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    Mark your Calendar

    Tues, Nov 7
    • Winter Athletics Parent Meeting, 6:30-8 PM
    • SPS Financial Aid and Application Event - 4-6 PM, Chief Sealth HS
    Wed, Nov 8
    • SPS Special Ed Regional Meeting - 6-7:30 PM, Chief Sealth Library
    • PTSA Meeting - 7 PM, Library
    Thurs, Nov 9
    • End of 1st Grading Period/Quarter
    Fri, Nov 10
    • NO SCHOOL - Veterans Day
    Tues, Nov 14
    • State of the District, 5-7 PM - Library
    Wed, Nov 15
    • College Application Workshop, 2:30-4:30 PM - Lab 101
    Thurs, Nov 16
    • Mental Health Panel - 6:30-8:30 PM, Library
    Thurs-Fri, Nov 23-24
    • NO SCHOOL -Thanksgiving Break
    Thurs, Nov 30
    • Senior Pictures Due for Yearbook
    • Open House 8th Grade Parent Night - 6:30-8 PM

    This Week and Next

    SPS Financial Aid Event - Tuesday

    Financial AidFinancial experts and trained volunteers will be on hand to assist students with completing college applications and financial aid forms. The FAFSA and WAFSA opened on Oct 1 - completing this form is the first step in accessing college financial aid. It is required for most scholarships, grants and loans so any student planning to attend college or university post graduation should file now. The event in West Seattle will be held at Chief Sealth HS on Tuesday, November 7 from 4-6 PM. Visit this website for a list of what to bring to file the FAFSA or WAFSA.

    Winter Sports Packets Due Wednesday!Don't Miss

    SPS Special Education SW Regional Meeting - Nov 8

    The Special Education Department of Seattle Public Schools is hosting Regional Meetings for staff, families and the community. We will provide information about changes in special education in the department and in schools. We also want to hear from you! The Southwest Region meeting will be held this Wednesday, November 8 from 6-7:30 PM at Chief Sealth High School Library, 2600 SW Thistle St. Families are also welcome to contact Seattle Special Education PTSA liaison for WSHS, Anne Sheeran, with questions:

    PTSA Meeting - Wednesday - School Library - 7 PM

    SBAC Testing

    testingAll Juniors will take the SBAC November 7, 8 and 9. Passing the SBAC exams are mandatory for graduation. Seniors may retake the SBAC between now and November 17th. Running Start students must also pass this exam. If you are not sure if your student needs to take this test, please contact Amy Doll at with questions about the testing status. Seniors may arrange for a pass to report to the library during school for testing. Don't wait until it's too late!

    SPS State of the District

    save the dateThe State of District is the Seattle Public School's annual report to our community on progress made and our next body of work. The event will be held 5-7 PM right here at West Seattle High School on November 14. There will be a reception at 5 PM, and programming will begin at 5:30 PM. Hear from students, school leaders and community partners and leave committed to supporting their work at SPS. Please RSVP to

    Blood Drive at WSHS

    Give BloodThe fall blood drive will be held on Thursday, November 16th. Students who have donated before and students who are 18 can stop by room 211 at lunch or after school to make an appointment. 16- and 17-year old students who have never donated, must have a permission slip signed by their parent to make an appointment. Pick up a permission form from the library, front office, or ASB office.

    Fall Mental Health Panel Discussion - Next Thursday

    Mental HealthAre you an important adult in the life of an adolescent? Our Student Health Council invites you to their Fall Mental Health Panel, in the WSHS Library on Thursday, November 16th, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. Learn more about how to effectively approach and support teens struggling with anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, and other mental health issues. The panel will be facilitated by Ben Berger, one of our School-Based Health Center’s Mental Health Therapists. Please contact School Nurse Kari Lombard ( or Clinic Coordinator Sumaya Mohamed ( with any questions.


    PTSA Fall Direct Drive Fundraiser Has Begun

    Please DonateThis year, we are trying something different! Instead of the annual auction, we would request that you support a direct give drive. This type of fundraiser assures that every penny you donate, goes directly to our school. You will receive a tax deduction for 100% of your donation! And don’t forget matching funds which can increase your donation with the support of your company’s charitable programs. We grant all funds raised to WSHS academics, arts and athletics. These donations support our student directly in the classroom. We need your support to reach our goal of $10,000. Please use our online form to make your tax-deductible donation TODAY! We appreciate your support!

    2017 Seattle Public Safety Survey

    public safetySeattle University is administering the 3rd annual citywide Seattle Public Safety Survey! The purpose of the survey 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 online survey which will be open through November 30th and is available in Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, English, Korean, Oromo, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tigrinya and Vietnamese.

    Seeking a WS 5K Coordinator

    WS 5KThe West Seattle 5K needs you! This PTSA fund raising event is a big community plus too. We need someone or someone's to help make it happen this school year! A big part of the effort is contacting sponsors. Can you step up to co-chair? If you think you might, or just want to know more contact Julie Howell at

    Get Prepared to Volunteer at WSHS

    Volunteers NeededLooking to volunteer a few hours to support the different school activities at WSHS? It's a great way to become more involved with your students school/teachers/friends. In order to ensure safety for our students, all volunteers must submit a form. Follow this link to the district's website page on how to become a volunteer. We welcome all - even if you just have a little time. Please consider joining us.

    Focus: Special Education

    Special Education Parent Partners Program

    Attention ParentsSeattle Public Schools has established a “parent partners” program to support parents and guardians of students with IEPs (Individual Education Plan) to navigate SPS, the IEP process, and to access community resources. It is the goal of this program to foster an atmosphere of family/professional collaboration in special education in Seattle Public Schools. The Special Education Parent Partners represent our culturally and linguistically diverse families who speak, English as well as Spanish, Somali, Cantonese, Mandarin, and Toishanese. The program is looking for Vietnamese speakers. The program represents students and families from African American, Native American, and many other cultures. For more information contact Margo Siegenthaler, Special Education Ombudsperson at or 206-252-0794.

    Senior News

    College Application Completion Workshop Returns!

    College ApplicationsAttention Seniors: Back by popular demand! WSHS will host another College Application Completion Workshop during early release Wednesday, November 15th from 2:30-4:30 in Lab 101. Receive help completing and submitting your college applications, and revising your essays/personal statements. Just in time for the UW deadline! See WSHS counselors or CAN staff with questions.

    13th Year Scholarship

    Attention Senior Families: is your student planning to apply for the 13th year scholarship Scholarshipat South Seattle next year? Students can receive help completing and submitting their scholarship application at the College Application Completion Event during early release Wednesday on November 15th, from 2:30-4:30 in Lab 101. Staff from South Seattle will be at WSHS to help students with their submissions.

    Upcoming UW Admission Event

    CollegeOn Saturday, November 11th from 9 AM to 4 PM, the UW Admission Workshop Weekend will take place for seniors applying to UW. Register online and learn more about the event.

    Senior Pictures Due for Yearbook

    You may submit a senior portrait for the yearbook. Digital copies must be submitted byDeadline November 30th or the default school picture will be used in the yearbook. There are guidelines for acceptable submissions:

    • Vertical orientation, simple backgrounds
    • Head, shoulders and waist shots only - no full body or images with props - one inch minimum head size
    • Images must be digitally submitted and the image must be at least 300 dpi - JPG or GIF files
    • No iPhone images or passport photos will be published
    • No costumes, other people or pets
    • Color images only, no B/W

    Submit images via email to with a subject line: Senior Picture - [student name].

    Student Activities and Opportunities

    Green Seattle Partnership Service Hours

    Service LearningStudents looking for service hours can work right here in West Seattle at the Fairmount Park Playfield. Seattle Parks is delivering 400+ native plants to the park and lots of non-native plants need to be removed in preparation. There are weekly work parties scheduled on alternating Sundays and Fridays through December. The next event is this Friday but check out the GSP website for more options and the waiver (if under 18 and not accompanied by and adult). Remember that service hours are required for graduation so get started now!


    Westside Weekly - Monday, November 6, 2017