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    From the Desk ofWe are moving from the excitement from the start of the school year into our routine, as we begin to adjust to the new schedule, new classes, etc. Our Curriculum Night last week was well attended and highlighted to me the importance of each of you have in the success of all of our students. As we continue to focus on WestSide PRIDE (Persistent, Respectful, Involved, Diverse, Engaged), we are building on our strong foundation as a community who supports all of our students’ success. Along those lines, students recently elected representatives from their advisory class to our student senate. This diverse group of students will give us further guidance in creating a school that works for each student. I am continually impressed by our students, staff, and parents here at West Seattle High School and I am looking forward to a great week.

    PSAT: Looking down the road just a little bit, we will be administering the PSAT to all of our 10th and 11th grade students on October 11th. More specific information will be coming out via school messenger. There is not necessarily a need to do additional prep for this test, but if you are interested in looking at some prep materials, the College Board offers a few online tool to help.  In addition, a reminder that October 13th is a day off for students as teachers have a chance to pursue professional development.

    Volunteers Needed, Suicide Prevention: If you are looking for some ways to get involved and you have an interest in learning more about and/or helping us increase our awareness around and ability to prevent suicide in our community, please contact our school nurse, Kari Lombard at krlombard@seattleschools.org. We are partnering with the University of Washington School of Social work and the Forefront project to train staff, parents, and students in suicide awareness, prevention, and intervention. You can find more information on Forefront.

    There is a unique opportunity for your student to earn high school and college credit while gaining lifetime experiences on an educational trip this summer to Belize. Mr. Rose and Mr. Marzofka will be leading an exclusive group of students on a trip that focuses on eco-travel through the diverse ecosystems of Belize. If you are interested, reserve your spot now at a last chance informational meeting on Thursday, October 12th at 6:30 PM in room 234 at West Seattle High School. There are only a couple spots still available and it will be first come first serve to fill the last spots. For more information or to RSVP to the informational meeting email Mr. Rose (narose@seattleschools.org) or Mr. Marzofka (jdmarzofka@seattleschools.org).

    In closing, I again want to say welcome. We are better together. Let us build our partnership so that we can prepare each of our students for their future.

    Go Wildcats!
    Brian Vance
    Principal West Seattle High School

    (published 10/9/17)