procuring some amazing items for our silent and live auction. All proceeds will fund the winter grant program benefiting academics, the arts and athletics. Donations of auction items are also needed. Checkout all the details on our auction website.
We are looking for volunteers for our event. There are lots of opportunities before, during and after the auction. Check out the available slots on our Sign Up Genius page. Day-of volunteers get free admission to the event and the ability to bid on silent auction items.
Now Recruiting 11th Grade Students!
College Access Now is a college access and completion program whose mission is to empower students from low-income families to access, enroll, and graduate from college at rates equal to their more advantaged peers. Students join CAN's program in 11th or 12th grade - receiving intensive one-on-one and general coaching from our core team of AmeriCorps coaches, volunteers, and staff until they secure that all important college degree. Our mission is to empower students from low-income families to access, enroll, and graduate from college at rates equal to their more advantaged peers. Learn more about the CAN program.
Leadership and Travel Opportunity
Would you like to participate in a leadership program that includes a two-week cultural immersion experience in Guatemala? If your student is interested in hearing more about this opportunity, Global Visionaries is hosting informational meetings on Thursday, September 22nd at school. Learn more on their website or ask your student to visit Ms. Eades outside of class time.
IEP Accommodations for College Board Tests
Students enrolled in 10th, 11th, & 12th grades may plan to take one or more College Board tests in the upcoming year. Did you know that students with an IEP or 504 may qualify for accommodations during testing? If your child typically accesses accommodations (e.g. has IEP/504 accommodations), they may be able to access them for these upcoming tests as well. There is an application process with the College Board, these are not automatic. Examples of accommodations are extended time, extra breaks, large print, being able to eat food (e.g. for diabetics). Qualifying for accommodations is determined by the College Board (the test organization), not WSHS. Find out how to apply.
Class of 2017
Senior Activities Already Beginning!
School counselors will be visiting LA classes this week and next to review the college application process with seniors. They will also be conducting senior one-on-ones through September and October to ensure students are on track to graduate, and to discuss post-graduation plans. Also, please be aware that the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) opens up on October 1st this year! To access the application and to learn more please visit their website.
Support the WSHS Booster Club
It's time for FALL SPORTS! Please show your support and join the Booster Club today. The club thanks our supporters from this past year. With your membership dues and donations, company-matching donations, fan wear sales, concession sales, fundraisers, and volunteer time, we were able to help Football, Girls and Boys Soccer, Golf, Swimming, Gymnastics, Wrestling, Boys Basketball, Track and Field, Softball, Baseball, and Cheer this past year.
In addition to your monetary support, we would love a little of your time. We are a volunteer-based organization and need volunteers to survive. If you are interested in lending a hand, please email us. If everyone can do a little, we will accomplish a lot!
The club meets once a month at 7pm in the school library - please join us. Mark your calendar with the following dates: Oct 10, Nov 7, Dec 5, Jan 9, Feb 7, Mar 7, Apr 4, May 2 and June 6
Westside Weekly - Monday, September 19, 2016